For today’s Promptly Penned, I once again ventured into the world of my serial.
For those interested, here are links for the other flash fiction peices that are kinda connected/set in that world:
And the link to the chapters of the serial: Your Lies
This story isn’t about the hero or heroine of the serial but a follow up to a couple of flash fiction pieces I did from this world.
For this piece, I’m back in Male #1’s POV. So here we go… (Actual prompt is in bold)
I watched Maddock walk out of the apartment we shared and silently counted in my head.
“I can’t believe he’s going out with that Magical Sympathizer. Again.” Mark practically spat the words as he flopped onto the sofa next to Kevin, who nodded.
Fuck, he hadn’t even made it five seconds. God, I hated him. Hated being here, pretending to be one of them. Hated that I had to sit here with not only a straight face but an agreeable one as they spewed anti-magic bullshit. All the while my magic skittered beneath my skin, aching to lash out, to take them out before they could do more harm to those like me.
“Chill out,” Nick said, strolling in from the kitchen. “He’ll lose interest soon enough.”
And him… My magic wanted to do so much more to Nick Collins. It wanted to squeeze the life out of him, slowly. Slowly enough he suffered. Just as Molly had suffered, just as the life had been squeezed out of her…by him.
I inhaled deeply and shoved my magic down. Because now was not the time. It would come, soon enough, but I hadn’t spent the last years carving out my place in this group to let it all go to waste by acting impulsively. Luckily, Nick wasn’t here often, so it wasn’t always so difficult to control myself and the power that lived within me. Though, fuck, even without him around, it was getting harder and harder to live like this.
“But he’s not focusing,” Mark argued. “He’s starting to question what we’re doing. She’s filling his head with ideas that go against everything we’ve been working toward. Fucking Magic Users and their Sympathizers. Shouldn’t even be allowed here.”
“Or anywhere,” Kevin added vehemently. “Abominations. All of them.”
I fought not to sneer at him – or throw him across the room with a flick of my wrist. They were the abominations. The monsters. And they needed to be stopped.
“She’s just a piece of ass, playing hard to get. And once she gives it up, he’ll move on.” Nick sat in the chair across from me. “He’ll do what he needs to do. Besides, going home for the long weekend will help set him straight.”
“True,” Mark said with a laugh. “Daddy and Mama Roberts sure as hell aren’t going to put up with their baby boy crossing lines.”
I forced myself to chuckle along with them as my stomach clenched painfully and my head throbbed. Again. More and more, I fought against horrible headaches. The result of suppressing my magic and from little to no rest. – I might be able to push my magic down and hide what I was, but I couldn’t stop the visions from coming while I slept. In fact, they seemed to come more frequently the longer I muzzled my magic and kept it deep inside. But there was nothing for that. It was necessary. For the greater good. And it was a small price to pay to do what was right. That’s all I ever really wanted. That and making my sister’s killer pay. I had to accomplish the first before I could see to the second.
The short break from classes would help. The people who thought they were my friends believed I was going home while I’d told my parents I was staying near campus, to swamped with schoolwork to come before the longer break over the holidays. In reality, I was going somewhere I could be myself. Somewhere I didn’t have to hide. Somewhere I could loosen the hold on my power and let it free.
The pain in my head ratcheted up a notch at the mere thought of my parents. I loved and hated them in equal measure. They were good parents, for the most part, always good to me and my siblings. But I loathed their weakness. When I looked at them all I saw was a foolish pair who blindly accepted and followed the anti-magic movement. And all the while, unbeknownst to them, two of their children had the very thing they, with their passivity, helped oppress and persecute. To be honest, the reason I still maintained contact with them was because of my little brother. He showed no signs of having magic, but my powers hadn’t awakened until I was in high school – the night Molly was murdered. So I would watch Owen and keep him safe.
And there was the fact it solidified my cover as someone who was strongly anti-magic to remain the good son, so I’d keep doing that as long as I needed to. No matter how hard it was.
I focused on the conversation around me, and quickly tuned the hateful words and ranting out again. I bit back a sigh and shifted into more comfortable position. Only three more days of this. Three more days of pretending, of hiding, of doing what needed to be done. Then…then…I could be me. Even if it was only for a short time. It would be enough. I would make it be enough because it couldn’t be otherwise. The work I had to do was far too important.