Riverbank Hedge

Sisters Allie and Quinn move to a small town called Riverbank Hedge. But when they arrive, they are thrust into a mystery that has plagued the town for so long. With a past that extends to them and their family, they are determined to solve it, along with some help.

Can they figure it out, before they get found out?

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3. 3.Books?

James's POV:

Their parents left and I snuck back to their house.

"Hey!" I said with a grin while I came in through the door. I was holding a book that I got from my Aunt.The three of us walked upstairs and went in to Allie's room. She fetched the box out of the treasure chest and sat down next to me. Allie had light brown wavy hair, and dark green eyes. Quinn had dark brown hair, and light green eyes. 

"James. What's with the book?" Allie questioned.

"My aunt lended me the book." I answered.  Allie opened the box and it had two books inside. Quinn grabbed one book and Allie grabbed the other. The two books looked exactly the same to the book that I was holding: leather-binded, ancient and no title.

"These are the same colors that were on the paper." I said. I got the blue, Allie has the red, and Quinn has the yellow. Quinn's book read, "The Curious and Questioning."

Allie opened up her book. It said, "The Reasonable and Understanding".

Then I opened up my book. It read, "The Cunning and Skilled."

"What does this mean?" Quinn questioned.

"I don't know, but the book was right about you being curious and questioning a lot." Allie said, laughing. I started to laugh and Quinn threw the rope at my stomach. The rope was thick. I groaned and she laughed. I got a teddy bear and threw it at Quinn. Then Allie got a pillow and threw it at me. We froze and Allie went to shut the treasure box when she stopped. She bent down, Quinn and I went to her. We saw three cloaks, among the dark black cloaks were the same color as the books and the paper. This was getting seriously mysterious. I snatched the three cloaks and gave the red and yellow to them. We tried the cloaks on and went downstairs for lunch.

"What do you want for lunch?" Allie asked, skimming the fridge.

"I want a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, please," Quinn replied, settling down on a chair. Allie was making the sandwich while I got the milk for her.

After a while, I went home with the book and cloak when I finished eating.

"I'm back, Aunt Liz!" I climbed the stairs to my room. I put the book and the cloak on my bed.

"James! Want something to eat?" Aunt Liz called from the kitchen.

"No thanks. I already ate!" I told her. The phone rang and I picked it up.

"Hello?" I said

"James. Hide the book and cloak. We can't risk getting caught. Meet me and Quinn at the library at 4:00. Don't bring the cloak nor the book." Allie told me. She hung up before I could respond. I bundled the book and the cloak, hiding it in a box under my bed. I went downstairs to watch a some T.V.

"James, what did you eat?"  Aunt Liz questioned.

"I ate a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich." I replied. I looked at the clock and I had to leave.

"I have to go Aunt Liz! See you in a bit!" I called as I went out the door. But I caught a sigh from Aunt Liz when I shut the door.

**********

I made it to the library just in time. Allie and Quinn waited in the lobby.

"So does anybody care to explain why we're here?" I asked them, settling into a comfy sofa.

"We are here to discover more of the books, if you like to join." Quinn whispered, her voice giddy. I nodded and we proceeded to explore the library for any more books.  As we were looking, I found an old photo of my Aunt.

"Allie! Quinn! Come here!" I whispered, frantically.

"What is it? What did you find?" Quinn panted, having ran from the ten bookshelves away.

"This." I showed them the photo. Their eyes widened.

"Oh my God! It's Mum and Dad." Quinn exclaimed softly. 

"That's my Aunt." I pointed to the shorter woman with cropped hair.

"This picture had to have been taken when we were little. Before we were born even." Allie kept her gaze on the photo, her words slow. "Mum told me she had extremely long hair back in the day."

"Look." Allie pointed to the books. "They were holding the exact same books we found."

Their parents and Liz, were smiling at the camera, books pressed against their chest. In the background was an immense cluster of trees and bushes, with shrubbery everywhere else. A new marble birdbath sat in the far left of the picture, with a robin perched on the ledge. The scene resembled a complex garden.

"I don't remember Mum ever saying she came here. Or about your aunt," Quinn said.

"Me neither. By the looks of it, they were the ones who found the books." I said. Allie copied out the picture and shoved it in her pocket.

"Okay. Lets go." We went outside and walked home. While we were walking, Quinn asked "Should we tell them about the picture and the books? Ask them about what's going on?"

"I don't know. We should keep this to ourselves for now." Allie said, immediately. We all agreed and parted ways. 

By the time I came back, the clock read 11 PM. I went straight to bed.

***********

I woke up the next day and I got out the book. I started on my cereal, but when I turned the page I spat it out across the room.

It was blank. I turned another page. Blank. Another. Blank. 

"How can this be?" I exclaimed, aloud. I frantically flipped through the entire book, but still nothing. I laid my head down on the cool table. Aunt Liz had left for work earlier when Allie and Quinn came over.

"The pages of the book are blank!" I panicked. I showed them the book, 

"How can that be?" Quinn muttered, snatching the book and going through the total-disbelief routine

"That's what I said." It was a good thing they brought their books because when they opened their books the pages were the same as mine. Blank like parchment paper.

"So the books are nothing?" Allie muttered, shaking her head. 

"No. They have to mean something!" Quinn cried, examining her book.

Then a thought popped into my head. "Hey, do you guys wonder what garden they were in?" I asked. 

"Yes, but that garden would be old by now." Allie sighed. It was getting late, so they went home. I kept staring at the book to see if there will be any writing on it but the pages were still blank.

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