"He's here. He's here. He's here." It was aunt Liv's voice screaming those words over and over again. Fear raced through my veins and before I could understand what was going on I woke up. Sunlight filtered through the curtains that was slightly blowing in the wind. The fog from my brain was lifting as I realized that it was another nightmare, like the one from last night.
The thought of the nightmare being true went through my mind. But it wasn't like the rest of my dreams. It was different this time. I was being talked to, I was being warned about something. Usually they are like a movie playing, never ending until the deaths were final.
Running a sweaty hand through my hair I got out of bed. Adrenaline still surged through me and I knew I needed a distraction from the nightmare. Quickly I put on shorts and a t-shirt and started doing stretches. Yesterday I didn't fully think about getting warmed up from running and my legs were paying the price. When I got out the door I noticed a different vehicle in Clifford's driveway.
Walking away, I put in headphones and turned up the music. Half way through my routine I seen a different path and decided to ditch the familiar route and take a different one. I went up through streets and different alleyways, running and losing myself in the breathtaking pace and music. This was the perfect distraction from my nightmare and yesterday.
The sun was still coming up and the heat was rising, I knew that today would be a scorcher. When I had to stop for breath I went into a corner store for a bottle of water. There wasn't a lot of people which was fine with me. At the cash I let the guy check in my drink. "That's two fifty." He said. I reached into my pocket and pulled out all the change I had, pulling out only a toonie. I could start to feel a blush coming on.
"I am sure i have more money somewhere." I told the cashier and rummaged my other pocket in hopes to find the fifty cents. Embarrassed I looked at the cashier, finding him to looked annoyed with me.
"Do you need extra money?" A small voice came from behind me. I looked and seen a beautiful lady. She didn't look like anyone i knew but something about her seemed familiar.
A small smile tilted my lips. "Yes please." I told her. She nodded and gave the man the fifty cents. "Thank you ma'am." I said and walked out the door. Outside it was starting to become busy so i decided to run back home.
Aunt Liv stared at me from across the table. Her fingers drummed against the wood while her face contorted signifying her contemplating something important. She has been like this for almost two minutes now, so whatever it was would be effecting me.
Thoughts of her hooking up with her co-worker then getting into a relationship with him crossed my mind. If that was what this was, I wouldn't personally mind. Surely aunt Liv would know that to, but maybe she was just worried about dating. Ever since her hubs and divorced her she wasn't able to bring herself to start dating again.
"Is there something you want to tell me?" I asked her. She stopped drumming her fingers and took a deep breath.
"What do you want to do today?" She asked me after a couple of seconds. I blinked. Was this her huge question that caused her to overthink everything she wanted to ask?
I raised an eyebrow at her but didn't bother to push her. Clearly this was not her important question, and whatever it was she would tell me when she was ready. "Let's watch a movie. Or if you want, I heard about this new indoor rock climbing place downtown." I said.
Aunt Liv nodded. "Let's do both. Let me get ready and then we will head okay. Sound like a plan?" I nodded and she went upstairs.
After a few minutes I couldn't bring myself to move from the table or take my mind off of her actions just then. What could she be hiding from me? Was it something bad?
Sooner than I realized aunt Liv came bounding down the stairs. She seemed better now and more relaxed. While in her shower she must have came to a conclusion about telling me something. Hopefully she decided to tell me instead of keeping it a secret. "Let's go. Time's a wasting." She said and went out the door.
I followed her and we left the house. "What do you want for your birthday?" She asked me. That three me off course. Usually she didn't ask me what I wanted since she knew me do well. "It's in a week. I am sorry I forgot to get you a birthday present while I was away."
"So the necklace wasn't my birthday present?"
"Not unless you want it to be." She told me. I thought about what I should do. The necklace was so beautiful but if I had anything I wanted I could tell her. But there was nothing that came to mind.
I shook my head and looked out the window. Cars raced by in a haze until we got to the busy part of town. "No. I can't really think of anything I want or need." I told her. "Except cake."
Aunt Liv chuckled. "Of course. We can go out to your favourite restaurant and get you a cake there." She said. "Movies first?"
"Yeah. We'll choose when we get there." I told her. She nodded but didn't say anything back. I left her alone and the rest of the ride was quite. Once we got to a movie theatre we decided on an action movie we filed into the rows of seats.
The lights started to dim a couple minutes later as the trailers played. I couldn't pay attention at what was going on around me or on the screen, even during the movie. The full time it felt as if someone was watching me.
With lunch filled in our stomachs aunt Liv was driving to go to the new rock climbing place. She had to google map how to get there but that was fine with me. While she fumbled around and tried her best to find the place I was worrying over Clifford.
He hasn't messaged me yet and I was starting to think he forgot about our plans. As if he was able to read my mind my phone went off and his name was on the screen. Hey. Sorry but I don't think I could make it, my sister got here this morning.
For some reason I felt my heart sink. No problem. I added a smiley face afterwards and put my phone back in my purse. Aunt Liv pulled into a parking lot full of cars. "We're finally here." She sighed.
I smiled at her and got out. "I was starting to think that you got us lost." I teased.
Aunt Liv chuckled and playfully shoved me. "I'll get payback for that comment. Whoever gets to the top of the wall first wins. Deal?"
I couldn't help but roll my eyes at here. "Deal." I stuck out my hand and she shook it. A while later sweat poured off of us as we tried our best to climb.
At first I thought it would have been more easy since I was considered decent at sports and I was decently fit. While aunt Liv looked fit and could probably outrun plenty, she travelled a lot and was starting to show wrinkled. Of course I would never admit the last part to her since she looks good for her age.
Now after trying to climb my arms were feeling like they were on fire and my legs were getting a little weak. "How are you ahead of me?" I panted, looking up at aunt Liv.
She was ahead of me by a few inches and looked just as bad as me. "Never underestimate the elderly." She joked.
Sure, she can make jokes about her age. But if anyone else did they would most likely be beaten to a pulp and have their ears yelled off about how great she is for her age. "You're not that old aunt Liv. Only fifty." I lied.
"Forty five." She corrected me. I couldn't help but laugh. The shaking caused me to almost lose my grip so I forced myself to stop. Finally she reached the top and I soon followed after her.
On the ground and unbuckled from the harness we were gulping air and heading to the women's change room. In the back of my head I was kind of relieved Spencer wouldn't be coming over today so aunt Liv could gloat about her win and about how terrible I was at rock climbing.