The sun was shining brightly as yet another school year was coming to an end. Will was riding her bike home from school in a very tempered mood. She just witnessed two girls bickering about her and the worst part was, Hay Lin was there too. She laughed and threw in other snotty comments about her.
Will shook the thought from her head and continued down the sidewalk. She was graduating high school tonight at the ceremony, but she still didn't have a dress. Will wasn't even sure if she'd be able to find a dress that matched her long red hair. She'd grown it in layers over the years due to her changing moods. The layers also made Will able to fly easier when she needed to.
Without realizing it, Will had stopped moving and now stood starring down an abandoned alley. Will became excited; the alley was dark and deserted. She would have time all to herself and wouldn't have to worry about anyone at that moment. She felt as though someone was calling her name, calling Will to her thoughts, to the chance that she would find an answer to any question in the world, at the same time, Will felt like someone was watching.
Will turned her bike into the alley and walked along beside it. She looked around curiously and found that the alley wasn't really deserted. In fact, there were stores every so often, but the things in the windows were weird. There were masks made of rubber and fake cob webs in one store, pearls and diamonds in the next. Will began to question if the fake cob webs really were fake.
Will tried hard to swallow past the lump growing in her throat. If she had realized that the alley wasn't deserted in the first place, she might have had a different decision on wither she wanted to come down here or not. There was no way she was going to turn back now. Will knew what power she had if someone gave her any trouble.
A small sign was coming up to her right. The sign was shaped like a dress and pointed to the window. Will turned her head and immediately grew attracted to the clothes she saw. Will ran inside with the fifty dollars she had and looked around for anything she could wear tonight.
Will found light blue jeans and matching dress shoes. They were open at the top and a perfect fit for Will's foot. She examined the other shelves for a while until she came across a red spaghetti strap tank top. The side was white and looked like someone accidently spilled bleach on it, but Will still loved her find.
Will went into a change room and tried on her new clothes. She looked up at the mirror and was horror struck to see what her reflection showed. She was in her guardian clothes, or was she? Will looked into the reflection closer. Her clothes seemed black, but in the dimly lit store, Will thought it was normal.
She changed back into her usual grey jacket and left the change rooms. She placed the clothes on the counter and continued to look at a flickering light that had suddenly caught her attention. Will paid for the clothes and continued down the alley.
"Well, a guardian in my shop," a man thought out loud. "I never expected that. Maybe Will shall be my ticket to revenge." The man's red eyes glowed slightly in the dark room; his face was hidden in the shadows. Will's footsteps were no longer heard marching down the alley and the only noise was the man's cold laugh.
Irma sat at the table with Taranee. They were at Irma's house celebrating the 'great win' as Irma called it. She would be graduating tonight without having to do any summer school.
"So," Taranee started.
"So what, is something wrong?" Irma asked her good mood at stake.
"No, I hope not. I… Do you know what you're going to do for college, or are you going to university?" Taranee pretty much laughed the question to Irma instead of asking it.
Irma placed her pizza slice on the plate and looked up a Taranee with a fake interest. "I'm going to college. Hay Lin and…"
There was a loud knock at the front door. Irma got up and answered it. The person at the front door was Cornelia. There was a makeup line from a tear and she looked really upset.
"Whoa, Corny you okay?"
Cornelia shook her head and walked over to the couch. She sat down and stared blankly at the table.
After a long silence, Taranee needed an answer. "What happened to you? You look like a mess."
Cornelia sniffed then looked out the window. Her hair slid off her neck and in a minute a red line was visible.
"I… I'll go get some ice," Irma stated. She stood up and walked to the kitchen. She returned with and ice pack covered with a purple towel.
Cornelia sniffed again then smiled. "Thanks Irma." Cornelia whipped the tear from her eye and turned to face her fellow guardians. "I was walking out the school doors when I noticed Will sneak out around the corner. I was going to get you guys, but I decided to follow her. Then someone attacked me."
"Who Cornelia, was it someone we know from Meridian?" Taranee asked.
"Was it Phobos?" Irma watched as rain started to fall outside the window. Irma smiled, embarrassed that she accidently made it rain and amazed that her emotions were connected to her powers.
Another twenty minutes of silence passed. Irma got bored of watching Cornelia shift in her seat for what seemed like hours. She picked up her pizza from before and shoved mouthfuls at a time into her mouth. She was surprised at how hungry she had gotten in the thirty minutes that Cornelia was here.
"Alright that's enough!" Taranee suddenly shouted. Irma dropped her empty plate onto the table and starred at Taranee. "Cornelia, you obviously came here for a reason. Would you tell us what's bothering you?"
Cornelia, who looked as though she was going to faint, sighed and sat up, "I think it was Will who attacked me. She hit me with her electricity or whatever you want to call it."
"Really," Irma asked alarmed.
"Yeah, and the worst bit was… She was smiling while she did it."