"Dita!" I ran after my head strong 17-year-old daughter who refused to hear me at all. "Dita I am commanding you as your mother and your ruler to get back here at once!" I regretted saying that but I wasn't going to admit it. It made her stop in her tracks and start walking back towards me. I needed to be strict with her.
"Yes? 'Ruler'?" That word dragged off her tongue and was filled with so much venom it stung.
"Dita, you have to start taking on the responsibilities of being the leader. You don't have a choice. Stop running away from this. If we want this land to keep running in the proper order it has been running in for the past centuries we all must work together and accept the responsibilities given to us."
"Don't you mean the responsibilities forced on us?" She spat back at me. "I don't want to the next leader of this planet! It was fine for you and father but not for me. I just want to be carefree for the most part. Is that too much to ask?" Her eyes were wide and her lips were set in a stern line. She was not going to be easy to convince to take her role as the high chief.
"Yes, it is too much to ask! You are being selfish. The people of Mars are counting on you and here you are just ready to throw us into another apocalypse. You do not have a choice in the matter. I expect to see you first thing in the morning in the upstairs training room so we can begin your first set of lessons. Don't disappoint me, Dita." I walked away because I couldn't stand looking at her for another minute. Her eyes threw daggers at me and her words were like bullets hitting me point blank. She has been impossible to deal with for the past year. The closer it got to her taking her role as leader, the more she became defiant and difficult. Dita doesn't seem to fully understand how important it is that we have a leader that is going to take charge and take care of this planet.
Many eons ago Mars was close to dying. Mars had lost its magnetic field and over time, the solar winds stripped particles away from our atmosphere since it was no longer protected. The high chiefs at the time were not doing anything to try to save our planet. Instead, they started cutting down our forests, draining our rivers and lakes, mining and drilling for precious stones. People started dying and this went on for a long, slow, and torturous amount of time. Finally, at the age of 14, the son of the high chiefs, killed both his mother and father and overthrew them. He started to restore the planet and, with the help of many scientists and engineers, was able to build a magnetic field around Mars. Eons have past and the magnetic field we created has still held strong and we were able replant the forests and the rivers and lakes have all been restored. Dita has to be the next high chief to keep this balance and peace for our planet.
I walked back to our house and was met by my husband who stood in the middle of our entrance hall with a very worried look on his face. "An'ie, what did you say to Dita?" Calum's voice was shaking and he paced back and forth in front of me. "She just came storming through the back door, running upstairs, cursing, crying, and then locked herself in her bedroom."
"Calum, we need to be strict with her! Dita will not take the responsible that is due her. She needs to start her training and be in her classes but instead she runs around with her friends and shows no respect for her elders." I sat Calum down on our sofa and knelt down in front of him. "My darling please help me with her. I cannot control her on my own. I know you think this is something she will grow out of but we are running out of time. She is supposed to marry and become the next high chief in two years. And I am losing my patience."
He let out a long sigh and held my hand softly. "An'ie, she will come around. Trust me. She will see how important her role to Mars is. I will help her see that but not everything needs to be strict and rushed. It will be fine, my sweet."
I let go of his hand and stood up. "You need to see that this is not some phase that Dita is going through. She is not going to just grow out of it. She won't listen to me. You need to take charge in the situation. She needs to see both of her parents agreeing on this subject and working together. Please?"
"Things will be fine." He leaned back and crossed his arms over his chest very casually. "Just relax, An'ie."
I left the room because I was very frustrated with him. I couldn't stand the fact that he was just letting Dita do as she pleased. Even though I am one of her high chief and can force her to take responsibility, I would like her to see the importance of it. I would also like Calum to show some sort of authority in the matter. However, the most important thing is that Dita actually needs to want this position. Once she becomes the high chief there is nothing I can do and then, if she really does not want that role, she could leave Mars in ruins. We can't go through that. Not again.
I went upstairs so I could try to talk to Dita again and hopefully a peaceful interaction with her. I took a deep breath when I reached the end of the hall and then knocked on her door. I waited a few seconds and then knocked again. Could she have fallen asleep? Doubtful. She was more likely ignoring me and hoping I would give up. She doesn't know just how stubborn I can be apparently. I knocked again. Nothing. "Dita?" No response. I turned the door knob and of course it wouldn't budge.
Stay tuned for Chapter two of The Earthlings which will be released on June 19th. Let me know what you thought down in the comments below!