“Must be nice not being alone during school hours...” she said softly.

I wasn't sure exactly how to take that, but I noticed the looks granted to her by the others. Clearly they were as uncomfortable with the statement as I was.

“Yeah, I guess so...”

“Kara is home-schooled,” Melanie told me. “She always has been.”

“Oh yeah? What's that like?” I asked her, trying to be friendly. Kara did seem like a nice girl after all.

She smiled some, running her fingers through her black hair. “It's alright; I imagine it being a lot different from public school.”

I nodded my head.

“Are we going to do this or not?” Freddie interrupted us.

I looked to him. He was sitting beside Marvin, his gold eyes locked with mine.

Do what? I wondered to myself.

“Relax, Freddie,” Jessica argued at him. “It's not like you have anything better to do with yourself.”

“It's getting late. I don't know about you all, but I have school in the morning and I'd like to be able to get up for it.”

Jessica opened her mouth to shoot something nasty at him for sure, but Melanie cut her off. “Alright guys, let's get started then –we wouldn't want to waste anymore of Freddie's precious time.”

There was grumbling from him at Melanie's snark.

“Melanie...” I called out to her. I was really confused at this point. Actually, I had been confused since that day back in October. Melanie Frostwood was full of mystery and since she dragged me all the way out here –well, I came willingly but the fact still remains – she could at least reward me with some answers.

She looked down at me with those gold eyes of hers, her brow arched in question.

“What's going on here?” I asked her. “You've never spoken to me before today and now all of a sudden you want to hang out?”

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