I jumped back to my new home with my new brother Stone and my new father Caspar. Did it seem weird that there were no other girls around? Yeah, it kind of did. But I had Riana and Isabelle to talk to if I wanted to. I made up my mind to go to school tomorrow, and Stone was just going to have to shove it up his butt because I wasn’t going to change my mind.
“Stone, I’m going to school tomorrow.” I announced as he walked into my new purple room. Stone nodded.
“I figured you were going to say that. So I’m going to teach you how to make a Time Barrier. To whoever is allowed access to the barrier by the creator, time stops once they are both in the barrier but time continues within the barrier, ok?”
I nodded, sort of getting it but sort of confused.
“Ok, so how do you make one?” I asked. Stone smiled.
“Just imagine a barrier encasing you and whoever else you want in there. Be careful. Sometimes your mind knows you better than you think and will let other people in that you didn’t even know.”
I closed my eyes and imagined a barrier encasing me and only me. I opened my eyes and looked over at Stone to see whether it had worked or not. His face was scrunched up. I wrote a little note and put it in his pocket before returning to my spot. I imagined the barrier being broken down. I opened my eyes. Stone’s face relaxed and he stared at me with expectation drawn on his face.
“We are sitting more than an arm’s length apart from each other. I wouldn’t be able to reach you without you realising it, right? Check your pocket, scrunchie.” I said. Stone put his hand in his pocket and pulled out my note. He read it and then frowned.
“Yo bro, nice face?” He asked me sadly. I smirked and scrunched my face up like his was.
“Scrunchie,” I said brightly. Stone stared at me stonily. I grinned at him. “Should have taken a picture.”
“Right, well, it looks like that’s enough training for you now.” Stone said gruffly. He walked out of my room and I lay back on my new bed, wondering what life would have been like if the lady who had taken care of me for 15 years actually was my mother and I was never educated about me being a Time Jumper.
I sighed. I couldn’t do anything about it though, and really, life as a Time Jumper was pretty bad-ass.
I got to school early so I could sit down on one of the seats and have some peace and quiet. I wasn’t expecting anyone to bother me so I didn’t bother making a time barrier. I realised that I missed hanging out with my friends. I missed hanging out with Riana and Isabelle and Sam; gossiping about one thing or another.
I didn’t know why Riana or Isabelle hadn’t called me. I had thought that we were such great friends- not as great as Sam and I, but pretty damn good all the same. I was hurt and I missed Sam in general, who I hadn’t seen since he helped me find another Time Jumper. I missed my normal life.
I knew that Calum had just walked up to me and was standing in front of me, so I closed my book, looked up at him and smiled.
“Hey Calum, how are you going?” I asked him politely. He nodded and I wasn’t sure whether he had heard my question right or not, “Are you ok?”
He nodded again.
“Yeah, I’m fine thanks. I just wanted to ask….” He stared at me and I wondered whether or not he still remembered me saving him because I hadn’t worn the bandana and I wasn’t about to Jump back.
“What was it?” I asked him. Calum shook his head and looked down. Then the bell rang and I pointed at the buildings as my escape. “Can it wait? I have to go.” I gave him a smile and left him there, alone.
I didn’t care. Maybe it would knock some sense into the kid. I was lying, anyway. I wasn’t planning on going to class. I was going to use that time barrier and spend my day in the cafeteria.
My Chinese rice tasted very good. I was confused though. I had created about five time barriers and every single time, time had not stopped. I was doing it right. I knew that much. Obviously I was letting someone else into the barrier and they weren’t there so the barrier couldn’t work its magic. Thank god I was the only one ‘having lunch’ this period.
“Hey Elodie, what did you just have?” Calum asked me. I knew it was his voice and this little stalker child was really getting on my nerves. I glanced around the room.
“What are you….how can you….how-why…?” I closed my eyes and sighed. Calum must have been the person I was thinking of.
“Is it a time machine thing?” Calum asked.
“It’s Time Jumper- and yes/no, kind of. It’s kind of just me, my dad and brother. I can’t explain it.” I put my hands on my temples and closed my eyes again.
“Oh… So, do you want to talk about it?” Calum asked hopefully. I shook my head and smiled.
“I have created a time barrier. Time continues until everyone I have allowed access to be inside the barrier has entered. Then time freezes. My real brother told me that my mind would decide who is and isn’t allowed in if I wasn’t concentrating. Obviously my mind has let you in. You can see now; that time has stopped...” I studied Calum thoughtfully. “You’re taking this really well. You know, you could be a Time Jumper, and you just haven’t been told yet.”
“Yeah, no- there is absolutely no way, trust me. My brother is definitely my brother, no doubt about it.”
“Hey, I thought the same thing. Then I found out that one of my brothers never actually cared about me. Thing is, everyone else is still with their normal parents. I was just lucky enough to have a dysfunctional family.”
“How thrilling…” He said. I smirked and he smiled back at me. He was like a little puppy. “So does this mean that if I was to stay here with you, I wouldn’t have to go back for maths?”
“Kid, you stay with me, and we could go anywhere in the world and be back in time for the end of lunch.” I picked at my food. He looked at me and I looked at him. He smiled at me and I smiled back. “So, where do you want to go?” I held out my hand for him to take it so I could jump us both away. He pretended not to want to take it but then he did and I raised an eyebrow.
“Are you sure I have to be back for maths?” Calum asked.
I smiled and then waited for Calum to tell me.