stared sadly out at the blue-green water. 'They're
dead.' A tear caressed her cheek at the thought.
All of her family, murdered. Even the ones she
hadn't seen in years. 'I'm alone now. I have to
take care of myself.' The memories of that day were
dull. She had been away when it had happened.
"Why?" She glared down at the cold
don't think the water did anything. And besides,
it's not wise to talk to something that isn't
alive." A man in a black suit detached himself from
a crowd of nearby people. "Well, when your in
"Leave me be." She turned away
sighed. "I have an offer to make
looked at him through the corner of her eye. Shaggy
brown hair and kind green eyes.
smiled slightly. "How about I tell you over
studied the man for a minute. 'Should I trust him?'
She wondered. 'He doesn't seem to be hiding
anything. And he certainly looks nice enough.' She
nodded. "Okay, but I don't have any money. So I
suppose you'll be eating and I'll be watching." She
said getting to her
looked at her, frowning. "I meant that I was going
to buy you lunch." He said as if he had just been
blinked a few times. "Oh. Well, I um.
smiled. "So you'll eat with
hid behind her hair so that he couldn't see the
redness of her face, and
laughed. "If you walk like that you're going to run
into a wall."
blushed deeply, but moved her hair.
walked down the street quietly. He kept to the
right of her, and she noticed for the first time
how tall he was. He towered over her by at least a
foot and a half. If not more.They walked until he
stopped her at a little café. He held open the door
and motioned her inside. "After you." He
walked in, and stood not knowing where to sit. He
quickly came over to her, and nudged her to a
window booth."Sorry." She
cocked his head. "What are you sorry
looked up at him. "Never mind."She said, her voice
shook his head. "Whatever you say." He looked over
at the menu. "Want a
nodded. He looked down at her. A thin lipped smile
spread across his face. "What do you want to drink?
nodded again. He sighed. "What type? You're going
to have to talk to me
shrugged. "I haven't eaten out in a
nodded. "It doesn't look like you've eaten at all."
He said examining how skinny she
frowned and stared out the window.
shook his head in defiance. "That's not right.
Somebody should be taking you in." He sighed and
seemed to calm down. "Okay, do you like root
ate in silence, she making short work of her
sandwich. His eyes bugged out at how quickly she
ate. "You don't have to eat so fast! It's not going
stopped chewing and stared at him for a moment.
Then she began chewing again, although not as fast.
He shook his head.
rolled her eyes and chewed slower. He smiled.
was still eating when she finished. To pass the
time she watched the passing traffic. He watched
her as she gazed intently out the window. Once he
had finished he crumpled up his napkin and threw it
"Huh?" She looked up startled just
as the napkin collided with her
What was that for?!" She glared at him, holding the
wad of napkin in her
tried to hide his laughter by sipping his coke.
"Sorry. I said catch." He apologized after his
frowned and chunked it back at him. "Catch my . .
." She muttered the rest under her breath so that
caught the wad easily and put it down onto the
table. "I said sorry. There's no reason to be
getting angry." He frowned back at
just rolled her eyes, shook her head, and looked
away. He sighed. "Look, I'm sorry. Really. Please
don't be mad at me. I was just messing around." He
sighed and gave him a slight
smiled fully now. But then her face became
shadowed. "So what is it that you brought me here
laughter abruptly ceased, and his expression
darkened. He sighed deeply. "Yes. I suppose we
should get that matter out of the way." He looked
away from her. "There is a government lab that
would be willing to provide food, shelter,
clothing, and money to
brows furrowed in misunderstanding. He swallowed
and looked up at her before continuing. "But you
will have to give them legal permission to use you
as a test subject." He said
breathed in deeply, and chewed her lip. "What type
of tests will I be used for?" She asked
looked away from her. "They're sort of
frowned deeply. "Like mutation
licked her lips nervously. "Well, um. Are there any
pursed his lips. "Not that I know of. But look at
the bright side." He smiled
gave him a confused look.
"You'll be living close to me!" He
smacked her head. "Really? You think that's
frowned. "Yes. I do. I mean come on, at least
sighed and looked at him.
cocked his head. "Okay? Okay as in you
nodded. He smiled and pulled out a folded piece of
paper. "Here. Sign this. I've read it a hundred
times. It says that you give them permission to do
blah blah blah." He held out the paper and a black
frowned and read over it quickly. It was a bunch of
medical things mainly. She sighed and took the pen.
With a shaky hand she signed the paper in her best
cursive. He nodded at her decision and smiled
grimly. "The rooms aren't much, but they're clean.
I think you'll like it there. I'll go with you to
get your stuff and then we can head over there to
get you settled." He said
continued to frown slightly. "I don't have anything
to get." Her voice was softly
eyes widened in shock. "You don't have any other
belongings? Nothing?" He asked
nodded. "My house was destroyed when my family was
killed. It was burned down. All that was left were
the things that couldn't be turned to ash by the
fire." She said
looked down and gently placed his hand on hers.
"I'll take care of you. You'll be
smiled up at him.
nodded, and stood up quickly. "Come on. We had
stood up and followed him outside. "Where's your
pointed to a black Toyota Supra. Her eyes widened,
and she whistled. "That's pretty nice
laughed. "It's not mine. They let me borrow it to
come get you."
sighed. "Well, shouldn't we be
nodded. They got in and began to drive down the
highway. "It's a bit of a long drive. So there are
some snacks in the back seat if you're hungry. And
drinks are in the cooler." He smiled at her as he
watched her look
nodded. "How long of a drive is
"About a days drive. That means
day and night, by the way." He answered
groaned. "I hate long
laughed. "Me too, but I gotta drive so quite
smiled to herself and looked out at the setting
sun. Its dying rays created a beautiful array of
colors on the surface of the water. She put her
hand to the cool glass sadly. 'If only I could
touch it. Such beautiful colors.' She thought to
an hour later he heard a faint snore rising from
her. He smiled to himself as he caught a glimpse of
the sleeping girl. She looked so peaceful in her
sleep, though her long black hair made it hard to
see her face. 'I hope they don't hurt her. If they
use her for the same research they used me for. . .
No. I won't let them do that to her. I won't let
her become like
woke up a little while later and found that her
arms prickled with sleep. "Ow." She muttered
rubbing them to restore
looked over at her briefly. And smiled at her messy
hair. "Unfortunately I forgot to pack a hairbrush."
"Shit." She cursed pushing her
hair back into
know what I just realized?" He asked studying the
"What?" She asked
I haven't introduced myself. And yet you completely
trust me. I mean, you don't even know my name!" He
eyes widened. "You're
"Would you like to know my name?"
He peeked at her through the corner of his
"Would you like to know mine?" She
laughed. "Alright. You
smiled. "You probably already know my last name.
But my first name is
eyes widened. "That's an interesting name. A lot
more interesting than mine
blushed. "Thanks, so what is your name
smiled. "Well, um. Heh. My name is
cocked her head. "I like it. Although I must admit
that I once had a dog with the same name." She
laughed. "Yeah. A lot of people
sighed and looked out the window. Large dark pine
trees loomed up from the black ground. A pale
slight of the moon hovered above. She stared deeper
into the darkness. A blur of movement caught her
eye, but before she could look closer, it was gone.
"That was interesting." She
"Huh?" He looked over at her
briefly. "What did you
sat up straight and stared at the road. "I thought
I saw something, but we passed it too quickly for
me to get a better look." She
leaned her seat back a little more and closed her
eyes. He looked over at her and frowned to himself.
"I hate to pry, but what happened to your family?"
sighed deeply, but kept her eyes closed. "They were
blinked in astonishment. "Murdered? By
don't know. The police refuse to believe that they
were murdered. They say that the fire was an
accident, but it wasn't." She whispered
cleared his throat. "How do you
it wasn't an accident? Because I saw the man who
ordered for them to be killed." Her voice was
I'm sorry. I don't think it's right for them to
doubt you." He stared at her closed eyes. "Are you
hungry?" He asked changing the