Accepting the Mark

Max has just moved and she doesn't know anyone, but a group of kids in her grade seem to know her and follow her around the school. She hears howling at night, and Max swears that it's right outside her window. When school starts to get harder and Max gets more stressed, she gets more angry. She's never been a violent teen though. But when the group of kids that follow her around tell her something interesting, will she choose to accept it? Or go on living in the dark?


2. Tall dark and mysterious

I heard the howling outside my new window and I pulled the covers over my head. It was already hard enough to be sleeping in a new place, but that stupid dog wouldn't stop howling. Finally I stood up and walked over to the window, careful not to trip over my bag that was just laying on the ground. I opened up the curtains and peered out onto the street. I saw it was raining and it must have been raining for a while cause the street was black with water. Then I saw a large black dog run across the street into the trees. That must've been the dog that was howling. I walked back over to the bed and lay awake until the sun shown through the curtains. 

I walked down the stairs and sat down at the kitchen table. Mrs Frost set some eggs down in front of me and smiled. "There you go dear," she said. I smiled

"Thank you Mrs Frost," I said.

"Oh no, I'm mom now. Mrs Frost is too formal," she said as Mr Frost walked in. "Isn't that right hun'? Max should call us mom and dad now,"

"Yes you should," Mr Frost said as he grabbed the newspaper and sat down. Mrs Frost handed him his eggs and a coffee. "You excited for your first day of school Max?" Mr Frost asked.

I had never been to a real school for long. I had attended a school when I was at foster homes. But those never lasted long. At the orphanage, we had some strict old lady come. That is what our school was. Most kids when I told them about it were jealous, saying that they wished they only had to go to school for about an hour an a half everyday. I told them that the rest of the day was doing chores, they shut-up. But I was excited for school.

"Yes sir," I said. "We didn't really have school in the orphanage," I explained. Mr Frost only nodded. He was too absorbed in the headlines to care. Typical.

"You should get going soon, you want to figure out your classes and locker before," Mrs Frost said. I agreed and grabbed my backpack I had found in my new room, some notebooks and a pen and walked out the door.

I loved being outside. I loved the coolness in the air. It seemed so clean and crisp. I walked down the sidewalk and breathed in the air. I had never really been outside much. It wasn't really allowed at the orphanage. Only on special occasions we're we allowed out. I heard something behind me and I turned towards the trees that lined the other side of the street. I spun around and saw someone dart behind a tree.

"Hello?" I called out. The person didn't answer. "I can see you," I said. The person moved out from behind the tree. He was taller than me, he had strait black hair that hung over is eyes. He wore a leather jacket.

"You saw me?" he asked as he walked closer.

"Yea, I saw you dart behind the tree," I said.

"Oh, nothing else?" he asked.

"No," I said. That was a weird question I thought. The boy walked right up to me, now I could see that he was about a head taller than me and had small black earrings.

"Your the new girl, Max right?" he asked.

"Yea, news travels fast around here I guess," I said.

"No, but it will," he said.

"Then how did you know I was here?" I asked. He looked confused for a moment.

"I saw you with the Frosts," he said. "I'm Zac," he said, trying to change the subject. "Can I walk with you to school?" he asked.

"Sure I guess," I said. I didn't want to be rude and tell him he was creeping me out, go away. I was never that kind of person. I was more, stay quiet.

"Don't you love outside?" Zac asked as we started walking.

"Sure," I said.

"Come on, I know you love it," he said. I glanced over at him, he had on a huge smile. "If you want to hang out anytime, me and my mates have a shack in the forest we hangout in," he said randomly. Or maybe it wasn't so random.

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