I checked caller ID, of course it was my brother. "Duke?" I answered.
"Leila, I need your help." He was whispering.
"Did you not hear me this morning talking to the guy on the boat?"
"No," I told him.
"Were you dead this morning? Speaking of where have you been all day? Come to the restaurant."
"Why are you whispering?" I asked finally.
"Because someone might be coming to kill me!" He snapped.
"What?" I said surprised.
"Could you just get down here?"
"Yeah, I'm coming. It might take me a while to get there, seeing as I have to walk."
"You really need to get a car," Duke said.
I groaned. "Don't die before I get there, alright?" I hung up and left the boat. I was walking along the road when Nathan's truck pulled up next to me.
Audrey rolled down the window. "Where are you going?" She asked.
"The Grey Gull, you?"
"Same, get in." I jumped in the back and leaned forward against the front seats.
"Going to see my brother?" I asked.
"He's a suspect in a murder investigation," Nathan said tightly.
I coughed. "Excuse me? I thought you just said murder investigation. I must have heard you wrong."
Audrey shook her head. "Nathan thinks he's troubled and killed a guy. But since you-"
I cut her off. "Duke's hiding at the restaurant because he thinks some guy is going to come kill him."
"Hiding from Max?" Audrey asked.
"I don't know. Who's Max?" I asked.
"Our dead guy," Audrey said. I glanced at Nathan, his knuckles were turning white he was gripping the steering wheel so hard.
"Are you alright?" I asked him.
"I'm fine," he mumbled. We pulled up outside Duke's restaurant and went in. We found Duke with his gun.
"What are you doing?" I asked him.
"Hiding! I told you that on the phone."
"From Max?" Audrey asked.
"Who else?" He asked. "Mr. Scary circle tattoo man."
"Seriously does someone want to tell me what's going on?" I asked. "Because unlike the rest of you, I just got back into town and I've been left conveniently out of the loop."
"The person who's supposed to kill me has this tattoo, and then this guy shows up on my boat with one this morning," Duke told me.
"Wait how do you know who's going to kill you?" I asked.
"Troubles," they all said in unison.
"Oh ok." I looked at Duke. "Did you kill Max?" I asked.
"If I killed him would I be hiding here with my gun?" He snapped. "Wait, he's dead?"
"According to her," I said pointing towards Audrey.
"I'm pretty sure he didn't kill Max," Audrey said to Nathan. Nathan walked out; I glanced at the others before following him.
"Are you ok?" I asked him "I suggest telling me the truth this time." I shrugged.
"Max was my biological father," Nathan told me.
"Oh wow. How did you find out?"
"He can't feel anything either."
"Troubles really do run in the family," I said to myself. I didn't want to think about it but I really was beginning to wonder if I was actually a Crocker. "That's what happened. Now, are you ok?"
"I don't know."
I wanted to tell him about my trouble but this didn't seem like the right time. "It'll be ok; the Chief is your real family. He loves you." I told him what I would want to hear if it turned out that I wasn't actually related to my brother.
"Nathan we should get going," Audrey said walking out of The Grey Gull. She looked at me, "Don't forget we're going house shopping tomorrow."
I nodded. "See you tomorrow." I walked back inside where Duke was grabbing his coat. "Where are you going?"
"Don't know." He motioned towards Julia, "I'm going with her." He reached into his pocket and tossed me his keys. "Go buy yourself a car."
"Duke your car is backwards," I whined.
"Would you rather walk into town?" He asked reaching for his keys. I snatched my hand back and walked out. I drove to the only dealership in Haven. I really hated Duke's car. I got out and started browsing. It didn't take long to find the car I wanted.
That night I was sitting on the boat eating leftover spaghetti when Duke came in. "Where'd you leave my car?" he asked.
"They let me leave at the dealership; as long as we go pick it up before they open tomorrow."
He nodded and we both walked out to my new car. "What is that?" He asked.
"I'm not getting in that," he said, taking a step back.
I laughed. "Why not?"
"Because it's little and cute and if I get in there I will lose all my masculinity."
"It's a Cube, Duke."
"I don't care what it is!"
"Do you want to walk?" I asked.
He sighed. "Fine, I'll get in." I had to admit he did look hilarious sitting in the passenger seat. There was a surprising amount of leg room and the ceiling was high, so Duke didn't look too squished but he looked incredibly uncomfortable.
"I named her Paige."
"You gave her your middle name. I think you have a problem."
"I wouldn't insult me if I were you. I still have the keys to your baby." I patted my pocket as I turned onto the road the dealership was on. I pulled up and I tossed him the keys as he got out.
"Where are you going now?"
"Anywhere I want, I have a car now!" I waved and pulled out of the parking lot. I drove around to get a better look at how much things had changed.
The next morning I slept in and when I woke up I called Audrey to see if she was ready to go by the real estate agent's with me. "Hey," she answered. "Crap, we were supposed to go look at houses. Something came up. Actually a lot of somethings came up."
"That's fine, I'll just go drive my new car around or something," I said. "Do you need any help?" Even though I figured Duke had probably already left, I lowered my voice before adding, "Of the troubled kind?"
"Maybe later, we don't have the guy yet. We also have to make a run by the station to drop off someone. I'll call you if something comes up." We hung up and I looked around the boat for something to do before deciding to go drive again. It had been way too long since I'd owned a car.
I ended up down at the restaurant and I went inside looking for Duke. He was talking to a woman who I wasn't sure if I'd seen around before. She walked past me on her way out. "Who was that?" I asked.
"No one important," he said. "Want something to eat?"
"Yeah, I'm starving." I looked out the window just as people started running inside.
"What's going on?" Duke asked.
"I think it hailing," I said. I walked towards the window and ran into Audrey. "What are you doing here?"
"Trying to catch the guy who caused that." She pointed outside.
"Well, where is he?"
"He ran out before we could catch him."
Another woman I'd definitely never seen before walked up. "Oh Leila, this is Audrey," Audrey told me.
"Another Audrey?" I asked.
"Another Audrey Parker," Audrey clarified. At my apparent confusion she added, "Don't worry if you're confused, so are we."
"The hail is letting up," Nathan said, coming over to us with Duke.
"We might need you," Audrey said grabbing my arm and pulling me out the car with her.
"What are we dealing with?" I asked her.
"The plagues, from the Bible."
"Like bugs and water turning into blood, that sort of thing?" I asked a little disgusted; I didn't want to get attacked by locust or anything.
She nodded. "Did Duke not tell you about seeing the water turn into blood at the church this morning?" Audrey asked. We all climbed into Nathan's truck. It was a tight squeeze with me, Duke and new Audrey all in the back.
"You were at the church this morning?" I asked Duke.
"Yeah, the Rev wanted to talk to me. You too, but I decided you weren't going."
"Good, I've never liked that guy."
Nathan made a call on his radio for a blockade around the troubled man's house. The voice on the other end told him only the Chief could order that. "Where is the chief?" Duke asked. There was an awkward silence.
"Nathan," Audrey said.
"He died," Nathan said. "He's in the cooler. What we could find of him at least."
Duke glanced into the back end of the truck. "That cooler?" Audrey nodded. "That's normal," he muttered.
As we got closer to the house we realized I realized it was getting dark. "Um, it is only one in the afternoon right?" I asked.
"I think this is the ninth plague," Audrey said.
"What's the tenth?" I asked.
"Death of the first born son," Nathan said. We pulled into a driveway where a bunch of people were waiting, including the Reverend. Before I could get away he had come up to me. "Leila Crocker, good to see you back in Haven. Too bad you came at such an unfortunate time. But you may be helpful in our cause, if you chose the right side that is."
I opened my mouth to make a comment but Duke pushed me aside. "She's not interested and I would appreciate if you left my sister alone." He pulled me to the center of the yard where Nathan was standing.
"Did Audrey go in?" I asked.
He nodded. "Both of them did."
As we waited for something to happen the sky started getting lighter. "The ninth plague is over," I said quietly. It took a moment for anything to happen and at first I thought that it was all over and Audrey had fixed it, but then Nathan fell to his knees. I looked around, he wasn't the only one. I dropped down next to him. "It's going to be ok," I said. He shook his head but didn't say anything. I grabbed him before he fell over and held him tightly. "No, you're going to be fine." I tried to sound sure but I couldn't quite do it, I could hear the hysteria creeping into my voice. I felt a shock and I moved my hand, "Ouch." I mumbled. I figured it was probably static shock but then it happened again until it just started to become a buzz.
He took a deep breath. "What are you doing?" He asked. I glanced around at the others, everyone was still dying. Whatever was happening with Nathan was something I was doing.
"I don't know," I said.
"I can feel it."
"The buzz?" I asked.
"I can feel you," he said, smiling. I almost dropped him at that but then I remembered whatever was happening, I was keeping him from dying right now. I squeezed him harder. His breathing was almost normal now. I don't know how long we stayed like that but at some point Duke lifted me up.
"It's over," Duke told me. He was looking at me really strangely. "Why are you smiling like that?"
"I did something," I told him. Before I could say anything else Audrey was standing next to us.
"Are you alright, Nathan?" She asked.
He nodded and then glanced at me. "I don't know what happened but I think that even if you hadn't fixed TJ, Leila was going to keep me alive."
Audrey turned to look at me. "You can move objects around. You can't heal people."
"Audrey knows?" Duke asked.
"Maybe I can now," I told Audrey, ignoring Duke. "We already established I was different."
"Could we maybe not talk about this in the middle of all these people?" Duke suggested. He pulled me back from the group and I stumbled suddenly feeling light headed.
"I don't feel so great," I mumbled before I dropped.