So. I had a story with this idea up a while ago, got about two chapters up, forgot about it, went back recently, and it sucked. So I deleted it. And decided to re-write what little I had in a non-stupid way. Anyways, the setting is my own hometown, Dryden Ontario. We have trees, lakes, rocks, and more trees. Did I mention the trees yet? Not that we live in random houses scattered around the middle of nowhere, we aren't savages. Ontario is in Canada, for those who know nothing about my country. Yes, I am Canadian, and proud of it. If the US or anyone else ever tries to take over Canada, I would gladly assassinate that president and help my friend Marion with the revolution, assuming that her plans for a revolution apply to that as well as Canada ever being run by a dictator (don't ask). If not, then I'll lead la revolution. Is revolution the same in French and English? hmm... Now, I'm done with that. Characters are loosely based on real people I really know. I'm basically going to create people in my imagination, but have someone in mind somewhat. Mostly just giving imaginary people similar personalities to real people. Ninety-nine percent of events will be invented of course, the only exception being school events such as dances and such. Now, note is done, here is the story.

Gifted

Prologue

June 27, 2009

"Hurry up, Dri! We're going to be late!" Leah shouted at her friend from downstairs. "The others are probably all there by now! It starts in three hours!"

"Which is why we have all the time in the world!" the fourteen year-old girl yelled down the stairs.

"Not if we want to get supplies!" Lizzie chimed in. "I mean, we're staying until like, how late tomorrow? There needs to be enough snacks for several hours!"

"Lizzie, not everyone has a sugar and caffeine addiction like you do!" Adriana shouted back down the stairs.

"Girls, please don't be so loud!" Adriana's mother called from the living room. "I'm trying to focus on my work!"

"Sorry Mrs Barns," Lizzie and Leah said in unison.

"Sorry mom!" Adriana shouted from upstairs. A minute later, she raced down the stairs.

"Are you finally ready?" Lizzie asked.

"Yes, I am. Wait, no, I need my jacket."

"You do realize it's summer, right?" Leah questioned.

"You do realize it's North Ontario, right, and that no amount of mosquito repellent will keep you completely safe from bites, right?" Adriana shot back as she grabbed her light denim jacket.

"Good point," Lizzie replied with a smile. Lee looked annoyed. "Hey, Lee, you know she's right. Remember you last year?"

Leah merely groaned at the memory of being covered in bites. "At least mosquitoes are better than blackflies."

Lizzie grinned. "So true. Now let's go! My mom's waiting, and we need to stop at Safeway or something before heading to Rebecca and Connor's!" Rebecca and Connor were a set of twins who lived about half an hour out of town. They'd had separate groups of friends at first, Rebecca had all girl friends, Connor had all boy friends, but as they'd gotten older, the two groups had merged into one, with a new addition that year, after Caleb moved to town, and they had a tradition of heading to the twins' house for an End of School celebration each year. Eventually, it had turned into an overnight camp-out in separate tents in the backyard.

"Why are we stopping at Safeway again?" Adriana asked as they headed for the door.

"To get extra pop, chips, and other sugary goodness! Duh!" was Lizzie's annoyed response.

"Have fun girls, don't stay up too late!" Adriana's mom called.

"Don't worry, mom, it's not like there's school! School's done until the end of August!" Adriana called back. "Besides, this is a tradition for us now! We all stay there overnight, girls in one tent, boys in the other. And we go over this every year. I'll see you tomorrow!"

The three then went outside and shut the door. Lizzie pulled out her cellphone. She was the only one out of the three of them that had a phone yet.

"I've got four texts, one from Ally, one from Jay, one from Becca, and one from Kassy. Jay, Becca, and Kassy are wondering where we are, and Ally's going to be there within five minutes or so." Lizzie glared at Adriana. "Great job, Dri. I told you we were late!"

Adriana grinned and tucked a strand of strawberry blond hair behind her ear. "It's not my fault entirely. I'll bet that Caleb is still there after us. Knowing him, he'll be there after it starts."

"Nah, Caleb won't take two hours to get there, even if he lives almost half an hour in the opposite direction. He's nowhere near as slow as Dri," Leah said with a smirk as they got into Lizzie's mom's car.

"Took you long enough. I've been waiting for at least ten minutes," Lizzie's mom commented.

"Sorry mom, Dri was slow as usual," Lizzie replied.

I'm sorry that I'm so slow," Adriana replied in annoyance.

"It doesn't matter, let's just do what we need to do and get there, ok?" Leah replied.

"Sounds good to me," Lizzie's mom agreed.

About fifty-some minutes later, they were finally pulling into the driveway at Connor and Rebecca's.

"Well, here we are," Lizzie's mom said, stating the obvious.

"Thanks for the ride," all three girls said, opening the doors to get out of the car.

"I'll see you girls tomorrow, call me when you're ready to be picked up," Lizzie's mom told them.

"We will, bye mom, see you tomorrow. I love you," Lizzie told her mom, giving her a quick hug.

They then headed for the door, bringing their stuff and the extra snacks that Lizzie had insisted upon with them. Rebecca and Connor were there of course, both sandy blond with blueish-gray eyes. Jay and Kassy were there as well, Jay with short black hair and brown eyes. Kassy's long blond hair was died black, as it had been for a couple of months. She would need to die it again soon, as her blond roots were beginning to show. Her eyes were a deep blue.

Alyson was also there; her long reddish-brown hair was tied back in a high ponytail as usual. Her eyes were a brown so dark that they were almost black.

"Hey guys, are the other twins here yet?" Adriana asked the second that she walked in the door.

"Not yet, we're still waiting for them, Caleb, Jake, and James," Rebecca replied.

"So, what did we miss?" asked Lizzie. The redhead sat down right beside Jay after dropping her stuff with everything else, her bright green eyes glancing around curiously.

Leah joined her after a moment, the black haired girl being more shy than her cousin. Adriana sat down beside Alyson after putting what she was carrying down with everyone else's things.

"Not much," Rebecca replied "We were just discussing how much extra sugar and caffeine that you'd be bringing, Lizzie. Looks like we were all wrong: you brought more than expected."

Lizzie immediately burst out laughing. "You mean you guys don't know me that well yet?" She mocked being upset. "I'm shocked! You guys are supposed to be my friends!"

They all laughed at that. They were interrupted from the laughing fit when Jake and James arrived at the same time. As the two boys were neighbours, they had gone together. Jake had thick brown hair and brown eyes, while James had short blond hair and blue-green eyes.

"Great! Now we just need Caleb and the other twins!" Kassy said cheerfully. The large group chatted happily for ten minutes before Christina and Riley, the other twins, arrived.

They both had brown hair and blueish eyes. The only way of telling them apart, really, was by the fact that Christina was a girl and had longer hair, they looked so alike. Caleb showed up shortly after, his black hair a mess as usual, and long enough to hide his blue eyes.

They all stayed inside talking for another five minutes before they got the tents and headed outside to set up. That night was going to be amazing, and they all knew it. They didn't, however, know exactly how amazing it would be by the end.

They all continued to chat happily as they walked out the door and began to set up. It was about seven thirty, and the sun was still shining high in the sky, although it would begin to sink soon. At around nine, after the sun was set, a meteor shower would begin. All of the teenagers were excited.

"So, Kassy, how are you?" asked Caleb, walking over to the former blond and brushing a lock of black hair out of the girl's eyes.

"I'm fine, Caleb. Why do you ask?" she asked, attention still primarily on the tent she was helping to set up.

"Oh, just wondering. So, are you excited for grade ten?" Caleb asked.

Kassy shrugged. "I dunno. I'm certainly excited about tonight though. And for the entire summer. It's going to be awesome. In the meantime, school can wait." Kassy then turned to face him. "Why aren't you helping the other guys with the boys tent?"

Caleb shrugged, and his face turned slightly red. "Oh, well, you know, I just wanted to talk to you a bit. But I should probably go help them."

"Yeah, you definitely should. I highly recommend it," Kassy replied. As the fourteen year old boy hurried away, she grinned.

"Oh, Kassy, just put the poor boy out of his misery already and tell him you're not interested," Alyson told her friend.

"Nah, I'm good," Kassy replied. "I like taunting him. He's an annoying egomaniac, and bringing him down from his high horse is fun, Ally."

Alyson laughed. "That may be true, but still. How long are you going to torment him for?"

"Until it gets boring," Kassy replied, and both girls laughed. Caleb really was somewhat of an egomaniac.

Meanwhile, Caleb was talking to Jake. "It's only a matter of time. I have Kassy eating out of the palm of my hand."

Jake burst out laughing immediately. "Yeah, sure, I can see that," he replied in obvious amusement, his dark eyes shining with amusement. "I'll shoot fire from my hands before that happens!"

Caleb snorted in annoyance and kicked Jake in the shins, earning another laugh from the fifteen year old. "You have no faith in me."

Jake smirked. "Oh, I have perfect faith in you. You and your ability to fail!"

Caleb scowled in annoyance, while Jake and the other boys all laughed.

Soon, the tents were all set up, and the young teenagers all went back inside to grab the snacks and everything this time, the sun was going down, and it was 8:00. The meteor shower would begin in about an hour or so.

The group of teens grabbed their pillows, sleeping bags, and numerous bags full of candy, chips, chocolate and pop and began to haul it all outside to the tents. They quickly sorted everything out, tossing jokes back and forth while laughing. They all knew that the night was going to be amazing and spectacular, they just didn't know how much so.

Soon, they had everything organized, and dragged two bags full of junk food and pop over to a hill no to far off, where they would be watching the meteor shower from. They were all excited.

"This is going to be so much fun!" Kassy exclaimed.

"I agree," Connor said. "School is officially over, we're all here together, and there's a meteor shower beginning in an hour. What could possibly be better?"

"We could be actual high school students instead of soon-to-be minor niners?" Adriana suggested. They all laughed, Adriana included.

"This night is going to be one o the best nights ever," Alyson sighed as she opened a bottle of Pepsi and took a satisfied sip. Caleb opened a bag of Old Dutch Barbecue chips, and Rebecca grabbed er I-pod touch and turned it on. Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me began blasting.

You're on th phone with your girlfriend she's upset...

"Taylor Swift? Really Becca?" asked Jake. "Put on something more epic."

"Taylor Swift is epic!" Rebecca retorted.

She's going off about something that you said cuz she doesn't get your humour like I do.

"Guys, chill, we can listen to a combination of songs. Here, I spent half the afternoon coming up with a decent playlist," Kassy said, jumping in and turning off Becca's I-pod for the time being.

"Is there Taylor Swift?" asked Becca.

"Of course. There's a mixture of everyone's favourites. James helped me," Kassy replied, turning her I-pod on. The Black Eyed Peas started up immediately.

I've got a feelin'

That tonight's gonna be a good night

That tonight's gonna be a good good night.

"Great choice for the first song, Kassy," said Caleb with a wink, making Kassy roll her eyes.

"Yeah, sure, definitely eating out of the palm of your hand," Jake muttered to Caleb.

Caleb sighed. "Maybe not yet, but just wait. Be the time the summer's over, she'll be all mine."

Jake laughed. "Yeah, she'll be yours all right. Your worst nightmare! Messing with Kassy is a bad idea. You haven't known her as long as the rest of us have. You just moved here last summer. The last guy who tried making Kassy his girlfriend back in grade seven- he annoyed her so much that he got punched in the face. Twice. He knew enough to duck the third time, and gave up afterwards."

"Why in the world would she do that to a guy who liked her?" asked Caleb.

Jake shrugged. "Who knows? Kassy's a free spirit, and does what she likes. She's stubborn, proud, individualistic, and seems to like being single. I guess if you disrespect her ideals to her face, beware. I've lost track of how many bullies she's driven off with sarcastic remarks."

Caleb sighed again as he watched Kassy laughing with her friends. "All the more reason for me to love her."

Jake snorted. "Yeah. Good luck with that."

"Liz, what do you think it'll take for me to get Caleb to leave me alone?" Kassy asked Alyson. "I would punch him in the face like I did with Bryce over a year ago, but Caleb is actually a friend, albeit an annoying one, so I don't want to hurt him physically. But I also refuse to go out with him. That solution is out of the question."

"I have no clue, Kass," Lizzie replied, leaning back to stare at the sky. "Boys are about as foreign as Escargo as far as I'm concerned. All they're useful for to me is by making good punching bags when they annoy me."

"Which is why you're staying single for the rest of your life," Alyson added, joining in. "It's perfectly simple. Tell him that you're interested in nothing but friendship. Convince him of it by any means necessary, so long as it's not violent. Really, it's quite obvious what you have to do. Think, Kassy, think."

An hour later, the had calmed down a little, if only because the meteor shower was about to start. Really, if anything, they had become more hyper from all of the caffeine and sugar. Clearly, it was going to be a long, long, yet fun, very fun, night.

A streak of light shot across the sky as a new song started on the I-pod.

Everyone's around. No words are comin' now,

And I can't find my breath,

Can we just say the rest with no sound.

"It's starting!" Christina squealed in excitement.

"No, really?" muttered her twin brother, Riley. Christina shot a quick glare at her twin, who then rolled his eyes, shrugged, and moved to sit by Adriana.

Christina saw and smirked slightly before turning to Alyson and nudging the other girl. Alyson turned from the streaks of light that were the meteors in the sky to face her friend Christina gestured with a tilt of her head to where Riley and Adriana were. Adriana's head was leaning to the side slightly, as if she were debating whether or not to lean against Riley.

"Love birds in the making!" Christina half whispered, half sang.

Alyson giggled in response. "They would be so cute together! They have got to go out sometime!"

"Agreed," Christina replied. "I doubt we'll even have to play matchmaker. Just look at them!"

By now, Adriana's head was resting on Riley's shoulder and he had an arm around her. Christina and Alyson smiled at the sight of their friends, and, in Christina's case, twin, then turned their attention back to the meteor shower.

I do want you to know I'll hold you up above everyone

And I do want you to know I think,

You'd be good to me and I'd be so good to you.

I would...

Adriana sighed as she leaned against Riley, who had an arm around her, and listened to one of her favourite songs while watching a meteor shower. It was like something out of a movie. She'd had a crush on him for a while, and the situation felt completely romantic.

I thought I saw a sign,

Somewhere between the lines.

Maybe it's me,

Maybe I only see what I want.

Caleb headed over to Kassy. "So, what do you think about Adriana and Riley?" he asked, sitting next to her. Kassy turned her head slightly in acknowledgement.

"That it's about time," she replied. "They've clearly liked each other for a while. About time they acted on the feelings."

"I wonder if anyone will feel the same way about the two of us someday," Caleb mused, with a bright eyed, curious, mischievous glance at her.

I can't be without...

Kassy noticed immediately and scoffed before retorting. "You are just impossible!" she told him, standing and walking away, much to the amusement of Jake, who had been right behind them.

"Well, done, Caleb, well done," Jake commented. "Kassy is most definitely interested in you. Not."

Caleb rolled his eyes. "Yeah, yeah, yeah, rub it in why don't you."

A bright light streaked across the sky, faster than the others, and seemingly closer.

"It looks like it's going to hit near here," Leah commented, speaking up.

So good to you...

At the same time, the song ended. The young teens were all astounded. A loud bang occurred moments later, not too far off.

"Looks like you were right, Leelee," Lizzie said, using her old nickname for her cousin, even though she knew Leah hated it.

"Well, let's go check it out!" Kassy suggested, running off, leaving her friends behind. They stared after her for a moment before following her more carefully into the bush.

The group fought their way through tangled branches until they came to a small clearing. The grass and shrubs were all singed, and in the center lay the meteor. It had a strange glow about it, golden, silver, and violet all at once.

"Whoa," Adriana commented. "This is really freaky."

"Agreed," Riley put in. "I say we get out of here."

"Kassy, are you all right?" asked Alyson. The ex-blond was swaying slightly.

"I-I- I'm fine. I thinnnk..." Her voice trailed off as her eyes rolled back in her head and she fainted, straight into a rather thrilled yet horrified Caleb.

"Ok, now I really think we should head back," Riley commented. "Let's go. Now."

"I think that's a great idea," Alyson agreed. "I'm starting to feel rather dizzy too, and I don't want to end up like Kassy."

The group of teens then hurried away from the clearing, not knowing at all what the dizziness meant, nor that they weren't the only ones who would experience it. The same thing was happening across the continent, and would soon spread across the world.


~May 17th, 2010~

Kassy laughed as she and Alyson flew around, chirping with laughter at a rather annoyed Caleb, much to Jake's amusement. The two girls had gotten the same powers on the night of the meteor shower. They could both switch into any animal they wanted, anytime they wanted. Real or mythical. Caleb had been terrified when Kassy had shifted into a dragon and attempted to burn him to a crisp when he'd tried to kiss her.

All in all, grade nine was going quite well for the group. Their marks were good, and each day, their powers got stronger. They had rather quickly found out that they weren't the only ones. According to the media, all across North America, people of all ages were developing powers, and it all appeared to be related to the meteor shower nearly a year ago.

Also in the media, in the US, a new political party was emerging. One that hated the people with powers, and, therefore, appealed to a large majority of the population. The teens had some concerns about that, but, as it was in the US, and not Canada, where they lived, they payed it little attention.

The two girls then slipped back into human form and smiled at the two boys. The rest of the group were all studying for a huge test they had the next day, but the four of them had had that class last semester, and therefore had a bunch of free time for the day.

In the months since, Kassy's and Alyson's hair had grown longer, and Kassy now had a few multicoloured streaks in addition to the black. Alyson's hair was still the same colour. The two also looked less like tiny grade eight girls and more like high school students. Clearly minor niners, but still more like high school students.

The two boys looked more or less the same, only somewhat stronger. Jake in particular, not that his strength showed. Truly, his strength owed more to the night months ago. That was his power. Strength and flying. As for Caleb, he could read minds and move things with his mind.

Kassy glared at Caleb, seeing him staring intently at her. "Stop with your crazy mind games, please. I do not appreciate it. There's a reason I keep certain thoughts to myself."

Caleb smirked. "You mean thoughts like: 'I wish Cody were here. He's so cute and I absolutely adore him'?"

Kassy's jaw dropped as she glared at Caleb. Jake and Alyson quickly backed away nervously.

"Stop reading my mind!"

"So you don't deny it?"

"I hate you."

"Love you to, Kass."

"Don't call me that!"

Alyson sighed and Jake shook his head sadly. This was not going to end well.


~March 10th, 2011~

Adriana sighed and turned off the TV. Everything she liked that was on that day was on an American channel, and every American channel was showing the execution at the gallows of two teenagers who had gotten powers on that fateful night. The new party had won the last presidential election, rather quickly after showing up. And the first thing the new president had done was turn the States into a dictatorship. And he was clearly interested in Canada now. TV was depressing.

Adriana stood and headed upstairs, draging her copy of To Kill a Mockingbird with her to work on her English homework. Ironic how similar some of the themes were to her life at the moment. Prejudice, to name one. There was prejudice everywhere. What'shisname who was in charge of Canada's next-door-neighbour was bringing popularity to the idea of eradicating all with 'magic' as he called it. She'd seen one girl get beaten up outside at lunch for using powers to stop her books from falling into the snow. They all had to be careful now.

She grabbed her diary and flipped through to the entry from over a year ago, from the night of the meteor shower. She'd been so happy then.

It was funny how much could change in so short a period of time. About a year and a half, maybe a bit more than that, and suddenly she felt like her life could be endangered at a moments notice as opposed to feeling completely carefree.

She snorted and closed her diary, casting it to the floor. She knew exactly what was happening. The world as they knew it was going to hell.

Songs belong to their respectful owners, as does TKMB. As for To Kill a Mockingbird and English class, that's because every grade ten in Ontario reads it as part of the curriculum. I know not about elsewhere. Clarifying to make sure everyone understands. I added these things in because I want the fantasy to feel real, if you know what I mean.