The Ghost and the Owl
That day was unlike any other summer day. For most people it would seem just like a regular summer day, but it certainly wasn't. Many important things happened on that day, many things that were of great importance to the rest of the world. I will tell you about one of these things, for I think it was the most important one that happened that day.
To tell this story correctly, I have to tell a few things about a girl first. Her name is Silver and she will be the main character of our journey. She looks just like any other regular girl, so you would think that there is nothing special about her. You couldn't have been more wrong, her appearance is deceiving, for she is not a normal girl at all.
When she was two years old, she met her first friend, Indigo. Indigo's parents were visiting Silver's parents, because they were good friends. Indigo and Silver became best friends immediately. They didn't know why, but they felt as if they were the same, in some way, even when they were still very young.
Four years later, however, Indigo had to move away to a smaller town, because Indigo's parents wanted to. Indigo and Silver were both devastated, they didn't want to leave each other. Their parents thought they should just go on with their lives, but Silver had locked her heart for everyone already and wouldn't listen.
A few months later, Silver turned eight. It should have been a wonderful day, filled with cake and presents. But fate had other plans in store for Silver, and they weren't really nice plans.
Her parents were just singing happy birthday to her, when they heard a very heavy building crash down, and went to look out of the window.
Little Silver was forgotten really easily and they both ran outside, leaving her behind. Silver did not know what was happening and, being the curious little child that she was, ran outside to watch. If she had known what was going on outside, she would have never wanted to leave the house, but it was her curiosity that saved her in the end.
The moment she got outside she saw fire, water, clumps of earth, bricks, blood, even electricity, everywhere. She realised it was war. Her parents had told her about such things happening to other big cities, but Silver had thought that they were trying to fool her and hadn't believed it.
On this moment, she couldn't believe what she was seeing. She couldn't find her parents anywhere and saw people she knew die all around her. It was the most traumatizing thing she had ever experienced in her life so far.
She was the only one that survived the attack on the city. She was only eight years old and all alone. It was a good thing that she knew which way she had to walk to another city, not far from the place where she used to live. Even when she was only eight years old, she knew that she had to survive. Something inside her pushed her to walk for days, with only a little bit of sleep. When she had reached her destination, she gazed horrified at the sight before her. That city had been attacked too. Seeing no other options, she sat down and was ready to die. She couldn't do anything else, her last bit of hope was gone.
Just when she was about to fall asleep, she saw lights coming from the city, towards her. She didn't try to run, why would she? It wouldn't help, for she was going to die anyway. If the people with the lights wanted to kill her, she'd just die a bit sooner, but if they wanted to help her, she wouldn't have to die. It was some sort of win-win situation for her.
The people were in fact children, the youngest of the bunch was six, and the oldest one was seventeen. They took her in and in the beginning, treated her like any other of them. After a year though, they began to avoid her, as if she was some kind of animal, different from the rest of them. She didn't understand why, and she probably wouldn't understand for a lot of years. When she was twelve years old, she decided that she should go away. Nobody there wanted her anyway and she was smart enough to live on her own.
She was on her own for four years, sure, she met some people while she was travelling through the whole country, but most of the time she was all alone. And she liked it that way. Well, she thought she did at first, but after a while she noticed that she was becoming a bit lonely. When she turned sixteen she thought that she'd never have any friends again, but oh, how wrong she was.
Where we now are is where we started the story, on that particular summer day. Silver was walking somewhere, searching for food so she could take a break, when suddenly, something unexpected happened. She heard voices somewhere close by. Two different, male voices, and they seemed to be in an argument. She walked in the direction of the voices, making sure not to make any loud noises. When she got close enough to hear what they were saying, she stopped to listen.
"Why do you always blame me?! It's so unfair! It's not always my fault you know?" Said voice number one, sounding kind of annoying and childish at the time.
"Well, it's your fault this time." Said voice number two, clearly annoyed by voice number one, but better at hiding it.
"It is NOT my fault! They could've seen any of us, it's just a coincidence they saw-"
"Just a coincidence they saw what? You turning into your other form, near the base and walking back to it afterwards?"
"Yes. A coincidence. It could've happened to anyone!"
"But you're the only one it happened to, because you're not careful enough!" Said voice number two, now raising his voice, making it sound a bit threatening and kind of scary.
"I tried to be careful, but I need some freedom too sometimes!"
"Well it's because of you we're all in trouble now. The evil Shifters know where the base is now, and it won't take long before they get there and start to MURDER everyone they see!"
Voice one didn't really know what to say now. Silver thought he realised that number two must have had a point. She didn't think they were bad people, because they were talking about 'evil Shifters'. If they were talking about evil persons, it should mean that they're on the good side, right? Filled with confidence, well, looking like she was filled with it, she came out of her hiding place and confronted them.
"Hey you two! What is all that talk about 'Shifters', a base, turning into ghosts and that kind of stuff?"
She kind of startled one of them, he was shorter than the other one, but the other one was really tall. When the short guy, wearing a cap that said 'GB' started speaking, she realised it was voice number one.
"It's none of your business. You must be one of those humans, wanting to kill us because we're different. Leave us alone."
The tall person, voice number two, put his hand on number one's shoulder.
"Calm down GB, don't you notice something about her?"
Voice number one, apparently called GB, looked at Silver.
"Not really, no. Why?"
"Don't you see she's one of us?"
'One of us?' Silver thought 'What does he mean, one of us?'
"I see you're confused," said voice number two "you're a Shifter. You just haven't discovered it yet. It doesn't matter though, I can sense you are one. If you want to survive, you have to come with us. We'll take you to the base."
"What base? And what is your name? Why should I trust you?" Silver asked.
"Those are a lot of questions. I'm Glasses, well, that's my nickname." Silver could see why, he was wearing round, big glasses. They actually really suited him. "You should trust me because, if you listen to your feelings, you should notice that they tell you it's okay to trust me." He was right, actually, Silver did feel like she should trust him. "And to your first question, the base is where we live. Where most of the good Shifters live."
"Okay, that explains something
What are Shifters?"
GB started laughing because of that. "Seriously? You're joking, right?"
No, I'm not joking
I seriously don't know what Shifters are."
"I'll explain this one, Glasses. Look, little girl-"
"I'm not a little girl. My name is Silver, I'm sixteen and I'm at least 1,69 m tall!"
"Okay, okay, you're not little. Well, Silver, a Shifter is a person that can change into another form. The other form could be
a ghost, like me, or an owl, like Glasses. There are many other forms, of course. Some people even turn in items that would seem useless. Like chickens, or crayons-"
"GB, you know that no-one ever turned into a crayon. It's ridiculous."
"Well, there are people saying that they've seen someone turning into a crayon. But well, we need to discover what your form is Silver!"
It was much information to mesmerise immediately, but Silver did it.
"How do you want to discover that?" She asked.
"We'll take you to the base and someone there will help." Glasses answered.
Silver decided she had nothing to loose and followed them to their 'base'. When she arrived there, she was being greeted by everyone there. She felt like she finally belonged somewhere. They had to hurry though, Glasses and GB wanted her to discover her other form, and they had to tell someone there that the evil Shifters were coming. They went to tell someone, someone they called 'Biggie' and was a guy that had a lot of power around the base, while they left her with a short man with grey hair, that would help her discover her other form.
He told her to 'concentrate' and 'look inside herself'. She thought he was crazy, but did what he asked anyway. After an hour or two, it was already 3 o' clock PM, she finally turned into her other form. She didn't change that much, she only grew a pair of wings made out of paper from her back. She had never seen anything like it and thanked the man for helping her.
Because they didn't want Silver to be murdered, GB and Glasses immediately helped her train herself in her other form. Silver was astonished by their kindness, she had never met other people like Indigo, and she thought there weren't any. But she was wrong. They immediately became friends, it was like they had met each other years ago.
That day, Silver finally opened her heart and found friendship again.