As the Seasons Come

I suck at intros. SO for me it's like, GET TO THE STORY ALREADY!!!!! I am impatient. 3....2......1

Chapter 4

Eliana Burns: Summer

"Eliana, sweetheart. Eli-aaa-naaa."

I rolled over, pretending to not want to get up even though my mother's voice grew more and more insistent.


I jolted upright in my bed, splitting blonde curls out of my mouth. "I'm up, Mom, I'm, up!"

Mom rolled her eyes at me, tapping me on the nose teasingly. "You better, because you have the test to take today!"

I groaned and flopped back down against my pillows, my heart beating madly. "Mo-om, do I really have to take this stupid test?"

Mom looked at me sternly. "Eliana, I asked you to do it for me. And as soon as you're done we'll have time all to ourselves, without your younger brothers and sisters. Like we used to, all right?"

When my mom had ambushed me about three weeks ago with the letter asking me to take the test to see if I could be the next ruler of summer, I had to agree because Mom had told me that we would hang out after it was all over, something we hadn't done since before my third brother Ryder was born two years ago.

Now I sighed. "Fiiine."

"All right, Eliana, get dressed, and I will have breakfast ready for you, okay?"

"Okay, I'm getting up." I grumbled, kicking the covers off of my legs and sitting up more, yawning loudly.

Mom kissed me lightly on the forehead before leaving the room.

As soon as the door shut, I crept over to the door and quickly turned the lock before anyone could come back into the room.

I leaned against the door, my heart still pounding in my throat. "We-we're good."

Shawn crawled out from under the bed, his mass of black curls falling over his green eyes. "God, Eliana we're gonna get caught next time. Either that or your sisters are going to rat us out at some point. They're right next door for God's sake."

I rolled my eyes at Shawn, pulling my hair up into a quick twist on the back of my head. "Trust me, I manage to buy enough candy for them that will keep them shut up for/ever."/ I grinned and kissed Shawn lightly on the lips. "But you should get going before my mom comes back...that's another story and sadly I can't buy her out with candy." I wrinkled my nose. "Hell, what if it was my dad?"

Shawn's eyes widened in mock fear as he tossed his grey t-shirt back over his head. "I gotta get out of here!" He pulled me in for one last kiss, winding his arms around my waist. "Good luck on the test, love. See you again tonight, my place if you don't ace it?"

I grinned from ear to ear. "Screw the test. I wouldn't miss that for the world."

Shawn flashed me one last loving grin before hopping out of the small window of my room and down the thin tree that was right outside of it. Here in summer, we didn't have the best trees for sneaking out or in on.

I shut the window after he left and watched him as he walked down the lane, turning left at the Lee's house, eventually walking out of my sight.

God, I love him...if only Mom and Dad didn't hate him so much...things may be different.

Leaning against the cool windowpane, I could hear the yells and squeals and peals of laughter that came from my brothers and sisters: Hawk and Jay, who are both eight-year-old menaces, Regina, who's a seven-year-old angel (most of the time), Daemon, Sparian, and Riley, who are five-year-olds who go insane, and Ryder, who is the youngest at only two.

I could hear Dad's voice rising over the babbling of the children, telling them to calm down and not getting much of a response in return.

I took a deep breath. As much as I loved my family, I couldn't stand the fact that I hardly ever got time to myself anymore.

That was one of the reasons why I always sneaked over to Shawn's house or he sneaked over here.

We wouldn't have to sneak if Dad didn't think Shawn was a good-for-nothing bum.

Just get up, Eliana. I instructed to myself, walking over to the dresser that I share with all of the kids.

I opened the one drawer that held all of my things and picked out a simple outfit of a tank top and shorts. Of course I wore my pearl necklace, which Mom had given me when I turned ten. And I always wore flipflops because hey, I live in Summer for God's sake.

Come on, Eliana, just go take the test and then you can hang with Mom.


I ran through the entryway, shoving through the crowd of anxious parents that awaited their childrens' return from the exam room.

I had gotten entangled by my brothers and sisters, and I mean that literally. So I had had to sprint from our house way in the bad part of summer, the poor part of summer, and had by then missed the ruler of summer Breezy Burns's speech about "a new leader" and yada yada yada.

I burst into the exam room just as I heard a soft, stern voice call out "Eliana Rene Holloway."

"Present!" I gasped, clutching at a stitch in my side as I half-walked half-dragged myself to the front of the room where there was a group of elves.

I heard titters from the crowd, and even a few full-out laughs from a few of my friends, Shannon and Bruce the loudest of them all, laughing at the back.

"Very well. Right this way, if you please." The elf who had called my name motioned for me to follow her and I did, passing through a huge door and into a large, brightly lit room.

Since I wasn't worried about the test, I had never began to get nervous, but now I could feel butterflies begin to bloom in my stomach as I surveyed my surroundings.

My jaw had dropped and I couldn't help but think, How does one little person like me have even a bloody chance against all of Summer?


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