Seth had put his bags into the car the night before and been up since the crack of dawn.
"Can we go already?" he asked his mom impatiently. He was beyond excited to get to the island. The last couple of days had seemed endless. Now the time was finally here and he was stuck waiting on his idiot brother who, for some reason, hadn't packed the night before. Red was upstairs with him now getting it done, "So what if Richie is short on socks it'll teach his dumb ass to prepare better."
Alice had gotten home just before chores started for the day. It was lucky that she came in during the bustle. She got chided for still wearing her dirty dress before she was sent to eat and do her chores. She busied herself trying to pay attention to her chores and getting them mostly done before she saw her "boyfriend" in the distance.
Alice looked about before she went slowly and then sprinted to go meet the boy in leathers and furs. "You're back! I haven't seen you for a fortnight!" she said giving him a hug.
Alice still wondered how Seth had convinced her to stay and get married to Dixon. Everything he did she compared her bacehorette party with Seth. He also convinced her not to tell Dixon. What he didn’t know wouldn’t hurt him.
So as she lay their, knowing Seth was coming home for the off season she knew she shouldn’t have been looking forward to it. To him. But she was. That’s what kept her awake with Dixon snoring beside her.
Near dawn she finally gave up laying in bed and got up, she pulled on Dixon’s coat and went out in it and her underwear to have a cigarette on the porch. She looked at her phone as if expecting Seth to text her the moment he landed even though that was hours off. She sighed as she locked it and shoved it back in her pocket. It had been months since she had seen him. She wanted to see him and she didn’t want to admit to herself as to why.
It had been a long time since Violet and Red had seen their old friends Dave and Debra. It had been since Seth and Alice we're about 3 or 4 years old. So as they got to space she sought them out to find them and invite them over to dinner.
It was after their classes for the day that the family would come in and dinner would be nearly down. "We're having guests," Violet said to them.
There was a jolt that woke up Alice. Then another one as the pod she was in jostled. There were alarms in front of her face. She could hear the hissing as the pressure escaped her pod. There was another jostle and she watched as part of the ship fell away exposing a harsh world that they were plummeting toward.
Alice watched to see if there was anyone else awake before she fell to the ground as her pod opened. It was hard to breathe. She wheezed as she moved to grab something to brace for the next impact. Another person fell out of their pod just as they hit and was bounced out of the ship. She held on tighter trying to get to the suits feeling lightheaded. As she came across another pod it opened and dumped a boy around her age in front of her. He was still half conscious. As the ship hit again she grabbed him to keep him from bouncing out of the ship.
She couldn't think much beyond trying to get safe. She held the boy for a moment before she started to move for the suits again after making sure the boy was buckled into his pod again with the door opened.
As she got to the suit the ship hit again, this time she barely hung on slamming her head against the metal of the wall.
As the ship finally did its final dive she held on tightly, her head swimming before it came to a stop and she slammed hard against the wall then the floor. She pushed herself up to get into the suit barely conscious at this point. Once she was inside of it the burst of oxygen reinvigorated her and she knew she needed to get to the boy. She grabbed another suit, albeit clumsily before she went to the boy and unlatched him and pulled him into the suit. She was tired and hurting before she went black when she was sure he was in it properly, the only other person to survive the crash.
It was supposed to be a short puddle jump from one planet to another. Plava Laguna back to Dawnbreak. Where they were? Why they crash? no idea but the two of them would have to figure it out when they woke up.
There was shouting and cheering as the rally got started. There were signs of "we have rights too" and "Just because elves live long doesn't mean that we all can't prosper,", "I shift but I don't bite," and similar rights for supernatural beings. It was loud and proud but getting a little too rowdy as the people on the stage riled them further with their slogans and their cheering.
It wouldn't be long before a slew of cops came to break it up. They would all wade in letting most of the crowd go aiming for organizers, like Alice, instead of the rabble that was there to support them.
When she ran into the cop she struggled at first but he had a firm grip and a stern face that looked familiar but at the moment the adrenaline was pumping too hard for her to recognize it as he forced her around to cuff her and drag her back to his squad car.
Alice's father had convinced her into a timer which is why the blankness of it was so frustrating. Whoever her soulmate, one, whatever, was... wasn't into getting a timer. It shouldn't have upset her so much. Why did she deserve one when so many others were still skeptical.
So as she saw the pitcher at the pick up baseball game she smiled to him.
She happened to be invited back to the bar where he worked. As he came over she glanced at his four month timer. "I guess you're lucky," she said to him. "Whiskey for me please," she said not knowing that the timer was fake.
It was like a whirl of pressure, of events of people Alice had become one of the PT coaches which showed even the cocky scrawny boy from Seth’s district another reason not to fuck with her.
they had made it though. Fifth year this was where they got their ideal mate and prepared for two years before assigned to a location or left for families to figure out. They were confident that their combined time and cooperation would show they were the strong pair and would end up together.
As duel top of class in their fourth year they were the ones expected to throw first years off and give a speech. Once they were off the train Seth started. “You have until daybreak,” sort of stuff. Alice had no intention to interject until someone asked about them both and called them cheaters. “There are no rules. If you’re smart you’ll make friends. If you’re an idiot like the dumb ass who called us cheaters, you’ll be dead before you get to the school. Good luck.”
It would be the next day that Seth and Alice's lives would shift and plans dormant would start to get set in motion.
Once the speech was over and they took off Alice bumped into Seth and smiled up to him. "Lets go watch the mouthy first years and see what they do."
An incident in town had kept Red late at work. It wasn't until the end of the sixth inning, more than halfway through their oldest son's game, that he slid quietly into the bleachers beside his wife. His gear was absent, but Red was still wearing his uniform as he settled, taking a moment to scope out the score on the board. Their team was two points ahead, runners on first and third.
"He been on the mound yet?" Red asked his wife, seeing Seth playing his secondary position as short stop rather than pitching at the moment. So far that was where he'd been playing the whole of the game, the two senior pitchers on the team having roated through the first three innings. Before Violet could answer the pitcher wound up and threw. The batter nailed a leftward line drive that Seth snagged from the air, and with practiced fluidity he took the ball and hurled it to the catcher at home plate to intercept the steal. There was a brief run down between the catcher and third before a successful tag out that made three, leaving their son's team trotting in to their dugout to get ready to go to bat while the other team took the field.
Down in the front rows of the bleachers a collection of their son's friends and cousins broke out into cheers.
Alice, Dixon and Seth had all grown up together. Dixon had asked Alice out in high school and they basically hit it off... basically. Unfortunately they didn't realize that the only reason they never actually split up in high school was due to the other guy that had feelings for Alice, both of their best friend, Seth Redford.
So, when he arrived at the airport, despite trying to be calm she literally ran up to Seth and jumped on him, forcing him to drop anything in his arms so she could hug him basically like a monkey. "You've been gone too long," she said to him squeezing him as Dixon stood back for a moment.