I wake up the next morning to find that the windows were completely fixed and not the plastic that was over them th night before. I hear someone say, "Morning, Sunshine.". I whirl around and face HIM. I hear Stephan say, "Damn, Damon, leave her the hell alone.". Damon says to his brother, "You, Stephan, are no damn fun.". This elicits a laugh from me, making Stephan furious and Damon happy.
"See, Stephan, Cory finds me funny.". I lightly punch Damon's arm. I hear my phone playing Brett Eldredge's 'Beat of the music', so I slip it out of my back pocket. I stare at the screen; It's a text message from Athoi. I open the message and it reads; Cory, Atsadi was in a car wreck earlier today. He's in ICU and is probably going to have to go into surgery. They really don't know what happened, but the doctors and Father are afraid he may not make it, but we both know our brother, he's a tough s.o.b. I don't want to worry you any further. Please tell Uncle Moonwolf about this and any friends you have made. Thinking of you, Athoi.
I drop to my knees and let my phone fall to the floor. I feel some weird power coursing through my veins, something only an elite few of my tribe ever feel; the power of the wolf. I won't turn into a wolf, only the males in the families do that, but I will still act like one during full moons. Damon kneels down in front of me and asks, "Are you okay?". I growl, "I'm fine.". Damon backs away, I guess not wanting to get hurt. He whispers to Stephan, "Restrain her.". I scream at the top of my lungs, "Aw HELL No!". Stephan and Damon both back up.
Stephan says, "We need to call Tyler in on this, hell get Matt, Caroline, Elena, Bonnie, Meredith and Alaric, too.". I am about to say something, but I instantly feel tired. I walk over to the couch and collapse. I can hear Damon saying, "You don't think that this is the reason the Mikaelsons are after her do you." and Stephan replying, "Maybe, ah, there's the gang.". I wake up to a guy in my face.
"You're close enough, get any closer and I will hurt you." I growl at him. The guy backs away and the wolf power flows through my veins again, this time my eyes change from green to an icy blue. I only know that my eyes changed because Stephan said, "Her eyes changed". Three of my five senses have changed; My sight, smell and hearing is better.
I hear Damon say, "Easy, Cory. I won't hurt you.". I turn my head towards him and then begin to whine like a dog. Damon nods then says, "Yes, I promise not to hurt you. I will explain everything, but you need to be calm.". I close my eyes and try to will the power away, I don't need it right now. I immediately collapse again.
"You think she's okay?". I wake up again to people standing around me, not as close as before though. I ask Damon, "What happened?". Nobody says anything until one of the guys introduces himself, "Hello, Cory. I'm Tyler Lockwood.". Damon says, "Introduce yourselves later, Elena, Bonnie, Caroline, Alaric and Meredith. We have business to attend to.".
"Hey, Damon. There's no need for them to introduce themselves, you did it for them." Stephan says. I look at Stephan, then to Damon, and back to Stephan. What I say next surprises the hell out of everyone, "Leave 'em alone, Stephan or so help me I will kick your ass.". Tyler, Elena, Caroline, Alaric, Meredith, Matt and Bonnie stare in awe at me. I stand beside Damon showing my teeth, warning the others to back off. Elena, shocked at me, asks, "Why the hell would you protect Damon?".
"Who the hell wouldn't?" I retort. Out of the corner of my left eye, I see Damon crack a smile. I look at Tyler and then ask, "Is the Wickery Bridge Fundraiser going to be at your house?". Tyler nods his head. I set on the couch once again, readying myself for the questions that are to come and then say, "I'm coming, Damon invited me.". There's a chorus of cursing at either me or Damon. I shake my head.
The first question is from Alaric, "Where are you from?". I say, "I am from Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I lived on a reservation there, yes I am Cherokee.". Another question came from Elena, "Why the hell do you stand up for Damon? He's not a good person.". Before I can answer Damon shouts, "Hey, no far, Elena!" which elicits another laugh from me.
I look at Elena and then say, "Because you keep pushing me towards my patience limit, Elena.". Damon smiles at this, but says nothing. More questions that are asked are like "Why do you think Klaus is after you?", or, "How do you stand Damon? He's annoying isn't he?". I put my hands on the sides of my head, trying to block out anymore questions and the let out a growl/roar.
I could hear Damon walking towards me, trying to help me stay calm. I growl at him, "Don't touch me! Don't f***ing touch me! Nobody f***ing touch me!". Everyone backs off, except Damon who has my phone. I say, "Put that down.". That's when I hear Gloriana's Kissed You Goodnight playing and I wonder what the hell? I shake my head, trying to get a sense of things. I finally smile at everyone and say, "I'm sorry guys. I'm still trying to learn my way around this place.".
I see Bonnie and Elena talking to each other and then Bonnie asks, "Do you want to try out for a play at our school? If you do I can talk to Mrs. Summers.". I look at Bonnie and then say, "Fine, what's the play?". Elena, Bonnie, Caroline and Matt smile at me and say in unison, "Footloose.".
*At Midnight Falls High*
I set in the auditorium, waiting for my turn to audition for Footloose. Elena, Bonnie, Caroline and Matt have already auditioned. I hear, "Ms. Balcazar, your turn, if you please.". I go up on stage and ask Mrs. Summers, "What do you want me to sing? I don't know many songs from the play or movie except, 'Footloose'.". Mrs. Summers says, "That'll be fine, dear. Just begin whenever your ready.". I tell Mrs. Summers, "I'm going to skip part of the intro.". She nods her head and says, "Fine.".
I sing, "I Been working so hard, I'm punching my card, Eight hours for what?, Oh, tell me what I got, I get this feeling, Times just holding me down, I'll hit the ceiling, Or else I'll tear up this town! Tonight I gotta cut loose, footloose, Kick off your Sunday shoes, Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees, Jack, get back, come on before we crack, Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose. You're playing so cool, Obeying every rule, Deep way down in your heart, You're burning yearning for some, Somebody to tell you, That life ain't passing you by, I'm trying to tell you, It will if you don't even try, You'll get by if you'd only, Cut loose, footloose, Kick off the Sunday shoes, Oo-wee Marie, shake it, shake it for me, Woah, Milo, come on, come on let's go, Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose. Ooooh-oh-oh (Cut footloose), Ooooh-oh-oh, (Cut footloose), Ooooh-oh-oh
(Cut footloose), Oooooooooh. We've got to turn you around, And put your feet on the ground, Now take a hold of your soul. I'm turning it loose! Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes, Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees, Jack, get back, come on before we crack, Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose (Footloose) footloose, Kick off the Sunday shoes, Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees, Jack, get back, come on before we crack, Lose your blues, everybody cut, everybody cut, Everybody cut, everybody cut, Everybody cut, everybody cut, (Everybody) everybody cut footloose!".
I take a bow and then begin to walk off the stage when I hear, "What a wonderful job, Ms. Balcazar! What a wonderful job!". I turn around and see everyone that is in the seats standing up and applauding me. Mrs. Summers comes up on stage and says, "I have an announcement, I am switching the male lead role to a female and the female lead role to a male, and you are staring at the girl that has the lead, Ms. Cory Balcazar!". There are some gasps and cursing, but other than that everyone is okay with the changes.
Elena, Matt, Bonnie and Caroline all run up and hug me. They all say, "Congrats, Cory.". I text my father and tell him the news and he replies, 'That's good. Atsadi is doing a little bit better but he's still in ICU.'.
Three days later we're practicing the dancing and singing when I see Damon sitting in the far back, watching me. Mrs Summers shouts, "Alright guys, that's a wrap! Be back here tomorrow to continue practicing! Now you may go!".
I walk over to Damon, who says, "Nice job, Renna.". I look at him confused and ask, "Who the hell is Renna?". He smiles and says, "Since they switched the lead role to female, in the movie the main character is "Ren", but now it's "Renna" since a girl is playing.". I shake my head and say, "Smart ass.". He laughs and says, "I'll take that as a compliment.". I shake my head again, but say nothing. Like I've said before, 'The days are going to become weirder.'.
I chose to add the part about 'Footloose' because I was wanting to have Cory do something really cool.