Chapter Two Part Three
When I finally made it back into the apartment it was almost Two O clock in the morning. Leon was deep asleep. He looked so adorable sleeping. I wondered what he was dreaming of. My mom’s snoring kept me from wanting to sleep in the bedroom. So where was I to sleep? I spotted two blankets draping over the back of the couch. I put one over Leon, for he looked cold. The other I laid in the corner of the room and made a make shift nest. I curled up on it, like a cat. It felt so natural to be this way. The hum of the refrigerator was drowned out by the darkness of sleep.
When I woke up, the first thing I saw was Krista asleep in the corner. She looked like a cute little kitten curled up, dreaming of mice no doubt. Her hand flinched and “caught” a mouse. Miss Lynn dazedly walked into the kitchen. The sound of her rustling through the fridge woke Krista. She jumped to her feet in a flash.
“What time is it?”
“Time for you to stop leaving in the middle of the night.”
“How did you know?”
“That stupid door squeaks when you open it. It woke me up when you got back in. Where did you run off to?”
“Oh, sorry. I went to the usual place. I needed some fresh air. What’s for breakfast? I’m starving.”
Krista walked past me to the kitchen counter and sat on the barstool. I could smell her as the air flowed past. She smelt like death.It was that sickly smell which reminded me of a rotting corpse. I sleepily sat up, unaware of the blanket that was on me. “Morning Leon. We’ll be leaving in a few minutes. We can eat there.” Miss Lynn said. In my mind I acknowledged her, but I was too tired to reply. I stood up, or at tried to. The blanket became tangled with my legs and as I fell to the floor Krista was there in a instant to keep me from hitting the floor. “That’s the second time. One more and you owe me.” She said as she helped me back up. “Thanks.” Miss Lynn gave us both a look, and shook her head. “You two want to go ahead and head out?” She asked. “We might as well.” Krista said. “Alright, we’ll go to the cottage.”
“Mom I told you last night it was destroyed.”
“That doesn’t mean the woods aren’t good cover for when we leave.”
“Good point. Let’s go. I’ll go warm up the car.”
Krista was at the door before I could turn my head and look. She defineatly had inhuman speed. “Miss Lynn, why do you
have to hide to go to your dimension? I don’t get it.” “Well Leon, it’s like this. We use portals to travel. People here haven’t unlocked that power yet, so we can’t just walk through one in the middle of the street when people are going to notice. It’s just something you have to keep from the public. You see?”
Krista Marie was back with an anxoius look. Miss Lynn turned everything off, and we walked out. The cold morning air hit my face and made my eyes water. That’s one way to wake up. We walked down the stairs to the parking lot and made it to her car. Her car was a midnight blue. I didn’t really notice that last night. Same as before, I sat in the back and Krista Marie sat in the passenger seat. You know, I’m not sure whether to call her “Krista” or “Marie” or both. Miss Lynn seems to call her both, but then she switches it around. She’ll even call her “Kitten”. I decided to ask.
“Hey, Krista, another question.”
“Do you go by Krista or Marie? Or both?”
“I really don’t care either ways. It’s whatever you feel like calling me. Mom nicknamed me Kitten. Makes sense huh?”
“Could I call you Kitten?”
“Like I said, I really don’t care either ways.”
So alright, I’ll call her Kitten too. It’s kinda a cute name. Fitting for a girl that pretty. It does seem like something only her Mom should call her, so I’ll only call her by that every now and then. I’ll call her Marie for the time being. Miss Lynn was driving the
way we came from the cottage. I don’t really remember but signs and certain stores from driving past here last night. I was too concerned about Marie. That ‘Stein’ that she fought was bigger than she was, and I was worried she wouldn’t come back. Of course, that was just a passing thought. I know how strong her mom was from all the videos and stories I’d see and read in school. Oh no…school. I’ve completely forgotten about school. We were out for Christmas break. But instead of having fun in the snow and relaxing like all the other students I was with my sick Grandfather. “What’s today Miss Lynn?” I asked. “I think it’s Christmas Eve” She said. It couldn’t be Christmas Eve already! I looked out the window to see the entire town’s Christmas decorations up. As we passed a convenience store a man was taking down a counter that counted the days till Christmas day. He replaced the “2 days” with “Tomorrow.” Miss Lynn was right. Today was Christmas Eve. And to think I’ll be spending Christmas in another dimension.