As my grandma walked down the steps and into the cold and dark room, she never once broke eye contact with me. Her stare was full of anger and pity, but only for me. She did not once dare look at the Anti girl, and this confused me. Now that she had turned the lights on and my eyes had adjusted, I realized we were in the cellar. Also, I saw that the girl had way more chains on her than I.
“Grandma, why am I down here? Why did you chain me up? Did I do something wrong?” My voice small and weak like a little kid.
“No, sweetie, you did nothing wrong. This Anti has corrupted you. Her power is very strong, due to the fact that her mother was an Anti and her father was a Power. Have you noticed her eyes, they are her father’s eyes, while the rest of her is pure Anti. When you chased her down she had to use her power, thinking it would stop you from killing her, but instead she had what you thought was an asthma attack. She even showed you a picture of an imaginary inhaler she never had so you would help her. You saw this girl and as soon as you made eye contact with you, it was over. Now you will do anything she says, that is her power. I cannot let you be free if she can control you anytime she wants. She is a temptress, Alex. Her power is one of the most dark there is. When you tried to save her with your power, she sucked away all your energy so that she may live.” Grandma said with angry tears flowing down her face.
“And there is only one way to undo what the temptress has done to you. She must die.” Grandma finished.
My gut clenched as if punched in the stomach and tears fell from my eyes. I couldn’t let this happen! This girl was no temptress, she was a poor girl forced to watch me from the woods all alone. I saw her thoughts in those woods, and I knew she had no evil inside her.
“No, you will not kill her. If you kill her then you must kill me too. I am not corrupted by her in any way! I saved her because I saw her whole life in my head while I was saving her. I saw what she had to do, who she was, and there was no evil in her! Her father was killed by her grandfather and then her mom was taken away for treason! The only reason she is alive is because of this amazing power she has! If you kill her not only will the whole Anti population want to kill us even more, you will be killing a poor innocent girl who had to fight to survive.” I said while staring the girl in the eyes.
Silent tears fell from her face as she looked away.
“I did use my power on you, Alex. I had to. I would have died if you didn’t help me! But down here there are no powers, and I cannot control you! What you feel right now is what you yourself really feel. I never wanted to be an Anti or a Power. I just wanted to be a normal girl, but as you know, that’s impossible. You gave done enough for me, but I have failed. If your grandma needs to kill me to feel better, then I will not fight.” The girl said in a wise voice I never thought someone of our age could have.
“You do not talk to him. You may have no powers right now, but everything about you is evil. Alex may not see it, but I knew Antis back when I was young and this war was still as serious as it was today. I thought they were my friends and I trusted them! But they took my sister and killed her! My little fifteen year old sister! She barely had a power and yet they took her in the dead of night and sucked away her life. I will never forget what an Anti really is, whether you be half Anti or not.” Grandma said trying to hold back old emotions that seem to have been hidden for years.
I didn’t know why but I felt like I had to help this girl. I knew her whole story and experienced everything she did as I saved her in the woods. Her power was almost as strong as she was and she had to fight to keep it under control. Not only did she hate how evil and cruel the Anti were, she hated everything about this new world she lived in. Powers didn’t matter to her if they came with a life of pain and suffering.
Maybe I didn’t understand all this Anti and Power stuff, but I knew this girl was lost and confused and she needed help. This girl was alone and scared and just wanted to be a normal girl with a normal life!
“Grandma, she’s not evil! I know everything about her. Her whole essence, who she is, I saw and felt it. Her whole life was flowing into me and there is no evil in her! When I ran into those woods, she ran away. Any other Anti would call for back up to come kill me or just kill me himself. I don’t care if she controlled me to get me to save her life! I would have used my power to control her to save me too! She knows everything about the Anti life and civilization! She can help us in more ways than one. But if you don’t believe me, then I will just have to show you. Unlock these chains and let me show you everything I saw when I saved her life! Grandma, please.” I begged.