Chapter 13: Field Trip Visitors
Author's Note: So now we're at the point where this story and A New Day Approaches come together. Please read both for both the sides of the story. I will try and fit them together best I can. Please continue reading and review!!
I felt the softness of my bed underneath me. I blinked and slowly opened my eyes. How did I get here? What happened? I couldn't remember. I tried to roll onto my side and suddenly my chest burned and I whimpered.
"Are you okay?" I heard Leah ask. I just noticed that she was sitting next to me. I rubbed my head. I couldn't remember what happened… at all… and it was freaking me out. My chest felt tight, my arm hurt like hell and my ankle ached. Every time I took a breath I flinched with pain from my chest. How much pain could one bare?
"Ugh… what happened, Leah?" I whispered. I focused on her mind. I could do this. She didn't say anything and I wasn't going to wait for an answer. I squinted and focused on her mind again.
My head became filled with images. Images of me. I was in wolf form and I was fighting a vampire. My breathing increased. I was losing the fight. I was losing badly. The monster had her mouth at my neck. But then she flinched and fell backwards. I stood up and started walking towards her with a scary look on my face. Not the face that was scared. The face that was scary. I looked evil. The creature writhed in pain. I decided that I couldn't see anymore of this. I pulled myself from Leah's mind, panting.
"You have 2 broken ribs, a broken arm and a sprained ankle," she looked down. She was upset and sorry she didn't get there in time. I decided not to bring it up. If she wanted to talk about it, she would. I noticed that I had a cast on my right arm. I had a bandage on my left ankle. Carlisle came in and gave me some pain medication. The room spun and I fell back into a dreamless sleep.
About two months have passed. My cast got taken off. My ribs healed. And my ankle didn't hurt anymore. I've gotten pretty used to my gifts. I can read minds pretty easily when I want to. I have to focus and most of the pack knows when I do it because they say that I squint my eyes. I guess it's because I focus really hard. I try not to read minds that much; it's their privacy. I haven't had to use the pain enforcement gift thing, or whatever you would call it, again. The only thing I can do without focusing is reading people's emotions. If I'm in my room and Leah walks into the house I know whether she's happy, which is rarely the case, sad, angry, or whatever.
A few things have changed because of that night with the vampire. We had a meeting about a week ago. Sam and Jake have agreed that I should be ranked higher in the pack because I have the advantage of my gifts. I didn't really care. I couldn't go against them so what did it matter? They thought that since I could read the enemy's move before they go through with it then that would give us leverage. I think it had more to do with the fact that I can cause pain without touching them. But they didn't say that. They did tell me, however, not to use that power unless I was told to or really needed it. It drained too much energy.
Not much else changed. Leah didn't seem to hate me anymore. She didn't treat me normally, but Leah isn't normal. And I sure as hell am not normal, either. But she seemed nicer to me than anyone else. I kind of stuck with her too. She was the only other girl in the pack as well. I lived with her. And she understood my gift more than anyone else. Well not as much understanding the gift but understanding how hard it is for me to deal with it sometimes. She felt like my big sister. She was my big sister.
"And where are you going?" Leah asked me, as I walked through the hallway to the door. I wanted to go for a run, clear my mind.
"A run," I answered. I stopped and looked at her. She was in the living room watching TV. She looked up and nodded. I smiled.
I opened the door and walked out into the cool air of La Push. It had recently rained so the dirt was wet as I stepped on it. I phased right at the woods and just walked through the trees for a while. I liked doing this sometimes. I liked nature. Heck, I was nature now. I was walking along the side of the road. I was still in the woods so if a car went by, I would be unseen. I saw a few cars pass and one bus. A school bus. I decided to follow it. We didn't get many people who come to Forks for a field trip.
It stopped on the driveway of a huge house. It wasn't a hotel. It looked like a rented out house. I sat next to a tree and watched the kids get out of the bus. By now it was drizzling with rain. They were mostly teenagers and people in their early-twenties. No one saw me. They wouldn't see me. They couldn't see me. One boy, particularly, stood out. He was a big guy. I don't know why he stood out though. He had black hair and wore jeans and a leather jacket. It looked like everyone else avoided him except one guy. I watched them go inside. I didn't want to leave though. Something interested me in that boy. He looked like he was about 20 years old. But there was something weird about him. He was defiantly human. So it wasn't instincts.
A few minutes later the boy walked back outside. I looked up and watched him. He started walking into the woods on the other side of the clearing. I ran around the house to see where he was going. I didn't want him to get lost or hurt. I didn't find him but I ran into Sam, Jacob, Seth, and Embry. They were in human form talking. Why were they in the middle of the woods? They boy could find them. I didn't stick around to hear what they were talking about. I ran right past them to try and find the boy.
I found him quickly. Which wasn't good at all. He was close to the boys. He walked closer to them and I knew that he saw them. But I also knew they saw him. Sam, Jake, Seth, and Embry stiffened for a moment, phased and ran off before the boy could figure out what happened. I sighed, relieved and started walking around the boy. He sat down and was thinking about something. I could have read his mind but I decided not to. Instead I sat down a few yards away, so he couldn't see me.
After about a half an hour he stood up and started back for the house. I stayed where I was. He got far enough away I thought I could get up and leave without him hearing me. I was wrong. I stood up and broke a stick. He turned around and I ran. I ran around the perimeter of the yard a little bit so I wasn't behind him anymore. I was to his left.
He turned back towards the house. He stopped his head, looking in my direction. I stood, frozen. Did he see me? I cocked my head to the left. His gaze was locked on me. The flood light from the house flickered on and I knew he saw too much. I needed to get out of here. But something made me stay. His eyes. I had seen those eyes before. But I couldn't think about when. I watched the boy take a step towards me and I forced myself to run. I darted into the woods and ran home. That was weird.
About a week later we had news that the field trip kids were having a party. I had to go because the pack was going. I didn't really mind. I wanted to learn more about that boy and why I kept thinking about him. I didn't really dress up or anything. I didn't plan on doing much except sticking with Leah.
When we got to the party there was a few people there already. The Cullens came shortly after us and our group slowly merged with theirs. I couldn't really concentrate on what they were saying though. I focused my attention on the boy, who happened to be staring at our group right now. I focused on his mind without looking at him, and it was hard.
He was think about how every guy in the room was staring at Rosalie. Well, obviously, she's gorgeous. But he didn't think so. There was something very different with this guy. It could be the weird thoughts or the fact that he would not keep his eyes off of the group.
"Are you okay?" Leah asked me. I looked up and nodded. She looked like she didn't believe me so I whispered my explanation.
"That guy just keep staring at us and is starting to get suspicious…" She nodded and went back to the conversation the others' were having.
Fortunately, we left the party soon after that.