Lake Fae Chapter 12: Time Stands Still

A/N: Hey guys! So sorry for the long wait, but I have an announcement. I made an ask.fm for the Fae’s where you can ask me or the characters anything you want. You can find it here, send me an ask and I’ll answer it as soon as I can. Thanks and enjoy the chapter!

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I hadn’t slept in days. Part of me knew I would wake up and for a split second I would think this had all been a terrible nightmare, then I’d have the crushing realization that it was real life. I wasn’t ready to deal with that yet. So I did whatever I could to stay awake, but now it was starting to catch up to me.

It was the day of the funeral. Everyone gathered around in some stuffy church downtown and listened to some old guy talk about what an amazing young woman my sister was. It was drab and dull, it was not the type of thing my sister would’ve wanted. Now, everyone had come back to our house for food and to express their condolences to my family.

But after the millionth awkward hug, I couldn’t take it anymore. When no one was looking I snuck off into my bedroom to have some quiet time. Well, as quiet as I could get, I could hear the buzz of chatter through the floor. However, it was a lot better than doing the talking myself.

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“Lake, Baby, are you in here?” Freesia’s voice asked as she slowly opened the door.

“Yeah, I’m here.” I answered halfheartedly from the floor.

“No one could find you, they’re looking for you.” She sounded worried, I didn’t blame her. If I found her lying on the floor next to a few bottles of pills and beer, I’d be worried too. Freesia didn’t express her worry though, which I was grateful for. I didn’t want to explain myself to her.

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“How are things down there?” I asked, trying to avoid the ‘how are you?’ question everyone had been asking me today, I didn’t need it from her too.

“Weird. Lots of small talk, nobody really knows what to say.” She sighed. “This is all so weird.”

“Yea.” I nodded in agreement, I wasn’t sure what to say either.

“Can I sit?” She asked with a small smile. I nodded and patted the rug next to me.

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“Did you…” She didn’t finish her question, she just eyed the small stash I had piled next to me.

“No, I was thinking about it though.” I admitted. I had come in the room all worked up, I grabbed a bunch of stuff and I was gonna try and overdose. But I ultimately decided against it, it wouldn’t help anything.

“Have you slept at all?” Freesia asked softly while cupping my chin in her hands.

“Not yet. You know I can’t.”

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She didn’t respond right away, she just climbed over me and laid on my chest. “Then you know what, why don’t we take a nap together? That way you don’t have to wake up alone.”

“I’ll be asleep for a long time, it’s been days.”

“That’s ok, if I wake up first I’ll stay until you wake up. However long that takes.”

“You’d do that for me?”

“Of course, I love you.” She smiled and kissed me softly of the nose. “Now, lets go to sleep.” She put her head down on my chest and wrapped her arm around my torso, and soon enough I was drifting off.

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*A few days later*

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A week after losing my sister, things started to calm down a bit. There were no longer streams of people coming through our front door. The only people around were Thyme and Thistle, the latter didn’t want to be alone so he was staying with us for a while. He was an absolute wreck, he wasn’t able to go the the beach with my sister and her friends that night and he regretted it. He wished he had died alongside her, just like I did.

The lack of people in our house meant that we’d have to try and get back on a regular schedule again. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like how everyone else got to move on, everyone else got to live their lives normally while we were all here completely shattered. It sucked.

But for now, here we all were sitting around the living room trying to keep ourselves distracted. It wasn’t working very well for me, there was too much on my mind.

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“So babe, I’m going back to work tomorrow.” Stone announced to his boyfriend.

“Are you ready?” Thyme asked, his concern for my brother was apparent.

“I have to, they’re starting a huge project and if I don’t go back I can’t be part of it. It’s a really interesting project and I need to be there for it.” Stone explained. I could tell by his voice he wasn’t one-hundred percent ready to go back, but my brother would never turn down an opportunity like this and he was not about to change that now.

“What’s the project?” Thyme didn’t push the subject anymore, he knew my brother’s determination as well as I did and knew he wouldn’t change his mind.

“Time travel, actually. It’s pretty cool. They’ve been working on the theory for some time now, and they’re finally going to be putting it to the test.”

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“What did you just say?” I couldn’t help but butt in, this was huge news.

“Time travel, we’re gonna try and see if we can do it or not.” Stone explained nonchalantly as if this couldn’t change everything.

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“Dude, why aren’t you freaking out right now?” I jumped up from the computer desk and ran over to my brother like a child on Christmas.

“Why would I be freaking out?” Stone asked, still not getting it.

“With time travel, we could go back in time and fix things!” I practically yelled at him. His face lit up with realization.

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“A-are you really suggesting we go back in time and try and stop her from going?” He asked, swiftly jumping to his feet, followed by a less-enthusiastic Thyme.

“I am, why didn’t you think of this before?”

“I-I don’t know.”

“Because, you’ve seen a lot of sci fi movies, you know this kind of thing never ends well.” Thyme crossed his arms and frowned.

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“Not right now Thyme.” Stone spun around so fast I’m surprised he didn’t get whiplash. “I know it doesn’t always work out, but we have to try. We owe it to her to try, she was too young and its unfair. I need to try.” He yelled at Thyme.

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“I-I’m sorry, I just don’t want you getting your hopes up. I’m scared of what it might do to you if this doesn’t work out.” Thyme had a point, but it wasn’t strong enough to stop my brother.

“We’ll deal with that when, or if, it ever happens. But for now, we need to try. It’s gonna take weeks for my lab to try and work out the details, but when we do, I’ll bring the blueprints home and recreate it here. That way if anything goes wrong, I won’t break down in front of my coworkers.”

“Couldn’t you get in trouble for that?”

“Maybe, but that’s not important.”

“You know I can’t stop you, but you can’t stop me from worrying.” Thyme smiled slightly at Stone.

“I’ll be careful, I promise.” He smiled back, gave him a quick peck on the lips before turning to me.

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“We could fix this.” He smiled at me before throwing himself into my arms. It was a weird feeling, I don’t think I’ve ever hugged my brother in my life. But it was a nice feeling, I actually liked being close to him. I felt like I finally had a brother.

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*A few weeks later*

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“How’s it coming?” I asked Stone for the thousandth time that day. His lab was able to make the time machine work, and since he couldn’t bring it to me or me to it, he was making one of his own. It took forever.

“It would go a lot faster if you stopped asking me.” He growled from behind clenched teeth. “You know you don’t have to stay in here, right?”

“I know, but I want to be here as soon as it’s finished. I want to get this done as soon as possible.”

“Fine, but maybe things would go faster if you played with the Foosball table.”

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“Fine.” I stood up and made my way over to the game. I started lazily kicking the ball around, but it wasn’t doing anything to pass the time.

“Do you remember the plan?” Stone asked me after a few minutes of mindless playing.

“Of course, we’ve been working on this for weeks.” Over the past few weeks while Stone’s lab was working on the machine, we were strategizing and planning for our rescue mission. It was the only thing we talked about, it was the only thing we thought about. If we could bring our sister back, we needed to put all of our energy into it.

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Finally, after weeks of planning and almost twenty-four hours of constant building, it was time. The machine was finished and now I was going to make my rescue.

“Are you ready?” Stone asked me, he was visibly exhausted after all the hours he put into this.

“I’ve been ready for a long time.” I smirked at him, before moving my way over to the keypad. He’d explained to me how to use it multiple times, it was simple enough.

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I pushed the keys that represented the day my sister passed. My fingers were shaking, I was scared as hell but there was no way I was backing out. My sister needed me.

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The metal doors instantly slid open, revealing a blinding purple light. I turned around and gave Stone a small wave before holding my breath.

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This was it, I was gonna save my sister.

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Lake Fae Chapter 11: That’s Impossible

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“So do we have a gig this week or no?” I asked Freesia over the blaring music. Allium and Blackberry’s party was pretty awesome, but I just wasn’t feeling it tonight. Something felt off, I couldn’t explain it.

“I don’t think so, I know that we have one next weekend but this week we don’t have any.” Freesia responded.

“Where at? Our usual club or somewhere new?” I asked hopefully, we’d been playing the same club for almost a year now and I wanted a change of scenery.

“Same old place.” She looked as disappointed as I felt. We weren’t doing too hot lately and it scared me.

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“What are we gonna do, Babe? We don’t have a backup plan anymore, if this goes south we’re screwed.” I fiddled with a loose string on my jeans. I was extremely nervous, this was my dream and I didn’t want to fail.

“I don’t know, but we’ll figure something out. Maybe Blackberry could hook us up with one of his suppliers.” Blackberry was a drug-dealer, he made good money and it wasn’t a terrible idea.

“Are you sure you wanna get involved in that?  It’s pretty dangerous.” I told her. It was pretty dangerous, there were rival dealers and a lot of cops, it wasn’t easy and I didn’t want her getting hurt.

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“I know it’s dangerous, but I think I would get a lot of business. I’m cute and I can talk anyone into anything. I would be an awesome drug-dealer.” She gave me a flirty smile. “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine. You worry too much.”

“I do not, I just don’t want my baby getting hurt.” I assured her.

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“Then maybe we could be a team. I do the talking and you carry the product, so you can scare the shit out of the buyers so they won’t try anything with me.”

“That’s actually a pretty good idea.” I admitted. We would make a great team and we  could probably make a lot more money that way.

“Awesome, I’ll talk to Blackberry another time, he looks a little busy.” She gestured behind us, where he was making out with some random girl we’ve never seen before.

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“So since we’re gonna be partners on this, maybe we should get a place together, y’know, so I’m always protected in case something goes wrong.” She asked hesitantly. It wasn’t a bad idea.

“Yea, I’d love too, but let’s give it a few weeks, just so we can save up enough to get a nice place.”

“That makes sense.” She smiled at me. “I can’t wait.”

“Me either, it’s gonna be awesome waking up to your face every day.”

“Yea, same here.” Freesia smiled at me again, before glancing over at the array of drugs across the coolers in front of us. “Do you want anything, babe?”

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“Um,” My eyes grazed over all the drugs, until they landed on a small baggie of coke. “I could do a line.” I motioned towards the baggie.

“Me too.” She smiled at me before starting to prepare the lines for the both of us.

“So how are things at home?” She asked, not looking up from the makeshift table.

“Y’know, the usual. Dad’s drunk, Stone’s in the garage, and Skye’s on my ass constantly. I can’t wait to get out of there.” I told her as she leaned down to do her line.

“Yea, I can’t wait for you to get out of there either. You’re sister is so annoying, constantly nagging you. It’s like she’s trying to be your mother or something.” She sneered.

“I wonder where she gets it from, we never really knew our mother.” I wondered aloud as I went in to take my line.

“Who knows, she’s annoying as hell and soon you won’t have to deal with her.”

“Thank god, now lets stop talking about that.” I wrapped my arm around Freesia and pulled her close to me, before twisting around so that she was underneath me.

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“Then what do you wanna talk about?” She gave me a flirty smile.

“How about we stop talking and start kissing?”

“Sounds like a great idea.”

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It was still raining by the time I got home around six AM. But it wasn’t as bad as it had been last night, it was raining so hard I had to sleep at the party. I had taken a cab from Allium and Blackberry’s place, as they lived in Riverview, the next town over. It was a pretty long drive but I didn’t really mind.

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I didn’t expect anyone to be awake, no one was ever awake around here at six, so I was a little surprised to see them, fully dressed and sitting in the living-room nonetheless.

“What’s going on here, you guys look miserable.” I half-laughed.

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But they didn’t laugh with me. They didn’t say anything for a while, and I started to panic. My dad was never in the living-room, and if that wasn’t odd enough it looked like he’d been crying. I couldn’t even see Stone’s face, it was buried in his hands. I couldn’t help but wonder where my sister was.

“Can someone please explain to me what’s going on? Did something happen?” I asked after a few more minutes of silence.

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“Yea, something happened.” Stone jumped up, practically yelling at me. I cringed and took a step back, I was a little scared for what he was about to say. “Skye and her friends went to the beach, and when they were out in the water the storm got too bad, they weren’t able to get out. They all drowned.”

His words made my stomach drop.

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“N-no, that’s impossible. Skye is great at swimming, we’ve gone swimming so many times.” My voice started to waver, this couldn’t be happening.

“The storm got too rough, even a professional swimmer wouldn’t be able to get out.” Stone explained through his tears.

“No, no this can’t be happening.” I mumbled as my head started to spin. I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest and I couldn’t breathe. She couldn’t be dead, I just saw her last night. She was fine.

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“A-are they sure?” I asked, hopeful that maybe she was still out there, they just hadn’t found her yet.

“T-they’re sure. They recovered the bodies a f-few hours ago.” Stone explained between sobs.

“Oh my god.” I clutched my chest, the whole room was spinning and I felt like I was gonna pass out.

“Do you need to sit down, Lake?” My dad asked, but I could barely hear him. My mind was racing, what could I have done differently? Was this my fault? Maybe if I had gone with her I could’ve stopped this, or at least I would’ve died too and I wouldn’t have to live without her.

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I sank to my knees, I couldn’t stand anymore. I was sobbing too hard. I felt awful, maybe if we hadn’t been fighting for the past few years she wouldn’t have made new friends and she wouldn’t have gone.

Another sob ripped through my body as I realized I would never be able to make up with her. She would never know that I do still love her and that I didn’t want us to be fighting forever.

She would never know.

Lake Fae Chapter 10: Unlikeable

A/N Hey guys, I’m back! I’m doing better now, I’m finally back on a normal schedule and I decided it was time to start writing again. My updates won’t be as frequent as they used to be, but I will be posting as often as I can. Also, drug use and swearing, read with caution if that triggers you. Thank you and enjoy the chapter!

*Skye*

*Four Years Later*

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A lot has changed since Lake and I’s falling out. After the night in the club, Thistle and I became and item and we’ve been inseparable ever since. He’s been my rock throughout all the troubles I’ve had with my older brother. He also dropped out of the band right after the first gig, he was not happy with Lake after he punched him. They haven’t really talked since.

Another new thing was that my other older brother, Stone had a boyfriend now. I didn’t even know he liked guys until he brought Thyme home. They make a great pair and I’ve never seen my older brother happier.

Both Stone and I were enrolled at the local community college, he was studying some kind of science something or other and I was studying journalism. My dream was to become a famous reporter.

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“Are you sure you guys wouldn’t be more comfortable on the couch?” Thistle asked Stone and Thyme, who were currently watching the television from the floor.

“We’re fine, we have more room to stretch out down here. Thanks though.” Thyme smiled graciously at my boyfriend.

Thistle was about to respond when the front door swung open and slammed loudly against the wall.

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“Aye bitches, what’s up?” The new Time Association drummer, Blackberry, shouted as the band entered the house. They’d been spending a lot more time here after Stone moved into the garage and Lake got the room all to himself. Even though they had all the band equipment they could ever need in there, I never heard them practicing at all. I had my suspicions about what they did in there, and from the looks of it it looked like they’d been doing it elsewhere too.

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“Really, Lake? Coming home high again?” I could tell he was on something by the unfocused look in his eyes.

“Chill out, don’t be such a mom.” He slurred, making his little crew chuckle.

“Honestly Lake, you gotta stop this.”

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“What’re you gonna do? I’m nineteen, I can do whatever the hell I want.” He scoffed, getting ready to walk away.

“You have to stop being a loser sometime, Lake.” I blurted out and immediately regretted it.

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“I’m not a loser, Skye. My band is finally getting bigger and what are you doing? Going to school to be some dumbass writer? Do you really need a degree to ask people questions then write it down? You’re such a bitch and I’m so tired of your constant nagging. Leave me alone and mind your own damn business.” He was practically yelling by the time he finished.

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“I’m just worried about you, Lake.” We might not be best friends like we used to be, but he was still my brother and I cared about him.

“Ha, yea right.” He laughed sarcastically. “You’re just a control freak who likes to control everything and everyone. Leave me alone.” He scowled at me before turning to his band. He stuck out his hand for Freesia and led them all upstairs to his room.

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Even though we did this constantly, each time it felt like my heart was being smashed into tiny pieces. Thistle could tell I was starting to get upset so he immediately stood up and started to comfort me. I was thankful at least he was here for me.

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*Lake*

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“Shit man, this set up is so sick!” Allium claimed excitedly as he and Blackberry played with my new gaming system.

“Thanks man.” I chuckled, it was nice to have a gaming system in my room. Otherwise I’d have to play in the living-room, which was not ideal.

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A lot of things had changed since our first gig. Thistle left the band to be a nerd with Skye, which really sucked for a while but we eventually found Blackberry. He was a few years older than us but he was an awesome drummer so we didn’t mind. Another thing was that Allium and Amaryllis broke up. It happened about a year after the first gig, they broke up when she thought we were getting too deep into drugs.

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The drugs we were taking now were more hardcore than before but that didn’t mean we were addicts. We could stop any time we wanted, we just didn’t want to.

“Hey Babe, pass me a hit.” I asked Freesia who was sitting next to the stash.

“Of course.” She smiled at me before grabbing a needle.

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A few minutes later I was high again and on top of my girlfriend.

“You are so fucking gorgeous.” I whispered against her lips.

“You guys better not start fucking in front of us, I swear to god I will kick your ass.” Blackberry threatened without even looking away from the television screen.

“Screw you.” Freesia stuck her tongue out at him before pressing her lips into mine.

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A few days later I sat in the kitchen, half eating cake and half scrolling through my Instasim feed. I was going to a party at Blackberry and Allium’s place, they’d recently become roommates and they were throwing a housewarming party. It was gonna be epic.

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“Uh, hey Lake.” A voice broke me away from my phone. I looked up to see my sister standing in the doorway in a bikini.

“What do you want, Skye?” I asked, probably a bit too harsh. But I didn’t care, she was being such a bitch lately.

“Well, I’m going to the beach with a few friends tonight, would you like to come?” She asked hesitantly.

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“What makes you think I wanna hang out with you and your lame ass friends?” I stood up and crossed my arms.

“I-I don’t know, I just wanted to offer. I know you like the beach and I thought you might wanna come.” She looked like she was fighting back tears.

“No, not with you. And besides, it looks like its gonna rain tonight. That’s pretty dangerous and I’m not an idiot.”

“I don’t think it’ll be that dangerous, its supposed to be just a light rain.”

“Doesn’t matter, I’m going to an actual party, one with cool people and beer. I’m gonna have fun with my friends while you guys sit in soggy sand and be miserable. Have fun.”

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“Fine, whatever, I just wanted to try and make things right with you. You make it so hard for people to like you.” She sighed, before turning to leave.

“Whatever” I plopped back down in my chair and pulled my phone out again, continuing with what I was doing as if nothing happened.


Another A/N: Hey guys, thanks for reading! I have a little something for you guys, I’ve put all three kids up for download! You can get Stone here, Lake here, and Skye here. Let me know if you download them I’d love to see what you do with them. And if you decide to use them in your stories, please credit me and let me know, I’d love to see! Thank you 🙂