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 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 has stopped, except for at this table. It’s complicated…To everyone here now, this table doesn’t even exist. Somehow, you can see through it though.” I studied Calum thoughtfully. “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- 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.”
“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.