Kai lay on the lush, mowed lawn.
His hands were behind his head and he had a blade of grass sticking out from his mouth as always.
He was attired in a navy blue shirt, a pair of baggy jeans and a glossy black trench coat.
He was staring at the cloudless night sky, unblinking, as though waiting for something to happen.
The addressee did not respond, knowing fully well it was Tala.
Kai nodded in acknowledgement.
"Meanie! You respond to Brooklyn and not me!"
"You're not worth his energy."
Kai gave a thumbs-up to the speaker, namely Bryan.
"Bryan taught you."
Kai merely shrugged at the comment from Spencer.
"Barely speaks as always, never change."
Kai gave a thumbs-up, then turned it down.
Garland raised a quizzical eyebrow.
They all lay down, Brooklyn on Kai's right, Tala on Kai's left, Bryan on Tala's left, Spencer on Brooklyn's right and Garland on Spencer's right.
All 6 bladers kept silent throughout, except for some comments that Tala made, mainly senseless ones.
Not long after, streaks of orange and red filled the skies. They lit up and decorated the originally dull skies with a splendour of colour, cutting through the night sky then vanishing slowly, like a wound that recovered.
"Kai, what do you think of when you see shooting stars?"
For some time, Kai didn't answer. Just as Tala was about to repeat his query again, Kai spoke.
"My parents. The last night I spent with them, we saw a shooting star. I made a wish, but the wish was never fulfilled. In fact, it became false hope just the day after."
A little boy stood in the field, his parents on either side of him.
"Mama, the sky is so beautiful. There are so many stars. Why do stars disappear? Where do stars come from?"
"Darling, each star represents one person on Earth. When one star disappears, one man dies, but another star will appear and that is a baby born." His mother said dreamily.
"Where do the stars live? I wanna get one for you, mama."
His mother just smiled and pat his head.
A shooting star shot through the night sky. It vanished as soon as it appeared.
"Papa what was that?"
"That's a shooting star, Kai. Make a wish, it will come true."
He put his hands together, closed his eyes, tilted his head to the sky and said, "I wish me, mama and papa will be together forever."
He opened his eyes and smiled brightly at his parents.
They smiled back at him but sorrow was evident in their eyes.
The atmosphere was tense and Tala was slightly sorry for asking. He risked it though and questioned, "Brooklyn?"
"My…sister. The moment I saw a shooting star disappear from my sight, my sister passed away."
An orange haired boy was looking out the window.
He was trying to count the stars in the sky.
Unexpectedly, a shooting star flew by, snatching all the attention of Brooklyn.
'Bang' cut in, echoing in the silent house.
Brooklyn hastily ran to where he thought the sound came from.
He stared at the sight before him.
A limp figure lay face down on the wooden floor. The shirt had a hole at the top left and the cloth around the hole was stained with red. The floor was slightly tainted with a red liquid.
He pushed the body so the figure lay on the back. Her aquamarine eyes held shock as did his own now. He doubled over seeing the ample blood on her shirt.
"This… can't be real." He whispered.
Tala proceeded on to ask, "Spencer," after a minute or two.
"Biovolt. I saw a 'shooting star' the night I was brought to the abbey."
"Mama, why are you crying?" A yellow haired boy asked, looking at his mother, concerned.
"I'm sorry. I'm very very sorry. Sorry, Spencer. Sorry…" She said between sobs.
"Don't be sorry, mama. What happened?"
She didn't reply, just apologized over and over again.
Her other son and two daughters stood beside her, puzzled. Spencer, the oldest of them stood in front of her, holding her hands.
Suddenly, the door burst open.
Their mother jerked up in shock and gasped. Spencer turned to see who was there.
"Come with us, boy," a purple haired man spoke, referring to Spencer, "we will be bringing you to meet our master." A sinister smile appeared adding to his evil look.
Spencer made eye contact with his mother and got a reassuring gaze, encouraging him to go on. He nodded and let go of her hands, walking over to the man and his followers. He whispered a soft goodbye to his family and walked off.
He looked up at the sky when out of his house. A shooting star.
He wished he would see his family again soon as he continued to walk on. He didn't know wishes only came true in fairy tales.
Undeterred, Tala asked, "Garland?"
"My ex-girlfriend. We saw a shooting star on the night before she left for America."
Two youths sat on the beach.
It was late at night, they were the only ones on the long stretch of sand.
The male had his hand slung over the female's shoulder.
They cuddled close to each other, holding each other so tight as if there was no tomorrow.
To them, there really wasn't very much of a next day.
"Must you leave?" He asked, pleadingly.
"That's the…17th time." She replied, giggling nervously.
A smile graced his lips.
"Still as observant as ever. When will you come back?"
"I…may never come back." She answered hesitantly, snuggling deeper into his arms.
"Maybe I'll go over someday."
They looked up to the sky, as if waiting for a shooting star to come.
Seemingly answering their request, a shooting star did come shooting through the atmosphere.
They both closed their eyes and made a wish.
"What was your wish?" She asked.
"I wished that we would be together forever. What was yours? I hope it's the same."
She nodded slightly and smiled up at him.
'I sure hope it does come true.' They both thought.
It was silent for a while, until Tala decided to break it by asking, "Bryan?"
That was all he needed to say, they all understood.
Drunk, a man burst through the door, a bottle of alcohol still in his hand.
A lilac haired boy quickly bolted to his room seeing his drunken father.
Unfortunately, he wasn't fast enough. His father threw the glass bottle down and grabbed him by his shirt.
"We're gonna have a little fun tonight." He said, slurring a few words.
Bryan kicked and screamed to no avail. This has never happened before but he knew from watching movies what was about to happen.
"Now don't be a naughty boy." He cackled.
Pushing Bryan onto the table, he leaned to his right ear and whispered, "This is not going to hurt one bit."
He pulled off Bryan's pants and unzipped his own, a demonic smile in place.
Tears were threatening to spill out of the innocent boy's eyes.
He looked into the elder's eyes fearfully as they got closer and closer.
His body stiffened; his father was too close for comfort.
He tried to numb his body as he felt his father pressing onto him.
He wished upon the shooting star that he just saw for his father to disappear forever…
"Tala." The 5, excluding Tala, said.
"My whole family. It was my birthday that day. I was asked to go out to get some more chips. I saw a shooting star while walking back but realized all my family members were dead when I got back into the house."
"Yo Tala, we don't have enough chips. Go get some."
"You go Mikel, it's my birthday. Besides I'm still too young to go out by myself." A 6 year old Tala replied.
"I'm sure mum will let you off just tonight." Mikel, Tala's older brother, looked at their mother. Their mother nodded and gave Tala some money.
"Fine. Don't cut the cake without me." Everybody in the room nodded. That was all his relatives and his immediate family members.
Tala skipped off happily to the nearest shop and got himself a considerable amount of chips.
On his way back, he saw a shooting star. He smiled brightly, stopping to make a wish. His wish was to be happy with all his friends and family.
He continued walking back, lugging the many heavy bags of chips along.
He felt something was amiss when he was close to his house. There was little audible sound emitting from it and the lights were off.
He thought they may just have had prepared a surprise for him and continued to walk on happily back.
A surprise was what he got, but not the least bit pleasant one.
He put down his bags and pulled the heavy wooden door open.
"I'm back!" He shouted.
No response was generated.
He reached for the light switches and turned the lights on.
He gasped in shock.
Sprawled all over the ground were bodies, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS' lifeless bodies. There was blood splattered all over the place.
He ran over to his elder brother and mother.
"Mikel! Mikel! Wake up! We're not playing the army game. Wake up!" He repeatedly shook his brother's body.
"Mother! Mother! What happened? Don't sleep anymore, wake up! Mother…"
Someone hit him on the head, causing him to be unable to finish his sentence. A man dressed in black slung Tala over his shoulder.
The meteor shower was over.
"We had pretty memorable incidents with shooting stars." Brooklyn stated.
"This will be another memorable shooting star experience." Garland said.
"Look behind you." (Bryan)
"I knew, that's why I made that comment."
"Think we can take them down?" (Tala)
"Let's do it." (Kai)