"Get that brat away from me! I thought I told you to watch her Jennifer! She's your responsibility!"
"I am sorry miss, come Miss Calliope, let's go find your brother."
Angry voices was all she remembered from childhood. And they only got worse.
"I won't lose you! You are mine Heather! You always will be!"
That's when the hittings start. As a young vulnerable girl, she could still feel the sting of her father's hand. That's when it happened.
"Papa! Leave Jenny alone!" a little girl cried as she felt anger for the first time.
The earth shook as tree branches crashed through the room and everything went dark. Times changes as well as the young girl.
"Hello Calliope. My name is James. I am going to take care of you now."
" . . . . "
She eventually learned to smile again, but than something happened.
"I am sorry papa. Sorry I never told you." a young teen cried.
"No need to appologize Calli. You have a gift, when some people might see it as a curse."
"Thank you papa."
Life couldn't be better, but good times never seem to last.
"Give me all your money mister!"
"I am sorry gentlemen but I don't have anything. You're welcome to some food though."
There was a shot and the earth began to move again. Once again she was alone.
It was pitch black as Calliope sat up straight, sweat coming down her face. It was that dream again. She remembered a scream and realized it had been her own. Light filtered from the bottom of her doorway and soon the door opened and a female figure appeared in the door.
"Are you all right Calli?" the brunette asked.
Calliope shook her head and the lady came forward and hugged the teen. The green hair teenager froze but relaxed a bit. She still said nothing. What words could she say? Words weren't needed.
"Let it out." the lady encouraged.
Calliope did and cried. She cried for the poor little girl who was never loved by her parents and for the young teen who lost the only family she ever loved. Life wasn't fair. Soon all her tears were gone, but there still was an emptiness she would always have.
"Thank you Aunt Jessica." she finally said.
"You're welcome Calli. Do you want me to stay?"
"No, I'll be okay. I might stay up for awhile."
"All right, don't stay up too late."
Jessica left and Calliope was alone in the dark again.