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“New home, new town, and no friends.” Grace grumbled. She was sitting in front of her computer, chatting with her best friend that was now on the other side of the country. Her parents had moved her all the way from California to the humidity ridden state of Florida.
“You live on the beach.” Her best friend, Lynn, shouted at her.
“It’s dirty.” She sighed. “It’s nothing like home.”
“At least we have Skype.” Lynn smiled, trying to lighten the mood.
“This is so stupid. My dad could have found a job in Cali, but he just had to move us all the way to Florida.” Grace had refused to talk to her dad since he told the family they were moving. Her mom and brother were excited, but Grace had a great life and she didn’t want to give it up. She begged her parents to let her live with Lynn, but they wouldn’t budge. “This was supposed to be the greatest summer ever.” She pouted. It was the summer before her senior year of high school. She had already had a date to prom and plans with friends for senior skip day. Everything was planned out and her dad destroyed it all by taking a job that required him to pack up his family and move across the U.S.
“I have to go.” Lynn said. “I have to get up early in the morning.”
“Why?” Grace asked, cocking her head to the side. “It’s summer time, what could you be doing.”
“I don’t want to lie to you.”
“I’m going to the beach with Adam.”
“Adam?” Grace could feel her blood boiling. She hadn’t even been gone a month yet and her best friend was already moving in on her ex. Adam and Grace had been the hottest couple since freshman year. That was until he dumped her when he found out she was moving so far away. He told her that he didn’t want her to be held back in her new life because she had a boyfriend over 2000 miles away. “Please tell me you don’t mean my Adam.” So, he wasn’t her Adam anymore, but that didn’t give Lynn the right to move in on him so quick.
“Listen, Grace.” Grace could feel her heart breaking. “It’s not a sudden thing.” And boom goes the dynamite.
“What are you talking about? We just broke up.” She clenched her fist, her nails cutting into the palm of her hands.
“I’m sorry Grace. We have been seeing each other behind your back.” Lynn grimaced. “It just sort of happened.”
“And you couldn’t tell me this before I left?” Grace was furious.
“I didn’t want us to part on such bad terms. I knew you would leave without saying goodbye.”
“You know what, Lynn…” Grace stared at the screen, stared at her best friend. Her ex best friend. The one person Grace had told everything to. The one person that she had trusted above all else. “It’s okay.” She said calmly. Shock spread across Lynn’s face.
“Really?” Lynn asked with a smile. “I knew you would understand.
“No. I don’t understand how you can betray your best friend.” She took a deep breath. “It’s okay because I have a new life to start. And since I have nothing tying me there, I can finally enjoy my new life here.”
“What are you talking about?” Lynn’s eyes began to water and a tear slid down her face.
“You and I are no longer friends, Lynn.” Grace smiled. “It was fun while it lasted, but I don’t need people like you in my life. Goodbye, Lynn.” Grace hung up the Skype call and pushed away from her desk. The familiar ring of a Skype call sounded through her room. She signed out of Skype and shut down her computer. She had unpacking to do and a best friend to forget.
Grace started unpacking her clothes, throwing out anything that reminded her of Lynn and her old life, which meant everything, had to go. She walked into the empty closet, shut the door and sat in the middle of the floor and cried. She promised herself a new start. She would study more and talk less. She didn’t need anymore friends.
Grace lay in the closet floor staring at the ceiling when a light from the base of the wall lit up the closet. She followed the light up the wall and realized it was in the shape of a door. She crawled to the door and searched for a way to open it, but there was no handle and no way to fit her fingers through the crack. She sighed and knocked on the door. “Anybody home?” She whispered. The door popped open, causing Grace to scoot away.
“Someone there?” A voice came from behind the door. Grace stared at it, wide eyed, her heart beating out of her chest. The door opened further and she could see stairs leading down. The stairwell was brightly lit and calming. Grace decided in her new life she would take risk, her mind was made up. She was going to go down the stairs.
Grace slowly made her way down the stairs, looking back up at the door to her closet after every other step. She feared the door would slam shut behind her. At the bottom of the stairs a boy, same age as Grace, stood. His emerald green eyes stared through his dark hair, looking right at her. She gasped when their gazes met. She turned to race back up the stairs, but the boy had grabbed her hand, holding her in place. “Please don’t go.” He whispered.
“Who are you?” She turned back to him. “And what are you doing in our basement?”
“My name is Kane and this is my prison. It is no longer your home. I called you here to help me escape.”
“I don’t know you. And why would I help you escape from prison?” She pulled her hand out of his grasp. “Bad guys go to prison.” She placed her hands on her hips.
“I am the rightful heir to the throne of Sirine. My uncle has trapped me here, so that he may take the throne. He is an evil king, destroying lives and killing those who question his reign.”
“And how does this involve me?” Grace asked.
“Should you help me, I would make you my queen.”
“Right.” Grace said, her hands dropping to her side. She looked back up at the stairs again. “Why would I want to be your queen?”
“Because you are my soul mate.”
“I don’t believe in soul mates.”
“You would not be here if you were not.”
“Whatever. How do I get you out of here? There is only one exit and that is back up the stairs and into my room.”
“Then that is the way we shall go. We will find another door back into Sirine from your world.”
Grace led the boy into her closet. She had gone crazy, that was all. She had fallen asleep in her closet and this was all a dream. She would wake up in the morning and this Kane guy would be gone. Though, he was very gorgeous and she wouldn’t mind him being real. She handed Kane a pillow and sleeping bag, telling him to sleep in the closet until morning.
The next morning Grace woke up, yawned and stretched. She shook the sleep from her head and laughed at the crazy dream she had. As she lay in bed she heard a door creak and she jolted up in her bed, staring at the boy who had followed her home, peaking out of the door.
“We must find a way back to Sirine now.”
Sorry it was so long this time. I couldn’t stop writing! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 🙂