Her Brother’s Missing?!?
I woke up the next morning and stretched. I could smell breakfast being made downstairs.
“Iris! Lolo!! Breakfast!!” Tara, my Padre, yelled.
I ran down the stairs and slid right into a chair at the table. Tara smiled as he served the food that he had prepared for us to eat. He prepared Ham, Milk and made a sack lunch for me.
“Breakfast smells wonderful, Honey.” Deera, my Madre, said as she got to the bottom of the stairs and walked into the Dining Room.
“Thanks. Do you know where Lolo is?” Tara asked as he set the plates of food on the table.
“Lolo!! Where’s Lolo?” I asked confused as I looked at Deera and Tara.
“Oh, boy. I knew this day had to come. Umm... Lolo is missing but, we haven’t given up on looking for him. I know we should’ve told you earlier, but we had to look before we told you.” Deera said with a smile.
“I ain’t no little kid anymore!! I must get going to school. See you guys later.” I said with a slight growl as I packed my backpack and grabbed my sack lunch.
They both sighed and went on their way to work. I walked to the school, mumbling when an elf figured knocked me over. I fell to the ground and my backpack emptied its contents onto the ground.
“Watch where you’re going, soith tú (you bitch)!!” A male voice said as he started walking away and everyone started kicking my stuff around.
I growled and snarled in Galician, “Vai pagar por iso!!!! You will pay for that!!!!”
Everyone stopped and stared at me as I started picking up my own papers and books. I put them back in my backpack and walked past all of them. I walked in the school and everyone stayed out of my way. My friend, Droopy came up to me and walked with me all the way to our first class. I entered the classroom and sat down at my normal desk.
“E... excuse me, ma’am. Are you Iris?” The teacher known as Mrs. Streaker asked.
“Yes, ma’am, I am. Why do you ask?” I replied as I glared at the wall.
“W... we thought you died since no one saw you in quite a long time. So, how are you here and not dead?” Mrs. Streaker asked as she sat at her desk.
“Well, to tell you the long story would take a long time. So, long story short, I lived because I fought and defeated the devil and my parents helped save me.” I growled as I looked at the door, since it had opened.
In walked some kids, including the elf bully who called me a nasty word. He looked at me as he sat in the desk next to me. The other kids looked at him like he was insane or something.
“Ha!! Look what the Dwarfens dragged in. It’s that Halfen Hybrid from earlier!! Since, you have been gone, I became the top bully. I bet you’ll want your spot back, too bad. You cannot have it back.” He said with a smile.
“You don’t understand who you’re dealing with, Mac. That’s Iris, not another pushover Draginucous.” A young centaur girl said as she walked past Iris.
I stood up while looking down and walked over to the front of his desk. I slammed my hands on his desk, scaring him a little bit. The young lady backed off.
“So, Mac. You think I am a pushover like the rest of my kind, eh? I have news for you. I am no pushover. I made it through the Under World and made it back here, ALIVE!!” I growled as I looked at him with a stern look.
He fell backwards, out of the chair. He stood back up and headed to the back of the class, scared to the bone. The other kids started laughing. The bell rang as I sat back down at my desk. The young lady sat down at the desk next to me. I didn’t really care about who sat next me, just as long as they weren’t jerks, like Mac. He knew better than to mess with me.
“Alright... kids. Let us get busy learning how to defend ourselves, WITHOUT scaring others.” Mrs. Streaker said as she looked at Mac and I.
“Sorry, ma’am. That is the way we, Draginucous or even my father, an elf, does it. It gets the job done since no one likes us anyways. I am going to go look for someone.” I growled as I stood up.
“Who are you going to look for?” The young lady asked, cautiously.
“Busco a Lolo, meu irmán. I am looking for Lolo, my brother.” I growled in Galician as I looked at the door.
“Lolo? You mean Lolo Darius Freedom? As in… Lolo the Unbeatable.” The young lady asked as she stood up and looked at Iris.
“That’s quite enough, Iris and Marsali!!” Mrs. Streaker snarled.
Marsali and I looked at Mrs. Streaker. I shrugged and headed to the door. The door locked as I touched it.
Then, someone came on the Intercom and said: “Code Pink!! This is not a drill. Code Pink is in effect. There is an intruder in the building!!”
Mrs. Streaker pushed a small red button on the western wall in the classroom and the intercom came on.
“I have Iris if you guys need her.” Mrs. Streaker said.
The door unlocked, and I looked at Mrs. Streaker. She nodded for me to head out. I opened the door and walked out. The door closed and locked behind me. I walked down the halls when, suddenly something hits me in the head.
“Who threw that?” I growled as I looked around and saw an elf with black hair and a cloak with a hood on.
“Who are you? Iris, I presume. Are you the trusty Draginucous that protects this school or are you a stupid ass student?” He asked as he held a couple of small rocks in his hand.
“That’s for me to know and you to find out.” I said as I looked at him for a moment.
I recognized the voice immediately and looked at him with sorrowful eyes. I stood still and stayed silent. He got angry and threw rocks at me again. I blocked each one with a magical shield. He looked at me, surprised and just couldn’t find any words to say. I made the shield disappear as I stood, looking at him.
“H… How did you do that?” He asked, finally speaking the words he could muster.
“Eu son un híbrido. Vexo que ti tamén. I am a hybrid. I see you are too.” I growled as I looked at him.
“Como podes dicir? How can you tell?” He asked me, angrily.
“O xeito en que tiras, regalouna. Sei quen es. The way you throw, gave it away. I know who you are.” I said as I ran my fingers through my hair.
“Hm. Good catch with that lousy eyesight but, can you block this?” He asked as he threw a Ninja star at me.
I smiled and caught it with my bare hands. I dropped it and looked at him. He looked at me, astonished. I walked forward and past him. He watched me and decided to follow. I knew he was following me because I could feel his presence behind me. He followed me toward the gym where I disappeared into the rafters.
“Show yourself!” He yelled, and it echoed back.
All of a sudden, he heard laughter and then saw flames surround him. He looked around, scared as I jumped down from the rafters. I walked through the flames toward him. He knew he couldn’t escape through the doors, since the flames blocked all the exits.
“Why are you here, Lolo?” I asked him.
“H… How did you know it was me? I hid my identity from others. Tell me this, how did you recognize me?” He asked me, confused, and astonished at the same time.
“I recognized you by your voice when you first talked in the hallway. I knew you would follow me to the gym. Now, why are you here?” I asked with a growl.
“I am here to get you out of this school, out of this dump of a town and out of this crowd.” He said as he made his guitar appear and sat down.
I looked at him confused as he started playing a tune that I remembered from our childhood. That was when Lolo and I were smaller and younger. I sat down next to him to make sure it was our childhood song. He started singing to the tune. I stood up and stepped away from him. I looked down at the floor as I stood a good 20 feet away from him. I started crying and he stopped playing the guitar and singing. I fell to the floor to my knees and cried water works, which then turned into a small river or stream of tears and it flowed toward Lolo.
“Hey, hey. It’s alright now. Come on and grow up a bit, will ya?” He asked as he stood up, made his guitar disappear and jumped up into the rafters of the gym.
“Grow up?!? Grow up?!? I have grown up more than you have!! You ran off without telling us where you were going!! We were all worried and you left us for dead!! Madre and Padre have been looking for you for years!! They were looking for you!! They miss you!! I miss you!! You… You knew that I was different, and you took care of me!! Maybe, you don’t want to remember that specifically, but I remember it like it was yesterday!! You took care of me and you played that specific song for me when I would take a nap or, so I could fall asleep after I had a Night terror!! You were the best thing that happened to me when I was little!! My… I mean, OUR parents lied to me when you went missing that you were off hunting and will be back!! I was young and feeble!! When I was in Junior High for Hybrids, they asked who my role model was, and guess who I put! Guess!!” I snarled as I wiped away my tears.
“Who did you put for your role model?” Lolo asked as he dropped down from rafters onto the floor next to me.
“I said, GUESS!!” I snarled at him.
“Chill, sista. I am going to guess, Mada or Fada.” He guessed.
“That’s wrong. I… I put you down for my role model. You were my role model.” I said as I looked at him.
“That cannot be right. I have been gone since your 4th grade. How can I be your role model for all these years I have been gone?” He asked with a slight smile.
“It is right, Lolo. I looked up to you when I was little, and I hoped one day I could be just like you. I… I guess I was stupid enough to think that I could be just like you.” I said as I sat down and put my head upon my palms.
“Hush, dear sista. It’s alright now. I have come back to get you and our parents. I was doing my job when I left you three.” Lolo said as he set his guitar down and hugged her without crying.
I hugged him back and smiled. I grabbed a tranquilizer syringe that I had kept in my jacket pocket and stuck it in his neck. I grabbed a radio as he fell to the floor and slept.
“It’s all clear now. He’s tranquilized, and I shall take care of him… later.” I said as I held the button on the radio down.
When I finished talking, I let the button go and all the doors unlocked.
‘That’s a bit strange. Why would he come for us now?’ I thought to myself.
I shrugged, threw him over my shoulder and picked his ninja star up. I took him to the office and tied him to a chair. I knew he was strong but not as strong as me. Then, the bell rang to go to their second-class period. I went to my first class and grabbed my stuff. I headed back to the office and set my stuff where it wouldn’t be seen. I walked back to the room I had tied him in and turned the lights off. Lolo woke up in a dark room and only saw my eyes appear through the darkness. He looked for his ninja star and couldn’t find it. He heard me start laughing when I turned the lights on, suddenly. He squinted and looked around. I laughed once more.
‘Oh no. This is the detention room. Why am I here? Also, why am I tied to to this chair?’ He thought to himself.
“Lots of questions, I presume in that big head of yours.” I said as I leaned up against one of the walls.
He looked at me stunned and couldn’t find any words to say to me. I laughed once more and picked up his old book bag that had stayed in there for years. I threw it on the floor next to him. Dust flew from years of neglect and not being used. I left the room as he coughed from the dust. He grabbed the book bag next to him with his feet and dumped the contents from inside of it onto the floor. A couple of books, a few folders, and a few binders. He searched for the knife that he used to keep with him when he did go to school years ago. He couldn’t find it within his stuff from the book bag.
‘What?!? That’s very odd. I knew I accidentally left my knife in MY book bag. Maybe, just maybe, someone stole it from my book bag. Where did it go? Who would take it?’ He thought to himself.
“Are you looking for… this?!?” I snarled as I threw his knife and it hit dead center between his hands, cutting the rope.
His hands skootched to the side, away from each other. He brought his hands in front of him and took the rope off. He rubbed his wrists as he looked around the room for anything but didn’t find anything. He started crying as he sat on the chair.
“I will call Madre and Padre, so they can pick you up while I finish out my school day.” I growled as I wiped away tears from his eyes.
I went to open the door as something locked the door. I heard Lolo laugh. I turned around to see that Lolo was holding a ball of magic.
“Bad choice, sista, bad choice.” He said as he threw the ball of magic at me.
As it hurled at me, I pressed the button on the radio I had and said, “Code Fire!! Code Fire!! Evacuate the school, do it now!!”
I caught the ball of magic as it got close and diminished it quickly with a smile. I started laughing as I looked at Lolo. He looked at me in disbelief as he realized he couldn’t defeat me. I glared at him and growled. I pointed to him and then to the chair. He sat down in the chair and watched me as I walked closer.
The bell rang for third when someone came onto the radio and said, “Is it now safe for the kids to go to their next class?”
“Yes, it is. Let them move, I have him under control and let the teachers I have known, that I will not be there for class. Have them give my work to Droopy Keelhill.” I replied as I grabbed the knife and tied him up again.
The rest of the students filled the halls within seconds and disappeared within a couple of minutes. Lolo looked at me and bowed his head. I growled and sat in another chair.
“Why did you leave? Why are you here for us now?” I asked as I looked at Lolo.
“I left because I was looking for a smaller town on a search for a smaller home for us. I wanted fada, mada, and you to quit hogging all the attention from me!! I wanted to make sure no one knew who you guys were!!” Lolo yelled as he started crying as he sat there, tied to the chair.
“No, we weren’t taking all the attention from you. You also took an Elven Oath not to cry, didn’t you?” I growled the question at Lolo.
“No, I haven’t yet. I am still not of age.” Lolo said as he bowed his head while more tears rolled down his face.
I stood up and walked over to Lolo. I wiped away his tears and smiled at him. I sat on the floor and looked at him. I grabbed the radio and whispered something into the radio. Then, I grabbed his knife and cut him loose. He rubbed his wrists and smiled at me.
“I will let you off of this punishment IF, if you will go home with Madre and Padre.” I growled as I held onto his knife.
“I cannot go with Mada and Fada. It’s… umm… Personal.” Lolo said as he stood up and looked at me.
“You can pretend you are a visitor for me, and you wanted to see the mansion.” I suggested as someone knocked on the door.
I walked over to the door and opened it just enough for someone to walk in. He watched a young centaur walk in and look at him. Her and I started talking about him. I walked over to Lolo and grabbed his wrists. I dragged him to the young Centaur that walked in. He touched the young centaur’s face and knew exactly who it was.
“Mara? Is… is that really you?” Lolo asked as Marsali touched his face.
“Yes, it is. Lolo the Unbeatable, has returned to retrieve his damsel in distress.” Marsali said as she smiled, and a tear ran down her cheek.
“What? I am here to get my sista, mada and fada. I am no little kid anymore. You act like a child and you need to grow up.” Lolo snapped at Marsali.
She stomped her foot and looked at Lolo surprised. He looked back at her and realized what he had said, was wrong and regretted saying it to her. He walked away from Marsali and she followed him for a couple of steps. Iris watched and motioned Marsali over to the door. They started whispering again.
“Hey, Lolo. It’s quite alright. I… I’m not mad at you. It just upset me to see that you have become hard core so… so…” Marsali said as she tried to find the right word to use.
“So, dumbly, unworthy, quickly with no brains to show.” Lolo stated as he looked at Marsali through the corner of his eye.
“No. No, not those words. You became so hard core, quickly and yet; I can still see the Lolo I met in you. Please, return to him and not be this, horrible hard-core person you are.” Marsali said as she walked up to him and lifted his chin.
He smiled at her and looked at her. He contemplated on if he wanted to hug her or not. He stood back away from them and started thinking of all the Pros and Cons about hugging. He also thought about what his “Master” had said to him earlier that morning.
“Hugging is for the weak and fighting is for the strong. You can only be one, or the other. If somehow you meet someone that is both, kill them.”
“I… I’m sorry master. I cannot kill my sista or… anyone like that.” Lolo said to himself.
“Wait, master? You are owned?” I asked as I just then noticed a collar around his neck.
Lolo growled and fell to the ground as the collar shocked him. Marsali and I gasped.
“Fool!! You knew this would happen if you didn’t do it.” Master’s voice echoed within his head.
I ran toward him. I grabbed my radio and spoke into it. Marsali looked at me, worried. I nodded and picked Lolo up, I opened the door and ran all the way home with him. I opened the door to my house and ran in, out of breath. Tara and Deera saw us and ran over to us, quickly.
“Iris!! What happened to Lolo? Why are you carrying him?” Tara asked as he took Lolo from my arms.
“Lolo attacked… my school and… we fought. Before I… could call you two, he got shocked and said… I hate to say it. He said Sorry Master and he got shocked and fell to the ground.” I explained while still out of breath.
“Master?!? You mean, he’s owned?” Deera exclaimed.
I nodded and looked at Deera. Tara and Deera exchanged looks and both ran upstairs to take care of Lolo.
“Go finish your day at school and we’ll take care of him!!!” Tara yelled from upstairs.
I headed back to the school. When I got there, it was lunch time. I sat down at a table with no food in front of me. My friend since I was little, Droopy Keelhill, sat down next to me and looked at me puzzled.
“Where’s your food, Iris?” Droopy asked as she looked at me.
“I… I’m not hungry.” I replied as I set my head upon the table and wrapped my arms around my head.
Everyone in the cafeteria went silent and looked at me. I could feel their eyes staring, digging into my skin. No one moved in the cafeteria at first. Then, all of a sudden, everyone in the cafeteria grabbed something and set it in front of me. I sat up and saw that everyone in the cafeteria was in a line setting food in front of me.
“Cheer up, Iris!! Iris is Number 1!!” They all chanted in unison as they set food down in front of me.
I smiled as tears started to roll down my cheeks and stood up. Everyone cheered and yelled for me. Even Droopy joined into the cheering. I ate the food offered and finished the rest of my school day. When the school day finally ended, all the kids busted out of the doors and headed home. Droopy and I exchanged looks and headed home. I walked home alone to see the doors had opened by Lolo.
“Thought you’d be home by now.” Lolo said with a smile as he leaned up against the door frame.
“Did you really?” I asked sarcastically as I hugged him, knocking him over.
We both laughed and got up. We walked into the house and closed the doors. Tara and Deera smiled as they had started to fix dinner. Lolo got chills that ran up his back and echoed this message:
Kill them. Do it or there will be consequences worse than a shock. Now, make sure they are completely dead not alive but all the way dead.
Lolo shook it off and headed to his room. I headed to my room upstairs and set my stuff in my room when I heard a phone ring. I listened closely for the sound and found it came from Lolo’s room. I noticed the door was slightly opened and I peered through. I opened the door a tad bit and saw a holographic screen with an older gentleman that had a cloak on it.
“Lolo!! Did you get the message?” A strange male voice said.
“Yes sir, I did. I will try to kill them. It’ll be hard for me because they are family.” Lolo replied.
“Try? You WILL do it. I don’t care how hard it’s going to be for you. You have 72 hours to get it done. If you fail, you will be shocked and sliced. Got it?” He snarled.
“Yes sir, I got it. I will get it done. Lolo, out and about.” Lolo said as he closed the little pocket-sized pod.
I accidently leaned forward, and the door squeaked open. Lolo turned around and saw that I was standing there, profounded by what I had just heard come from my own brother’s mouth. I couldn’t believe what I had heard Lolo say. Lolo looked at me and motioned for me to come in. I backed away and ran downstairs to Tara and Deera. Lolo followed and was stopped short by Tara.
“What’s wrong, Iris?” Deera asked me.
“Ask Lolo. He knows what’s wrong.” I growled.
“What is she talking about, Lolo?” Tara asked.
“She mad, fada. She’s hearing things. She needs rest from the rough day she had, today.” Lolo explained quickly.
“Liar!! He’s lying!!” I screamed.
“He is lying, Honey.” Deera said as she hugged me.
Lolo now had a dilemma. He could tell them what she heard him say or keep lying. He made a list of Pros and Cons in his head. It didn’t help him. He decided to run off again through the doors and to the forest nearby. He stayed hidden. He knew both consequences would be bad but was unsure how the consequences would lead up to in the end. He was home but not master’s home. He didn’t know exactly which one to choose. He can either lie to his parents to save his hide or he could tell the truth and suffer consequences.
If you chose the home he was raised in, Turn to Chapter 6
If you chose master’s Home, Turn to Chapter 7