I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to start this journey with Shayne. Getting out of bed I look towards my right by the door and see that I haven’t already packed. Wait….. I did finish packing. What’s going on? Who knows? I slowly make my bed and grab black shorts and a red tank top, then headed towards Shayne’s room. I see him coming out in a red shirt that hugs his body nicely and some black jeans. He looks really good. Like really good. I look him up and down and realize that we are matching. I smile up at him while he is smirking down at me.
“We’re matching and we aren’t even a couple.”
“I know weird right?”
“Yea but we can change that.”
He said coming closer to me. I look at him and shake my head.
“No it’s fine. We can match; unless you don’t want then I’ll go change clothes.”
I say while turning around getting ready to enter my room when I feel him grab my wrist and spin me around. Slowly backing me up until I was caged against him and the wall. The cold rough texture against my skin where my shirt slowly lifted up. I look up at him and see him smirking at me once again.
“I wasn’t talking about the clothes Alice”
“Then wh-what were you talking about?”
I asked and he leans closer to me where I feel his minty breath on my ear. Sending chills through my body. All the way from the tip of my ear down my spine to the tip of my toes sending this wave of heat to my cheeks. I know I’m blushing furiously and when I make eye contact I feel like I’m about to faint but that’s when I feel his fingertips. They replace the small space where the wall was touching my exposed skin. I thought his breath had an effect on me but to actually feel his skin in contact with mine felt like a drug. I was addicted and I didn’t want it to go away. He still has that sexy smirk of his on his face and his next words shock me.
“I was talking about us”
“Wh-what about us?”
Gosh Alice really stuttering get it together.
“You like me right?”
“No…. well I don’t know”
“Nope I know you do…. I overheard your conversation with Mrs. Taylor don’t deny it Alice. Don’t deny us.”
“I have no- no i-id-idea what you are talking about”
I try and say without stuttering but of course I fail miserably. This boy has an effect on me and it kind of scares me to death. I try looking him straight in the eyes determine to read him but he is hiding all emotion. He slowly leans forward brushing his lips against mine and I find myself wanting more, wanting to feel his lips against mine.
“I think you do Alice”
He says. I start to shake my head but he interrupts me with three words that I didn't know he is so ready to say. We barely know each other, but that doesn't stop that warm happy feeling that I get when I hear him say it. I feel so happy and so comfortable that I’m ready to say it back but he beats me before I can say anything.
“I love you”
He whispers before closing the space between us. Perfect. That is what I would use to describe this kiss. The way our lips move together in perfect harmony. The way they fit together like two puzzle pieces that were once lost but now found. I never want this feeling to end. This is a feeling I would love to replay over and over again. I slowly feel him pulling away and I find myself wanting to pull him closer. When we finally part I look up at him and see his delicate face looking so innocent. His eyes are closed and his gorgeous lashes lay on his cheek perfectly. He is absolutely gorgeous. I can definitely admit that. He slowly opens his eyes and they are burning with an emotion that I can’t read. His burning hazel eyes are looking through me like an open book and then he lets out a dark chuckle, which confuses me.
“Alice. Alice. Alice. Don’t forget you’re in danger don’t let a little boy like this get in your head.”
Wait what? That’s not Shayne. Who is that?
“What are you talking about?”
“Alice I will find you and Shayne won’t be able to protect you from me or even yourself. Good luck on your journey I can’t wait for us to finally meet.”
“Who are you?”
“You will find out soon my dear. Till then farewell Alice.”
That definitely wasn’t Shayne talking. This is so weird and an only thing to explain this is it’s not real. I must be dreaming.
And like that I awake. Sweating and terrified but most importantly confused. Who was that? What danger am I in? Protect me from myself? The one thing that confuses me the most is.
What was my dream trying to tell me?
Does Shayne like me? Do I like Shayne? I mean yeah he is attractive and sweet. That reminds me of my conversation with Mrs. Taylor. She asked me if I liked Shayne I told her that I didn’t know really. I mean I do but I don’t but the way he made me feel in the dream I wonder if that’s real. I get up out of my bed and look towards my door. My suitcase is there and packed hmmm maybe it’s not one of those future dreams. I put on my slippers and open the door just as Shayne opens his. We make eye contact and I feel myself blushing remembering the dream. I then look down at his outfit. Red shirt that hugs his body perfectly and black jeans. Oh my goodness.
“No no no no no no no!”
“Alice? Are you okay?”
I see him come closer and I back up until I feel myself against the door. He comes close to me obviously confused and I feel myself gripping the doorknob. I don’t want my dream to come true. I don’t know how I feel about Shayne. No I feel myself turn the doorknob and fall back. Great just what I need to fall on my butt after probably confusing the heck out of the guy I like. Wait. What? I don’t have time to be thinking about guys I like or don’t like or confused about. I wait for the impact of the floor but it doesn’t come except for two strong tan arms wrapping around my waist.
“Whoa Alice are you sure you’re okay?”
“Yeah I’m fine just a little freaked out”
I say while he helps me up and looks confused at me.
“Wait you’re scared of me?”
“Yea…no…kind of…. I just had a dream and it kind of spooked me.”
“Alice you have nothing to be scared about. I will never hurt you I promise whatever you dreamed about will never happen okay?”
“I kind of hope it does”
I say in my head. Or so I thought. I then see Shayne looking even more confused than before.
“Alice what was your dream about?”
“I don’t want to talk about it right now. I have to get ready. I’ll meet you downstairs to say goodbye to everyone.”
“Okay I’ll be waiting.”
He tells me and I nod at him. He leaves and I’m finally able to let out that breath I’ve been holding since that whole time we were talking I was in his arms and we were pretty close. While packing I kept replaying my dream. Well the part after the kiss. The warning of how I shouldn’t let Shayne distract me and how he can’t protect me from this danger that’s coming or from myself. Ugh this is all too much I just need to find my mom and sort this all out. I finish getting ready when I hear someone call my name. Turning I’m met with my best friend.
He is looking down at the floor instead of at me. He is wearing a black shirt and white jeans. Something so simple but so him. He doesn’t like to show off much but he is a really good dresser and it makes him look really good. I smile and go up to him.
“Hey Per what’s up?”
He doesn’t say anything just looks up at me and then sighs. Confused I walk over to him and put my hand on his arm.
“Is everything okay?”
“Are you sure about this?”
He asks and his question takes me by surprise. Am I sure? More than anything but he doesn’t know the real reason. He just thinks I’m going out with a guy I just met to go college visiting.
“Yes I’m sure Percy I think it’s time for me to get out of here for a little while”
“But why with him?”
“Well he was already going and I was planning on leaving anyway.”
He asks and looks completely surprised. I nod at him and smile.
“Yea I was planning on visiting colleges later on this summer, but then Shayne asked me to go with him so I agreed.”
“But you don’t him”
“I know but Shayne is a good guy Percy he won’t let anything happen to me.”
I tell him thinking about our conversation earlier. Percy does have a point. I don’t know Shayne very well but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Taking in Percy’s expression I see that he is still not convinced. It’s kind of getting on my nerves because I know right now he is judging the heck out of Shayne in his head and I honestly don’t like that. Besides it’s my choice whether or not I want to go with Shayne not Percy’s. I know he just wants me to be safe and is just looking out for me but still. There is no need for him to judge him.
Percy still hasn’t said a word, so I decided to just double check everything. In the middle of double-checking everything Percy finally speaks up and what he says just upsets me.
“I don’t trust him Alice”
“Well that’s not your call. I trust him so I’m going with him.”
“Why? Why are you so set on going with him? Why do you trust him so easily? Do you like him?”
Oh so that’s what it is. He is jealous that Shayne is taking me away. Yea I know it could also be because he is trying to protect me and actually fears for my safety but it’s mostly the jealousy. Percy knows I have good judgment and normally is fine with whatever I choose as long as I’m happy. I shake my head at him.
“I already told you I was going to leave anyway at least now I have someone to go with. I trust him because he hasn’t given me a reason not to trust him. No I don’t like him but if I did that’s none of your concern is it?”
I comment harshly and instantly regret it when I see the sad look in his face but he is pushing buttons and I know if he keeps pressing they are going to pop and I will hurt his feelings. I don’t want to do that but if he keeps going it will happen. He walks over to me and grabs my hand. I let him.
“I still don’t understand why you are so set on going with him. You just met him.”
“Gosh Percy! Why can’t you just trust me! Trust that I know what I’m doing! Why are you in here questioning me! I mean I’m already nervous enough! Yes I’m going somewhere with a practical stranger but I need to go for me. It’s what I need to do okay! Just trust me!”
I practically yell at him and I see his eyes widen and then he looks down immediately. Just as fast as he looks down I feel guilty. I let out a sigh and rub my temples before walking over to him and grabbing his hand. He looks up slightly and I give him a smile. He returns it with a small sad one.
“I’m sorry I yelled at you. I know you are just worried and I appreciate it but just trust that I know what I’m doing okay?”
“Okay I’m just going to miss you…like a lot”
I give a slight giggle and pull him in for a hug. He returns it and hugs me tightly afraid of letting me go. I can feel the tears coming on and I try and bite them back.
“I’m going to miss you too Perc. So so so much.”
“I love you Alice”
“I love you too Perc.”
We pull apart from the hug and smile. He then nods at my suitcase and tells me he will take it downstairs for me. I nod at him and thank him. He shrugs it off and leaves the room. Turning I look down at my outfit that consist of a black tank top and some green khaki pants. I grab a black jacket to put over and smile at my outfit. Grabbing my combat boots I head out the door but before I turn around looking at my room once last time. The place I have been at for 18 years of my life. My floral bed spread nice and neatly made. My blue curtains blowing in the room because of the slight wind outside. I decided I should close the window so when I come back if I come back it’s not freezing in here even though it is summer.
Walking towards the window I shut it and sigh. I see something shiny and realize that Shayne’s necklace is sitting on my nightstand. When did I take it off? I shrug and try and put it on. While trying to put it on I hear the shuffling of someone coming into my room and closing the door. Confused I finally clasp the necklace and turn around to see Adri standing there. She looks at me and gives me a small smile. I return the favor.
“So this is it huh? You’re actually going to look for her?”
“Yea this is it.”
“I’m glad you took my advice to bring someone. Does he know everything?”
“Yea he does and he is okay with it and is actually helping me.”
“Well I’m glad.”
There is an awkward silence and she puts her hands across her chest and rubs her arms. I give a small smile. I knew that Adri knew we weren’t really going college visiting. She is the only one to know my story and know what I have been planning on doing for a while. We stand there for a little while longer until she finally speaks.
“I’m going to miss you”
“I’m going to miss you too Adri”
I tell her feeling the tears come but not dare fall. She looks the same as if she is trying to fight tears and instead of saying anything I just open my arms. She looks at me and immediately comes into my arms hugging me so tight.
“Be careful okay I already lost one friend I’m not ready to lose another”
“Don’t worry I’ll be safe I promise”
She nods and we let go just in time to hear my door open we both look up to see Shayne standing at the door. He looks up at us and scratches the back of his neck.
“I was just coming to check on you since Percy came down with your stuff but not you”
“Oh yeah I’m fine just saying goodbye to my room and to Adri.”
He looks between Adri and I then nods and points.
“Did I interrupt anything?”
“No…Shayne please take care of Alice. Nobody knows what you’re up against and I need you to promise you’ll keep her safe no matter what.”
“I’m pretty sure college is harmless”
He says with a small awkward chuckle and I just laugh telling him that she knows the truth. He looks surprised but then nods telling her what he told me this morning. That he won’t let anything happen to me. Adri nods, hugs me once more before going to Shayne and actually giving him a hug. I smile at the two and see Adri whisper something making Shayne blush but nod. I wonder what she said. I’ll ask Shayne later.
We head downstairs and into the kitchen where everybody is sitting well everybody except one. I see the twins hanging on to Shayne begging him not to go. Something about they won’t have anything to look at after he leaves. I say goodbye to the twins and to Michael. Cody told me to bring him something back so I nodded. I then see Shayne bending down to Trey’s height saying something to him. Treys crying hard and Shayne is trying to calm him down. He brings him into a hug and whispers something in his ear, which makes him nod in return. I bend down next to him to hear the last part of what he says.
“Okay little bud you have to promise you will be strong for all the ladies okay?”
“Good. I promise you that as soon as I get back we will play all day and you can even have a sleepover in my room.”
“Really!? Alice will you join too?”
He asks me and I smile and nod.
“Of course. Well maybe not the sleepover part that can just be between you and Shayne.”
He nods and smiles at me bringing his small hand to my face and wiping my cheek. I didn’t even realize I was crying until then. He smiles at me and kisses my cheek.
“Don’t cry Alice. You look prettier when you smile.”
He then leans in close and whispers in my ear. What he says makes me blush and look at Shayne.
“Mr. Shayne thinks so too. He told me.”
He gives me a tight hug and then Shayne. We both get up and I look around. He still didn’t come down. I tell everyone I’ll be right back and they all nod. Heading up the stairs I make my way to the room I barely have got time to know but still means so much to me. There seeing him on his bed messing with something on his computer. I let out a deep sigh and knock. He slightly looks up at me and gives a small smile.
He motions for me to come and sit next to him so I do. We don’t do anything for a little while but what Luke does catches me off guard. He pulls me up off of his bed and pulls me into a hug. I hug him back pretty tightly and I feel him relax as if he was scared to do that. I feel his breath right next to my ear.
“Please come back soon. You’re the only real friend I’ve got here. I’m going to miss you”
“I’m going to miss you too and I’ll be back soon. I won’t forget about you but promise me you’ll try and talk to the others. Especially Adri I’m her only friend here too maybe you guys can be friends.”
“Maybe I’ll try for you”
We hug for a little longer until we pull apart. He kisses my forehead and tells me to have fun and be careful. I nod at him and told him I would tell Shayne to come up here. Nodding he smiles and thanks me. Walking out of his room I feel a little better knowing that he will actually try and talk to people and make friends. Finding Shayne in the kitchen talking to Mrs. Taylor, I slowly make my way over to him and tell him Luke wants to see him. He nods at me and hugs Mrs. Taylor. She then turns to me. We talk about the plan and that if anything happens to call her and if we need to stay longer for any reason just to let her know. Agreeing with her she smiles at me and pulls me into a hug.
“Dear Estrella. I will miss you so much. You are like my daughter and I don’t know what I’ll do without you.”
“Me either. You are the closest thing I’ve had to a mom and I thank you for that! For treating me like your own and loving me no different.”
“I will love you no matter what you are. Remember that okay.”
She tells me that with a look in her eyes that I can’t read. It’s like she knows we are going out looking for my mom. She can’t though can she? She wouldn’t let me go if she knew the truth. I know it. I smile at her and nod. She kisses both of my cheeks and then my forehead.
“I love you Estrella”
“I love you too Mrs. Taylor”
“Be careful and good luck”
We hug one last time when Shayne comes downstairs and grabs both our bags. We see the taxi guy sitting waiting for us outside and head towards it. We both turn around towards the orphanage and wave goodbye one last time. When they wave back we turn to the taxi. Shayne being his gentlemen self, and put our bags in the trunk and open the door for me. He then puts his hand out to help me in.
“Are you ready for this?”
He asks me and I look back at everyone again then at him and nod.
“I was born ready.”
We both get in the taxi when he turns towards us and asks us where too. I did a little more research on this Morgan le Fay person and I saw that there was a store in Montana called Morgan le Fay. I know it’s not much but it’s a start so I did the first thing that came to my head. I bought Shayne and me tickets with the money I have been saving from my job at the market and money Mrs. Taylor used to give me for allowance so I wasn’t surprised at the surprise look on Shayne’s face when I told the taxi driver.
“To the airport please”