Lexi, Riley, and Annie are three ordinary girls. Or at least that's how everyone else sees them. The truth is, they have a secret. Their secret - if brought outside of their circle, would result in death.


5. Testing the Limits


          Lexi glanced at Riley. "Are you sure this is a good idea?" She asked uncertainly. The three girls stood above the ocean, on a high cliff overlooking the white sand and sparkling sea, at night.

          Riley gulped. "No," she said truthfully. "But we are doing it. Worse case scenario, we dive into the water!"

          Annie didn't look convinced. "But I can't even see the water! It's so dark without the moon." Her knees wobbled slightly and her face was pale. "One thing that I miss about Kansas: there aren't any high cliffs with oceans below them."

          Riley rolled her eyes. "C'mon, guys! We'll be fine. I just want to see how high I can fly, and I don't want to do it in my room." She said this with a pointed look at Annie.

          "Fine," Lexi agreed. "Let's get this over with." She glanced at her shadow from the single street lamp that cast an eery glow over the small area. Shivering not just from the cold, she walked to the edge with her friends by her side.

          Then, just like they had when they first discovered their powers, they held hands and counted to three. One…Two…Three! Lexi counted in her mind. She launched herself over the edge and felt the wind whistle past her ears. It was exhilarating to not see anything and feel herself fall and fall and fall. Then, she let go of her friends' hands and felt herself shrink, shrink, shrink until she swooped up from the ground and soared high above the cliff that they jumped off.

          She called Riley's name, but the only thing that came out was a little chirp. Curiously enough, she heard Riley chirp her name. It was a little harder to make out, like an accent, but she could still understand her. "Can you understand me?" She chirped into the dark.

          "Ya, but it's kinda hard," came the reply.

          Then a lovely sound swirled all around them. Annie? Lexi asked herself incredulously. Aloud, she chirped, "Annie, is that you?"

          The response was a sweet melody, that automatically translated itself to words in Lexi's birdbrain. "Ya, isn't this amazing?!"

          "Riley, how high can you fly?" Lexi sent her message into the darkness. She swirled upward, then swooped down and soared high again. Her night eyesight was improved in her bird form, and she could make out the vague form of the coastline and several palm trees on the cliff.

          "I don't know how high I am," a rapid chirping sequence came from somewhere above her. "But it's high enough to make the palm trees look like tooth picks. I try to go higher, but then it gets hard to breathe."

          Lexi giggled, which sounded like a strangled duck and dove down, barely pulling up before she hit the water.

          This is amazing! Lexi thought to herself. The wind rushing past her, her powerful wings arching behind her, her tail cutting through the night air and guiding her path. It was exhilarating. As she flew low over the water, she breathed in the salty air and closed her eyes, just simply savoring the moment.

          Lexi alighted on one of the palm branches. She prepared herself for the transformation back to her human form, but it never came. Hmm, she thought. I guess it only works if you go on land. She flew down and landed on the ground. Exactly three seconds later, she was herself again. 

          A hummingbird whizzed by her head and touched down a few feet away from her.

          "Hey, Riley! Wasn't that like, totally amazing?" Lexi gushed. "I had, like the best time! Omg! I had like, no idea that flying was that fun! I'm glad no one saw us, of course, because that would be just completely not good. Don't you think so?" Lexi looked at her friend. Her normally tan face was pale as the sand on the beach. And she was looking behind Lexi. "What's wrong?" Lexi asked warily. She slowly turned, only to find a boy in the bushes. With a camera.

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