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I felt myself starting to get nervous as I walked up the stairs to my birth father’s house. I wouldn’t say it was a house, but more like a palace. Closer I got to the door, I could feel my hands starting to sweat. I looked over at my mother and smiled. She knew how much this would mean to me, but I could see that she was worried.
We finally got to the door and my mother rang the doorbell. All I could think about is if he would like me? Or care about me? Mom had talked on the phone with him, trying to plan out when we could both go and I get to meet him for the first time.
The door started to open and there he was. I didn’t know what to feel. Happy, sad, excited, angry, or nervous. I was just glad I knew who he looked like. Silence. “Come on in. We have a lot of catching up to do.” He gave a small smile.
As we walked in, I saw all the photo’s of me on the walls, some with just me and others with my mother. There was one photo that caught my eye, it was a photo of all three of us. It confused me. It didn’t make any sense.
“When was this taken?” I asked. My mother made it very clear that my father wanted nothing to do with me. If he wanted nothing to do with me, why did he have photos of me? Let alone a family photo of all of us.
“When you were first born.” My mother said as we all sat down. “You see, I had to lie to everyone that your father wanted nothing to do with you because of his parents. They wanted to pay me to abort you, I lied and told them you were someone else’s child. Jade is the only one who knows who your real father is, but I told her that he wanted nothing to do with you. We had to keep you a secret, we didn’t want to, but we had to. For your safety.”
“Why didn’t you tell me when I was old enough?” It didn’t make any sense to me.
“Because my parents died two months ago in a car crash. It would’ve made more sense to tell you after they passed away.” My father sighed. “I’m sorry you had to find out like this, but I never stopped missing you, Ricky. I know this won’t make up for me not being there when you were growing up and stuff, but you and your mother are more than welcome to stay here, with me.”
I felt angry and betrayed by my mother. She lied to me. Even if it was for the best, she should’ve told me about it all sooner. I looked back at my mother and then turned to face my father. “Did she tell you that I’m dying from cancer?” I snapped. I shouldn’t have said it out loud, but knowing my mother, she might not told him at all? Or did and he is trying to spend as much time as he can with me?
My father looked shocked as I spoke those words. So, she didn’t tell him. I then stood up and walked towards the front door. Pacing back and forth, trying to figure out what the hell just happened. I felt that my life was a complete lie.
I felt my phone going off, didn’t bother to check the caller ID and just answered it. “Hello?”
“Where are you guys?” I heard Athena’s comforting voice. My nerves started to relax, once I heard her voice.
“Still at my father’s house. You won’t believe what just happen.” I said.
“You need to come back, now. It’s not safe for us.” I was puzzled. What did she mean it wasn’t safe? I didn’t want to argue, but something must have happened. I had to get back to her.
I coughed, a little bit of blood started to come out. “Shit,” I mumbled under my breath, as I pulled the bottom of my tank top to wipe the blood away.
“I’ll be on my way.”
“Okay, hurry. We don’t have much time.” Athena spoke, but then hung up. I felt weak going back into my father’s house. Everything was spinning. I couldn’t see what was going on.
“Ricky!” Was the last thing I heard before everything went black.
“Did you call him? Is he on his way?” I asked as Athena hung up the phone. We were both still in our Aunt Marie’s room that had all kinds of witchcraft books and stuff.
“He said that he was going to be on his way, but we have to keep in mind it will be a few hours before we can actually cast the spell,” Athena said as I nodded. She went back into looking into the book, but something happened and she looked like she was in pain.
I could see markings appearing on her wrist, something I have never seen before. Athena screamed as these markings were burned into her skin. As I went to go help her, I felt the pain as well. It burned as the same markings were starting to burn into our skin.
The door slammed open as Aunt Marie and James came into the room. “It’s happening.” I heard Aunt Marie say before she took my arms and placed them into her cauldron. The water was cold but stopped the pain as I watched the markings starting to crawl all up to my shoulder.
I looked over at my sister, as she was passed out in James’ arms. Our parents then walked in. Mom ran to Athena, freaking out.
“What did I tell you?!” She screamed. “I’m going to kill you!” Dad held her back before she could do anything to her.
“They aren’t dying, Jade.” She paused and I could feel the pain stop. “So, before you go assuming, let me explain!” Aunt Marie snapped and handed them the same book that Athena dropped to the ground.
“James, bring Athena to the spare bedroom and stay with her and I’ll explain what is going on.” Aunt Marie said, handing James a jar of some type of liquid. “Make her drink that when she wakes up, it will help with the pain. James nodded, doing as he was told and left the room.
My mother looked like a mess, I could see she was angry and worried. She’s probably thinking the same thing I am, what the hell is going on? My mother and father both finally sat down.
“Look, I gave them some special tea to figure out how strong they were and they are one of the rarest ones.” Aunt Marie said as she walked over to me and pulled my hands out of the cauldron. I saw that the water had healed my pain as I looked over the new markings over my body. “It looks like water is going to be his strongest element. These markings, are to your elemental temple, which is Atlantis.”
Sweet, I thought to myself. I’ve always wanted tattoos, but this was even better.
“What about Athena? What happened to her?” My father spoke.
“That’s the thing, I’m not sure what is wrong with Athena. Although, Logan and she will be much stronger if they stick together.” Aunt Marie sighed. “Which is why we are going to have to leave sooner than expected.” As she was about to walk out the door, my mother’s hand gripped her wrist.
“What do you mean leave?? If we leave, we are taking our children with us and we are going home!” My mother shouted.
“If you want your children to live, I suggest you listen to me! They aren’t safe anymore! If they go out anywhere, with those markings on them, they will be killed!” Aunt Marie left the room, but my mom turned to face me.
“Mom, I know this is a lot to handle, but we need to do this. We need to stick together.” I said, but all I could see in her eyes was disgust. The vibe I felt, coming from her, was sickening. She hated what both of us children were becoming into. “I know you hate what we becoming, but if it gets a chance to save James, Aunt Marie, and even Ricky, isn’t it worth trying?”
I walked closer to my mother, but she pushed away. “I need time to think about all this.” She said, walking away from me. My father stood up next to me and gave me a hug.
“I’ll always be here for you guys. Always and forever.” He said, holding my head against his chest. He let go and headed towards the door. “Let me try and talk to her. Go check on your sister and I will be right there.”
As he left, I took a look at my hands, one more time. It was different. I felt different, but I felt what my mother was thinking I was.
It burned. my entire body was on fire, it felt like my skin was melting on top of my bones. The pain was the only thing I could think of until everything went dark. I was frozen where I was, couldn’t move an inch.
“Athena.” Someone whispered my name. I wanted to turn to find who it was, but I couldn’t. I felt cold relief over my body. Then something in my mind turned on. I could see Ricky.
“Ricky!” I called out, but he couldn’t hear me. I screamed again, but he still wouldn’t turn. My mind flashed as I saw him in front of the build, coughing up blood. My heart ached as I could see his cancer getting worse.
Another bright flash happened and I saw him laying on the steps, blood coming out from his nose and mouth. “Ricky, please hold on!” I saw his mother say as she held him close to her heart. A man was on the phone, dialing as fast as he could.
Everything went black, again.
I sat right up and started to breathe even harder, again. I looked around the room and saw James and my Aunt Marie at the side of the bed I was on.
“Easy, take deep breaths and when you are ready to drink this.” Aunt Marie handed me a glass of liquid and I did what I was told.
“Athena, are you alright?” I looked up and saw my brother in the doorway. He had different markings on his arms, they were black and navy blue. The markings looked familiar, but I couldn’t remember where I saw them.
I then realized that Ricky was in danger. I quickly got up from the bed and started to hurry out of the room, but James caught me as I lost my footing. “We need to go. Ricky is in danger.”
“You need to relax, alright?” James said.
“What do you mean he’s in danger?” Logan asked as I took a deep breath.
“I saw him when I blacked out, my mind saw him, he got off the phone with me and he’s bleeding from his nose and mouth. We have to go save him!” I said, finally pulling James away from me.
My Aunt Marie’s eyes widen as she started to grab some bags and such. “This day just keeps on getting better and better.” She then looked up at James. “We need to leave here, now. Make sure you grab everything we need, we won’t be coming back.”
James nodded and quickly left the room. “What do we do now?” I asked. “We are going after Ricky, right?”
“Athena, we need to leave here as fast as we can. You just had a vision. Witches having visions are normal, but usually, you need to cast a spell to see it beforehand. Your powers are a lot rarer than I thought.” Aunt Marie looked at Logan and I. “You too, need to stay together. Don’t ever leave each other’s sides. Got that?”
We both nodded.
“Great, well, grab whatever you need from my room. I have to make sure no one knows this place ever existed.” Aunt Marie said, opening the closet door and grabbing a barrel of gasoline.
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