We just made the bus and placed myself in a seat beside the window as Jas piled in next to me, his unusually long legs hunched up against the seat in front.
"Why do you have to be so tall?" I asked, as was a habit of mine, "I feel short enough as it is without you being all Mister-lanky"
He chuckled and I couldn't help but smile.
The bus slowed as we arrived at a red light and I sat back with a sigh, staring absent-mindedly out of the window.
Suddenly, a tingling sensation ran through my body as my skin began to prickle, something- or someone- was watching me. I stared hard into the mass of trees that lined either side of the road to look for some hint of what was causing this bizarre feeling. In the dark I saw a figure, probably a man, who looked to be on horseback. Even from here I could clearly see the glowing yellow of his eyes.
"Maddie, are you okay?" I jumped at Jas' interruption and looked at him.
"Yeah I think I just saw something" I looked back to where the figure had been, but he was gone.
We had Chemistry first and the whole class filed into the lab and sat at a desk with their partner. I dumped my bag on the desk and pulled out my equipment, still thinking about the strange figure amongst the trees.
"Are you sure you're okay?" Jas said as he took his seat next to me,
"Jas just leave it" I snapped, the whole class turned to look at us.
"Mr Joulsen and Miss Talmullyn please keep your bickering to outside my classroom. Thank you." Mrs Jarvis looked up from her desk and glared at us. She was not a nice woman, with her greying hair, half-moon glasses and beak-like nose. She looked so ancient that I wouldn't be surprised if she had been roaming this earth since it had cooled however many billion years ago.
I opened my book and had just written down the date when I heard a noise. It sounded like a chattering, but the sort that sounded like metal cutlery scraping together. I searched the room for the source and my eyes came to rest on the filing cabinet to the left of Miss Jarvis' desk.
Perched on top was a creature, about the size of a cat.
I stared at it and it stared back.
It cocked its head to the side before it erupted into excited chatter again. It had large eyes, it's snout was turned up and was almost bat-like, and its ears long, like a rabbit's. it's skin was hairless but had markings similar to that of a tabby, in a swampy brown colour. Then the corners of it's mouth turned upwards to reveal razor-like, neon blue teeth. And I realised with horror it was smiling at me.
I tugged at Jas' sleeve, "Jas, Jas!" I hissed as he turned to look at me.
I pointed to the cabinet but the creature was gone.
"It- it was right there!" I stood up and yelled "IT WAS RIGHT THERE!"
"Maddison sit down!" Mrs Jarvis shouted but I would not, I would not sit down without an explanation as to what the hell I had just seen.
"DETENTION! LEAVE MY CLASSROOM NOW" I grabbed my bag and stormed out, I leant against the corridor wall, my chest heaving. I couldn't be going mad, could I?
It was only until the door opened again that I looked up. Jas slumped next to me.
"I thought that I'd join you, I need to talk to you. Now."