Monday morning came causing me to wake with a start. I was sleeping in an old tree fort in the park. Cain was glaring at me from the darkest shadow of the fort. I rubbed my tired eyes and shook my head, trying to push the sleep away from my eyes. I was in my human disguise.
"What?" I asked yawning loudly. He narrowed his eyes and stood, Cain was now in his human disguise too. He kicked me with a heavy foot, smashing it into my thigh. Volts of pain shot through my leg, waking me up instantly.
"What the hell?!" I growled standing and meeting his cold glare.
"Your pathetic," He said finally turning away from me and moving to the window where the sun was just showing its warming rays. "You have your first job tonight, other than that go to school as normal." I scoffed and grudgingly crossed my arms.
"I became a Soul Stealer to get away from my life!" I voiced back but fell silent at Cain's seething stare.
"I'm not in the mood, Hunter. Go to school, no one will recognize you, if anyone asks your name is Wes and you just transfered." My mind reeled at what he said to me. No one would recognize me? What about Scarlett? NO, stop thinking about her! But she...I...love- "Hunter!" Cain shouted. I jumped from my thoughts as he tossed me my back pack.
Without another word, I climbed down the ladder and into the park. I was still wearing the hoodie and black jeans that Cain had given me in the hospital. I shrugged my shoulders and sighed. Maybe I could sneak in my house and get some real clothes. I began my walk to school, feeling suddenly alone without Scarlett at my side to talk to or tease. My eyes fell to the concrete sidewalk while I walked, Scarlett...Without warning I slammed into someones back and fell back onto my butt.
"Hey watch where your goi-" I looked up as fear and joy shocked through my chest. It was Scarlett, but she looked so different. Her hair was disheveled, her face was gaunt and pale. She looked as though she hadn't slept or eaten in a few days. "Hunter!" She cried wrapping her arms around me in a tight hug.
At first I wanted to hug her back and sob into her shoulder but then I remembered Cain's voice. 'Do not go looking for your friend, lest she pay dearly for your mistake. Understand?!' I swallowed all my words and feelings, pulling away from her grasp. I steeled my eyes and looked down at her, a mask of confusion on my face.
"I'm sorry, I don't know who you are...I'm Wes. I just transfered here." Her eyes grew wide as she starred at me, shocked and horrified.
"No, your Hunter. Hunter Westran. We've been friends since kindergarten, remember?" Her eyes filled with tears and they streamed down her face, making the pain inside me worse. Like a knife had been forced through my soul. Stiffly, I shook my head and shrugged my shoulders.
"No sorry, you've got me confused. My name is Wes." I held out my hand and helped her up, turning away towards the near by school. "It was nice to meet you, I hope you find this Hunter kid you're looking for." As I walked away from her, my teeth dug into my lip so hard it began to bleed, those had been the most painful words I had ever had to say.
Pulling my sweater's hood over my head, I dug my hands into my pockets and went to my first period class. I just had a bad feeling, No one was supposed to recognize me...so far only Scarlett has. I sighed and sat in the desk, listening to the same preppy kids they were talking about my death. Tilting my head, I listened in.
"Did you hear that Hunter kid got killed over the weekend?" One girl asked, biting her finger nails. One of the guys nodded and shifted his gaze to the floor.
"I heard some mental psycho slashed him up, when they found him he was dead and a bloody mess." Many of the kids listening shivered. "It's really sad actually." I raised an eyebrow, thrown off by their true concern. Little did they know, I was sitting with them in the class. A creature more dangerous than their darkest fears and most painful nightmares. Shutting my eyes for a moment I took a breath, preparing myself for the day to come.