together


It was a bright morning and the little eight year old girl was excited. She bounded into her older brother's room and jumped onto his bed as the teenager woke up with a yelp. "Get up, get up, get up," she sang. "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to FII-IISH, happy birthday to you!" She hugged her older brother as he was buried underneath his blankets.

"Geroff," he mumbled. "And my name is FINNIAN." His sister giggled.

"I know your name is fish." Fin groaned. Why his parents ever decided to name him something as ridiculous as Finnian, he would never know.

"What time is it?" he asked, sitting up with a yawn.

"7:00," his sister answered. Fin smacked her head. She yelped.

"It is way too early for this," he sighed.

"But it's your birthday!" Fin had to grin at that. He was turning thirteen today, finally a teenager! His sister continued, "We can eat lots of cake, and have a party, and play dress-up…" Fin blushed.

"Tori, we are not going to play dress-up today," he said through gritted teeth. Tori loved playing that game and as loathe as he was to admit it, Fin actually looked pretty in a dress, while Tori looked good in male's clothing.

The two siblings did not resemble each other. Tori had a dark complexion – tanned skin, short raven-black hair, and dark eyes. Fin contrasted that – pale skin, light gold hair, and amber eyes. He could not count the number of times where he was mistaken as a girl and Tori was mistaken as a boy. The only thing they had in common was that they had the same birthmark in the exact same place. On the back of their necks was a birthmark shaped like the sun.

Their mother joked that they were like yin and yang, and some people wondered if perhaps his mother had not been faithful. Fin punched anyone who would say that, he knew for certain that his parents were absolutely devoted to each other.

Fin looked at his sister. "You didn't steal anything today, did you?" he asked suspiciously. Tori blushed. For as long as they could remember, Tori had the bad habit of stealing. And she was very good at it too. Tori reached into her pocket and pulled out a small river stone that used to belong on Fin's dresser. She put it back. He rolled his eyes and ruffled her hair.

Yawning, he pushed Tori out of his bed and stretched. It was a beautiful morning, and spring had just arrived. He could practically smell the scent of the flowers in their garden from his opened window. He frowned. His sister was strangely quiet. "What's wrong little birdie?" he asked worriedly. Tori shrugged.

"I had a weird dream," she said with a furrowed brow. She climbed back onto his bed. "I was a bird and you were a fish." Fin laughed. He guessed that it was about them and he was the fish while Tori was the bird. Tori continued, "I was lonely and always stealing stuff when I met a nice fish in a lake. She told me that I can be a nice crow and we were friends but one day, she died and I got really sad again." Fin smiled gently at her and pulled her into a hug.

"Oh Tori," he said. "I won't die." She sniffed and nodded. Fin froze. "Wait a minute…did you say she?" Tori grinned.

"You'd make a nice girl," she said cheerfully and Fin completely turned red.

"You're such a pain in the butt," he grumbled, but hugged her even tighter. "But you're my sister so I guess that makes it okay."


No matter how many more times we will be reborn, I will always be together with you.