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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
Let me take it for you. It was one of those points of view that I have inherited from him. her husband approached in a steady pace to also welcome us. In fact this smile seemed to never fade away." Sarah said in a sweet. Kindness was not fading away from her face still. . The cars are just there. "May I take your baggage?" Now I could see that his eyes were a beautiful. but thanks anyway." She carried on explaining." She pointed. Both of the cars looked new and expensive. we can manage to do it ourselves. "We don’t have a six-seater so we brought two cars with us. Like Sarah's. they held an incredible kindness in them. She is like a mother figure. One was a blue. she definitely was a kind and caring person." Logan said loudly but rather shyly in a deep. "Oh don't bother. He really was strong. His lips were tight and he had laugh lines just like Sarah. kind voice and then she hugged each one of us. shiny Citroen with a big boot and the other one was rather small silver BMW. It was a lot more delicate than the other hug though." Sarah explained the whole situation with a kind smile on her face. Yes.caring and helpful. "We thought that in the Citroen Logan will take your luggage and that I’ll drive you back to our place in the BMW. Once Sarah unwillingly let go of us. He was a sort of person who wanted to have everything done by himself. He thought that it was the only way for something to be done properly. I thought that it was the warmest welcome I've ever had in my entire life. I saw tears of excitement and happiness in her aqua eyes. "Let's go my dears. "I'm sure you had a long and tiring journey. "Hello! I hope you had a peaceful journey my dears." Was my dad's (Andrew's) automatic response." 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.you and she will always find a way to make you feel better. I thought with amazement.as if I was a precious and breakable thing. Well what have I expected. Her grip was strong. "Hello. Out of sudden I found myself being hugged for the second time today.Sarah and Logan are both successful lawyers after all.whom I love anyway. Not over caring like my mum Marie though. hazel colour. warm voice. It took us thirty seconds to get to the cars. around this corner. 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.
"Sarah. You are such a good child. um. I bet this will greatly satisfy him. decided that I should keep you company." I said. The whole way to my relative's house. It was so simple at the moment to make someone smile."I've been waiting for you lot to come for over twelve years. To be honest I was scared that I won't be liked.just like I was one in . 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. I felt sorry for Logan who had to drive on his own." my dad said as politely as he could. I saw his hazel eyes get warmer. Angela.. She was hugging her only brother now. I was going to go to South Sydney High School in Maroubra. "It's not your fault that it took us so long just to learn basics of English. that I'll be an outsider in a country of my dreams. her aqua eyes going glossy behind her long eyelashes. So don't blame yourself. I was to get started the following Monday. We can't stand here forever." I answered honestly. "Maybe I should go with Uncle Logan? I will keep him company. if that was possible. I'm a rather sociable man. and now let’s get moving. I wondered how many things my parents would have told her about me and my sister. I chatted to Logan about England and told him how much I hated it there. you know we would have come earlier if not our language problems. 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. that you shouldn't drive by yourself." after these words I sat myself on the passenger seat. "That's a great idea dear.if it comes to happiness and excitement. I got out of the silver BMW and marched towards much bigger blue Citroen. I found out that he and my aunt have already found a school for me. for I did enjoy making people happy especially when all I had to do was to keep company. Thank you. Did Sarah send you as a messenger?" he said. Logan welcomed me with a warm smile and such thoughts escaped my mind. From his voice I could tell that something was bothering him. "Hi. when they talked to her on the phone. 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. Aunt Sarah has nothing to do with it. "No. He seemed more relaxed." answered my aunt in a grateful tone.my dad. "Well. We got ourselves sat comfortably in the BMW with Sarah behind the wheel." he comforted her.. Sarah couldn’t and didn’t complain. To my surprise it was more comfortable to sit in here than in the other car. I." she said. I know I am a good person but she couldn't have stated that without knowing me more. It's my entire fault that it took so long.
"We were talking about Australia. Maroubra also is a part of Eastern suburbs region. Her chocolate brown eyes that I sometimes envied searched for any signs of injury on me. I'm a magnet to blood spilling situations. "Oh" was all I could say because something about the house made me not even want to think about moving into a different one. I think that you will like it. "Where exactly in Australia are we now?" I had to ask. especially considering the fact that I can hurt myself on anything.I didn’t want to sleep yet. It had two garages and beautiful windows." declared Logan. I mean if I started on something he could go n about it for quite long without getting me bored. My mum seemed to realise that. Then we went through the honey wood door inside where others have been waiting.England (which obviously wasn’t anywhere near my dreams). I would have never thought that talking to Logan would be so easy and pleasant. Maroubra belongs to the local area of the city of Randwick. She definitely was over caring. "In Maroubra in New South Wales.I was purely curious. .” I answered. We will help him with that so it will be pretty soon.after Logan has parked his car safely in one of the garages.every window was decorated with stained glass at the upper part of it which was really effective in attracting attention to itself. "What took you so long out there?" asked my mum with unnecessary concern in her voice. It is placed ten kilometres South-East from Sydney central business district if you wish to know." I moaned. ask aunt Sarah for the way to your room." "Okay mum. even though I was tired. I said it halfheartedly because I suddenly felt tired. I still had today and tomorrow until Monday though so I've got time to mentally prepare myself. By the way. at least two garages and a swimming pool. "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. "You need to rest dear. We stopped in front of the biggest house on the street. it didn't have a swimming pool or a garden (that I could see)." He answered in one breath. I wonder what she thought. Unlike the other houses. Each one of them had it's own garden. in fact I couldn't blame her for. The door was made out of honey coloured wood which composed well with the sunflower yellow paint in which the house was painted. 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.
And now tell me how do you like your room?" Her aqua eyes flickered with interest as she said that.both on the ceiling. I went up the stairs. "We wanted you to feel welcome here. This bathroom is all yours for the time you will spend here so make yourself comfortable. The room was small with sky blue walls. 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. It had two windows. leaving me with my thoughts. There was a small. I looked around. There was a long corridor with four doors. you really shouldn't have. I just realized that next to my bed. I opened it and I found myself in a small bathroom. It's just one of your Australia coming presents. I'm glad that you're happy. Sarah Rail xxx . The floor was covered in perfect white tiles and the walls were covered in pastel pink. I jumped as one of them opened and my aunt came out." she stated and before I could ask her anything else she was gone. "Wow." She announced. It’s perfect! Thank you!" I smiled and then gave her a big hug. It was one of my Australia coming presents. "I've just been setting up your room dear. My thoughts tangled around the last sentence.which means that I’m going to have a nice view at night. And sky blue paint has its charm. I hope you will like it. neat note stuck to it."She is upstairs by the way. I really liked it all. "I'm going to leave you on your own now dear. You need to wake up early tomorrow if you want to see something amazing and I'm saying no more. Thank you so much. "All yours dear." my mum added quickly before I vanished from her eyesight. Come and have a look." I answered. I came up to the mirror. "Whose are these?" I pointed at the unknown to me neat pile of clothes. There was a beautifully framed mirror on the wall and a small window. I absolutely love it and I always wanted to have windows in the ceiling. Her eyes were flickering with gladness now." She took my arm in her bony hand and dragged me towards the creamy door she would have came out from earlier.one over the comfy looking single bed. in the left corner of the room was another creamy door. "I love it. Sweet dreams dear.
amazing things don’t last forever. there was a little piece of nail sticking out and it scratched the tip of my forefinger at my right hand. She gave a quick glance at my dressed finger. I was so grateful. my hair was light brown with blond streaks. My hair was brown with blond streaks. “Are you ready yet?” I heard a voice coming from downstairs.she must have heard me groaning and guessed what happened. “Do you want to see that amazing thing or not dear?” She looked unsure. straight teeth. trying to be as quiet as possible but I almost tripped on the last step. It was Sarah.” I quickly ran down the stairs. My hair was special. “Get yourself dressed quickly but be quiet because everyone else is still asleep.” She grinned.” Sarah passed me a strip of plaster. It was natural. They really thought about everything: school. After those routines I went to bed and quickly drifted into a deep sleep. I was what my family and people from Poland called beautiful. I wasn't really bothered to do anything else with it now. I grabbed myself on the banister in the last fraction of second. “Here you go. I stood up and took a blue dress (the Australia coming present) from the cupboard and changed quickly in the bathroom. "Wake up Sleeping Beauty! You have to hurry. It was an automatic response. There was something I haven’t seen before in her eyes. I had a dreamless night." she reminded me.I've never dyed it or even planned to.I smiled as I read it. Blood started oozing from the wound. my dad's round face and medium sized nose and my mum's beautiful lips. I looked at my reflection in the mirror.showing her perfect. I gave out a long yawn and then stretched myself. Her aqua blue eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. “Well if you are come here then. clothes and who knows what else. Next morning someone woke me up.I could have it either with streaks or without streaks at any time. My mum envied the thickness of my hair and the way it shone.literally silver eyes which were duplicates of my grandmother’s. She was grinning. I tied up my tangled hair. I groaned and put my finger in my mouth. I saw blurred but familiar face in front of me. It was all up to where I put the parting on my hair. I had a rather pale skin. I wondered whether I was worth it all.from the lack of sunlight. my hair was medium-dark brown and when it was on the right side. She turned away from me . I was lucky not to fall over but also unlucky. bedroom. 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. When it was on the left side. bathroom.
” She pointed at the few scars she had on her right hand. “Yes. “Let’s go. How could she believe that I wouldn’t like such an amazing thing? “Sarah. I passed Sarah the bags. They are quite dangerous when they fight for food. “Of course I want to.” This made her glow. 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.” I pointed at the loveliest birds out of them all.I corrected myself. Can you bring it here. There were birds of varied hues and sizes wherever I rested my eyes. a silly question aroused in my head: Could it have been…hunger in her eyes? No. It was the biggest garden I would have seen so far and the most amazing one. “You seem to love this?” It was more of a question than a statement. How can I not love it? It’s something I’ve never seen before. When we came back in everyone was up and Sarah started making breakfast. “W-o-w.” I didn’t want a tiny cut to spoil whatever amazing thing was waiting there for me. “There’s everything ready on the kitchen table. it must have been concern. I quickly ran to the kitchen table and picked up a bag of seeds and another bag full of wriggling worms. She opened them and started chucking the contents all over the place. “I thought I was dreaming when I saw it all. There were different colours also but those stood out the most. I didn’t recognize any of those birds except from a lonely pair. I got scratched few times.” She confirmed. Please lead the way.quickly so I couldn’t examine them closer but from what I caught a glimpse of. After I ate the breakfast I drifted away to my bedroom. that’s right.” I thought I was dreaming. She looked so young. My aunt smiled warmly and her aqua blue eyes sparkled with what I knew was happiness. It’s amazing.and ran back to the garden.” That seemed to have convinced her. Birds became more animated. please?” She asked and I nodded. A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets. She led us out of the house into the garden which I haven’t seen before because it wasn’t seen from the road. fighting for food. And she doesn’t behave like other people of her age that I know.” She said. “We need to feed them. The clock said .moan about everything and keep on repeating that she is too old. “Wow.which made me flinch.
The point of it is to keep my head away from thinking about tomorrow. Everything seemed so loud.that it was only ten past seven in the morning. because it was the sort of book that usually took me a day to read.my 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. It was about wolves. I finally found myself in ‘Dreamland’ but without dreams. murmur of the wind against the leaves. I would have read it few times before. .a buzz of a fly. Reading the book took me the rest of the morning and whole afternoon with breaks for lunch and dinner. It was time to sleep but I couldn’t close an eye. In the evening. so I tried ‘counting the sheep’to my surprise it worked. just after the supper. I had a lot of time so I picked up a book “White Fang” from the shelf. . ‘What if I won’t be liked because of my appearance or because of the way I talk. I finished the book and all the thoughts I kept from my mind.every little rustle seemed to keep me fully awake. Everyone was asleep except from me. inevitably rushed into my consciousness.
I thought as I ran back downstairs with the rucksack hanging over my shoulder.” I heard her whisper urgently. I left my hair loose but I put a hair-bubble around my wrist just in case I had PE today. I chewed the crispy toasts with jam fiercely and then briefly slurped the milk from the glass. I went down to the kitchen where Sarah . exercise books. I picked up some clothes that I had chosen from the ‘Australia coming present’ pile yesterday night. “I was already awake when you came. pencil case and a planner. My sleep was so light that I roused when I heard my mum’s meant-to-be quiet footsteps.which was a useful thing for a person with memorising problems. I got dressed quickly.CHAPTER 2 I had a dreamless night. equipped with notebooks. 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 ran to the bathroom and combed my hair slowly and then I parted them on the right side to show off my blond streaks. I rushed downstairs (trying not to trip over like yesterday) for my breakfast which was waiting for me on the kitchen table. She rolled her eyes and walked out of my room to give me some privacy. I stood up and stretched my stiff muscles. I guess I was way too worried about school to let my mind produce any kind of dream.” I remarked. She must have thought I was still asleep because she started shaking me violently. I picked up my brand new rucksack. “Kate! I’ve got something for you!” Sarah cried out from the kitchen. “Kate! Wake up or you will be late to school.
The car I wanted so much is parked right here. I was curious indeed. Your dad said that this is the car you wanted to get in the future. I envied a little the way her beautiful eyes sparkled happily. I was amazed and second time since I’ve been here I had to think whether I was worth it all. mahogany kitchen table. She . She pointed at two bundles that lay on the square. It was a gold necklace with a flower shaped charm that had a carving of Mary and baby Jesus on it. I found myself holding a little. I opened it. I froze as I tore the paper off. “You’ve got to see it. It was exactly the colour I would have dreamed about to have my car painted. also excited. “I picked this one with your mum on the internet. It reminded me of the necklace from my favourite grandmother that I’d have lost few years before.stood. It was wrapped in silvery wrapping paper. “Okay. unpack the other one.” She gesticulated towards my mum and smiled. And if the car wasn’t enough in it’s own grace. She looked like she is going to jump over the moon (if it there was one out. It was beautiful. “But… could it be-? “ I was so amazed.car keys. I tore the paper off with one swift movement. Here in my hands I was holding . “You must be kidding me! The car of my dreams in a country of my dreams? I’m being greatly spoiled here.it was daytime after all). it was painted a fiery orange metallic colour.” She was so excited. her eyes flickering with curiosity. ready for me to sit in it comfortably and drive it. It is for good luck dear. I examined the item in my hands closely. 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. 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.shimmering in a profusion of sunlight. It was a Peugeot 307 convertible. It used to be my personal source of good luck. black gift box that jewellery is given in. unsure what to expect. I picked the first one up.showing her perfect teeth. It made me smile.” I teased my aunt. We stopped outside the house where the car was parked. “Anyway. in harmony with her feelings.” I responded smiling.” She almost chirped those words in her excitement.
watching her gasping for breath. Sarah’s long blond hair was tied up in a neat bun (it was like that only when she was doing some work. that’s no problem as long as I know the address. She was faster to open the door. “Ok mum. “Wow.” My mum explained. I didn’t know where exactly the school was and that was the only problem. GPS. I have to remember to thank Logan and dad later. That reminded me of everything that was to happen todayme having to put up with school and her going to work.whenever at her home office or in the kitchen). She was already running late. “Yes mum?” I asked. “One more thing Kate. this car has been chosen by Logan and your dad with a bit of my help. Bye Kate!” She chirped in her warm voice. I stiffened at the thought that I will have to drive on my own. “Don’t worry dear. I was about to open the door of my new fiery orange convertible but my mother. I’m off to work now. “Just look inside your car. She sat herself on the creamy leather seat and clipped her seat belt straight away. Her eyes sparkled like never before. I shut the door behind her and strode towards the driver’s side.” I hesitated slightly. love. .” She said convincingly as if she read my thoughts. She seemed to glow and looked happier than ever. I wouldn’t let you drive to school without you knowing the way. “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. “Sarah was supposed to do it but she had to go to work. I was about to ask who will drive me there which sounded silly now when I had my own car.smiled a wide grin of perfect teeth back at me. I should have thought that mum. “Angela lets go.” She added and shortly vanished from my sight. “I got to go to school.” I grinned.” I sweetly smiled to my cute six-year old sister and seized her delicate hand.” She winked. Logan wanted to give it you personally but he had to go to work earlier today. “Please take Angela to school. Marie had cried out for me urgently and rushed out from the house with my little sister clenched to her side. I led her to the passenger side. Her school is on the way to yours so it shouldn’t be a problem. “Have a nice ride then dear.” I told her.” My aunt smiled and kissed my cheek for goodbye like aunts often tend to do. Can you do that for me?” She requested once her breathing went back to normal.
I quickly recognised Sarah’s neat writing.I believed. All the addresses you’ll need are already typed into your GPS. Enjoy the ride! Sarah Rail xxx My aunt and my uncle are the kindest people in the universe. I’ve put the keys into ignition and turned them swiftly.just as the computer male voice told me. there!” pointed Angela at the space between a red Mercedes and a black Jeep. I turned right.” It told after a while of driving straight forward. It was something I would never had before. “Kate. The car gave a silent purr as it came to life. I was certain of that. I searched for a parking space. . There was a sticky note stuck to the white. In one word it was… luxurious. In the menu I chose ‘addresses’ and then picked one marked as ‘Angela’s school’.The door opened smoothly. I didn’t talk to Angela as I drove her to school and if not the radio. I settled myself comfortably on the creamy leather seat that shone with its newness. The screen lighted up and a computerised voice welcomed me. I pressed the red button with some force. The way was surprisingly short and easy. I hope you like your car dear. I would have dealt with satellite navigation before so I knew what to do. The car had a wooden dashboard and an automatic gearbox.when I won’t have to concentrate on my life. I gave a quick glance at the inside of my car. It was barley two streets away from Sarah’s house. It was so nice to sit on this seat. furry steering wheel. Now. the silence would be crushing. 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 smiled to myself for making a good choice at my sixteenth year of living on this world. so relaxing. It had air conditioning which I set to room temperature. “You’ve reached your destination. It was attached to one of the air conditioning crates. Now I was seventeen and able to get wherever I want to on my own. the most important thing: GPS. I was really glad that just after my sixteenth birthday I had passed a driving test. I didn’t know where I gained so much concentration from.
my mood would surely match it perfectly.“Thanks. She nodded again. My school wasn’t as close to Sarah’s house as Angela’s but it was not far away either. She unclipped her seatbelt. To my relief she nodded but I couldn’t believe a six years old child straight away. ‘Oh God. There were two football . ‘My school is four point four kilometres away from Angela’s school. “Are you sure? Maybe you want me to come with you?” I wouldn’t want to get in trouble with my parents. so it is five kilometres away from Sarah’s house’ I made a quick calculation in my head. If the weather would be worse. She had her mum’s eyes.” She pointed at a group of kids. I was extremely scared but with the sun’s help I was also somehow eager and excited.chocolate brown and she had my dad’s brown hair. I watched her for a while. No wonder that Sarah and Logan are always in a good mood. 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. 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. also waving goodbye. I grinned back at her. I felt my throat going suddenly dry but it wasn’t because I was thirsty…I could see the school. bless the sun!’ I thought. I could see its extensive pitches.running towards her new class mates. dark forest and green hills.just over thirty kilometres. How good that the golden sun was out. It was surrounded by a thick. The sun certainly helped a lot. “Look Kate! It’s there where these kids are playing. I hoped that her day will be good. I drove slowly. 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. She turned around and waved goodbye with her delicate hand. She looked so cute in the pink knee length dress. 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. 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.probably of her age. My nerves were in shreds…first day at school. which curled into little rings.
as if it wasn’t me who just tooted the horn. There also was a telephone number given and the school motto. He said that if he would have gone to college. He always wants the best for me. I was a good runner and I knew that I will enjoy spending time on that particular pitch. there was a free parking space next to a big. 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.it will make me stand out with my light. It wasn’t that humiliating experience anyway. 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). She is . There was one pitch that I knew was especially designed for running and other athletic activities.pitches with people playing football on them. I realised that all of them were tanned. I totally agreed with the motto. The crowd of students. I was judged too much by appearance in England. One of his biggest mistakes according to his stories was the one to choose not to continue with his education. now continued striding toward the school gates. Obviously everyone will glare at me. This was no good.‘Let us be known by our deeds’. I was really stiff and tensed out of sudden. That was one good thing that I could spot already. I hope that students in here also agree with it. white sign announcing ‘South Sydney High School’ in green letters. The computerised voice told me that I’ve reached my destination and made me toot my horn by accident. I tried to look as if nothing happened. I have to calm down. he would have had a better job now and that our family would have had been in Australia a lot sooner.it was sign of great stress. I can’t be too nervous about it. 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.also wanting me to have a great future and to choose a correct path.’My dad would have repeated so many times. My mother would have told me the same type of stories. It made all the pedestrians look my way. whose interest was gained by my horn. Strict but great. I was lucky. ‘You can buy beauty but knowledge you’ll be never able to buy. The gate was pastel green in colour and looked quite old. He would have told me about the mistakes he made and he would have changed the way I look at the world. He is a great father. I’m new in this school and already I’ve done a silly thing. He told me that I shouldn’t ever follow the path he took.
I shall never let them down. There was a plenty of room left where I could sit. I could feel that she wouldn’t mind giving me a hand in need. She was reading a book but I couldn’t see what the title was. An urge of panic washed through me. Nice to meet you Kate. It was a simple plan. I started walking towards the bench. She had a cinnamon carnation and black. . I grabbed my bag and stepped out of the car. I searched for that someone who hopefully won’t mind helping me. “Hello. 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.that caught her attention. My name is Kate” I smiled kindly. She is what anyone could call a motherly friend. shoulder long. I didn’t know where I was supposed to go. 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. When I find someone who is kind enough to help.the believer in our family. I gave a quick gaze at my surrounding and locked my orange Peugeot with one click of the button. I was in a car park (obviously) and I had to find someone who looks kind and helpful. My legs shovelled forward with struggle. she had the most intriguing eyes I would have ever seen. I opened the door slowly. I parked my car next to the sign and silenced the engine down. I love my parents. wavy hair. giving me goose bumps. not because they wanted to.” She smiled shyly and then tucked her hair behind her ear. 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 very nearly hyperventilating in the car. She believes that I will have an easier future. concentrating on my plan. They were a unique emerald green. I cleared my throat. After a minute of thought I figured out that I should get out of my car and find someone who could help me. “Hi. In fact they only moved because they had to. I just realised one thing about the girl. My name is Calla. My eyes stopped on a lonely girl sitting on the bench under the protective shade of a hefty tree. The girl didn’t look up as I sat myself next to her. I own them too much to leave them disappointed after all their effort they’ve put in raising me.
The women shook themselves and two of them went back to typing fiercely on the keyboards.” She shoved the book that I’ve interrupted her from reading into her bag. all three women stared at me wide eyed with their mouths slightly parted. just a notice board and the blue door I came here through.” I informed the plump woman behind the desk. Why would this girl want to help me anyway? I was surprised when she smiled kindly. no problem. “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. I answered her question with a single nod. “Um. “No problem. One of them. She was as slim as me too. “Of course.“I was just wondering if I could ask you for some help?” I hesitated slightly. “And…What is your name Miss?” She asked. then she stood up and hung her bag over her shoulder. . 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. “I’m Kate Burney.4 feet). Have they seen a ghost? I turned around to check if perhaps it was something behind me that they were looking at. can you show me where is reception in this school…please?” I stated. She was as tall as me (about 5. the plump one printed out something and handed it to me. She looked impatient. then she also went back to typing. “Are you Sarah and Logan Rail’s niece by any chance?” Questioned the one with round glasses. Calla started walking and I followed.” The woman whispered something to the woman next to her as I told my name. Now I had to tell her what I wanted. lets go. Her shoulder long jet black hair seemed to radiate in the sun.” Was her answer. “How can I help you?” She asked interested and somehow surprised by our visit. One of them looked up from the computer screen. We were walking towards a small white. There was nothing interesting. tall desk behind which sat three women typing something fiercely on the computer keyboards. I raised my eyebrows in confusion. As we came in I could tell straight away that she led me the right way. separate building with blue door. She smiled and nodded. “I’m new in this school and I don’t have a time table for my lessons. There was a big. The reaction I witnessed was really unexpected.
I was in classroom S5. “I have science in S5 first today. . “Do you need help finding your way to your first lesson?” Suddenly a melodic voice came from behind me.” She explained and we both laughed at my silliness. I had science first today.I glanced at my time table. I nodded my head in acceptance. From now on I was sure that I and Calla are going to be good friends.” I informed and then passed her my time table so she can have a look herself. I turned around only to realise it was Calla. “You’ve been holding this upside down. You don’t have science but English in E3 first today. I had no idea where was that. She looked amused as she checked for herself. “What is it?” I creased my forehead.
We stepped into E3. Isn’t that good?” She told me after the bell finally stopped informing us that we should move on.” We both said at the same time and then laughed at our coincidence.” 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’ve only just realised that you’re in my teaching group!” Calla managed to shout over the noise of the bell. “I have English in E3 first today. . “Aw. beamed back at me in return. She walked as gracefully as a model. I could only follow and envy. the classroom was already full. Calla walked towards her seat.” She stated with a big grin across her face. We were just on time. “Let’s go to E3.next to a muscular.that was something my eyes would have missed at first. that was nothing. making me cover up my ears. as I expected. I’ve checked on my time table. 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. “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. We also have other lessons together. “Yes that’s great and thanks for your help. realising how very ponderous were my movements in comparison to hers.CHAPTER 3 T he bell rang deafeningly. Everyone was busy chatting and the teacher was nowhere to be seen. Calla beckoned for me to follow and I started walking behind her. “So you are Rails’ niece?” She asked and her expression suddenly changed from happy to unreadable. red haired boy. “No there’s nothing wrong with that…They are both really good lawyers and everyone respects them.
I stepped back into the classroom full of gawking people. I could almost hear all the faces in the room tense as if I’ve announced someone’s death. 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.” I heard him say. 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. right?” He hesitated slightly and I nodded in response. Suddenly everyone quietened down as the door behind me opened. At least I didn’t have to sit next to a stranger. Third time today people reacted strangely at the fact that I’m Sarah and Logan’s niece. Everyone was sat down expect from me. “You must be Rails’ niece then. My head was tangled in thoughts. That’s me. Mr. . ‘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.everyone was gawking at me and some girls in the corner were holding back their giggles.I felt quite self-conscious to stand in the middle of the classroom. “Yes sir. “Um. I was told to sit next to Calla and that certainly was a good start. “You can come back in now Miss Burney. affirming nod. I was welcomed by a warm smile as I sat next to Calla. I was out of the classroom after giving him a short. Roger by the way.” I confirmed as I faced a rather attractive tall man with a thick. then the lesson began and I had to concentrate on what Mr. making my heart beat faster. I’m Mr. I’ll call you back when I’m finished. as I presume?” Asked a male voice from behind which I knew belonged to a teacher. I needed someone to answer them for me before I become insane. Roger was trying to teach us. “Miss Burney. jet black mop of hair and thick moustache.” He murmured under his breath. where I would have seen the red haired boy sit previously. it was really humiliating. Roger gesticulated towards an empty seat. can you just go outside the classroom so that I can speak to the class…? It shouldn’t take long. I felt as if I was an exhibit in a museum. always beginning with ‘Why’.
His face was very angular and chiseled. informing us to go to our next lesson. We walked or shall I say practically ran to our next lesson. I felt really self-conscious. “You can sit there Kate. something punched my insides. They were more beautiful than Calla’s. 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. despite his dark skin tone. As we walked in. Sarah’s or Logan’s eyes added up together. making my stomach flip and my heart to beat frantically. “Work with the person you sit next to and together make a distribution map of Australia. I walked slowly towards my table. a female teacher with shoulder-long. The boy had chestnut hair that was neatly spiked up. . This way of thinking worked well and convincingly. frozen. Humiliation spread around my body like a poison.” Mrs. that’s why we had to be quick.’ I’ve thought to myself. curly hair noticed me and beckoned me with her long finger. She looked as if she was from Italy. I’ve let my legs carry me towards her. ‘No. no. What chance did I stand with him. The boy. had sparkling. I and Calla will be having geography in room 1. I nodded my head and for a glimpse of a second her face was unreadable. showing his ripped chest in the process of it. I could feel a slight blush spread across my face and I barley ever blushed. brown. cerulean eyes. The unknown boy glanced at the teacher with his cerulean eyes wide open in disbelief. no. but I couldn’t with the unknown boy by my side. Calla told me that there isn’t much time given to get to our next subject class. Sarah and Logan’s niece. He was so perfect… so beautiful and angelic. She asked if I was Kate Burney.3 now. McCrea. he isn’t! He is just an average boy.The annoying bell rang the second time today. Don’t get too excited because you’ve got no chance with him anyway. I was awed. McCrea pointed at a free seat next to a brown-skinned boy who was just pulling his jumper off.” Mrs. The boy looked up at me. I was glad that I somehow managed not to peek at his perfection. McCrea set us a task and once again I felt a faint blush spread on my face today. She shook that expression off and then told me that she was called Mrs.
Dove. 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. ache on the top of my head. All I needed to know is what . “How do you feel?” The petite woman (probably the nurse) asked. He made a famous phrase jump into my mind. 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. “You’ve hit your head really hard Miss Burney. I opened my eyes and saw Calla and a petite woman who I suspected to be Mrs. As the blackness covered my thoughts completely. The boy looked at me with eyes full of hatred and I felt myself shrinking in the chair. I was pretty much sure that it belonged to Calla. I wasn’t hundred percent sure whether I saw it in England or in Australia but I knew that I will recall it sometime. I managed not to groan in pain and to keep my face straight. and then everything happened in a rush.” I already figured that out without her needing to tell me. someone would be arranging a funeral for me right now. 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. For a while neither I nor the boy reached out for the given equipment. she’s waking up. it vanished and was replaced by complete nothingness.” I heard a familiar melodic voice coming from the left side of the room. The teacher gave the stranger next to me a harsh but meaningful look which made him groan. nearly unbearable. Dove. The second thing I knew was that there was nothing but an overwhelming blackness spreading in my head like ink spreads in the water. Suddenly the blackness appeared again followed by the ability to think clearly. glaring at me with concern. I must have had banged my head and I must have had hit it hard. McCrea handed out sheets of plain A3 paper and square boxes full of colours for each table. What has happened and why has something happened? “Mrs. Both of them were examining my face for some reason. Mrs. something I saw somewhere before.‘If looks could kill’.if they could.I realised that there was something familiar in his beautiful eyes. I didn’t know for how long it lasted but it did seem long.
no matter what was the situation. . First the mesmerizing cerulean eyes then the Geography pair work and finally the touch of the unknown boy’s soft. ever. I always used my acting skills when telling lies. I would have fainted when our hands touched by accident. It’s no big deal… You’ll have to stay here and rest for a while though. ‘It’s no big deal…’ I repeated these words in my mind.” Said the nurse after a while and was shortly gone out of my sight. How foolish of her was that. “There you go love. I creased my forehead in thought and confusion. “You’ve fainted-“ “Why?” I didn’t even let her finish the sentence. I’ve never fainted even when others around did. but surely it was no big deal! “I’m going to get you an ice pack for your head dear. Does she have bad news? In one instance her expression changed into more relaxed. Didn’t I breathe because of that or what? That was unlikely especially if to consider that I never fainted before. I was a really convincing liar. “Because your brain didn’t get enough oxygen.I knew the outcomes. even though I had more than one good chance to do so.she must have found the correct words to express herself.I didn’t wan to stay in here. ignoring the growing pain on the top of my head. She seemed concentrated and tensed. “Well…” from her expression I guessed that she was looking for the right words. My aching head somehow didn’t want to let them sink in.happened and why did it happen. “I’m fine. Never before in my life would I have passed out.” I lied. Then it struck me…it was the most vivid flashback I would have had in my life. I was using every tiny bit of my concentration. in fact I could feel them and they were painful. It was probably because I couldn’t understand how fainting away was no big deal. She passed me the ice pack whilst smiling at me warmly and then disappearing from the sight. naturally tan skin. “What happened to me?” The nurse looked like as if she hoped I wouldn’t ask that question.” I sighed. trying to remember what lead me to passing out.” The nurse came back with an ice pack clenched in her hands.
It was a great relief. well the beautiful part did. “Miss Gravelle. Calla stood up and walked out of the room leaving me on my own.a place I want to forget about. If your head hurts then get yourself a pain killer. “You felt and banged your head on the table quite hard Kate. She was smiling sweetly.” The door opened and the nurse entered with Calla who was widely grinning at me behind her back. The nurse rolled her eyes and turned back to face me again. I think that Miss Burney can go home now and have some rest. her cinnamon skin radiating from happiness. The nurse now faced Calla with a serious face. I waited patiently and after a while I heard nurse’s voice drifting closer. This room made me think of England. She reminded me a lot of Sarah for a moment. “You shall go home now and have some rest dear. 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. in the corner of this small room. Calla wasn’t a serious type of person (as far as I knew).it suited her. As an answer to her question I nodded and smiled widely. I couldn’t help but to grin back. If there are any problems like disordered vision or dizziness then contact your doctor immediately. “Do you want to go?” She asked and she had a hopeful look in her beautiful emerald eyes. Dove had to say and tried my best to memorise it. Her expression was hard to read but it looked like as if she was lost in thought. Dove nodded her head as a ‘thank you’ to Calla and left the room without a further word. I didn’t mind getting away from this small rectangular room. As I grinned at Calla.” I looked up at Calla who was seated on the wooden chair. Mrs. It sounded quite serious yet so beautiful. 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. I wasn’t so sure about the serious part.” She told the nurse. . I smiled slightly from the comfort I felt.” She informed. that gained me a warm smile in return. “No problem. “Yes. There were a few wooden chairs in the corner and one small window through which only a few rays of sunlight came in. “That’s how you’ve hit your head.I put the ice pack on the place where my head hurt.” I listened carefully to what Mrs. the nurse turned around and Calla pulled an innocent face on. she was a shy human being.
“How will you get home though?” I couldn’t help asking. I started panicking. with school’s motto and name written on it in green.” I finally remembered.” She assured as we turned around the corner of the building. I grew even happier as I spotted the white sign that I would have just recalled. “What make is it?” so that’s what she expected me to tell her. “Have you got a car?” she asked. everything has been taken care of.” I told her the colour just in case she wanted to know that too. roasting sun. I could spot the shapes of cars in the distance ahead of us. Yes. now give me the keys.I’ve got to make sure you get home safely.” When she finished pointing out what job she was given. I relaxed and smiled. I felt cheerful as the profusion of sunlight and warmth hugged my face and my bare shoulders delightfully. I wondered how many days it will take me to learn my way around this school and stop feeling silly when following Calla. 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. My eyes searched for any glimpse of the fiery orange paintwork but couldn’t find it anywhere. I tried to remember where I would have parked it.obviously pleased with myself. there was! A white one. “Don’t you worry. I figured out that there is no point of arguing any further and passed her the keys to my beloved car. Her graceful movements made me have a hit on my self-esteem. walking behind her as I often did today. . It’s not good for you to drive after what happened today. “Great. “It’s a Peugeot 307 convertible…its fiery orange. I didn’t want to cause any trouble to someone who is going to pick her up. We walked outside in to the dazzling. We were half way through now and I still didn’t recall it.how good that Calla was walking in front of me or else she would have realised my strange behaviour.Calla smiled and motioned her hand in a way which I guessed meant that I shall stand up. “Yes” I answered. which I love so much. I could also see the hefty tree where I would have met Calla this morning. “You’ve heard the nurse miss Burney. I creased my forehead. Calla pulled an expression which I thought meant that she wanted me to continue.” Did she really think that I wasn’t capable of driving myself. ‘Hang on… there was a sign.
” I beamed. We ran through the aisles of parked cars. thank you. I couldn’t hear a word of the conversation. It was hard to hide how creepy all this sounded. I’m going in five minutes. 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.” She smiled but the smile didn’t get to her eyes.” She answered as if she knew what thoughts and feelings evoked in me.paintwork of the vehicle. It seemed much bigger than I would have thought at first. This car park seemed like a maze right now and I felt like a rat searching for a slice of cheese.heated by the sun. I was growing obsessive about it and that disturbed me a little. I felt relief instantly as I stroke. “Do you know where to go?” I asked as she pulled out on to the calm road. “Everyone knows where the Rails live. my vehicle.I overtook Calla and now I was the one leading the way. satisfied by her little remark. “We can go in if you want. 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. “We’re here. So everyone knew where my Uncle and Aunt live… where I currently live. I can make you something to eat or drink. We stepped out of the car and Calla started talking to someone quietly on the phone.I thought. “Your car is really nice. I managed to find my fiery orange convertible. “Right.” She grinned and then passed me the keys. 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.” Smiled Calla as she started the engine. “They are such a good lawyers…That’s why. After a while of passing through long rows of cars. I’m not hungry. I was hungry so why wouldn’t she be? “No. always making sure that we were getting closer to the sign. I decided that I was going to give one more try on driving on my own. Is she really on a special diet? As if she needs any of that. Her statement didn’t help much anyway. “Thanks. I’m on a special diet.” She announced as she finished whispering through her phone. 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. It felt better that I imagined to be the leader. We both sat ourselves comfortably on the leather seats and clipped the seatbelts for safety. I suddenly remembered something. .” It was lunch time now.” She looked amused as if she found something funny about this.
everyone was at work (except from Angela who was still at school). This was the first time I would have heard this angelic boy speak.” Chirped Calla towards dark skinned boy. I was left with one unanswered question. It was certainly the easiest car to spot especially if to consider that it was a bright yellow Lamborghini Gallardo.I gasped and jumped up as I heard a tooting sound out of the sudden. These were the questions like why people reacted so strangely today and why did I faint after Nicolas touched me.sideways to us and then the door opened and out came him. His voice made me think of melting chocolate with it’s sweetness but yet it was slightly bitter. It was lunch time and I had nothing to do so I made myself something to eat.Is Calla Nicolas’ girlfriend? I shook my head. First to come were my parents with Angela by their sides.” So his name is Nicolas but he prefers to be called Nick. I was in some sort of trans at the very moment and I really wished that he would speak again but he didn’t. The car stopped. There were more important questions to be answered but I knew that I would never bring myself to ask many of them. My heart beat was so fast now that it seemed as if my heart is going to escape my chest. he was looking at the house with his expression unreadable. I know I will. I strode towards us so fast that it looked blurry. I was shocked that none of them realised that I would have came home early. Her aqua eyes flickered with curiosity and . It was very smooth and the sound of it melted my insides. just after Calla waved me goodbye and they were gone out of my sight without another word in a matter of seconds.as cheerful as always. “I told you to call me Nick and now we got to go. Instead they both swiftly got in to the car. “Hi Nicolas. The house was silent when I entered. a lot more mysterious.the reason of me fainting. After them came Sarah with Logan. Our eyes met for a glimpse of a second and I smiled shyly. hoping that this way I might dump this question from my head. These were a lot more important. 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).he was still studying the house.without return. The boy that I was sat next to on Geography. I was just about to go to my room when I was caught into a tight embrace by Sarah. I will remember that. It didn’t take long to spot the car that made this noise. It also was a relief because I didn’t feel like being tormented with questions. He didn’t look at me.
That was the only truth that could be revealed. I gave out a loud sigh.excitement. The room. from what I could tell. circular room. I took a quick shower and quickly went to sleep. was build mostly in a Greek style.just to not to make anyone suspicious. I told my parents the same stories and lies. I couldn’t understand why it bothered me that much. I was haunted mostly by this single thought since the yellow Lamborghini vanished from my sight. CHAPTER 4 I was sat in a scarlet armchair in the middle of a small. I was glad I didn’t because it meant that all the thoughts are going to get silenced out for the night time. After the quiet supper I ran into my bedroom. relieved for not having to pull a happy face any longer. I figured that out because of the columns that had Greek key . I didn’t have a problem with falling asleep today. It’s not like I knew this guy for a long time. I’ve let one tear escape at the thought of Nicolas and Calla together. 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 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. She asked me how my school was and I lied to her that it was good.
I reached for the tree’s bark and it was just as rough as real. I reached out my hand to prove to my stubborn self that what I could see was just a pretty picture. I was sat in front of the fire place. willing to see what it felt and looked like. I didn’t know how could anyone on the world paint pictures that are so alluring to the human eye. I felt the icy carving. I walked towards the wall. grainy and uneven the surface was. After a while I could finally confirm that the wall was covered in magnolias which were drawn on a cerulean background. 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. cold sculptures. I ran towards the fireplace and placed the twig where it would have come from. watching the fiery tongues of fire flicker cheerfully. He had his eyes shut tight as though he was having a battle inside him. After that I dropped myself in to the armchair and closed my eyes. I held the twig firmly and then started exploring the room. As I came closer and closer the shapes on the wall became clearer. I raised out of the comfortable armchair and seized a burning twig out of the fireplace. I recalled that earlier on I’d have heard the door make a creaking sound. I stopped in front of the wall awed because the drawings looked so realistic. My feet were bare and I could feel the comforting softness of the fluffy carpet. 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 wildly gawked all over the place. manly figure. The amber-coloured fire was the only source of warmth and light in the room. I reached for the cerulean background and I felt sunrays hugging my skin. His eyes flung open and I saw a flash of cerulean in the dull light from the fire. He squinted his eyes at me. careful not to burn my fingers. It was a stare so full of hatred that I . I touched the flowers and their petals seemed silky just like in reality.printed over them and because of the marble statues of Greek gods and goddesses placed along the walls of the room. I could feel it tickle me between my toes. I felt the fire on the twig getting dangerously closer towards the surface of my pale skin. My eyes locked on a tall. I felt how rough. I could tell it was Nicolas by the build and the dark skin tone. I couldn’t help smirking. I shoved my feet unwillingly from the intriguing wall towards one of the still. Sudden realisation struck me.
I wasn’t tired and the storm of racing thoughts from yesterday made a buzzing sound inside my head. I wanted to swivel away so that the couple can have some privacy. She slowly wrapped her arms around his neck with a big grin of satisfaction spreading over her face. I was falling into the world of complete blackness…the world of inevitable blackness. not paying any attention to the fact that I was in the room. That certainly wasn’t helping me to fall asleep. My body seemed to have frozen in place. The sort of sound that could make anyone go insane. my friend has a relation ship with Nicolas. I couldn’t even twitch my little finger. He was leering at her. but I wasn’t going to let it take control of me. He looked at her as if he was about to turn into a kitten and give out a loud satisfied purr. tossed myself carelessly back on to the bed and then rubbed my temples. beside my bed. I began to feel relief wash through my veins and body. She walked towards Nick in that graceful motion that always made me feel so ponderous. Calla is my friend and I felt happy for her… and a little jealous. Out of sudden everything vanished from my sight into the wild spin around me. I felt outraged that they didn’t realise that I was in the room. The hole I was falling into seemed to have no end at the moment. It was only five o’clock in the morning. 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. I was surprised when I reached the ground. The only part of the dream that seemed to have been true was the fact that Calla. It was a nonstop. I opened my eyes and I was lying on the floor. landing with a loud thud. dull and weighing down sound.started regretting that I haven’t simply kept on watching the fire flicker happily in the fireplace. wooden floor. . I gave a quick glance at the silver watch on the wall. glancing at them. I stood up from the hard. the boy who made me lose my consciousness. The couple started kissing passionately. It was all just a dream… more of a nightmare than a dream but it still didn’t happen in reality. I could feel that I won’t be able to sleep for any longer.
I didn’t know where I wanted to go and Sarah. I became as solid as a sculpture out of stone.’ It seemed to whisper in a voice that sounded like bells. lacy pyjama and quickly got dressed into a purple jogging suit. The Sun was a perfect shade of orange. I just needed some fresh air. It was just rising. . I’ll be back at seven. I pulled off my sandy brown. as far as I know her. concentrating on repeating one intention in my head. Kate. Don’t worry about me. I went for a little jog. I have to find a jogging suit and I have to do it now. I turned around to face Sarah. It didn’t take long to find what I desired. It was five o’clock. Now! I ran towards the cupboard full of clothes. grabbed the note that I left on the table and added a few sentences in her neat writing. and started scribbling a messy note. Sarah wasn’t like that. She beamed at me showing off her perfect teeth and I could see her wonderful aqua eyes sparkle with excitement. I was just about to open the door but I heard someone’s steps coming from upstairs. got hold of my arm and pulled me out of the house. Love. knows spectacular places. “I know a great place to jog. I was practically shouting it over the buzz of my tangled thoughts. took a pen and a piece of paper off the mahogany kitchen table.I could tell straight away that she approved to the idea of jogging at five o’clock. She folded the note and stuck it on the fridge. You’ll love it!” She chirped cheerfully. I don’t mind. I sighed in relief.I pulled out of the blankets. It was the warmest and the most pleasant morning that saw in my life. “Sure.into the fresh air of the morning.” I smiled back. Nothing bad will happen. She was fully dressed in sports clothes. “Going for a little run? Mind if I join?” She said playfully. She made me think of a little kid being excited about Christmas. I tiptoed downstairs. I left the note on the table. If it was one of my parents they would tell me to go back to bed. The kind of morning that made it easy for you to predict what the rest of day will be like.it’s fiery rays warming up anything that dares to stand on their path. ‘The rest of the day is going to be cheerful and exciting.
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. “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. making my eyes produce tears. my sister and Logan) and she wants me to be content in here. and what else could it be about anyway? I will have to lie to her. “Why?” She asked casually.” I explained happily.” I answered honestly. . “Well…I guess so. “I love running. “Come on Kate! Follow me!” shouted Sarah who already was good ten metres ahead of me. “I’m coming. I need to make a quick decision. My heart rate was getting faster and my breathing deeper. I normally hate for the wind to mess with my hair but whenever I run. On the other side I could tell her the truth.” Laughed lightly my aunt when she saw how fast I ran to catch up with her. it doesn’t bother me. She is too kind to not to be saddened that some bad thoughts are bothering me. She is my only relative in Australia (except from my parents.” I ran towards her as fast as my legs allowed me to. She wants me and my family to settle here easily. I smiled to myself. “You seem so full of energy dear. I smiled to her and answered her question.The constant buzzing noise in my head seemed to have quietened down and now was just an unnoticeable background whisper. I could demand from her to tell me a reason behind everyone’s reactions when her surname gets mentioned. I could ask her things about Calla and Nick. No wonder she wants to know what’s bothering me. It felt so good and refreshing to have the wind blow in my face. Pleased. she probably thinks that it’s something to do with Australia.” I smiled cheerfully. “Because it frees me from bad thoughts. It also felt good to have wind play with my hair. I should have predicted that she would ask me this. Not that it’s something I’ll be proud of doing or something that will help me get some answers. Also. but I’ll have to. I haven’t even started jogging but I felt better already. “And what bad thought are you trying to escape from today?” concern was very clearly visible in her aqua eyes.
I shook my head. The sweetest scent hung like a mist in the morning air. In fact I only recognised Freesias. I couldn’t make a decision so I concentrated on studying the surroundings.” She showed off her biceps muscles in a superman way when she said the last sentence. “Well it’s all caused by my job. rising above the bushes and beautifully scented flowers. Another question popped into my head. “You wouldn’t want to mess with anyone whose relatives are very nearly the most important people in the local area. I started regretting telling her the truth but if I wouldn’t have.” What a sweet relief I felt when I saw smile paint over Sarah’s face. I’m well known and nobody messes with lawyers. That made us both laugh.I was sure. Orchids and bushes of Telopea which are also known as Waratahs. I didn’t know what species did any of them belong to. My head sunk unconsciously in the most adorable scent in the world. It was a honey-sweet scent of flowers. We both widely grinned at each other and carried on jogging. There also were full of majesty mighty trees. Also. The one that will confirm whether Calla dos or does not go out with Nick. I nearly tripped over the sticking out of the ground roots because I was so absorbed by the scent. which didn’t occur. even though. There was a different kind of plant wherever I rested my eyes. then I would get nowhere near any answers.she knew the answer. There weren’t many flowers that I recognised. It was like a dreamland or like a paradise.” She giggled. She even laughed radiantly. I have to finish what I already began. thinking of the right words.“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. she was right and I felt silly for troubling myself so much earlier on. The place was painted in all colours of the rainbow. We jogged quietly for a while and I was still considering whether to ask Sarah another question. right?” she asked. “Well everyone gets suddenly quiet and starts gawking at me with those… unreadable expressions on their faces. . “Well…” I hesitated. I felt ashamed of myself for not letting what she said ever run across my mind at any point all this time. Especially. “I guess you can say so. “So people react like that because they fear of you?” I watched my aunt’s face carefully for any sign of change.
“She has great parents. “Yes.” I answered but I wasn’t hundred percent sure. Every little information about the Gravelle family felt precious to me because I wanted to know more about them.” Sarah said out of the sudden. “Isn’t she a daughter of Alistair Gravelle?” it sounded more as if she was asking herself rather than me. Her blonde hair was loose and tousled by the warm breeze from our running. “No. it’s my favourite jogging location… It’s so peaceful and alluring. .“Did you know that Waratah means beautiful?” My aunt asked as she followed my gaze.” I grinned widely at her.” I grinned and in return I gained a sight of Sarah’s eyes sparkle from joy. “I think she is. The fact that that Nicolas might be just a relative to Calla never stumbled across my mind and now I felt quilt show up. but from now on I do. “Do you come here often?” I pointed at the astonishing surroundings. Anjali doesn’t work but I think she does a great as a housekeeper. Sarah grinned widely. “Anjali looks after the house and children. We were an addition to the music of this forest where birds sang. We jogged always to the same rhythm. streams murmured softly and insects buzzed.” Sarah informed me. making the leaves under our feet rustle. As I listened to the sounds of nature I made my mind up about asking Sarah another question. I looked up at her. your friend is her step-daughter and Nicolas is her son.” That explained a lot. His wife. It was the type of quilt people feel when they judge someone incorrectly. What is she thinking about? “Mr. Her eyes were out of focus as if she was trying to spot something invisible. Gravelle works for the local hospital for mentally ill people. it’s really alluring indeed. “I think that Nicolas also goes to your school. Calla. I found everything very interesting to listen to. have you met him by any chance?” Sarah chirped out. “Yes. Don’t you just think?” She answered in a dreamy voice that caused me to smile uncontrollably. “Do you know Calla Gravelle?” she looked up at me to show she was paying attention. I gave her an affirming nod because I wasn’t able to say a word. He does a great job there by the way.
“I told you yesterday. scanning my face as we ran. You got to go to school at eight and I bet that you would like to take a shower before you go out. What on Earth am I going to say? “I. Sarah passed me some tissue to wipe my face and then we started running towards home. “Come on Kate.” She whispered as if saying it quietly will make everything better. “Yes Kate.” She told me. We ran in silence.” I answered and waited for more questions to come because I was sure that my aunt won’t let go of this too soon.” I stammered.” Sarah said after checking the time on her golden watch. Let’s go. I savoured every little bit of the fragrance. . I pretended to clear my throat so that I could have at least few seconds to think. Her face fell slightly as if she didn’t want to go back yet. um…was told to go home.“Yes…indeed but unfortunately…it’s time to go. I could feel them slowly slide down on the surface of my face until they reached my chin and dropped to the ground.that I’m going to keep to myself. except from my opinion of why did I faint.” I sighed and then took one bigger sniff of the sweetly scented air. “How was school yesterday Kate?” I was surprised that Sarah asked me a question that I would have answered yesterday. squinting my eyes with pleasure in the act of it. It’s quarter to seven.” I lied but I didn’t make an eye contact. “By a nurse… Mrs. I’ll have to tell her everything. “Why? What happened?” her aqua eyes winded form concern and surprise. Little beads of perspiration hung to my forehead. “Who by?” she raised her eyebrows. 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. My lying skills were suddenly gone. breathing deeply and fast. School was great. shower would be good. Sarah did the same. If that really was what she felt then I felt exactly the same way.” I chuckled. We breathed in through our noses and out through our mouths because that is the correct way of breathing when exercising. Too bad. “Yeah. Dove I think. “Then why did you come home early yesterday?” So she has realised. “Ok then. That’s a bit of a slip-up. I was clammy with sweat.
-Why-didyou-faint?” She said slowly and calmly. “Why did you!?” She exploded (only after taking in a few deep breaths). 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. The digital clock that stood proudly on the microwave was pointing out exactly seven o’clock. When we reached home everyone was already up and there was breakfast waiting on the table.not wanting to talk about yesterday. We both laughed and kept the same speed for the rest of the way. 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. She turned around quickly and sprinted like an arrow in my direction. “Wow. “Yes.” I murmured. She nodded and then the corners of her mouth rose into a kind smile. “Can you do that for me? Please?” I asked. 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. I stopped out of the sudden because I had something important to announce.” I told her and she seemed relieved. “Sarah. also I didn’t want to be favoured. and so I had to check if my cute sister is getting anything which would seem as the only fair way.I fainted because my brain didn’t get enough oxygen. we gave her loads of toys and clothes which she is more than delighted with. Sarah’s eyes winded even more as I told her the reason why I was sent home.” Sarah smiled but her eyes still showed concern a curiosity. “According to what I’ve been told by the nurse.” Teased my mum.” I repeated the nurse’s words which sounded like a plain lie to me. “Sarah!” I shouted for my aunt who didn’t realise the emptiness by her side. I started running even faster and caught up with my auntie once again. “I-answered-your-question-now-you-should-answer-mine.“I-I fainted. . What has happened? My daughter has improved on punctuality. She looked deeply in to my eyes as if she was excepting to see something there. “So did Angela get any Australia coming gifts?” I changed the subject suddenly. I always was either too late or too early. “It’s no big deal. She laughed beautifully and sped up even more. Sarah raised her eyebrows and then sighed. Waiting a second after every single word before she said another.
My hair looked wild. out of place. I simply learned the routes by heart. When I finished I took all my clothes off and stepped into the icy shower which felt soothing against my burning body. 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. My face was strawberry red after the amount of exercise I would have done this morning. It was tangled by wind into thousand knots. Now I can exactly remember every single turn and every single crossing and where every single light come up on those routes. I looked at my reflection. I simply can’t change my point of view about things. CHAPTER 5 T wo weeks of school passed. 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 took the hairbrush from the windowsill and started the fierce battle of untangling my hair. I’ve learned my way around the school buildings last Monday.I had to go everywhere where my friend did as if I was pulled by her).The whole kitchen was laughing and I couldn’t help but to laugh with them. I ran to my personal bathroom. After I showed my gratefulness to my mother Marie for making the breakfast. . I was still sticky form sweat when I was eating my portion of fried eggs and fresh fruit. 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.
trying to get at least five more minutes of precious sleep. The sun rays were cutting through the clouds just above the burgundy roofs of the houses on the opposite side of the road. I turned from one side to the other.trying to get as comfy as possible. I was tired.listening to the constant dripping of the rain that after a while became deafening. I always found space fascinating and mysterious. I myself find clock alarms not suitable for waking people up. I could not feel content so I had to turn once more and then again and again. in fact I’m quite glad she did because I didn’t like that clock much anyway. I’ve never owned another telescope until yesterday. The sky was cloudless and the shinning stars stood out perfectly on the indigo backdrop. That is because I was observing the golden stars with the brand new telescope my parents bought me yesterday. It was Sunday morning and it was raining.’. 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 sighed. I started grumbling and complaining silently under my breath. People should be wakening up in a delicate. no matter how I would have laid myself on the bed. subtle way. 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 did not have a clock to check what time it was because my sister.I can’t deny and so I won’t that I’m extremely proud of myself for making a very fast progress. I simply had to groan. Angie would have smashed it one morning when the sound of alarm clock would have annoyed her.as I call it. . When I was little I used to have a telescope but I broke it. ‘From confusion to precision. 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. Something deep inside me pulled me towards the moon and stars. sat up and sighed. I estimated the time to be about ten o’clock in the morning. I fidgeted in the bed. Yesterday I would have gone to sleep at two at night. therefore I don’t exactly blame Angela for killing my clock. It was nice and warm last night. To be honest I felt sorry for her. She got really done by my parents. After about two more tries I gave up. I cursed the rain about hundred times before I tightly shut my eyes and pulled the blanket over my head. I love tracing shapes on the sky and making up my own constellations.
I was half way back to my bedroom when I reminded myself about the need of knowing the time. On the same day few people introduced themselves to me. I thought about the next day after I fainted. I found out that she was just like me in many ways. 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.I jumped off the bed on to the icy floorboards which squeaked as I landed on them. 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. 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 don’t remember their names because I was never particularly good at memorising anything especially if something did not interest me too much. and spun around on it. After that I sluggishly went downstairs to make myself some breakfast. It was nine in the morning. I quitted the kitchen and dashed into my room which looked a far cry from the usual due to the change of weather. I sat on the armchair. I’ve made two sandwiches with jam and a cup of steaming hot cocoa. When I eventually finished I washed the dishes.sky blue but today they seemed gray as if the colour was sucked out of them. . I get to know Calla better. The only thing I can remember is that five people introduced themselves at once. Even the air seemed different. 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. I ate and drank reluctantly. If I was to describe it to someone I would say that it was mind-clouding. It wasn’t a very big difference if compared to my previous comparisons of my estimated time to the real time. I covered my mouth with my hand as I gave out a long and loud yawn. I craved to be able to fall asleep whilst it rained. I was getting better at this every day. The imagined clock in my head was one hour late.I realised. Generally the walls were painted my favourite colour. Calla definitely is one of the kindest people I’d have met as far as I live. It wasn’t as light and refreshing. beside the desk. I hurried back to kitchen and glanced at the bloody-red numbers on the digital clock. We practically talked non-stop on breaks. It wasn’t as bright and cheerful now but dreary in every possible way. Everyone was still asleep after a week that was filled with heaps of hard work. A few minutes have passed and I started reminding myself of the past two weeks. dried them with a soft cloth and then put them where they belonged to.
“Thanks Miss Gravelle. He is very lean and athletic. (Couch Martin was certainly the nicest PE teacher I had. Everyone was staring at the wound with the same expressions on their faces as my aunt when I hurt myself. In the nurse’s office my knee was taken care of by Mrs. Calla and Nick.” Answered the coach just before we vanished from everyone’s sight. It worried me because of all the stares I gained (if they could they would pierce me with their intensity and hatred). (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 . I didn’t think that the plaster was necessary but she insisted to put it on anyway. He even smiled (I realised that he rarely smiles) as he said hello.) I was send outside so that couch Martin could talk to the rest of the class. Dove. (That is everyone except from the teachers. (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.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. When I stood up warm blood was tricking out of the small wound. He has honey blond hair and pale skin as if he is an albino. with headphones placed in his ears. Everyone looked as if hey were suddenly hungry and frustrated at the same time.if I read the expressions right which I hoped that I did not. 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. “I can do it. He does not moan and shout at everyone. It was the day when Nick officially introduced himself to me. So after that everyone begun to avoid me.) There was one thing that made me smile as I reminded myself of the first week of school. It was lunch time when that happened. I was shot with stillest from the eyes of students walking past in the corridor since the first PE lesson. The mood in the room changed into indescribable.) His voice was so beautiful as he spoke and so mind-boggling… simply . As I tripped my knee slid along a sticking out floorboard. “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. 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.” Murmured Calla just as quietly (more to herself than to anyone else) then jumped up towards me and gripped my arm.
” I laughed at her and she grinned widely. 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.obviously knowing that I was pushing my dreams too far. I was lost in thought for a few seconds but then I heard footsteps and a fraction of a second later. “Why would you think that I would want to run away?” I asked quietly. “Mum I don’t know whether anyone has told you. “There you are love!” She sighed. behind her ears.’. Marie clicked her tongue and giggled. which was getting in her face. Sometimes I catch myself craving for the sound of his ravishing voice. my mother said this. and then she left me on my own in my room. Interesting things not only happened in the school but also in between my family. Another thing is that there’s more to it. but you’re very silly!” I exclaimed. making me roll my eyes in my thoughts. I don’t know. they would only smirk and tell me that I’ll see in my own time. . for example. I rolled my eyes once more. On the last Friday. She tucked her mid-neck long black hair. I realised that she became more caring (if that was possible) since we came to Australia. Do you want something from me?” I heard her respire deeply from relief. “I don’t want anything from you.’ As I’ve been told. “Kate! Kate!” I heard my mum yell. I wondered where has she been thinking I was. “Are you there Kate?” I rolled my eyes at the unnecessary concern in her voice. and whenever those words came out of her mouth. People of your age do all sorts of different strange things. I was more than surprised to hear that my mum was expecting me to have a reason to run away. nearly on top of her lungs. I like the sound of it and my imagination is simply exploding with ideas of how the ‘new house’ may look. The house has got possibilities. I was told that Sarah bought a new house for my parents. I was just worried that you ran away or something.unforgettable. I laughed internally at all those thoughts. “Well. Of course Sarah came up with her ‘You’ll love it dear.” My eyes nearly popped out of their places as Marie. the door opened and in came my mother. “Yes mum. It can be small but very comfy or it can be big and beautiful and so on. I was never disappointed so I imagined the ‘new house’ almost as a castle. When I tried to insist on the grown-ups to tell me what is the ‘new house’ like. ‘New house. It is hard not to think about it and his breathtaking cerulean eyes.
White Fang. “Will you tell me about the new house?” I pleaded in a voice nearly as sweet as sugar. At dinner time my parents announced that we will be moving in the next month.’ I yawned. After taking a quick shower I went to bed. When I wasn’t reading I was either eating or thinking about the new house. I was always amazed by their beauty. it almost comes alive with every word I read. I took “White Fang” off the shelf and started reading. We always got along well. The next thing that I knew was that the covers were gone and that I felt cold.I had this idea going on in my head that nothing interesting will happen today so. closed my eyes and was immediately lulled by the peaceful voices of the grown ups coming from downstairs.” My dad chuckled and I playfully smacked him on the arm. The next morning I was waken up by my dad. It was nine o’clock in the evening and time to go to bed. The excitement could be clearly felt in the house. I couldn’t guess if it will be a good or a bad thing but I simply knew that it will be something memorable. “Time to go to school sweetie. 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. All the description in it is so realistic. 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. The most excited was my little sister Angie. as I always did when I had that feeling. I sometimes think that I gained most of the humour from him. I was positive that tomorrow something will happen. Sometimes when I was younger I wished I had a wolf as a pet. The rainy morning quickly past and was followed by a lovely sunny afternoon. he reminded me of my childhood. The wolf. is such a strong character. 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. Sarah went to town to hire some vans and to buy boxes and sticky-tape for packaging. This obviously associated with helping my aunt and uncle to pack up. . We were to start packing from Monday. wilderness and strong spirit. stretched widely and whilst grinning I pulled the covers over my head.” My dad said in a sing-song voice grinning. I was quite surprised because usually it was either Sarah or Marie who did the waking up in the whole house. “Time to go to school sweetie.
I was thinking about how to start a conversation with Nicolas. You got to get ready. and in came Angie. I have an obsession with coconut fragrance. straight to the bathroom. I hurried under the warm shower. and if not.” A well known phrase of my conversations with dad. but don’t blame me when you realise that you are missing something because I have asked. “Ok. I rolled my eyes and then he playfully poked my ribs. “Rule number one: dad is always right. Sometimes I felt as if he wasn’t listening to music but eavesdropping to my conversations with Calla. Come on. I went upstairs one last time to brush my teeth and then. you’ll love it. Rule number two: if dad doesn’t seem to be right. there are some exceptions because I have a cream that smells of chocolate and a moisturiser that smells of almonds. and then I could hear his heavy steps when he was going downstairs. I’ll talk to him on a geography lesson. I was dragged back on Earth as the passenger door clicked and opened wide. I patiently waited in my car for my sister Angie to come.” She chirped in her childish. cute voice. then I ate some breakfast which was a bowl of honey cereals with warm milk. Nearly all of my cosmetics smell of coconut.?” He cut me off at midsentence with one loud ‘Shhh’.“Yeah. I couldn’t resist laughing and poking him back. I’ve checked twice. “What if you’re mistaken? Why can’t I know? What if I don’t. In the mean time. “Are you ready to go then? Have you got everything you need?” I asked because she tends to forget her belongings. I turned the keys in the ignition and the engine silently purred to life.” At the words ‘ice cold water’ I technically flew out of the bed at the speed of light.” He said this every time I tried to get some information out of him. 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. then look up rule number one for help. it was very frustrating to hear the same thing over and over again. She grinned and then she kissed me on the cheek. then. that’s enough.. “Yes. It’s amazing. I washed my hair with coconut shampoo that I loved so much. . I could hear my dad chuckle loudly for a while.I was feeling awkward to have him sit on my table and say nothing. therefore. then I’ll talk to him when he sits on my table on lunch. “Fine. I have this idea weighing my mind that he probably knows more about me than I about him..” She rolled her eyes and then I stuck my tongue out at her. don’t make me drag you out of bed and wet you with ice cold water.
that’s why it was so easy to spot them. She was shorter than me. One of the women had charcoal hair and green eyes. The other girl had ginger hair. It was a group of four peopletwo males and two females. All of them had skin as white as porcelain. perhaps I wasn’t alone after all. I was surrounded by four faces of the strangers that were everything but friendly. I stared at the lot of them for a long time. 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. The taller of the men grasped my hand but then he let go very quickly with a surprised look on his face. my hands always are inhumanly cold but so were my mum’s when she was of my age.I thought sarcastically. 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. . I could tell that they were twins.” True. After ‘byes’ have been said. I was just opening the door. as far as I could tell from the distance. The woman who the taller man called Jenifer (she was the woman with eyes of a viper) loudly sniffed with her nose. “She is too cold to be human Jenifer. except that her eyes weren’t like Calla’s warm emerald ones. They were all intensely observing me. therefore no one was around. I parked at my usual spot near the big sign. It wasn’t hard to spot them anyway. but poison-green as eyes of a viper. just setting my foot on the ground when I felt eyes of a stranger on me. I was late to school. They were stood near the lamp-post on my left. I kicked the gas peddle and speeded towards South Sydney High School. The male part of the group was just as beautiful and just as full of bitterness. six parking spaces away from me.On the way to school I switched the radio on and my sister started singing along with the song. the colour of roared up pieces of coal. (Only because I had that feeling that if I will take my eyes of them. Her eyes were raven black and filled to the edges with hatred. Both of the women had the looks of top supermodels. I joined her but I was lip-singing because my singing skills are unbearable.) I could not bring myself to turn away. I blinked and then I gasped because it took them less than a blink to gather around me.that the person talking to me is no one pleasant. they will jump past all the six parking spaces down to me and tear me apart limb by limb. I automatically looked around and saw them.
” The girl with hair colour of roared up pieces of coal giggled unpleasantly. How good that I haven’t listened to Logan’s urges of telling you after you are back from school. There was a fight going on around me and I was the prize apparently.” ‘ Oh what a great idea. I was knocked down on to the ground. full of suspicion and unpleasant thoughts. “Goodness me. We are just about to have a little snack. I looked at them all. I only came to tell you that we are moving in next weekend but I’ve ended up saving you from trouble. 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. Next time if such thing happens someone could get badly hurt. The group of pale people that I was knocked down by has vanished out of sight. I could feel my heart beat faster than wings of a hummingbird. 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. all four of them pounced at me. I think I’ll have to speak to your headmaster about what happened.” She looked at me apologetically. I prayed silently to God that when I close my eyes they will be gone as fast as they came. Hmm.” She boomed out with a frustrated voice.’ I thought sarcastically but kept a smile on my face. The group laughed in a sinister way and then. It was as if they have dissolved and became nothing other but air.“Nonsense! Blood is flowing in her veins. 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. “Sorry sweetie but I really have to do it. 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. “W-what do you want from me?” I stammered when they were still there after I blinked.” She gave me a serious look. hoping that her eyes could prettily sparkle again. “Thank you Sarah. . Something very unexpected happened then and I don’t think that I could have ever been more joyful at the sight of Sarah. “Do you really have to have a snack all gathered around me?” I whispered faintly but angrily. my breathing became uneven. I groaned inside my mind at the idea of being centre of attention in school. “Oh nothing sweetie.” 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. 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 could smell it from there. “No problem dear.” I beamed a honest smile.
I started feeling heavy at the thought that they now had all my information. from my head. “Yes I have that. I reached for my bag and my heart skipped a beat.” Her smile seemed somehow forced. “Good. frightening me to the bone marrow. Suppose it meant to get the message over clearly -‘This is not a right time for explanation. I dug into my skinny jeans’ pocket. She was of course right about the matter. it was more of a dead corpse’s colour…but even paler.” I questioned imploringly in my foreign accent. 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.” Sarah’s voice was worried. Only students. “Thank you Sarah. She nodded with a smile still on her face. “Can I ask you one more thing though?” I almost unnoticeably asked.” I grumbled through clenched teeth. I felt relived once she nodded with an understanding expression on her face. 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 finally answered in a slightly smug tone.” The corner of her lips turned upwards weakly. her breathing shallow and uneven and her eyes were wide. unnatural.’ Or perhaps it could have deeper meaning.“Fine. I usually try not to be rude but I could not help it now.” I smiled warmly and a weak flicker was back in Sarah’s water-blue eyes. parents and school staff should be able to go on school grounds. next time someone could get hurt. 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. “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. Her talk did sound appealing except from the fact that for almost a whole week those lousy attackers will know where we live. 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. Their skin was paler than the skin of an albino. “What lesson have you got?” She looked at me expectedly. “Yes I have but I’ll explain to you some other time. “Its nothing to worry about. scuttling around my room. If they only look into my planner they will have all they could ever want to know about me. were not normal in any human or non-human way. “They pinched my bag!” I screeched from the abruptness of my blood flow. “Please tell me that you at least have your mobile and car keys with you. . Those creeps that… somehow vanished in to the thin air.” She was very calm and that calmness partially passed onto me. Sarah tucked heir hair behind her ears.
I entered the Science classroom with none other but my aqua-eyed aunt. 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. Copyrighted © by Klaudia Karbowiak All Rights Reserved 2009 .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).
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