I tried to tune out everyone's thoughts as we headed to the park to meet the mysterious newcomer. It wasn't easy though. Their unspoken words drifted through my mind, confusing and irritating.
Wonder what Fred could want... He seems a little nervous to me.
Fred's cute, even if he is a little strange. Crap, I keep forgetting Viki can read my thoughts. Crap. She's probably reading this right now.
A smile tugged at my lips despite it all.
Rhianna flushed bright red and kept her gaze fixed forward.
The storm had settled down ever so slightly although we were getting the aftermath of it. The ground was wet and the leaves sparkled with crystal droplets of water. The wind whipped my hair around my face and blew inside my jacket, causing goosebumps to spread across my skin.
'Guys, it's freezing. Why couldn't he have met us inside the warmth?' Rhianna complained.
'I don't know,' Russell said, adjusting his gloves. 'I'm just curious as to what's going on.'
Seconds later, Fred appeared in our line of sight. He was a completely different person to earlier. He was leant against the wooden post of the fence looking completely at ease with a smug smile plastered on his face.
'What do you want?' Rhianna pounced as soon as we neared him.
'I have information that would benefit you.' His voice was husky and he spoke with a note of formality, his expression turning serious.
I noticed how well suited this mysterious character was to the environment we were in. The wind ran through his dark hair and his eyes, like two onyx stones set amongst softly tanned skin were fixed on us with severe solemnity. His tall frame only made him seem that little bit more intimidating. That and the fact that I couldn't get so much as a whisper from his thoughts.
'Oh? What's that?' Russell's voice was full of suspicion.
'I noticed the other day, on the beach, you were all very intent on digging up something quite dangerous.'
His voice had a slight accent, although I couldn't quite figure out where from, but I got the impression he was trying to mask it.
'The skull?' Allanah blurted out.
We all glared at her.
'Yes,' Fred agreed. 'You guys made a huge mistake in uncovering that. But then again, you already knew that, didn't you?' His gaze swept over each of us in turn. 'You're beginning to notice things about yourself that aren't quite...normal, aren't you?'
'We have no idea what you're talking about,' Rhianna mumbled.
'Oh but you do. I know what's happening to you all because, well, it's happened to me.'