“Rise and shine.”
I roll to Thea’s side of the bed stretching as far as my limbs can go.
“It’s almost ten o’clock. We need to go to work. Wake up sleepy head.”
I spring up on hearing the time. 10 AM? I’ve never slept in this late before. I grab my phone off the nightstand and race to the bathroom. Thea giggles as I slam the door behind me.
“I really shouldn’t be slacking off this much. What’s gotten into me?” I pick up my toothbrush first and squeeze paste on it. As I brush, I pick up my phone and turn it on. As the screen comes on, the first thing I notice is the time.
“Thea!” I scream, sputtering toothpaste everywhere. She lets out an evil laugh from the bedroom.
Next thing I notice is the texts from Beckett.
“Hey! Are you home yet?” 9:32 PM.
“Don’t forget you’re taking little Jack-Jac
SUNDAYThea doesn’t wake me up for our morning run today, I wake her up. The run is quite peaceful, unlike last time. Everyone makes sure I stay clear of the lake as we run past it. We get back to the house about an hour and a half later and we all scatter to get ready for breakfast.“What’s for breakfast today?” I ask Joey as we head downstairs together.“I don’t know either. West said he’d handle it himself today. To be honest, I’m a little scared.” We enter the kitchen to find West running around the kitchen. I’m not going to lie, West looks good when he’s cooking. His hair is stuck to his face just like yesterday and I can’t help but admire him.Joey snaps me out of my trance and pulls me to the table.“Woah someone went all out for today’s breakfast.” The table is covered in all sorts of things.“I’m feeling good today.
“You okay?” West asks Joey as we enter the car, ready to leave for school. I glance at Joey and he looks quite pale. Did I do that? “Yeah I’m alright. Let’s go.” Thea joins us and West starts the car. We reach school just as the first bell rings. “Mr. Parker.” West and I look at each other in horror as we realize that we have Geometry now and Mr. Parker gives detention to anyone who gets to class after him. We sprint down the halls and take the stairs three at a time to reach our class. West opens the door while I rest my hands on my knees in exhaustion. “He isn’t even here yet.” I sigh as we walk over to the only free seats in the class. As I manoeuvre my way through the occupied desks, Brian kicks his leg out just as I’m about to pass him but I’m quicker than he thinks. I skip over his foot with my right leg and step on it with my left heel. West and I high five after seeing Brian clutch his foot as we get to our seats. My choice of
WEDNESDAY “I see you’re feeling better.” “Better than ever.” Joey beams as he plays around with his balls of fire. “So what exactly was the problem?” Thea asks. “I still don’t know but I’m better now, that’s all that matters to me.” I will take my actions to the grave. Telling them is only going to make them trust me less, as if they trust me at all already. “Okay everyone in the car.” West orders as he grabs the keys from the coffee table. With Joey in front of me, leading the way, and Thea and West behind me, we all head for the front door. I stop in my tracks, feeling a sneeze coming. “Oh no.” My loud sneeze is followed by a slight tremor and the house shivers. The sound of plates and utensils hitting the floor in the kitchen takes the lead and the bookshelf by the window is half empty. Everyone turns to me as I flash a nervous smile. “Surprise. It’s back.” ************
“Once again it’s Friday, my favourite day of the week.” Thea stretches as we exit Geometry class. “Not me. It’s the one day I have a class where I’m seat partners with Alexa and she tries really hard to piss me off every time.” I slam my locker shut so hard it rattles, threatening to come off its hinges. “Sucks to be you. See you later though. Remember, you can’t hurt her.” Thea gives me a thumbs up as she walks to her next class before the bell even rings. I drag my feet to Literature class and slump in my seat. The bell rings and in walks Alexa and the girl whose punch I will never forget – her name is Tracy. “Ok class we don’t have much to discuss today, we’re going to continue from where we stopped in our books last week and ask questions at the end of the class.” The only sound heard in the room is the sound of flipping pages as Mrs. Jones returns to her desk. “Hey Rhonda.” Here we go again. “It’s Onda, get it right.” “Sorry, it’s
“Onda wake up. You’re not safe.” Mom? I try to look around but it’s too dark to see anything. I don’t even know where I am. I feel the ground and I can tell I’m in a room; the floor is cemented. “Baby you have to be careful.” My mother’s voice moves across the room in a whisper. “Mom where are you? Where am I?” The loud creak of a door echoes through the room, telling me that the room is bigger than I think. The door slams shut and I hear footsteps. I slide back, hoping to hit a wall soon but I never do. The footsteps draw closer and I ready myself for a surprise attack. I still can’t see anything so any attack would be a surprise at this point. “You think you’re safe with them.” A voice whispers behind me. I try to turn around but my body is frozen. I can’t even turn my head. Their hot breath fans my neck and cheek as they breathe down my neck. Rough hair scratches my neck as they move closer.<