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How Long Has This Been Happening

Chapter 14: How Long has This Been Happening

Sasuke

“But that doesn’t make since. When we were little and I found out that I had elemental abilities then why didn’t I get anything from Tate and Hale that same day we went over to their house?” I asked mom and dad as all of us sat in the living room after dinner.

“To be honest, I’m not too sure myself son.” Dad said as I grabbed a cookie that mom made earlier today.

“Maybe it was because he just learned about his abilities so his body was trying to adjust?” Mr. Snyder said crossing his arms and leaning back into the chair.

“That could be true. I guess it’s difficult to say considering that all I had was Chris for the longest time until I went to the academy.” Dad said.

“Yeah but that was long before Yui or I got there.” Mr. Snyder laughed a bit and I tipped my head after looking at Hale and Tate.

They shrugged a little and I looked back at dad, “What does that mean?” I finally asked.

“It means son, I’m a lot older then I look.” Mom put a hand on dad’s shoulder and smiled at him and he sighed a bit. “My base element is time Sasuke. Time elementals live a lot longer then everyone else. It takes a few generations to actually get the standard life span of a human back when a parent is a time elemental. I don’t know when it’ll kick in for you though. But when it does you’ll end up noticing that your staying a certain age as your friends get older. This even happens if the person who’s born from a time elemental is human. They still have that blood in them. It’s even worse for a normal human since they won’t understand what’s going on.” When I glanced over at Shiro he looked a bit shocked by this. So he didn’t even know that much about time elementals.

“So… I’m going to live longer then my friends?” I was really confused but dad nodded.

“Yes, but let’s change topics.” Dad said obviously not a huge fan of the subject. “How long have you two been able to use your abilities?”

I guess I’m not going to get any more out of dad about that. Maybe I’ll ask him about it later. “I don’t know…do you remember Hale?” Tate questioned crossing his arms.

“I think it was about a year or two after we moved.” Hale commented.

“WHAT?!” I shouted grabbing Hale’s shirt and shook him. “You got it after you moved and you didn’t bother calling to tell me about it. What the hell is wrong you two, some friends you are.”

“Sasuke please calm down. You had gotten your concussion by then and mom and dad didn’t want us to say anything to you just in case you did actually lose your elemental abilities.” Tate stated and I stopped shaking Hale and blinked.

“But I wouldn’t have cared. To be honest maybe it would have made me remember sooner and I could have gotten my abilities back sooner.” I said looking between both of them.

Hale’s foot rested on my chest and he pushed me away. “Igit, what part of your not allowed to have my element yet are you not getting. Let go of me before we make solid skin contact.”

I laughed a bit as I fell to the ground. “Oh come on Hale, don’t be such a spoil sport.”

“I said no. When you get better with ice then come talk to me about it.” Hale huffed at me crossing his arms. “For now no prolonged skin contact.”

“Alright alright.” I sighed waving my hand at him. “But question for both of you, if you both knew about it for so long when why aren’t you two already at the academy?” I tipped my head at Hale.

“They didn’t want to leave with out you.” I turned back to the couch to look at their father. “We talked to them about it, but that’s what they decided on.”

“I think they just had a feeling that you would remember everything at some point and they decided to wait.” Their mother smiled down at me.

“Mooooommm, we would have told him.” Hale whined.

“Let’s be realistic brother you wanted to watch him squirm a bit. You always have.” Tate laughed a little.

The doorbell rang before I could say something, “I got it.” I said getting up off the floor and going to the door. I opened the door and was a little shocked at who was standing there. “L-Liz?” I sounded shocked as She was standing with her arms crossed in front of me on the other side of the door.

“What is this? You come home for the weekend and make me walk to the school to hang out with you just to hear from Sean that you went home. So then I had to walk all the way back when all I had to do was walk next door to see you.” She made arm gestures as she told me about her little adventure and all I could do was laugh sheepishly.

“Sorry Lizabeth, I forgot.” And moved a bit. “If you want to come in your welcome to. Hale, Tate, and Shiro are here too.” I stated.

“The twins are back!” She squealed and ran into the house her shoes practically flying off as she ran past me. I blinked a few times a bit confused about what just happened. But I couldn’t help but smile when I heard Hale complaining and yelling to his brother for help because he was being attacked.

“She seems really excited to see them again.” I looked over to see Shiro come out from the living room with a smile on his face.

I nodded, “And they sound like they’re having a good time. Just looks like we can’t keep talking about elemental stuff.” I commented.

“Probably for the best. She doesn’t give off the presence of being another elemental.” He commented crossing his arms and looking back at the living room door.

“That’s true. I don’t get anything from her when I make skin contact with her…” I muttered.

“You have just started relearning things. You’ll get stronger and be able to tell right away the more your around elementals and then come here you’ll be able to tell. Though some are just that dense where they never seem to get it.” He chuckled scratching his cheek a little.

“Oh um…sorry about it not really seeming all that relaxing. I didn’t know that the Snyder’s were going to be moving back into town.” I apologized.

“Na, it’s alright…though I do question why…” He mentioned as I closed the door.

“What do you mean?” I rose and eyebrow.

He sighed and smiled a little, “It just seems like there’s so much going on so fast that I just have a feeling something really bad is going to happen is all.”

“Well…I can see where your coming from, but there’s seven elementals here, I think that no matter what we can handle anything that you’re worrying about. Though we’re technically only legends so why would something bad happen?” I mentioned.

“True. Sorry I’m just over think sometimes.” We both laughed and then went back into the living room to be with everyone else.

The Snyder’s and Liz left around 10:30 so it was mom, dad, Shiro, and myself left in the house. We put everything else away. I let Shiro take a shower first so I just sprawled out on my bed and I didn’t want to move. “How long am I going to end up living? Do I have siblings that I don’t know about?” I muttered out loud.

“Well you’ll out live me and you don’t have anything siblings that you don’t know of.” I jumped and quickly sat up in bed seeing dad leaning against the door frame with his arms crossed looking at me. “You know; wind elementals have this nice ability that allows you to have better hearing. That’s one of their abilities by the way.” Dad commented coming in and sitting down on the bed with me.

“So…does mom know how old you really are dad?” I rose an eyebrow at him.

“Ah I knew this was coming at some point in your life. Yes, mom knows how old I really am. About a year into dating her she asked. When your mother was young I saved her from a river.” Dad chuckled, “Who would have thought that she was an elemental and that we would meet up again at the academy.” I opened my mouth to say something but dad put a hand on my head. “I’m 221 years old. I’ll live for 800 years. You for 600. Then it keeps going down by two hundred each generation till the life span is back to a normal human lifespan. But that doesn’t make us immortal. We’re still human even though our clocks have been slowed drastically.”

I nodded, “But you don’t know when it’ll kick in for me…” I sighed looking up at him. “What about Uncle Chris? Did he have any kids before he died?”

“Not that I can remember.” Dad said the small smile that he had died and he looked away from me.

“Dad…I know you told me that uncle died before I was born but…you’ve never told me how.” I know that uncle’s always been a touchy subject for mom and dad but still…

“I killed him…” Dad said so quietly I almost didn’t hear it and then stood up and messed up my hair. “Get some sleep, you have heavy bags under your eyes.” Dad put hand on the door frame and looked back at me. “Oh and the next time you tell a friend that you’re an elemental, don’t do it in a public place. I erased that part of the security footage so the two of you are fine. But if Sean says anything to anyone about it then I’m going to have to do something about it.”

I sat there as my mouth dropped and dad chuckled. “Good night Sasuke.” Then dad walked out of the room. Shiro walked in with the towel on his head and looked at me confused.

“Did I miss something?” He asked and I realized that I still had my mouth open. I shut it and shook my head.

“No, dad was actually telling me things. It’s insane…dad’s 221 year’s old.” I said.

Toshiro looked back into the hall then at me then back at the hall then finally back at me “No, you’ve gotta be laying to me. There’s no way he can be that old.”

“That’s young actually. He told me he’s going to be able to live till he’s 800. But still, he can die from anything just like a normal human.” I answered as I got up and grabbed a pair of shorts from my dresser and a tank top.

“So what about you? Your father said that you were going to out live your friends. But by how long?” He asked as I heard my bed squeak a little from Shiro sitting down.

“Subtract 200 from the number I told you dad could live.” I said turning around and this time it was Shiro’s turn for his mouth to drop and I smiled a bit, “I’m going to go take a shower. I’m sorry mom and dad didn’t tell me that they were remodeling the guest room and that your stuck in here for the night.”

“Don’t worry about it.” He stuck his hand up and waved me off to go so I did.

I killed him…those three words kept spinning in my head as the water hit my back. “That can’t be true…” I muttered to myself. “Dad wouldn’t kill…would he?” He’s not going to tell me anything else…I know he won’t. Not right now anyways. But at the same time…those words sounded so dry, as if he was on auto pilot while saying it. “I don’t like this…but I should drop it. At least for now. I got a lot more out of dad then I thought I would today.” I took the water that was in my hands and splashed it in my face and finished up with my shower. When I got back to the room Toshiro was already sleeping. I tossed my clothes in my hamper then turned off the lights and got into the other side of the bed and went to sleep myself.

I’m shivering I don’t understand why. Normally I wake up with my blankets on the floor because I got too hot during the night. I opened my eyes and and saw Toshiro’s face really close to mine. “Waaaaa!” I panicked and pushed him away but ended up falling off the bed with a thud.

“Hua…” Toshiro’s groggy morning voice said. “Sasuke?” I saw him pop his head over the bed “What are you doing on the floor?”

“You were hugging me.” I said my voice cracking a little.

“I’m attracted to heat since I’m naturally cold. I’m sorry.” He ducked so only his finger sand his hair was poking off the edge of the bed. “I’m really sorry I didn’t mean to. I knew I should have just slept on the floor.”

I sighed and got up off the floor. “It’s fine. It’s the first time in a long time where I’ve woken up shivering.” I laughed a little bit. “Next time we’re making a wall of pillows.”

He looked a bit relieved that I wasn’t that mad at him. “Okay, that sounds like a plan.”

“When do you think we’ll be going to the academy?” I asked him getting to a different topic because of the awkwardness that was between us.

“I’m not too sure really. You might want to ask your father about that.” Shiro commented as I pulled open my dresser to get clothes.

Someone knocked on the door and I looked over to see mom smiling at us. “Good morning you two.”

“Morning mom.” I smiled back.

“What are your plans for today?” She asked.

“Um…I don’t know.” I answered looking at Toshrio to see if he had an idea.

“We have homework that’s due Monday. There’s also training too…” Toshiro looked up at the ceiling putting a finger to his lips as he thought.

“I think I’d rather re unload the truck for the Snyder’s then train.” I groaned and mom giggled.

“Well your father and I would like to talk to you, also breakfast is being cooked.” She said.

Dad was actually cooking. It was usually mom or myself that would be the ones to make the meals. So it’s been a while since dad cooked something. Of course he was always in and out of the house. Before I really knew what was going on I just didn’t understand why mom and dad were out of the house so much when I got old enough.

“Oh okay. I’ll be down in a few then.” I said a bit surprised.

Maybe we were going to be doing something that all of us had to agree on? There’s just so much that has been processing in my head that I need to just get a chance to breath. Maybe that’s what they want to talk about. But there was only one way to really find out. I grabbed clothes and went to the bathroom to get changed and do all my normal morning stuff then I went down stairs after throwing my clothes in my room. Toshiro went to go get changed as I went down stairs and into the kitchen.

Now that I was down stairs the strong smell of pancakes roamed around in the air. “It smells really good down here.” I exclaimed and dad looked back and smiled at me.

“Morning Sasuke.” Dad greeted.

“Morning.” I smiled back. “What’s the occasion that has you cooking?” I laughed a little raising an eyebrow.

“I think I’m allowed to cook in my own house every once and a while.” Dad commented back as I came over to see what he was doing. “But it’s because I got a phone call from Mr. Wolfe and he told me that he’ll be able to start again Monday so yesterday was my last day being the principle here.” He explained.

“Oh really?!” I was happy but shocked at the same time. Dad wasn’t going to be the principal any more.

Before dad could continue there were a loud few knocks on the door then I heard the door open. I stepped out of the kitchen and Sean was standing in the door way leaning on his knees catching his breath. Did he sprint here? “Morning Sean…” I said a bit surprised to see him.

“Oh Sean what’s got you up and running today? Are you sure it’s okay for you to be doing that. I know it’s been almost two weeks but still.” Dad said coming out of the kitchen.

“Mr. Kaisai, please tell me that Andrew’s lying. Your really not done being the principal are you?” He asked his voice sounds a bit panicked. I wonder why.

“I’m sorry Sean, yesterday was my last day. I was only the temporary principal.” Dad answered. “Did something happen between you and Andrew?”

“No…well…” Sean looked at the floor.

“He’s been bullying you hasn’t he?” I asked and the look that Sean gave me when he looked up tells me I hit the nail on the head. Though he quickly looked away from me.

“Take your shoes off and come sit down. Breakfast is almost done. You can tell us about it.” Dad commented and went back into the kitchen.

“They haven’t done anything to hurt you have they?” I asked instantly as Sean took his shoes off.

He shook he head as he closed the door then came in the rest of the way into the house. Though some how I didn’t really believe him. I wasn’t completely talking about physically hurting him though they are obviously more then capable of doing that. “It’s not what they can do to me that I’m worried about.” He said. I can see his hands shaking even though he’s trying to hide it. What did they say that’s got him so worked up?

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