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.
9. Chapter 9
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The rest of the week went well. But Mr. Klents hadn't returned since Monday. I was starting to get worried about if I was ever going to get that make up work ahead of time. We had the same, annoyingly timid substitute for his class all week, and I was starting to get really annoyed by Stephen talking to me the entire class.
I can openly say that I was extremely nervous and excited when Friday finally rolled around.
We had arranged it with Ana and Erick that we'd leave after seventh period so no one would be suspicious about us randomly leaving in the middle of a class. Erick was going to pick us up in his truck this morning and come back for us after he and Ana got the horses into the trailer and were on their way. Then we'd be on our way to Columbus, Ohio for an awesome month of nonstop showing.
Lexi was the one to shut off the alarm clock in the morning; me being the one who wanted to always sleep. We grabbed our duffle bags, boots, and garment bags (that we kept our show clothes in) and raced out the door when we heard Erick's truck pull in.
Lexi, Erick, and I talked excitedly about our trip the entire ride to school. All of us wanted some downtime, and we were glad we could sit out the western show days, well, excluding showmanship, and swim or just hang out at the hotel for a while, or go shopping. Shopping was always fun, even if we had to drag Erick with us by his ankles. Lexi wanted to see if there was anything worth buying show clothes wise while we were at the fair grounds. She wanted a new western showmanship outfit, but I doubted we'd be able to afford it on our low budget while we were there.
Erick pulled into the school lot, it was still freakishly early, but he had to be out at Ana's place early to help her get everything ready to go without us, so we ended up at school early. We climbed out of the cab and walked into the building, promising to meet up later.
We walked in and headed off to English for our first class. The rest of the day flew by until lunch. Lexi and I were too excited to do much more than talk about school related topics because we thought we might blurt out that we were leaving for a month. We kept stealing glances at each other, our phones, and the clocks on the walls. It was insane, and it was weird how no one seemed to notice, because we were doing this so much more often than usual.
Gina and Faye wanted to go shopping again. They wanted to go all over the mall and buy practically everything I could ever possibly think to buy. It was amazing how they had so much money sometimes. I wondered what their mom did. I already knew their dad worked with Josh.
Chemistry flew by, but History was another story. I walked in the room and was relieved to see that Mr. Klents was back at school and just in time too. I smiled at him and he nodded a greeting as I took my usual seat and the rest of our class walked in and silently groaned when they saw him. I almost laughed.
Stephen came in and watched me, as usual. I was kind of, slowly, getting used to him staring at me, now to just find out why he did. Mr. Klents started class immediately after the bell rang, and things were normal for most of the period. He gave us a packet to work on for the period, explaining that it wouldn't be homework, just busy work for the next month or so.
I walked up to him half way through our work time to get the rest of the work that I'd be missing.
He smiled up at me, "How are you doing Emme?"
"Fine, and you?"
"I've been better." He said and coughed. He opened a folder and pulled out a packet with a hand written list of page numbers and outlines stapled to the front of it, "Here's that work I owe you. No need to thank me."
I laughed, "Thank you? Who said anything about me being happy about this?"
He laughed, "Well, I'm sure you'll have fun this weekend."
I nodded before I left his desk, "I'm sure I will; thanks."
I stuck the make up work in my bag, glad to finally have it and not have to do all of it after I got back from Congress. I finished the busy work packet in class, it honestly wasn't that hard.
I could feel Stephen watching me most of the period, and finally he asked, "What happened to you? You're covered in bruises."
Sky's and mine's ride last night had been yet another jumping battle, and last night I had lost, terribly, to a five foot straight after I flew over the first two of the three consecutive jumps, and knocked down the third with my graceful crash.
"Nothing." I answered coldly.
The classroom phone rang about three quarters of the way through class. Mr. Klents answered, and his eyes flashed to me. I smiled and gathered my things.
"Where are you going?" Stephen hissed.
I shrugged and walked out the door, still smiling. I heard someone follow me though, and turned to see Stephen walking after me. Great. Can anyone say nosy much? I glanced in Lexi's chemistry class to see that she wasn't there. The office must have called her out first and she was already with Erick waiting for me.
I stopped at my locker and grabbed the books that I would need to take with me, which was pretty much all of them, and kept walking. I never looked back to see if Stephen was still following me, but I could feel his eyes on the back of my head.
"Hey," He said finally catching up to me.
"Where're you going?"
I shrugged again as I made my way into the parking lot. "Somewhere."
"I already told you, somewhere. Now go back to class."
He planted his feet, acting like a five year old.
I sighed and kept walking towards Erick's truck.
"So, I noticed that your car's not here..." Stephen started as if he was trying to start a conversation.
"Yeah, it's not. Mom's got it for the day because dad's using hers and his is in the shop." I lied easily.
"So, where are you going then?" He asked and grabbed my arm.
I glared at him, "Somewhere, and that's all you'll ever get. Now let go and go back to class before I scream."
I heard a car door shut and the familiar sound of boots on the pavement. Crap. I looked up and smiled at Erick.
"You need some help with those books?" He offered.
I nodded, "They're a little heavy, so here." I handed him half of my stack and turned back to Stephen, "Stephen, you really should be getting back to class."
He wasn't paying any attention to me. He was caught up in one of those famous guy verses guy size ups. He was glaring at Erick and Erick was kindly returning the favor. I sighed annoyed.
"Hey, come on kid, Ana's already gone on without us." Erick said.
"I'm coming, I'm coming." I said as I pulled away from Stephen and followed Erick to his truck. I met Lexi's eyes and gave a small nod saying that I was okay.
I climbed into Erick's truck. It was quiet until we were on the high way.
"So," Erick asked casually, "Was that one of the new kids?"
I rolled my eyes, "Sadly, yes. That's Stephen, and he's kind of... how do I put this..." I turned to Lexi for some help.
"Nosy, annoying, anti-social with anyone but you, creepy?" She threw the adjectives around loosely.
I nodded, "Yeah, any of those fit."
"Sounds like someone's got a boyfriend." Erick teased.
"I'll kill you." I grumbled. I hated it when people teased me, but I could never actually hurt someone, so I decided to change the subject, "How long is this ride gonna last Erick?"
"Oh, about twelve hours or so." He mused. "But if I travel at hyper speed, we'll get there in the next three seconds."
I rolled my eyes and dug out my ipod. It was going to be a long ride.
* * *
"What time is it?" Lexi asked from the back seat.
"Four a.m." I answered as we pulled into the hotel we were staying at.
Ana and some of the other riders were spending the night at the show grounds to watch the horses and feed in the morning. We didn't start showing until Monday, so Lexi and I could get some sleep tonight and hopefully be prepared for the rest of the month on one night of sleep. It'd be hard, but it would definitely be worth it.
"Grab your stuff. I'm going to check in." Erick said parking, and hopping down from the cab.
We nodded sleepily and grabbed our stuff, all six or seven bags of it, and trudged into the hotel after him. The woman at the desk took forever to check us in. It sounded like she had issues speaking English too. Great. Mental note: never check into a hotel at four in the morning if a Mexican is at the front desk. I know it sounds really racist, but please hope they know how to speak some English at least.
We made it to our rooms eventually, after a lot of Lexi and me shouting in Spanish at the woman behind the desk to the extent of the language we knew. Lexi and I were sharing a room, while Erick and another rider named Tony were sharing. Tony has been riding and jumping since he was five. So, he's pretty good, and we're glad he rides for Ana.
"Night guys. See you this afternoon." Erick said winking before he disappeared into his room and Lexi and I raced into ours.
We collapsed onto the beds, to tired to even undress. "That took forever!" Lexi said.
"Uh huh." I nodded in agreement. "Stupid Mexican woman. All we wanted to do was sleep here for the next month."
"Exactly." She agreed through a yawn. "Night."
"Mhhhk." I grumbled in return as I rolled over and fell into the dark.
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