Chapter One: Scarlett
Dawn, the sunrise seen through the eyes of a mortal can be painful, but the sunrise seen through the eyes of someone like me was a thing of wonder. I could see every little detail. The sunrise was a painful reminder that summer vacation was over, no more staying up all night, no more parties, no more sleeping in until three in the afternoon. I sat in a wooden chair beside my bed watching the sunrise, the same place I had stayed all night without moving.
I let my eyes trail down to the faint red scar that trailed down from my shoulder to my elbow. A compliment from my mother on our twelfth birthday. Mom had walked into the kitchen to find Savannah looking at the picture of the ultrasound when she was pregnant, there were five babies circled in red ink. She walked over and snatched it out of her hand.
“Oh my poor babies! Oh my sweet Connor, my darling Travis, my handsome Shane, my loving Brad, my baby Ryan! What did these satanic witches do to you!?” she sobbed gently holding the picture to her chest like she was holding five real children. Eris was the only one she bothered to name. She left it up to dad to name Selene,Savannah, Eva and I, even though Eris could possibly be their kid because of how similar to mom and dad she looked, but mom was set on the fact that we were satanic witches that killed her five sons in the womb or took over their bodies and ended up as girls. Mom narrowed her eyes on the five of us. “You demonic satanic witches! Where are my sons!” she screamed as she grabbed a knife off the counter and stepped over to us, an angry and crazy glint shined in her green eyes. She brought the knife down into my shoulder then dragged it down, wrenching the bloody knife from my arm as hot red blood gushed out. She slashed the knife across Selene’s chest, making a large cut in her shirt. She stepped towards Eris next.Eris's eyes flashed gold at her, she was using her persuasion, I could hear it clearly. You will not harm me you will not harm me you will not harm me. Her eyes glowed gold through the process, mom looked like she was ready to give in but she shook herself and raised the knife aiming to bring it down into her chest. With a flick of my wrist there was a strong gust of wind as the windows flew open and mom went flying back into the refrigerator where she collapsed with the bloody knife in hand. The cuts were reduced to faint red scars.
When dad finally got home from going to the grocery store he found Selene and I sitting against the wall in a pool of blood while Savannah, Eva and Eris worked on patching up the scars to hide them mom was still unconscious, the blood dripped off the knife staining the perfectly crème tile floors. Dad called 911 and they took mom away to the hospital where she woke up two days later saying something about demonic witches who murdered her sons. The doctors labeled her crazy then sent her to a mental hospital for eight years on medication and therapy.
We lived with dad until we were fifteen when dad was killed in a car accident. Then we lived with our Aunt Erin who looked exactly like mom but she was kinder, she mysteriously passed away two years later. Then we went to live with our foster mother Sydney who was opposite of our insane mother. Her hair was the same length as moms, to her shoulders but instead of black hair and emerald green eyes, she has blonde hair and mint green eyes, also six months pregnant with twins.
I felt someone come up behind me and gently pull my braid out, making my copper red curls fall perfectly down my chest. I looked up meeting Selene's eyes. We both gave a small smile.Selene's my twin sister, we shared the same hair type;curly but her hair's blonde, she's a hybrid like me but she shared different supernatural genes then i did, the only other more developed supernatural hybrid like Selene and I was Eris.
“I’m guessing you didn’t sleep?” she asked looking at the rising sun, her eyes glowing like an amber fire. “First day...nervous?” came another question. I was never the one to show confidence; I was always shy and slightly paranoid. I eyed my scar again, then the one slightly showing from her pajama tank top. “Still thinking about that crazy bat?” she asked looking at it with me. After moms mental snap we started calling her Crazy instead of mom.
“I hate taking side with the same insane lady that tried to kill me, but what if she’s right? What if we’re not really her daughters? I’ve looked at the ultrasound, there were five boys in Crazy’s stomach” I said standing up so fast that the chair fell back and landed on the carpet with a thud.
There was a creak from the door as Savannah and Eris slipped in. They shuffled over to us, Eris's black hair a sleep disheveled mess, Savannah's blonde hair was falling out of its ponytail she put it in last night. “Hey I don’t know what you guys are talking about but I can hear everything through the walls” Savannah said rubbing her eyes.
“Better not let Sydney hear” Eris added her emerald green eyes flashed red in the golden pink light that poured in through the window.
“Eris we’re supernatural immortal creatures our hearing’s more advanced then hers” Irene said.
“Where’s Eva?” I asked.
“In the living room watching TV” Eris replied taking my brush off my dresser and brushed her hair out.
There came the quiet shuffle of feet as Sydney shuffled down the hallway. There were small grunts as she walked downstairs. “Well I’m going to get dressed” I said stepping over to my closet door, when no one moved I looked at them. We believe you about the five babies came an echo of four voices. Selene, Savannah and Eris left my room shortly, the door closing with a soft click. I dressed quickly.
“Scarlett, breakfast!” Sydney called from the kitchen.
With a small sigh, I ran my hand through my hair then I slowly made my way downstairs. “Well don’t you girls look adorable, now eat up we gotta head out cause I have to see what all we need for the art room” she said as she rubbed the bump giving a small wince.
On the first day we had spent together she had explained to me about the one nightstand she had with her ex boyfriend. She pulled out a small piece of paper and scribbled something down then shoved it into the pocket of her capris.
We all picked at our plates. Sydney looked at all of us. “What’s wrong, you all nervous? Typically you wolf down your food” she said sipping her coffee.We all went rigid at the mention of wolves but we let out a silent breath after she finished. When we continued to pick at the food more she grabbed her purse and keys.
We dumped our plates into the sink then grabbed what we needed then piled into the SUV. I sat in the front while Selene sat beside the two empty baby seats while Savannah,Eva and Eris scrambled their way to the very back seat behind Selene’s . Ever since Sydney learned she was pregnant her house became a mess of baby things like carriers, a stroller, and baby formulas. She refused to buy clothes until the genders were set. “What do you girls say we go car shopping this weekend that way you don’t have to climb over a seat just to get to your seat” she smiled looking at Savannah, Eva and Eris. We all shrugged.
We arrived at the school after twenty minutes of driving. Sydney’s flip flops squeaked against the shiny white tiled floor. “Odd I saw cars in the parking lot, but the rooms are empty” she said peering into an open dark classroom. As we got closer to what I guessed was the art room, she pulled out her keys, all of us noticing that the door was cracked.
When we pushed our way into the room and flicked on the lights. “Surprise!” came from the bed back of the room startling all of us. “Oh my gosh guys give me a heart attack!” Sydney squeaked as she rushed forward greeting and hugging the sea of unknown figures.