Twelve Years Before (prequel to Journey of the Star Bearers)

Fantasy story about a girl who lives on a planet called Starre. This is her life before the War...

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9. Truth Will Out

THE MONTHS WENT BY AND NOTHING STRANGE OCCURRED. We went to school and lived our lives at home. Delilah was so nice I almost believed that day in the woods hadn’t happened. Almost. I couldn’t help noticing the forced smile which didn’t quite reach her eyes when she looked at me. On my fifth birthday, well, that was when it changed.

It was a beautiful summer’s day. Danny and I had spent the whole morning in school, history, languages and, my favourite, horse riding. I would ride Fidelis, my horse, for hours on end if I got the chance. It had been the perfect day. Until lunch. We, Danny, Xena, Fran, Ruby and I, all skipped to our house to have lunch with Delilah but when we got there she wasn’t alone. We arrived at the front path, laughing and smiling, but then my over sensitive ears picked up the voices.

“Shh” I urged them to be silent and they immediately stopped laughing.

“What is it Kara? What’s going on?” asked Fran in barely a whisper.

“Just let me listen a second.” I replied in similarly hushed tones.

“…too risky to continue meeting like this Delilah. Before long someone will find out, maybe even HER. Plus, we still don’t know what happened to Michel!” garbled a voice I didn’t recognise.

“Oh I’m pretty much positive I know what happened to Michel. I am sure she found him. I told him it was risky to go back so near the school. As to the matter of these meetings, he needs me to report back to him and it’s not like I can sneak off the planet without Danny’s Master noticing, the swine. His senses are weakening though. He let you slip right through his grasp but he could be so preoccupied with keeping Kara safe,” Delilah snarled my name with distaste “That he didn’t notice or he could be lulling us into a false sense of security. Either way, if he saw me leaving the planet he would know something was up.”

“Well, he’s going to find out sooner or later so why not just reveal yourself now?” Suggested the other voice, timidly

“You know why! I won’t be able to keep tabs on Kara and that slime ball that teaches her.” Delilah roared, causing the man she was talking with to take several steps back “Go now. The children will be here any minute.”

He hurried off towards us and I grabbed everyone and pulled them into the nearest bush. I put a finger to my mouth as he stumbled past. Once he had gone, I passed on all that I had heard. Danny sat quietly, thinking. I went over to the girl who was like a sister to me.

“I know how you feel. She raised me as well.” I whispered softly.

She just nodded and sat there.

I sighed “Let’s get going.”

Delilah smiled when she saw us “You took your time girls, I was beginning to think something had happened to you.” She turned to me and gave me a big hug “And how’s the birthday girl?”

I pulled myself into her embrace and put on my best happy voice “I’m ok. We had horse riding today which is great cause I love horse riding and the other lessons where great as well, it’s such a nice day it’s almost a shame to go back to school but we’re going to be practicing our powers so I do want to go back but I don’t at the same time, if you know what I mean.” I burbled with fake excitement.

“Whoa slow down there.” Delilah laughed “I expect you’re all as hungry as horses, am I right?”

We all nodded and Delilah bustled into the kitchen to cook. They all looked at me with wonder and confusion in their eyes.

“How did you do that?” asked Danny incredulously.

“Do what?” I asked as Delilah walked into the room and looked inquisitively at me.

I gave her my ‘later’ look and turned to Delilah. She smiled at me and I grinned back then gestured to the others to follow me upstairs. Once in Danny’s room, I explained to them what to do.

“We don’t know anything, remember. Just act like you usually do and everything will be fine. Everyone good?” They all nodded and I turned to Danny “I know it’s going to be hard on you, as she is your mother, but we’re going to have to turn her in and you can’t stop us.”

“I know. If you don’t turn her in straight away then there is more chance that she will find out we found out and she might do something to you. Even if she is my mother I could never do that to you.”

As it was she still found out.

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