Chapter 1

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She was running, running through the woods at an incredible speed. Sarabelle woke up in her room, shivering with sweat droplets on her forehead. How many times had she had this dream? It seemed like she had this dream every time she closed her eyes. She’d had it ever since the night she found out she was psychic. While no one else knew her secret except her best friend Kayden. He had always been there for her and he would be now. She picked up her phone and dialed his number, praying he’d pick up. When he did, it was in a sleepy voice. She had woken him up….again. She hesitated; thinking maybe she should hang up and let him go back to sleep, but before she could hit the end button, he said, “Belle? What’s wrong sweetie?” Sarabelle sighed. “I had that dream again Kay…I…I don’t know what to do.” She waited, hearing him take a deep breath, trying to figure out what to tell her. “Belle maybe you should tell your aunt about this, she might be able to help.” “NO!” She took a deep breath to keep from freaking out. “I can’t tell her Kay. She’d send me to a mental hospital for sure.” “I know, I just don’t know what else to tell you.” She was silent for a few minutes. “Kay, maybe we should run away together….you know take a break from all of this.” She didn’t hear his voice on the other end of the line and decided he’d probably fallen back to sleep. She was about to hit the end button when he sighed. She paused and waited for him to say something, anything really. Finally he did, “Belle, you know we shouldn’t do this.” Ah, she thought, at least he didn’t say no. He continued talking, “You know your aunt would go crazy.” She stopped him then, “Aunt Tiffany will be fine. She probably won’t even miss me. You know she has that new boyfriend of hers, Donald.” He sighed again, “Alright baby you win, we’ll leave first thing in the morning.” She smiled for the first time since waking up from the dream, “Thanks Kay. I love you.” “I love you too Belle, now get some sleep please.” They said goodbye & Sarabelle laid in bed, thinking about what would happen once she got away from this place. Would the visions stop? Would they get worse? She didn’t know, but she was going to find out. She closed her eyes & drifted off to sleep.
Sarabelle woke up early the next morning . She literally jumped out of bed & started packing because she was so excited. It wasn’t until her aunt walked in, half-asleep, that she realized she’d been really loud. “Sorry Aunt Tiff. I didn’t realize I was being so noisy so early in the morning.” Aunt Tiff looked at her funny, “Why are you packing Sara? Are you going somewhere?” She sighed, knowing she couldn’t avoid the questions her aunt would soon fire at her. “Kayden & I are going on a little trip.” She had been looking at her feet while saying this, but after saying it she looked up to see her aunt, now wide awake, staring at her as if she’d gone crazy. “And where exactly are you two going young lady?!?” She sighed. She really had wanted to avoid all this, if only she hadn’t made so much noise she would have gotten away with it. “We’re just going to take a road trip Aunt Tiff. You know, go sightseeing and stuff?” She tried to look her aunt in the eye, she really did, but all she saw was what her aunt thought. She turned and started packing again when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She froze. Contact was all it took for the visions to start. She closed her eyes trying to force the images away, but no matter how hard she tried it just wouldn’t work. She saw her aunt’s thoughts on the matter at hand. She didn’t trust Kayden as much as she said she did. In fact, she thought he was pure trouble. She cringed at that. Kayden had always been her best friend & she didn’t know what she would do without him. Sure, he had bad history but he was a good kid and he’d always been there for her if she needed him. You see, when Kayden was younger his parents abused him more than any human can withstand. He was beaten & sexually abused throughout his teen years as well & that’s when he turned to drugs & alcohol. It was one night while he was sitting on the side of the road that the two met. He was drunk & high, but Sarabelle saw through all that, even without touching him. She saw that he had a good heart & there was a reason for his acting this way. They sat on the side of that road through the night, just talking. It was then that she found out about his past & she realized she was right. The abuse and neglect had led him to this behavior. She took his hand, knowing she’d get images of his past, present, & future, and told him she’d help him. She’d never seen someone smile so big. She knew beyond a doubt that she’d fallen in love with him that night, but didn’t dare tell him, instead becoming best friends.

Suddenly her aunt was shaking her kind of violently. She’d been daydreaming again. “Oh, I’m sorry Aunt Tiff. What were we talking about?” Aunt Tiff sighed. “We were talking about you and Kayden taking a “little” road trip together Sara.” Sarabelle couldn’t stand being called Sara, but only Kayden knew that. “I’m sorry Aunt Tiff, but it’s something I have to do. I have to get away from here for awhile.” She looked her aunt in the eyes as she said this and then proceeded to finish packing, walk down the stairs, and out the door. She put her things in her car just as her aunt appeared in the doorway with a resigned look on her face. “Just promise me you’ll be careful.” “I promise Aunt Tiff”, she replied knowing she couldn’t keep that promise. “Alright Sara. Call me when you get there.” “Yes ma’am.” Belle got in the car and backed out of the driveway, the whole time thinking how much she wouldn’t be able to keep her promise and she wouldn’t be able to call and she shouldn’t be doing this, but she didn’t have a choice anymore. She drove to Kayden’s house, and knocked on his door. He opened it within seconds. “Were you waiting at the door Kay?” He blushed. “Well, yeah..” She smiled. “Well, are you ready to go?” “Yup, sure am Bellaboo” She giggled, that was her favorite nickname out of all that he’d given her. As they walked to her car, Kayden stopped behind her. She turned and looked at him. “Kay? Something wrong?” He looked like he was about to breakdown into tears. “I…I just wish they would miss me.” Her heart broke for him, like it had every time he said something like this. “Kay…don’t worry about them. You have me.” He looked at her so intently that she blushed. “Yeah, I have you and that’s all that matters to me anymore.” She shook her head and laughed. “You’re so full of it Kay. We’re just best friends.”

They both got into her car and as she was preparing to pull out of the driveway, Kayden leaned over and kissed her cheek causing her to blush. “What was that for?” He smiled. Oh, how she loved his smile. “Oh, just for being you.” They rode in silence for a long while until finally Kayden said, “Did I offend you Belle?” She paused for a moment, “What do you mean?” “I mean, did I offend you when I kissed your cheek earlier?” She pulled over on the side of the road and turned to look him in the eyes. “ Kayden, you’ve never offended me in our long friendship and I doubt that’ll change now.” He looked out of the window. Sarabelle wondered what he was thinking about. He looked back at her, “I’m thinking about you Belle.” Her breath caught in her throat, “Did I say that out loud?” “No…there’s something I haven’t told you.” Belle froze. She didn’t know what he was talking about, “Uhmmm, okay?” He paused, trying to find the right words, “Well, you see Belle, there’s another reason I use to drink and do drugs. It wasn’t just because of what my parents did to me, although that was a large portion of it.” Sarabelle looked at him, “I…I don’t understand.” “I guess that’s my fault. Belle, I can read people’s minds.” She started freaking out. Did he know how she felt? Could he hear her thoughts right now? She looked at him, “So, uh, what does that mean?” He half-smiled, “That means I can tell what most people think all of the time.” She looked at the time, “We have to get going or we’ll never make it to the cabin before dark, but we’re going to continue this conversation there, okay?” “Okay Bellaboo..” Kayden looked out of the window the rest of the way to the cabin and he remained quiet, which to be honest was perfectly okay with Sarabelle for she wasn’t sure of what to make of what he’d just told her.

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