Chapter 9 - Ash and Dust
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It's probably gonna be another short chapter. ;-;
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Iris grabbed Talyns arm as she walked back inside and ran up the stairs.
She dragged her into the room smf closed the door, trying to conceal the happiness on her face but failing.
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"Guess what!" Iris jumped up and down. Talyn tilted her head.
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"HE KISSED ME!"
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Talyns stomach churned. "Iris-"
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"Isn't it amazing?! We just- CLICKED! my first Kiss!" Iris jumped up and down, then saw the look on Talyns face. "You...don't look happy?'
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"Oh, I am! I'm just tired," Talyn lied. "And- I gotta tell you-"
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"Oh! Well, it was still AWESOME! I'm so happy!" Iris said cheerfully, grinning widely. "What did you have to tell me?"
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"Oh- it's uhm- It's nothing. I'm so happy for you," Talyn lied again, forcing a smile. Her stomach twisted.
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"Oh, well, I'll let you go to sleep now," Iris hugged her. "I'm so glad you like him now."
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Talyn smiled, half heartedly hugging back, then turned and went back to her room.
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She sighed and walked into her room, closing the door softly. She changed into pajamas and climbrd into bed. She felt so overwhelmed and her eyes watered with tears.
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She had no idea what to do as tears skipped down her face, and she curled up under the covers and fell asleep right away.
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She woke up to Diana slamming open the door and flicking on the lights. "TALYN! WE GOT AN EMERGENCY! GET DRESSED!'
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Talyn sprung out of bed and dressed in two minutes and met the others downstairs, who looked tired, hair messed up, and looking half asleep.
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Diana tried to keep her voice calm. "Someone- Someone is trying to burn down a small village at the edge of the forest. GO."
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They all got on their motorcycles, and without saying a word, sped off.
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The small girl jolted up, eyes wide, at the sudden noise.
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She got out of bed in her thin, brown dress, barefoot and crept to the window. Her house shook. She opened up the curtains and her eyes widened.
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Swarms of people in black were coming in, carrying weapons, their faces covered.
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She ran downstairs to find her brother there, waiting with her parents.
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"Mommy? What's going on?" The girl asked.
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Her mom was getting her thin swords and her father was getting his bow.
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"Nothing sweetheart," her mother said. "Just stay here..With Apollo, and don't go outside.. And remember, We love you very much," her mother said softly, and she passed her a small necklace with an arrow pendant on it, placing it around her neck.
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The girl stared up at her mother's eyes, tears had started to gather in her blue orbs.
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Her father bent down and faced her. "I love you, honey." The two hugged tightly and her father shrugged off hid jacket and placed it around her shoulders. Her mother had given Apollo s ring and her father had given him his scarf.
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Then, her parents turned and went out the door, shutting it behind them.
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The little girl waited with her brother, holding his arm. They sat together in silence, shaking and holding each other.
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"Will we be okay?"
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Apollo didn't answer her.
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She went quiet again, as they listened to what was beard outside.
Loud bangs, people screaming.
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"I can't take it," Apollo suddenly said after two hours of waiting. He stood up and the girl stood up too. She was barely 7.
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"where are you going?"
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He still wouldn't answer her, he opened up the door.
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She grabbed his sleeve, her eyes wide. "You can't leave me! Apollo!'
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He shoved her to the floor and she fell, staring up at him. He ran out the door.
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The girl got back up as tears gathered in her eyes, she hugged her father's jacket, and called after him.
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A man in black suddenly slashed at her and she jumped back, with a little shout.
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She ran between their legs, and ran out.
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There was a fire starting, explosions were going off, small ones, her people were doing left and right.
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And then skidded to a stop.
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Her mother fell right in front of her, a hole in her stomach.
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The girl dropped to her knees beside her, shaking her.
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"Mommy! Mom! Get up!" She screamed, teats running down her face.
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Her mother didn't move.
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She got back up, frowning, and looked and saw her father.
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He had just shot one of the people in black, and was about to save a child standing there, crying.
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He rushed towards them.
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Then there was a huge explosion.
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Her father the child we're engulfed in it, dying, and the explosion was so huge it blasted everyone back, including the girl.
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She landed on a sharp rock on her side, and rolled off it, scrambling back up.
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Her eyes were wide, shaking, and she just sat there.
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A man in black had run up to her and was about to stab her, she threw rocks at his head, but he didn't even notice.
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And then the tip of a glowing blue blade suddenly pierced his chest and the man wheezed, and collapsed to the ground.
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The girl saw Clint there, standing there. She didn't move, she was frozen.
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"Are you okay? We are here to help you," He said.
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Three others appeared beside him, and Clint gently grabbed her arm and pulled her into his arms.
She wrapped his arms around his neck, burying her face in his shoulder.
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She could hear Iris say to will, "Everyone else is dead.."
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And the words slammed into her and she began to cry, hot tears streaming down her face. She just wanted her family back...Her home.
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The four took her back to their house, and Talyn bandaged her up. Now, the girl, Artemis, lay curled up between Will and Clint on the couch, the three of them sharing a fluffy blanket and fast asleep.
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The next day, Artemis was walked into camp by the four.
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"Another one joining the family?" Carina asked, as Artemis walked in. Nanook immediately spring up and raced over with Daisy, holding hands out and greeting her.
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Daisy looked Artemis up and down.
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Red hair in two pigtails, one green eye and one brown, freckled face,and fair skin, and her wings were growing in. She was quite short, too. She wore her dad's jacket, which went to her knees, and baggy leggings and she was still barefoot.
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"Jesus youre short!" Nanook said, patting her head. Artemis just stared right at her.
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"I know! She TINY!" Daisy cried.
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"Go play you guys," Carina said.
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The two grabbed Artemis's hand and dragged her over to introduce her to Valerie.
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"I'm Valerie," Valerie said quietly to her, as she neared.
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"My name's Artemis.."
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"Oooh! We need nicknames!" Nanook said.
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"Yeah. Like- Nanook will be Nan, Artemis can be Art, and Valerie can be Val-"
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"You can be DAI!" Artemis pointed out.
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"OOOOH! Yes!" Daisy grinned and hugged Artemis tightly.
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"I like.." Valerie said, grinning a little.
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Iris turned to the other three. "We've got to take care of these girls..What they've been through.."
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Talyn sighed. "Let's just...make the best life we can give them, right?"
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Will gazed at the girls, who were talking and getting along just fine.
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"They'll need a lot of love and care."
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"They're family now, we're all they got," Clint said softly, a gentle look in his eyes.
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