I fell asleep quickly. I had made several human friends and felt more comfortable. A few were just as worried as I was but the money they were offering us was tempting. There were a few humans, though, that were being pretty harsh about the supernaturals and I worried they'd mess it up.
Someone poked me rather roughly and I opened my eyes.
"Wake up," Suzanna snapped. "Kelly's letting you shower first and I don't want to have to wait all morning."
"Whatever," I mumbled and looked at the clock.
It was just aft 6:30 and I stretched. Beside me, Logan was snoring and Jamie was stretched out on his bed. Just the girls were awake and I had a feeling Kelly and Suzanna were early risers.
I gathered my shower supplies and walked into the bathroom I'd be sharing with the other girls. There was a linen closet with white fluffy towels and I took a quick shower. I didn't like taking lone ones; I didn't see the need.
Since I'd be playing later, I put on a pair of capri yoga pants and a sports tank top. I dried my hair while Suzanna showered and Kelly approached me carefully. I hesitated but smiled at her and she smiled back, her face showing some relief.
"I was going to see if you'd let me do your hair but it looks like you're playing today."
I nodded at Logan who was starting to wake up.
"There's a spot on his basketball team so I thought I'd give it a shot."
She looked nervous. "I hope you're good. They're all werewolves so they're super fast."
I laughed a little. "I can hold my own. Do you do any of the sports?"
"I swim," she said and suddenly took my brush. "I love your hair!"
I laughed nervously. "Er... thanks?"
"That's one thing about you humans I envy," she sighed. "Your hair."
"Vampire hair isn't like ours?"
"Nope," she said. "Ours grows until we reach 15 then it stops. Usually we keep it long but I never liked long hair. Men cut it short so I did it with my brother. Our hair is also thicker than yours because of the protein we get from blood. Your hair is super thick, though."
"It's not from drinking blood," I said and she laughed. "My mom has really thick hair, too."
"Is she a redhead?"
"No. I got that from my dad."
Kelly sighed and sat down, beckoning to her brother. I frowned as he sat on my other side. They each took one of my hands and pressed my palm to theirs. They laced our fingers and kissed them.
"We apologize for the act of our brethren," they said in unison. "May their souls be held accountable for their horrible acts and may your loved one know peace."
"Thank you," I whispered, crying a little.
Jamie patted me on the back.
"Let's go," he said to Kelly with a significant look and she nodded, waving bye.
I looked at the clock again. Logan had just gotten up and was in the shower. It was 7:30 and I was surprised Suzanna was still in the shower. Perhaps it was a good thing I went in first.
I got on my socks and tied up the laces on my shoes. I stood up and hopped a little. I had just gotten them and I wanted to break them in a little. Suzanna walked out while I was doing it and scoffed.
"Showing of your breasts is tacky," she sneered and I frowned.
"I'm not," I said but she ignored me.
"Are you ladies ready for breakfast?" Logan asked, seemingly oblivious to our exchange.
"I am," I nodded.
Suzanna beamed up at Logan and he smiled politely before putting in the code. The twins weren't around so I assumed they were wherever the vampires went to get their... breakfast.
"You ready for practice?" Logan asked, falling behind to walk me.
Suzanna glared over her shoulder.
"I'm a little nervous," I admitted. "Kelly said you're all werewolves."
"We are," he nodded. "But I think you'll do fine. Do you want to eat with us?" he added.
"Sure," I said.
I found it easier to get along with and be around the wolves. Logan showed me his favorite breakfasts but I stuck with bacon, eggs, and some pancakes. He then led me to a small table where three other wolves were sitting. They all had brown hair and the same blue eyes that Logan did. Logan was the only black one, though, which struck me as odd.
I glanced around but noticed Logan wasn't what my friend at home called the 'token black kid'. I laughed a little at the memory as I sat beside Logan. The three wolves were staring at me and I shifted awkwardly.
"This is Annalise," Logan said and one of his friends looked at him.
"You didn't say she was your human," he said accusingly.
I blushed. "His human?"
"In my cabin," Logan said quickly. "Anyway, this is Patch, Garth, and Ivan."
"It's nice to meet you," I said.
Garth shook his head a little as if he were trying to clear it.
"Uh.... Yeah, nice to meet you, too. Logan said you're a b-ball fan?"
I smiled and nodded. "I was varsity first string in high school."
"Nice," Ivan said. "Defense or offense?"
I thought it over. "Well, I was a better defender mostly because some of the plays our coach came up with were difficult. I had a hard time remember the more complicated ones."
"L-Dog is the captain so you shouldn't have a problem there," the one named Patch said and Logan rolled his eyes.
"Logan," he corrected. "Not L-Dog."
Patch laughed. "Come on. It's your nickname!"
"It won't be in five months," he pointed out.
"What happens in five months?" I asked.
Logan sighed and looked around. He leaned closer to whisper in my ear.
"I'm up to be the next alpha of my clan," he whispered and my eyes widened. "Yeah," he said, sitting normal and stuffed a sausage link in his mouth. "Keep that to yourself, please. I don't know everyone knowing except for these three idiots."
I nodded and finished eating. Logan led us to the court and picked up a ball.
"Okay, Annalise," he said. "We'll start with some layups and free throws to see where your skill level is. Sound good?"
"Yeah," I said and he tossed me the ball.
I closed my eyes for a brief second and I imagined I was back in my high school gym. A smile spread on my lips and I ran for the basket, dribbling with ease. I made the layup without a problem and the guys applauded.
After a while, they joined in and tried to block me for the layups. I remembered the defensive moves my coach taught me when I had been offered a scholarship for college. Patch came up on my left and Ivan on my right. Logan was right in front of me so I bounced the ball between my legs, stepping back, and ran around Ivan. Garth was blocking my chance for a layup so I shot from the free throw line. They all stared at me.
"Not many humans can dance around werewolves," Garth said when I asked why they were all staring.
I shrugged. "Like I said, I love basketball."
"Shit. With you on our team we'll kick ass this year," Ivan said. "God, last year's defeat was embarrassing."
Logan shut his eyes in pain. "We lost to the vamps, 60-14."
"Ouch," I said. "Well, hopefully I can help with that."
"Play like this all the time and you will," Ivan said, passing me the ball.
We did a few drills that Logan came up with until after lunch. We kept drinking water and taking breaks as the sun got higher in the sky. Around two, I was getting thirsty but all the water was gone and I didn't want to leave. I enjoyed hanging out with them and they were still going full force.
I bit my lip, struggling with whether or not I should leave. Finally, I intercepted the pass to Garth and he pouted as I did an easy layup. I laughed and we kept on. But the heat and my lack of water was getting to me and I missed an easy shot.
Before I could cover my mistake and get the rebound, I fell to my knees.
"Hey!" Garth said, dropping the ball and the four guys ran to me. "Hey, are you all right?"
"Just a little light headed," I breathed. "I'll be fine."
Ivan sighed. "When's the last time you had something to drink, Annalise?"
"I'm fine," I said, shaking my head.
That was a stupid thing to do. The world tilted and I nearly fell forward. Logan caught me, though.
"We need to get you some water and cool air," he said.
"Sorry," I groaned. "I didn't want to interrupt and-"
"Health is more important," Patch interrupted. He was looking into my eyes and checking my pulse. "Yeah, she's overheated and dehydrated. Let's get her back to your cabin."
Logan let me lean on him as we walked back. Even though his arm was around me for support, it felt really nice. I was a little glad my face was red from being so hot or he'd see my blush.
"It's partly our fault," Ivan said as we waited for the door to be ready. "I had forgotten that humans need more water than we do."
Suzanna was on her bed and watched as they took me to the bed. Ivan got a rag and ran it under some cold water. Garth handed me a water bottle and Logan sat on my left. Patch sat on my other side and we waited until my heart rate went down.
"I still think we should stop for the day," Patch said. "Besides, you're kickass so we'll be fine for tomorrow."
"Agreed," Garth said. "We're going to wash up before dinner."
"Thanks for helping me," I said, a little embarrassed.
"Ah, you're good," Ivan said. "See you at dinner!"
They did the salute. Kelly was coming in just as they were leaving and they nodded to her.
"Are you all right?" Logan asked and I nodded, blushing. "Don't be embarrassed to ask for breaks, okay?"
"Humans are so weak," Suzanna said as she walked to the bathroom and I glared at her.
"Ignore her," he muttered. "She's just jealous. Go ahead and take a nap before dinner. You look like you need it."
"Thanks," I said again and he nodded, helping me lie down.
It was a little unnecessary but I appreciated the gesture. He put the cool rag on my forehead and I closed my eyes.