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Blackened Butterflies

Summary:
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.


Notes:
Yet another fan fiction, not too many recognizable characters though... sorry about that.


4. Colic

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The next day was Thursday, and lunch wasn't too bad. None of the siblings said anything about my whole breakdown in the middle of history, although I swore that Stephen was staring at me. Jocy sat with us today and we had to find an extra chair for her since the Halls took up all the ones that were typically at the table. She never said much.

Lexi followed me when the bell rang, her class was just down the hall, our chemistry and history classes were switched, so we were only a few doors away from each other in the afternoon.

"Hey, are we heading over right after school? Ana probably won't work us as hard as yesterday, but we'll still have to do the chores we missed."

I nodded, "It's probably best to just leave from here, its closer to her place anyways. I'll text her after chemistry and let her know we'll be out earlier than yesterday. Great job with the fences by the way."

Lexi beamed, she loved compliments, "Thanks! And you and Sky killed showmanship. I thought it died and then tortured itself because you two were beast!"

I laughed, Lexi had an odd sense of humor, and came up with the weirdest scenarios, but I knew what she meant. "Thanks."

She looked at me, suddenly serious, "Are you sure you don't wanna skip?"

I looked at her like she was crazy, "No! I'd never do that! You know how I am about class."

She shrugged, "I just thought that maybe... considering what happened yesterday... you know he's gonna ask a lot of questions today."

I sighed, "I know. I'll lie if I have to.

She smiled, "Okay, but... you don't have to keep it secret if you don't want to."

I glared at her, "We'd be treated so differently, and wasn't the main goal to be treated like nothing's ever happened to us?"

She shrugged again, "Just letting you know."

I rolled my eyes and we linked arms, "Let's get to class before we're both late."

Chemistry dragged, and I texted most of the lesson. I had already learned this stuff from Martha. She tutored us over the summer in our weakest areas, and science is now my best class. She should have gone into teaching, but I'm glad she does what she does too.

I was sitting at my desk in history before class started texting Ana to let her know we would be there early. I asked about what our chores were.

"Muck, sweep, broom, feed, re-bed. Turn em out." She typed back the short list. Well, it was shorter than normal.

Usually she had us doing a lot more, but seeing that it was almost October and that spring and summer were now almost gone, we were really just getting ready for winter, and trying to establish the colder weather routine earlier than normal.

Someone's shadow blocked out the light from behind me. I spun around in my seat to see Stephen looking over my shoulder; a confused expression on his face.

"What's that mean?" He asked.

I shut my phone, "What's what mean?"

"That message you just got. Muck sweep broom feed re-bed..." He started to read off the list.

I shushed him, "It's nothing."

"Seems like it's something the way you don't want me asking." He said shrugging.

I glared at him, "It's not important, just chores."

"Do you live on a farm or something?" He cocked his head to one side.

"No."

"Then why-?"

Mr. Klents started class then, and Stephen was back in his seat faster than I thought he could be. My cell vibrated in my pocket half way through the man's lecturing, luckily I was seated towards the back of the class, and no one important could hear it.

I could tell it was an emergency though. No one texted me while I was in class without me texting them first. Something was up.

I slipped the phone out of my pocket and glanced at the message:
Something happened. It's sky.
-Erick.

I was confused and concerned, but I couldn't type back without getting caught. I glanced up at Mr. Klents who was pacing in the front of the classroom going on about a topic I could currently care less about right now, he wasn't paying attention to me, but I couldn't risk the reply.

I slid the phone back into my pocket and didn't pay much attention for the next hour.

When the bell rang, I literally ran out of the room to go and drag Lexi to my car. I had no idea what was going on with Sky, but based on what Erick said, it couldn't be good. The only problem was that Stephen followed me.

"Hey, are you alright? What's wrong? Wait up!" I heard him yelling behind me as I tore my way through the halls, "Who's Sky? What's going on?"

I ignored him as I grabbed Lexi at her locker, "It's Sky."

Her face was shocked and she raced after me as I headed for the front doors of the school like it was on fire. I passed Stephen on our way out and he followed us, still trying to ask me questions. Lexi turned to answer some of them, but then thought better of it. She knew we had to get to Ana's and fast so we could figure out what was wrong with Sky.

I tossed her the keys to my car as she raced past me in the lot. She snatched them out of the air gracefully while I jumped into the passenger seat. We were out of the school lot in seconds. But we weren't fast enough for Stephen to not notice where we were headed.

"Go home." I said firmly. "I'll get Martha to take me out after you drop me off, go hang out at the mall until I call okay?"

She nodded and turned the corner of Martha's street. Stephen's Volvo followed us. Lexi parked on the street, and we called out a fake conversation.

"See you later! I should be back with stuff by seven!"

"Alright!" Lexi yelled and the car peeled away from the street as I made it into the house.

Stephen's car followed hers. Good. He hadn't seen me jump out. I raced into the house and Martha met me looking confused.

"Hey Emme, where's Lexi? I thought you two were heading out without coming home first."

"Well, that was the original plan... but Stephen got involved." I said annoyed, "Could you take me out? There's something wrong with Sky, and Stephen saw Erick's text message and is trying to figure out why I ran out of school dragging Lexi behind me... and..."

"Sure," She said, "Anything. Come on, let's go." She grabbed her keys and we were on our way.

* * *

I ran into the barn as fast as I could without scaring any of the horses to find Erick standing in front of Sky's stall looking worried.

"What is it?" I gasped when I got there.

"Colic, and a bad case of it too." Erick whispered to me as the vet went to flush out Sky's stomach.

Colic is an illness in horses where they've eaten too much, too fast, or the hay hadn't cured yet and was still wet, it was basically a giant stomach ache, but horses can't vomit, so the only way to get rid of colic is to flush the horse's stomach and then walk the horse around for a while so the stuff can work through it's system.

"Have you walked him?" I asked.

"A little before the vet got here, he'll be alright. Sorry if I scared you earlier. I had just gotten here and was walking towards Diego when I noticed Sky was down, and he's never down when I get here, and he was kicking at his stomach, so I pulled him up and walked him while I called the vet."

I smiled at him, "Thanks for doing that for me, you're a really good friend."

"No problem." He said, "Hey, where's Lexi?"

I rolled my eyes, "Stephen almost got me to talk today, and then he followed us out after he read your message over my shoulder in history. He thought something big was going down that he had to know."

"Who's Stephen? I don't remember him when I went to school."

I sighed, "He's new. And nosy."

Erick gave me a weak smile, "I'm sorry. And you left Lexi to get him off your trail?"

I nodded, "It was the only thing I could think of doing. He's kind of scary. I mean he looks normal, sometimes, but he watches me a lot, and it get creepy sometimes, and he was there yesterday when I got the worst news of my life, and he flipped out when I ran out of the room. He wanted to see if he could ‘help'."

He frowned, "No guy should be that nosy, or that creeper-ish. It's too weird."

I nodded, "Tell me about it."

The vet walked out of the stall and told us to walk him around until he started seeming normal again, and then not to feed him tonight. We nodded and I sighed.

"Looks like no turn out for you big boy. You just had to go and get sick."

Sky turned his head towards me looking sad, I scratched the spot in between his eyes and he mellowed up. Erick handed me a lead and I started walking, I'd be here for a while.

"Do you want me to do your chores for you?" Erick offered.

"No, I'll get to them, but if you wouldn't mind helping Lexi feed and sweep up after, that'd be great. I'll handle everything else."

"No problem." He answered as he walked with me.

I pulled out my cell and pressed Lexi's speed dial, she would want to know what was going on anyways, and now that it was all taken care of she could come on over if Stephen wasn't still following her.

"Hey, what's up?" She answered trying to sound casual.

"Hey, Sky's better and you can head on over if there's nothing keeping you. If you want I can turn Macy out for you now that way you just have chores to do."

"Sure, that'd be amazing. Thanks, and let Erick know that he can help with whatever he wants to do. He should know the list anyways."

I nodded, "He does, and he's offered. I'll let him know though."

"Alright, see you later."

"Good luck, bye." I said and hung up. Erick was looking at me slightly confused, "Stephen's still there, wherever she is. She can't seem to make him leave."

He frowned. "Do you want me to go and handle him?"

I turned and stared at him, horror on my face.

He raised his hands, "I didn't mean beat him up or anything. Just pretend I'm her brother or something and freak out because she's with a guy and then make sure she can get back here."

I thought about it, "Let's give her another half an hour before you go and do something stupid."

He laughed, "You're right. Lexi can handle this herself, and I do do a lot of stupid things." He hit me on the head playfully.

Sky nudged my shoulder and we started walking down the aisle way again.

Lexi didn't show up for another good twenty five minutes, she swore that no one had followed her here. I smiled at her as I stuck Sky back in his stall and Erick dragged the hose down the aisle way.

She walked out and brought Macy back in from the fields because it was starting to get dark outside. Erick and I had managed most of the chores while Lexi had been trying to convince my new stalker that there wasn't anything wrong or weird going on right now.

It was another half an hour until we headed home.