“So I guess I’d better be going to a hotel or something?”
“James why on earth would you do that? I told you, you’re welcome to stay until you can afford your own place!”
“That could take forever, houses around here aren’t exactly cheap,”
Sebastian came strolling into the kitchen where James and I were having our daily argument about house prices. Sebastian and James don’t exactly get along since Sebastian tried to attack James when he first came. Although James isn’t aware of that. Merida followed shortly after Sebastian, looking noticeably disheveled but I decided not to ask in front of everybody.
“Alright, well I’m gonna go do some work down in the basement. Merida, you too.”
“What the hell are you playing at Merida??”
“What do you mean?”
“You don’t think I bloody heard you last night creeping along the corridor? I let you live with me but I will not be held responsible if you end up pregnant.” Merida hung her head and her cheeks glowed red,
“Don’t bother apologizing, just please, be careful. Or wait!” I decided to end the conversation there. Realizing how much I sounded like mum.
“Now pass me the wolfsbane.. I think I’m close to developing a cure for Sebastian.” We were silent for the rest of the day, a part of me wanted to apologize but Merida is still so naive, if I apologize she’ll think it’s the go ahead.
“Emmy, I think you’re being a little hard on Merida. I mean its partially my fault as well.”
“Oh don’t worry Sebastian I’m holding you just as responsible. If not more, she’s a kid, you’re an adult!! Couldn’t you have waited??”
“She’s not a kid anymore Emmy! She knows what she wants!”
“And what is that exactly?? It’s a teenage crush you big dope! She’ll be over you in a few weeks!”
“Emmy, I’m making sure we’re careful. Have a little faith in me at least.”
“Fine. I’ll allow you to date my sister, if you stop getting grumpy when James is around and try to cut down the amount of time you spend together. For my sanity’s sake.”
“That’s hardly fair, he’s a douche!”
“Oh really? You know him so well?”
“I probably know more about him than you. Think about it Emmy, you barely know this guy yet you invited him into your home.” I stormed off shortly after Sebastian said that and went to find James, as annoying as Sebastian is, he’s right. I know virtually nothing about James.
“Hey James, can I talk to you?” He looked up and marked his place in his book,
“Well, Sebastian and I were just talking and I kind of realized I know next to nothing about you.”
“And that’s a problem?”
“Well considering you live with me, yes.”
“Look, I don’t mean to sound rude but there are plenty of things in my life I’m not proud of. And I don’t want to burden you with it.”
“I’ll tell you how I fixed your knee if you tell me the real reason you moved away from Moonlight Falls.”
“I told you the real reason, I got in with a bad crowd.”
“Then tell me how you got in with that crowd or why they were bad.”
James’ Point of View
I can’t tell her the truth, she’d call the police but the pleading tone of her voice made me realize she was scared. She was scared because she didn’t know who I was or what I was capable of.
“Do you want me to pack first?”
“What do you mean?”
“What I’m about to tell you, you wont like.”
“Do you want to go first then?”
“Why not, okay this ‘bad crowd’ is my.. I guess you could call him my boss, Christophe and his girlfriend Nikki. They’re part of a much larger gang which operates in Starlit Shores, when I joined them I was 16, my parents had been killed in a car crash. I was angry, and I looked for an outlet. The outlet they offered me was being their gun man,” I paused to look at Emmy, she was expressionless but staring at my face, looking for a sign I was lying.
“And that’s the path I chose.”
“Why did you come here?”
“Lets just say Nikki and I have certain differences and she’s now convinced Christophe that I’m the next ‘job’.”
“So if I ask you to leave, you would be in danger?”
“Potentially, but I’ll understand if you ask me to leave,” I went to get up but Emmy’s hand caught my wrist.
“I don’t think I would be able to let you leave.”
“Why not?” She looked down at the ground for a second,
“I guess I feel responsible for you. Not for your past but for you now. You’re more interesting than I imagined. And I don’t want to see you get hurt.”
“I deserve it. Everything I’ve done, this is probably my karma.”
“You got in with the wrong crowd. True it was you who pulled the trigger but you had another gun pressed to the back of your head each time. You may stay as long as I feel I can trust you.” I nodded and looked down at my feet, unsure what to say next.
“And now, my part of the deal. How I healed you.” I nodded, still looking at my feet,
“I’m a witch.” Now that grabbed my attention,
“I’m sorry, what?”
“I’m a witch.”
“Care to prove it? Because no offence, that’s a little unbelievable,” She smiled and stood up she held out her hand in front of her and within a few seconds produced an apple, as I opened my mouth she held a hand up to me,
“I’m not done yet.” She placed the newly conjured apple onto a table and pulled a wand out while muttering a few incantations, the apple glowed and then disappeared with a bang, to be replaced by a space rock.
“No! Get up!” Slowly Merida dragged herself out of bed giving me the evils as she did so, then doing a double take,
“So when you age up do you have a growth spurt?”
“Huh? Oh yeah I guess so.” I left Merida alone to get dressed and ran downstairs to where mum and dad were packing boxes,
“Well, we figured the building is gonna take a while without us clogging up the place.”
“What time is Sebastian coming over Emmy?”
“Uh in a couple hours, he’ll be staying on the sofa in my room.”
“Well as long as there’s no mischief going on..” Dad looked uncomfortable about this particular topic so mum changed the subject,
“Is your uhh table ready to be put into storage?”
“Mum, its an alchemy table. And its already in the basement.” We had now converted our basement into a temporary living space for Sebastian and I while the building went on above us. It wasn’t exactly ideal but it was better than a tent I guess. Eventually Sebastian arrived, armed with boxes of his stuff. He’d aged up the day before me but was suspiciously broad shouldered.. And hairy. After he’d put his boxes in the basement I pulled him aside,
“Hey dog breath you aren’t wolfing up right now are you?”
“No, its fine. Just a little side effect of being a fully grown werewolf. Which reminds me where is the little wolves room?”
“The toilet or the room for your transformations?”
“Well the toilet is there and this is your room.” As a joke I’d put a dog bed in one corner, which of course he was first to notice,
“You racist!” Sebastian playfully bumped my shoulder as he sniffed around the room. Ana came down carrying a tiny box but acting like it was the world’s biggest deal. And then I realized.. Ana had aged up!
“Hey Ana when did you age up?”
“A few minutes after Nathaniel. Merida’s just aged up too by the way.”
“Bring her down here Ana, please?”
“Get her yourself and tell wolf boy not to dribble on the carpet.”
“Urgh, fine. MERIDA!! Get your butt down here!”
Merida came running down shortly after I called, saw Sebastian and blushed a little bit.
“Oh hey Seb, I forgot you were here.”
“Well, I doubt you’ll be forgetting tonight. Full moon and everything.”
“Oh yeah, haha.” Was Merida attempting to flirt with ‘Seb’? I could see her brown eyes warming up and her face softening while they spoke.
“Isn’t that right Emmy? Emmy!”
“We’re gonna cure me right?”
“Oh yeah sure.”
“I don’t know, you kind of rock the whole werewolf look.” Yup. She’s definitely flirting.
There was a squeal of tires from above us and I ran upstairs to see a guy lying on my lawn..
“Oh my god!! Are you okay?”
James’ point of view
This is my third night of sleeping rough, I choose to sleep near people’s houses, close to the wall so I blend in a tad more. And following me testing my card with an atm nearby I discovered Christophe has not yet frozen my account. I could go anywhere. I eventually decided on going to the airport. Anywhere to get me away from this hell. I closed my eyes and pointed to a random destination. Sunlit Tides? No way they’d think to go there if they come looking for me, I hate hot climates. I guess it’ll be a small price to pay.
This is worse than I imagined, its sticky and just gross. Then again leather isn’t exactly the classic gear for a place like this. Finally my motorbike on its cargo plane landed and I raced up a street, there had to be an abandoned house somewhere around here, I was to busy looking for any empty houses and I crashed into someone’s yard. I heard a scream and a girl came running towards me,
“Oh my god!! Are you okay?” She kneeled beside me and pressed her palm to my forehead, I sighed and tried to speak but I could only cough.
“Hey, shh. I’ll make it better.” She looked around before pressing her hand to my knee, I looked at her and after several attempts managed to ask her what she was doing but she smiled at me,
“Are you crazy?? It must be broken I can’t move it!”
“Trust me, stand up.” I don’t know why, but something about this girl told me I needed to stand up, I braced myself for the agonizing pain as I got up but there was none. The girl smiled at me before introducing herself,
“I’m Emily Tempest, heiress to the Tempest family.”
“James Salling. Can I ask you what you did to my knee?”
“We’ve just met, I’ll explain another time. I haven’t seen you in town before, whats your story?”
“Uh, just moved her from umm Moonlight Falls.”
“Wow, why would you move away from there?”
“Oh, well if you don’t have anywhere to stay you are more than welcome here. I mean we are in the middle of a house re-construction but even so.” Wait, this girl was being nice to me. Everyone I’ve ever met has either been scared of me or used me. Emily, I think her name is, seems to be genuinely nice.
“Oh, um thanks. I could use a couple nights in a real bed and not a tent.” Emily smiled and gently pulled me in the direction of some stairs,
“We’re living down here while my house is built, you can have my room. I’ll sleep on the sofa.”
“Oh no, I can’t take your bed. I have a sleeping bag, I’ll just camp out in the living space or whatever.”
“No James, you’re my guest, take the bed. I’ll get another one tomorrow easily.” Emily didn’t appear to take no for an answer, and she was grinning when a massive German shepherd came running in,
“Jesus! What do you feed that thing?”
“Uhm… My mum cooks all his meals at the moment so mostly gourmet pet food.” I bent down to the dog but he began growling and showing his fangs,
“Sam! What’s the matter with you? Behave!! This is our guest!”