Athena Mortem Chapter 6: Rules

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“Morning.” I quietly walked into Zeus’s room the next morning.

“Morning Thena. How’re you feeling?” He yawned and stretched as he got out of bed.

“Good, you?”

“Good.” He responded, things were only slightly awkward between us.

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“So, if you want, we can pretend last night never happened. If you want to just go back to normal I’ll completely understand.” I said quickly. We both got caught up in our emotions, and I knew Artemis would not be happy.

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“Are you kidding? Last night was amazing, I never want to forget it.” He gave me a cheesy grin.

“Really?”

“Yea, and I was hoping this could actually be a serious thing, if that’s what you want.”

“You mean like, boyfriend and girlfriend?” I asked, stunned.

“Yea.” He answered.

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“I’d love that.” I answered honestly. He leaned forward and gave me a quick kiss.

“But, on one condition.” He said when he pulled back.

“What’s that?”

“Please try to get better. Try to stop throwing up. I’ll help you, if you need it. I just want to make sure you’re healthy.” He told me. I was hesitant, I still wasn’t at my weight-loss goal but I also really wanted to be with him.

“I’ll try.”

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“That’s all I ask.” He grabbed my hand. “But we can’t keep the relationship a secret. I’m not down to sneak around behind my mom and your grandma’s backs.”

“I’m okay with that. They might not be happy about it but they’ll deal.”

“Artemis won’t be too happy either.” He bit his lip nervously.

“No, she won’t.”

“Will you come with me to tell her?” He asked.

“When? Right now?”

“In a little bit, when she’s awake.”

“Sure, but it’s not going to be pretty.”

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 “Hey Artemis.” Zeus said nervously a little later that day.

“What’s up?” She responded, eyeing me suspiciously.

“Well, since you decided to play an awful prank on Athena here, I comforted her and long story short, we’re dating now.” He explained.

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“You have got to be kidding me! I thought you were better than this, Zeus! She’s disgusting, how could you betray me like this?” Artemis started screaming.

“She’s not disgusting, Artemis! How could you say such terrible things about such an amazing person? What the hell is wrong with you?” Zeus yelled back.

“She’s not amazing, what the hell are you on? I thought you were cool, now you’re just a loser like her.”

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“You’re the loser here, Artemis. You’re constantly talking shit about your sister and its awful. She’s a good person and she doesn’t deserve it.” He glared at her. “You’re probably just jealous of her.”

“I would never! I can’t believe you would say such a terrible thing to me!” She screamed, her voice getting more and more shrill with every word. “This is all your fault, what have you done to my best friend?” Artemis turned to me.

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“I haven’t done anything to anyone!” I snapped. “What you did to me was awful, you’ve caused my entire life to be hell and I deserve to be happy for once.”

“I didn’t expect you to be dumb enough to fall for it! A guy like Ricky would never go for you, I can’t believe you thought you were in his league!” She laughed.

“I don’t care about that anymore, I care about Zeus. We’re dating whether you like it or not!”

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“What the hell is going on down here?” My grandma’s voice asked angrily from behind me. Our screaming must’ve woken her up.

“Zeus and Athena are dating!” Artemis exclaimed with frustration.

“Is this true?” My grandma raised an eyebrow at me, and I nodded.

She sighed. “I knew something like this would happen. Artemis, go to your room. We’ll talk later. Athena, Zeus, sit down on the couch. I’m gonna go wake Winter and we’re all gonna have a chat.”

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“Elsa is it necessary that we do this right now? I just fell asleep.” Winter groaned like a teenager being woken up early.

“Yes dear, our children are dating. They live in the same house, we need to put down some ground rules.” My grandma responded curtly.

“Alright, alright.” She sighed defeatedly. “So obviously no staying in each other’s rooms. Keep the doors open when you hang out. One at a time in the bathroom.” Winter started.

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“This is all pretty standard stuff, Mom.” Zeus rolled his eyes.

“I know dear, but we have to remind you so you don’t try to tell us we didn’t.”

“Take things slow. And keep in mind that if you break up, you still live together. That won’t be easy.” My grandma told us.

“I understand. I’m pretty sure we’re mature enough to handle that.” I answered. At least, I knew I was. I hoped he was too.

“Now that that’s settled, I’m so happy for you guys!” Winter smiled. “Natalia and I always wanted this.” She smiled sadly at the mention of my mom. Grandma placed a hand gently on her shoulder.

“I know, she would’ve loved this. She was a sucker for romance.” Grandma added. They chuckled to themselves and smiled at us.

“Alright, now you guys go about your business. I’m going back to sleep.” Winter said with a laugh.

“I’m gonna go talk to Artemis.” Grandma sighed and headed up the stairs behind Winter.

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Having a boyfriend was awesome. He included me in the things he did, and I finally had someone my age who listened to me. I knew he was sincere, since Artemis trashed his room and he still didn’t break up with me.

Artemis was not happy that we were dating, but she also didn’t want to lose Zeus as a friend so she reluctantly let me tag along with the things they did. I bet she was feeling pretty dumb, her awful prank backfired in the best possible way.

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“Ew, do you guys really have to do that? It’s bad enough that I have to see your face, I don’t want to see it all over my best friend.” Artemis whined from the lawn chairs.

“Shut up Artemis, you and Anson practically hump each other all the time.” Zeus yelled back with a laugh.

“He’s right.” Anson replied, his accent still sending a slight chill down my spine. I just couldn’t place it, and it creeped me out.

“Shut up.” She smacked him on the shoulder, making the rest of us giggle.

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“They’re not that bad Artemis, why do you care so much?” Katherine asked from her beach towel.

“Yea, it almost seems like you’re jealous.” Brooke giggled.

“I am not, shut up! I just don’t like hanging out with Athena.” She admitted.

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“Artemis, you act like she’s literally the devil. Athena’s pretty cool, I don’t see why you dislike her so much.” Hillary chimed in from a raft.

“Jesus, Hil, who’s friend are you?”

“That’s not really the issue here. I can be friends with multiple people. I think you’re just being unreasonable and mean for nothing.” I think everyone was slightly shocked, I didn’t know her very well but she was still standing up for me.

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“Whatever.” Artemis rolled her eyes and pouted. I shrugged at Zeus and jumped in the water. I splashed him until he joined me in the pool. Then it turned into a full on splash war.

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“Hey guys, mind if I get in on this?” Hillary jumped off her raft and swam over to us. I didn’t respond, I just splashed her straight in the face. That move started an all out war between the three of us. I couldn’t remember the last time I had this much fun.

I could feel Artemis glaring daggers into the back of my head, but I ignored her. I was too happy to care.

Athena Mortem Chapter 5: Don’t Say It

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“And then, after all that time Anson and I put into nursing that dog back to health, we had to give him back to his owners. It was pretty traumatizing for nine-year olds.” I invited Ricky over to the house, Artemis was out and I felt comfortable here. We sat on a bench in the backyard and got to know each other.

“Oh my gosh, that does sound traumatizing.” I responded sympathetically.

“It’s alright, after our parents saw how devastated we both were, they each got us our own dog. So in the end it worked itself out.” He chuckled.

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“That’s good.” I smiled at him.

“So, what do you like to do for fun?” He asked.

“Uh, I’m an avid reader. I also like to play video games with my uncle.” I responded.

“That’s cool.”

“Yea, I also like to practice my witchcraft, my grandma just started teaching me my first spells.”

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“Oh, that’s cool. I’ve been learning since I was little, but that’s because I come from a large family so I was constantly surrounded by magic.”

“Do you like your family?” I asked.

“I love them, they’re awesome. I take it you don’t?” He raised an eyebrow.

“My grandma and my uncle, of course. I never knew my parents, and my sister is so awful to me so I don’t really feel like I can love her.” I admitted.

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“That makes sense. I’m sorry you never got to meet your parents. That must be tough.”

“Eh, not really. I never knew them so I didn’t lose anything. I hear a lot about them from my Grandma and Winter.” I explained.

Ricky yawned and just as I turned to face him, his arm collided with my face.

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“Oh gosh, Athena I’m so sorry. I was trying to be smooth, but I guess I failed.” He apologized.

“It’s alright, nothing’s broken.” I giggled as I held my nose.

“I’m still really sorry, I hope it doesn’t hurt too bad.”

“Not really, just a dull pain. It’ll be gone in a few minutes.

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“How about I push you on the swing to make up for it? I promise I won’t hurt you.” He joked, while gesturing to the set right next to us.

“Sure.”

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I sat down on the seat and he started to push me. My mind wandered as I continued to swing. He seemed like such a nice guy, why did people doubt him? There was no way Zeus was right about him. Artemis could never convince a guy this nice to pretend to be interested in me.

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I couldn’t wait for homecoming, and I couldn’t wait to prove everyone wrong.

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“Okay Grandma, be honest, how do I look?” I asked her the night of homecoming. It was my first time showing anyone the dress I bought.

“Oh darling, you look like a princess.” She gasped.

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“You think?” I felt giddy with excitement. “I feel like one.”

“Oh honey, you’re gonna have so much fun. When is this boy coming?”

“Um, in about ten minutes. We should go downstairs and wait for him.” I checked my phone and realized it was almost seven.

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“Athena, I want to make sure you’re prepared okay?” Winter said to me as she sat down on the couch.

“Um, what do you mean?”

“It’s just, if this boy doesn’t show up, don’t take it personally, okay?” She spoke hesitantly.

“He’s gonna show up. He’s a good guy.” I defended.

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“Alright. But I’m here for you if you need me.” She offered.

“Thanks I guess. I just don’t see why everyone doubts him. Am I so terrible that everyone thinks a boy wouldn’t genuinely be interested in me?”

“No of course not sweetie, it just came out of nowhere, that’s all. If he’s sincere then that’s great, but I don’t know if he is.”

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“He just never had the chance to talk to me before. That’s all.”

“Okay, well I’ll wait here with you. I want to meet this boy.”

“That’s fine, I don’t think he’ll mind. He’s sweet.” I smiled at the thought of him. I couldn’t wait to see Ricky is his suit, the two of us would look like a royal couple.

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*An hour later*

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“He’s just running late.” I said aloud, more to myself than to anyone else. Ricky still hadn’t arrived, and I was starting to fear that everyone was right about him.

“Honey do you want me to drop you off at the dance? He can meet you there later.” My grandma offered sympathetically from across the room.

“No, it’s okay. I don’t want to show up without him. I’ll look like a loser.” I sighed.

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“Oh honey, I’m so sorry.” Winter apologized.

“It’s fine. I’m gonna go wait on the porch.” I told them. I was too embarrassed to stay inside anymore.

“We’ll be in here if you need us.” My grandma said.

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My heart felt like it was shattered. I trusted him, I defended him, and now I look like a fool. I couldn’t believe how stupid I’d been.

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It was eleven. The dance was over and Ricky never showed up. I was devastated. Zeus was right, and I was so terrible to him about it. Artemis and her friends probably spent the whole night making fun of me and laughing. I bet Ricky was with them.

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“Athena?” Zeus’s voice startled me, I hadn’t even noticed he made it home.

“Just go inside. I don’t want to hear it.” I grumbled.

“Hear what?”

“‘I told you so.’ You were right, it was all just an elaborate prank.” I started to cry again.

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“Hey, I wouldn’t say that. I didn’t want to be right.” Zeus kneeled in front of me. “I just wanted you to be careful. I’m so sorry this happened to you.” He wiped my tears away with his thumbs.

“Do you mean that?” My voiced cracked.

“Of course. I really care about you, Athena. You don’t deserve the shit Artemis gives you.” He scowled. “I promise she’ll pay for this.”

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“Thank you.” I whispered as I threw myself into his arms.

“I’m gonna make her regret this.” He pulled me closer.

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I don’t know if it was just my broken heart, the stars, or how protective of me he was acting, but I could help but kiss him. Luckily, he didn’t resist. He kissed me back with so much passion I felt like I was going to collapse. In that moment, I needed him. I needed him more than I needed oxygen. I needed him more than a fish needs water.

“My mom’s novel deadline is coming up, I’ll bet you she’s pulling an all-nighter. Her room is empty.” He whispered against my lips. Apparently, he needed me too.

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“Yea, she won’t be there. Do you want to?” He asked. I nodded enthusiastically

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.”Athena are you sure you want to do this?” He asked as I sat on his mom’s bed.

“Yes, and I’m not going to change my mind. Now c’mon.” I beckoned him over. He grabbed my face and kissed me delicately.

“Is this your first time?”

“Yes.” I admitted, with a slight blush.

“It’s okay, I’ll be gentle.” He promised with a slight smirk, before climbing onto the bed with me.

Despite it’s terrible start, this night was the best night of my life so far.


A/N: I’m so sorry for the long wait for this chapter. I’ve got half of the next chapter ready so I promise it won’t take as long this time.

Also, I wanted to apologize for the lack of scars on Elsa’s face. She became an elder and the scars weren’t available for her anymore. Oh well. Thanks for reading 🙂

Athena Mortem Chapter 4: Suspicious

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Later that night after dinner, the family sat down to talk. We did this pretty often, with so many of us in the house it was easy to miss out on parts of each others lives.

“So, how was school today kids?” Grandma asked us all.

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“It was great.” I answered with a smile on my face. I couldn’t wait to tell her I’d actually been asked out.

“Oh? And why’s that?”

“I got asked to homecoming!” I exclaimed.

“Oh honey, that’s awesome! Who is he?” She shared my excitement.

“His name is Ricky Fernandez.” I smiled.

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“Ha! Yea right, he’d never like a girl like you.” Artemis laughed.

“Artemis!” My grandma and Winter both scolded at the same time.

“What? He’s one of the cutest guys in school, next to Anson anyway. There’s no way a guy like him would be interested in her.” She said, her voice dripping with disgust.

“Well, I’m happy for you Athena. That’s going to be a really fun night.”

“Thank you, Grandma.” I smiled softly.

“You’re freaking delusional, Athena. It’s pathetic.”

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“Artemis, would it kill you to be nice to your sister for once in your life?” My grandma sighed.

“Probably, yea.” She mumbled.

“If you don’t start changing this attitude, you’re not going to homecoming.”

“That’s not fair!” She whined.

“I think it’s completely fair.” Winter chimed in. “You have such a bad attitude. It needs to change.”

“Whatever.” She crossed her arms and pouted.

“Anyway, what did everyone else do today?” Grandma looked around the table.

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“I tried out for the orchestra. My audition went extremely well, I think I’m gonna get in.” Zeus announced.

“That’s amazing, baby!” Winter wrapped her arm around his shoulder and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

“Mom…” Zeus grumbled, embarrassed.

“Oh chill out.” She laughed. “You’re my only son, I think I have the right to be proud of you.”

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“I passed my math exam today.” Sebastian said proudly.

“That’s a surprise.” Artemis huffed from her end of the table.

“Jesus Artemis, what did I just tell you?” My grandma glared at her. “I swear to God, one more comment like that and you’re not going to homecoming, or any school function for the rest of the year.” Artemis rolled her eyes, but didn’t say anything else.

“That’s awesome, Sebastian. You’re really improving.” Winter smiled at my uncle.

“Thank you.” He smiled back, but he was obviously still hurt about what my sister said.

“Can I go to my room now? I really don’t want to be here.” Artemis complained.

“Fine. Goodnight.” My grandma waved her off. “I’m going to be painting in the living room if anyone needs me.” She said, signaling the end of the day talk was over.

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“Wait, Athena, can I talk to you?” Zeus called out to me before I could reach my room.

“If you’re going to lecture me again, save it. I don’t wanna hear it.” I scoffed.

“No, listen. I need to tell you something. It’s important.”

“Fine.” I gave up and followed him into his room.

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“What is it?”

“Please don’t get angry with me, okay? I’m just trying to look out for you.” He stalled.

“Just tell me.” I sighed.

“I don’t like Ricky genuinely likes you.”

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“You’re such an asshole, Zeus!” I yelled. “Is it really that hard to believe someone would actually have a crush on me? Jesus, you people act like I’m the ugliest person in the world.”

“Athena, it’s not like that, I swear. It’s just, I think Artemis is behind this. I think she bribed him to ask you out.”

“Wow, so you think someone would only ask me out if they were paid?” I was getting angrier and angrier. Why wouldn’t anyone believe someone would actually like me?

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“Athena, I really don’t mean to upset you. I just don’t want to see you get hurt or humiliated.”

“I’m not going to be, stop worrying about me. We’re not even friends, why do you care so much?” I crossed my arms.

“I’ve known you my whole life, I do care about you.”

“That’s hard to believe.”

“Look, if you really want to go to homecoming, come with me. I just don’t think this Ricky guy is good news.”

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“I’m not going to be anyone’s pity date! I’m going with Ricky, because he does actually like me, I know that’s hard for you to grasp. Now please, leave me alone.” I clenched my fists in anger.

“Alright, but if things don’t work out, I’ll be here and the offer is still on the table.”

“Whatever.” I spun on my heel and left the room, still fuming.

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By the next morning, I had managed to calm down enough to talk to my grandma. She was always honest with me, I hoped she would give me some advice on whether or not I should believe Zeus. I thought about it, and it did seem like something my sister would do. But Ricky just seemed so nice, I doubt he’d do something so awful.

“Hey Grandma?” I asked quietly as I entered her room.

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“Hi Sweetheart, everything alright?” She asked while petting Dexter’s head.

“I just wanted to talk to you before school.”

“Come, sit.” She patted the spot on the bed next to her.

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“What’s up?”

“Well, Zeus pulled me into his room last night and told me he thinks Artemis paid Ricky to ask me to homecoming. He doesn’t think Ricky actually likes me.”  I sighed. “What do you think?”

“Do you really know this boy?”

“Not really, I’ve only really talked to him a few times but he seems really nice.”

“Do you trust Zeus’s judgement?”

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“Honestly, not really.” I admitted.

“And why is that?”

“Because, he acts like a jerk when he’s around Artemis and he tries to be nice when it’s just us. It’s sketchy and I don’t like it.”

“Understandable. I wouldn’t trust someone who did that either. If you’re having doubts about this boy, maybe you should get to know him a little better before you make any decisions.” She suggested.

“Okay. I’ll ask if he wants to hang out after school today.”

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“Great idea. I’d say bring him over here, but we’re always full of teenagers and I bet you’d prefer somewhere private. It’s hard to get to know someone in a huge group.”

“Yea, and like I’d ever willingly hang out with Artemis and her group.” I chuckled.

“Well, we should get going. I hope you have a good day, Sweetheart.”

“You too Grandma, thanks for listening.”

“Anytime.” She smiled and kissed me on the head before heading out to start her day. I scratched Dexter behind the ears while I thought about the day ahead of me. Asking him to hang out was a good idea, but it was also kinda nerve-wracking. I just hoped Zeus’s suspicions were wrong.

Athena Mortem Chapter 3: Why Me?

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“Are you sure you guys have to leave for the whole weekend?” I asked Winter as I sprawled across her bed.

“Sorry kiddo, your grandma and I need to go to this meeting, you know we have to help keep the human government and the wolves out. They need all the adult witches they can get and your grandma and I are running the whole thing.” Winter explained as she fixed up her face in the mirror.

“Can I come with you? Maybe I could help.” I wanted to do anything I could to get out of the house for the weekend, the thought of being home while Artemis and her friends had a party sounded like hell.

“I wish you could, Thena, but it’s just for adults. If anything were to happen we wouldn’t want the kids getting hurt.”

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“Yea, I get it. I’m just not looking forward to spending the weekend alone with Artemis.” I sighed. It was no secret that my sister and I didn’t get along.

“I know, and I’m sorry. You could always stay upstairs with Sebastian. You guys can have the game room, the gym and the library to yourselves.” She suggested.

“Yea that’s true, I guess I’m worried about what she’ll try to do to me without anyone watching us.”

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“Call us if anything goes down, we’ll come home as soon as possible. Also, call us if she throws a party, I know that girl and I know she’ll try.”

“I will.” I lied, I knew if I snitched on my sister I’d be getting my fair share of stitches. Also, the cutest guy in school was coming to her party. Even though I knew I had absolutely no chance with him, I at least wanted to get a glance at him.

“Good, I trust you and Sebastian. Artemis and Zeus on the other hand, well they’ve been trouble lately.” That was a bit of an understatement, if you ask me.

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Winter walked over and sat in the reading chair across from me. “So, how’ve things been?” She asked.

“Good.” I responded curtly. I knew she was worried, I didn’t have any friends other than Sebastian and I spent most of my time at the library here or the public one. My grandma wasn’t really around much either, she was always working to make sure we had a good life.

“That’s good, but if you ever need anything your grandma and I are here for you.”

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“Thanks, Winter.” I smiled at her.

“Well,” She stood up, after realizing I wasn’t going to open up to her. “I’m gonna go get your grandma, we’ll be out of here in a few. We’ll come say goodbye.” She turned on her heel and headed out of her bedroom.

I sighed and pulled myself off her bed. My weekend of hell was about to begin, and I needed to find cover before shit hit the fan.

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Sebastian, Dexter and I holed up in my room in front of the TV. We could feel the vibrations from the music downstairs pulsating through the floor. We were tense, the party was just starting, it was just Artemis and her friends so far, but they were already getting rowdy.  We were hoping they would be too focused on each other to come up here and bother us.

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 “Hey, Thena, can I ask you something?” Neither of us were paying attention to the movie, so I didn’t mind his interruption.

“Of course.”

“Do you think Artemis is right?” He bit his nail nervously.

“What about?”

“Y’know, how she’s always telling her friends I’m retarded. Is she right? Am I?” Sebastian was autistic and had ADHD, but that did not give my sister the right to use slurs against him.

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“She is not right, not at all. She’s an ignorant, terrible person. Never listen to her.” I was trying to stay calm, I didn’t want him to misinterpret my anger as anger towards him. I hated her, and how she could make my amazing best friend doubt himself.

 “Okay.” He avoided eye contact and started to pet Dex.

“Why do you ask? Did someone say something?”

“No, I was just thinking. You always take what she says personally. I thought maybe I was missing something, like maybe she was right about me.” He explained. My heart broke, I never knew that he noticed I took what she said to heart.

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“If I stop believing what she says, will you too?” I offered. It would be hard for me not to, but I had to try for him.

“Ok, I promise.” He looked up at me and smiled, then continued to pet Dex.

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After we finished our movie, Sebastian decided to go to bed. Since everyone else was downstairs partying, I decided to work out in the home gym. I was down to a hundred pounds, and my goal was ninety. I wanted to look good in a dress for Homecoming, which was coming up soon. Not that I’d get asked, but I could still go stag.

Halfway through my workout, the gym door opened from behind me.

“Hey, this floor is off limits.” I called out, assuming it was one of Artemis’s annoying friends.

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“Oh, sorry. You just have such a nice house, I thought I’d take a break from the party to explore a little.” A familiar voice responded from behind me. Richie Fernandez, the hottest guy in school. Also, the cousin of Artemis’s boyfriend, Anson.

“Oh, it’s ok. I can see why you’d need a break, it seems like parties can be a little overwhelming.” I took a deep, shaky breath as I turned off the treadmill. He was so cute, I didn’t have a chance with him but I still didn’t want to look like an idiot in front of him.

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“Have you never been to a party before?” He asked, and I realized I probably seemed like a huge loser.

“Well, not really. Artemis has had a few parties before, but I’ve never actually been a part of them. We’re not exactly besties.” I admitted.

“She can be hard to get along with.” He chuckled. “Your name’s Athena, right?”

“Yea. Yours is Richie?” I asked, and he nodded. “Well it’s nice to meet you, I’ve seen you around school but we’ve never actually spoken.”

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“Well that’ll have to change, you seem very sweet, Athena.” He flashed a smile, making my heart skip a beat.

“T-thank you.”

“I’ll see you around, have a good night.” He smiled again and walked out with a wave. I stood there a few seconds, trying to process what happened. I couldn’t believe that someone like him would want to talk to me.

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“Really, Richie Fernandez?” Sebastian scratched his head early the next Monday after the party. I didn’t tell him until now, because I didn’t want Artemis or Zeus to find out.

“Yea, he talked to me, and he wasn’t mean at all. I still don’t believe it.”

“Do you think he likes you?”

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“I don’t think so, he was probably just being nice. I mean, why would he go for me when there are so many pretty girls at this school?” I gestured over to Artemis’s group.

“You’re pretty, Athena.”

“Thank you, but not like them.”

“I think so. Maybe he wants to ask you to homecoming.” He smiled.

“I really doubt that, Seb.”

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“Oh gosh, he’s here.” I said as Richie walked into the school. Sebastian started to turn around but I stopped him. “Don’t look, he’ll know we’re talking about him.”

“Oh, ok. That makes sense.” He chuckled.

“Oh god, he’s coming over here.” I took a deep breath as I noticed him heading in our direction.

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“Uh, hey Athena.” Richie smiled his famous smile at me as he approached.

“Hey Richie, how was the rest of your weekend?” I asked.

“Good, thanks for asking. I was wondering if I could talk to you?” He looked over at Sebastian, as if cueing him to leave.

“Hey Seb? Why don’t you head to class, I’ll talk to you during lunch,okay?”

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“Oh, okay. See you then.” He understood that we needed a minute alone. He walked off to class and gave me a smile and a wink before heading up the stairs.

“He’s your uncle, right?” Richie asked when Sebastian was out of sight.

“Yea, but he’s only a few years older than me, so I consider him more of a brother than an uncle.”

“Oh, cool.” He moved into the space where Sebastian was standing only a few moments earlier.

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“So, I wanted to ask you something.” My heart almost stopped, what could he possibly want to ask me?

“W-what is it?”

“Well I don’t have a date for homecoming yet, and I was wondering if you would be mine?”

I’m pretty sure this time my heart actually did stop. Was I dreaming? This couldn’t be real. Why me, of all the girls in the school? Why would the cutest guy in school choose me?

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After a few seconds, I realized I hadn’t given him an answer. “Y-yes! I’d love too.” I responded, maybe a little too enthusiastically.

“Awesome, I’ll pick you up that night at seven.”

“Sounds great. I can’t wait.” I smiled nervously at him.

“Me too, it’ll be fun.” He winked at me, then headed off for his morning class. As he walked away, I pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

Athena Mortem Chapter 2: Weak

Warning: Body image issues

*A Few Years Later*

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Despite how much I wanted things to change as Artemis and I got older, they didn’t. In fact, things got worse. I tried everything I could to get my sister to like me, but no matter what she always still hated me.

Finally, after so many years of trying to be nice to her, I realized what I had to do. She always called me dumb, ugly, and fat, so all I had to do to get her to like me was to be smart, pretty and skinny. I was getting straight A’s now, but I just couldn’t figure out how to be pretty or skinny.

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“Mew”  Dexter’s adorable cat voice pulled me away from my laptop screen. My grandma had gotten him as a birthday present for me, she told me that every young witch needs a familiar. She offered to get my sister one, but she laughed and said she was too busy having a real life to have time for a familiar or anything witch related.

“Hey, Bud.” I smiled at him and rubbed his soft little belly.

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Suddenly, he jumped up and folded down his ears.

“What’s wrong, Dex?” I asked, obviously not expecting an answer. It was a few seconds before I heard what he was hearing. My sister was home, and she brought her friends. I hoped they wouldn’t come in here, I had homework to do and I hated when they kicked me out.

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Luckily, they went to the balcony. I’d still be able to hear their loud, obnoxious chatter, but at least I wouldn’t have to find a new place to work.

Carefully, I looked out the window to see who was all there.

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The usual three girls were with her, as well as Zeus and Artemis’s new boyfriend, who I still hadn’t learned the name of. I probably shouldn’t even bother, she went through them faster than underwear.

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“Hey guys, my Grandma and Zeus’s mom are going out of town for some witch bullshit this weekend, we should totally throw a party.” My twin suggested to her friends. I knew the minute my grandmother told me she would be out of town that this would happen.

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“I am so down, want me to bring the booze?” The unnatural redhead, Katherine, offered. From what little I knew of my sister’s friends, I knew that her parents owned a bar so it was easy for her to steal alcohol.

“Hell yea, what kind of party would this be without it?” Artemis laughed.

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“What about your sister? Isn’t she like, gonna be around?” The blonde one, Brooke I think, asked. My stomach twisted, I hated when I was brought up around them. Part of me knew I should walk away from the window and stop listening, but the rest of me wanted to hear what they had to say despite how awful it would be.

“Yea, she’ll be here. But don’t worry, that loser won’t be allowed to party with us. I’ll make sure she stays upstairs with her only friend, the cat.” She joked, making them all laugh.

“But like, won’t she tell your grandma?”

“Athena is like, terrified of me. She knows I’d beat the shit out of her if she ratted me out. I’ve done it before.” She bragged, as if abusing your sister was something to brag about. They all laughed, I really couldn’t see how they could find amusement in someone else’s pain.

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“Yea, I’ve seen it a few times. It’s pretty hilarious. We’ve got nothing to worry about with her, she’s way too weak to stand up to her.” Zeus laughed.

“God, how is she even your sister? She’s so lame.” Katherine asked, causing an outbreak of giggles once more.

“Honestly, I don’t even know. I’m just glad she got all the fat and ugly in the womb. I would probably kill myself if I looked like her.”

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I could feel the small lunch I managed to choke down coming back up. They said stuff like this all the time, why did it still effect me so much?

As I was looking out the window, one of Artemis’s friend looked over and made eye contact with me. Stunned, I jumped back and almost fell over. Artemis was going to kick my ass for eavesdropping.

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The one who noticed me listening, Hillary, hadn’t said anything yet. I bit my tongue as I waited for her to tell my sister, it would only be seconds before my sister dragged me outside and beat me up in front of her friends.

“Hey, Artemis?” Hillary started, making my breath catch in my throat. I should’ve ran and hid, but I was too afraid to move.

“Yeah Hil? What’s up?”

“I was just wondering, what time for the party this weekend? I have a prior commitment but I think I might be able to make it.” She asked. I was extremely confused, there was no doubt that she saw me listening. Why didn’t she tell her? Why did she steer the conversation away from me?

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“Well, any time after like nineish should be ok. I just wanna make sure my grandma is like, too far out of town to come back early and find us. You know what I mean?”

“Yea, yea. That makes sense. I’ll definitely be able to make it then.” She smiled brightly at my sister. Maybe she’d tell her now? I held my breath again, waiting for the ball to drop.

“Awesome. How about you babe, will you be able to come.” Artemis asked the blonde boy she was sitting on.

“Wouldn’t miss it.” He responded. He had an unfamiliar accent, I couldn’t place it and it kinda gave me the creeps. I couldn’t really explain why though.

“Good, I need someone to keep my retarded uncle and fatass sister out of the party areas.” She giggled and played with his hair, flirting stupidly like she did with every single guy she’s dated.

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My blood boiled, the way she spoke about Sebastian pissed me off. I hated that word. Especially used in that context. I wanted to punch her, but instead, I felt my lunch rising in my throat once again. This time, I knew it wouldn’t go away.

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Luckily, I had thrown up so much that it didn’t hurt much anymore. When it first started, I had to force a finger down my throat a few times to make sure I got everything out. Now my body did it on its own. I was glad, sticking a finger in there was gross and uncomfortable.

I knew what I was doing was unhealthy. I knew it could kill me. But I didn’t care. Maybe, if I got skinny enough, my sister would stop hating me so much. I tried exercise and eating healthy, but Artemis would just mock the way my fat bounced when I tried. So I stuck to vomiting and exercising until I almost passed out, when Artemis wasn’t home of course.

No one in my family noticed yet, though. I hadn’t lost enough weight and I was good about hiding it. I hoped they would never find out, because then I’d have to stop. I didn’t want to. I couldn’t.

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As soon as I finished I pulled myself into a sitting position. I started to cry, the things my sister and her friends said about me finally came into effect. I just couldn’t understand, why do some people have to be so mean? Why be mean to someone when you can be nice? If you’re nice, then you both feel good. I wished my sister thought more like I did.

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I soon finished and calmed down enough to exit the bathroom. To my surprise, I almost ran right into someone as I came out of the door.

“Sorry Zeus. I didn’t see you there.” I apologized to my housemate.

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“No need to be sorry.” He leaned casually against the wall.

“Oh, ok.” I responded awkwardly. I never really knew how to act around boys.

“Everything ok? You were in there a while.” He smirked slightly. I narrowed my eyes, I couldn’t help but wonder if he knew what he shouldn’t.

“I’m fine, I was just cleaning up.”

“Don’t bullshit me, Athena. I know what you’re doing.” To my surprise, he actually looked a little concerned.

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“Oh? What do you think I’m doing?” I crossed my arms angrily.

“You’ve been making yourself throw up.”

“No I haven’t.” Technically, it wasn’t a lie since my body did it on its own now.

“You know you don’t have to, right? You’re perfectly fine.” He ignored my defense and continued talking. “Artemis is a bitch, she’s just jealous because she knows you’re better looking and you’re smarter. She only does this so she can get the upperhand.”

“Yea, but I’m way too weak to stand up to her, right?” I quoted what he said earlier to the group and his face paled.

“I-I didn’t mean that, Athena. I have to be on her side, or she’ll beat me up too. You remember the dollhouse.”

“So you just let her continue to do it all to me? Wow Zeus, you’re my hero.” I rolled my eyes and walked away. It was a lot easier to stand up to him, I knew he wouldn’t hurt me like Artemis would. I just hoped he wouldn’t tell her about my bulimia.

Athena Mortem Chapter 1: Dollhouse Prom

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While Grandma was away at work, she made Artemis, Zeus and I play in the livingroom. Winter was still working on her novel, but instead of being cooped up in her office, she used the family computer so she could make sure everything was ok.

Artemis and Zeus dragged my dollhouse downstairs, well technically Zeus did while my sister bossed him around. They always played with my dollhouse, I never really got to use it because Artemis always took it from me.

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“Can I play with you?” I asked, as I always did. There was no doubt in my mind that the answer would be no, but I still held some hope that my twin would come around.

She didn’t answer, she just pretended not to hear me.

“Uh hey, Missy? Athena asked you a question.” Zeus nervously informed her. She scoffed and rolled her eyes.

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“Yea I know, I heard.” She sneered and finally looked up at me. “You know I don’t like playing with fat, ugly trolls! Stop asking!” She shouted angrily.

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“Hey! Artemis that is not ok.” Winter scolded without even looking away from her screen.

“She started it.”

“No she didn’t, I’ve been sitting here the whole time. Apologize.”

“Fine, I’m sorry that you’re fat and ugly.” Artemis stuck her tongue out at me.

“I’m warning you Artemis. Stop. Apologize again.”

“I’m sorry.” She mumbled.

“It’s ok.” I said softly, not wanting to upset her. “I’ll just go play video games.” I sighed. There was no way they were gonna help me do something special for grandma now, and there was no way I could pull off something great by myself.

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Video games weren’t all that fun alone, usually I had someone to play with, but Sebastian was still at school. He usually stayed late for tutoring. He’d be home any minute though, and then we could play video games until he had to leave again.

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It was only a few minutes later when he came stomping through the door, visually frustrated with the amount of snow outside.

“I hate the snow. Why does it have to snow all the damn time?” He frowned and threw his backpack and coat on the ground.

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“Hey Sebby, wanna play?” I waved my controlled at him. Hopefully I could cheer him up.

His face immediately lit up. “Hell yea! But only for a little bit, I have to get ready for the school dance tonight.”

“Okay!” I smiled and handed him a controller.

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“How was school?” I asked as we started a new round.

“Stupid as usual. I hate sitting around all day.” He sighed and flipped his hair. “How was school for you?”

“Good, we’re starting a new book in class.” I responded excitedly.

“Oh cool, what book?”

“Charlotte’s Web.” I was practically bouncing up and down with excitement.

“Oh that’s a great movie, never read the book though.”

“Me either, I’m excited.”

“That’s awesome.” He smiled at me. I knew he hated reading, he could never really sit still long enough to finish a chapter book, but he loved seeing me excited about things.

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“Artemis, can we go play video games? That looks fun.” I hear Zeus whisper quietly to my sister.

“What? Are you serious?” She yelled, slamming the doll on the floor. “No! I can’t believe you asked me that!”

“W-why can’t we?”

“Because we don’t play with ugly people or idiots.” She scoffed, glaring at me and our uncle.

“Sorry, but I like video games more than dolls.” Zeus had finally mustered enough courage to stand up to her.

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He put his doll down and stood up. “Stop being so bossy.” He stuck his tongue out at her and started to walk away from the doll house.

“You are going to regret this, Zeus Garnett.” She called after him, a strange, throaty growl followed her threat. It made my heart lurch, what was she gonna do to him?

Zeus gave me a small nervous smile as he approached the couch. “Can I play?” He asked.

“Of course.” I smiled at him and handed him a controller.

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Zeus plopped down next to Sebastian and joined our game. We were having a lot of fun, the game was much more exciting with three people.

I wanted to get completely lost in the game and just have fun, but I could feel the hateful glares my sister was giving me from across the room. There was no telling how she would handle Zeus’s betrayal and it frightened me. Artemis had done some terrible things before, and there was no doubt in my mind that she was planning something. It was only a matter of time before whatever she came up with played out.

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As soon as Winter and Sebastian got up to make us some food, Artemis jumped up and started running up the stairs. Her brow was furrowed and she looked very angry, I braced myself for the outburst we all knew was coming.

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She came stomping down the stairs only a few minutes later, oddly dressed in a pink dinosaur costume from our dress-up trunk.

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As soon as she stepped off the staircase she drew her hands towards her chest and started growling and stomping. I bit my lip, she’d never done something like this and I was scared, I had no idea what she was about to do.

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Artemis dinosaur stomped over to my dollhouse and raised her arms high above her head.

“No one betrays me!” She growled, before swinging her arms down on the toy. There was a loud crack, but it was still standing.

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“This. Will. Teach. You. To. Steal. My. Friends.” She seethed between each smack on my dollhouse I barely even got to play with.

I just sat there with my hands over my mouth. My sister was mean, I always knew that. But I never thought she’d do this.

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After a few more angry smacks, my dollhouse was in pieces on the floor. I felt my eyes tearing up, Why did she have to be so mean?

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“Artemis Mortem, what have you done?” My grandma’s voice called out from the kitchen. She must’ve just got home and come in through the back door.

“H-hi Grandma.” Artemis smiled nervously.

“How dare you! You are grounded for six months. No TV, no video games, no computer unless its for homework, no friends over. Nothing. Go to your room right now.” She was furious, and even though I wasn’t the one in trouble, I was afraid of her.

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“Okay.” Artemis whispered. I had never heard her sound so terrified. She quietly ran off to go spend the rest of the day in her room.

“I’m so sorry, Athena. I’ll buy you a new dollhouse.”

“It’s okay Grandma, you don’t have to. I’m getting a little old for dollhouses anyway.” I never really lied to my grandma, but I didn’t want her to have to buy me a new one. Also, I knew that if she did, Artemis would just steal it or break it again.

“I guess, but if you change your mind, let me know.” She smiled sadly and walked into the kitchen, probably to find Sebastian to get him ready for the school dance.

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*Later that night*

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“Hey, what’re you doing up?” Sebastian quietly crept back into his room two hours after the school dance ended.

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“I wanted to hear all about the dance.” I smiled at him from the bed. I couldn’t sleep, so I went up to his room to wait for him to get back.

He chuckled. “Well alright then.” He made his way over to the bed and took a seat next to me.

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“Was it magical?” I asked. I imagined all the girls in pretty princess dresses and all the boys in nice suits. Like something from a movie, the kind you just want to jump into.

“It was. Everyone looked so good. You would’ve loved it, the girls all wore long, pretty dresses.”

“I can’t wait until I’m old enough to go to a school dance.”

“Don’t worry, that day will come soon.” He smiled and placed a hand on my shoulder.

“Did you dance with any pretty girls?”

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“I did, yea.” His cheeks started to flush bright red. “We won prom king and queen, then went out for food to celebrate.”

“Oh my god.” I gasped in awe. “Do you think I could ever be prom queen?”

“Definitely, you’re the prettiest girl I know.”

“What about Artemis? She’s more popular than I am, she’ll probably get more votes than me.”

“Artemis is mean. Someday, no one’s gonna want to put up with her anymore. No one wants a mean girl like her to be prom queen.”

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“But what if she bribes them? Or threatens them?” I worried. Being prom queen was one of my dreams. Standing on the stage in a beautiful dress in front of the kids who were mean to me, getting crowned the prettiest in the school. That would show them.

“You don’t have to worry about that right now.” He assured me. “C’mon, let’s get you to bed.” He laughed as I started to yawn.

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“But I’m not tired.” I protested as he scooped me up in his arms to carry me to my room. Just after I said that, I was unable to stop myself from yawning again.

“Alright sleepy-head.” Sebastian teased.

“You better tell me more about the dance tomorrow.”

“I will, I’ll give you every detail you could ever want.” He gave me a quick kiss on my cheek and started to make his way downstairs.

“You’re the best uncle ever.” I giggled sleepily, before giving him a kiss on the cheek too.

Help Save Alisha’s Legs

Future of the Fae

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I don’t usually post things like this, but this is Alisha, the puppy of one of my best friends, Mel. She recently took a tumble and broke both of her front legs, and now needs surgery to make sure they heal correctly. Mel is unemployed but is looking for a job, but currently can’t pay the amount needed for the surgery. The vet said it will at least be 4,000 but it could possibly be more than 6,000. If she doesn’t get the surgery, her legs can heal wrong and she’ll have to get them both amputated.

Mel was my sister’s best friend, and after my sister passed Mel was absolutely devastated, but she’s had Alisha to help her through this hard time. Alisha is only 18 months old and is a super happy puppy, I hate to see her in pain and this surgery would help her so much…

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