Maia and Electra: Prologue: Forever Summer

Finding this image was a stroke of luck. She really is a dead ringer for our protagonist, Electra

Forever Summer

Every summer has a story. For me, summer never ends.
I was on the brink of madness the night my reflection revealed the truth to me. I initially tried to write off the experience as reaching the breaking point in a life utterly woebegone. Tough luck was the only kind of luck I had ever known. Could I be blamed for wanting to be absent from reality for a while?
My sister Maia was the only good one in our family. She was sweet and maternal. She would nestle beside me after each of the numerous occasions when our abusive stepfather would batter my ears with acerbic insults and my body with his fists, feet, and any object that might be handy.
I would never give him the satisfaction of crying out or begging for mercy, no matter how the injuries might amass on my body. He snarled that my defiant behavior caused him to beat me all the harder. He told me that I was ugly, bad, and worthless while my sister was the sweet and good one, the one who had the Sight. However, no matter how divisive his words, I never allowed them to have a deleterious effect on my relationship with Maia.
On that particular night when my reflection revealed the truth to me, I learned that, unlike my stepfather’s lies led me to believe, my powers were not absent, they were merely muted.
I learned other devastating truths that I did not know how to process, and so I decided to leave.
This is not where my story begins, but it is where I shall begin its telling as I walk along the road and gaze at the sky, my throat parched with thirst, my heart sore from sorrow, my soul numb, and my eyes unable to cry another tear.

~Aurora Hylton~
~Gem Moondreamer~
~The Real Cie~

Prompts Used:

I've been working on this story for years and was stuck being unable to explain how it worked. 
Cie and Gem helped me fix that. The answer is, infinite alternate universes hinged on a focal point. Cie says this is mostly Gem's idea, but she's the one who channels him. In any case, she's our editor.
Gem says his contribution was just having the idea, so he felt he didn't need a byline but the idea fixes the story. So he gets a byline too.
In any case, THANK YOU!  
Love, your very grateful cousin Aurora

Word Bank:
tough luck

1. Absent

2. Acerbic

3. Nestle

4. Numerous

5. Behavior

6. Deleterious

7. Parched

8. Particular

9. Amass

10. Muted

11. Woebegone

12. Maternal

What Pegman Saw: The Forgotten Land

Tsaghkunyats Ridge, Armenia  © Roland Yeghiazaryan, Google Maps

What Pegman Saw: 
The Forgotten Land
Aurora and Cie

When we stepped into the Forgotten Land, tears flowed from my eyes. The contrast between the stale, decaying city and this lush, fresh haven was unimaginable to me, who had never known anything but pollution and corruption. For a moment, I wondered if our enemies had destroyed the city; perhaps we were walking into Heaven.
“Are you all right, Sister?” Maia inquired.
“Maia, what do you feel when you see this place?” I asked in a quavering voice as she dried my tears.
“Relief,” she said. “Hope. What about you?”
“I feel as if I nearly drowned. Relief is momentary. We are still in the rushing water, so to speak. Do you remember what happened at the hospital—the events leading up to this moment?”
“I don’t remember how it started, but I know that we’re here.”
I wondered if perhaps it was best for certain things to remain forgotten.

Aurora Hylton
The Real Cie

I'm ashamed to say that I've been unable to find the inspiration to work on this story for a year and a half. Health issues of aging family members have taken precedence over everything else. Cie said that when she saw the Pegman prompt, she remembered my story and thought it would be a perfect way to describe the place where the members of the Resistance take refuge. Thank you, Cousin Cie. I only hope it won't be another year and a half before I work on this story again!

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