The Lithensen Twins have just suffered a terrible loss. Their parents. Their life is thrown out of control, and one tragic accident causes them to experience the question of life after death. They have the chance to live again, and they take it. Little did they know that now they have disrupted the Earth's balance. Can they save the world from being ripped apart by veil of the dead?
She ran through a dark, empty space, holding the hand of a young boy. She couldn’t see his face, only his shadow. She called out, but she could only hear her own ragged breathing, and the soft footfall of the shadow boy trailing behind her. She spotted a bright light ahead of her, like a twinkling star in the dark night sky, and hastened towards it. The light grew bigger as she neared it. She ran faster with the trailing boy following quickly behind. She ran through the light and expected the end of the darkness. Instead, she found blazing fire in front of her. Smoke rose in layers that consumed the oxygen around her. The fire rose and was so bright that it scorched her eyes. She screamed and wrapped her arms around the boy as the fire crept up on her body, and licked her skin.
Paisley woke up sweating. She sucked in deep breaths, slowed her racing pulse, and pulled the covers over her head. There’s no fire, she thought to herself. Time to get up. Paisley stumbled out of her bed and tripped into the hallway. She hated mornings. Paisley made some tea, and poured a bowl of cereal. Her twin brother, Seth, was probably sleeping in. Paisley slowly walked down the hallway and knocked on her brother’s door.
Paisley knocked on the door once, and no reply. She knocked on his door once more, harder this time. “Go away,” mumbled a very sleepy voice. Paisley told him to wake up and then she went to get dressed.
The 17-year-old girl looked at herself in the mirror. Grief and sadness had aged her noticeably. Slight smile wrinkles lined her face and her long, red hair, which used to be vibrant, was now faded. She sighed and tied her shoes as she listened to the echoing creaks of the house. With only her and her brother living in the house, the space felt emptier than ever.
Paisley walked into the kitchen where Seth was already eating a bowl of cereal. He looked tired.
“Didn’t sleep well?” she asked. Seth barely looked at her and just nodded his head in response.
Paisley checked her silver watch anxiously and fumbled with the car keys. She jammed them into the ignition. It was a frigid morning, and even in the car she could see her breath come out in puffs in front of her mouth. A quarter past 7 o’ clock. Seth hurry up, she thought. Just then her twin brother hurtled through the door, backpack hanging off his shoulder and hair disheveled. He jumped into car, and the engine roared to life.
“Put on your seatbelt,” Paisley ordered. Seth threw her an eye roll but gingerly did as he was told. Seth fumbled through his papers clumsily. “Seth, you need to get organized. What’s with these grades?” Paisley asked.
“It’s not like I can be perfect like you, Paisley. Not all of us are born to be doctors,” he snapped back.
“Yes, but we all should strive for our best. And it’s obvious you’re not. Also, I don’t like you hanging out with those kids at school-.”
“Whatever! It’s not like you care at all. You’re too worried about your precious GPA and getting into a good college. It’s not like any of those things matter,” Seth yelled. Paisley tried to start another list of bad things about Seth’s attitude when he cut her off again. “You don’t get to say anything. I can choose my friends. You obviously don’t trust me enough to be careful. It’s not like you’re helping me.”
“I’m trying to,” Paisley argued.