Title: Half- Breeds and Other Liabilities
Author: Kara B.
Whoever said Hell was a burning pit of torment never met my family. The real Hell was showing up at my annual reunion, hiding from my less-than-savory relatives, and playing nanny to a demonic five year old.
All kids can be demonic. In the case of my family, it was literal. Though my sister, Lillian, wouldn’t fully evolve to demon status until she was twelve or thirteen, she still had the same nasty tendencies as the rest of the family. There was the occasional bone snapping, tantrum of demonic power, and draining of emotions and souls that filled her day.
Me, not so lucky.
She pulled on my gauges, and I swatted her hand way. She rolled off me and onto the grass. “Mihael, you have holes in your ears!”
I wanted to rip her arms out of their sockets. Instead, I tried to be patient.
“Those are called gauges, Lillian,” I said in my best I’m-not-about-to-disembowel-you-voice. “Pull on them and we’ll be having a very different conversation.”
She yanked on my ears again.
“Ouch! Daughter of the Devil!” I cussed. “Don’t make me take you home earlier.”
Patience is not a virtue of mine.
Lillian’s look implied she did not believe I’d follow up on my threat.
“My money is on the kid.” My shoulders tensed at the laughter in the voice.
My sister, Kenzie, was smiling as I managed to wrench my neck from under Lillian’s grasp. Maybe she boiled a kitten or something.