“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.
“Do you believe me now?”