The Test

Right when Valentina's world seems to crash down due to another failed relationship, her world flips again when she begins to realize that there is more to reality than meets the eye.
Copyright © 2014 by xxSuperWomanxx

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9. Chapter 9

Chapter 9

"Take cover!" I yell to Leo. But it's too late. He is going at the demon with his sword. He strikes the demons hip. The demon grabs a hold of him and throws him against a tree.

I gasp.

I take away my force field and hold out my hand. I shoot the monster with the beam that comes out of my palm. As the beam pierces it's chest blood sprays everywhere. The demon flies back with the impact of the beam. When the demon falls, I put my hand down and stare at my palm. My palm sizzles then goes back to normal.

I turn to Leo.

"Oh my God. Are you okay?" I ask as I run up to him. I kneel in front of where he is lying down.

"Yeah, yeah. I'm fine. Good job!" He says holding his side.

"It doesn't look like you are alright." I say to him.

"I just have a tiny cut." He says. By the sound of his voice you can tell that he is badly injured.

"Show me. I don't trust you." I say.

"Fine." He says.

He lifts up his shirt to reveal his 6 pack of abs. He has a nice body which is a perfect shade of peach. I see a tattoo which says "Strong" across his chest. It is in a beautiful font. Then I focus on the blood dripping from his side. He has a cut from his underarm to his abs.

"Its not deep, but its still a big cut." I say. I rip off my sweater so I am leg in a tank. I grab his sword to make a slash through my sweater and the sword disappears in my hand.

"What happened?" I say.

"If it's not your power; it's not your weapon." He says to me.

I rip my sweater with my hands and wrap it around his torso just to absorb the blood for now.

"It's behind you." He says to me.

He gets his sword out. "Duck!" He says. I bend down but I land into his chest. As I land the demon attacks us. Leo gets enough power to chop of its head. The blood sprays all over my back. I look at Leo and he smiles as he sees the demons head roll away.

I grab him and hug him. He hugs me back. His embrace makes me feel safe and secure. It's nice to feel that way again but I'm going to make sure he and I will never be. No more heart break.

Leo let's go. I do as well.

"How about we get cleaned up and go for that coffee?" He says.

"Yeah. Sounds great. And thanks for saving my life." I say smiling at him.

"No problem." He says.

We walk over to the car. In the car he has rags and a big jug of water. He pours out water onto a rag and hands it to me. I wipe my face down and I try to wipe my shirt off.

"Here." Leo says handing me his hoodie.

"Thanks." I say. I run behind a bush, take off my tank and put on Leo's hoodie.

"How does it look?" I say twirling.

"Fabulous." He says laughing.

I couldn't help but laugh. I run into the car.

Leo starts to drive to a cafe where Lauren, Max, and I always used to go.

"I love Wendy's Cafe." I say.

"So do I. That's why I'm taking you." Leo says.

We enter. The cafe was almost empty so there was no line.

"Hi. Welcome to Wendy's Cafe. What would you like?" The male cashier says. He has light brown hair with rimed glasses. He looks a bit older than Leo and I.

"I'll have a Pumpkin Cinnamon with no whip cream Please." Leo says.

"I'll have a Chocolate Caramel Frappacino please." I say.

"That will be $7.86 " the cashier says.

"Okay." Says Leo.

Leo gives him the change and we get our drinks.

"I promise I'll give you the money back when we get home." I say to him.

"Don't worry it's on me." He says.

"I'm serious. You are my trainer and now you are taking me out for a drink. Please let me do something for you." I say.

"When I know what I want you to do, I'll tell you!" He says and winks at me.

We sit in front of the large windows in the front of the cafe. We sit beside each other so when we talk about reaper things no one will hear us.

"You are a natural at being a reaper." Leo says quietly.

"Thanks. You're a good teacher." I say. I may sound like a kiss up but it's true.

"Thanks. It's my first time ever being a teacher." He says to me.

"Really? That's surprising." I say. "I know this is personal but I have been wondering for a while... How did you get your scar." I say hesitantly.

He sighs. "When I was 10 my father became very abusive. He always got easily tempered but this time he really lost it. When he was about to walk out on is he got a pair of scissors and chased me around the house. When I got to the top of the stairs he caught me and I graves the lightning bolt on the back of my neck." He says it seriously but like he is hurt inside.

"I am so sorry. You, your mother, and sister definitely did not deserve that. I didn't know and I am sorry for bringing it up." I say.

He places his hand on top of mine.

"Don't worry." He says.

I hear the front door open. It's Max and Lauren. Oh no. I lied and said I was out with my mom.

They walk up to me.

"So this is your mom." Lauren says to me.

"Why lie?" Max says.

"It's not what you think guys." I say.

"Oh yeah sure. We got to go." Max says.

"This isn't the end of our friendship but it is a break." Lauren says.

They walk out. Tears build up in my eyes.

"I'm sorry. Did I do something wrong?" He asks.

"No you didn't. It's this stupid secret. It just ruined my relationship with the only two people who care about me and are always there for me. I just can't do it anymore. I'll be in the car." I say to him walking out.

When I am half way through the parking lot I hear Leo cry out for me.

"Stop. Wait." He yells.

"What do you want?" I say.

"I am sorry. You have to keep it a secret or you and whichever mortal figures out will have to die. And they aren't the only ones who care for you." He says.

"Oh yeah. Sure. No one does." I say.

"You still haven't gotten it yet have you?" He says.

"Got what?" I say.

"Nevermind. Get in the car. We are going home." He says.

On the car ride home it is quiet. Sometimes I casually glance over at Leo.

"I'm sorry." I say looking down at my hands.

"It's okay. Seriously. And stop apologizing for everything." He says.

We pull up to my house.

"Want to come in for a bit?" I ask.

"Sure." He says. We get out of the car and enter.

"Let's go upstairs and get your cut washed up." I say.

We head upstairs to bathroom.

"Let me change out of your sweater so you have something to where." I say. I got into my room shut the door and get the first plain purple t-shirt I see.i put it on and head to the bathroom.

Leo stands in there shirtless. He is a very good looking and fit 17 year old. He can make any girl melt.

I walk up to him, get a rag and wet it. I pat off the blood. After it's washed off I put a long surgical band on it. It's like a huge bandaid.

I give him the sweater.

"Thanks." He says.

"Don't mention it. It's the least I could do." I say back.

He slips on the sweater and we head downstairs to the kitchen. When we enter the kitchen a crow sits on my counter. It flies towards us then disappears. There is a note left behind.

"What does it say?" Leo says.

"Get out now or get blown up as well." I read aloud.

"Run!" Leo says grabbing my hand. We run out the door and onto the curb. We stand there watching my house.

BOOM! My house blows up. It is so bright I have to turn away. Leo holds me and I dig my head into his chest and start crying.

"I have no where to sleep. No where to live." I say to Leo.

"Stay with me then." He says. I put my face back to his chest.

I hear Leo's cell ring.

"Hello?" He says. "Ok... I don't know who it is but he wants to be out on speaker." Leo says.

I nod.

"Hello Valentina. This is Pete. I Would like you to know that Max Aerio, Lauren Matthews, and your mother are having fun with me at my top secret location." He says.

"What?! You have my family?" I yell through the phone.

"Yes ma'am." Pete says.

"Tell me where they are right now." I say.

"Oh sweetie. It's not that easy." He says.

"What do you mean?" I say hesitantly.

"This is a game. I give you clues. You solve them and find out where your loved ones are. The only person allowed with you at all times is Leo McCalester. If you don't follow my instructions you and everyone you love will die. Do you understand?" He says.

"Why are you doing this to her?" Leo asks.

"Aw. You are sticking up for her. How cute. And if you didn't figure it out she is the one which means the one I get to torment. So are you going to play or let them die." He says.

"I will play." I say.

"Your first clue will come tomorrow morning." He says. He hangs up.

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