Copyrighted © by Klaudia Karbowiak 2009 All Rights Reserved



ow would you feel if you knew that you were your love’s life

and death at the same time? How would you feel if the only way to kill your soul mate was by getting killed yourself? You would dread the thought. And so do I- standing face to face with death. Death is walking towards me and there’s no way to stop it, no help around to come. I look into its eyes- giving it a hateful look… It smiles at me and now I hate it even more. I didn’t know what happened but all I was able to see was blackness…I was sure that I haven’t died because I could feel pain. I came back to consciousness. That proved to me that I wasn’t dead. I opened my eyes and I didn’t like what I saw. The love of my life fought with effort to save our lives. I hoped that my love would not give up and fight, however death was stronger in many ways. Could we hang on and survive this ordeal or would we become just another two names ticked of death’s endless list? It was then when I saw the determined cerulean eyes when something crossed my mind; I realised that there is a way to save the two of us with as little fight as possible.



was finally moving. After living in rainy England for what

seemed as endless six years, I was finally moving. My dreams of lounging under the baking hot sun and dreams of the golden beaches were now becoming true. I was moving into the vicinity of Sydney, Australia. I can remember when I was six and I still lived in Poland, my parents promised to move to Australia but when I was about ten we moved to Britain instead. In Britain we lived in a medium sized town called Rotherham. There we lived in one of those old terrace houses numbered with a big, decorative fourteen. The house was nearly one hundred years old, and to be honest it looked like it. We had a small garden with many flowering plants. We had a bush of full, white roses- they were my favourites. In fact the garden was one of not many things I liked in England. The other thing I liked was the school. Yes, I surely liked school. Most of people called me weird just because I liked it. I bet they would have understood me if they would have ever studied in Poland. It was way more enjoyable and easier to learn in English than in Polish schools. Poland. Warm in summer and in most of the spring. Cold in the winter and some of the autumn. It snowed every Christmas. Why couldn't we have stayed? Oh, of course politics and all that. I can't even begin to express how much I hate politicians for their greed. It's their entire fault that I've spent six years in Britain, in dreadful conditions. And maybe I am exaggerating but that is a result of my anger. I'll always miss my friends from Poland. There's no one to miss from England though. I've spent most of the time in the school library and I didn't make any true friends. I actually somehow didn't want any friends. I guess it's because I was turned down so many times when I tried to make friends with someone. I was always that weird and

annoying Kate Burney to them. In Poland I was always liked and everyone said I was beautiful, and then in England I was always called ugly. I didn't understand it. Now as a seventeen year old girl I was moving to a new place and I was hoping that it will be better in Australia than in Britain. I wouldn't be able to stand being an outsider in a place I've always dreamed of. I felt the plane set its wheels on the rough, solid route. It was a rather unpleasant sensation that made my stomach flip. Then all of the sudden people started cheering and applauding, I joined with them. I was thankful that the flight was over. I wonder why I was so scared that something bad would happen. Anyway does it matter, we've made it. All four of us. The whole Burney family- my parents, my sister and me, have officially arrived to Australia after a particularly long and boring flight. I slept nearly the whole flight. Two flights actually - from London to Singapore and from Singapore to Sydney. Both seemed to last forever. As I had been expecting, my auntie and uncle were waiting for us outside the Sydney airport. I don't know how we found our way out of the airport building, which seemed like an endless maze of corridors and signs, in the very first place. I've only seen my auntie and uncle in pictures before. They look exactly the same in real life, even though the only pictures we've got of them are from about five years ago. That was strange, worthy questioning, even though I knew that I would never be brave enough to ask anyone about it. My aunt Sarah is a really skinny person with a golden tan and long, straight blonde hair. She looks really young even though she is in her late forties. Her husband Logan is a muscular man with a dark tan and black, neatly brushed back hair, also in his late forties. He is a few inches taller than Sarah. Sarah waved her slim hand welcomingly and then she ran with Logan in our direction as gracefully as if she was dancing; she didn’t hide her excitement. She looked as if the happiest thing in her live has just happened, perhaps even as happy as if she has won a lottery. As they approached us, I could finally study their features closely. Sarah had really kind looking aqua blue eyes with long eyelashes. To my surprise, what seemed as fake lashes was actually real. She had laugh lines and her nose was little and straight. She probably could be a model if she would want to, I thought to myself. I also thought that she is a trustworthy person who you can go to and tell everything that bothers

In fact this smile seemed to never fade away. like she didn't want to let go of us or like we were really slippery and would slip out of her hold at any moment. hazel colour.whom I love anyway. Well what have I expected." Logan said loudly but rather shyly in a deep. they held an incredible kindness in them. . we can manage to do it ourselves. "May I take your baggage?" Now I could see that his eyes were a beautiful. Let me take it for and she will always find a way to make you feel better. shiny Citroen with a big boot and the other one was rather small silver BMW. "Hello! I hope you had a peaceful journey my dears. "We don’t have a six-seater so we brought two cars with us. "Let's go my dears. but thanks anyway. kind voice and then she hugged each one of us. warm voice. It was one of those points of view that I have inherited from him. He really was strong. Both of the cars looked new and expensive. I thought that it was the warmest welcome I've ever had in my entire life. He thought that it was the only way for something to be done properly. Like Sarah's.caring and helpful." Sarah said in a sweet. "Oh don't if I was a precious and breakable thing. One was a blue. Kindness was not fading away from her face still. His lips were tight and he had laugh lines just like Sarah. her husband approached in a steady pace to also welcome us." Sarah explained the whole situation with a kind smile on her face. she definitely was a kind and caring person. Yes. I saw tears of excitement and happiness in her aqua eyes. I thought with amazement. It was a lot more delicate than the other hug though. He was a sort of person who wanted to have everything done by himself." She carried on explaining. "We thought that in the Citroen Logan will take your luggage and that I’ll drive you back to our place in the BMW. around this corner. "Hello. Once Sarah unwillingly let go of us. "I'm sure you had a long and tiring journey. Not over caring like my mum Marie though." Logan insisted and before my dad had even time to think of how to answer him. he took our bags and started carrying them somewhere around the corner where I suppose his car was. She is like a mother figure." Was my dad's (Andrew's) automatic response. The cars are just there. It took us thirty seconds to get to the cars. Her grip was strong.Sarah and Logan are both successful lawyers after all." She pointed. Out of sudden I found myself being hugged for the second time today.

decided that I should keep you company. you know we would have come earlier if not our language problems. I. I chatted to Logan about England and told him how much I hated it there. Angela. "Sarah. She was hugging her only brother now." I answered honestly. Aunt Sarah has nothing to do with it. her aqua eyes going glossy behind her long eyelashes. It was so simple at the moment to make someone smile. You are such a good child. "No. "That's a great idea dear. I wondered how many things my parents would have told her about me and my sister. Thank you. Logan welcomed me with a warm smile and such thoughts escaped my mind. He seemed more relaxed. and now let’s get moving. I also asked many questions about Australia (aiming to get as much information from him as I could) that he was more than happy to answer. that you shouldn't drive by yourself. when they talked to her on the phone. if that was possible. I bet this will greatly satisfy him. To be honest I was scared that I won't be liked." my dad said as politely as he could. For a fraction of a second I felt like I was going to regret the decision I made but as I opened the passenger door. I found out that he and my aunt have already found a school for me." she said. "It's not your fault that it took us so long just to learn basics of English. " dad. "Hi. The whole way to my relative's house. I felt sorry for Logan who had to drive on his own.just like I was one in . Sarah couldn’t and didn’t complain. that I'll be an outsider in a country of my dreams." answered my aunt in a grateful tone." after these words I sat myself on the passenger seat. I knew that my dad Andrew didn't like showing his feelings much and that he felt the same way as Sarah. After all I was supposed to be a good lawyer. I saw his hazel eyes get warmer. "Maybe I should go with Uncle Logan? I will keep him company.. for I did enjoy making people happy especially when all I had to do was to keep company."I've been waiting for you lot to come for over twelve years. I got out of the silver BMW and marched towards much bigger blue Citroen. We got ourselves sat comfortably in the BMW with Sarah behind the wheel.. I know I am a good person but she couldn't have stated that without knowing me more. I'm a rather sociable man. Did Sarah send you as a messenger?" he said. I was going to go to South Sydney High School in Maroubra. We can't stand here forever.if it comes to happiness and excitement. So don't blame yourself. To my surprise it was more comfortable to sit in here than in the other car. It's my entire fault that it took so long." he comforted her." I said. From his voice I could tell that something was bothering him. um. I was to get started the following Monday.

Each one of them had it's own garden. especially considering the fact that I can hurt myself on anything. It is placed ten kilometres South-East from Sydney central business district if you wish to know. . The door was made out of honey coloured wood which composed well with the sunflower yellow paint in which the house was painted. By the way." declared Logan. Then we went through the honey wood door inside where others have been waiting. "This is going to be your home for some time until your dad finds a job and a house of his own.probably that I hurt myself on something in the garage which." He answered in one breath. We stopped in front of the biggest house on the street. "Oh" was all I could say because something about the house made me not even want to think about moving into a different one.every window was decorated with stained glass at the upper part of it which was really effective in attracting attention to itself. "You need to rest dear." "Okay mum. "In Maroubra in New South Wales. We were driving behind the silver BMW and eventually we found ourselves on a street with big and expensive houses on both sides of the road.England (which obviously wasn’t anywhere near my dreams). "What took you so long out there?" asked my mum with unnecessary concern in her voice. I still had today and tomorrow until Monday though so I've got time to mentally prepare myself. "Where exactly in Australia are we now?" I had to ask. I said it halfheartedly because I suddenly felt tired. ask aunt Sarah for the way to your room. Her chocolate brown eyes that I sometimes envied searched for any signs of injury on me. I think that you will like it. at least two garages and a swimming pool. She definitely was over caring.I didn’t want to sleep yet. We will help him with that so it will be pretty soon. Unlike the other houses. Maroubra also is a part of Eastern suburbs region. "We were talking about Australia. I mean if I started on something he could go n about it for quite long without getting me bored. Maroubra belongs to the local area of the city of Randwick.” I answered.after Logan has parked his car safely in one of the garages.I was purely curious. I would have never thought that talking to Logan would be so easy and pleasant. I wonder what she thought. even though I was tired. It had two garages and beautiful windows. in fact I couldn't blame her for. I'm a magnet to blood spilling situations. it didn't have a swimming pool or a garden (that I could see)." I moaned. My mum seemed to realise that.

It had two windows. you really shouldn't have." my mum added quickly before I vanished from her eyesight. I opened it and I found myself in a small bathroom. I really liked it all. Her eyes were flickering with gladness now. I looked around. Come and have a look. The room was small with sky blue walls. leaving me with my thoughts. I just realized that next to my bed. There was a beautifully framed mirror on the wall and a small window." She announced. "I've just been setting up your room dear. I jumped as one of them opened and my aunt came out. It's just one of your Australia coming presents. And sky blue paint has its charm. I came up to the mirror. "Wow. My thoughts tangled around the last sentence. I'm glad that you're happy. "We wanted you to feel welcome here. Thank you so much. Sweet dreams dear. I hope you will like over the comfy looking single bed.which means that I’m going to have a nice view at night."She is upstairs by the way. I absolutely love it and I always wanted to have windows in the ceiling. "I love it. The floor was covered in perfect white tiles and the walls were covered in pastel pink. "I'm going to leave you on your own now dear.both on the ceiling. And now tell me how do you like your room?" Her aqua eyes flickered with interest as she said that. This bathroom is all yours for the time you will spend here so make yourself comfortable. You need to wake up early tomorrow if you want to see something amazing and I'm saying no more. It’s perfect! Thank you!" I smiled and then gave her a big hug. Sarah Rail xxx . "All yours dear. "Whose are these?" I pointed at the unknown to me neat pile of clothes." she stated and before I could ask her anything else she was gone. neat note stuck to it." She took my arm in her bony hand and dragged me towards the creamy door she would have came out from earlier. A cupboard was opened with a small pile of my clothes on one side and much bigger pile of clothes that I didn't recognize on the other. There was a small." I answered. I went up the stairs. in the left corner of the room was another creamy door. It was one of my Australia coming presents. There was a long corridor with four doors.

"Wake up Sleeping Beauty! You have to hurry. bedroom.” She grinned. my dad's round face and medium sized nose and my mum's beautiful lips.” Sarah passed me a strip of plaster. “Are you ready yet?” I heard a voice coming from downstairs.showing her perfect." she reminded me.from the lack of sunlight. I groaned and put my finger in my mouth. “Get yourself dressed quickly but be quiet because everyone else is still asleep. I was lucky not to fall over but also unlucky. My hair was brown with blond streaks. I was so grateful.I've never dyed it or even planned to. my hair was light brown with blond streaks. “Here you go. I had a long and relaxing bath and then dressed myself in shortsleeved pyjamas then I quickly blow-dried my hair and brushed my teeth. I grabbed myself on the banister in the last fraction of second. “Do you want to see that amazing thing or not dear?” She looked unsure. Blood started oozing from the wound.” I quickly ran down the stairs. After those routines I went to bed and quickly drifted into a deep sleep. My mum envied the thickness of my hair and the way it shone. I stood up and took a blue dress (the Australia coming present) from the cupboard and changed quickly in the bathroom. It was Sarah.amazing things don’t last forever. trying to be as quiet as possible but I almost tripped on the last step. I gave out a long yawn and then stretched myself. She turned away from me . I wasn't really bothered to do anything else with it now.I could have it either with streaks or without streaks at any time. There was something I haven’t seen before in her eyes. My hair was special. It was all up to where I put the parting on my hair. I tied up my tangled hair. I was what my family and people from Poland called beautiful. I had a rather pale skin.literally silver eyes which were duplicates of my grandmother’s. I had a dreamless night. She gave a quick glance at my dressed finger. When it was on the left side. bathroom. “Well if you are come here then. I wondered whether I was worth it all. Next morning someone woke me up. clothes and who knows what else.I smiled as I read it. straight teeth. It was an automatic response. my hair was medium-dark brown and when it was on the right side. Her aqua blue eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. It was natural. I saw blurred but familiar face in front of me.she must have heard me groaning and guessed what happened. I looked at my reflection in the mirror. She was grinning. They really thought about everything: school. there was a little piece of nail sticking out and it scratched the tip of my forefinger at my right hand.

fighting for food.” She said. “There’s everything ready on the kitchen table. “Wow.” That seemed to have convinced her. There were different tints of blue feathery balls sitting on one of the tree branches and various shades of red ones on a different one. And she doesn’t behave like other people of her age that I know. please?” She asked and I nodded. “We need to feed them. I passed Sarah the bags.I corrected myself.” This made her glow. How can I not love it? It’s something I’ve never seen before. There were birds of varied hues and sizes wherever I rested my eyes. “Of course I want to. My aunt smiled warmly and her aqua blue eyes sparkled with what I knew was happiness. She looked so young. After I ate the breakfast I drifted away to my bedroom. I quickly ran to the kitchen table and picked up a bag of seeds and another bag full of wriggling worms. “You seem to love this?” It was more of a question than a statement. a silly question aroused in my head: Could it have been…hunger in her eyes? No.” She confirmed. Please lead the way.” I didn’t want a tiny cut to spoil whatever amazing thing was waiting there for me. Birds became more animated. A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets. The clock said . They are quite dangerous when they fight for food. it must have been concern.” I thought I was dreaming. “W-o-w.quickly so I couldn’t examine them closer but from what I caught a glimpse of. “I thought I was dreaming when I saw it all. Can you bring it here. How could she believe that I wouldn’t like such an amazing thing? “Sarah. She led us out of the house into the garden which I haven’t seen before because it wasn’t seen from the road.” I pointed at the loveliest birds out of them all. She opened them and started chucking the contents all over the place. that’s right. I got scratched few times. When we came back in everyone was up and Sarah started making breakfast. It was the biggest garden I would have seen so far and the most amazing one. There were different colours also but those stood out the most. “Let’s go. It’s amazing.” She pointed at the few scars she had on her right hand.moan about everything and keep on repeating that she is too old. “Yes.and ran back to the garden. I didn’t recognize any of those birds except from a lonely pair.which made me flinch.

a buzz of a fly. I finished the book and all the thoughts I kept from my mind. Reading the book took me the rest of the morning and whole afternoon with breaks for lunch and dinner. I would have read it few times before.every little rustle seemed to keep me fully awake. It was time to sleep but I couldn’t close an eye. It was about wolves. just after the supper. ‘What if I won’t be liked because of my appearance or because of the way I talk.that it was only ten past seven in the morning. Everything seemed so loud. murmur of the wind against the leaves. so I tried ‘counting the sheep’to my surprise it accent? What if I’ll say something stupid as it often happens? Or what if they don’t like people from other countries?’ The same thoughts circulated my head. I had a lot of time so I picked up a book “White Fang” from the shelf. . The point of it is to keep my head away from thinking about tomorrow. . inevitably rushed into my consciousness. In the evening. because it was the sort of book that usually took me a day to read. I finally found myself in ‘Dreamland’ but without dreams. Everyone was asleep except from me.

“Kate! Wake up or you will be late to school.” I heard her whisper urgently. equipped with notebooks. I went down to the kitchen where Sarah . I picked up some clothes that I had chosen from the ‘Australia coming present’ pile yesterday night. “Kate! I’ve got something for you!” Sarah cried out from the kitchen. I ran to the bathroom and combed my hair slowly and then I parted them on the right side to show off my blond streaks. She must have thought I was still asleep because she started shaking me violently. I thought as I ran back downstairs with the rucksack hanging over my shoulder. “I was already awake when you came. I guess I was way too worried about school to let my mind produce any kind of dream.CHAPTER 2 I had a dreamless night. I rushed downstairs (trying not to trip over like yesterday) for my breakfast which was waiting for me on the kitchen table. exercise books.which was a useful thing for a person with memorising problems. I left my hair loose but I put a hair-bubble around my wrist just in case I had PE today. pencil case and a planner. My sleep was so light that I roused when I heard my mum’s meant-to-be quiet footsteps.” I remarked. She rolled her eyes and walked out of my room to give me some privacy. I stood up and stretched my stiff muscles. I picked up my brand new rucksack. I chewed the crispy toasts with jam fiercely and then briefly slurped the milk from the glass. I thanked Sarah and mum for making me some breakfast and rushed up the stairs. ‘It must be another ‘Australia coming present’ or something along those lines’. I got dressed quickly.

“Okay. She looked like she is going to jump over the moon (if it there was one out. “You’ve got to see it.stood. It was a Peugeot 307 convertible.” She was so excited. unpack the other one. And if the car wasn’t enough in it’s own grace. It was beautiful. It is for good luck dear. It was a gold necklace with a flower shaped charm that had a carving of Mary and baby Jesus on it. in harmony with her feelings.” She gesticulated towards my mum and smiled. It reminded me of the necklace from my favourite grandmother that I’d have lost few years before. It was wrapped in silvery wrapping paper. mahogany kitchen table. It used to be my personal source of good luck. I was curious indeed. I picked the first one up. also excited. it was painted a fiery orange metallic keys. “Anyway. “You must be kidding me! The car of my dreams in a country of my dreams? I’m being greatly spoiled here. I envied a little the way her beautiful eyes sparkled happily. We stopped outside the house where the car was parked. The car I wanted so much is parked right here.” I teased my aunt. It made me smile.” She almost chirped those words in her excitement. I was amazed and second time since I’ve been here I had to think whether I was worth it all. “But… could it be-? “ I was so amazed. I’ve put the necklace on before I reached for the other bundle which was wrapped in golden paper and tied with a scarlet ribbon that stood out beautifully. I opened it. “I picked this one with your mum on the internet.shimmering in a profusion of sunlight. unsure what to was daytime after all). I found myself holding a little. She .showing her perfect teeth. I examined the item in my hands closely. I tore the paper off with one swift movement. black gift box that jewellery is given in. It was exactly the colour I would have dreamed about to have my car painted. Here in my hands I was holding . What is the point of ‘Australia coming presents’ anyway? Is it to keep me here? To help me settle? I’ve been brought back on Earth as Sarah grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the front (honey wood) door. her eyes flickering with curiosity. She pointed at two bundles that lay on the square. I froze as I tore the paper off. ready for me to sit in it comfortably and drive it.” I responded smiling. Your dad said that this is the car you wanted to get in the future.

Her school is on the way to yours so it shouldn’t be a problem. “Angela lets go. Her eyes sparkled like never before. I was about to open the door of my new fiery orange convertible but my mother. Marie had cried out for me urgently and rushed out from the house with my little sister clenched to her side. “Just look inside your car. . I should have thought that mum.” I sweetly smiled to my cute six-year old sister and seized her delicate hand. She was already running late. I have to remember to thank Logan and dad later.” She said convincingly as if she read my thoughts. Logan wanted to give it you personally but he had to go to work earlier today.watching her gasping for breath. Can you do that for me?” She requested once her breathing went back to normal. Sarah’s long blond hair was tied up in a neat bun (it was like that only when she was doing some work. “Please take Angela to school.” I hesitated slightly.smiled a wide grin of perfect teeth back at me. love. GPS. “All the needed addresses are already saved on your GPS. Logan and whoever else was it that helped choosing this car has really made it perfect for me in every detail. I stiffened at the thought that I will have to drive on my own. I shut the door behind her and strode towards the driver’s side.” She winked. She was faster to open the door. I’m off to work now. that’s no problem as long as I know the address.” I grinned. Bye Kate!” She chirped in her warm voice. I didn’t know where exactly the school was and that was the only problem.” My mum explained. “Sarah was supposed to do it but she had to go to work. “Ok mum. “One more thing Kate.” I told her. That reminded me of everything that was to happen todayme having to put up with school and her going to work. I led her to the passenger side. “Yes mum?” I asked. I wouldn’t let you drive to school without you knowing the way. I was about to ask who will drive me there which sounded silly now when I had my own car. “Don’t worry dear.” My aunt smiled and kissed my cheek for goodbye like aunts often tend to do. “Wow. “I got to go to school.whenever at her home office or in the kitchen). She sat herself on the creamy leather seat and clipped her seat belt straight away. “Have a nice ride then dear. She seemed to glow and looked happier than ever.” She added and shortly vanished from my sight. this car has been chosen by Logan and your dad with a bit of my help.

the silence would be crushing. I gave a quick glance at the inside of my car. In one word it was… luxurious. I settled myself comfortably on the creamy leather seat that shone with its newness. There was a sticky note stuck to the white. “You’ve reached your destination. I searched for a parking space.just as the computer male voice told me. The car had a wooden dashboard and an automatic gearbox.I believed. I was certain of that. . It had air conditioning which I set to room temperature. It was barley two streets away from Sarah’s house.” It told after a while of driving straight forward. I was really glad that just after my sixteenth birthday I had passed a driving test.The door opened smoothly. I didn’t know where I gained so much concentration from. The way was surprisingly short and easy. I’ve put the keys into ignition and turned them swiftly. there!” pointed Angela at the space between a red Mercedes and a black Jeep. The screen lighted up and a computerised voice welcomed me. I quickly recognised Sarah’s neat writing. The car gave a silent purr as it came to life. Now I was seventeen and able to get wherever I want to on my own. I pressed the red button with some force. so relaxing. I smiled to myself for making a good choice at my sixteenth year of living on this world. It was so nice to sit on this seat. “Kate. I would have dealt with satellite navigation before so I knew what to do. Now. the most important thing: GPS. It was attached to one of the air conditioning crates. I didn’t talk to Angela as I drove her to school and if not the radio. Probably I gained it subconsciously from the part of the brain that fights for survival because it was the only part of me that didn’t worry about today… it will get to worry later on though. I hope you like your car dear. I turned right. Enjoy the ride! Sarah Rail xxx My aunt and my uncle are the kindest people in the universe. It was something I would never had before. In the menu I chose ‘addresses’ and then picked one marked as ‘Angela’s school’. furry steering wheel. All the addresses you’ll need are already typed into your GPS.when I won’t have to concentrate on my life.

I hoped that her day will be good. I watched her for a while. I could see its extensive pitches. I drove slowly. Now I could trust her for sure. It’s so magical how this hanging on the sky ball of fire can affect me and many others around. my mood would surely match it perfectly. Do you know where to go?” If she doesn’t then that can be a problem because I don’t know where she is supposed to go either. My school wasn’t as close to Sarah’s house as Angela’s but it was not far away either. bless the sun!’ I thought. She turned around and waved goodbye with her delicate hand. If the weather would be worse.probably of her age. so it is five kilometres away from Sarah’s house’ I made a quick calculation in my head. No wonder that Sarah and Logan are always in a good mood.“Thanks. ‘Oh God. She looked so cute in the pink knee length dress. The sun certainly helped a lot. She unclipped her seatbelt. also waving goodbye. I felt my throat going suddenly dry but it wasn’t because I was thirsty…I could see the school.chocolate brown and she had my dad’s brown hair. which curled into little rings. She nodded again. I grinned back at her. “Are you sure? Maybe you want me to come with you?” I wouldn’t want to get in trouble with my parents. I will get to know if Australia is as good as it seemed so far or whether my (worthy a reputation of nightmares) thoughts are true. To my relief she nodded but I couldn’t believe a six years old child straight away. kissed me on a cheek smiling and ran off to the place where youngsters were jumping about happily.fifteen years in roasting sun with only a few drops of rain throughout the year is what I call a paradise or at least a part of my imagined paradise. It was surrounded by a thick.” She pointed at a group of kids. and then I changed the destination on my GPS to ‘My school’ and drove away listening to the radio and the computer voice at the same time. dark forest and green hills. ‘My school is four point four kilometres away from Angela’s school. I was extremely scared but with the sun’s help I was also somehow eager and excited. My nerves were in shreds…first day at school. “Look Kate! It’s there where these kids are playing.running towards her new class mates. There were two football .just over thirty kilometres. She had her mum’s eyes. How good that the golden sun was out.

now continued striding toward the school gates. I bet that everyone will be like ‘Oh it’s that new girl who tooted her horn for no reason’ but on the other hand it was just an accident… it happens. He is a great father. I totally agreed with the motto. peachy skin but what else could I have expected? Australians without a tan? All of them to be albinos? I drove slowly toward the arch-shaped gates of my new school. This was no will make me stand out with my light. I hope that students in here also agree with was sign of great stress. He always wants the best for me. That was one good thing that I could spot already. There was one pitch that I knew was especially designed for running and other athletic activities. One of his biggest mistakes according to his stories was the one to choose not to continue with his if it wasn’t me who just tooted the horn. I realised that all of them were tanned.also wanting me to have a great future and to choose a correct path. The one thing I hated the most was being stared at as if I was an exhibit in the museum… I’m going to dislike today. I drove past the gate… getting tenser with every second because now it was time to look for a place to park (which I was no good at). The computerised voice told me that I’ve reached my destination and made me toot my horn by accident. Strict but great. ‘You can buy beauty but knowledge you’ll be never able to buy. It made all the pedestrians look my way. I was really stiff and tensed out of sudden.’My dad would have repeated so many times. I’m new in this school and already I’ve done a silly thing. I was a good runner and I knew that I will enjoy spending time on that particular pitch. He said that if he would have gone to college. It wasn’t that humiliating experience anyway. he would have had a better job now and that our family would have had been in Australia a lot sooner. He told me that I shouldn’t ever follow the path he took. Obviously everyone will glare at me. I can’t be too nervous about it. I was judged too much by appearance in England.‘Let us be known by our deeds’. I tried to look as if nothing happened. there was a free parking space next to a big. The crowd of students. whose interest was gained by my horn. The gate was pastel green in colour and looked quite old. I have to calm down. white sign announcing ‘South Sydney High School’ in green letters. There also was a telephone number given and the school motto.pitches with people playing football on them. She is . My mother would have told me the same type of stories. He would have told me about the mistakes he made and he would have changed the way I look at the world. I was lucky.

The girl didn’t look up as I sat myself next to her. An urge of panic washed through me. There was a plenty of room left where I could sit. I shall never let them down. My name is Calla. I love my parents. shoulder long. I took a few deep breaths to clear my mind and calm myself down then I closed my eyes to concentrate on planning something out. I started walking towards the bench. not because they wanted to. giving me goose bumps. I was very nearly hyperventilating in the car. I cleared my throat. When I find someone who is kind enough to help. she had the most intriguing eyes I would have ever seen. In fact they only moved because they had to.that caught her attention. I opened the door slowly. I own them too much to leave them disappointed after all their effort they’ve put in raising me. I grabbed my bag and stepped out of the car. My eyes stopped on a lonely girl sitting on the bench under the protective shade of a hefty tree. There was a group of people laughing and messing about around the corner but they didn’t look welcoming so I carried on searching. I was in a car park (obviously) and I had to find someone who looks kind and helpful. “Hello. Nice to meet you Kate.the believer in our family. She believes that I will have an easier future. They were a unique emerald green. I gave a quick gaze at my surrounding and locked my orange Peugeot with one click of the button.” She smiled shyly and then tucked her hair behind her ear. She had a cinnamon carnation and black. She is what anyone could call a motherly friend. My name is Kate” I smiled kindly. . She was reading a book but I couldn’t see what the title was. wavy hair. My legs shovelled forward with struggle. After a minute of thought I figured out that I should get out of my car and find someone who could help me. It was a simple plan. “Hi. I didn’t know where I was supposed to go. I could feel that she wouldn’t mind giving me a hand in need. concentrating on my plan. I parked my car next to the sign and silenced the engine down. I’ll ask him or her for the way to reception and then I’ll ask the receptionist for the map of the school plus my time table. I searched for that someone who hopefully won’t mind helping me. I just realised one thing about the girl.

” I informed the plump woman behind the desk.” Was her answer. separate building with blue door. just a notice board and the blue door I came here through. “Of course. Now I had to tell her what I wanted.” She shoved the book that I’ve interrupted her from reading into her bag. There was nothing interesting. I answered her question with a single nod.“I was just wondering if I could ask you for some help?” I hesitated slightly. tall desk behind which sat three women typing something fiercely on the computer keyboards. Calla started walking and I followed. no problem. She smiled and nodded. “So I’m Kate Burney the niece of Rails and now can I have my lesson time table please?” I asked quite rudely because I was getting inpatient. She was as slim as me too. The women shook themselves and two of them went back to typing fiercely on the keyboards. Why would this girl want to help me anyway? I was surprised when she smiled kindly. “Um.4 feet). As we came in I could tell straight away that she led me the right way. “And…What is your name Miss?” She asked. then she also went back to typing. “Are you Sarah and Logan Rail’s niece by any chance?” Questioned the one with round glasses. lets go. then she stood up and hung her bag over her shoulder. the plump one printed out something and handed it to me. “I’m Kate Burney. The reaction I witnessed was really unexpected. Her shoulder long jet black hair seemed to radiate in the sun. We were walking towards a small white. One of them. One of them looked up from the computer screen. I raised my eyebrows in confusion. There was a big.” The woman whispered something to the woman next to her as I told my name. She looked impatient. “I’m new in this school and I don’t have a time table for my lessons. “How can I help you?” She asked interested and somehow surprised by our visit. can you show me where is reception in this school…please?” I stated. Have they seen a ghost? I turned around to check if perhaps it was something behind me that they were looking at. She was as tall as me (about 5. all three women stared at me wide eyed with their mouths slightly parted. . The other woman whispered in to the ear of the one with round glasses and now I had all three of them staring at me curiously. “No problem.

I turned around only to realise it was Calla.” She explained and we both laughed at my silliness. You don’t have science but English in E3 first today.” I informed and then passed her my time table so she can have a look herself. She looked amused as she checked for herself. “You’ve been holding this upside down. “I have science in S5 first today. “What is it?” I creased my forehead. I was in classroom S5.I glanced at my time table. I had science first today. I had no idea where was that. . “Do you need help finding your way to your first lesson?” Suddenly a melodic voice came from behind me. From now on I was sure that I and Calla are going to be good friends. I nodded my head in acceptance.

“No there’s nothing wrong with that…They are both really good lawyers and everyone respects them. Isn’t that good?” She told me after the bell finally stopped informing us that we should move on. “I have English in E3 first today. If she was someone I knew for longer then I wouldn’t mind asking her but she practically was a stranger and there was no reason why she would want to tell me anything so I figured out that I should just let the subject drop. realising how very ponderous were my movements in comparison to hers. Calla walked towards her seat. “Aw. We stepped into E3. .” We both said at the same time and then laughed at our coincidence. “So you are Rails’ niece?” She asked and her expression suddenly changed from happy to unreadable.” She stated with a big grin across her face. We were just on time. Everyone was busy chatting and the teacher was nowhere to be seen.CHAPTER 3 T he bell rang deafeningly. red haired boy. I’ve checked on my time table. I could only follow and envy. making me cover up my to a muscular. beamed back at me in return. “I’ve only just realised that you’re in my teaching group!” Calla managed to shout over the noise of the bell.that was something my eyes would have missed at first. as I expected. “Yes that’s great and thanks for your help. Calla beckoned for me to follow and I started walking behind her. We also have other lessons together. that was nothing. “Yes… Is there something wrong with that?” Why did people react so strangely about the fact that I was Sarah and Logan’s niece? Calla seemed to realise that her question made me suspicious and confused because she was smiling again whilst shaking her head. “Let’s go to E3. She walked as gracefully as a model. the classroom was already full.” I smiled at my new friend and she.” Calla assured me but I felt as if there was something she was trying to hide from me or that her words had a double meaning.

I didn’t have to wait long (not long enough to clear my mind) until my English teacher’s head appeared from the gap between the door. Everyone was sat down expect from me. affirming nod. making my heart beat faster.” He murmured under his breath. Roger by the way. I felt as if I was an exhibit in a museum. where I would have seen the red haired boy sit previously. right?” He hesitated slightly and I nodded in response. I needed someone to answer them for me before I become insane. as I presume?” Asked a male voice from behind which I knew belonged to a teacher. jet black mop of hair and thick moustache. I stepped back into the classroom full of gawking people.” I heard him say. “You must be Rails’ niece then. I was out of the classroom after giving him a short. Third time today people reacted strangely at the fact that I’m Sarah and Logan’s niece. “You can come back in now Miss Burney. . Mr.everyone was gawking at me and some girls in the corner were holding back their giggles. My head was tangled in thoughts. I could almost hear all the faces in the room tense as if I’ve announced someone’s death. “Um.I felt quite self-conscious to stand in the middle of the classroom. I’ll call you back when I’m finished. Suddenly everyone quietened down as the door behind me opened. Roger was trying to teach us.” I confirmed as I faced a rather attractive tall man with a thick. can you just go outside the classroom so that I can speak to the class…? It shouldn’t take long. “Miss Burney. “Yes sir. always beginning with ‘Why’. it was really humiliating. ‘Why did I have to walk out of the classroom? Why couldn’t I’ve just stayed when he was talking to them? Why do people react so strangely because of who my aunt and uncle are? Why does everyone go suddenly quiet when someone mentions them?’ These were the questions on my mind. then the lesson began and I had to concentrate on what Mr. That’s me. I was welcomed by a warm smile as I sat next to Calla. At least I didn’t have to sit next to a stranger. Roger gesticulated towards an empty seat. Now there must be something that slipped through my mind past these two days or there’s something that hasn’t been mentioned to me. I was told to sit next to Calla and that certainly was a good start. I’m Mr.

The annoying bell rang the second time today. His face was very angular and chiseled. I’ve let my legs carry me towards her. I felt really self-conscious.3 now. What chance did I stand with him. cerulean eyes. . The boy had chestnut hair that was neatly spiked up. They were more beautiful than Calla’s. had sparkling. The boy looked up at me. I could feel a slight blush spread across my face and I barley ever blushed. She looked as if she was from Italy. Sarah and Logan’s niece. The unknown boy glanced at the teacher with his cerulean eyes wide open in disbelief. I was glad that I somehow managed not to peek at his perfection. no. McCrea pointed at a free seat next to a brown-skinned boy who was just pulling his jumper off. curly hair noticed me and beckoned me with her long finger.’ I’ve thought to myself. We walked or shall I say practically ran to our next lesson. As we walked in. He was so perfect… so beautiful and angelic. Don’t get too excited because you’ve got no chance with him anyway. that’s why we had to be quick. I walked slowly towards my table. brown. frozen. I nodded my head and for a glimpse of a second her face was unreadable. I and Calla will be having geography in room 1. Sarah’s or Logan’s eyes added up together. making my stomach flip and my heart to beat frantically. Calla told me that there isn’t much time given to get to our next subject class.” Mrs. a female teacher with shoulder-long. informing us to go to our next lesson. She shook that expression off and then told me that she was called Mrs. something punched my insides. but I couldn’t with the unknown boy by my side. he isn’t! He is just an average boy. This way of thinking worked well and convincingly. especially if to consider that he was a stranger and I was the ugliest person in the whole universe? I took my seat quietly and tried to concentrate on the lesson. McCrea set us a task and once again I felt a faint blush spread on my face today. She asked if I was Kate Burney. The boy. I was awed. despite his dark skin tone. “Work with the person you sit next to and together make a distribution map of Australia. no. Humiliation spread around my body like a poison. McCrea. “You can sit there Kate.” Mrs. showing his ripped chest in the process of it. ‘No.

For a while neither I nor the boy reached out for the given equipment.” I heard a familiar melodic voice coming from the left side of the room. nearly unbearable.‘If looks could kill’. I didn’t know for how long it lasted but it did seem long. I managed not to groan in pain and to keep my face straight.I realised that there was something familiar in his beautiful eyes. All I needed to know is what . and then everything happened in a rush.if they could. The boy looked at me with eyes full of hatred and I felt myself shrinking in the chair. “How do you feel?” The petite woman (probably the nurse) asked. ache on the top of my head. I opened my eyes and saw Calla and a petite woman who I suspected to be Mrs. I wasn’t hundred percent sure whether I saw it in England or in Australia but I knew that I will recall it sometime. Suddenly the blackness appeared again followed by the ability to think clearly. Dove. something I saw somewhere before.” I already figured that out without her needing to tell me. glaring at me with concern. I was pretty much sure that it belonged to Calla. Both of them were examining my face for some reason. it vanished and was replaced by complete nothingness. I tried to sit up to show them that I was fine but I underestimated my abilities and tried to sit up too fast which ended up not only in dizziness but also in an. I must have had banged my head and I must have had hit it hard. As the blackness covered my thoughts completely. McCrea handed out sheets of plain A3 paper and square boxes full of colours for each table. Did I do something to this boy? He was eyeing me as if I have had killed all the members of his family in a savage way. The second thing I knew was that there was nothing but an overwhelming blackness spreading in my head like ink spreads in the water. Mrs. someone would be arranging a funeral for me right now. “You’ve hit your head really hard Miss Burney. First thing I knew was that we both reached for the same thing at the same time and our hands touched by accident for a fraction of second. What has happened and why has something happened? “Mrs. The teacher gave the stranger next to me a harsh but meaningful look which made him groan. He made a famous phrase jump into my mind. she’s waking up. Dove.

even though I had more than one good chance to do so. naturally tan skin. “What happened to me?” The nurse looked like as if she hoped I wouldn’t ask that question. I was using every tiny bit of my concentration. ignoring the growing pain on the top of my head.” I lied. I’ve never fainted even when others around did. “Well…” from her expression I guessed that she was looking for the right words. I always used my acting skills when telling lies. It was probably because I couldn’t understand how fainting away was no big deal. trying to remember what lead me to passing out. I was a really convincing liar. . Then it struck me…it was the most vivid flashback I would have had in my life. I would have fainted when our hands touched by accident. Didn’t I breathe because of that or what? That was unlikely especially if to consider that I never fainted before. My aching head somehow didn’t want to let them sink in. “There you go love. “You’ve fainted-“ “Why?” I didn’t even let her finish the sentence. “I’m fine. It’s no big deal… You’ll have to stay here and rest for a while though.I didn’t wan to stay in here. no matter what was the situation. She passed me the ice pack whilst smiling at me warmly and then disappearing from the sight. “Because your brain didn’t get enough oxygen. How foolish of her was that. Never before in my life would I have passed out.I knew the outcomes. but surely it was no big deal! “I’m going to get you an ice pack for your head dear. First the mesmerizing cerulean eyes then the Geography pair work and finally the touch of the unknown boy’s soft.” The nurse came back with an ice pack clenched in her hands. I creased my forehead in thought and confusion. Does she have bad news? In one instance her expression changed into more relaxed. ever.” I sighed.she must have found the correct words to express herself.” Said the nurse after a while and was shortly gone out of my sight. in fact I could feel them and they were painful. ‘It’s no big deal…’ I repeated these words in my mind.happened and why did it happen. She seemed concentrated and tensed.

the nurse turned around and Calla pulled an innocent face on. The nurse rolled her eyes and turned back to face me again. I couldn’t help but to grin back. It sounded quite serious yet so beautiful. well the beautiful part did. As an answer to her question I nodded and smiled suited her. Dove nodded her head as a ‘thank you’ to Calla and left the room without a further word. The nurse now faced Calla with a serious face.a place I want to forget about. “You felt and banged your head on the table quite hard Kate. her cinnamon skin radiating from happiness. she was a shy human being. This room made me think of England.” She informed. There were a few wooden chairs in the corner and one small window through which only a few rays of sunlight came in. I wanted to go not only because the room was too dull to exist in Australia but also because my head stopped pulsing from pain now.” The door opened and the nurse entered with Calla who was widely grinning at me behind her back.I put the ice pack on the place where my head hurt. I wasn’t so sure about the serious part. I think that Miss Burney can go home now and have some rest. . “Yes. Dove had to say and tried my best to memorise it. Calla wasn’t a serious type of person (as far as I knew). If there are any problems like disordered vision or dizziness then contact your doctor immediately. Her expression was hard to read but it looked like as if she was lost in thought. “Do you want to go?” She asked and she had a hopeful look in her beautiful emerald eyes.” I listened carefully to what Mrs. I didn’t mind getting away from this small rectangular room. “You shall go home now and have some rest dear. She was smiling sweetly. in the corner of this small room. I waited patiently and after a while I heard nurse’s voice drifting closer. that gained me a warm smile in return. “No problem. She reminded me a lot of Sarah for a moment. Calla stood up and walked out of the room leaving me on my own.” I looked up at Calla who was seated on the wooden chair. I smiled slightly from the comfort I felt. “That’s how you’ve hit your head.” She told the nurse. It was a great relief. Mrs. “Miss Gravelle. can you make sure that Kate gets home safely?” So Calla’s surname was Gravelle… I really liked the way it ringed in my ears. As I grinned at Calla. If your head hurts then get yourself a pain killer.

I relaxed and smiled. I creased my forehead. “How will you get home though?” I couldn’t help asking.” I finally remembered. I grew even happier as I spotted the white sign that I would have just recalled. “It’s a Peugeot 307 convertible…its fiery orange.I’ve got to make sure you get home safely. there was! A white one. now give me the keys. I started panicking.obviously pleased with myself. with school’s motto and name written on it in green. I could spot the shapes of cars in the distance ahead of us. I didn’t want to cause any trouble to someone who is going to pick her up.” Did she really think that I wasn’t capable of driving myself. “Don’t you worry.” When she finished pointing out what job she was given. We walked outside in to the dazzling. My eyes searched for any glimpse of the fiery orange paintwork but couldn’t find it anywhere. just because I’ve banged my head? And how will she get home afterwards? “I think I can drive-“I started but Calla interrupted me. I tried to remember where I would have parked it. everything has been taken care of. which I love so much. walking behind her as I often did today. Her graceful movements made me have a hit on my self-esteem. . Calla pulled an expression which I thought meant that she wanted me to continue. We were half way through now and I still didn’t recall it. roasting sun. “Have you got a car?” she asked. I could also see the hefty tree where I would have met Calla this morning. Yes.” She assured as we turned around the corner of the building. “Yes” I answered.” I told her the colour just in case she wanted to know that too. I felt cheerful as the profusion of sunlight and warmth hugged my face and my bare shoulders delightfully. “You’ve heard the nurse miss Burney. I figured out that there is no point of arguing any further and passed her the keys to my beloved car. ‘Hang on… there was a sign. It’s not good for you to drive after what happened good that Calla was walking in front of me or else she would have realised my strange behaviour. I wondered how many days it will take me to learn my way around this school and stop feeling silly when following Calla.Calla smiled and motioned her hand in a way which I guessed meant that I shall stand up. “What make is it?” so that’s what she expected me to tell her. “Great.

I suddenly remembered something.” I beamed. “They are such a good lawyers…That’s why. “Right. We stepped out of the car and Calla started talking to someone quietly on the phone. I managed to find my fiery orange convertible. always making sure that we were getting closer to the sign. Her statement didn’t help much anyway. “Everyone knows where the Rails live.” She announced as she finished whispering through her phone. satisfied by her little remark. thank you. “We’re here. “Thanks. I felt relief instantly as I stroke. Is she really on a special diet? As if she needs any of that. I couldn’t hear a word of the conversation. I decided that I was going to give one more try on driving on my own.” She grinned and then passed me the keys. It felt better that I imagined to be the leader. “Do you know where to go?” I asked as she pulled out on to the calm road. I’m on a special diet. I’m going in five minutes. I was deliberately striding towards the driver’s side but I quickly changed the directions when I saw Calla put her hand on her hips and pull a disapproving face.I overtook Calla and now I was the one leading the way. “We can go in if you want. After about five minutes of silent driving (except from the radio) Calla turned into Sarah’s and Logan’s driveway where she cut the engine. It was hard to hide how creepy all this sounded.heated by the sun. The fact that everyone knew where I lived with my family was still really creepy and I knew that I won’t feel too safe at night anymore. We ran through the aisles of parked cars.” She looked amused as if she found something funny about this. I was hungry so why wouldn’t she be? “No. I was growing obsessive about it and that disturbed me a little. After a while of passing through long rows of cars. . We both sat ourselves comfortably on the leather seats and clipped the seatbelts for safety. “Your car is really nice.” It was lunch time now. my vehicle. This car park seemed like a maze right now and I felt like a rat searching for a slice of cheese.paintwork of the vehicle. I can make you something to eat or drink. So everyone knew where my Uncle and Aunt live… where I currently live. I’m not hungry. It seemed much bigger than I would have thought at first.” Smiled Calla as she started the engine.” She smiled but the smile didn’t get to her eyes.I thought.” She answered as if she knew what thoughts and feelings evoked in me. does she know where I live and where to drive? If she didn’t know then surely she would have asked… but she didn’t.

“I told you to call me Nick and now we got to go. I was shocked that none of them realised that I would have came home early.” Chirped Calla towards dark skinned boy. It also was a relief because I didn’t feel like being tormented with questions. The house was silent when I entered. Instead they both swiftly got in to the car. then I watched TV until everyone came back home (I wasn’t really paying attention to the TV because my head was spinning around the eventful day I had). a lot more mysterious. It was certainly the easiest car to spot especially if to consider that it was a bright yellow Lamborghini Gallardo. There were more important questions to be answered but I knew that I would never bring myself to ask many of them. These were the questions like why people reacted so strangely today and why did I faint after Nicolas touched me. I will remember that. After them came Sarah with Logan. These were a lot more important. It was lunch time and I had nothing to do so I made myself something to cheerful as always. It was very smooth and the sound of it melted my insides. Our eyes met for a glimpse of a second and I smiled shyly. The boy that I was sat next to on Geography. His voice made me think of melting chocolate with it’s sweetness but yet it was slightly bitter. just after Calla waved me goodbye and they were gone out of my sight without another word in a matter of seconds. First to come were my parents with Angela by their sides. he was looking at the house with his expression unreadable.I gasped and jumped up as I heard a tooting sound out of the sudden. I strode towards us so fast that it looked blurry.” So his name is Nicolas but he prefers to be called Nick.sideways to us and then the door opened and out came him. My heart beat was so fast now that it seemed as if my heart is going to escape my chest. I know I will.Is Calla Nicolas’ girlfriend? I shook my head. I was left with one unanswered question. He didn’t look at me. This was the first time I would have heard this angelic boy speak.without return. I was just about to go to my room when I was caught into a tight embrace by Sarah. I was in some sort of trans at the very moment and I really wished that he would speak again but he didn’t.he was still studying the house. The car stopped. Her aqua eyes flickered with curiosity and . It didn’t take long to spot the car that made this noise. everyone was at work (except from Angela who was still at school). hoping that this way I might dump this question from my head. “Hi Nicolas.the reason of me fainting.

I took a quick shower and quickly went to sleep. was build mostly in a Greek style. I was haunted mostly by this single thought since the yellow Lamborghini vanished from my sight. After the quiet supper I ran into my bedroom. What else could I have done? Bombard her with questions that sounded rude and out of this world even in my head? I told her that I’ve met Calla and that teachers were quite nice. I’ve let one tear escape at the thought of Nicolas and Calla together.excitement. from what I could tell. circular room. The room. That was the only truth that could be revealed. I was glad I didn’t because it meant that all the thoughts are going to get silenced out for the night time. relieved for not having to pull a happy face any longer. I didn’t have a problem with falling asleep today. She asked me how my school was and I lied to her that it was good. It’s not like I knew this guy for a long time. CHAPTER 4 I was sat in a scarlet armchair in the middle of a small.just to not to make anyone suspicious. I figured that out because of the columns that had Greek key . I told my parents the same stories and lies. I didn’t even talk to him and the way he looked at me at Geography… as if I killed his family… as if he was about to kill me in revenge. I couldn’t understand why it bothered me that much. I gave out a loud sigh.

I reached for the tree’s bark and it was just as rough as real. Sudden realisation struck me. I wildly gawked all over the place. I felt the icy carving. I touched the flowers and their petals seemed silky just like in reality. I could feel it tickle me between my toes. The door creaked but I ignored it even though I heard clearly how it made a sound which to me sounded like thousand people screaming at one in shrieking voices. I stopped in front of the wall awed because the drawings looked so realistic.printed over them and because of the marble statues of Greek gods and goddesses placed along the walls of the room. cold sculptures. I held the twig firmly and then started exploring the room. After a while I could finally confirm that the wall was covered in magnolias which were drawn on a cerulean background. It was a stare so full of hatred that I . I felt how rough. His eyes flung open and I saw a flash of cerulean in the dull light from the fire. I couldn’t help smirking. I didn’t know how could anyone on the world paint pictures that are so alluring to the human eye. I felt the fire on the twig getting dangerously closer towards the surface of my pale skin. I reached out my hand to prove to my stubborn self that what I could see was just a pretty picture. I could tell it was Nicolas by the build and the dark skin tone. The amber-coloured fire was the only source of warmth and light in the room. careful not to burn my fingers. It was just warm enough for a human being to feel content but not light enough to be able to study the surroundings closer. I reached for the cerulean background and I felt sunrays hugging my skin. watching the fiery tongues of fire flicker cheerfully. My eyes locked on a tall. I raised out of the comfortable armchair and seized a burning twig out of the fireplace. I was sat in front of the fire place. I walked towards the wall. As I came closer and closer the shapes on the wall became clearer. He squinted his eyes at me. willing to see what it felt and looked like. I ran towards the fireplace and placed the twig where it would have come from. My feet were bare and I could feel the comforting softness of the fluffy carpet. grainy and uneven the surface was. I recalled that earlier on I’d have heard the door make a creaking sound. manly figure. After that I dropped myself in to the armchair and closed my eyes. He had his eyes shut tight as though he was having a battle inside him. I shoved my feet unwillingly from the intriguing wall towards one of the still.

I was just about to open my mouth… just about to ask why does he hate me so much but then strings of silvery mist started to circulate at one spot and then the contours of a woman became clearer and clearer until the mist disappeared and in the middle of room stood emerald eyed Calla. It was all just a dream… more of a nightmare than a dream but it still didn’t happen in reality.started regretting that I haven’t simply kept on watching the fire flicker happily in the fireplace. I felt outraged that they didn’t realise that I was in the room. The only part of the dream that seemed to have been true was the fact that Calla. She walked towards Nick in that graceful motion that always made me feel so ponderous. I was falling into the world of complete blackness…the world of inevitable blackness. My body seemed to have frozen in place. She slowly wrapped her arms around his neck with a big grin of satisfaction spreading over her face. . tossed myself carelessly back on to the bed and then rubbed my temples. It was only five o’clock in the morning. I wanted to swivel away so that the couple can have some privacy. I was surprised when I reached the ground. It was a nonstop. Out of sudden everything vanished from my sight into the wild spin around me. That certainly wasn’t helping me to fall asleep. landing with a loud thud. He looked at her as if he was about to turn into a kitten and give out a loud satisfied purr. my friend has a relation ship with Nicolas. the boy who made me lose my consciousness. beside my bed. I could feel that I won’t be able to sleep for any longer. The couple started kissing passionately. The hole I was falling into seemed to have no end at the moment. but I wasn’t going to let it take control of me. He was leering at her. wooden floor. Calla is my friend and I felt happy for her… and a little jealous. not paying any attention to the fact that I was in the room. I began to feel relief wash through my veins and body. The sort of sound that could make anyone go insane. dull and weighing down sound. I wasn’t tired and the storm of racing thoughts from yesterday made a buzzing sound inside my head. I opened my eyes and I was lying on the floor. glancing at them. I gave a quick glance at the silver watch on the wall. I couldn’t even twitch my little finger. I stood up from the hard.

I left the note on the table. Now! I ran towards the cupboard full of clothes. Love. Kate. ‘The rest of the day is going to be cheerful and exciting. I went for a little jog. I sighed in relief. I don’t mind.’ It seemed to whisper in a voice that sounded like bells. If it was one of my parents they would tell me to go back to bed.into the fresh air of the morning. You’ll love it!” She chirped cheerfully. It was just rising. It was five o’clock. It didn’t take long to find what I desired. I became as solid as a sculpture out of stone. I was just about to open the door but I heard someone’s steps coming from upstairs. I turned around to face Sarah. I have to find a jogging suit and I have to do it now. I’ll be back at seven. lacy pyjama and quickly got dressed into a purple jogging suit. grabbed the note that I left on the table and added a few sentences in her neat writing. knows spectacular places. The kind of morning that made it easy for you to predict what the rest of day will be like. “Sure. She beamed at me showing off her perfect teeth and I could see her wonderful aqua eyes sparkle with excitement. She made me think of a little kid being excited about Christmas. It was the warmest and the most pleasant morning that saw in my life. I was practically shouting it over the buzz of my tangled thoughts. and started scribbling a messy note. Nothing bad will happen. The Sun was a perfect shade of orange. Sarah wasn’t like that.I could tell straight away that she approved to the idea of jogging at five o’clock. I just needed some fresh air. I pulled off my sandy brown. “Going for a little run? Mind if I join?” She said playfully. “I know a great place to jog. concentrating on repeating one intention in my head. She folded the note and stuck it on the fridge. I tiptoed downstairs. Don’t worry about me. She was fully dressed in sports clothes. .” I smiled back. took a pen and a piece of paper off the mahogany kitchen table. I didn’t know where I wanted to go and’s fiery rays warming up anything that dares to stand on their path.I pulled out of the blankets. got hold of my arm and pulled me out of the house. as far as I know her.

” I explained happily.” Laughed lightly my aunt when she saw how fast I ran to catch up with her. “Come on Kate! Follow me!” shouted Sarah who already was good ten metres ahead of me.” I ran towards her as fast as my legs allowed me to. I haven’t even started jogging but I felt better already. I smiled to her and answered her question. I should have predicted that she would ask me this. my sister and Logan) and she wants me to be content in here. I smiled to myself. “I’m coming. She wants me and my family to settle here easily. . She reminded me a little of a young kid that bombards others with millions of questions but most often with ‘Why?’ Even though asking ‘Why?’ to me sounded childish. “Well…I guess so. making my eyes produce tears. “And what bad thought are you trying to escape from today?” concern was very clearly visible in her aqua eyes. she probably thinks that it’s something to do with Australia. and what else could it be about anyway? I will have to lie to her. it doesn’t bother me. No wonder she wants to know what’s bothering me. It felt so good and refreshing to have the wind blow in my face. “Because it frees me from bad thoughts. Also. I normally hate for the wind to mess with my hair but whenever I run. I could ask her things about Calla and Nick. “Why?” She asked casually. On the other side I could tell her the truth. She is my only relative in Australia (except from my parents. Not that it’s something I’ll be proud of doing or something that will help me get some answers. but I’ll have to. It also felt good to have wind play with my hair. She is too kind to not to be saddened that some bad thoughts are bothering me.” I smiled cheerfully. “You seem so full of energy dear.” I answered honestly. Pleased. I could demand from her to tell me a reason behind everyone’s reactions when her surname gets mentioned. My heart rate was getting faster and my breathing deeper.The constant buzzing noise in my head seemed to have quietened down and now was just an unnoticeable background whisper. “I just wonder why do people react strangely when someone mentions that I’m your niece?” There was something fierce in her eyes like she was ready to listen to any names I mention and pounce on those people furiously for giving my a hard thinking time… but I didn’t mention any names. I need to make a quick decision. “I love running.

Especially. she was right and I felt silly for troubling myself so much earlier on. The place was painted in all colours of the rainbow. My head sunk unconsciously in the most adorable scent in the world. I’m well known and nobody messes with lawyers. “Well everyone gets suddenly quiet and starts gawking at me with those… unreadable expressions on their faces. “Well it’s all caused by my job. She even laughed radiantly. I started regretting telling her the truth but if I wouldn’t have. There weren’t many flowers that I recognised. right?” she asked. “I guess you can say so. The one that will confirm whether Calla dos or does not go out with Nick.” What a sweet relief I felt when I saw smile paint over Sarah’s face. There was a different kind of plant wherever I rested my eyes. We jogged quietly for a while and I was still considering whether to ask Sarah another question.” She showed off her biceps muscles in a superman way when she said the last sentence.I was sure. I shook my head. That made us both laugh. I didn’t know what species did any of them belong to. “Well…” I hesitated. Also. . The sweetest scent hung like a mist in the morning air. I have to finish what I already began. Another question popped into my head. We both widely grinned at each other and carried on jogging.she knew the answer. In fact I only recognised Freesias. I nearly tripped over the sticking out of the ground roots because I was so absorbed by the scent. even though. It was a honey-sweet scent of flowers. I felt ashamed of myself for not letting what she said ever run across my mind at any point all this time. which didn’t occur. then I would get nowhere near any answers. thinking of the right words. Orchids and bushes of Telopea which are also known as Waratahs. I couldn’t make a decision so I concentrated on studying the surroundings. “So people react like that because they fear of you?” I watched my aunt’s face carefully for any sign of change. It was like a dreamland or like a paradise. rising above the bushes and beautifully scented flowers.“And how exactly do they react?” Suspicion mixed with anger was present not only in her eyes that didn’t sparkle but also in the tone of her now hoarse voice. “You wouldn’t want to mess with anyone whose relatives are very nearly the most important people in the local area.” She giggled. There also were full of majesty mighty trees.

Every little information about the Gravelle family felt precious to me because I wanted to know more about them. “Do you come here often?” I pointed at the astonishing surroundings. What is she thinking about? “Mr. I found everything very interesting to listen to. “Isn’t she a daughter of Alistair Gravelle?” it sounded more as if she was asking herself rather than me. “Do you know Calla Gravelle?” she looked up at me to show she was paying attention. The fact that that Nicolas might be just a relative to Calla never stumbled across my mind and now I felt quilt show up. Anjali doesn’t work but I think she does a great as a housekeeper. His wife. “I think that Nicolas also goes to your school. Don’t you just think?” She answered in a dreamy voice that caused me to smile uncontrollably.” Sarah said out of the sudden. it’s really alluring indeed. Gravelle works for the local hospital for mentally ill people. . Her blonde hair was loose and tousled by the warm breeze from our running. making the leaves under our feet rustle. streams murmured softly and insects buzzed.” I grinned and in return I gained a sight of Sarah’s eyes sparkle from joy. but from now on I do. “I think she is.” That explained a lot.” I grinned widely at her. Sarah grinned widely. “Anjali looks after the house and children.” Sarah informed me.“Did you know that Waratah means beautiful?” My aunt asked as she followed my gaze. I looked up at her. “She has great parents. “Yes. As I listened to the sounds of nature I made my mind up about asking Sarah another question. Calla. your friend is her step-daughter and Nicolas is her son. “No. it’s my favourite jogging location… It’s so peaceful and alluring. He does a great job there by the way. I gave her an affirming nod because I wasn’t able to say a word. We were an addition to the music of this forest where birds sang. It was the type of quilt people feel when they judge someone incorrectly. have you met him by any chance?” Sarah chirped out. We jogged always to the same rhythm. Her eyes were out of focus as if she was trying to spot something invisible.” I answered but I wasn’t hundred percent sure. “Yes.

It’s quarter to seven. squinting my eyes with pleasure in the act of it. What on Earth am I going to say? “I. Too bad. I was clammy with sweat. “Yeah.” She whispered as if saying it quietly will make everything better. I pretended to clear my throat so that I could have at least few seconds to think. Sarah passed me some tissue to wipe my face and then we started running towards home. Sarah did the same. Her face fell slightly as if she didn’t want to go back yet. “Then why did you come home early yesterday?” So she has realised. breathing deeply and fast. School was great. Why would anyone want to leave a place that in description is closer to a paradise than to anything else? “Do we really have to?” I couldn’t help wincing.that I’m going to keep to myself.” I chuckled. If that really was what she felt then I felt exactly the same way.” Sarah said after checking the time on her golden watch. scanning my face as we ran. “Why? What happened?” her aqua eyes winded form concern and surprise. “I told you yesterday.” I answered and waited for more questions to come because I was sure that my aunt won’t let go of this too soon. Dove I think. except from my opinion of why did I faint. I savoured every little bit of the fragrance.” I stammered. I’ll have to tell her everything.” I sighed and then took one bigger sniff of the sweetly scented air. “By a nurse… Mrs. “Come on Kate.“Yes…indeed but unfortunately…it’s time to go. My lying skills were suddenly gone. um…was told to go home. shower would be good. We ran in silence. That’s a bit of a slip-up. “Yes Kate. Let’s go. “Ok then. “Who by?” she raised her eyebrows. I could feel them slowly slide down on the surface of my face until they reached my chin and dropped to the ground. We breathed in through our noses and out through our mouths because that is the correct way of breathing when exercising. Little beads of perspiration hung to my forehead.” I lied but I didn’t make an eye contact. .” She told me. You got to go to school at eight and I bet that you would like to take a shower before you go out. “How was school yesterday Kate?” I was surprised that Sarah asked me a question that I would have answered yesterday.

Waiting a second after every single word before she said another.” I murmured. The digital clock that stood proudly on the microwave was pointing out exactly seven o’clock. we gave her loads of toys and clothes which she is more than delighted with. I stopped out of the sudden because I had something important to announce. I always was either too late or too early. Sarah raised her eyebrows and then sighed.” Sarah smiled but her eyes still showed concern a curiosity.” Teased my mum.“I-I fainted. Sarah smirked and sped up from jogging speed into sprinting. I sped up too until I was at the same level of speed as her. and so I had to check if my cute sister is getting anything which would seem as the only fair way. “I-answered-your-question-now-you-should-answer-mine. “So did Angela get any Australia coming gifts?” I changed the subject suddenly.I fainted because my brain didn’t get enough oxygen. also I didn’t want to be favoured.not wanting to talk about yesterday. We both laughed and kept the same speed for the rest of the way. She laughed beautifully and sped up even more. I started running even faster and caught up with my auntie once again. “Wow. “Sarah. I wouldn’t have believed that a person of her age could run so fast if I wouldn’t have just seen it with my own eyes. She looked deeply in to my eyes as if she was excepting to see something there. “Sarah!” I shouted for my aunt who didn’t realise the emptiness by her side. I just wonder if you could keep the fact that I fainted and that I came from school early yesterday to yourself?” I didn’t have a slightest intention to worry anyone else and I didn’t want my parents to have a panic attack. What has happened? My daughter has improved on punctuality.” I repeated the nurse’s words which sounded like a plain lie to me. “Yes. “It’s no big deal. Sarah’s eyes winded even more as I told her the reason why I was sent home. “According to what I’ve been told by the nurse. “Why did you!?” She exploded (only after taking in a few deep breaths).-Why-didyou-faint?” She said slowly and calmly. She turned around quickly and sprinted like an arrow in my direction. .” I told her and she seemed relieved. “Can you do that for me? Please?” I asked. She nodded and then the corners of her mouth rose into a kind smile. When we reached home everyone was already up and there was breakfast waiting on the table.

In the two weeks time I had not only learned how to find classrooms in my new school but I had also stopped using my GPS to get to either mine or Angela’s school. I ran to my personal bathroom. . I took the hairbrush from the windowsill and started the fierce battle of untangling my hair.I had to go everywhere where my friend did as if I was pulled by her). When I finished I took all my clothes off and stepped into the icy shower which felt soothing against my burning body. CHAPTER 5 T wo weeks of school passed. It was tangled by wind into thousand knots. I just don’t like to bother people and even though Calla assured me thousand times that she doesn’t mind helping me out and that she understands that it’s hard to find a way in a new place. My hair looked wild. I simply learned the routes by heart. Now I don’t have to rely on Calla’s kindness to walk me to our next lesson (it made me feel like I was a dog on a leash. I’ve learned my way around the school buildings last Monday. After I showed my gratefulness to my mother Marie for making the breakfast. out of place. I looked at my reflection. I was still sticky form sweat when I was eating my portion of fried eggs and fresh fruit.The whole kitchen was laughing and I couldn’t help but to laugh with them. My face was strawberry red after the amount of exercise I would have done this morning. I simply can’t change my point of view about things. Now I can exactly remember every single turn and every single crossing and where every single light come up on those routes.

Yesterday I would have gone to sleep at two at night.listening to the constant dripping of the rain that after a while became deafening. I myself find clock alarms not suitable for waking people up. sat up and sighed.trying to get as comfy as possible. I was tired. I estimated the time to be about ten o’clock in the morning. in fact I’m quite glad she did because I didn’t like that clock much anyway. I simply had to groan. I was woken up by the annoying tapping sound on the roof and the windows that I hoped I would never in my life have to hear again.trying to get at least five more minutes of precious sleep. I sighed. It was Sunday morning and it was raining. Something deep inside me pulled me towards the moon and stars. When I was little I used to have a telescope but I broke it. That is because I was observing the golden stars with the brand new telescope my parents bought me yesterday. The sky was cloudless and the shinning stars stood out perfectly on the indigo backdrop. I always found space fascinating and mysterious. therefore I don’t exactly blame Angela for killing my clock.I can’t deny and so I won’t that I’m extremely proud of myself for making a very fast progress. I love tracing shapes on the sky and making up my own constellations. no matter how I would have laid myself on the bed. I turned from one side to the other. Angie would have smashed it one morning when the sound of alarm clock would have annoyed her. I cursed the rain about hundred times before I tightly shut my eyes and pulled the blanket over my head. I did not have a clock to check what time it was because my I call it. After about two more tries I gave up. I started grumbling and complaining silently under my breath. subtle way. To be honest I felt sorry for her. I stood on the bed and pressed my face against the cold roof window to see where the sunshine was visible behind the clouds. I’ve never owned another telescope until yesterday. . It was nice and warm last night. People should be wakening up in a delicate.’. The sun rays were cutting through the clouds just above the burgundy roofs of the houses on the opposite side of the road. I could not feel content so I had to turn once more and then again and again. The only problem that bothers me with the lack of clock is that I have to guess what time is it and that can never be accurate. I fidgeted in the bed. She got really done by my parents. ‘From confusion to precision.

On the same day few people introduced themselves to me. dried them with a soft cloth and then put them where they belonged to. I ate and drank reluctantly. It might sound unfair or nasty but if to think about it many people put what matters more to them in the first place. I sat on the armchair. I found out that she was just like me in many ways. It wasn’t as light and refreshing. I thought about the next day after I fainted. I’ve made two sandwiches with jam and a cup of steaming hot cocoa. After that I sluggishly went downstairs to make myself some breakfast. It wasn’t a very big difference if compared to my previous comparisons of my estimated time to the real time. beside the desk.I realised.I jumped off the bed on to the icy floorboards which squeaked as I landed on them. A few minutes have passed and I started reminding myself of the past two weeks. I get to know Calla better. When I eventually finished I washed the blue but today they seemed gray as if the colour was sucked out of them. The imagined clock in my head was one hour late. and spun around on it. It was nine in the morning. I was getting better at this every day. . For example I found out that her favourite colour is scarlet and that she and her family aren’t from Australia but from America and that her ancestors were Native American. I hurried back to kitchen and glanced at the bloody-red numbers on the digital clock. Generally the walls were painted my favourite colour. I quitted the kitchen and dashed into my room which looked a far cry from the usual due to the change of weather. Even the air seemed different. It was two girls and three boys but I can’t describe what they looked like because through the two weeks time I never spoke to them again. Everyone was still asleep after a week that was filled with heaps of hard work. I slowly moved towards my cupboard and put on my old clothes because they were warmer than the ones I received as an Australia coming gift. The only thing I can remember is that five people introduced themselves at once. Calla definitely is one of the kindest people I’d have met as far as I live. I craved to be able to fall asleep whilst it rained. It wasn’t as bright and cheerful now but dreary in every possible way. If I was to describe it to someone I would say that it was mind-clouding. I was half way back to my bedroom when I reminded myself about the need of knowing the time. I don’t remember their names because I was never particularly good at memorising anything especially if something did not interest me too much. I covered my mouth with my hand as I gave out a long and loud yawn. We practically talked non-stop on breaks.

if I read the expressions right which I hoped that I did not. I didn’t think that the plaster was necessary but she insisted to put it on anyway.The rest of the week would have been fine if not the fact that every day there was at least one person less in our class. As I tripped my knee slid along a sticking out floorboard.) There was one thing that made me smile as I reminded myself of the first week of school. He has honey blond hair and pale skin as if he is an albino. “Can someone take Miss Burney to the nurse to disinfect the injury and get a plaster?” Whispered coach Martin just loud enough to be audible to the whole class. He is very lean and athletic. “Thanks Miss Gravelle. On PE boys and girls have PE together and on the first lesson couch Martin told us that we will be running fifteen hundred metres. (Couch Martin was certainly the nicest PE teacher I had. It worried me because of all the stares I gained (if they could they would pierce me with their intensity and hatred). He does not moan and shout at everyone. It was lunch time when that happened. When I stood up warm blood was tricking out of the small wound. (The way Nick glared at me stung the most) I wanted to fly out of the window just to get away from the pack of gazes that were fixated on me . Dove. The mood in the room changed into indescribable. In the nurse’s office my knee was taken care of by Mrs. “I can do it. (He always sits with me and Calla at lunch times. I have no idea what he had declared to them but when I came back in everyone except from Calla was giving me death stares. He even smiled (I realised that he rarely smiles) as he said hello. So after that everyone begun to avoid me.” Murmured Calla just as quietly (more to herself than to anyone else) then jumped up towards me and gripped my arm.” Answered the coach just before we vanished from everyone’s sight.) His voice was so beautiful as he spoke and so mind-boggling… simply .) I was send outside so that couch Martin could talk to the rest of the class. I was shot with stillest from the eyes of students walking past in the corridor since the first PE lesson. It was the day when Nick officially introduced himself to me. Everyone looked as if hey were suddenly hungry and frustrated at the same time. (That is everyone except from the teachers. Calla and Nick. I was trying to get away from the gawking people too vigorously and tripped over someone’s foot when I was going back to my place. with headphones placed in his ears. Everyone was staring at the wound with the same expressions on their faces as my aunt when I hurt myself.

behind her ears. and whenever those words came out of her mouth. “Why would you think that I would want to run away?” I asked quietly. I realised that she became more caring (if that was possible) since we came to Australia. Of course Sarah came up with her ‘You’ll love it dear. On the last Friday. “I don’t want anything from you.unforgettable. making me roll my eyes in my thoughts.” I laughed at her and she grinned widely. which was getting in her face. I laughed internally at all those thoughts. “Kate! Kate!” I heard my mum yell. Another thing is that there’s more to it. the door opened and in came my mother. She tucked her mid-neck long black hair. for example. The house has got possibilities. not only has she bought a house for us but she will be our neighbour because she bought the house from the opposite side for herself. nearly on top of her lungs. It can be small but very comfy or it can be big and beautiful and so on. I was just worried that you ran away or something.” My eyes nearly popped out of their places as Marie.’. I don’t know. When I tried to insist on the grown-ups to tell me what is the ‘new house’ like. I wondered where has she been thinking I was. I was more than surprised to hear that my mum was expecting me to have a reason to run away. Sometimes I catch myself craving for the sound of his ravishing voice. “There you are love!” She sighed. Interesting things not only happened in the school but also in between my family. Do you want something from me?” I heard her respire deeply from relief. “Are you there Kate?” I rolled my eyes at the unnecessary concern in her voice. I was lost in thought for a few seconds but then I heard footsteps and a fraction of a second later. I was never disappointed so I imagined the ‘new house’ almost as a castle. Marie clicked her tongue and giggled. they would only smirk and tell me that I’ll see in my own time. “Well. I rolled my eyes once more. People of your age do all sorts of different strange things. but you’re very silly!” I exclaimed. I like the sound of it and my imagination is simply exploding with ideas of how the ‘new house’ may look. ‘New house.obviously knowing that I was pushing my dreams too far.’ As I’ve been told. “Mum I don’t know whether anyone has told you. . It is hard not to think about it and his breathtaking cerulean eyes. my mother said this. and then she left me on my own in my room. I was told that Sarah bought a new house for my parents. “Yes mum.

I took “White Fang” off the shelf and started reading. She practically could not stay seated for more than five minutes and she kept on prating about how will her room look like and which room will it be and what will be the garden like and all those things that I quietly wondered about too. stretched widely and whilst grinning I pulled the covers over my head. The rainy morning quickly past and was followed by a lovely sunny afternoon.” My dad chuckled and I playfully smacked him on the arm.’ I yawned.I had this idea going on in my head that nothing interesting will happen today so. This obviously associated with helping my aunt and uncle to pack up. After taking a quick shower I went to bed. it almost comes alive with every word I read. closed my eyes and was immediately lulled by the peaceful voices of the grown ups coming from downstairs. I couldn’t guess if it will be a good or a bad thing but I simply knew that it will be something memorable. I was always amazed by their beauty. The next thing that I knew was that the covers were gone and that I felt cold. I knew that I won’t finish this book today because I started reading it too late but to be honest this book became my favourite. when I was only six years old because when I was little it was always him who was waking me up and he always said the same thing: ‘Time to go to school sweetie. Sarah went to town to hire some vans and to buy boxes and sticky-tape for packaging. The wolf. When I wasn’t reading I was either eating or thinking about the new house. We always got along well. All the description in it is so realistic.” My dad said in a sing-song voice grinning. he reminded me of my childhood. At dinner time my parents announced that we will be moving in the next month. I was quite surprised because usually it was either Sarah or Marie who did the waking up in the whole house. “Will you tell me about the new house?” I pleaded in a voice nearly as sweet as sugar. White Fang. I was positive that tomorrow something will happen. is such a strong character. It was nine o’clock in the evening and time to go to bed. “Time to go to school sweetie. The next morning I was waken up by my dad. wilderness and strong spirit. The most excited was my little sister Angie. . We were to start packing from Monday. as I always did when I had that feeling. Sometimes when I was younger I wished I had a wolf as a pet. The excitement could be clearly felt in the house. I sometimes think that I gained most of the humour from him. “Time to go to school sweetie.

Rule number two: if dad doesn’t seem to be right. Sometimes I felt as if he wasn’t listening to music but eavesdropping to my conversations with Calla.” At the words ‘ice cold water’ I technically flew out of the bed at the speed of light. “Ok. I went upstairs one last time to brush my teeth and then. I rolled my eyes and then he playfully poked my ribs. there are some exceptions because I have a cream that smells of chocolate and a moisturiser that smells of almonds. I have an obsession with coconut fragrance.” He said this every time I tried to get some information out of him. I washed my hair with coconut shampoo that I loved so much. In the mean time. I have this idea weighing my mind that he probably knows more about me than I about him.“Yeah. then look up rule number one for help. Nearly all of my cosmetics smell of coconut. “Are you ready to go then? Have you got everything you need?” I asked because she tends to forget her belongings. that’s enough. and if not. I was thinking about how to start a conversation with Nicolas.” A well known phrase of my conversations with dad. I couldn’t resist laughing and poking him back. therefore. I turned the keys in the ignition and the engine silently purred to life. it was very frustrating to hear the same thing over and over again. It’s amazing. I’ve checked twice. don’t make me drag you out of bed and wet you with ice cold water. you’ll love it. After showering I blow dried my hair and dressed (in skinny jeans and short sleeved purple baggy top with a drawing of galloping horses on it) and packed for school. straight to the bathroom.?” He cut me off at midsentence with one loud ‘Shhh’.” She rolled her eyes and then I stuck my tongue out at her. “What if you’re mistaken? Why can’t I know? What if I don’t. She grinned and then she kissed me on the cheek. then. I could hear my dad chuckle loudly for a while. . “Fine. I was dragged back on Earth as the passenger door clicked and opened wide. then I ate some breakfast which was a bowl of honey cereals with warm milk. “Yes. then I’ll talk to him when he sits on my table on lunch. and in came Angie.” She chirped in her childish. I’ll talk to him on a geography lesson. and then I could hear his heavy steps when he was going downstairs. I patiently waited in my car for my sister Angie to come.I was feeling awkward to have him sit on my table and say nothing... “Rule number one: dad is always right. You got to get ready. but don’t blame me when you realise that you are missing something because I have asked. cute voice. I hurried under the warm shower. Come on.

They were all intensely observing me. they will jump past all the six parking spaces down to me and tear me apart limb by limb. I blinked and then I gasped because it took them less than a blink to gather around me. They had exactly the same tousled golden blonde hair and exactly the same ice blue eyes that were filled with the same amount of aversion. The two men looked like brothers. but poison-green as eyes of a viper. They were stood near the lamp-post on my left.that the person talking to me is no one pleasant. I automatically looked around and saw them. I joined her but I was lip-singing because my singing skills are unbearable. my hands always are inhumanly cold but so were my mum’s when she was of my age. I was late to school. except that her eyes weren’t like Calla’s warm emerald ones. I parked at my usual spot near the big sign. the colour of roared up pieces of coal. therefore no one was around. The woman who the taller man called Jenifer (she was the woman with eyes of a viper) loudly sniffed with her nose. Both of the women had the looks of top supermodels. The male part of the group was just as beautiful and just as full of bitterness. as far as I could tell from the distance. I was surrounded by four faces of the strangers that were everything but friendly. perhaps I wasn’t alone after all. She was shorter than me. . I kicked the gas peddle and speeded towards South Sydney High School. (Only because I had that feeling that if I will take my eyes of them.On the way to school I switched the radio on and my sister started singing along with the song.” True.) I could not bring myself to turn away. I could tell that they were twins. I stared at the lot of them for a long time. It was a group of four peopletwo males and two females. One of the women had charcoal hair and green eyes. How did they manage to get over here so quick? “What is a little vulnerable person like you doing here?” The woman with poison green eyes asked in cold voice that made my insides tremble in a warning sign. If I wasn’t human then what else could I be. just setting my foot on the ground when I felt eyes of a stranger on me. All of them had skin as white as porcelain. The other girl had ginger hair. six parking spaces away from me.I thought sarcastically. After ‘byes’ have been said. I was just opening the door. The taller of the men grasped my hand but then he let go very quickly with a surprised look on his face. that’s why it was so easy to spot them. Her eyes were raven black and filled to the edges with hatred. “She is too cold to be human Jenifer. It wasn’t hard to spot them anyway.

all four of them pounced at me. We are just about to have a little snack. I could smell it from there.“Nonsense! Blood is flowing in her veins. I looked at them all. She kept on waving her hands in distress as she spoke as if the words weren’t sufficient to fully express her feelings at the time. It was as if they have dissolved and became nothing other but air. my breathing became uneven. “Do you really have to have a snack all gathered around me?” I whispered faintly but angrily.” I stood there not being able to move even though I knew that I should run as fast as possible away from these queer beings. There was a fight going on around me and I was the prize apparently. . I could feel my heart beat faster than wings of a hummingbird.” She boomed out with a frustrated voice. I groaned inside my mind at the idea of being centre of attention in school. “Thank you Sarah. How good that I haven’t listened to Logan’s urges of telling you after you are back from school.” The girl with hair colour of roared up pieces of coal giggled unpleasantly. Something very unexpected happened then and I don’t think that I could have ever been more joyful at the sight of Sarah. “Sorry sweetie but I really have to do it. “Goodness me.” She looked at me apologetically.” ‘ Oh what a great idea. I prayed silently to God that when I close my eyes they will be gone as fast as they came. if people haven’t seen what has happened through the classroom windows then if Sarah tells the head master he will mention it in assembly and everyone will get to know. How on Earth could she smell my blood? They either have all gone mad or they are trying to scare decent people off… whichever it is I would be gracious if they would leave me alone. I only came to tell you that we are moving in next weekend but I’ve ended up saving you from trouble. Sarah who looked like an angel ran up to me and helped me to stand back onto my legs. “In fact I will go now but I’ll walk you to your class first to tell your teacher why you’re late. I think I’ll have to speak to your headmaster about what happened. Hmm.” I beamed a honest smile.” She gave me a serious look. hoping that her eyes could prettily sparkle again. full of suspicion and unpleasant thoughts. “W-what do you want from me?” I stammered when they were still there after I blinked. Next time if such thing happens someone could get badly hurt. She wore a white knee-length dress with short sleeves and her blond hair was freed from her usual tight bun that she wore to work. I was knocked down on to the ground. “Oh nothing sweetie. “No problem dear. The group laughed in a sinister way and then.’ I thought sarcastically but kept a smile on my face. The group of pale people that I was knocked down by has vanished out of sight.

” Her smile seemed somehow forced. Her talk did sound appealing except from the fact that for almost a whole week those lousy attackers will know where we live.” She was very calm and that calmness partially passed onto me. I usually try not to be rude but I could not help it now.” Sarah’s voice was worried. Sarah tucked heir hair behind her ears. We might have to be more alert at night time before we move homes but afterward all should be splendid and there will be nothing to worry about. I started feeling heavy at the thought that they now had all my information.“Fine. “Its nothing to worry about. unnatural. If they only look into my planner they will have all they could ever want to know about me. her breathing shallow and uneven and her eyes were wide. frightening me to the bone marrow. Those creeps that… somehow vanished in to the thin air.” I smiled warmly and a weak flicker was back in Sarah’s water-blue eyes. I tried not to block the image of them. “I was just wondering aunt if you have seen the speed that they ran off with once they saw you?” I looked right in her eyes but they were revealing nothing to me. I felt relived once she nodded with an understanding expression on her face. Only students.” I questioned imploringly in my foreign accent. Suppose it meant to get the message over clearly -‘This is not a right time for explanation. “What lesson have you got?” She looked at me expectedly. I ‘phewed’ when I felt the jagged metal part of a key in one pocket and I simpered as I sensed the sleek body of my phone in the other pocket. Others should not be allowed here unless they have been permitted. I’ll get you a new bag with new supplies and whatever else that was in your old bag. scuttling around my room.” The corner of her lips turned upwards weakly. were not normal in any human or non-human way.” I finally answered in a slightly smug tone. parents and school staff should be able to go on school grounds. I reached for my bag and my heart skipped a beat. “Can you please make sure that my parents don’t get to know anything about today? I don’t want my mum to jump out of her skin and my dad to have to put up with calming her down. Their skin was paler than the skin of an albino. next time someone could get hurt. “They pinched my bag!” I screeched from the abruptness of my blood flow.’ Or perhaps it could have deeper meaning. “Please tell me that you at least have your mobile and car keys with you. She was of course right about the matter. She nodded with a smile still on her face. “Thank you Sarah. “Yes I have that. “Good. I dug into my skinny jeans’ pocket. “Can I ask you one more thing though?” I almost unnoticeably asked.” I grumbled through clenched teeth. . “Yes I have but I’ll explain to you some other time. from my head. it was more of a dead corpse’s colour…but even paler.

CHAPTER 6 T he piercing eyes of my classmates were on me when. I bend over the table and hid my face in the warmth of my arms. after a trip to reception for a new time table (the receptionists have been exceptionally kind and swift at their job when they saw Sarah). Copyrighted © by Klaudia Karbowiak All Rights Reserved 2009 . She quietly exchanged a few words with my teacher as I sat in my usual place and then she turned on her heel and walked out through the door which she shut without making a sound. I entered the Science classroom with none other but my aqua-eyed aunt.

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