I was in Eclipse Park but it was completely empty. Not a soul to be seen. I walked over to my usual spot- the water fountain- and sat down on it. The cold water hitting my back made me shiver. The sky was gray, becoming even darker by the minute. I was waiting for the rain to come but it didn’t, someone else did though. I heard footsteps behind me. My first thought was: Hunters. I reached for my dagger but it wasn’t there. I looked behind me but it wasn’t Jack, David, or any of the other Hunters. It was Liam. My heart jumped in my chest. How could it be him? He’s dead. My eyes are just playing tricks, it’s just Austin. But as the figure got closer I could tell it was definitely Liam. I jumped up, ran over to him, and gave him a hug.
“How are you here? Nevermind, I’ve missed you so much!” I told him trying not to cry.
“Really?” he asked.
He broke the hug and backed away from me.
“Well, I didn’t miss you.” I thought my heart stopped. What did he mean?
“I told you,” he continued, “this morning that someone could die but you and Austin didn’t believe me. I’m dead, now you have to live with that it was your fault.”
“I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. Please, don’t blame me. We’re going to get even with the Hunters.” I felt tears start to streak down my face. I moved to try to hug him but he gripped my arm hard. He opened his mouth to speak but a different voice came from his mouth. It was Austin’s voice. He said, “wake up Izzy, wake up.”
I opened my eyes to see Austin standing above me gripping my arm.
“Let me go or I’ll punch you.” I said groggily.
“Good morning to you too, Sleeping Beauty. Well, not really morning, more of afternoon.”
“How long was I out?”
“About an hour or two.”
I sat up but then realized I was leaning on my broken fingers. I moved them quickly expecting the searing pain but it never came. I examined them but there was no sign that they were ever broken.
“Cool right?” Austin said. “They fixed my arm too but because it was a bigger bone it’s going to take a little longer to heal.”
I just realized that his arm was in a sling. Not my jacket sling but an actual sling.
“Yeah, it’s cool.” I still couldn’t forget the black blood. It was horrible.
“What were you dreaming about, anyway? I heard you mumbling.”
I froze. I know Austin is Liam’s brother and he has the right to know but I didn’t want to tell him yet. The dream probably meant nothing.
“I don’t know. I forgot.”
“Maybe it was about me.” He said jokingly.
“It could be. Did you hear me saying ‘Austin! You do not do that with firecrackers!’” I joked back.
“Hey, I was little when I did that.”
“That happened last year.”
“And the neighbors are still pissed at me.” I couldn’t help myself, I just had to laugh. After everything that had happened it felt good to laugh. It helped me release all the stress.
“What’s so funny?” A voice behind me asked.
I turned around to see Chris.
“Nothing. Just an inside joke.”
“Okay then.” He turned to me. “Are you feeling better?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. I just don’t like the sight of blood.” I told him.
“Why didn’t you tell anyone before?”
“Well, I came here to tell you that Charlie and I thought it would be right if we helped you with some defense moves. Give some pointers on how to use your daggers and other things.”
“You’ll be teaching us?” Austin asked.
“Actually Drew wanted to teach you but since I nor Charlie trusts him alone with you all I will be there teaching with him.”
“Good.” I said. I didn’t trust Drew either.
“We’ll be meeting up in the training room. It’s just around-”
“I know where it is.” I remember all too well of the creepy blood red room.
“Okay, we’ll start at five. It’s two-thirty now so you have some time to get ready. I’ll see you both then.”
He turned around and walked outside.
“So you want to go back to the house?” I asked Austin.
“Sorry. Can’t. I’m meeting up with someone I met.” he said smiling.
“What? You don’t think I can make friends while you're passed out?”
I rolled my eyes at him but I did feel kind of hurt. There was no one else I really knew here except him.
“I have an idea, though.” He whispered to me.
“There is a spy, we know that much but we really need to figure out who it is. When I can I’ll be hanging around with the guys to see if I can hear anything from them. You try hanging around with the girls. Listen in on their conversations.”
“That’s a good idea but I can’t always be around the other girls. There are a lot, we need someone else.”
“Is there a girl that you absolutely trust that would never spy for the Hunters?”
I hesitated. I didn’t know that many of them. There was someone though that probably would never side with the Hunters…
“Alyssa. I don’t know her that well but I don’t think she would side with them.”
“Okay, then talk to her. Tell me what she said when we are at the training room. I’ve got to go now. Later.”
He walked out of the infirmary leaving me by myself. I stood up and walked out, too. I wasn’t going to sit there like a fool. I started walking back to the house going to try to find Alyssa. It didn’t even dawn on me until I reached the entrance of the house that she might not even be there. Nearly everyone was out looking around. I was already there, though, I should at least look. I stretched my arms out when walking in the hallway and yawned. I was still very tired. Obviously too tired to look where I was going because I ran right into Bryan. He looked like he was in a hurry.
“Oh, sorry.” I apologized quickly.
“It’s fine.” He tried rushing away but I stepped in his way before he could move.
“Wait, do you know where Alyssa is? I need to talk to her.”
He hesitated for a brief second.
“I’m going to go meet her now at the park around the corner from here. I’ll tell her you wanted to talk to her. Bye.”
He rushed out of the house before I could say anything. Why had I been stupid? Of course Alyssa was most likely doing something else. Did I seriously think she would be sitting in her room? She’s not me. Sighing, I walked to my room for no reason. I guess I just needed some alone time for a little bit. But when I walked in the room I was startled by who I saw sitting on one of the beds. It was Alyssa. She looked almost as startled to see me as I was to see her.
“What are you doing here?” We both said in unison.
“I thought you were meeting Bryan in the park.” I said to her.
“I asked him if he wanted to but he said he needed to go find you and tell you something.” She replied.
“I just ran into him in the hallway. He barely spoke to me. He said he needed to go to the park to see you.”
She squinted her eyes. “Well, that’s interesting.” She began to stand up.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“I’m going to go find him. I want to know what’s going on.”
I suddenly remembered why I wanted to see her in the first place.
“Wait, before you go-” before I could finished I was cut of by a muffled curse outside the door. I saw the image of a guys head running away.
Alyssa sprinted out of the room following the guy while I followed. I was a fast runner but Alyssa was much quicker than I was. I never realized that before. She caught up to him just as he got outside. She grabbed his arm and tried pulling him back. I recognized him as one of the guys in the Rescuers; Kevin.
“Let go of me!” He screamed at her. She didn’t, though.
“Where’s Bryan?” She demanded.
“I don’t know. How ‘bout you go ask him?” He sneered.
“I know you know. Just tell me.”
“How about no?” He pulled his arm from her grasp but then grabbed her wrist hard. She tried pulling away but he was too strong.
“Let her go, Kevin.” I said trying to control my anger. I never imagined the Rescuers would treat each other like this.
“It’s okay for her to grab my arm but I can’t hurt her?”
“Just let her go and we can talk this out.”
He started to twist her wrist and she gave out a cry of pain.
“No, I’m good like this.”
I instinctively reached for my dagger but I left in my room before going to the infirmary. But I saw the gleam of his dagger sticking from his belt. I just had to be quick enough… I jumped quickly towards him, wrapped my hand around the hilt and pulled it out of his belt before he even realized what I did. I held it up to him.
“Now let her go.”
“What are you going to do? Stab me with my own dagger?”
“You’d be surprised what I can do when I’m angry.”
I saw a flash of doubt go through his eyes but he let go of Alyssa’s wrist.
“Now can I have my dagger back?”
I put in his hand none too gently. He started walking away but then turned around again. He pointed his dagger at Alyssa.
“If you follow me,” he said to her, “I will break your wrist.”
Then he disappeared from sight.
“Are you okay?” I asked her.
“Yes, I’m fine.”
“I need to tell you something.”
I told her what Austin and I were talking about before. She nodded after I told her everything.
“The other girls haven’t been acting odd but the guys have. Especially considering that Jake had lied to both of us. But I’ll still listen in with the other girls.”
“Thank you, Alyssa. I didn’t trust anyone else but you.”
“No problem. Now I’m going to go before I lose him.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m going to follow Kevin. I bet he’s going to see Bryan.”
“Didn’t he say he would break your wrist if he caught you?”
“Yes, if he caught me.”
I smiled. “Okay, just be careful.”
“I will. See you later.”
She ran off and I stood there smiling. For a girly girl, Alyssa was more like me than I thought. But was that a good thing or a bad thing? Maybe good. She takes risks, but she is also careful. Confused, I walked back to my room to finally get some sleep.