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"Powerless"

Chapter 22

Alex's hazel eyes opened to find Hunter watching her in concern.

"Hey," she whispered

"Hi," Hunter replied, "how do you feel?"

Alex frowned as the dizziness returned.

"Terrible," she said honestly.

"I'm sorry," he said. He hated seeing Alex like this. He wanted to take it away, but he knew he couldn't.

"It's not your fault," she assured him, "what time is it?" she asked as she stretched and tried to get comfortable.

"Three o' clock," Hunter replied, "do you want something to drink?"

"No," Alex replied. She leaned against Hunter's chest as he put his arm around her, "do you mind just holding me for a little bit?"

"I don't mind at all," he replied.

"I feel safe with you."

"I'm glad," he said sincerely. He leaned down and planted a soft kiss on her lips.

Alex returned it and closed her eyes contentedly.

"Try and get a little more sleep," Hunter advised, "it's still really early."

"You don't have to tell me twice," Alex said as her breathing became even once again, "I love you."

"I love you too," Hunter whispered.

Hunter ended up staying with her for the next hour or so.

Once he was sure she was fast asleep, he lay down on the cot his mother had brought into the living room and tried to get some more sleep himself.

Something jerked Alex awake a few hours later. She opened her eyes to find that she was alone. Seeing light coming in to the window, she figured it was mid morning by now.

Figuring Hunter had gotten ready and was helping his mother in the kitchen so she, Alex, could get rest, Alex was about to join him when a dizzy shivery feeling came over her. She didn't have time to figure it out before she was a silvery puddle on the couch!

Taking a minute to assess the situation, Alex decided the best thing to do was try and find Hunter. She couldn't risk Mrs. Reeves seeing her like this and she needed help. And even though she didn't want to admit it, she needed Annie. Even more than that, she wanted her sister there to help her or at least reassure her that she would fix it.

All of a sudden, the guilt she felt over not telling Annie about what had happened between her and Hunter caught up with her. How could she be so stupid? Annie was the one she told everything to. She was the one she had run to after the accident had happened. How could she keep this from her-or anything from her for that matter?

Resolving on the spot to make it up to her sister after she felt better, Alex slithered onto the floor and headed for the kitchen.

But as she went to move across the floor, she felt extremely sick. She felt like she was back up on the mountain she had rescued Annie from and looking down from it at a weird angle.

Determined and stubborn, Alex tried again. This only succeeded in making her want to throw up. This was definitely something Annie would have to check out.

Trying for a third time, Alex managed to slither across the floor before she suddenly reformed without warning.

Unlike all the other times she had reformed, it didn't' feel warm and tingly. It felt like she had raced up a pipe at top speed and reformed a second before getting to the top.

Catching her breath, she was aware just how nauseous she felt when she had to swallow hard twice in a row.

Spotting what looked like a bathroom off to the left; Alex closed her eyes and tried to morph again. She thought of streams, rain, oceans, rivers…But even as she concentrated with all her might, the only thing it did was make her head spin.

She didn't feel the familiar warm sensation go through her just before she usually morphed. She felt a cold rush as though she had a fever.

'I probably do still have one.' She thought as she made it inside and closed the bathroom door behind her.

She had just enough time to close the door before she started glowing. She was shivering uncontrollably now and the nausea was reaching its peek.

As she lifted the toilet lid, a tube of toothpaste rose off the counter and hit the floor with a small thud.

As Alex reached her right hand forward to push the toilet lid up the rest of the way, a string of zappers flew from her finger tips and hit the light fixtures; causing them to flicker.

Alex didn't have time to fix it as her stomach seemed to go in reverse at the same time someone knocked at the door.

"Alex?" came Hunter's concerned voice, "are you in there?"

Alex tried to stifle a whimper of pain as she heaved yet again.

Once she caught her breath, she answered her boyfriend's question.

"Uh-huh!" she called while swallowing again.

"Is it okay if I come in?" he asked.

"Yeah," Alex replied.

Stepping into the bathroom, Hunter closed the door before kneeling on the floor beside the love of his life. He pulled Alex's hair back as her stomach rebelled again.

Once it calmed, Hunter held a cup of water out to her, which she drank from gingerly.

"How long have you been in here?" he asked while slipping an arm around her.

"For the last ten minutes," Alex replied breathlessly.

Hunter nodded as his eyes fell upon the flickering lights as well as the fallen toothpaste tube.

"I'm sorry," she apologized.

"For what?" Hunter asked.

She pointed to the mess on the floor and the lights that were still flickering.

"It's no big deal," he assured her, "it was an accident."

Taking a deep breath, Alex said the five words that were necessary, but very hard for her at the moment.

"Could you please call Annie? I…I need my sister."

"Sure," Hunter replied, "let's get you back to bed first."

Alex shook her head.

"Annie first. Please…"

"Okay," Hunter agreed. He was glad Alex was finally understanding his point regarding her older sister.

"I'll be right back." With that, he kissed her cheek and left the room.

Retrieving his cell phone from the side of the cot he had slept on the night before, Hunter dialed Annie's cell phone.

"Hello?" Annie asked upon picking up.

"Annie, it's me. Listen, Alex needs you. She's really sick and her powers are…well they're not acting right."

"Okay. I'll be right there," Annie replied, "thanks for letting me know."

"Alex actually asked me to call you," he told her.

"She did?" Annie asked, surprised.

"Yeah. I'll see you when you get here."

"Okay. I'll be there in twenty-minutes."

Pocketing his phone, Hunter rejoined Alex in the bathroom.

She was leaning over the toilet once again when he walked in.

He got in back of her and rubbed her back to help her.

"It's okay," he soothed, "you'll feel better soon. Annie's on her way."

Alex nodded as she tried to catch her breath. She collapsed against Hunter's chest the minute she was done and tried to ignore the pain.

Hunter tried his best to help her, but there was only so much he could do. He knew just being there was probably enough in her eyes, but he wanted to do more.

Being careful to move slowly, he picked Alex up and carried her back to the living room. Instead of laying her down on the couch, he laid her down on the cot and covered her with a thick blanket.

Planting a kiss on her cheek, he sat down beside her and tried to keep her calm until Annie arrived. She was still glowing and she felt extremely hot to his touch.

Fifteen minutes later, there was a knock at the front door.

"That's Annie," Alex realized, sensing who was there.

Hunter nodded. He got up to answer it.

Annie gave him an anxious look the minute he opened the door.

"Where's Alex?" she asked worriedly.

"She's in the living room. Come on." he led Annie to where Alex was and let her do her job.

When Alex saw her sister, she locked eyes with her, begging her silently to help.

"Alex, it's okay," Annie assured her, "I'm gonna fix this."

The minute she felt her older sister's hand on her forehead, the dam broke and she started balling.

Without a word, Annie took her now sobbing sister into her arms and tried to soothe her.

"Alex, it's okay, its okay…whatever's going on, we'll fix it." she tried.

"Annie, I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" Alex sobbed.

Annie glanced up at Hunter, who just shrugged.

"What are you apologizing for?"

"I didn't let you hold…and…I didn't tell you about…I should have told you…I'm sa-so sorry!"

"My Al, it's okay. I'm not mad at you. I was worried about you, but I was never mad. I knew you needed time to sort some things out."

""I'm so sorry!...I'm sorry!" Alex cried again, "I shouldn't have kept it…I'm sorry!"

Figuring Alex just had to get this off her mind, Annie held her and let her cry it out.

When she didn't calm down after five minutes, Annie started to get worried.

"Hunter, can you do me a favor?" she asked.

"Sure," Hunter replied. He wanted Alex to feel better as soon as possible.

"Get me a wash cloth and dip it in cold water."

"Okay."

"Annie, I'm sorry…" Alex rambled as her older sister held her.

"I know, my Al, I know. Shh, it's okay. It's okay…" Annie soothed, hoping she would get through to her soon.

"Here you go," Hunter handed her the wash cloth and sat down across from the two sisters.

"Thanks," Annie said before turning her attention back to Alex. She held the wash cloth out to her, "Come on, my Al, bite down on this for me." She brought the wash cloth to Alex's lips, hoping she would cooperate with her.

Fortunately, Alex did the rest automatically.

"Good girl…that's my Al," she praised.

Once Alex had sucked the wash cloth dry, she laid her head against Annie's chest, content for the moment.

"She's calmer, " Hunter observed.

"That's why I wanted her to suck on the wash cloth," Annie explained, "it got her breathing under control and forced her to calm down."

"Annie?" Alex said quietly.

"Yeah, my Al?" Annie replied.

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you," she said.

"We'll talk about it later," Annie said, "right now, we need to focus on what's going on with your powers. You need to tell me everything that happened."

"Okay."

Annie didn't know whether to be relieved that Alex was calmer or worried that she was being a little too docile. She decided to take what she could get and tried to get the info from her little sister while keeping her calm.

"I woke up feeling really dizzy and then I morphed. I tried to reform, but I couldn't at first. When I tried to move, I felt really sick to my stomach. I reformed a few minutes later, but it didn't' feel right."

"What do you mean?" Annie pressed gently, but urgently.

"It felt like I was racing up a pipe at top speed."

"What happened after you reformed?" Annie inquired. She was stroking Alex's hair in an attempt to bring her a sense of comfort and keep her calm.

"I felt really dizzy and sick to my stomach. I tried to morph again to get to the bathroom, but I couldn't. It only made me feel worse. Then I ended up throwing up. Alex replied as she closed her eyes and tried to concentrate on Annie's heartbeat.

"Okay, we need to get you home," Annie concluded, "we'll figure out the morphing problem when we get there. But Mom's really worried about you and you need to get better."

"I'll call you tonight," Hunter told her. He kissed her on the cheek and gave her a hug before carrying her to the car.

"Thanks for all your help," Annie told Hunter once Alex was settled in the back of her car.

"It's no problem," Hunter replied. "I love you." he added, glancing back at Alex.

"Love you too," she said as her eyes closed.

"We'll figure this out. Do you know why she kept apologizing to me?"

Hunter hesitated.

"Yeah. But Alex needs to be the one to tell you."

"Okay. I'll see if I can get anything out of her tonight." With that, she pulled out of the Reeve's driveway and headed for home.

Alex opened her eyes to find herself in her and Annie's bedroom. She was laying on her bed with a blanket tucked around her.

"Annie?" she asked when she didn't immediately see her.

"Hey, my Al, I'm right here," Annie said. She came and sat next to her on the bed. "How do you feel?"

"A little better," Alex replied.

"That's good. Is your stomach hurting at all?"

"No. I still feel queasy though."

"Okay. Maybe I'll try you on some soup later. But first, I think we need to talk, hmmm?"

Alex sighed, but nodded.

"Come here."

Alex hesitated for a second, but allowed Annie to pull her in for a cuddle.

"What's going on?" she asked after a minute had passed, "Talk to me, my Al."

"I don't know where to start," Alex began honestly.

"Why don't you start at the beginning." her sister suggested with a small smile.

Alex smirked, despite the situation.

"If you start singing "Doe Ray Me…."

Annie shook her head.

"Just talk to me," she said gently.

"You're gonna hate me," Alex said with a frown.

"Alexandra Louise Mack!" Annie admonished, "I could never hate you. You're my sister. I love you. Even more than that, you're my best friend."

Alex nodded as she tried to fight back tears.

"You know that night Hunter came over and we were hanging out up here?"

"Yeah?" her sister replied.

"Well, we…uh….we were talking when I started ranting a little about how unfair it was that Mom wasn't letting Hunter and me see each other and…Hunter calmed me down. He kissed me and then we started making out. It was just like when we made out in the garage two months after we met."

"Okay," Annie said, "I'm following you so far."

Alex didn't speak for a few minutes. She had to gather her thoughts together and choose her next words carefully.

"Let's just say we went a little too far," she finally confessed.