Chapter 1: The Weird Stares
“Mom, are we there yet?” Charlie whines from his booster.
“Charlie, for the last time will you sit still!? We are almost there hunny, just a little more.” my mother sighs and rubs her forehead softly.
Charlie whines even more than huffs before slapping Liam, his twin brother, and crossing his arms over his chest. I shake my head and keep playing on my phone. I hear Anna in the back talking to one of her friends, complaining about moving so much. I shake my head as I hear her wish that our father just would quit his job. Like he would ever. I grimace as the thought passes my mind. Dad was always moving us as his job had him relocating too many times to count. We never stayed in one place for too long, however this one he says is the one where we will be the longest.
I’m tired of moving around. I’m sixteen I should be able to make friends and have “girl time”, whatever that is. But I stayed away from socializing too much, knowing I would never see the town again after we left it. I look up from my phone and see mom staring at me, I raise an eyebrow before looking back down to continue playing Call of Duty.
“Alec stop!” I shake my head as Anna screams while Alec taunts her.
I roll my eyes.
“Mia?” I pause my game and look up.
“We are here.” My dad says peaking through his door at me before closing it.
I look out the window and see that our new house was decent and had an entry to the forest right behind it. I bite my lip as I pocket my phone and grab Charlie and Liam from their seats letting them down on the pavement before I get out the car myself.
“Start grabbing your stuff kids.” dad says as he starts grabbing boxes that go to the kitchen.
I grab my backpack and sling it over my shoulders and hand Charlie a little bag of his before grabbing a box of mine. I sigh and hold the box tightly as I enter the house. An L shaped couch was placed in the living room with a glass table but it still looked pretty empty. Mom was going to have fun decorating, shaking my head, I find the stairs that are in the small hallway next to the kitchen and head up. Alec had picked the room closest to the stairs and charlie had picked the one across from him. Anna picked the one that was next to the twins room and I picked the room that was next to Alec.
After everything was settled in my room, I left it to search for Anna.
“Anna are you in here?” I peak into her room, it was a light blue color with fairy lights dangling from the ceiling.
I quirk an eyebrow at her style and shake my head before leaving the empty room. I hear charlie wailing from downstairs and quickly head down.
“I want gummy bears! Why can’t I have gummy bears!” the twins start running around the house knocking things over.
“Liam! Charlie! Stop it right now or the monster under your bed is going to eat you tonight!” Anna threatens them.
They stop instantly and stare at her.
“Your gonna let the monsters eat us?” they ask.
She smirks and nods before leaving the room back upstairs. The twins glare at her as she leaves and Alec and I stare at each other, holding our laughter back.
“You kids will be the death of me.” mom says dramatically as she puts her hand over her heart.
I shake my head at her before heading to the living room. Most of it was finished now. I start looking through the boxes for school supplies to ready my bag for our first day tomorrow. I see Alec from the corner of my eye come in as I throw a couple notebooks into the bag.
“I don’t want to be here.” he sighs.
“Me neither. Just deal with it, your about to turn eighteen, remember our deal?” he shakes his head yes before readying his own bag.
“Bro. Get up!” I hear Alec yell into my ear.
I wake up slowly raising the middle finger up to him. Mumbling I’m up under my breath. I slowly rise up lifting a hand through my hair before stripping out of my clothes and putting on new ones. I put a little bit of makeup on before putting my shoes on. Grabbing my backpack I set it next to the bathroom across the hall and quickly brush my teeth.
“Move it.” Alec lightly pushes me to fit himself in. I give him a side glare as I continue to brush my teeth.
After I’m done I sling the backpack over my shoulder and head downstairs where everyone is sitting at the table eating. I grab an apple and head for the seat at the end of the table.
“You kids have everything you need for school?” dad questions as he looks at something on his phone.
I nod at the question not really wanting to verbally talk. I munch on my apple waiting for Alec to finish. He catches my stare and gets up putting his plate in the sink. He nods his head towards the door and I head out behind him saying nothing.
“It can’t be that bad.” Alec states as we stare at our new school.
I shrug. “Let’s just get the damn day over with.”
He nods and we head towards the main doors and find the office on the right of those doors. We enter and Alec asks the lady for our schedules, stating that we are the new kids. She stares up at Alec for a few seconds with a weird stare and I bring my gaze to the floor not wanting to look at the other workers who seemed to have been staring weirdly at us too.
“Here’s your schedules have a good day.” she says quickly.
Alec hands me my schedule and I groan as I see what the schedule consisted of.
“Econ, first period. Literature, second period. Calculus, third Period. Humanities, fourth Period. P.E, is my last period. You’ve got to be kidding me.” I whine under my breath.
“It’ll be fine. Good Luck.” Alec says walking away, straight into the crowd that flocked the halls.
You can't just leave me.” I grumble under my breath.
I look at the class room number for the first period and head down the corridor ignoring the stares coming from people. I put my hood over my head and start searching for the class. 311, 313, 315, 318. I head down the next corridor which was empty and a bit dark. I see room 323 and head in. I lift the hood off momentarily and see the professor already staring at me. I sigh and head towards him.
“Hi. My name is Mia Henderson. Can you tell me where I can sit?” I ask him.
“There is a seat in the back. The last row. The chair next to the window.”
I thank him quickly and head towards the back quickly sitting down and taking out a notebook. I stare at his board for a minute and see some equations written on it, but no answers. I didn’t want to fall behind so I begin to write into the notebook answering the questions as the room stays quiet. The period hasn’t started but I’m glad cause I wasn’t feeling ready for the weird stares.
Why was everyone staring at us weird. Did we have something on our faces that demanded attention? I internally groan as I hear people beginning to pile in and a commotion begins but not even seconds later it all stops. I don’t want to look up so I keep to myself answering the questions slightly gazing up from the corner of my eye to see if the man had put any more problems up. But as I looked from the corner of my eye I see everyone sitting but staring in my direction. I shake my head slightly and keep doing my work. I notice a few mistakes in my calculations and quickly redo them.
“Alright class. Let’s begin.”
The man literally begins class talking about gibberish, but I make sure to note down everything that he talks about. He brings up two different books we are supposed to be reading, so I jot down the names quickly and raise my head up to see him writing world problem scenarios on the board.
“So... If there is a disease spreading around and essential things are limited what would we need to do and who would receive those benefits?” he questions looking around the room.
Everyone starts butting out answers and rebuttals to answer. I just sit and stare amused at the answers. They weren’t wrong it was just weirdly answered. That at one point I had no idea if we were talking about a disease or poison anymore. The professor begins to write something quickly on the board without saying anything and I quickly write it down seeing that it is a homework assignment on witch ash and a plan of portioning in case of a war. What the utter fuck...is this class. I shake my head. I’ve always hated econ.
The bell rings to go and I slowly pack my bag waiting for everyone to leave. As the class begins to become more empty I quickly get up and head towards the door. However, Mr. Baxtor calls out. I turn around quickly.
“You need to start answering within the scenarios, even if they are weird to you.” he demands and turns back to his papers on the desk.
I quirk an eyebrow as I glare at the man before leaving, not uttering a word back for a response. I quickly head to the next class and shudder at the fact that there would already be people there. I quickly speed up passing a couple people before entering the literature classroom.
“You must be Henderson.” I nod my head in reply to the teacher without meeting her eye or anyone’s at that.
“Go sit next to Uri.” she simply states while giving me a glare.
I raise an eyebrow silently questioning who that is. She sees the action and lifts her finger pointing in a direction. I shrug and see the boy she's pointing at. I sit in the seat farthest from him as I see that there are three seats at each table. I grab another notebook out and begin to write the things in the board before leaning an ear into listen to what she is saying. She began talking about two books that when she explained them sounded like a world of werewolves. Was this woman actually talking about wolf men? I sat there amused for the whole class as she talked about the legend of Lycaon and a wolf woman who saved her child by killing herself in a wolf war. I loved werewolf books don’t get me wrong I could sit here all day and talk about it. This was just weird though. We are in literature not in werewolf 101.
Economics talked about more survival than money wise situations and now literature class sounded more like a history upon werewolves. I hate the new town but I’m definitely starting to like classes. The door to the class opened and everyone went silent, I once again didn’t look up just kept my head down staring at my notes and playing with the pencil in my hand twisting it around.
“Your late Caden.” she grumbles.
He doesn’t say anything. But I hear his footsteps coming closer. The seat between me and that Uri guy is moved and I grimace as the boy named Caden sits next to me. I keep quiet without looking at him and listen to the teacher as she keeps on going with the lecture. She asks us what would be the moral of whatever story she was talking about and I once again don’t answer I just listen to the answers given by others.
“Alright please remember to do your homework. I want no slackers in my class.” the last part said a little louder.
I glare staring at the table as I knew the last comment was towards me.
“When are they going to deal with the threat?” someone whispers from behind.
I put my stuff away and head out of the classroom quickly. I start walking to the last class before lunch, but someone blocks my way. I stop and try to step the other way but the person keeps getting in my way. I slowly look up and quirk an eyebrow. I wait for the girl to say something but she says nothing as she glances me up and down. I begin to tap my foot on the floor, beginning to get irritated by the blond bimbo. I mumble incoherent phrases under my breath before putting my shoulder against her and moving her to the side as I resume walking to my next class. I wasn’t going to do any socializing, I don’t care for the bullying. Wouldn’t be the first time.
I take the schedule out to make sure I am going to the right room as I search for the Calculus class. I shudder at the thought of actually having to sit in a math room for a whole hour. I was more of a biology kid, but since I loved that topic so much I had already finished those required courses. I wish I hadn’t, math was Alec’s forte not mine. I open the classroom door, the annoying bells that I hadn’t noticed on the door jingle and I internally groan wanting them to stop. So much for trying to be decently quiet.
“Henderson, nice to see you again.” I look up and sigh as I realize the Econ professor was now my math professor.
Peachy. Fucking fabulous. What else could go wrong.
I give him a nod before he points to the table in the front that was the only seat left untouched. Everyone else seemed to be all here so I quickly sat down, not wanting to gain any attention. But then again, new student, attention was hard not to be given. I grab a notebook, but see no equations on the board. Everyone was writing on something, so I slowly look back up to the professor, raising an eyebrow. I groan and raise my hand.
“Can I get the handout?” I quietly ask.
He nods and quickly hands me the handout before sitting back down. He did not even talk. So how the hell was I supposed to do this without having instructions. No instructions on the paper none on the board just great. Life loves me so much. How did everyone else know what to do? I grumble and try my best to complete the sheet.
“When do you think the humans will leave?” someone whispers.
“I don’t know, they’ll deal with them. We just need to act normal.”
What? Humans? They? We are in the fucking mountains with a town full of a bunch of lunatics. I stopped myself from speaking up, glad that I had my hoodie covering my face. This people are something else. Was it the whole town or just this school? First the weird lectures and now the weird comments, its as if we were in a town that lived within a fantasy.
“This handout is due tomorrow. No excuses. I don’t care.” Mr. Baxtor states.
I nod and slowly my supplies away and heading out. I wanted out of this place already. I see Alec not to far off and walk his way. Once I’m close I grab onto his arm. He looks down and smiles at me.
“Let’s go before anymore people start to stare at us. Are we aliens? I swear we didn’t kidnap anyone! Mia this place is fucking weird!” Alec exclaims.
I shake my head at his dumb questions and he pulls me to the cafeteria sitting us at a table not to far from the door. We sit down opposite of each other as he stares me down. He stares at me and starts talking with eye movements. Alec and I a couple of years ago made up a language without talking verbally, so that no one could understand what we were saying. It was the only way we could keep secrets from the rest of the family.
‘So, how was your day?’ he asks as his fingers tap the table rapidly.
‘The days not over yet, but it has been rather weird. I’d rather not talk about it.’
‘At least you don’t have any group projects yet. I have a project coming up and this boy won’t let me do any of it.’ his eyebrows flare and he looks rather pissed as we stare at each other.
‘Well, I mean at least you don’t have to do anything. Sit back and relax.’ I shrug at him.
He glares and stiffens for a minute before relaxing.
‘Are you hungry?’ he asks.
‘Do you think this school is as weird as I think it is? I know we are new and all but does everyone really have to stare at us like we are a new fresh piece of meat waiting to be taken from the first shelf!?’ he shakes his head at the thought and grumbles out loud under his breath about them looking at us like were some different species like aliens.
I snap my fingers to catch his attention as he was looking at the table.
‘Are you hungry? Go get something.’ I nod my head towards the massive line.
He frowns and shakes his head before pulling out apple juice and three granola bars.
“I’ll survive.” he grunts out and passes me a granola bar.
I roll my eyes as I open it up and start munching on one of the halves.
“Hi!” I go wide eyed and stop chewing as someone sits down next to Alec.
I move my eyes quickly between the two. My anxiety was feeding in so I quickly swallow my food and slowly breathe in and out. I glare at Alec. Now was not the time for new people.
‘Who is that?’ I ask silently.
‘I don’t know’ he shrugs.
I keep my glare on him before going back to my food and tugging my hoodie further over my head. I hear Alec gulp before he speaks up.
“Do you need something?” he asks politely.
“Does your girlfriend know how to talk?” she questions with a small smirk.
Alec stares at her confused and I raise an eyebrow keeping my gaze on the table waiting for him to reply to the girl. I hear him wheeze before he begins laughing out loud, causing others to stare at us. Great Alec, just great. I shake my head at the girl and a grin slowly reaches my face.
“She’s not my girlfriend. She’s my sister.” he stares at her amused.
“Oh...I’m sorry. My names Helissa. It’s nice to meet you!” she all but squeals.
The grin leaves my face and I frown. Alec talks to her for a while as I slide my phone out of my pocket and start playing Call of Duty. Talking wasn’t my thing. If Alec wants to vibe, I’m happy for him, I like to keep to myself. I don’t need friends. being alone was better than making friends when at the end I’ll leave them behind in a couple months top anyway.
“Does she really not talk though?” she asks again.
I roll my eyes and my brother just shrugs. She’s a little to persistent with wanting to know so I block her voice out and stand up. Alec stares at me warily and gives the look ‘don’t you dare leave me with her.’ I shrug at his demand and I watch as he kisses his teeth before speaking.
“I’ll wait for you in the car after school.” he says.
I nod and head out the doors and turn the corner and go through the large doors that were they entryway to the gym. There gym was massive. I stare at it in amazement as I walk forward. I see a woman in spandex and a fit t-shirt. She catches my stare and glares in my direction. I instantly glance elsewhere, uncomfortable to her stare.
“DON’T JUST STARE HENDERSON. GET CHANGED!” I look back up and glare at her before heading towards what looks like the changing rooms.
The one on my side was the woman’s so I walk in and see no one their so quickly go to the last locker that had no lock and changed into some shorts. I bend down and tighten my shoes, I leave the bag in the locker and close it before heading back out into the gym. I get startled as the coach is waiting for me on the side.
“Your gonna do laps this period. All period. The track is on the second floor. You got it?” I stare at her as she gives me instructions and nod.
She mumbles something under her breath about me being a weakling. The woman doesn’t even direct me at all just walks away after ordering me to do stuff. I shake my head and look around. I start to see kids coming in talking and finally see a set of stairs. I head towards them making sure to stay silently as possible and away from the others. Once I reach the second floor, I see the track, the coach woman was talking about. I sit down and do some warm ups so I don’t tire out to fast.
I hear her speaking to the others but don’t look down and I start my laps. I jog them not to run the laps. I look down as I jog and see the others were actually doing suicides across the gym. I shake my head and pick up my speed a bit as I make another lap around the track. I feel a pinch in my chest but begin to breathe slowly trying to keep the pinch from being too much. I still had the whole class period to go.
I start to think about when my pains in my chest began and cringe as I jog. I was born with a atrial septal defect. In other words, I was slowly dying due to a hole in my heart that gave more complications to my body everyday. Doing laps like this was pushing it for me, but I’m not just gonna stop, I need to work on myself.
“Coach Sims is gonna end up killing that poor girl.” the blond bimbo says as she watches me from the first floor.
The boy next to her agrees.
“I wonder when the Alphas will get rid of them. The humans never stick around for too long anyway.” the boy says.
“What are you to doing?! Run laps now!” coach screams.
I look down as my breath becomes messy and see what the yelling is all about. I shake my head and gulp trying to grasp for air. My vision gets blurry but I shake it away and push myself just a little more.
“Mom wants us to go buy milk for the boys.” Anna appears in my room as I do the calculus handout.
I put my pencil down and grab my purse.
“Lets go.” I say as I jog down the stairs.
“Can we come?” Charlie asks.
“No. Anna let’s go.” I demand and grab the keys before heading out.
“I slide into the car and Anna follows shortly after with Charlie. My eyes almost bulge out of my sockets.
I grip onto the steering wheel as Liam also hops in.
“I thought I told you no?” I glare at charlie.
“Mom told us we can go.”
I sigh and turn the car on and head to Walmart. I tell the boys not to make any mess or any trouble and Anna tells them that if they do the monster under their beds will eat them. I smirk at her as I park before unbuckling my seat belt. I grab the boy’s hands and head inside the store.
“Liam! What did I just tell you?” I whisper harshly.
“But I want-!” I grab him before he can finish his sentence and head straight to the back of the store to get the milk.
“But I want nothing Liam. If your not going to listen I’m going to drag you out of the store by your feet!” I said as I get a better grip on the five year old holding him at my waist.
I watch as Charlie runs and see that he’s about to ram into a freezer door someone is holding open. I stare at him with my eyes widening in horror. I quickly rush forward and stick my hand out and it smacks Charlie’s forehead. I shake my head at him and Anna apologizes to the old man that looks at us as if we had four heads. I bow slightly and go around him quickly following Anna to the Milk isle. I had a bad habit of bowing when being apologetic to people, I had to stop watching so much Korean dramas.
Anna grabs the red capped milk and we turn around quickly heading to the front to get in line. The boys try and grab everything they see and I slowly breathe to keep calm as I tug them back every time. We head to the self check out to make it faster. With the two big babies in my hand I grab my wallet and hand it to Anna to pay for the milk. I catch a cashier staring at us and grimace as his customers are also giving us weird stares. I give them a glare and they quickly turn away. I scoff under my breath at their rudeness. Anna grabs the bag and we head back out of the store. I was already ready for this day to end.
The towns people stared at us as if they had never had newcomers before. We got back to the house quickly. As I pull up I see the girl from the cafeteria walking up our porch. I stare at her curiously before turning the car off and getting out.
“Who are you?” Anna asks as we all pile up on the porch.
I walk right past them pretending not to see the girl.
“Hey!” I ignore it and head inside to the kitchen.
“Hey mom?” I watch as she turns around slowly from whatever she’s cooking.
“I’m going to go out back for a little while, call me when the food is done.” I tell her and walk towards the back door and leave my purse in the back closet before taking my phone and headphones out and going into the forest.