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Great. My next hunter job is sending me to Chance Harbor. The place that held all the memories of a life I no longer was a part of. The place I ran away from. I thought I was done with that place when I left. I grabbed my phone and dialed the all too familiar number.

"Hello?" the voice said. The voice I haven't heard in three years.

"Mom, guess who's coming back to town…" there was a gasp and the phone dropped.

I was all packed and on the way to Chance Harbor. After the talk with my mother, telling her I needed a place to stay for a few weeks, she agreed, as long as I go to Chance Harbor High to finish my Senior year. I finally reached the old, narrow street and drove past all the houses until I reached the last one. The old, dark green, two story house looked the same as it always has. Mom kept the garden just as neat as ever. The gate was still old and rusted. I got out of the car and headed for the door when mom came out. She smiled at me.

"Cassie," she said as she hugged me. It was awkward. I hadn't talked to her after everything that happened. She pulled me towards the house. "I kept your room exactly how you left it." She said. I could tell she was happy to have me back.

I brought all my bags into my room and decided to start putting my things away. I was walking around, putting my clothes in the closet and drawers, when I noticed something move across from my window. I turned and saw a blonde haired guy, dressed in all black, also putting clothes away. He felt me staring and turned to meet my gaze. We stared at each other for a minute. Something was different about him. I couldn't place what it was. I turned away and decided to get some sleep.

"Cassie! You promised you would go to school while you're here." My mom said as she came into my small room. I groaned and pulled the pillow over my head. "Cas, come on." She said as she walked out. I threw the covers off me and went to get ready.

I walked down the stairs to see my mom had fixed breakfast for me. I walked over to the counter and grabbed a plate. When I finished eating I grabbed my bag and headed out the door. When I got to my car I saw the guy from last night grabbing another bag out of his truck. He turned and looked at me. I smiled a small smile and was about to get in the car when his voice stopped me.

"Haven't seen you around before." He said. I turned to look at him.

"Because I haven't been around." I said back. He smiled back in return.

"Well, then where have you been?" he asked. I laughed a dry laugh.

"And why does that concern you?" I asked. There was something in his eyes I couldn't recognize. It looked like…amusement.

"You're different." He stated. I raised my eyebrows.

"Well, I would love to stay and chat, but I have to go." I said as I got in my car and drove away.

I pulled into the school parking lot and sighed. It was time to face the people I ran from. My job was to get close to them again and tell the hunters everything they do. i got out of the car and started for the school doors. After I got my schedule from the office I had to search for my locker. I could hear the whispers all around me, but chose to ignore them. I found my locker, but saw it was the locker right next to Faye Chamberlin.

Faye Chamberlin, daughter of the principle, ex best friend, and one of the witches I was supposed to keep an eye on. This was going to be fun… I walked to the locker, opening it, without looking her way. I felt her eyes on me and I froze. I looked up to meet her eyes.

"Cassie?" she said in amazement. I sighed and forced a smile.

"Faye." I stated. Melissa came running up.

"Faye! You have to help me pick my outfit for the dance ton—" she cut off when she saw me. "Cassie?"

Melissa Glaser, her parents are best friends with my mom, always scared to use her magic, and sort of clingy to people around her. I kept my forced smile in place as they stared at me.

"Nice little reunion, isn't it? Too bad I have to cut this short." I said. I knew I was supposed to stay close and keep an eye, but I couldn't get myself back in their group. I turned to walk to my class when I bumped into someone. I looked up to see no other than Adam Conant.

Adam Conant, son of my mom's ex, Ethan, my ex-boyfriend, and the one I was 'Written in the Stars' with. I groaned and rolled my eyes. Diana followed behind. Diana Meade was the worker around here. Always too nice, wants to help everyone with everything, and has been in love with Adam since we were kids. "Cassie?" they said together. I laughed.

"I think we have covered that I'm Cassie. I'm also late for class, so." I said, moving past them and heading down the hall.

It was lunch and I was dreading it. I had managed to dodge the others for a while, but they would see me here. I decided to go back home for lunch. I parked in front of the house and saw that the guys truck was still in the same spot. I got out and went inside. There was a note on the side table beside the door.

Cassie,

Gone to work. Will be home late. There's leftovers in the fridge if you want or you can order something.

-Mom

I sighed and walked into the kitchen. I didn't really feel like eating leftovers, so I figured I would just go back to school. I was heading outside when I ran into him again.

"Hi," I said awkwardly as he walked towards me.

"I'm Jake. We didn't really get a chance to introduce ourselves." He said, holding his hand out for me. I took it and laughed.

"Cassie." I said. I let go of his hand. "So, what? Do you stalk me or something? You're always out here when I am." I said in a teasing voice.

"Maybe you're the stalker that only comes outside when I am out here." He said. I laughed and nodded.

"Okay, truce." I said, walking towards the driver's side of the car. While throwing my bag in the back seat, my knife slide out and fell to the ground. I wasn't fast enough to catch it before he saw. He was looking at the symbols on the knife when I picked it up. The symbols that mean 'witch hunters.' He studied me for a moment. I knew he wouldn't say anything to me in the open, when people could hear.

"I will see you later, I guess." I decided to say before I jumped in my car and drove away.