Chapter 9

It has been a week since that night in the forest. After I left the forest, I came straight to my house. I was confused about everything and I wanted to make sure Sam and Mom were alright. When I had gotten home they rushed out and asked if I was hurt and where Tiger was. I told them that I was fine and Tiger had run off. Mom started apologizing, that if she had known she wouldn’t have let him out. I said it was fine, but I was tired and needed to sleep.
I got up out of bed and started to walk downstairs. Sam met me at the bottom of the stairs.
“Hey how are you doing this fine morning?” I just shrugged and walked into the kitchen.
“You know you have been really quiet this week. You also haven’t left the house except for school. Tiger will come back you know. He always does.” I shook my head and made a bowl of cereal for myself. Sam sighed and went to get dressed. When he came back down I was still in the kitchen.
“What is wrong with you? You haven’t said more than three words to anybody since that night.”
“Nothing is wrong. I’m just worried about Tiger.”
“You’re lying. I know you are, you have never been worried about Tiger before. If he ran off for a while you would shrug and say ‘he’ll come back’. So why are you so distant from everyone?”
“I’m not.”
“Yes you are! I am your best friend, you are supposed to tell me everything! Or at least tell your mom something. We are worried sick about you, and you don’t even care.”
“It doesn’t matter. I am fine, stop worrying so much.” He glared at me and walked off. I grabbed my cereal and walked into the living room. I sat on the couch and started to eat. I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing, I was on autopilot. Maybe Sam was right, Tiger could come back. I knew it wasn’t true but I looked out the window anyway. I started thinking about all the times we would chase each other around outside. Or how we would take pictures. Someone couldn’t do that and be bad could they? No one could fake it for eight years, then again he did manage to keep from me he wasn’t an animal for that long. He also kept the fact that Tiger wasn’t his real name from me as well.
On that night he didn’t seem to act the same either. He accused me of being like everyone else and then left. I wanted to be angry, but that is what I did. I ran without even trying to understand. I wish I could apologize I have to find them first. Where could they be? I closed my eyes and laid back on the couch. I thought about the time when I glimpsed Tiger’s fight with Charcoal even though I wasn’t really there. Could I maybe do that again?
I closed my eyes can concentrated on Slate’s face. I thought about how much I needed to talk to him, say I was sorry. I kept my eyes closed for a few minutes more then gave up. It wasn’t working! What did I do before, Why can’t I do it now? This is so frustrating! I closed my eyes again because I was getting a headache. I thought about Clover, she must be mad that I called her a boy. No wonder she always seemed so angry.
I felt myself relaxing and taking slower breaths. Next thing I knew I was right outside a house. It was pale blue and looked two stories tall. I stepped up to the door and opened it.
“She’s not coming here! First off did you see the look on her face? She was horrified. And second, she doesn’t even know where we are.” I knew right away it was Slate. I walked deeper into the house and sure enough he was yelling at Clover. I stood in the shadows even though I knew he couldn’t see me.
“She isn’t that scared of us is she?” I could tell Clover had tears in her eyes, “We didn’t even do anything. We were saving her!”
“Yes, but she doesn’t see it that way. Whatever that man told her she seemed to believe.” I could feel my hands tightening and turning into fists. How dare he? Does he really think I am that stupid? That guy freaking tried to kidnap me and he expects me to just believe him? I must have made some sort of noise because Slate and Clover both turned to look at me.
“Alecia, is that you?” I was about to reply when I started to feel dizzy again. I closed my eyes and opened them up slowly.
“Alecia your OK! I was so worried about you.” My mom was standing over me with tears in her eyes.
“What do you mean?”
“You stopped breathing. The doctors managed to make you breath again but you wouldn’t wake up.” I looked around. I was in a hospital room. What happened? Clover and Slate could see me this time. They never have before. I shook my head and looked around. A man was talking to my mother, he had his back to me but he seemed familiar. He turned around and smiled at me. It was that man, Bane.
“Well hello there, you must be Alecia, nice to meet you. Well we checked everything and you seem to be fine, we are going to need you to stay here for another day just to make sure.” My mom nodded and said that would fine. I shook my head.
“I don’t want to stay here mom, he said I was fine.”
“He also said you need to stay here for the night. I will be back tomorrow to check on you OK?” She walked out the door without waiting for and answer. When she left Bane turned and winked at me.
“Now that she is gone, why don’t we talk?” He sat on the bed beside me.
“About what?”
“Slate, Where is he?”
I thought back to my dream, “I don’t know.”
“You’re lying.”
“And what makes you say that?”
“Because that’s why you stopped breathing isn’t it. You went to see them.”
“Yes but I don’t know where it was.”
“Then give me details.”
“OK. Um… the house was yellow and it was near a cliff edge.”
“Thank you. That will help us quite a bit.” He got up and left the room. After he left I got up and changed. Then I started to sneak outside. I passed a room where I heard Bane talking.
“She said it was a yellow house near a cliff. I know a house that fits that description, we will leave when it starts to get dark.” I shook my head. That is a real place? Nice. I walked past them and out the door. When I was out of sight I tried to remember exactly where the house was. I didn’t see it but it was a feeling. I started walking in the direction of the forest. My mind hazed over again.
“What if she tells them where we are? Then what are we going to do? We need to move.” I recognized Clover’s voice, “I know that we should trust her but it what Slate said is true then she will tell them.” I closed my eyes to see if I could get a feeling of where they were. Wait, they were near.
I opened my eyes and ran in the direction I had felt. I could tell the sun was going to set soon. I had to get there before it did, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see. I felt the pull get stronger. I ran right into the darkest part of the forest and stopped. There it was! I walked up to the door and stopped. Would they want me here? They didn’t seem to trust me earlier. How dare they? Why would I trust someone I barely met over someone I had somewhat known for eight years? I could feel myself getting angry again. I took a deep breath and walked up to the door. It was opened a little so I walked in. I looked around. It looked exactly the same as I remembered. This is amazing, I’m going to have to figure out how I can do that.
“How nice to see you again Alecia,” I heard Akira say. I nodded trying to figure out where he was.
“Upstairs, you can’t see me right now, but I shall be down later.” I nodded again and walked to the living room. I watched Slate and Clover argue about whether or not I could be trusted. Clover wanted to leave right away, but Slate wanted to see if I really did tell or not. I rolled my eyes and continued to stand in the shadows. I watched them argue a little more before Akira came downstairs.
“Why don’t the two of you stop arguing and ask her yourself. It will save much more time.”
“That would work if she wasn’t in the middle of their hospital. Trying to get to her is going to be almost impossible.” Clover turned to Akira, who was turned towards me. He winked at me then turned back to Clover.
“Are you sure that is where she is?”
“Last time we checked.” Slate turned to the kitchen. His eyes widened when he noticed me.
“Well when was the last time you checked? I know I have been standing here for about an hour, and I’m not sure how long it took to get here.” Clover spun around and stared at me. I smiled and waved.
“To answer your question, yes I did tell them where you are.”
“What?” Clover started at me eyes wide. Slate looked sad before he turned away.
“Yeah a little yellow house right next to a cliff.”
“But that’s not where we are,” Slate replied, looking at me with a puzzled expression.
I shrugged my shoulders, “Oops, oh well.” Clover smiled and hugged me. Slate stayed back, he didn’t even look at me. I was hurt but I managed to smile and hug Clover back.
“You do realize that they can follow her path. She led them right here. She should have just stayed back with them. She seems to have more fun there anyway.”
I pulled away from Clover and glared at him, “Do you really think that I am going to believe something that some random person, who was trying to kidnap me, tells me? Even if you kept a bunch of secrets from me, you were still my best friend. Do you really think I would just go tell some person anything that they want just because of that?” I turned around and walked outside. The sun was setting, all the leaves were turning a golden color. If only I had my camera right now. The ground danced with light from the sun. I heard the door open. Akira was standing at the doorway.
“Do you have any questions?”
“A lot.”
“Why don’t you ask some? I will answer as many as I can.” I nodded and thought about the questions I had.
“First off are you really demons,” He nodded, “OK. What about that thing I do? How did I get that?”
“I think Slate might have accidentally given it to you. We can change into animal forms but we are not supposed to keep in that form for an extended time. I think some of his energy might has went to you because of it.” I nodded, “You look tired, why don’t you go upstairs and sleep. We can discuss more tomorrow.” I nodded and walked upstairs to my room. Before my head even hit the pillow I was out.

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