Love Is Different
I walk over to my fourteen-year-old sisters bed.
Her skin is dry, her eyes watery and dazed, her figure looks petite, and weak. She looks dead… If not a million times worse.
Her red curly hair, however, still somehow looks ample and healthy. Its one of the many things I begrudged her for.
Her eyes are half open, and I know she heard all that mother said.
”Im sorry Belle. ” I softly whisper as I sit on the bed with her.
”Li… Lili… ” She struggles to speak, her voice coming out dry and incomprehensible.
I reach out for the glass of water thats almost empty, and carefully make her drink.
”I… Want to… D— Die. ” Her words make my heart clench in fear and unspeakable misery.
”P— Please Li— Lili. ” She begs.
I stare at her, unmoving. Only a few years ago, Id envied her more than anyone. Shed gotten all of mothers love, attention, and care while I… I was practically non-existent. I envied her so badly… From her dark-brown eyes, right down to her curly red hair.
I remember being thirteen years old, and asking a friend of mine, Reeve, to get me brown contact lenses, and red hair dye. Id watched a tutorial video, and had dyed my hair at his house.
When I went home that day, I faintly recall my mothers appalled scream, then the murky and disgusting basement. Shed accused me of wanting to replace her perfect Belle.
Shed said I only resembled Isabelles psycho-demonic twin.
After that, every cell of my body disdained my sister. Most times, I found myself wishing her suffering and… Death.
”I can do that Belle. ” My voice wavers.
”Please… ” She uses what seems like her last breath to beg… Beg for her end.
At this point, I do want her to die. Death would be a rightfully deserved reward for her now.
But I can give her that. If I did, I wouldn be moms perfect daughter. Im sure Mom wouldn want a murderer as a daughter, would she?
Of course not.
So I stand, and leave the room, disregarding Belles pleading expression.
Mother went out again, and dads at work, which means… I can visit Reeve.
I stand outside Reeves house, contemplating. What if his parents are home? Mother detests them with every fiber of her being. At least, thats what she told me once. I should most likely leave. She wouldn approve of me being here—
My thoughts halt as the front door opens.
”Oh, Lili. ” Reeves smile is warm and welcoming.
”Come in. ” He ushers me inside.
”Are you alone? ” I ask, hesitating as I scan the areas my gaze can reach.
”I am. ” His smile is reassuring but wavers a bit.
”Can I get you something? ” He asks once Im seated.
”No thanks. ”
He sighs. ”Not sure why I even ask anymore. ”
”So, to what do I owe the pleasure of this visit? ” He takes a seat beside me.
”I— ” Im cut off by the sound of someones hurried footsteps down the stairs.
”Hey, Reevie? Do you happen to have— ”
The stranger also goes quiet upon noticing me.
”I thought you said you were alone. ”
I give Reeve an accusing look.
”Sorry, I thought you meant whether my parents were in… And he… Is not staying long. ” Reeves gaze at the stranger seems cold.
”I might now. ” The corners of his mouth lift in a smirk.
”Aren you going to introduce us Reevie? ” He takes a seat very close to me, already reaching for my hand.
”Or you know what, never mind. Im sure this beauty can tell me her name hersel— ”
My eyes barely catch sight of Reeve as he quickly stands, roughly grabbing the stranger by the collar of his shirt.
”Don cross the line Daemon. ”
Reeves antagonist voice catches me off guard.
”I… Should leave. ” I stand and head for the door.
I hear Reeve call out for me, but I don stop. Soon enough however, I hear someone running behind me.
I turn, and see Daemon.
He walks over, a serene smile on his face as he takes my hand in his.
”Wait, Im really sorry you had to see that. ”
”Its fine. ”
His gaze on me lingers. I notice the alluring blue color in his eyes.
”So, do you live nearby? ”
I nod. ”Uh, yeah. ”
He beams jovially.
”Great. Then Id love to get to know you better… If you don mind of course. ”
He seems apprehensive, which is a bit odd to me.
His smile softens.
”Of course. I know its too early to say this yet but, I… Uh, think I like you. ”
His cheeks are tinted red.
”You don even know my name though. ” I fold my arms.
I frown, not quite understanding him.
”How about… You tell me your name once you
e comfortable enough with me? ”
I nod. ”Alright then. ”
”Well, may I get your number then? I promise Ill find a memorable name to save your contact. ” He looks away in thought.
”Maybe something like… Emerald Beauty. ”
”I, uh, can do that. ” I look away, not willing to admit to him that I don have a cellphone.
Electronics are sort of forbidden in the house for Isabelle and me.
”Oh… Alright then. I guess Im walking you home then. ”
I say nothing to that, and we start our short walk back to my house.
”Okay, well uh… See you soon, hopefully. ” He seems reluctant to leave, but ultimately, he does.
The house is eerily quiet.
I open the door to Belles room, and Im greeted by the sight Id somewhat expected.
”Shes dead. ” Mothers deadpan voice startles me.
I turn my head and see her sitting in the corner of the room.
”Shes finally dead. ” Her eyes are teary as she looks up at me.
”Im sorry Lilith. ” She calls me by my full name for the first time in forever.
”Im sorry… I should have loved you instead. Your minor shortcomings couldve been fixed… I should have loved you instead my dear… Im sorry… ”
She continues to mumble, but Im no longer listening.
Right then, I realize shes doing what I once dreamed she would.
Shes regretting loving Isabelle.
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