Prompt Twenty-Eight- Not Really Human
It’s your 18th birthday and, upon it, you parents deliver some pretty shocking news: You’re not really human. They admit that they’ve been covering up the fact that you are actually a (fill in the blank). After hearing the news you still decide to go to school, but this school day is different than all your school days past, especially when it’s revealed to others what you truly are. Write this scene. It says to do it in 500 words or less, but I say, write however much you want!
The words of my parents still ring in the back of my mind. You're a demon, Lizzy, and you're immortal. I think I'm in a state of shock as I get ready for school. They told me that I could stay home so I could absorb what is happening to me, but I crave normalcy.
I stare at the reflection of myself in my mirror and look for clues or something different. I never knew demons existed let alone believed I could be one. I've read stories where human girls find out they're vampires or fairies, but there's always signs.
I've always been normal, average. I can run a decent speed but I never place at meets above 4th. I don't have weird visions that show the future or can read minds. I've never experienced homicidal thoughts or been aggressive.
If it weren't for the dead serious look on my parents' faces I'd think they were lying or it was a prank. After dressing in my clothes, I grab my backpack and walk down the stairs. My parent's are in the same spot I left them, sitting on the couch in the living room, their hands crossed over each other lovingly.
"I guess I'll go to school now." I break the deafening silence. "I'll see you guys later."
"Wait!" my mother says. "Things may happen today. You need to be ready."
"Your cloak will begin to drop and your powers will soon come in. Be prepared for anything. We trust you," my father says.
"What do you mean my cloak?" I ask back horrified.
My mother and father exchange glances and then face me. They both stand with weird synchronicity and stare at me. Before I can question their weird behavior, they each shut their eyes and what I see haunts my inner thoughts, the image seared in my brain.
They transform into beings that scare me to the core. Luckily, my mother has the same eyes as before so I know she's not completely different. Her skin looks thicker, almost leathery. It's the same color as before but more of a pink tinge. Her hair is black and stringy and hangs down past her hips.
I look to my father and his appearance is oddly similar but with manly changes. They're both completely naked, but their skin almost covers up what would be private parts.
"Are you okay?" my mother asks me, her voice worried and trembling.
"What are you?" I mutter.
"We're demons, just like you," she says.
"Oh god." I run past my parents and straight out the front door without uttering another word. I don't bother hopping in my car. Instead, I run to school needing a break from my thoughts. Running always has a way of doing that--numbing my brain.
I make it into first period right in the knick of time. I sink into my seat and pray that nobody look at me. I hate attention as it is but more so today since anything could happen. I make it through class without any mishaps and find my best friend in the hallway between the bells.
"Happy birthday, Liz!" she yells as she swings her arms around me. "I'm so excited for you. Big one-eight. Did you parents wish you a happy birthday?"
"Yeah, they did..." I answer, unable to lift my mood.
"What's wrong? What'd they do to you?"
"I don't think you'd believe me, Tara." I tell her as we walk to our shared next class.
"Of course, I would," she says, taking my shoulders and stopping me. "Tell me."
"I'm a demon." I drop the bomb on her. I wait for her face to drop in appall or for her to frown and brush it off. Weirdly, she does neither. Her face doesn't change at all. In fact, it looks like she's waiting for me to tell her more. "Did you hear me? I'm a demon."
"They told you!" she jumps up and yells. "I'm so excited you know now. Now we can talk about it whenever we want."
"Wait," I say and push her back so I can look at her. "You knew I was a demon?"
"We're all demons in this town, Liz."
I think all of the shock and overwhelming emotion of it drops on my shoulders in that second because it feels like a truck just hit me square in the face, obliterating me. I crumble to the ground with my hands covering my face as I try to absorb all of this information.
The next second a tingly feeling erupts in the pit of my stomach. It's like I'm about to get sick on a rollercoaster. I lean over incase I puke, but instead when I glance down at my hand, I see the weird skin. I look down at myself and I'm naked, like my parents were, the rubbery skin covering me.
"It's okay. It's your true form. I have one, too." Tara says, bending down to rub my back.
"Hey look!" a boy yells in the hallway. "Liz is in her true form! Congrats Lizzy!" he announces, clapping his hands. A few more kids join in clapping and then a dozen and then two dozen. It's bizarre. Tara reaches her hand down and lifts me so I'm standing.
The tingly feeling goes away and I'm back in my human form. Mrs. Wittenburg comes over and takes me and Tara by the hand and tugs us towards the office. I look over at Tara but she looks just as confused as me. Mrs. Wittenburg finds an unoccupied office and we all go in and she locks the door.
"I know it's your birthday, but we're not to show our true forms in school unless in a supervised class." She glares down at me.
"I didn't know."
"I know, but I'm supposed to explain." I wait for her to continue. "You're parents told you you're a demon but since you're in school, I'm guessing you denied it." I nod. "Well now you know you are and there are rules. You are not to show your true form in public unless necessary. The children under eighteen don't know and we'd like to keep it that way for safety. You'll be in new classes with Tara starting tomorrow. There's a war and all of us are involved."
"A war with who?" Tara asks.
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