After everyone had eaten and tended to their wounds, they all started to make somewhat of a semi-circle around me. A few people were still chatting amongst themselves but after a few minutes everyone was seated, and all attention was on me. I was a little worried as to what everyone would ask, guaranteed there will be questions that I won’t want to answer, but I promised them the truth and the truth they will get. I looked around at all the faces, they all looked expectant and I had no idea where to begin.
“I knew she wouldn’t tell us anything.” Abby’s father Jimmy said to everyone harshly.
“I was just merely thinking of where to begin.” I said to him calmly. Abby and Brian came and stood by my sides, resting their hands on my shoulders to show their support.
“You don’t have to do this Thea.” Abby said to me softly.
“It‘s fine, I did promise after all.” I said and she nodded.
“You blew up our house so we could all get away without any more people dying didn’t you?” Julia, Abby’s mother asked me and I nodded. “Won’t the neighbours call the police after they heard the explosion?” She asked.
“No, I used magic so the only people that could see and hear the blast was us and the guards, I couldn’t let anyone see your house being blown to pieces otherwise it would look suspicious when I restored it. Which I have already done, by the way.” I told her and she looked surprised.
“You managed to restore it from this distance away?” Sophia asked me and I nodded. “That’s pretty impressive.” She added.
“Especially for a mind reader. So what actually are you?” Jimmy asked me, out of the corner of my eye I saw Abby look at me with wide eyes, she remembered what I had told her, and she knew how important it was for it not to get out. Her look didn’t go unnoticed by her father though.
“Abby, you know don’t you?” Jimmy asked her but she said nothing. “Oh my, you do.” He added after a moment. I saw Smithy look at me and I didn’t need to read his thoughts to know what he was thinking, I had told Abby before him, and I had known him for years. No doubt he felt a little betrayed by that.
“My power, will not be one that any of you have heard of before.” I began whilst I looked around at all of the curious faces. “The best way that I can explain it is that any power that I have come in contact with, I can use.” I said to them.
“So you take other people’s powers?” Brian’s father asked me.
“No, the person with the power is not affected in the slightest; I can use their power anytime I want without them realising or feeling any different what so ever.” I said and everyone looked shocked.
“I have never heard of such a power.” Sophia said.
“This explains so much.” Smithy said. “So the day I met you, that’s how-?” He left the question hanging and I nodded.
“And that’s how you managed to help me with the guards when you were rescuing us?” Brian asked and I nodded.
I could tell that Brian was curious about something but he didn’t want to question me about it.
“Go ahead Brian; I did say that I would answer everyone’s questions.” I said to him, he looked at me, asking me with his eyes to make sure that I was certain. I nodded.
“What was that house that you drew in art class? We were supposed to draw our home, and when I asked you about it you just avoided the question.” He asked me.
“What house?” Smithy asked me and I sighed. I held my hand out palm facing up, and conjured up the piece of paper that I drew the house on. When Smithy saw it he looked at my questioningly, he of course recognised the house straight away, but had no idea why I would draw that as my home.
“Abby, do you remember when I told you about the family that adopted me?” I asked her.
“The ones that were killed by rogues?” She asked and I nodded.
“Well there is something I didn’t tell you about when they died.”
“Surprise surprise.” Jimmy said sarcastically. I ignored him and continued.
“The people who killed them, weren’t after them, they were after me. They fought to protect me and to distract them so I could escape. They knew that they wouldn’t win the fight, they knew they were going to die.” I said.
“But why didn’t you fight with them? I’ve seen how you fight, you could’ve taken them.” Brian’s father asked me. “And you are very powerful, and even if your only power was mind reading that still would’ve given you an advantage.” He said.
“I was young when they attacked, there were hundreds of them and I was a lot less powerful then, I was still figuring out my powers. Even with my help, we wouldn’t have stood a chance.” I said. “So, leaving them behind, I ran. I had no idea where I was going, just that I had to get away. When I thought that I was safe, I looked for a place to stay.”
I looked down at the piece of paper in my hand, my eyes travelled over the drawing, and my thoughts drifted back to that day. I remember the smell of fear and determination coming from the people who had quickly become my family. They were willing to fight for me, even though I was not related to them. I remember them fighting for my life, whilst I just ran. I remember the battle cries, the blood, the death. But what I remember the most, is that it was all my fault.
“This quickly became my home, no one was likely to stop there for the night in passing, it wouldn’t be the place that anyone would suspect that I would stay, and that made it perfect for what I needed.” I said.
“But what did you do for food?” Brian’s father asked me.
“I hunted animals in the forest.” I said simply.
“How long were you there for?” Brian asked me.
“Five years, maybe more. I’m not entirely sure about the time frame; I had no way of keeping track.” I said to them.
“Why were the rogues after you?” Ryan asked me.
“I have no idea, I have been trying to find out, but have found nothing.” I said.
“So what made you decide to leave?” Abby asked me and I laughed at the new memory that came to mind.
“Well that was when I first met Smithy.” I said and looked at him.
“We were looking for a place to have meetings where we wouldn’t be interrupted, and wouldn’t be found easily. We thought it was the perfect place, an abandoned house out in the woods, we presumed no one would be living there because of the sorry state it was in.” He said. “We certainly got one hell of a shock when we went inside.” He added.
“I was upstairs when I heard the door open, and then footsteps on the creaky floorboards.” I said.
“We were scoping the place out to make sure there was indeed no one living there.” Smithy added in.
“Your people were really noisy.” I said to him remembering that day.
I traced a large square in the air and brought it to life as if it were a TV screen. I joined mine and Smithy’s memories together so the others could see what happened. Smithy said a few things as the memory went on, to explain what was happening.
“Half of my team went upstairs and I was with the team patrolling downstairs. We declared the downstairs as clear but the half that went upstairs didn’t respond when we contacted them on their radios. I went upstairs and all of the rooms were completely empty! I had no idea where my team had gone, they had completely disappeared! I was so confused.”
The memories played like a film, it showed everything that Smithy was explaining.
It showed Smithy turning around so he could leave the room and I jumped down behind him and attacked him. Within a few seconds I had Smithy kneeling on the floor with his hands pinned behind his back. By then the rest of his team had realised that something was wrong and had ventured upstairs, they came in to the room where I had hold of Smithy. I pulled him up so his body shielded mine.
“Don’t shoot! I’ll kill him before you get the chance.” The much younger me said to Smithy’s team. They had pretended to go along with it, but I could see the amusement in their eyes. I read their minds and they presumed that Smithy was faking it, and that they didn’t need to worry because surely their leader would be able to take down a little girl. A vicious snarl left my lips in result of their thoughts.
“Don’t underestimate her; she’s already taken out half the team.” Smithy said to them.
“But she’s only a child.” One of them stated in reply and I growled fiercely at him.
“Shut up Chris.” Smithy said to him. “Look, we don’t mean you any harm.” He said to me.
“Oh really? The weapons say otherwise.” I hissed.
“Drop your guns.” Smithy said to his men, they hesitated for a second but then did as they were told.
“I said weapons not just guns, for instance the blades that you all have hidden in your boots, the miniature lasers, and while you’re at it, get rid of your radios as well.” I demanded. The men looked to Smithy and he nodded, instructing them to do what I had said. I leant down and chucked Smithy’s radio, knife and phone to the side of the room.
“Do you trust that we don’t wish to harm you now?” Smithy asked me.
“No.” I said bluntly.
“I don’t know anything else we can do to prove to you-“
“Why are you in my house?” I interrupted sharply.
“We didn’t know you lived here, we thought it was abandoned.” Smithy said to me.
“Who sent you? Why are you rogues after me?” I asked them.
“We are not rogues; we are the police.” Smithy said, trying to reassure me.
“I don’t believe you.” I said.
“My badge is clipped to my belt.” He said simply. I reached round and grabbed it; I studied it closely before replying.
“Could be fake.” I said.
“Well I’m sure you have some way of finding that out yourself.” He said and I tensed. Did this mean he did know who I was? He seemed to know that I was a mind reader, so he must know the rest as well. “Calm down, I can sense what type of super natural you are. We have no clue who you really are.” He added.
“You should leave.” I said bluntly.
“Let us help you.”
“I don’t need your help.” I almost growled.
“We could help you find your family.” Smithy said and I paused, caught up in my own thoughts. Keeping one of my hands around his wrists behind his back, I wrapped my other arm around his neck.
“My family are dead.” I said in a whisper. As soon as the words left my lips the air seemed to grow colder.
“Sir, enemy approaching.” One of his men said to Smithy. I released Smithy and turned towards the people who just transported in to the room and growled at them.
“We have been looking for you for a long time.” They said to me, I recognised the leader from one of my visions, he had ordered the attack on my family.
“Congratulations, you’ve found me. Your reward is death.” And just as I said that I lunged forward and sliced my extended nails across his throat, slicing a major artery, and killing him instantly. I attacked the rogue nearest to me, taking him out as well. I killed three more and was just turning around when I heard a shout.
“Look out!” I turned and saw that Smithy had grabbed hold of one of the rogues just before he could slice my head off. He gripped each side of his head, and twisted it sideways, snapping his neck.
“Thank you.” I said to Smithy.
“You’re welcome; do you believe me when I say that we don’t mean you any harm now?” He asked me.
“You may not, but your people back at the office will try and use my powers against me.” I said to him.
“Ok, well we can work something out. I’m not just going to leave you out here with no protection.”
With a click of my fingers the screen vanished and everyone’s attention came back to me and Smithy.
“What did you do after that?” Abby asked.
“Well I could see the fear in her eyes when we mentioned taking her in to civilisation, no matter how hard she tried to hide it. So we made sure she always had guards there to protect her. I worked with her to adapt her powers and when she was older we introduced her to the city where we worked.” Smithy explained.
“So you’re telling me, that she managed to pin you down?” Jimmy asked Smithy.
“That is correct.”
“But she looked about seven years old! And you’re a vampire.” Jimmy said.
“Yes, I never really did understand how she could be so strong. But she was never very forthcoming with information.” He explained with a smile at the memory of how difficult I was. “I finally know how she did it now. You can also use vampire’s strength against them can’t you?” He asked me and I nodded.
“So why did you draw that as your home?” Brian asked.
“After that I moved around a lot. It was the longest I had ever stayed in one place. As odd as it may sound, it’s the last ‘proper’ home I’ve had.” I said.
“No.” Jimmy said and I looked up confused.
“But she’s told us so much, it’s the least we can do.” Julia said to him.
“I said no.” Jimmy said bluntly.
“If you don’t then I will.” Sophia said.
“What’s going on?” Abby asked but no one said anything. “Mum? Dad?” She asked but they wouldn’t even meet her gaze. She turned to Sophia. “Grandma?”
“The College thinks that your friend is evil.” She said to Abby.
“What? Why would they think that?” She asked shocked. Sophia looked at me.
“They found out about you years ago when they found a rogue who was searching for you. They tortured them for information but all they got was a name. They followed a trail but it only got them so far. They hired private investigators to try and find out more, and to steal the book.” She explained.
“The book they stole from us?” Smithy asked and she nodded. “But what has the book got to do with Thea?” He asked confused and that got me thinking about something that Bastien had said to me. ‘“You don’t know what’s going on, you haven’t read the book.”’ He had said, I have gotten part way through it but I have only found some spells so far.
“Have you not read all of it?” Sophia asked me and I shook my head. “Ok, I guess I will just have to tell you the importance of it then.” She cleared her throat and began.
“There is a certain story that is told by many. This story has been told since the beginning of time and will continue being told for years to come. This story begins in a Kingdom, where a beautiful child was born, they named her Alie. The baby girl had glowing blonde hair and bright blue eyes. She was the greatest gift the King and his wife could ever wish for.
But the morning after her 4th birthday when her parents went to wake her they got a frightful shock, as the little girl that was lying in the bed did not have beautiful, long, blonde hair. She had fiery red hair that fell to her shoulders and unnatural, blood red eyes!” Sophia looked at me when she said the description and I nodded for her to continue.
“Her parents didn’t know what to do, they thought a curse had been put on their daughter and sent for the best priest at once. Although the priest tried every prayer and blessing, the child stayed looking as she did. That afternoon, after the priest left a woman appeared. She wore a long white gown, which was at great contrast to her beautiful, red hair; she had glowing white skin and piercing eyes. She strode right in to the King’s home and marched right up to the couple.
“Hand me back my daughter you retched beast!” She said with venom in her tone. They didn’t know what to make of the woman; the King had certainly never been spoken to in such a manner before.
“Who are you and what are you talking about?” the King demanded. “We do not have your daughter.”
“Do you really think that child is your dear little Alie?” The woman said motioning to the child.
“Well she is certainly not your child.” The woman insisted that the children had been switched over the course of the night. The King and his wife just stood firm and protected their child.
“Do not challenge me on this. You will regret it.” The strange woman threatened. But the King would not listen. The woman reached around the King, faster than anyone’s eyes could follow and touched the child with the tip of her fingers. The child disappeared.
“What have you done with my child?” demanded the King.
“Well we weren’t going to agree, so now neither of us can have her. I have sent her to another time” replied the woman simply.
The King didn’t understand but she didn’t care. “And I will prove to you one day, no matter if it takes me all of eternity that she is my child.” And with that she left, and was never seen again. That anyone knows about. The King had all of his men out searching but of course the child was never found. The ending of the story has yet to happen. Every supernatural has heard of the story, and none have managed to find the missing girl. Or find out who’s the child actually was.” Sophia came to the end of the story and looked at me.
“How have I never heard of this story?” I asked her.
“I would guess it would be because you have never had anyone to tell you it.” She said. “They think you are the little girl that the woman sent to another time.” She added.
“But that’s impossible!” Abby said and then she looked to me. “Thea, that’s impossible, right?” She asked. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Smithy looking at me, I met his eyes.
“Mr Jackson said something about your eyes. I know I said that I didn’t need to know what it was but-“
“It’s fine.” I interrupted him. I raised my hands to my face, and began removing my contacts. Once they were removed, I kept my gaze down so no one could see. I looked up and heard several gasps.
“So you are her.” Brian’s father said.
“It seems likely.” I replied and then I remembered something. “But Sophia, you said everyone thinks I’m evil. Just from that story alone they can’t think that surely.”
“They also know that you fight and kill rogues. I guess that adding those together they have come to that conclusion.” She said.
I tried to rap my head around this new bit of information about myself that everyone seemed to know about except me. What does this mean? Is my mother dead now? And what about my father? And what happened to the Kind and his wife? And their daughter Alie? Was any of this actually true or is it just a coincidence? So many questions were going through my mind and I didn’t know how I was going to get the answers for any of them.
“We figured you already knew about where you came from.” Sophia said.
“So how many people actually know about this?” I asked her and she hesitated before answering.
“The parents of every child that attends that College.” She said.
“Why would they all know?” I asked confused.
“That’s the reason their child would be attending. Thea, that College is to train the students how to kill you.” She explained.
“What?!” Brian, Abby, Ryan and Smithy all shouted at once.
“That’s what the College was built for.” Sophia added. I couldn’t believe what she was saying. A College was seriously built just so people could learn how to kill me? Did they really hate me that much?
“Why did you never tell me this?” Abby accused her parents.
“That was part of the deal; we weren’t allowed to tell you until you were ready. We are really sorry sweetie; we really did think she was evil.” Julia explained. She turned to me, “I really am truly sorry.” She said.
“It’s ok.” I said to her.
“No it’s not.” Ryan said angrily.
“Ryan, they weren’t to know.” I said trying to calm him down.
“I don’t care! They still shouldn’t have been a part of this!” He shouted in my face.
“Well if they weren’t then we would never have known about this!” I shouted back and he started to see my reasoning. “If it weren’t for them telling us then we would still be in the darks.” I added, no longer shouting. I had to think of a way to get us all out of this, they wouldn’t just be after me now, they would try and hurt Abby, Brian and their families, Smithy, Ryan and anyone else who stood in their way. They had been planning this for years now, how the hell was I supposed to figure this out by myself?
“Are you ok?” Smithy asked my softly and I nodded.
“Yeah, I’m just trying to figure this out, how I’m going to solve this without more people getting hurt. I said to him.
“I think you mean how are we going to figure this out.” He said looking me straight in the eyes.
“No Smithy you’ve done enough, you all have. It’s time for me to face the music.” I said.
“Thea will you stop trying to be the hero all the time? We’re here for you, we all are. We aren’t going to let you go through this alone. We’ll stand by you no matter what.” Brian said to me sincerely.
“No, I can’t risk you getting hurt-“
“Why are you always so ready to sacrifice yourself to save others?” Brian interrupted me.
“It’s what I do.” I said simply.
“Is she always this difficult?” He asked Smithy and he nodded.
“She never was very good at working with a team, and when she does she is always leading them.” He said. I could tell that Brian wasn’t going to back down. All of these people, willing to help me. I looked at each of them in turn, Abby’s parents looked apologetic but ready to fight, even her Grandma looked like she was in for the long run, Brian’s parents looked exactly the same. Then there were the three brave fighters: Robert Blake, Simon Hitson and Ron Mikey, who before this day had never met me, knew absolutely nothing about me, and yet were still willing to fight to the death for me if need be. Then there was Smithy and Ryan, Smithy was the same as usual, stubborn, caring and always in control. Ryan was young, loved the thrill of danger and the adrenalin of the fight, he was a very caring person and yet a ruthless fighter.
I was standing with a group of people, some that I had known for years, others who I had only known for a few months, and others I had known for a day. What was it that went through their heads that would make them so determined to help me? I know that I should decline their help, go it alone no matter how much they protested, but something held me back, it was nice to know that all these people were willing to help me, no matter how different our worlds were, I would need all the help I could get for the upcoming fight, and to be honest, I was a little afraid of what was to come. A feeling spread through my body, one of dread and weariness, made me wonder what we faced in the near future.