Tea Leaves and Sapphire Earrings


Match Thirteen: Chwiorydd:


My precious daughters. All created in my image. They will help me make the new world. They all have their undying loyalty to me, their mother. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.


She knew that her mother’s plan would fail. In fact, Hecate thought it was stupid. If she was going to survive the End of Days, she would have to look out for herself. Good thing she had a sleeve filled of back-up plans.

“Hecate,” she heard behind her in the hallway of Arthur’s flat. She looked over her shoulder. Tessa stood inches away, smiling at her. This one sent off red flag vibes to her older sister.

“What is it?” Hecate asked. Tessa ponytail bounced as she shook her head. The older sister narrowed her eyes.

“What do you want?” she asked. She doesn’t trust so easily. Given her plans and this very game, it is easy to see why.

“Are we going back to Ikebukuro soon?” Tessa asked. Hecate tilted her head.

“What do you mean ‘we’?” she asked. Her sister shrugged and smiled. The older nightcomer raised her eyebrow.

“Care to take a walk with me?” she asked. Tessa gave her a strange look.

“What for?” she asked. Hecate walked up and patted her on the shoulder.

“Just come with me,” she said. “You have so much to learn.”

“O… kay…” Tessa said, blinking. Hecate smiled as she took her hand.

The girls made it out to the public gardens. Tessa looked around.

“Why are we out here?” she asked. Hecate stopped in her tracks.

“What is your end game here?” the older sister asked.

“Excuse me?” Tessa asked. Hecate glanced over her shoulder.

“Be honest,” she said. “What do you think of Mother’s plan?” The younger sister eyed her.

“What I think of her plan?” she asked. Hecate eyed her in silence. Tessa put her hands on her hips.

“I don’t really like it,” she said.

“Really?” Hecate asked.

“Yes,” the younger sister said. Neither spoke at first. Hecate kind of leaned back.

“Let me tell you one thing,” she said. “This plan will fail. Whether Mother knows it or not, I don’t care. But I will not go down with her.” Tessa gave her an odd look.

“What are you saying?” she asked. Hecate patted her on the shoulder.

“I only have one piece of advice to you,” she said. “Being self-serving is survival. Don’t be too trusting with anyone. The one person you can rely on is yourself.”

“I don’t get it,” Tessa said.

“Get what?” Hecate asked.

“What are you planning to do?” her younger sister asked. Hecate turned and smirked to herself.

“Surviving,” she said. “And if you were smart you would do the same.” The nightcomer didn’t turn around to see the look on her sister’s face. She would be on her way back to Ikebukuro by the weekend. Whether Tessa followed or not, that was not her concern for the time being.

Hecate had her own plans after all.


The quiet ones are the most dangerous. Sabine fits this category.

She just smiles. Her sisters couldn’t figure out what was on her mind. Sabine seemed to be one of the closet to their mother. No matter Allison seemed to favor her lately.

“Have you sorted through those files yet?” Allison asked Sabine one hot summer. Sabine looked up at her.

“We’re still working on it,” she said. But then she paused. “Mother?”

“Hm?” Allison asked. Sabine shifted on the couch.

“What do we do with the ones who don’t have a golden star by their name?” she asked. “They won’t be any use to us.”

“Give them to the Russians,” Allison said. Her daughter raised her eyebrow.

“You sure?” she asked. “I thought we didn’t trust them.”

“We don’t,” her mother said. She should’ve guessed that. Allison looked up at her.

“Sabine,” she said.

“Hm?” the daughter asked. She looked up to see her mother eyeing her.

“Lately, I have the feeling that some of my daughters are wanting to turn against me,” Allison said.

“Is that right?” Sabine asked.

“Yes,” her mother said. She leaned in closer to her daughter.

“You wouldn’t do any stupid like that, would you?” Allison asked. Sabine didn’t even blink as she looked her mother in the eye.

“No,” she said. The mother smiled.

“Good,” she said. Sabine didn’t react to the praise.

Still, she’s hiding her own real thoughts and motives. Even Allison and Hecate can’t figure her out. The young nightcomer took down more notes.

“Is there anything else that you need?” Sabine asked. Allison raised her eyebrow.

“No,” she said. “That will be all for today.” Her daughter finishing up the last of the notes for the day.

“Thank you,” she said. Sabine packed up everything and walked out of her mother’s office.

“Close the door behind you, darling,” Allison said. Sabine closed the door behind her.

Sabine made it back to her room. (It was actually Arthur’s guest room. But Mam took over the flat and made it their headquarters.) She set down everyone on her bed.

“You are an odd one, Sabine,” a voice said behind her. Sabine closed her eyes.

“What do you want, Hecate?” she asked.

“Nothing,” her older sister said. “I just don’t know what goes on in that head of yours.” Sabine turned around. Hecate smirked in the darkness.

“Pardon?” Sabine asked.

“What are your real intentions?” her older sister asked. “I mean, what do you really want? You can’t really be loyal to Mother and her plans, can you?” Sabine didn’t speak at first. Hecate calmly waited for her answer.

“I am only playing the game,” her sister answered.

“In what way?” Hecate asked. Sabine didn’t even blink.

“In all ways possible,” she said. “Excuse me.” Her sister walked her walk by.

The quiet sister walked out of the flat. She only knew of one place that she could talk in private. Sabine made it all the way out to a big red call box just down the street. Once inside, she started drawing on the glass inside the box with her finger. Her lips moved with each trace. Sabine picked up the receiver and held it to her ear.

“Hello?” she asked. “I’m here.”


The youth can be vicious. Tessa was living proof of this.

Those in Ikebukuro called her Hecate 2.0. Neither woman enjoyed that little comparison. Tessa had her own methods and plans. Her first order of business? Get back to Ikebukuro, of course.

Hecate may be onto her.

“Funny,” she told Tessa in the middle of July. “I never took you as the travelling type.”

“I’m not,” the younger sister said as she looked for something to wear. “I have just fallen in love with Ikebukuro.” Hecate frowned as she sat on the bed.

“More like you have fallen in love with what’s going down in Ikebukuro,” she said. Tessa glanced over her shoulder.

“Can you blame me?” she asked. Hecate smiled and put up her hands in s shrug.

“No, actually,” she said. “You just don’t have to hide the real reason why you are going.” Tessa raised her eyebrow.

“Like you are doing?” she asked.

“I’m not denying anything,” Hecate said without missing a beat. “No one is just asking me any questions.” She and Tessa smiled at each other. They looked like they were ready to attack each other. Hecate took notes in her mind to watch out for Tessa. She could be a force to reckon with if she wasn’t careful.

“Let me guess, you want to come with me on the next trip to Ikebukuro,” the older sister said. “Am I right?”

“Maybe,” Tessa replied. Hecate moved her arms behind her head with a cat-like smirk.

“You will have to talk to Mother about that,” she said. “But I am curious about something.” Her sister tilted her head.

“And what would that be?” she asked. Hecate leaned forward with her cat-like smirk unbroken.

“Just what are you planning to do once you get to Ikebukuro?” she asked. Tessa smiled as she flipped back her long black hair.

“You will just have to see when I get there,” she said.

“So you’re just going to volunteer yourself to go with me to Ikebukuro without me even giving my answer or not?” Hecate asked.

“You have a problem with that?” Tessa asked with hands on her hips. Neither sister spoke. Did they really need to? The younger sister stood smirking. Just like Hecate, she knew how to argue her way to what she wanted. Looked like she was taking her sister’s advice to heart. Maybe too well.


I love my daughters so much. I love them equally. They will never betray me. Because if they did, I will kill them.

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