“Jeanne stop this now!” yelled William harshly.
I saw her waiver for only a second before she burst into flames. Any other day, any other time I may have stumbled back in shock but I was tired, embarrassed, cranky, and not in the mood for some girls attitude. “Back the **** Off!” I yelled, and suddenly a flash of lightning lit up the sky and the wind blew fiercely, shaking the trees. Again any other day I would have stopped to notice this strange phenomena but I felt consumed with anger.
Jeanne went back to normal and stumbled back eyes wide. “Who the hell are you?”
I noticed that in her eyes was fear and her body shrunk back away from me. But I couldn’t stop-.
“Cara calm down.” whispered Leo behind me.
His voice knocked me out of the weird state of being I was in and sway in exhaustion. “I’m sorry I didn’t mean to. I don’t know what I did.”
“It’s okay, that just means your powers are awakening.” said William helping Jeanne to her feet. “ I think it’d be best if we discussed this in the morning.”
Jeanne looked like she recovered and stomped back into the house barking orders like “What are you doing up? Get to bed”.
“Don’t worry we’ll get things figured out in the morning.” said Leo when he suddenly went stiff as if something was wrong and he knew it.
“Oh no.” I murmured holding him tighter. “No. No!”
Leo gently pride my hands off of him and shook his head. “I can’t stay “They’ve” called a meeting to decide my punishment.”
I hated Them so much. “Well you tell them I don’t care how they think they can twist my fate if they take you from me I’ll do every thing in my power to make them regret it.”
Leo looked a bit worried but leaned down to give me a feather light kiss, melting any thought I had, right before he evaporated into thin air. My heart ached and I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Morning came and Leo still hadn’t come back and despite having slept in a bed for the first time in a long while I didn’t sleep much and woke up at the crack of dawn to take a shower change into a comfortable pair of pants and light sweater. No one had woken up yet and I wasn’t very hunger so I decided to walk around outside.
The house was huge and I had a feeling it was well occupied, but outside I noticed the grounds were very big, in the back was a pool and a pool house, shed and even a guest house. Beyond the guest house was about a few miles of land, mostly wooded and it was all surrounded my a big brick wall. Surprisingly I didn’t feel claustrophobic, but more safe; there were also many trails through the woods and I couldn’t wait for Leo to come back to explore them with me. That was if he was even coming back, that is. I shook my head at the thought ‘No he is coming back.’ I told my self and turned to go back to the house when I noticed William standing behind me.
“Hey.” I said enthusiastically not even scared he suddenly appeared out of no where.
“Exploring the grounds I see.” he said acknowledging the oblivious.
“Yeah. It’s very beautiful out here, isn’t it?” I asked watching the slowly rising sun as colors of light violet, blaze orange and yellow formed a beautiful sunset.
“Yes it is.” he said enjoying the sunset also. “One of the reasons why I choose this place.”
“What is this place anyway?” asked not looking at him.
“Well you could call it by many names but I call it-”
“Home?” I offered. “You take in special kids with powers you don’t want the government to put on their operating tables and you offer them a place to stay, a safe haven, a home. You don’t think I understand do you?” I asked finally looking at his perplexed expression and slightly curios expression.
“How’d you know that?” he asked looking at me full force suspicion.
“I didn’t.” I shrugged. “I just had a feeling. You’re a good person William J. Appleton, and I think it’s great that there is someone who cares.”
He looked at me with a softer expression now and we began to walk back to the house. “You are an interesting person Cara, nothing short of fascinating.”
“Why’s that?” I asked curiously.
“I think it’s your powers and how things are that make you fascinating. You didn’t back down last night against Jeanne, she becomes jealous when I bring home girls and she is easily one of the strongest here. Yet despite the fact you saw her burst into flames and knew you didn’t know what your powers were you faced her one-on-one.”
“I was just cranky that she stood between me and a warm bed.” I shrugged feeling a bit okay then before. “I didn’t like the fact she had to wake up the whole house to tell me she didn’t like me, though.”
William chuckled a warming laugh, making me miss Leo. “That’s Jeanne always voicing her opinion.”
We approached the house and the smell of cooking bacon and eggs made my stomach rumble, William laughed again as he pushed open the back door to reveal a big kitchen and table. Around the table sat several different types of people all of whom were staring at me, I quickly became annoyed.
“Yes I’m new, yes I was the reason why Jeanne was yelling last night, and no I don’t think I’ll be staying.” I glared irritated by being the center of attention. “And I’m not in the mood to have you all staring at me like I’m a circus monkey ready to do a trick.”
William had to hold onto a chair from falling on the floor laughing. “Everyone this is Cara and as you can see she is new.”
I felt awkward just standing there and was happy when William offered me a chair.
“Cara this is Jake, Liana, Soy, Beth, Mike, Hailey and you know Jeanne already.” William pointed to each of them and most waved back at me.
Jake was a shaggy haired tall boy who looked late into his teens, he had eyes the color of mixed silver. I had a feeling he hid some power behind those eyes. Liana was at the stove in a pink apron and looked like a miniature house wife, with soft blonde curls, pink cheeks and soft blue eyes. She was absolutely adorable, but I’m sure she’s not as innocent as she looks when it comes to appearances. Soy was Korean I could tell because for short 5’, 4’’ he had a clean cut appearance and dressed for a catalog issue. He had almost black colored eyes and was pretty cute. Beth was slightly heavy but didn’t pass for fat, she had light brown hair that could use a trim and freckles that were perfect for her face. Her eyes were the color of a rare green jewel. At the end of the table already eating a heaping pile of food was Mike, he was big like line-backer in football and I got a feeling he was a sweet heart despite the mean appearance. I couldn’t see his eyes he was to focused on eating. Hailey looked like a willowy girl tall, thin, and pale. There was almost no color to her hair and her eyes held a vast amount of emptiness. Jeanne sat fuming and ignoring me.
“What’s your story?” asked Soy in a business like manor.
“What’s yours?” I raised an eye brow questioning and he didn’t answer.