“Whoosh!” Ryder yelled waving his arms in the air frantically. He cleared his throat. “I said, WHOOSH!” He groaned then sat down, his legs dangling off the edge of the docks. Abigail walked over and sat down next to him. She stared at the golden water flowing underneath them.
They had died one hundred years ago, and they were trying to make the most of the place they were now.
“Ryder, that’s not gonna work unless you have your crystal” She said. She was tired of telling him that same phrase over and over again. “I know” He said also looking at the water now. “I still want to try it”. He stood up and started waving his hands again over the water. “WHOOSH!” He yelled. Of course nothing happened, but Abigail was already entertained watching Ryder’s failed attempts.
“Ryder, are you trying to summon the water again?” Alexandra asked, walking over. He nodded confidently and started trying again. She rolled her eyes. “You know, that’s not normal water” Alexandra said crossing her arms. Ryder kept trying. “I know, it’s clearly golden” he said irritated. “WHOOSH!” He yelled a lot louder this time. To their surprise, a giant golden wave rose up over Abigail and crashed down, completely drenching her. They stared at him in shock. “Looks like I still got it” he said crossing his arms. Meanwhile, at a little private school, a 12 year old boy named Dash, was getting bullied. “Ow, ow! Oh don’t punch there! Yeah, there is okay” Dash was too nice to fight back.
“Hey!” Yelled their teacher. The bullies scrambled away, but not before giving their victim a big wedgie. “You all right?” The teacher asked Dash as he positioned his underwear in a comfortable position. “Yeah I’m kinda used to this type of stuff by now” He told his teacher. He tried to sound brave, but it was obvious that he was scared. “I can expel them” his teacher told him. “I have watched them do this to you too many times now and it’s time to do something about it”. Dash just shrugged. “Don’t they deserve a second chance?” Dash asked. The teacher just stared at him. “Are you serious? We gave them a second chance, a third chance, and a fourth chance! Normally a kid like you would be more than happy to have them expelled!” But Dash wasn’t listening. He was staring off into the distance where a giant golden cloud glimmered. Dash squinted at it, then started running towards it. He didn’t know why, it just felt like his legs started running automatically.
He stopped right in front of the cloud, then stared at it for a good ten minutes. He started reaching towards it to touch it, but then everything went black.
All the sudden Abigail was dry, and whenever Ryder yelled the word WHOOSH, nothing happened. Alexandra just sat off in the corner trying to figure out what had happened. “Wow, you look stressed!” Said a voice behind her. She whipped her head around to see who it was, but there was no one there. “Hello?” She asked. “Down here!” The voice said. Alexandra glanced down to see what looked like a porcupine by her feet. “Do you mind moving out of the way?” The porcupine asked. “You’re standing in front of my door” Alexandra turned around to see a little door built into a tree. Alexandra gingerly stepped back. “Sorry” she said shocked. Had she just heard that animal talk? Last time she checked, she couldn’t understand what porcupines said. At least she could when she had her crystal. Alexandra stopped. That’s it! Her crystal! Something must be happening with their crystals causing them to use their abilities again!
She turned to the porcupine. “Have a nice day!” She said, then ran away. “Ryder! Abigail!” She called. She was planning on asking if Abigail was able to activate her powers, but when she saw a burnt Ryder, she knew the answer. “Alexandra!” Abigail laughed. “I can’t believe you missed this! We were doing trust falls, and when I caught him, I accidentally lit him on fire!” She laughed pointing at him until her stomach hurt. Ryder did the opposite.
“Dash?” He opened his eyes to see a girl in his class, Kat, standing over him. “Oh, hi Kat”. When Dash realized they were alone in pitch black, he screamed. Kat quickly covered his mouth and put a hand over her lips. “Shh!” Kat whisper yelled. “It’s one in the morning!” Dash glanced around frantically. “What are we doing at school in the middle of the night?” Dash whispered. Kat didn’t respond, she just brought out a book that she probably stole from the library. After a couple minutes of searching, she stuffed the book in front of him and pointed to the middle of one of the pages. Dash turned and read the title. “The Elemental Crystals?” Kat nodded. “That’s a book for fifth graders!” Dash exclaimed. “Just read it” Kat whispered angrily. Dash rolled his eyes and tried to make out the words on the page in the dark. “You’re also probably wondering what they did with the crystals. They hid them in the elementary school they all went to and chose a couple kids to claim the crystals a hundred years later” he turned to Kat. “What crystals?” Kat crossed her arms. She knew he was irritated. “The elemental crystals that gave them powers!” Dash snorted. “Do you really believe in that stuff? I mean, it was written by a guy named-“ he looked at the cover again “Zane Stevens! You can never trust people who’s name starts with a Z!” Kat didn’t argue back this time. Just turned away and sighed.
“Look Dash” she said. “I saw you running towards that golden cloud. Wanna know how you got here this early in the morning? Well, I woke up, found you, and I dragged your body here” Dash stared at her in disgust. “A bit dark but okay”. Kat ignored him. “You see, no one else could see it but you and me” she continued. “But I think Claire could” Dash wasn’t listening anymore. He was too tired, and confused to listen to her. That’s when he saw a small ball of light in the corner of the room. “Kat?” He whispered tapping her arm. “What!” She whispered back, clearly annoyed that he interrupted her. “There’s somebody here” Kat turned around looking at the ball of light too. “A flashlight” she whispered. Dash hid behind a shelf. “You think I don’t know that? Just come here and hide!” Kat followed his lead and poked her head around the corner to see the light get bigger and brighter. “Oh no, oh no, oh no!” Dash thought. This would get him in serious trouble. He was the perfect kid, the teacher’s pet, the boy who followed every rule! If whoever this person was caught him, it was game over.
“Hello?” The voice asked. “Anyone there?” Dash’s heart stopped. It was a girl’s voice. He suddenly felt like he was safe. “Hello?” He replied. Kat looked at him like he was crazy and shook her head. “Dash?” The girl asked.
“What are you doing here at one in the morning?” Dash asked. It was silent for a moment. “I don’t know” she replied. “I just woke up here” Kat stared at Dash with her eyes wide open. The girl started to walk closer to their hiding spot. “You can come out now. I know you’re in there” Kat and Dash didn’t move. Yet they both had a strange urge to come out, an urge that they would do anything to get to whoever this girl was, a feeling that she had what they needed.