Kara blinked, and then blinked again, trying to get her eyes to focus on the room around her. The sun was shining outside; sunlight was slipping thought the open curtains, bathing her and the room in a pale soft glow. Kara sat up and looked at it, she was sure it was dark when she went to sleep; surely it cannot be midday already. She slowly stood up from where she sat on a sofa, she looked around the room. Where am I? She thought as she took in the brown sofas, the painting of a sad man on the wall, the light brown carpet, and the dark wood coffee table. She had never seen this room before. She looked once again around the room and noticed something; Kai was not in the room with her. She was all by herself in a place she had never seen. Just as doubts began to form in the back of her mind, voices came drifting into her.
Then she heard him, his voice soft coming from the next room. Kara walked over to the door and stood there, listening. “Can we trust her, Kai?” a female voice said, Kara had never heard that voice before. It was soft and sweet, somewhat like a child’s voice. “She is a Witch and witches are not that kind to vampires, or even to ghosts. And I am sure she does not like you that much considering what is going around about you,” the girl stopped talking. It doesn’t take long before Kara realized that they were talking about her, after all, she was the only Witch that was in the house. Witches have the power to sense when there was another of their kind around, and as far as she could tell, there weren’t another Witch around for miles.
She stood by the door, ear pressed against it, and listen heard, waiting to hear Kai’s rely.
A few seconds later, Kai answered her, his voice hard and angry. “I have known her since I was a child, Mia. I trust her with my life, even if she doesn’t trust me.” Kara could picture the look on his face, his features cold, his eyes filled with anger, and his body hard.
Kara opened the door. The girl she heard talking was about to say something else before she saw Kara standing there, Kai had his back turned towards her; he slowly turned to face her. Their eyes met and Kara realized that her hair was messy and she was still wearing the clothes from…what did she put the clothes on? Was last night? Was it the day before?
Kai’s face was just as she had thought, his body was tensed and his face and eyes cold. Kai was the one to break eye contact, he turned back to the girl and said, “I am going in the shower; call me if you need anything.”
Kara watched as Kai walked off, taking the stairs two at a time, and disappeared out of sight. When Kai was gone from sight, Kara turned back to the young girl. She was around the age of fifteen, maybe sixteen; she had light hair that has been dyed many different colours, her eyes were not a colour that Kara had ever seen before, dark blue yet light purple at the same time. Vampire eyes, Kara thought. They always have different coloured eyes. Something about the girl reminded Kara of something- someone- but she doesn’t know who.
The young girl smiled, the whole world became lighter in that second. “Hi, my name is Mia,” she said as she moved closer to Kara, she held out her hand and Kara took it, shacking it lightly. When their skin touched a tingling feeling shot thought Kara’s arm. Kara flinched at the feeling but didn’t drop Mia’s hand.
“Kara, nice to meet you,” Kara told her, letting go of her hand then hugged her arm to her chest. They stood there, facing each other, looking at each other, waiting for something- anything- to happen. Kara gave Mia a smile and felt uncomfortable looking at the vampire before her, something she had never felt before.
“Kai shan’t be long, he never is when he goes into the shower,” The room fell back into silents, the only sound was from the water from the shower, so when Mia spoke again, Kara jumped. “Sorry, I just wanted to know if you were hungry, do you want something to eat?” Without waiting for Kara to answer, Mia walked out of the room.
Kara stood there for a few seconds more before she went back into the living room. She tripped over something as she made her way back over to the sofa she was sleeping on not long ago; she looked down and saw her bag lying on the floor. She picked it up and carried on walking over to the sofa; she sat down and placed the bag beside her. She slipped open her bag, the small pouch her father gave her was laying on top. She slowly put it on her lap, bracing herself before she opened it. The small zip gave way as she pulled it, the contents being shown. The things inside of the bag made no sense to her, she had never seen any of them before, there was some kind of paper thing with a face on, and there was a plastic thing, which had writing and number on it. Kara frowned down on them, working her brain to make names for the alien things that lie in her hands. She shook her head, still frowning, as she continued to stare at the things.
Kara heard a knock at the living room door then a tiny voice, Mia’s voice. “Hay,” she said as she opened the door and entered the room. Mia had a tray in her hands; she walked over to the table and placed it down in front of Kara. Where were all types of things on the plate, some she has seen before and others where just as alien to her then the things in her hand. Mia saw Kara staring at a big thing, with brown stuff covering it. “That’s chocolate cake,” she said, she took it off the tray and handed it to Kara, she placed a fork in the other.
Although the Witches in the Unknown keep up-to-date with most things in the Human World something this just slipped thought the net. They had phones and computers and they knew how to use them, but things like chocolate cake just slipped. They never kept up-to-date with the food.
Kara dug the fork into the cake, taking a small bit and placed it into her mouth and began to eat it. The cake was sweet, soft and cold, Kara’s mouth and body filled with the need for more. Kara took more and more, eating bite after bite without stopping. Kara had never had anything like that before, in the Unknown, things like that were never seen, she lived in a world that was behind the Human one. Kara placed the plate back onto the tray once the cake was all gone, looking at what reminded. She could see a sandwich, a bowl of chirps, and other things that she had never seen before. There was also a can of something; the label said it was Coke-Cola. She left that on the tray and picked up the other drink, this one was in a tall glass and it was orange. She took a slip, it was sweet and she didn’t like it much. She put it back on the try and looked up at Mia. “Orange Juice,” she told Kara. “It’s not my favourite drink, either.”
Mia had a smile on her, it made her look younger and older at the same time, it made her look as if she had seen a lot of things over her few years she had lived. Kara began to relax as she took in Mia sitting on the chair across from her.
“Thank you,” Kara said as she sat back on the sofa, she looked at Mia then back down at the paper things in her hand. Mia has lived in the Human World, Kara thought to herself, maybe she will know what those things are. “Mia, can you please tell me what this stuff is. I have never seen anything like it before,” Kara asked Mia.
Mia moved over to Kara and took the things from her hand. She didn’t have to look at them as she already knew that they all were. “This one,” she said as she held up the paper thing. “This is money, you buy things with it,” she said, her voice sounded as if she was talking to someone who didn’t understand.
“I know what to do with money, I have used it in the Unknown, I have brought things.” unlike some people, she thinks but didn’t say. Kara has used money before, but she had never used paper money before. In the Unknown they used coins to buy things, and everything they could buy they traded with things they didn’t need. It was the way it has always been in the Unknown. Kara hoped it was the way it was going to stay.
Mia carried on talking as if Kara hadn’t said anything. She held up the last thing, and then said, “This is a credit card, you can just pay with the card in shops,” she shrugged her shoulders. “It is just like money, only better,” she placed the card back into Kara’s hands.
They sat in silents, Kara placed the things back into the small pouch her father gave her then put it to the side. Kara looked down at her hands as she interlocked her fingers together. “So, how do you and Kai know each other?” she asked, her voice was casual but deep down, Kara was wondered how they have known each other since she had never met Mia.
“My father and I had just lost our home when we found Kai, he was wondering around, trying to find a place to call home. Kai said that he had been banished from the Unknown- just like my father had been- and that he was looking for somewhere to stay. We found this house, my father didn’t have much money but Kai said that he got some when her left the Unknown. He brought the house and said that we could live here.” She said as if it was simple. “We kind of saved each other, if you like,” Mia finished.
Kara picked something else from the tray and ate it without talking. When she was done she looked over at Mia, Mia was watching Kara with interest in her eyes. “I have never seen a Witch, my father said they were evil but I have never thought so,” Kara smiled at her. This smile seemed wrong but Kara didn’t know how, or why.
Kara nodded her head. “Is there anywhere I can use the bathroom?” she asked.
“Kai is using the main bathroom but there is a little one just down the hallway, second door on the left,” she said, Kara nodded, picked up her bag, and gave her a smile as left the living room. Kara didn’t look at anything as she went; she walked down the hallway listening to the water running though the pipes. When she reached the second door on the left, she slowly opened the door and went in. she turned on the light, it cast a pale glow all around the room, it ran the darkness away. Kara walked over to the mirror and looked at herself, her hair was a mess, her eyes were red, and her whole body was tired. She splashed water on her face, and then she opened up her bag and removed a towel, she moved over to the shower, put it on, and then stripped of her clothes.
The water splashed on her, warming her up, getting rid of all the bad things that have happened to her over the years. She stood, the water falling down on her, as her mind drifted back over the years, back to the first time she met Kai…