Like a Sister to Me
"Adamina! Wake up!"
The young Earth Faerie opened her brown eyes
sleepily. Her mother was shaking her awake again.
"You have to get up or you'll be late for school!"
Illusen cried, finally letting go of her daughter.
Adamina yawned. "Why couldn't Faerieland Academy
start at nine instead? I have to wake up at three o' clock in the morning every
day! Why couldn't we live closer to Faerieland, or actually on it?"
"You wouldn't understand," Illusen answered
for the one-millionth time.
"Yes I would! You've been repeating that to
me for my entire life!" Adamina protested. "Why don't you tell me?"
"The Dark Faeries live there. I never want to
be near any of them and their evil, especially Jhudora. Now hurry up, or you'll
be late for school."
Adamina hurriedly brushed her short leaf-green
hair in front of a mirror, pausing to check her appearance. Though she wasn't
vain, she wouldn't want to look ridiculous at school. Her leaf-green hair grew
stopped just at her neck, and under her bangs were sparkling brown eyes. She
wore a short green dress with vine decorations climbing up to her shoulders.
Adamina slowly packed up her lunch and spell
books. She knew her mother had a dislike for that Faerie and could easily guess
that was a broad answer, but even she never knew why Illusen hated Jhudora.
And that was what she wanted to know. Adamina absentmindedly left Illusen's
Glade and flew towards Faerieland.
"I have to buy ingredients for some spells, so
Layla is in charge," Jhudora said, staring at the four younger Dark Faeries
in front of her.
"Mom, but Layla, Melaney and Ebony just pick
on me while you're gone!" the youngest protested.
"We do not!" Layla, the oldest, replied. Her
golden hair was cut so it stopped at her shoulders, and she wore a silver dress
whose hem stopped at her light knees. Her blue eyes shot glare at her little
"Kiora, I know you don't always agree with them,
but Layla is the oldest and most responsible. She is a good example of mischief,
and so are your other sisters," Jhudora replied, leaving her mini-castle. The
door closed, and their mother was gone.
"Now, Kiora," Ebony, the second youngest, began,
rubbing her hands together menacingly. Her bright red eyes were filled with
greed. She wore a long-sleeved purple shirt with a matching smooth skirt. "I
have this huge pile of homework to do. You're a nerd, so you'd better get to
"And Mom told me to clean up the place a little,"
Melaney said darkly. She wore a long black dress with a belt that down to her
feet, though she never neared tripping over it. Her black hair was tied into
a ponytail. "You'll have to do it for me."
"And since Mom said I'm in charge, you have
to do what I say," Layla added. "And while you're doing their to-do list, you'll
have to give me all of your potions, because I was too tired to do it for the
month we had to make it, and our teacher will fail me this year if I don't have
But Kiora wasn't listening. They had learned
many things about successful scheming in a class special for Dark Faeries, and
while Kiora had little interest in applying that knowledge to creating mischief,
she was an attentive listener and did well in school. One thing the Dark Faerie
had learned was to have a plan in case anything went wrong with the original.
Her mother still didn't believe her, so Kiora did what was the only choice left.
(Aside from doing what her sisters had ordered.) She turned towards the door
and ran as fast as she could.
Adamina grunted in frustration. She had left
her map of Faerie City under her bed, and she was lost. Every week she would
secretly take her time to get to school, and spend the time before that exploring
Faerie City. She especially liked to go near where there was a Dark Faerie.
This time, she had decided to spy on Jhudora's Cloud. She knew it was dangerous
if the Dark Faerie caught her, but the Earth Faerie was confident of her ability
The door to Jhudora's home opened and a young
Dark Faerie who resembled Jhudora in some ways ran out. Her flowing violet hair,
green eyes, and gray shirt and skirt instantly gave away her identity. Adamina
knew her to be Kiora, one of Jhudora's daughters. Like all of the students at
the Faerie Academy of Learning, Adamina had at least heard about Kiora's sisters
and some of their friends picking on Kiora, but no one said a word. The Dark
Faeries loved it. The other faeries, mostly Light, had convinced themselves
that the teasing aimed towards a Dark Faerie was okay, because "all Dark Faeries
were evil". Adamina never said a word of it because, the way she looked at it,
she would be helping the daughter of her mother's enemy. How would Illusen feel
Adamina looked up from her thoughts to see Kiora's
sisters chasing their sister angrily. Kiora tripped, and Layla, Melaney, and
Ebony were soon surrounding her before the younger girl had a chance to stand
Melaney created a ball of darkness, and aimed
it towards Kiora. Adamina felt a pang of guilt for not have ever thinking about
Kiora's wellbeing, followed by rage towards the other three Dark Faeries, and
soon, her eyes glowed emerald green, and the Earth Faerie sent a wave of magic
into the ground. She, being an Earth Faerie and the caster of the spell, was
the only one who could see the line of earth magic creeping just below the surface
of the ground. Soon, it stopped and vanished, and a small green vine slowly
grew and twisted tightly around Melaney's ankle.
The Faerie shrieked in pain, and as Layla ran
over to help her, the vine branch and spread rapidly across the ground and grew
around Ebony's leg. Layla spotted the vine and tried to destroy it with her
spells, but the vine twisted around, looped, and dodged the dark magic. Layla
panicked and grabbed hold of the vine, trying to rip it apart, but the vine
Adamina smiled as she watched her trick do its
Kiora was staring at the vine, but she soon
realized what she should do, and ran past her sisters.
As she ran she was wondering who had cast the
spell to save her -she knew it was an Earth Faerie, but not which one- until
she spotted the unmistakable leaf-green wings and long dress of the same shade
of green of an Earth Faerie she knew. Kiora turned towards her, running in that
direction. As she neared, she could make out the Faerie's long green dress,
Faerie Back Pack, and face. It was Illusen's daughter, Adamina.
"Thank…you," Kiora said breathlessly. She leaned
on a nearby building for support.
"You're welcome," Adamina replied. She turned
to walk to school. "Do you want to walk with me? I'm going to school."
"It's a little earlier than I usually go, but
okay." Kiora ran for a moment to catch up with her new friend.
"It's her! Adamina's the one who did it!"
Kiora turned around.
Ebony had picked herself up and managed to ignore
the vine long enough to spot the cause of their trouble. "Get her!"
"Run!" Kiora yelled, spreading her bat-like
wings. She grabbed hold of Adamina's arm and took to the skies, flying as fast
as she could.
Adamina allowed Kiora to pull her far into the
sky. She looked down to realize that Layla, Melaney, and Ebony were flying after
them, their speed increasing. "I'm slowing you down, Kiora," she said. "We'll
split up. Sure there are four of them, but they'll have to go separate ways."
"It'll weaken their combined strength a little,"
Kiora finished. "We should split up. Hopefully, we'll be able to fly faster,
and no one will see or tell about Jhudora and Illusen's daughters being friends,
or at least flying together."
"That would make our mothers, or at least mine,
think we were friends and actually spoke to each other," Adamina agreed.
Kiora let go of Adamina's richly tan arm, and
the Earth Faerie flew off in the opposite direction.
Adamina resisted the curiosity screaming at
her to look back at the Dark Faeries, constantly mentally telling herself it
would merely slow her down. After several minutes, her curious side of the mental
battle told her she was slowing herself down with raging battle in her mind.
It would only end when she looked back. Adamina shut her eyes in frustration,
and turned her head to the side, her eyes sliding to see Ebony and Melaney chasing
after her angrily.
Adamina turned her attention back to her own
flight. She folded her wings and dived through the clouds. She was an expert
flyer, with all of the flying she did on a daily basis to and from Faerieland.
She curved through an alley and flew upwards, straight into the sky. She hovered
in the air for a moment, surveying the city below her, and then searched the
sky for Kiora. "Kiora!" she called, hoping the Dark Faerie would hear her. "Kiora!
Uh…go to somewhere that has books, teachers, and…super…super…agh! The word used
to describe adults watching kids!"
"Supervision?" Kiora asked, flying towards Adamina
from behind her.
"Yeah…that's the word." Adamina leaned close
towards Kiora's ear. "School."
Kiora nodded and led her new friend towards
school. "Do you want to sit next to me during some of our classes?"
"Well, that was an interesting day," Kiora concluded
as the two Faeries walked out of school.
"I'll never forget the look on some of the other
Faeries' faces when we sat down next to each other!" Adamina laughed.
Kiora joined in, but stopped giggling when she
spotted someone. Two someones. Standing there, both Faeries with her hands on
her hips, stood Illusen and Jhudora.
Kiora was shocked. She knew her mother would
have been against their friendship, but why now? How could she have found out
so fast? As Jhudora pulled Kiora by the arm back to Jhudora's rather small castle,
Kiora glanced over her shoulder, she spotted Melaney watching them go, grinning
at the sight of her little sister being caught.
"How could you do that?" Illusen asked, pacing.
Adamina sat on a Leafy Bench, her eyes facing
at the floor. "Do what?" she asked in a much quieter, but unusual for her active
personality, voice than her mother's.
"Making friends with a Dark Faerie, let alone
Jhudora's daughter!" Illusen asked.
"She's my friend," Adamina repeated. "Ever since
I started going to school, you've been const- cons- co-"
"Constantly," Illusen said, but she was still
"Constantly bugging me about making friends!"
Adamina finished. "And now that I have one, you don't want me too. Why don't
you make up your mind alre-"
"When I said friends, I did not mean Dark Faeries!"
"And now you're interrupting, which you told
me never to do," Adamina said, feeling slightly proud of her answers. "Not to
mention the fact that it is only ONE Dark Faerie, and what's wrong with our
"She is a Dark Faerie!" Illusen yelled, scaring
away the forest petpets within a mile of the glade's edge. "They can't be trusted.
No one wants to be friends with them. They are evil."
Adamina closed her eyes, pretending and appearing
to be listening, but in her mind, a plan was being formed.
Kiora walked into her next class. From what she
could gather from memory, this was the first class today that she and Adamina
were both in. Surprisingly, the Earth Faerie was already sitting at her desk.
As Kiora passed her recently lost friend to
get to her desk, Adamina's hand put something into hers. Kiora clenched it in
her fist, not daring to even move her hand until she reached her desk, in the
corner of the small classroom.
As the teacher, Ms. Sahye the Fire Faerie, walked
in, got the class to settle down, and then began teaching the history of Faerieland,
Kiora quickly read the note silently. She didn't want to miss a word of Ms.
Sahye's class, but she could not resist the overwhelming curiosity of what Adamina
had to say. "Kiora, I have a way around our mothers," Adamina had written. "At
night, sneak out. Meet me at Kiko Lake. It is nearby both of our homes, but
there are no known Faeries there. There might be Water Faeries, so we'll meet
in the forest, where we can be friends with imp-… whatever the word is for being
able to do stuff without the fear of being punished."
Kiora smiled towards the Earth Faerie, and then
went back to listening to Ms. Sahye's lecture.
Kiora walked through the forest, looking around
for another shadow. But she saw no one.
The Dark Faerie's foot landed on a piece of
paper. She picked it up, curious. It was a note, saying:
I can't be here tonight, or any night, for that
matter. I'm running away from home. I won't tell you where, but I promise we'll
see each other again, in a few years, when we're both old enough to leave home
and be free from our mothers. Drop by this place every once in a while, I might
leave a note. You were the best, first, and only friend I ever had, but that
doesn't change the fact you ARE a good one. And I know you CAN overpower your
sisters. Don't do what they tell you to do, unless it's something for your benefit,
and you'll be fine. You have a lot of potential, I can tell. Just don't be afraid
to be afraid, and if you are, still fight back. One day, I'll return, but even
before that, and also afterwards, you'll always be like a sister to me.
Kiora smiled and flew home, a new courage rising
within her, but her mind focused on her true sister, her first friend, Adamina.