She woke up nowhere near where she fell asleep. It was a talent she had. Of course, if her parents asked, it was completely on purpose. Even if she got in trouble for it. Because the last thing she wanted this to be was an issue. There were enough of those that she thought were stupid.

Her sister, on the other hand, saw through her affectations. “You’re going to end up on the road at this point,” she scolded, helping her younger sister clean up. “Dad could help if you just told him. He’s insomniac anyway.”

She shook her head. She didn’t want dad’s help. If he helped, he might find out how to stop her from doing it in the first place. She wanted to be able to teleport while she was awake.

“Please let me tell him.”

She shook her head.

While her sister treated her like a child (fair enough, she was eight), she did keep her promises. At least someone did. And while her sister tried to talk other ideas to solve this problem aloud, the eight year old tried not to fall asleep again.

Too tired to

Eventually Winter had to pick Summer up, because Summer sat down and refused to move. It was hard, but it was either that or leave her there and that was no option at all.

Occasionally there would be some other refugee. Sometimes one would try to talk to them. Winter didn’t know what to do, so she ran away, tugging Summer after her. Because if she made the wrong decision with the wrong person…

Summer eventually quietened. At that time, Winter felt like crying.

Behind them came more survivors.


Winter reached for her glass the same time as Summer. She didn’t think much about it, except when she put her glass down and noticed it was at the same time as well. Summer usually didn’t sip, she gulped. Then she would pause and gulp more. While it was good she was learning…

Well, Winter wasn’t sure about that.

She turned her head to get a better look at her sister and Summer looked away. Then, trying to be sneaky, Summer glanced back, only to return to the same position. Winter contemplated, then lifted a hand. When Summer noticed, she did the same.

“Is this what we’re doing today?”

Thankfully, Summer wasn’t going to start parroting her words too. Winter got up and walked out of the room, her little sister following. Time to see all what Summer was willing to try like this.