for rachel

Slow down you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart tell me
Why you are still so afraid? Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
-Vienna, Billy Joel

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"Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."

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age 5

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"You look like Tarzan!"

The boy with short brown hair exclaimed excitedly, the floaty wings on his arms that kept him above the water in the pool flapping against the surface causing the five year old to grab onto the ladder in fear of actually drowning.

Declan Price sighed shaking his head at his best friend as Dimitri still didn't know how to swim and having spent the whole summer trying to teach him Declan figured that he would stop being a baby and just do it.

"And you look stupid." There was a graceful dive into the deep end and a splash to the right of him as Declan's twin dunked under the blue surface only staying under a few seconds before she popped up beside Dimitri.

Jude, always the over achiever when it came to beating the boys, she'd always managed to show him and Dimitri up and do it with such a grace and style that Declan sometimes wondered if his twin was a robot.

"I am not!" Dimitri whined letting go of the edge just long enough to push Jude away from him.

Jude laughed harshly, shaking her head. "Yes, you are. Declan is a marvelous teacher and if you still can't learn from him, you're just stupid."

Dimitri huffed, his brow furrowing. "Why do you have to use such big words? You're only five and I'm not stupid! Declaaaaaannnnn."

Declan rolled his eyes at the two of them. "Jude, leave him be."

She shrugged swimming away from them both and over to where the ball and water hoop were. Throwing the ball into the hoop and nodding proudly as she hadn't missed a shot all summer. Declan turned back to his mate who was glaring after Jude angrily.

"We should call her Red, the color of evil and blood and guts and stuff," he said bitterly and stuck his tongue out at her.

Declan laughed at the name for his sister. She wasn't evil but a robot...maybe. "You two act married." He replied floating on his back and watching as Dimitri glared jealously at him.

"Ewwwwwwwww! I wouldn't ever marry her! Good never marries evil! And she's sure to be a Slytherin; my dad said Slytherins were evil during the war! I know I'll be a Gryffindor but Jude'll always be evil!" Dimitri protested nodding proudly at his logic.

About to defend his sister, Declan fell quiet as he watched Jude sneak up behind Dimitri, push him from the ladder and pop both of his floaty wings with a stick. His friend proceeded to dramatically panic, arms and legs flailing all over the place as he screamed for his mum and that he was going to die.

Shaking his head with a sigh, Declan watched Jude fall to the cement in laughter, holding her tummy tight. He on the other hand gently pushed Dimiti toward the ladder, which the other boy clung to, for dear life.

"Told you she was evil!"

"Told you he was stupid!"

Both Jude and Dimitri glared at each other, having said their sentences at the same time and were now bickering and even worse Jude kicked Dimitri off the ladder again and back into the water. Sighing one final time before climbing out of the pool and clambering to where his towel was, he began digging around in his jean pocket until he found the very treat he was looking for.

Snow Pea, the family house elf, had given him an extra cookie at lunch today and Declan planned to enjoy every last bite, even as Jude and Dimitri attempted to kill each other just a few feet away.


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