Part 3

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"Excuse me? What did you just say?"

Jed looked at her in all seriousness. "You're a dream catcher."

"What the hell is a dream catcher?"

"It all makes sense. The flashes of light. The kissing..." Jed was pacing. "Wait, the kissing was real, wasn't it?"

"It was all real as far as I'm concerned. Not that I'm real good at distinguishing the two lately."

"How long has this been happening to you?"

"And what's that skipping thing you were talking about?"

He was still pacing, walking around the trees and leaning against different trunks, pushing on them as if to test them. She watched him with open curiosity. "What are you doing?"

"Is it always trees?"

"Is what always trees?"

"When the skipping happens, is it always near a tree?"

Ryden thought about the question. "Well, I still don't know what you're talking about but sometimes, although it happens randomly too. Why?"

He put his hands gently on her shoulders and looked at her in all seriousness. "You don't know how to control it, do you?"

Ryden began to get scared. "Now you're starting to freak me out. You have to stop that."

"Calm down Ryden. It'll only make things worse."

"What could be worse than this?"

Jed raked his hands back through his hair and stumbled a bit. "I don't think I should've drank all that beer. I can't really think straight. I feel..."

Suddenly Jed dropped to the ground and passed out. Ryden rushed over to him and felt for a pulse. She was feeling a little woozy herself, so she grabbed the phone out of her coat and called Amanda, who picked up, annoyed.

"What is it Ryden? I'm a little busy and you're supposed to be too."

Ryden could hear Mark in the background groaning. "Come on baby. Get off the phone."

"Amanda it's Jed. He's passed out and I think something's wrong with him! You guys have to come help me. He's too big - I can't move him."

Amanda's tone sobered instantly. "Where are you?"

"Just inside the borders of the cemetery. I'll set my flashlight on strobe. Hurry!"

"We'll be right there!"

It didn't take Mark long to sprint to where they were, but Amanda wasn't wearing the right shoes for a chase. Ryden was bent over Jed, trying to make sure he was still breathing. He was, he just seemed to be passed out cold. Mark literally picked him up and slung him over his shoulder in a fireman's carry as if it was no big deal.

"All right. Come on buddy. We're gettin' you home."

"What if he's sick?" Ryden asked.

"His mom's a nurse." Mark grunted. "She'll know what to do."

His mom was a nurse? She thought she'd heard him say...Ryden shook her head, trying to clear it.

"How many beers have you guys had?" Amanda asked.


"Each?" Mark said, adjusting the weight of his friend on his shoulder.

"What are you my dad?" Ryden answered. "Yes - we each slammed two in the car before you gave out the rules, but we didn't want to wuss out so we drank the two required in the circle as well."

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