(Cassie POV)

A new day. I woke up feeling reenergized. We had beaten Black John, become a happy coven, and got our school privileges back. Now everything was normal. Well, as normal as a witch's life could be.

Adam picked me up at around 8 for school. We were soulmates, and nothing could ever separate us. I know, cheesy, but that's the truth. We kissed and then sped down Crowhaven Road towards New Salem High School.

When we arrived, I saw Faye, Deborah, and Suzan pointing at one of the outsiders. He looked new to me. I was probably wrong, though, because I didn't really pay attention to outsiders. But the guy was actually cute.

I could tell Suzan and Faye thought he was more than just cute, but I hoped they wouldn't take advantage of the poor guy already.

Adam was apparently thinking the same thing, because he walked right towards the boy, leaving me behind. I quickly hurried to catch up.

"Hi," he said. "My name's Adam. You must be new here."

The outsider looked confused. "Uh, yeah," he replied. Then he shook Adam's hand almost as if coming out of a trance. "Darian," he said.

I introduced myself. "Hi, I'm Cassie." For some reason my body was stiffening, and I didn't know why. "I'm Adam's girlfriend." I smiled at Darian.

I shook Darian's hand, and then instantly pulled away. As soon as I had touched him, I got a horrible feeling. Everything felt cold, and a sort of darkness was all around me. I realized what it was. Death.

I had to get away. I made an excuse to leave the two boys. "Hey, Adam, I…gotta go see Diana about something." Then I turned and called "See you later!" as I walked away.

I started thinking. What was wrong with that outsider? Why did I feel like that when I touched him? I had to tell the others.

Even though it was just an excuse, I ended up going to Diana's locker anyways. As soon as she saw me, she knew something was wrong. She didn't even close her locker as she raced towards me. "What's wrong?" she asked.

"I think it's worth the whole Circle hearing," I replied.

Instantly she became even more concerned. "It must have been pretty horrible," she said nervously. Then she realized the lack of male input. "Where's Adam?"

"He's helping the new kid-Darian." I must have been obvious about my feelings for Darian, because Diana quickly changed the subject. "Let's go to class," she told me. We walked arm in arm towards the English department.

When we got there, Adam was already sitting. And who was he talking to? Yep, the infamous new kid Darian. I saw that Adam had saved two seats next to him for me and Diana, though, so I quickly took mine without glancing at the new kid.

Adam was about to ask me what was wrong when our class started. Mr. Gilmer started a lecture about the importance of Shakespeare.

While in my own little world of worry, I felt a buzzing in my pocket. New text. I checked it indiscreetly because I knew Mr. Gilmer couldn't stop me. One of the perks of being part of the Circle.

HOT GUY STARING AT YOU. From Faye. Well that wasn't good. I turned around, and Darian was staring right at me. Dang it.

I texted back I DON'T CARE. TAKE HIM. Shouldn't Faye know I only wanted Adam?

After I sent it though, I regretted it. Even though I knew Faye was perfectly capable of handling herself, I didn't want anyone I cared about near the boy who was a death omen. Apparently, even after everything she had done to me, she was on that list.

Therefore I sent out another text, but this time to the whole Circle.


"Why is there a club meeting?" Faye asked. "I want to seduce that new guy." She raised her eyebrows up and down like she was keeping in a secret.

"Actually, that's why we're here," I replied cautiously.

Sean was the last to arrive. Diana started to speak once everyone had settled.

"Today this meeting was called by Cassie, our third leader and youngest member. So, without further ado, Cassie?" Diana was too formal.

I took a deep breath and then stood up. "Ok, so the new guy, uh, Darian? Well, Adam and I introduced ourselves this morning, and, well, I shook his hand and I got a really bad feeling. I mean like extremely bad. So I was wondering if you guys noticed anything about him today?" I felt like an idiot. How did I even know I felt something. Because you're a witch, my head told me. You know.

Everyone in the Circle denied feeling anything odd about him, though. Faye smirked. "Are you sure you felt something, Cassie?" she mocked, plunging me back to my doubtful position. But I knew what I had felt.

"I'm sure. It was-" I stopped.

""What was it, Cassie?" Adam reassured me. Diana gave me a friendly smile. I then knew I could tell because they would always be there for me.

"It was Death," I finally finished. "It was what I believe Death is." I shuddered. Death was not pleasant in my mind.

Instantaneously, Diana moved towards me and gave me a hug. I embraced it, and felt Adam put his hand on my shoulder. Then I let go, and we all returned to being formal. Well, as formal as we usually were.

"So what are we gonna do about it?" Chris Henderson asked.

"I think we should just ignore him as much as possible," Diana claimed. "Also, when we're not in school, we should have a scout who watches him. Any volunteers?" The Henderson brothers raised their hands. "Alright then." Diana smiled.

"I have another idea," Faye inserted. Her tones and facial expressions did not soothe me. "What ifone of us," she looked at me, "got to know him better? What if that girl got so involved with him he told her his deepest, darkest secret?"

This was not good. I could see the wheels turning in most of the Circle members' heads as they contemplated Faye's idea.

But Diana contradicted. "That's not safe, Faye. And who would be able to pull that off?"

Faye looked at me again. Even with all the pride I had gained since moving here, I still whimpered.

"No. I won't have it," Adam argued angrily. "Plus, she's dating me." His face started getting red. "That's not going to work, Faye!"

"Let's put it to a vote, shall we?" Faye smirked. "All in favor of Cassie manipulating New Guy, say 'I'."

"I," said Deborah.

"I," stated Suzan.

"I," called the Hendersons.

"I", smiled Faye.

"I," whispered Sean. I noticed he only said it after Faye stared him down, though.

That was six. One more, and-

"I," said Laurel. I looked at her in disbelief. "It's the best way," she explained. "I'm sorry, Cassie."

"It's done," Faye smiled mischievously. I had never seen her so smug in my life. "Darian and Cassie, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G!"

This would not be fun.