I envied my sister at times, but she always told me that it should be the other way round, that it is the other way round. She gave me compliments, was nice to me and we’ve never fell out, but she always got that little more attention. Always had something she could do better than me, but she always told me that there were more things I could do better than her and should be able to do better than her. She was always trying to make herself lesser than me which only greater annoyed me further, but she was my sister I loved her no matter what. I watched her crumble right before my eyes something snapped deep in my chest something clicked back into place. Her face had fallen into an awkward numbness, like her face had been injected with Botox but in a position where you could still see all the worry and distraught tattooed on her face. I watched her gaze; she was staring off into this distance it reminded me so much of what had happened to all my uncles and Brothers after they came back from war. Shell Shock! The cold steely glare of the forever haunting memory never being able to function right again, the crash and roar of the war could be heard from miles away as far as my little village at the very edge of the country, I remember crying myself to sleep many nights not knowing where I would sleep or where my next meal would come from. You see my father and my mother both had died many years before in the same war, I was only little but the memory of watching their faces as the bomb landed only 20 metres away from me - will be a memory that haunts me for life.
I jumped when I heard Chris shout right beside me, I saw how his face lit up as his incredible Genius had hit him once again.
“It was said that my power couldn’t work on the one child that the Shadow clan would want most.”
There was the briefest of pauses as he looked around at everyone’s face with almost an expectation that we would suddenly get it. Click! I could almost hear it as the thought snapped into my head.
“But why, why would they want to absorb that much energy and power. Well, obviously their main purpose is to take over the population again, but what exactly would they use that amount of energy for.”
“Think about it with all that energy stored up they could turn her into anything, a vacuum, a bomb, even a mind control. If there is enough energy, and let’s think if she comes into contact with anyone she can literally copy it straight away. With all that energy all you need is a few words and a drop of blood and you have almost control over the entire 6th dimension not to mention the half dimension.”
I could feel myself panic as the news set in. Kayla is a bomb waiting to happen. No I wont let this happen it’s not fair to anyone, I’ve lost too much of my family and come all this way to lose another. NO WAY! I won’t let this happen again.
I listened in awe as my genius sister and Chris conversed. It made you feel dumb just by watching it, I could tell my little sis was feeling the same, but she was smart so she probably understood just wasn’t keeping up. As soon as I thought of my sister I immediately looked down at her frozen body, her face was still that of shock and she hadn’t moved a centimetre, we had only been standing here for about an hour, but it felt like she hadn’t been moving for hours. I caught myself thinking if she was still breathing, but I always shook the thought off. Of course she was still breathing, but if she had absorbed the powers of Beth Scar she wouldn’t need to breathe. She could probably hold her breath for 2 days before she needed to take another one again. I turned to look up at the genius twins, but found myself crouching down to Kayla.
“Kayla, Kayla, please. Are you alright? I need to know, I can take you home if you want?”
She slowly nodded her head even though her face was still fixed in that pained look her focus was still a million miles away from here. I was still unsure on whether she was actually talking to me.
“Kayla, talk to me. Tell me what you want to do.”
She lifted up her arms so they were around my neck, I felt a shock go through my skin, damn my sister. Why did she make it so hard?
“I want to go home Jay,”
She leaned her head in closer to my ear so that only I could hear what she was saying.
“There’s something we need to talk about before...”
Her voice trailed off but I could sense urgency in her tone. Was it just me or was there an underlying feeling of lust when she said that. I quickly scooped her up as she collapsed into my arms. I nodded quickly at Charlie and he replied with a quick wave. I swiftly made my way out the front door and changed form when we were deep enough into the forest; her fingers were deep into my fur her warm face was nuzzled into my neck, an electric shock ripped through my skin. Damn her for leading me on?
After a few minutes we were outside our Aunt’s and Uncle’s house well, it was more like a mansion. I slowly dropped her onto the soft ground, the autumn leaves crunched underneath her, her body was still, she wasn’t even breathing her body so still so fragile so, so beautiful. I changed back as quickly as I could, I heard my t-shirt and trousers rip as I did so, but I didn’t care- I stared at her beautiful body for awhile her eyes were closed and her lashes were wet, she must’ve been crying on the way here. I gently put my hand up to her cheek stroking her soft face, her eyes fluttered open as I did so. I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered when I was a kid and she would come and visit me at the foster home, she would always fall asleep a few minutes before the end of the visit. I almost laughed but I was stopped when I felt her cold fingers entwine in mine, interlocked that’s what we called it. A harsh breeze whipped at my face but neither of us shivered, her dark eyes looked into mine connected forever, she abruptly pulled her gaze away and looked off into the forest, her hand quickly dropped to the ground as she let go of her grasp on my hand. Her eyes shifted to behind me and then back again, she inhaled for what seemed to be her first breath since we had left the Moore Manor. She looked back at me her eyes were glossy with tears but her face and her expression was neutral. I pulled her in for a hug; I heard her quiet sobs muffled by my ripped shirt. She quickly pulled back and wiped the tears from her face. Her gaze dropped to the floor, she entwined her fingers in mine again and dragged me up off the floor she gave me a weak smile once I had finally got up. Her eyes once again shifted to behind me then up at my face her gaze was so longing so desperate, almost lustful. I could see the tears well up in her eyes again I slowly put my hand on to her face. It was like ice shards were tearing at my flesh, her skin so cold, her body was pumped with electricity and was unstable with energy. My hand shot back from her face I stumbled back a few steps with shock, I could feel my mouth was slightly ajar when my eyes finally met hers, now I finally understood why she wanted me with her. I wouldn’t I- I- couldn’t. I could feel the dread soak my body as my eyes stared in to hers.
My heart raced with fear and sorrow as I watched his face grow more and more solemn. I couldn’t ask him to do what I wanted - what I needed. I wasn’t ready to watch the sacrifice and pain him and I both would have to endure, whether it was physical or emotional - but we both knew that if he didn’t do this I wouldn’t be able to carry on. With the little information I had learned in the past few hours I was at The Moore Manor, I was pretty sure this was the only way to help me. Tears filled my eyes as I cupped his face in my hand; he pulled away his face the picture of shock.
“I won’t Kayla; get someone else to do it”
“You know very well I can’t, and anyway, I trust you more. I don’t c-”
My sentence was cut off short as his hand came up over my mouth, I had the sudden urge to bite him but I fought it. I could feel my mouth salivate as the warm blood pulsed against my tongue, I bit my lip as hard as I could to fight my urge. I looked up from his arm and glanced at his face, it had changed completely he was suddenly more alert, he had that look your dog would get if someone was at the door, or was trying to break into your house. I backed up a couple spaces so that I didn’t have to stand quite so close to temptation.
“What is it?”
He shot a look of annoyance at me, I was slightly taken aback but I shook it off and listened. I couldn’t hear anything just a couple of leaves falling to the ground a few metres south of us.
His words made me almost feel stupid, of course that’s why he looked so annoyed. I concentrated hard on my hearing; I could feel my ears tingle as they changed from human to canine. I shook my head a bit too quick and I started feeling slightly dizzy as my ears were picking things up too far away for me to understand exactly where I was. I steadied myself and concentrated hard, a few low whispers and mumbles about 3 miles south-west of us, I took a few careful steps forward trying to understand what they were saying.
“It’s alright its just Sira.”
My eyes snapped up at him. His face was now neutral but I could still feel the hardness and the tension in the air, I could feel something warm trickle down my lip, I quickly licked it not wanting to see what I knew was blood on my finger again. I could feel the warmth of it sliding down my tongue; I quickly swallowed not wanting the taste to linger no matter how nice it felt, my eyes burned as I smelt the raw putrid smell of sewage waft form the North. I turned my head slightly see where it was coming from.
“If you were concentrating, you’d know it was a broken down garbage truck.”
My head snapped back up to him I could feel the anger spread through my body. How dare he say that to me, I’ve been a wolf for less than half a day and he’s already comparing my abilities to his? I could feel the shock of pain shoot up my spine, my back arched as I let a low growl escape from my lips. He was still staring off into the distance while I collapsed on the floor, I didn’t show the pain I was feeling, I just quickly turned my face away from his and closed my eyes. With any luck I will calm down enough not to change. I almost whimpered when another shock of pain ripped through me and almost sent me into a spasm, I let my eyes open for awhile, just to see if Sira was still in the forest.
“You have great control for a beginner, but you really need to work on numbing out the pain.”
I let it all go then; I let the anger rise through me like a kettle about to boil over. I staggered onto my legs as I felt the shocks of pain wave through me.
“Do I look like your student? I am your sister whether or not we are blood related, I don’t care if you won’t do what I’ve asked but there is no need for you to be such a pig and treat me like I’m a-a-a-”
“Like a Wolf, An animal. Or would you prefer I said my people.”
The tone in his voice sent another shock of pain through my body as I quickly lowered into an attacking stance, I let out a low hiss before I answered him.
“I don’t care what you call it; I just don’t want to be treated like I’m lower than you. Oh and by the way, you shouldn’t piss off a hormonal teenager,”
I growled as the last shock seared through my body.
“Especially, when they don’t know what they are capable of.”
I pounced at him I had already changed by the time I had landed on him; his face was neither of surprise or shock, but mainly of smugness. I was almost confused by his look but my rage took over me and I started tossing him half way across the lawn. Every time I did he just brushed himself off and braced himself for another attack. He didn’t even think I was capable of actually hurting him? Oh Serious mistake. I leapt in to the air and landed gently onto the top of the tree, I had to quickly change back before the branch broke underneath me. He smiled and his eyes glinted almost with entertainment as I landed.
“Are you feeling better now?”
His jokey tone only pushed my annoyance further, I jumped down from the branch and slowly glided towards him it took me a few seconds to realise that my feet weren’t actually touching the ground. I flicked my arms out as tentacles grew and wrapped around them, some sprouted from the ground and circled me as I advanced on him; the humour still hadn’t left his face, which just added to my anger further I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a puddle, my eyes were glowing amber and my hair was blowing around me like Lady Cassandra’s was when she was chanting, my skin had suddenly become paler so I was now a scary pasty beige colour, than dark toffee colour it was before, my teeth glinted as I smiled and I noticed that my canine teeth were protruding slightly over my lip. I moved my gaze back up to Jay, his expression was more concerned now but you could still see the mockery that was etched into his face. I screamed and let all the energy explode from me, the tentacles thrashed as I quickly twisted my arms so my palms were facing upwards, I flicked my fingers towards Jay and watch them slither across to him. I watched almost gleefully as I let the tentacles wrap around his legs, his eyes had changed to show worry as they flicked from me to a movement behind me. I twisted my head round but couldn’t find a disturbance anywhere; I listened harder as I tried to pick out any familiar sounds. I heard a low mumble only a few metres into the forest and fast breathing, the mumbles grew louder as I finally understood what they were saying.
“Can you hear that, I think Kayla’s gone mad, we should have never let them leave?”
“If we didn’t we wouldn’t be able to know for sure.”
I hissed as I heard their words. My head shot back to look at Jay.
“They used me, you used me.”
I could feel my eyes sting with tears, but the anger burned and blazed through my body. I concentrated harder and calmed myself down, I crossed my legs and slowly lowered myself on the ground, and I could hear their footsteps were louder and faster on the ground. Come on Kayla. I slowly started to feel serenity wash over me; I slowly lifted my eyes as the calmness took effect. The tentacles had disappeared. My skin and my eyes had returned to its normal colour. I quickly flashed a smile at Jay as I felt the fangs retract back to their normal size.
“I guess they’ll never know now.”