Chapter 2: Questions
When I woke up, everything I’d been thinking before seemed silly. I’d probably never even snuck out, because I must have fallen asleep. But when I looked down at my shirt again, the little red glob was still there. It was completely dry now though. I bit my lip a lot in my sleep. So it was probably just that.
I got dressed and grabbed a handful of cereal, and headed out the door to my car. My new car. I’d gotten it for my birthday a month ago. It was old, but it still beat riding in the family station wagon. I’d gotten my license two months ago, so it was a bit late coming, but it was worth the wait.
All on my way to school, I was thinking about my crazy weird dream. All I could remember was something about my neck, and my sweater! I think that that part might be real, because I still hadn’t found it. Or maybe I dreamt that I hadn’t found it.
I cleared my head when I arrived in the parking lot, not wanting to dwell on it anymore. I grabbed my bag and got out of the car. I went over to join my two best friends, Nevar and Serena. They’d gone to school together ever since they were little kids. Serena and Nevar had been in their little corner talking to each other, but I didn’t have anywhere to go, and didn’t know anybody else. So they looked nice and I went over, asked if they wanted to be friends, and here we are to this day. As tight as a knot.
“Hey you guys!” I called to them, “I had the weirdest dream last night.”
“Oh really?” Serena said.
“Yeah. All I can remember is something about my neck. And get this, when I woke up, there was a little bit of red on my shirt. How weird is that?” I said.
They looked at each other for a second. It was a quick look, but I saw it.
“Speaking of weird,” said Nevar, “Somebody wasn’t there at the party last night. Any guess who?” she said.
Oh shoot! I’d forgotten about that. And now they were both looking at me, with their arms crossed.
“I, um, I think I feel asleep,” I said.
“Well I for one, think that you are lying. You never fall asleep before ten. I think she fell asleep rather conveniently. Wouldn’t you say so?” she said looking at Serena.
I was about to think of a comeback when I looked at a boy on the sidewalk. All of the sudden, my heart started to pound uncontrollably in my chest. My palms were covered in sweat. Then I also noticed that he was staring at me. And his eyes. His silvery eyes, made me want to run. I felt terrified. I started looking around wildly.
“Do you know him?” Serena asked.
“No,” I said, the truth making me puzzled. Why should I be scared of someone I don’t even know? Because I really don’t know him. That was the scariest thing about this though. Being scared of who I believed to be a stranger.
“Are you sure?” Nevar asked.
“I think so,” I said. But how come I felt like I’ve met him before?
“Clara, what exactly happened in your dream last night?” Nevar said, looking at me.
“That’s just it, I can’t really remember. Just something about my neck and being terrified. Oh, and when I went to bed I was wearing my purple sweater, and now I can’t find it anywhere,” I said. All I wanted to do right now was run. Run away from the danger on the sidewalk.
Serena and Nevar both looked at each other, then glanced at me. They both looked like they were going to say something, then decided against it.
“I think we better get inside now. We don’t want to be late,” Serena said.
Then we all hurried inside the building. I knew the reason why I wanted to get inside so fast was, but I couldn’t help wondering what their reason was.
I watched as she hurried into the school building, terrified. It hadn’t taken me too long to find out where she went to school. All I had to do was follow her car from a distance, but I had to wait. She obviously had some recognition of me, but I had to get to her alone. Some place where her friends weren’t. That’s what I didn’t understand though, she was a human, so why were her friends so different? They must be planning something. And something awful at that.