Genesis, Isis, Liberty, and Freedom sat around the living room. Chinese food containers sat on the table in front of them. Freedom scooped rice onto her plate.
“Where’s Jo?” Isis asked.
“I don’t know. She asked to use the car this morning,” Genesis answered.
“She didn’t say where she was going?” Liberty asked.
“No, and I don’t want to ask out of fear of her lying to me again,” Genesis said.
“You’re not going to let her live this down are you?” Freedom asked.
“I can’t be the only one who feels like they can’t trust her anymore?” Genesis asked.
“I trust her just fine,” Isis said.
“She lied to us,” Genesis said.
“Yeah, but she had a reason,” Liberty said.
“And her reason put you and Isis in danger,” Genesis said. “I can’t believe I’m the only one who remembers that.”
“Believe me,” Isis gently touched her bandaged nose. “I remember it, but while I was in the hospital I thought about it. She had no choice but to lie to us.”
“Unbelievable,” Genesis said.
“If you took a second to think about it you would get it too. You’re just upset about the fact that she lied, that you can’t see the whole picture,” Isis said.
“I’m thinking about the picture.”
“No, you’re thinking about what happened to me and Lib. Think about those fifteen girls that were in that basement, because I’m sure Jo was when she made that call,” Isis said.
Genesis looked around the living room at her sisters.
“You all feel like I’m overreacting?”
“Knowing Jo as well as I do, I can safely assume that it bothered her keeping the truth from you. I also know that if she knew that those girls were there and that the only way to find them was with Lib and Ice, that she would have done what she needed to do,” Freedom said.
“And I know that if she had told you everything that you would have called off the whole thing and those girls wouldn’t be back with their families,” Liberty added.
“So, now I’m the bad guy,” Genesis said.
“No one is saying that you’re the bad guy, we’re saying that you should give Jo a break. She only did what she felt she had to do,” Isis said.
“She gets a lot of those feelings,” Liberty said.
“Do you guys think she’s more powerful than us?” Freedom asked.
“Why would you ask that?” Genesis asked.
“In just a few days she can already do more than us. I’m thinking when we really get the hand of this, she’s going to be pretty powerful.”
They all looked around at each other.
They had all thought that they were on even ground. They thought that they each possessed one power. Yet, Freedom was right. Jonah wasn’t limited to just one power.
Jonah stepped out of the car and walked towards the apartment. She had stayed away a little longer to ensure that the puffiness in her eyes went down. She didn’t want her sisters to suspect anything. She hated lying to them but she had made a promise to her mom not to tell them what was going on.
The news that Eve would soon no longer be physically there was too much for her to bare and if she could give her sisters a little more time before they would have to deal with it then so be it.
For the time being, she would keep her mom’s secret.
Jonah stopped on the bottom step of the stoop. The hairs on her arms were standing up.
Someone was watching her. She was sure of it. She slowly turned around and peered into the dark. She looked around but didn’t see anyone.
Whoever it was, was keeping his distance.
She didn’t know why someone would be watching her.
Jonah turned and ran up the stoop and into the apartment.
Try not to watch her so closely.” Eve stepped into the shadows and stood beside a man.
“She can’t see me,” he replied.
“Yeah, but she’s not like the other girls. She’ll know you’re there every time. When she’s around, try to stay farther back.” Eve turned to look at the man. “This isn’t like watching them when they had no powers. Everything is different now.”
“Everyting is what you were afriad of,” he said. He turned to look at Eve. His face hidden by a hoodie. “Does she know everything?”
“She knows what she needs to know. She doesn’t know about you, which is why I need you stay back.”
“I’ll stay back.”
“I have to get back.”
“She’ll see you again?”
“You got what you’ve always wanted.”
“Yeah and all it cost me was my life.”
Eve stepped up to the man and kissed him lightly on the lips. He placed his hand on her face.
“Will I see you again?” he asked.
“Until death do us part.”
The man was standing in the shadows alone. He took one more look at the house before he turned and left.
THE END…FOR NOW.