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Adventure Fantasy Friendship

July 6th, Epsilon

Kadiya Callisto

“And so today,” I sob, accepting a handkerchief to wipe away fake tears, “we mourn the death of my beautiful daughter. Rest in peace, Lucia.” 

Among the crowd, some murmur, some wail, and some cry, but all mourn the death of the girl I loathed the most.

My sea-foam green Bugatti waits for me in the parking lot where I left it, windows darkened to near-black. Pulling my phone out of my back pocket, I dial a number, opening the car door and sitting in the driver’s seat — the only one not stacked ceiling-high with bag upon bag of cash, all my hard-earned money. Our hard-earned money. 

“Kadiya, love. Are you on your way?” My husband’s voice soothes me the way it always has. 

“Yes.”

“Do you have the money?”

“I withdrew it all. It’s with me in the car now.”

“Not our account-”

“Lucia’s. I know.”

“And the rights to Dasha’s?”

I sigh contentedly, tossing my hair over my shoulder. “I’m working on it.”

He chuckles, his warm laughter fuzzy over the speakers. “We’ll work on it. But no rush, we’ve got time. We run Taxitas now.”

We run Taxitas now.


Read on for an after scene!

July 7th, Epsilon

Lilium Umbra

I shuffle my feet, the farthest and fastest I can move them with the brass chains that link my ankles together. Coming upon an empty cell, the jail master shoves me in, my knees scraping against the rough concrete and staining it red with my blood. 

“Enjoy your free time,” he says, picking the key to the cell off the large loop on his belt and double padlocking the cell door shut, “cause you don’t get much of it. One meal a day, choose now or I’ll choose for you.”

Whimpering as I pick myself off the floor, I ignore the stinging pain long enough to hear a soft whisper from the other side of the cell wall. “Lunch,” it whispers.

“Lunch.”

The jail master scribbles something on a sheet of paper tacked to a dusty, scratched-up clipboard, then looks up at me again. “You get one shower a week, and you’re blindfolded to go and come from everywhere. You crap in that corner,” he points to a hole in the furthest corner of the cell, “and you piss there.” He points to the one opposite it. “Once you outgrow what you’ve got on, you get one shirt, one pair of pants, and one pair of shoes each year. No more. Maybe less. The rest,” he turns and begins to walk away, “you figure out sooner or later.”

I let out a shallow breath, sitting against the wall. 

“Lilium. Are you there?”

Indigo. “Yes,” I whisper eagerly, tipping my head to the side so that I can hear her. “What are you doing here?”

She sighs, rapping her knuckles on the ground. “Accomplice to the murder of Dasha Halax. Xander, too.”

“Is he there?”

“Sure am,” he calls. I can hear him shrug up to the wall on the other side. This is how we talk now. 

“This is my fault. You guys don’t deserve to be here.” I stare at my thin fingers in my lap, wondering what life will be like. I turn nineteen in two years. I guess I don’t have too long to think about it.

“What happened, Lilium?” Xander asks, his voice a soft contrast to the forcefulness he usually brings to every conversation. 

“It’s…” I flash back to the memories of the last few days. All this in days. Days. “It’s a long story.”

“We have a long time.”

“Well…” I trail off, trying to think of how to start. “It’s July 2nd, Epsilon. I twirl a bright pink lock of hair between my fingers while I shuffle down the sidewalk, humming a song I barely know over the incessant honking and beeping of the traffic beside me…” 



And that's the end! Thanks for making it here!


July 05, 2021 19:06

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01:12 Nov 26, 2021

Phebe, it sounds like you have a good plot line going. Let the reader fall into it, it is interrupted by the 'thank you for reading' style which is very junior high. Let the reader follow as if they are peering into another world. We readers need to get hooked onto at least one character. Let us build a relationship with one before spreading out our attention to too many others. Thanks for posting. I look forward to more!

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19:26 Jul 21, 2021

Woooooooo! You're back! (I'm speed reading this series and it's so good!)

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Phebe Emmanuel
05:17 Jul 24, 2021

I am!!! Yay, thanks!

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03:52 Jul 17, 2021

Oh my goodness Phebe! I need another part for sure. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on Reedsy but I wanted to come back and see what you’ve written, and I’m so glad I did. This story was so compelling, can’t wait until you publish the next part of the series!

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Phebe Emmanuel
20:42 Jul 17, 2021

I know! I kept looking at your profile thinking it'd always be the time you'd posted another story, but it wasn't :( I'm so glad you're back!!!!!! I actually intended to leave the story there... maybe I will do something with it later though! Pleeeeeease stay!

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23:06 Jul 18, 2021

Aw that’s so nice thanks! I know, I really want to come back and write more, but unfortunately, preparation for my senior year of high school has been keeping me super busy! I will definitely stay and keep up with your writing, though, and hopefully I’ll be able to write at least a little! Oh my gosh do not end the series like this, keep it going!!! There’s so many ways you could do it, and I know you’ll be able to come up with something brilliant!

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Phebe Emmanuel
16:45 Jul 20, 2021

Aww :( Come back soon! I'm also a tad bit inactive because I'm going into high school for the first time as well...

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Phebe Emmanuel
16:45 Jul 20, 2021

Aww :( Come back soon! I'm also a tad bit inactive because I'm going into high school for the first time as well...

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22:14 Jul 20, 2021

I hope so! Ooh good luck, it’s an interesting experience for sure!

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Phebe Emmanuel
16:45 Jul 21, 2021

:) i hope you graduate well!

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reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee once again, so caught up in reading that I couldn't comment XDDD lkjhgftyuijhgfdgjkhgfrtyujhgfghg I really like this series despite the deaths. It was full of action and fantasy and friendship just like the tags lol i like how it's on of those on-going stories, kinda like a loop, cause it ended with her retelling the tale to her friends. kjhgfdsdertyuioiuytrdesfghuiuytrdfghjuiuhygfdfghjuiuytrfdfghjkjhgfcvghjk super great job with this!!!

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Phebe Emmanuel
16:04 Jul 06, 2021

yayayayayay! *jumps up and down* YAYAYAY i think i forgot to mention my teacher loved it :) i'm glad you do too!

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*joins in the jumping* XD I can see why! :D

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Phebe Emmanuel
19:11 Jul 13, 2021

lol

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Phebe Emmanuel
00:05 Jul 20, 2021

Great, you? How was your weekend?

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Hullo

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