A Promise Made to be Broken

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It was my eighteenth birthday. The day I would finally get to speak to my soulmate. Ever since I was ten, I was counting the days until this one. But before that... "Cherry, hurry up! We need to go get our colors!" I needed to get my color.

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The Promise

My eyes fluttered open and I realized it was my birthday. Not just any birthday, my eighteenth birthday.

I smiled as I pulled my blanket off me and stood up. I stretched and put my glasses on.

โ€œCherry, hurry up! We need to get our colors!โ€ I heard my twin sister, Coco, call.

โ€œJust a minute!โ€ I called back to her as I walked out over to my drawer. I got out some jeans, a light shirt, and a soft jacket.

I got changed quickly and put my hair up in a messy bun. I knew we were supposed to wear something fancy, but I didnโ€™t โ€˜doโ€™ fancy.

I opened my bedroom door and saw Coco. I smiled as I saw her dressed up. Coco and I were twins, that much was obvious, but we were very different.

She usually put her soft, silky brown hair in curls or a braid. I had my hair in a bun or just straight down.

She wore little makeup, although I see no reason why she needed it, and most of the time wore heels. I wore no makeup and all the time just wore my vans.

I wore glasses, she had contacts. She said she didnโ€™t want to have to worry about them falling off.

She got all the guys, I got no guys. Okay, I had ONE guy best friend, but he doesnโ€™t count. Iโ€™ve known him since we were 5.

โ€œDad left early again,โ€ Coco said as we walked down the stairs. I was about to ask her a question, but she answered it before I had the chance. โ€œMomโ€™s out.โ€

I sighed and nodded. My mom rarely ever came home. She said she was just super busy but Coco and I didnโ€™t believe her excuses.

We had a quick bite of toast, grabbed the keys, and got in my car. We would have taken hers, but she had lent it to her friend.

I started to back out of the driveway when Kai stopped us. I stopped immediately and unlocked the car.

He got in the backseat and sat in the middle. โ€œYou didnโ€™t think you were going without me, now did you?โ€ he asked.

โ€œWell, you didnโ€™t tell me,โ€ I said as I drove out of the driveway, this time actually doing so.

โ€œI was too busy running all the way over here,โ€ he said, leaning back in his seat.

โ€œYeah, yeah,โ€ I said as I started driving to the Hue Center. I knew the way because I had stayed up the night before making sure I knew it.

Coco immediately went on her phone and Kai and I just talked. When I say we talk about everything, I mean it. I told him anything I told Coco, I trusted him more than I trusted myself.

โ€œAre you excited to get your color?โ€ he asked me, looking at his own wrist.

When someone turns eighteen, they get a color on their wrist. If someone has the same color as you, that means theyโ€™re your soulmate.

This causes some issues, because some people may think they find their soulmate, but havenโ€™t. Some colors are very close because there are many people in this world.

Since Kai was a year older than Coco and me, he already had his color, but he still hasnโ€™t found his soulmate.

Kai had a pretty Bluish Turquoise color. He said he hadnโ€™t spoken to his soulmate yet because they probably werenโ€™t 18 yet.

โ€œWell, if Iโ€™m honest...Iโ€™m kind of nervous,โ€ I answered, โ€œI wonder if I know my soulmate already...โ€

โ€œJust promise me something, okay?โ€ he said. โ€œPromise me that youโ€™ll be happy with your soulmate, whoever it is.โ€

My eyes widened a bit but I nodded. โ€œI promise,โ€ I said. I had never broken a promise before, especially not a promise I made with Kai.

I had never dated a guy before. I always wanted to wait until I had found my soulmate.

When we got to the Hue Center, Coco put away her phone. We all looked up at the building and took a deep breath before stepping out of the car.

I locked the car and we all made our way to the doors. I had come here the year before with Kai, I wanted to see him get his color.

We walked in and a lady looked at her clipboard then back at us. โ€œCoco and Cherry Mathews?โ€

Coco and I nodded and she led us into a room where a male sat, waiting for us. Kai followed us in and sat down in one of the chairs.

โ€œWho wants to go first?โ€ the guy asked, looking Coco up and down. That happened often, every guy that laid eyes on her wanted her, she was hot, hotter than me.

Coco sat down on the chair in the center of the room. She held her right arm out. I had told her all about what I saw when I watched Kai get his color.

The guy grabbed her arm and put his free hand over her wrist. He closed his eyes and started mumbling to himself. After a minute or two, a Green Sapphire color started forming on her wrist.

I looked at the color with awe. It was so pretty, I just hoped I had such a pretty color like that.

When the color formed fully, Coco stood up and sat down by Kai. I got up and sat where she was before. I held my wrist out and I couldnโ€™t keep my excitement hidden.

The guy grabbed my arm and put his other hand over my wrist. He started mumbling again and the color started appearing. For a second it was a shade of blue and the next, it was red. That was odd.

When the guy removed his hand, I could see the color clearly. It was a Garnet color.

I smiled as I looked down at it. I was able to talk to my soulmate now, but that would have to wait until I got home.

Kai and Coco stood up and we walked out of the Hue Center. We went back into the car and drove back to the house.

When we walked in, I saw my dad. โ€œWe got our colors. Cocoโ€™s is Green, and mine is Red,โ€ I said as I hugged him.

We didnโ€™t see our dad very often but it was more than we saw our mom. Their color was a Grape Purple.

He hugged me and Coco and nodded to Kai. He had gotten used to him being around. โ€œHave you spoken to your soulmates yet?โ€ he asked us.

I shook my head but Coco nodded. โ€œYeah, they seem pretty nice, they live really far though...โ€ she said.

My father nodded and turned to Kai. โ€œWhat about you, boy? Hear anything from your soulmate?โ€ he asked.

Kai shook his head. โ€œNothing yet, sir. Still waiting,โ€ he said. He and my father usually got along but they didnโ€™t show it much.

Kai and I went up to my room and sat on my bed. After a silent minute or two, he looked at me, confused.

โ€œWell? What are you waiting for? Talk to him!โ€ he said, nudging me in the ribs.

โ€œWhat am I even supposed to say to him? Iโ€™ve never even met him!โ€ I said, stressing a bit.

โ€œStart with โ€˜Hiโ€™, see how it goes from there!โ€ he said, grabbing my phone and roaming through it.

โ€œAlright, alright!โ€ I said, sighing. I cleared my mind for a moment and then started thinking.


Oh hi!

I didnโ€™t know why, but I was surprised to hear his voice. It was in my head, of course, but it sounded sweet.

๐“ข๐“ธ, ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พโ€™๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐”‚ ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ?

I guess so, itโ€™s nice to meet you. My name is Jacob, whatโ€™s yours?

I smiled when I heard his name. It was a pretty common name, sure, but I liked it.

๐“œ๐”‚ ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“’๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ป๐”‚ ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐”€๐“ผ. ๐“๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ธ.

I like your voice, itโ€™s very pretty. Your name is too.

I felt myself blush but I shook my head. I just met this guy. Sure, he can compliment me, but I donโ€™t have to like it.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ด๐“ผ. ๐“—๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“พ๐“ถ, ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ?

Southern Carolina, how about you?

๐““๐“ช๐“ป๐“ท, ๐“˜ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“œ๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฒ

Eight hours isnโ€™t so long, but not super quick either.

๐“จ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฑ...๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“™๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ซ? ๐“˜ ๐“ด๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€ ๐”€๐“ฎโ€™๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“น๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ซ๐“ช๐“ซ๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฎ ๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“ฎ, ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“ณ๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฎ, ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ญ ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ?

Iโ€™m nineteen Iโ€™m guessing you just turned eighteen. So, Happy Birthday Cherry!

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ด ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ. ๐“—๐“ฎ๐”‚, ๐“˜ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ญ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ด ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป, ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“˜ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€, ๐”€๐“ฎ ๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ด ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป. ๐“‘๐”‚๐“ฎ, ๐“™๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ซ...

Bye, Cherry.

I sighed and smiled as I laid down on my bed. "He seems really nice, his name is Jacob. He lives in pretty far and he's 19," I told Kai.

Kai turned off my phone and turned to face me. "It sounds like he makes you happy, just remember the promise, k?" he asked and held his pinky out.

I turned to him and smiled. We had done this only when it was important. I nodded my head and my pinky wrapped around his.

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