Chapter 5

Pogue helped her off the back of the Ducati before taking her hand and leading toward his building. He pulled her up the stairs before making his way down to his apartment door. He released her hand to unlock the door and open the door. He waved Cassia in before stepping in behind her. Pogue flipped on some lights before turning to look at Cassia.

She was glancing around his apartment in surprise. She'd convinced when they first started dating to let her help him repaint it, it was still the same color. Everything was still decorated like she had done it. "You didn't change it," she said in surprise.

"Of course not," Pogue said shooting her a look. Cassia sat down on the sofa and continued to look around. "You thought I would?"

"Yeah, once you and Kate got serious I was sure she would change it or that you would," Cassia said. She stood up and walked into his kitchen. She gasped when she saw them. Their handprints next to one another on the wall. She reached out and placed her hand over hers. Pogue's hand joined hers a moment later. "Why?"

"I thought about painting over it once, but I couldn't do it. It's as much a part of me as our spot. I didn't want to forget the time we had and what a jerk I had been."

"If you cared so much about me, why didn't you break up with Kate sooner," Cassia asked.

"I thought you had moved on, by the time I realized you weren't seeing someone else, I figured it was too late and that you wouldn't want anything to do with me."

Cassia turned to face him, she leaned against the wall as she studied him. "You've got me here now Pogue," she pointed out.

"Yeah, I do," Pogue said as he leaned toward her. Their lips met in a hesitant kiss. Once Pogue knew she wasn't going to slap him or pull away he pulled her closer and kissed her harder. Cassia wrapped her arms around his neck her fingers lacing in his hair. "Cassia," Pogue said softly as he pulled back slightly.

"Yeah," she said as she opened her eyes.

"When does my hour start?"

Cassia laughed softly before leaning up to kiss him again. "Now," she said just before their lips met. Pogue backed her away from the wall and led her to his bedroom his lips never leaving hers. Cassia tripped over a pile of laundry on the floor and fell back pulling Pogue with her. They bumped heads causing Cassia to gasp in pain. She pulled back and rubbed her head self-consciously.

"You ok," Pogue asked he examined her head. He pushed her hand aside and kissed the spot. "Better?"

She nodded instead of answering him, she didn't trust herself to speak in that moment. Pogue pushed her back into the bed before covering her body with his. They continued to kiss as Pogue's hands wandered over her body. They finally came to rest at the gap between her shirt and her skirt. He gently rubbed the skin before sliding his hands up her torso. Cassia pushed Pogue back from her and sat up. He stared at her in confusion but she quickly pulled her shirt off revealing her lace bra. Pogue smiled appreciatively before removing his shirt as well. Cassia pulled him back to her kissing him hard, Pogue moved to her neck causing Cassia to gasp softly. There was a knock at his door causing them both to pause for a moment.

"Ignore it," Pogue said as he kissed her again.

The knocking became more insistent before turning to pouding. "Pogue open the door," Kate shouted from out in the hallway.

"What the hell," Pogue said as he pushed himself up on the bed. Cassia sat up next to him meeting his gaze. "She'll leave."

"Your bike is outside, she knows you are here," Cassia pointed out as she began looking for her shirt. She grabbed it off the floor and quickly pulled it on. "How do you want to handle this?"

"What do you mean," Pogue asked.

"Pogue is she sees me here, she is going to freak out, I mean seriously freak especially after what Lacy pulled tonight. I would rather avoid the fight. So is there another way out of here or do I need to hide while you get rid of her," Cassia asked.

"Cass, you're not leaving. I'll get rid of her, just stay in here," Pogue said as he pulled on his shirt. He shut the door behind him and headed to the front door of his apartment. Cassia crept toward the door so she would be able to hear what was going on.

"What took you so long," Kate demanded once he had opened the door.

"Now's not a good time Kate," Pogue replied.

"I have to talk to you," Kate said.

"Yeah, but now isn't a good time so we will talk about this later."

"Why can't we talk now," Kate demanded. "Who told you?"

"What are you talking about," Pogue asked.

"You know what I'm talking about Pogue Parry, who told you? That video it's not real Pogue, I would never hook up with Aaron Abbott! I know how you feel about him."

"Look Kate, I am tired and I don't want to deal with this right now so we will talk tomorrow."

"Was it Cassia," Kate asked. Cassia didn't miss the hard edge in Kate's voice as she said her name. "Pogue was it Cassia?"

"It doesn't matter who told me about the video Kate, the fact is I know so we will talk about it tomorrow."

"Why can't we talk about it now? Is there someone else here with you," Kate demanded.

"Seriously Kate? I'm not the one that cheats in this relationship you are, I'm the only one here," Pogue snapped. He was losing his patience with her.

"Pogue baby please, let's just go in the bedroom and I'll explain it all to you, I think you'll see it my way," Kate said seductively.

"No Kate," Pogue said firmly.

Cassia moved closer to the door to listen, she heard footsteps coming toward the door as Pogue started yelling. The door flew open to reveal an extremely angry Kate and a shouting Pogue.

"What the hell Kate," Pogue shouted.

"I knew she was here, you little bitch, we aren't even broken up and you are already trying to get some. You're such a whore," Kate said venomously.

Cassia glanced between Pogue and Kate waiting to see if he was going to say something. When he didn't Cassia pursed her lips and met Kate's gaze. "You know what Kate, you can have him, the last thing I need is a guy who's not going to stand up for me when I've done nothing wrong," Cassia replied. She went to move past Kate but she grabbed her arm.

"You don't get off that easy slut," Kate said before slapping Cassia. Cassia looked only at Pogue, tears welling up in her eyes.

Pogue started to say something to her but stopped after looking at Kate. Cassia shook her head and quickly walked over to the front door slamming it behind her. She reached for her phone but realized it was still in Pogue's apartment. She left the building pausing in the parking lot, not sure what she was supposed to do now. She shivered slightly as she glanced out at the street. She noticed a silver mustang pulling into the parking lot and pursed her lips.

Caleb parked his car near where she stood and climbed out of his car. "Are you ok Cass?"

"Um, yeah, well no," her voice broke as she spoke. She glanced away from Caleb and wiped away the tears that were starting to fall.

"What happened," Caleb asked as he pulled off his jacket and wrapped it wround her shoulders.

"Pogue and I were... and then Kate showed up and she hit me, but Pogue didn't say anything he just let her insult me," Cassia said through her tears.

"Come on, I'll take you back to the dorms," Caleb offered.

"I can't, Lacy and Tyler have dibs on our room, and I'm sure Reid's latest hookup is with him, I've got nowhere to sleep."

"Come on, get in the car," Caleb said as he opened the passenger side door. Cassia climbed in and shut the door.

"Where are we going," she asked once Caleb was inside.

"We'll go back to my house, we've got plenty of room."

Caleb had put her in the guest room next to his and given her some of his clothes to sleep in. She'd fallen asleep pretty quickly, but was having weird dreams about a spider that kept following her around, everywhere she went it was there watching her trying to get closer. She jolted awake hearing Caleb's phone ringing in his room. She waited to see if he was going to answer it before getting up and going in his room.

Lightning flashed outside as Caleb hung up the phone. Cassia sat on the edge of his bed and bit her lip. "What's going on," she asked.

"Everything's fine," Caleb said trying to convince himself as well.

"Caleb, you can't lie to me," Cassia said giving him a serious look. "What's happening? Things have been weird lately."

"You've felt it too," Caleb asked.

"Yeah, of course, at first I thought it was coming from you because you're about to ascend, but it's all wrong, whatever, or whoever it is, they're not like the rest of you, the power is different."

"I saw a darkling yesterday," Caleb confessed.

"The dead kid from the dells?"

"Yeah, and Pogue just called to say he saw it too," Caleb explained.

Cassis flinched at Pogue's name and quickly glanced down. "Was Kate with him?"

"No, he said she went back to the dorms, I don't know what happened though."

Cassia shrugged and looked up at him. Caleb was staring out the window watching the storm. "Can you see what is going to happen," Caleb asked her.

"Only if it directly affects me, my visions only show me the impact something will have on me."

"Let's hope whoever this is doesn't know about you then, I have a bad feeling about this," Caleb said. "What are you doing up?"

"Oh, I had a dream about a spider, it was following me around the school," Cassia explained.

"A spider?"

"Yeah, why? You think it's a creation spell," Cassia asked.

"There is usually more than one spider involved in that, besides I don't think that spell would affect you," Caleb said tapping her arm. The protection knot on her arm blazed blue at his touch showing that the magic was still working. "Whoever it is might be seeing if there is a way to get to you."

"Do you really think it's Reid?"

"Now that I know about your dream, I seriously hope its not him, he wouldn't hurt you. I thought he might be messing with me but to send Pogue a darkling too, its just weird," Caleb said running a hand through his hair.

A thunder clap caused Cassia to jump and twist toward the window behind her. "It hasn't rained like this in forever," Cassia said as she moved toward the window.

Caleb climbed out of bed and joined her. He studied the sky for a minute before speaking, "It all has to be connected, the darkling, spiders, the weather, the shift we've all been feeling, something weird is going on."

"Something wicked this way comes," Cassia quoted before looking at Caleb.

"I think it's already here," Caleb said as the lightning flashed yet again.