The beginning of something strangeMy name is Rea, now turning 19, I have been haunted for the past nine year of my life with a dream of a boy and a white rose. The minute the boy came into the picture I fell in love but when he left I felt no pain or heartbreak, he holds his rose out to me and each time the rose get older until it dies. The cycle of the dream always starts over after the rose dies until today.
I woke after having no dream, nothing. I was more afraid now then I was when the dream first started. I looked at the clock. “Shoot,” I muttered to myself. The clock face stared at me with its blinking 8:09 a.m. “I’m late... again.”
I heard a knock on my door and called out to my dad that I was awake. My school day usually started at 8:30. I only had twenty minutes to get ready and get to school, but first I would have to fight with the snow storm to get my car out of the driveway. I’m luckily twelve minutes away from the school, but in Maine it seems like a hour.
I hurried out of the house, my worry over my dream gone. I had to get to school on time today, my dad would take my car away if I got another tardy slip. I got in my car and blasted the heat, we had only moved here a month ago and I was still not used to the cold. I got to school with minutes to spare and made it into a parking space close to the school.
I grabbed my backpack and hurried into the school, as I walked through the door the first bell rang. I walked to my class fighting the wave of students, my only friend walked over. “Rea,” she called, “I thought you were not going to be here today, remember your physical.”
“Its okay River, I’m in perfect health.” I looked down at myself to emphasize my point, I was average height. With my bleach blond hair and my skinny frame I looked like I was never meant to be in Maine, more like a warm state like Texas or Florida. I was the fastest student here anyway and with my forest green eyes nobody dared to approach me... except River.
“Fine.” River whined, “but you will one day have to go to physical hun, I know that you are skinny and all but look around you, people here are starting to get a little bit of a chub. Plus I’m one of those people.” River looked around then whispered, “but during the summer I burn off all my fat.”
I smiled at her and started to walk into my class, I knew the bell would ring in a minute or two so if I got in their fast enough then I could study for today's pop quiz. “I have to get to class.” I started to walk away, “and I think we both know you need to study for the pop quiz.”
“No I don’t.” River gave me her best pity look. “But, if you were willing to help me study before class starts then I will not be so lost when the quiz starts.” She looked at me with pleading eyes, daring me to say no.
I finally agreed and so we both went to class. I helped her study and before I could get any studying in myself the bell rang, I swore to myself but I kept quite. As long as River got a good grade everything was fine by me.
After school finished I drove home, as I drove I saw a red Chevy following me one car away, since were I lived it was really remote having a Chevy coming behind me was really suspicious. The car in back of me turned and I saw the Chevy creeping closer to my car, I couldn’t see who was behind the wheel so I just stepped on the gas a little more. As I pulled into my driveway I saw the Chevy going a little farther down and then stopping, I got out and walked to my door as fast as I could. When I was inside I locked every door and window and hid in my room, I checked my phone and saw that River had texted me.
“I’m home how about you.”
I texted her back.
“I’m home, I just had a creep following me in their car to my house.”
“Do you need me to come over?”
“No, I was just wondering if anything strange happened to you.”
“Nah. What are you doing tonight?!?!? :)”
“I’m going to watch a movie, want to come.”
I closed my phone and sat down on my bed. I looked out my window, snow covered everything and the ground. I thought about the kind of movie that River would pick, I hated chick flicks but River loved them. Hopefully River would pick a adventure movie, we both liked those.
I changed my clothes and went and made myself some coffee, my dad hated it when I drank coffee but I could use some right now, for heat and comfort.
I checked the time and got ready to go to Rivers, before I opened the door I checked the calendar and saw I had a track meet tomorrow. As I locked the doors to the house I heard something like a scream coming from behind me, I looked over my shoulder to see nothing there. A few seconds later I heard an ear piercing howl, I turned around and saw eyes watching me from the woods. I ran to my car and got in, I turned on the ignition and wound right out of my driveway and into the Chevy. Someone got out of the Chevy and made there way toward my car when a wolf jumped in front of them and started to growl.
I punched the gas and went as fast as I could into town and to Rivers house, I got out of my car and locked the door. I hurried over to the door and knocked, Rivers mom, Miss. Cinder opened the door and let me in. I went into the living room and saw the movie set up, the movies name was Name Me.
River patted the seat next to her, her mom walked in and told us she had ordered pizza and it would be here in a minute. River waited for the pizza to get here to start the movie, I had never seen this movie before so I was excited to see it, I had a slice of pizza in my hand as the movie started.
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Once the movie had ended I settled in for the night, I had brought a pillow and that was about it, I also brought my special pills that I took twice a day. As sleep inclosed me in its warm blanket I started to wonder if I was going to have my dream again.
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I woke after having my dream again, River was up and moving in the kitchen and I got up. I could here groaning coming from the kitchen and rushed in to find River with a big gash on her head, her mom had one and since her dad wasn’t here anymore I couldn’t think of who would want to hurt them. I walked over to river and she gripped my hand a looked me in the eyes, “What happened,” I felt hysterical and River must of seen that, she walked me to a set and settled me down, “Let me see your head now.”
“Me and my mom are fine, but I’m more worried about you,” River sounded jumpy.
“Why,” I was still a little hysterical but better.
“Because a man snuck in here last night with a needle full of black goo looking stuff, I saw him injecting you with it but you looked fine, when I shouted at him he turned my way and hit me on the head.” She looked over her shoulder to her mom, “I found my mom knocked out before I found you so it seems this person didn’t want to hurt you... by the way I told my mom about your text and she about completely flipped on me.... but luckily you are fine.”
“I think we should all go to the hospital and get checked out, especially you Rea.” River’s mom said.
“But what if the man finds us there, plus I have track today. What if they detain me,” I was screaming and crying now. “I mean if the man put something harmful in me, what then. I mean maybe it is like a drug that is helping me in some way.” In that moment I felt a blast of pain, I fell to the floor and curled into the fetal position, the next thing I knew I was being taken out of Rivers’ house on a stretcher and being loaded into a ambulance.
When I woke I found my dad at the foot of my bed asleep, River was on the other side asleep and I was left to quite and blissful quite.