My hair was somewhat up; in that I mean the brownish-red was up and my unknown streaks were lying gently on my back. I was walking up my staircase with Leah behind me. I turned around to the sound of Kyle's voice.
"I know, I know, Temperance, but before you explode on me he showed up." Leah defended herself just like always.
"Leah, I'm still trying to figure out how to tell my boyfriend I have a tail. It's not an easy thing to do."
"But you have to tell him
something." She pointed to my hair that is now six different colors.
"You, he could see doing this but me,” I shake my head at her. “Leah, I just can't! Just tell him I'm not able to see him right now."
"Don't make me Temperance." She put her hand up and it started to glow.
"Don't make you..." Kyle asked staring at my hair that was six different colors.
'Nothing," Leah said quickly putting her hands behind her before Kyle noticed them.
"Temper," Kyle shrieked when he saw my hair. I winced and backed away feeling rage build up into me.
In this whole thing I was the one that lost it the most. When someone yelled at me I would end up making water start to appear and steam rise, then I would turn everything into a sana without a second thought.
Leah stepped in between us and I ran down the stairs just in time. The glass of water that Logan left on the counter busted and splashed on me.
"F***!" I hissed falling to the ground. How does one ever get used to this? I don't think you can really.
"What happened to Temperance?" I heard Kyle yell at Leah from upstairs. The rage kept flowing through my body. I couldn’t stop it.
"She just wanted to try something new with me." Leah tried, but when she said it she knew that Kyle didn’t believe it and neither did I.
"She would never do that without asking me!"
"Well she did."
"I'm going down there to talk to her."
"No, you can't."
Great! How is she going to keep him up there?
"Move," He ordered her.
I ran my hand over my tail and steam came up and I started to dry. I curled my hand a little more and more steam came up. Soon I was completely dry and back to normal (meaning my tail was gone).
"Temperance, how could you do this?" He points to my hair.
"I got bored of my old style thought I would shake it up. You don't like it?" I asked him with a huge smile on my face.
"I hate it!"
"Well if that's what you think they well, get out of my house!" I yelled and pointed to the door.
"Out!" I yelled holding back the urge to drench him in water without even using a bucket. He didn't move. "NOW!" I yelled and the pipes started to shake underneath the house. S***, I thought.
"Come on, I'll show you out Kyle." Leah said pushing him to the door. Things started to settle and I went into the kitchen and evaporated the water that was on the floor.
Well that was a great ending wasn't it?
"And don't come back!" Leah called before she slammed the door and walked back to the kitchen. "You okay?"
"Yeah, I'm great. I just almost made my house explode. I'm great." I said sarcastically with a big smile on my face.
"I think it would have been funny to see that happen."
"Leah, we need to figure out more before we get any new guys in our lives." I tell her.
"I know you like Kyle."
"It's okay. I'm over him."
"Yeah, let’s go get something to eat."
"Leon's?" She asks.
"You know it."
"Strawberry Smoothie and chicken sandwich." I tell Kathy when she asks. Leon's was the local cafe and on top of all that it was on the beach front. I loved living in Florida but I hated it at the same time. To many old people that just need to put clothes on I mean it.
Then there are the hot guys. The ones that went dirt bike racing and surfing.
"Did you change your hair?" Kathy asks us.
"Yeah, we thought it would be fun for the New Year. What do you think?"
"It fits you to really well."
"Thanks." We both say at the same time.
"I'll get your drinks and Zane will hopefully bring you your food." She said with a laugh and walked away.
"Zane? Isn't that the store's owner?" Leah asks.
"I think so." I say.
"I still don't get why it's called Leon's if a guy named Zane owns it." She says.
"Well maybe he named his dog that and this is in honor of his dog." I said and looked around. I rolled my eyes when I saw Kyle.
"What?" Leah asked when she saw me roll my eyes.
"Look who's here."
"Go, I'll be okay."
"Yes." She got up and walked over to Kyle.
"Where’d Leah go?" Kathy asked.
"Oh. Why aren't you over there talking to Kyle?"
"He didn't like my hair."
"Oh. Well here comes Zane with your food. It's a merical. Tip him please, I've been dying I need help."
"Kk. Kathy I will. I'll give him a twenty."
"Thank you." She left and Zane came over trying to balance my food on a tray.
"You need to work on that." I tell him when he comes over to set my food down.
"Do you have a promise with it?" He asks.
"No it's just your focusing too hard on keeping it from tipping over."
"You sound like a pro. Do you need a job?"
"Wasn't really looking for one but okay?"
"We just lost two people because of school starting and we need more staff. Would you be willing to help?"
"Sure, do I have to be nice?"
"No," he looked at me with confusion.
"And I don't have to wash dishes right?"
"No you don't."
"And I don't have to deal with water right?"
"No you just need to make the shakes and smoothies."
"Okay, I can work after school."
"Thank you, you’re a saint. Can you start now?"
"Yeah, I guess, can I eat?"
"Yeah, and that's on the house your too pretty to pay." I started blushing.
"Thanks, I think."
I have a job..... hmmm...and a guy called my pretty. A very stuck up rich guy called my pretty...okay.
"He gave you a job?" Kathy asked me when I came up to her and asked were we kept the cups.
"Yep. I guess he really doesn't like to work."
"You've got that right." She gave me three cups.
I watched as Leah flirted with Kyle all night long. I waited on people left and right, I tried to stay calm when a seven year old got mad because her milk shake was too cold.
“Take a deep breath and just walk away.” Kathy whispered when she walked byu. I did just that.
I wondered if you can really do that. It doesn’t seem like you should be able to.
Soon everyone was gone and Kathy was just finishing the dishes when Zane came out of his office.
“I’ll finish those Kathy, you go home.” He said to her taking the rag from her.
“Okay have a goodnight boss,” she said and grabbed her coat and purse. “Have fun, girl.” She gave me a hug.
“I’m going when I’m done sweeping.” I tell her.
“Sure you will.”
“I need to study.”
“School hasn’t started.”
“My teacher gave me…”
She left and my mind was spinning as I finished up my sweeping. Zane sat on the counter table watching me. It was starting to creep me out.
“What are you looking at?” I ask him confused.
“It’s just, I used to always see you in here with Kyle and today I see him talking, flirting, and even kissing your best friend. It just doesn’t make sense.”
“He didn’t like my hair.” I don’t say more because I know I don’t need to.
“You’re too good for him anyways.” He says with a smile.
“Why did you name this place Leon’s?”
“My dad did. He’s the owner I’m just supposed to keep it running. I think he named it after his brother though.”
“Why’s that?” I’d stopped my sweeping and was making my way over to Zane.
“My dad’s brother killed himself around the time my dad bought this place.” Zane looked down at the ground.
“I’m sorry,” I tell him and I really am.
“Hey you wanna go for a late night swim?”
“Water. Swimming. I don’t think that’s really a good idea.”
“Com’on, it is only water.”
“I can’t I’m going to be late meeting Leah.”
“I remember, you used to love water.”
“Well Zane people change.” I felt the ground under both of us start to fill with water. “And check your pipes.” I put the broom away, grabbed my coat and purse to leave.
“Temperance! Wait!” Zane called and grabbed my arm. His hand was wet. S***! I yanked my arm free and ran for the dock and dove in just in time.
“Temperance?!” Zane called. I watched from behind a big bolder.
“Temperance?!” Worry was filling his tone. I ran my hand over my scaly tail evaporating the water.
When I was back to normal I walked back to Zane. “You want my number look me up rich boy.” I yelled at him and walked away.
That felt great! I had to tell Liz when she got back. Liz was also part of our tail family. We hadn’t known her before Leah and me became fish or mermaids, (whatever you want to call it). We found out about her a few days later when we, well when I made the café turn into a sauna and we got our colors.
Liz had asked us if we had been near the dolphin breading area lately and we had. She said that she knew what was going on and that she was going on vacation for two weeks, but when she got back she’d help us.
It’s the one thing that has been getting Leah and me through this.
“Young Lady! Where have you been?” My mother shouted as soon as I walked into our main house.
Yes, we’re about as rich as Zane’s family. I know that’s odd but true. Just no one knows about it and I’m hella happy about it.
“I was working. You know what you’re always complaining about doing, the thing that keeps a roof over my head.” I say with an attitude.
“Temperance Marina Indigo!” My mom yells.
“Yeah, that’s my name.”
“Knock it off.”
“But it’s so much fun mommy. Hey, look Logan’s enjoying it.” I say and slip out the back door to the bar that’s I now have as my own house for my last four years of school.
“We’re not done.” She yells after me.
“Whatever.” I say waving my hand behind me.
I take my key out of my purse and unlock my door to my new apartment that was finished yesterday. So this was my first real night sleeping in here.
My dad must have finally decided I need a new laptop and printer because in the study was a brand new glass desk with two new laptops and a printer everything was all set up.
I walked into the study to find a note.
Thought Leah might need one
When she’s over studding
They didn’t know about Liz yet and I hoped to put that off as long as I had with Kyle. Seven months. We could’ve gone longer if Kyle hadn’t convinced me to make out with him on the couch. Leah and I still don’t know how he did it.
I opened the laptop and got on my email. Leah was online.
Lee: Temper, how did rich boy get my number?
Lee: He wants your number.
Temper: give him my email.
Temper: did you have fun with Kyle?
To: Temperance: Fallen_Letters@Live.com
From: Zane Lee: BurningBuildings101@Live.com
Hey hot stuff. Why did you leave in such a rush? I was trying to be nice.
Temper: Zane is annoying.
Lee: I know. So y did u want him to have your email?
Temper: I found out why Leon’s is called Leon’s but I can’t tell you.
To: Zane Lee: BurningBuildings101@Live.com
From: Temper: Fallen_Letters@live.com
Because you’re a stuck up rich boy that’s my boss and I almost made your building explode from gas pressure. JK. Really I need to meet Leah. But I was late anyways. Instead I got yelled at by my mom.
Lee: That’s not fair.
Temper: I’m sorry.
Lee: you shouldn’t tell me things like that.
Temper: Sorry. Rawr?
To: Temperance: Fallen_Letters@live.com
From: Zane Lee: BurningBuildings101@live.com
Sounds like fun. How about dinner tomorrow night? After work, of course. But it’s not like that’s going to stop me.
To: Fucking Rich Boy: BurningBuildings101@live.com
From: Temper: Fallen_Letters@live.com
No. I have decorating to do in my apartment sorry. I have three weeks to finish moving in.
Lee: I need to go to bed and you should soon too. Tomorrow we move in right. YAY!
Fun fact, my parents didn’t care who stayed here as long as we didn’t set it on fire.
To: Temperance: Fallen_Letters@live.com
From: Zane Lee: BurningBuildings101@live.com
I’ll help. I’ll see you at 10am. It’ll be fun. I need to go. Dad got home and is on a rampage. See you at 10.
Your Rich Boy
“F***!” I yelled. He knew my secret. The one that I’m rich not the tail, fish one but the way things are going now he will soon.
Getting up the next day wasn’t really that easy. I was tired and annoyed. I looked at my clock. 9:30 am.
“Great,” I hissed getting up and going down stairs to the kitchen and looked in the fridge. Looked like Anna was doing her job; she is the one that was supposed to go shopping and make sure I had food in my fridge. It was just nice to know that we weren’t paying her for nothing.
I grabbed a yogurt and headed to the couch and flipped the TV on for a second and at my yogurt. Then, I got up, headed to the bath (I would shower, but it’s a little hard to do), and get ready before Zane got here.
I started to relax once the hot water washed over me. My tail hanged out the end of the tub. I took a deep breath and then washed my hair and everything else.
Finally, I made the water evaporate and was back to my normal self. I went back to my room and looked for a tank top and some jeans.
We weren’t moving me in. I had people for that. But my people didn’t do it. I did. I’m not like most rich people. I do my own stuff. That’s how Zane and I were different. Why I didn’t really care about him much.
I went to run a brush through my tangled curls when someone knocked on the door. I guess he found it. YAY! I thought.
I went to the front door and opened it. There stood my brother Logan with Zane.
“Well, here you go.” Logan said and ran back to the house.
“Logan! Where do you think you’re going!?” I yelled at him; pushing past Zane and running after him.
“Mom wants me to finish eating.”
“Then why are you running?”
“Whatever, tell mom I’m helping Leah move in today.” That got him to stop. He turned around and looked at me.
“Yes, the girl that has spent most of her whole life here.”
“She’s going to be around all the time?” Oh, great!
“You like her don’t you?”
“No, I never said that.” The turned and went back into the main house. I sighed and turned on my heels and when back to my apartment.
“So, it’s not you who’s moving in. It’s Leah?” Zane asked as I walked back to the door.
“Yes, so?” I asked. “Don’t want to help anymore, because really it’s fine.”
“No, it’s all fine. I would still like to help.” He said walking into the house.
“She won’t be here until noon.” I said.
“Well that gives us some time.”
“I guess but I need to eat.”
“Okay. You can do that.”
I know I could you dumb rich boy! I didn’t need you to tell me I could! I wanted to yell at him but I didn’t. Instead I just went to the kitchen and got myself what looked to be some pancakes Anna had made. Which made me wonder when she had come in to stock my fridge.
I then went to the living room to find Zane flipping through my DVD and CD collection.
“You have a lot of good stuff here.” He said with a smile. His teeth were perfectly straight and shiny white.
“Thanks.” I wasn’t really in the mood to talk, but I know that Zane was.
“So why didn’t you tell me your last name was Blue?” He asked.
“Because it’s not.” I said.
“It’s not. My name is Temperance Marina Indigo.” I tell him. That was thing. The reason no one knew that I was rich was because no one knew that I didn’t have the same name as my stepdad, and have brother. My mom’s name was Lucinda Marina Blue-Indigo. That’s how I’ve been able to stay so normal.
“That’s a lie. Your dad is Bob Joan Blue. Not Bob Joan Indigo.”
“No, Zane my dad is a druggy that died of an over dose when I was seven and his name is Luke Lee Indigo.” I tell him and place the plate of pancakes on the coffee table and walked into the study slamming the door.
“Temperance, I didn’t…”
“Don’t! Just go away!” I yelled at him and opened my laptop. I welcomed the sound of its chime when I realized that Leah was on line.
Lee: Temper, can I come over now?
Temper: I would love that.
Lee: What’s wrong Temper?
Lee: What about him?
Temper: He pushed a button.
Lee: The button?
Lee: I’ll be over in ten.
Temper: Rawer. Thank you so much Lee.
“Please Zane just leave.”
“I didn’t mean to. I didn’t know.”
“Exactly, you just didn’t know. Next time, put someone else before you!” I yelled at him. It was true. He didn’t know how to do that. It pissed me off.
“Please, come out. I’m not going to leave until you do.”
“I think you will.”
“Because Leah is on her way.” My hand started to become a fist and I knew whatever came out of this wasn’t going to be good. I still wasn’t good at making things not blow up.
Steam started to rise and Zane started to sweat. I stayed completely dry and my glass desk started to cover in steam.
“Temperance what’s going on?” Zane asked.
“Just leave please…” I didn’t know what else to do.
Just then Leah came in and everything went back to normal. I knew she was using her powers to calm me down. Thing was it was the rush of cold wind she directed my way that did it.