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s*t*a*r*s 10 - pt 176

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s*t*a*r*s 10 - pt 176



Trystin throws the ball at Abby and she catches it, they toss it back and forth on the huge lawn of Haven Island.  It is winter break, and the days are cooler, but perfect for playing outside.  Abby tries to play with Trystin at least a few afternoons a week. They play soccer, basketball, and  Frisbee , to get him outside and having fun.  “So there are other ones like me, right Abs?” he asks.  He is still 13 years old in appearance, but his learning curve is deep and he loves to learn. 

“Yup, at least one other one, your half- sister, Remmiah.  But we don’t know where she is, bud.”  Abby wings the ball hard, using the air around the ball to propel it faster and harder. 

Trystin catches it in his gloved hand and grimaces.  “Ouch!”  He shakes his hand out and then looks at Abby.  “Will I be able to do what you do?”

“I don’t know.  We don’t know what you’ll be able to do, Trystin.  I think in time you’ll start to know what you can and can’t do.  Mom can heal, I can change things.  Dathan can’t do anything he’s just – well, lives forever.”

Trystin flings the ball at her and Abby catches it.  “I don’t know if I want to live forever, Abs.  That’s scary.”

Abby kneels and waves her arms for him to come to her.  He walks to her, head down, his hair still long and curls at his ears.  It’s darkened slightly, giving it a reddish sheen and his eyes are the same hazel as Abby’s.  She wraps her arms around him and sits on the ground.  “Listen.  You don’t have to think about that now.  You just grow up, okay?  When you’re in your twenties, well, after being around for twenty years or so, you’ll have more knowledge and you’ll deal with it, okay?”

He nods.  Leaning back into Abby and sighing.  “I almost wish Mom and Dad hadn’t told me about stuff.”

Abby kisses his cheek.  “Mom and my Dad didn’t tell me anything and it was worse.  I was angry at them.  Jo would say forewarned is forearmed, grasshopper,” says Abby with a smile.

Trystin turns and looks at her funny. “Jo freaks me out,” says Trystin softly.  “It’s like she looks at me like I’m – I’m evil.  I’m not, am I?”

Abby hugs him.  “No, you’re not.  Jo is wary of things, she’s a protector.  She’d never hurt you, Trys.”

“Okay.  I like Spencer though she’s funny and – she’s like me in a lot of ways and seems okay with the fact that we might live forever, so Jo can’t be all that bad.”

“There you two are,” says Dathan, his long legs eat up the lawn as he strides towards them,  “Time for lunch.”

“Food!” says Trystin, leaping to his feet. 

Abby smiles, “Yup, we’re related.”






Days come to an end

Crimson dawn miles away

Sun gone down

Moon overhead, full and round

I think I’m in trouble again

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