Thorn Fae Chapter 9: Survival Mode

Trigger Warning: Transphobic/homophobic/bigoted language used. Violence, weaponry and blood are also in this chapter.


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The cold weather was fast approaching, so Pepper, Rose and I were trying to make the most of the few days we had left to sleep outside. When it started to grow colder, we’d have to move our bags into the bathroom to stay warmer. The floors in there were disgusting, so we’d try to prolong it as much as we could.

Things were tense between all of us though. Rose was going out tomorrow to start doing sex work, and Pepper was not happy about it. He didn’t want her to get hurt. I was neutral on the situation, I knew it was dangerous but it felt like our best shot at getting out of here.

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“So, guys,” Rose chimed in after a few moments of silence. “I found this great little swamp house, its kind of a mess. But its super cheap and in a few months we’d be able to afford it. What do you think?” Rose bit her lip nervously.

“A swamp house?” Pepper wrinkled his nose. “You mean that abandoned shack a few blocks over?”

“Yea, that’s the one.” She smiled, as if she were talking about a large mansion on the beach.

“That place is a dump, Rosie.” He half-frowned.

“I know, but at least it’s a roof. It’s better than freezing our asses off out here.” She retorted.

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“She has a point, dude. A shitty roof is better than no roof.” I offered. Sure, it didn’t sound like a castle but it would be much warmer than this.

“I guess, yea. Is it safe? Like is there mold or anything? And will we have time before someone wants to buy it?” Pepper asked, rapidly firing each question like a gun.

“It’s safe, yea. I checked it out the other day. And it’s not exactly being bid on.” She giggled cutely.

“Alright, I’m in.” Pepper agreed reluctantly. I could tell he wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but I think we all wanted a roof over our heads.

“HEY!” A gruff, male voice boomed from the other side of the park, interrupting our conversation.

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“Where you at, Clementine?” He yelled angrily. “I know you’re here.” The man taunted. I looked nervously at my friends, unsure what to do. “Come on out, Princess.”

“They usually sit behind the bathroom, Hemp.” A familiar voice informed the angry man. Jean.

“Thanks, doll.” The man named Hemp thanked her, his tone reminding me of my step-father. There footsteps quickly approached our hiding spot behind the building. My heart pounded, my body froze. I had no idea what to do.

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Rose whimpered, which broke me out of my frozen state. I jumped up, fists balled, ready to take on whoever was coming over here. My mind told me I was no where near strong enough to take on anyone over the age of twelve, but my adrenaline rush made me ignore it. I had to protect my family.

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“Well, well, well.” The man named Hemp finally came into view. He spoke slowly, tauntingly. Like a predator playing with it’s prey. Behind him, Jean stood with her arm draped lazily over a pretty girl’s shoulders. Jean had a sly smile on her face, and I instantly knew this was her doing.

“Oh my darling, Clementine.” The man smirked. The use of my old name made me ball my fists. I’d always hated that name, but it sounded even more vile coming from his lips.

“The fuck do you want?” I spat.

“Mmm, you haven’t heard? You’re a very wanted woman.” He knew he was pushing my buttons, I could tell by his amused expression. My fists were balled so hard, my nails digging hard into my palms. I thought I’d draw blood, but I wouldn’t let him see how his words effected me.

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“Yea, I know I’m wanted.”

“Do you know how wanted you are? The person who returns you to the queen gets five million, and your hand in marriage.” My face dropped. I didn’t know this. He knew I didn’t know this. That sick fuck was enjoying every last minute of this.

“Oh yea? Good luck getting me back there. I’m not going without a fight.” I balled my fists harder, though I felt like a toddler trying to fight a tiger.

“Mm, that would be a problem, my darling.” He smirked, pulling his shirt up slightly to reveal a knife strapped to his pants.

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“Fuck off Hemp. Leave him alone.” Rose jumped up and flung herself in front of me. “He’s not going anywhere with anyone but us. If you want him, you’ll have to get through me.”

“Shut the fuck up, Rock. You couldn’t fight me if you tried. You’ve always been a little sissy ass bitch.” He smirked, he really got off on using our dead names.

“Oh really? Did you think I was a sissy ass bitch when you fucked me in the locker room in eleventh grade?” Rose retorted. Hemp’s eyes flashed with anger, and I knew this wasn’t going to end well.

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“Fuck you, queer! That shit never happened.” He screamed as he lunged towards Rose. His fist connected with her face, a loud thud echoing through the mountains around us.

Rose landed on the ground, her hands taking the brunt of her fall. “Never, once was enough. You’re too small for me.” Rose spat something out on the ground, it looked like a tooth covered in blood.

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“You little faggot!” Hemp pulled his knife from his waist and crouched down over Rose. For a split second, she looked up at me and we made eye contact. Her expression was urging me to do something, but I knew she didn’t want me to help her. She wanted me to run.

But I couldn’t, I was frozen on the spot.

Rose looked back at her attacker, not a single trace of fear in her face. “Kill me if you want, but just know you can’t enjoy five million dollars while in prison.” She spat at him.

“I won’t go to prison, dumbass. No one cares about a queer like you. You’re nothing. Besides, I’ll be a fucking prince. I’ll be above the damn law.” He gave her that creepy little smirk, just before plunging the knife into her stomach and twisting it.

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“I. Will. Fucking. Kill. You!” Pepper raged from beside me, pulling my eyes away from my dying friend.

“What’re you going to do about it, Pansy?” He pulled the knife from Rose’s side with a sickening squelch. He stood over her body carelessly, as if she weren’t even a person.

“I’ll fight you, motherfucker. To the death, if I have to. Though, I’d prefer if it were your death.” Pepper taunted back. I’d never seen him like this. He was so fierce, so protective. It ignited something in me.

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“Mmm, maybe not.” A creepy smile slowly slid across his face. He dropped the knife, it bounced off Rose and landed somewhere in the grass. “I’ve got bigger plans for you, Pansy.”

“Fine, take me. Let Thorn go. I’ll do whatever you want.” He dropped his tough guy demeanor. I had no idea what he was doing, and it scared me. Part of me knew he was about to do something stupid. But, on the other hand, my heart soared at the fact that he’d sacrifice himself for me.

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Hemp pounced at Pepper, swinging his large arm towards my friend’s face. Pepper was faster though, and was able to duck. But in some freaky, martial arts looking move, Hemp swung Pepper around and grabbed him roughly by the waist.

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“Thorn, run!” Pepper yelled, while fighting against his attacker.

“Wineberry, Jean, don’t let her get away!” Hemp screamed as I started to fly off as fast as I could.

“Find Rose’s dream house, Thorn! I’ll meet you there.” Pepper screamed after me. I didn’t exactly know where I was going, but I was about to find out.

I just hoped that both of us would make it there alive.

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Thorn Fae Chapter 8: In The Balance

*One year later*

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During the year after I left home, not much changed. Our group of four had become three, Jean left when she turned eighteen. One morning we woke up and she was gone. Pepper thinks she ran off to join a vampire gang. It doesn’t sound like something Jean would do, but I guess it was the only explanation we could really come up with.

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Now that we were all eighteen, we needed a plan. We couldn’t stay in the park forever. Our days were spent planning out what we would do, or job searching. It wasn’t easy, not a lot of places were interested in hiring homeless transgender people.

“Guys, we’re running out of options here.” Rose sighed after one of our million brainstorming sessions. “I think it’s time for desperate measures.”

“Rose, no. We’re not going to let you do that.” Pepper protested.

“Why? Sex work is really the only thing I can do right now.” She said, mindlessly playing with a blade of grass.

“It’s not, we’ll find something.” Pepper responded forcefully.

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“Pepper. You can’t shelter me forever. It’s dangerous, I know, but I can handle myself. We need the money.” Rose argued, turning to him.

“I know, but we’re not that desperate. I’m not gonna let you put yourself at risk like that.”

“What do you think, Thorn?” Rose asked me the dreaded question. I was hoping I wouldn’t be pulled into this discussion.

“I agree that it’s dangerous and I wouldn’t want you selling yourself on the streets like that. I would hate it if something happened to you. But, we really do need the money and that pays really well. I don’t think we need to result to that just yet though, I think we can wait and try a little more before we go there.” I offered, hoping I didn’t piss either one of them off.

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“Thorn, would you really want Rose going out and doing that with randos who could kill her? Things aren’t exactly great for us trans people.” Pepper crossed his arms.

“I know. It’s dangerous. But it could also get us out of this situation. It wouldn’t be permanent. Just until we can get a place, then we can actually apply for real jobs.” It wasn’t exactly a perfect plan, but it could work.

“I think that’s a good idea.” Rose agreed. “I wouldn’t do it forever, Pepper. Just for a little bit. Wouldn’t you want to have a place to stay? An actual bed, with real, warm food?”

“I mean, I guess. I just don’t think it’s worth risking your life.” He sighed. “But I guess I can’t stop you.”

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“Thank you, Thorn.” Rose cornered me in the bathroom later that night.

“Don’t mention it. I’m not too thrilled about it, but we’re kinda desperate.” I shrugged.

“I know. But I want to get us off the streets. As soon as we have a stable place and jobs, I want to help you track down your father.”

“Wait, really?” I was stunned. I knew she was interested in my family, but I didn’t think she’d actually be interested in tracking my father down.

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“Yea really. You deserve to know your father and he deserves to know his son.” She smiled at me.

“But I thought you thought he was dead?” I questioned.

“He might be. But at least you’ll have some closure.”

“Thank you. That would mean a lot to me.”

“Of course, Thorn. You’re my friend, and I’m also really interested in meeting him.” She chuckled.

“What about Hawk?” I asked, apprehensively. It’d been a year since I’d seen him, but I’d been thinking about him ever since I left. I wondered how he was doing, how he was coping with the loss of his mother and me.

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“Sure. We’ll have to be careful about it though. We don’t want anyone else from your old life finding you.” She warned. We’d found out that Aloe had framed me for the murder of Nutmeg, so I was fairly wanted. I wasn’t worried about seeing Hawk though, I knew he’d trust me over Aloe.

“Good, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t at least try to reconnect with him.” I smiled sadly.

“I know, Thorn. We’ll do our best.”


 *Ginger*

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“Camera guy, get the hell over here! We’re on air in one minute!” I yelled towards the incompetent man we had to hire. After our daughter ran off, our assets had been frozen. We couldn’t access anything if we didn’t have the heir in our custody.

“I’m sorry, your highness.” The squirrely man rushed to the camera to start setting things up. I pinched the bridge of my nose, the stress of trying to get my rightful place back on the throne was exhausting. All of our efforts to get Clementine back to us were for naught. She hadn’t been seen since the night she fled and we were at a standstill.

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Aloe and I had been given a time limit by the council. We needed Clementine back in our custody before her nineteenth birthday, or else we’d completely lose our places. We’d be forced from the castle, dethroned and we’d have to hand everything over to Stone. I couldn’t imagine the horror that would arise with a gay man in the throne.

“Sweetheart, you know what you’re supposed to say, yes?” My darling husband chimed from behind me.

“Of course. everything we have is riding on this working. I would never forget.” I purred with a smirk. I wouldn’t give up my kingdom without a fight.

“We’re on in five, four,” The camera man starting counting down, both aloud and with his fingers.

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“Hello, this is Queen Ginger Fae, along with my husband, King Aloe Fae. We’re here to speak about my daughter, Clementine. She is still missing. It’s been a year now since the disappearance of my daughter. All I want is for her to be brought home. I just want to see my baby again, to hold her in my arms. Please, if you have any information, let us know.” I faked a sad expression.

“As a little more incentive to find my daughter, we’re upping the reward money. Instead of a million, we will now offer the person who brings her back to us five million dollars. And, if you’re a young, suitable male, I will give you my daughter’s hand in marriage. Making you next in line for the throne. So please, bring her back to me.” I gripped the edges of my podium, trying to look like a grieving mother, not a woman protecting her throne.

“As usual, the phone number to call if she’s spotted is down below.” Aloe added, making a downward pointing motion with his hand.

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“Thank you. I really hope we can bring my daughter home. Clementine, if you’re watching this, you’re not in any trouble baby. We know you only did what you did out of self defense. We promise, if you come home, we’ll give you whatever you want.” I promised, emptily of course. As soon as she was returned to me, she’d be locked away until I could arrange a marriage.

“Thank you everyone, that is all for today. I am looking forward to seeing my daughter again.” I bowed my head and the camera lights shut off.

I pulled my husband away from the camera and the camera man.

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“Do you think this’ll work?” I asked him quietly. My hands were shaking, I knew how much was riding on this broadcast.

“I do. Five million dollars and a chance at the throne is too much for anyone to pass up. Anyone out there who knows where she is will bring her back to us. We just have to be patient my dear.” He grabbed my hand and gave me a reassuring squeeze.

“You mean, ‘my queen.'” I scolded, pulling my hand away from him.

“You’re right, I’m sorry. My beautiful queen.” He gently pulled my hand towards his again. He gave me a small kiss on the back of my hand and I couldn’t help but grin.

“Thank you my king. Now, we wait.” I sighed. It would be so hard to wait while so much hung in the balance.

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“Let’s just hope she, or someone she knows, was watching.”


A/N: I am so sorry for the long break, this year has been hell for me. I went through some stuff, but I’m in a really great place now. I have great friends, an amazing job, and I’m starting college in the spring. I finally feel ready to jump back into this legacy full-force. I hope I still have readers out there, and if I do, thank you so much for being so patient and I really hope you enjoyed the chapter!

Thorn Fae Chapter 7: Past, Present, Future

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I woke up fairly early the next morning. Sleeping outside was something new to me, and the sunrise and morning dew was enough to wake me up. I was still tired, but I was rested enough to go about my day.

Rose was up not long after I was and took a seat next to me on the swing set. “Good morning, how’d you sleep?” She asked me quietly.

“Alright.”

“Yea, it’s not easy for the first few nights. But you’ll get used to it.” She assured me.

“So you know about my family history? I’m really curious to learn more about them.”

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“Oh yeah,” Her face lit up. “You have such an interesting history. I guess I’ll start with where everything went wrong.” She chuckled. “Basically, the Fae empire was going strong for hundreds of years. The last king and queen before the fall of the empire could only have one child, so they did all they could to protect her. She didn’t like that, so eventually hooked up with one of the servants. She fell pregnant, and was urged to abort. But she refused, and ran off with the servant. The empire fell because there was no longer an heir to take over.” She explained.

“Damn, that is interesting.” I commented. “What happened next?”

“The two of them lived happily together for a while, they had another kid, but then the humans discovered the existence of supernatural creatures. The parents were killed, the first born was taken to a government research facility, and we’re unsure what happened to the son.”

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“The daughter, Primrose, lived here actually. This used to be an experiment town. She had two kids, a vampire son and a fairy daughter. The son took on the legacy, because the daughter passed away fairly young. His life was full of drama, ghosts and murder. His first girlfriend murdered his second, then he eventually married the second girlfriend’s sister. They had three kids.”

“Wow, he sounds pretty interesting. I really do have an interesting family.”

“Yea, that’s for sure. But here’s where it gets real interesting. Their firstborn was the very first vampire-fairy hybrid. She was your grandmother, her name was Jasmine. As a teenager, Jasmine accidentally used her powers and emotionally tortured a classmate. The classmate committed suicide, and Jasmine was devastated. She took a mission to travel by boat away from Sunset Valley, unsure if she’d survive.

“She ended up in Bridgeport, which was also an experiment town at the time. No one is really sure what happened to her there, but we do know that she got pregnant and was eventually discovered by the police. They kept her in a cage while they talked to the human government. But, she managed to escape. She apparently went to an isolated island with the son of the Bridgeport Mayor. They had two kids together, one of them being your dad.”

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“Do you know what happened to my dad?” I asked excitedly. Maybe I could actually find him.

“Unfortunately, no one knows where he is now. But he had a lot of issues when he was younger so most people assume he’s dead or just really messed up.”

“What kind of issues?” I asked.

“Drug issues. He was a musician and he got involved with the wrong crowd. He was doing alright when he met your mom, but there was some kind of explosion and he had a bit of a breakdown. Your mom had just found out she was pregnant and now we’re here.”

“So no one knows where he is?” I asked dejectedly.

“No, but I bet if you tried you could track him down.” She encouraged.

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“Sounds kind of impossible at this point. But thank you, I’m really glad I got to learn about my family history.”

“I’m glad I could help.” She smiled at me.

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A little later that day, all four of us sat next to the small pond and just talked. It was a nice day, and I was really enjoying their company.

“Do you guys have any long term plans?” I asked. After hearing my family history, I thought maybe I should start planning for the future.

“You mean like when we’re adults?” Pepper questioned.

“Yea exactly.”

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“Well I don’t really. All I know is that I don’t want to live in a park forever.”

“Do you have any passions?” I asked him.

“I guess I’d really like to work with animals. They’re really cool.” He responded.

“That’s awesome. Animals seem cool, I’ve never really been close to one though.” I admitted. Mother didn’t want me to have any.

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“You seem like you’d love animals. We’ll have to take you to a pet store or something eventually.” Jean offered.

“That sounds cool”. I turned to her. “What about you, what would you like to do?”

“I’d really love to be a tattoo artist. There’s just something so cool about a living, breathing canvas.”

“That sounds hard, I’d be scared to mess up.” I chuckled.

“Yea, I can see that. But the thrill of doing it is enough for me.” She told me.

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“What about you, Rose?” I asked her.

“Probably a historian. Something about history is just so fascinating.” She beamed. I could tell she really was passionate about it.

“Yea, you’d be really good at that.” I told her, and she smiled even wider.

“You think?”

“Yea definitely.” I told her, and she blushed.

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“W-what about you Thorn?” She asked, slightly flustered.

“I want to be a video game developer. I spent a lot of time playing video games with Hawk and I think making them would be the best job in the world.”

“Yea I bet.”

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“Well, here’s to getting our shit together.” Jean said enthusiastically, making the rest of us chuckle.

‘Yea, we don’t need parents, or school. We can do this on our own.” Pepper chimed in.

I was really excited to look forward to my future.

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But first, I needed to get over my past. The past few days my life did a huge one-eighty, and I barely had time to adjust. One minute I was fine, and the next I felt like I couldn’t breathe. The woman who raised me was dead. And I just ran. I left my best friend to deal with the death of his mother, and I wasn’t there for him. I felt like such an awful person.

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“Thorn, are you okay?” Rose asked timidly from my left.

“I don’t know.” I answered honestly.

“Can I sit? Or do you wanna be alone?”

“You can sit.”

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“Is this about your nanny?” She asked quietly. I nodded. “Thorn, there was nothing you could’ve done. She would understand why you left. That was not a healthy environment, you’re so much better off without them.”

“But what about Hawk?” I asked.

“He has his dad. He’s probably confused, but he won’t be forever. Someday we can track him down, we should just let things cool down for a bit.” She suggested.

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“What if he hates me? Or blames me for what happened?” Aloe was the only one there who really knew what happened that night, and who knows what he told everyone. I didn’t trust him at all.

“I doubt that. You’re his best friend, he loves you. There’s no way he’d blame you.” Rose assured me.

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I just really hoped she was right.

Thorn Fae Chapter 6: Riches to Rags

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Somehow, I managed to sneak my way onto a subway. I had no idea where it was taking me but I knew I had to get as far away as possible.

When I got to the subway station, I was in a bright, sunny place. It didn’t look anything like the gloomy, foggy Moonlight Falls.

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I took a seat outside on the bench outside the station. My feet hurt, I was tired as hell and I hadn’t eaten since the day before. For a split second, I felt like breaking down. My entire life had been uprooted in one night, I was technically homeless now, and I had no plan whatsoever.

But I didn’t break down. I know that Nutmeg would want me to be strong, she’d want me to get through this.

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So I picked myself up off that bench and started walking. The only way I would get somewhere is if I started going.

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*A few hours later*

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It took me a while, but I finally made it into town. I found a park in the middle of everything, so I decided to stop there and rest.

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I saw a swing-set and decided to rest there. Hawk and I spent hours on our swing-set when we were young, and maybe sitting on it would help me feel a little better.

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As I sat down, I noticed someone around my age making their way over to me. Immediately I got nervous, I was in an entirely new place and I didn’t exactly have great social skills.

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“Hey, you look a little lost. Are you alright?” They said as they took the swing next to me.

“A little. I’m not from around here.” I admitted.

“Well I’ve lived here my whole life, I’ll be glad to show you around. I’m Pepper, by the way.”

“I’m Thorn.”

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“You look really familiar.” Pepper said, squinting slightly. “Are you…?”

“The ‘princess’?” I asked, using air quotes. Pepper nodded. “Yea I guess. But I prefer just being a regular guy.”

“So you’re trans?” I nodded. “Cool, I am too.”

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“Woah, really?” I was amazed, I’d never met another transgender person before.

“Yea. Is that why you’re here?” He asked.

“Sorta. Lots of shit went down at home. I had to get out.”

“I understand. I don’t live at home anymore either. My parents kicked me out, they didn’t want a ‘queer’ kid.”

“Where do you live?” I asked, hoping I wasn’t being rude.

“Do you have a place to stay tonight?” He ignored my question and I shook my head. “Then I’ll show you where I live, and you can stay there too.”

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“Really? You don’t even know me.”

“I know, but I know how hard it is. You shouldn’t be alone out here. Especially considering who you are. I bet people are looking for you.”

“Yea, probably.” I muttered, suddenly extremely aware of how out in the open I was.

“C’mon, let’s go. Just keep in mind that it’s not a castle.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll just be happy to have somewhere to sleep.” I smiled at him.

“That I can do for you. Also, I’ll get you some different clothes, and a pair of shoes.” He said, looking down at my bare feet.

“Thank you.”

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“I’m sorry it’s so junkyardish. This is the bad part of town, but it’s the only park that doesn’t kick out homeless people. They also have bathrooms and showers, so that’s pretty nice.” He explained as we arrived.

“This is the last place anyone would ever look for me. It’s perfect.”

“Awesome. I have a couple friends that live here too, I’ll introduce you.” He offered and I followed him as he led me towards them.

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He brought me behind the building, to where a little camp was set up. Two teenagers around our age were sitting and talking.

“Hey guys, this is Thorn. He’s trans and he doesn’t have anywhere to stay, so I invited him to stay with us.”

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“Hi Thorn.” The girl with red hair smiled shyly.

“That’s Rose, she’s trans too. She’s also really shy.” Pepper explained.

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“Hey, I’m Jean. I’m not trans but I’m super gay. Got kicked out a few months ago when my parents caught me with a girl.” Jean explained.

“Hi guys, nice to meet you.” I smiled.

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“Well, I’m gonna help Thorn clean up, Jean can you find an extra sleeping bag for him?” Pepper asked.

“Of course.” Jean pulled herself off the ground and walked over to the boxes behind Pepper and I.

“I’ll show you the shower, then I’ll find you some clothes.” Pepper explained as he led me towards the bathrooms.

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“How do they fit?” Pepper asked, as I was in the stall changing into the clothes he brought for me.

“Great. Thanks.”

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“How do I look?” I asked with a smirk.

“Like a different person. The beanie really helps, you’re hair is pretty unique.”

“Good.”

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After we finished in there, we went outside to join the other two. They had gotten out an extra sleeping bag for me, which I was very grateful for.

“Thank you guys for being so welcoming. I’ve never had this many friends before.”

“Of course, we gotta help our own. Us LGBT kids gotta stick together.” Jean replied.

“LGBT?” I asked, I’d never heard the term before.

“It means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.” Pepper explained.

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“So, you’re trans but you’ve never heard that term before?” Jean asked.

“Yea, I grew up really sheltered. I knew I was trans before I even knew the word for it. The only reason I knew the word was because of my nanny.” I said, clenching my fists at the reminder of Nutmeg.

“Nanny? Geez, you must have an interesting story.”

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“I guess you could say that.” I chuckled.

“So, let’s hear it.” Pepper prompted. So I told them. Everything, from realizing I was trans, to Hawk falling in love with me, to the events of last night.

“Woah. That is one hell of a story.” Jean shook her head. “I’m sorry you had to go through that.”

“Thanks, but I think it can only go up from here. I’m out of that place, I’m free.”

“That’s very true.” Pepper smiled. “I’m glad you have a positive attitude, this can be hard without one.”

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“What’s your story, Rose?” I asked, she had barely said a word since I got here. Pepper wasn’t lying about her being shy.

“Basically, my dad came home early one night and found me in a dress and makeup. He beat the shit out of me and kicked me out. My mom’s dead so I didn’t really have anywhere to go. Luckily I knew Pepper from school and he and I came here.”

“I’m sorry, that’s rough.”

“Thanks.”

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When it started to get a little darker, they built a fire and started to roast marshmellows.

“Sorry we don’t have anything substantial, it’s hard to keep food out here.” Jean apologized.

“Oh I don’t mind, marshmallows are my favorite.” I grabbed a stick and a marshmallow and held it over the fire.

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“So Thorn, what do you do for fun?” Pepper asked.

“Um, I really like painting. And video games. Oh, working out too.”

“Oh cool. We’ve got a gym membership, we usually just use it for the showers and the food but you’re welcome to use it.” Jean offered.

“You guys have a gym membership?”

“Yea, it’s just ten dollars a month and its totally worth it. The showers are a lot nicer than ours.” Pepper explained.

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“How do you guys make money?” I was curious, how did they survive?

“We usually find salvageable things in the junkyard and sell them at the pawn shop next door.” Rose pointed towards the building behind her.

“Oh okay.”

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“Thorn, can I ask you a question?” Rose asked, hesitantly.

“Sure.”

“Do you know your family history?”

“Um, not really. Why?”

“Because, your family is like a huge part of the history classes at our schools. If you’d like, I wouldn’t mind telling you a little bit about your history.” She blushed slightly.

“Wow, that would be great. But not right now, I’m pretty exhausted.” I chuckled.

“Of course. We should probably get to sleep.” Rose suggested.

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Jean and Rose immediately bundled up in their sleeping bags while Pepper put out the fire. I made a trip to the bathroom before coming out for bed.

“Are you doing alright?” Pepper whispered when I came back outside.

“Yea, thank you guys for being so kind.” I smiled at him.

“Of course. Goodnight Thorn.”

“Goodnight Pepper.”

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Within seconds, I was fast asleep.

Thorn Fae Chapter 5: Stop, Go

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“Clementine, stop struggling. I really don’t want to have to shoot you.” Aloe stopped hitting me and forced my shoulders down on the bed.

“Get off me!” I yelled, though not too loud in fear of being shot.

“You know I can’t do that.”

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“What the hell is going on?” Nutmeg screamed from the other side of the room. She must’ve been on this side of the castle and heard our struggle.

“Nutmeg, help!” I called out, just before Aloe covered my mouth with his rough, sweaty hand.

“Leave. This doesn’t concern you.” He glared at her, stupidly thinking it would get her to leave.

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“Of course this concerns me. Thorn is a son to me, get the fuck off him.” Nutmeg shouted as she made her way over to us.

She is my daughter, you’re not her mother. Fuck off and let me do my parenting.” Aloe tightened his grip on me.

“He’s not even your kid, you’re not his father. Let him go, you sick fuck.” I’ve never seen Nutmeg so angry in my life.

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“Stop that. Clementine is a girl, I’m trying to fix her. I don’t need you encouraging her delusions. Now, get the fuck out of this room and let me finish, or I will shoot you.” Aloe swung around and pulled his gun on Nutmeg.

He doesn’t need fixing, you do! Do you really think raping him would ‘fix’ him?” She spat, I’ve never seen someone so angry and disgusted in my life.

“It’s. Not. Rape.” He seethed.

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“Of course it is! He doesn’t want it, that’s exactly the definition. Just leave him alone.” Nutmeg was still defending me, even though she had a gun in her face. I would’ve understood if she backed down, this wasn’t something anyone should lose their lives over.

“Stop that, you delusional cunt, I don’t have time for this. Leave this room, or else I’ll shoot.” Aloe shook the gun at her.

“I’m not about to walk out of here and just let you rape a teenager.” Nutmeg shouted.

The gunshot was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard, or will ever hear, in my life.

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Nutmeg fell to the floor with a heavy thud. My ears were still ringing from the shot, and I felt like I was going to vomit, but I still rushed to her side.

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“Nutmeg!” I shouted as I pulled her into my arms. “Nutmeg, no.” I sobbed.

“Thorn,” She started, her voice raspy and soft. “Run, they can’t stay here without you. Go.”

With that, Nutmeg took her last breath and closed her eyes forever.

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“You piece of shit!” I screamed, after I gently laid Nutmeg back on the ground.

“Look, Clementine, I gave her a chance. I warned her. She wanted to die.” He reasoned, but I wasn’t having any of it.

“Bullshit! She was trying to save me and you killed her. You killed one of the only people who’s ever loved me.” I clenched my fists. “Fuck you.” I turned to walk out of the room.

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“W-where are you going?” Aloe panicked.

“I’m leaving. Apparently you can’t stay here without me. Enjoy your life, peasant.” I spat at him.

“No, Clementine don’t leave. We’ll work something out. I’ll buy you whatever you want. Just stay.” He was flustered. With the way he was acting, I knew that Nutmeg’s last words were true.

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I didn’t say another word to him. There were no words for how much I hated him, and how vile of a person he was. I just spun on my heel and flew out of the room as fast as I could, incase he got his shit together and decided to shoot or tackle me.

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In a split-second decision, I decided to head for the balcony instead of the front door. I didn’t know if he had some kind of security or something to stop me from escaping, so this was my best bet.

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Thanks to my wings, the fall wasn’t hard. Which was a good thing, since I wasn’t wearing shoes.

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I took off, flying as fast as I could incase someone decided to follow me. Due to my sheltered life, I’d only been out of the castle a handful of times. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going, but all I knew was that I couldn’t stay here.

I just wish I could’ve said goodbye to Hawk before I left.

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*Hawk*

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“I-I just don’t understand.” I managed to choke out between sobs. “H-he’s my b-best friend. He l-loved her. Why would he do this?”

My mom was murdered, she was shot by my best friend, Thorn. His step-father, had come in the room after hearing the gunshot. Thorn fled after he was caught.

At least this is what I was being told. I wasn’t sure what was truth or not. All I knew for sure was that my mom was dead. We now sat in the dining hall while the rest of the staff was being interviewed about what went down.

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“Clementine is a very mentally disturbed individual.” Aloe explained condescendingly. “She must’ve snapped. It’s, unfortunate your mother was caught in the crossfire.” He said, feigning empathy.

“I mean, are you sure it was Clem?” My dad asked.

“I’m positive, the gun was still in her hand when I entered the room.”

“Where is the gun?”

“She must’ve taken it with her. I just hope she doesn’t try to use it on anyone else. She’s in enough trouble as is.”

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“I-I just don’t see why he’d use it in the first place, or why he’d even have one to begin with.” I was really struggling to wrap my mind around this all. Sure, he had been acting a little strange lately, but he would never shoot my mom… Right?

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“How would Clem get a gun?” My dad asked Aloe. I could tell my dad was suspicious. As was I, Aloe wasn’t exactly a trustworthy man.

“I have no clue. Maybe one of the peasants you let into the castle this weekend gave it to her. We have no idea what those street rats are capable of.” He sneered.

“This just isn’t adding up.” My dad rubbed his forehead in anguish.

“Well, who do you think the cops are going to believe? Me, their king, or you, the help?” He scowled. My dad recoiled and nodded.

“Y-yes sir. I-I’m sorry I spoke out.”

“Good, now shut up and understand that my story is the truth, and that brat is a murderer.”

Unfortunately, at this point I wasn’t sure who to believe.

Thorn Fae Chapter 4: Confusion and Consequences

 

WARNING: Strong, abusive language and violence. Do not read if those things are triggering to you. Thank you.

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The next weekend, my mother and step-father were out of town, so Hawk was bringing his group of friends over to hang out. We weren’t going to do anything crazy, just watch some movies in my mother’s room and get to know each other. I was nervous as hell, it was my first time meeting people my age, outside of a royal function.

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“Hey, man.” Hawk called out as he entered the room. Four teenagers followed him in.

“Hey.” I waved awkwardly.

“So, this is Forrest,” He motioned towards the red-haired boy, who gave me a small wave.

“Hey.” I said again.

“And this is Bird, Holly, and Ocean.” He motioned to the blue-haired girl, the green-haired girl, and the pink-haired girl respectively. Immediately after seeing Holly I got nervous. I’d never been around a vampire other than Aloe, and he wasn’t exactly a stand up guy.

“Uh, hey. Take a seat.” I motioned towards the couches.

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They all sat down, a girl on either side of me. I felt a little weird, but I wasn’t sure if I was attracted to any of them. I didn’t really know what that felt like yet. Maybe I just needed to get to know them a little more.

“So, this is the famous Thorn. We’ve been hearing so much about you, like since kindergarten basically.” Bird giggled, making Hawk blush. I was really hoping they wouldn’t bring up my royal status, I didn’t want to talk about it.

“Good things?” I asked.

“Yea, that’s for sure. Hawk’s very fond of you.” She replied, making me blush right alongside Hawk.

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“Yea, it’s really cool to finally meet you after all this time.” Forrest chimed in.

“Thanks man. It’s nice to meet you guys too.” I smiled at them. “So what do you guys like to do?” I asked, hoping I was asking the right things. I didn’t want to come off as awkward or weird.

“Well I’m really into sports, I’m trying to get super buff.” Forrest chuckled.

“Oh, nice.” I smiled.

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“I’m really into medical stuff, I spend a lot of time reading medical books and journals. I want to be a doctor.” Holly told me.

“Oh that’s really awesome. Hawk mentioned he might want to be a doctor someday.”

“Yea, we’ve been discussing med schools.”

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“What about you?” I turned to Ocean.

“I’m pretty athletic a well,” She motioned over towards Forrest. “But I’m a lot better than he is.” He stuck his tongue out at her.

“What’s your favorite sport?” I asked, even though I wasn’t really knowledgeable when it came to sports.

“Soccer, definitely. But I don’t like to watch sports, only play them.” She admitted, and I nodded in agreement.

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“I’m really into beauty products and makeup, I really want to be a makeup artist.” Bird told me excitedly.

“Oh that’s cool, like special effects makeup or just regular makeup?”

“I want to know how to do all kinds of makeup, being versatile is never a bad thing.” She laughed.

“That’s true.”

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“Hey Thorn, why don’t we go get some snacks?” Ocean turned to me and asked.

“Uh yea, sure. I’ll see what we have.”

“I’ll come with you.” She insisted.

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As we were walking towards the door, Ocean grabbed my hand. Startled, I glanced over at Hawk, who was pretending not to notice. When I turned back to Ocean we were already in the hallway.

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Before I could even ask her any questions, she grabbed my face and kissed me. I kissed her back, more out of instinct rather than actual lust.

When she pulled back, I tried to say something but she stopped me. “Hawk told me everything, about how he’s in love with you and you aren’t sure if you like boys or girls. I offered to help you figure that out.”

“You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.” Was all I managed to say.

“I know.”

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“I know I don’t have to, but I’m doing him a favor. And, you’re super cute, so it’s not like it’s a chore.” She giggled.

“Y-you think I’m cute?”

“Well yea, you’re like one of the cutest guys I’ve ever seen.” I felt myself blushing again.

“Thank you.”

“Now, let’s go get some snacks so we can start watching this movie.” She grabbed my hand and excitedly pulled me towards the stairs.

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When we went downstairs, Nutmeg told us she would bring the snacks up in a bit. We offered to get them, but she insisted. She wanted to make us a pizza or something. So the two of us went back upstairs and I put on the movie. It was some kind of comedy, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

I had a pretty girl under my arm, but I wasn’t really enjoying it. Sure, it wasn’t terrible, but I wasn’t really attracted to her either.

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I thought meeting people my age would help me become less confused, but now I was questioning myself even more.

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It was Monday, and I was still confused. I locked myself in my room so I could try and work it all out. Ocean was pretty, I liked kissing her, but I don’t know if I’d want to be with her, or any girl, long term. But at the same time, I wasn’t sure if I could be with a guy. I’ve always found guys attractive, but I thought that was just because I’ve always wanted to be one.

My brain was hurting, but I felt like I owed it to Hawk to figure things out for myself. I didn’t want to string him along or keep him waiting. He deserved to be happy, whether it was with me or with someone else.

I was so lost in my thoughts, I didn’t realize I wasn’t alone in my room until it was too late.

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My step-father, Aloe, yanked my arm back and covered my mouth before I had time to scream.

“Clementine, I have a gun in my jacket, if you scream you’re dead.” I felt my heart speed up. What the fuck was he doing?

“I know you had people over. I know you kissed that girl. You disgust me, I always knew you were a rebellious little cunt, and I always knew your father was insane, but I didn’t think you’d go as far as this. I can’t believe you’re a dyke.”

“Fuck off.” I managed to mumbled from behind his hand.

“Oh Clementine, I think it’s time a man put you in your place. I’m gonna fuck the dyke out of you, you little bitch.”

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Aloe dragged me over to my bed, still covering my mouth. I tried to kick and scream, not caring about the gun, but he was too strong. He threw me on the bed and stood between my legs.

“The less you struggle, the easier it’ll be for both of us.” He glared. “I don’t want to do this to you, but your mother and I can’t afford to have a queer kid like you.”

“Then don’t do it, you fucker.” I yelled, trying to fight back.

“Oh but Clementine, I have to. Now shut up and be a good girl, and I won’t have to blow your fucking head off.” He opened his jacket slightly to reveal the gun holstered to his belt.

“Fuck. You.” I spat in his face. That pissed him off even more, which made him start beating the crap out of my face.

Between the beating and trying to breathe through the blood in my mouth, I prayed. I was about to die, and I knew it.


A/N: I’m so sorry for the long waits between chapters. I’m almost done with school so I’ve got more free time. I promise I’ll try to update more. Thanks for reading 🙂

Stealing Thorn’s Thunder…

First off, I want to apologize for not posting as often as I used to. I’m in school and I got pet rats, so those two things have been taking up most of my time. But I wanted to get back into the swing of this, so I wanted to start off by saying something I’ve wanted to say for a while.

I’m transgender, just like Thorn. I was born female but I’m transitioning to male, which is why this generation is so special to me. I can used Thorn to educate people and raise awareness for issues that concern me personally. His generation gives me a chance to express my own feelings and experiences with transition, I want to explore the sides that most people don’t usually see.

Thank you guys for reading my legacy, I hope this doesn’t change much, really the only thing changing is my name. Which is Ryan now, by the way 🙂

Thanks everyone, I love you guys and I’m going to try and post a new chapter as soon as possible 🙂

-Ryan