Rachel

I've been running all my life. Away from the horrid memories of the sacrifices my mother made to protect me, and to protect my name from this evil world we live in...
But everything's changed...
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I've recently found out my mother was murdered by a psychopath; choosing the wrong pill in a game of chance that would give away her secret. That gave away my name.
That cost her her life...
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I heard a man named Sherlock Holmes had solved my mother's case along with others who had fallen of the same fate. I must find him so I can warn him: for he does not know what he has gotten himself into...

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29. Siblings United

I soon awake to find myself face down in a soft field of grass with the bandage on my aching shoulder removed. I turn painfully, and I am thankful to see Julie laying on the grass too, still unconscious. I spit out some debris that was mixed with my saliva and blood, and attempt to take in my surroundings. As it turned out, we were plopped right in the middle of the field where PJ & I have our secret picnics.With blurred vision and hurting limbs, I get up and look for the tree where PJ hides the food for our picnics.

When I come back with a basket full of yummy treats, I see Julie sitting up-right, curled into a little human ball. I kneel down next to her and tap her shoulder, and she jumps, but soon lets the tension out through one big toothy grin, and tackles me to the ground with a hug.

"Thank you s-s-s-s-so much!" She cries through her tears of joy. "I was so s-s-s-scared, but when I saw you stand up for m-m-m-m-me..." she continues crying, and clearly gains the inability to speak through her increasing tears. I lay out the blanket and put the picnic basket on the ground, and Julie gets out two sandwiches, two cans of semi-warm flat Cokes, and a small box of brightly colored macaroons. Julie inhales her food like a vacuum hungry for dust, while I quietly savor every flavor of PJ's amazing sandwiches and signature macaroon recipe. Julie then starts to chug down her Coke, and a huge BURP! cries out from her stomach. We both start laughing, and have a little burping contest. Weirdly, with each burp we let out, I could see Julie's heart and soul get put back together. Her smile was even more gorgeous now that she wasn't faking it for her nurse role.

"Hello? Anyone up there?" We hear a voice call out, and we freeze for an instant.

BURP!

Julie and I start laughing hysterically, and soon we are literally rolling around on the grass, crying tears of joy, our guts aching from our laughter. I'm still chuckling as I get up and turn to see who was coming up the hill.

I freeze, and stare into the beautifully familiar color-changing eyes that were now filling with tears.

"Rachel..." PJ says, covering his mouth as his watery eyes try to count how many countless bruises covered my arms and bumps coated my head. PJ slams me to the ground and automatically puts a kiss to my lips. We pause, both our eyes closed, and we start laughing happily.

"Hey, you know you're kissing my little brother, right?"

PJ and I turn our heads towards Julie, now standing, and PJ stares at her in stunned silence. His cheeks turn Ferrari red as he starts to climb off me and brush off some dust on his green raglan sleeves.

"Julie..." He chuckles nervously. "Out of all people, you are the second person I wouldn't have expected to see here today."

"Oh, really?" Julie sassily responds. "Whose the first?" PJ just looks down at his red Vans and nods his head towards me. I smile sweetly and peck his cheek.

"We should explain what happened, shouldn't we?" Julie asks. PJ and I nod. I take PJ's hand, and we head towards the book store on Picadilly.

 

When we arrive, Mrs. Evergreen is nowhere in sight.

"Mrs. Evergreen?!" I yell across the empty halls. "It's me, Rachel!"

"Rachel?" I turn around towards the voice to see none other than Chris and Dan, just aimlessly wandering around the shop.

"Hey, guys..." I say suspiciously. "What exactly are you doing here?"

"Seeing if you were kidnapped by Phil." Chris jokes. "We haven't seen you for the past THREE DAYS."

"Oh..." I murmur, and I look over at Julie, who just gives me a shrug. "I'm sorry. I had some business I had to take care of with Julie here. Say hello, Julie."

"How do you do, young sirs?" She says in a sarcastically posh voice and bows. Dan waves shyly, and Chris shakes her hand.

"Well, glad to know you weren't in distress. Anyways," Chris smiles slyly. "There's gonna be a party at one of our friend's places, and we were wondering if you would come along."

"I'd love too. I haven't really met anyone new lately; I think it'll be fun."

"Great! Will you come too, Ms. Julie?"

Julie is silent at first, but reluctantly agrees: "Sure, why not?"

"Alright! The gang is all going! I'll text you the details, Rachel. C'mon, Dan," He gestures for Dan to follow, and after waving shyly once more towards Julie, Chris exclaims, "THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST PARTY EVER!!!!"

After they leave, we all have seemed to forgotten why we came here in the first place, so we leave.

"You know..." Julie says seductively, "That Dan kid was pretty cute."

"God, don't make me barf sis," PJ complains. "He's, like, the same age as me."

"So? I'm only two years older than you anyways." She sassily replies. I laugh, and after we get back to 221B, we go our separate ways.

 

But there was something I was about to witness that was going to change my life...

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