1 Year Later
Running through the trees and the wind blowing in your hair feels great. Sarah hasn't tried to attack for like a year now. I am still the same as before with my blond hair and such and so did everyone else but Liam shaved his head, not bald, but pretty short and grew a five o'clock shadow once in a while. Yet, we haven't seen Niall for about five months.
Lily was running next to me with the wind making her hair fly perfectly behind her. We have had about thirty assassination calls in the past year for just me and Lily which was amazing.
We heard a gun shot, that wasn't too far from where we were and so we went to go check it out. It was an old man with a shotgun. It seemed as if he shot a deer that was
eating some grass.
He looked up at us and smiled, "Well hello there, you two. How are you this fine morning?"
It was Roger, our new neighbor a half a mile back. He is a hunter and has always been kind to us.
We both jumped down from the tree and laughed, "How did you know it was us?"
"I can tell when kids are snooping around. It's like a sixth sense of mine." The old man laughed and we both knew he was kidding.
We waved our goodbyes and we were on our way back to the cabin. There waiting was Aaron and Liam but Old Man Ross was not there. I looked around for him and I think they noticed.
Aaron was the first to speak, "He isn't here. He left because he got a call from Rachel about something. He said he wanted to go alone and don't question it."
"Oh. Anyways, what are we going to do today?"
Aaron and Liam looked at each other and smiled. They both said at the same time, "Swim."
I shrugged, "Eh, I'll pass on that. You guys go ahead, I will just chill here."
"What? Are you sure? You should come. No, we are forcing you to come, It'll be tons of fun."
Lily patted my back, "Yes, you should come, Caden." She smiled.
I gave in, "Fine, but I don't have a suit."
"Who said we are using suits?" Aaron got serious and then he laughed, "Just kidding."
Liam gave me black Abercrombie swimming trunks and we were on our way. The ocean was calm and soothing. The tides hit the shore swiftly, grabbing
anything underneath its waters.
Aaron ran up to the water and stepped into it. He signaled us to come in and Liam ran after him. Liam took out his arm and slammed Aaron further in the water. Aaron laughed and they fought in the water.
Lily stayed back and laid a blue beach towel on the dry sand. She sat and tilted her head as she watched the boys do their play fight. She then looked over to me and she patted the spot next to her. I walked over there and she asked, "Can you put sunscreen on my back please? I don't want to get a burn."
I nodded and she rolled over on her stomach. I poured some sunscreen in my palm and rubbed her back in circles. Once her back was completely white, I rubbed it some more to let it soak into it. Once that was done she sat up and kissed my cheek, "Thank you."
It felt nice to feel loved. She is just like a little sister to me. Aaron and Liam seemed like my older brothers and Ross was like my grandfather. A family that I can love is one of the best.
"Caden get over here!" Liam shouted, "You too, Lily!"
I turned to Lily but she just stayed there so I yelled back, "We are fine here!"
Aaron and Liam looked at each other and charged up shore towards me. They grabbed my arms and legs and I just let them since they will probably just throw me in the water. They swung three times and made me go back first into the water. It stung a bit but I didn't care because when I stood, the water soothed it a bit.
Liam put out his arm and was about to take me under when I grabbed his arm and swung him around so
he hit the water behind me.
Aaron came up and tried to pick me up but I grabbed his sides and flipped him over too. Liam grabbed me from behind so I put my hand behind his neck and flipped him forward. Aaron already gave up but Liam still kept going. He ran at me and I held his arm and twisted it I told him to give up and he sighed. He walked away and dived into the ocean.
I walked along the shore letting the tides hit my ankles. I looked up and on top of the cliff, that Old Man Ross had told me I was an Onyx Claret, was a girl looking down. I ran up there and asked, "What are you doing up here?"
She turned to look at me and her red eyes were glass like, she was crying. She stood on the edge. Her long black hair flowing in the wind, her white wedding like dress flew and she raised her hands.
I ran up to her and right when she fell I grabbed her by the waist and lifted her back up. She toppled on top of me and she laid her head on my chest, crying. She kept saying, "Why?"
"Nobody deserves to die."
"You don't even know me! I killed people."
I tried to calm her down and tangled my fingers into her soft hair, "I know how that feels." I looked up into the sky which there was no blue left, "But even still you can change."
"It was my wedding. I…I loved him but my parents hated him and tried to kill him. I…I killed them. I ran away before anyone else came after me and I was going to kill myself. Why did you stop me? You don't even know me."
"I don't like it when people want to kill themselves.
Your husband must be worried about you."
She shook her head, "No, he told me that he never wants to see me again."
"What's your name?"
"Lacey Rose. You can just call me Lacey."
"My name is Caden. Why don't you come over to the beach down there with me to meet some new people that know what you go through."
She just nodded and we got up and walked over there. Lily looked over and smiled, "Who is this?"
Lacey bowed, "Um, my name is Lacey."
Liam and Aaron came over to see what was going on. Lacey bowed again letting her hair fall on the sides of her face, "My name is Lacey."
"Aaron." Aaron turned to me and asked, "What happened?"
"I owe my life to Caden. He saved me before I hit the bottom of the cliff."
He raised his eyebrow, "You were going to try to kill yourself? I want to hear why. But let's go up to the cabin where we can get comfortable."
We walked up to the cabin and when we got in we all got dressed and went downstairs to sit on the couch. Lacey was sitting there patiently with her back straight and her hands folded in her lap. She looked sophisticated.
"Okay, tell us what happened."
She looked down as she told us, "It was my wedding day today. After I walked down the aisle, Harry and I held hands and smiled. Once the preacher said does
anyone object, my parents stood. They did not like his sweet personality that I loved most. I…I took a knife that I had under my dress and killed them both leaving everyone in shock. Harry looked at me petrified and told me that he never wants to see me again. I cried and was left heart broken. I felt like I could never love again and wanted to kill myself. I went to that cliff and was about to fall off until Caden came and saved me. I am very grateful to him. I owe him my life."
Aaron just sat there and so did Liam. Lily on the other hand, spoke, "I'm so sorry. I feel your pain. It just means that if he truly is the one he will come to understand and come get you."
"I hope so."
We sat there in silence and Lacey stood up, "You know what? You are right. I better go stay at my apartment then so he knows where to find me. Thank you so much, Lily."
Lily smiled, "Just be careful."
Lacey nodded and was on her way out the door. She wrote something down on a piece of paper she had in her bra and put it on the table. She looked at me, "If you need anything you can reach me here."
I nodded and she left.