"'But things are never as they seem?' Good Goddess above, why do they always make it sound so depressing?"

Lexi sighed at the woman in front of her as she closed the leather bound book she had been reading from. "Kylie, this is the word our forefathers left behind for us. Don't insult their spirits."

"Oh, whatever. They're dead and gone and no help to us. Besides, why is it forefathers? Why not foremothers?" She tucked a strand of her short, blonde hair behind her ear and folded her arms defiantly. "Sexist bastards. Men have always been intimidated by what they can't control. And don't get me started on how long they've oppressed us and..."

There she goes, Lexi thought. Nothing to do now but wait until she gets out of her bad mood.

Lexi stood up from her leg-crossed position on the floor and walked to the window that overlooked a small but beautiful garden. It was the product of her mother's hard work. She would always hum or sing a beautiful lullaby while tending to the roses and sunflowers and tulips. And Lexi could almost see her out there, watering her flowers with a smile. But those days were long gone and so was her mother.

"They're adorable, aren't they?" Kylie had decided to stop ranting about the evils of men and stood next to Lexi, looking out the window.

"They?"

"Nate and Skye, duh."

They watched the two people in the garden outside. One of them, a girl, was sitting on the grass and waved to them when she saw them at the window.

"Why do you say that?"

Kylie rolled her eyes. "It's obvious that to Skye, Nate's not just an apprentice."

"You know as well as I do that we can't commit ourselves to anyone but the-"

"The higher powers because we took an oath and bla bla bla. I know, Lexi, I know. But...don't you think that one day, when we're done saving the world and all that nonsense, we can have the chance to be happy?"

She closed her eyes and sighed. "It's not my place to say. I just want to live through the next six months."

"Where are you going?" Kylie demanded when Lexi grabbed a nearby sweater on the floor of the messy room.

"Bookstore."

"Which one? The Crystal Ball, Maiden's Cauldron, or Shadow's?"

"Borders."

"The mortal bookstore?" Kylie's tone obviously implied her disdain. "You're not going to find anything of importance there."

Lexi smiled as she opened the door. "You'd be suprised."

She shut the door behind her and took a deep breath of the clean, fresh air outside. The sun was out and shining down on the flowers, whose petals were lightly dripping water from the morning rain. The wind was playing with her short brunette curls, tossing them here and there. Lexi didn't know what it was, but there was just something that told her today was going to be a good day. With that thought, she looked both ways down the street, something Kylie always scoffed at her for.

And that's when she saw the demon luring the small child in the middle of the road.

Right in front of a speeding car.

So much for a good day.