"Well you should." Claire said, suddenly all huffy. Erica rolled her eyes quickly, then looked at her non-existent watch. "Oh, uh, I got to go. I promised I'd meet, Sam to go shopping, want to come Claire?" Sam was also non-existent and Erica had made up a whole story about "Sam's" personality, making it exactly everthing that Claire hated, so when she asked Claire to come, she knew she would say no. "Why do you even ask? You know I don't want to hang out with that girl, and you shouldn't either, from the way you describe her she's totally discusting." Claire said. Erica just shrugged and glanced down at Seth. "Well I'm off, bye Claire." Then she waved to Seth, but it was also an invitation to follow.
"Do you know how many calories there are in that sandwich? It would make you want to never eat again if you knew." She said, almost as if she actually cared. That's when Erica stepped in, "Um Claire, most guys don't care about how many calories there are in things." She said and smiled at Seth quickly before focusing back on Claire, who hadn't seen the smile because she was too concerned about the sandwich.
"Um... yeah...I have an apartment, but it's on the 4th floor so I don't think that would be very safe." Mizuki replied.
"Seth... that's a cool name....." She looked back at the group of girls and smiled. Erica had her hand on her head in embarrassment, there went another guy, lost to Claire. "So whatcha eatin'? " Claire asked him.
"Who is that!?!" Her friends asked when they turned back to her. Erica was always friends with the hottest guys and they never knew why, surely it wasn't her looks for they were much prettier, so whenever she introduced them to one of her guy friends they usually stole him from her. "Oh..um..I...ran into him, literally, on the way here. I dropped my earring so he helped me find...." "Introduce us!" Claire, who was the prettiest and pretty much the leader of their group said, interrupting Erica. "Well...um...I really don't know him on a personal level, in fact, I don't even know his na...." "Fine, they'll I'll introduce myself." Claire said getting up from her seat, acting as if Erica not introducing her was such a bother. She walked over to Seth and smiled sweetly, "Hi... I'm Claire." She said and without an invitation, sat down next to him.
"Um....it's kind of a long story, but pretty much I.....ah...I...couldn't keep up." Mizuki muttered.
"No..d..don't be sorry. Now we're even, I yelled at you that one time too." Clara said smiling, she was trying to make light of the situation.
Jane then stepped between Ben and Matt, the "take care of this when we're alone" part stuck out to her. "Ben shall never be alone as long as I'm here, and as long as I'm here there shall be nothing to take care of." Her seriousness was distinct.
"Pshh.... dangerous, cocky much?" Anna mumbled. "I don't think you're in a position to start making demands." She said to matt.
Jane was in between them in a flash, she didn't care about anything other than Benjamin at the moment, even if he had sort of threatened Matt's sister, Matt was over reacting, and he had threatened Ben and that was all she needed. With her scythe out and within the inches of space that seperated their faces, her blank stare was no longer as blank, her silver eyes moved back and forth, the way a normal person would look if they were thinking about something intently, but she was focusing on the two, listening to their breathing and their movements.
Annabel was also up and ready. Captain Benjamin was her idol and her comander so she would go into a full battle for him, if that's what it progressed to.
When Jane interrupted them he looked over at her, with the same glare as he had given to Matt, this was the only thing that he didn't like about having a Derma, she always fought his battles for him, and he couldn't tell her to stop because this is what Derma's do, they fight battles for their master, but for once he would like to take care of himself, it was almost demeaning for him to have such a small girl fight for him, he felt guilty for just standing by and letting her to all of the work. "Jane." He said, it was just her name, but it was also an order to back down.
Clara looked taken aback, she felt she had done something wrong, had she been to annoying for asking so many question, even though he looked like he was in pain, he probably just wanted to be alone and she had interrupted. "I..I'm sorry." She said sheepishly and started to back away.
"I'm sorry to interupt this loving moment but who the hell are you?" Ben asked, almost menacingly at Alice with his sword drawn and pointed at her. Even though Jane seemed to be calm enough around her he didn't trust anyone who just pops out of the woods, especially when they're being tracked.
Jane was there right behind him to back him up, though she didn't think that any fighting would happen between the girl and them, but Matt might oppose to Ben pointing his sword at his little sister. She though about asking him to put it down, and that there was no need for it to be out, but it wasn't her place to tell Benjamin what to do, and he had probably already thought about it and just didn't care.
Clara continued look for Drake and when she found him she gasped and ran to him, "Drake! Are you ok!?" She skidded into a slide and landed next to him on her hands and knees, "What's wrong? What it is? Is it you imperfection?" Worry masked her face as she looked at him.
Annabel stopped laughing when she saw Matt change, he was an entirely different person around this girl, he didn't have the smug annoying face that he usually had.
Clara decided to go look for Drake, and headed off into the woods.
Erica continued to play with her cake but when she looked up she saw across the small patio the man she had run into. She smiled and waved to him, and all of her friends turned to look at him.
She changed back to her original form looking defeated. "No." She muttered.
Jane casually followed the girl back to their camp, she seemed harmless enough but she didn't let her guard down.
When the unknown girl burst through the trees Ben was on his feet in a flash with his sword drawn. He noticed Jane following close behind with her scythe still out but Drake was missing. But he didn't focus on that, he knew that Drake could take care of himself wherever he had gone.
"Brother?!" Annabel guffawed, "This is your sister?" Annabel was also standing now with her sword drawn but she was to busy laughing to hold it up.
Clara was also standing, she wasn't on the defense, like the others it had just surprised her. She giggled at the sight of the girl but then noticed Drake had not come back with Jane.
She didn't even need the orders from Ben, she knew what he wanted without him telling her so. She followed Drake for backup.
Clara stood up and went over next to Ben, she still had the bread in her hands. "What is it?" She asked him.
"You're more like a pawn." Anna said through clenched teeth, even though she herself was also a pawn, just not to the same degree.
Erica sat at the small cafe with her friends. Since it was a nice day out they decided to take one of the tables outside. As they chattered along Erica just sat there playing with her "fat free cake" that she had to buy. She took one bite and it tasted like sh** so she just played with it, nodding and smiling here and there when the conversation related to her, which it rarely did.
"You're not a guest." Anna said as she tied the other rabbit to a small brand and started skinning it roughly, you could tell she was trying to hold in her anger at matt, but she was taking it out on the rabbit.
Clara sat down and slowly munched on her bread.
Suddenly Jane stood up and took out her scythe. She looked alert.
Ben looked up at her, he knew something was wrong. "What is it Jane?" He asked, getting a little worried and standing up next to her.
She didn't respond for a few seconds as she was listening, "There's someone out there, sounds like it's only one person. And they're having trouble from the way their walking and not being quiet at all." She muttered.
He was leaving, walking away. Another person who thought of her as too weak, and leaving. There was nothing she could do, words wouldn't come out, nothing she could say to make him stop. All she had to do was tell him the truth, tell him she was one of him, they were the same, but would that work? Wouldn't that just be digging her a bigger hole? Since she hadn't helped him when he was being attacked, she just stood there. If he thought she was a human than maybe she could get away for her cowardness, but if she told him who she was then that would be admitting she was a coward and a weakling. Suddenly she smelt it, it came up quick, did he notice to? She stared at his back, he didn't seem to notice. Was it acting? No, he really didn't notice, it was comming, closer, still no reaction from the man. Suddenly it appeared, another demon, it sprang off of a rooftop and was heading straight for him. Without thinking she transformed and sprang at the spindly creature with huge teeth. Grabbing it's neck with her teeth in mid air she broke it's neck before it even knew what had hit it. She landed gracefully in front of him and dropped the now dead demon on the ground and turned to look at him, just now realizing what she had done.
Turning on her heal she started running through the park again towards the main shopping strip where her friends were waiting for her at the usual coffee shop they met up at.
"Oh! Yes! Thanks so much." She said breathing a sigh of relief as she got up. Reaching out her hand to take the earring she noticed that there was a large smudge of grease on her hand. Quickly and obviously she took her hand back and wiped it on the back of her pant leg, while she took the earring with her left hand instead of her right. "Thanks again, sorry for bumping into you." Putting the earring into her ear and starting to turn to walk away, there suddenly came darth vaders theme song. Erica wipped out her phone from her back pocket and flipped it open. Before she could even say hello there was a loud almost sqwacking on the other end. Cringing she pulled the phone away from her ear. "Mmhm......." She mumbled over and over again as the girl continued to sqwack until Erica finally just hung up. Turning back to the man she gave a sheepish smile, "Um..I guess my friends are waiting for me, nothing new. So thanks for finding my earring and sorry again for running into you.....maybe I'll see you around sometime."
Clara slowly walked over to Drake and gently took the loaf of bread from his hands. Using both hands she clutched the bread softly and split it into equal halves. Her hand extended out towards Drake, with half of the bread in it and her face was full of smiles. "How about a compromise?"
Annabell came back a few minutes after Matt did. She held two rabbits by their feet, both with their heads already cut off and the blood pooling out onto the ground leaving a small trail. When she heard Matt she chucked one of the corpses at him, causing rabbit blood to go all over him, "Make it yourself you lazy a**."
Ben sat there staring intently at a map of the area, he was used to traveling around this part of the country from his time in the war. But he wasn't thinking about where to go, it was time he was worried about. They were being pursued, they had some pursuers in front of them, and they had to get to the Arons and meet the army there before a deadline, all the while keeping this very large and peculiar group unnoticed.