This isn't the way we're supposed to be

    • Genna stepped a little closer to take in the dragon. It wasn't bad. "This isn't bad, Aurora," she spoke aloud, examining the creature's features. "I mean, this is better than my art when I first started drawing. You just have to keep working at it. Don't give up." Picking up the brush from where the younger girl had thrown it down, she stretched her hand out to give it back. Her warm chocolate eyes radiated kindness and encouragement.
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    • Aurora gave a quiet sigh as Genna encouraged her, trying to give the paintbrush back to her. She shook her head. "I already screwed it up. Its already done." She rejected the paintbrush, pulling her phone from her wet pocket. Hitting the home button, she gasped as her screen lit up and revealed three text messages, two from dad and one from mom.

      Oh no. That was bad. It did not take them long to figure out she was gone, and even worse, she had actually missed their messages. With mom, there might be some leeway, but from their dad...none. If he couldn't reach them when they wanted to, they would grow very close to losing their phones.


      "Aurora left, and didn't say anything, and now she's avoiding our messages." Orion's father did look quite irritated at Aurora's disrespect. "Orion, give me your phone."


      Oh, that was bad. They were going to take his phone, and use it to contact Aurora. She always answered his calls. Every time, be it in class, in an after school club, or when it was late at night. He knew what would happen if he didn't give them the phone, though.


      Aurora watched as, just in that moment, her phone started buzzing repeatedly. Orion-Mobile
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    • Genna was about to say something inspirational about how she wasn't done until she really wanted to be, but stopped short when she noticed the younger girl's face change from irritation to horror. She was staring at her phone. "What's wrong?" the older girl asked, putting the brush back on the table. They'd had enough bad luck for the night. Surely things couldn't get any worse...
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    • Aurora's horror seemed to subside a little bit as she saw who's name it was on her phone. "My parents know that I'm gone. They've been texting me a lot. Orion is calling me now. Probably to tell me that they are angry..." She sighed, answering the phone and hearing silence on the other end. "Hello? Orion?"

      A sharp sound was audible, even from Genna's distance, on the other end, and Aurora flinched away, pulling the phone away from her ear as a blast of yelling came from her father's voice.


      "AURORA!" The man yelled into the receiver. "Where in the hell are you? You do NOT leave this house for anything without my permission! I have been thoroughly clear with you about this, and yet you still disobey me! If you aren't home in ten minutes, don't bother coming home at all tonight!"


      The line disconnected from the other end, and Aurora dropped the phone to the ground, once again beginning to sob.
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    • Genna said nothing, but flinched slightly as the man's angry voice could be heard over the phone. She felt bad for the younger girl as she started crying again. Stepping forward, she put a hand gently on Aurora's shoulder. "What do you want to do...?" She asked calmly. She had no idea if the storm had calmed down or not, but if Aurora wanted to be taken home, she could do that.

      That, then brought up the idea that she was gonna have to go to her own house. She wondered if her parents had tried to call or if Trent had left or not. She didn't want to go back to find him hiding in her room or something. The mere thought of him made her body ache from marks he'd left.
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    • Aurora shook her head as Genevieve asked her what it was that she wanted to do. "I don't know, he wants me home, I have to go home..." More sobs came from her eyes. She sure cried a lot. She had a lot of stress in her life, it seemed. "I'm sorry, if I don't go home, he'll..." She stopped herself from saying it. "I have to go home." She repeated.


      Shadow flinched, having turned away as his father used him to get to his sister. There had been little he could do to stop it, but it hurt him knowing that it was his fault that he had been able to reach his sister.
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    • Genna hesitated. "Aurora... What will he do if you go home? I can't take you back there if he's going to hurt you..." The older girl's stance on this was stubborn and solid. She'd been through so much on her own that there was no way she was going to take Aurora back to her home to be beaten or worse. "I know you think you don't have a choice, here, but you do. If you're truly scared, you can stay with me tonight." She needed to know the offer was out there.
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    • Aurora shook her head quickly. "N-no! If I don't go home, it'll just get worse, and he'll get even more angry, and then instead of me, he'll take it out on-" She cut herself off, stopping as she said these words without really meaning to. She had been too quick to respond, to say she needed to get home and give Genna a reason, that she slipped up and let her in on some of what occurred. She looked down at her feet again. "I have to go back home. Now."
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    • Genna's face hardened as Aurora slipped up. "You're afraid your father is going to hurt Orion if you don't go back and take the punishment instead? Aurora, that's not right. If you're being hurt, you need to tell someone. I can't take you back there knowing you're going to get hurt if I do. I'm sorry, I can't." She refused to take part in this message by delivering the young freshman to her father like a ham on a plate. She couldn't.
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    • "He won't hurt me if I get home right away!" She snapped at her friend. "He doesn't do that! He just gets angry, and yells a lot!" This was nothing new to her. Her father hadn't physically harmed her in years, and he wouldn't if she obeyed what he said and got home.


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    • To say Genevieve didn't like this plan was an understatement to day the least. She didn't know the extent of Aurora's situation, but if there was any possibility that she would end up getting hurt because of Genna? She wasn't sure she was ready to be part of that. But then what could she do? As much as she didn't want to take the younger girl back to her home with her raging parents, she couldn't force her to do anything. And then, also, what right did she have to call the younger girl a liar about something she had no real knowledge? It was an awful situation, but after a moment, Genevieve took a deep breath and grabbed her soaked sweater off the table. "Fine... Let's go..."
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    • Aurora heard the dislike of the situation within Genna's voice, but there was nothing that could be done. She readied to go back outside, feeling that her feet had just been beginning to dry themselves.
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    • Though the rain showed no sign of stopping, it had died down enough for them to get back to the car without getting completely drenched. After locking the studio door, she used the button on her keys to wirelessly unlock the car. A moment later, the young senior was pulling the door closed behind her as she settled into the driver's seat. A moment after that, she was backing out of the parking lot, ready to head back to Aurora's house.

      It wasn't a very long drive, and though the rain was fluctuating as they drove, she managed to pull up in front of Aurora's house in relatively good time. Putting the car in park, Genna turned towards the younger girl, staring at her hard. "Promise me you'll be careful... I would say call or text me if you need anything, but..." Remembering the intensity in which Trent had hurled her phone at the wall, she dated she'd be receiving calls for a while. If he even left it in her house... If he'd even left her house...
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    • Aurora bit her lip, giving a quick nod. "Okay. Well, I'll see you at school tomorrow." She opened the door after they parked, stepping outside and shivering as she once again stepped back into the cold. Besides the whole 'left without permission' thing, how in the hell was she going to explain being barefoot outside?


      She walked towards the door, giving quiet cries of pain as she stepped across gravel, feeling prodding jabs of the small rocks. It was hurting. She tried skipping over it, coming up to the front door. She turned back around, waving briefly at Genevieve.
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    • Genna waited until Aurora had made it to the door before putting the car in drive again. She doubted her parents were home, but the question now would be whether or not Trent had left. She figured she'd have to risk it sooner or later. As soon as she saw the younger girl had made it to the front of the house, she drove back towards her house.
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    • As Aurora reached for the doorknob, it opened in front of her, and Orion stood there, looking equally distressed and intoxicated. She listened as her brother told her to just be quiet and that they'd get through it, then he pulled her inside and closed the door.
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    • Genna made it home relatively fast. From outside, there was no evidence of whether or not Trent had left. Pulling into the garage she'd left open, she hesitantly killed the engine. Her nerves were on edge as she walked into the house, leaving the garage open in case she needed to make a run for it. It didn't occur to her that the storm might have kept him holed up in the house.
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    • Her phone was gone from where Trent had thrown it, but there wasn't any sign that he was still inside.


      Aurora tuned out at the events of the next hour or so. There was a lot of yelling and screaming, scolding and scalding comments about how the kind and obedient child she was was fading. And the only time the yelling became too intense, the one moment she became truly fearful that she might be harmed, when her father was coming to close, Orion stepped in between them, and turned the situation down a notch.


      Looking back on the whole event, it was all blurring together. It was nighttime now, and she lie in her bed, staring at her toes as she wondered what she was going to do now. She reached into her pocket, pulling her phone out to...oh, right. Her father took it away. She sighed, knowing that her only relief from her life was now gone. She was happy, because her lack of shoes had not been brought up during the duration of the yelling fest, probably because Orion had met her at the door.


      Orion sat at his desk in his room, no lights on. He was feeling horrible, having had to observe hours of the blank, hopeless expression that had become more and more common on his sister's face. The more she had to hear the hate within their father, the more he saw the lack of hope in her eyes, the lack of happiness. He didn't understand what had caused her to change to this; she had been so happy and mentally free only three or so months ago.


      Well...three months ago, she started high school. That was an obvious culprit.


      A thought suddenly hit him--someone drove her home. She had been in a vehicle when she arrived. Who had drove her home?
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      timeskip after this post?

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      Genna did a quick sweep of the house, relieved when she didn't find Trent. Heading back to her room, she released a bit of the tension that had taken refuge in her bones. Grabbing some clothes, she headed into her bathroom and stripped to begin her shower. When she saw herself in the mirror, she cringed at her bruised and beaten skin.

      Genevieve had a nice body - curved in all the right places. Her skin was soft and fair, usually. Now, however, she was covered in bruises. The worst of the bruises were on her right shoulder, her left hip, her left foot, and her left knee, but some of her other marks were pretty dark. The finger prints on her bicep and the ring around her ankle reminded her just how close she'd come to the point of no return today. Closing her eyes, she stepped into the running water, allowing it to wash away the awful memory of the day.
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