Pernicious Red

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

First chapter ! :)

Chapter 1 (v.1) - Chapter 1

Submitted: May 04, 2016

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She was so tempted to chug the half filled shake cup and it's contents at the annoying,self entitled drama queen that sat at one of the retro diners counter bar chairs. Raelynn Sage Munroe had started working at Ruby's Diner her sophomore year of high school. Now fast forward Raelynn was nineteen going on twenty in less than a month,still here.She removed the cup from the mint green vintage triple Hamilton beach machine and poured the chocolate shake into a classic shake glass,topping it with whip cream and a cherry she forced a smile and sat the glass down in front of Eloise Henry. The girl had been a nightmare since they were in second grade and it got worse the older she got. "I'll be back in a sec!" She called out to her best friend Maxine who just nodded as she waltzed a tray of loaded fries to a table.

 

 

 

Looking in the break room bathroom mirror, Rae sometimes asked herself why she worked here. She surely didn't need the money. Her parents had been very successful in their ventures. Not that she knew them. Rae had been raised by her lovely grandmother. Her parents had dumped her onto her when she was two. Choosing to travel and work instead of raise her. Over the years they had dumped what she called 'guilt'money into an account for her. They had passed about four years ago in a car accident and though she wished she could say she was sad.She wasn't,she didn't even know them. After they died her account numbers tripled. She was more than enough well off. She wouldn't ever have to work but she didn't wanna be some rich stuck up bitch. Plus she loved Ruby's.

 

 

She looked at her reflection before leaving the bathroom. Her dark brown hair with its red tint was shiny and usually hung a past her shoulders but at the moment was pulled back in a neat low pony. She had fern green eyes ,a tiny nose and was blessed enough to have eyebrows that never needed tending. She had done a whole ugly duckling thing. All through her younger school years and most of high school she had no figure,braces,acne and dressed awkwardly. Now she was the swan. Flawless skin,perfect straight teeth(thanks to the braces) her figure had just seemed to appear over night she had medium sized round breast, a flat stomach and curvy hips attached to a round bottom and awesome legs for only being 5'2. She also didn't dress like a kid playing dress up any longer.

 

 

Exiting the bathroom she straightened her little apron dress. The uniform was teal colored with a sewn on little white apron. It had a tight top with short sleeves and a flared bottom that stopped a little above her knees. It was Friday night and they were packed. They also served as a drive in. Her best friend Maxine Larissa Greer, who was more like her sister, literally, was in the coral colored version of their uniform. Her dark brown hair used to be long but now was cut into a longer straight bob with two thin pieces of blonde dyed in the front framing her face. Her light brown eyes met hers as she gestured towards the parking lot.

 

Taking that as a signal,Rae headed towards the outdoors equipped with her pen and order pad. It was definitely a full house tonight. She headed to the closest order booth that had a red light above it indicating they hadn't been attended yet. She approached the driver window of a dark blue Escalade. The tinted window came down revealing the Beckett brothers. She just had to pick this booth first. Declan and Ryker Beckett were by far the sexiest men she had ever seen. Twins,both recently turning 23. They both had pitch black hair they kept short but long enough you wanted to run your fingers through it. Declan had cerulean blue eyes while Ryker had blue berry colored eyes. They were built like mighty fine stallions and were probably about 5'8 and they had that amazing sun kissed skin. Everyone knew the Beckett's, their family was old money and owned a ranch on the out skirts of town. The boys had bought a huge house on the beach awhile ago though.

 

"Wow is that you Red?" Ryker asked from the drivers seat. Eyeing her openly. She inwardly groaned. Most chicks loved attention from the brothers,practically tossed their panties across the room sailing into their perfect faces. Which is the exact reason she didn't want the attention. Ever. Maxine aka Max had dated Declan for maybe three months before she found out about him and another girl and kicked his ass to the left pronto. Also Ryker had a girlfriend. Eloise's best friend who even though she hated to admit almost had her back down into the ugly duckling category with a slam dunk. "Yes,it's me. And stop calling me that." They had everyone in Stoney Brooke calling her that for years now. "Our beautiful Red." Declan sang from the passenger seat. Ignoring him completely . "What can I get you?"She pointedly asked Ryker. She immediately found a spot on her notepad to focus on instead of his face. "Ya know what?I think welcome in."As Ryker started to roll his window up she spun on her heel and sped walked her way back to the diner.

 

"Hey,are you trying to run away from me." She had no idea how he just moved that fast. "Of course not,I'm just busy." She still wouldn't look at him. "Ladies first." Declan said as they reached the double doors of the diner and made a bowing gesture. "We'd like to request you as our server." Ryker said with a huge smile showing his dimples. Of course they did she thought.

 

She sat them at the last empty scoop booth they had open which also gave them direct eyesight to the long bar. "We already know what we want." Ryker said smiling up at her. "Okay,what'll it be?" She twirled her pen around waiting. "Two Red,I mean Ruby burgers with fries and two mint malts." He finished still smiling. "Okay,I'll have that right out." She finished writing and ignored his slip up.Taking the order number to the kitchen window. She set about helping Max tend the rest of the patrons. Fifteen minutes later she carried a tray with their food and drinks on it. Eloise had of course found her way into their booth and was sidled up to Declan. She sat their food and shakes in front of them and was turning to leave when Eloise'accidentally' knocked her glass onto the floor. "Oops,I'm so sorry." She said flashing her an artificial smile.

 

Rip her got got damn throat out.Whoa, shaking her head she had no idea where that thought came from.She must have had that thought reflected on her face because Kim,another server hurried over and told her she had it. Mumbling her thanks she walked away ignoring Ryker's now intense stare. At One A.M sharp Max,Kim and her finished closing down the diner and made their way outdoors. It had the usual Stoney Brooke chill it got in the evening and morning hours. It was always warm in Stoney Brooke during the day. Locking the diner doors they waved goodbye to Kim and headed towards her little baby blue VW convertible.

Clicking the unlock button she had almost reached the door when she heard someone coming up behind her. She felt someone touch her arm. She spun around and brought her knee into someones stomach. She heard a grunt before realizing it was Ryker when she heard Declan start laughing his ass off. "What the hell are you doing,creeping in parking lots Ryker!" She yelled. She heard Max snickering from by her car. "I wanted to make sure you got home okay." Ryker said now smirking at her. "That was kinda hot Red." Declan called from across the parking lot. "Whatever you've never shown any interest before,Go away." She rolled her eyes walking to her car. "Hey,I didn't mean to scare you." He reached out and touched her hand. She immediately wanted to leap into his arms. She backed up not knowing what was wrong with her tonight. He must of felt something to because he immediately retracted his hand like he'd been burned by fire. "Did I look scared Ryker?" She waved him off eager to get away from him."See ya later Red." He said after just standing there and walking towards his SUV.

 

They jammed out to Halsey-Colors on the drive to their home. Max had been the result of an illicit affair her father had been having with his co-worker. He visited Max often and bestowed lavish gifts and money on her all the time. Her mother had a drinking problem and bailed when they were in middle school. That's where Her grandmother stepped in. Max ended up living with them,her father still was married and knew his wife would resent Max. They were inseparable ever since. Her heart hurt thinking of her grandmother. She had passed last year at the ripe age of 81,from natural causes. She missed her dearly. Everyday.

 

Arriving at the long country road that led back to their newly remodeled farmhouse she pulled up the drive parking in front of the garage. "I am beat." Max yawned stretching her arms above her head. "Me and you both." Getting out of the car they walked up the stairs of their wrap around porch. Opening the door they were immediately greeted by their Australian Shepard Snoopy. Patting his head she headed straight up the wide staircase off the foyer. "I'm gonna shower and call it a night." She said to Max who was right behind her. "Me to,Night!" Max called out taking off towards her bedroom. Entering her bedroom she shut the door and inhaled the scent of her cinnamon candles still strong. She loved her room it was her cozy sanctuary.

 

She had a large reclaimed wood queen size bed with simple bedding of white linens and light gray throw pillows and bedding. There was alight tan large area rug on the floor that sat against the new dark brown wood flooring. Her walls were painted a little darker gray with white crown molding trim along the floor and ceiling and around the two windows that sat on either side of her bed. Heading into her attached bathroom that carried the color scheme the bedroom had she took a quick shower in her enclosed stall of heaven. She threw on asleep shirt and climbed under her covers immediately falling asleep.

 

It was the next morning she had just dressed in a red v neck,cap sleeved,short pleated dress when she heard glass shattering from below. Running down the hall she took the steps two at a time. She heard Max running from her bedroom the opposite direction. As she went towards the living room she heard a low growl behind her spinning around her eyes fell on the massive beast standing in the kitchen doorway. A large brown wolf, a darker brown wolf behind it.Why the hell is their a wolf in my house? Holly shit there's wolves in the house! "Max,go back,run!" She yelled to her friend. Just as she finished telling her to run the second wolf leaped over the first one and went for the stairs. Max screamed and took off back up the stairs. Snoopy was outside barking insanely.

 

She stared at the growling animal in front of her not breaking eye contact and reaching behind her for the door handle. She heard a door slam shut and a thud as the wolf smacked into it. Grabbing the door she flung it open and backed outside slamming the door shut in the wolfs face as it charged forward. She bolted off the porch and looked up,Max had climbed onto the flat roof and dropped off with a thud."Are you okay?!" She yelled running to her friend."Besides being chased by a giant wolf, I'm perfect." she replied sarcastically. They heard a crack and looked up seen the wolf looking out the window. Snoopy flew around the corner barreling into them."Oh shit! Run! Now!" Max yanked her by the arm and they took off into the woods that surrounded their house. Snoopy right with them.They had no neighbors and it was all trees out here.

 

She heard growling and looked back to see the wolf bursting into the tree's after them the other one not far behind. She was barefoot running over the hard ground. She had no idea how she was dodging and weaving like she was through the trees. It was like a natural reflex,Max was right with her. Snoopy was slightly ahead of them but she was amazed to find them keeping up with him at all. She wasn't a track star. She should have been like a fish out of water by now.

 

"There so on our asses!" Max yelled out to her. They jumped over a shallow narrow creek and had to run up hill. They were pushing up the hill when she was tackled from behind. "Rae!" Max screamed stopping her climb up the hill. The second wolf went for Max but Snoopy cut it off and they fell down the hill in a ball of snarls and yelps. She had no idea where it came from but she suddenly was Wonder Woman."Get the hell off me!" She flung the wolf down the hill like it was a paper weight. "Snoopy,no!" Max screamed. Rae screamed when she looked down at the lifeless bloody body of her poor dog.

 

The wolves got ready to launch themselves backup the hill. "We gotta run!" She yelled crying to Max. They ran up the hill side by side.The woods were more dense here and they'd never been this far. They were still managing to maneuver miraculously with ease through the foliage

But she was getting tired,not even sure how they were managing the speed they were going this long. There were so many tree's here they couldn't run straight. They burst into a small clearing of tall grass that stretched between another section of woods. This gave the wolves the upper hand.

 

Her legs were starting to hurt now and she was finally feeling her body wake up as if to say 'How were we doing that?' She glanced back and darted left at the last second and the wolf that had jumped at her from behind soared past her landed hard. She started a zigzag pattern of running and they entered back into the woods. "I can't run much longer!" She gasped to Max who was breathing as hard as her now.Not aware of their surroundings they didn't realize the ground suddenly dropped out from under them and they were falling down a hill.

 

 

 

 

Screaming as sticks and rocks dug into her skin. A tree stopped her rolling she jumped up gasping to take in air as she started running again Max already on her feet beside her. They suddenly came to a clearing in the tree's with a large pond. There was no way they could run around the water in time to get to the other side. Before she could process what to do she was tackled into the shallows of the water from behind. Rolling onto her back she looked up into the angry yellow eyes of the wolf and heard Max go down in the distance.

 


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