Sing Little Birdy Sing.

Running, Crashing through the greedy branches as they caressed my skin.

Chased, Pursued, Caught.

My name is Nightingale, like the bird

My sister's name is Mockingbird.

My brother is Jay, his twin is Cardinal.

My mother loved birds, but she's dead, and we're next.

We separated Jay with me, and Cardinal with Mockingbird.

We didn't know what our mother had been working on, but it had gotten her killed. Our father lone gone could not help us.


7. Three Faked Deaths

I led my 'father' into the room, Dru and Rue right behind me. I flicked on the lights and my siblings woke up with a start. Mockingbird looked behind me to Rue and she bolted from her bed and into Rue's arms. I smiled, 

"Jay, this is Reuben Harrison, he claims to be our father." I sneered and pushed R. Harrison onto the closet bed. His hands were bound with handcuffs I had found discarded into the lot.

"Nightingale, he _is_ our father." Cardinal said standing up. His hair was rumpled and he looked dead; He sounded bored, like he thought this knowledge was common place. Jay looked up at him with his version of the death glare. 

"Cardinal must you sound so uncaring? Surely you must know how difficult this must be for Mock and Night to comprehend." Jay said.

"Hey!" Mock and I said.

"I happen to comprehend this situation just fine! My father faked his death, changed his name, and disappeared for the past three years. Then he shows up tonight the same night that Dru and Rue decided to fake their deaths and come find us." Jay and Cardinal looked unfazed by my outburst. "Don't forget who is teaching you to fight. You do not know as much as you think you do. This is war! Why can't you understand that? The people after us killed mom. They will kill us to. Having this man with us, who claims to be dad he can't be trusted, we can't trust anyone but ourselves. My plan was to spilt up after I taught everything I knew. But know we have three extra fake dead people with us. There's four of us."

"Who's going with who?" Cardinal said.

"I was going with Jay, and You're with Mock. So you'd have Rue, and I'd have Dru, and I don't know what to do with this guy."

"I know, I'll go with Cardinal." R. Harrison said.

"You don't get to decide."

"That's fine." Cardinal spoke up. I scowled over at him and he laughed.

"Oh do tell them what you discovered!" Rue said happily.

"What?" Mock said.

"You need to learn to fight first, and then you can know about what we are."

"This is so not fair! Night your like the youngest!"

"By a minute in a half!" I said. "But I'm the smartest so there."

"What ever. So when do we continue our training?"

"Well now we have an extra teacher, and two new people to train. No way am I going to have liabilities."

"Hey! We grew up on the streets. We know how to fight." Dru spoke up.

"Street fighting and trained to kill assassin fighting are two different styles Dru. Street fighting will get you by in the park, but not in war." I said looking into Dru's eyes.

"Nightingale is right. You all need to learn to fight as agents of war. Nightingale is the best amateur agent style fighter I know. She took me down and that's saying something." I smiled in victory. 

"You heard the man. You all need to learn to fight whether you like it or not." I said. "So we start you advanced training tomorrow. Get some sleep." I finished, and went into the bathroom. I looked in the mirror and I looked like a female Rambo. Leaves and twigs stuck out of my hair which was a tangled mess, loose dirt and gravel were in my palms and elbows and knees. I turned on the water and hopped into the shower. My bag from the other day still under the sink. I washed out my hair the best I could without brushing it first and then I scrubbed down my sore body. Transforming into something ten times smaller then you is painful and then to change back into my 5'6 frame I was in _Saw IV_ pain when the poor girl fell into the pit of needles, God that freaked me out and she was in pain, so much pain, or when the girl who thought she was all that got her hands trapped in a box and sharp objects pierced her wrists. I hated that movie but take their pain and multiply it by ten. 

I finally managed to get the last leaf out of my hair and then I brushed it out, and washed it again. I heard a knock on the door. 

"Yes?" I said irritated,

"Gale you okay?" it was Dru. I smiled a little in between knashing my teeth together preventing myself from screaming as the brush went through the mine fields of tangles that was my hair.

"I'm fine. Just washing my hair."

"Okay." he left or I thought he did. Over the roar of the water I couldn't exactly hear the door open or close. As the last tangle came free I dropped the brush onto my foot. I yelled out a few choice profanities before I heard the door open.


"What Jay?"

"You okay?"

"Yes I just dropped my hair bush on my foot."

"Alright." I rinsed my hair out and did a once over with the water on my body and toweled off. My foot was bruised but wasn't broken at all. I dressed in my 'Black Veil Brides' pajama bottoms and my 'Paramore' night shirt. I brushed my hair again and braided it down my back like Katniss. I walked out of the bathroom after picking up my mess. I saw my family, friends and boyfriend watching the evening news. I went over to Dru and sat on his lap. 

"Anything good?" I asked.

"They covered our deaths. They totally bought it." Rue replied to my question from where she was sitting between Mock's legs as she French braided her hair. Jay and Cardinal sat in the corner playing a card game, and R. Harrison sat on a near by bed reading the 'Holy Bible'. No one was tired and I really didn't blame them. Jay was probably watching 'dad' and Cardinal didn't want to admit he was afraid that he was wrong about this mystery man's identity. Dru began toying with the end of my braid until finally he leaned down and kissed the back of my neck.

"I love you." he whispered. "Don't ever leave me again."

"I love you too Dru." I whispered back. I tilted my head back so I could look into his eyes and he kissed my lips. 

"God you two, will you get a room?" Cardinal said, leave it to him to ruin a moment.

"You'd be all over Penelope if she were here." Mockingbird whispered.

"Don't." was his reply, "Don't bring Penelope into this Mock."

"What's wrong with Penny?" I asked the air,

"When I told her I had to leave, she drove off on her motorcycle, she was crying and she swerved into the wrong lane."

"What happened?"

"A semi crashed into her and there was nothing left of her. I checked," he was crying now. I got up removing myself from Dru and went over to my brother. He was broken.

"Hey Card, I'm sorry." 

"You shouldn't be sorry Nightingale, its mom's fault."

"Don't blame your mother for this," I looked over at the man we had to trust, "Without her, you wouldn't be here number one, she should had followed protocol yes and scraped you, but she didn't. Putting you in danger was the last thing she wanted to do."

"Cardinal didn't mean anything by what he said, he's just upset." I said stepping in to defend my brother.

"Yes, I did. I would rather be dead! IF I was never born Penelope would still be alive." He said shaking me off and ducking out the broken window. 

"I'll get him." Jay said, I went to follow but he pushed me gently down into a chair. "Stay here. They need a warrior like you to defend them."

"Take Harrison then." Jay looked over at the man, and tilted his head a sign to follow him,

"Better?" he asked me. 

"Yes." I said and wrapped my arms around his neck in a goodbye hug. "Hurry and bring him back, okay?"

"Okay pretty bird," Jay whispered. He untangled himself from me and followed Cardinal's footsteps out the window. Harrison followed shortly after,

"See ya soon kid," he said he ducked out the window.

Little did anyone know that, that goodbye would their last to us. Because after that we didn't hear from them again.

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