I don’t think Caleb was that happy to see me when we finally got back. HIs face was bright red; he looked like he was going to blow.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING RUNNING OFF WITH SOME STRANGER?” He yells. I turn my head away, too tired to fight back. Jack stands to aside, leaning against the wall, his Raven sitting on his shoulder. He doesn’t say anything, just staring as Caleb goes all over protective on me. “YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HIM! HOW WOULD I HAVE FOUND YOU IF HE BUNDLED YOU UP INTO THE BACK OF A VAN AND LEFT? WHERE WOULD I LOOK FIRST, HUH? DID YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU LEFT?” He grabs my shoulders and shakes me hard. I grit my teeth together.
“Caleb! Get off of me! I’m fine! Look! I’m fine! I’m not in the back of a van!” I yell. He glares but pulls me into his embrace, hugging me tightly.
“But you could have been! You don’t know who these people are!” I roll my eyes but I let him hug me. I realise he’s shaking. I wince and pull away carefully.
“Caleb?” He refuses to look at me, clenching his fists, looking for something to do; someone to yell at. His eyes rest on Jack.
“You!” He yells. “Why did you take her? Didn’t you even think about asking if it was ok? We don’t know you! Just leave her alone!”
“Caleb! Can you stop yelling! You’re drawing attention to us ...” He wasn’t listening; the other people in the corridor turning to look at us. Jack stood there, his face expressionless like the first time I met him.
Your brother’s a jerk.
I glare over at him.
“Shuddup!” He just shrugs. What? He is though. “SHUDDUP!” Now look who’s drawing attention.
I want to throw myself at him and smack him senseless but he’s right. I’m now the one making everybody stare. I need to calm down before something happens; something I may or may not regret.
I turn and glare my hardest over at Jack. “You know what, let’s just go. Caleb, stop it. Let’s just leave.” I start towards the door but Jack laughs.
“I can’t let you do that. I’ve been assigned your guard; you’re staying here where it’s safe.” I freeze as Caleb steps forwards.
“What? What do you mean it’s safe here? Isn’t it safe at home?” The connection hits me.
“Our parents are there! We need to help them!” Jack shrugs.
“We’ll send some guards over to protect them but for now, you can’t leave. Neither one of you can. The Watchers are looking for you and if you get caught, you will be killed.” Caleb scoffs.
“Yeah right; over dramatic much? Come on Louise, let’s go.” He takes my wrist and starts to pull me towards the door. I let him, keeping my head high. Jack swears and follows us.
“You guys are insane.” He yells.
“Good!” I yell back. He grunts.
“Goodbye!” I open the door and disappear into the fresh air, Caleb right behind me.
The last thing I hear is Jack’s voice in my head telling me not to go and how unsafe it is but truthfully, I don’t care. All I can think is about my parents safety.
So I walk away from the Safe House and possibly towards my death.
There’s a bang from outside. Instantly alert, I look up from the chicken leg and freeze. Caleb walks into the room, cautiously.
“You heard that?” I nod. He slowly reaches out and takes a bread knife out of it’s holder. I watch as he cautiously creeps over to the window and lifts up the curtain. He glances out.
I wait, holding my breath, ready to grab a knife, but he finally shakes his head.
“No. Just the bin men.” He retreats away from the window and glances over at me. I sigh and lean back in my chair.
It’s been three days since we stormed out on Jack; three days where we’ve been living in fear and refusing to go anywhere without a knife or something to protect ourselves. It’s stupid really. I know Jack’s near. It’s like I sense it, weird huh?
Everywhere I seem to be, it’s like he’s standing in the shadows watching me. I would’ve thought I’ve gone crazy on day two if I didn’t see his Raven sitting in the tree by my room, and now I have, I feel slightly relaxed. He can’t let me die. Hunter even told him he had to look after me; he even admitted himself that he’s my guard. A guard can’t let their person be killed. That’s not how a guard works.
I disappear back up the stairs and slip into my room. I’m not even surprised when I see Jack sitting on my bed, admiring my room. I roll my eyes as his Raven sits perched on the window ledge, keeping a look out.
“So,” He drawls. “This is where you’ve been living all your life.” I snort at this and go over to the bed. I gesture for him to move. He does and I collapse into his space. He moves to the chair by the desk instead.
“Yeah whatever.” I say, pulling a pillow to my face. I’m exhausted from staying up all night, listening out for anything that could say that Caleb’s in trouble; to say my parents have finally returned home after being missing since we stepped back into the house; and I don’t care If Jack is here, I’m getting some sleep. I’m a wreck.
“So I see this is going well.” He says. I give him the middle finger before kicking my covers on top of me.
“Get out of my room.” I moan, curling up so he can’t see me. I hear him chuckle.
“Why? Not used to having strange men in your room?”
“You’re so disgusting.”
“Amazing more like.”
“Annoying ‘more like.’”
“Don’t make me call my brother on you!” I peer out from under the covers as he shrugs, calling his bird over. The Raven soars from the window, coming to sit on his leg. He pushes the chair over to the window, putting it at an angle where he can see anybody heading towards the house. I grunt what I think of him trying to help and he ignores me.
“Your brother can’t touch me.” He says. I glare fiercely.
“What are you saying about him?” I demand, sitting up. He glances over, smiling.
“Nothing. Nothing at all.” The way he says it tells me he means everything. I turn my back on him, closing my eyes and pretending he’s not there. “Pretend all you want. I’m here; and I’m staying!” I squeeze my eyes tighter, trying harder to block him out.
“So ... What are we going to do today?”
“Right! That’s it!” I stand up and I grab a pillow and a blanket.
“Ooh! An adventure!” He follows me out of my room, after commanding his Raven to do a sweep for Watchers.
I start down the stairs. Caleb looks up from the table.
“I thought you were going to get some sleep.” He says puzzled.
“I was but then this bitch decided to turn up and now he won’t leave me alone!” Caleb stands up quickly as he spots Jack following after me. He holds the knife up, baring his teeth.
“Didn’t you understand when I said ‘leave her alone’ you sick bastard? What are you trying to do? Watch her sleep?”
“No, that’s your job.”
“Thats it!” Caleb leaps forwards, swinging the knife at him. Jack laughs and easily stepsides him. I watch as he dances around, laughing at my brother’s feeble attempt to hit him. I groan and start back up the stairs.
“Have fun!” I call, before returning to my room and falling asleep in the bed; the Raven watching over me all the time.