The next morning I woke up and looked around me trying to remember where I was. I was lying in bed in a cheap looking motel wearing someone else's shirt. Then I remembered I was going to New York with my best friend and I guy I had just met, except it seemed like I knew more about Taylor than I ever had about Daniel.
If I was listening to the guys, and I was, I was a witch. A cool sort of witch, at least that's what I had decided. Taylor was a werewolf, he hadn't told me much about that the night before but we had all fallen into silence after a little while. And Daniel was what? I had no idea. Because if you had asked me yesterday if werewolf and witches existed I would've told you hell no, so how was I to guess what Daniel was?
I climbed out of bed and noticed that the other bed was empty. Last night Daniel had volunteered to sleep in the car. I had protested telling him that if he didn't want to sleep in a bed with Taylor he could sleep with me, we had been friends forever so I was pretty sure it wouldn't be weird. He seemed to get even more pissed at that and I stormed off to get me and Taylor a room.
I looked in the mirror, I was wearing a t-shirt that wasn't mine and Soffe shorts that I had in my purse from dance practice. I found my jeans and put them on and pulled up my hair, I pulled the shirt tight, tied the corner it in a knot and flipped it under making myself look slightly more presentable.
I walked out of the room not even bothering with makeup and followed the signs pointing to the lobby, where they had promised free breakfast. Their idea of breakfast was prepackaged muffins and little cartons of orange juice. I grabbed one of each and saw Taylor sitting at a table in front of the TV.
"Where's Daniel?" I asked sitting down across from him.
He hesitated before saying, "He went for a walk."
"Oh." I said letting the lie slide, "So…."
"Ask me anything." He said.
"Why are we going to New York?" I wanted to ask what's up with Daniel but I figured that was probably where Taylor would draw the line so I settled for the next biggest question.
"There are a group of teens that are part of another Edison Group project. New York is there last known location and so that's where we're heading."
"You said they're like us, so they're witches and werewolves and…" I trailed off not sure what to say about Daniel.
"None of them are like Daniel, but there is a werewolf. And a witch was with them last I heard and a sorcerer too. They also have a necromancer."
"What's that?" I asked.
"She can talk to ghosts and raise the dead."
"Well that's creepy…"
"Yeah, I haven't met one before. They're pretty rare."
"You talk about us like we're all breeds of dogs or something."
"We might as well be with how the Edison Group treats us." He was quiet for a second, remembering something maybe. "It'll be good having you around people like you; you'll be able to learn from them, though they're still learning themselves."
"Why are the girls witches. Why can't we be sorceresses? It sounds sexier." I said.
"I think you already have that part covered." He said. I blushed.
"Is this your shirt?" I asked changing the subject.
"Yeah, I let you borrow it. Don't you remember?"
"I don't actually remember much after I got mad a Daniel for being such an ass. I was really tired and he was not helping."
"Don't blame him, it's not his fault."
"Please don't say it's in his nature, because I just might have to slap you." I said. He smirked.
"Being a jerk is not 'In his nature' but he does have to keep you at a distance."
"Why?" I said.
He shuffled awkwardly. "You should talk to him."
"Ok I will." I walked outside leaving my untouched breakfast behind. I saw Daniel sitting on the hood of the car and I walked over to him and climbed up on the other side. "Hey."
"Hey." He didn't look at me.
"I'm not mad at you." I said, and I knew that was the truth. Annoyed, confused and frustrated? Yes. But mad? No, I couldn't be mad at Daniel. "I'm just confused. And hurt." I admitted. "You can tell me anything, you know that right?"
"I trust you." I put my hand on his and he jerked away.
"I don't care what your secret is. You think I'll never look at you at same but you will always be one of my best friends, no matter what." I put my hand on his again and this time he didn't pull away.
"You say that now but you don't know. I could kill you."
"You've had over two years to do it. I'm not dead yet." I said trying to lighten the mood.
"That doesn't mean I haven't wanted to." He looked at me. "Ali, I don't want to hurt you, it's just who I am, what I am."
"I'm not scared of you."
"It would be so much easier if you were, I might be able to stay away from you. But you're convinced you want me here and I don't want to leave…"
"Then don't. I don't want you to go."
"I'm not going anywhere."
Taylor had walked over, neither Daniel nor I had noticed, and when he bumped the side of the car Daniel freaked, he jumped off the car and threw Taylor on the ground. "Daniel!" I yelled, he looked at me his eyes were black and he had fangs. He took off into the trees surrounding the hotel. "Are you ok?" I asked as Taylor pushed himself up.
"Yeah, I'm fine. I should've known better than to spook him." He looked at me, noticing my shocked expression. "He hadn't told you yet, had he?"
"He was going to. I have to go find him."
"That's not a good idea." Taylor said.
"Do I seem like I'm known for making good decisions?" I walked towards the trees and tried to find him. The woods weren't very thick but I still couldn't see very well. I walked to the other side hoping he might have gone through and noticed him leaning against a tree. I walked past him towards the edge of the cliff; it was over looking a beautiful green valley.
"Still not scared of me?" Daniel asked from behind me.
"I could've killed Taylor. I could've killed you."
"But you didn't and that's the point. You don't want to be bad so you aren't." I turned to face him
"It's not that easy."
"Your blood sings to me like no one else's can. Every fiber of my being is telling me to kill you right now."
"Then do it." I said.
He stood up. I involuntarily took a step back, pushed by some deep self preservation instincts. I was closer to the edge than I had realized and my foot couldn't find the ground, throwing me off balance and over the cliff. Then there were arms around me. My eyes flew open, I hadn't even realized they were closed, and I saw Daniel.
I started crying; he sat me down safely away from the edge and tried to let me go, as if he thought he was the reason for my tears. I put my arms around his neck and buried my head in his chest. He turned so I was in his lap and he was holding me. "You should've let me die. It would've been easier for you."
"Don't ever say that. If something happened to you I would never forgive myself. If the only thing I wanted was your blood it would be easy. If I killed you I would never hear you laugh or see your smile, and so many other things that I wouldn't be able to live without. I can't live without you, but–"
"You can't live with me." I looked at him.
"You can leave, if you want." I said, sliding off him and sitting on the ground.
"I don't want to leave."
"Really?" I asked.
"Really. I'll never want leave you."
"Promise you won't?"
There was loud crashing through the trees and Taylor popped out. "I didn't freak you out this time? Awesome. I do not want to be sent flying over that cliff."
"Sorry about earlier," Daniel said.
"We're cool. We should probably get going. We'll stop and get you some breakfast at McDonalds on the way, Ali."
We had stopped at McDonalds and I had gotten a brownie melt and a hot chocolate. Both guys had made fun of me for eating such a 'healthy' breakfast.
I had been in the back seat lying on Daniel's shoulder asleep for the last few hours. I was slowly waking up, but I didn't want to open my eyes.
"It's going to be a full moon tonight," I heard Daniel say.
"Yeah I know. We'll have to stop pretty soon," Taylor replied.
"There's a motel over there. I'll carry Ali inside and you can go."
"If I leave you alone with her are you going to eat her?"
"We've been alone together plenty of times before you came around."
"Really?" Taylor said is a suggestive tone.
"I've never even kissed her."
Taylor laughed. "She's sleeping on you, totally vulnerable, and you wouldn't kiss her?"
"I could've hurt her."
"See you should've told her everything before I showed up. You two could've had a real relationship."
"What makes you think we still won't?" Daniel asked.
"I'm here," Taylor said smugly.
"And you think she'll choose you over me?"
I decided it should wake up and prevent a fight. "Are we almost there?" I asked yawning.
"Hey sleepy head. Yeah we're at the exit now," Taylor told me.
I must of dozed back off because next thing I remember Daniel was carrying me inside the motel. "Where's Taylor?" I asked.
"He went for a walk," Daniel said. Again with the 'walks'. "He'll be back before you wake up."
Then I remembered Daniel saying there was a full moon. I got into bed and waited until I could tell Daniel was asleep and snuck out. There wasn't a forest behind this motel but there was a small row of trees and beyond that a large open field with tall grass. I saw movement and I ducked in between the trees and ran across the field towards it.
"Ali? What are you doing out here?"
"I thought…I don't know. Are you ok?"
"Yeah I've been through this a few times."
"Does it hurt?"
"I'll stay with you," I told him.
"As soon as I finish shifting you get out of here ok?"
"I might hurt you," He said.
"Daniel might hurt me too and you left me at the hotel with him," I pointed out
"That's a good point, but things are different with Daniel. He's still himself even when he's around blood. When I shift I completely loose myself to the wolf."
"I don't believe you." I crossed my arms.
"You're a stubborn one aren't you?"
"Yup. Now do your thing, I'll sit here." I sat down cross legged on the ground.
"Thanks," he said.
"Just being here."