Lake Fae Chapter 21: Finale

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My entire body ached. Every single part of it felt like it was on fire.

I couldn’t remember what happened at first. But after a few agonizing minutes, I remembered. The future. The drugs. The explosive. That’s why I hurt so bad.

Where was I? I tried to open my eyes but they wouldn’t budge. Was I dead? No, I could feel my body, I was pretty sure I was alive.

The more I woke up, the more aware of my surroundings I became. I heard soft chatter around me and a small, annoying beep every few seconds.

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Finally, I woke up enough to move. I pulled myself into an awkward sitting position, I had to pull my left leg up because for some reason it wasn’t moving. Must be the pain meds, they probably haven’t worn off yet.

“What’s going on?” I asked, as I looked around the hospital room.

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Everyone was here. Why? I was just knocked out, right?

“Oh Lake, baby, you’re awake.” Ginger leaned forward and pressed the nurse button on my bed.

“What’s going on?” I asked again.

“Do you remember what happened?” She asked softly.

“Yea kinda, am I ok?”

“Lake, the doctor is gonna see you soon. We’ll have him explain.” My dad chimed in.

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“How’re you feeling?” Allium asked, his voice full of concern.

“Tired, sore, kinda like I’m on fire.” I laughed slightly, but stopped when I felt a horrible pain from my stomach.

“We can have the nurse give you more pain meds.” Ginger softly put her hand over mine.

“How long have I been out?”

“Almost a week, babe. They had to do a few surgeries, but that’s done now.” Ginger explained.

“What? What even happened? I thought I was just knocked out.” I responded in disbelief.

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“You fucking idiot, you blew up my supply closet! Why would you do that?” Stone practically exploded with anger.

“W-what? No I didn’t. Stone, I blew up the time machine. Remember? You built it so we could try and save Skye.” I didn’t care that we were surrounded by everyone, I needed to explain myself.

“What are you talking about? I never built a time machine, Lake. That’s not possible.” Why was he lying? Why was he acting like it never happened?

“Stone, it’s ok, we can trust these people. We can talk about it in front of them.” I assured him.

“Dude, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“B-but I travelled to the future!”

“Lake, the thing you blew up was a supply closet, that’s it. I never built a time machine, you never travelled to the future.” Stone looked baffled, as if he really had no idea what I was talking about. “Do you think his head injury was more serious than we thought?” Stone turned to Thyme and expressed his concerns.

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My mind was swimming. I pulled my still numb legs up to my chest, that position always made me feel safer.

know I went to the future. It was all real, it wasn’t just a head injury. Stone had to be lying, he just had to be. It couldn’t all be a figment of my imagination, right? I’ve never been that imaginative, I couldn’t create an entire world of people!

But,

It wasn’t real.

I remembered now.

The time machine was a supply closet. Whenever I got upset, I’d sit in there and imagine I was in the future. Somehow, my mind convinced itself it was all real.

“No, no!” I screamed over and over.

“Get the doctor, he’s having some kind of breakdown!” Someone yelled, I wasn’t sure who though.

“It had to be real! I know it was real!” I screamed, as I watched the horrified faces of my family and friends. Ginger was crying, as was Stone.

Then, a nurse rushed in with a syringe and within seconds I was unconscious again.

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“Hi Lake, I’m Doctor Ashburn.” A man’s voice was the first thing I heard as I came too. “How’re you feeling?”

“Tired, numb.” I responded curtly. I wasn’t in the mood to talk. My head hurt and I was still processing everything.

“Lake, we need to talk about your injuries. We’ll get to the other stuff later.” He was nice enough, but the way he spoke made me feel small. I didn’t like it. When I didn’t respond, he continued speaking. “You suffered a concussion when you fell backwards, and a flying piece of debris struck you in the stomach. Luckily your father was home and called 911 right away or else you would have bled out.”

“Oh, thats why my stomach hurts so bad.” I tried to joke but no one laughed.

“Lake, when the debris hit you, it almost severed you in half. We were able to save your life, and we were able to patch up your insides, but unfortunately, you’re paralyzed from the waist down.”

My stomach dropped. Part of me knew that was rational, I knew it was true. But the other part, the winning part, refused to believe it.

“No, I can walk just fine.”

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“Please Lake, don’t.” Ginger pleaded with me as I moved my body to the side of the bed.

“No, no, no, it’s ok. He’s wrong, I’m fine.” I smiled at her as I went to stand.

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Immediately, my useless legs gave out from under me and I fell forward.

“Fuck!” I yelled out as I landed harshly on my stomach.

“Oh my god.” Ginger started to cry again.

“Get me a nurse, we’ll help him into the chair.” Dr. Ashburn told one of my family members and within seconds I was being helped off the floor.

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“This is bullshit.” I buried my face in my hands. I felt like a child, I needed everyone’s help with everything and now here I was, crying in front of everyone.

“I’m sorry Lake, I know this is a lot to process. But we need you to learn how to use the chair now. Don’t worry, your wife will be here with you the whole time. She’ll learn how to help you the best she can.”

“M-my wife?” I asked, confused. “No, Ginger and I aren’t married. Yet.”

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“Oh god, he doesn’t remember.” I heard Ginger sob from behind me. My dad started crying too.

“Remember what?”

“Lake, baby, we got married last month. We did it in secret, the only person there was my best friend, Aloe. You remember him, don’t you babe?” Ginger sounded hysterical. But I could not for the life of me, remember this ‘Aloe.’

“I-I’m sorry hun. I don’t know him.”

“He’s here, I can bring him in. Maybe it’ll help jog your memory. Is that okay, doctor?”

“Please do.” Doctor Ashburn gestured to the door.

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*Ginger*

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As soon as I left Lake’s hospital room, I dropped the concerned wife act. This was all so amazing, it wasn’t part of my plan but everything was falling perfectly into place.

“Hey Baby, I have the best news.”

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Aloe Pinson-Shorter sat in the waiting room patiently. He came as soon as he heard about the explosion, the two of us needed a way to use this to our advantage. Luckily, he came up with just the thing.

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“Hey Babe.” He approached me with a huge smile on his face.

“I take it everything went well? All the papers are in order?” I asked excitedly.

“Yup, you and Lake are now officially married. How are things on your end?”

“Even better than expected, he’s absolutely insane. Apparently he thinks the supply closet was a time machine, so he tried to blow it up. Now it’s way more believable that he doesn’t remember the ‘wedding.'” I giggled, it was almost too easy to fool this guy.

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“This is perfect. You said you think you’re pregnant with his child, yes?”

“Yup, my period is late. I think it’s happening.” I wanted to bounce off the walls with excitement.

“Oh babe, this is excellent. I managed to talk the FRO board into speeding up their plan. Lake’s family should be back into power within the next month, and you know he’s the heir to the throne. That mean’s you’re the queen.” He grabbed my arm softly, I loved when he used that word.

“And as long as I have his kid, there’s no way I’ll lose my position. Especially if he’s locked up in a mental ward his whole life. That can be arranged. Luckily, we have the whole hospital on our side.” We promised the entire staff a huge grant if they helped us get into the throne. They agreed to do anything we needed.

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“Soon, we’ll be in control of the entire Fae kingdom. All thanks to you, my queen.” He pulled me into a passionate kiss.

“I love you, Aloe.”

“I love you too, Ginger. But we should probably get into that room, they’re gonna get suspicious.”

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*Lake*

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“Lake, honey. This is Aloe, my best friend. Remember him?” Ginger came back in the room a few minutes later.

“Hi Lake, how are you?” The unfamiliar man spoke to me as if we knew each other.

“I-I don’t remember him.” He did look familiar, but that’s because he strongly resembled my mother. Same hair color, same skin color. That couldn’t be a coincidence.

“Are you sure? We are related, remember? We found out that our moms were cousins, Venus Pinson and Jasmine Fae.” He smiled slightly.

“That is my mom’s name, but I don’t recognise the other one.”

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“I do.” My dad said from behind me. “I never knew her, but Jazz talked about her a lot. They used to be really close, then Jasmine found out Venus married her ex. She was not happy about that.” My dad sounded really sad, but it was the most I’ve ever heard him say about my mother.

“I-I don’t remember any of this.” I admitted. Maybe that head injury was really bad.

“That’s ok Lake, we’ll work on getting your memory back.” Doctor Ashburn assured me.

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“Doctor, I just got in touch with the psychologist.” A nurse walked in and quietly spoke to the doctor.

“And?”

“She says that based on your report, we should immediately send him to a mental health facility to be evaluated. She thinks he may need permanent institutionalization.”

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“What? I’m gonna be locked in an asylum for the rest of my life? I’m too young for this! I’m only twenty-three!” I started to panic, the thought of being in a hospital for the next eighty or so years was absolutely terrifying.

“Lake, this isn’t for sure. It’s just a possibility. We need to get you evaluated first.”

The entire room was silent except for the soft sobs of my family and friends. No one knew what to say or how to react.

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I was insane and paralyzed. I’d never have a normal life again.


If you have any questions, for me or any of the characters, shoot me an ask here! I’ll gladly answer anything you need, unless it’s a spoiler for the next generation.

There will be a generation five, don’t worry this isn’t the end. But there will not be an heir vote, unfortunately. Sorry about that, but I have a feeling you guys are gonna love what I have planned for the next generation. Thanks for reading 🙂

Lake Fae Chapter 18: My Future, Their Future

A/N: I just wanted to say, I’m sorry I had to jump so far ahead in this chapter. Appaloosa Plains has completely stopped working in my game, so I had to move everyone to a new town. Thanks and enjoy the chapter 🙂

*One year later*

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“I’m gonna whoop your ass straight into next year.” Allium growled, clicking his game controller furiously.

“I think you’ve forgotten that you’re playing the master.” I elbowed him roughly in the arm, making him lose focus enough for me to win.

“Dude! You suck, I want a rematch.” Al pouted childishly.

“Can you boys hold off on that for a few minutes? I have to leave for work and I’d like to say goodbye to my boyfriend.” Ginger spoke from behind us.

A lot had changed in the past year. I started dating Ginger, she was a politician and due to her job we moved to Bridgeport. Al and Thistle came with us, neither of them had anything tying them to Appaloosa Plains. We all lived in a small two-bedroom apartment, sometimes it got a little crazy but we liked it a lot.

Not long after we moved out here, my dad and my brother moved here too. Dad grew up here and met my mom here, it was hard for him to be back but he said he wanted us to be together. It was nice to have him so close, and he even bought another bar out here, so I had a job here as well.

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I got up from the couch and made my way over to Ginger. We laced our fingers and softly brought our lips together.

“Have a good day at work, Love.” I smiled at her as I pulled back. The last year with her was the happiest I’ve ever been, she made my life complete. We barely fought, we had similar interests and I felt like I could actually be myself around her. Ginger was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

“Thanks, Babe. Have fun with the guys.” She gave me one last kiss, then left for the day. I sighed like a lovesick teenager, I loved that we were still so crazy for each other even after a year.

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“You guys are so gross.” Al joked as I rejoined him on the couch.

“You’re just jealous.” I laughed, and he rolled his eyes.

“Yea right dude, I get more girls than you’ve had in your life.” Al retorted. He wasn’t lying, he was a bouncer at my dad’s bar and he went home with a girl almost every night. How he managed to juggle that and classes at the local college, I’ll never know. But he did somehow and I had to admit I was impressed.

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“You guys honestly sound like a bunch of twelve year olds.” Thistle chimed in from the floor. He was doing better now that we were in Bridgeport. He hadn’t moved on from my sister yet, but he had a job and actually got out of the house so he was making good progress.

“Oh shut up.” Al glared at him, making all three of us laugh.

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Almost every day was like this. Allium, Thistle and I would play video games until Al had to leave for class. Then Thistle and I would play each other for a little while, then he’d go off to work and I’d stay home, I’d either take a nap before my shift at the bar or practice playing one of my instruments.

I wasn’t in a band anymore, but I still loved music, so I tried to play as often as I could. Ginger loved it, she was always a fan of my music and she said she could watch me play all day. She didn’t play anything, but her enthusiasm for my interest was nice.

Life was good here in Bridgeport, I should’ve been one-hundred percent happy. But I just could stop thinking about one thing.

The future.

I hadn’t time travelled in over a year, and I was itching to do it again. I was constantly debating with myself whether or not I should do it, and I still hadn’t come to a conclusion yet. But as each day past, my need to time travel increased.

Maybe one little visit wouldn’t hurt…

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Later that night after my shift at the bar, Ginger still wasn’t home. Some nights she worked really late at city hall, she was working on a campaign and it was taking a lot of time out of her day. I missed her, but I didn’t mind that much, she was doing what she loved. It did get a little boring though, Al was always out with a girl and Thistle was always sleeping. Usually I spent my time on my laptop watching tv shows.

But tonight, I was planning on how I would make my trip to the future. Stone brought the time machine with him to Bridgeport, he kept it at Dad’s house in his garage. I didn’t visit my dad often, so I’d have to make an excuse to give him and Ginger for why I was going over there. At the moment, my best option was to tell them both I was looking for something from my old room, travel to the future, then when I get back I could grab a random item and leave.

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“Hey hottie, I’m home.” Ginger silently slipped into our room and startled me. I quickly closed my laptop, I had been writing out excuse ideas on there and I didn’t want her to see.

“Hey Babe.” I smiled as normally as possible, her sudden arrival made me a little nervous, I hoped she wouldn’t ask what I had been doing on my laptop. I had to make sure she wasn’t suspicious, so I did what I normally did when she got home.

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I grabbed Ginger’s waist and she jumped in the air. We touched lips quickly and I put her back down. My heart was pounding, not only from my anxiety but also from kissing her. I hated that I had to lie to her about this, but I couldn’t risk the secret of time travel getting out.

“I missed you today. ” She pouted. “I love politics but I hate being away from you. I wish I could bring you to work with me.”

“Well, if city hall needs a bartender or a musician, let me know, I’ll take the job in a second.” I joked, making her giggle.

“I’m exhausted, I need to get in my pjs.” She walked past me and towards our shared dresser.

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“What did you do today?” She asked as she dug through one of the drawers.

“Uh, you know, the usual.” I acted as casual as possible, hoping she didn’t hear my heart pounding out of my chest.

“Ah, so pretty boring then?” She teased as she started to change.

“Yea pretty much.” I laughed. Ginger finished changing into her pajamas, then turned to the bed and laid across my chest.

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“I wish I wasn’t so tired.” She grinned seductively.

“Ah that’s ok Babe, you need you’re sleep. Besides, we always have tomorrow morning.” I kissed her nose softly.

“How did I get so damn lucky?” She bit her lip with a smile.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the lucky one here.” I gave her a kiss on the lips. “Go to sleep Hun. You’ve had a long day.”

“Goodnight Lake.” She blew me a kiss before crawling under the blankets.

“Goodnight Ginger, love you.”

“Love you too.”

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She fell asleep almost immediately. I laid there, staring at the wall. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep for a while, I was too nervous and excited for my trip to the future. My mind was racing with thoughts of jetpack flights, hanging out with Seven, and learning more cool things about the future. It was gonna be awesome.

I just hoped everything went smoothly…

Lake Fae Chapter 17: Bar Shifts Are Boring

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It wasn’t long before I was spending my nights in my dad’s bar. Though it was difficult at first, after a few practices mixology came naturally to me. But all that work was a little useless, the bar was practically empty except the few regulars, who usually just wanted a beer.

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But tonight was different. Around eleven the doors swung open and in walked the prettiest girl I’ve ever laid eyes on. My jaw fell to the floor like a cartoon character, I probably looked like a fool but I was so dumbfounded by her beauty.

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She was so different from Freesia. She was classy, she looked like she had her life together and most of all she didn’t look like a drug addict. Dating again wasn’t on my agenda, but maybe this girl could be good for me.

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“Evening, what would you like?” I asked her as she sat down right in front of me.

“A mojito, please” She flashed me a smile. “Hey, you look familiar, do we know each other from somewhere?” She cocked her head slightly and narrowed her eyes.

“I don’t think so, I’d remember a face as pretty as yours.” I flirted. My game had definitely improved over the years, I wasn’t very suave when I had first started dating Freesia. It had improved so much, she giggled sheepishly.

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“Hey wait, you’re the keyboardist for Time Association, right?” Realization brightened up her face.

“Was. We broke up.” I finished her drink and placed it in front of her. I had been recognized a few times before, it wasn’t completely unusual for me.

“That’s too bad, I really liked your music. You know, I was at your very first gig. When that red-head kid was your drummer.” She laughed and took a sip of her drink. That night seemed like a million years ago, it was hard to believe she remembered it.

“Wow, that’s awesome.” I chuckled as I wiped down the counter in front of me.

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“If you don’t mind my asking, what happened?” She asked.

“Uh, the drummer was banging my girlfriend, also known as our lead singer. Wasn’t pretty.” I smirked.

“Oh my god, that’s awful. I’m sorry.”

“It’s alright, I’m better off without them. They’re all crackheads.” Finding Blackberry and Freesia was a blessing in disguise.

“Well then, to new beginnings.” She held up her glass and I held up a beer, we clinked them together and took a drink. She finished her drink and set the glass down before standing up.

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She threw a wad of cash down on the counter and winked at me before strutting over to one of the few video games we had here. She was odd, but not in a bad way. She was odd in the way that it was impossible for me to figure out. It was intriguing.

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After about an hour of video games, she quit and headed for the door. She threw the doors open and strutted out, but glanced back at me before leaving completely.

“Goodnight, Lake.” She winked.

“Goodnight,” I smiled at her, and realized I hadn’t even gotten her name. But it was too late to ask, she was already gone.

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Days in the bar were even slower than the nights. The place was a ghost town, I was surprised my dad could afford to keep this place open. Instead of spending the days alone, I’d often call Allium in to keep me company. There wasn’t much to do here though, so we usually just ended up being bored together.

The girl hadn’t shown up again, it’d been a while since I’d seen her. I never even found out her name and now it seemed like I should just give up hoping, it was obvious she was never coming back.

“No offence dude, but this place is a shithole.” Al sighed from his place on the bar counter.

“None taken, it’s a crappy place but at least I’m making money.” I shrugged. A crappy job was better than no job, at least in my opinion. I needed the cash, Al and I had found an apartment and we were gonna move in next month.

“Think I could get a job here?”

“You’d have to ask my dad.” I responded while wiping down the counter for the millionth time. It seemed like no matter how much I scrubbed it, this counter would not get clean enough. This day couldn’t possibly get better.

But I was so wrong.

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The saloon-style doors swung open and in walked a girl with bright yellow hair and a red dress. It was the girl from before. Instantly my heart skipped a beat, now was my chance to make a move on her.

“Welcome.” I smiled at her, playing it cool.

“Hey Lake, how are you?” She smiled happily before taking a seat at the bar.

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“I’m great, but I didn’t catch you’re name last time.”

“Oh, right. My name is Ginger.” She smiled shyly.

“That’s a pretty name.” I gave her a flirty grin. “So Ginger, what can I get you today?”

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“Well,” She started, leaning forward nervously. “I actually wanted to see if you wanted to hang out. I know you’re working and all but I just wanted to ask.”

“R-really?” I asked, flustered.

“Yea. Do you want to?”

“Yea I do, but my boss would kill me if I left early.” Saying ‘my dad would kill me’ would be embarrassing, so I said boss instead. It technically wasn’t a lie.

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“Hey dude, this is perfect! You go and I’ll take over for you, and then you’re ‘boss’ will see how good I am and he’ll have to hire me.” Allium offered generously, I was also glad he referred to my dad as my boss, I guess he caught on.

“Really dude? You’d do that for me?”

“Of course, now go! Don’t let a girl like that get away.” He winked at me before pushing me away from the bar.

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I walked around the counter and offered Ginger my arm. She giggled sheepishly before daintily grabbing my bicep.

“Where to?” I asked as we strolled out the door.

“How about the park? It’s beautiful this time of day.” She offered.

“Sounds like a great idea.” I smiled before holding the door open for her. She smiled back and thanked me, she was so kind and polite. So different from Freesia. So much better than her. I couldn’t wait to get to know her better. Who knows, maybe she could be the one.

Lake Fae Chapter 16: My Future

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It was about six in the morning when I prepared to go back home. It was now or never, if I didn’t face my problems head on I’d get caught up in the magic of the future and I’d never leave. I needed to get my act together, chasing after my childhood dreams was silly, I couldn’t be a rockstar or a hero from a sci-fi novel. I had to grow up.

It was gonna be hard. I’d screwed up a lot. I was gonna have to face my brother, I was gonna have to tell him about why I couldn’t save our sister. I was gonna have to face my dad, I was gonna have to tell him I failed at my musical career and I was gonna have to do something else. I hated to disappoint them both, but I needed to grow up.

My friends from the future had inspired me. Even though I had traveled through time, I realized I couldn’t change the past. What was done was done, I made a lot of mistakes and lost the one person I loved the most, but meddling with the past would only make things more complicated for me. I couldn’t focus on the past, I had to focus on my future.

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“How’re you feeling, Lake? Are you ready?” Andromeda asked me.

“Yea, it’s now or never.” I responded with a smile. This wasn’t the last time I’d be seeing them, but it was still sad to say goodbye.

“I’m proud of you man, it’s hard to get your life back together.” Orion commented with a smile. I knew it’d be hard, but I was determined.

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“Good luck, Lake. We’ll be rooting for you.” Canis nodded at me. I gave him a nod back and smiled.

“Don’t forget to visit, you’ll always have a room here!” Ursa smiled enthusiastically.

“I will, don’t worry. Thank you guys for being so welcoming.”

“Anytime.”

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“It’s been fun. We’ll take care of Seven until you get back.” Lyra smiled at me and at the robot standing at the end of the line.

“Thank you, I won’t be gone too long.” I assured her, I wouldn’t want to burden her too much. “Oh, and don’t forget, I left the box of stuff for you guys in my room.”

“Take your time, and thank you.” She winked. I winked back then turned to my robot.

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“Don’t worry, Seven, I’ll be back soon.”

“Yes, Master.” She gave me a small wave and I felt a little sad, it’s like I was dropping my pet off at the vet or something. I didn’t wanna leave her.

“I guess I should get going, before I change my mind.” I laughed, making the other chuckle slightly as well.

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“Bye Lake!” They all called out as the doors of the machine slid open. I gave them all a big wave before jumping into the purple light of the time machine.

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A few minutes later I was thrown from the darkness and into my brother’s room. He was sitting on the couch, staring anxiously at the machine.

“What the hell is going on, Lake? Where is she?” He bombarded me as soon as I found my footing.

“Not right now.” I waved him off, my head hurt from time travelling and I wanted to avoid this as long as possible.

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“Lake, what the hell! Come back! Talk to me!” Stone called after me as I ran out the garage door. I couldn’t do this right now, I wasn’t ready.

I ran all the way to my room and collapsed on my bed. Even though I had just woken up, it felt like I’d been awake for a thousand years. Stress can do that to a person.

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The next morning I had managed to avoid Stone before he went to work, but I didn’t think I could keep it up much longer, he had knocked on my door for at least an hour. I had to get out of this house as fast as possible. So I called Allium for a little advice on getting a job that wasn’t dealing drugs. We had talked, neither of us could come up with any ideas, so we were taking a break and hanging out with Thistle. He was doing better, but he was still practically living here. I didn’t mind though, he was a cool guy and I was glad I could at least make up with him.

“So what’re you guys gonna do now?” Thistle asked, referring to the breakup of the band.

“I have no idea.” I responded with a sigh. “That band was my future.”

“That sucks bro.” Thistle gave me a sad smile. “What about you, Al?”

“Dunno, might start taking some classes down at the community college.” Allium responded with a shrug.

“Have you considered that?” Thistle asked me. I knew he was trying to help but I felt a little patronized.

“Yea, I don’t really think that’s my thing.”

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He was about to respond, but our conversation was interrupted by my dad coming down the stairs. None of us really knew how to respond, we hadn’t seen him down here in such a long time. He’s been worse since my sister died, he never came out of the attic, not even to go to work.

I decided to be bold, so I said, “Hey Dad, what’s up?”

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“Not much, I’ve got a question for you boys though.” My dad stood over by us and I couldn’t read his expression. I wasn’t sure if he was angry with us or not. It was intimidating.

“Yea, sure Dad.” I responded with a gulp. My father was a scary man, he could flip his lid any second and we’d have no warning.

“Well, I’m reopening the bar soon, and I need some new bartenders, mine quit. I was wondering if any of you would be interested.”

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I immediately jumped up. This was perfect, I would get a job, I’d be working nights so it’d be easier to avoid Stone, and I’d be working alongside my father. We never had a great relationship, I tried to not let it bother me but it always did. Now was my chance to get close to him.

“I’d love to.” I answered enthusiastically.

“Are you sure, what about the band?” He asked, making my stomach drop.

“Um, it broke up. It’s ok though, it was just a pipe dream.” I admitted.

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“Well alright, meet me in the attic later so we can start training.” He gave me the first genuine smile I’d seen from him since mom left, before heading up the stairs. I sat back down on the couch with a huge smile on my face. I couldn’t believe how perfect this was.

———-

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 Later that day after Al left I met my dad upstairs. I hadn’t been up here since I was younger and snuck up here with my sister. It seemed like a million years ago but the place still looked the same.

“Alright, now pour that one into there.” My dad instructed while pointing to the bottles. Mixing drinks was a lot harder than I thought, it was gonna take some time to learn all of this. But the busier the better, I suppose.

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The bottle I was using slipped out of my hands and fell to the floor with a crash. “Whoops.” I smiled cheekily at my dad, hoping he wouldn’t freak out.

“That’s alright, keep going.” He encouraged. It was odd behavior from him, but I didn’t question it. It seemed like he was actually trying to be a father to me. Though it was a little late, it was still nice.

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It took me a few hours to get the first drink right, but when I did I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud of myself. I was finally starting to get my life on track. It seemed like my dad was trying too. I just hoped we could stay on this path.

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.

———–

*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 🙂

Lake Fae Chapter 9: The Gig

*Skye*

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“What the hell is a quadratic equation?” Stone asked, visibly frustrated with the math homework he was currently trying to do. Emphasis on trying.

“Maybe if you actually paid attention in class, you would know.” I half-joked.

“You suck.” He stuck his tongue out at me before looking back down at his notebook. “Ugh, this is pointless.

“Not really Stone, if you wanna be a scientist you gotta know this stuff.” I reminded him.

“Ugh I know.” Frustrated, he ran his fingers through his hair and exhaled loudly. He was about to say something else, but was interrupted when the bedroom door swung open.

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“Uh hey.” My other older brother came into the room and my stomach dropped. After our fight I had told him I didn’t want anything to do with him. I was mad at him, I still was but I regretted cutting him out like that. We’d been best friends for our entire lives.

“What do you want?” Stone snapped at him, making Lake wince.

“Uh, well my band has a gig this weekend at the under twenty-one club downtown, and I wanted to invite you guys.” Lake nervously twisted his hands, it was obvious he wanted to try and make things right with us.

“What makes you think we wanna come?” Stone glared at him.

“I-I don’t know, you don’t have to come if you don’t want to. I just wanted you guys to know you’re invited.”

“We don’t wanna go to you’re stupid gig, okay? Leave us alone.” He glared at Lake again before turning his attention back to his homework. Lake looked over at me with a hopeful expression.

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I didn’t know what to do. On one hand, I didn’t want to say yes. I really didn’t wanna go to the club and see those people who ruined my brother. Also, I didn’t want to piss Stone off by accepting the invitation. But on the other hand, I wanted to support my other brother. I didn’t hate him and I didn’t plan on keeping him out of my life forever, I just wanted to punish him for the way he treated me.

“I-I don’t know, I might have homework.”

“It’s a Saturday night.”

“I’ll see.” I answered, making his eyes light up.

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“Cool.” He said calmly, not letting his excitement show in his voice or expression. But I knew him better than anyone. It was obvious he was excited, he wanted me back in his life and he wanted me at the gig. And honestly, I wanted him back in my life as well. We’d have to see how the night of the gig went.

———–

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“I can’t believe you dragged me to this. Why did you even wanna come?” Stone huffed, visibly annoyed in the line for the under twenty-one club.

“Because he’s our brother despite the mistakes he’s made. This is important to him and I wanted to be here for him. Also, it sounded fun.”

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“You really wanna be here for him after he picked drugs over you?” He spat angrily. My stomach dropped, the way he said it made me want to cry.

“I, uh, he tried to apologize.” I answered shakily.

“Did you accept?”

“No, but I think he’s suffered long enough. I want to reconcile.”

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“I think you’re going too easy on him. He should be disowned for the way he treated us.” He frowned and shifted his weight uncomfortably.

“Well, I think you need to be a little more forgiving, Stone. He’s our brother. He’s gonna make mistakes, we can’t hold this over his head forever.”

“Whatever.”

“At least try to have fun tonight, okay?” I nudged him and smiled. “You don’t even have to look at the band.”

“Fine.”

———-

*Lake*

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Tensions were high in the dressing room. We were all pretty nervous, the only people we’d ever played for was Skye and Ama, and now we were about to play in front of a whole club of our peers. It was pretty nerve-wracking.

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Well, it was nerve-wracking for all but Freesia. She was completely calm as she adjusted herself in the mirror, her main concern right now was her makeup.

“Do you think my eye makeup looks okay?” She turned to the rest of us with a worried expression.

“It looks fine, Freesia.” I assured her.

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“How are you not completely freaking out right now?” Allium asked, the worry very apparent in his tone.

“Dunno, I guess I don’t mind being the center of attention.” Freesia smiled at us.

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“You’re not even a little scared?” Thistle asked. I looked over at him and I could see his hands were shaking.

“Nah, we’re gonna do great.” She smiled at us. As soon as she finished adjusting her make-up, the dressing room door cracked open and a woman stuck her head through the opening.

“You guys need to start setting up, they’re gonna start letting people in in five minutes.”

“Thanks, we’ll be out right away.” Freesia answered. The woman nodded and left, and Freesia turned to us excitedly.

“You guys ready to rock?”

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“Hey guys, we’re Time Association. You guys ready to rock?” Freesia repeated, this time to the people gathered on the dance floor. They all cheered and we started our set.

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My eyes scanned the room as I played the familiar song. I soon landed on two figures out on the floor. My siblings had actually shown up to the gig. My heart swelled, I thought they would never want anything to do with me again. I finally felt like there was hope for us.

I continued to play with a new-found happiness. I hadn’t felt this great in a while.

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The crowd that came out to see us wasn’t very large, but they seemed to be enjoying us a lot. Everyone was dancing, there wasn’t a single person sitting down. It was the greatest feeling I’d ever experienced, these people were dancing to our music, these people liked us. I wanted to feel like this for the rest of my life.

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And from the looks of it, we might be able to.

———-

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After we finished our set, we decided to join the party. They started to play some club music, which obviously wasn’t as great as us but was still fun to dance to. We all gathered in the corner, cooling down before we started to dance. Well, all of us except for Allium and Ama, who were currently glued to each other by the mouth.

“We did awesome!” Thistle exclaimed excitedly.

“I know, I can’t wait until we get to do this again.” I grinned as I laid my chin on Freesia’s shoulder.

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“We might be able to play here again soon, I’ll talk to my dad’s friend.” Freesia offered.

“I hope so, I think everyone liked us.”

“Yea, we really did.” A fourth voice chimed in from my left.

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I glanced over and saw Skye standing there awkwardly. “Can we talk?”

“Yea, sure.” I smiled, I never thought I’d hear her say those three words again. She grabbed my arm and pulled me away from the group, over towards the bar where we were practically alone except for a random couple making-out.

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“You guys are really great.” She said, I could just barely hear her over the loud music.

“Thanks, and thanks for coming tonight. I’m really glad you guys could make it.”

“Me too. I wanted to talk to you, I’m sorry for the things I said, I didn’t really mean it when I said I never wanted to talk to you again.” Skye admitted apologetically.

“I’m sorry too, I shouldn’t have yelled at you like I did.”

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“So does this mean we’re cool?” She asked.

“You’re not mad anymore?”

“No, I mean, you are done with them right? You did the band thing, now you’re gonna focus on school. You can’t stay with them and do drugs for the rest of your life.”

“Woah, woah, what? You think I’m done with the band thing? We’re just getting started. This is what I wanna do, Skye, this is my future.” I felt my blood start to boil. How could she think that?

“You wanna do that with them? Why don’t you wait until after school, get your diploma and find some people who won’t overdose in five years.”

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“Hey, these are my friend’s we’re talking about here!” I screamed at her, almost loud enough for everyone to hear.

“You’re gonna ruin your life, Lake. You need to take school seriously in case this doesn’t work out.”

“Oh, so you think I can’t make it as a musician?”

“No, I’m saying that you need a back-up plan.”

“Yea, because you think I can’t do it.”

“It’s a hard business, Lake.”

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“You know what? Maybe we should just keep not talking. If you aren’t gonna support me I don’t want you in my life. Screw you.” I yelled, I was the angriest I’d ever been in my life. This was my dream, why didn’t she believe in me?

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I could faintly hear her crying over the music as I walked towards the dance floor.

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I approached Freesia who was dancing with Thistle. With one look at me she could tell I was upset. She immediately moved over to me and started to dance with me instead, grinding on me trying to cheer me up.

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It was nice to get lost in the music for a while.

———-

*An hour later*

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After an hour of dancing, I was still fuming from the fight. Now I was also tired and sweaty from dancing, I needed a break.

“Hey, I’m gonna go lay down in the dressing room for a while.” I called out to Freesia over the music.

“Are you okay?”

“Yea, just a little tired.” I smiled reassuringly at her before heading towards the room. I couldn’t wait to relax.

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But when I got into the dressing room, what I found was the exact opposite of relaxing.

“What the hell?” I screamed as I shut the door behind me. My little sister was making out on the couch, with my band-mate and best friend nonetheless.

They immediately shot up, Skye curling into a ball and Thistle jumping off the couch.

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“Hey man, I can explain.” He started, but I stopped him.

“I don’t care, that’s my little sister. Friends don’t make out with each others little sisters.” I glared at him.

“Dude, it just kinda happened. She came in here crying, she didn’t realize I was in here. I started to comfort her and it just kinda happened.” He explained despite the fact that I didn’t care how it happened.

“Why do you even care? We aren’t speaking anymore.” Skye piped up angrily.

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“Yea, exactly. I wouldn’t mind if we were speaking. He’s stabbing me in the back by making-out with the person I hate the most, who also happens to be my little sister.” I was fuming, I felt like my blood would burst from my temples.

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“Woah, bro that’s a bit harsh.” Thistle tried to take a step towards me, but I was faster.

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My fist immediately flew into his jaw with a sickening crack. I didn’t even notice the pain in my knuckles, I was too busy seeing red.

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“Screw you both.” I screamed as I made my way out of the dressing room, not even bothering to look back.

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I found Freesia on the dance floor and grabbed her hand. “C’mon, let’s get out of here.” I pulled her behind me as I headed for the exit.

“Are you okay?” She worried.

“I just wanna get out of here, okay?” I tried not to get angry with her, I knew none of this was on her. She thankfully understood and didn’t question me further as we left the club.

I just wanted to get high and forget this night ever happened.

Lake Fae Chapter 8: I’m Fine

A/N: I am so sorry this chapter took so long, I was uninspired for a period of time, then my a/c broke preventing me from going in game. If I don’t have the a/c on my computer will overheat. But now it’s fixed and I promise the next chapter won’t take as long. Enjoy 🙂

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I woke up that morning feeling uneasy and sick to my stomach. The events that went down between Skye and I had left me shaken, I felt like part of me had been ripped out and I wasn’t whole anymore.

Skye obviously didn’t feel the same, that morning when I arrived at school she was laughing and talking with Stone and his friends. It hurt seeing how fast she replaced me and how fast she’d moved on.

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I couldn’t dwell on that though, standing there staring at their group made me look like a total creeper. My friends were on the opposite side of the hall, so I made my way over there to get my mind off my siblings for a while.

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“Lake!” Freesia exclaimed as she threw herself into my arms.

“Hey babe.” I smiled softly as I kissed her cheek.

“How’d it go?” She asked without pulling away from our embrace.

“Not great.” I stated simply before letting go of her.

“I’m so sorry, this is all my fault. I ruined everything.” She looked as if she was about to cry.

“No it’s not, I made my own decisions and I made the wrong ones. It’s okay, I’m okay.” I smiled once again before kissed her lightly on the lips.

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“Things didn’t go well with Skye?” Ama asked as Freesia and I turned our attention to the rest of the group.

“No, and honestly I just wanna forget about it.” I sighed and nuzzled into Freesia’s neck.

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“After school Thistle and I are gonna be in the gym shooting hoops, you’re welcome to join us.” Allium offered.

“Sure, sounds awesome.” It was a perfect excuse to not go home immediately after school.

“Cool.” He grinned at me. Just then, the bell rang for class.

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“Ugh, I hate geometry.” Amaryllis complained as we all made our way to class.

“I know, it sucks but we have a huge test today, we can’t skip.” Allium said sympathetically as he pulled his reluctant girlfriend into the classroom.

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“Are you sure you’re okay?” Freesia whispered to me as we headed to geometry.

“I’m fine.” I whispered back, even though I wasn’t entirely sure I was. I turned to her and faked a smile. “I’m good, I promise.”

“Alright.” She sighed, giving my hand a tight squeeze.

———-

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“It freakin’ reeks in here.” Allium scrunched up his nose at the offensive smell of the gym.

“This was your idea, man.” Thistle chuckled, he was starting to come out of his shell a little more, it was a nice change.

“I know, but I don’t think a few air fresheners in here would hurt. This smell is awful.”

“It’s a gym, what do you expect?” I joked, and he shrugged.

“Let’s just play.” He huffed as he ran to grab some basketballs. I turned to Thistle and rolled my eyes, making him chuckle lightly.

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 “So, is your sister officially out of the band?” Allium asked as we got into position for our game.

“Yea, she won’t even talk to me.” I chuckled.

“That sucks man, I’m sorry.”

“It’s alright, I’ll live.” I assured him as I took a shot.

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“Do you think we’ll need to rewrite the songs?” He asked after taking a shot as well.

“I think we’ll have to adjust them a bit. But we’ll just have to see at practice.”

“Our next practice is tomorrow, right?” He ran to grab the balls after they rolled away from the hoop.

“No, I think we’re practicing later tonight. We have a gig this weekend and we need to perfect our sound.” I laughed nervously. Freesia had officially gotten us the gig at the club her dad’s friend owned.

“Uh, Lake, maybe we should go.”  Allium was facing the door to the gym with an uneasy expression on his face.

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I glanced back to see what he was looking at and saw my brother coming inside the gym.

“Pass the ball.” I held my arms open as Allium awkwardly threw the ball into them.

“Dude, are you okay?” He asked as he came up next to me.

“I’m fine, I really don’t care if he’s here. Let’s just play.”

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Stone walked over to the exercise equipment on the other side of the gym. He didn’t even glance at me once, I wasn’t even sure he knew I was here. He climbed onto the treadmill and started it up. I didn’t even know he liked to exercise.

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I shook my head and turned my attention away from my brother. If he was going to ignore me, then I’d ignore him as well.

“So, you excited for the gig this weekend?” I asked Al before taking another shot.

“Yea, I can’t wait.” He hesitated. I gave him a quick smile before running to get my ball back.

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After a while we got bored of basketball and Stone’s presence made things slightly uncomfortable, so the five of us made our way over to Freesia’s to practice for our gig this weekend.

We sounded really good despite the loss of Skye. We only had to make a few tweaks to our set to make up for it, it was like her instrument was barely even needed. It made me feel a little upset, like all of my work trying to get her to join the band and get along with them was all for nothing. Part of me had been hoping we couldn’t make the songs work without her, so I’d have an excuse to beg for her forgiveness once again.

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“You guys sound amazing.” Ama smiled excitedly after we finished our last song, also breaking me away from my thoughts of Skye.

“You think?” Freesia asked.

“Yea, you guys are gonna do great this weekend.”

“Thanks Ama.” Freesia smiled as she put her guitar back on the stand. “So, who’s up for a little celebrating?” She wiggled her eyebrows as she walked over to the washing machine and pulled her stash box out from behind it.

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It only took us minutes before we were all pretty much high. It was pretty much becoming routine for us. Practice for a few hours then sit around and get high. Not that I minded.

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“Do you guys think we’re gonna get big?” Thistle asked while taking another puff from his joint.

“I don’t know man, that would be cool as hell though.” Allium replied after pulling away from Ama’s kissing for a second.

“What do you guys wanna do with your lives if this doesn’t take off?” Thistle blew his smoke up towards the ceiling and closed his eyes.

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“Well I definitely want to do something that involves music, maybe a music teacher or owning a record store, something cool like that.” I explained. No matter what, I needed music to be some part of my life.

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“I wanna be a tattoo artist. I’ve always liked drawing, I think I’d be good at it.” Freesia smiled to herself before continuing. “But if I have kids, I wanna be a stay at home mom. I wanna be there for my kids unlike my parents, y’know?”

“What do your parents do?” I asked.

“They run some stupid company in the next town over. They’re never really home.” She replied sadly, then turned to Thistle and smiled at him. “What about you? What will you do if this doesn’t work out?”

“College first probably, I’d like to study to become a psychiatrist.”

“Cool. What about you guys?” I turned to the couple who hadn’t said much this whole time.

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They pulled apart and turned to us. “Well, I’m for sure going to college after high school, probably to study medicine.” Ama told us.

“And I’ll most likely go to the same college to study something or other, not sure yet. All I know is that I wanna be with her.” Allium wrapped an arm around her waist before kissing her on the cheek.

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Freesia dropped her joint into the ashtray and climbed into my lap. “Maybe we could go to college together too.”

“That would be cool, maybe we could all go to the same place. Y’know, if the band doesn’t take off.”

“That would be pretty cool.” Thistle added.

“Then it’s settled, if our band flops, we all try and go to the same college.” Freesia smiled.

“Deal.” We all said at the same time, making us laugh. I wasn’t entirely happy with this plan, I was really hoping the band would take off. Making and performing music was what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t want to go to college and get a degree I’ll never use and end up with a boring desk job.

I was really depending on this band.

Lake Fae Chapter 5: Flying High

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

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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.