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This is the first thing that sets me on edge. That antiseptic smell that’s too sterile, too clean, too perfectly sanitized. And suddenly I am reminded of a very bad place. My eyes bolt open and I take in the scene around me. I’m in a hospital. At least I think it’s a hospital. Since I’ve never actually been in one before, it’s hard to tell for sure.
The second thing that sets me on edge is the heartbeat.
“Hello Jay, how are you feeling?” I turn to face her. The girl sitting beside me stands up, making her way towards my bed. She’s tall with long dark hair and jet black eyes. I try to get up, but the pain returns in my head and it feels like a ton of bricks have just been dropped on my skull. Twice. My pathetic attempt at an escape ends up with me just curling up into a ball, hands clasped around the bandages on my head.
“Sarah.” I manage to get out.
“She’s fine. The doctors fixed up her head and she’s back with her parents safe and sound.”
I breathe in a sigh of relief.
“I thought you were dead.”
“Yeah well, sorry to disappoint you.” I reply, somewhat warily. “Do you mind telling me who you are?”
“My name is Kate, I’m a friend.”
“Funny, I don’t know any Kates.”
“Did Reese put you up to this? Are you a shrink or something?”
“Do I look like a shrink?”
I pause for a moment, taking her in. She looked only a few years older than me, so shrink was probably out of the question. “No, I guess you don’t.” I agree. “So what does that make you?”
The girl takes a moment before replying, as if trying to figure out what she wants to say next. “Someone different. Someone like you.”
“No kidding? You can eat four stacks of BBQ ribs without puking your guts out too?”
“No, Jay. I’m being serious.”
“So am I.”
“I don’t think you understand. Let me try this again. I’m different like you. I can do things, things other people can’t.”
I do my best to put on a dumb look, like I have no idea what this girl is talking about. I’m suddenly very uncomfortable about the whole situation. “I think you should go.”
“We will, as soon as you’re back to full health.”
“We aren’t doing anything. I’m calling a nurse if you don’t leave in the next ten seconds.” I put as much venom in my voice as possible. Who did this girl think she was?
“No you’re not. You’re going back to sleep.” The girl takes a step closer. That’s when I notice her eyes. They were black, like night. Like a moonless, pitch black night. My eyes begin to droop.
“I’m calling a nurse.” I mumble, but suddenly I’m exhausted.
The girl sighs. “Jet said you would be difficult.”
“I don’t have a boyfriend.”
“Not yet. Go to sleep, Jay.”
My eye lids close. I was so sleepy. Before I even realize what’s happening I fall into nothingness.
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