I woke up the next morning and looked groggily at my clock. 9:17 a.m. There was no school today, so I took my time getting ready, making sure to get my shower hot enough to soothe my aching muscles. When I was finished I headed downstairs, prepared for a scolding.
Mom was in the kitchen making coffee. Dad was sprawled out on the sofa, talking to the guy that empties our pool every winter. I could hear Max and Ben upstairs fighting over what video game to play next. Much to my surprise, Jordan was at the breakfast bar talking to my mom.
"-it's fine. I'm sure you had your reasons. Oh, here she is! Happy birthday, sleepy head!" Mom hugged me. I'd totally forgotten today was my birthday, but she didn't need to know that. The door slammed as the pool guy left.
"Thanks, Mom. What's up?", I asked Jordan.
"You up for spending your birthday with me?" He grinned at me.
"Sounds great." I looked at my mom. "I'm not in trouble?"
"No. Jordan told us what happened.", Dad grumbled from across the room.
"He did?" Jordan gave me the 'shut up and go with it' look.
"Yeah. He did.", Dad answered.
Jordan said goodbye to my parents and grabbed my hand. He practically dragged me out to his car.
"What did you tell them?"
"I told them I asked you out to dinner last night; then Leon showed up and we all went to a movie, and we lost track of time.", he answered.
"Oh. I thought you told them about..."
"No. I do want to talk about that, just not today. Today is just us right here, right now." He smiled at me then turned back to the road.
"Alright. So where are we going?", I asked.
"It's a surprise."
"Just tell me, please?"
"Absolutely not." I sat back against the seat and began to pout.
"You'll like it. I know you will."
We arrived at our destination and headed inside. I gasped at the cold air that pelted my skin. We were at an ice skating rink!
"I have no idea how to ice skate.", I whispered to Jordan.
"Neither do I."
"So why are we here?"
"So we can learn how together."
We stepped onto the ice and held on to each other for dear life. Jordan got the hang of it pretty quickly. I, on the other hand, fell numerous times. Jordan gave up trying to teach me and just pushed me around by the waist.
By lunch time my butt was to bruised to fall anymore, so we left and had coffee and muffins at The Hazel Cup. Then we just walked around town, window shopping. It was the best day I've had in a while.
Jordan started driving me home around seven o'clock. I'd told him I wasn't feeling well. My head had been hurting and I was pretty sure that I had a fever. We were almost there when I'd finally had enough.
Jordan pull off to the side. I jumped out and ran into the trees, not stopping until I reached a small clearing. My blood was boiling inside my veins, and I fell to the ground. Jordan was calling my name, but I couldn't respond. I heard a series of sickening cracks and a growl. Then all was black.