A short while later, there was a light tapping on the door; I went to open it, and there stood a giant Venus fly trap.
“Hi Matt” I laughed, and he morphed back into human/vampire form.
“Yo, how’s my favourite vampire girl?” He asked laughing, giving me a hug.
“Hey, that should be me!” Joanna exclaimed, laughing.
“Where’s Nichole?” I asked, wanting to get the meeting over and done with.
“Right here” Said a quiet soprano voice.
I peered around Matt and Joanna to see a small child-like girl that looked no older than twelve, but she was so beautiful!
I didn’t think I had ever seen anything like her before – she was so charming, so that was what Joe had meant was it?
“It’s nice to meet you.” I offered her my hand to shake, which she gripped and shook once, and it was astonishing as to how hard she can grip!
“I’m sorry.” She said, pulling her hand away when she realised how hard she had gripped my hand.
“Strong…” I laughed, mentally cringing at how many bones would be bruised.
I flexed my hand, and we were all laughing then.
“Well, don’t stop out there – come in!” Joe ushered them in.
“There are humans present?” Amy sniffed the air.
“They’ve just left.” I assured her.
“Oh, that’s good for them I suppose.” She giggled, mentally thinking ‘so I don’t eat them’.
“Yes, that would be a bit of a downer if you ate them.” I agreed, not bothering to hide my being able to hear her thoughts.
‘Where are your manners? You can’t just go snooping about in people’s heads!’ Joe protested.
‘Really; well what are you going to do about it?’ I smiled.
Joe shrugged and told them to make themselves comfortable, so Nichole sank gracefully to the floor, and crossed her legs.
“You can sit on a seat you know!” I laughed, but she just shook her head and closed her eyes.
‘She’s meditating?!’ I thought.
‘She has a very unique gift – like yours.’ Joe thought.
‘Mine’s not very unique – you can do it too!’ I protested.
‘I wasn’t referring to your ability to read minds.’ He thought.
‘Huh? What do you mean?’ I wondered.
‘You have another power that you probably didn’t realise you had – you’ll use it later on today.’ He promised.
“Okay – can you please let us in?” Matt laughed, waving his hand in front of our faces, snapping us back to talking normally.
“Sorry – private conversation only.” Joe laughed, and of course everybody else did too; even Nichole’s shoulders were shaking in laughter though she made no sound.
“What is Nichole’s specialty?” I asked Joanna.
“She can freeze time, but it takes a lot of concentration.” Joanna explained.
“Hence the meditation” I realised.
“I’d rather you talk to me than about me, if you don’t mind.” Nichole suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
“Sorry – I’m just trying to figure out what you’re like.” I was puzzled.
It seems as though I had made up a false image in my head, and it took some shaking off. She was good and lovely and nice, through and through. I’m not as good a judge of character as I thought I was…
I wondered if she had just frozen time whilst I and Joe were having our conversation… I wondered if she could make humans freeze whilst time was frozen… I wondered if she could do that to vampires… I hoped that she’d be able to do that to unicorns, thus giving me time to see my Mum for one last time… maybe, maybe not.
It was probably all in vain hope, but maybe I could take her aside and ask her – no need for anybody else to know what I was asking. I could easily block Joe from my mind; I knew that since I was on Amor Island... Actually, I had found out lots of things since being on Amor Island...
“Wakey, wakey sleepyhead” Joe laughed waving his hand in front of my face.
“Sorry – daydreaming.” I confessed, laughing with him, and everybody else started laughing too.
“About...” Joanna prompted me.
“Stuff” I shrugged.
“Listening to people?” Matt asked.
“No, imagining how many flies you could swallow at once.” I said sarcastically, instantly imagining him as a giant Venus fly trap.
“No I honestly was just daydreaming. I tend to do that from time to time – it’s a human thing.” I added, laughing.
‘Makes sense’ Joe thought.
‘I wonder...’ Matt was wondering ‘I wonder if she can see images rather than just hearing the thoughts...’
“Yes Matt, I can.” I mumbled.
‘So if I imagined myself running around stark naked, would you be able to see that?’ He thought, clearly not wanting to say it aloud.
“Yes I would, and when you thought that, you actually were thinking about how you would look like that, and to be honestly it is varying degrees of disgusting.” I murmured into his ear, so quiet that nobody except Matt and me could hear.
“Awesome” He finally said, and I hit him over the head – he now had a weapon that he could use against me if needs be.
I could make him pay though... I could display everything out for Joe to see… Joe could sketch it, and show Emily… Emily could project it to every single television set in the USA… cool!
The day decided to take a turn for the worst, and it started throwing it down.
“Well there goes the sitting out in the garden idea.” Joe laughed.
“We could still...” Jordan said but trailed off when I gave him a mucky look and hit him over the head.
“Okay, does anybody have any good ideas?” Joe laughed.
“Sure – let’s play some getting-to-know-you games.” Charlie suggested.
“Charlie, no offence dude, but that’s for little kids.” Jordan complained.
“Sorry – just trying to help.” He put his hands up in surrender.
“We could go surfing – it’s a nice day for it.” Jordan mumbled, so I hit him over the head - again.
“Okay – I’m up for anything that doesn’t involve going outside in that.” Amy laughed.
We eventually decided on playing some board games, and then if the weather cheered up we’d go and sit in the garden, but if it was sunny we’d stay indoors – it was too dangerous to risk any human lives that could be outside, no matter how insignificant they were. What a human would be doing all the way over on this side of town, I have no idea.
We just ended up demonstrating powers and discussing stuff like how parakeets taste different to pigeons, and things like that, and it was all a good laugh, but then Joe saw something, and the thing that he saw was so strong, that I saw it too – that never happens, unless something dangerous is coming, and if that something dangerous is coming soon…
The others sensed that something was wrong, and demanded to know what it was. How could we tell our friends without scaring them off? The only safe place for them to be would be a home though…
We’d have to fight this alone…