“I need to go,” I say looking at Seraphina. “My mom is going to be looking for me.” I’ve been gone a whole day and I don’t even have my phone. The smell of rain and pine hit me and I remember I have his cloak. I rip it off my body and go to the room down the hall, where I was kept. I throw it inside the closet, I grab sweats and a hoodie putting them on quickly.
“I’ll drive you,” Seraphina says, dressed in the same thing as I am. I nod, taking in her appearance. She still has her blonde hair, almost white as mine. But her eyes, still that ice blue. “You’re not going to change back.”
She shakes her head. “There’s no need to hide anymore.” I look out the window, watching as everything passes by so slowly. The smells of the street, the people, everything hitting me at the same time, it’s disgusting. “You’ll get used to it.” She says looking at the road ahead.
“You can feel my disgust?” She nods. “I can feel your emotions and hear what you’re thinking.” That struck me more than the horrid smells. She…she can feel what I’m feeling and, no. No, this can’t. “How?”
“Well as your guardians we all have some connection to you. Evangeline, is harmony, bringing you peace and keeping the peace between the three of us.” She explained. “Zerachiel, heals, emotionally and physically. Then there’s me, the warrior-the fiery one, your protector.” She said looking over at me. “We’re all warriors but I’m the main one, and that’s why I can feel your emotions and hear your thoughts.”
All I can think about is how she’s heard everything I’ve ever thought. What I’ve felt. “That’s why you yelled at Zerachiel, you said you’ve been through the worst with me.” Her eyes welled with tears that were quickly blinked away. She felt when I first learned of my mom. How I cried every night as a little girl to the star that was always outside my window. I cried to it, telling it to let me go to my real parents, that I didn’t want to be in that house anymore.
I cried out to anyone, to help me when everything was crumbling down. When my adoptive parents would always fight. When I needed help, I would plead to the star for help. I was a defenseless child that needed help and no one came.
I shut out the memory, the memory I’ve kept hidden and private. “You know don’t you.” She nods, “Yes I do, we all do. We would be with you everyday and every night.” She whispered, the tears actually falling this time.
“We saw how you pleaded to that star to end it, to save you, and we couldn’t do anything because you were just a little girl.” I looked down to the bracelet and it pulsed around my wrist. The rest of the car drive home was silent.
I took a deep breath, seeing that I was back at the house. The one floor house looking like the perfect home, that is filled with love. But in reality it’s filled with distrust, hurt, anger, with all the negative emotions.
I get out the car and Seraphina says to me, “I’m going to enchant them so they don’t know you weren’t here. I can do it from out here, don’t worry.”
“Thank you Seraphina, I’ll see you later.” She hugs me really quick and looks at the house, then starts whispering something. I make my way to the front door and I look back and she nods, indicating that it’s done. I wave goodbye and enter the house.
As soon as I enter my worst nightmare is in-front of me. Jared-my stepdad was right in-front of me. I pass by him trying not to acknowledge him and he stops me. “Why are you ignoring me Celeste? I’ve done nothing wrong.”
I wanted to yell, I wanted to yell at everything he’s done to us…to me but all I did was clench my fists to my side and took a deep breath.
“Did you think I would forget what you did last time, I’m not your wife. I’m never going to forgive you for what you did.” I say stepping closer.
“I didn’t do anything, and have respect for me Celeste I’m your father.” He said raising his voice. My palms started getting sweaty and my heart started pounding in my chest. I wanted to yell that he wasn’t my father. My father was….I didn’t let myself think of that right now.
“You earn respect, not get it right away.” I yelled. I was so tired of living like this, I’ve been going through this my whole life and I’m just so tired. I walked away because if I didn’t he would’ve been at it for hours.
I locked myself in my room, my mom won’t be home until tonight so I’m just going to stay here. I didn’t realize the smokey bracelet was tight against my skin until it loosened.
I dropped my things off and went to the conjoined bathroom in my room to shower. I needed to wash everything off and not only physically but also emotionally. When I got out, I looked at myself in the mirror and the scratches were gone.
That bracelet didn’t leave once in the shower, it only darkened. I wrapped myself in a towel and headed to my room. I gasped at what I saw on my bed, more like a who.
“What the hell are you doing here!” I whispered yelled. Asxian, the king of the below, my enemy, chuckled. The sound going through me, I held my towel tighter.
He was sprawled on my bed his arms crossed behind his head making his muscles their flex. His wavy hair tousled and just the right length, reaching his forehead slightly.
My bed was not big enough for him, he barely fits and his attire was different. The times I’ve seen him these past hours he’s had armor on but right now he wore elegant clothes. A black jacket and what looked like black jeans.
You definitely can’t find these type of clothes in stores. I looked at him and he smirked, my scowl deepened.
“Get. Out.” He stood up, coming to me and I backed up until my back was against the wall. His golden eyes piercing through mine but they weren’t glowing this time. He caged me in, putting both his hands at the sides of my head.
He lowered his head, his scent engulfing me. “You ought to control yourself and be careful not to hurt your family.” How did he know this? How did he know where I lived. I used my strength and pushed him. I can’t deal with him and his games right now. He got pushed a few steps and I was angry that he knew all this information.
All of a sudden every one knows me well. “I told you I didn’t want to see you.” I felt that hum, wanting to come out. That familiar tingle that happened within me when Asxian came close.
“Fuck.” He breathed, closing his eyes and clenching his fists.
“Excuse me!” What the hell was he doing.
“Darling angel, you’re naked.” He said, his voice caressing every inch of my body.