Frostbitten Heart

A dear friend is lost in the hands of death unable to be found and brought back. Lauren Hunter has just lost a friend that she thought of like a sister and now she has to cope with the knowledge that she will never come back. That nothing is going to be the same as it was with her friend at her side. Lauren goes to school and has great grades better than with her friend around but when told that she can not go to school for fear that it is hurting her mental state her mother and father ask her to stay home and rest. They only wish her the best but she had more matters on her brain. After talking with her principle she is told a great secret that her mother and father do not know and can not know. She will have to gain control over her feelings or lose her mind trying to hide everything from her family. Were unlikely friendships are made in the middle of a great lost we always need someone to hold on to.

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3. Chapter 3

          I walked to my next class as fast as I could. I normally skipped out on lunch most of the time now. If my stomach was being good then I ate something but I just haven't been hungry lately which was making it much easier for me to completely zone into my work. My next class was screenwriting. Ms. Flower was a nice teacher but she did tend to hover over me a lot. Even more so since she heard about what had happened. Lucky for me she was in her class waiting for me. I didn't knock on the door, instead, I just walked right in and made myself a cup of her tea. It was some kind of herbal mix that really worked. It always seemed to spread through you and warm you from the inside and make you just so focused. She once told me the name of it but I forgot about it. She smiled and looked up at me as I took my seat and got out a few of my things. "Do you even eat anymore?" She asked me. I shook my head knowing that she would tell my mother, but not caring if she did. "Does the tea taste any different to you? Some have said that it did," She told me watching me just like how I would image an eagle watching a mouse up in the air. I looked back at her and shook my head again and took another sip of tea noticing that it did taste slightly different. When she saw this I thought I saw a small smile on her face. "Can you tell me something dear?" She asked me as I puzzled over the different taste. "Can you tell me why you don't eat anymore?" She asked getting closer and sitting next to me in a chair. 

           "Because I miss her," I answered not really thinking. I looked up at her shocked that I had told her such a thing. I hadn't been talking at school very much. I could see the shock on her face as well.

          "You miss your friend?" She asked quietly. I nodded my head and felt myself get tense. I took another sip of the tea thinking that it would calm me down, but all it did was make me tenser. When she saw this she changed the topic. "I have another question for you. How has your screenplay been coming?" She asked me smiling. I looked over at her beaming at me. For some reason I wanted, no I had a feeling, that I shouldn't trust her, but I pulled out my notebook with my script and gave it to her. She beamed at me once more and flipped through the pages. "You have gotten far in this. And I see that it is about you lost a friend. Are you going to call it that? My Lost Friend?" I shook my head and turned to the first page and pointed at the top of the page where it read The Misson Of Finding. That was what I had named the play because I thought that it seemed to fit better than anything. It was of me trying to find myself a new place. I had been on one path and then noticed that I had gone backward and was at the start of it once more without someone to walk by. She got the idea and gave the notebook back to me. "I have not heard that lovely voice of your in a long while, Launer, Why? Is it because you miss her? You seem to do a lot of things because of grief. I nodded and put my head on the table. I knew that if she didn't stop talking soon that I was going to start crying again. 

          I felt a hand on my back rub in a weird pattern before it left and then she stood up and moved away from me. I looked up and saw that she was waiting for me. It seemed she wanted me to go somewhere with her. I stood up and looked at my things before I felt her hand grab mine and tug me towards her front desk. She let go and knelt down in her weird dress to unlock the last drawer. I felt like I was going to have to back up, but when she looked up at me I didn't want to move. She pulled out four bowls and a candle with a small lighter. I saw her pull out a few bags of things and a few of those sticks that I saw a movie a while back. I think they called them fireworks, but I wasn't sure what she was doing with them. It was a little early to have fireworks, and they are illegal in Colorado. The weirdest thing I saw her pull out of her drawer was a bag full of dirt. I looked towards the door thinking that I could maybe go and get another teacher or something when it suddenly closed itself. I looked over at Ms. Flower to see her smiling at me and standing straight before me. "Help me will you not?" She asked and handed me the bag of dirt. 

          "What do you-"

          "I am a witch. Today is Litha, also known as Midsummer. I should be doing this outside and I normally would alone but you need a friend at the moment and I want you to help me cast my circle. It will make you feel slightly better. Please, will you help me?" She asked quietly. I looked at her for a moment as she watched me waiting for what I would say. I nodded my head slowly before she told me what to do. "I want you to fill this bowl with water. This bowl with dirt. I want you to leave one empty. And I have a candle somewhere that is red. I want you to find that and light it with this," She gave me the lighter before she paused and asked, "You know how to use you don't you?" I nodded my head and showed her. She smiled and went away to move things. I poured some of the bags of dirt into a bowl first. I then left the room to go and fill up the other bowl with water. I went to the girl's bathroom and filled it with cold water. When I went back to the room all the desks were moved and the fire already was laying on the floor. I saw her standing in a nice robe colored emerald green. I gave her the bowls one by one as she stuck the little firework things in all of them but the candle that I had hunted down for her. I found it on top of one of the lockers right outside the girl's bathroom. She placed them all in a circle that I saw was fading slightly on the floor. She smiled and raised a finger to her lips. She walked the outside of the circle clockwise saying, "AS I sweep, may the besom chase away all negativity and chaotic energies from this circle that it may be cleared and made ready for my work." She carefully bent over and lit each of the little firework things in the bowls still going clockwise around the circle. It was at that moment I saw that she had left an inch of the circle not touching. Meaning that the circle she drew was not a circle just yet. I looked over at her with my head tilted. She ignored me as she went on. I saw that she closed her eyes every time she lit the little firework, and every time it shot up in the air and stayed there. 

          The moment each was done she came over to me and turned me towards what I thought was north and stood next to me saying, "I call upon thee Elemental Earth! As we are kith and kin, come and meet with me as I prepare my Circle. Secure and guard the boundary of the North! So mote it be!" She ended and took my hand to move me towards the other bowls. We stopped in front of the red candle and this time I saw her close her eyes as she took my hand and raised it up in the air while turning us south," I call upon thee Elemental Fire! As we are kith and kin, come and meet with us as I prepare my circle. Secure and guard the boundary of the South! So mote it be!" She said and I could have sworn the flame jumped higher in the air. She lowers my hand and walked me to the empty bowl. She turned me east and raised my hand with hers again while I felt the urge to chant with her. I opened my mouth as she started we both chanted the same words," I call upon thee Elemental Air! As we are kith and kin, come and meet with us as we prepare our circle. Secure and guard the East. So mote it be!" We ended and walked to the last bowl that we hadn't stood in front of. She held my hand as I raised mine up and she faced us west. I spoke the words all by myself this time without her to help," I call upon thee Elemental Water! As we are kith and kin, come and meet with me as I prepare my circle. Secure and guard the boundary of the West. So mote it be!" I looked over at Ms. Flower as she smiled at me and went to get a stick. She pulled me to the center of the circle and we faced North with her touching the stick above her head. She spoke with her eyes closed, "The Circle is cast as a circle of Power; anchored by the Elementals and blessed from above and below; inside and outside; around and about me. So mote it be!" She and lowering the wand and walking with me this time clockwise around the circle. I could almost see animals standing outside of the circle looking and when we passed the small little gap that had been in the circle it was gone. I could see a light softly coming from the ground in the middle of the circle. I saw a bull in front of the bowl of dirt. An eagle above the empty bowl. A lion in front of the candle. And a dolphin leaping up from the ground near water. 

          "You see them too?" She asked me in a whisper. I nodded not looking away from the lion, it was watching me like I was food and I just did not trust it but somehow I knew that it was not going to hurt me. "What I am going to do for you is a cleansing spell. I believe that you need it," She said and I felt the power in the air change. It was like it knew what she had said as well. "It does know. It can hear me as well," she said when I looked over at her. She was smiling brightly and held a small bundle of what looked like burnt paper tied with string. She saw me looking and told me," It is only going to help. It is called a sage spell. I thought that your mother might not like if I did a spell on you right here and now without her knowing about it. And no she doesn't know about me. You and my coven are the only ones who do know. Now stand right in the middle of the circle and do not move unless I tell you to move," She told me and pushed me into the center facing me towards the South. I didn't know why but she choice too. She began to chant something under her breath as she waved around the sage thing. I saw that her eyes were closed. I held my arm out and she waved the sage around my arm. She was waving the sage all around me. When she had gone over all of me with her sage she stopped chanting and opened her eyes smiling. "How do you feel?" She asked me looking more like a mother to me than my real one at the moment. I smiled a real smile for the first time in a while. She looked at me for another moment before she went back to cleaning up the circle. She opened the circle, from what I could tell and moved everything back the way it was. I sat back down at my desk right as the lunch bell rang and everyone made their way into the class. Like most of my English classes, I was the only 10th grade in them. 

          The teacher smiled at me once more and then began to tell the class when the screenplay was due. She also said that it had to be more than six pages front and back and asked me to show mine to everyone. I grabbed my notebook and opened the page to where I left off and everyone looked at me amazed, most of the notebook was completely filled with words of this screenplay. "The class is almost over you know. I know that you only had three weeks, but it is almost over and she is the one with the most work done on her script than anyone else," She said in her normal teaching voice. "Come on and bump up the work guys. I know that you can. And see you tomorrow," She called as the bell rang and everyone grabbed up their things and left the room. I was the last one to leave the room and wished her the best of the luck on what she was going to be doing on this day. I walked out of the room with my head bowed to the ground. Watching the floor and feet around me than anyone else. I was just about to enter the classroom when I heard, "Lauren Hunter. Please come to the front office. Lauren Hunter, please come to the front office." I looked at the teacher who had just seen me while he smiled and waved me to go. I sighed and went to the front office. Walking much slower than I had been before, I was going against crowds of people on their way to class knowing that not one of them was really seeing me. I slowly weaved my way to the front office where I saw my mother and father standing there looking worried with the principle behind them looking more worried about me than anyone else in the room. I followed quietly behind everyone as we were lead to the conference area. 

          It took a moment for someone to speak and when someone did it was the principle and not my mom and dad. "I heard that you ran from your home this morning, Lauren. Are you causing trouble?" He asked me with his loud voice. I shrunk into myself and shook my head. "Well, that is good to hear. Now tell me why you ran away this morning and came here of all places," He told me. I looked down at the table knowing that I was not going to answer him. I had been mute at school for a month, but I had gotten most of my grades turned all the way around. I had been at a D- now I was at an A. "Lauren, it is going to be helpful if you talk to us," He said getting out of his chair and coming to sit right next to me. My mother and father grabbed each other's hands and looked at each other very worriedly. I wanted to see and almost scream at them. They were acting like... like... like worried parents and I didn't like it. I growled at him when he reached for my hand. He looked at me strangely before I felt this weird feeling in my head. It felt like someone was in my head. He nodded slightly and looked over to my mother and father, "She will be alright. I am just going to talk to her alone in my office. I want to tell her something that she needs to know." I looked up in surprise at him. He was smiling very slightly and I had a thought that it wasn't for my parents. They looked a little more happy and unworried by his words and got up from the table handing me some of the homework that I had left at home. I got up from my chair and followed the principle into his office and watched as he shut and locked the door behind him. I watched him put blanks under the door to keep people from listening to the conversation. I was getting scared that he was going to do something to me. He took a deep breath and let it out. Looking over at me he smiled a gentle smile that calmed me somehow. 

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