“Could we go to ten years ago at the hospital in Dallas, Texas? He asked quietly. I looked at him, questioningly.
“Do you have a certain time frame?” I asked him. He shook his head.
“Just this exact day, ten years ago at the hospital in Dallas, Texas; please…” He licked his lips and sighed. “Room 17 on the top floor…”
I squeezed his hand and told him to close his eyes. I breathed in deeply and jumped us both back.
“Oh Calum, I’m so sorry,” I whispered, seeing why he wanted to come back. “I had no idea.”
I watched Calum step up slowly to the bed holding most likely his grandpa and looked away. I didn’t know what else to say. He looked really, really sick- like, incurable sick and I felt so sorry for both of them.
“Calum, my dear boy….you have grown since yesterday I saw you.” His grandpa said. Calum stood over him. I looked at them with envy. I wished I had the kind of family that I had that kind of relationship with. I opened the door silently and walked outside the room. I closed the door to give them some time alone.
A few minutes later, Calum came out, his eyes red rimmed; his face seeking answers. I didn’t know what went on in there, and I wasn’t one to encroach on private conversations (I really was but this wasn’t the time for that.) but I knew that something was up.
“Who’s Stone?” he asked quietly. His voice wavered in places. I hesitated. “I know you know him, TELL ME WHERE HE IS.”
I had never heard Calum yell or even see him get angry in the few days that I’d known him.
“Stone is my brother. Calum what just happened?” I asked. Calum shook his head.
“I have to tell Stone something that my grandfather told me. We have to go back to the present and you are going to take me to Stone.” He ordered.
He practically grabbed my hand and forced me to jump back which I did immediately. I didn’t jump to school; I jumped home, right in front of Stone.
Calum grabbed Stone and hauled him against the wall but Calum forgot that Stone was capable of way more than I was. Stone pulled a fire knife out of a hidden sheath and was somehow right next to Calum. Calum, who was surprised, got a fire knife up against his throat, dropped to the floor and Stone let him go.
“What the hell, Elodie? I’m blaming this mental case on YOU.” Stone yelled. “Why do you always bring the mental cases to me? Why the hell did you jump this guy here? Is he an ender? Is he-
“Calm down, Stone! He’s human, as far as I know. I thought you might recognise him since his grandfather seemed to know you.” I said insistently. Stone shrugged.
“Logan Freeman,” Calum spat. Stone’s face lit up and then he got down and helped Calum up. Once he did, Calum looked at him, hate in his eyes. “He died, ten years ago. We jumped back and he told me to tell you something. But he didn’t say what.”
Stone’s face now dropped and I shook my head, confused.
“Logan was an ender insider. His mother was a jumper, but his father was human- wait- that means, Calum, that you are one of us. You are partly a time jumper. But because you aren’t a full jumper, like your grandfather and any of your family descending from him- you can’t jump.”
Calum stared at us in awe.
“Do I get a say in this?” Calum asked.
“Yes, of course!” I said at the same time as Stone said,
“No, none of us do.” I gave him a look and Calum inhaled and then exhaled.
“Thank you, Elodie,” He said.
I nodded at him and we all fell silent for a few minutes. That was partly because every time Stone opened his mouth, I shut him up with just a look.
“Whatever this is, whatever this whole war is. I want in. Whatever this thing is, I’m part of it now, whether you want me in it or not. I want in.”
“This isn’t some game, kid.” Stone told him. I opened my mouth, “Shut it, Elodie- I have to say this.
“If you really want in, you have to promise to never betray us to anyone, to never ever leave our side during a fight and you have to prove to us that you are worth it.”
Calum didn’t even blink; he solemnly nodded at me and then turned his attention back to Stone. He held out his hand and Stone shook it.