Changeling - Book 1

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Chapter 3

Emily arrived at school just as the school bell rang for the start of the day. She walked through the busy halls with excited students surrounding her. Emily walked into her classroom and sat down next to one of her friends Hannah.

“Oh Emily, can you believe that we are actually graduating today? No more school – ever!” Hannah asked excitedly as she pushed up her dark rimmed glasses on her small nose as she bounced happily in her seat. Hannah had long wavy blonde hair that today was pulled up in a high ponytail, baby blue eyes, and peach white skin.

“Hardly seems real,” Emily replied. “This all feels like one big dream doesn’t it."

“Emily promise me that we will still be friends even if we are far away from each other.”

Emily nodded. “Of course.” She replied as she held her best friend’s hand. “We will always be friends Hannah. Always. Nothing will ever pull us apart.”

Hannah and Emily had been friends ever since Emily had fought off a bunch of bullies that were picking on Hannah on the playgrounds at Kindergarten. She remembered clearly that they were picking on her because she was wearing glasses so Emily had come over to defend her. No one bullied Hannah after that.

“I take it that you got accepted into Harvard?” Emily asked curiously.

Hannah grinned excitedly. “Yep. Just got my acceptance letter last night. It’s in my room right this minute hanging up on the notice board.” Hannah tilted her head. “What about you? Have you chosen where you want to go yet?”

Emily shook her head. “No, not yet. I haven’t decided what I want to do.”

“Well, you got plenty of time to decide. You don’t need to rush it.” Hannah replied as the teacher Mr. Thomas walked into the room.

“Alright class the day has finally arrived. This is the last day that I will have with you. I will miss you all and I wish you luck with your future. There are no classes for you seniors since it’s your last day anyway. Talk amongst yourself or do whatever young people do these days. Enjoy this free time until graduation. Just don’t be too loud.” Mr. Thomas walked to his desk and sat down pulling out a book as he did so.

‘I always liked Mr. Thomas.’ Emily thought. ‘He was always so laid back.’

Emily’s phone suddenly buzzed softly from inside her pocket of her pants. She pulled out her phone and frowned when she pulled out the message.

“What’s wrong?” Hannah asked as she pulled out a book from her bag.

Emily looked up from her phone and shook her head. “Nothing. It’s nothing to worry about.” She said as she looked down at her phone.

‘Be prepared.’

‘Be prepared for what?’ She thought as she read the message. ‘I wish I knew who was sending these messages.’ She put the phone back in her pocket. ‘I can’t let these messages get to me. They don’t mean anything. I should be focusing on what is going to happen today.’ She smiled lazily. ‘Like finally finishing school.’

A few hours later the whole school gathered in the auditorium for the senior’s graduation. Emily sat in her chair up the front with her classmates scanning the crowd for her parents. She found them waving at her excitedly and waved back before turning back to the front as Principal Barks came to stand in front of a microphone.

“Ladies and gentlemen welcome to our very special event. Today our students leave us to go on their very own adventure. They will have unknown possibilities happen to them once they leave. Who knows what they might achieve.” Principal Barks paused before continuing. “I will call out the names of each student now and they will each come up to receive their graduation scrolls.” He looked down at the list of names. “Tara Brown.”

A young girl with red bouncy hair nervously walked on stage and shook hands with the principal and took her scroll from him then stepped down from the stage to take her seat. “Daniel Stanley…”

One by one each student was called till there was only a handful left. “Hannah Grieves.” Hannah gulped before standing from her seat making it squeak as it did so and walked onto the stage and shook hands with the Principal. She took her scroll from him and stepped down from the stage to return to her seat.

“Emily McEwen.” Emily stood and walked onto the stage to the principal to shake his hand.

He smiled at Emily as he handed over her scroll. “I wish you all the best Emily.”

Emily smiled up at him in return. “Thank you, sir.” She said as she ignored her parent’s cheering loudly from in the large crowd. She returned to her seat as the rest of the students were called out.

“Ladies and gentlemen it gives me great honour to present you with Clearwater High’s graduates of 2017. Please give them your round of applause.”

Emily’s cheeks burnt red as the crowd behind her erupted in claps and cheers. She turned to Hannah who had started crying happily.

“That’s it then,” Hannah said through her tears as she took her glasses off to rub her red eyes. “We are no longer students.”

Emily laughed as she pulled Hannah in for a hug. “Come here. You should be happy. You can’t be crying.”

“I. Am. Happy.” Hannah said as she tried to compose herself.

“Excuse me are you Emily McEwen?” came a feminine voice behind her. Emily turned to see a young, beautiful girl standing behind her. She was at least a foot taller than Emily. The smile that she wore did not reach her eyes and Emily shivered. The girl had creamy brown skin, yellow-gold sharp eyes and long raven black hair that ran halfway down her back. Something about the girl screamed danger to Emily.

Emily gulped nervously and nodded. “Y-yes that’s me.”

The girl grinned. “Great! I’m going to need you to come with me.”

“What? I’m not going anywhere with you. I don’t even know you.”

The girl rolled her eyes and huffed in annoyance. “Oh, where are my manners. I’m Karissa. Now will you please come with me? It’s really important that you do.”

“There is no way that she is going with you,” Hannah said taking Emily’s side.

Karissa looked at Hannah giving her daggers as she did so. “I’m not talking to you Glasses.” She turned back to Emily completely ignoring Hannah. “I can’t tell you why but I need you to come with me right away. I will explain everything to you soon.”

Emily shook her head. “I’m not going with you and you just insulted my friend.” Karissa growled before she stormed away.

“That girl,” Hannah said frowning. “Who does she think she is? You made the right choice by not going with her.”

Emily shook her head. “I don’t know. But I do wonder why she wanted me to go with her.”

Hannah shrugged. “Who cares? Come on let’s just focus on finding our parents.”

Emily nodded as she searched the crowd for her and Hannah’s parents. She found them squeezing through bodies to get to Emily and Hannah Emily’s parents reached her first. “Congratulations on graduating sweetheart,” Renee said as she and Zachary hugged her.

“We are so proud of you honey,” Zachary said happily.

Emily smiled. “Thank you.”

Hannah’s parents turned to Emily after hugging Hannah. “Congratulations Emily.”

Emily smiled at them. “Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Grieves.” Renee turned to Hannah’s parents. “We should go out and celebrate.”

Mr. and Mrs. Grieves nodded in agreement. “A fine idea. Yes! Tonight at 6pm?”

Renee and Zachary nodded. “Agreed.”

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