“Come on, we are going to be late! We can’t be late. Even you know that! What do you think you are messing about at? Hurry up!” shouted Star over the sound of the rain as she dragged the drenched boy along. “We didn’t go through all this for nothing you know! Oh, just follow me, we’re almost there!” She sighed and remembered how it had all started.
It was raining again that day and she was sat by the fire, warming her hands as she gazed outside at the rain. KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK. She slowly got up to answer the door. KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, it went again.
“I’m coming, I’m coming!” She walked over to the door and opened it. Suddenly she was dragged out in to the rain. “Hey, let go of me, what’s going….” The person holding her had put a hand over her mouth and she heard them shush in her ear. She tried to get away but they held her firm. She couldn’t tell much about her captor, as they were wearing a big, shapeless, drab, long coat. She couldn’t see their face either, since it was hidden under their hat. She was dragged across the road to a big black van, when they got there she saw them reach over to open the back of the van, except it wouldn’t open.
“Oh no! It’s jammed! Open, stupid door!” They said desperately, tugging on the door. “Come on, we’ve got to get out of here!” She could tell from the voice that the person was male. Finally he got the door open. At that moment her house blew up! Debris flew everywhere; the man shielded her through those few terrifying seconds until all that was left of her house was a pile of rubble.
She couldn’t believe it. It was too much. Everything she had, everything she owned had been in that house and it was gone. The man put his hand on her shoulder,
“I’m sorry. Now come on, get in the van. There is nothing left for you here.” She slowly got in to the van, once in, they set off.
Inside the car, on the way she found out that her captor was a young man in his 20s with short black hair. He told her his name was Phoenix, that she shouldn’t be scared and she should forget what she’s leaving behind. Yet she was confused, Phoenix hadn’t mentioned anything about where they were going. After what seemed like forever of worrying and unsuccessfully questioning Phoenix, she fell asleep in the car.
It must have been at least a few hours later as it was dark when she woke up to see the massive stone buildings for the very first time. It was quite daunting just the size of them. The building, at the time, was lit up like a Christmas tree, outlined against the pitch-black sky.
However Phoenix was in a hurry and didn’t let her admire the building for long. He took her hand, brought her over to the door and let her in. Inside a thin middle-aged woman with dark ginger hair and bright red lipstick met them. She walked straight over to Phoenix.
“Did you do it, then?”, she asked him.
“Yes, yes, of course, Sparrow, but I was too late – she saw it”, Phoenix replied nervously.
“Never mind, don’t worry some things can’t be helped”, she simply answered. Sparrow turned around to look at her and stared, examining her like an object. After a couple of minutes she broke into a small smile and nodded at Phoenix as if to say he had done a good job. She slowly raised her hands to her head, undid her tight hair bun and let her hair fall in curls down to her shoulders. Only then did Phoenix gasp and rub his eyes in disbelief. Carefully Sparrow offered a hand to the girl,
“Come over here, you must have had a hard day. You’ve probably got lots of questions” Sparrow quietly said, she nodded silently in response, “OK, We’ll try to answer them best we can. First, though, you must be so tired, get some rest”
Sparrow was right, she had loads of questions but she wasn’t that tired as she had slept on the way. She felt so confused because they still not told her anything.
Suddenly a boy, about her age, chose that moment to rush down the stairs, swing on the banister and jump into the room!
“Hey, a newbie!” he shouted as saw her but when he turned he spotted Sparrow, “Wow! Your hair…. I can’t wait to tell the others!”
Phoenix by now had only just found his voice, “Hey Flare, Naming Ceremony’s tomorrow where you’ll all meet her but for now it may be better if you go upstairs and keep quiet for now. Let her settle down first. Okay?”
“I suppose. See you later then.” He ran up the stairs, stopped halfway and shouted down, “Looking forward to meeting you!”
She smiled then turned to Phoenix “Naming Ceremony?”
“Um, yes. You see you will get a new name that you’ll be called here; it’s to protect you. Trust me. Don’t worry about it. I’ll take you to your room.” He took her up the stairs and across a long corridor. Each door they passed had a name on it. They stopped at a door with no name on. Phoenix took out a key and unlocked the door. He opened the door and she peered in. “This is your new room. It’s a bit plain but you’ll be able to customise it and make it your own. You’ll find everything you need here but if you need me I’ll be downstairs. Is that everything? Oh, almost forgot”, he passed her the key. “You’ll need that. Well, if that's it, I’d better leave you to it. You’ve got a long day tomorrow, so you should get some sleep. Bye then, see you in the morning” He grinned turned and left her to explore.