Glimpse

Life is normal for 16 year old Lissa Bennett, until the day she starts seeing the future. When images of events that have not yet occurred begin to appear to Lissa for no apparent reason, she and her best friends try to piece together what’s happening and what it means.

When her visions seem to revolve around Daniel, the local ‘loner’ whose brother has gone missing, should Lissa risk everything to help, or leave well enough alone?

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7. Chapter 7

I could tell he was excited by what he’d found out. I was curious.

“Can I come over? I could be there in ten minutes.” He asked frantically.

“Okay then, I’ll see you in a bit.”

He said a hurried goodbye before hanging up the phone. Daniel looked at me, curiously.

“That was Adam; he wants to help me with my physics work.” I felt bad about lying to him but I certainly couldn’t tell him the truth.

Daniel raised an eyebrow at me, “It’s a bit late for studying, isn’t it?” he asked suspiciously.

“Well, Adam thinks anytime is a perfect study time,” I laughed nervously.

I was usually an expert liar but I found it difficult, not telling the truth to Daniel. We got to the corner of my street and said goodnight.

“Thanks,” Daniel’s face was serious, “for coming to talk to me.”

“Anytime,” I replied. “I’m a good listener. I ask too many questions sometimes, though. I’m shamefully nosey.”

He smiled at me and I hesitated for a moment before turning to walk down my street.

“Have a fun study date!” I heard Daniel call behind me, mockingly.

“Ha-ha.” I replied sarcastically, without turning around.

As I approached my house, I saw Adam walking towards me.

“Christ, Adam. Did you run here?”

“Let’s got inside,” he beamed.

We walked up the driveway and I opened the door, Adam trailing in behind me. Mum came out from the kitchen as we walked in.

Her eyes widened when she spotted Adam, “Hi Adam,” she said, overly cheerful. “I didn’t know you were coming over.”

Clearly, she thought that there was something going on between Adam and me.

“We’re just going to work on our Physics project.” I rushed Adam up the stairs before my mother caused further humiliation.

I shut my bedroom door behind us and we sat down on my rug. Adam dug around in his backpack for a moment before pulling out a book and placing it between us, looking triumphant. It was the same stupid book he’d been reading the other day.

“You’re not still going on about this, are you?” I groaned.

He rolled his eyes at me, “Have some faith, will you.”

He turned to a chapter with the title ‘Precognition and You: Embracing Your Inner Eye’. I fought off the urge to laugh.

“Adam, this isn’t some cheesy sci-fi movie.”

“Don’t be so quick to doubt this, would you have believed a few months ago that’d you’d soon be seeing visions of the future?” He had a point.

I looked back down to the book and began reading the first page.

“Do you mind explaining this to me in English, please?”

He sighed at me before picking up the book.

“Precognition is the ability to witness images of the future. Some visions of the future may be set in stone but others may be changeable. It all depends on whether the user is witnessing destiny or probability.” He looked up to make sure I was following.

“So me finding Charlotte’s earring was my destiny?” I laughed.

Adam frowned at me and continued reading, “People with the ability may foresee one future scenario or they may witness several outcomes for a scenario, giving them a chance to take certain actions that determine which scenario occurs.”

“So I can change what happens after I’ve seen it?”

“Only if you see several outcomes,” he sighed. “You only see one thing at a time, meaning it’s more likely to be set in stone.”

“Why me, though? That’s what we wanted to find out.” I waited expectantly for an answer.

“I don’t know Lissa,” he sounded apologetic. “It doesn’t seem to say anything about why you get them, but maybe reading about the visions could help us to understand that. At least now you know that there are other people out there who experience stuff like this, it’s not completely bogus.”

 I knew Adam was trying his best, but I still felt completely lost. I wanted to know why I was seeing these things because if I knew why, I might have a better chance of stopping them.

Adam looked at my facial expression, “I know it’s frustrating, Liss, but we’ll get there, don’t worry.”

“Get where?” Jade opened the door and strode inside.

“You know it’s rude to eavesdrop?”

“I wasn’t eavesdropping. I was just walking past the door,” she looked at me, innocently. “What’s frustrating?”

“Having to face telling mum that Adam and I aren’t dating,” I replied.

Adam started laughing.

“What’s that?” I followed Jade’s gaze and saw that she was staring at the book that Adam was holding. He casually stuffed the book back into his backpack.

“Just a physics book,” he said to her, surprisingly convincing. “We’ve been studying. That’s why Lissa’s frustrated, she’s fails epically at physics.”

Jade’s face fell, “Oh, that’s it?”

Looking disappointed, she walked back out again without another word, shutting the door behind her.

“Smooth work there,” I teased Adam. “Someone’s a good liar.”

He shrugged, “I was merely protecting her from the crazy truth.”

We sat there for a little while longer, skimming through some more pages of the book. Adam told me that he’d read more of it tonight, if he could. I walked him down the stairs and I could see my mother sitting on the sofa. She looked up and smiled at me as I walked past to see Adam to the door. I was going to have to set the record straight once he was gone.

“See you again soon, Adam!” I heard her call enthusiastically from the sitting room.

Adam laughed silently at the look of horror on my face.

“She’ll be inviting you to dinner next,” I muttered whilst he continued laughing. “You won’t find I so funny then, believe me.”

I opened the door for him and then joined him on the doorstep.

“Where did you go today, anyway?” he asked.

“What do you mean?”

“You were walking down the road when I arrived.”

I had an inner debate as to whether or not to tell him I was with Daniel.

“I… just went to get a coffee.” I replied slowly.

He didn’t seem to realise that I wasn’t telling him the whole truth.

“You and your coffee addiction,” Adam shook his head whilst turning to walk down the driveway. “It’s unhealthy.”

I said goodnight to him before going back inside and closing the door. I turned around and found mum standing there, eyebrows raised, expectantly.

“Mum, I’m not dating Adam,” I snapped at her.

“But he’s so sweet, Lissa.” I just groaned and walked past her, to the stairs. “You could do a lot worse, you know!” she called after me.

“What, you mean like Daniel?” I knew she was scowling without even having to turn around.

I went back into my room and got ready for bed.

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Even though it was only half way through October, assignments were coming at us thick and fast. We final year students also had some exams before Christmas. With the exams and all of the assignments we had to do, I could tell it was going to be a stressful few months.

I’d always hated exams. I either went two ways with them: amazingly well, or failing enormously. There was no middle ground when it came to me and exams. I wished these ‘visions’ would spring into action when I needed them most and would show me the exam papers in advance. Now that would be more helpful than finding one of Charlotte’s earrings. 

A wave of excitement went round the school though, when posters appeared in the corridors, advertising a Halloween Ball. Our school had never put on a Halloween dance for us before, so it was safe to say that everyone was going a bit crazy about it.

“So, have you guys seen the posters?” Hayley said with excitement as she sat down at the lunch table. “What are we wearing?”

Adam looked at her like she was insane, “We’re not going!”

“Oh yes we are,” Hayley stated. “A Halloween Ball is more exciting than prom.”

“We have to get planning our outfits!” Charlotte added excitedly.

Adam looked ready to head-butt the table. I looked over at Daniel in time to see the look of amusement on his face.

Hayley looked at him, “Are you up for going, Daniel?”

“It could be fun.” he replied.

I was shocked; it didn’t really seem his kind of thing.

Adam put his head up then, “Alright, as long as you don’t dress me up in drag.”

“Why on earth would you think we’d do that to you?” Hayley said deviously. “We’d never want to put you through such humiliation.” 

“You should be Batman, Adam, since you love him so much,” Charlotte teased.

“Are you volunteering to be Robin, then?” He gave her a mischievous look.

“No way,” Hayley jumped in. “Us girls need to plan a group outfit, get Daniel to be your Robin.”

I let out a laugh at the thought of Adam and Daniel dressed as Batman and Robin.

“I would pay good money to see that,” I added, still laughing.

“We only have two weeks so we need to get planning.” I could see the cogs turning in Hayley’s brain.

I was feeling apprehensive about letting Hayley take charge of the costume planning; I’d probably end up dressed like a slutty cat, if she had her way.

“We’ll start tonight, my place.” She said to me and Charlotte. I looked over and saw the same look of doubt on Charlotte’s face.

So that’s how we came to be sitting on Hayley’s bed hours later, trawling through thousands of Halloween costume websites, looking for ideas.

“I’m not going as a sexy bumble bee,” I shot Hayley’s latest idea down. “How do you even sexify a bumble bee?”

“What about mistress maids then?”

“I have this amazing idea,” I stood up. “Why don’t we actually go as something scary?”

Charlotte giggled and Hayley just looked at me like I was insane.

“You’ve lost the point of Halloween, Hayley.”

She rolled her eyes and stood up, “I’m going to get a bottle of water.”

She went off down the stairs and I joined Charlotte back on the bed.

“Can’t you just whip up a vision of what outfits should be?” she asked.

“To see whether or not Hayley has us in stockings and suspenders?”

We started laughing.

I thought about the visions for a moment, “Did Adam tell you about the stuff he’s been reading in that weird psychic book of his?”

“Yeah, he told me the other night, after he left your place.” I raised my eyebrows at her. “We just went for a walk.”

“Yes, but what kind of walk? A friendly walk, an important talk walk, an ‘I want you behind that tree’ kind of walk…”

Charlotte’s eyes went as round as saucers and I rolled around laughing.

“Don’t go there, Lissa.” she warned.

Hayley came bursting through the door, “We can go as sexy cats!”

I put my head in my hands, “Can we not have something more original?”

Hayley pouted at me, “But think of how cute the ears would look.”

I wiggled my eyebrows at Charlotte, “You could go as Catwoman, Char. I bet Adam would like that.”

She threw one of Hayley’s fluffy pillows at me, “We are not going as cats.” 

Hayley had sat back down and was clicking away on the laptop, furiously.

“Girls, we’re going as sexy cops.”

I went over to look at the costume picture that she had on screen, “I refuse to wear that.”

“Oh but we’ll look amazing, Liss!” she wailed. “We could even get Adam and Daniel to dress up as robbers.”

I still wasn’t persuaded. I had feeling of dread just looking at the tight fitting police uniform, complete with stockings and a hat.

Charlotte leaned over to look, “It’s better than cats, anyway.”

“It’s settled then,” Hayley closed the laptop. “We’ll go into town this weekend and get the outfits.”

I opened my mouth to protest but she cut me off, “It’s not open for discussion.” She said with a stern look on her face.

There was no point in arguing with her now; she was set on the idea.

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On Saturday afternoon, we were in the fancy dress store in town, trying on police officer outfits.

The leather skirts were insanely short and Hayley was insisting that we teamed them up with fishnet tights and stiletto boots.

Charlotte’s eyes mirrored the horror I felt as she stood in front of the full length mirror in the changing rooms. We each had low-cut, black shirts and belts with handcuffs hanging from them. I’d never felt so ridiculous.

“I’d rather have gone as a dead bride.” I complained.

“Where’s the fun in that?” Hayley asked as she put her police hat on.

I looked over at Hayley’s perfectly tanned legs and then looked down at my own pale thighs. I did not like this outfit one bit.

“My talents are being wasted. If we were actually going as something scary, I could have done some awesome Halloween make-up on us all.” I said glumly.

“Oh, stop complaining. We’ll look better than Stacey.”

“I don’t care what Stacey looks like, not everything is a competition, Hayley.” I tugged the skirt down a bit more, wondering how I was going to survive next Friday with my dignity intact.

“Next year,” Charlotte said through gritted teeth, “we’re going as Disney Princesses.”

I burst out laughing, “I’m putting dibs on Belle.”

Hayley rolled her eyes at us before going back into her cubical, to take her outfit off.

We all got dressed back into our clothes and paid for our outfits. Hayley was pleased with herself as we walked out of the shop.

“We’re going to look perfect,” she promised. “Have Adam and Daniel agreed to be robbers yet?”

“Adam would rather wear nothing.” Charlotte said.

Me and Hayley glanced at each other and started giggling.

“I mean he’s not too keen on dressing up. He didn’t really want to go to the Halloween ball in the first place.”

“It’s not exactly hard to dress as a robber though,” I told her. “All they’ll have to do is find some striped sweaters.”

“I’ll text Adam later and make sure he’s onto it.” Charlotte reassured.

After I got home, I took my outfit out of the bag and realised that my mother was not going to be best pleased with me leaving the house in it. I walked out of my bedroom and headed to Jade’s door. It was open and she was sitting at her desk, doing some homework.

“Jade,” I walked in. “Are you going to the Halloween Ball?”

She turned around, “Yeah I am, are you?”

“Yeah, what are you going as?”

“I’m going as a cat.” Oh please no, I thought. What’s the big deal with cats on Halloween? “What are you going as?” she asked me.

“A cop,” I told her, sitting down on her bed. “It was Hayley’s idea.”

Jade’s eyes widened, “You let Hayley pick the outfit?” I nodded. “How slutty is it?”

“Mum’s not going to let me out the door, let’s put it that way.” Jade stifled a laugh. We spoke about our outfits for a little while longer before I went back to my room and called Hayley.

“I need to get ready at your place,” I told her down the phone.

“It’d make more sense for us all to get ready together anyway. Oh, Charlotte called me before, Adam and Daniel have agreed to be our robbers. I told Charlotte that she could handcuff Adam for any bad behaviour but she didn’t take it very well, she’s a little sensitive lately.”

I had to wonder if Hayley was completely blind to what was going on between Adam and Charlotte these days.

We said our goodnights and hung up. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the Halloween Ball but I wasn’t going to be a kill joy for everyone else. I decided to suck it up and get on with it.

It was just one night, after all; surely I could survive one night in a mini skirt and stiletto boots.

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