It’ been eight years since I left the orphanage, and I don’t miss it all. Mr. and Mrs. Hagaboger have been the best parents I could ask for. I love them so much they have been there for me since they got me. I started calling them mom and dad when I turned twelve. I knew they were hoping that one day I would call them mom and dad, but they never pushed me to do so. When I finally said it Mrs. Hagaboger was so happy she started crying, and I swear I saw Mr. Hagaboger wipe away a tear though he would never admit it. We were moving today. I was kind of sad because I really came to enjoy here in California all my friends were here. This is the only place I have ever known as home.
“Faith! Your fiends are here to say goodbye.”
“Coming Mom.” I knew that when I see them they are going to break down crying. My Best friends Jess and Tanya were very dramatic. They are cheerleaders that should explain it all. I loved them even know they were much to handle at time’s, they were the one’s who have stood by my side since the day I met them. I better go face the tears now.
“Hi ladies.” When they saw me they both came running to my side hugging me. “I can’t believe your leaving us. And on our senior year to.” Jess started crying.
“We were suppose to do so much for our senior year, and we were all going to find new boyfriends together, now we can’t.” Then Tanya started crying. I felt so bad I did not know what to do.
“Hey it’s okay I will be back after school we all are going to the same college still. Plus we still can talk on the phone all the time and maybe we can visit each other in the middle of the year.”
“It’s not the same faith. I can’t just drive over and pick you up to go shopping.” Jess said.
“I won’t be able to borrow your clothes after you go shopping,” Tanya said.
“Hey you guys still have each other to do those things with. I am just a phone call away.”
“I am sorry to interrupt you girls but faith we have to get going we have a long drive ahead of us.”
“Mrs. Hagaboger can we please just have five more minutes we have to go un-bury the box we found when we were younger.” Jess asked politely.
“What box where is it?” My mom asked.
“Oh my god I remember now. We buried it in the back yard. I can’t believe I almost forgot about that. Mom we will be quick tell dad I will be there in five minutes.”
“OK ladies hurry up. Bye girls it was nice knowing you, you have been great friends to Faith. We will miss you.”
“We will miss you to.” The girls said. They both grab me by both my arms and we headed to my backyard.
“Do you know where we buried it Jess?”
“No I thought you did Tanya?” “No I thought you did. Where never going to know what was inside that box.”
“Don’t panic guys. Give me a second and I will remember where we buried it.”
I started thinking hard. I was trying to go back in time to the day we put the box in the ground. I could remember I was eleven and I just met Jess and Tanya who both lived on each side of me. They both came over and introduced themselves. We started playing kick ball in my backyard. It was Jess' turn to kick. She kicked it so far I had to run out in the woods to get the ball, as I was running to get it I tripped over a box. Jess and Tanya both herd me fall so they came running over to me.
“Faith you okay do you want me to get your parents?”
“No I am fine Jess. I tripped over this box.”
“Wow, that looks like a really old box.” Tanya exclaimed.
“It’s made out of Ancient Kauri.”
“Faith how would you know that?” Tanya said.
“I read a book on the most oldest wood in the world, and I can definitely tell that this is ancient kauri.”
“You are the smartest person I have ever meet.”
“Open it faith.” They both said impatiently.
“OK.” I tried to open it but it would not budge. “It’s stuck.” “Throw it on the ground and see if it opens.”
“No Tanya this wood is over 50,000 years old! I don’t want to ruin it. How about we bury it by the oak tree, and come back for it one day.” They both agreed.
“It’s under the oak tree Tanya and Jess. Let’s go.” I started to dig around the tree and there it was. I was wiping the dirt away when I noticed there was anengraving on it. I did not notice that when we found it. The engraving said,
“To the keeper of the box: this box shall open on your 19th birthday . It will reveal the truth that lyes within you.”
“What the hell does that mean?” Tanya said
“Beats me. It does not make sense! Who is it talking about?” Jess asked.
“Only god knows. I don’t think this box is ever going to open. It probably belong to someone centuries ago.”
“Well faith its all yours keep it to remember us.”
“Oh, guys I will always remember you. I will be back next year.”
“Come on faith your mother is waiting in the car sweetie.”
“Alright dad I will be there in one minute.”
“Tanya., Jess.. I love you guys you are the two sisters I never had. I will miss you two so, so, so much.”
“We love you faith promise to call us when you arrive in New York.”
“ I promise bye guys.” I started crying as I walked away from them. It was the hardest thing I have ever done.
“What’s that you got there sweetie?”
“This is the box the girls and I buried long time ago dad.”
“What’s inside?” They both asked.
“I don’t know? We never could get it open. There is an engraving on it. It says that it will open when who ever owned this box turns 19. It either has to be very old or that person did not turn 19 yet.”
“We got a long drive ahead of us girls. So if you have to go to the bathroom or need anything let me know before we leave town.” We were not even out of town yet when I fell asleep. I woke up on the floor in a strange room. I felt dizzy as if I were hit in the head.
“Where am I?” I was in what to seemed to be an old house. The wall’s were brown with green vines covering the walls. I jumped to my feet and started to call out for my parents. It remain voiceless, the only sound I could hear was the sound of the flames crackling in the fireplace. I looked over to what seem to look like a statue of an angel. Something about it drew me closer to it. It was made out of white marble, and had cracks near the the base of the statue. I looked into the angels eyes. So pure and full of innocence. The look on the angels face seemed to have worry and grief written all over it. I wonder why the person made this angel look so scared. I heard a noise behind me. There was nothing there. I then looked back over at the angel, and it was crying blood.
“OH MY GOD!” I screamed. I ran over to the metal hinged door and freed myself from the room. I ran as fast as I could down the long, dark, narrowed hallway. I could not see anything. Then when I thought all hope was lost I seen a room with a light on. I ran and then stopped right when I reached the first step towards the light. I could not help but think this was some kind of trap. Who ever brought me to this place knew I would run towards the light. Then before I could make a run for it. There standing right in front of me stood the same angel statute that was in the room I was just in. This time it was staring at me still crying blood with its body slashed with wounds oozing blood as if it were a real person.
“Faith! Wake up!,” my mother yelled as she shook me like crazy.
“What happened?, Where am I?,”
“Faith, sweetie your ok, your dad and me are right here, did you have another nightmare again sweetie?”
“Yes, this one was different though, that poor angel was crying for help from me mom.”
“It’s just a dream Faith, everything is okay.” My mother had such a sweet voice. She always made me feel safe, her voice reminded me of sister Mary’s.
“Were at the hotel ladies. Now remember we have to be back on the road by the latest 7 a.m. I want to arrive in New York by 1 p.m.” My dad always had to be consistent with everything. Last year he made me go to my juniorprom an hour early just so I had what he calls “extra time,” in case of my car breaking down. I mean who plans these kinds of things. But that’s what makes him, the over protecting father who would risk his life for mine, though he would have to have the “EXTRA TIME,” to plan for that to happen.
“C’mon faith, were checking into the room, hurry before your father makes us watch some old re-runs of I Love Lucy. We better get to the television first.”
“I will be in, in a minute I just want to go check out the pool in the back.”
“Well okay were in room seven, on the 3rd floor.”
Finally I get a chance to smoke a ciggerate. I know it is a horrible habit but I at least I am eighteen now. Even though I am old enough to buy them, I still don’t want my parents to find out. Oh my god is that…. No it can’t be…..Sister Mary? I hurried up and threw my ciggarette before she seen me. I started walking over towards her.
“Yes, and who are you dear?”
“It’s me Faith from Seymour’s orphanage. Mr. and Mrs. Hagaboger adopted me.”
“I am sorry dear I don’t remember you at all.”
“Really? I spent five years in that orphanage, and you and I use to clean up the orphanage all the time .”
“I am sorry dear, the whole time I was there I never knew anybody by the name of Faith. Maybe you have me mixed up with another sister Mary, I am sorry I could not be anymore help, God Bless You Child.”
“Sorry for the intrusion. Take care.”
That was defiantly Sister Mary. She has the same voice, same hair, its actually kind of weird it does not look like she has even aged. She still looks like she is nineteen. That’s how old she was when I was there so she would have to be about twenty-seven or so. I just can’t believe she would not remember me at all! It does not make sense. I would help her everyday clean up the kitchen, bedroom, classrooms, and anything else that need cleaning. I thought she cared about me, but I guess I was wrong. What the hell happen to her…..
“I am so sorry sir I did not see you there.”
“It’s fine, are you okay miss?”
“Yeah I am fine thank you.” I looked up to see the man I just ran into, and it was a young police officer. He has brown hair with shinning green emerald eyes, and his smile, oh what a great smile. I caught myself daydreaming about how the two of us we on a beach and he was in a pair of blue shorts, with no shirt, and his abs glistening by the sun’s rays.
“Excuse Miss, you alright?”
“Yes! I am Fine! Thank you !” I exclaimed. I started to walk away red face in all when I heard him yelling towards me.
“Miss, Miss, hey you left your purse back there.”
“Oh, thank you Officer……”
“Officer Heart, but you call me Jeremy, and what is your name miss?”
“My name is Faith Hagaboger but you can call me Faith.”
“So you and your parents look at the sites over here?”
“No, this is just a pit stop. My parents and I traveled from California and headed to our new home town Stillwater New York.”
“Oh my god, I work at the police station down there.”
“Wow, you’re a far away from home.”
“I know, I was at a police convention down this way, I am staying here until its over.”
“Well I better get to my room, I don’t want my parents wondering where I am.”
“It was so nice to meet you faith, I hope to see you again in Stillwater, but not because I have to arrest you.”
“I will try and control myself when it comes to obeying the law. It was a pleasure meeting you to. Goodbye Jeremy.”
“Good bye Faith.” I watched him watch me walk away. There was just something about him that made my heart beat fast. God, please let me see him again. He is so perfect. Cute, nice butt, and best of all I could see he had a sincere way about him. I never believed in love at first site but Jeremy just made me a believer. I reached the second floor of the hotel where a miserable looking wall paper hung high on the hotel walls. Why would anybody think of putting pictures of gargoyles all over? What a strange concept.
“Room 6, room 6, room 6......Wait! What the hell? How is there three rooms with the same number? Where is room seven?” I was standing there in confusion when all the sudden the lights went out, and all I could hear were the sounds of people laughing. I went to go knock on one of the doors where I could hear laughing. Before I could approach the door I was startled by a shadow that appeared on the wall beside me. It was oval shaped that stood about six feet tall. I turned around to see what object could project that kind of image. I did not see anything that could pose that kind of shadow. Shaking inside, I still remained calm.
“Maybe I just can’t see what is causing the shadow?,” I thought to myself. Then I felt a cold breeze surround my feet, that sent shivers up and down my body. Then out of nowhere something pushed me flat on my ass. Then the next thing I knew the lights went on, and the laughing stopped.
“Faith what is taking you so long? You had your father and I worried!”
“Sorry mom, I thought I ran into Sister Mary downstairs.”
“Sister Mary! She was the sweet nun at the orphanage, how is she doing?”
“Unfortunately it was not her. I just went up to a complete stranger and made a fool of myself.”
“If your not making a jackass out of yourself then your not really living!” My mom always had some korny, but cute saying's, that some how had a way of making me feel better.