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The Shimmer Project

By @SarahJamet

Number 5

I leaned against the light post smiling at the tingling in my body as the scream echoed in my head. The young man lay withering on the ground. His right hand was ripped off and so was his left leg. They rested a few paces away from him. Blood gushed from his wounds, coating the pavement and dribbling into the gutter. More oozed out of his mouth soaking his blue shirt. His whole body was trembling. I knelt down by his head and gazed into his eyes.

“ Y-you ********* he managed to stammer rolling his body towards me and swinging his bloody stub of an arm towards me. The blood splattered against my face and clothes. I scowled at him.

“ Go to sleep now,” I murmured closing his eyes with the tip of my fingers. They popped open again as soon I as moved my hand away. “ Just give up. It’ll only get worse,” I continued dryly. I leaned over his face and pressed my lips against his cheek. “ That was what you wanted huh? Filthy man!” I continued standing up smoothly. I allowed my body to warm up, a sudden chill of power surged though me and I chuckled.

As his body stopped trembling, his head lolled to one side, and his life started to leave him, I grew stronger. His strength and life left his body was draining away like his blood. I felt his life moving from his body into mine, strengthening my muscles, brightening my skin, heightening my senses. My body felt warm, my powers tingled with delight as his life-force skipped around in my body like an excited kitten.

Pressing my lips together I lean down and dragged the body down the deserted street into the closest ally way. It was a dark but silent night. No one was out. The moon was slightly covered by a thin cloud casting an eerie light over the big city. In the distance I heard the restless waves crashing against the beach. I could smell the salt in the air. I concentrated on that as I hauled the man and his missing parts to the furthest corner of the ally and rolled him away. I wiped my bloody hands on my jeans, lifted the blood with my mind and poured it down the drain then turned and marched away.

His life filled my strides with a bounce. I walked down the silent streets slowly taking in all I could with my heightened senses. It was still new to me being to free, I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted.

A slight wind picked up as I approached ocean. I stood on a enormous rock staring out at the silent black water as it lapped up against the beach. The wind grew stronger, against my face, lifting my hair and playing with it. I closed my eyes letting my freedom flow through me. I opened them and started up at the moon, it was free from the cloud, shining brightly, mirrored in the ocean. I hopped off the rock and marched across the beach, digging my bare feet into white sand. I stooped down to touch the freezing water, it rushed towards me hurrying around my ankles then disappearing again. I sat down slowly wrapping my long arms around my legs and closed my eyes again. The ocean came up again wetting me. Above me loomed the great, iron, red bridge that connected this city to the rest of the world. It’s red figure disappeared into the fog in the distance. The image of the dying young man flashed in my mind and I grimaced.

I hadn’t wanted to kill him. It didn’t go out tonight looking for a victim. He had got in my way, it was his fault. He shouldn’t have doubted me, he shouldn’t have made fun of me. I hated killing, the idea of it. I hated hurting, torturing, yet, it was what gave me the purest of bliss. It was my life-force. I was a monster. I buried my head in my knees, my shoulders shivered in a cold air.

I could hear someone moving towards me, the soft shuffle of the two pair of feet and the slight breathing. A hand was placed on my shoulder gently.

“ Eris?” A soft musical voice called my name. I raised my head slightly and peered into the eyes of my sisters. 

“ He got in my way,” I muttered.

“ They always do,” Vigidis replied harshly. I gazed up at her unblinking, her sheet white skin shone in the moonlight like a statue. She sat beside me frowning. I could sense that she hadn’t killed for a while. Her powers weren’t as strong as usual, she was weak.

“ She does try Vi,” Concordia insisted moving her hand from my shoulder to sit next me to as well. She tipped her head back to gaze at the moon. Concordia was even weaker. I could see dark shadows under her eyes, she’s lost all the rosiness of her cheeks. Her powers were so weak, she almost smelt like a human.

“ Well she doesn’t try hard enough,” Vigidis continued darkly. “ I haven’t killed in over three days! She’s killed at least once a night!” I glared at her.

“ You weren’t there. You don’t know what you’re talking about,” I snapped back.

“ I know exactly what I’m talking about! You’re making too many slip ups. If they find us, it’ll be your fault! You have to restrain yourself! Connie and I do, there’s no reason you should be any different!” I glared back at her. I could feel my power rushing through my veins, pushing me to hurt her, to rip her limbs off. I could imagine the strength, the bliss I could gain from her death, even from her pain. I turned away from her, but not before she saw my expression.

“ Planning on killing me sis? You don’t think you’ve committed enough murders these last few days?”

“ We aren’t the same, you don’t understand,” I spat at her.

“ If anything I understand. You’re just not human enough to have any emotions aren’t you?”

“ Take that back!” I hissed.

“ It’s the truth! And you know it,” she spat. I screamed, throwing myself against her. Vigidis was ready, she rolled back pushing me off her and rolling to her feet. She moved almost as slowly as a human. I could feel my powers waking up inside me, the young man’s life-force giving me strength. I took two steps then leapt up and arched through the air above her head. I landed behind her silently and smoothly too quickly for her to keep up. My leg shot up and I hit her hard on the back. She went flying into the water. She crashed against the sand. I felt her pain, the bitterness of the sand, the sting of the salty water against her cuts, it all rushed into me. Strengthening my powers and coursing through my body like electricity.

I watched and waited until she reappeared, her ebony hair sticking to the sides of her face. Her teeth were bared. She was still in this fight. I didn’t hesitate, my eyes clouded over until they were completely black. I felt the ripping in my body as I unleashed my powers. They coursed through my body, taking control of my mind, I only had one purpose now. I focused in the water, controlling it, it whispered back to me asking what I wish of it. I answered calmly and it obeyed. I watched as it lifted into the air then crashed down towards my sister. It all took less than a second.

Vigidis jumped out of the way just in time but I was ready with another. She sank quickly. I spotted a large bolder on the beach and with my mind I sent it flying in her direction. It smashed and shattered in front of her just as I planned. A shower of little stones ripped through her skin. She screamed in pain as another wave crashed over her. My body warmed and I let out a chuckle.

I could tell Vigidis was trying to let her powers free as well but I didn’t give her the time, another wave came down and another shower of stones. She screamed again rolling into a ball hugging her legs to her chest. She was too weak to do anything else. With a smile I ripped her out of the water, controlling her body with my mind and sent her flying into a sand dune. Then I sent her hurtling back into the water. Her screamed etched into my night.

“ Eris! Stop!” It was Concordia, she was staring at me with wide eyes. Her body was shaking, I knew she was holding back form unleashing her powers and attacking Vigidis, and easy prey even for her.

“ She’s learnt her lesson,” she continued swallowing hard. I blinked once. My powers pushed me to ignore her, to finish Vigidis and steal more of her strength.

“ Please,” I groaned and tossed Vigidis to the sand in front of Concordia. I summoned my powers back regrouping them into my heart. Locking them away. My body took a moment to settle. Vigidis’ pain gave me much more power that the young man’s death had. I had to let my body incorporate her strength before turning back to my sisters. I felt hot, my whole body was tingling.

I looked down at Vigidis, her skin was torn and her blood soaked the sand around her. She was shivering, I could sense her pain as it continued to seep into me. Concordia knelt besides her placing her hand on Vigidis’ cold wet cheek. Vigidis’ long curly back hair knotted in the sand. Her eyes were closed, her face twisted into a mask of pain. I sighed and crouched down in front of her.

“ I’m sorry,” I murmured pressing my hand against her arm. I could feel her pulse under my touch.

“ Eris. Please,” Concordia looked up at me, her black eyes sparkling. I took a deep breath then nodded slowly. We flipped Vigidis over on her back and I pressed my palms against her shoulders. I let my powers flow through me again, my eyes clouding, black. I gazed at her wounds taking their control, pulling them together. This time though, my powers burned through my body. Her relief became my pain, and my her life-force seep back into her, weakening me. Concordia leaned over me, her palms against Vigidis’ stomach. Her eyes were clouded as well, two black eye balls gazing at the wounds struggling to pull them together. Concordia’s powers weren’t nearly as strong as mine, she pulled a small cut together while I finished off with all of Vigidis’ bangs. While Concordia finished with her cut I slowly passed my palm over Vigidis’ nose, it cracked back into place with an audible snap. I let my powers go again pushing them all away. My body was drenched in sweat, my arms ached and I felt weak. Concordia looked horrible. She wiped at the sweat on her brow then gave me a grateful smile. Vigidis started up at me were black eyes hard. 

“ I’m sorry,” I apologized again.

“ How do you feel?” Concordia asked Vigidis.

“ You know how I feel,” Vigidis muttered back sitting up wrapping her arms around her knees. Concordia smiled slightly.

“ Good.”

“ I’m sorry,” I repeated. Vigidis stared up at me then shook her head slowly. She gave me a small smile.

“ Don’t be. I shouldn’t wind you up like that. I know it’s harder for you then for us. I don’t even know why I bother, you overpower me every time,” she said then wrapped her arms around my shoulders embracing me. I held her close then pulled away.

“ Let’s get out of here. I think the waves might have woken someone up,” I answered getting up smoothly. Vigidis nodded and got up next to me. Concordia was smiling at us. Vigidis and I fought often and she was always out little peacemaker. That’s why she chose to call herself Concordia. The goddess of peace after a war.

We moved rapidly back up the beach, I cleaned up Vigidis’ blood, picking it up and putting it back into the water. I covered our footprints swiftly shifting the sand with my mind, then followed behind my sisters as they ran though the silent night. We ran without losing our breaths, though the long empty streets. It wasn’t easy to get lost in this city, it was just straight lines of colorful, finely decorated wooden houses and then straight lines of towering, shinny business buildings that seemed to disappear into the night sky. Skyscrapers I’d heard someone say.

We lived in a very tall and very shinny building in the center of town. A doorman usually holds the door for us, but not so late at night. We slipped through the twisting glass doors and into the building. From there we take the stairs. Five hundred and fifty two stairs to the top. We lived in the penthouse.

It was a gigantic apartment with ten rooms and two kitchens. The people who had lived here before us had been a young couple who fought a lot. Most of the rooms had been closed off when we first arrived. They only ever used the bedroom and the living room. There had been another smaller room with a tiny bed that linked to the kitchen and laundry that had also been in use, but we never met the person who used those room.

We fell in love with the view the second we walked into the penthouse. The windows were so wide, they let in all the light that the world could offer. We could see everything, the silver city, the painted houses, the long red bridge and the ocean. The rest was the sky. The great wide sky that stretched on forever.

We discovered the young couple in their bathroom, drooling and unable to stand. I quickly killed them and we carried their bodies downstairs and buried them. For all anyone knew, they were still high and drunk in their penthouse wasting their lives away.

We created one big bedroom. We knocked the walls down with our powers, essentially the walls were painted white, they reminded us too much of where we were from. So we painted them grey instead. It was a gigantic room with a very fluffy beds, wardrobes full of clothes and three windows that faced the ocean. There was an adjoining bathroom with a big bath and a balcony facing the red bridge. We’d never had our own room before, one that we could share.

As I we entered out room I checked the time. It was four am. We had stayed out later than I had expected. Most nights, we had to go out to satisfy our powers, sometimes we stayed in town, sometimes we took the train and we travel a few cities away. Just so the police and the citizens wouldn’t get too scared, we’d try to make most of them look like accident, a drowning or a suicide. Or at least Concordia and Vigidis do, I never do, they have to come along after me to clean up. I don’t like lying.

Sighing I slipped my black clothes off, tossed them into the bath and turned the water on to soak out the blood before it stained. I washed them, then hung them up and pulled my pajamas on. I went to open one window letting the cool summer air in then slipped into bed. Vigidis and Concordia were sitting on Vigidis’ bed while Vigidis combed Concordia’s mated ebony hair. I turned to face the open window and closed my eyes. I was asleep in seconds. 

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