Okay Readers please be nice to us. No flames but constructive criticism is appreciated. Sense people seem to not know what that is here's an example:

This is a great story but the flow is a bit choppy. I loved the characters but I don't know what they look like. I love it but the grammar needs work. Keep it up.

Also my p button in on strike I have to keep hitting it to get it to work. I tried to catch all the missing p's but I might have missed a few.

To my co author: I keep adding to the chapter. I feel like it needs something but I don't know what.

ElvenHalfling's Note: Sapphire Serina Riddle used and slightly changed the songs In Perfect Harmony by Within Temptation and Pearls of Light by Within Temptation as well. I apologize for Sapphire not mentioning it in her author's note beforehand. :)


Chapter One
Graduation

I was getting bored when my phone buzzed again. I checked it. Any day now, Jessie texted.

I agree shut up and sit down. I texted back to her and grinned at her sitting in the K section.

Why did we have to sit in alphabetical order again? Mandy's text came in from where she sat way back in the W section.

I don't know maybe this is their last chance to kill us with boredom. I answered sarcastically.

Not funny Seriana. Jessica texted and was using my Trinity name. She knew what we were talking about, because all of us had a telepathic connection with each other. It came with the territory of being Trinity members.

Sorry Cheria but I want to leave now, I texted back and was using her Trinity name as well.

King of Boring finally just sat down, Jessie finally said.

The class president stood up. This is it, I texted frantically. Three question marks came back.

"Okay seniors, stand up." The senior class president instructed. "Take your talisman and switch it to the left side of your face." We all did. "Now we are graduated!" He threw his hat. I threw mine but watched where it fell and grabbed it before anyone else could. Then I ran toward Jessie, who was retrieving her hat as well, since she had thrown hers too. She smiled at me as I approached.

"Thanks for texting me. I just about died of boredom. It took all my self control to keep me from throwing a fireball at the speaker," Jessie grinned.

"You know better than to kill someone who is human and purely innocent of any wrong-doing, Dazara." I scolded quietly, using her Trinity name.

"Here comes Mandy and Jessica." Jessie said as she saw them. We moved through the crowds toward them.

"Finally! I thought this ceremony was never going to end," Mandy said, stretching.

Suddenly my family came through the crowd, cameras in hand. "Photo time!" I put my arms over Mandy's and Jessie's shoulders. Mandy pulled Jessica in as my mom snapped the photo of the four of us. My family swept me away for more pictures while my friends found their families and had pictures taken too.

Suddenly military men came down the hallway toward my family. I had just taken off my graduation gown. I was wearing a red shirt and normal blue jeans, though I was supposed to wear a skirt to graduation. I didn't, nor did I care.

"Excuse me, Madam, Sir; we need to take your daughter for a while," one of the men said. "And if you want to sit back down, all will be explained to you and the other parents in a moment."

"What's wrong? Has something happened?" My mother said, scared.

"Please, all will be explained in just a moment. Now, please, we don't have much time." One man took my arm and led me to a room where all the of the graduating students were being taken too. Jessie and Mandy where being led in with Jessica not far behind them. We went in together and found a quiet spot to talk.

"Man, are those guys pushy. What the heck is going on?" Mandy said.

"No idea," I lowered my voice so only my friends could hear. "We need to call the guardians. I have a bad feeling about this."

"I do too," Mandy said.

We all closed our eyes, connecting to our guardians. Some were at our homes and some were around the building. After we connected to each of them and told them the situation, they knew it was their duty to protect us, so they were coming.

We tried to find out what was going on now. "Excuse me, quiet down now!" A military man was trying to get everyone to quiet down. Finally, all of us quieted. "I bet you are all wondering what is happening. Well, I'll tell you. As you know, about two years ago we went to war with many countries behind us and against us, because France, Italy, China and Russia have invaded their surrounding countries and are planning on world domination. We can't let that happen, so we are fighting and the President of the United States has ordered a draft. All of you are now a member of the US Army."

"But I just accepted a scholarship to Michigan University!" One of the Football players shouted, and several others were calling out their scholarships as well.

"All scholarships will be waiting when you get back from the war." The man said.

"If we get back from the war," Mandy grumbled. I shushed her.

"All we ask is five years. Now, please. All your uniforms and other essentials are waiting for you. Please follow these orders promptly. If you're last name starts with an A through G line up here, H through L here, M through R here, and S through Z here."

"Oh no, we all are separated." I looked at my three best friends. "We can't be separated! And we don't want to go to war. If one of us dies we all die, remember."

"Yeah, and this is so not good," Mandy said.

"We could transform and fight," typical Jessie.

"We might have to if our guardians don't hurry," I said.

At that moment, some of them arrived. The door flew open and beings only the four of us could see ran in. Watching the faces of some of the military officers as a locked door nearly burst off of its hinges was priceless, but we tried not to react and give ourselves away as others in the room panicked.

"Ghosts, must be," Mandy called out, but was ordered to shut up.

"What's happening?" Shadow, a Dark Elf and an outcast of his kind, stood rigid beside us.

Werewolves in our world can transform at will, not just on a full moon, but can only take a wolf form, not like a Shape Shifter that can take whatever form they wish. I say this, because my little Jerith was among the newly arrived group, and was a Shape Shifter. He was scrambling through legs in his snow fox form (the one he preferred) to stand with me.

"Didn't you hear what was just said?" A man in uniform ran over.

"We don't want to join the military," I said. He went into this long explanation about how we had no choice and how we would go to prison if we refused.

"You know," Jessie cut him off, "your mouth is moving, but all I'm hearing is blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."

"We don't want to join the military. We want to go to college as roommates and become writers." I didn't mention we also planned on going home to the Seven Plains at the end of our mortal lives. It was our homeland and kingdom. We were the rulers of it, technically. "Besides, I've never handled a gun. Except a BB gun when I was seven and wanted to be hunter like my dad and brothers. Not that my mom allowed that, and I grew out of it. I don't know guns."

"You have no choice." Another man approached. "We will teach you everything you need to know at boot camp."

"But we can't. It's a problem we have with deadly situations," I said suddenly, then flat out told him: "If one of us dies, we all die."

"That's not true," he said.

"But it is true," Mandy said. "It's complicated."

Then I started to sing about our past lives as the Trinity of the Seven Plains:

"In a world so close and unseen,
At the beginning of a new age,
Some little girls were born and raised.
Deep in this world, a wondrous place,
Everyone knew our names.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

Our people protected, fulfilled our needs,
Fruit from orchards, grain from the fields.
We found shelter under their roofs.
We grew up in their company.
But we knew we were our only family.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

A thousand battles,
They passed us by.
Soon have to fight our final time.
And when the spirits called out our names,
To leave until we were strong enough to win,
As mortal girls we became.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony,
In perfect harmony . . ."

I knew some people were listening somewhere far away. I could feel it and my friends knew it too. Someone heard and believed our words. My friends joined me.

"Spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony.

Ancient spirits of the Seven Plains,
Choose us queens of elves and things,
We were the only real beings,
Who lived in harmony,
In perfect harmony,
In perfect harmony."

The men ignored my words and drugged us to make us come with them. Our guardians had been forbidden by the Anubi to interfere in this world's affairs unless our lives were threatened, so they were unable to help us, though they desperately wanted to. Since we had to go to war, they would follow us and do everything in their power to keep us alive. Even if it meant sacrificing their own lives.


Jen sat up. It was dark, but she swore she had heard some voices calling form far away. "Mindy, Mindy," she called to her friend, who was sleeping on the bottom bunk.

"Jen, what is it?" she asked.

"Did you hear them?" she asked.

"I was dreaming, but the girls in my dreams were singing. Why?" she said.

"No, it was real. I heard them too," Jen said.

"I did as well," Erin called from the next bed over.

"Me too," Amelia called from the one below Erin.

"Me three," Elise, who had a bunk to herself, spoke up. All of their stuff was stored above her, and the bed, they were told, would remain empty. There weren't enough soldiers even with the draft. Suddenly there was a quiet knock on the door.

"Come in guys, we know its you." The girls knew it was the boys in their unit.

The door opened. Brandon walked in. "Hello, Ladies," he said it like it was said in the movies, making them all giggle. Bryce was behind him.

"Did you hear it?" Jake was next to enter with Nick.

"We did," Erin said.

Matthew answered, and was the last to enter. "It must mean something important."

"Could it be the girls we will get as new roommates?" Erin asked.

"They aren't normal if we could hear them," Bryce said.

"We'll talk later; you boys better go before we get caught," Elise said.

"Goodnight, girls." The boys left. They all went back to sleep, but in the morning they didn't remember hearing us.


I awoke lying in a cot. We were on a train, heading to who-knows-where. I sat up, my four friends were there also, awake. "Where are we going?" I asked them.

"No idea," Mandy said. "You're awake."

"Yeah," I rubbed my eyes. "Slightly."

"Probably boot camp," Jessie said angrily, going back to the matter at hand.

"They said we had no choice! What happened to the freedom people fought and died for?" Jessica said.

"I don't like the looks of this. Are we alone?" I asked.

"Yeah," Mandy said.

"Okay, guardians, role call. Who'd we leave behind?" I asked.

"No one, Seriana, we all made it on time. Barely." Hope spoke quietly, but with great power. The power of an Alpha Werewolf, in fact. "Tara already did role call. Kojiko nearly sabotaged the train to wait for the others, but he didn't have to. We had to stop him from doing it anyway. He really wanted to do it."

"It would be a lot of fun," Kojiko said, wishing we had let him do it.

"Okay, but there is something weird that happened back there. Who could hear us?" I said.

"Someone who will be close to someone from the Plains, or who are from the Plains themselves or someone who believes in a world beyond our own," Hope said. "Don't worry. The Anubi has assured Shindo that you will meet them. They revoked their order of not interfering with the affairs of this world due to the circumstances. This is quite different from normal affairs."

"I agree. I'm not happy with our military right now." I felt the train stop.

"After,
The cold darkness,
In the heart of the world,
Where others were crying,
For the new born sun.

In the womb of the leaves,
On the branches of the trees,
Lies the treasure of the morning,
The pearls of light."

I was singing. The door opened. "Get out!" someone shouted. I then let my anger loose and transformed into Seriana. My brown eyes turned into a brilliant, bright spring green. My shoulder-length brown hair grew to my waist as it darkened to pitch black. The side tresses braided themselves and wound up underneath a clip to keep my hair away from my face. My skin tanned instantly as I grew a few inches. My clothing changed to a red dress with a blue sash. My feet were bare, because the calluses were strong enough that I didn't need to worry about injury on most surfaces. Even extremely hot sand.

The men stared at me with their mouths agape, then bolted. I continued singing.

"Carried away by the truculence of this world,
I got lost in the search for enlightenment,
The blue rain covered my roots and I forgot where I came from.

Carried away by thee truculence of this world,
I got lost in the search for enlightenment,
The blue rain covered my roots and I forgot where I came from."

"We need to remember we are the Trinity," I said, "and fight only for the greater good."

"Seriana, transform back into your human form!" Hope told me urgently. "Don't let them know about your powers." I did as she instructed and we got off of the train and joined the throng of new soldiers. But what I didn't know at the time was that the damage had already been done. My transforming certainly hadn't helped matters, but now they were probably going to link the suddenly exploding doors with it also. I didn't want us to be exposed, but little did I know . . . we pretty much already had been. Even if the constant singing wasn't a tip-off that we were somehow different.