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The rain falls heavy over the city that they call Atlanta and clouds are a nasty black, the only color you would get during a thunderstorm. The terrible smell of sewers shoots throughout the streets and rats scurried around alleyways. The pollution here is high, not that is affected their kind like it did humans and maybe it wasn't the best place to raise a baby but the population rate will help keep her hidden for a long time. At least until she's 25. At least that's what they thought.

Cars rush every which way to get to their destination. A truck blocks Axel's view as they both wait in traffic. Edith looks over to her soulmate who is getting frustrated by the minute. If they didn't hurry, somebody will notice their absence. She cradles the baby closely, tears escaping her eyes and trickling down her cheeks.

This couldn't be happening, she thought. Not to me.

"Don't bond with her, Edith," Axel said, he slicks back his platinum blonde hair and rests his left elbow on the car door. "It will only make matters worse."

"How will we know that she's even ok," more tears gush down her face and onto the babies arm. "We will be in two different places with more than a million-mile gap, this is our baby Axel, have sympathy at least."

The traffic continues as he steps on the gas with one hand on the wheel and the other balancing his head. The city becomes smaller as he passes by building after building, turning into a nice row of houses. "I can't. You know what Aileen said. That baby of ours is everyone's future. If we take her back now, she will be executed. I promise when she learns who she is, what her purpose is and knows our world of ways, she won't leave us ever again even if I have to force her. I will do anything for you but for now, I will send Alexander to keep an eye on her."

The variety of houses thinned and more trees cover into view. Edith lets out another sob and places her forehead on the sleeping baby and plants a kiss on her tiny button nose. The baby squirms and a small whine can be heard from the small being as her mother hugs her for dear life.

The car pulls into a rocky road which is lined with trees until a two-story brick house is visible. The porch lights shine into the gloomy darkness. Two cars line the driveway which was a good thing, meaning both parents were home. Recently the couple had a miscarriage. Both, Edith and Axel were willing to give the couple a second chance in order for their child's protection.

They pull up to the brick mailbox. Axel puts the car in park, hops out and opens the door of the back seat to fetch the small white basket which has painted blue flowers decorating it from the inside and out. Inside had a pink pillow filling up the bottom half. Edith, still sobbing with shaky hands, opens the passengers' seat door and places the crying baby into the basket.

At the realization, she had just begun to give up her baby her hands flew to her mouth and she ran back to the car, slamming the door shut. Axel looks down at the baby's icy blue eyes, the ones she inherited from her mother and her lips in which she had gotten from him. If he gazed at her any longer he would have wanted to change his mind so he shielded the baby's head from the rain and walked as fast as he can until he made it up to the porch steps.

He gently sets the basket by the door, pulling the blanket from her angry blushed face and tucks her in. His hand caresses the young cheek and a sudden sadness washed over him. He tried avoiding that feeling and instead slips his hand into his back pocket to bring out a rose gold lining card. Which has the name 'HARMONY' embedded in silvery blue. Below says, 'Please take care of her for us. Give her the necklace on the day she turns seventeen. If you do decide to keep her, we will be in your eternal debt.'

He lays it on top of the squirming baby and unfastens a necklace from around his neck. The live neon blue color drains from the stone as he wraps it around the baskets handle. With that, he took one last look at the beautiful young he would never get to raise and said, "În viitor (In the future)."

He pushed upon the bell and quickly walked away, sliding into the driver's seat. Edith had her legs propped up on the seat with her face into her knees wailing loudly. He turns his gaze back to the door to see it open and a woman staring at the bundle, shocked. She calls out to her husband who now peaks around the door. His eyes fall onto the fuming baby with the same expression as his wife.

The couple's conversation goes on until the woman quickly picks up the baby, holding the baskets handle and taking the baby under shelter. The man sticks behind to search the woods when his eyes met Axel's. Axel puts the car into drive and sped down the dirt road.

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