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Beth Walker #3

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I kick off my shoes into a dune of sand. My feet sore from long walk to the shore and the rough sand constantly rubbing against my feet. It is a hundred degrees out and I wipe the sweat off my forehead. Cursing under my breath I wonder, why me? Why did it have to be me? Out of more than a seven hundred billion people on Earth why did the Universe choose me?

“Stay close to me, and don’t worry about holding your breath,” he paused looking at us like we were supposed to know what he was talking about. But we all just had confused looks on our faces like, don’t worry about holding your breath? What’s that supposed to mean? He continued, “you can breathe underwater.”

“Oh, cool!” said a guy in the back of the group. Beth rolled her eyes.

“Mmm, I sense your aura is…” a girl wades into the water next to me. “Annoyed?” The girl has light blonde hair, warm skin, blue eyes, and had freckles pouring down her nose.

“Is it that hard to tell?” said I say scoffing. The girl took a tiny set of chimes out of her pocket and starts to clang them around my face. “Um, could you maybe not put your chimes into my personal space bubble?”

“Oh, I didn’t mean to offend you! I was only trying to help I…”

“You didn’t offend me,” I said. She cocks her head to the side.

“Of course I did! Your aura turned red, I saw it with my own eyes,” she tapped her eye lid and then flinches because she accidentally poked herself.

“It’s very hard not to doubt your eyes,” she pauses.

“I’m Paige,” she says.

“Beth.”

“Short for Bethany?” she asks.

“Yeah,” I say annoyed.

“I’m guessing you don’t like your real name so you chose to go by Beth?” I look at her, most people don’t get the hint, and ask why I don’t go by Bethany. Ugh, even thinking about the name makes me want to gag.

“Everyone follow me,” says the Councilman.

Our heads burst out of the ocean in the underwater cave. I take out my hair and shake it, splashing Paige. Paige laughs and then completely dowses me back. The Councilman swings his legs up onto the ledge and motions for us to follow. He leads us through a maze of pumice rock tunnels. In a short three minutes, we were at an even larger underwater cave. It’s walls were filled with shops and restaurants. “The Head Councilwoman will take you to your dorms,” he begins to wade into the water but a boy stops him.

“Um excuse me?” the boy seemed to be only fourteen, and looked quite nervous and embarrassed.

“His aura is cyan, poor thing,” whispers Paige, I look at her.

“What son?” says the Councilman.

“W-what about our parents?” he wrings his hands as he says it. Councilman sighed.

“We have a new system where you have to pass training before you have the choice of moving in with your parents. Now I have to go or I’ll be late for a meeting.” The little boy started to tear up but everyone pretended not to notice. Except for of course… Paige.

She runs over and hugs him, asks if he’s okay. He ends up just hugging her and crying into her shoulder.

The Councilwoman arrives and takes us on a tour of Voda Territory. All the while, I’m thinking about what will happen if they find out that I killed my parents? When they find out I’m a murderer…

When they find out I’m uncontrollable and alone?    

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Beth Walker #3