Chapter 12: Changes
When I got into my apartment, I went straight to my room. I hadn't been here for a while, because I’d been out searching for Clara. I thought about when I’d been outside with Nevar. She was the first person I’d ever told my story too. And it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders that I’d been carrying for fifty three years. When I finished telling her, for some reason my heart was pounding. Like I would die if she didn’t get it, or accept it. So when she did, everything just felt so right.
I walked over to my night side table. I picked up my journal from on top of it. I hadn’t written in it since I’d decided to turn Clara into a vampire, since I’d been so busy trying to find her. When I opened it to the last page I’d written in, a piece of paper fell out. I picked it up from the ground, and realized it was a note.
I know what you did. You turned an innocent girl. I only had to read this last page to find out. You really should keep a lock on it. All that stuff about “I had no other choice”? There’s always another choice. And I will tell the Night World. Don’t you worry about that. You have until two p.m. tomorrow to make me change my mind. If you can find me.
I couldn’t believe this. It must be Sawyer. Who else would this? I realized that the last page from my journal was missing. He must be planning to use it as proof. How could he do this? It wasn’t even me. What did he have a against me? I have to go meet him. But where would he be? Oh wait. I had his phone number.
I stalked out of my bedroom and dialed his number. He answered after the third ring.
“Well, well. Call to check up on me? I-” he started saying.
“Are you out of your mind?!” I asked him. Okay fine. I yelled.
“Well, the thought has crossed my mind before,” he said jokingly.
“Why are you doing this to me?” I asked him.
“May I ask what I’m doing to you?” he asked innocently.
“Oh I think you know what I’m talking about,” I said frustrated.
“Well, I don’t seem to have ESP, so could you please enlighten me?” he asked.
“You came into my apartment, stole a page from my journal, and are reporting me to the Night World! Any of this ring a bell?” I asked.
“You keep a journal?” he asked.
“STOP!!!” I yelled.
“Stop what?” he asked.
“Stop acting like you have no idea what I’m talking about!” I yelled.
“I’m not acting. I seriously have no idea what you're talking about. So could you please stop yelling? I think you already burst my eardrum,” he said.
“You expect me to believe that?” I asked.
“Yes. What do you want me to do? Take a hearing test? You’d have to pay of course,” he said.
Suddenly an idea sparked in my head.
“Come to my place,” I said.
“Are you getting lonely over there?” he said in a way someone would talk to a baby.
“Just come,” I said,
“Can I at least have directions?” he asked.
“I think you already know where it is,” I said.
“No. I really don’t,” he said.
“Well, let’s just see if you can make it,” I said, then hung up.
Now for another phone call.
She answered after the second ring.
“Yes?” she said.
“Serena? I’m bringing a…friend, over to your house. Do you mind getting the truth serum out?” I asked.
“Sure. Who is it?” she asked.
“You’ll see when they get there. I’ll be over in twenty minutes. Bye,” I hung up.
The doorbell rang ten minutes later.
“What took you so long?” I asked opening the door.
“Well, seeing as I had no idea where you lived, I had to look in the phone book. I still don’t understand why you wouldn’t give me directions though,” he said.
“Let’s go,” I said.
“What? Your already kicking me out?” he asked mockingly.
“Just follow me. It involves Clara,” I said.
As soon as I said that, he started moving quickly out of the building, an urgency behind every step.
When I got home, it was still dark outside and my parents were still in bed, so I didn’t want to wake them up. I walked into my room as quietly as I could which turned out to be making no noise at all. But on my way I passed the kitchen and I saw my younger sister, Kate. She was eleven, and was getting a glass of milk.
“Hey,” I said, startling her a bit, so she spilled a bit of her milk.
She picked up a cloth and wiped it off.
“You’ve been gone a long time,” she said.
“I know. Were mom and dad worried?” I asked her.
“No. That’s the strangest thing. They haven’t been worried about you at all, I’m the only one who seems to be,” she said.
Serena must have put a spell on them, and probably didn’t bother with my sister.
“Oh, well. I’ve just been with Serena and Nevar. There’s a huge test coming up that we’ve been studying for,” I said. She look skeptical.
She went over to turn the light on. When she looked at me with her eyes wide. She looked like she was going to drop her glass, so I reached over and put it on the counter.
“Um, wow. Did this studying involve plastic surgery?” she asked.
I didn’t look that different, did I?
“Oh, no. I, um, I’m just trying this new moisturizer. And makeup,” I said. Moisturizer? Makeup? That’s the best I could come up with?
“Really? Actually no, I don’t want to hear it. I’m just going to bed,” she said.
She couldn’t stop staring at me as she was going back to her room. Is this the look I was going to get from now on? People staring at me? What if they were right to stare? Was I really gone? The real me? I hoped not. Because if it was, I think my life just turned upside down.
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