"Come and rescue me. I'm burning, can't you see? Come and rescue me. Only you can set me free."
In our Fourth Year, I noticed something different about Karlie when we got back to school. She was quieter, more reserved and she had more friends. She didn't seem as ditzy as she had been. It's like she'd woken up from some crazy dream and realized that life wasn't a bowl of brightly colored candy.
She hung out with this girl, Lily Evans, who was nice enough, I suppose, and hated Sirius Black and James Potter possibly more than me. However, she was the epitome of a Gryffindor. Next in line for prefect, highest grades in our year. She even had the red hair. Perfect smile. Perfect everything. But she didn't take any shit. And that was why I didn't hate her. But she was also competition.
Lily Evans had recently taken a turn of events and became a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. And it bothered me to say that she was damn good. There were new people on our Quidditch team this year, but I was still the youngest and still the only female. The only people still remaining from when I first joined were Kenny, Damian and John. Marcus, Victor and Jimmy joined in by the skin of their teeth and I knew that we were going to have to work extra hard this year if we wanted to win that blasted cup. Just by looking at John, however, who took over the Captaincy, I knew he had a few plans up his sleeves.
And he did. We won the majority of our games that season and I threw myself into practice, it being my only focus almost entirely through out the entire year.
So it was only at the end of the season when I noticed, really noticed Karlie. I had woken up about a week after the Cup had been given to us to find someone who didn't resemble my sister at all. I was trying to catch up on my homework so I wouldn't get another detention and I headed to the library. Karlie was in there, looking thoroughly downcast. When she looked up, I froze.
Her cheekbones were hollowed out, her eyes were sunken and her hair was shorter- it was no longer near her elbows, but now resting on her shoulders. I stared at her in shock and she shivered and pulled her robes tightly around herself.
"Hi Kady!" she said as she normally did. Chipper and with a smile. Only this time, the smile was kind of forced and I noticed that she sounded fake. What had happened to my twin?
"Hi Karls," I said cautiously and sat down next to her. I decided not to mention anything- yet. "How are you?"
"Tired," she said, and to prove her point, yawned. She smiled again. "How are you? You look less tired." I shrugged.
"I don’t have to worry about Quidditch so much anymore and I have more time to sleep, I guess." I peered at her. "You look like you could use a couple of hours, why don't you go to bed early?" She shook her head.
"No, I have a study session in a few minutes and I have to get a better grade in Charms." I sat up.
"Who's your tutor?"
"I am," a voice said and I looked up into the eyes of Lily Evans. She smiled tightly at me. "Hello, Kadyn."
"Hello, Lily." I turned around to hug my sister and I stood up, nodding to Lily who sat down in my place. Karlie looked up at me.
"Owling Mum later?" I nodded. She took a deep breath. "Has she been sending you little treats in the mail?" I thought for a moment, and then remembered that I did, indeed, receive a package of fudge not too long ago. I nodded.
"Want mine? I don't like fudge." I stared at her in shock.
"What are you talking about, you love Mum's fudge." She shrugged.
"Not anymore. Guess my taste buds changed. I'll bring them to you tomorrow morning." I shrugged.
"Okay...well, good luck with your study session and...Get a good night's sleep, okay?" I smiled at her softly. "Love you, Karls. Good night, Lily."
"G'night," they both said and dove into Lily's huge Charms book. I was thinking long and hard as I suddenly left the library, feeling lost and confused as I hadn't gotten my work done and the tone of Karlie's voice sort of sounded like she was calling for help. Calling for me to come and save her- but from what?