Emme Foster hasn't had the best time growing up. And since the age of nine, it has taken a turn for the better. With a new Foster family every so often, and a passion for horses, Emme learns to hide her past and secret passion from others as to be considered normal. What happens when there are some new kids in town, with some very interesting habits, and while off in Columbus, Ohio; yet another mysterious figure wanders their way in to her life. Now to protect the life she holds so dear, Emme must choose who to tell what, and how to keep her dark past, and bright passion away from her enemies, and even her closest friends.
Yet another fan fiction, not too many recognizable characters though... sorry about that.
2. New Kids
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I drove to school the next day. High school was my way away from the world. From my past and into the mouth of the monster that is the student body. Lexi turned to me; her blonde hair only reached the length of her jaw. She had chopped it all off two months ago; it used to be above her ears.
"You ready for those new kids?" She was excited, as always. Anything new that wasn't related to her step mother or her step mom's boyfriend was perfectly fine in her mind.
I nodded, "I think so. Change is a good thing sometimes."
I parked my blue civic in the student lot and climbed out. We were one of the only "families" that got a nicer car. That is until I noticed the family I didn't recognize. They had two cars. A silver Volvo and a red Ferrari. I watched as two girls climbed skillfully out of the Ferrari and four boys and got out of the Volvo.
I sighed and headed off to fist period before the bell rang. Lexi followed me. Her mood mirrored mine.
We had most of our classes together. The school was the only people who knew about our situation. We didn't even tell the other students about anything we've been through. We had no reason to honestly, and it was better if they all thought we were normal, just like they were. We walked into the cafeteria talking about our after school PE credit. We didn't have an eighth period in our schedules.
"So, are we going to ride, or jump, or just work showmanship?" Lexi asked me.
I shrugged as I paid for my meal, "I don't know. Whatever Ana wants us to do I guess? It's her place anyways. I just can't wait to get Sky out again. It seems like it's been forever."
I honestly did miss Sky, the blue roan gelding that I half owned. (Not technically because Martha and Josh could never afford a twenty thousand dollar horse plus the monthly boarding fee.) He was only eight, and was coming along well as a fabulous jumper. We were jumping over three foot cross rails now.
"I know. I can't believe that Macy hasn't tried to jump the pasture fence and come and find me yet." Lexi said about her chestnut mare.
I smiled, "Well, at least we'll get to work with them again today."
She nodded as we sat down at our table. No one else had made it out of line yet, so it was still safe to talk. "I still can't believe that Ana made us take a week off from riding. She says we work to hard."
I laughed, "I know. But at least we don't have to explain-"
I stopped. Lexi was staring over my shoulder, something she never did while someone was talking. I turned around to see one of the new girls staring at me.
She was small, about two inches taller than Martha maybe. Her curly chocolate brown hair went past her shoulders. She was pale, as if she's lived in the snow her entire life and had never seen the sun before. It was kind of creepy. Her eyes were soft though, a golden color.
"Hi. I was wondering if my family and I could sit with you today."
I glanced back at Lexi. She shrugged. Neither of us liked being mean to anyone, because of what's happened to us. I had to think though. There were already three other kids who usually sat with us. But Kyle was sick today, and Jocy had to go and make up a math test. That just left Christa, but I remembered her parents had pulled her out for a college interview in D.C for Georgetown, and we were only juniors.
I turned back to the girl, "Sure. I'm Emme by the way, and this is my sister Lexi."
She smiled and two guys walked up behind her. "I'm Gina Hall, and this is my brother Dominic," She motioned to the taller of the two guys. He had spiked black hair and his eyes were a dark brown, "And my adopted brother, Brendon." She motioned to the boy with dark brown hair that was spiked messily. His eyes were also golden. "And my sister Faye, Connor, and Stephen should be here soon." She glanced around the cafeteria as she took a seat next to me. The one on my right remained open, and her brothers sat on the other side of her, closing the open chairs between me and Lexi on Lexi's right.
"So," Gina said after a few seconds, "How long have you two been here?"
I glanced at Lexi who answered for the two of us. "Since we were eight." She whispered as she took a bite of her salad. Her eyes locked with mine, and I saw her pain for just an instant before she managed to hide it again.
"Hmm," Gina said not seeming to notice Lexi's odd tone, "What do you guys do for fun around here?"
I shrugged, "It's New Hampshire, whatever anyone wants to do really."
Two guys and a girl walked up to our table then. The girl took the seat in between the two empty ones. She was about my height and had strawberry blonde hair that was pulled into a ponytail at the base of her neck.
"Hi Faye." Gina said as her sister took her seat.
"Gina." Faye nodded, "Who are your new friends?"
Gina smiled, "This is Lexi," She pointed to my sister, "And this is Emme."
"Nice to meet you two." Faye said smiling. Her eyes were a darker brown too.
Gina turned to the two guys, "Connor, why don't you introduce yourself?"
A boy with platinum blonde hair smiled. It hung messily in his face, his eyes were golden. "I'm Connor; it's nice to meet you two."
We smiled back and said, "Likewise." At the same time. We started to laugh.
Gina smiled, "And Stephen?"
I glanced back up at the guy. He was tall, his black hair was spiked like Dominic's, but his eyes were golden. And he was staring at me. "Hi."
He took his seat next to Lexi, who looked half petrified, but she stayed quiet. I would have to talk to her after lunch that is if I can manage to find her before she runs. She doesn't like men.
I shook myself though, I had to find out what we were doing after school so I could let Ana know what time we would be there, "So, are we heading straight over after school, or do you want to head home first?" I asked Lexi.
Her head snapped up at my question, "Uh, I'd like to go home first, you know, to change and stuff, I think I left my booklet there anyways."
I nodded. We would need her pattern and jump course booklet when it came to working. Ana wasn't very creative in that area. "Alright, so I'll meet you at my locker then?"
She nodded, "Sure." She went back to eating silently.
"So," Gina said after a few short and awkward moments, "Do either of you guys want to go shopping on Saturday?"
Lexi's head shot up again, her eyes sparkled. Anything that had to do with money and clothes, she would do. I found that out the hard way. "Sure!"
I laughed and turned to Gina, "Anything that has to do with shopping she'll do. If you offer to buy her a dress she likes or a pair of jeans if she walks around the mall for an hour on her hands, she'll do it."
Lexi glared at me, "I will not!"
I nodded, "You will, and you did last year when I offered."
She threw a carrot at my head. At least it wasn't the brownie.
"You guys eat really healthy looking foods." Faye noticed. "Why?"
I shrugged, "We just do." It was an easy lie to cover the fact that we were both horseback riders with bad pasts and needed the nutrition to make sure we can make it to Worlds this season. No one in the school knew about our extra PE credit.
I took another bite of the sandwich I was eating.
"So, where are you guys from?" Lexi asked. I was surprised, she's never been really socially active around larger groups, but then I noticed she was focused directly on Gina. She was trying to be normal. I smiled.
"We moved from Washington. It was too wet for our parents, and they move around a lot anyways." Gina said.
The bell rang a little while later. And we left with plans for Saturday and a few new friends.
Chemistry was boring, it was just the usual lab, and there really wasn't too much to take away from it, it was all over the stuff we reviewed last week. I didn't have any of the new kids in that class, and it flew by.
Seventh period History was, in a word, bad. I walked into the room texting Angie; she'd sounded worried earlier today, but wouldn't tell me why. She had said she had to look into something about my case. That was a few hours ago though, so I decided to see if she had made any progress on whatever it was she was working on.
"How's it going Angie?" I texted her.
A two worded reply followed that just about made me break down in front of the whole class: "He's back. :'("
I paled at least a good three shades of color. This couldn't be happening. Not now. He shouldn't be near me. He wasn't allowed. That's why I had my name changed in the first place. Instead of Elizabeth Bell, I was now Emme Foster, and I had come so close to taking out a restraining order on him, but Angie said I couldn't until he was out.
Someone took the usually empty seat in the row next to mine. I glanced up to see Stephen staring at me again. I closed my phone quickly, even if he was new, I couldn't chance him guessing what was going on. It would only make things worse.
I folded my arms on the smooth surface of the desk and placed my head on top of them. There was no way I was going to be able to live through the next hour.
Someone placed their hand on my shoulder. I jerked away and looked up into Mr. Kent's face, "Are you alright Ms. Foster?"
I shook my head slowly, "Can I go to the nurse?" It came out as a whisper.
He nodded, concerned and slightly confused. "Would you like me to send someone with you?"
I shook my head, "I- I can make it, and it's really not that bad." I said as I gathered my things and walked out of the classroom and into the empty hallway. I only got a few feet before I completely broke down.
I sank down to the floor, my back against the lockers and put my head in my hands. This was not happening. I pulled out my phone and forwarded Angie's message to Lexi. I had to get home, but I wanted her to know what happened if I wasn't there after the period.
I heard a door open and close a few rooms down and then running feet in my direction. I looked up to see Lexi. She slid down next to me and threw her arms around my neck.
"Its okay, it's okay. He can't hurt you anymore. You don't belong to him anymore. He can't touch you. Angie's on her way. It's okay." She whispered to me. "I'll whip him before he gets within three miles of you."
I smiled up at her, still crying, but enjoyed that mental image.
"Are you still going to come to practice?" She whispered.
I nodded, "I- I have to. It'll keep me busy, and well, I really want to make it to Worlds this year."
She laughed lightly, "I know. I do too, and I won't go without you."
I laughed a little with her, until I heard my history room's door open and close. My head went right back into my hands. I didn't want to know who was walking towards us. I could hear their footsteps, and that was enough for me.
I felt Lexi shift next to me, "What do you want?"
"I- uh, is she okay?" Whoever they were stopped and knelt down on the other side of me. I peeked through my hair and saw that it was Stephen.
"Something's come up." Lexi answered plainly, "Now, if you wouldn't mind-"
"Emme!" I heard the distinct sound of stiletto heals on the tile of the hallway and could picture Angie trying to run and almost sliding all over the place if she didn't take tiny steps. I almost laughed. She skidded to a stop in front of me and pulled me to my feet, "Its okay; its okay." She whispered to me as I almost broke down again. "Lexi, I'm going to take her home alright?"
"Sure, I'll be there in about an hour. Let Martha and Josh know about this. It's not good for her to be like this for a long time."
I saw Stephen stand up, looking really confused. "Is there anything I can do to help?"
I wanted to bang my head against a titanium wall right then. What type of a question is that when you had no idea what was going on? And we hardly knew him at all. He was new! There was no way he could help with this. Angie only talked to people she knew would understand, and she knew she could trust.
"No," Angie answered kindly, "The best thing you can do is get back to class." She led me towards the front doors of the school. This was going to be a long day.
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