Senses

[This is the third part to my story in this challenge.  The first part was "Out The Window," the second part was "Recognition."]

Harvey sat in front of Marie, giving her a hard stare.  She shifted uncomfortably, and he looked away, back out the open window.

"I... I don't know when it started.  I hardly remember my parents.  It was a long time ago, I wasn't born this way.  How it happened... I don't know."

Marie moved a little closer to him.  "You look so ashamed."

Harvey's sad eyes moved up to focus on Marie.  "You don't understand.  Humans aren't supposed to be this way.  You don't know what I'd give to be normal, to be able to stay in one place!"

"Why can't you stay here?"  An epiphany hit Marie, and her eyes widened.  "Why were you leaving town?!"

"It wasn't safe.  I just.. I knew I had to go.  But then I remembered you, and... oh, I don't know, Marie."  He threw his head in his hands.  "I just don't know."

"I'm confused.."  She moved even closer to him, only a few inches away now.

"I brought you into this," he said, his hands pulling at his hair viciously.  "I don't know how, but I brought you into this."

She stared at him.  "You didn't bring me into anything, Harvey.  You didn't do anything wrong.  What are you talking about?"

He looked up for a second, tears welling in his eyes, and took a few deep breaths.  Slowly, he said, "There are people... people who would do anything to have this."  He twitched, sending a ripple through the feathers folded against his spine.  "They've chased me.. and I've never known anyone in town.  I've always been distant.  But now you know.  Now they'll chase you.."  He trailed off.

"Who are they?  Why?" Marie asked, bewildered.

"There's four of them.  Three guys, one girl.  I can tell when they're coming.  They're coming right now, and they know where I am.  They always do.. and I don't understand how."  He sat up straight, all traces of fear and sadness transforming into stone.  "If they find me, they'll experiment.  If they find you, they'll kill you at once."

"Kill?!"  She suddenly turned angry.  "And how do you know all of this, Harvey?  Your spidey-senses?  You've never been caught.  How do you even know they're coming right now?"

"First of all, Marie, you're forgetting some things.  I'm different."  To prove his point, he stretched his wings apart, one of them brushing against Marie's back.  "It doesn't stop at the wings.  Second of all, in about.. four minutes or so, you'll understand.  Do you want to wait four minutes?  Or do you want to get out of here in less than one?"

She stood up, staring down at him.  "You're not planning on taking me anywhere, are you?  That.. can't happen."

"I'm strong enough.  And you'll come back when it's safe again.  I promise."  He stood too.  "So are we going to wait, or leave now?"

She glanced hesitantly at her white door in the corner of the room.  "My parents.. what about my parents?  They can't just.. the police will be here... oh God."  Marie felt faint.

Harvey pulled at her arm, and made her sit back on the bed.  "I'll write you a note.  Do you have any money?  And you should bring some warm clothes.. a coat, and a hat too."  He stood, and went to her desk, where he found a sketch pad and a pencil.

Quickly, he scribbled a short message, basically saying that she's sorry she had to leave, but she'd be back, and didn't know when.

"They won't believe that, you know," she said.

"I know.  But it's better than nothing."  He stepped over to her.  "We have to go soon."

"Wait.. what if I change my mind?  What if I want to go back?"

"I'll leave that up to you, Marie.  This is a big deal, I know.  It's the only way to stay safe.  In.. less than a week, most likely, we'll have you back home.  And you'll forget about me."

She laughed a bit.  "I don't think I'll ever forget about you, Harvey."

She strode over to her closet and took her winter coat out, stretching her arms through the sleeves and buttoning up the front.  Then, she threw on her hat, and went back to Harvey.

"Are you ready to leave?" he asked warily.

"As ready as I'll ever be."

They both stood near the window, and just as he was about to step outside, a van pulled into the driveway.  Three men and one woman stepped out.

The End

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