“Hi, I’m Dean; it’s a pleasure to meet you.” Dean said, sticking his hand out for me to shake. I shook it, purely out of politeness.
“Hi I’m Elodie; the pleasure is all mine…” God I hoped he was easy to kill.
“Have you ordered yet?” He asked me. I shook my head. While we were discussing what to get, the conversation somehow turned to family and my cultural past. Lucky at that moment, Calum interrupted us.
“Calum, you work here? Sheesh, I’ve been here all my life and I haven’t gotten a job anywhere.” I exclaimed.
We ordered- I ordered for Dean because he wasn’t speaking. Before Calum could leave, I told him that we were actually going and inconspicuously pulled the fire knife out of my pocket. I got Dean up and held the knife tightly at his back. He could stop time at any minute and kill someone. I took him out the back exit. No one was around.
“You’re one of them?” Dean asked me in a gravelly voice. I put the knife back into my pocket and then pulled it out again. I grabbed Dean’s shoulder and he tried to get away. I said the magic word and the knife lit up and I first stuck it into his gut, admiring the flames and then again into his heart. I then opened my phone, put the perfectly clean knife into my pocket and began calling Stone to send the clean-up crew.
There was a noise behind me, back up near the café/restaurant. I stared up at the noise which came from Calum tripping over some rubbish. Then he yelled at me and I smirked at him because he had absolutely no idea. He turned on my heel and I knew I couldn’t let anyone else know about this.
“Wait…” I said. He turned back and crossed his arms. I knew that he was scared of me because of what he saw me do. “I can explain, but you wouldn’t believe me.”
“Try me.” Calum said. I rolled my eyes and we ended up sitting at booth 7 after Calum lost his job.
So then I explained about me being a Time Jumper and how Dean wasn’t a normal guy, he was a Time Ender, mortal enemy of Time Jumpers and human beings. I left out the part about Dean being the serial killer in the papers. Then something happened which Stone had told me about yesterday.
“Wait- do you even remember saving me?” Calum asked. My head came up. I swore three times and then banged my hand on the table hard.
“Stone warned me about this, it’s like a conundrum.” I muttered to myself. I turned back to Calum, “I haven’t saved you yet. Well, you remember it because it happened to you, but I haven’t saved you yet. It doesn’t make sense and you shouldn’t; even believe me because I sound so crazy.” I hoped he wasn’t like Sam. I hoped he didn’t believe me so easily because he was a bad guy.
“Elodie,” Calum sounded so firm, I stared at him like I had never seen him before. “You saved me. I was going to drown that day. And you, with your orange bandana pulled me out of the water. You introduced yourself as Elodie, freaked out, left me by the water and disappeared. That’s why, in the morning at sport on Wednesday, you were wearing the same bandana and looked exactly the same. I knew I had seen you before but it took me about a day to remember where I actually saw you.”
“But it doesn’t make sense. I didn’t save you on that day. I Jumped to some convention and almost got killed. You know what, I’ll save you tomorrow. I’ll wear the bandana and-
“You have to have your hair in a ponytail.” Calum said. I laughed a real laugh. It was an honest laugh and it felt so good to laugh.
“Ok. Anyway, I have to go. I asked Stone- he’s my Double, kind of like my brother from another mother- to get a couple of his buddies to clean up the mess I made. I have to return the Fire Knife to him.” I told Calum
It was then that I made the decision to not save Calum. I wasn’t going to save Calum. Maybe if I didn’t save him; the memory of me saving him would disappear and he wouldn’t seem so obsessed with me anymore.
I Jumped away…