It was three o'clock in the morning. A crescent moon shined over head, stars twinkling in their celestial dance. I took a deep breath, enjoying the autumn air and the colors of the trees. It was so beautiful, so perfect, so right.
It was the night of my transformation.
OCTOBER 21st, 2:03 PM
"Oh my god, duck!"
Immediately I dropped to the ground like a rock, then scrambled under the roof of Eclipse's porch.
Five seconds later a maniacal laugh echoed down to me.
I ground my teeth and stomped to the front yard, given my best friend Eclipse one of my horrible glares. And when I say horrible I mean tremendously bad, because I really couldn't glare for all the money in the world.
Eclipse was still laughing, sitting on the roof. She was adding something onto her roof. A BIG something. It was a platform so she could drive her ATV straight off the roof. At least, that's what she planned.
I helped while on the ground, but I was always afraid I could get squished by the platform or Eclipse or her tools.
Or the ATV that was parked up there, as well.
Eclipse had long, sleek black hair, and eyes entirely black. Her olive skin was pale for a Mexican. Finally she sobered and grinned at me.
"C'mon, Aisling, I've been doing that to you all day. Lighten up."
I changed the subject, looking pointedly at the ATV. "Are you sure you want to go through this?"
"Yep." there wasn't an ounce of doubt in her voice.
Sighing, I sat down. Eclipse was an extreme dare devil, and she hardly ever got hurt. Which I found hard to believe.
"Wanna join me?" Eclipse called while she finished up.
"No!" I snapped.
"Alright. Then move out of the way.
I darted inside and watched from her front door. I could almost see Eclipse rolling her eyes at my paranoia.
The sound of the ATV's engine was thunderous, and Eclipse gave off a wild yell before the vehicle flew off of the roof…
…And landed in the lawn of the house across the street.
"Eclipse!" I shrieked. The ATV rolled a few times, and my best friend lay motionless in the gravel yard.
With a burst I ran from the house and to Eclipse. The ATV should have crushed her. Bruises were beginning to form, and she had a couple of scratches on her body. I made sure she was breathing, then frantically checked for any broken bones.
"Great…adrenaline rush," her voice was rough at first, but she cleared it a few times before sitting up. "Not the best I've had, not by a long shot…but still incredible."
"Are you hurt?" I asked, but my mind was screaming a more important question: "Are you insane?!"
"Nope. A little sore, but fine." she jumped up.
I shook my head. "You do all of these stunts and never break anything. What's your secret?"
Eclipse stared at me for a long moment, then blinked and looked at the vehicle.
As if on cue, the ATV burst into flames.
My best friend drank in a deep breath. "Ah, I was waiting for that. There's nothing that goes better with an adrenaline rush than a couple explosions. Like coffee and cream."
I stood, still staring at my friend. She was smiling in a calm way. Eclipse slung an arm over my shoulder, and walked me back to the house.
I glanced over my shoulder. "The neighbor's yard -"
"The house is empty and ready to be demolished tomorrow. Guess you could say I'm doing them a favor."
We stepped inside, and she yanked me over to the window.
"Wait for it…" Eclipse held her breath.
BOOM! The vehicle exploded, and the house was instantly aflame.
Eclipse pounded a fist in the air. "Yes! So awesome! Okay, Caer, you can go order pizza now."
I backed away. "You going to shower first?"
"Nah." Eclipse sat on her desk by the window comfortably. "I'll watch the fire for a while. Oh, can you get me some coffee? That example had me yearning for a cup."
Rolling my eyes, I grinned. Same old Eclipse.