The Air I Breathe

ro-zach-colton-holland-3Nothing in this world, or any world, makes me feel as complete as she does.  Ro’s been having trouble sleeping for over a week now. I’ve noticed her toss and turn, and even at times leave my bedroom to go outside. The stress was getting to her and she was going to have a meltdown.  With Armand and Merida gone to Earth, she felt so alone.  Even I wasn’t enough to comfort her.

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Mixed Emotions

cemetaryI decided that I would go and seek my dad out myself. I didn’t tell Ro because I just didn’t want her to worry. This weekend we are moving into our new apartment and Momma starts her job on Monday at the nursery. So things are starting to settle down here in Umbra.  But Anson is demanding payment from me for last week’s work.  I cannot keep him on by myself, so I need to find Dad and ask him for money.  It’s time to figure out why he hasn’t come back to the farm.

This morning I woke up and headed over to the family farm.  I got there and Anson said today would be his last day if I couldn’t come up with what we owed him for the previous week. *sighs*  So I gave him whatever I had on me and still owe him 250g.  So I got to work, I needed to process all the wheat from our farms into sacks of flour so that I could sell them to the locals. Hopefully for enough money to pay what we owe Anson.

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A Desperate Desire

zach-ro-at-schoolIt has been five weeks since I first laid eyes on her; since I fell in love with her.  It truly was love at first sight.  Never have I felt anything as extraordinary or as strong as the love I feel for her.  I know she’s younger than me, and that to teenagers 3.5 years seems like a lifetime, but what she’s had to endure has matured her.  She’s more mature than most of the girls my age, none of which ever really piqued my interest. Only one to come close was Cora, but that was so short lived and she went off to be a warrior trainee at the Warrior’s Guild in Britain.  But Rowan, she is the one.  I feel it deep inside my soul.  With her I feel like I can take on the world!

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Another Incident

bruised-ribsOnce again the rage took over.

This time it was against Henry.  Dad was on his case about forgetting to rake the hay bales scraps like he was supposed to.  Instead Henry went to play ball with the boys from the farm up north.  Dad ended up striking him across his face, and that’s when I stepped in.  I tackled him down and he got up, his rage now thrice what it had been.  Round for round we went at it.

Mom hearing the fighting and things crashing around us rushed in to find Dad kicking me in the side.  It was her screams that made him stop long enough for me to get away.  But I can take his beatings, his abuse. My mother and siblings cannot.  I have to stay with them for as long as I can.  I didn’t know where else to really go.  I passed by the address that Mrs. Romanus had given me but it looked like no one was home that evening.  I decided to seek out Rowan.

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The Eye of the Storm

zachary-back-tattooIt had been a few days since those punk kids took stabs at me because of the bruises on my face. Director Razele expelled them both, so take that!  Ha!  I am sure my test scores proved my case. I actually love school and really want to one day go to Wind and become a great mage.  I am after all from Moonglow.  Dad shoots down my dreams every chance he gets wanting me to take a job as a janitor in the zoo, like he had when he was my age.  “You’re aiming too high,” he says. “You’ll never amount to anything,” he says. “I have a real job waiting for you when you graduate at the zoo,” he says. Bah! Whatever.

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