My sweaty feet stands on something cool and I feel tempted to look down. But something compels me to look ahead.
I walk forward and I feel drawn to something. “Hello?” I call out and feel someone grab my shoulder. “Why are you here?” I go to turn but they keep me still. “Don’t come back here, you don’t belong here, half-blood.” I try to move my feet but I’m stuck.
I finally look down and I regret it because I see hell and it’s demons. I scream out just as I think I’m about to fall. I look at whom ever had held me still and I see a rotten corpse.
“Never come back here, Adira.”
I wake up in the back seat of my grandparents pick up truck and I make sure not to swear.
“Adira, honey. Do you want something from Sonic? I hear they have the best shakes.” Grandma Lynn tells me. “No, ma’am.”
I whisper as I try to make myself comfortable in the back seat. “You sure, kiddo? Remember the kitchen things haven’t been unpacked.”
“I’m sure, Grampy.” I tell him. They still order me a shake. Strawberry, which I don’t like. Nothing against Sonics, I just never cared for artificial strawberry flavors.
I look out the window and see the welcome to Stanston.
Stanston, a town I’ve heard my mother talk about when I was younger. She use to sit me on her lap and tell me that she would sit by sweet valley river. Watching the fish swim up stream while drinking from a mason jar.
As we pull into the driveway, I sit in the car and just look at the house.
This house is going to be my home for the next two years and then off to college.
“Well, come on out the car, honey. Go see your new room.” Grandma Lynn says to me. I get out and make it to the front door then I freeze.
This place has a strange vibe. And I can’t quite put my finger on it. But I don’t want to set foot in this house.
“Adira?” I hear Grampy call me and I walk into the house, feeling a bit light headed. I follow my grandparents voices into the living room and sit down on the floor.
“Yes?” I say as I lean my back against the couch. “We wanted to wait to give this to for your birthday, but we felt like now was the perfect chance to give you this gift.” Grandma Lynn hands me a little pink box and when I open it, I see a small note, that had my mothers hand writing on it.
I read the first several lines.
I’m sure you’ve grown up to be a beautiful young woman. I wish I could be part of those major milestones. But at least I can prepare you for the most important moment in your life. Keep this trinket safe, and don’t let anyone push you into a place you’re not comfortable with. I love you so much, flower. Remember I did what I did, for you.
I look in the box and see a charm bracelet. It had three thick charms attached. I see a silver thunderbolt, a ocean blue trident and a black top hat.
“That’s pretty. Here let me help you put that on.” My grandfather helps me put it on and instantly I feel energetic. I look the bracelet over again and smile sadly. “I wish she was here.”
“I know, we miss her too. But we’ll be able to visit her soon. She just needs the right medication and-” Grampy leaves the room in a huff. He hates when Grandma Lynn tries to be hopeful when it comes to mom.
I heard him say one night when I was ten, that that thing up at Barnes Institute, isn’t his daughter. That’s a demon. It hurts to hear him say that but, when you remember your mother practically foaming at the mouth, trying to drown you in the bathtub when you were six, you kind of agree with him.
She moves my hair back and kisses my head. “She’ll be better honey, and then we can go on that trip to Greece.” I nod but I know that’s not going to happen. “Well, go on up and check out your room. I hope you like it, it was your mothers.” I get up and walk up the stairs and on the right was my room.
I look around and everything was white and gold. I walk to the window and see a huge oak tree. Past it I see three boys, around my age. All playing basketball. I watch them for a while and scratch at my wrist. The wrist that had my bracelet on it.
I look away from the window and look at all of my boxes. “Well, guess this place isn’t going to unpack itself.” I mutter as I go to open the first box. I put on my headphones and press play on my phone. Lavender and Velvet plays as I start unpacking the sheets for my bed. As I move the bed I look at my wrist and notice my bracelet was glowing. “Hm, they glow in the dark.”
Funny thing though, it’s not dark in my room...
“You summoned us master?” I see Cerberus and they slowly form into the triplets. Two boys and a girl. I look at Ceri and she looks lustful, but I’m in no mood for her. “Do you feel that? The energy? Surely you feel that.” They look at each other and I lean in. “She’s here. Adira is here.” I can smell her blood.
Berry looked confused. “But mas-” I strike him and they all fall down. I know they taste blood because it’s at my feet. “Her mother was clever for naming her that, but thank the gods she’s here.” I smell them and glare as I see Pallas and Zarek.
“Oh, cousin. Why must you beat up your fathers play things? You’re already screwing the girl in the litter.” Pallas jesters. “Mind your own business, waterbull.” I snap at him. “I’m sure you know why were all here.” Zarek comments.
“Oh, so you two are here for the planning of my wedding to the girl?” Pallas says in a cocky tone. I roll my eyes at him.
“While you two idiots argue about a girl we don’t even know, why not go to the weird sisters to see what she looks like?” Zarek says as he plays with the pendant on his necklace.
“I was going to-”
“Really, Hero? Because I think you were about to send your dogs to go and snatch up Adira like some chew toy.” I glare at him because he was right.
“I was simply telling, the triplets to go and fetch the weird sisters.” I clap and the triplets all form as a three headed dog and leap into the fiery lake.
“You know what’s funny, cousin? You’re stance was off.”
“Like hell it was, Pallas. Your aim is off.”
“Now I know you need your eyes checked, you bastard.” I was about to hit him but Cerberus came back with the weird sisters on their back.
The weird sisters stand before us Percus looks at me with her hollowed eyes and I sneer at her. “Percus, I’m sure-”
“We know why you summoned us.”
“To see the girl.” Dose confirms
“But we can’t show you who she’ll choose.” Abacus tells us.
“Just show us the girl.” Pallas says rudely. “What my very impatient cousin means to say is, please let us see the girl.” Dose nods and she takes the eye out and the weird sisters stand together and the eye hovers above them.
As they chant, I feel like I’m in a trance and there she was.
Her skin tan as the Sahara desert sand. Her eyes as blue as the Persian sea. Her beauty was breathtaking. And I knew I had to have her.
I look at my cousins and I just know, I’ll go to any means to have her choose me. Even if it means doing what Hades did to Persephone.
“You’re mine, Adira.” I whisper to myself.