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Tempest was angry. She sat curled up on the train surrounded by all her friends and her little sister. Divinas' hair was back to normal. If it weren't for the fact that her skin shimmered she would have thought she was an albino. Tempest put her hand out the window and pet her dragon. Everything was different and once again, she wondered where she belonged. Everyone around her was talking as thought she wasn't there, and she had finally had enough.

“Can you please stop talking about me like I don't exist. I mean for heavens sake I do have heightened hearing you know.” They all stared at her till she finally rolled her eyes. “You know what, never mind.”   She stood up and opened the window. She climbed dexterously and sat with herd rang. She could still hear her friends, but at least it was better than sitting with them as they talked. Suddenly Tempest jerked her eyes open and she slunk back into the cabin.


“Edana!”


“What?”


Tempest want over to her and gripped her wrist. “Don't you ever talk like that again!”


“Let go of me.”


“Do you think it was fare what those Death Eaters did to those muggles?! Do you?”

“I just thought it was funny.”


“Well it's not! It's not funny! They were innocent people! The Death Eaters Edana are no better than those genocide committing Crusaders!”


“No they not!”


“Yes they are! They would have killed those people because of what they are! Just like the crusaders!”


“Shut up! You're not mum!”


“Someone has to be! After all what if it was mum being tortured! Well!”


“But it wasn't!” She was beginning to cry.


“But what if it was!” Tempest let go of her sister and shoved her back. “Why don't you just get it. They were innocent people . . . just like dad.”

“I didn't know him.”


“I know, that's where the fault lies. Innocent people Edana, they don't deserved pain.”


With that she stormed from the room and left her crying sister in the hands of her friends.  She couldn't be around anyone.


She walked to the dining cart and sat with her legs up to her chin. She had ordered a hot fudge Sunday. It didn't satisfy her hunger, but then again, nothing ver did, and at this point, she was afraid of tasting what did.


She ate another ice cream Sunday and another till someone sat in front of her. It was Void followed by Chad. Tempest was growing tiresome at everyone trying to talk to her. So this time, she wouldn't even bother with talking.

“Zephyr, you have to calm don,” said Void. She continued to eat.

“He's right Zephyr. I mean she's your little sister,” said Chad. She ignored him and continued eating. So what, she thought, my sister treated me worst than that.


“Temp . . . ” She glared at Void and he smiled. He Finally had her attention. “Zephyr she doesn't know any better. I mean, for goodness sake, your family is just like any normal pure blood family. You all hate muggles. But you understand compassion, sympathy, and empathy.”


She put down her spoon and pushed away her bowl.


“Go . . . AWAY!” She stood and walked away but not before Chad grabbed her wrist.


“Let go of me.”


“No.”


“I swear Chad, let go of me or I will break your hand.”


“If you really wanted to you already wold have done it.”

“Don't tempt me to hurt you. I am already in the aching for that pleasure at this point.  Now, leave me alone.” She pulled her arm and Chad flew to the ground. No smiled crept on her face as she just stood there. For someone who was against causing pain to the innocent, she was doing that a lot lately.


“Zephyr,” began Void.


“Don't, just don't all right. All I want is to be left alone. Please.” Void nodded and after helping Chad up, left. She ordered another Sunday and say in the welcomed silence.


***


Tempest squeezed into a carriage with Nila, Void, Chad, and Divina. No one had bothered talking to her, which was good, but they were staring at her a lot. She wished Gorx was her, but he was with the other eighth year students, he was really the only person she felt understood her at this points.


The ride stopped and she got out. Master Vlad was waiting for them clad in his usual red and black. She stared at him and he looked bak at her in pity. So the teachers know, she thought. Of course they should know, they knew everything about her. She clenched her hands and looked down at the water. No reflection stared back at her. Master Vlad walked them in and directed all the students to their tables. Tempest sat but did on stare blankly around, but instead held an intend gaze at the veiled mirror. She kept that gaze until the new students were welcomed in. She watched her sister standing alone and shy, something she normally was not. Then she looked at Zoltron. His face looked warn and sad, and when he looked up at her, she knew what he was thinking about. Her mother had massacred his family. She finally turned away and began to listen distantly to Master Vlad call out names.


She quickly turned her attention towards the front when she heard her sisters name called.


“Nyx, Edana!” Tempest carefully watched her sister step forward to the mirror and place her hands upon it. She then watched as it stared at her confused and pulled her in.


“No!” screamed Tempest.


She ran to the mirror and pounded till she was out of strength.


“Let her go,” she muttered under her breath. Again she looked at the mirror. No reflection stared back at her. She placed her hands on the mirror and leaned close.


“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall . . . ” Hands gripped her, “Who's the fairest of them all.”  She felt herself pulled into darkness.


“Miss Nyx, it's so wonderful to see you again.” She changed into Morganna. “I can see into your mind Miss Nyx.”


“Why have you taken her?”


“Her mind in empty. Her heart is empty. She is just a shell with a trapped shell.”


“Let her go.”


“I am trying to find a propre place to put her! If I do not, she will be possessed if not now, later.”


“What do you mean by that?"


“There are wolds within world Tempest. There are places within places Tempest. Mirror that can help bring the darkness toward us. Mirrors that travel. Mirrors that speak. Mirrors that help one see into the future. Mirror that hold secrets untold to anyone.”


“One more time, let her go.”


“I will, in minute.” She knocked Tempest to the ground and dug her nails into Tempests temples. “But first I will have to see your sisters actions.”


Tempest yelped in pain and when finally released clutched her head against the ground. Tempest looked at Edana and for the first time noticed that her purple eye were cold and dead, yet she herself was very much alive.

“Slimythings,” said the reflection. She picked up Tempest and pushed her out of the mirror followed by Edana.


“Slimythings!”


No one applauded, instead they stared at both Tempest and Edana in fright and confusion. She looked back at the mirror once more. It smiled at her briefly than vanished.


Everyone at the Slimythings table stared as they sat down. Edana was still staring blankly ahead of herself.

“Edana,” began Void, “are you all right?”

She nodded and smiled. “Yes, I'm all right.”


“Good, now come here.” She laid her head on Void and he hugged her. Tempest rolled her eyes and looked at Nila. She was picked her perfectly dark blue nail. She looked angry, but when she looked up at Tempest, she smiled and her eyes were filled with happiness. She turned away and continued picking at her anil as thought nothing had happened. That was one thing Tempest loved most about Nila, she always had a habit of making Tempest forget her problems.


Time passed and soon they feats began. Tempest ate her fill until someone tapped her shoulder. It was Master Vlad. He directed her to follow him and as she got up she noticed that Mistress Scrub had done the same to Zoltron. They followed them into the back room. Tempest and Zoltron stood while a girl was brought to them.


“Tempest, Zoltron, I would like you to meet my niece. Hethena Croxford,” said Mistress Scrub.


“Acantha, you know I hate that name. Call me Hydra.” She stuck out her hand toward Zoltron.


“Zoltron . . . Crick. Zoltron Crick."
“Nice to meet you, and I already know you. Your . . . ”

“Don't call me Tempest. Just don't. Nobody calls me Tempest. Just call me Zephyr.”


“All right, I will.”

"Zoltron and Zephyr are cousins Hydra, and her little sister is just starting here.”


“Excuse me, but how old are you exactly?' asked Tempest.


“Fifteen. I was sorted earlier. I'll be in Crowingraves.” Her sea-green eyes sparkled in excitement.


“Why are you attending the Nightmare Academy?” asked Zoltron.


“Oh I sort of got expelled from my last school.”


“What did you do?”


“Attacked another student.” She flashed her werewolf teeth and Tempest and Zoltron looked at each other.


“I'm vampire and he's a were-cat. You don't scare us.” Zoltron smiled and put his elbow on Tempests shoulder.


“She's right you know. You don't scare us. As a mater of fact we don't scare easily.” He looked at Tempest. “But I think I know someone who might scare easily.”


“Really, who?”

“Her names Nila Cerdwin.”


“She's my bets friend,” said Tempest. “She's the easiest person yo scare in the whole world.”


Hydra smiled and then turned and gave her aunt a hug. After that she turned to them and told then to lead her to this Nila character. They did and while they walked, smiled secretly at each other. This is going to be fun, thought Tempest.


They walked to the Slimythings table. Tempest rolled her eye when she saw Void and Nila arguing about something.


“What I think is you're a pretentious jerk!” yelled Nila.


“So! I can't help it if you're incredibly brainless! For heavens sake Nila, he kidnapped you and practically tortured you!”

“We're just friends! We talked over everything, I no longer have any feelings for him!”

Tempest finally understood what they were talking about. Adrian. Tempest herself liked him, but she could understand the hostility Void harbored for him.


“Enough you two!” she yelled silencing them both. “I swear you two are ridiculous. Now I would like you two to me Mistress Scrubs niece, Hydra. Hydra the bickering couple are Void and Nila.


“Hello,” they said in unison before slinking back down into their seats. Void went back to picking at his food and cradling Edana, and Nila went back to filing her nails. Hydra went up to and bent down to her.


“Hey Nila?”

“Yeah?”


“How are you?” She flashed Nila a toothy grin. “By that way, I'm a werewolf and I got expelled for attacking another student.”


“Okay . . . um are you trying to scare me or something, because let me tell yo something, I'm not scared of anything.” Nila smiled and went back to filing her nails. Tempest looked at Void. He was smiling.


Hydra stood up and turned to Tempest and Zoltron.


“You said she was scared of everything!”


They shrugged and looked at each other. “We lied.” They smiled and so did she.


“You two are very sneaky.”


“We know,” they said in unison.

“Hmm, well I guess I'll be seeing you around.”

“I'll walk you to your table,” said Zoltron,”I have to go your way anyway. I'm in Growlkittens.”


“Oh okay. Well I guess I'll see you all later.”


“See you around cousin.”


“Same here . . . cousin.”


He smiled and walked with hi head down to his table. Tempest stared after Zoltron. He was alone for years because of her mother, she thought.

She sat down and stared at Nila. Nila looked up at her and smiled. Soon her smiled vanished and worry crossed her face.


“What's wrong?” she whispered.

“The mirror. I have to tell you and Void something that I found out, or rather what I discovered.” She looked at Edana and Nila followed her gaze.


***


They were standing over her bed. All of them. Tempest by Edana's head. Void next to her followed by Nila, Chad, Divina and Gorx.


“So let me get this straight, Edana is empty,” began Void.


“I know I don't fully understand it myself.”


“How is that even possible?” asked Nila.


“I don't know. I keep thinking back. I was holding Edana and Jason was holding me. Selene was against the wall. That day we all changed. Jasons' eyes became softer, Selenes' became angrier. Mine, became sadder, but I guess I never really noticed hers. She I guess was to young to understand. But now, I'm not so sure. My father gave us all so much joy. I think back and she was always happy. When I looked at her eyes in the mirror, she looked dead.”


“So the mirror . . . ” began Chad.


“Reflection,” corrected Tempest.


“Reflection then.   Now as I was saying, the reflection said that she can become possessed,” finished Chad.


“Yes.”

"What do you want us to do then?" asked Divina.


“The only thing we can do?”


“Which being?” asked Gorx.


“Protect her and watch over her. That's all I . . . we can do.”


Tempest stroked her sisters hair and kissed her forehead. She knew what she was afraid might posses her, she just hoped that he was finally gone.

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