Abby: Hi guys! Thank god for summer vacation! Except for the fact that my inspiration is at camp for the next six weeks and I'm stuck working from 8 - 4:30 in a daycare full of rotten little children! Well, they aren't too bad. Except for the one that gave me strep throat... Oh well, I actually really like the kids, I just hate getting up early!
Salynna: Good god, Abby! I don't know what I'm doing! *Starts hyperventilating*
Abby: What's wrong now? Schools over, there can't possibly be anything wrong!
Salynna: Easy for you to say! You are a freaking genius! I'm gonna fail, I'm gonna fail!
Abby: What're you talking about?
Salynna: Summer school, duh! I'm taking English, science and pre-cal! I'm dying! You've gotta help me! Please!
Abby: *Sigh* FIne, I'll do what I can to help. But, before I go, I wanna thank a few people. Thank you to:
PhoenyxWarrior: Thanks so much for reviewing my story! I agree, the last chapter was a bit of a filler, but there is gonna be a lot more interesting stuff coming up! There are only a few chapters left in this story, so things are gonna be moving really fast from here on in!
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Salynna: ARE YOU DONE YET! KINDA NEED HELP OVER HERE!
Abby: I'm coming! Jeez!
Flinging a lock of my black hair behind my shoulder and sighing, I looked out over the extensive forest, waiting for Abby and Keeana to return.
The Na'vi Abby had been staying with, Ta-something-or-other, had stormed in just a little while ago, yelling at others in his native language. He had left again quickly, Kin'ta and Keeana following him.
Neither of my sisters had come back yet. I knew they were okay, they had to be. I didn't know what I'd do without either of them.
Keeana was the sister I always went to whenever I had a problem with anyone. I could remember one time in particular. My boyfriend and I had broken up the day before, so I had been very upset. I walked into my school next day only to find him kissing his new girlfriend. The new girlfriend that he had fallen in love with two weeks after we had started dating.
When I asked him why he had dated me if he didn't truly like me, he said, 'I kinda felt bad for you because I knew that if I didn't date you, no one would ever give you a chance.'
I had left immediately after he'd said this and called Keeana to find some sisterly support. She didn't say anything on the matter other than, 'I'll see you in a couple of minutes.'
When she showed up at my door a few minutes later her fists were covered in blood. I think it's safe to say that I was shocked. I began panicking, thinking it was her own blood. My shock only worsened when she told me that it was my ex's blood.
She explained that she had gone to the school to find my ex and his new girlfriend still kissing. She shoved them apart and ended up punching both of them in the face quite a few times. She'd left the building before anyone realized what had happened.
Keeana and I had gotten much closer after the incident, talking more often and supporting each other when needed.
Abby was also a very important sister to me. She was kinda the glue that held the entire group of us girls together.
She and I met in our gymnastics class when we were younger and quickly became the best of friends. However, shortly after the class was shut down because the director had been in a car accident that had left her paralyzed and there was no one willing to take over for her.
She and I didn't meet again until the ninth grade. We were in the same class and quickly got to know each other again. I've never been the brightest when it came to school work, but Abby was a fucking genius! She had an answer for every question in every subject, never failing to impress her teachers.
Most often, I've found that when a person is smart, they tend to think themselves better than others. Abby was different though. She didn't brag about being smart, she just accepted that she was and moved on. Not many people liked her back on Earth because they were either jealous or they thought being smart was for losers. That said, the friends she did have were always complimenting her on her intelligence.
I remember this one time when she and I were assigned a science project where we had to make up a story explaining how the universe was created. Thank god she and I were partners 'cause I'm sure I would've fucking failed that project.
I'm not naive, I know I'm not that smart. I also knew that it wasn't fair to leave Abby with all the work, so I kept my mouth shut and tried my best to come up with something. Lets just say I failed miserably.
I knew that Abby had me figured out when she gave me a small knowing smile. A few minutes later she handed me a sheet of paper. They weren't proper sentences, which made me ask, 'What am I supposed to do with this?'
She laughed and said, 'I know that you are a fantastic singer, so I figured we could base our project around a song. I wrote down a story, as well as a description and those lyrics. All you need to do is write some music that fits with them, then record the song.'
Needless to say the project went really well, resulting in both of us getting a perfect grade on it. Ever since Abby and I had teamed up on projects. I did any creative aspects and she would do all the writing and research.
We became the best of friends afterwards, always chatting and laughing together. At least, we did for a while.
After her dad had died, Abby wouldn't talk to anyone. She never came out of her room, not even when her mother begged her to. She didn't even eat or sleep, just sat there, in the middle of her bed, looking at the walls of her room with a glazed look in her eyes.
Back then, none of us knew each other. Sure, we all knew Abby, but that was it. We all ended up going to her house by accident one day, all of us wanting to try to help her. We sat there and talked to her and with each other, but nothing we did seemed to get through to her. It was almost like she couldn't even hear us.
Suddenly, she curled up on her side and closed her eyes. At first all of us were worried that she had killed herself from lack of sleep, as well as starvation and dehydration, but she was breathing normally, so we all just sat around and talked.
About ten minutes later, she woke up screaming. She was shaking all over and screeching. I don't think any of us had ever heard something so scary. It sounded like she was being either tortured or murdered!
Luckily, her mother and sister weren't in the house when it happened. I can only imagine what it would've done to both of them. They had already lost a husband and a father, and now the youngest family member had hopped on a one way train to insanity.
I tried shaking her even as the other girls screamed. She didn't stop until Keeana hauled off and smacked her across the face. Afterwards, she just sat there with wide eyes, crying silently.
It took about an hour, but we finally persuaded her to tell us what was going on. It turns out, she was a psychic! She had stopped sleeping because of all the terrible visions she saw as she slept.
She explained that, when she was younger, she'd had a near death experience, although she wouldn't tell any of us what exactly had happened. She had been seeing spirits for years, but after her father's death, they just wouldn't leave her alone.
After telling us what was going on, she seemed somewhat relieved, almost like a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders. She began acting normally again, much to everyones relief.
As far as I know, the spirits never left her. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that they were the reason she accepted the invitation to come to Pandora, or, at the least, they were part of the reason.
I was pulled out of my thoughts as I heard voices coming closer. I looked up to see Abby and Keeana walking with a strange Na'vi that I'd never seen before.
I stood as I smiled and waved at them. Abby and Keeana carefully climbed the tree before sitting down next to me on the large limb I was perched on.
"So," Keeana said, resting her chin in her hand, "What's knew with you?"
"Nothing." I said, shaking my head, "Just thinking about old memories."
"Uh oh," I heard Abby mutter under her breath, "That can't possibly be a good thing."
I stuck my tongue out at her childishly and smiled again, turning to face Keeana. "Well," I asked, looking at her impatiently.
"Well, what?" She replied, raising both of her eyebrows.
"Who's that?" I asked, gesturing to the Na'vi that was standing on the ground, staring up at us.
Keeana burst into laughter even as Abby hid her face in her hands. "That would be Turner, Alayna." Keeana said, making the girl on my other side turn bright red.
I turned to Abby, mouth open and slapped her shoulder before saying, "Damn girl! You are just attracting all the boys lately, aren't you?"
"Shut it!" Was the only response I got from her.
"Shut what?" The question came from Salynna, who had just pulled herself up onto the branch behind us.
"Alayna's big fat mouth." Abby said, glaring at me.
I placed and hand over my heart and dramatically said, "Oh, you wound me so!" Before Abby could say anything else I told Salynna, "Oh, and the Na'vi down there is Turner in another desperate attempt to gain Abby's undying love!"
"Shut up!" Abby yelled, blushing again.
"Oh my god! Abby! Whatever happened to sharing the guys, huh?" Salynna said sarcastically, grinning at the redheads obvious discomfort.
"Salynna," The embarrassed girl said, turning to look at her, "You are one of the four friends that are more like family than anything else. So, when I say what I'm about to say, please take it in the best manner possible." She paused for a moment before smiling and saying, "Skank!"
Salynna gasped and sarcastically said, "You are so mean! You heartless bitch!"
I smiled at this. They often went back and forth like this, taking shots at each other. They never meant any real harm, it was more of a joke between friends, so they just brushed off what the other person said.
"Yea? Well, you're a dirty blonde!"
"I guess that makes you a kinky redhead!"
"You're gonna pay for that one you cunt!"
"Like hell, freak!"
"If I'm a freak, I guess that makes you a slut!"
"Oh, please! Whatever you... Overly smart person you!"
We all laughed at Salynna's horrible comeback. I leaned back too far and had to grip the branch below me to keep from falling out of the tree, which only made everyone laugh harder.
"Hey," Keeana said as we all calmed down, "Where's Chrissy?"
"Umm, I think she said something about translations the last time I saw her." Salynna said, tapping her chin thoughtfully.
This didn't surprise me at all. All the girls in the group had a special ability of their own. Abby's was her intelligence, strategizing, and accuracy when using a bow and arrow, as well as her psychic abilities, Keeana's was her no-fear attitude and her ability to fire any type of firearm. Salynna's was her ability to spy on people, make them admit things that they normally wouldn't, not to mention the fact that she was pretty good with a short staff, mine was my flexibility, vocals, and training in hand-to-hand combat. Christina's ability was something that I've never seen before. She had the ability to understand any language just by listening to it once. She understood several languages, Latin, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and now Na'vi just to name a few. She was also good when it came to wielding any kind of knife or sword.
"Abby?" Salynna asked, pulling me away from my thoughts again.
The girl next to me was looking at some of the lower branches of the tree carefully, almost as if she was trying to gauge something.
I waved my hand in front of her face, pulling back and jumping slightly when she said, "What?"
I rolled my eyes and said, "You have that look on your face."
"Look? What look?" She asked, never glancing away from the lower branches.
"The one on your face right now." Keeana said, crossing her arms over her chest.
"I don't have a look." Abby denied, biting her lower lip.
"You do too." I said, shaking my head, "I don't know who or what's bothering you, but you should probably go check it out. Especially if it's holding your attention for this long."
She glanced up at me sheepishly before nodding and gradually making her decent down the tree. She smiled when she reached the bottom, then began walking away into the forest.
I shook my head. I would never fully understand her, but I still worried about her and her sanity. Especially after everything that had happened between she and her sister before Abby came to Pandora.
I sighed and stretched before turning to look at Keeana and Salynna. "So," I said, grinning, "Who do you wanna bet on? Turner or Ta'kuk?"
Abby: And thus, this chapter is done! Sorry again that it took so long! Hopefully the next update will be soon, but I'm not making any promises! *Cellphone begins ringing* Hello?
Chrissy: Abby! UPDATE!
Abby: How the hell did you hear what I said? You're on a six week camping trip in Alberta!
Chrissy: First of all, I know everything. Secondly, I'm not camping. I'm doing my survival training course in cadets. And thirdly, you won't let me see the chapters until you're done writing them, so I don't even know what the hell you're doing! And I'm in the freaking story!
Abby: Well, have fun waiting for even longer then!
Chrissy: What makes you say that?
Abby: You just left, right?
Abby: And you're gonna be gone for six weeks, right?
Chrissy: What's your point?
Abby: You're in a forest with no internet connection. Therefore, you can't read the chapter till you get back six weeks from now! Muhahahah!
Abby: Have fun! Anyways, rate and review! If you do I'll give you cookies! PLEASE! See you soon and thanks for reading!
Chrissy: You know you can't actually see them, right?
Abby: Shut it blondie!