“Hey Merida, wake up! Its my birthday!”
“Urgh, Emmy go away!”
“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!”