When Alice woke up, she was groggy, groaning before she lifted a hand to press it against her forehead. "Damn headache," she hissed in pain. "What in the world happened…?" she asked aloud.
"That's what we would like to know." The voice made Alice jump up and twirl around. At first she couldn't comprehend what she was seeing. Everyone looked the same, but well, not the same. Everything looked so different, dimmer almost. Then she blinked and everything looked alright again. "What was going on?"
"I don't… I don't know. At first, I was thinking, damn headache. It had been bugging me since last year, but I've learned to ignore it. Then something just… clicked, I don't know. It was like someone throwing a brick at a store window. Then, everything started flooding. People I've never seen, names of people I've never met, bright lights, green, pain, pleasure, pride, hatred. Then, poof, everything was gone. I think I blacked out, since I feel perfectly fine except for the headache. Maybe everything settled in my subconscious?" Alice wondered, tapping her chin and looking upward like the ceiling held all the answers.
"Alice, I think they more than settled. You've… you've been out cold for the past three days, and… your heart. It's beating," Carlisle whispered urgently.
Alice blinked once, twice, thrice, before shaking her head rapidly in denial. "No, no… not now…" she kept shaking her head, hands automatically tangling in her now stick straight hair before she demanded, "What's the full date today?!"
"July 15, 1998."
Alice moaned, running for the phone that she knew would be in the kitchen. Jasper followed after her, not knowing what was going on. "God, I hope I'm remembering this right…" Jasper watched her rummage for a while, looking for something. "Aha!" she exclaimed, excited. In her hand was the phone they had jacked into the wall. "Does anyone know the extension for England?" she asked.
Carlisle, almost automatically, rattled off all the numbers she needed, pressing the buttons quickly before moving onto a number none of the others found familiar. She pressed it to her ear as it began ringing.
They heard the phone pick up on the other end, and a feminine, world-weary voice answered. "Hello?"