Initiation

This little scene was inspired by a prompt from Tomi Adeyemi’s site.  It was fun to write and is very different from the story I’d posted last time.

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She knelt before him, closing her eyes as he rubbed glowing blue ink across the bridge of her nose.  “It’s done,” he said.  “You’re one of us.”

Cassy opened her eyes and smirked at him.  In a soft voice, she said, “You all take this stuff a bit too seriously.  You know that right?”

Johannes heaved a sigh and rolled his eyes.  “What’s a club without some kind of strange initiation rite, Cassy?” he asked, shaking his head at her.  He giggled and stepped back from her.  “Besides, now it’s impossible for you to hide from us in the forest.”

“That’s right,” Berling agreed.  “Your face is glowing, after all.”

Maggie closed the lid on the pot holding the glowing blue ink.  Then, she tucked it away in her play house and turned to the other three members of their little club.  “Who wants to play Assassin in the Dark?” she asked.

“Yes,” Johannes agreed, grinning.  He turned to Cassy and smiled.  “It’s kind of like tag.  One person is the assassin and they ‘kill’ someone else.  Then, we have to figure out who the killer was.”

“Sounds like fun!” Cassy said, nodding.  She wiped at her cheeks and then giggled when blue ink spread to her fingers.  “Maybe I should wash this off first, though.”

“Spoilsport,” Berling said, his tone teasing.

As Maggie brought her to the house, to show her where the bathroom was, Cassy realized that she had friends.  For the first time in her life, she had actual flesh and blood people with which to spend time and play games.  As she washed the blue ink off her face and hands, she couldn’t stop smiling.

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