Chapter one Aurelio
I tried to make the flames blue, you get three types of fire. Orange, blue and white. Orange being the coolest and white being the hottest, orange is still hot so don’t go and play around in it.
“Do you have any idea what you just did?!” He demanded.
“So? No one saw.” I said.
“We don’t know that!” He cried.
“So by all means, scream at the top of your lungs.” I said.
"Cora, we can’t have you blowing our cover. Not now." Aidan said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because, we’re finally going home tomorrow." Aidan said. "Tomorrow we don’t need to worry about hiding. Tomorrow, tomorrow we get to see dad."
I scowled, I wasn’t interested in going back home. It wasn’t home to me, but the Caecus realm wasn’t exactly home either. I didn’t have home.
"Why do I have to go?" I asked.
The minute I asked that question I immediately regretted it.
“What do you mean, why?” Aidan asked. “Because we have been stuck here for ten fucking years with absolutely no one! Because I want to see our dad! We haven’t seen him in ten years! Because I want to go home! That’s why!”
I looked at him, there was this weird and disturbing feeling churning inside of me. Fear, sadness, anger, anxiety and paranoia all rolled into one.
"I’m scared." I whispered to my brother.
I felt my body shaking, I hated being vulnerable in front of anyone.
"I know you are." He said, pulling me into a hug. "I know you’re scared, I’m sorry I got so mad."
"Of course he’s going to be happy." Aidan replied.
"Are you sure?"I asked.
"Cora, you need to calm down. Dad’s going to be over the moon to see you again." Aidan said.
"Are, are you sure?" I asked again.
"Of course he is." Aidan reassured me.
"Well, why do you never talk about him?" I asked.
Aidan went quiet.
"Aidan, why don’t you talk about him?" I asked.
"I miss him." Aidan whispered shakily.
"I know." I said.
I wished I knew enough about him to miss him.
"Come on, we need to get some sleep." Aidan said.
I nodded my head as Aidan went to try and get rid of the fire in the fireplace. He pulled it into the palm of his hand before crushing it, plunging us both into darkness. We could still see, barely. I blindly walked over to the mattress we took turns sleeping on. The wind came in through the broken windows and holes in the ceiling. I curled into a ball, trying to keep as warm as I could. Winters in the Caecus realm were really cold, especially in the country we were in, England. Apparently they were colder in other countries, but there were loads of holes in the ceiling and window so that when it rained we would have to stay huddled in the corner of the house/room as to not get wet. However, according to Aidan winters in the Tarudrid realm are freezing. So I wasn’t looking forward to it. Tarudrid was the name of the realm we were to go back to, home. I didn’t really know if it was home, I’d never felt home anywhere.
I lay awake on the mattress, I was absolutely terrified about going back. Everything was going to be different, absolutely everything. From the places, the food, wildlife and people. Especially two people in particular, my parents. Aidan never really told me about them and I didn’t really remember anything about them. I didn’t know what they looked like, what their voices sounded like or their names. I didn’t even know their names. But, if I scrunched my eyes closed tightly and concentrated really hard I could picture something. A four year old me lying on a sofa next to a ten year old Aidan and a man. I couldn’t really picture the man’s face, but I could see him. I knew he was there. I told Aidan about it, he said the man was probably our dad. I started asking questions but Aidan got uncomfortable and anxious. He always did when I asked about dad. Mainly dad, actually that’s a lie. He’d get uncomfortable when I asked about either our mum or dad. Now I was going to be seeing them for the first time in nearly a decade.
"Aidan." I whispered.
"Yes?" He said.
"Can, can you um," I said.
"You want me to lie down with you, don’t you?" Aidan asked.
"Yes." I replied.
"Alright move over." Aidan said.
I wriggled over to the edge of the mattress and Aidan got in next to me. I wriggled in close to him and he hugged me. We were both nervous about going back.
"Aidan, can you tell me something about dad?" I asked. "Please?"
"His element is fire." Aidan said.
I nodded my head.
"Just like you." I whispered.
In Tarudrid everyone’s born with an element, fire, earth, wind, nature or water. You could either have one, two or if you’re lucky all five elements. Aidan’s was fire. I’d just found out my dad’s was fire. What about me? I was lucky enough to be born with the ability to control all five. It wasn’t rare, yeah alright Aidan said it was really rare. Another thing I was worried about, how absolutely terrible was I going to be compared to everyone else when it came to controlling elements. I was alright. I could make a small amount fire and I could turn water to ice and move a few small pebbles. If I was lucky I could make a flower grow.
"Aidan, can you tell me something?" I asked.
"Depends on what you’re going to ask me.” He replied.
"Dad, what’s his name?" I asked.
"Haydn." He answered after a while.
I went quiet and tried not to laugh.
"Are you serious? Aidan and Haydn?" I asked, trying to hold back my giggles.
"Yes I know it’s weird, but Aidan isn’t my name." He said.
"What was that for?" He asked, sitting up.
"I’ve known you all my life, how dare you lie to me about your name?" I snapped.
"It’s my middle name." Aidan said.
"What’s your actual name?" I asked.
"Aurelio." He replied.
"Ok then, Aurelio." I said.
"Call me Aurelio and I will leave without you tomorrow." He threatened.
"Alright you win, Aidan." I said.
I let him sneak back on the mattress and I gave him a hug. A thousand thoughts bounced around my head. I tried to ignore them but was still a nervous wreck. I had been living in another realm with only Aidan for nearly a decade, how was I supposed to adjust to an entirely different realm?