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The Summer Before

By Amanda_Machine

Drama / Thriller

1. Arriving

"Attention all passengers, there will be a delay due to inclement weather. Please stay seated until otherwise instructed. Thank you." The flight attendant's voice rung out.

Rain pounded on the plane's windows, in the distance a faint boom was audible. I looked out the window, seeing nothing but the night sky and rain. I looked over to my older sister, Jenna, who was sleeping in her chair. In the seats behind us, my mother sat on the end, my little sister, Elizabeth, sat in the middle, the window seat was empty. They were sleeping as well.

'How can they sleep?' I thought to myself, 'They are already comfortable with this! Being halfway across the world. I don't know how.' I sighed, got my phone out and put my ear buds on. The sound of "Hope's theme" from Final Fantasy XIII calmed me as I continued to look out of the airplane's window. Pink streaks of lightning danced across the sky occasionally. I slowly began drifting off to sleep.

"Wittle baby sister!" I felt someone poking my cheek, "it's time to get up" Jenna took my ear bud out and whispered in my ear. I jumped awake, I was about to yell at Jenna when my mom told us to hurry up, my little sister Elizabeth stood by her side. I stood and saw that it was only us and a few other people left on the plane. I quickly gathered my things and hurried off.

After a quite hellish time at the luggage carousal. We left the airport. 

Jenna, Elizabeth and I were cramped in the back of the small car Mom had rented. We were all wet from the rain. Jenna started complaining of having to use the restroom, Elizabeth was sleeping. I had my ear buds in listening to "The Egg and I" from Cowboy Bebop.

"How about some music" Mom said as she turned on the radio.

"Mother I advise you turn the volume down befor-" I began. The radio was blaring:

Ring! ring! ring!

Oh hello wake up!

Ho Ne Kai

Chomatay Chomatay!

The car swerved.

"What the hell!?" Elizabeth jumped awake.

"Turn it down!" Jenna yelled as she covered her ears.

"I'm trying!" Mom yelled angrily at us while pushing random buttons profusely. She gave an aggravated sigh and punched the off button. Jenna and Elizabeth gave relieved sighs. My mother continued to drive, calming down a bit. I turned on my phone and put on "Counter Attack Mankind" from Attack on Titan. I rested my head on the window and looked at the now clear sky, the moon was full and was our main source of light.

"Mom," Elizabeth started. "What are we going to do?"

"Start fresh," Mom began."I think it's important to try something new when you are given the opportunity. I don't know what it's going to be like, but we will get through it."

About forty-five minutes later Mom pulled into a small a small town, another ten and she pulled into our new house.

 "We're here," Mom called as she parked the car. Jenna jumped out of the car and ran inside to the bathroom, I woke up Elizabeth. I gather a few of my things and got out of the car. I looked at the house, Elizabeth muttered a few impolite words to me before heading inside with her stuff.

The house was tall, but very small. It was all white, wooden window frames were the only decor, if you could even call it that, that was visible on the outside.

"Nice." I mumbled to myself, I took what I had inside. The inside wasn't much different from the outside, it was all white. The first room you saw when you entered was the living room, well it wasn't really one since there was no furniture. There was a hallway in the right corner that led to the kitchen, next to the corner was a set of stairs.

"Upstairs, first door on the left. That room is mine." Jenna called as she came running down the stairs.

"No it's mine!" Elizabeth whined as she came running a few paces behind her.

"Girls. Not now please. It's eleven at night. Just bring in what you can and we will get the rest tomorrow." My mom sighed as she set a box of pictures in the corner. She looked at me and smiled, then went to get another load of luggage.

I set down what I had, which was a few bags of clothes and went out to get another round of things.

After two rounds of bringing stuff inside, Elizabeth and Jenna stopped for the night and went to bed shortly after. Mother and I stayed and brought in a few more round of things.

"I'm done for the night Robin," Mother said as she set down a suitcase. "You should stop for the night too." 

"Let me get a few more things," I begged. Mother, who was halfway up the stairs, sighed and threw me the keys.

 "Make it quick," She said as she continued to make her way up the stairs. I did a little victory dance and ran outside. I grabbed any bags I saw and carried them inside, setting them in the living room. I did this until all bags were inside, which was for about an hour.

On my last trip, I noticed a big blue building across the street, and a slouched-over figure walking towards it. As it opened the door to the building, it looked back at me. We stared at each other for a moment before it turned and opened the door, leaving me in the night. I turned my attention back to the car and grabbed the only thing that was left, my cello. I closed the car and locked it before making my way back into my new house.

I laid my cello in the center of the living room, before laying next to it. I didn't want to bother mother for a pillow. I layed my arm under my head and stared out the window next to the door. It was a perfect view of the blue building, the full moon rested atop it. I smiled before dozing off into a much needed rest.

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