It was late Sunday afternoon and I was waiting for Abby and Brian to return from their visits to their parent’s houses. When it reached 9pm I was beginning to get impatient, surely they should be back by now? I tried to continue sorting through the records but my eyes kept darting to the door of my room and I tapped my fingers on the keys on my laptop. I decided to give her until 9:30pm and then I was going to go and find out what the hell is going on. But of course after I thought that, every other second I would look at my watch. So now my eyes would go laptop, watch, door, while my fingers kept up their rhythm on the keypad of my laptop. I was actually driving myself mad, I’m sure that if anyone were in the room with me they would have surely thrown a sharp or heavy object at my head. But of course no one is going to do that because I’m the only one in the room. Abby still isn’t here yet. That’s it, fuck this, I’m going to go find out what the hell is going on. I shut my laptop down and headed out the door.
I was heading across the courtyard when my phone started ringing. I looked at the screen and saw it was Smithy.
“Hello?” I said.
“Thea, I need to speak with you urgently.”
“Smithy, what’s wrong?” I asked.
“I can’t tell you over the phone. I need you to come to the office, now. Don’t bother driving or getting the bus, I know you have other ways of getting here than that.” I paused before answering.
“I will get out of sight and head over from there.” I replied.
“Thank you Thea, I’ll see you in a few minutes. Remember, you must come to the office, I will explain the urgency when you get here.”
“See you in a few.” I said and then hung up. I didn’t know how much Smithy knew about me but I could hear the worry in his voice. I turned around to head back to my room when I almost walked straight in to Bastien.
“In a hurry?” He asked.
“Yeah, Smithy wants me to go to office.” I answered honestly.
“Did he say why?” He asked.
“No but it sounded urgent.” I replied.
“Oh that’s a shame.” He answered looking down.
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“I just really need to talk to you for a moment” He said politely.
“Well, I uh…...” Was my oh so brilliant response. He raised an eyebrow at me. “It’s just that I had to go and-“ I began but he interrupted me.
“Please just let me explain my reason.” He began and I nodded for him to continue. “I wanted to apologise for the other night.” He said. He regretted the time we spent together? I lowered my eyes in humiliation. I couldn’t believe he’s saying this I thought that he….well I don’t know what I thought but I at least got the feeling that he was enjoying himself the other night. I knew I shouldn’t have started trusting people, I always feel too much for people, care too much, and then I get hurt. His eyes widened at my reaction. “Thea, what’s wrong?” He asked concerned. He raised a hand to my face and was about to tuck a piece of hair behind my ear but I pulled back before he could. “Thea?” He asked and I took a step away from him but he took a step towards me and caught hold of my wrists. “I don’t understand your reaction, you didn’t let me finish.” He said softly.
“I think I have heard enough.” I said just as softly.
“Well you have obviously gotten the wrong idea, let me explain. What I wanted to say was that I realised when we spent the other night together you seemed to be the one sharing everything. I didn’t mean for it to be like that. You shared so much with me and I told you nothing in return. So I want to tell you something about me.” I stared wide eyed at him.
“You are apologising for not telling me anything about you?” I asked him just to make sure.
“Yes of course. Why, what did you think I meant?” He asked me. Then realisation flashed in his eyes. “Oh Thea, how could you think that? I love spending time with you.” And the odd thing is, I knew he was telling the truth, I could see the sincerity and truth shinning bright in his gorgeous blue eyes. “Now will you come with me? I wish to show you something.” He asked, I hesitated, I really should go to the office, Smithy doesn’t get worried over nothing, something big is definitely up. But I really wanted to go with Bastien…….He saw my hesitation and stared deep in to my eyes. His blue eyes looked so hypnotising, and I felt as if he was putting me in a trance. “Come with me?” He asked again and I nodded.
We drove for about an hour whilst making small talk and listening to the radio. I was starting to get impatient; Bastien still refused to tell me where we were going. Around me all I could see were trees. My eye lids started to get heavy and I was struggling to stay awake. I was almost asleep when I felt the car turn left and then stop.
“We’re here.” I heard Bastien say softly.
“But where exactly is here?” I mumbled almost incoherently. I fell in to a deep sleep before he could answer.
I awoke groggily and stretched out. Man, this bed was so comfy; I don’t ever want to get out of this bed. My eyes fluttered open and I took in my surroundings. The room I was in is huge, greatly emphasized by the lack of furnishings, the only furniture in the room was the bed I lay in the middle of which was king sized and a cupboard with a lamp on top of it stood beside the bed. The door to the room opened and Bastien came in with a coffee and a plate of toast which he gave to me.
“Good morning, are you feeling ok?” He asked me.
“Yeah I’m fine thanks.” I said with a smile.
After breakfast we headed out so Bastien could show me what he planned to yesterday. We walked to the end of the clearing and then about a mile through the trees.
“Are we almost there yet?” I asked impatiently. I could hear the sound of running water getting louder.
“Yes” Bastien said with a laugh at my blatant impatience.
Just as he said that the trees came to an end and we were standing on the edge of a cliff. The view was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, the waterfall was the source of the sound I could here through the trees. The sun shone brightly in the sky and reflected off of the water making it look like crystals. The birds chirped their morning song and circled high above our heads. I looked down and I could see the waterfall running in to the river below.
“Wow, it’s beautiful.” I said in awe, there really were no other ways to explain this heavenly view.
“Come on, let’s head down. Follow me; I know a safe way down.” Bastien said.
“Stuff the safe way down.” I said and jumped off the edge of the cliff.
The thrill was amazing as I flew through the air; I crashed in to the water below and swam upwards towards the surface. I felt arms grab me and I looked in to Bastien’s panicked eyes.
“I’m fine Bastien; you can’t seriously tell me you’ve never done that?” I asked him.
“No I haven’t, I prefer the more conventional way down. Please don’t do that again, you scared me to death. And that’s saying something, I’m already technically dead.” He said with a smile. We swam down the river bank and Bastien motioned to the side. We got out and I noticed blankets already laid out on the ground with a picnic basket beside them.
I looked to Bastien and he smiled. He lifted his arm to put around my shoulders and I lent in to his side. I sighed and relaxed. We sat there for a few hours talking and looking at the amazing view. I couldn’t hold off any more though, I had to ask.
“How did you find this place?” I asked him.
“I used to come here with my family when I was a kid.” He answered.
“Oh my god I just remembered something!” I said.
“What?” Bastien asked surprised at my sudden outburst.
“This is going to totally ruin the moment but, what about College? It’s Monday, you have classes to teach and I have classes to attend.” I said and Bastien laughed softly.
“Thea do not worry, I sorted everything out with Mr Jackson, it’s absolutely fine, we can stay here for a few days.” He said calmly.
“You told Mr Jackson about us?” I asked shocked.
“Well yeah I did. Is there a problem with that?” I couldn’t believe he was even asking me that. A problem? Yeah sure there was a damn problem with that!
“Bastien, did you tell Mr Jackson about my eyes?” I asked him and he froze.
“No I didn’t, why would you accuse me of such a thing?” He asked offended.
“Oh really? Well you are the only one that knows and Mr Jackson just so happened to know a day after you found out.” I snapped at him.
“And how did you find that out? He wouldn’t have directly told you that, you would have had to been eavesdropping.” Ah crap, yeah I forgot about that.
“So what maybe I was eavesdropping but that is nowhere near as bad as telling him that. Why would you do that?” I asked him in disbelief.
“Look Thea, can we just forget about this? I’m truly sorry.” He said and leaned down to kiss me. I pulled away before he could, realising what he was trying to do.
“Are you trying to distract me?” I asked him angrily. When he didn’t answer my anger grew. “Why are you doing all of this Bastien? Does Mr Jackson have something on you?” I asked hoping that would be the reason that he was betraying me, I could handle that.
“Look I owe him a lot, he is the only reason that I got out of jail.” He said and we both froze.
“Jail? Bastien, why were you in jail?” I asked but received no answer. “What is he planning?” That was when I remembered, before I saw Bastien yesterday I was on my way to see Smithy……”Oh my god, Abby and Brian.” I said in realisation as I jumped to my feet. That’s why Bastien brought me here; this was all a distraction so Mr Jackson could get to them. I don’t know what he has planned, but I certainly wasn’t going to let him hurt them. They are good people; I can’t let them get hurt because of me.
“Thea no you can’t go after them. You took the book, and this is his retaliation.” Bastien said from behind me. “You don’t know what’s going on, you haven’t read the book.” I turned to face him.
“I don’t care Bastien, they are my friends.” I said and turned to run. I didn’t get very far though as within a second Bastien had his arms around me, restraining me, before I could do anything he stabbed a needle in to my arm, he released me just as the last of the liquid went in to my vein. “What have you done?” I screamed at him but I could feel my limbs going numb. I fell to the ground and the darkness flooded my vision.