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A Feu

She didn鈥檛 know how long she stood their wondering what to do, but when she looked up a tall woman was standing before her. The woman was wearing a white shirt, a long blue skirt, and long blonde hair, just like Tulip. Only the way her hair was done differently. Instead of in a long, chunky braid, it was twisted on top of her head.

鈥淎re you Charlotte?鈥 The woman asked. Charlotte didn鈥檛 know how to answer the woman. She could tell her she was Charlotte and take risk but also, get the chance of shelter. Or she could say she wasn鈥檛 Charlotte, but risk not receiving shelter.

It took Charlotte a while to realize the woman was still expecting an answer from her.

鈥淯m... yes,鈥 she answered in a very small voice.

鈥淕ood. Follow me,鈥 the woman said.

Charlotte was reluctant at first but then realized she had no other shelter or place to sleep. She followed the woman.


Eventually, after what felt like an hour walking up a hill, they arrived to what looked to be the woman鈥檚 house. The house was a soft peach color. Though it looked nice and plain on the outside, it was packed full of everything you could possibly need. On top of the table beside the couch was piles of leaves, bottles of medicine, scraps of fabric, and pieces of paper.

Charlotte realized Tulip was in the house too. 鈥淭ulip! What are you doing here?鈥

鈥淚 was going to ask you the same thing! Mother?鈥

鈥淚 invited Charlotte to stay with us.鈥 She turned to Charlotte, 鈥淢y name is Orchid. You may stay here for the time being. Soon, we will find a way to get you home. Where is your home?鈥

鈥淚n Gladstone, Missouri- I fell here.鈥 Charlotte realized how crazy she sounded, 鈥渟orry, I sound insane! But it happened.鈥

Orchid didn鈥檛 have a hint of confusion or disbelief on her face. She really believed Charlotte. 鈥淚 need you to tell us exactly how you got here.鈥 Orchid gestured to Tulip. She realized Tulip had fallen asleep. 鈥淥kay... tell me how you got here.鈥

Charlotte explained how she arrived in the village. Since she didn鈥檛 know Orchid well, she was vague about details. The more she talked, the wider Orchid鈥檚 eyes became.

鈥淵ou came through a book?鈥 Her reaction was as predicted. It was a mix of disbelief and suspicion. 鈥 I don鈥檛 believe it for a second!鈥

鈥淚 understand why you would think that, but it鈥檚 true!鈥 Charlotte was desperate to have someone believe her, 鈥淎nd I鈥檒l prove it!鈥

Charlotte didn鈥檛 have the slightest idea how she would show these people she was telling the truth. If someone showed up at her house, telling her they came there by jumping into a book, she would think they were making it up too.

鈥淐harlotte? Honey, honestly, if you really do believe you jumped through a book to get here... well, maybe you did. I admit, your arrival was odd and sudden- most people never come here or just pass by.鈥 Orchid confessed, 鈥淏ut, you can鈥檛 bring it up or act different than other people. This village doesn鈥檛 like different! Ever!鈥

Orchid put a bandage on Charlotte鈥檚 leg. Charlotte let out a small shriek of pain. 鈥淥w!鈥

Charlotte absentmindedly touched the table and it burst into flames like the tree and grass. Orchid screamed which woke up Tulip. Tulip gasped when the table disappeared.

鈥淲hat in the world just happened? Where did the table go?鈥 Tulip yelled once her mother stopped screaming.

Charlotte didn鈥檛 know what to say. She looked around, first at Tulip and then at Orchid. Both were too stunned to move-or even talk.

鈥淐harlotte? What鈥檚 going on? Do all the people from your world do this? Answer me,鈥 Orchid pleaded.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 know,鈥 Charlotte saw how unsteady this made her rescuers feel, 鈥渋t only started when I came here.鈥

鈥淵ou鈥檙e a feu!鈥 Tulip exclaimed.

鈥淎 what?鈥 Charlotte was very confused.

鈥淗oney, a feu is a person with fire powers. If you have ice powers you鈥檙e called a glacies- say it like gla-ch-as. Water powers are aqua. And so on.鈥 Orchid explained.

鈥淔ather,鈥 Tulip whispered and started to sob. Orchid patted her back and clarified.

鈥淔ern, her father, was also a feu. Remember how I told you how the village doesn鈥檛 like different,鈥 Charlotte nodded. 鈥淲ell... when he was young his parents told everyone he was very sick. Eventually both his parents got the Arbor Plague when he was 15. It was a deadly plague that was around for 3 years until we found certain plants that cured the plague.鈥

鈥淥h, what were they?鈥 Charlotte said, curious. Tulip had stoped crying and answered.

鈥淭here was three, we learn them in school. The first plant is the auxilium plant. It helps with fever. The second plant is the nocere plant. It helps with clearing bacteria but it gives a rash and hurts to be applied. The third plant is magis plant. It reverses the effect of nocere.鈥

鈥淲ow! That鈥檚 a lot to remember! What else happened to Fern?鈥

鈥淗is parents died a year later. He moved in with the Mr and Mrs. Reed- an old, strict couple. When he turned 19 he left and never looked back. He met me when he was 24- I was 23. We got married when he was 28 and had Tulip had Tulip a year later. 3 months ago he got angry and his powers went out of control. He set a building on fire.鈥

Charlotte gasped, 鈥 Whoa.鈥

鈥淵es. That was when everyone found out about him being a feu. The elders took him away and we haven鈥檛 seen him since.鈥

Tulip echoed 鈥淗aven鈥檛 seen him since.鈥 She started sobbing again. Orchid pulled her close to comfort her.

鈥淲ell Tulip, time for dinner then sleep. Charlotte, we鈥檒l find somewhere for you to sleep.鈥 Charlotte hadn鈥檛 realized how late it had gotten. Her parents must be so anxious for her to come home- she felt terribly guilty. Maybe, I shouldn鈥檛 have jumped into that book. But maybe I鈥檒l find a way to get home! Charlotte thought.

鈥淗ere, Charlotte you sleep here and we鈥檒l talk about what to do in the morning.鈥 Orchid said.

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