The room quickly filled with smoke from the flames in the kitchen. Every breath I took resulted in choking. The few people in the restaurant were screaming and bolting for the door. A large guy ran into me through the thick black smoke. I was knocked to the ground and the guy didn't bother to help me up, he just continued to run out the front door. I couldn't stand back on my feet, but I managed to pull myself to my hands and knees. The room was spinning and I couldn't think.
"Kendra? KENDRA!" Miles's voice sounded distant. Luckily I had enough sense to answer him.
"I- I'm .. down.. Here." I said between coughing fits. I felt hands rap around my waist, pulling me up onto my feet. It was Miles. One hand remained around my waist, the other guiding my arm to rest on his shoulder for support as he led us to the exit. I was still in a daze and I was only half-aware of what was going on. The room was completely full of smoke. All I could see was the flickering flame that had grown into the seating area, engulfing the table we had been at just a few seconds ago. The sound of the crackling as the flames ate the wood filled my mind. Something was wrong, more than just a fire, but I couldn't place my mind on it.
Miles had dragged me to the door and was just opening it as I became aware of what was bothering me. Behind the sound of the crackling fire there was a faint screaming coming from the kitchen. I slipped away from Miles's grip, much to his protest, but I couldn't make out what he was saying. I stumbled to the kitchen and tried to put out the flames with water from the air, but there was barely any water. I found the worker who was screaming, but she didn't look scared. She just smiled at me with her hair, as brightly colored as the flames around her, covered her emerald green eyes. With the snap of her fingers the flame disappeared. She was a witch. "Such spunk you have there." Her voice ringed in my ears as the world around me went black.
I woke up in my bed the next morning. The whole night in the fire seemed like a dream to me. I would have believed that it was a dream if it wasn't for the fact that my hair still reeked of smoke. I dragged my sore body into the bathroom and leaned over the counter. After about five minutes I finally looked up at my reflection. My hair had completely straightened under the weight over all the soot that had entangled itself into my light brown hair. My face had been turned gray from the ash, and my green-blue eyes were the only feature that could be made out.
"Hey, Kendra? Did you hear about the fire that burned down that little pizzeria last night?" My mom called from the living room where she was probably drinking her coffee.
"Yeah mom, I heard." I replied. I couldn't tell her that I had been in the fire, she would only freak out. Over the next half hour I cleaned all the soot and ash that had come home with me. I slowly packed my bag for school, my homework was finished the night before, but I had no memory of doing it. I started to head out the door, a couple dollars in hand to buy some bagels on the way to school.
"Aren't you going to eat breakfast before you go?" Mom asked holding a plate of eggs and bacon out to me. I sighed and nodded as I set my bag by the door. I sat and ate my mom's delicious cooking. I finished the breakfast and forced a smile for my mom as I hopped up off the chair, grabbed my bag, and left out the door to go to school.
"Kendra!" I was caught off guard as Miles picked me up and spun me around in a hug. I was confused, but happy. "Are you alright." I nodded and he quickly regained his usual uncaring appearance.
I continued to smile as I noticed Allie smiling off in the distance. Will came up and hugged her from behind. I felt a pang of unexplained jealousy. I wished there was someone who would hug me like that. I didn't want just anybody to hug me, but I didn't know whom I did want.
Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a redheaded girl walking up to us. She snuggled up next to Miles, wrapping her arms around his arm. I became ferrous at her, and also didn't trust her, though I had no idea why. She looked at me with her emerald green eyes and smiled. Miles noticed me staring at her. "Oh, Kendra, this is Scarlet, she saved your life last night."