Chapter 9: Hunter


“Rose! What the–”

“Don’t talk to me.”

Okay what just happened? Why did Rose just smack me? I’m the one who has the right to be angry. She lied to me. “Whatever,” I sighed and walked toward the bathroom. The few customers in the café were quietly watching us.

“Hey!” Rose’s cousin called. He really ticked me off for being the reason this thing happened. “Hey! Hunter!”

“What do you want?! What?! What could you possibly want?!” I yelled at him.

“You need to calm down and apologize to Rose.”

“You have no right to tell me what to do.”

“Dude, come on. Hear her out.”

“Shut up.”

“You need to go apologize.”

I spun to face him and glared him down. “I don’t need to do anything!”

Then everything stopped. I heard Rose scream from outside. I ran to the door and tried to pull it open.

“Locked,” I muttered under my breath.

“What’s going on?” the cousin asked.

I didn’t say anything. I kept quiet, thinking of how to get out and get to Rose. I looked around to weigh my options. I backed up as far as I could.

“What are you doing?” he questioned.

He was starting to get on my last nerve, so I took my anger and ran full force into the glass door. I heard people scream in shock but, once I heard the door shatter, I didn’t hesitate to start looking for Rose. I ran around the neighborhood–twice–shouting Rose’s name, but neither she, nor her attacker were anywhere to be found.

It was starting to get dark and I knew I really wouldn’t find anyone then, so I headed back to the now empty café.

“Did you find her?” the cousin asked.

“What do you think?!” I yelled, brushing the rest of the glass off my clothes.

“Don’t get angry at me because you left her alone while she was being hunted. And another thing, my name is Austin, not ‘Rose’s cousin’.”

I grabbed him by his collar and pulled him close. “And you know she was being hunted, how?”

His voice lowered. “I’m a mind-reader just like you. You can trust me.”

“Now why would I do that?”

“I’m as close as you’ll ever get to a chance of finding Rose.”

“How?”

“I’m part of the resistance. I was sent to watch over Rose while you were at The Academy. Her grandparents took me in as one of their own. She said that you were her brother, so she called me her cousin instead.”

I still didn’t believe him. “If you were there to protect her, why weren’t you there when I got back?”

He looked away from me. “A little while before you came back, we were called in for a mission. A big one that required all of our members. I had to leave in the middle of the night and I broke her heart. The two people closest to her just left her. They walked away from her.”

We stood there for a moment, in silence.

I let him go and quietly said, “Take me to her.”

He looked at me and nodded.

For this guy’s safety, I hoped Rose was okay. As I followed him down the street, I whispered, “I’m coming for you, Rose.”

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