The Elementals- book 1 -How it all Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter Four – Her Bark is Worse than her Bite

“Oh. My. Gosh!” Marina yells in astonishment. “I cannot believe that we have powers!”

“Okay, okay! Calm down, Marina! It’s not like we just won the lottery or something!” Earth says.

“Actually, Earth, it’s just like winning the lottery! Just think of what we can do!” Inferno says.

Earth thinks of the possibilities. Well, she thinks, I can always grow a tree and tie Shatcene the drama queen to it, and then have poison grow out of her sock. And I can make lots of trees grow, so that way the loggers don’t have to cut down the rainforests, and I can turn dry, dead grass into fresh, new green grass! 

“Well… WHO THE POMEGRANATE AM I KIDDING?! THIS IS SO AWESOME!” Earth yells, startling her friends.

Eliza walks by, and purposefully knocks Earth to the ground, shoving Inferno and Marina as well. When Earth’s hands touch the ground, two flowers pop up. She realizes what she did and points her hand toward Eliza’s feet, and poison ivy slinks its way up her leg, tightening its grip. She goes to take another step, and falls, smearing mud all over her pink dress.

“Auuuuuugghhhhh!” she screams, realizing that poison ivy was holding her down, and that she got mud smeared along the front of her new dress.

Vines wrap around her, pinning her to the ground, which Earth had coated with a fresh layer of mud. Earth, still on the ground, laughs so much she turns into a hyena. Earth the hyena rolls on the ground, laughing, and then springs up and runs circles around Eliza, laughing. Inferno and Marina stare at Eliza, who is on the ground, struggling, and then at Earth the hyena, who is running circles around Eliza, still laughing. Marina can’t stand Earth’s laughing, and Eliza’s screams, so she yells,

“STOP! IT’S TOO ANNOYING!”

Earth changes back into a girl, but still has a hyena tail. The vines and poison disappear, and so does the mud on her dress. Earth’s hyena tail vanishes, and she stands up, saying,

“What. The pomegranate. Just. Happened?”

Eliza stands up and says,

“Ewww! What was I doing on the ground?! And why are you guys here? Get out of my way!” She walks away, clearly having no memory of the previous events. Earth, however, remembers it all.

“One thing’s for sure,” Marina says.

“What’s that?” Inferno asks.

“Earth’s bark is worse than her bite!”

Earth laughs. “Depends on what type of tree it is!”

 

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The Elementals – book 1- How it all Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter Three – The Discovery

In social studies it happens again, except this time a tree sprouts up out of the ground, knocking the teacher’s desk over.  Earth knows that it has something to do with all the chaos six years ago. Social studies class had to be stopped because of the whole tree incident, so the students had an extra twenty-five minutes of break time. That means more time to figure this whole plant growing situation out! Earth thinks. Inferno grabs Earth’s arm and drags her over to a tree.

“Tell me Earth, did anything happen at school those six years we were apart?” Inferno asks.

“No! At least, not that I noticed…” Earth replies. “Wait a second! I ran through a tree, and got this green stripe. You banged your head on a lava rock and your hair turned half red. Marina touched a mysterious rock at the bottom of her pool, and now the tip of her hair is turquoise. Inferno, stretch out your hand toward that patch of dead grass.”

Inferno reaches her hand out and concentrates on the grass. Her eyes start to turn a deep red-orange, and her hand becomes an orange color. Red sparks fly from her hand and light the grass on fire. Inferno jumps back in surprise, grabbing Earth’s arm.

“Ouch! That burns!” Earth claims when Inferno grabs her arm.

“Sorry,” Inferno says.

“Marina!” Earth calls, “Point your hand toward the fire!”

Marina does and soon, her eyes glow turquoise, and her hand glows blue. A burst of water shoots out of her hand, drenching the fire. Earth reaches her hand out, aiming at the patch of dead grass, and imagines a tree shooting out of the ground. Earth’s eyes become more green than ever, and her hand glows green. Green light bursts out of Earth’s hand. The ground begins to rumble and shake, and a huge oak tree shoots out of the ground. It’s leaves brush Earth’s fingertips, and the bark has a sweet smell to it. Earth stares in amazement, wondering how she just grew a tree. She aims her hand at the ground, and a flower pops up. She moves her hand in a circle, and a ring of mushrooms spring up out of the ground. Marina stretches her hand out and a pool of water begins to form. Inferno is busy… setting the ground on fire.

“Marina! Fire over on patch of grass number 127!” Earth calls to Marina.

“I’m on it!” Marina says as she runs over to where Inferno is standing, gleefully setting the grass on fire.

Marina quickly shoots water onto the fire, drenching it.

“Hey! That was my fire!” Inferno yells.

“Guys! Calm down!” Earth says. “Do you even know what this means?!”

Inferno and Marina stare at her with blank expressions, clearly unaware of what it means.

“It means,” Earth starts, “That we have powers!”

The Elementals-Book 1- How it All Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter 2 – Trouble in the Classroom

After lunch and recess, the three friends go to math class, where they find Shatcene,   or Eliza, sitting down at their table. She looks up and smirks, as if to say, Ha! You can’t get away from me, can you, Earth? Earth just glares back at her and tightens her fists, as if she were saying, It’s over, Shatcene the drama queen. You aren’t going to ruin my year again! Because finally, I’m with my friends, and you can’t beat us! Earth’s eyes look more green than ever when she glares at Eliza, and all of a sudden, a vine shoots up out of the ground and wraps around Eliza’s chair, pinning her arms to the sides of it.

“Hey! Something’s pinning me to my chair!” Eliza screams, interrupting the teacher, Miss Rainey, and the students.

Earth stops glaring and realizes her fists are glowing green. she quickly releases them and the vine disappears. Miss Rainey walks over and sees nothing keeping Eliza in her chair. Eliza keeps on screaming, until Miss Rainey says,

“Eliza, I see nothing that is keeping you in your chair. Now please step into the hall so we talk. I don’t want you interrupting class again.”

“Miss Rainey, don’t you know that that’s no way to talk to a princess. Now say sorry to Princess Eliza and teach us about volume some more,” Eliza’s best friend, Penelope says.

“If you talk to me that way again, Penelope, you can find yourself in detention along with your friend here,” Miss Rainey says, nodding to Eliza.

“Oh, snap!” Some boys say.

Earth laughs just a little at the boys’ reaction. Miss Rainey leads Eliza out into the hall but forgets to shut the door.

“Miss Rainey-” Marina starts, but is cut off when Earth kicks her in the side of the leg.

Every student in Miss Rainey’s sixth grade math class could hear what Miss Rainey was saying to Eliza.

“You better not interrupt me again, you hear me, Eliza? I want no more of this nonsense in my classroom again! Two hours of detention!”

“B-but Miss Rainey!” Eliza stammers.

“No buts, Eliza. You will be serving detention in the gym, cleaning and waxing the floors for two hours.”

Eliza moans and sulks into the classroom, but quickly changes her mood. She looks at her seat to check that Earth hadn’t put  any pins on it. She sits, and starts pretending to be a princess again. She purposefully drops her pencil under the desk and says,

“Dear Earth, will you fetch my pencil for me?”

“No,” Earth replies, “I will not pick up your pencil because I know you dropped it on purpose, only for me to crawl under the desk and get it for you. You can get it yourself.”

“Earth! That is no way to talk to a princess!” Penelope says to Earth.

Earth rolls her eyes and turns back to Eliza, who is looking at her. Earth glares and clenches her fists. Her fists glow green again, and Eliza’s chair is pushed out from under her by a vine. Eliza falls on the ground and screeches. Another vine grabs her hands and ties them to the legs of the desk. Her sparkly pink pencil with the pink feathers and crown topper sits inches from her face. Earth and the other students start laughing while Eliza screams,

“Let me go! Something tied me to the desk! Let go! Earth, I know it’s you doing this!”

Earth loosens her fists and the vines disappear. However Eliza still struggles, acting as if she is still tied to the desk. Miss Rainey walks over, and looks down at Eliza, who looks up and smiles nicely.

“Eliza, you know what I’m going to say about this. There is nothing that is tying you to the desk. Now get your pencil, and sit down in your chair. You now have an additional two hours of detention,” Miss Rainey says.

“And what would that be?” Eliza asks.

“Cleaning the floors and the kitchen ware in the family and consumer sciences room.”

“But that is no job for a princess!” Penelope yells.

“She is not a princess, and neither are you. Now stop back talking me and do your work,” Miss Rainey tells Penelope.

Penelope hangs her head in shame and goes back to work. Inferno slips a piece of paper onto Earth’s desk. It says, What happened, E? It’s like you made those vines appear when you clenched your fists. They were glowing green, after all. Earth reads the note and grabs one of her own sticky notes, folds it into a flower, and writes, No idea. It has to do with our past and, you know, when I ran through that tree, I’m sure of it. Let’s investigate at break time. We can find out then.

 

The Elementals-Book 1- How it All Started

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By: Sharkgirl25

Chapter 1 – Reunited

It’s been six years since Earth has seen Inferno. In fact, Earth barely remembers her best friend. When Earth enters her sixth grade classroom, she stands out from the other kids. She may look like your average sixth grader, but on the inside, she’s different. She has a secret that lurks inside of her, waiting to pop out. A secret that Earth doesn’t even know exists inside her. During science class, Earth notices a girl with half red hair staring at the green stripe of hair that runs through her ponytail. Earth only briefly remembers the night her and Inferno were separated, but the memory is clear enough that Earth gets suspicious of this girl.

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At lunch, Earth casually strolls over to where the girl with the half red hair is sitting. Earth notices that another girl with blue curls is sitting next to her. The girl who is possibly Inferno looks up.

“Who are you?” She asks, looking at Earth.

“You met a girl when you were very young, and the two became fast friends. However, your mom was suspicious of your friend and her sense of adventure. So, six years ago, you and that girl raced each other back from the market, and you tripped and fell on a lava rock, making the bottom half of your hair red. Your hands started glowing a bright red, and your best friend rushed you to your mom, only to figure out that your mom had plans for you and your friend. Your mom flipped out, and made your family, including you, move away from your best friend, and it stayed that way for six years. But friendship couldn’t keep them apart. So, you know who I am?”

“E-Earth?” Inferno stammers quietly, shocked that her best friend was actually right there in front of her!

“That’s right Inferno. I am that girl from six years ago,” Earth says, grinning like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Inferno just stares at her, and finally jumps up and hugs Earth. The two are finally  reunited, after six years of being apart. The girl sitting next to Inferno says,

“Um, what is going on?”

Earth and Inferno look at her, and Inferno answers,

“Oh! Earth, this is Marina, we met when I transferred schools.”

“Hey,” Earth says casually, looking at Marina and the turquoise tips of her hair.

Marina sees Earth looking at her hair, and says,

“I know, I know. The tip of hair is turquoise. It happened when I was swimming in my pool, of all places. I saw a shiny blue crystal at the bottom, and I had never seen it before. I swam down to touch it, and when I did, I felt a shock run through me and I was pushed back through  the water. I swam back up and the tip of my hair was turquoise.”

“Strange, very strange. We all had something happen to us that made our hair change colors. It must mean something,” Earth says, thinking on the idea.

“Move out of my way, freaks!” sneers a girl with middle length white blond hair, cold, ice blue eyes, pink lips like a rose, and a sassy attitude.

“We’re not even in your way, Shatcene!” Earth calls to the girl.

“Who’s that?” Inferno asks.

“Shatcene the drama queen, or at least that’s what I call her. Her real name is Eliza Rose Pearl, but I call her Shatcene, only because it rhymes with drama queen.  Her friends, which are more like followers, call her Princess Eliza, like she’s royalty or something. It’s sooooooooo annoying! She started being mean to me in third grade, and I’ve been stuck with her ever since,” Earth says, clearly annoyed.

“Well, at least we’re finally reunited,” Inferno says.

The Elementals- Book 1- How it All Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter 1:

(Six years later)

Earth, now twelve years old, walks into her sixth grade classroom, with no Inferno. In fact, she barely even remembers her friend after all these years. One thing’s for sure, Inferno’s mom did a great job separating the girls. Inferno had no memory of her friend, not even of the great times they had as kids. But still, just seeing her half red hair made her remember just the slightest bit of that night. And Earth, when ever she saw the green stripe running through her hair, she would remember more about that night, and what happened with her friend six years ago. So, in the sixth grade classroom full of paper throwing rowdy boys, and girls that would stare at their phones and fix their make up all day, Earth felt alone. More alone than all of those years without Inferno combined. However, during science class that day, she realized that someone with half red hair was staring at her green stripe of hair. Someone with deep brown eyes, that had little sparks like fire in them. Earth felt like a part of her that had been missing before had suddenly reappeared. She finally saw someone that she hadn’t seen in six years. Earth had been reunited with Inferno.

That day at lunch, Earth walks over to where Inferno and another girl are sitting. She walks up to them, and Inferno looks up.

“Who are you?” Inferno asks.

“Six years ago you and a girl were racing through the woods, when suddenly you trip, fall, and bang your head on a lava rock. Half of your hair turns red, and your hands start glowing red, too. The other girl rushes you back to your house, but on the way, she doesn’t see the tree in front of her, but instead of running into it, she goes through it. When she emerges from the other side, she has a green stripe running through her hair. Your mom forbids the other girl to come near you ever again. Yes, Inferno, I am that girl.” Earth says.

“Earth?” Inferno says, stunned that her long lost best friend was standing right here in front of her, talking to her.

The Elementals- book 1- How it All Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Prologue

         A six-year-old girl with long golden hair, green eyes, and an adventurous spirit leaps out from behind a tree and races after her friend, who has short brown hair, brown eyes, and a fiery spirit.

“You can’t catch me!” calls the brown-haired girl.

“Oh yes, I can!” Yells the other one.

“You can try!” screams the brown-haired girl in reply.

“Ha! Like you can outrun me! I have the animals as my guide!” the golden-haired one calls back.

All of a sudden, the brown-haired girl trips and bangs her head against a bright red and black lava rock.

“Inferno!” screams her friend. She rushes over to her friend, and says worriedly, “Inferno, are you okay?” Her friend raises her head and nods.

“Yeah, Earth, I’m alright, it’s just my head that hurts.”

Earth reaches down to help Inferno, but quickly jerks her hand away and says “Inferno! You’re bleeding!”

Inferno looks at her hand and realizes it is glowing red. She glances at Earth and says “Take me to my mom.”

Earth grabs Inferno’s arm and lifts her up, then starts running. They rush through the woods, rushing towards Inferno’s house.

“Earth!” yells the six-year-old Inferno.

“What is it?” Earth says, glancing backwards toward her friend. “Oh! Oh my gosh!” she yells when she sees that the bottom of Inferno’s hair has turned red. In fact, she was so stunned that she didn’t see the tree in front of her. But instead of slamming right into the tree, she ran through it. When she emerged from the other side, a green stripe ran through her hair.

“Earth! What happened?” Inferno calls to her friend.

Earth turns around and realizes what Inferno is gaping at. Her hair. Or more specifically, her long golden hair with the green stripe. Her eyes widen and her jaw drops.

“I have no idea! I ran through this tree, and BOOM! This thing’s in my hair! I can only think of one word… magic.” she calls back to Inferno as they near Inferno’s house.

Upon seeing her child racing toward their house, Inferno’s mother rushes out the door, running to Inferno and Earth.

“What is going on here?!” she yells, grabbing Inferno in her arms, and glaring at Earth. “You took my daughter into the woods, didn’t you?” she says angrily to Earth.

“W-well we w-went to the m-market… t-to get s-some ice cream…” Earth starts, scared out of her mind.

“WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?!” Inferno’s mom yells at Earth.

“Earth’s mommy said we could,” Inferno says, protecting her friend.

“SO YOU THINK IT’S FINE WITH ME THAT YOU GO OUT TO THE MARKET WITH MY DAUGHTER, GET ICE CREAM, AND THEN RACE EACH OTHER BACK HOME THROUGH THE WOODS, WHICH EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IS FILLED WITH  DANGEROUS MAGIC, AND PERHAPS EVEN MORE THINGS WORSE THAN THAT?!” Inferno’s mother screams at Earth.

“W-what I was g-going to say w-was that after Inferno and I got some ice cream, we were going to head back, but then we realized that going back the way we came would be really long, and so we decided to take a shortcut through the woods,” Earth finishes, shaking with fear. She realized that Inferno’s hand was no longer red, but her hair was still red on the bottom. “And so when we were racing, Inferno tripped and hit her head against this shiny black and red lava rock, and her hands glowed red, and her hair suddenly had that redness on the bottom, and when I wasn’t looking, I ran right into a tree! Well, actually, I ran through the tree. And then I had this green stripe,” Earth continues.  Hearing the commotion, Earth’s mother runs over to Inferno’s house to see the problem.

“Ah! There you are Vanessa! I was wondering when you would come out and show yourself,” Inferno’s mother says with a sneer.

“Macy! Why are you yelling at my daughter?” Earth’s mother asks. She glances over at Earth, who looks up at her mother with a face of fear and worry.

“I’ve heard that you allowed your daughter and my daughter to go to the marketplace by themselves and get ice cream, and then come back racing each other through the dangerous woods, only to have MY DAUGHTER TO TRIP AND BANG HER HEAD AGAINST A LAVA ROCK, CAUSING HALF OF HER HAIR TO TURN RED, AND HER HANDS TO GLOW A BRIGHT, BLOODY RED!” Macy screams at Vanessa, her face turning as red as Inferno’s hair. “I can only think of one solution…” she starts.

“And that is?” Earth’s mother interrupts.

“We separate the girls and never make them see each other again. Inferno, Michael and I will move three towns away, and you, Earth, and Matthew will stay here. I never want my daughter near your freak child again.” Macy finishes. Inferno grabs Earth’s arm protectively.

“B-but mommy! Earth and I are friends!” she wails.

“Hush, child, it’s for the best.”

“You can’t do this! You know we can’t be separated! I will never forget Inferno, and I will find a way to find her!” Earth yells.

Inferno’s mother shakes her head disapprovingly.

“Strong ambitions, child, but I’m afraid to say that will never happen,” she says to Earth, who looks at her with a piercing glare.

With her fists clenched by her side, Earth’s eyes start glowing a bright green. In a few seconds, Earth had transformed into a jaguar. She was small, yes, but still fierce. The transformation lasted only a few seconds, but it scared Inferno’s mom out of her mind. However, it wasn’t too powerful, so Inferno’s mom still wanted the friends separated.  The next morning, Inferno and her parents had moved three towns away, and was starting a new school. Earth, on the other hand, was now lonely and ate lunch, played at recess, and went to school with no one. And it would stay that way forever…

At least, that’s what Inferno’s mom hoped, but it wasn’t what was going to happen…