The Invisible Clones

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Ashley McKenna, an ordinary teenage girl, was doing her makeup one morning before school, as she looked at herself in the mirror. “There’s so much on my plate. I have to keep my grades up, study hard, focus in school, be the best clarinet player in the band, the best soccer player on my team, participate in clubs, get the lead role in the school play, look pretty, have the perfect outfits, get the guy of my dreams, and the list goes on.”, Ashley said to herself, rolling her eyes. She quickly brushed her hair, swung her backpack on her shoulders, and ran downstairs to the kitchen table for breakfast.
“Good morning, guys!”, Mrs.McKenna said, catching her breath.
Ashley joined her brother, Anthony, at the kitchen table, as their mom gave them breakfast and left to get ready for work, “enjoy your day at school!”, she said, as her voice slowly faded, up the stairs. Ashley and Anthony finished eating, grabbed their keys, and sprinted out towards their bus stop. As they stepped onto the bus, Ashley’s eyes lit up. “I just remembered that there’s no school tomorrow!”, she said enthusiastically.
“Mom said we’re going to work with her, though.”, Anthony answered back.
“Why? We’re old enough to stay home.”, Ashley said, with an attitude.
“Yea, but Mom wanted to take us out for lunch.”, Anthony replied.
“I guess that’s not terrible.”, Ashley sighed.
The next morning, Mrs.McKenna knocked at her children’s doors, reminding them that they were going to work with her. “Rise and shine!”, she said, switching on the lights and scurrying off to make her bed.
“WHYYYY?”, they both groaned.
“Hurry up, guys! I can’t be late!”, their mom yelled, rushing into the bathroom to get ready.
“Even better, now we need to rush!”, Ashley whined.
An hour later, Mrs.McKenna, along with her kids, walked into her office room.
“Have a seat right here.”, she said, pulling two chairs out for them. “I have to be on an important phone call, so no disturbing me, but feel free to walk around here. ”, she told Anthony and Ashley, while they took off their jackets and settled down.
“Ok, thanks!,” they answered.
Mrs.McKenna closed her office door and dialed a number on her phone. For about half an hour, Ashley and Anthony stayed occupied on their gadgets, but the boredom slowly arrised in them.
“Do you want to walk around?”, Anthony asked.
“Yea, sure!”, Ashley said.
They started walking around together, but as they turned the corner of the hallway, they walked passed a room with bright flashing colors coming from it.
They both stopped and stood by the door, for a minute. Anthony slowly walked inside. “Wow!”, he said walking towards the lights.
“What is it?”, Ashley asked softly, standing by the door.
“I don’t really know. It’s definitely some kind of a machine”, he said as he reached his hand out towards it. The machine started making a weird noise. SWOOSH! Anthony shrieked as the machine slowly sucked him in. The flashing lights on the machine shut off completely and the room was pitch black.
Ashley switched on the lights and ran into the room, “ARE YOU OKAY?” There was no answer. “ANTHONY, WHERE ARE YOU?”, she screamed. There was no answer, again. After a minute or so, the lights on the machine started flashing again, and Anthony came out of the machine, along with a twin. They looked exactly the same. Ashley was perplexed, but she asked, panting, “which one of you is my brother, Anthony?”
“I’m Anthony!”, Anthony answered to his sister.
“Then, who are you?”, Ashley asked, pointing to the twin, and relieved to hear that her brother was still okay.
“I am also Anthony, but I’m a copy of him. I’m usually invisible, but if you ever need me for something, then just wear this bracelet, and I will know to come out.”, the machine clone answered back, handing Anthony his bracelet.
“Uhm, that’s interesting.” she answered back, rounding her eyebrows with confusion.
She looked at her brother, in the eyes, clammering her teeth, and said, “promise me that you will never do that again and that you won’t tell Mom about this.”
Stammering, Anthony replied, “I promise.”
“Good. Also, DO NOT even think about wearing your bracelet, until we get home.”, she demanded.
“Ok, boss.”, he answered, saluting his sister, jokingly.
After a few minutes, it came to Ashley’s mind, that if she made a clone of herself, then she would get a bracelet too, and that would mean that it could do all her work for her, whenever she wanted it to. When her brother turned around to sneeze, “Achooo!”, she slowly reached her hand towards the machine, waiting for it to suck her in. “ASHLEY, NOOOO!”, he shouted, when he turned back around, but it was too late. She came out with a twin, also.
“Which one of you is my actual sister?”, Anthony asked, panicking.
“It’s me!”, Ashley answered, giving her brother a tight hug.   
The next day, when Ashley came home from school, the first and foremost thing she decided to do, was try on her bracelet. Within seconds, her machine clone appeared. Ashley instructed it that she wanted to eat a snack and briefly explained how to do her homework. She continued doing this for a few weeks, until her brother figured out how she was getting so much done in such little time, and within days, Anthony started doing the same. A few months had passed, and it was still a secret they had kept from their parents.
However, one day, just around six in the afternoon, their Mom walked into the house from work, noticing both of their clones. Mrs.Mckenna thought in her mind, “Why are there four…?” Even though it had already been too late, they both simultaneously ripped off their bracelets.
“I don’t even want to know!”, their Mom said back to them, laughing.

About the Author: 
My name is Anushka Roy and I am 14 years old. I am an Indian Classical Dancer and I am currently preparing for my dance graduation this coming summer. The styles of dance that I learn are Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. I am also a violinist and a field hockey player.

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