I stood at the top of the jungle gym.
The metal slide looked hot
from the sun, but I didn't care. I smiled and
laughed as I launched my body
down the slide. My friends called my name as we
laughed and played together.
As I hit the
bottom of the slide, the playground disappeared.
The pebbles, blacktop, the
swings, the children, all turned into something
that looked like static on a
TV. I gasped as the salt and peppery picture
turned into the blue sky and
stores lined down a street.
suddenly walking down a concrete sidewalk
heading towards a jewelry shop. I
felt as if I'd been here many times, though I'd
never seen this place in my
life. Wandering onto a blacktop parking lot I
made my way around sparkly clean
cars, looking wavy in the distance with the
extreme heat of the sun on this hot
the glass door of the jewelry store in the long
strip mall. As I was about to
grab the handle, a man in all black clothing
pushed me out of the way. I fell
back, confused and shocked. I was about to get
up and yell at the man when I
saw something else take place. I looked into the
eyes of another person, and I
was terribly frightened. He had gorgeous short
brown hair. It was dark and made
his blue eyes stand out like someone with a pink
umbrella at a funeral. He
stared back at me from inside the store, but the
man in black stepped in front
of him, hiding him from my view. He had a gun
pointed at the man inside. Then I
heard the gunshot, felt my heart ache, and heard
everything else around me
quiet and muffled.
opened my eyes everything was shaded, but then
the voices became clearer. Some
of them were saying my name and most of them
were whispering. I layed on the
playground floor staring up at a woman with
hazel eyes and short blonde hair.
They comforted me until I realized what was
happening. Next thing I knew, I was
being rushed in an ambulance to the hospital.
That was ten
years ago, and now I sit in my best friend,
Dina's, room crying on her
shoulder. I love her like my own sister. She's
been here for me, the only one
who's stayed since that day when I was seven.
“I just wish
it would all go away. Why do I have to be so
different? I hate these stupid
“I know, I
know,” Dina says patting me on the back as I
soak the shoulder of her tie-dye
shirt. I shake my head back and forth, wiping my
tears and sorrows into the
soft fabric. I think more about the guy in the
a senior. There's no way he was out of high
school, and the visions of him are
becoming way too frequent. Dear God, I hope that
one, just that one, doesn't
come true. Even if I have to live with never
meeting him, I don't care! I
just... I know it will feel worse when it
actually comes true and it already
hurts like hell,” I feel like my heart is about
to explode out of my chest.
Falling to the floor, I lay on my stomach and
bury my face into Dina's light
brown carpet. It doesn't look very pretty, but
it smells like Dina, so I
breathe it in and sigh.
“I know it
might feel bad, but it's not the end of the
world, Bray,” she says crawling
over and sitting indian-style in front of my
just awful.” Rolling over, I look into Dina's
big brown eyes. I can't believe
that I'm starting to see this vision at least
once a day now. The more frequent
they come, the more I know that this will be
happening very soon.
poptarts?” her lips part as she smiles at me.
A woman with
short brown hair and eyes the same as Dina's
appeared in a black and white
kitchen huddled over a pan. The pan sat on the
stove with something yellow
inside. Then, it suddenly bursted into flames
and the woman tried to put out
the fire, dropping the pan in the process.
The salt and
pepper TV coloring hits the picture in my mind
like a brick wall. Everything
goes back to normal, and Dina's face is maybe
two inches from mine.
have a strawberry poptart, but umm... is your
mom cooking? Because I'm pretty
sure she's about to set your kitchen on fire.”
There is a slight pause as
Dina's mouth slowly opens into an “o”.
gosh!” Dina jumps up and dashes out of her room
faster than I can comprehend.
Slowly, I get up, shaking my head and follow her
As I reach
the bottom of the stairs, there is indeed the
smell of something burning. The
screams and commotion come from the kitchen. The
black and white tile is a mess
as I walk in. The fire is out, but Dina and her
mother stand there staring at
the upside down pan just in front of the stove.
The remains of an omelet lie on
poptarts?” I say bringing them out of their
shocked trances as I go to grab
some paper towels to help clean up the mess.
Braylynn,” Dina's mother says as I hand her some
and begin to scrape the eggs
off the floor, “We've got strawberry and
'em.” Dina slides away and into the pantry.
comes back, her mom and I are finished cleaning
the mess and Dina motions at me
to follow her. I glance at the clock to see that
it's time to leave for school.
paper towels from my hands so I can leave,
Dina's mom winks at me, “Thanks
again, Bray.” Dina's mom knows about my visions.
She's witnessed them many
times, me always being at their house.
Mrs. Mendale. I'll see you later.” I smile at
her and follow Dina out of the
large black front door.
Dina and I
walk to the cafeteria at noon, discussing the
events of our classes this
morning, but when we reach the entrance of the
crowded room, a nasty smell
reaches my nose. I cringe.
smells disgusting,” Dina says scrunching her
It's-” I freeze in my footsteps, paralyzed. In
front of me is a table full of
decently attractive guys, but that's not even
what I'm really looking at.
Directly in the middle of the table is a boy
with spiky brown hair and bright
blue eyes. I am instantly hit with a
realization- this is the jewelry shop guy.
He doesn't notice me, but I am mesmerized. He is
wearing a blue polo and puts
his long fingers through his hair as he talks
and then throws his head back
into a loud booming laugh. I sway back and forth
wishing I could go talk to
him, almost forgetting what my seeing him really
nudges my shoulder, pulling me from my thoughts.
open and close my eyes, trying to focus.
okay? Do you need to sit down?”
suddenly my brain goes into overdrive, and I
start spitting out words, “Yes,
yes, I need to sit. Let's go over there!” I
point to the empty table directly
to the left of the one that the jewelry shop guy
sits at. Grabbing Dina's arm,
I practically sprint across the lunchroom,
pulling her by the elbow. I need to
hear him, see him, know him. Sitting down at the
table beside the boys', I make
sure I am furthest from him so I can just barely
see him out of the corner of
my eyes. I drop my sack lunch in front of me,
pulling Dina down by the pocket
of her ripped jeans. She falls into the seat to
my right. Sighing, I stare at
the sights of the beautiful blue eyes and dark
you staring at?”
I look away from him and tilt my head in the
direction of the gorgeous
“Oh, the new
guy? That's Hayden.”
I slam my
head into the table. I cannot let this vision
come true. I feel compelled to
talk to him, yet I never want to see his face
again so I can assure that he
whisper under my breath. Then sitting up, I look
at Dina, thinking I owe her an
explanation, “That's the jewelry shop guy.”
Looking back at him, I can feel the
tears pressing the backs of my eyes as I hear
the gunshot sound distantly
playing over in my head. I wipe them away
quickly and try to think about what I
should do now that I've found him. I doubt I can
avoid this vision happening.
They always seem to come true in one way or
another. Maybe I can put it off
though, at least for his sake. If I never talk
to him or get to know him, the
vision can't come true right? Then he won't die.
talking to me and trying to reassure me it
seems, but I just cut her off.
“Hey, do you
just want to go eat lunch outside?”
She looks at
me hesitantly, “Sure?”
my lunch, Dina and I depart from our seats. The
door leading out of the
building is directly past Hayden's table. I
groan internally and try not to
look at him. I feel a hand on my back and look
at Dina. She smiles at me,
reassuring me that everything will turn out
okay. But just as I'm about to
bring my gaze back to the door, I see Hayden's
eyes out of the corner of mine.
He stares at me as we pass, and a smile forms on
his lips. I want to smile
back, but a shiver runs down my spine, and I
quicken my pace.
out the door, I take a deep breath, relieving
some of my anxiety. I lead Dina
over to a picnic table and sit down.
“So what are
you going to do?”
I try to
ignore the butterflies fluttering violently in
my stomach, “Ignore him, I
guess. Never go to that jewelry store. Never
meet him.” I shrug and start
unpacking my lunch. An apple and a peanut butter
sandwhich. Neither sounds very
appealing, but I take a bite of the apple
“Yeah if you
never go, it can't happen. Because you were
specifically in the vision. See,
you got all flustered for nothing.” Dina smiles
at me and steals my sandwhich.
I let her eat it with no complaints. I can
barely even finish the apple.
make much conversation the rest of lunch. I
watch the squirrels run up and down
the trees and attempt to convince myself that
everything will be alright; that
I can control whether this vision comes true or
not. I wonder how long I'll be
able to avoid Hayden.
I find out
the answer in my next class.
I walk to math. Calculus. Definitely my least
favorite subject of all time. I
sit down in my usual seat at the back of the
classroom so that Mr. Barwire
cannot see me as easily if I fall asleep. I take
out my notebook. Calculus is
just so easy to me. Sitting in class is so
pointless. Right when I look up, a
tall brunette boy walks in- Hayden. I curse
under my breath and avoid looking
at him as best as I can.
hear as I stare down at a blank notebook page.
Begging that it's not him even
though I know it is, I look up. He smiles wide
at me and puts out a hand. “I'm
Hayden. New here. I think I saw you earlier in
yeah,” I say and regrettedly take his hand. Its
warm and inviting. The nervous
butterflies kick up again in my stomach, “I'm
Braylynn.” Hayden releases his
hand from mine and sits in the desk to my right.
I try to just look down at my
paper again, but then I remember something.
you might not want to sit there.” I say to
Hayden. He was already taking out
gets up to move. More people are filing into the
classroom now. I hope he finds
an already made friend and sits by them.
switches to my other side, plopping down to my
left. No one ever sits there. I
have no excuse for him to move now. The only
reason anyone sits by me is
because Jude thinks it's funny to taunt me. I
used to like him until he found
out and became an asshole about it.
the devil,” I say under my breath as Jude enters
the room. He has a stocky
build and short blonde hair.
he says, laughing hysterically. Everyone turns
to see what plays out.
course I am, freak. So you gonna tell me my
future, baby? Is we gonna get
married and grow old together?” My cheeks burn.
I hate him so much. I don't
know how I could have ever liked him.
“No, but I
think you might drown in a pool in the next few
days,” I spout out without thinking.
The whole room goes quiet. Jude's not laughing
now and either is anyone else.
Looking down at my notebook, I grab my pen. I
know I took that way too far, but
at least it shut him up. Plus it's not like I
was telling the truth. It'll just
scare him a bit, and maybe he'll stop making fun
of me so much.
is when Mr. Barwire walks in. He starts droning
on about integrals or something
and I zone out. I begin to sketch a badly drawn
castle, when I feel a tap on my
with that guy?” Hayden points at Jude. Did he
not just hear our conversation?
an ass who likes to make my life hell,
obviously.” I shrug. Mr. Barwire is
staring at us, so I quickly look down at my
notebook, hoping he didn't see me
talking to Hayden. Mr. Barwire already has it
out for me. I never participate
or do the homework but I always ace my tests.
After a minute, I glance over at
Hayden again. He's effortfully scratching down
numbers into his notebook. His
eyebrows scrunch together when he gets stuck on
a problem, but the corner of
his lips tilt up when he figures it out. I smile
too and go back to my castle
time I look up, I'm almost done with my drawing
and class is only half way
over. I turn my head toward Hayden and find his
eyes on me. He quickly looks
back down at his paper and pretends to write
What the heck? Why was he
watching me? I groan internally and try
to ignore him and my probing
thoughts for the rest of the class.
homework for tonight...” I hear Mr. Barwire say
cuing me to pack up my things.
whips to the left, “Yeah?”
good at this calc stuff? Because I'm really
behind from moving to this new
school and I don't know. You seem nice.”
I laugh out
he not see me threaten Jude at
the beginning of class? Is he crazy? “Yeah,
I guess,” I say
honestly, hoping that for some odd reason his
next question is not asking for
help me with it? I just need help catching up,
and then I should be fine.
Promise. You wouldn't have to deal with me for
more than a week! I mean unless
you wanted to deal with me longer.” Winking at
me, he smiles and one side of
his mouth curves up higher than the other. My
heart almost stops. It had to be
the most attractive way a guy could smile. Ever.
stuttering, I try to form words out of my
scattered brain. His smile really did
a number on me. “Yeah,” was all I said and
scurried out of the room with my
books, needing to talk to Dina and rethink
I needed a
new plan. I should NOT have said yes to helping
him. I was trying to AVOID him.
Not make sure I see him everyday for the next
week. Searching the hallway for
Dina, I find her with her long brunette curls at
her locker and run quickly to
so stupid.” I hit my notebook into my head and
hold it there, letting it cover
my embarassed face.
you do now?” Slamming her locker closed, Dina
turns to me.
Hayden I'd help him with Calculus. I couldn't
think of an excuse quick enough
and oh my god. I don't know what to do. I can't
avoid him if I'm helping him
with homework and what the heck?”
I drop the
notebook from my face and look at Dina, but her
expression is confusing. She
looks nervous and her gaze is behind me. I turn
to see what she's looking at.
didn't want to help me, you could have just said
so.” Hayden stands there
looking down at me, with a frown. He looks even
taller now that I'm standing
right next to him. He must be at least six foot
if not more. Shaking my head, I
try to think of something to say so that he
doesn't think I'm a complete bitch.
“No, no. I'm
so sorry. I didn't mean that. It's just that
you're so attractive and I don't
want to end up pushing myself on you because I
know I will. It's a bad habit. I
tend to get a bit boy crazy and I just can't
help myself.” The words are
flowing out of my mouth. I can't stop them. They
are all a lies except for the
attractive part at least. No boy ever really
talks to me besides to make fun of
me, but this lie is embarrassing. Why am I
even saying these thing?
turns bright red, but he just laughs, “I'm sure
you'll be fine. Plus I can fend
you off if I need to, right? I just wanted to
know where we were meeting and
“Oh yeah, sorry,”
I smile awkwardly at him, “Is seven good?”
Dina cuts me
off, “And you guys can work at my house if you'd
like? I'll text you my
good. Thanks, you two.” I turn back to Dina
hoping Hayden will just walk away.
I feel a pat on my back and then hear departing
footsteps. My embarrassment
diminishes as I think about what Dina just said.
“How did you
get his number?” I ask, baffled.
know, he was in my English class this morning...
We were just talking and uhh-
I uhh- told him if he needed a friend he could
talk to me. And, ya know, he
gave me his number.” Dina looks at the ground
“I told you
I was avoiding him so you get his number?” I
realize I'm practically yelling
and quickly snap my mouth shut.
but he's so attractive! You can't deny it. You
even accidentally spilled that
to his face. Plus, that happened before I knew
your plan!” Dina turns away from
me, starting to walk to her next class.
say furiously, “But we're having a discussion
about this later!” I turn on my
heels and stomp off to my next class, too.
foot angrily, I wait by Dina's blue Impala. I
still can't believe she's already
friends with him and has his number.
you do this to me?” I whine as she walks out of
the building and we get into
“I didn't do
anything. You got yourself into this mess and
what I did affects you in no way.
You can't blame me.”
I groan and
put my head in my hands. She was right.
don't know what to do now. I mean yeah I can
still try to avoid going to the
jewelry shop, but it's more likely now that the
vision will come true since I'm
going to be around him so much.”
“I just feel
like this is a terrible idea.”
Dina says as she pulls onto our street. At least
she's honest with me.
“Can I just
chill at your house?”
We hear a
knock at the door. Looking at eachother, Dina
and I run down stairs. She makes
it to the door first and opens it wide.
Glad you could make it.” He wears ripped blue
jeans and a black t-shirt now. It
makes his eyes even brighter.
again for having me over and thank you,
Braylynn, for agreeing to help me. I
really need it. I had no idea what Mr. Barwire
was talking about today.”
looked like you were doing fine today in class,”
kidding me? I couldn't get one problem right!”
us to the kitchen so we can do our work at the
table. Hayden sits down right
next to me.
did you keep smiling while you were doing math
He laughs at
me, and Dina leaves the room winking at me.
“Have fun, kids,” she says.
smiling because you were watching me.”
burn bright red. I didn't know he could tell I
was looking at him. I try to
laugh it off and grab Hayden's text book from
should we start?”
He smiles at
me with that annoyingly attractive crooked
smile, “How about with you?”
“We've got a
lot of work to do, buddy. How about
pulls out his notebook from his black bookbag,
understand what is up with him. Why does he keep
trying to befriend me? Has he
not heard about the rumors that float around?
That I'm a freak? A witch? There
are so many different conclusions people have
come up with about me.
We get to
work on our problems, but after a while, we get
a bit off topic.
was Jude talking about today in class?”
“Huh?” I ask
still stuck on figuring out problem 26, so I can
actually teach him how to do
telling the future or something?”
mind reels. What should I tell him? “Haven't you
heard the rumors?” I want to
know what he's heard before I go and tell him
I wanted to know what the real deal is. Not the
should save that for a different time,” Smiling
at him, I go back to working on
stares at me for a while. I can't help but feel
his eyes on me as I try to work
out the math. Finally, I put down the pencil and
look back up at him.
trying to even talk to me? Nobody else does. Why
not trust their word?”
to you. I mean, we're at her house. I'd assume
you guys are really good
the only one. Obviously there's something wrong
with me that no one else wants
to be my friend.”
sometimes people are just misunderstood,” he
looks into my eyes so seriously.
It almost makes me mad.
you know?” I can feel tears threaten the back of
my eyes. He's so gorgeous and
nice. There's no way he could ever know how I
feel. How it is to be outcasted.
To need people to talk to so badly, but have no
one. I mean I have Dina, but
sometimes life just gets lonely when you've only
ever had one friend. I look
away from Hayden afraid that I might actually
cry in front of him. That would
be a great first impression...
puts his fingers lightly on my chin and pulls my
face so I'm looking up at him.
Goose-bumps form across my skin, and the
butterflies are back worse than ever.
know what I've been through. You can't assume.”
because I'm sure a guy like you has been through
some real hard shit.” I roll
my eyes and try to pull away from him, but he
grabs my hand.
“Stop it. I
moved all the way to Indiana from California for
a reason. I had to get away
from everything. All of the terrible memories.
My best friend passed away and
I'd been having hallucinations of him ever
since. I lost a lot of my other
friends. They all thought I was crazy. My
girlfriend dumped me,” Hayden starts
talking faster and his voice begins to waver,
“my parents almost put me in a
psychiatric hospital until I gave them the idea
of moving. I thought maybe it
would help me to make new friends, make new
memories. It would help me get past
things...” Hayden's voice trails off and he
pulls his hand away. I grab it back
though. I may not have gone through so much pain
but I know how it is to feel
alone and scared.
“Why are you
telling me all of this?” I can see the pain in
his face. It makes me so upset
to see it in someone else's eyes other than my
own. I just want to pull him in
and hold him until all of his pain and hurt
could see that you've had feelings similar. I
could see it in your eyes when
you left the cafeteria today. You need to know
you're not the only one. Know
that someone else understands.” I look down at
our hands. Mine looks so small
inside of his.
“Oh,” is all
I say. No one's ever really been that concerned
about me before.
fingers go to my chin again and he lifts up my
face so I'm looking into his
beautiful blue eyes. I feel like I can see
inside of his soul now. I never
would have guessed that such an amazing person
could have such terrible things
happen to them. Hayden doesn't say anything. He
just looks back into my eyes.
his lips are on mine. My eyes close
automatically and I can't think straight.
All I can feel is the movement of his lips on
mine. I follow without thinking.
I hear and pull away. Dina is standing in the
doorway of the kitchen looking
awkwardly embarrassed. She scratches the back of
her head and looks down at the
floor. I feel equally embarrassed, “I can
fine! Come on in.” I pipe up quickly,
interrupting her. Looking at Hayden, I
see that he is just smiling at me, completely
unfazed by this totally
uncomfortable moment. Dina walks over and sits
down across from us.
wanted to know if you guys wanted something to
please,” I say at the same time as Hayden says
“No, thank you.” I just want to
relieve the awkwardness in the room.
Dina gets up
and walks to the pantry, “What you want?”
are good.” They're the only thing I can think of
since we ate them earlier that
“You know, I
better go,” Hayden says packing his stuff into
okay,” I reply hesitantly.
“See you in
math class,” he just smiles at me again and
walks out. I hear the front door
slam. This is the weirdest day that has ever
happened to me.
As I think
of us kissing again, I can't help but smile.
That had to have been the best
feeling in the world.
back into my view and the smile slides away from
my face to be replaced by
embarrassment again. She's wearing pajama pants
and a t-shirt now. Handing me
the poptart box, she sits down in front of me. I
wait for the onslaught of
THAT?” Her eyes are wide.
really know...” I say and then tell her exactly
what happened. Dina's mother
walks in while I'm telling the story. She sits
down to listen too. I could
probably count Dina's mom as my only other
friend. She has always been there
for me, and acts like a teenager too; always
gossiping with us and taking us
out to movies. She and Dina are super close,
probably because Dina's father
left when she was very young. It has always just
been the two of them.
done telling my story, I let my head fall to the
table. I can feel myself
falling for Hayden, which makes this vision so
much harder to take. I'm going
to try my hardest to make the vision not come
true, but it seems all of my
visions have. I'm just so scared.
out alright, Darling,” Dina's mother rubs the
back of my head, “Everything
happens for a reason. You just seem to see it
before it happens.”
telling me Hayden is SUPPOSED to die? That's
awful. I just can't believe that.”
know what else to tell you, honey, but that's
what I've always come to
heavily and tears begin running down my face. I
don't try to stop them. It's no
can't believe you kissed him. That was your
first kiss! And you just met him
make me groan. “Sorry,” she says, “I just got
excited. And he likes you so I'm
out. You can have him.”
you talking about, Dina? You really think I'm
going to date him knowing the
fact that he is going to die?”
about it this way,” she smiles sadly at me, “at
least you could make his last
days worth while.”
I frown, “I
guess. But maybe he doesn't even like me.”
that's why he kissed you.” Dina rolls her eyes,
and her mother laughs. I have
to smile, looking at the two of them together.
you just spend the night and stop thinking about
all of this? Whatever happens
say and look at Dina's mother expectantly. She
nods, telling me that spending
the night is fine. I go call my mother to tell
her. She doesn't really care.
She trusts Dina and her mother so much with me.
done eating some more poptarts, I borrow some of
Dina's pajamas. Thankfully we
are the same size. I hop into her bed, facing
the opposite way as her and stare
up at the ceiling. Dina lays there quietly.
think I can really stop the vision?” I ask Dina.
know. Maybe you could change it.”
that's never worked.”
“I know, but
maybe it's worth another try,” I nod, hoping
that somehow I could accomplish
that. Next thing I know, I'm in a dream. I see
Hayden in the jewelry shop and I
wake up at six am screaming.
I sit in the
cafeteria with Dina again. The first thing I see
is when I take my seat is
Hayden sitting with a group of football players.
He smiles at me and waves when
he sees me. After waving back, I quickly look
down at my lunch. I can't think
about him. The vision came again last night and
it's just been making me so
agitated today. I'm so on edge that when Dina
speaks next, I jump and
practically fall to the floor.
me in for a hug, “Calm down. It's not going to
happen, don't worry, okay?”
joke, You know they've always come true” I say
as tears start streaming down my
face. All I can think of is the bullet going
through Hayden's chest and
everytime I glance at him, the tears come
can't stop it. Okay? Either give in or make sure
it doesn't happen.”
I know Dina
means well when she says that, but I can't help
my feelings. I'm about to start
sobbing. She doesn't understand how hard this
is. How much it hurts. I get up
and begin running to the bathroom. I need to get
out of here.
Most of the
lunchroom is staring at me, but I don't care. I
sprint into the bathroom, bolt
into a stall and slam the door hard. Then,
letting my head fall into my hands,
my body collapses to the dirty floor. I kick the
stall wall hard with my black
Converse and obnoxious sobs begin to tear from
After a few
minutes, I hear the bathroom door swing open and
quickly try to be quiet. I'm
sure they must have somewhat heard me, but I
really hope they just ignore me. I
see curiously large black sneakers stop in front
of my stall.
a loud knock and I practically jump out of my
scream in surprise, but my voice cracks from my
My eyes grow
wide; the voice sounds like a man's not a
woman's. That's why the sneakers are
so large, duh.
“I just, umm,
wanted to let you know you're in the men's
bathroom. I saw you run out, but no
one came after to tell you. Just, you know,
wanted to let you know before a
bunch of guys come in and you have to be more
embarrassed.” It's Hayden's
voice. This is more embarrassing than I thought
it was. I can't believe he came
try to wipe the tears from my face and open the
alright?” he asks. He definitely must have heard
fine,” I lie. I can't tell him that I'm afraid
he's going to die.
look alright.” He goes to the sink and wets a
paper towel. “Here, take this.”
paper towl, I go to the mirror. Black streaks
stain my cheeks. Great. I think
I've felt more embarrassed in the past two days
than I have in my entire life.
“Do you want
to talk about it? I mean whatever is bothering
you,” he asks, watching me
carefully with a concerned look on his face. I
can't help but want to stare
Bray,” he uses my nickname, and I can't help but
feel butterflies in my stomach
and want to smile, “ I told you my story.” He
frowns at me.
“I just- not
right now. Maybe another time.”
you'll have to meet me at my job tonight and
tell me about it. I don't do much
at work. I can spare some time.”
“How do you
have a job already?” I ask him suspiciously as I
throw away the paper towel.
That's why we picked Indiana.”
me after school. 2384 22nd street,
me, Hayden leaves before I can say anything
The second I
leave the washroom, there is a mob of people
there ready to make fun of me.
around me tauntingly. They all laugh, but I
blank out. They eventually leave,
and I go on the rest of the day in a daze. I
can't get my thoughts off of
Hayden. He's just too nice and I'm just so
afraid for him.
are over I text Dina that I don't need a ride.
It will be so nice to get
everything off my chest. Maybe Hayden can even
help me fix this; we can stop my
vision from happening together. I start running
in the direction that I know 22nd
street will be. I've never actually gone off
that far into the city.
buildings are distracting as I make my way over.
Good thing because this
address is a lot further than I expected. I've
been walking for at least a half
hour, and I'm just getting to 19th
street. My mind is back on Hayden
now that I'm so much closer now. I'm getting
excited and nervous again so my
pace increases. What will I even say to him?
What will he think when I tell him
my story? Will he understand? Listen? Or will he
freak out just like all of the
others have when they learn about my ability?
Next thing I
know I'm on 22nd street. I must have
been spacing out pretty badly.
I see the numbers 2384 and smile, but it
vanishes just as quickly as it came.
The numbers are above the door to a jewelry
shop. Cursing, I feel tears
building behind my eyes. I feel my legs move
before I realize that I tell
myself to go. I'm running across the hot
concrete sidewalk and shoot through
the parking lot that radiates heat, making
everything look wavy and altered. My
brain is going crazy. How could this happen so
fast? Why couldn't this happen
another time? I don't want this to happen yet. I
didn't even get to know
Hayden. I didn't have time to stop this! I reach
for the door handle, ready to
be shoved, but I know that this time is
different. I can feel it in my bones.
As soon as a
hand touches my shoulder, I reach back and grab
it. I'm confronted with dark
brown eyes, that stare shocked at me through a
dark mask. But, he is almost
twice the size of me. His shoulders are
incredibly broad, and he surpasses me
by almost a foot. I know I cannot stop what is
about to happen. I see a black
object being pulled out of his pocket. I try to
knock it away so that he can't
kill Hayden, but he's too fast. The hard metal
is pushed against my own temple,
and I can't run fast enough. I'm in shock and my
feet don't move.
I hear the
gunshot, but don't feel a thing. All I see is
Hayden's face above me, and feel
“I love you” on my lips.