Once we got out of that rusty, old shed, all four of us ran back into the house.
“Hey, kiddos! Did you guys have fun?” Mom asks.
“Yep!” we all say in unison. The sky is getting dark, so we wash our hands to help make dinner.
“Aura, can you wash these tomatoes?” Dad asks, holding out three tomatoes.
“Sure thing!” Aura replies, and takes to tomatoes. Then, Dad asks Sienna to help stir the soup.
“Make sure not to burn yourself!” Mom calls.
“I won’t!” Sienna calls back.
“Oh, Seraphine! Could you please go chop some carrots for the soup?” Mom asks.
“Okie-dokie!” Seraphine answers, and salutes. Mom laughs.
“Celeste, can you go prepare some drinks as our dessert?” Mom asks me.
“Of course!” I reply. I’m itching to use my powers to make a smoothie, but I know it’s the best idea not to. I grab some strawberries from the refrigerator. Then I get two bananas. I take out the blender from a cabinet. I fill it with some water, put the cap on, and shake the blender to rinse it. Then, I pour out the water into the succulent plant we have.
“Don’t forget to put in some water, or else the ingredients are going to jam up inside the blender.” Dad reminds me.
“Okay! Got it.” I say. I do what Dad told me. I add in ice cubes too, because we loooooove the crunchiness of the crushed ice. Next, I peel the two bananas, and I put them into the blender also. Can’t forget the strawberries! I think, and wash the entire box of ripe strawberries. Once I pull off all the leaves, I toss the strawberries into the blender. I put it onto the base of the blender, and press the smoothie button. Whirrrrrrrrrrrr! I watch the ingredients mix together and turn into a light pink color. Once the smoothie’s ready, I grab everyone’s cups, (well, mugs for Mom and Dad) and pour in the smoothie in everyone’s cup/mug. I add some extra ice cubes on the top, and pop in a straw.
“Smoothie’s ready!” I holler.
“Awesome!” Sienna whoops. Mom brings over the steaming pot of soup, and puts it on the table. Aura brings over a plate of fresh tomato slices.
“Yum!” Seraphine shouts, and throws herself into a chair. I sit down too. Soon, everybody is seated at the table. I spoon some soup into my bowl, and take a tomato slice. We have a delightful dinner and great smoothies. After our tasty dinner, it was time for bed. I tried to not think about going to Elementia tomorrow. I was so nervous. I changed into my sleepwear, flopped onto my bed, and soon drifted off to sleep.
I was standing on the soft, wet sand with waves lapping at the tips of my toes. The ocean seemed like it was breathing, because the water was flowing in, and out. I watched it for a long time. Suddenly, and big wave towers over me. It crashes down on me, pulling me under. I kick my legs with all my strength, but I’m unable to get my head out of the water. Then, I hear a voice slowly calling, “Come, Celeste.” repeatedly. I feel something grab my legs, and─
I wake up with a start. I see my sisters crowded around my bed. Seraphine has her hands on her hips, Sienna looks at me, confused. And Aura has a bowl filled with water and ice cubes. It looked like she was about to pour it on my head. I sit up and glare at her. “Bowl. Down. NOW.” I say firmly, pointing at the bowl. Aura obeys, and mumbles a ‘sorry’.
“Why did you oversleep, Celeste?” Seraphine asks.
“I overslept?!” I shriek. Seraphine jabs her finger at my aquamarine alarm clock. It reads: 8:49 AM.
“WHAT?! I have to eat breakfast quickly!” I shout.
“We put the note on the counter already.” Sienna tells me.
“Oh, that’s good. Or else, our plans would’ve gone wrong.”
“Uh-huh. But thankfully, Seraphine remembered to put it on the counter.” Aura says.
“Well, you’d better hurry up and get dressed, before we’re late.” Seraphine points out.
“Late for what?” I ask.
“Don’t you remember? Rogina?” Sienna asks.
“Oh yeah! I totally forgot!” I yell, and smack my forehead. “Okay, I’m going to get dressed, so please go out.” I say to my sisters. They leave, and I put on some clothes. I go downstairs, and my sisters are waiting for me.
“Here, eat this along the way.” Sienna tells me, and hands me a granola bar.
“Thanks.” I reply, and take the bar from her, and put it into my pocket.
“Come on, guys! We’re going to be late!” Aura cries, tapping her watch that read: 8:54 AM.
“AGHHHH! Only SIX more minutes until 9:00?! We’d better run!” I whisper-shriek, not wanting to wake up our parents.
“BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY EMERGENCY SUPPLIES!” Seraphine hisses.
“I’ve got that all covered.” Sienna reassures her, holding up a bag.
“Wow, Sienna. What would we do without you?” I laugh. She shrugs.
“GUYS! Stop chit-chatting! We have to GO!” Seraphine tells us. We barge out the door, and start running towards Wildshrub Forest, which is about a mile away from our house. Since grabbing our bikes was going to waste some time, we decided to go by foot. Which we discovered was a REALLY bad idea after a few minutes of non-stop running. Running in the blazing, hot sun was definitely the worst idea ever.
“I’m─ so─ tired!” Aura says between gasps of breath.
“Me─ too!” I agree. Aura glances at her watch. 8:58 AM.
“Oh no! Two more minutes!” She shouts.
“We have to run faster!” Sienna hollers. We sprint the rest of the way, and my heart feels like it’s going to burst. Thankfully, we arrive at Wildshrub Forest EXACTLY when the numbers on Aura’s watch turn from 8:59 AM to 9:00 AM. My sisters and I stop running, and my legs feel like jelly.
“You four must be Aura, Seraphine, Sienna, and Celeste!” a voice calls out. My sisters and I slowly turn our heads towards the voice. A girl that looks about a year older than us walks over.
“So are you─” I ask.
“I’m Rogina, nice to meet you.” Rogina explains, and holds out her hand. I shake it, and my sisters do the same. Her straight, fiery-red hair (the color of her hair sort of looks like Seraphine’s) glows brightly in the sunlight. I saw that around her neck, she wore a necklace with eight charms on it.
“Okay everyone, we don’t have much time to talk. We’d better get to Elementia. FAST.” Rogina tells us hurriedly.
“How are we going to get to Elementia that quickly though?” I ask.
“Well, you see this tree over here?” Rogina asks, pointing to a tall and thick oak tree with a hole in the middle big enough to fit a person.
“It’s a portal to Elementia. But only people with powers are able to. If a regular human walks into that hole, they’ll just stay there.”
“WOAH.” my sisters and I say.
“What will happen to magical people?” Aura asks.
“You’ll find out soon enough. Rogina tells us. “No time to lose, we have to go!” Rogina shouts, and quickly walks into the hole of the tree. She disappears, as if she never even existed.
“H-how about I go f-first?” I stammer nervously.
“Okay…” Sienna tells me. “Be careful though!” she adds. I nod, then slowly walk into the hole. For a few seconds, nothing happened. But suddenly, the bottom the the hole in the tree opened up, swallowing me in! It was like a colossal slide!
“WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” I scream inside the tree-slide, sliding through it rapidly. It’s all dark in here. Well, it is a tree trunk, right? I hear somebody else going inside.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” the person screams. I immediately knew that it was Seraphine.
“How long is this tunnel thingy?” I ask her.
“I don’t know! How do you think I’m supposed to know?” she replies. Suddenly, I start sliding even faster! I feel like I’m sliding faster than the speed of light! (if that’s even possible) Soon, I see some light, I think I’m getting near the end! Yep, I was! A few seconds later, my feet thumped onto the vivid, green grass.
“Wow! This place is ama─” I exclaim, but I stop when I look around. A lot of the things were all gray, and looked dead.
“Usually, all the elements would live here at the same time. For example, even when it’s summer, and the sun is bright, ice and snow still stay. The elements of Elementia do have some power. Our ice and snow never melts, our leaves and flowers never wither. The day and the night are both in the same sky, so usually when you look up, you will see both day and night. But now, since Argl─” Rogina explained, but was cut off when Seraphine came sliding out of the portal.
“Wow! That was awesome!” she shouted happily, but when she saw our faces, she frowned. “Uh, is something wrong?” she asks.
“Look around, Ser.” I say. She does, and she asks Rogina,
“Why are so many things all gray?” So Rogina tells her that she will explain it all once everybody has arrived. A few minutes later, Aura arrives. Then, Sienna comes into view too. So Rogina explains what she just explained to me, and keeps explaining.
“─ But now, since Argleni has been trying to take over Elementia, some of the elements have lost their color and ability. The sky is gloomy, the plants are unhealthy, the ice and snow have melted. You four are the only elements that are left, so I called you to help me.” she finishes.
My sisters and I realized that this was going to be harder than we thought…