p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"A/N: Hi guys! Gosh yes! I'm still alive and breathing! I know I haven't update for moths and, well, thank you for still sticking here with me :) Today is my birthday so I'll be nice and give you a chapter./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"strongspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Bella's POV/span/strong/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I hate crowds. I knew I shouldn't have moved to New York, but it's tempting to have a fresh start and with all those brochures hanged on Renee's house did not help anything./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Today's the day. I fixed my shirt and hair. I thought it was too tidy but I looked good enough. I carried my small Gucci bag (a gift from Renee) and went back to my not-so-long journey to Sally's book corner, the place where I hoped to work at./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I was trying to find a job and the criteria that they needed suits me. Besides there must be a thousand or so book there. I would never get bored to read the samples of that much book. I had to save some money so I can buy some more things that I desperately needed like a new laptop. After that I think I should continue my schooling so I can get a better job in the future./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Hmm, some school here offer scholarship. And I think I could try for those. At Marymount college perhaps? Or Manhattan university? Hmm let me think of that later. Now my first priority is to get this job./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I made my way through the busy city of New York. I found the store on the corner of one street. I calmed myself and made sure that everything was on its place. I opened the door and heard a little bell tinkling./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hello welcome to Sally's Book Corner. How can I help you?" Said a beautiful black-haired girl who looked like my aged./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Err, I'm here for the job interview." I said nervously./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Oh. Wait here for a second!" she said. She turned around and ran inside to the staff room while calling "Sally!" over and over./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Ok, Bella here it comes. Take a deep breath and calmed yourself down right now! I took several deep breaths. Not long after that, a middle aged woman came out of that room. She looked nice and carefree. She somehow reminds me of my mom./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hi, you must be Bella. I'm Sally. I got your application and I liked it. You seemed to be perfect for this job so I chose you."/span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Yup she is a nice boss. She called me a few a days ago and we made an appointment today. So here we are./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Thanks. I really appreciate this. I hope I won't disappoint you though." I replied./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"She laughed and smile. "I really used to hang around some extra ordinary teenager. So seeing you so shy and calm feel strange and you looked so nervous it's kind of funny for me." /span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Well, to say that I was ashamed was true. I blush madly and she just patted my shoulder./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Come on. Let's get you to work and I'm going to introduce you to my son and his friends."/span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I nodded and we, well she dragged me, went to the staff room./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hey guys this is Bella. She is the new employee that I told you about." She said loudly. The people in the room looked at me and smile./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""All right Bella. From right to left. This is Thalia..." she pointed to the girl who opened the door for me earlier "...and this is Nico..." the black haired guy that looked younger than me "...and this is Grover..." black guy with casts on both of his legs./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I said hello, and got warm greetings in return./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Where is Percy?" Sally asked./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Right here mom." Suddenly a voice spoke from behind me./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I jumped a little and move aside to let him in. So this was Sally's son's back that I was looking at. He turned around and kissed his mom cheeks. He looked playful and fun. He then took a look on me before smiling and said hello./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""I'm Percy." he said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""I'm Bella. It's nice to meet you." I offered my hand for him to shake./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"He took my hand in his and I couldn't help but notice how manly his hand was. Slightly rough but still soft. I wonder how old is he? Does he go to school? Does any of these kids do?/span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Percy shook my hand and released them. He turned around and sat with his friends./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Where have you been Percy?" Sally asked from the doorway./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""I just talked to Annabeth mom. She said she misses you and she'll see you soon. She'll come here on this weekend." He said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Really? Yeah I miss her too. Make sure you told her that and I can't wait to meet her." Sally said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Of course mom." Percy said. He picked up the TV remote and changed the channel much to Thalia's dismay./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Come on Bella. I'll show you where the storage room is." She said and dragged me out of the room./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"She brought us to storage room and showed me around. She showed the bathroom and mini kitchen./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""So Bella, you can start tomorrow. How's that sound?" She asked after the tour./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Yeah, that'll be great. But um, what am I supposed to wear?" I asked her./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""You can wear anything you like honey. It's not that important. Just wear jeans and some shirts. Oh and you'll meet your partner tomorrow. Her name is Lily. You both live in the same building." She explained to me./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Really? I don't know much people, yet. I rarely go out and I'm still new here." I said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""That's ok. You'll meet her soon enough." She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Um, Sally there's something I want to ask. If you don't mind." I said. I really wanted to know./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Ok. Shoot." She looked confused./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Who is Annabeth?" I said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"She chuckled. "That's Percy's girlfriend. She's very smart and beautiful, you'll meet her this weekend."/span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Oh. Sorry I was just curious." I smiled./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"She told me it was ok and we talked some more until it was time for me to leave./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"On the next day I woke up early and prepared myself. I ate my breakfast, homemade pancakes and orange juice, and checked my appearance again. Don't want to look bad on your first day. I checked my watch and saw that it was time to go./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Almost half an hour later I arrived at Sally's and entered the store. Sally was there behind the cashier machine. She looked up when she hears me entered the store./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hi Bella. You're on time. Here put this on." She handed me a small beige apron./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Thanks Sally." I said and put it on./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Sally told me that I was in charge of helping customers to find what they need and recommend some books for them. And she told me that Lily would be in charge of the cashier. /span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"The doorbell ring and I saw a girl with blonde hair come./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hi Sally." She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Ah she must be Lily./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Hi girl! Lily, this is Bella. She is the new employee and you'll be working together." Sally said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Ok. Hey Bella. Sally said we lived on the same building. Is that true?" She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Yeah. I'm new so you probably hadn't met me before." I said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"That day pass quickly. And it was time for us to go home. So, we took our aprons off and told Sally that we were going home. We decided to walk since it wasn't that far from our apartment./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"We walked through a couple of busy streets and some alley. When we were walking through the quiet streets, I felt someone was following us. I looked around and saw no one there. I shrugged. Maybe that was just my imagination. But it really felt like someone was watching us. I had a bad feeling about this./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Lily, do you feel something strange?" I asked Lily./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Yeah Bells. Kind of like someone is following us." She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I saw her face and noticed that she look terrified and panicked./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Maybe we should call 911." I said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""No, that's kind of ridiculous. Not necessary. Police wouldn't make them go away." She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Them? Who?" I asked her, confused./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""You don't want to know what." She said./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"Ok. This is getting creepy. Is she crazy? She suddenly looked back and gasped. She took my hand and told me to run./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""What? Lily? What is it?" I asked./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;""Trust me you don't want to know Bells. Just run as fast as you can, until I told you to stop!" she practically shouted at me./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I was curious so I looked over my shoulder and saw a strange creature. A beautiful yet scary woman. She was wearing brazen slippers and had flaming hair. When I looked down, I saw her legs wait, leg? One of her leg looked like an animal's leg and the other a prosthetic bronze leg. I looked at me and smiled. It smile sent a chill to my bones./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I screamed so loud that I thought I broke the monster's and Lily's eardrums. Lily pulled me to an alley and told me to be quiet. We hide being a trash bin./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I saw the monster looking to our hiding place and whimpered. I was so scared. I thought monster were fictional only. Oh my Gods please help me!/span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"The monster got closer and closer and I couldn't help but began whimpering and sniffing. Oh gosh! I don't want to die like this! In an alley! Die because a monster had the need to kill me! The monster somehow found us and raises its hand. Or a gun, a knife, bare-handed? I didn't know I was hiding my face on my hand./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm; text-align: justify;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"I heard a swooshing sound and screamed louder that I've ever had./span/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;" align="center"strongemspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"To Be Continued/span/em/strong/p
p style="margin-top: 0cm;"span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"A/N: yeah. So what do you think? I need reviews. They make me happy. And the happier I get the faster I make new chapters :)/span/p