Taylor smiled at his little sister as Etay carefully tackled her, and nipped her gently. He felt so bad for his twin. Etay wasn't half as bad as his nature suggested.
Moonlight flooded the small balcony.
"Ah it feels good to be home!" Taylor thought. For once none of the fans camped outside their house. It was quiet.
There was the sound of a door creaking open. Etay stepped out onto the backyard.
"Must have the same idea." Taylor thought. Taylor shifted forms and jumped off the balcony. Etay jumped, startled.
"Jesus Christ bro! Were you trying to give me a heart attack?!" Taylor laughed. Etay shifted forms and playfully punched his twin.
"Oh so that's how you wanna play?" Taylor asked mockingly.
"You wanna make something of it?" Etay asked.
"Yeah I do," Taylor lunged and tackled Etay. They tossed around on the ground and growled at each other. Taylor slammed Etay against a tree. Etay tried to get his twin's grip off his neck but with no use.
"I win," Taylor stated. He let Etay go and watched as he slid down the tree in agony.
"You smug son of a b****," Etay said as he struggled to get his breath back.
"Wait we're brothers! That means you're a son of a b**** too!" They started laughing. Taylor lied down on the grass next to his brother and hugged him affectionately.
The next few days, the family noticed Etay and Taylor were hanging out with each other more. Taylor had almost completely abandoned Isaac and Zac. Diana and Walker knew they were trying to get to know each other closer. But explaining it to the younger children was hard. Zac wasn't bothered in the least. Occasionally Etay and Taylor would let him tag along with them went they went to the movies.
Etay and Taylor's newfound relationship had a bitter impact on Isaac. Somehow it disgusted him to see them spending so much time together. To him Etay was still evil, and would try to use Taylor as a pawn in his game.
"Etay's got to go." He thought to himself one night. "And there's only one sure fire way to do it. A silver bullet."
Ariella paced around her bedroom. She hadn't heard from the guys in awhile and was beginning to get worried. So were Fran and Cathy. The three of them talked about coming to visit them.
Ariella picked up her phone, and punched in the digits to the Hanson's home. To calm herself, she counted the number of rings. One...Two...Three...
"Hello?" Isaac had picked up.
"Hey Isaac! It's Ariella," there was a snort on the other end of the line. She had the feeling Isaac didn't like her very much.
"Let me guess. You want to talk to Etay don't you?" He said with a sneer.
"Well if you wanna be an asshole about it no. If not then yes I'd like to speak to him," she retorted bitterly.
"God what is his problem?" Ariella thought.
"With pleasure, b*****." She listened as he screamed Etay's name over the ruckus of the house. There was the sound of bickering.
"He'll be right with you," Isaac snapped, then slammed the phone down.
Etay went into his room and picked the phone up. There was the annoying buzz of a dead line. He slammed the phone down.
"Isaac you ******* bastard! What the hell did you do that for?!" Isaac stood in the doorway smirking. He turned around and walked off with out a word. Etay thought about chasing after his older brother, but thought better of it. He slammed the door so hard that the hinges threatened to fall off. He was getting angry, and he knew it. Slowly he took a series of deep breaths and calmed himself. He pushed the redial button on the phone and waited for Ariella to pick up.
"Hello?" It was her, and not her mother. That bitch annoyed the shit out of him.
"Hey Air." He used her nickname. He could imagine the look of joy on her face at that moment.
"Oh my God Etay! I've missed you so much!"
"I know sweetheart. I've missed you too. So why'd you call before?"
"Cathy, Fran and I haven't heard from you in awhile. We wanted to make sure you were alright."
"Ignoring Isaac, everything's fine here." She giggled a little bit.
"I was thinking maybe I could come and spend a few days with you guys. Things haven't been so great here. There's so much tension here, and it's all being taken out on me. I've gotta get out of here!" Her voice began to quiver on the edge of tears.
"Shh. Everything's going to be fine I promise. Let me ask my parents if you can stay. Alright?"
"I'll be right back." Ariella could here the sound of his footsteps and voices. Etay came quickly back into the room.
"You can stay!" He said excitedly. She squealed in excitement.
"I'll make plane reservations today!"
"Well then I'll see you in a few days."
Ariella stood in the Tulsa airport looking very lost and out of place.
"Where are Etay and Taylor?" her heart was hammering in her chest. She saw a figure with long blond hair come towards her. It was Etay.
He came towards her and hugged her tightly.
"I've missed you so much," she said so only he could hear her.
"Me too baby. Now c'mon, Taylor's waiting for us in the car." He reached for her hand as she gathered her small amount of luggage.
"Wait did you say Tay's driving?" She asked skeptically.
"Then there is no way in hell you are getting me in that car!" Ariella screamed at him. Etay just sighed and rolled his eyes. He grabbed her arms and dragged her to the parking lot.
The three of them drove silently along the highways of Tulsa. Occasionaly they'd crack a couple jokes but it was mostly quiet. Taylor finally spoke up.
"Not to be intrusive Ariella, but why do you have such a small amount of luggage? I know it's stupid but I'm just curious." She sighed.
"I can't stay long. I used my powers and something's gonna happen. So I've gotta get ready to move as soon as I can." She looked out the window as the highway gave way to local roads.
"Do you know what's going to happen?" Taylor asked. Tears began to stream down her face.
"No I don't. I was too afraid to look," her voice was cut off with sobs. Etay looked over at her, and hugged her tightly.
"Tay, I think we better drop the subject." Taylor nodded. The rest of the ride went in silence.
The first few days of her stay, Ariella began to notice Isaac completely avoided his family. He would spend most of his time confided in the basement. Something told her he was up to no good. Her suspicions began to arise one morning.
She couldn't sleep very well that night. Perhaps it was the fact she was sharing the room with Etay. She decided to go downstairs and draw for a bit. On her way out she looked at the clock. 8:15 AM. It was pretty early for a Saturday morning.
When she came downstairs, she heard Diana's distressed voice coming from the kitchen. Ariella went in and saw Diana frantically searching the cabinets.
"Diana?" She looked over at Ariella and tried to manage a smile.
"Yes dear?" Diana asked in her motherly way.
"What are you looking for?"
"A tea set my mother gave me. It's made of pure silver and I'm terribly worried something's happened to it. Have you seen it dear?"
"No Ma'am. But happy hunting!" Diana smiled more cheerfully this time at her.
On her way back up the stairs she met Isaac. He gave her a death look, and when she looked in his hand she swore she saw a bullet mold.
Things exploded that night at dinner. Isaac refused to come upstairs and eat. Walker had drag him up from the basement, and Isaac didn't seem to thrilled with the intrusion of his privacy. Things took a turn for the worse when Etay and Ariella began to talk.
"I CAN'T STAND HIM! WHY DO WE KEEP HIM HERE?! HE'S JUST GOING TO TRY TO KILL US ALL ONE DAY DAMMIT! AM I THE ONLY WHO CAN SEE THAT?!" He turned towards Etay.
"AND YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARD! WE TOOK YOU BACK INTO YOUR FAMILY AND YOU DON'T EVEN CARE! YOU JUST TRY TO KILL US ALL, AND YOU'LL DO IT AGAIN!" For the first time the entire family witnessed in horror as tears streamed down Etay's cheeks. But they weren't normal tears, they were tears of blood. He pushed his chair out and ran up the stairs. Taylor chased after him.
Isaac sat there with a smug grin on his face. His family was in shock.
Without consciously thinking it Ariella came up to Isaac and started to smack him.
"YOU FUCKING BASTARD ISAAC! LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE! ALL OF THE LOVE YOUR FAMILY HAS SHOWN ETAY HAS BEEN SHATTERED IN ONE FATAL BLOW! JESUS FUCKING CHRIST! WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?! IS THAT HE'S TAYLOR'S TWIN AND HE'LL GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF ATTENTION TAYLOR DOES?! OR ARE YOU JUST INSENSITIVE?! AND YOU KNOW WHAT?! I DON'T CARE IF ALL THIS IS SAID IN FRONT OF YOU FAMILY! BECAUSE YOU AND ME BOTH KNOW IT'S TRUE!" Tears of rage stung her eyes as she ran away from the Hanson's and to her room.
Taylor leaned his head against Etay's door and heard his twin crying. It pained him so much to see his stronger brother crying. Slowly he opened the door and stepped inside.
Sitting on the bed was Etay with his head between his knees sobbing loudly. Taylor came over to him and wrapped his arms around Etay. Etay looked over at his twin through teary eyes.
"Why does he hate me so much? It was a simple mistake. Anybody would do it if they were in my place," He leaned onto Taylor's shoulder and cried harder. Taylor stroked Etay's back.
"I don't know what his problem is, but it won't come between us; ever," Taylor gently laid Etay down on the bed and walked over to the CD player. A copy of Creed's single "With Arms Wide Open" sat next to it. He placed it in the CD player.
"Etay?" Etay lifted his head up and looked at Taylor. "I have something I'd like to sing to you." Etay smiled. His twin had a beautiful voice.
Taylor pressed play on the CD player and "With Arms Wide Open" started. Taylor began to sing at the chorus.
"With arms wide open/
Under the sunlight/
I'll show you everything/
With arms wide open/
Now everything has changed/
I'll show you love/
I'll show you everything/
With arms wide open."
Taylor came over to Etay and hugged him as he sang. The song displayed exactly how Etay felt. The chorus especially was true to him and Taylor. Taylor would show him everything with arms wide open. And everything had changed.
As he sang Ariella crept up the stairs and took a peek into Etay's room. She cried at the sight of Etay and Taylor together. They were so happy. Silently she went to Taylor's room and began to cry.
After the noise from the song ended she heard footsteps and felt Etay standing next to her.
"Thanks for the song sweetheart. You know how to make things better." She smiled at him. Rivers of dried blood clung to his face.
He climbed onto the bed and gently pushed her down. Before she knew it he was passionately kissing her. Her hands traveled up his shirt and swiftly unbuttoned it.
If they could hear the footsteps coming their way, which they ignored. The only thing Ariella and Etay heard was the sound of a gun being fired. The bullet landed in Etay's back. His muscles tightened, and he saw red.
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