Lake Fae Chapter 6: Please Stop Fighting

*Warning* Yelling and swearing in this chapter, don’t read if that kind of stuff upsets you. Thank you and enjoy ūüôā

*Skye*

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“Dad?” I asked quietly as I careful ascended the stairs into the attic. I was nervous, I’d only been up here once with Lake, but my dad still didn’t know that happened. We weren’t allowed up here and we weren’t supposed to bother him when he was here. But I felt like this would be an exception, this was kind of an emergency.

My older brother and our band mates were all at Freesia’s house, and they were all doing illegal drugs. Freesia and I were never that close. I didn’t really like her from the beginning, but I knew my brother had a crush on her so I tried my best to get along with her. However, getting me and my brother into drugs wasn’t worth his relationship.

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“Hey, Dad?” I said, a little louder this time. His head was down on the bar and I wasn’t sure if he was even conscious. There were beer bottles on the counter next to him as well as on the floor. It was weird to see him like this. Yea, I knew my dad got drunk almost every night, but I’d never actually seen it for myself. I just heard my brothers complain about it. They were tired of him not being there for us, for spending more and more time with the bottle.

I was about to call out to him once more when he started to stir. “Dad?” I asked quietly as he pulled himself into a sitting position at the bar. Immediately his back stiffened at the sound of my voice.

“Skye?” He asked, his voice low and cold.

“Yes Dad, it’s me. I need to talk to you.”

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He jumped up way too fast for a drunk man. He sent the bar stool flying, that’s how quickly he stood.

“I told you and your brothers, you aren’t allowed up here!” He yelled. I’ve never seen my father so angry. I’ve never really seen him express any emotion other than sadness, that is. Dad getting angry at me was something I’d never experienced.

“I-I’m sorry Daddy.” I stuttered. “I-it’s just Lake’s friends brought out drugs tonight, and I-” I started, before he interrupted.

“I told you to never come up here.”

“I-I’m sorry, but this is important.”

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“Look, I don’t have time for this petty shit, okay? If you’re mad at your brother for choosing weed over you, that’s your problem. Don’t be a snitch and leave me out of it.” He growled, then hiccuped. He was obviously still drunk, but his words hurt.

“I’m sorry Daddy.” I whispered, barely choking my words out from behind my tears.

“Just go, I’ll deal with your brother later.”

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I quickly spun on my heel and climbed down the stairs. My first instinct was to go to Lake, he was always the person I ran to when I was upset. But he wasn’t an option now. My only friends were all with him, and I didn’t really consider them my friends after tonight. That really only left me with one option.

———

*Lake*

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My night with the band was pretty insane. We were all really drunk and really high, I’ve never had so much fun in my life. There was one incident where Thistle vomited on my shirt, but Freesia promised she would clean it and give it back to me the next time we saw each other.

When I snuck back into the house, it was completely quiet. All the lights were out and there wasn’t anyone on the bottom floor. I figured everyone was asleep and I got off scot-free.

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But boy, was I wrong.

I made my way up to the bedroom to find my brother sitting there, waiting for me.

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“Where were you?” He asked, like a worried parent from television.

“I was out, why do you care?” I crossed my arms defensively.

“Well I don’t, but you obviously upset her.” Stone¬†gestured to his bed, where Skye’s head was buried in the pillow and it was obvious she was crying. I hadn’t even realized she was in the room.

“Okay.” I started walking across the room to crawl into bed. It didn’t even matter that I was fully dressed, I was still a little buzzed and I wanted to sleep it off.

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“What the hell is wrong with you? You chose those losers over your sister, your best friend practically since you were born?” Stone jumped up from the chair and got up in my face.

“She was being a baby, she freaked out over weed and beer, then threatened to tattle on me. She was being really lame.” I tried to justify my actions, even though I knew I has been a dick. Why did I do it? Why did I choose them over her?

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“You are such an asshole, Lake. She has every right to freak out, that shit is illegal. You¬†should’ve done the same thing.”

“Sorry, but I’m not a fucking loser like you guys. I actually have friends, and a girlfriend. Maybe if you guys weren’t so stuck up you’d have friends too.” I yelled. I knew I was being a complete jerk, but I couldn’t stop the things coming out of my mouth. Was this the drugs talking?

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Stone balled his fists and placed them on his hips. “I do have friends, actually. There’s no need for you to be such an ass.”

“Aw, it’s so cute that you’re so defensive.” I mocked, I couldn’t stop myself. “What, don’t want to look like a loser in front of your little brother? Newsflash, you’ve always looked like a loser to me.”

“Screw you, Lake! At least I’ll be able to get into college, unlike you who’s gonna ruin his life over drugs and a stupid girl.”

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“First of all, I took some pills once. It’s not like I’m gonna get addicted. Two, she’s not a stupid girl, she’s my girlfriend so have a little respect, dickbag. Third, I could get into any college I want based on my piano¬†skills alone, not even including my abilities with other instruments. Finally, what are you gonna get into college for? Chess? Tinkering with scraps of metal? How fucking special.” I knew I would regret these words when I sobered up.

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“P-please s-stop fighting.” Skye’s voice spoke up before Stone had a chance to retaliate. “I’m sorry I said anything.”

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And just like that, I snapped. “You should be sorry! You embarrassed me in front of all my friends, left the band I worked so hard to include you in, and now you’ve caused everyone in this house to hate each other. Maybe if you weren’t such a dork this wouldn’t have happened.”

“I’m sorry! I’m sorry, okay? I screwed up, I regret it, and I wish I could go back in time. I’m sorry.” She buried her face in her hands and continued to cry.

“Yea, I wish we could too.”

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Skye threw herself off Stone’s bed and ran out of the room, still crying. I crossed my arms, there was still a lot I wanted to say to her. I shrugged, there wasn’t anything I could do tonight.

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“You’re so selfish, Lake. I can’t believe you.” Stone crossed his arms and glared at me.

“You think I give a shit what you think?” I turned away from him while I changed into my pajamas.

“Good luck trying to fix this.” He mumbled. His words sobered me up pretty quick. I pretty much just ruined the relationship I had with my sister, and for what? One high? Was I really that selfish?

He was right, I was gonna need a lot of luck to fix this one.

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Lake Fae Chapter 5: Flying High

*Warning* Drug use in this chapter, don’t read if that triggers you. Thank you ūüôā

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“Hey Stone, got a minute?” I cautiously approached my eldest brother. He was busy with his inventing bench, as he had been for the past few years. It was almost impossible for any of us to pry him away from it.

“I’m a little busy.” He muttered under his breath.

“I-I know. I just wanted to talk.” I admitted.

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“Then why don’t you go try Lake?” He continued to work away on whatever it was that he was making.

“This isn’t really something I can talk to him about.”

“What? You guys are like constantly talking, what could he possibly not know about you?” He laughed sarcastically behind the clanking of the metal. I knew he was jealous of the bond between Lake and I.

“This isn’t really about me though.”

“Then who is it about?”

“I wanted to know more, about Mom.” I hesitated slightly, nervous about his reaction.

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He dropped his tools on the bench and completely stopped. Stone stayed silent for what felt like hours. I was about to leave the garage and tell him to forget about it, I didn’t want to upset him even more than I already had.

“I figured you’d wonder about her one day.” He looked over at me and smiled sadly. “What do you already know about her?”

“Not much, just what she looks like and that she’s not here.”

“Sit.” He gestured to the tool cabinet next to me.

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Stone moved whatever he was working on onto the shelf attached the the bench. He pulled himself up onto the now clear surface and turned towards me.

“I was really young when she left, but I still remember her. We all lived in this little cabin on the beach, its was always just us, we never had any visitors there. She spent a lot of time with us, we were her whole world. She was an amazing mother, she was always there for us and she worried about us constantly.”

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He paused for a moment to take a deep, shaky breath. “But mom wasn’t like the rest of us. She was a vampire fairy, she had glowing eyes and wings. People were afraid of her. They were looking for her, they wanted to keep her in custody. That’s why we lived in that cabin, no one could find us there.”

He took another deep breath and allowed my to process everything he just told me. A hybrid? A fugitive? This was not what I was expecting, at all.

“I’m pretty sure we were all born there. She didn’t leave the cabin for at least five years. They tried to lure her out with messages on the TV, but they never worked. I remember watching them with Mom and Dad, and I remember their discussions about what they would do. I know they were looking for Dad too, but they eventually stopped. I don’t really know why though.”

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“But finally, they aired a message saying they would free all supernaturals from the experiments if she turned herself in. She was a selfless person, so of course she took the deal. So she left, and everyone was set free.”

I sat there, my jaw hanging open. We were learning about the experiments in history class. We were still in the early stages, we hadn’t learned about this yet, if even was in the books.

“Is this in the history books?” I had to know or else it would drive me insane.

“Yea, it is actually.” He chuckled softly. “It’s pretty weird to learn about your family in school. Especially the royal side.”

“The royal side?” I asked, curious.

“Don’t you remember the lesson on the royal family? Before the humans discovered us?”

“Of course.”

“They were our ancestors.”

“Wow, we certainly have a colorful history.” I laughed.

“We sure do.”

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*Lake*

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It wasn’t until a few days after¬†Freesia¬†initially told me her¬†idea for a band name that we told the rest of the group. We also told them that we were together now, which didn’t surprise any of them in the slightest.

Now, we were all sitting in Freesia’s garage after our first practice with our official band name. She said we were going to celebrate, I wasn’t entirely sure what she meant by that.

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“I’m so glad we finally have a name.” Allium chuckled as he caressed Ama’s face. “It finally feels like we’re a real band.”

“Yea, it does.” I agreed. “Now we can start playing real gigs.”

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“Speaking of gigs, my dad knows a guy who owns a club downtown. He said he wants us to play there in a few weeks.” Freesia chimed in with a smile.

“Seriously? That’s awesome!” Skye grinned, and we all cheered. We were gonna play a real gig!

“Well now I think it’s time to celebrate.”

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She climbed off the floor and walked over the washing machines in the corner. She reached behind the dryer and pulled out a small box before leaving the garage. Freesia came back seconds later, dragging a small table with her. She placed it in the middle of the room before leaving once more. When she came back, she had six bottles in her hands. She set them down next to the table, grabbed the box and set that down on top of the table.

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She slowly opened the box and started to pull of the contents. It was full of weed and a bottle of pills.

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“Help yourselves.” Freesia grinned, gesturing to the drugs and alcohol in the middle of us.

“Are you sure Freesia? You never share your stash.” Ama asked hesitantly.

“It’s a special occasion, I’m willing to share.”

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“Are you serious?” My sister jumped up from her spot on the garage floor.

“What?” Freesia asked innocently, as if she didn’t have a huge stash of illegal drugs and alcohol only inches from her.

“What? Are you serious? This is¬†illegal.” ¬†She scoffed.

“Only if we get caught.” Freesia giggled.

“C’mon Skye, loosen up.” Amaryllis tried to persuade her.

“No, we’re leaving. C’mon Lake.” She started to head for the door, but when I didn’t stand she turned around to face me.

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“Lake, aren’t you coming?” She asked expectantly. I couldn’t believe how lame she was being right now. We finally had friends, we were in an awesome band and we actually had a real gig lined up. Now she wanted to throw that all away over some pot and pills? She was making this into a much bigger deal than it actually was.

“Nah, I’m gonna stay. You sure you wanna leave?” I tried to stay as calm as I could, I didn’t want to get angry at her for trying to ruin this for me.

“Yes. I’m going home, and I’m telling dad.” She honestly sounded like a child, threatening to go home and tell on me.

“Fine, go ahead. But since when has he ever given a shit about us? Do you ever see him sitting down for dinner with us, or asking us how our day went? No, all he does is drink in the attic or drink at the bar. So go ahead, tell him. Ask him if he’d like to join us.” I was beyond trying to not piss her off. She embarrassed me, now it was my turn to do the same to her.

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“Screw you.” I could see the tears welling up in her eyes as she clenched her fists. Part of me felt a little bad for upsetting her, but I didn’t want to give in now. “I’m out of the band.” She growled before heading out the door.

“Good.” I muttered under my breath.

“Well, that was awkward.” Allium joked, making the rest of us chuckle.

“Yea, now let’s get started.” Freesia reached across the table and grabbed a couple buds and some rolling paper.

I hesitated. Even though I fought with my sister to stay here, I was a bit apprehensive about drugs. I’d never done any before, and I wasn’t really sure how to do it. Everyone else was already grabbing at the weed or the pills, and if I didn’t grab something soon I’d look really stupid. Eventually I decided on the pills, since I knew exactly how to take those and I wouldn’t smell when I got home.

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It wasn’t long before everyone was high. Ama and Allium were trying to play Foosball, but they were laughing too hard to actually achieve anything. Thistle was still sitting in the same place he had been all night, while Freesia and I laid on the ground next to the couch.

“Holy crap, this is really fun.” I laughed from the floor.

“I know right? Your sister is really missing out. It might do her some good to loosen up.” Thistle chuckled. I sat up and looked at him. This was the first time I’d heard him say more than three words at once.

“Yea, she’s pretty stuck up.” I sighed as I laid back down on the floor. I loved my sister, but she could really be a killjoy.

Lake Fae Chapter 4: I’m in the Band

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“A band? Really Lake?” Skye rolled her eyes at me after I explained Freesia’s idea. We were sitting on her bedroom floor, we’d just finished our homework and were about to go to bed. I had figured that now would be the best time to bring it up.

“Yes really, don’t you think it’ll be cool?”

“I don’t know, they don’t really seem to like me.” She looked down at the carpet and started to fiddle with the edge.

“If they didn’t like you, why would they want you to be in the band?” I stretched the truth a little bit, but still, if Freesia didn’t like her she wouldn’t let her be in the band.

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“I-I don’t know. But how am I gonna fit into the band? I play bass, those aren’t usually in bands.”

“We can make it work. At least give it a shot, if you don’t like it you can leave.” I offered, I really wanted her to be in the band, but if she wasn’t having fun I wouldn’t force it.

“Fine, I guess I’ll give it a shot.” She rolled her eyes but had a smile plastered on her face.

“Thanks Skye.”

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“So now that that’s out of the way, what was up at lunch today?” I asked her.

“What do you mean?”

“You know what I mean, the blushing and the tensing up, what was that?” I was concerned, but also a little curious.

“Oh, um, I don’t know.” She started blushing again.

“C’mon Skye, you can trust me.”

“Hey, it’s pretty late, we should go to bed.” She stated suddenly. I turned around and glanced at her clock. It was almost eleven and we had school tomorrrow.

“Fine, but this isn’t over.” I warned as I pulled myself off the floor.

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The next day the six of us met in the hallway outside of our math class. “So, you in Skye?” Freesia leaned over to look at my sister.

“Yea, sure.” She smiled.

“Are you guys in?” I looked at the three others in the group.

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“He’s in, but I don’t have any musical talent. I’ll be you’re first fan.” Amaryllis giggled as Allium attacked her cheek with kisses.

“Gross, guys.” Freesia whined, making the rest of us laugh.

“How about you Thistle? Are you in?” I asked the quiet red-head who once again, hadn’t said a word.

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“Sure.” He smirked slightly. His one-word answers made me curious, why didn’t he talk as much as the rest of them? Did he even like us?

“So where are we gonna practice?” Allium asked, his arms still tightly wound around Amaryllis.

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“My house, my garage has some equipment we can use. We can go after school today if you’d like.” Freesia offered.

“Then it’s settled, first band practice at Freesia’s after school today.” Allium said cheerfully right as the bell rang, signalling that we needed to get to class.

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“You’re house is huge!” I exclaimed as the six of us reached Freesia’s house. It was three stories with a three car garage and a barn. It had to be one of the biggest houses in town.

“Yea, I guess.” She shrugged. “C’mon, let me show you the garage.”

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“And here it is” Freesia waved her arms out as we looked around the room.

“Oh my god, this is perfect.” Allium said in awe.

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The garage had everything we’d need. She had a drum set, two different guitars, a bass, and a keyboard. There were two couches surrounding the instruments, perfect for people to sit and watch us play. She also had a Foosball table, an arcade game and a stereo that we could use during breaks.

“Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!” Freesia exclaimed¬†as she ran over to the electric guitar.

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We each made our way over to our respective instruments. “What should we play?” I asked, I had just realized we hadn’t even thought about music yet.

“Let’s just jam for a bit, try and find our sound.” Freesia suggested, and that’s just what we did.

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*A few weeks later*

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Freesia’s house was where the six of us spent most of our time. Her parents were never there, I don’t think any of us have even met them. But we didn’t care, we were having fun. She had a huge pool, complete with a diving board, a waterfall and a water slide. We often took time off from the band to hang out and go swimming.

Speaking of the band, over those few weeks we really started to improve as a group. We were writing our own music now, we were even able to include the bass in all our songs. Skye was really happy about that, she was really happy with the band thing in general. It was awesome for the both of us, not only did we have friends, we had a way to share our music with people.

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Over those few weeks, Freesia and I grew a lot closer. We had one of those friendships where we were constantly flirting with each other, but never actually got together. Well, not yet anyway. I think we were both hoping to become an item, it was just a matter of who would make the first move.

“So, any name ideas yet?” Freesia asked while we sat near the pool. We couldn’t come up with band name and it was driving us all crazy. Naming a band shouldn’t be this hard right?

“Nope, none.¬†Do you have any ideas?” I asked her.

“I do actually, I wanted to get your opinion on it first before I share it with the rest of the band.” She grinned.

“Oh? What is it?”

“How does ‘Time Association’ sound?”

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“That sounds perfect” I beamed. Time Association was a perfect name for the group.

“You think so?”

“Yea of course. We should go tell them your idea.” I started to get off the bench but she stopped me.

“Later, during practice.” She ran her fingers through her hair and glanced up at me. “I’d rather stay here and sit with you.”

I blushed. I hated it when I blushed, but I couldn’t help it. “I uh, me too. Yea. Me too.”

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“Nervous?” She asked as she got up from her chair and sat down next to me.

“N-no, not really.” I lied, I didn’t want to look even more stupid in front of her.

“It’s alright, no need to be nervous, you know I like you too.” She scooted even closer before putting a hand on my thigh.

“You do?”

“Yea, of course. I don’t let just anyone into my circle of friends.”

“Well I’m glad I made the cut.” I joked, making her giggle. Then, she scooted so close to me her butt was touching my thigh. I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I kinda freaked and jumped off the bench. “Hey, maybe we should go in the pool.”

“Yea, in a minute.” She stood up too and grabbed my hand. “What are you so nervous about?”

“I’m not that great with girls.” I admitted.

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“Then I guess I’ll have to be the one who makes the first move.” She grinned seductively before grabbing my facing in her hands and pulling my lips to hers. I wasn’t sure how to react at first, but after a few seconds I started to kiss her back.

“Now let’s go swimming.” ¬†She chuckled, grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the pool. I was still kinda dazed, did she really just kiss me?

Lake Fae Chapter 3: Making Friends

A/N:¬†Sorry for the long wait, I haven’t been feeling my best the past week or so and I haven’t really been motivated to write. This chapter is a little short, sorry about that. I would’ve put more but sickness and a slow sims game do not mix. Thanks for being patient and I hope you enjoy the chapter ūüôā

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“I don’t think this is a good idea, Lake.” Skye gripped my arm as we headed to¬†the cafeteria later that day. I’d explained to her that Freesia wanted to apologize for her comment in math and that she invited us to sit with her and her friends.

“C’mon Skye, this might be our only chance to make some friends.” She sighed, but with one puppy dog look, she gave in.

“If they say anything mean, I’m out.”

“Thank you!” I almost hugged her, but we were in the cafeteria now and I didn’t want to do anything to ruin my reputation already. She rolled her eyes at my enthusiasm as we made our way over to the table with Freesia and her friends.

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When we approached the tables, I felt Skye tense up beside me. I wanted to address it, but I also didn’t want to embarrass her in front of our potential new friends. It would have to wait until later.

“Hey guys, take a seat.” Freesia offered with a smile. Skye took a seat next to the couple on one side of the table while I made my way over towards Freesia.

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“Hi, I’m Freesia.” She said with a smile while addressing my sister. “This here is Thistle, he doesn’t talk much.” She chuckled while gesturing to the red haired boy next to her. I couldn’t help but notice the small blush that crossed my sister’s cheeks. “And those two are Amaryllis and Allium, the most obnoxious couple in the world.” She laughed.

“I’m Skye, it’s nice to meet you.” She smiled nervously as she glanced around the group.

“I’m sorry about my comment in geometry, I didn’t mean to upset you.” Freesia offered an apologetic smile.

“It’s alright.” Skye fidgeted nervously with the hem of her shirt, the was obviously making her uncomfortable.

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“So Freesia,” I quickly cut in to draw attention away from my sister. “What elective are you taking?”

“Oh,¬†I’m taking music, I heard the teacher is really cool.” She said with a smile.

“Really? So are we.” I couldn’t help but become more attracted to Freesia, not only was she hot, but she was also into music like I was.

“What do you play?”

“Guitar, bass, and the keyboard so far. I’ve been thinking about taking up drums though. What about you?”

“Just guitar.”

“Cool, what about you guys?” I asked the others at the table.

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“We’re taking home ec, this one needs to learn how to cook so she can make me dinner sometime.” Allium joked as he pulled his girlfriend closer.

“Yeah, well you need to learn how to do laundry, you’re room is covered in dirty clothes.” Amaryllis teased him back.

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“What about you, Thistle?” He hadn’t said a word since Skye and I sat down with them.

“Shop.” He said quietly from behind his hair.

“My brother took shop freshman year, he really liked it.” Skye chimed in.

“Cool.” He gave a one word answer once again, and things got a little awkward.

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Luckily, we didn’t have to sit in awkward silence for a long time, the bell rang only seconds later, and we all dispersed to head to our next class.

“We’ve got music next, wanna walk together?” Freesia offered Skye and me. I glanced at Skye, I could tell she wasn’t thrilled to be spending more time with her. Also, I needed to talk to Skye about a few things, I’d been hoping I could do that between periods. But refusing her offer would be rude, right?

“Sure.” I accepted with a smile, I didn’t even notice my sister’s annoyed expression.

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“This doesn’t even look like a classroom.” Freesia was in awe at the sight of the music room.

“It doesn’t” Skye chuckled in agreement.

“I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.” I joked as I looked around the room. There were instruments everywhere, I felt like I was in a music store or something.

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The three of us made our way over to the front row of chairs. I sat next to my brother, he was in his last year of high school and was taking music as a blow off class. Skye and I weren’t sure how we felt about taking a class with him, but we didn’t really have a say in the matter.

Freesia took the seat next to me before my sister could. Skye was visibly annoyed, I could already tell that she¬†wasn’t a fan of Freesia. But despite that she took the empty seat next to her. Hopefully this wouldn’t last forever, I’d really like to spend more time with Freesia.

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As we were making our way to our seats, a short haired vampire started playing the keyboard on the stage of the classroom. She didn’t have any sheet music, she never even looked up from her keyboard to see if anyone was watching. The woman just kept playing as the room fell silent.

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She suddenly jumped up from the keyboard and stood in front of the class. “Play!” She yelled, making us jump a little.

“What?” Freesia voiced what we were all thinking.

“Play, whatever instrument you want! Doesn’t matter if you don’t know how, just go for it.” She said cheerfully from her spot on the stage.

We all glanced around, a little confused. It was our first day, wasn’t she going to go over rules or give us a short lesson? It was a little strange but we all got up despite our confusion and headed for an instrument.

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My first choice were the drums, but there were only two sets, (not including the one on stage, I don’t think we were allowed to use those instruments yet.) Stone and a classmate of ours made it there first. I silently vowed to sit closer to the drums tomorrow to try and get to them first.

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My disappointment didn’t last long, I soon spotted a grand piano in the corner of the room. I’d always wanted to play one, but my family couldn’t afford one so I had to make due with my keyboard. No one else was headed for it, so now was my chance.

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“Maybe we should start a band.” Freesia joked as she approached the piano, holding an electric guitar in one hand while dragging an amp with the other.

“That’s actually not a bad idea, do any of your other friends play any instruments?” I asked. A band sounded like fun.

“I think Thistle can play the drums, and I know Allium can play guitar. If you really want to, the four of us could start a band.” She offered.

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“What about Skye?” I asked, nodding my head towards my sister who was playing one of the basses.

“Oh, right sure. I don’t know how a bass will fit in, but I think we can make it work.” She smiled.

“Awesome.” I could tell she wasn’t too thrilled about including my sister, but like she said I think we could make it work. “Do you wanna talk to the other guys and we can all discuss¬†it more at lunch tomorrow?”

“Sure, I’ll text them tonight.” She had to yell slightly, the noise from the multiple instruments was starting to become deafening. I didn’t respond vocally, I just gave her a smile and a nod before getting back to playing the piano.

The longer I played, the more excited I became about the band. Music was important to me, and now I could share that with my new friends. I just hoped they were as interested as I was.

Lake Fae Chapter 2: That’s My Sister

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As the years went by, I lost interest in both the attic and the workbench. Instead I turned my attention towards music. While my brother spent time tinkering with scraps of metal, I stayed in our room and played whichever instrument I was feeling that day. I found that I was a pretty gifted musician. As far as I could tell, I could play the keyboard, the guitar, and the bass.

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“Hey, Bozo.” Skye’s voice interrupted my playing, making me jump. Whenever I played, I got really into the music and it was easy to startle me. I hadn’t even noticed her come into the room.

“Skye, you shouldn’t scare me like that.” I dropped my hands from the keys and spun around the face my sister.

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“Why aren’t you practicing?” I asked. Skye was also a musician. She wasn’t gifted, but she could definitely play well enough to get into the highest level band at our new school this coming year. She played the bass, she fell in love with it when I got mine so Dad bought her one too.

“Dunno, nerves I guess.” She said with a sharp intake of breath and fiddled with the hem of her shirt anxiously.

“What’s up?” I asked, officially directing all of my attention towards her, my music could wait.

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“I’m nervous about tomorrow.” She plopped down onto the floor of my room with a sigh. Skye and I start high school tomorrow. Even though I was a year older than her, we were in the same grade. My dad decided to keep me back a year so the two of us could be together.

“I’ll be right there with you, it won’t be that bad.” I offered as I joined her on the floor.

“But still, it’s a huge school. what if we don’t have any classes together?” She worried.

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“Well, we’re gonna have to branch out sometime, right?” I tried to joke but she didn’t crack a smile. “Oh c’mon Skye, it couldn’t hurt us if we made some friends other than each other.”

“You know I’m not good with people.” She sighed once again. She wasn’t wrong, but I needed to convince her to at least try.

“It won’t kill you to try. Tell you what, if we have zero classes together and you can’t make any friends in any of them, I’ll have Dad go in and change my classes to fit yours again.” I offered, finally making her giggle. Neither of us could forget the incident of our first year in middle school. We didn’t have any classes together, and when Dad found out he stormed into the school and demanded that they change our schedules to fit. They never forgot to put us in the same classes again.

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“Alright fine, I’ll try to make other friends.” She smiled, making me smile too.

“Good, I don’t think the administrators would appreciate our angry father.” I joked once more. She giggled, and once again I was glad I could calm my sister’s anxiety. It seemed like this was becoming more and more of an issue, she always seemed to be nervous about something. Something told me I should tell my dad, but I didn’t want to make assumptions and have Skye lose her trust in me. I guess I’d just have to see how it played out.

———-

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The next morning Skye and I walked into the doors of Appaloosa Plains High. She was visibly shaking, the poor girl was so¬†nervous. I was pretty tense too, kids from the town over would be going to this school since they didn’t have a high school there. It was kinda scary.¬†Skye and I had picked up our schedules in front of the school and we found out we had three classes together. ¬†It wasn’t ideal, but we wouldn’t be having our dad come into the administration office any time soon.

There weren’t many people in the hallways. Classes were about to start and most people were already in their first periods.

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But out of the few people around us, my eyes were instantly drawn to the girl across the room. She was gorgeous. She wasn’t supermodel pretty, she was more like a statue, a work of art that looked too flawless to really exist.

I hadn’t even noticed that I’d stopped walking until Skye’s voice broke me away from my thoughts. “Hey bozo, you coming or what?”

“Huh?” I asked, slowly pulling my eyes away from the girl across the room. Skye rolled her eyes and grabbed my arm, pulling me towards first period geometry. Even in my dazed state I was glad to see she’d calmed down.

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Our class happened to be right down the hallway that the girl and her friends were standing near. As Skye and I passed, the girl and I made eye contact. I gave her a small smile, and to my surprise she smiled back. I could feel my face start to heat up, I’d never been the greatest when it came to girls. I hoped I wouldn’t screw this up before I even tried. I also hoped I’d be seeing more of her.

———–

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I didn’t have to wait very long to see her. Turns out she’s in my first period geometry class. There weren’t many seats in here to begin with so when she came in the only chair left was next to me. It was a little hard to concentrate on what our teacher was saying when such a beautiful girl was so close to me.

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He was also very hard to listen to. Mr. Yates had a very boring, monotonous voice that could put anyone to sleep. It was a shame, he had the potential to be a really cool teacher. Mr. Yates was one of the few Djinn in town. They were a dying breed and there were only two families here in Appaloosa Plains. You would think that a man like that would be at least somewhat interesting. Wrong.

“Alright,” He turned away from the board once he finished writing some random shapes and equations that made no sense to me. “Can anyone tell me the formula for the pythagorean theorem?”

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Immediately Skye’s hand shot into the air. She might be she and awkward, but she was fairly smart and never passed up the chance to answer a question in class. “Yes, Miss Fae?” Mr. Yates called on my sister.

“A squared plus B squared equals C squared.” She answered confidently.

“Correct.”

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“Nerd.” The girl I previously admired said through a fake cough. I glared at her before glancing over at Skye to see if she heard. She definitely had, her previous enthusiasm had vanished and was replaced with an expression of hurt and embarassment. Every instinct I had told me to go over there and comfort her, but I knew that would only cause more teasing. The best I could think of was a supportive smile, but she was staring down at her notes so she couldn’t see.

The purple haired vampire next to me giggled at the other girls’ comment. I instantly hated them, they didn’t even know my sister and they were already making fun of her.

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The cute girl next to me noticed my glare. “What?” She questioned, despite the fact the teacher was still talking.

“That’s my sister.” I crossed my arms and continued my glare.

“Oh, sorry.” Her expression changed from it’s previous smugness to one of sincere guilt. “I didn’t really mean anything by it.”

“Well you obviously hurt her feelings.” I gestured over to my sister who’s head was still hung in embarrassment.

“Alright, well why don’t you two sit with us at lunch, I can apologize and maybe we could be friends?” She flirted, leaning forward.

“I don’t see why not.” I half-smiled. Maybe I didn’t hate her, I mean, she was willing to apologize. Perhaps she was right, we could be friends. Hopefully Skye will accept her apology, it would be nice to have a group of friends.

Lake Fae Chapter 1: Don’t Be Stupid

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For the next few days I avoided my brother. Stone didn’t even notice though, he was too busy playing with the inventing bench to care about his younger siblings. The longer he stayed locked up in there, the angrier I got. It wasn’t fair that he could stay in there for hours and make cool stuff while Skye and I didn’t even get a turn.

Books were my pastime until I figured out how to convince Stone to let me use the bench. I read books about mad scientists and robots taking over the world. It satisfied my need to use the bench for a while, but eventually I’d want to go back there and build myself a robot.

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“Lake, stop obsessing.” Skye scolded, even though I hadn’t even said anything. I looked over my book and towards her, and noticed she wasn’t even looking at me.

“How did you know I was obsessing?”

“You tense up, I can feel it from here.” She explained and continued playing with her stuffed bear.

“You’re weird.” I chuckled softly while she glared at me.

“Yea, you too.” She stuck her tongue out at me and snuggled her teddy.

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I watched her snuggle her teddy for a while. My book was kinda boring, I’d read all the cool books we owned about a million times, this book was one of Stone’s that I borrowed from our room. She was the only entertaining thing in the room, until I looked behind her. A sly grin spread across my face. Since Stone wouldn’t let us use the bench, we’d have an even better adventure than we did with him.

“Hey Skye, I have an idea.”

“I don’t like that tone.” She looked at me, as nervous as she usually is.

“Dad isn’t home, Stone is in the garage, we can do whatever we want.” I smiled, Dad bought a bar in town and now he spent most of his time bartending over there.

“W-what is it?” I slammed my book shut and jumped down from the arm chair.

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“No one’s gonna notice if we go in the attic.” I walked over the the edge of the forbidden staircase.

“No way. Dad would kill us if he found out.”

“Well, then he won’t find out.” I shrugged. No matter what, I was going up there. With or without her.

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Before she could say anything else, I was already heading up the stairs.

“C’mon Lake, don’t be stupid.” Skye sounded frantic. I knew I shouldn’t be making her panic like this, but I had to know why we weren’t allowed up there.

“You coming?”

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Skye sighed from behind me, and sure enough I heard the light squeak of her boots on the stairs.

“I really don’t think we should be doing this.”

“Oh come on, if you really thought that you wouldn’t be doing it.” I rolled my eyes and finally emerged into the attic.

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“What the heck?” I said aloud as I stood at the edge of the stairs.

“What?” Skye asked as she came up, almost bumping into me.

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“It’s just a bar, and a bunch of junk!” I practically yelled. After all this time, imagining all the possible things my dad could be hiding up here, and it was just an old bar and some trash.

“Maybe this is just a decoy, maybe the real secret is in the bedroom!” She exclaimed half-heartedly. She could tell I was disappointed, I knew she was only saying that to cheer me up.

“Yea, maybe.” I trudged my feet across the dusty floor and opened the first door I approached.

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Lucky for me, it was the door to the bedroom. I stepped in slowly, part of me still hoping there would be something worth hiding in here.

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But once again I was let down. There was just a bunch of crap and a bed. The only things that were slightly interesting from my point of view were the pictures. There was one of my mother making a silly face, I’d never seen it before. Also on the wall was a baby picture of Stone. He looked tiny, he was probably new born when it was taken. It was weird to think that my older brother used to be that small.

Skye pushed past me and hurried into the room. “Be careful Skye, don’t touch anything. He can’t know we were here.”

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She ran up to his beside table. The only thing on it was a small sheep toy.

“Why do you think Daddy has a toy in his room?” Skye wondered out loud.

“Dunno.” I mumbled as I walked towards the center of the room. Something to my left caught my eye, and I abruptly turned around.

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“Skye look!” I said, excited once again.

“What is that?” She asked. A box of large metal parts sat in front of the window.

“They look like robot parts!” I got excited at the idea of my Dad secretly building robots. Maybe he lied, maybe he doesn’t own a bar at all. Maybe, my dad actually builds robots in secret! How cool would that be?

Before I could express my theories to Skye, I heard the familiar sound of tires on gravel. “Oh crap,” I cursed, “Dad’s home!”

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I flew away as fast as I could and dove off of the hallway railing. It was a bit unnecessary, but I panicked. If Dad did catch us up here, who knows what he’d do. He’d been moody almost my whole life, one minute he’d be happily sipping his blood bags and the next he’d be throwing it across the room and storming out, even though no one said anything. It was scary.

Skye and I rushed into her room and immediately started to play with the block table. Luckily, there was already a tower on it, so if Dad came in our cover wouldn’t be blown. But as usual, Dad just went straight up to the attic without even saying hello to us.

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A few weeks later, Stone offered to take Skye and I to the public pool. I was still mad at him for hogging the work bench, but I really liked the pool so I accepted.

I still sat in the back and didn’t speak to him though.

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“Just jump right in, it’s not that scary Skye.” I assured her once we got to the pool and stood at the edge.

“But what if I drown?” She asked anxiously.

“You won’t drown, Stone’s right there and I’ll stay by you the whole time.” I explained while gesturing to our brother, who was already lounging on a raft. “And besides, you know how to swim.”

“Can we go at the same time?” I gave her a small smile and a nod.

“Count of three?”

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“One, two, three!” We counted together before jumping into the pool.

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“See, it’s not that scary.” I tugged on my wet hat strings to adjust it.

“Yea, I guess it’s pretty fun.” She smiles innocently before splashing a huge wave of water in my face.

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“Hey!” I held up my hands to protect myself, but it was too late. Another wave came crashing at my face, almost knocking me underwater.

“Oops, sorry.” Skye faked a smiled before splashing me a third time.

“This means war, Skye.” We both laughed as we sent wave after wave at the others¬†face.

It was that day I realized my little sister wasn’t just the kid I had to protect, she was also the best friend I could’ve ever asked for.