Parallel

Jade Elthering woke up alone and tortured. At the age of 6, she was at the mercy of a killer. Some how she escapes and manages resume a normal life for eleven years thanks to her loving foster family. But when her kidnapper returns for her, life gets turned upside down. Transported back to her previous life, Jade must resume her true identity if she is to save her friends and family. But will she have the courage to face down her stalker?

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4. Perpendicular Bisectors

 

Monday morning I meet Talia at the gates of school as per usual, and we walked to form time together, laughing about our weekends and sharing homework answers. When we reached our form class we noticed that our maths teacher (Mr. Whitefair) was subbing in for our form teacher, Mr. Shaadams. Mr. Whitefair declared in a formal voice that he wouldn’t be teaching for the next week due to a ‘well deserved holiday in Erie.’                              

 ‘Wonderful! Great! Wonder why he had to come to our class just to say that?’ mused Talia.

 ‘Huh. Maybe because he knows that nobody ever listens to the notices?’ I answered, smiling. But my smile quickly faded as I realized that Mr. Whitefair was staring at me with an intense look on his face, as though he was trying to communicate something crucial. He moved closer to our table. I stared back for a moment, completely confused, but my attention was diverted for a split second as some rowdy boy set some paper on fire, trying to impress the group of girls sitting near them. I turned back to Mr. Whitefair and he was gone. I whispered to Talia ‘Whoa, did you see that?’

‘See what?’ asked Talia,

I stared at her shaking my head in disbelief.

‘Mr. Whitefair, he just completely vanished. How could you not see that?’

Talia stared at me with wide concerned eyes,

‘No Jade, he walked out of the class room straight after he said he wouldn’t be teaching.’

‘But I saw him, standing right there. He was there up until the boys started burning stuff, and then he was just gone!’ I said, feeling completely stupid, knowing how ridiculous my words sounded. Talia was looking at me as if I was crazy. I felt crazy, but I know what I saw. Why would Talia even say that he left, he was standing two feet away from us!

‘Talia, did you honestly not see Mr. Whitefair standing less than 2 feet away from you?’

‘Jade, did you honestly not see him walk out the door 3 minutes ago?’ she replied.

Mr. Shaadams walked into the class then, his wide body almost too wide for the door frame, effectively ending that conversation.

 

Later in maths Mr. Whitefair was teaching Geometry. He was explaining the arches relevant in perpendicular bisectors, when his gaze fell on me again. I was about to ask him what was going on when he suddenly changed the lesson to parallel lines.

‘Perfectly drawn parallel lines will have 3 arcs across from the…” his lecture lost my interest quickly, and I began drawing in my book. The whole time, I could feel him staring intently at me, as if he expected something more from me than the rest of the class.

‘It is CRUCIAL that they are all the same length…’ he went on, and the rest of the class began to lose focus as well. Talia sighed, a boy named Jason dozed off, and Kim snored.

‘Jade!’ called Mr. Whitefair.

‘Uh yeah?’ I replied cautiously.

‘See me after class.’ he snapped in a harsh voice.

I drew some more pictures for the rest of the lesson, and when the bell rang the whole class jumped. I waited for the students to file out the door, and then stumbled over to Mr.  Whitefairs desk. He stared at me with the same burning intensity.

 ‘Oblivious to the coming events. Yes, you don’t know me. Ahhh... This should’ve been easier to explain…’ He mumbled to himself. Frankly, he was kind of freaking me out. ‘Hmm. Jade, what would you say if I said I knew your parents?’

‘What the hell?’ I stuttered, utterly confused as I gaped at him.

‘Yes, well I know them in a different world. You must find them. I can’t help you with anything except that you MUST remember, Parallel. It’s the key word Jade, to your future and family everything must be parallel. Tonight a lot of incredible, wonderful and terrible things will happen. You must be prepared. For the sake of your parents. Parallel.’

He then disappeared. I stood at the desk looking at the place where he was just a few moments ago, then shook my head. I realize I must have been going insane. Mr. Whitefair was just another teacher at my school. I’ve gone insane, I thought to myself. Either I was insane or he was.

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