The Remarkable Ones
One: The Beginning
The night sky was dark blue. Cassidy thought blue was the color of anxiety. She felt angry, which made her feel even more sad. Then she thought about the entire journey she had been on for so long. The improvement she had been doing as the Queen of Avoránic. Even though she was thinking quite a lot about planet Earth the first year after she arrived.
She was anything but brave when she became the Queen. She thought it was a joke, that day they revealed the result of the election. She was convinced they were trying to make fun of her. But then she realized it was nothing else but the truth. The government told her they've elected her as the queen.
"You can see all the aura's in the world. Nobody can hide from your sight. Of course a person with an ability to interpret the aura of all living creatures would be useful. We had that in mind while taking the decision", one of the oracles said.
If she hadn't that gift – the gift of seeing things other people can't – would they still elect her? Probably not.
Castor was hard working, but too shy. His sister was the leader Avoránic needed at that point, and still needed these days. She was the most hard working at the time, but she worked in complete silence. Of course he felt left behind sometimes. That's a quite natural feeling. It's human nature. Cassidy and Castor – the only human beings alive at Avoránic. Sometimes he missed planet Earth. It's like he and his sister have switched places. Castor is the one who misses Earth now; the one who thinks about the silver coloured moon light and the fruits they won't be able to taste again. Cassidy had difficulties accepting her new life earlier, but now she seems to have forgotten where she came from.
The Castle was light, perhaps a bit overwhelming. On the other hand everyone felt welcome. Everyone but Nels, Castor's best friend who betrayed them earlier this year. Castor was wondering if his suspicious thoughts about Nels acutally were true. He hoped to be the leader of Avoránic, but failed. He wasn't even meant to be anything else than a staff member of the Castle. Everyone knew he didn't fit the role of a leader. He was too weak. Leaving the Castle for working with the enemies was proof enough.
"The magicians". That's the phrase Cassidy used for her biological family. That's how she refers to them. They were somewhere. On another planet, perhaps they're all still alive. They will never know their twins are.
"You have to flee the country. You have to believe in your own courage. You have to gain knowledge, and you have to work hard", Sarphira said. The mother of the one with the incredible gift of seeing the truth and her brother who was named "beaver" in latin.
It was obvious who was the most loved child between Cassidy and Castor.
What’s in there?
She reminded herself how it turned out the last time she was this curious about something. That time her brother and herself - by mistake - released a terrible beast in the castle. But that was a long time ago. Ages. That time in life when everything was a challenge. Now she was leading Avoranic in the direction every oracle - and herself - wanted. She was happy with her life.
But, what’s inside that door?
She opened it only to find it was just another room in the castle she yet hadn’t explored. Same as the 499 other rooms and hallways. That’s what she expected at least.
”Ah, there you are! I have been looking all over for you!”
Castor was breathing heavily and sounded like a bear on a hot afternoon while having a panic attack.
”Oh, I’m sorry my beloved brother… I might have forgotten our meeting…”
Cassidy looked at her very well polished shoes.
”That wasn’t very nice!”, Castor jokes. But it was true. Cassidy was all over the place in her mind right now.
A long period of time and they just looked into the empty and dusty room.
”Do you miss home? I get that feeling now and then. That you are.”
Castor looked at his sister and she got something that reminded him about brain fog. She just wasn’t there, her eyes were… distanced. Eventually she shakes her head.
”No, I certainly do not!”
They both knew she was lying.
”I mean… Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we never came here. Sure, this place is more developed than Earth. Just look at the technology! But… Some things do not exist here, which I miss from earth. I miss the silver light of the full moon. The red light of the moon here on this planet is scary and gloomy. I miss the fruits too. Like oranges…”
Meanwhile Cassidy was floating away in her mind about everything she misses from earth, her brother had already disappeared. She didn’t even notice he was slowly walking away from her. It was when Norya came and gave her a big hug she noticed the difference. Norya had blue hair which enclosed Cassidy completely. Cassidy had long, curly black hair which Norya always had been a bit envious of. The yellow, big, bright eyes that belonged to Norya looked nicely at Cassidy. Norya’s elf ears were waving in excitement.
”It sounds like a wonderful place. Earth. I would have been the luckiest if I had been able to see it with my own eyes. Do you really mean the moon light is silver colored? And not a red light as here? That sounds so cool!”
Norya had somehow made Cassidy feel more at home in the castle. It helped a lot to just talk about planet earth. They sat in the big garden and ate a madina - a fruit that was only growing in Avoranic, Cassidy’s kingdom. And they talked about Cassidy’s old life. The madina was nice and sweet, but reminded of a strange version of strawberries, in Cassidys opinion. Norya hadn’t seen a strawberry in her entire life, so she couldn’t really relate at all.
Meanwhile on the earth, two adoptive sisters were talking about life. They didn’t yet know they were part of something bigger than what they could understand.
Aline took a sip of her coffee and looked at Ingrid.
”How was work today?”
Ingrid took her cup in her hands, warming them up with some help of the hot drink inside.
”It was fantastic. Do you know what? It was this little girl who came into the store today, and she was so adorable! She gave me a piece of paper and she had written on it that I had given her strength efter she purchased a keyboard pedal. She was shy playing the piano in front of others.”
Ingrid grinned and looked thoughtful when she said it.
”Wow, what did you tell her?”, Aline wondered with eyes as big as planets.
”I don’t know, actually. She said she was shy, and I said I knew how it feels…”, Ingrid replied.
”In other words; you were just a human being. Sometimes genuine people are the ones who make differences!”
Carl suddenly appeared in the room. He looked amused.
”Hello dad”, Aline said and gave him a big hug. ”Had a good day?”
”Yes, it was a calm day, at least”, Carl answered.
He was a police officer and was used to seeing a lot.
”How was your day? Aline? Ingrid?” He asked.
”Fantastic!” Ingrid replied with dreamy eyes and her response made Carl confused at first. He was used to coming home to a depressed face and a skinny, black-haired girl who didn’t talk much.
His facial expression changed immediately.
”I’m glad to hear that, sweetheart”
Aline and Ingrid went to the mall.
”I know that Carl isn’t my father, but sometimes I wish he was”, Ingrid said out of nowhere.
She got the dreamy eyes again.
”He could be your father, you know. I think he sees us both as his daughters”
”Absolutely, don’t you see how he treats you? Just like me!”, said Aline with a big smile.
Two: The sick one, the sad one, and a few others
On my silent walk in a forest nearby, I saw something dark green and soft between two bushes. It had been trapped there, dirty, filthy, and alone, tangled in the small sharp branches.
I thought it was just thrown away so I couldn’t resist opening it. The content of the backpack, because it was a green backpack, left me speechless.
It was a pair of scissors, razor blades, a rope and, what I thought looked like sleeping pills, or maybe painkillers. I wasn’t sure. It also contained endless plastic bags, which I assumed would be used mixed with the other harmful supplements. Maybe they would then be tied over the poor creature’s head while taking their own life.
I took the backpack with me, concerned that an animal or perhaps a child would hurt themselves by mistake if I just left it to whomever to explore the gears in there.
I was going, slowly and quietly and without seeing where I was placing my feet. I just continued thinking about the whimsical, peculiar, green bag.
Suddenly, I was walking into something that was hanging in the tree right in front of me.
I screamed so loud I was damn sure I had made myself deaf forever.
This was unfortunately how I went mad.
Ellie sat beside the table in the dining room. She was peeking at her mom who was sitting right next to her. She decided to ask her.
”Mom… how is Nels? Can I go to him now?”
”Elle Madina, please don’t disturb your brother, you know that he is very sick, right?”
”Yes, I know…”
”Right, now go and prepare for school, darling”
On her way to school, she ran into Ingrid. Ingrid sighed and continued walking.
”Wait!” Ellie shouted after her.
”What? I’m late to work!”
”I know how close you were to my brother and I was thinking…”
”What? Nels is not the same anymore and I don’t want anything to do with either you or your crazy family!”
Ellie felt how her eyes got shiny from some sudden tears, but she didn’t want Ingrid to notice.
”Goodbye you big cry baby!” Ingrid laughed and started her walk again.
It wasn’t fair. Ingrid was an adult woman and was behaving like a bully against a girl who was just starting high school. Ellie turned around and was running all the remaining way to school with a big and nasty lump in the throat.
She couldn’t really focus on school that day. Ellie was sweating and tears were dropping on the quiz paper. Her vision started to become blurry. She closed her eyes and opened them again, still couldn’t see properly. What if she too was going mad? Could madness be contagious? She hopes not. She doesn't want to end up like her brother. Even if some part of her mind thought that he actually deserved it after what he did to her at that time. Of course he did apologize. But it happened again, and again…
After school Ellie went home. She needed a new pair of shoes and was going to ask her mother. She didn’t look forward to it.
Ellie stood in the door opening and was peeking at her mother sitting and watching some television.
“What now, Ellie?” her mother replied with an annoyed voice. “Can’t you just go to your room and finish your homework instead of always bothering me and talking about disturbing your poor brother?”
Ellie was nervous.
Her mother turned around with an angry look in the eyes. She clearly had a bad day.
“It doesn’t matter”
Ellie turned her back to her mother and walked with slow and sad steps toward the stairs, hoping that her mother maybe would follow her and become nice again. But she didn’t and as much as it was expected, Ellie just couldn’t help to feel disappointment.
Ingrid saw Aline outside of the music store and hastened to open the door from the inside.
“Oh, I just wanted to say hello, I had some errands to do nearby!” Aline explained in an apologizing manner.
“Of course, sis, you’re always welcome here! Do you want some coffee? I can put some on in the staff’s room. I have lunch break now anyway!”
“Yes please, that would be nice”
Aline looked shy.
“Well, Ingrid, you know that time when we were...”
Ingrid turned around, almost with the same shy expression as Aline.
“Yes I know what you’re thinking about…” Ingrid answered.
“Yes… it was a year ago. Today.”
Silence. Both girls looked at each other and then started to stare at the floor. They both remembered. Ingrid was still holding the coffee pot in her right hand, prepared to pour up some in the mug she was holding in the left hand. Aline placed herself in a chair beside the small and quite old looking table.
“I just want you to know that I liked it very much”
Aline just broke the silence.
“Me too, but I don’t know… it feels weird because… You’re like… My adoptive sister. Well almost at least”
“Carl has not adopted you, Ingrid. You just live with us.”
“I know, but I always wish that he was my father, that’s why it feels weird with… you”
“I can understand that, of course”
The girls looked at each other again, both with a sign of repulse in their faces. They were drinking their coffee in silence when Conrad stacked into the office.
“Ingrid, what do you think you’re doing? You lazy coward, it’s people in the store!”
Ingrid jumped up from the chair.
“I’m sorry, we forgot… I’m.. Conrad? Are you drunk?”
Ingrid closed one eye and stared with the other directly at Conrad.
“You are!” she shouted, higher than she’d expected.
“You don’t need to care about that, just do your goddamn job!”
Ingrid and Aline went out in the store. One customer was to be found. Conrad was yelling as if it would have been a hundred!
“See you at home”
Aline slammed the door behind her and Ingrid sighed.
Cassidy nodded, but felt extremely bored. The oracles were arguing again and wanted her opinion on some small simple task they were doing. She was tired too, and her eyes started to close by themselves. All of a sudden she was hearing a sound from the crystal ball from the room behind her. She just heard the sound of someone whispering something. Yet she didn’t think about how she was able to even hear the sound with a stone wall in the middle.
“Okay, my gentlemen. I need to go” she said to the oracles and walked down the hallway.
“But you barely listened, my Queen!”
“I give you permission to solve the problem on your own, I have some things to do!”
The oracles went silent.
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