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.”

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*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.

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*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.

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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.

Lake Fae Chapter 4: I’m in the Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Thanks Skye.”

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

“What do you mean?”

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

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

“C’mon Skye, you can trust me.”

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

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

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

“Yea, sure.” She smiled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

———-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

———-

*A few weeks later*

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Oh? What is it?”

“How does ‘Time Association’ sound?”

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

“You think so?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You do?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Fae Chapter 3: Making Friends

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

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

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

“If they say anything mean, I’m out.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What do you play?”

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

“Just guitar.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

——–

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

“It doesn’t” Skye chuckled in agreement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Fae Chapter 2: That’s My Sister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

———-

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

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

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

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

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

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

———–

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

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

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

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

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

“Correct.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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