DISC: I DO NOT own any of the chars from TSWOAM. They belong to Ken Lipman. I do however own anyone you don't recognize.
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A/N: I Got the inspiration to write this story out a few weeks ago! I Hope everyone likes it!
"Annie to the Rescue"
I could see sunlight streaming into the window as I opened my brown eyes slowly.
As I did so, I heard a familiar voice calling my name. In fact, the voice was very familiar.
But as I heard the voice again, I Realized the owner of it wasn't' calling my name at all.
"Alex?" Alex, you need to get up."
I rolled over, not sure where I was at the moment.
"Alex, come on." The voice said again. "You're going to be late."
Opening my eyes all the way, I found myself staring into an identical set of brown ones.
"Annie?" I asked.
"yeah." She replied.
Without warning, I threw my arms around her neck for a hug.
She gave me a strange look, but hugged back.
"Alex, I'm not leaving for MIT for another two months." She said, before pulling away. "You're stuck with me."
"I wish you didn't have to go." I said softly.
"I know. But you're gonna be fine. I'll call you and there's always e-mail."
I nodded as I tried to fight back tears.
Getting up off the bed, I stopped when I felt a hand on my shoulder.
I turned around to see Annie staring at me in concern.
"Come here." She said.
I obliged without a second thought.
As we embraced once again, I tried to clear my head as I felt Annie start to stroke my hair.
I knew I wasn't at home, but I still felt safe. I felt safer than I had the night before and I wanted to keep it that way.
As we pulled away, there was a knock at the door.
I recognized the voice as Mrs. Mack.
Even though I knew she was nice, I moved closer to Annie out of wanting to be protected due to what I had been through at the hands of my own mother.
"Alex, it's okay." She assured me.
I nodded, even though I was feeling less than okay at the moment.
"Can I come in?" Barbara asked.
As Annie was about to answer, I Felt a hot flush creep up my body.
"Alex!" Annie hissed. "What's going on?"
I shrugged. I knew exactly what was going on, but I didn't know how to explain it.
"We'll be out in a minute!" Annie called back.
"Okay." Mrs. Mack replied. With that, she was gone.
I sighed with relief when I felt the golden glow subsiding a little.
"Okay, start talking fast." Annie ordered.
I didn't' let her stern tone bother me. In fact, I welcomed it. I knew she was just trying to help and she was also worried about me.
"I don't know what happened." I tried to lie.
"Alex, don't give me that. You never start glowing when Mom and Dad have knocked on the door before."
She studied me closely, her brow creased in concern.
"Are you feeling okay?" She finally asked. "Maybe there's something new going on with your powers. Maybe you should stay home so I can run some tests…"
I let her ramble for a few more minutes before assuring her I was fine.
How I wanted to stay home to spend time with her, but I knew I would see her when I got home.
Home. That word in reference to where I was now felt strange, but at the same time somehow it felt right.
"Alex, if something was wrong, you would tell me, right?" Annie asked, breaking me out of my thoughts.
"Yeah. Of course." I said earnestly.
Just then, Mr. Mack's voice floated up the stairs.
"Alex, Ray's here!"
"Okay!" I called back. "I'll be right there."
As I went to leave the room, Annie pulled me back.
"What?" I asked, raising my eyebrow.
"Be careful." She warned.
I couldn't help but smile. I didn't' mind Annie telling me to be careful.
"Thank you." I said softly before leaving the room.
Annie gave me a funny look, but she didn't' say anything.
Getting downstairs, I said good-bye to Mr. Mack as I opened the door and met Ray on the lawn.
"Hey Al!" Ray greeted.
"Hey." I replied. I was safe with Ray and I Knew it. I had watched enough of the show to keep my secret for a little while longer.
"I heard about Annie leaving for MIT." He said as we walked to pick Louis up.
"Do you mind if we talk about something else?" I asked, trying to sound normal.
"I'll bet you can't wait to have the room to yourself."
"Not really." I said honestly.
"And you won't have to worry about giving up your free time so she can test your powers anymore. Al, are you okay?"
"Yeah." I replied as I Tried to fight back tears.
"Can we please talk about something else?" I asked.
"Okay." Ray said.
Truth was, I wouldn't miss the testing of course, but I was gonna miss the time with Annie.
I knew Alex would too.
As this thought crossed my mind, I realized that it was the first time I Thought of her.
Despite the fact that I knew I really wasn't her, I hoped she was okay wherever she was.
"Hey Mack!" Louis greeted as he joined us. "What's up?"
"Nothing much." I replied.
"So I hear Annie's out of here come August." He said before either Ray or I could stop him.
Feeling frustrated that both of my friends weren't getting it, I heaved a sigh.
"Do you have to mention that?"
"I thought you would be on the moon about it." Louis said, frowning in confusion.
"Well you thought wrong." I replied testily.
"Alex, are you sure you're okay?" Ray asked. "You didn't switch bodies with anyone again, did you?"
Caught off guard by his question, it took me a second to answer.
"No. What are you talking about?"
I realized too late that I had said the wrong thing.
Ray gave me a look, but thankfully he didn't say anything else about it.
Fortunately, I was able to find my way around the school without any problems.
It didn't hurt that I now had perfect vision.
As this thought spun around my head, I gasped. If I had normal vision, that meant wherever Alex was, she may not. I Prayed she would be okay until we could switch back.
It wasn't until lunch that things started going downhill.
As I ate the last of the breakfast biscuit and hash browns, Robyn sat down next to us.
She smiled at me and I smiled back. I thanked God that Nicole wasn't there. It wasn't that I didn't like her, but I knew if she was that she would figure out what was going on.
"Hey Alex." Robyn said as she pulled out a napkin and opened it.
Inside were two brownies.
"Hey." I replied. "What's up?"
"Not much. Do you want one of my brownies I Brought?"
"What kind are they?" I asked cautiously as the events of "Truth Trap" started flashing in my mind. If those brownies were the same ones Robyn had made for the baking contest, I was going to do everything I could to see they didn't' pass my lips without hurting her feelings.
"I made anew batch of my Wowy Zowy brownies." She replied. "So do you want one?"
"Uh do you mind if I don't have one?" I asked carefully. "I'm kind of stuffed from lunch."
"Hey Al!" Ray said as he passed me what looked to be a peanut butter and chocolate cupcake. "Want one?"
"Sure!" I said before I could stop myself.
Seeing the hurt look that flashed across Robyn's face, I tried to amend my statement.
"I'll safe it for free period." I said.
Ray gave me a look, but handed over the cake anyway.
I put the cake in the container the hash browns had come in and closed it up.
Slipping it into my back pack, I glanced up to see Robyn frowning at me.
Feeling bad for her, I held my hand out.
"I'm sorry, Robyn. Actually, I will have one."
"You will?" Robyn asked, relief in her eyes.
"You will?" Ray echoed. The only difference was, his tone was surprising and a little nervous.
"Yeah." I said, wanting Robyn to feel better. I Hated hurting anyone's feelings. I knew Alex would have done the same thing.
"Do you really mean it?" Robyn asked.
"yeah." I replied. "In fact, I'm a little hungry after all." With that, I Took a small bite of the brownie.
Almost immediately, I felt a slight shiver and the dizziness that came with it.
I knew I had to get out of there before anyone noticed. I Knew I couldn't' stay there now. I also had a feeling Annie would be furious when she found out what I had done.
"Alex!" Ray shouted in alarm.
"I know, I know!" I hissed. "I'll see you later, okay." Without waiting for a reply, I jumped up from the table and dashed out of the cafeteria…