What would you do if you knew a person for just 2 years, yet they change your whole future forever? What if they messed up your already horrible life later on, just because they were related to you before? Put so much pressure on you, they destroyed your world as you knew it? Pearl doesn't know what she would do either... but she's about to find out.2: Chapter 1
I can't breathe! Oh god i can't breathe! I jolt awake in my bed unable to breathe. Gasping for air I clutch my throat feeling something wrapping tightly around my neck. Nothing. Then why the heck can't I breathe?! I start coughing furiously because i'm not getting any oxygen. Oh god, i'm gonna die! Somebody help me! I jump off my bed & run across the hall to the bathroom with a sudden urge for water. While running i catch a quick glimpse of my alarm clock. It reads 12:00AM exactly. Nice way to start my birthday! I turn the door knob & hurriedly open the faucet on the sink. I glue my mouth to it as soon as I see water start trickling out & i immediately feel relieved when the water flows down my throat. I moan in pleasure & gulp down as much water as I can before i pull back & take a deep breath. I suddenly hear footsteps outside the bathroom & whirl my head around.
"Um are you okay?"asks my sister with a worried edge in her voice.
"Huh? Oh, um, yeah, just a little thirsty."I respond with a small sheepish grin. I'm a little embarrassed to be caught drinking water from the sink like some wild animal. Gosh i'm so tired, I seriously feel like i just fought for my life.
"Oh okay"Coraline says seeming relieved. "I was just asking because I think everyone in Gladstone heard you coughing. I mean come on, I thought someone was killing you¨She says back to her usual superior tone. I should've known, Coraline worried about me? Too good to be true.
"Well i'm fine, did you need something?"I snap annoyed at her now constant sarcastic tone she's starting to take up. Teenagers!
"Nope just wondering why you decided to wake up all Gladstone, including me, don't you know i need my beauty sleep? Oh wait of course you don't, if you did you would get some."My sister says smirking.
"Be quiet & go away Ali! Or i'm going to tell Billy you still sleep with Mr. Grumps.¨I say glaring at her with a smile also appearing on my face. Ali widens her eyes then sets them in a furious gaze. I watch her as she snatches the first thing she sees, my toothpaste, & throws it at me. But i'm quick & grab her hand stopping her from throwing anything.
"Let go of me before I make you regret it"Coraline says through clenched teeth looking very angry. Since Ali has been starting to have anger issues ever since she turned 13 a year ago I don't risk it and break my hold on her. She's been rebelling so bad not even my mom tries to stop her anymore. Not that she ever did she's almost always too gone for controlling us because of her constant drunken state, but at least before she would tell her to clean her room, give her a death stare when she denied, and Ali would obey. But not anymore. I'm just about to yell at her to go to sleep when we hear the the front door opening.
"Get out of here Coraline and go to sleep or go help mom before she breaks another lamp."I order so she'll leave me alone.
"Don't you dare call me Coraline, you know I hate my name!"Ali quickly retorts.
"Yeah? Well guess what? Dad named you Coraline so your stuck with it. Now go make yourself useful & help mom."I point to the open door & stare at her.
"Yea? Well guess what? Dad was crazy just like mom so don't you dare call me Coraline & you wish i'll go help mom. She can manage by herself."At that moment we both hear glass hitting the floor and breaking, my sister turns and sprints down the stairs first since she's closer to the door, I run after her so fast I smash against her when she stops in the dining room, not entering the kitchen yet. She huffs when we smash together but catches us both before falling. "Careful Pearl, you'll cut yourself."As mean as she is she gets very frightened at our mom's excessive drinking. My mom is leaning on the counter heavily not even noticing we're here.
"Ali go take mom up to her bedroom, i'll clean up the broken glass."I tell her & she carefully starts guiding my mom around the glass & up the stairs without protesting. I sigh & open the closet to take out the broom. When i'm done putting all glass in the trash I turn off the kitchen light and climb the stairs. Ali waits outside my mom's bedroom door for me.
"Is she asleep?"I ask her peeking into the slightly open door.
"Yeah, out like a light... so um goodnight."She says giving me a wary smile.
"Yeah, good night Cor- I mean Ali"She gives me a thankful smile.
"Oh, by the way, happy birthday."
"Thanks¨I grin and she heads to her room. I do the same & as soon as my door shuts close I throw myself on my bed exhausted. Falling asleep quickly once the covers are pulled loosely around me.3: Chapter 2