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Drama Friendship Transgender

“John!” I call, walking through the house. “Where are you?”

Silence.

“This isn’t funny! I know you took it, give them back!”

Sometimes, I really hate his gift. He can change any part of him, and figured out that means he can camouflage to match his surroundings.

Ever since the government made the rule about people with gifts being illegal, we’ve been on the run. But we found this place, which John is calling the Hollow. 

The inside of the house is huge. The first room is a living room, the room I’m in, and in the middle of it, there’s a giant tree. It’s branches reach up and out, forming a second and third story you can see from down here. The house supplies us with everything we need, and keeps itself clean so we don’t have to.

John and I have been friends since we were kids. He stuck by me when I was bullied in school, and when I told him I didn’t think I was a girl, or when my parents kicked me out when I told them I’m trans.

We both know I have a gift, but we aren’t exactly sure what it is. I think it might have to do with this house.

I walk into the kitchen, which isn’t huge since it’s just us. “John, where are you?”

“Right here, Mikey.” He says, stepping away from the wall, his camouflage dropping away. He has frizzy black hair, and light brown skin. He’s taller than me, and stronger, too.

I have black hair that I make sure looks perfect, and paleish skin. I always need everything to be neat, and John respects that, though he teases me.

He grins at me, pulling the box of labels from behind his back. “What do you need these for?”

I snatch them from his hands, opening the small container to make sure they’re all there. “None of your business.”

“Okay. Are you done cleaning yet? You said you’d play chess with me.”

I roll my eyes. “You always lose at chess. Then you get mad and ignore me till I make you food.”

“Please? Pretty please? With a cherry on top?”

I sigh. “Fine. Just let me finish cleaning.”

“You’re always cleaning.” He says. “Can I help?”

“No,” I say. “You’re too chaotic.”

“Am I? But I promise I won’t touch anything. I’ll sit in a chair, and tell you helpful information.”

I start walking back to the room, and he follows. “What helpful information do you have?”

“Like, I’ll tell you your hair is messed up.”

My hand flies up. “What? Is it? Where?”

“I’m kidding,” He laughs. 

I scowl at him. “Not funny.”

“I know, I know.” He says as we walk in the room. “Can I help?”

I point to a chair in the middle of the room. “Sit there.”

This room is basically a library. There are books and papers everywhere, and I’ve spent weeks organizing it all. John knows how upset I get when things aren’t neat, so he mostly stays out of here, and lets me do what I need to.

There are tall bookshelves circling the huge desk in the middle of the room. The room isn’t as messy as it was the first time we came in here. 

So far, I’ve put all the loose papers together in binders or notebooks so they aren’t just laying around. The books are categorized and alphabeticalized, and stacked in the order I’ll put them up in. The labels are for the books, so I can reorganize them if I have to.

“Wow,” John says. “It’s looking really good in here.”

“Thank you,” I say as he sits down. I start putting books on the shelves, using a tall ladder to reach the top. John watches, and I’m grateful that he doesn't touch anything. He leaves at one point, but comes back with a radio, the chess board, his sketchbook, and a plate of cookies. Music fills the room, as we work quietly.

Finally, I sit down across from him at the table. “Ready to play?”

He closes his book, pushing the cookies across to me. “Yep.”

Most people would get mad at how long it takes me to pick a move, but John is surprisingly patient. He sketches something while I study the board.

I win, like always. He pouts, but brightens when I say I’ll make a cake later.

I love our life here. No one will ever bother us, and we can stay here together forever.

(-.-)

“John!” I shout, grinning. “I’m finished!”

He jogs to the door. “Really?”

It took about three months, but the library is finally neat and organized. I cleaned the room up, so it’s spotless. John grins, and turns to me.

“It looks great, Mikey.” He says. “Nice job. I finished something, too.”

“What is it?”

He leads me to the big tree, and one of the thick branches moves down, and we step on it.

Slowly, it brings us up to the second floor. John leads me to a room I haven’t been in, and opens the door.

There are canvases and easels with paintings and sketches. There’s a desk against the wall with all kinds of art supplies on it, and a thick book with a leather cover on the top. It says, The Hollow, in fancy cursive.

“You wrote a book?” I ask.

He shakes his head, smiling. “It’s not really a book, just-here, look.”

He opens it to the first page. There’s a picture of what the house looks like from the outside-a small cabin with a garden.

I flip through the pages, and it shows more drawings of things we’ve found in the house, and the tree, and notes about different magic and things.

“I thought, maybe, this place could be a safe haven for people with gifts.” He says. “If someone happens to find us.”

I nod, looking up at him. “Yeah. Good idea.”

“Thanks,” He smiles.

(~.~)

I walk through the trees to the cabin. I went out for a walk while John took a nap.

But when I get to the start of the dirt path leading up to the house, I freeze.

The windows are broken, and the front door is gone. The garden has been stomped on, and it’s a mess.

I go through the doorway, looking inside. The couches are upturned, and things have been thrown around and broken. It’s so messy, and everything’s disorganized, and I’ll have to clean it all up, and-

Where’s John?

I search the entire house for him. I almost stop looking when I see my library-books ripped and thrown on the ground, and dirt and mud on the ground. But I keep looking.

 When I find him, he’s in his room, on his bed. His eyes are closed, and he’s not breathing.

He’s gone.

John’s gone, the house is a mess, everything’s ruined, we can’t stay here, we need to leave.

I grip my head as everything starts spiraling. When it stops, I see John, and nothing else.

There’s a bright light behind him, and he holds out a hand, grinning.

“Come on, Mikey!” He says. “We can stay here.”

“Where?”

He points to the light. “Over there. Everything’s neat and organized.”

“Organized?” I say, taking his hand.

He nods, leading me forward. “We’ll stay together forever.”

“Forever,” I repeat as we walk into the light.

(0_0)

No one's POV:

Mikey never knew, but he made the Hollow. His gift led him somewhere safe, where he could stay with John. His gift only appeared when things were in disarray, and disorganized. It always led him to where ever him and John could be together and safe.

Yes, they both died. John was killed by people looking for others with gifts, and Mikey's gift took him to be with John in the afterlife.

April 29, 2021 23:24

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82 comments

Sunny 🌼 🖤
00:09 Apr 30, 2021

aw- poor children just wanted to be friends forever :(

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Ari Berri
00:09 Apr 30, 2021

=( Yeah...

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00:00 May 11, 2021

Your profile picture? Is it Nico and will?

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Ari Berri
00:28 May 11, 2021

It is, I really like the picture.

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Ari Berri
17:34 May 13, 2021

New story!

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18:12 May 13, 2021

Okay!

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luv ur pfp- but its kinda sad too D:

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Ari Berri
00:28 May 11, 2021

Yeah. They're cute, though.

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Ari Berri
17:35 May 13, 2021

New story!

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I heard you liked Nikes and combat boots ;) *I'm teasing Avis because of her auto-correct XD*

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Ari Berri
14:26 May 04, 2021

XD

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Her exact words: *I'm copying/pasting so the format will probably be super weird* "BELLA BELLA BELLA BELLA. I WAS TALKING TO ARI. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SHOWS WE LIKED. And my STUPID AUTOCORRET changed one message to "I'm watching Voltron with my brother right now. What kind of SHOES do you like." IT AUTOCORRETED SHOWS TO SHOES. I CaN'T- So Ari goes "Thats very random but uh-" AND THEN TELLS ME ABOUT HIS SHOE PREFERANCES. IM DYING. I SAID I WAS SO SORRY I MEANt SHOWS NOT SHOES. i CaNt iM dYinG"

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Ari Berri
15:42 May 04, 2021

XD I was really confused, and so embarrassed.

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So was she! XD

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Leo Reynie
16:43 May 04, 2021

If someone asked me what kind of shoes I liked, I'd be very creeped out. No, Ari, Seriously that was the best part of my day it was so funny. XD And ECHO I feel very conspired against.

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Some critique: Very confusing, I had to re-read a few times to get what it was mostly about. Me and Avis are both super confused as to what happened. (I'm with her right now) but it was a good story, it just needs to be a little clearer

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Ari Berri
23:42 Apr 30, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. I didn't mean to make it very confusing, but I'm glad you liked it anyway.

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Yep (Also, random question, is your pfp a pan-colored ping pong paddle? XD)

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Ari Berri
14:47 May 01, 2021

No, it's a pan.

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Pft that makes more sense. Amaziinnngggg 10/10

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Ari Berri
17:28 May 01, 2021

Thanks!

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Chloe Mc Lellan
19:50 Feb 28, 2022

That was so sad but I glad that you gave us the origin of The Hollow and how it became. This was really good.

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Ari Berri
15:14 Mar 04, 2022

Thank you!

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Chloe Mc Lellan
13:05 Apr 28, 2022

Your welcome

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Echo Sundar
17:49 May 11, 2021

First of all, this story is amazing! So touching. And also I was reading your bio and I completely fell for the tongue thing :) I was like I can still breathe and then I was like wait...🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Ari Berri
18:05 May 11, 2021

Thank you! XD

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Ari Berri
13:49 May 08, 2021

I like it! That's Naruto, right?

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Yeshhhh hehe it’s the first romance I’ve ever written that’s 🏳️‍🌈 SasoDei! :DDddDdD

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Meera Lakshmi
16:16 May 02, 2021

Ari. Ummm. U there?

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Meera Lakshmi
16:17 May 02, 2021

Uh have you been chatting with Aerin Rebbeca lately? Because I can't find her account.

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Meera Lakshmi
16:18 May 02, 2021

Never mind. Sorry to bother you. I found it. Just had a mini panic bc I thought she left

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Ari Berri
17:36 May 13, 2021

New story!

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Amel Parvez
15:10 Apr 30, 2021

Oopsie!! Sad but Amazing:) they shouldn't hv died :( Great Work!

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Ari Berri
15:11 Apr 30, 2021

Thank you! I'm sorry!

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Amel Parvez
15:13 Apr 30, 2021

U r welcome;) No Need =)

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Ari Berri
15:29 Apr 30, 2021

=)

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Amel Parvez
22:07 Apr 30, 2021

XD

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Ari Berri
17:37 May 13, 2021

New story!

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13:31 Apr 30, 2021

Okay, you can tell when you've made a good series when your readers literally want to be in the story with these people, lol. Like... wow. Rip... :(

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Ari Berri
13:56 Apr 30, 2021

Thank you! Yeah....=(

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00:25 Apr 30, 2021

[There’s a bright light behind him, and he holds out a hand, grinning. “Come on, Mikey!” He says. “We can stay here.”] Bro- Ari. Why must you hurt me like this? The relationship between John and Mikey was good, and the emotion at the end was rlly powerful. Good job! :D

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Ari Berri
00:28 Apr 30, 2021

I know, I wan't planning to kill them, but they needed to be gone, so. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.=)

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00:36 Apr 30, 2021

They needed to be gone- why is that so funny to me lmao You're welcome :)

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Ari Berri
00:40 Apr 30, 2021

=)

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Ari Berri
17:40 May 13, 2021

New story!

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22:34 May 13, 2021

I'll check it out!

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Wow... (i like all the random emojis -_- XD)

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Ari Berri
00:09 Apr 30, 2021

Thank you! Glad you liked it XD

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Ari Berri
00:12 Apr 30, 2021

X_X

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Ari Berri
00:17 Apr 30, 2021

^_^

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Angel {Readsy}
10:44 Apr 30, 2021

, they both died, why?

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Ari Berri
13:55 Apr 30, 2021

I needed to show that Mikey's gift was kind of dangerous. Did you like it?

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