The next few days consisted mainly of training. Smithy and Ryan were teaching everyone the best defence and attack technics and I was in charge of instructing everyone on how best to use their powers to the maximum extent without hurting themselves. I don’t think I need to mention the fact that it wasn’t easy. Brian, Abby, Julia, Sylvia and Derik were cooperative but Sophia and Jimmy argued constantly over the smallest things. It really wasn’t making things easy for me and I was losing my patience.
“Maybe we should take a break?” I said to everyone interrupting yet another argument between Sophia and Jimmy. “We will continue in an hour, get something to eat and have a rest.” I said and walked out of the room and headed towards Smithy’s office. I was only in there a few minutes when I heard footsteps approaching and then the door open.
“How long have you been in here?” Smithy asked me whilst closing the door.
“Not long.” I said in reply. There was a slight pause and then Smithy asked,
“Anything on your mind that you need to share?” He asked me.
“Sometimes I think that you have Brian’s power.” I said to him with a small smile. “Do you, I mean, ugh……” Smithy looked slightly surprised but recovered quickly; he had never heard me stumble over my words before. I met his eyes and just asked him straight out. “Smithy, do you believe in soul mates?” He thought for a moment before answering.
“Yes and no, I would like to believe that there is just that one person out there for each of us, and when we meet them we just know. But there is no way of telling, things don’t always work out the way we want them to. The only way to know is to take a leap of faith and just go for it.” I thought about Smithy’s answer, I was certain that he would say something along those lines. He waited for me to sort through my thoughts. I looked at him and I saw the questions in his eyes, questions that I knew he wouldn’t ask.
“Smithy, you could have found out anything about me that you wanted, I promised to tell the truth and I meant it. You have so many questions to ask me and that would have been the perfect time. Why didn’t you?” I asked him.
“If there is something I need to know about you, I trust that you will tell me in time. If you do not, then I don’t need to know.” He said.
“I was going to tell you about my power, I do trust you.” I tried to reassure him.
“I know. I am going to make an exception about not asking you anything, but only because I sense that you need to talk it out with someone. And as I am, I will say nothing if you wish to make an exception to your promise of telling the truth.” He said and I nodded for him to continue, I think I know what is coming anyway. “What is going on with Bastien? I know you, you wouldn’t go off with just anyone and definitely not after I had called you on an urgent matter. What’s going on Thea?” He asked.
“Smithy, it’s so very difficult to explain……but I will try. When I am near him I get this……tingling feeling, along my skin, I don’t know what it is but it grows stronger the closer we get.” I said.
“And that’s why you asked about soul mates.” Smithy said and I nodded. “How long has this been going on?” He asked.
“Since a few days after I started at that College.” I said.
“And……how err close…….” He cleared his throat before he continued. “Have you gotten? I’m sorry but I have to ask, I need to know how far this has gone.” He said looking really awkward.
“It hasn’t gotten that far.” I said and he looked relieved, this conversation had turned rather awkward rather quickly. I was actually having the sex talk with Smithy. I know that he acts like a sort of father figure with me sometimes but this I was not expecting.
“Do you know if he gets that feeling as well?” Smithy asked.
“I think so yes, he seemed surprised when he first noticed it.” I said.
“Ok so we know that-“ He began but was cut off by shouting outside. “What the hell is going on now?” He asked looking rather annoyed.
“Probably Abby’s father and grandmother arguing again.” I replied and sighed at the thought.
“That doesn’t sound like their voices.” Smithy said. “That sounds like Ryan.” He said as we walked out of his office and towards the shouting. I listened carefully towards the other voice. We turned in to the room and saw Ryan towering over Mr Jackson. They stopped arguing when we entered the room.
“What’s going on?” Both Smithy and I asked in unison.
“I am just letting you know about your only hope of survival.” Mr Jackson said to Smithy.
“And what would that be?” I asked him, I couldn’t read his mind as he was wearing that stupid amulet again, preventing me access to his thoughts.
“I think I’ve got a pretty good idea what he’s come to say.” Smithy said, whatever it was though, he didn’t look pleased. Mr Jackson turned to me.
“The only way for your friends to survive this, is if either they hand you over to us or you come to us willingly.” He said.
“Not happening.” Smithy said sharply. “If the only other way to resolve this is to fight, then we will, and we will win.” He said with a note of finality in his voice.
“What about you Thea?” My Jackson asked me. “Are you willing to sacrifice your friends in order to save your own skin?” He taunted me.
“What makes you so sure you will win? You pretend to know so much about me, and yet, if you truly knew the extent of my powers, you wouldn’t dare threaten me. I am after all, unbeatable.” I said coldly.
“You have no idea how big my army-“
“It doesn’t matter, we will still win.” I interrupted him. “And besides, I am not forcing anyone here to fight; they can always just leave and not be part of it. They are here by choice; we don’t need to resort to bribery.” I said to him. He raised one, thick eyebrow at my reply. “I know a lot more than you think I do. Don’t even begin to think that I am not aware that your main reason for coming here is so that you can find out our numbers and how much information we do actually know.” I told him.
“You can’t possibly know all that, the amulet-“ He began.
“Only prevents me from reading your mind. But you are so very predictable.” I cut him off.
“Well I can see that you have made up your mind, I shall go now.” He said, and with that, he left without a backwards glance. When he was gone, Ryan turned to me.
“Why didn’t we just kill him while he was here?” He asked me. I was about to answer but Smithy beat me to it.
“He was wearing a wire, his entire ‘army’, as he blatantly puts it, were lying in wait, so if we attacked him, they would just burst right in.” He explained.
“If they were right outside, why didn’t they just attack us now, when we’re not ready?” Derik asked.
“I do not know.” Smithy stated truthfully.