The Hidden Truth (Book 1 of The Hidden Truth Series)

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Getting To Know You

We just sit there in silence he hasn't answered me. To be honest I think he is afraid to answer me. I would be afraid to answer me if some girl just showed me that letter and dropped the bomb that she was leaving and now wanted to ask me a question I wouldn't know how to react either, but I need this. I clear my throat and that seemed to knock him out of whatever trance he was in. He just looks at me, but yet has still to say anything. It's scaring me. He opens his mouth just to close it. I debate whether or not to walk over to him, but I feel as if my legs are planted firmly on the ground. Finally, after an excruciating silence he answers.

“If you are going to ask if I think you’re crazy the answer is no”

“That wasn’t what I was going to ask you but thanks”

“No Problem so what were you going to ask me”

“I was going to ask if you would come with me. To find my mother.”

“Oh…. um”

And cue that annoying silence again. This one doesn’t last as long as the other one because he answers pretty quickly.

“Are you sure that's what you want to do?”

“I have wanted this for a while know Shayne. For 18 years of my life I believed my mom was dead but this letter tells me she is alive. I always had that little hope she was but it would slowly fade away. I have never been so sure of something but this I’m sure of. I’m going to find my mother. Now the question is: Am I going alone?”

“This is a lot to take in Alice I don’t know anything about you I don’t know if I can”

“Well we have that in common. I don’t know anything about me either. Goodnight Shayne.”

I tell him as I walk back towards my room. I’m so stupid! Asking him to come with me! Who in their right mind who go with someone they don’t even know on a journey that no one knows the dangers of. Why would I ask him great it’s probably awkward between us now! Oh and on top of all that I still have to take him into town later today.

“Alice! Wait up!”

Oh great what now? What did I do to deserve what is about to come. Oh yea that's right I asked him to accompany to find my so-called dead mother. I turn to face him and see he is standing in front of me. Well I assume he is standing in front of me because all I can see is his bright hazel eyes.

“Yes?”

“What do you mean you don’t know anything about you?”

“That's exactly what I mean. I know about as much as you do. That is why I want to go on this journey to find out who I am”

“But it’s dangerous and you don’t even know where to start.”

“I know it’s dangerous but if I have to go alone then I will, and that's where you’re wrong Shayne I do know where to start”

“Alice are you sure this is what you want to do?”

“I’m sure this is what I want to do Shayne”

“Okay then”

“You’ll come with me?”

“No…I’ll think about it though…. I don’t want you to go alone but I don’t know if I want to go with you yet. I’ll sleep on it and let you know tomorrow. We are still going around town yes?”

“Yea but I think I’m going to call in sick on my job I don’t feel like working, so we can go at whenever time”

“Sounds good Goodnight Alice”

“Night Shayne”

I say and we part ways: Me into my room and him into his. He said he would think about it. Wow I did not expect that. After the silence he kept feeding me you would think that he already thought about it but I guess not. It doesn’t matter I’ll take what I can get and if that's just him saying he will think about it then so be it. Falling onto my bed I feel my brain shutting down for the night and my body following soon after. The next thing I know I’m in dreamland. This time my dream is actually blank. Nothing I don’t dream about anything. Just a dark view in front of my eyes and to be honest it’s the best sleep I’ve had ever.

A blaring beeping noise and the shine of the sun through my curtains is what I wake up too. I obviously forgot to shut off my alarm last night but I guess it’s for the best since I have to call in sick anyway. Reluctantly getting out of bed I grab my phone and head to the closet to pick up my clothes. Dialing my jobs number I wait for someone to pick up. I’m hoping its Samantha since I’m actually associated with her and she is the only one that doesn’t hate me. With my luck it is Sam who answers. Thank goodness. I let her know that I don’t feel well so I won’t be coming in. She lets me know that I didn’t even have a shift today since it’s my birthday. I tell her thanks and go to pick out my outfit. I decided on a regular shirt with the number 15 on the front and pinkish sleeves that cut off right above my elbows. Then I just grabbed my light ripped jeans and some gray tennis shoes. I lay my outfit out on my bed and head towards the shower.

Turning the knob all the way I can feel the heat make its course through the room creating the perfect amount of steam to fog up my mirror. Stripping my clothes and making my way into the shower I feel all my stress dissolve in the steam filled atmosphere. Scrubbing out all my problems and all my worries till where I can only focus on taking Shayne out around town. I think I’ll just take him to certain shops and then go to eat. There isn’t much to be seen in Miami, well where I live anyway.

Getting out of the shower felling refreshed I quickly get dressed. Looking at my hair deciding that I don’t want to do much with it, I just brush it out and put a beanie on over it. Satisfied with my look I grab my shoes and turn towards my door. Looking across from my stance I see Shayne’s door still closed. I wonder if he is awake yet. Let’s take a look shall we. Walking forward I lightly knock on the door. No answer. Maybe if I knock a little harder, but I don’t want to wake up the others who are still sleeping. Ignoring those thoughts I knock a little louder but not loud enough to wake the others. There is no answer but I hear shuffling in the room then the click of a lock letting me know he is opening the door. Taking a step back I wait for the door to open.

When it does I see a dressed Shayne who is shaking his wet dirty brownish hair. He stops shaking his hair long enough to look at me and run his hand through his messy shag. He smiles a small smile as if to apologize for taking a while to answer the door. I give him a small smile back and inspect his outfit. Instead of his normal rich guy clothes that he was in when we met he is actually in what you would assume, as a normal teenager would be in. He is wearing a light blue shirt that hugs his upper body pretty nicely paired with a dark pair of jeans that has a rip right above his left knee. On top of that he has a leather jacket and has now placed a black beanie on top of his hair. Glancing behind him I see a pair of shoes with blue brown and cream on them. He has very nice style for a rich kid. I’m sure him and Luke would get along great if they actually talked to each other. Realizing I have been standing here just practically checking him out I say something.

“Sorry for bothering you this early I just wanted to see if you were up and maybe we can get going before the others awake.”

“It’s no bother at all besides I heard your alarm so I was assuming you wanted to go this early.”

“Oh no I just forgot to turn off my work alarm. I’m really sorry that I woke you up”

“Its fine don’t worry about it! Shall we go?”

He asks and I nod. Going back in his room to grab his shoes he follows right behind me downstairs. When we get to the last step I decide to go in the kitchen to see if Mrs. Taylor was awake which she was. Walking into the kitchen must have startled her because I saw her visibly jump. She looks at me with a smile and then wraps me into a hug.

“Happy 18th Birthday Estrella!”

“Thank You Mrs. Taylor.”

“You’re welcome. What are you doing up so early? You don’t have to work do you?”

“Oh no I was just going to take out Shayne for our tour of the town.”

“Okay well you two have fun and don’t rush back okay!”

“Okay bye Mrs. Taylor”

“Goodbye Estrella and Goodbye Shayne!”

I hear him go over to say goodbye as well, while I put on my shoes. Once I’m finished lacing them up I see a hand right in front of me. Looking up I see Shayne holding his hand down with a smile on his face.

“You ready to go Alice?”

I nod and take his hand. He ends up pulling me up with ease as if I was just a feather that fell off of one of those old school hats. We both make our way out the door saying Goodbye to Mrs. Taylor once more before she locks the door. I ask Shayne if he would like to drive to the town and then walk around or to just walk. He looks around his surroundings there isn’t much to see but a road and a couple of buildings. He then looks up at the sky and takes a deep breath telling me that it’s a nice day and we should enjoy it. That is how we ended up here walking to town in silence. We have absolutely nothing to talk about. We don’t know anything about each other. This brings me to think about what happened last night. He told me that he didn’t know anything about me, which is probably a big reason to why he won’t go with me to find my mother. I decided to start asking questions, so we can get to know each other better.

“So Shayne where are you from?”

“I’m from New York”

Typical. He has that New York feel to him and his rich boy clothes when he first got here makes sense now too. If that's where he is from what is he doing all the way over here in Miami? Not even the nice part of Miami it’s like the country small town part no one even knows about.

“What brings you down here to Miami?”

“Well I needed more volunteer hours for my college application so I started searching and found Mrs. Taylors ad and now I’m here”

“You came all the way to Miami from New York to volunteer here?”

“Yea”

“What do your parents think about that?’

I see him visibly tense and automatically I know I pulled some strings. Based on the way his body just reacted, he and his parents must not get along. His hand immediately shoots up to the back of his neck and starts to rub and while he talks you can hear the stutter in his voice.

“They think I’m touring colleges”

“So they don’t know your volunteering? Don’t they have to sign forms or something?”

“No they don’t know and no they don’t have to sign papers since I’m 18”

“Well since your 18 why not tell them? It’s not like they can say you can’t go. Well they can say it but you don’t have to listen”

“My parents are difficult people to try and talk to.”

“Why? If you don’t mind me asking you?”

“It’s just my parents don’t believe in charity work”

“How come?”

“You sure ask a lot of questions don’t you?”

“I’m just trying to get to know you.”

“Well my parents are your typical rich snobs”

“You’re rich?”

He nods and I smirk. I knew it the way he dressed just screamed it, but he doesn’t act like the rich people normally do. He is actually sweet and down to earth not uptight and rude like most rich kid sons are. We continue walking in silence when he started to ask me questions. They started out simple like my favorite color and stuff like that but I could see there is something else he wants to ask me but is scared. Instead of trying to push it out of him I just keep answering his cover up questions. Unless he is both interested in the pity stuff as well as whatever it is that's bothering him.

After a couple more favorite questions I couldn’t take it anymore. I know he can’t ask me about my past and stuff like that because well I don’t know it, but this is getting annoying. I stop walking and he stops to look at me confused.

“Why did you stop walking?”

“What do you really want to ask me Shayne? I see there is something you are not bringing up what is it?”

He looks at me with shock and I can feel his nervousness. Like it’s running through me, every little emotion he is feeling I can feel it too. Weird. I give him that look as if I’m not going to move until he tells me. We stand there for a couple of minutes before he sighs in defeat.

“Fine! Why do you scream?”

“What do you mean?”

“At night…sometimes you scream or just whenever your asleep”

“Maybe because I have nightmares”

“That's what I thought until you said my name in one of them and you said that saying that was in the letter already.”

“Oh”

“What’s going on?”

Should I tell him? I mean he is debating whether or not to go on this trip with me so he does deserve to know. I take a deep breath.

“Let’s sit and talk okay?”

He nods and leads me to a bench not too far from where we were standing. I sit down and he sits down next to me. Pretty close might I add. Turning to face him I begin.

“I have been having these dreams. Most of the time it’s the same dream over and over again, but it’s not just like any other dream it’s those really vivid dreams. They always end the same way me running and falling, some guy catching up to me and standing over me. I never get to see his face so I don’t know who he is the only thing I ever see are his eyes. His piercing Hazel eyes that give me chills whenever I look in them. That's kind of why I fainted when you got here. You have the same eyes as the guy in my dream but when I look into yours I feel comfort and safety not the scary dangerous chills I get from the guy in my dream. Also when you came was the first time I had a future telling dream. I had to figure out what it meant and I did. I have a feeling all of these are connected with my past or something to do with my mother I don’t know but I need to find out because these dreams are taking over. If I don’t dream at all its better. I haven’t had a normal dream for as long as I can remember. Shayne finding my mom and learning about my past goes farther than you can understand. Yes I know it sounds stupid and dangerous me trying to find something or someone that might not exist but I have to know. It’s the only way to make these dreams go away.”

“Wow I didn’t know that finding your mom was that important. Alice you keep a lot of feelings in and you hold a lot of secrets. Thanks for opening up to me.”

“You’re welcome. That's also why I asked you to come with. I know I barely know you and you barely know me but I need someone to go with. I don’t know what lies ahead on this journey. I picked you because even though I barely know you, you’re the only one I can trust to keep me safe.”

I don’t even realize that I’m crying until I see Shayne look at me and pull me into a hug. He starts whispering soothing words in my ear to help make me feel better. This is why I want him to go with me not only do I know I won’t screw up his life with what my past may bring but I feel safe with him. In his arms right now is where I want to stay and never leave. Even though he has a tight grip on me I know he won’t hurt me. We pull away and he wipes the last few tears that escape from my eyes.

“I’ll do it. I’ll go with you.”

“You will?”

“Yea I thought about it a lot last night. I think I would have went with you wither way because I rather have someone go with you then you by yourself, but then when you opened up to me and told me why. I had no choice I knew it was the right choice.”

“Thank you so much Shayne!”

I tell him while pulling him into a hug. He returns it and we sit like that for a while.

“I’m guessing since you snuck into Mrs. Taylor’s office that you don’t want her to know am I right?”

“Yes you are.”

“Okay so then what is our plan what are we going to tell her?”

“Well I was going to tell her that I was going college touring since I am 18 now and it makes the most sense”

“That could work. We will figure it out later before we tell her but right now I’m hungry and you are supposed to be showing me around.”

“Oh yeah right lets go”

We get up from the bench and start heading into town. Once we get to town we stop at a quick burger shop and get us something to eat then continue to walk around. I showed him all of my favorite places to shop and where I work. While at my job I saw Samantha I introduced her to Shayne and instantly I can see she liked him. Well his appearance anyway. While those two flirted I went to go talk to my boss and tell him my plans for going college touring. He was very understanding and told me to take all the time I need and that the job will still be here when I’m back. I nod and go back over to Shayne and Sam. Shayne has this really bored look on his face while Sam is going on about something excitedly as you can tell with her arms flinging everywhere. I let out a small chuckle and Shayne looks over at me making eye contact. Shaking my head at the cry for help glint in his eyes I walk over there and save him.

After telling Samantha we had to start heading back to the orphanage Shayne told me he had to use the bathroom, so here I am sitting on a bench doing nothing but waiting for Shayne. Dang how long does it take for guys to pee? I thought they were quicker than girls. After waiting for a minute Shayne finally comes back and apologizes for taking forever. I let him know that it was okay and didn’t really bother me, which was a complete lie but he didn’t need to know that. We walk back having a complete conversation about how bored he was when Sam was telling the story about the new outfit she got for her pet Chihuahua. Letting out a few giggles every now and then Shayne stops talking and looks at me. Staring back at him with confusion.

“What?”

“You have a really cute giggle you know”

“Shut up”

I say while shoving him a little. He shoves back but then tells me it’s true. Shaking my head we finally get back to the orphanage. After only taking two steps in Mrs. Taylor comes running to the door pushing both Shayne and I to the stairs telling us to shower and put something nice on for my party. Looking at Mrs. Taylor I see she is covered in flour obviously meaning she tried baking again or she just threw flour on herself to make it look like she actually baked. Either way I find myself laughing at the thought, which ends up in Shayne looking at me weirdly. I tell him what I was thinking about and next thing I know he is laughing with me.

We both make it to our rooms and I turn to enter mine when I feel a hand grab my wrist. Turning around I see Shayne looking at me and then at his hand then back at me.

“Yes Shayne?”

“I just want to let you know I had fun today.”

“Surprisingly me too!”

“Thanks for opening up to me and letting me in”

“No problem. Maybe one day you’ll do the same?”

I tell him and I see him tense up but then relax and nod. I smile at him and we part ways to get ready. After my quick shower I look at all my dresses and decided on this black one that has a gold sparkly top and a black bow right under the bust. I paired it with some black strappy heels even though we aren’t going anywhere and some gold bracelets. I decided to leave my hair down but added a gold headband to keep it out of my face. My makeup was light but noticeable. Looking in the mirror I nodded in approval before heading out. Just as I opened my door to head out so did Shayne. We both stop to inspect each other’s outfits and both smile.

He is wearing a grey button down shirt with some black dress pants. The sleeves of his shirt are rolled up to his elbows and his hair is sleeked back. He has on just some normal black dress shoes and a ring on his right middle finger. He looks good.

“Well don’t you look handsome?”

“Thanks and you look beautiful”

“Thank you. Shall we head down?”

“Yup”

He lets me go first and tells me it’s because he is a gentlemen, but also for safety if I happen to fall. I just shake my head at him and tell him his reasoning is stupid, but of course I miss the first step and almost fall. Luckily he was standing right behind me to where he was able to catch me.

“What was that you said? This reasoning was stupid?”

“Shut-up!”

I tell him which makes him chuckle all the way downstairs. Mrs. Taylor surprises us and tells us we are going out for my party dinner since it’s my 18th birthday. We all nod and hurry into the cars. Our car isn’t big enough to fit all of us, so I ended up driving. In my car was Shayne, Luke, Adri, and I. Adri and Luke were in the back while Shayne was in the passenger seat. I hear Luke quietly complement Adri’s outfit and I can see her blush through the window but replies with a small thank you and compliments him back. They are just too cute.

Dinner went as normal as any other dinner and now we are back at the house eating cake and exchange gifts. Percy got me a new iPod. I couldn’t believe it he spent all his allowance on me. I hugged him and thanked him many times. Luke actually made me a dress it was simple but cute and I was definitely going to wear it tomorrow. Adri got me earphones for my new iPod. The twins got me a bracelet with their names on it. Typical them. Cody and Trey drew me pictures and Mrs. Taylor gave me some cash.

“Oh also I got you something!”

I hear Shayne’s voice and I turn around surprised.

“Me why?”

“Well it's your birthday is it not?”

He says with a smirk while handing me a blue box. I look at the box suspiciously a grin slowly playing on my features. I look at the box then him then the box and end on him. Those hazel eyes that both terrify me and comfort me at the same time. Those hazel eyes that show so much emotion yet hide so much pain. There is stuff he isn't telling us and I wonder why? I will find out soon though. I push the thoughts away and look back at the box. I smile while opening the box. Having a little trouble at doing so because of the ribbon but after a minute or so I get it opened and gasp at what I see. A necklace but not just any necklace.

A necklace just like my tattoo on my shoulder. Lifting it up I see it's an exact replica of my tattoo.

I inspect the necklace for a little longer and I can't help but think that I have seen this somewhere. My dream! This is the missing necklace from my dream but what does that mean. Does it mean Shayne is connected with my dream? The shock is clearly written all over my face, which I think, scared Shayne.

“Oh no you don't like it?”

“No! No that’s not it at all!”

“Okay good while we were walking around town I saw it in a window of a jewelry store and it made me think of you and your tattoo.”

“That’s why you took so long in the bathroom?”

“Yup”

“Oh well thank you Shayne it's beautiful”

I tell him while going over to him and hugging him. It catches him by surprise at first but then I feel his arms circle around my waist. Once again that safe feeling comes back.

“You’re welcome Alice! Happy Birthday!”

“Thank you.”


I whisper while still holding on. Never wanting to let go but I know I should because it will get awkward if I don't. He might think I’m weird. Yet, he is still holding on too? He could have let go anytime, but he hasn't let go. It feels like he is just hugging tighter as if he is afraid to let go. I smile at the thought of him never wanting me to leave his arms. Maybe he feels the same comfort and safeness I feel. We finally break apart and all say our goodnights.

Making my way upstairs I feel a sharp pain in my body. Oh no the lightheadedness is coming back. I don't feel so good. Running to my bathroom I barely make it before I feel like I’m about to pass out. Grabbing on to the corner of my sinks I look up at myself and I look terrible. My face looks completely and utterly pale and my eyes have lost some color. What is wrong with me? Another sharp pain hits me and I let out a small groan. It feels like something inside of me is trying to wake up or get out. It hurts like a lot but then goes away as quick as it comes. Once this one has passed I look back up to not only notice the color has gone back to my face but I’m even brighter before. As some people would call this glowing. I’m glowing. My eyes have now went from a dull sea blue to these bright aqua blue eyes that easily light up the room.

What is wrong with me?


I ask myself again. Slowly making my way back to my bed I lie down and try to get some sleep. Something is happening to me and I don’t know what, but I need to and soon.
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