"How do you know my name?" I ask. Is it just me or are the walls closing in? I must be getting parniod. I can't breathe. Oh God, what is happening?
I suddenly remember to breathe.
B is gaping at A. He's stunned. He keeps looking from A to me and back again. A is ignoring him.
"Let go of her, Aaron," A commands. There's no other way to describe how he said it. "You're probably hurting her."
B, I mean Aaron lets go of my wrists. I hadn't even noticed he was holding them. He stand up and walks towards A. I go to stand up but A raise a hand. I pause, then sit down again.
"I suppose we need to talk," A suggests.
"I suppose you're right," I reply cagily. "What's your name? Why are you even in my house?"
"I told you the old woman wouldn't say anything," Aaron sighs.
"What are you talking about?" I snap.
"Shut up, you two," A snaps. He sighs. He turns to face me. "Emilia, my name Joshep."
Aaron looks at Joshep warily. I wonder what he's thinking. His face looks troubled, but handsome somehow. I shake my head. Now is not the time to be thinking these types of things.
"Your grandmother, " continued Joshep, ignoring Aaron. "She let us stay here. She found us wandering around the forest, lost. I told what we were... doing here. She was a little shocked, but said she would help us. When she was on her deathbed, she said she would be giving this house to you."
Joshep faulters. His face is a mask of sorrow. I think he might've liked my grandmother. This is what she must have meant by inhabitants. No need for an exterminator after all. Joshep takes a deep breath.
"I understand if you want us to leave. But I wouldn't mind if we had some time to get ready to leave," he suggests.
I look at him. Joshep seems like a nice person. I don't want to be mean to him, but I have to tell him the truth.
"Um, Joshep, I wouldn't mind you staying, but the truth is I'm planning on selling the house, " I explain. I keep my face turned down. "I need the money. Univeristy doesn't come cheap and I want to take out as little a loan as possible."
"You can't!" Aaron shouted.
My head snaps up automatically. His voice sounded a bit scary. Very powerful. I look at him nervously.
"Why not?" I ask, hoping my voice sounds more confident than I feel.
"Because you just can't," he answers heatedlty.
I glare at him. He thinks he can boss me round, does he? He's only just met me and he's telling me what to do.
"Who the heck do you think you are? We've barely met and you've already broken something, kidnapped me in my own home and now you're bossing me around! This is my house and I'll do whatever I damn want to do with it," I rant.
Aaron gapes at me. I don't think he realised I have such a sharp tounge. I frown at him.
"Ok you two. Calm down," Joshep says uselessly. "Come Aaron. We need to get ready to leave."