your mark in the eye! Remember, the goal is not to
be thrown in jail.”
Aeryn’s mother said watching Aeryn roll her eyes.
to be a thief; why did she have to go through this
every day? They
came down to the subway underneath 32nd and
lunch rush. The subway station smelled like
spray paint. Each
night a new crew made their mark, trying to outshine
crackers today. What’s the scoop of the sub?”
need to bargain with a hobo to find out information
on your targets.
Look around, see for yourself. Listen to your inner
eyes. She never understood why she had to look for
there was a perfectly good spy resting next to his
cart 5 feet
concrete stairs. “AERYN, you’re going to miss.”
She’s so pushy, Aeryn thought to herself, always
her bidding. It’s disgusting. I can’t even have my
Are you listening to me? What did I just say?”
to him. Skyler continued to look down at the
know. The trial is in 72 hours. The defendant will
arrive three hours
before the trial begins. The charges? Second degree
facts of a case doesn’t win you the case. You have
to learn to
control the court room. You have to use the elements
you. You have to
calm the jury, shake the defendant and his witnesses
the truth. You
have to get the court room to respond to the emotions
a word his father was saying. “Goodbye father.”
crowd. Skyler kept his head facing forward only
making the subway. Aeryn glanced at Skyler. This
should be easy. A preppy school
boy thinking he can make it here in the city? Ha.
sixteen year olds passed each other. Skyler
looked her straight in the eye. He made her and she
knew it.Crap. Aeryn
thought to herself.
if he had just looked in a mirror. Her eyes
look exactly like mine,
she’s the same height as me, and her hair is even
Curly, brown with
blonde tints. How? She even has the green stripe
through her right
eye. Skyler boarded the subway
something else. He realized his watch was gone. He
took it. She,
with his eyes.
Skyler waited patiently for the girl to appear in the
subway. It was a Saturday and the subway was packed
families going to
visit grandmothers, and disgruntled businessmen who
pissed that they had
to go into work. The hobos hid from all the commotion
noise of annoying
children. He knew it was foolish to wait for her
there, as she
many picking places. He stood there as the public
rushing to get to
knew that I was coming here again she would scold me
“Don’t be seen in the same place twice in the same
commotion of a Saturday subway as she descended the
stairs layered with crumbs and finches. But
find the preppy one. I’m going to make sure he
doesn’t open his trap.
thief descend the stairs slowly. He quickly started
walking towards her
pushing people out of his way. I’m
going to get my watch back. I’m sure
she wouldn’t me to press charges. She’ll give it
really didn’t care about the watch. His father had
money to buy him
another. He just wanted to see her. When he finally
her, he grabbed her
arm and pulled her close to him.
back.” He quietly whispered to her.
of his grip. “Or what chicken legs? What are you
going to do hit me?
I’m a girl,” Aeryn paused as she glanced at the line
me hurt you. I’m sure the cops would enjoy speaking
pipsqueak, if you breathe one bit of this I’ll
to the cops claiming harassment and incriminate
yourself? Let’s see
you’ve got to be about sixteen years old. In the state
York you’ll be
tried as an adult. Are you sure you are up for that?
fine for bail and
the years in jail…you are sure to be someone’s bitch
least two years.”
Aeryn with a grim smile on his face. He knew she was
could sense her fear and apprehension.
got me. He’s thinking that I can’t find a way out
and I have no
choice to cooperate. Yeah right, like that’s going to
what would happen if Daddy and Mommy found
out you were
talking to a thief? Hmmm? Would they like that?
boy? And I’m not going to be anyone’s bitch.”
would!” Aeryn replied quickly.
At that moment Aeryn turned around. Skyler reached
for her, but she
was already gone. She stood at the top of the subway
at him with her
himself and ran after her. She was completely out
of sight, however
he felt her in the air. He could sense where she had
where she hadn’t.
He followed his instincts through alleyways, across
finally he came across Monochery Park. He saw her
under an oak tree
playing with his watch. He smiled. Aeryn didn’t look
up as the
nearer to her.
you can run off to the cops and let ‘em know who I
not going to turn you in. There’s no point. I
don’t even care
about the watch. My dad bought it for me when I got
into this stupid
private school. I would just like to know your name.
as she stared into his eyes. He seems
sincere enough, I guess “Aeryn. My
name is Aeryn.”
meet you.” He sat down beside her reaching for his
watch. She pulled it
where do you go to school?”
It’s in Maryland.”
hell would you travel all the way to Maryland to go to
a perfectly good public school off of 33rd.”
never allow me to go to public school. 33rd
is a rough
neighborhood anyways. Why? Do you go there?”
go to school. My mother teaches me in the lair
underneath the subway.
I’m really smart, but like you said 33rd is
I don’t take shit
from anyone! But she still makes me stay home.”
can calm down. I’m not trying to get you upset.
Tell me about your
about her? She’s annoying, intelligent, pushy,
look like yours?”
at Skyler trying to declare his reasoning, “why?”
don’t look like mine. He looks different than me. I
mean, he has the
same hair, but his eyes are gray.”
feel uneasy. She began to realize Skyler was going
somewhere with this
and she didn’t like it.
my mother. My father doesn’t talk about her and
there are no
pictures. Have you ever seen your…”
doing? Where are you going with this?”
you’re heart takes off. I’m just saying you’ve
never seen your
father. I’ve never seen my mother…”
know that? I didn’t say that.”
You got flustered I mentioned it.”
how crazy you sound? You’re talking about being
somehow related, or
some shit, to a perfect stranger! I am nothing like
you! I am
you say that? We have the same eyes, height…”
like you know this! How?”
know what I was thinking before in the subway…”
I said anything.”
I was just able to”
Skyler. He was beginning to give her a headache.
Aeryn. I know you are curious about our similarities.
Think about it.”
you saying? Are you saying we are siblings?”
hand in hand with each other towards Aeryn and
looked up as their parents approached them. Both of
started to speak when
Aeryn’s mother said “We have something to tell you
us talk. You two can ask all the questions you want
after we are
glanced at each other and nodded in unison.
to weave the tale. “Fifty years ago two babies
were born, male and
female across the globe from two sets of parents.
were human but
had a slightly different genetic structure than the
genome. They grew up
to be human, but once they hit twenty-three they began
and they developed abilities.”
children. I am a telepath. I can read thoughts and
move things with
my mind.” Aeryn’s mother looked straight at her
she said this.
Aeryn understood what her mother was trying to relay
daughter. Aeryn was
elementist. I can control the elements. I can’t read
thoughts like Lana
here. The only power I have over humans is reading
shifted his weight feeling uncomfortable. Elements?
when I was sixty-four in human years and traveled
to the United
me,” Lana smiled as she looked at the man standing
fell in love.”
married and pregnant with twins. Male and female.
Do you understand
what we are trying to say?”
Europe?” Skyler’s father looked at his son with
disappointment as the
mom. He’s wondering why the secrecy? Why didn’t you
tell us we had
powers? That we were twins?”
parents looked at each other, both the children
could tell that the
mood was now somber.
was in the hospital about to give birth government
They’re known as regulators to people like your mother
government realized that other babies were being born
and set up a team of scientists to examine us. They
our powers became more prominent in the second
They forbade any of
us from mating with anyone other than humans.”
us we had to separate you two. They were
afraid that if you two
were ever together to use your powers, it would be
nuclear war. We were told we couldn’t teach you your
we did…” Aeryn’s
mother began to weep as she looked at her children.
his hands on the shoulders of the woman,
squeezing gently, “If we
did, they were going to take you and kill you.”
mother trying to calm her down.
was a way for them to teach us without the regulators
hoping his sister was listening.
of something. Mom, is there a way for you two to
teach us without
our powers being used?”
you think you are a thief? Skyler, why do you think
your father has been
teaching you how to control a courtroom? Each of your
assists you with
these tasks. You just never realized it.”
teaching you in this manner, only this time as a
father smiled at his wife looking into her eyes.
things first, introductions.”
Lana, your mother.”
Riley, your father.”
fifty-eight years their parents taught them. The
family saw no
evidence of the regulators ever noticing. Lana and
taught their children
carefully. Skyler could see auras and Aeryn could read
regulators interfering, but their parents forbid them
Skyler was the brains and gentle. Aeryn was the
very cynical. Their
powers and personalities were completely opposite but
both felt like they
couldn’t be without each other. Almost as if they were
to be side by side
fell ill shortly after the twins’ training was
and Aeryn arranged a private funeral. They sat quietly
listening to the birds
so long to find each other. Then they had to be
separated because of
they’re gone. Aeryn nodded to her brother’s
thoughts. The twins rarely spoke aloud anymore, there
and turned to her brother, “Skyler, they were
together until the
day they died. You know as well as I do that they were
Stop being so
pessimistic,” Aeryn paused to wipe her tears, “we
sake, this is our parents’ funeral. You can speak.”
placed her head on his shoulder.
eyes. The whole reason he never spoke was because
answered I know. He saw no need to speak if she always
what he was about
to say. He pushed her off of him and laid his hand on
ground above his
parents’ burial. Water from a nearby stream came to
and new grass
began to grow. Flowers, even the wilting ones, came to
graveyard. The wind blew the trees and the birds
silent. A single sun
beam shined on the graves of Lana and Riley. The
responding to him,
honoring the parents buried there.
from the forest, her dress blowing in the wind.
Skyler arose, waved
his arms in a circular movement conducting a small
fire in the
honor the parents who sacrificed their own love for
of their children. Skyler
walked away from his parents in silence.
Aeryn walked side by side in the
city. They smiled and laughed while they looked into
and auras of the
humans. Cars were parked on the street and taxis drove
through. Skyler looked
at the cloudless sky. Aeryn continued to laugh at the
screamed. Aeryn quickly turned her attention to the
through her thoughts trying to discern why she was
Regulators!” Skyler looked at his sister
us. They will not separate us, not again.
parents?” The two figures looked around at the
away from the scene.
Didn’t your little government agency tell you that?”
Aeryn scoured at
the men looking at her.
down. We don’t want to provoke them.Aeryn
an angry look that sent chills down his spine.
us,” a deep voice from one of the hooded figures
down here. I’m sure we can discuss a diplomatic
solution to this.”
Skyler smiled at the men, but their faces stayed
your parents all those years ago, now it’s time to
told our parents are long dead! We haven’t done
anything wrong! We
don’t use our powers. We are just two people trying to
are not human therefore you are not people.”
the men clenching her fists.
my sister. She gets angry when someone mentions
our parents. She
loved them very much, as did I.”
not going to…”
I can tell. They’re beginning to get frustrated. Can
you read their
a way to block you, probably a medication of
some sort. I can
still read their auras. They are not backing down
seems. I can continue to
talk, but like I said, there is little chance.
to fall impatient.
shot was fired and Aeryn fell to the ground.
his sister fall. His anger began to consume
him. His body shook
furiously. The sky began to fill with ominous dark
clouds. Thunder and
lightning rolled in. Skyler stared at the regulators
reached his right
hand to the sky.
brother as she crawled away from the scene. She
placed a hand over
the bullet wound in her stomach and winced in pain.
brother’s thoughts were
filled with hatred. She had to pull away from him to
concentrate on dressing
pour rain. Skyler rotated his hands in circles, one
on top of the
other. The rain from the sky and ground gathered mid
air in a
huge ball of
water. He pushed his arms forward pressing the water
one of the
regulators drowning him. The other one reached for his
Skyler stomped hard
on the ground. The ground began to shake, the
people held onto
anything they could. You’re
alright Aeryn. I promise. They won’t separate us.
head and smiled at her brother continuously
pressing against her
A third regulator out of nowhere jumped at Skyler
knocking him to
the ground. Skyler wrestled with the regulator.
Leave my brother alone!!!”
upper body. Pain pulsed throughout her body. She
ignored it and
stared at a nearby light pole. It shook rising from
concentrated her mind and struck the regulator off of
brother with the light
pole. The man flew like a baseball being hit by a bat.
other two regulators
were still trying to catch their footing. The one who
drowning was coughing
up the water he had inhaled. Skyler rolled over and
his sister. Each
shed a tear from their right green eyes. Aeryn.
was the way. They had always felt a void until they
underneath that oak tree all the years ago. Aeryn used
left arm to pull
herself closer to her brother as her other arm stayed
sensed a change in the regulators.
glanced at them. They’re worried. He looked
back at his
sister. She smiled.
to each other wondering what to do. They had
thought they had
wounded the twins enough for surrender. They were
than their parents, as we feared,” the regulator
in charge said to
closer and closer to each other. The ground had
shaking and two of the regulators began running
and Skyler, but
it was too late. The twins had reached each other and
regulators reached for their guns. Aeryn tossed them
with her mind. Thief,
at her brother.
their worst fear was happening right
before their eyes. A
bright light rose from the place where the twins were.
surrounding people tried to run, but it was too late.