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I don't even belong to myself

Number 5

Almost as soon as Caleb dropped me off in front of our door, my powers shot through me. They stung, pushing me to kill, destroy. I moaned pulling my cap off and letting my hair flow down. My eyes were flashing dangerously. I could hear Vigidis and Concordia arguing in another room. I rubbed my temples as I walked towards them. I frowned watching them stuffing clothes into their bags.

“What are you doing?” I managed my head spinning as my powers filled me. My eyes clouded and I scowled. Vi looked at me surprised.

“Eris what is it?” she asked slowly taking a step back. I tried blinking my powers away but I had no choice. I had to kill tonight. My powers had never longed for death so strongly; I had never longed for death so strongly.

“Where have you been?” Concordia demanded still stuffing clothes in her bag.

“With Caleb,” I frowned. “What are you doing?”

“Leaving,” she snapped angrily.

“What?” I cried grabbing her bag. “You can’t leave? Why are you leaving? If we leave we’ll never find peace!”

Concordia snorted.

“Find peace? You’ve been right all along Eris. We’re just mutants remember. We’ll never find peace. We’ll destroy everything in our paths. We have to leave here before they hunt us down and kill us.”

“What happened?” I demanded.

“I got recognized. By those weird policemen. They started shooting at me in the street!” she snarled.

“Did you kill them?”

“No, not in front of everyone. I ran then followed them and killed them when they were out of sight.”

“But, don’t you want to live here?” my mind was spinning. I didn't want to leave Caleb. He was the one good thing in my life!

“Live here? Where we’ll be hunted and killed! No way!” Concordia cried.

“Where are you going to go then?” I asked.

“I don’t know. I’ll take the train. Somewhere far away. I’ll keep moving.”

“But that’s not what you wanted,” I breathed.

Concordia turned towards me scowling.

“What I want means nothing Eris. God what is it with you? We’re not even humans! Now go pack your bag!".

I stared at her wide-eyed and shook my head. "I’m not leaving.”

Concordia glared at me.

“What?” Vigidis uttered. “Eris this is the right thing to do.”

“If it was the right thing to do I’d feel good about it,” I answered stiffly.

“You’ve never felt good about anything,” Concordia retorted. I glared at her.

“That’s not true,” I answered quietly then twirled on my heels and marched off.

“Where are you going?” Vigidis called after me.

“Out!” I screamed back.

“Out to commit another murder? It’s all your fault Eris!” Concordia shouted after me.

I screamed my eyes turned black, I didn’t need to see her, I used my powers, stronger than usual, to propel her against the wall. I started sending furniture at her all the while keeping her pinned on the wall. She screamed out in pain.

“Eris stop it!” Vigidis cried her eyes stinging with tears. What was the problem? I cried out again then let Concordia drop to the floor.

“Don’t ever say that again, or I swear. I. Will. Kill. You,” I threatened before leaving the apartment.

I jumped on the first person in the road, a lady talking on the phone.

“Hey!” I called out to her my hair out and shimmering in the moonlight. I was glowing slightly. She peered at me curiously, her blue eyes wide.

“What is it hon?” she demanded.

I blinked once letting my eyes turn black, she wasn’t stupid, she knew what was going on. She let out a horrible shrill cry that I broke off sending her into the wall on an empty alley. She lay limp and unmoving on the cold black road. I stood over her then squatted down and ripped her head up. Her mouth was covered in blood and her nose and crushed. She started at me with wide scared eyes.

“Oh please. Please don’t kill me,” she begged. I gave her a sour look.

“If I could stop myself I would,” I told her standing up again. I twisted one of her legs and cracked the bone. She screamed, I sent a rock in her mouth to shut her up. Then I ripped one of her arms off. She withered in agony spitting the rock out.

"Please stop," she whimpered. "Maybe I can help you? I’m a lawyer!" she gasped.

I snorted and shook my head.

“There’s nothing you can do for me. Nothing anyone can do for me,” Caleb. Maybe Caleb could, but he only made things worse.

“I’m sure…”

“I don’t even belong to myself,” I started walking away.

“No! Please! Don’t leave me here!” she cried. I turned slowly casting my eyes downward.

“I can’t help it,” I told her as her wrist slid open. She cried out but her blood loss was too strong. She was dead in minutes. I picked her body up and placed it against the wall. I gazed down at her, she had been a nice person. She could have saved people. I just killed her. My whole body was racked with guilt, I screamed, my powers taking control of my body. I bolted away to the beach. Why was it the only place where I could find peace?

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