Scarlet Raven

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chapter 2

Something soft is under my head, and warm all around me. I don’t know where I am, or what happened to me.

Slowly I opened my eyes, I was laying down, in a large bed with a warm comforter tucked in all around me.

What the heck?

I heard noises coming from somewhere in the room, but I can’t see anything; or anyone for that matter.

I moved a little my muscles are on fire, they haven’t hurt like this in a long time. But I managed to slowly climb out of bed. I walked over to the door, I thought it would be locked, but with a good pull it easily opened. I walked out into a living room.

Still no one in sight, the drapes are open, filling the room with natural light, I’m somewhere Vancouver, and I just don’t know how I got here, or why I’m here. The last thing I remember being on the bus with Thomas beside me, and drifting off, but then there’s nothing. He did something to me, I know he did, I just don’t know why! No one has ever done anything like that to me, in my life. Everything is still a little fuzzy, the sky is dark, and rain is coming down lightly. It’s been raining for a while, looking down, at the street, below there’s puddles everywhere, and people with umbrellas. Walking to their various activities. “Good you’re awake.” I turned and Thomas is standing in the doorway drying off his hands. “Where am I?” “You’re in my apartment of course.” “How long was I out for?” I don’t know why I’m asking these questions, but I have to have the answers.

“About a day and a half.”

He walked towards me, I suddenly felt very afraid of him, taking a step away from him. I became so nervous, that I thought for a second that I was going to hurl. But I managed to get myself under control. I think he sensed my fear, and took a step back. Hands up.

“You slept the rest of the trip on the bus, and I brought you here.”

I looked down at myself, everything was gone but my shirt and pants. All of my stuff is piled by the couch, like it should always be there. But none of this should be. I shouldn’t be here; I should be on my own, like I have been my whole life. I don’t know what to do, I want to be on my own, but I like having someone there to look out for you. “Scarlet” I was so lost in thought that all my defences are down, and he’s in front of me, hands on my shoulders.

I tried to move back, but he wouldn’t let go of me. “Hey stop. I won’t hurt you.” That look in his eyes, so caring and gentle. I wanted to run, to be anywhere, but I know there’s nowhere else for me to go.

“Fine. What are you going to do with me?” He gave me a look of disgust. “I’m not going to do anything with you. I’m going to help you. First with a nice hot shower, then with some decent food. Here.” He picked up a pile and handed it to me. “Bathrooms right through there. Go on.” He pointed to a door, and headed towards another room.

“Why are you helping me?” I asked before going into the bathroom. He turned before leaving the room. “Like I said, I help people, and you need help. So here we are. Now go on.”

He left the room, leaving me standing there. I looked at the pile, in my arms, and walked to the bathroom.

I looked at his place as I went. No family photos, a little art on the walls; definitely a bachelor’s pad. His bathroom is a lot nicer then I would have expected I’m starting to wonder if he’s straight or not. But he is right, I do need a shower, since I spent a few days on a bus. I kind of smell, and I don’t need my extra senses for to know that. Thomas gave me everything that I need new shampoo, everything. He even gave me a change of clothes, and there not even mine, but they are my size.

What kind of game is he playing at? I’m not sure he has people over very often, definitely not girls. I turned on the water getting it as hot as I can get it and climbed in.

The hot water rushed over me, I had been so tense, from everything the past few days, and for a second I thought I was changing.

I started to wonder; what if my siblings turned out to be like me? What would my parents do? Would they except them, or treat them like they treated me? But I couldn’t deal with that now, I have to deal with the here and now.

I finished up my shower, and got dressed. He gave me a pair of jeans and a blue long sleeved shirt. Nothing made sense about this; any of it. Him taking care of me like this.

I walked into the living room, music’s coming from somewhere, in the apartment, there’s no sign of Thomas either; so I followed the music. Some country music, that’s hurting my ears. I walked into a small kitchen, Thomas standing at the stove, without turning around, he said.

“You’re just in time, take a seat.” I sat at the table, he has a jug of orange juice, and a pot of coffee sitting on the table. I looked at the clock almost ten thirty not sure of the day though. He put a plate of toast, eggs, sausages, and hash browns in front of me. “Go on dig in.” I was a little apprehensive, he noticed sighing, he took a bite and smiled; so I did the same.

I took a bite, and realized how hungry I actually am; it’s been a few days since I actually had anything other than crap to eat.

“So are you going to tell me anything about yourself?” I stopped mid swallow, what am I supposed to say?

‘Hey my mom threatened to kill me, so I left home?’ I swallowed, and looked out the small window. The rain stopped, but the sky is still dark. I always loved the rain; I would fly in it, happy as can be.

“Well? I’m still waiting.” There’s nothing I can tell him, he’ll freak and call the cops.

I looked at him, and the look in his eyes, it’s like he’s reading my mind or something. We didn’t say anything for a while; I didn’t know what to say.

“So I have to go out for a while, you should come with me. Get a feel for the place, but most of the time, you should stay in here.” I didn’t want to argue, so I just nodded. I don’t want to be here, I need to do this on my own.

“Fine; I know I should stay in; but you can’t keep me locked up here forever. You know what I mean? Eventually I will get out.” He nodded. “Yes I know that. But for now, you don’t know the area, and it’s not safe at times. You need to be careful. I’m just being protective, I’m sorry but you’ll get used to it. I have always been like this. It’s not going to change anytime soon.”

I smiled and laughed. Even though I don’t like how he got me here; drugging me, and he kind of kidnapped me. But he does have a point, I don’t know the area, and I’m out of my element here. So for now, I just have to accept this. When I decided run away, I picked here, but I wasn’t really thinking. I was scared and just chose this place for my fresh start. But I don’t know what I would have done if Thomas hadn’t drugged me and helped me like he did. For all I know I could have been mugged, and left on the street.

Sighing I really should thank him for helping me. Thomas got up from the table, barely eating anything. “We’ll leave in a few minutes.” He said starting to clean up.

I nodded took another bite, and helped him clean up. He went to his room, and I headed over to my stuff, still sitting in the corner.

Nothing moved from any of them, I grabbed my small bag, and put some money in it.

I don’t know what I’m in for but I should be ready for anything. He came into the room, he changed into a pair of jeans, and a dark green shirt, and a leather jacket.

“Come on, we don’t have long, and I have work this afternoon.”

I nodded and followed him out of the apartment, heading to who knows where.

It’s the middle of October and it’s gotten very cold out. The breeze is much that you can see your breath. I shivered and I wanted to cover myself with fur, but I couldn’t not with people around.

The streets are still wet, and it makes everything around you colder.
“Come on this way.” He took my arm leading me along.

I didn’t know where we’re going, but we turned a corner, and everything around me changed; it’s like we walked through a portal. The air around us buzzed, and things seemed slightly different, people looked different, they seem to glow, there’s a difference to their appearances. “Where are we?” “We haven’t gone far. Come right through here.” We walked through a door, and I million different smells hit me.

We walked into a market, full of the most exotic foods. Living in a small town, you don’t really have access to stuff like that.

“Well what do you think?”

“I think it’s amazing.” “Go ahead take a look, I won’t be a moment, just don’t leave.”

I nodded and started wandering around. He walked over to a counter and started talking to someone. I looked at everything; a whole new world has been opened to me. People didn’t really pay any attention to me, just looked me over and went back to their shopping. I thought that by leaving home, meant that I could get a new life together, but looking over at Thomas, makes me think it’s actually possible. “You ready to go?” “Yeah I think so.”

He took my hand, and led me out. It started to rain again, and people running for cover.

But I don’t I stood underneath it, and allowed myself to get soaked. Thomas grabbed my arm, and pulled me out of the rain.

“Scarlet what are you doing?” “Oh just enjoying a shower.” He pulled me back out, and we ran down the now empty street. We ran until we came to a small coffee shop and ran inside.

Just as we got through the door, it really started to rain; he sat me down at a table by the window, and went to get us something to drink.

I looked at the clock on the wall, its past one in the afternoon, I had no idea it was that late.

Thomas got us each a hot chocolate with whip cream. “So after we leave here, I’ll take you back to the apartment; because I have to work.” Nodding. “Ok, I will stay inside. You don’t have to worry.”

I took a sip of my chocolate. “On our way home I have a stop to make.” I nodded and stared out the window.

The clouds moved faster and faster. A storms moving in, and I can feel it’s going to be a bad one.

The wind picking up blowing any trash on the streets, since I’m part animal any bad weather coming in affects me, inside and out.

My arm started twitching, I could feel something trying to come out, and I couldn’t stop it.

“I’ll be right back. I have to get out of here!” I thought about running to the bathroom, I don’t know what’s trying to come out. So I decided to run outside; looking for an ally way or something. I heard Thomas calling me, but I couldn’t stop I had to get away from people. Someplace safe. “Scarlet stop!” I didn’t listen to him, I just kept on going. “You can’t follow me! Just stay away!” I came to a fence and ran for it, jumping as high as I could; clearing it landing on my feet, rain pelting me.

I could still hear Thomas running after me, but he still doesn’t know about me; so I kept on going.

I crouched down, behind a garbage bin, and took off my jacket and boots.

I focused my mind on an image I wanted to change into, a cat, a small feline. If the change is happening it had to happen quickly. Nothing changed I stayed their hunched down in an ally in the freezing rain.

Just as I thought that the change isn’t going to happen, my body started to shift. And quickly the change completed.

I changed into a black cat, my eyes darting around the ally, for any signs of trouble. I ran around smelling everything.

I ran back to my hiding place and focused on the spot on the wall and tried to change back.

I could hear Thomas still coming towards me, I called it, and called until it all started; and within seconds I was back.

Everything from the change hit me at once, and I hurled everything up that was in my stomach.

“Scarlet where are you?”

I couldn’t say anything, I was too busy puking my guts out; he seemed to have heard me, because his footsteps quickened, running up to me, shouting my name.

He collapsed next to me pulling my hair back, making it easier for me.

He rubbed my back, saying. “It’s okay. Just keep going. Everything’s okay.” I even continued to gag when nothing’s coming out.

I wiped my mouth and moved back.

The change has never done that to me before, and I hope to god that it never happens to me again. “What happened?” There’s no way that I can tell him now. “I have get out of here.” My vision started to blur, and everything started to spin. I briefly heard Thomas calling me, then everything went black.

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