I had an uneasy feeling that Goran was making a huge mistake. Tonight I decided to follow him and Jordan on their date. I somehow knew that Jordan wasn't really confident, graceful or athletic like she was this afternoon. Something told me to monitor her actions; just in case she was cursed just like Dragomir had been.
But, technically, wouldn't her brother be cursed? It would make sense, Katrina was Jordan and Hunter's mother and Dragomir left his estate to her family, it said so in his will. Plus Hunter's a boy and he's my age so he's most likely to be a bloodline werewolf. But he won't know what I'm talking about. There's also a chance he doesn't know about his heritage as a male in the Ducovic bloodline or Dragomir's legacy as the Wolfsberg Beast. But as long as he's here, living and breathing, then Wolfsberg Manor can't fall in the possession of those evil vampires.
I slipped through the alleyways like a cat through iron bars, following my cousin and my crush's older sister. I felt my body hit someone else's. I glanced to see Hunter. "O-oh, H-hi Hunter. I always seem to be running into you, aren't I?" I stammered, going red in the face.
"Oh, yeah" he agreed.
"You're worried Jordan's gonna do something?" I asked.
Hunter nodded. "I'm guessing that's why you're following them?" he guessed.
"Duh, he's my cousin" I pointed out. I realised that Hunter could help; he knew his sister like I knew my cousin. "Um, has Jordan been showing signs she's not herself?" I asked.
"Well, she's eating a lot of meat, even though she's a vegetarian, her allergies are gone, her senses are sharper and she has being acting completely different ever since she stepped on this vial of LB-217" he replied.
Just as I thought, she become a werewolf when Dragomir's blood infected her own.
"Why did you want to know?" he asked.
I can't tell him, he'll think I'm crazy. "I'm just curious" I lied.
Charlie and I followed Jordan and Goran. Why would I think she was crazy? She knows Jordan's a werewolf. God, what did I tell myself about reading her thoughts? I shouldn't be doing that but I can't help it that I always know what Charlie is thinking. That was weird.
I tried to make sure she didn't hear my friends on the Videochat app on my phone asking questions about her. Like "Who the hell is that?" and "Can you trust her?"
Once Charlie was out of earshot, I glared at my friends on the phone screen. "Shut up, she's a local. I have to trust her, her cousin's about to become werewolf chow! And I think she knows about the Wolfsberg Beast!" I whispered harshly.
"What makes you so sure?" One of them asked.
"I can sense it in her, okay?!" I snapped.
"Ok, no need to be defensive" my other friend stated.
Ok, that was really weird. Why did I get so defensive about Charlie like that? Since when did that happen?
Charlie turned to me. "Hunter, are you coming or not?" she asked. I hung up on my friends, running to catch up with her. We continued to follow our targets.
Suddenly Jordan gently pushed Goran against a wall. "No!" Charlie and I cried.
They turned, Jordan was glaring at us whereas Goran looked confused as hell. Charlie and I exchanged shocked glances. "Hunter" Jordan growled.
"Charlie?" Goran asked.
"Um, what are you guys up to?" I asked.
Charlie gave me a 'WTF' look. "Are you kidding me? That's the best you can come up with?" she asked me in a low whisper.
"Well, we were having a romantic evening. Weren't we, Goran?" she remarked. Goran nodded in confusion. "That is until you two interrupted" she continued, her tone was dark. She walked over to us, glaring at me. "You're dead meat" she growled. She then jumped onto a roof and swung out of sight.
"Well, you don't see that every day" Charlie commented, trying to lighten the tension.
"Your sister is very hardcore" Goran told me in an uncertain tone.
"I gotta go. See you later, Charlie" I said to Charlie and rushed back to the Manor.
Now Hunter's acting weird. Does he know? Maybe he does, he's not that stupid for a boy. I turned to Goran. "You fall for the strangest girls, you know that" I told him.
"What were you doing out with Jordan's brother?" he asked.
"I was showing him around, Goran. And his name's Hunter" I remarked. Goran gave me a 'WTF' look, similar to the one I gave Hunter earlier. "Relax, Hunter and I aren't dating or anything, we just met! Aww, you're no help" I exclaimed, running off.
The next morning I set off on paper rounds early. It felt like a typical day until I reached the Manor. I saw Madam Varcolac arguing with Jordan and Hunter's father. He looked like Jordan, meaning Hunter took after his mother.
I went round the back of the Manor. Jordan was perched in a tree, yelling at Hunter and blaming him for the werewolf curse that was on her. The two of them didn't seem to realise that I was here until I was standing directly behind Hunter. Jordan saw me first. Soon Hunter turned around to see me. I laughed at his shocked reaction.
"Do you always have to do that?!" he asked.
"Man, the look on your face was priceless. Now we're even" I remarked, handing him the paper that was in my hand. I glanced at Jordan. "By the way, Goran's still confused about last night and wants to know if you're ok" I told her. I turned back to Hunter. "Normally, I'd go talk to Madam Varcolac..." I said, pausing to let the wolf howl. "But since she's chewing out your dad, I may as well talk to you. What happened last night? Is something bothering you? You can tell me if you want, Hunter" I continued.
Hunter looked back at me with those intense eyes of his, making me blush like the last time he looked at me like that. "Why do you ask?" he asked.
"Because I can feel it in you. You have this heavy burden on your mind and if you don't try to solve it, it'll never get any better" I explained. I don't know how else to explain it. Then I realise something, for some reason I'm mentally connected to Hunter. Like Elliot and that alien in that film, E.T.
"They're more personal issues, don't worry about it" he remarked.
"Ok, hopefully I'll run into you again later, Hunter so see you" I said as cheerfully as I could, waving before heading on my way to finish my duty and return home. I stopped by Uncle Vali's shop to check on Goran, who seemed down. "You doing ok, cuz?" I asked.
"No, Charlie. I'm having trouble with Jordan. She seems too different to be the Jordan I fell in love with. Perhaps you can help me" he replied as he sorted the meat.
"Can't help you there, I'm having love troubles of my own" I told him.
"You're in love? Charlie, that's wonderful! We can help each other – you help me with Jordan and I can help you with this guy" he said, sounding more like himself.
"I don't think you can, it's something for Auntie Violeta to talk to about" I stated.
"You don't have to go to my mother, Charlie – we're in the same boat. Who is the guy?" he remarked.
"It's Hunter" I told him.
"Jordan's younger brother?" he asked.
I nodded. "I told you you might not be able to help me" I pointed out.
I left to return home. Auntie Violeta noticed the troubled look on my face. "Charlie, what is it?" she asked.
"I'm having boy trouble" I replied.
Auntie Violeta stopped her task then came to sit next to me. "Tell me" she requested.
"You know the girl Goran's fallen for?" I asked. Auntie nodded. "Well, it's her younger brother. I just feel so weird around him. My heart's always pounding, I can't stop blushing around him and he's all I can think about" I told her.
"What does he look like?" she asked. I launched into a full description of Hunter, not missing the intensity of his eyes or how much he resembled Dragomir. "Well, Charlie. The only thing I can tell you is get to know him for who he is on the inside and let him see you the way we do" she advised,
Hmph! Some advice! "Thank you, Auntie" I replied. I then went up to my room to reflect on what had happened since I met Hunter Sands. Then I soon pieced it together, my suspicions were right after all – Hunter is a bloodline werewolf and like Dragomir, I can trust him.