A Rotten Life

I walk home that night in a foul mood. This plan of Lannis’s…  actually, it isn’t even a plan! More a vague idea… I kick a rock into the gutter as I fume. I understand why Lannis feels that we need a support group, but who’s to say these other “people” want one? They’re just as likely to turn us in to the government.

Lannis doesn’t think so.

“They’re trying to keep to the shadows, just like you Audrey,” she says. Ph, nobody’s like me. Nobody else has an ever burning fire raging through their body. Nobody else has to hide their genius because they can’t risk getting into a situation where they might let loose a little more then some angry words. Nobody else is especially afraid of being locked up. No, I am not going to let Lannis get herself into who-knows what kind of trouble because she thinks we need other people.

This decided, I perk up considerably. Nope, it will be just me and Lannis. No government, no supers who think they’re all that, just…

My pleasant, if bitter, thoughts are rudely interrupted by my life banging the neighborhood awake at ten thirty at night. Just ahead stands my dark and worn down apartment complex, and from its depressing interior sounds every kind of bang, clatter, and verbal abuse known to man. I groan, and will my feet to move faster, before the situation gets out of hand. I pause at the door just long enough to input my code before bursting into the musty indoors.

The Landlord is just exiting his apartment on the main floor as I enter. Rats, I’m too late.

“I thought we went over this before, Ms. Skyburn,” he drawls as he rubs his great pot belly. I wrinkle my noise as the hall becomes noticeably smellier. “If you want to keep your room here, you have to  keep him under control.”

“I know, Mr. Georgio,” I say quickly, already inching towards the stairwell. Another crash sounds from somewhere above.

“Then get the *****   up there and get that damn father of yours under control!” Georgio screams at me as I race up the stairwell.

Georgio has never had a clean mouth. But then, I’m not paying him for his hosting skills.


“You look awful,” Lannis comments as she hands me a caramel mocha drowning in whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

“Thanks,” I grunt, and immediately gulp down half the whipped cream and a sip of coffee.

“Geez, Audrey, what happened?” Lannis asks, returning to the espresso cups she’s drying as she eyes me suspiciously. “Did Jannet do something?”

I laugh a world weary and worn out laugh at the idea. Oh, if only my problems were restricted to simple things like a stupid high school queen bee.

“I wish,” I say off hand, and swipe  a finger of melting cream from my drink. “Nah, thanks to our little excursion last night, and coffee stop after, I got home late and my Dad was grilling Widow Driscul down the hall.”

“I’m sorry,” Lannis apologizes quite sincerely. I just shrug.

My Dad has never been “all there” if you know what I mean, not since I was small, but it’s been getting worse the last year or so. Suddenly I’m not just a high school student who works in a greenhouse spring to fall, and tries to keep a secret; I’m running the Skyburn household completely. I’m paying the bills, getting the groceries, and keeping my Dad from freaking out. I’m trying to do not just the household stuff, but my Dad’s job. Lucky for me, he’s a freelance software designer, working for the highest bidder. No one even knows that who they’re e-mailing, or talking to over the phone, is not his secretary or work assistant, but the man’s daughter who’s doing everything now.

“More whipped cream?” Lannis asks, as I swipe off the very last melted drop. I push my cup over the counter towards her, and she gives me a quick top up.

“So,” I ask, switching subjects from my rotten life to my even more rotten life, “you’ve given up on that support group right? I mean, the idea is crazy! Nobody likes us as regular humans, what’s to say these “supers” are going to like us any better?”

Lannis begins to shift uncomfortably.

“Come on, Audrey,” she begs. “I’m sure…”

“You’ve already sent out invites haven’t you?”


46 thoughts on “A Rotten Life

  1. proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 6:41 AM

    She hasn’t just already sent out the invites. I’ve already gotten mine. More whipped cream over here, please!


    • irisbloom5 March 27, 2015 / 6:44 AM

      Great, Lannis. I want everyone to know I was against this from the start! 😛
      I need more caramel sauce in my mocha…

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 6:45 AM

        I don’t even know why I’m considering this. It’s stupidity, really. I don’t need support. I have Maxwell.

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  2. sarahtps March 27, 2015 / 2:41 PM

    *sips salted caramel hot chocolate with a grin* Oh, come on. This’ll be awesome- you’ll see!

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    • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 3:00 PM

      LANNIS I NEED MORE WHIPPED CREAM. *sigh* I’m sure it will be. At least I’ll get to analyze all of you. That’ll be fun.


      • sarahtps March 27, 2015 / 3:16 PM

        Analyze? What about ‘hang out with other supers or metas or whatever we’re supposed to call ourselves’? I think that sounds fun. *grins* Besides, you’ve probably analyzed me a bunch already, since I visit so much when Grant’s home.

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 3:28 PM

        Psh, I hang out with other supers all the time. I’ve got Maxwell. And yes, I know every teeny tiny detail about you already.


      • sarahtps March 27, 2015 / 3:31 PM

        I meant supers other than Maxwell- besides, before this group, you were the only one I knew. And I didn’t even know you were a super. *grins* I hope you never have reason to, I don’t know, blackmail me, then.

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 3:48 PM

        I’ve had support growing up from other supers, like Starlight. Most of the rest of you didn’t, although Lannis and Audrey had each other.


      • sarahtps March 27, 2015 / 4:03 PM

        Oh . . . *frowns* I just realized, I’m apparently the only one in this group who had no contact with other supers- at least, not contact knowing they were supers- before we all got together.

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 4:17 PM

        Oh, that’s true! So this’ll be new for you.


      • irisbloom5 March 27, 2015 / 5:05 PM

        Lannis! I need another caramel mocha! extra whipped cream. 🙂
        @Sarah Ooohhh… so you’ll be the newbie in the group, huh?

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 5:28 PM

        Goodness, we’re ordering Lannis around. I don’t want coffee, just whipped cream. I need sugar.

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      • irisbloom5 March 27, 2015 / 5:38 PM

        I need sugar and coffee… and caramel and chocolate. 😛
        Well, it’s her fault for working at a cafe! Who else thinks Lannis’s cafe is going to become our regular hang out?

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 5:42 PM

        You’re probably right. The library could be our go-to when we need quiet and privacy.

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      • proverbs31teen March 27, 2015 / 5:52 PM

        Oh, yes, library’s are good places for that.


      • erinkenobi2893 March 29, 2015 / 7:35 PM

        Oh yes… the library… I need to go re-read all the Tolkien books. And the Space trilogy. And the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman books. Growing up sucks–you don’t have as much time for reading fantasy.

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      • erinkenobi2893 March 29, 2015 / 8:28 PM

        *sigh* Here. I’ll have to put that on your tab, remember. I’m paying for college and the food has to be paid for, so I can’t really take money out of my college account to pay for this…

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      • proverbs31teen March 29, 2015 / 8:29 PM

        I may not be the best person in the world, but I never steal. Not even whipped cream.


      • irisbloom5 March 29, 2015 / 9:03 PM

        Hmmm.. it depends on the circumstance. If you were to steal anything, whipped cream would be the thing to steal.
        *crickets* That may not have sounded right… it is late, and I am tired. I also didn’t have enough sugar today! XD

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      • proverbs31teen March 30, 2015 / 6:52 AM

        At least whipped cream doesn’t cost too much. If I had to steal something, it would be a car. Just because. 😛

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      • irisbloom5 March 30, 2015 / 6:57 AM

        Hmmm… if I had to steal anything, I think i would steal the Declaration of Independence. Oh!!!!! Plot idea!!!!! And no, it is not in any way, shape, or form related to National Treasure. 😛


      • irisbloom5 March 29, 2015 / 8:17 PM

        So therefore, you must wait on us, or you wouldn’t be doing your job. ;-P Extra caramel in my mocha please! and remember to use almond milk. 😀

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      • proverbs31teen March 29, 2015 / 8:21 PM

        Oh, Audrey, let’s not boss her. She might kick us out. Although she’ll find me standing right behind her every time she does so.


      • irisbloom5 March 29, 2015 / 9:05 PM

        No, she wouldn’t do that. If she’d did she’d have to actually start working, and wouldn’t have as much fun without us there. 😛

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      • proverbs31teen March 30, 2015 / 6:53 AM

        Ok… then we don’t want to get her fired. 😛


      • irisbloom5 March 30, 2015 / 6:59 AM

        But I thought she was going to quit anyway… 😛

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      • proverbs31teen March 30, 2015 / 7:22 AM

        But not until she’s found another job!


      • coruscantbookshelf April 6, 2015 / 4:53 PM

        I think you girls are being quite cruel to Lannis.
        I don’t think this is how a team behaves.

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      • proverbs31teen April 6, 2015 / 8:13 PM

        Then I guess I’d say… yes? But let me point out I was defending Lannis.


      • coruscantbookshelf April 6, 2015 / 8:43 PM

        I concede the point. However, you defending her against the others does not a team make.

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      • coruscantbookshelf April 6, 2015 / 8:59 PM

        I’m merely attempting to point out that arguing about coffee and bossing one member around is really not a good start for a new meta community.

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      • proverbs31teen April 7, 2015 / 6:47 AM

        Really? I seemed to get the feeling that you don’t exactly care for me that much.


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