Running inch by inch. The sound of leaves crunching and trees whooshing is all that can be heard except for the faint voice calling my name.
Run. That’s all that I can hear and that’s all I can do even though my chest is a burning pit of fire and my oxygen is slowly decreasing by each step. Looking forward and not behind I can see that open light of freedom however the voice is getting closer and closer.
“Alice don't run from me”
“We have to face this someday”
“You wanted to know now you do!”
Until the voice can no longer be heard. Trees, trees and more trees are the only thing in my way except the little light of freedom seems to be getting farther and farther away from my grasp. No longer being able to breathe or feel my legs I look back. Instead of seeing the forest I once was in I see burning hazel. Two burning hazel eyes looking at me with such a fiery passion I collapse and for once I catch my breath.
“Alice you can no longer run from me”
“Get away from me”
“Alice stop it!”
“I mean it get away from me!”
“Alice there is no time for your threats you need to get up”
“Alice get up!”
“Als please get up you wanted to know the truth now you do.”
Looking up I see those two fiery hazel eyes looking at me with such a soft expression. His hand out in front of him begging for me to let him help me and I can feel myself starting to reach for it. Grabbing his hand he helps me up and pulls me into a hug.
“Shayne I’m scared. When I first found out I was okay with it, but finding out all this I just can't anymore.”
“I know you’re scared Als but you don't have to face this alone you have your family now and you will always have me.”
“Why? I don't understand why are you not running from me?”
“It's going to take a lot more than that to scare me away and besides you’re not the only one with secrets.”
“What do you mean?”
“Als it wasn't just a coincidence that we met and I know that now.”
I ask and he just smiles at me, which looks more like an evil smirk. He then lifts his hands as if he was about to attack me, so I do what I do best. I run. However this time not as smoothly because I trip and fell into what looks like a dark hole.
Waking up I’m dripping in sweat. Looking left and right to see that I’m not in the forest. No I’m in my hotel room in the hotel’s bed. Finally taking a breath I feel myself relax. That was strange I feel like I’ve had this dream before. Deciding it was better not to go into detail I start to get up. However, an arm wrapped around me is holding me back down. Shayne. Looking down to my right I see he is peacefully sleeping with his arms around me. Cute.
Slowly grabbing his arms and untangling myself from him I feel him shift. No please don't wake up please don't wake up. Thankfully he just shifts to the other side and continues to snore away. Thank goodness. Quietly getting up I go straight to my suitcase pick out an outfit and head to the bathroom. Looking at myself in the mirror I see myself, but in a better way than before. The girl I saw not too long ago was weak, fragile, scared, and tired. This one I see is strong and can handle anything, and is also wide-awake to all the possibilities that surround her. Smiling I quickly brush my teeth and hop into the shower.
The hot water trickles down my body relaxing it. Knowing that Shayne is still asleep I decided to take longer and stay in the nice steaming water. After washing all the sweat from that dream out of my hair I turn off the water. Right when I was opening the curtain I feel a sharp pain in my sides. Gripping my sides I let out a small scream not wanting to wake up Shayne and get him worried. The pain was excruciating but quick and was gone just as soon as it came.
Grabbing my towel I wrap it around my body and get out. Quickly drying off and getting dressed. Today I decided to weara black and white half shirt with my high waisted ripped black jeans. Putting it all together with my combat boots. Once I was finished I made my way over to the sink to do my hair. Right when I reach the sink a new pain has found me this time in my head and it's a pounding pain. I can't help but let out a loud scream. Grabbing my head and falling to the floor I hear Shayne’s footsteps and voice yelling for me.
“In the bathroom”
“Are you dressed?”
A few seconds later Shayne comes bursting through the door and is now leaning down in front of me. I can't however bring myself to look at him since every time I lift my head the pain gets stronger.
“Shayne it hurts really badly.”
“I know Als I know but you can get through it. It will be all gone soon.”
He says and places his hands over mine. Once that happens the pain vanished and I was able to lift my head. Looking in his eyes I feel secure and calm. He then smiles at me and helps me to stand up except right when I get on my feet I feel weak and light headed and fall right back into Shayne ’s arms.
“Whoa there Alice. Here grab onto the sink.”
I do as he says and lean my head down. I slowly feel my strength regaining as I look into the mirror my eyes widen. Looking past me however I see Shayne’s eyes do the same thing.
“What happened to your eyes?”
My once blue eyes are now this burning bright aqua color. My skin is once again glowing. I’ve been through this before the same feeling as if something is trying to get out of me and break free. It hurts a lot but not as much as the first one. Looking at Shayne I close my eyes trying to relax. I let out a deep breath and open them again. Yup once again my normal brown eyes.
“What just happened?”
“I don't know. I honestly don't know but I’m pretty sure I know who does.”
I say and he nods telling me he will let me finish up and then he will get ready. Grabbing my brush I brush out my hair deciding to leave it down. Then for my makeup I decide on smoky eyes with bright red lipstick. Once satisfied with my look I walk out the bathroom to see Shayne sitting on the bed. He looks at me and starts to laugh. I immediately start to feel self-conscious. Covering my stomach that is slightly showing I slowly walk up to him.
“What are you laughing at?”
I ask him and he immediately stops. Shaking his head as if knowing what I’m thinking about. He gets up quickly walking over to me and places his hands on my arm. Once again giving me that weak feeling. He looks deep into my eyes.
“Don't feel self-conscious I’m not laughing at you. You look beautiful don't ever forget that okay?”
“Okay then what were you laughing at?”
“Oh I was laughing at myself. I was going to wear a black and white striped polo and some black jeans but decided that I was too dark and instead went with a light blue shirt and black jeans. If I didn't change my mind we would have been matching again.”
He tells me and I slightly giggle telling him we need to stop doing that or people will start to think we are a couple. He looked slightly hurt for a second but that look left as quickly as it came. He lets go of me and tells me he is going to get ready. I nod and tell him that I’ll be waiting. Splitting ways I go over to my suitcase putting away my pjs and getting stuff I’ll need and putting it in my backpack. Once that was finished I just fell back on the bed and wondered what it's going to be like when I meet my mom. In the middle of my thought my phone rings. Shuffling to try and find my phone through my backpack I finally find it seeing that Adri is the one who is calling me.
Hey Adri what's up?
I don't know why don't you tell me?
What are you talking about?
I don't know maybe the fact that it's been a couple of days and I haven't got a call from you letting me know you were okay or even worse letting me know you have a BOYFRIEND NOW!
I’m fine Adri I’m sorry I forgot to call you I have just been very busy, and I don't have a boyfriend.
What about Shayne?
We aren't dating.
That’s not what Haley said.
Oh really well she lied. I would tell you if I had a boyfriend.
I know sorry for doubting you. Anyway how’s it going? Did you meet her?
No we are going to soon though. Hey Adri I got to go Shayne is out of the shower now so we are going to be leaving. I‘ll call you as soon as I meet her and tell you everything okay.
Alright don't forget and also that next phone call should also be about how you and Shayne are together.
Not going to happen Adri. I’ll talk to you soon. I love you.
I love you too. Be careful please.
I will bye.
I say and hang up the phone. Looking at it I just stand there lost in thought.
“Who was that?”
I hear behind me and I literally jump out of my skin. Turning I see Shayne standing there drying his hair. Placing my hand over my heart I give him my best glare, which is really hard since he is looking really hot in that nice body hugging blue shirt he has on.
“Shayne you gave me a heart attack!”
“Its okay are you ready to go?”
“Yup are you?”
“As ready as I’ll ever be.”
I tell him and he nods giving me a sympathetic smile. Giving him a smile back and grab my backpack slinging it over my shoulder. Shayne is already at the door nodding his head telling me let’s go. Taking a deep breath and slowly letting it out I take my first few steps to finding out my past.
We walk out of the door and head towards the elevator. While in the elevator we see a lady rushing to get in before it closes, she is almost too late but Shayne being the sweetheart he is stopped it from opening. The lady finally makes it to the elevator completely out of breath. She once neat tucked in white blouse is now all over the place and her neat bun has a few strands coming out showing off her beautiful blonde hair. Once she catches her breath she stands up properly and gives us a small thank you. We nod at her in return but see she hasn't moved since she looked up. She is staring directly at me looking completely shocked.
It's been about a minute and she still hasn't moved. She is mumbling a few things under her breath. I only catch a few of them such as “It can't be” It has to be” “So familiar” and the last one I caught is “Finally”. Wondering what she meant I was going to ask but I stopped myself not wanting to look like a creep who is listening to her conversation to herself but then again she is just standing there staring at us.
I was about to just ask her if she is okay, but Shayne beats me to it once again. She seems to slightly snap out of it, but is still looking straight at me. However, she does answer Shayne s question saying she is fine just trying to catch her breath. She then gives me a small smile, which gives me a bad vibe. I just smile back at her and then she finally turns her attention to Shayne. When she does she has the same reaction as when she saw me, but instead drops her books as well and covers her mouth with her hand. We look at each other then look at her. She mumbles under her breath once again, I catch it loud and clear but I don't think Shayne did since he is picking up what she dropped. This time she whispered something that she couldn't have known. She whispered “Shayne”.
How does she know Shayne? Giving her a questioning look she snaps out of it and smiles as if nothing happened. She then bends down helping Shayne to pick up her books while I’m holding the keep door open button in the elevator. She thanks Shayne a million times and just tells him she saw a spider behind him and she is deathly afraid of them. He just waves her off telling her its fine and asks her where she is headed.
“Oh to the lobby. I’m late for a very important meeting.”
“Oh well you're in luck that’s where we are headed as well.”
“Oh great thanks again for holding the elevator door and helping me pick up my books you are too kind.”
“He’s a keeper this one I can sense it.”
She says directed towards me this time. I was going to correct her but I have a feeling to not tell her anything so I just smile at her. Since the elevator is small and we let her in I have to stand in front of Shayne while she is next to us. It was completely silent and you can feel the tension in the room. Not wanting to move a muscle I just stand there completely stiff. That is until I feel Shayne wrap his arms around my and put his head on my shoulder pulling me closer to him. I got that same feeling I always get when I’m in his arms and lean my head back.
“Are you okay you seem tense?”
“Yea I’m fine just nervous on what's going to happen.”
“It's going to be fine I won't let anything happen to you.”
He whispers and I feel my cheeks heat up and I smile. Glad that the elevator opened to the lobby being able to escape before Shayne sees me. Of course he does and smirks at me, so in return I just shake my head at him and push him away. The lady in the elevator next to us thanks us one last time and rushes off to her meeting. I still have a certain off vibe about her, but I decided that there is no time to be stressing over her when I have my own problems to be worried about.
We make our way to the cab that takes us to the trail of the forest. The cab driver thinks we are just going on a couple hike and the less he knows the better. However, we had trouble coming up with a lie when he asks what time he should be back to come pick us up. Instead of making up a complete lie I tell him that my mom is meeting us here and then we are going to dinner so he doesn't have to worry about it. He smiles and nods letting us know to be very careful since these woods can be pretty mysterious and scary. If they are anything like my dream then I already know.
Thinking about my dream makes me a little more nervous because one dream already came true what if this one does too? What am I going to find out that is going to scare me so bad to run? Also what does Shayne have to do with this as well? Is it just a coincidence that we met or is he a part of the past I have yet to learn about?
Shayne comes back from paying the cab and stands next to me looking at the forest in front of us. Probably wondering what we can run into and what might happen. He then looks at me asking me one more time if I’m ready. Nodding my head he grabs my hand and we start walking into the depths of the forest.
It's been a couple hours since we started and I’m already tired and starving. We have been following the directions my Aunt gave me right before we left her house last night. This whole walk has been in silence except for the sound of our feet crinkling up the leaves and branches.
“I just realized we left without getting those pancakes.”
He says and I laugh just pushing him to the side. He laughs with me, but then stops. Stopping as well I turn to look at him silently questioning what he is doing.
“I’m serious though I’m starving do we have anything to eat?”
“I packed some sandwiches and snacks from the hotel room so I guess we can stop here for a lunch break.”
“Lunch it's more like dinner Als Maybe we should just rest here for the night and continue tomorrow”
He says while pointing up towards the almost starry dark sky. I nod my head and place my bag on the ground getting out some snacks for us to eat. However right when I kneel down the sharp pain in my head is back again but this time it is stronger. I quickly grab my head and start to scream.
I hear Shayne yell and run to me grabbing on to my arms and that was the last thing I remember before passing out.
Slowing feeling the heaviness leave my eyelids I look up and see the sky is officially dark and starry. It's actually really gorgeous and calming and I didn't even realize that someone was petting my head until his hand accidentally gets stuck and he slightly pulls.
“Oh Als you're awake. I’m so sorry I didn't mean to. I’m so glad you are okay. You scared the crap out of me. What is wrong with you?”
“I don't know, but I’m going to find out. It has been happening since I had that future telling dream and all this drama has happened so maybe just maybe it also has to do with my mother.”
“Maybe, but I don't know what I will do if I lose you.”
“Thanks Shayne I don't know what I would do if I lost you too.”
I tell him and he smiles leaning down and kissed my head. Silently whispering for me to rest so something like that doesn't happen again. Deciding that is what was best I try and close my eyes and go to sleep, but I feel Shayne shuffle and that’s when I realize I was laying in his lap.
“Sorry just trying to get comfortable to go to sleep.”
I tell him and once he is comfortable I snuggle up next to him and just look up at the sky. It's completely silent except for the noise of the forest and Shayne s heartbeat. Letting my mind run loose I decide to try and talk to Shayne to get my mind off things.
“What do you think she will be like?”
“I don't know but if she is anything like you I know she will be amazing.”
“Thanks Shayne. I-I owe you one.”
“Don't worry about it.”
With that I feel myself slowly start to drift into sleep while listening to the steady beats of Shayne’s heart.