Thicker than Water (1)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic
After her younger sister commits suicide, Juni struggles to deal with it. A couple weeks pass and Juni discovers that Keri only faked her death, but Keri doesn't want anyone else to know. Keri hides in an alley behind her house, only coming in when Juni is alone. As time passes, Juni begins to question Keri's existence and everything else around her. This is the first installment of "Thicker than Water." Tell me what you think and feel free to make suggestions.

Submitted: June 09, 2009

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"Juni. Wake up, Juni."

I buried my head in my pillow. I couldn't deal with this now. Not today. "Go away."

"But, Juni, you promised you'd play chess with me today," the all-too-familiar voice whispered in my ear.

"I don't care. Go away, Keri."

Footsteps sounded outside the door. "Juni? Who are you talking to?"

"Nobody, Mother. Just myself." I felt bad for lying to Mother, but she couldn't know.

"Are you calling me a nobody, Juni?" I opened my eyes to find Keri's icy blue eyes glaring at me.  The door creaked and Mother stepped into the room.

"Shit," I whispered. She would know now. I couldn't hide it.

"What was that, sweetie?" I was shocked that Mother wasn't mad at Keri. She must have seen her standing near my bed. Keri put us all through a lot of pain, faking her death like she did. She had come back, saying that she missed me, but she didn't want Mother to know what she had done.

"Mom, I'm --" I looked over to where Keri was standing, but she was gone now. She must have hid before Mother noticed. I sighed and returned my gaze to Mother.

"You're what, Juni?" Suprisingly, Mother looked genuinely worried.

I smiled. "I'm just tired, Mother. I had a lot of homework last night."

Mother shrugged and turned to the door. "I worry about you sometimes, Juni," she said over her shoulder. "You have to be off to school in three hours. You can go back to bed if you'd like." I watched her shut my door and listened as she walked downstairs.

"Keri, where did you go?" No answer. I bet she went out the bathroom window. I shrugged and got out of bed. Keri was already causing a lot of trouble for me. I shuffled to the bathroom and locked the door. Exhaling slowly, I stepped into the shower. Cold water blasted out of the showerhead. "Shit!" I yelled, stepping out of the shower. I adjusted the water tempature. I looked at myself in the mirror, brushing back my hair with my fingers when I noticed I still had my clothes on. "Fuck!" I pulled my soaked clothes off and tossed them in a corner. "Idiot," I whispered as I faced the shower again.

"You're not an idiot, Juni. You're just funny," Keri laughed as I jumped at the sound of her voice.

"What the hell, Keri. How did you get in here?"

"You didn't lock the door and you promised that we would play chess before you went to school."

"Fuck, Keri. I didn't mean it. I just wanted you to leave me alone. Go away. Why don't you just go downstairs and tell Mom what you did, you ass? She cries every night because she still thinks you're dead," I was almost screaming now. Keri whispered something and walked out the door with tears in her eyes. "Fuck," I whispered and followed Keri into my bedroom. She was standing at my window, staring out at the mountains in the distance. "Keri," I said quietly. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. You just scared me, that's all. We'll play chess after I get out of the shower, ok?"

"Blood is thicker than water, Juni," she said turning to face me.

"Huh?"

"You can't get rid of me, no matter how much you want to. You can't just wash yourself of me. I'm your sister. No amount of wishing or washing is going to make me leave."

"What are you talking about?"

"I know you don't want me here. I know you just want me to leave. But blood is thicker than water, Juni. I will never truly leave." She smiled and walked to the bathroom window. "See ya later, Juni," she said as she pushed herself out the window and onto the roof.

"What the hell was that about," I whispered. I stepped into the shower and closed my eyes, letting the warm water wash over me. The showerhead sputtered and the water stopped. I turned towards the showerhead. The water was turned on, but nothing was coming out. "Stupid shower," I muttered as I fiddled with the showerhead. Suddenly, thick red liquid shot out, covering me in a matter of seconds. I screamed and stumbled into my bedroom, covered in what looked like blood. 

"Juni? Juni! Are you alright?" Mother came charging through the door. "Juni? What happened?"  I tried to tell her what had happened, but she stopped me before I could finish. "It was just a dream sweetie. What are you doing naked anyway?" She laughed nervously, still shaken by my scream, and went back downstairs.

"Bitch," I muttered. I didn't want to go back to the shower, but I knew that if I had to get the blood cleaned off before school. Water was running freely through the showerhead, and I stepped cautiously into warm water. It took over an hour to clean off the blood from myself and the rest of the bathroom, but finally, all clean, I got dressed, gathered my things for school and went downstairs. Mother had left for work so I had the house to myself. Unless Keri came back. "Speak of the devil," I muttered as Keri appeared at the back door. I unlocked it and started making eggs for Keri and I.

"I told you blood is thicker than water," Keri smirked.

"What?"

"You know what I'm talking about, Juni." She paused, looking at the clock. "Hmm. Time for school, Juni. Bye."

I rolled my eyes as Keri darted out the door. I made sure the door was locked and headed off towards the bus start.

End of Installment One.


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