1. The relevation
“Hestia! Avanna! Come here please."
I groan, but nevertheless I grab my sister and we trudge downstairs, our phones in hand. They aren't the latest model, but we don't mind. Mum and Dad still have their jobs, so we still have our house; we’re safe from the water and all it encompasses for now.
Mum stands in the living room and her eyes fall on us, Avanna and I are twins and although we don’t look that much alike, but we both share Mum’s intelligent blue eyes. She instructs us to sit down on the sofa, this sounds bad -I think- she has news.
She sits down opposite us and behind her I see a wedding photo on the mantle-piece, they looked so happy, now their faces are lined with stress.
"I know it might come as a bit of a shock to you, but Odin’s parents have lost their jobs."
Both Avanna and I know what that means.
Odin is our friend, or was, past tense, now. We’ve always shared friends, being in the same class and have quite a few, but he was my best friend and Avanna has a soft spot for him too.
You lose your job, you lose your house and become a lowlander, living in the less habitable houses nearer the water.
The good thing is that Odin won’t be going far away, as the nearest lowland settlement is only down the hill. The bad thing is that we are now forbidden to talk or associate with him.
To the right of me, Avanna is scowling at the coffee table, I can see she is trying her best to stay calm.
"I thought their jobs were stable?" I say. I want to shout, but in times of distress I am always the twin who works things through logically, Avanna is the one with the quick temper, which is odd, considering I’m the one with red hair.
"I’m sorry Hun, we had no idea this was going to happen, we thought so too," Mum says as she takes my sister’s hand.
"It’s just not fair," Avanna says, "This whole way of treating the lowlanders is warped!"
Then I realise, she is right. This needs to stop, but how to stop it?