Author rant: Notice Merry, I spaced out paragraphs in all the previous chapters! Thanks for pointing out that it would be a good idea to do that. And I am also considering what you said about how the end of the other fic was anticlimatic and am considering rewriting or adding to it. Thanks, it is always helpful to hear that someone likes it but it is better when they tell me what I can do to improve. And don't think I don't TOTALLY agree about Amanda Kirby. Annoying she was but definetly misunderstood in my humble opinion.
****Three weeks earlier****
"You are Julia, are you not?"
I glanced up, hoping not to see a reporter. I was just sitting on the front stoop of my apartment building, trying to understand what Rosa has been trying to teach me through home schooling in an attempt to teach me enough so that in a few years I can try school and this man comes. He certainly doesn't look like a reporter but you never know. Some of them have almost fooled me.
He just smiles at this, his muddy brown eyes twinkled slightly. "My employer would appreciate a word with you." I have to admit I was a bit startled by this. He nodded toward a black car, parked across the street. "He would have preferred a limo but in a town like this it would stick out to much..."
"What does he want?" I demand, not trusting him in the least. He only motioned for me to follow him towards the car. I followed only reluctantly. The door of the car opened, a middle aged man with a beard and hair that was dark brown and starting to gray emerged. He had a very clean cut look, and looked somehow casual as well as professional. He held out a hand to shake but I refused. I have developed a slight phobia of strangers in my time in Enid.
He seemed totally unabashed by this and went on to tell me about his curiosity about dinosaurs, about his business corperation and how he could send me back to Isla Sorna if I would be willing to do him a little "favor."
I felt every muscle in my body turn to stone as he said this. Suddenly I began to wonder if the life I'd followed Eric to was the one I wanted....
"She just told you to get lost?" Gabe asked curiously.
Eric nodded his head. He was standing in his living room, the one that the government had paid for as almost an apology for leaving him for dead. Most of what he now owned was a part of that apology, although Eric didn't feel like it truely made a difference. He'd trade all of it to go back to being who he was before.
"That must have really hurt." Michelle said in a less-than-apologetic tone. A slight chill ran down her spine as Eric shot her a glare that would melt steel. She quickly looked away, forcing her face to look slightly aloof. She had the intention of making it known she was angry with Julia for making Eric feel the way he did but it had come out as an attack on Eric himself. Silently she cursed herself for not keeping her mouth in check.
Eric started to reply, stumbling over the words and his voice sounding slightly embarassed. "It... did actually...." Michelle and Gabe turned to him, both of their eyes wide, raising their eyebrows in a questioning sort of way. Eric flinched, he knew this would explode in his face the minute they got over being dumbstruck.
He was right. "What the Hell?!" Gabe roared in utter disbelief. "I don't swear that often but... Well, this is jungle girl-" He raised a hand to stop Eric from interrupting him, no doubt to argue that he hadn't meant anything along the lines that Gabe seemed to be thinking on.
Michelle sat in silence through Gabe's rant, waiting in an unusually patient manner for him to finish before speaking. "I think I'll go now... Um, things to do and such..." She then half ran, half walked out the door, try not to make eye contact with either of the boys.
"What the- Now she's mad at me!" Eric cried out in frusteration.
Gabe turned to him, giving a sort of half grin one would expect to find on an elder brother. "Eric, my boy... You may know everything about the world of Isla Sorna. Hell, you even know every disgusting detail about dinosaurs and what their piss smells like, not to mention whats in it. But you will never understand or know anything about women."
Michelle took her time walking home, trying to sort through her thoughts. Her thoughts had been confused enough when she'd learned that Eric was on Isla Sorna the entire time he'd been gone, and the fact that Julia had shown up was no help. She had no idea where this girl had come from but she had no idea where this girl could have come from but the way Erc looked at her... Nothing short of attraction could be the feeling the boy felt. Biting her lip, Michelle tried to stop her basic urge to just scream. It was difficult seeing Eric with Julia but to actually hear him practically admit he felt something...
Moving to Enid after her mother had lost her job had been difficult. Most people in Enid hated change and were reluctant to welcome an outsider, Eric and Gabe had been two people who had welcomed her. Two of the only people and that had so much meaning for her. Eric seemed so speciel and losing him to Isla Sorna had been terrible. They'd found him sure enough but he was lost to her still. To Julia, a girl from the jungle who could barely read and couldn't believe in anything that wasn't right in front of her. At least she never implied she thought anything amazing would ever be possible. The difference made it quite clear why Eric had never seemed altogether to interested with Michelle who had astounding belief in most anything, lived a relatively secure life and actually displayed emotion.
Not that Gabe wasn't precious to her. He was always trying to be understanding of her, if she asked he'd always do what he could to help but... He was to much like her. He questioned everything, hesistated to believe. Even the same dark eyes. At least Gabe had warmth in them. At least she had one friend, even if he'd probobly feel awkward about her current crisis.
The muscles in Michelle's shoulder's suddenly tensed. Julia was standing just a few paces away, putting some mail into a post box. She felt utterly torn by two options. One part of her wanted to just ignore her. This was the part that had a pretty large amount of respect for Julia and made it all the more unpleasent to hate her. Another part of her wanted to wring her neck for taking Eric, and her chances of being with Eric.
"Damn you would just have to show up now." She snarled, completely over run by her crushed feelings. It felt like she wanted to kill Julia and she didn't even consider the fact that Julia probobly thought it was funny that Michelle would consider thinking she was stronger. 'She probobly thinks its funny that I feel this way too... Maybe even Eric is a joke...'
Julia turned, her face was as expressionless as ever. Except her eyes. They seemed to show how tired she really was. What of, Michelle didn't know. "Is it Eric?" Julia asked softly.
Michelle felt suprise take the place of her rage for a moment. Had she been calmer she more then likely would have wondered if that was the question to be asked about the troubled look in the other girls eye. "You always have to be so direct... Not to mention right don't you...?"
Julia was silent for a moment. "Eric's so blind... I see you though. Glaring at me, eyeing him..." Michelle felt her face flush. "You have nothing to be angry about, though. You won't have any competition anymore." Having said this, Julia brushed past Michelle and made her way towards the same car Eric had described earlier.
Julia bowed her head, staring at her feet as she sat in the leather interior of the car. She struggled to keep her eyes focused but they felt like they were burning, and her vision was blurred.
'Sorry, Eric...' Her mind whispered as it fought down the tears.
AN: Gomen ne! I should have updated sooner but I got side tracked... Oh well, hope you enjoy.