I'm not sure why I'm posting this now, but I have had the idea for this specific sequel in my head for quite some time. So, I figured, why not post it?
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"MOMMY! MOMMY!" two girls screamed into my ear. "WAKE UP!"
Groaning, I sat up, not ready to tackle the day just yet. Late night is the only time I had to wrap gifts out of the careful ears of my daughter and sister. Because if my little sister found out about the gifts, she would tell my daughter, and that would ruin the surprise, now wouldn't it?
Today was the fifth birthday of my child, Alexandria. Alex, Ally, or Alexis, as most people call her. Rarely do we use her full name, unless she's in trouble. That's when Mommy shouts, "Alexandria Isis Rains!" But I rarely do that. She's a pretty good kid, other then having a tendency to break things.
My sweet Alex resembles me so much in her appearance. Our eyes share the same sapphire color, as our skin shares the same golden tan tone. She even has my curly ringlets. The only thing that resembled Malik was her hair color. Her hair color was the same sandy blonde as Marik's and Malik's. She didn't bear any other resemblance towards either of them, rather one in particular. This relieved me greatly, but I still can't help but think about how she came to be when I hold her or sing her to sleep after she had a nightmare. Malik still haunts me, in a way. Even though he's dead, he's still here.
After I found out I was pregnant with Alexandria, I immediately took my little sister and moved out of Ishizu and Odion's house. I refused to become even more of a burden then I already was to them, no matter how much they insisted I wasn't.
I used the inheritance I got from all of my dead relatives strategically. I put Pandora and myself on a plane back to America, for one thing. Finished high school. Since there wasn't much of the school year left and I only missed a few weeks, I made up the work and graduated. I wasn't valedictorian, but I graduated. Then I went and chose a college close to where I went after my parents moved out of Egypt. I sold my old house and chose to relocate to a smaller house, since the house I grew up in brought back too many memories for me to stay in any longer.
School started, I got a job, and my pregnancy continued on it's tormenting way. When I was a week away from being due, my boss deemed that I was unfit to work when so close to giving birth, and gave me the next two weeks off for the delivery and bringing home the baby. I had a job down at the local factory, a management position. It only required a high school diploma, so I managed to get it after working there for about two months. Of course, I quit when I got my job at the high school. I'm an English teacher for 9 - 12, and I love my job so much. Besides a few bratty teenagers, it's amazing to work there.
Ishizu and Odion came the week before I was due as well, so they could be there for the birth. They have since accepted the fact that I was keeping the baby and not putting it up for adoption. True, I had my own internal battle with that decision, but I couldn't be gladder that I chose to keep her now. Ishizu, seconds after I gave birth, broke down into tears at the sight of her eyes. Odion ended up having to escort her out to calm her down a bit, before coming back in and comforting me too, because I was bawling as well.
Enough with past memories. I have to get ready for a day full of little children and party balloons. How fun.
I sat up sleepily before the two little girls tackled me; their smiles stretching from ear to ear. How they can be this perky in the morning is beyond me. Of course, I've never really been a morning person.
"Mommy! Today's my birthday!" Alexandria squealed in my ear, straining my eardrums.
"I know it is sweetie. Now please get off of Mommy, you two. I have to make a special birthday breakfast for a special birthday girl." I said. smiling at Alexandria as I said that, causing her smile to become bigger, her eyes sparkling with excitement.
"Mommy, do I get to eat the special birthday breakfast too?" Pandora asked sweetly. Yes, she calls me Mommy now. Our real mom died when she was two, almost three, so she really doesn't have a good recollection of her, therefore identifying me as her mother. I don't have it in me to dare correct her.
With the two girls clinging onto my legs, I shuffled to the kitchen in my ratty pajama pants and an old t-shirt. My kitchen is small, but there's enough room for me to cook and I don't really need a lot of space. I only have to cook for three and two of those three are small children.
"Ok, Ally, it's your special day. What do you want for breakfast? Your choice." I said as I hoisted Alexandria up on to a dining room chair. Her eyes glazed over for a moment as she thought over the possibilities.
"I want chocolate chip pancakes." she finally demanded, rubbing her stomach to add effect and giving me the puppy dog look. I really do have a tough time saying no to that.
Giggling softly at her puppy dog eyes, I nodded my head, my curls bouncing in my face.
"As you wish, birthday girl." I said, ruffling her head.
Thank goodness today was a Saturday, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to pull off the party later today. I can't take any time off of work because I'm already saving up for Christmas (today was October 5th), and the inheritance funds were untouchable. I say untouchable as in I'm not touching them unless necessary, because that money is what I'm going to use to put Alex and Pandora through college. Plus, it's back-up money in case I lose my job or something. There's plenty in there to last us for a few months, if not a year.
I quickly got out the recipe card that I had also gotten from my grandmother (I've gotten quite a bit of stuff from her, like more recipes and family heirlooms and stuff like that). After throwing together the ingredients, I poured the batter on to the warmed skillet and turned to my girls. They were preoccupied with the TV (SpongeBob SquarePants) and not paying attention to much else.
I felt something cold, almost like a hand, brush down my spine, sending jitters up and down my body. I immediately turned around, but no one was there. As I expected. I studied the air, as if some spirit would pop out and say, "Boo!"
I'm not sure how to describe what just happened, but it made the hairs on the back of my neck rise. It was... eerily familiar. The touch... it was almost like his...
Shaking my head, I scolded myself. I must be paranoid! It couldn't have been him! He died along with Marik when he killed himself!
Just thinking that sent a wave of sadness through my body, but I shook it off. That was almost six years ago, Skye! But the memories make it seem like it was only yesterday.
I had that odd feeling, as I flipped the mouth-watering pancakes. The feeling that I was being watched. Yet, the blinds were closed and the only other people that could were Pandora and Alex, who were still watching TV. What could it be?
That's silly! Who could be watching me? Of course, I believe in guardian angels, but this... this feels like someone sinister was watching. That eerie, horror-movie feeling that they get before they are murdered. Like Malik... but how could Malik even see me? Shouldn't he be in the pits of Hell, burning for all time?
Stop it, Skylar! You're just having pre-party jitters.
At least, that's what I assumed. What else could it be?
Those thoughts lingered in my mind for hours after, while I drove to get some last minute party items, when I went to pick up the cake, and when I tried to ignore them. The feeling that I was being watched still floated around in the back of my head, but I did my best to push it out of my mind.
Ishizu and Odion aren't able to make it for Alex's birthday, on account of work-related issues they had to sort out. They didn't really specify what it was, and I didn't ask. It wasn't any of my business, anyways.
I wondered if I should call them when I get home, at least. Maybe they'll have enough time to listen to me worry over nothing.
The two eager little girls wouldn't stop begging for me to stop at McDonald's for some food, and after dragging them through Wal-Mart for two hours, I was too exhausted to object. It was Alex's birthday, anyways. She deserves to be spoiled. Besides, they were both slender kids and we don't eat out often.
Pulling into the McDonald's drive-through, I took a glance at my purse, where my cell phone was sticking out of its pocket. Yugi, Tea, Seto, basically everyone I knew, had called me while I was trying to pick out party hats to inform me that they were going to take the time out of their Saturday to come and visit. Joey's probably coming for the free food.
My fingers reached over to it, and I flipped it open. I should at least text Ishizu. Odion doesn't have a phone, I don't think. I haven't spoke to them in a long time.
It had to wait, because we had to order. Of course, the two little girls wanted kids meals, and I ordered a chicken salad. My figure has gotten curvier then it was back when I was eighteen, considering I've had a child. I'm not fat, not even chubby. Just curvier. I didn't feel like gaining any more weight, and since the rest of the food I'll be consuming today will be utter junk, I didn't get a 6-piece chicken McNugget meal like I did whenever I came here. Their salads are ok, so I figured, why not? It's somewhat healthy for you.
After paying, I sent a quick text to Ishizu, saying, When you get the chance, call me.
Once all of the food was handed out, we were on our way home to set up for the party, which was to begin in a couple of hours. The girls were considerably quiet in the back, all busy munching away at their food.
The drive home was excruciatingly long and tiresome. I was already ready to go to bed, but I have a long, long afternoon ahead of me. I'll just make a pot of coffee when I get home and call it good.
When I entered my house, it was surprisingly cold, considering it was so warm outside right now. Surprisingly warm for an October afternoon. I didn't remember turning down the AC before I left the house.
"Mommy, it's cold!" Alex complained as she ran over to the couch to sit down.
"I know, I know. I'm turning up the AC." I insisted, dropping the groceries on the counter on the way to the controls.
My eyebrows raised when I read the dial. It was supposed to be 75 in here... it certainly doesn't feel like 75.
"What in the Hell..." I said, turning it up to 80.
I didn't notice a difference in the next ten minutes as I put away the groceries and did the dishes. Alexandra and Pandora ended up getting out some blankets and snuggling on the couch together, engrossed in the movie I had played for them to keep them distracted. Whatever works, I guess. I'll let them play outside when I'm setting up out there.
As I finished washing a big frying pan, another cold breeze ran up my leg, almost like a freezing cold hand. The frying pan fell from my hands and back into the sink, splattering water and soap everywhere.
"Mommy? What was that?" the girls questioned as the loud noise distracted them from the movie.
"Nothing, girls." I told them, and they accepted my answer and turned back to the movie.
My mind reeled as I cleaned up the splattered water and soap. What in the Hell is happening around here? First it gets to be freezing in my house, then what feels like a hand keeps on touching me!
I really need to talk to Ishizu.
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