After Chloe and Emily had finished their breakfast, they heard the bell that called them to the library. They had been notified that after breakfast they were to report there for a lesson in their genealogy. Lovely.
"Do you know who your related to?" Emily asked.
"Distant relative of George Washington," she answered.
"Really?" Emily asked with disbelief.
"Haha, no," Chloe smiled at how gullible Emily was. "I'm probably related to some homeless person on the street for all I know. Don't know much about my ancestry."
"You and me both," she smiled back as we opened the doors to the library only to see that Marc was already there and they were greeted with his usual grin.
"Ladies!" Marc exclaimed, "It appears I am Apollo's descendant! You know what that means?"
"Bad luck with love?" Chloe retorted.
"It means that I am very good looking." Marc continued to smile.
"Well, I won't deny that, but usually I look inside before looking outside, and, well, let's just say you're not looking too well." She felt a sliver of annoyance emerge in her voice.
"Luckily, my dear, we have only known each other for a day or so. You will change your opinion in time." He winked and walked away as Chloe and Emily rolled their eyes simultaneously and then laughed at their unison.
"Ah," Gabby called our attention, "Chloe, Emily, you had a restful nights rest?"
"Yes, ma'am," Chloe said looking to Emily, receiving a slight nod.
"That's good to hear," she smiled and looked at them. "As you know, we're here to analyze your ancestry hoping that it will link to your powers." She sat down at a table that had books laid out in front of two chairs that Emily and Chloe were to sit at.
"Ms. Othisi," Gabby directed her full attention to Chloe as she sat down in front of the two girls. "One of the few who carries the meaning of their ancestors names."
"Meaning?" Chloe looked down at the book laid out in front of her.
"'Othisi' is Greek for gravity," she smiled.
"'The Greek goddess Gaia and the Greek god Uranus were the parents of Meliae, the nymphs.'" Chloe read from the highlighted section. "So I'm a nymph?" She looked up in disbelief.
"Your ancestors were," Gabby smiled. "I believe your powers are closely related to the power of the earth. Gaia, the mother of the earth, has the most influential on your powers. In a sense, you can become the core of the earth; controlling gravity at will, pulling and pushing things towards and away from you."
"So why does this page talk about Meliae instead of Gaia?" Chloe asked reading more about the so called 'nymphs'.
"You already know about the power you have to 'attract' objects," she said pointing at another highlighted portion. "We're here to decipher whether or not you have something beyond what you already know."
Chloe stared at her blankly, still not able to connect any dots. "Nymphs were born from the one you take after most, therefore we believe that the nymphs have similar powers. They are said to be beautiful creatures that dwell by springs and rivers. However, because they're closely affiliated with water," she said pausing slightly hoping that Chloe would catch on, but the blank state continued. "The push and pull of the moon. The rise and fall of tides. Nymphs are said to control the gravitational pull. Having said that, they are also noted as the nurses of Zeus."
"So you have me a ten hour lecture just to tell me that I could have healing powers?" Chloe asked.
"Might," she smiled.
"That would be cool," Chloe grinned as she continued to scan the pages that had tabs on them, reading more about her ancestors. "So, how do I know if I have powers other than my gravity one?"
"That my child," she patted me on the shoulder, "is for you to figure out."
After a long pause she smiled, knowing exactly what to do. "Emily," she turned suddenly. "I know what I have to do! I'll see you at lunch, 'kay?" And without an answer, Chloe bolted out of the library as if it was the last day of school.
She raced around the corner, back into her room, and went straight for the wardrobe. She pulled out a bikini and went to the bathroom to change.
Before running back out, she slipped on a towel, flip-flops and slipped on a shirt that slipped off one of her shoulders.
She ran outside the castle not with excitement but with anxiety. After searching for the answers for years she finally had answers and more.
Upon her arrival, she had seen a small stream from her window and now that she had come close enough, it was clearer than she had imagined.
Chloe had taken off her shirt, kicked her flip-flops off, and tossed her towel to the side.
She stood there breathless for a second, not knowing what to do yet. "Maybe I should've thought this one through," she murmured to herself as she slipped her foot into the steady flow of the trickling water.
It felt nice with the sun began to make its way to its' peak. The crickets had begun to chirp and the birds had been up for hours.
"At least it's refreshing," she said as she now stood with both feet in the cool water that only reached her ankles.
Chloe sat down letting the water run down her legs as she closed her eyes to bask in the sun, but the moment didn't last very long.
"You look good in a bikini," a voice said.
Chloe didn't say anything. She only tilted her head back so the sun kissed her face and so the water brushed the ends of her hair. She wouldn't let this person ruin her moment.
"I don't know what I did to deserve the silent treatment," the voice came in deeper than Marc's as he spoke.
Chloe peeked from the corner of her eyes and to her surprise it wasn't Marc, but someone who was crouched by the stream that had blonde hair and eyes that seemed grey with a tint of blue.
"Oh!" Chloe jumped And faced the stranger. "Sorry, I thought you were Marc," her cheeks were flushed red as she tucked loose strands of hair behind her ear.
The guy smiled as the sun rose behind him blinding her for a split second as her eyes readjusted. "I'm Alex," he extended his hand out to me and I shook it sheepishly. "People get me mixed up with Marc all the time. They say we have the same voice," he smirked.
"No, just you," he chuckled.
"Oh," Chloe turned away slightly, embarrassed.
"It's fine," he shook his head. "What are you doing?"
"Getting in touch with my inner nymph," I said. "Apparently I'm somehow related to them."
"Ah, so your a new recruit," he concluded.
"You could say that."
"Well don't let me keep you," she stood up. "I'll see you around then?"
"Yeah," she said softly while smiling.
As he walked off Chloe back up at the sky closing her eyes as she began to doze off.
"You look good in a bikini," another voice came, similar to the one from before.
Chloe peeked a look, again and immediately closed them. "Deja Vu." She said.
"Really?" The voice came again. "Can't believe why you'd say that."
"Me either," she said and then completely shut out everything around her and focused on the sound of the water moving around her.