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012: Sea Dreamer Blues
"Where do you think you're going?"
It was the voice that I longed to hear every second but wanted so much to avoid at that moment.
I turn around to see Henri sitting at the table as I stand in front of the door.
"Out," I say, still not wanting to face him after that dream I had only hours earlier. Before he can say anything I shut the door behind me and begin my walk to the beach that Nicole said the party was at.
I can hear the music from a ways away and see the faint glow of the fire. It's almost dark out.
I can't help but feel that something was off. I brushed it off, thinking it was just that nightmare from earlier.
As I approach the party, I can smell the alcohol and pot from the intoxicated teens dancing around like they don't have a care in the world.
Which, I suppose they don't after all, they don't have to worry about an alien race trying to destroy and torture them.
I was so lost in my thoughts that I almost didn't hear my fake name being called. Suddenly, a pair of graceful looking arms wrapped around my waist. I turn around and look down to see the familiar girl hugging me.
"Oh, uh, hey Nicole…," I said rubbing the back of my neck nervously. I awkwardly hugged her back.
She was wearing an orange bikini with shorts that didn't cover much, I felt heat rise in my cheeks.
"Hey… I like the shirt but it's sort of a beach party. No shirts allowed." She smiles, I let go of her and look at my plain white shirt for a moment then take it off.
I hear whistling and girls shouting. Nicole giggles, she grabs my hand.
"You know, this is my first party." I admit with a smug grin, her hand squeezes mine. I don't know what to make of this. What was I doing?
"Well, I am going to make sure you have fun! C'mon lets go and get some drinks," she jerks my arm and gestures me to follow, I comply.
"I don't drink that much," I say while we cross a group of kids from school, some I recognized.
They crowd around us and talk to Nicole, it gives me the chance to slip away. I look around and spot out a cooler, I am thirsty but not for alcohol.
When I get to the cooler and open it a girl with bright blue eyes and black hair bends over to grab a can of soda. I found that strange, everyone was pretty much drinking but this girl didn't seem interested in that.
Our eyes catch each other, for some odd reason I chuckle and grab a grape soda.
"Cream Soda is better." she says, holding her pop-can and opens it.
I do the same and take a good mouthful; she looks me up and down. I felt a tad awkward but her eyes reminded me of Julianne, piercing and intimidating.
I was curious about her.
"Names Daniel," I introduce myself and her eyes flicker up to me playfully.
"Tara…" she holds out her hand and I shake it briefly, we walk together.
A few hours pass and Tara leads me onto the Pontoon boat with Nicole and kids I recognise from school. Tara has a cute smile that I naturally scoot next to her on the edge of the boat.
Our legs off the boat and in the water, her feet bump into mine we start having a play fight. We exchange glances she leans into me and kisses me, quickly.
When her lips pressed to mine something felt completely off and I pull away from her. I look down at my leg, it's shaking and the familiar pain came intruding in.
I felt it, something I hadn't felt in a long time, scared.
It burns, that excoriating pain of a small piece of me dying. An intense orange glow is piercing just above my second scar.
I look at Tara whom is horrified; I give her a tight hug and tell her I will be okay.
I jump off the boat, and swim.
When I arrive at the shore line I realize that I only took one breath the entire time I was swimming.
I run as fast as I can threw the trees on the side of a highway in the shadows where no one can see me.
I run to the tiny pink bungalow that I know I'll never see again, to find Henri standing outside the porch.
I limp up to him, my third scar still open and raw agitating me. He sizes up my every move until I come up and face him; Henri looks down at my leg.
"You need to see this," he nudges his head to the door behind him.
I follow him to his computer setup; I can see videos of a bright orange light underneath the water getting further away.
Both Henri and I know what it is in this video, someone from the boat must have taken it.
"We need to go, I deleted the original thread but who knows how many people have seen it already." He states sternly.
We pack quickly and Henri doesn't look me in the eyes at all, I really screwed up. I change into some dry clothes.
I get the final boxes and carry three computer screens, loading them up in the car Henri utters something unexpected.
"I'm going to miss this place."
I couldn't disagree with him on that, "Yeah…, me too."
We walk to the fire pit, I look around absorbing the last time I would ever see this beach again.
"You want to light it?" Henri offers while chucking some wood into the pit.
"Yeah," I leave and grab the can of gasoline we had only for occasions like this.
I dose the wood in the clear liquid and with a match I throw it into the pile, it ignites.
Henri stares at the flames and I stare at him. He grabs out his wallet and everything that had to do with our false identity.
He throws it into the fire, the flames consume it. Another unexpected thing happens, Henri gets closer to me.
"Why did you not tell me where you were?" He murmurs lowly into my ear, causing a shiver to run through my spin.
"I… I don't know." I answer quietly feeling shame rush through me. I had been mean to Henri, was it just because I'm scared?
I gaze at the fire knowing that those ashes are now the dead identities of Daniel and Henri Jones.
We are now, Four and Henri… Aliens stuck on a planet trying to hide and prepare for a war that will take place on earth.
He squeezes me tighter, "Don't do it again." I let a smile tug my lips.
"I promise…" I turn around and we hug for a brief moment, I look up at him.
He clasps my cheeks gently and pulls me in, kissing me tenderly easing my worry. I sigh against his lips, why had I allowed Tara to kiss me when Henri's lips always felt so right with mine?
We pull away, he has this downcast look of worry and I knew the reasons why. The third scar on my leg that agitated my mind and body, why did it have to happen so sudden?
"We need to go." He whispers and I nod, yes it is but, I don't want to.
Once I hop into the car and Henri unscrews the license plate and throws it into the fire pit. The realization hits hard and so do the tears, the third scar is here but my legacies aren't!
All of this frustrates me, now we have to go to a new town and make a new life. I whip away the tears and stifle my sniffles.
Henri gets in and sighs, his eyes linger in longing at that old pink bungalow and I know why. It's because of our memories, what we shared was now gone, Daniel and Henri Jones are dead.
There would be no more mornings to sleep in, afternoon of lazing on the beaches shore. My third scar proved to us yes, I'm in danger and next to the Mogadorians list. I am their primary objective to kill, now.
"Good bye Daniel Jones," I mutter out as we pull out of the driveway and head to the highway.
I touch my mark gingerly; I remembered everything that had happened in our nine months in this secluded paradise. The Jinx, being Marked, having some of my memories come, the visions that imprinted itself into my brain. I look at the clock it's 2 A.M.
Now the reality settles in with the bungalow getting smaller in my sights, this is my actuality, the open road of traveling.
"In the beginning we were a group of nine.
Three are gone, dead.
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all.
I am Number Four.
I am next."
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