Copyrighted © by Klaudia Karbowiak 2009 All Rights Reserved



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

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



was finally moving. After living in rainy England for what

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My sleep was so light that I roused when I heard my mum’s meant-to-be quiet footsteps. I went down to the kitchen where Sarah . equipped with notebooks. I thought as I ran back downstairs with the rucksack hanging over my shoulder. “Kate! Wake up or you will be late to school. I chewed the crispy toasts with jam fiercely and then briefly slurped the milk from the glass. I thanked Sarah and mum for making me some breakfast and rushed up the stairs.which was a useful thing for a person with memorising problems. pencil case and a planner. I left my hair loose but I put a hair-bubble around my wrist just in case I had PE today. “I was already awake when you came. She must have thought I was still asleep because she started shaking me violently.” I remarked.CHAPTER 2 I had a dreamless night. “Kate! I’ve got something for you!” Sarah cried out from the kitchen. I picked up my brand new rucksack.” I heard her whisper urgently. 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. ‘It must be another ‘Australia coming present’ or something along those lines’. exercise books. 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 got dressed quickly. I picked up some clothes that I had chosen from the ‘Australia coming present’ pile yesterday night.

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

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

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

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

it was sign of great stress. I have to calm down. He always wants the best for me. I was judged too much by appearance in England. I can’t be too nervous about it. whose interest was gained by my horn. I was a good runner and I knew that I will enjoy spending time on that particular pitch. The computerised voice told me that I’ve reached my destination and made me toot my horn by accident. there was a free parking space next to a will make me stand out with my light. I hope that students in here also agree with it. My mother would have told me the same type of stories. 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.‘Let us be known by our deeds’. He said that if he would have gone to college. This was no good. There also was a telephone number given and the school if it wasn’t me who just tooted the horn. 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). ‘You can buy beauty but knowledge you’ll be never able to buy. white sign announcing ‘South Sydney High School’ in green letters.also wanting me to have a great future and to choose a correct path. It made all the pedestrians look my way.pitches with people playing football on them. 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. There was one pitch that I knew was especially designed for running and other athletic activities. Obviously everyone will glare at me. 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’m new in this school and already I’ve done a silly thing. That was one good thing that I could spot already. One of his biggest mistakes according to his stories was the one to choose not to continue with his education. Strict but great. The gate was pastel green in colour and looked quite old. he would have had a better job now and that our family would have had been in Australia a lot sooner. I was lucky. I was really stiff and tensed out of sudden. now continued striding toward the school gates. I tried to look as if nothing happened. She is . He is a great father. The crowd of students. He would have told me about the mistakes he made and he would have changed the way I look at the world. I totally agreed with the motto.’My dad would have repeated so many times. It wasn’t that humiliating experience anyway. I realised that all of them were tanned. He told me that I shouldn’t ever follow the path he took.

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

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

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

Everyone was busy chatting and the teacher was nowhere to be seen. “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. making me cover up my ears. “I have English in E3 first today. We were just on time. We also have other lessons together.that was something my eyes would have missed at to a muscular. “So you are Rails’ niece?” She asked and her expression suddenly changed from happy to unreadable. . red haired boy. “I’ve only just realised that you’re in my teaching group!” Calla managed to shout over the noise of the bell. realising how very ponderous were my movements in comparison to hers. beamed back at me in return. the classroom was already full.” I smiled at my new friend and she.” We both said at the same time and then laughed at our coincidence. She walked as gracefully as a model.CHAPTER 3 T he bell rang deafeningly. “No there’s nothing wrong with that…They are both really good lawyers and everyone respects them. 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.” 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. Isn’t that good?” She told me after the bell finally stopped informing us that we should move on. Calla beckoned for me to follow and I started walking behind her. I’ve checked on my time table. “Yes that’s great and thanks for your help. that was nothing. We stepped into E3. “Aw.” She stated with a big grin across her face. I could only follow and envy. Calla walked towards her seat. as I expected. “Let’s go to E3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

) I was send outside so that couch Martin could talk to the rest of the class. He does not moan and shout at everyone. In the nurse’s office my knee was taken care of by Mrs.” Answered the coach just before we vanished from everyone’s sight. “I can do it. He has honey blond hair and pale skin as if he is an albino. The mood in the room changed into indescribable. It was the day when Nick officially introduced himself to me. (That is everyone except from the teachers. I was shot with stillest from the eyes of students walking past in the corridor since the first PE lesson.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. It was lunch time when that happened. (He always sits with me and Calla at lunch times. So after that everyone begun to avoid me. (Couch Martin was certainly the nicest PE teacher I had. 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. 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. I didn’t think that the plaster was necessary but she insisted to put it on anyway. He is very lean and athletic. Calla and Nick.) His voice was so beautiful as he spoke and so mind-boggling… simply . with headphones placed in his ears. When I stood up warm blood was tricking out of the small wound. “Thanks Miss Gravelle. (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 . Everyone looked as if hey were suddenly hungry and frustrated at the same time. 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. It worried me because of all the stares I gained (if they could they would pierce me with their intensity and hatred). He even smiled (I realised that he rarely smiles) as he said hello. 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.) There was one thing that made me smile as I reminded myself of the first week of school. Everyone was staring at the wound with the same expressions on their faces as my aunt when I hurt myself.” Murmured Calla just as quietly (more to herself than to anyone else) then jumped up towards me and gripped my arm. Dove.if I read the expressions right which I hoped that I did not.

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

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

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

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

my breathing became uneven. The group of pale people that I was knocked down by has vanished out of sight. I could smell it from there. “Oh nothing sweetie. 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. There was a fight going on around me and I was the prize apparently. all four of them pounced at me. Sarah who looked like an angel ran up to me and helped me to stand back onto my legs. I think I’ll have to speak to your headmaster about what happened.” 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.’ I thought sarcastically but kept a smile on my face. “Do you really have to have a snack all gathered around me?” I whispered faintly but angrily.” The girl with hair colour of roared up pieces of coal giggled unpleasantly. 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. 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. “Thank you Sarah.” She gave me a serious look. 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. I was knocked down on to the ground. We are just about to have a little snack.“Nonsense! Blood is flowing in her veins. I only came to tell you that we are moving in next weekend but I’ve ended up saving you from trouble. Something very unexpected happened then and I don’t think that I could have ever been more joyful at the sight of Sarah. The group laughed in a sinister way and then. “Goodness me. I looked at them all. “No problem dear. 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. . full of suspicion and unpleasant thoughts. Next time if such thing happens someone could get badly hurt. “In fact I will go now but I’ll walk you to your class first to tell your teacher why you’re late. I could feel my heart beat faster than wings of a hummingbird.” I beamed a honest smile. hoping that her eyes could prettily sparkle again. How good that I haven’t listened to Logan’s urges of telling you after you are back from school.” ‘ Oh what a great idea. “W-what do you want from me?” I stammered when they were still there after I blinked. I groaned inside my mind at the idea of being centre of attention in school.” She looked at me apologetically. It was as if they have dissolved and became nothing other but air. “Sorry sweetie but I really have to do it.

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

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). 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 entered the Science classroom with none other but my aqua-eyed aunt. I bend over the table and hid my face in the warmth of my arms.