Manipulate-Part two

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Adventure Fantasy Mystery

Rhea struggled in the hold of the shadows. She wriggled and screamed loudly, begging someone-anyone-for help. Three figures appeared before her and the tallest one threw back his black hood.

โ€œWell. Well. Well. What do we have here?โ€ The man chuckled sinisterly.

โ€œAn innocent girl.โ€ Rhea snapped.

โ€œInnocent?!โ€ The figure on the left guffawed loudly, โ€œYou? Innocent?!โ€ โ€œYa here that Asha?!โ€

Rheaโ€™s head snapped up and she looked to the figure on the right who stared at her feet.ย 

โ€œAsha?โ€ Rhea breathed, โ€œis it you?โ€ย 

The figure nodded silently and Rhea ran forward. She clutched Ashaโ€™s hands but Asha pulled away.ย 

โ€œWhat happened to you?โ€ Rhea asked.

Asha looked at the man in the middle and he nodded.ย 

โ€œI joined the shadows.โ€ Ashaโ€™s voice calmed Rhea.ย 

โ€œWhy? Youโ€™re a photokinetic!โ€ Rhea cried softly.ย 

โ€œB....be..because...because! Iโ€™m not a photokinetic Rhea! Iโ€™m an umbrakinetic or whatever itโ€™s called. The darkness prevails over light Rhea. Light is weak! Shadows are the right way to go! Join us. Join the darkness.โ€

Rhea stared at Asha wistfully and saw a glimmer of Asha in her eyes. The Asha that used to tell Rhea stories. The old Asha.ย 

The kind Asha.

โ€œNo. I donโ€™t believe you.โ€ Rhea stood tall; her chin held high. โ€œAsha wouldnโ€™t say that.โ€

The figure on the left laughed again. โ€œAsha literally just said that!โ€

โ€œNot this Asha. The old one.โ€

Rhea held out her arms and crunched her eyebrows in concentration and a beacon of light shot out of her palms. Asha fell backwards in pain and let out a strangled cry.

It hurt Rhea to do this. To hurt the only person that ever stood by her-apart from her parents-when she was afraid of her power.ย 

She never made many friends in her childhood. Rhea was always practising with the stars or writing in her journals, meaning that Asha was one of the only people that helped her. The figure on the left threw back his hood-revealing a burned face covered in scars. He threw out his fist and shadows curled out of his knuckles. They covered Ashaโ€™s thrashing body, protecting her.ย 

Ashaโ€™s arms trembled as she shakily raised her arm to the sky, creating a bright swirl of black and white. Using this much of her strength hurt her, but she had to do this. She grimaced and used all her strength to send all that energy into someone.ย 

But not Rhea.

Her boss. Her master.ย 

Umbra.

Rhea fixed her gaze on Umbra who let out one final shriek before he fell to the ground. The only figure of shadows left was the man who laughed at Rhea. He circled her quietly, shadows swirling around his fists. Rhea hissed quietly and snapped her fingers.ย 

The two lunged at each other and the forces of dark and light deflected off each other-sending Rhea and the man flying. Rhea stood up rapidly and fired another beam of light towards the man-knocking him out for good.

Rhea sped towards Asha and grabbed her hands. โ€œAsha. Asha. Wake up. Wake up please!โ€

Asha rolled over onto her side and her eyes fluttered open. โ€œRhea.โ€ She said happily.

Rhea fell forward onto her knees and burst into tears. โ€œI thought..I thought I lost you.โ€ she weeped.ย 

โ€œIโ€™ll never leave you. Youโ€™ll never lose me,โ€ Asha smiled.ย 

โ€œThen why did you leave me?โ€ Rhea pouted.

Asha looked away. โ€œI didnโ€™t mean anything I said back there. I mean...I am an umbrakinetic but Iโ€™m also a photokinetic. I just....I donโ€™t know. They controlled me.โ€ Asha motioned to the two men beside her.ย 

โ€œWith shadows?โ€ Rhea asked cautiously and Asha nodded.ย 

โ€œI think so. I honestly have no idea.โ€ Rhea smiled at Ashaโ€™s cluelessness and helped her up.ย 

โ€œLetโ€™s go home.โ€

After a long ride through the towns and the forests of Stellarshade, Asha and Rhea finally returned home. Asha was still quite sore from the fight so Rhea steadied her as they walked up to the door quietly.ย 

Rhea knocked softly on the door and heard a yell inside. โ€œWHO THE HECK IS KNOCKING ON MY DOOR AT ELEVEN PM?!โ€ย 

โ€œLooks like dad hasnโ€™t changed a bitโ€ Asha laughed nervously and Rhea rubbed her arm supportively.ย 

Celeste opened the door and her groggy eyes opened wide as soon as she saw who was standing in front of it.ย 

โ€œSurprise?โ€ Rhea grimaced.

ย Celeste stood there for a moment, giving Rhea a chance to look her up and down. Celeste looked tired and weary. Like she hadnโ€™t slept in days.ย 

โ€œRhea honey you-โ€ Celeste noticed Asha and stopped short. โ€œAsha....โ€

โ€œCeleste? Who is it?โ€ Aster appeared at the door looking as sensible as ever and his eyes widened when he saw the short haired woman standing behind Rhea.

โ€œAsha?โ€

ย Aster went through a lot of emotions in that short period of time. Sadness, happiness, anger and shock. But he settled on happiness to everyone's surprise. He leaned forward to hug his eldest daughter for the first time in about six years.ย 

He cried and cried. Asha buried her face in his shoulder and held on tight.ย 

She was so happy. She had a family once again.

Soon Asha got called to the Stellarshade court for a hearing. Aster wasnโ€™t allowed to be one of the โ€œjudgesโ€ so he was sitting in the stands along with Rhea and Celeste.ย 

โ€œAsha Solo, you have been called before the council for an extremely serious reason. Do you know what that reason is?โ€ Councillor Isa towered over the courtroom.ย 

Asha nodded silently. โ€œI know that I made bad choices but I sincerely apologise for my actions.โ€ย 

The hearing went on for hours before the council came to a decision. Asha would be under close watch for six months and if no suspicious activity happened she would be released from watch and have three months of service. If any sort of treasonous activity occurred she would be sentenced to jail time-the period depending on the activity.ย 

Rhea was ecstatic. She could live with her older sister once again. The family was reunited and happy. And that was all that mattered.

โ€œAsha! Come here!โ€ Rhea called into the house.ย 

Asha walked out of the house and sat down next to her little sister. โ€œWhat are you looking at?โ€ She asked

Rhea pointed to a cluster of stars in the sky and smiled. โ€œRemember?โ€

โ€œOphiuchus...โ€ Asha said quietly, โ€œI do.โ€ โ€œItโ€™s very rare so youโ€™re lucky to see it.โ€ Asha laughed as she quoted something she said very long ago.

Rhea laughed with her and they joked around for a while before settling down.

Rhea put her arm around Asha and leaned close to her ear. โ€œIโ€™m glad youโ€™re back.โ€ She whispered.

โ€œMe too Rhe. Me too.โ€

Epilogue

Rhea held Saturnโ€™s hand and pointed to the stars. โ€œYou see that star right there?โ€ Rhea asked.ย 

Saturn shook her petite head in confusion and Rhea chuckled-tilting her daughter's head in the direction of a bright star.ย 

โ€œItโ€™s Ophiuchus.โ€ Rhea said. โ€œItโ€™s very rare so youโ€™re lucky to see it.โ€ย 

Saturn stared at the bright sky and cocked her head to the side. โ€œWhereโ€™s Saturn?โ€ She asked innocently.

Rhea laughed and gave her daughter a hug. โ€œWhere do you think it is?โ€ She asked and Saturn shrugged.ย 

โ€œOver there.โ€ Rhea pointed to a small dot in the endless sky and Saturn clapped her tiny hands together and a spark of light shot out from her palms and into the sky.

Rhea looked at the light floating up into the air and looked back down at her daughter.

โ€œDo you want to know how I do this?โ€ Rhea called a star down from the sky and bounced it in her palm as Saturn nodded eagerly.ย 

โ€œOk so....โ€ Rhea placed her hands on her daughterโ€™s and smiled.

June 12, 2021 04:01

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33 comments

Aw, cute ending! I love writing about shadows, they just give us so much inspiration lol. I can tell you had fun with this, and it was a fun read! I like the name meanings, that was a cool edition :) How have you been?

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Good. Just baked like....one batch of banana bread and muffins, cookies and brownies lol. And thank you so much!

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I just realised that the flower Aster means patience.....Aster has no patience at all.

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Thanks!!!

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Akshara P
00:11 Jul 26, 2021

This was so amazing, I loved part two so much! The fight scene was really cool too! To add on, I just ๐Ÿ’–LOVE๐Ÿ’– Rhea's and Asha's powers! And Asha's. They are so unique and cool. The ending was so cute, It was such a good story with great imagination. And, I'm telling you, you're going to be a BIG and AMAZING author one day! โœจ

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Thank you Akshara! I swear you just made my whole day! Or maybe even my week! ๐Ÿ’•

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Esther Kurisu
01:33 Jun 15, 2021

Good Job the only thing is... "Rhea was always practising with the stars" Do you mean *practicing*?

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The spelling is different in Nz I think. There are two. Not sure if I did the right one though XD

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Esther Kurisu
05:11 Jun 15, 2021

Idk?๐Ÿ˜

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I checked and it was correct! Yay!

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Esther Kurisu
05:14 Jun 15, 2021

Oh okay, Iโ€™m not familiar with New Zealand spelling. Lol

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Esther Kurisu
05:14 Jun 15, 2021

How did your day go?

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Good! How was yours?

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22:47 Jun 13, 2021

This was so amazing! I think I liked the second part the best. The fight scence was so cool and I just LOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEE Rhea's powers! And Asha's. It's so uniquie and cool. The ending is so cute and sweet. It was super smart naming Rhea's kid Saturn. It was such a good story with so much imagination. Like this is amazing writing for someone your age! Are you SURE your not some famous author whos an adult and came onto Reedsy to show us noobs how far we have to go???? ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Aw Maraika! This made my day! Thank you for the amazing feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ And no I don't think so :p

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Esther Kurisu
03:24 Jun 13, 2021

I finished the form. :D

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Thanks :) And hey, if you ever want to collab with someone tell me!

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Esther Kurisu
03:00 Jun 13, 2021

Have you ever done a collaboration?

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Trying to with Detective Em but we're trying to come up with plots :)

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Esther Kurisu
03:24 Jun 13, 2021

Fun!!!

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AND I LOOOOVVEEE AJR AND MARVEL TOO! Ya feelin good, ya feelin right. Across the floor and I'm already losin my mind. Favourite song from them. My jam when I was like five XD

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Esther Kurisu
06:14 Jun 13, 2021

Yay!!!๐Ÿ˜

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And land of stories. Goldilocks is ssssssoooooooo vibey!

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Esther Kurisu
02:41 Jun 13, 2021

I enjoyed this concept of Rhea controlling stars and all. The first paragraph really kept me reading. GOOD JOB! :) I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE KOTLC MOVIE!!! *loud cheers* (I hope they cast good actors)

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Ugh, they better! And thank you sooooo much!

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