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Chapter Ten

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Mr. Brennigan wasn’t too happy when I walked into his office. I knew that he was disappointed in me. I didn’t blame him, because I was disappointed in myself. If I had of let Marcus explain, none of this would have happened. In the end of this whole experience, I had Marcus with me. No matter what the punishment was, he was always going to be around and make sure it never happened again. I took a seat on the chair, while he continued to stare at me. 

“Breanna, what had gotten into you? I have never seen this behavior from you.” he said, softly. He was being kind to me, taking it easy. In a way, I was glad that he was, but I also wanted him to be tougher on me about this situation. I could have gotten myself killed if Marcus hadn’t of went for me. I also disobeyed the school’s rules against the forest. If I had gotten killed or lost, the school would be getting bad publicity and I would be the one responsible. “I’m sorry, Mr. Brennigan. I had a tough day and I had to get away from it all.” I explained, looking at him without flinching. Either way, I knew I was telling him the truth. I only hoped that he could tell.

His gaze flickered from me to Marcus. Mr. Brennigan had to know that Marcus wouldn’t make me lie. Just a few weeks ago, he just called him a sweet boy. Yes, Marcus looked like he was a bad person, but he really isn’t. He seems tough on the outside, but on the inside, he had a heart of gold. “I want to thank you, Marcus. You brought her back before anything could happen to her or yourself. You both know that the woods are forbidden to all students. Marcus, I know that you have only went in there to bring her back, but you must also face some consequences.” he explained.

I felt horrible. The look on his face was pure sadness, but what if he didn’t come in for me? What would have happened? I hope he doesn’t regret his decision. “I understand, Mr. Brennigan.” he said softly. He looked over at me and smiled. He wasn’t going to let me go down on my own. Mr. Brennigan looked at me, shaking his head. “I want to suspend the both of you. You went into the forest that is forbidden to all students. The both of you have broken that rule. You both could have gotten yourselves killed! You both will receive a day suspension and come back on Friday, starting today.” he said, pushing the phone towards us. “Call your parents to come pick you up.” he said. I looked at the phone, then at Mr. Brennigan.

“Am I able to just walk home? My parents are working.” I said, hoping he would believe the lie. “I would like to speak to your mother, Breanna. Do you think she’ll be able to come in after school?” he asked. I fidgeted in my seat, but he didn’t seem to know. Then. I thought of the idea. “Sure. I’ll let her know the situation and she’ll come in.” I replied, smiling. I knew that I shouldn’t be smiling, but my idea was so brilliant. I was going to become my mother and impersonate her. “You two are dismissed. Get your schoolwork from your teachers and then leave the building. We’ll see you on Friday.” he said, moving a bunch of files on his desk. I waited for Marcus to be done on the phone, and then went to my locker. “I feel terrible that I got you in trouble.” I said, looking at him. “If I didn’t go in there to get you, you would be dead right now.” he replied, in a serious tone. He put my hand through his and looked at me softly. “Everything that just happened in the forest wouldn’t have happened.” he said. I smiled. He was right of course. I wouldn’t be his girlfriend if he had not of go in there for me. “You’re right, but I’m still sorry.” I replied back.

“So, how come you didn’t phone your mother to come get you during work?” he asked. Was I going to tell him the truth? He does care for me a lot and I think he would be upset if I didn’t tell him some of the truth. I knew that I couldn’t tell him about being an Age-Shifter of course. “When we get a distance away from the Academy, I’ll tell you.” I said, seriously. I didn’t want the students or any teachers to overhear what I had to say. He smiled and nodded, as I closed my locker. “Are you getting your schoolwork?” I asked. He shook his head no and we left the Academy.

When we got far away from the Academy, I explained to him about my parents. I explained how I was living by myself, how my father left us for another family, and how my mother died when I was in Washington. “How did you get to Washington?” he asked. I had to bite my tongue to keep from telling him about what I was. “A family friend knew that my mother was dying, so she took me to Washington without me knowing what was about to happen. When I managed to get myself back here without her knowing, I noticed that no one knew what happened to my mother. Ever since I came back, I lived on my own and I have been surviving.” I explained.

He looked at me with sad eyes. “Don’t you have any other family or friends around here that you could stay with?” he asked. I shook my head no. “I’ve been fine on my own and I don’t really complain about it.” I replied back. We never said a word after that. As we were nearing the house, a silvery, grey wolf crossed paths with us. Marcus and I stopped abruptly, and he put me behind him. “Just don’t move.” he whispered. The wolf acknowledged our presence, but didn’t attack us. There was something about the wolf that seemed familiar, but I couldn’t think of why. As I stared at it, the wolf looked at me.

As he looked at me, I felt something on the inside ache. I didn’t know what was happening. All I could feel was sadness, the ache coming from my heart. Without realizing, I collapsed onto the ground, the ache intensifying. Marcus seemed to notice that I was on the ground, because he was on the ground next to me. “Breanna, what’s wrong?” he asked, looking at me. My hand was over my heart, as the ache continued to grow. “I don’t know what’s happening.” I replied. I looked up at the wolf, as it continued to stare at me. “Scare him off.” I said. He looked at me and then the wolf. He also noticed that the wolf was staring at me. He started to shout and throw big rocks at it. The wolf got the message, because it started running off. As he left, the ache was gone. I was left on the ground to catch my breath. 

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