Chapter 3

I was sitting at the kitchen table; shovelling breakfast cereal into my mouth as I listened to Pippas instructions.

"Ok so we meet at our usual spot at lunch and then we head over and invite them to dinner. When they agree we head back here immediately after school, get the food organised and clean the house up a bit."

Zoe downed a class of milk. "Exactly what do you plan on feeding these Vandiies?" she asked curiously.

Pippa bit her lip. "Haven't actually thought about that." She admitted "Any ideas?"

The four of us were silent for a while, thinking up any suitable meals.

"We could always order pizza?" Claudia suggested. "It's easier than cooking a meal and that way we can concentrate on cleaning the house."

"Perfect" Pippa agreed with a nod.

One by one my friends left the house, until I was left on my own. I rinsed my bowl and grabbed my jacket, knowing I couldn't afford to be late after yesterdays no show. Just as I reached for the door handle, there was a knock.

"How strange" I thought, uncertain to whether I should open the door. "We don't normally get visitors." Prepared for the unknown, I opened the door anyway and there was Brody.

I blinked, surprised. "What on earth are you doing here?" I asked suspiciously.

He raised an eyebrow. "Not exactly the welcome I was hoping for. I'm here to give you a lift to school."

I didn't remember requesting a ride but I was running late so I hoped into his car anyway.

"Did you sleep well?" He asked, striking up a casual conversation.

"It was fine thanks, yours?" Her answer was a lie, but it was easier than the truth.

His eyes were focused on the road ahead and his reply was a little late. "It was good, best sleep I've had in a while.

The ride to school was short, it wouldn't have taken me long even if I had walked but at least this way I was on time.

"Have lunch with me today?" Brody pleaded again with those stupid dreamy eyes of his.

I smiled sweetly. "Actually my friends and I have something we want to ask you so I'll be popping over anyway."

This got his attention. "Ask us what?"

"Don't worry, you'll out soon enough"

"Bu-"I cut him off sharply.

"We want you to be asked together, please understand that." I begged, opening the door and stepping out of the car. "I'll see you at lunch."

I didn't give him to time to say anything; I quickly strode away and headed to my bio class.

I sat down at a seat with a window close by. I really seemed to be getting into habit of choosing seats with windows. I watched the door as more students filed in and was surprised to see Nathan walk in. Nathan was another Vandiie, who of course would soon realise she was a witch. He spotted her and grinned, pacing towards her.

"Ellie!" He beamed, sitting in the available seat beside her. "Finally someone in my classes who I actually want to talk to."

I laughed, taking what he said as a compliment. "What an honour."

"So I heard you and Brode slept together yesterday."

My jaw dropped. "I slept on the grass beside him."

His grin widened. "You should see your face; you look as though you're eleven year old cousin just told you she's expecting your dad's twins."

I raised my eyebrow at the comparisment and he shrugged.

"I like to shake things up a little." He defended.

I rolled my eyes and copied the notes from the blackboard. Time slowly passed and after three periods of intense education, I needed a break.

I decided to head straight to the cafeteria instead of collecting my books from my locker. Maybe I could find an excuse to ditch class again, unlikely as it was.

I was the first to arrive and as I waited for the others to arrive, Brody showed up.

"Hey, you coming over?" he asked and I nodded.

"Yeah, I will as soon as the others get here. I'll meet you there soon."

He walked off and I watched him make his way to the table. Most of the Vandiies were already there, buzzing with energy as they usually did.

Zoe showed up and then Pippa and Claudia.

"Right, let's do this." Pippa announced, taking the lead as usual in these situations.

She strode ahead and the remaining three of us followed.

The boys looked a bit surprised that all four of us had decided to have lunch with them but welcomed us all the same. They shuffled over to make room and now the table was even more cramped than usual. I sat between Brody and Claudia, and my height didn't exactly help with the squeeze.

"I hate being a tiny little midget!" I complained and the table burst into laughter. That eased the tension between the two different groups.

"I think you're a perfect height" said Brody and I couldn't help but gush at his compliment. He really was a sweetheart.

"So what brings you all to our table?" Kevin asked, biting on an apple with a loud crunch.

The four of us exchanged a look.

"We were wondering if you would all like to join us for dinner tonight." Pippa asked, her eyes guarded as the boys stared at her.

"Sure" Blake answered for all nine of them, none argued. "What time?"

"Six thirty and Brody knows the way, he picked me up this morning." I answered quickly, avoiding the eyes of my friends. They wouldn't be pleased.

The boys seemed to be curious, their minds whirling with questions. I couldn't blame them. I would find it strange if a group of people I hardly knew invited me around for dinner. It was hardly an unexpected reaction.

"Do we need to bring anything?" Brody asked politely, squeezing my hand from underneath the table.

"Nope, just yourselves" Zoe said in a sing-song tone.

It was settled. The boys would be at our house at six thirty tonight. All our secrets, all the things we wanted to remain hidden would be revealed. There was no turning back.

6:00pm

The house was ready and the pizza had been ordered, all that was left was for the hosts to be ready. I showered, pulled on one of my best dresses and a pair of black lace up boots. I studied myself in the mirror. "Hair up or down?" I thought, playing with it between my fingers. "Down." I decided.

My skin was crystal clear; there was no need for foundation. Instead I applied mascara to my eyelashes, making them stand out even more. The final touch, frosty pink lip-gloss. "Perfect" I said as I looked in the mirror for the final time. I heard a knock at the front door and checked the time. It was only 6.20pm, must be the pizza.

I paid for the pizza and headed into the kitchen. Zoe and Pippa were in there finalising the seating arrangements. Claudia was still getting ready but soon she would be out soon.

"Ok everything is going good so far." Pippa said as her eyes searched the room for anything out of place.

"Pippa, hunny. They haven't arrived yet." Zoe pointed out bluntly.

There was a knock at the door.

"Well now they have." I said. "Who wants to welcome our guests?"

"You can do it while I go and get Claudia." Pippa said and I groaned. Why did I have to do the difficult things?

I opened the door and pulled on my brightest smile.

"Hi!" I greeted warmly, letting the boys in one by one.

Brody grabbed my hand as he walked in, his fingers gripping mine tightly.

"You look beautiful." He said, looking me up and down. A blush crept up my neck.

"Thank you, you don't look too bad yourself." I said, noticing he looked extra hot on this particular occasion.

"Just a quick question" he said, looking slightly puzzled. "Are we a couple?"

I giggled, not too sure of the answer myself. "I suppose we are." I answered and his smile widened.

"What's for dinner?" Nathan shouted and I rolled my eyes.

"Pizza" Zoe chirped and the boys cheered.

The brood headed towards the kitchen and Brody and I followed, still hand in hand.

The boys attacked the pizzas, stuffing their faces with whatever they could find. It was an astonishing sight. Finally there was silence. I let go off Brodys hand and joined by three best friends. It was time to tell the boys the reason we had invited them.

"Look boys, we need to tell you why we invited you here." Pippa said in a serious voice, catching the attention of every eye in the room. "We know what you guys are, you're Vandiies." The boys mouths opened. None of them had been expecting that bombshell. "And the four of us, we're witches."

There was silence, no one moved. It seemed as though everything had been frozen in time.

Finally Blake broke the silence. "Prove it, prove you four are witches."

Pippa nodded towards me and I closed my eyes and concentrated. My mind was blank and I felt as though I was floating.

Someone gasped and I knew they could no longer see me. I was invisible.

"Ok Al you can stop now."

I opened my eyes and in a flash I was back.

The boys were all staring at me, Brody seemed even more stunned.

"Ok, we believe you but why would you reveal yourselves to us?" Blake asked, frowning. It was hard to tell from his expression what he thought of the whole thing.

Pippa did the speaking. "As you all know only one group of witches or Vandiies are allowed to live in this town. We don't want to be kicked out of our home but we do realise you out-number us by quite a number. We know that if we fight you, we will lose."

Ryan raised an eyebrow. "What are you suggesting?"

"I'm suggesting we combine our groups." Pippa answered.

I held my breath, praying they would agree.

There was a silence as the Vandiies looked at each other.

"It would make our group larger, thus giving us more fighters if we were ever under attack." Liam pointed out, nodding his head. "I think it's a good idea."

"But where will we all live? There is no way we would all fit into either of our homes." William grimaced. I bit my lip anxiously, squirming in my seat. There had to be a way around this.

"We don't have to work that out now. I say combine our groups." Liam protested and heads all nodded in agreement.

"Then it's settled, we're officially one group." Kevin announced. There was hooting, shouting and screaming. It was quite a celebration and everyone was in a good mood. I had never been so relieved in my life. So much had happened, I needed some fresh air. I snuck away from our new group, thinking I was going unnoticed. I sat on the porch, running over the events of the night in my head.

"You ok?" Brody asked sitting beside me. I looked at him, wondering if he knowing changed anything between us.

"Yeah, I suppose I am." I said. "Are you?"

Brody paused and twirled his fingers around mine. "I'm a bit surprised, really wasn't expecting to find out you're a witch." He smiled and gazed into my eyes. "I'm not sure why but there's something about you that I like, but I have no idea why or what that is. I can't explain it. The moment I saw you, the moment we had our first conversation I was drawn to you. It's weird, we've only just met and for some crazy reason, I can't get you off my mind."

I smiled and in an instant we were kissing. There was an instant spark between us as our lips touched. It was the happiest I had felt in a long time. It was utter perfection.

Ok, so tell me what you think of the first three chapters. I know the last part was a huge let down but I'm tired and going to bed. Merry Christmas!

-Shannonx