Early Saturday morning Elion awoke to the strange smell of something burning. wiping sleep from her eyes, she rolled out of bed, grabbing a sweater since it was oddly chilly in her home. She began to walk toward the door before she tripped over something. She fell to the floor with a hard thud, and something hitting her in the gut. She let out a loud moan before she rolled over only to feel more pain in her back. After a few minutes the pain wore off and she managed to make it to the light switch.
Flicking on the light she was greeted by her room in utter disarray. The floor was covered in papers and different books and clothes. The photo's had been ripped from her wall and her laptop had been unplugged. She gasped, before she turned around and raced down the hall into the den where she saw her brother and sister, standing at the front door, throwing things out. Elion raised an eyebrow before she pushed threw the two of them and saw her photo's and books covering the ground and getting picked up by men dressed in black, who threw it all into a large fire in the middle of the street.
"What-" Elion said, unable to breathe before she turned around and looked at her brother and sister, "What are you guys doing? Why are you throwing my stuff out? Why are throwing out everything?!" she hollered.
"It's not just your stuff it's everyone's stuff. It's apart of the reform. Alucard says that we must get rid of everything that we are attached to," Emilia said.
"We must rid ourselves of the impurities and free our selves from anything that doesn't support the Ultimate Peace. Hatred, fighting, war. They must all go," Evan said, his voice sounding monotone as if he were a robot.
"Evan do you hear yourself? Evan your throwing out everything that I have ever cared about. Stop it! Please stop it Evan!" Elion screamed as she started to pick up her photo's and books that covered the ground before the men dressed in black could get them. As she held everything her hands and she continued to collect her things, she looked at the men and saw that they were a strange kind of black armor, somewhat like what the S.W.A.T members wore. She frowned before rising to her feet and walking past Evan who was now joining in the burning.
She returned to her room, and sat everything down on her desk, before collapsing onto her bed, shaking her head. She never let her hands leave her head as she sat there. She didn't understand why they were doing this. They were burning everything. They burned their favorite books,and photo's of mom and dad and their own works of art. People, were getting rid of everything they thought was making them impure. She couldn't understand and go along with this.
Tears began to roll down her face, as she sat there and heard the cries of joy coming from outside. She covered her ears, and closed her eyes, trying to drown out the noise. It felt and sounded inhuman to her, as if everyone had become monsters all subject to the control of Alucard. She smelled the smoke from the street and it made her want to throw up. As the tears continued to fall, she could hear the slight ringing of her cell phone on the desk. Slowly she got to her feet and answered the phone, only to hear Vanessa voice, filled with worry.
"Their...burning everything! Their burning everything Elion!" she cried.
"It's happening there too?" Elion asked, shaking from head to toe.
"It's happening everywhere Elion. On every street, families are burning everything! I called Astrid, and she told me through tears that Brandon broke up with her because he said she was imperfect and decided to join that young advocate group,"
"Vanessa, I don't think this is just happening to Cranebrook Meadows. I think every city, every state is doing the same thing," she said.
"What? Why do you say that?" Vanessa asked.
"Its a gut feeling and my gut is never wrong. This is happening all over the U.S. This is the beginning of the reform,"
"Elion I'm scared," Vanessa said.
"I'm scared to. Look, call Astrid back and try and calm her down. You wouldn't happen to have Maika's number would you?"
"It's on the server," Vanessa said, "Elion be careful. Who knows what's going to happen next,"
"I will. You be careful to. Talk to you in a bit," Elion said, as she plugged her laptop back in and turned it on. She tapped her fingers impatiently as it loaded and let out a sigh of relief as she finally got to load up the server. And sure enough their was Maika's number. She rose to her feet and slammed her door shut, locking it so her brother and sister couldn't waltz in and steal her things once again.
She quickly dialed Maika's number, listening to the music that he had playing signaling that the call was going through. She recognized it as Adelaide by Anberlin, a song that she actually liked. After a few more rings there was a quick hello from the other line.
"Maika? It's me Elion..."
"Elion, are you all right?" he asked quickly.
"I'm fine...no that's a lie. I'm scared out of my wits. Is it happening on your street to?" she asked.
"If by it you mean the burning and the men in black then yeah it's happening here too. Look, don't be scared all right?"
"I'm trying not to Maika. But I don't know what to do. Emilia and Evan came into my room and grabbed my things to burn them. They burned pictures of my mother and father. They burned my photo's and..." she got quiet unable to speak.
"It'll be ok. Just stay away from them Elion," Maika said.
"Maika, their my family!"
"I know they are! But their not thinking straight and who knows what they'll do next," he said.
"Ok, I'll stay away from them. I'm locked in my room,"
"Good, stay their until it's over ok?"
"Ok, hey have you talked to anyone else?"
"Yeah I talked to Jamie, and they are even doing this at the city hall. Elion, we need to be careful,"
"Ok, look I have to go, and think somethings over. I'll keep in touch," she said before hanging up.
She set her phone down on the desk before she made sure her door was locked once again and removed her sweater. She let it fall to the floor before she stood in front of her full length mirror that was on the back of her door. Dressed in her light blue tank top and shorts she could see the strange butterfly symbols that raced up both of her arms. They started at her wrists and stopped a little bit before her shoulders. She looked at her legs and saw that they were also appearing around her ankles. She shook with fear before she felt the soft silkiness of her new skin.
It was a comforting yet still terrifying feeling. That wasn't how skin felt and as much as she didn't like it, she loved it and it felt so natural to her. She wasn't sure what it meant, but it had something to do with what was going on at the moment. None of this started to appear until the night before Alucard was suppose to come to Cranebrook Meadows. She shook all over, lifting her shirt as she saw the symbols were beginning to form on her stomach as well.
"What does this mean?" she asked herself, as she fell to the floor, letting her shirt cover her stomach.
The burning went on for hours, in which Elion stayed in her room. It wasn't until it was nearly 4 in the afternoon when it stopped. That's when she gained the courage to venture out of her room. She picked up her sweater and exited her bedroom. As she walked down the now bare hall way, and entered the den she saw the T.V and photo's of the family were gone. The large sofa was also gone. In the kitchen glass was broken and covered the floor. This wasn't her home any longer.
It was destroyed, as if a tornado had ran threw her home. The home her mother and father tried so hard to build for the three of them. Suddenly she heard two doors open and turned around to see her her brother and sister leaving their rooms, carrying suitcases and dufflebags filled with clothes. Emilia stopped in front of Elion looking her up and down.
"Why aren't you dressed? We're leaving,"
"What are you talking about?" Elion asked.
"We're leaving and going to the meeting grounds of the next Alucard meeting. Their I'll be joining the other young advocates and sister will be able to help the other adults and purify herself. Your coming with us," Evan explained.
"No, I'm not. I'm not going with you," Elion said sternly.
"Yes you are! Now go pack your things!"
"No! I'm not going with you two!" Elion said as she tried o run past her siblings toward her room. But instead she was grabbed by Evan who was holding her arms tightly. She struggled and kicked as her brother held her, and then lifted her into the air. She never realized how strong Evan was, and his grip wasn't going to falter any time soon.
"Go pack her stuff Emi,"
"No, stay out of my room!" Elion hollered as her sister raced away.
"Come on your coming with us," he said as he started walking toward the front door.
"No! I'm not going with you! I'm not going with you!" Elion screamed as she tried to get free of her broths grip.
She swung her legs trying to land a hit in his crotch, but she wasn't even getting close. She continued to scream and kick to get free of her brother. As she got closer and closer to the door, she got the familiar burning sensation, but all over her body. It felt as if her skin was melting right off her body, but yet she liked the feel of it. She glared at her brother as he was about to open the door.
"Let me go!"
"No," he said, his voice still in that monotone state.
Then as if they had been struck by lighting, Evan let go of her and went flying into the kitchen. He flipped over the island and landed on the table, as Elion fell to the floor. Her whole body was shaking as she sat their on the floor, the strange powering glowing and escaping from her hands for a few more seconds before she looked at her brother who was now rising, bleeding from a large cut above his eyes. He limbed toward her, before he stopped.
"Emilia, come on let's go. Leave Elion's stuff here. She's not coming with us," he said.
"Really, oh that is a shame Elion. Maybe you'll come and join us later," Emilia said as she grabbed her things and then bent down and kissed her sisters forehead, "I love you little sis,"
Her words sounded strange and unfamiliar to her. She watched as her sister hugged her, but she didn't feel it, and when her brother waved and mouthed the words that he loved her and hugged her, she didn't feel it either. She didn't feel anything but a strange emptiness. Her family was gone, and she was now sitting alone in her home. A few days ago, she had awoken to her sister yelling and now she was alone.
She felt the tears rolling down her cheeks, before she managed to rise to her feet and make her way to her bedroom. She collapsed onto her bed, tears rolling down her face freely. For the first time in her life, she felt terrified and wished that she was dreaming, but she wasn't dreaming. This was all happening and she was still just a teenaged girl. A 16 year old girl.
Closing her eyes. She laid their and cried, screaming for her mother and father. Screaming for Emilia and Evan, knowing that they weren't coming.
It wasn't her thoughts, but someone else's, but it sounded so nice and comforting. That was what she was suppose to do. And in the back of her mind and in the depths of her soul, she had a felt something erupt. Something strong that couldn't be extinguished. It gave her hope, and hope was just the beginning.