Shadowfall

It's the year 2013 and Mother Nature has decided that she is tired of the humans mistreating her Earth. She takes all the polution and bad energy and throws it back at the humans. Some humans are not able to take the energy and they die. Some become... different. They change into something else. Some gain powers. Some become dark. Many people take out on their own, but other survivors ban together. A small group of survivors ban together in an attempt to fix the Earth. Can they fix this Hell they have been brought into...?

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23. Chapter Twenty-Two: The Mother

Vaann stared down at me, his eyes bright. "Ready?"

"Not really..." I said glancing down.

"Well..." Vann started thinking. "Come with me then." He didn't wait for me to follow or take my hand; he just started off toward a cliff. He stopped just at the edge. "Come see all this!" He shouted.

I rocked back on my heels before walking forward to join him. "All what?"

"All this!" He said when I was beside him.

He gestured around us, to the world. There was life again! There were green trees and grass, fresh water lakes and birds. There was happiness! I took a hesitant step forward. "So, this is what it looked like..." I breathed wrapping my hand around Vaann's. He was smiling, taking in the world. I frowned and glanced around before dropping his hand. "S-Sorry..." I blushed.

He looked to me puzzled and reached down to grasp my hand. "No, don't let go."

I looked down for a second and glanced back up at Vaann and smiled. "Okay, I'm ready."

An evil smirk came across his face then. I gulped. "Well, come on then." He reached down and grabbed my waist. I squealed as he pulled me off the ground and spun me in a circle. He laughed and placed me down. He started to pull us toward the base. I felt giddy, slightly afraid. I couldn't keep myself from being hoppy or jumpy. Vaann tried to keep me in placed.

Finally walking through the halls of my old home, I felt out place. Vaann held my hand fast, trying to keep me steady and safe all at once. He had lived here before; he knew some not so safe things lurked in these hallways. We stopped at the very end of the hall, in front of the door that had mine and Anisa's names on it. Vaann reached up with his free hand to scratch out Anisa's name. I laughed shakily and opened the door with a trembling hand. I pushed the door our of the way staring into my room.

It was just how I remembered it...

The room was very furnished with a flood of blues and purples. Anisa's half of the room was mostly a nice soft blue. Our walls were a mix between blue and purple, two large canopy beds on one half of each side of the room. My half of the room was like a sea of purple.

"Nice place..." Vaann said glancing around. I dropped his hand without a word and walked into the room. "Surprised it's still here?" He asked.

I went and crawled up the middle of the bed, it was somehow still too big for me. I saw Vaann reach up to tie his hair back in a pony tail. I sat there staring at the blue bed beside mine, trying to remember some specifics. "No, I just haven't been here since..."

"Oh..." Vaann sighed sitting beside me.

Something popped into my head. A journal! I rolled off my bed and crawled into Anisa's. I began to search the pillows and blankets, ripping her bed apart.

"What are you looking for?" Vaann asked in a tone that was caught between confusion and shock.

"Anisa always kept a diary but I've never seen it. I'm curious." I shrugged. I flailed my arms, gasping as I fell of Anisa's bed. "Ouch." Vaann rolled his eyes and walked over to help me. He reached out his hand. I grasped it and allowed him to pull me to my feet. "Thanks," I mumbled as I continued to look around. "Where it is?" Finally, I spotted a pink booklet. "Aha!" I reached up on my toes toward the high shelf it was on. "She used my weakness!"

I felt Vaann come up behind me and he grabbed it easily. He held it out to me as I turned to face him. His smile was a cocky one. "Here, Blondie."

"Shut up!" I said ripping the book from him. I sat on the bed again and flipped the book open. There was only one page, all the others ripped out. I stared at her sloppy writing, not sure if I should read it or not... I took a deep breath.

Dear Diary,

I'm not sure what to do. I know it's wrong of me, it's sick. It's not natural. But my feelings grow each day. What would she say if I told her? Would she be disgusted? Would she love me back? Kate means everything to me. But she's my sister. How can someone love the same sex, little alone their sister? I know you will see this someday Kate. And I know you will be with Vaann when you read this. So I want you to know I truly love you.

Anisa.

I dropped the book into my lap in shock.

How...? When...?

"What is it?" Vaann asked. When I didn't respond, he picked up the book and read it himself. "Dude... well, the explains..."

"She... loved me...? But-" I cut off unsure.

"She's your sister? You're right, it's weird."

I looked to him helplessly. "What do I do?"

"There's nothing you can do." He said sadly.

"But I have to do something." I protested.

He stepped closer to me and picked me up to place me on the desk. He stood in front of me and stared me in the eye. "Kate, she's gone."

"But not forever. She told me this wasn't over. That she would finish this." I said staring down.

"Are you sure?" He asked a bit shocked. I nodded, scared.

"You don't need to be afraid. She can't hurt you." Vaann said patting my arm.

I shook my head, "That's not what I'm afraid of." I admitted.

"Then what?"

"I don't want to lose you. Or Zack. Or anyone!" I squealed.

He placed his hand on my cheek, staring into my eyes. "You won't, I promise."

I held his hand in mine, smiling at him. "Good."

Vaann blinked, his lips parting slightly. I felt the need to kiss him, and I knew he felt it too. It was always there, that urge. I held my breath until our lips met. I could feel something close to electricity race through me and send my heart into high gear. His warmth washed over me as he wrapped his arms around my waist, pulling our bodies closer, his warmth replacing the ice in my veins. I could feel him everywhere, every inch was him. My arms slithered up his arms to his shoulders, or more to brace myself. Our kiss had gone from something sweet and slow to rough and heated. His long hair brushed the back of my hands, tickling just a bit. I smirked into the kiss, yanking the hair tie from his hair, allowing it to fall around us like a curtain. His hands moved to sit on my hips, holding onto me tightly, his fingers digging into my flesh. I wrapped my hands in his hair, grabbing a fistful and pulling slightly. A moan sounded deep in his throat.

The sound of a throat being cleared made us both jump and pull away. My Mother was standing in the doorway, her face unreadable. Vaann backed up a few steps, looking a bit awkward. I blushed and hopped down.

"Mother..." I said.

She gave a light smile. "Hello, Kate."

"Um, I... sorry, we were just... uh... it-"

She held up her hand to silence my babbling. "I understand. Love is an outstanding thing." I felt myself blush and glanced down. "I miss you, Daughter."

I glanced up at her, a bit surprised. "I miss you too."

"Then come home," she told me. "You must complete training."

"I-I can't..." I muttered.

"Why ever not?" She demanded. Her hair fluttered around her with the small wind that was stirred with her frustration.

I took a step toward Vaann and took his hand in mine. "I'm helping him rebuild his village."

Mother blinked as the wind calmed down. "You can still live here and be with him."

"You don't have to," Vaann said turning to me.

I looked at him, right in the eye. "No, I don't. I want to."

When my Mother spoke, her voice was strict. She wasn't giving me a choice. "Kate, you need to come home."

I stood my ground, looking to her, my voice just as hard. "No, Mother, I love him." My eyes widened. I'd never said it out loud. I'd said it not to the one I loved, but my Mother. I turned to Vaann. "I do. I love you." I said stuttering.

He smiled down at me, his cheeks bright too. "Me too. I mean, I-yeah. That." He sighed. "I love you, too, Kate." I laughed shaking my head. He was such a dork. Vaann laughed as well, nudging me with his hip. I giggled and shoved him. He caught my wrists in his hands and pulled me to him. He kissed me, this kiss wasn't like before. This kiss was soft and sweet. "Stay here and finish training, Kate. When you are done training for the day, you can come be with me. Okay?"

I sighed, twining my fingers through his. "Fine."

Mother walked over with a smile. She took our entwined hands in both of hers. "I wish you well, I really do." She gave me a sarcastic yet loving glance. "But I don't approve of my child growing up."

"I need to grow up, Mom." I told her with a light roll of my eyes.

She glanced to her feet before smiling a sad smile at me. Her eyes looked full of sorrow and fear. "I know, I just wish you wouldn't."

I dropped Vaann's hand with another sigh and stepped forward. I gave my Mother a warm hug. "I know," I crooned in her ear.

Mother sniffled a bit before pulling back to look at me. "You have one week of complete freedom to enjoy before training begins."

"Well, crap!" Vaann said suddenly. We both glanced at him. "We better start enjoying!" I gave a laugh, something that reminded me of a bird singing. It was the freest laugh I had in a long while.

My Mother swept out her hand, a sign of dismissal. "Do so, quickly."

I gave her a smile. "I'll be back." I told her.

"I know," she smiled back as she folded her hands together. Vaann took my hand and began to lead me away. For once I felt at peace. Hand in hand, we walked away into what I considered to be the perfect definition of forever...

 

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