Chapter 10 Unexpected Change

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Okay, so I'm really stupid.. Forget EVERYTHING about Skye okay? (The new character I introduced in the last chapter). I just realized that if I put him in, it wouldn't fit in the story. But the little boy who fell off the tree still exists. Got it? And his name will be Skye. Hope you guys won't be confused or anything. I'm so really freakin sorry!!!-

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Brandon dribbled the ball down the basketball court, but was interrupted. "Let me give a try." He heard a familiar voice from behind him. He turned around. It was Lara. He smiled, but really didn't know why and passed the ball to her.

She shot, but missed by foots away.

He tried not to laugh. He handed her the ball again. "You need to fix your position." He went up to her and put his hands on her shoulder, giving her a little shiver. They were warm and gentle on her. "And you're shooting wrong, your left hand is supposed to be right here." He positioned her it to where it was supposed to be. Lana never stood this close to Brandon before. "Now try it."

She did, but it hit the rim. "You're very helpful." She teased.

They laughed. "Better than before.." He pointed out.

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Terri heard the doorbell ring. He walked up to the front door and opened it. "Amy?"

"I want to talk to you." She said, looking a little nervous.

"Sure," Terri said, as he closed the door. They sat on the porch.

She took a deep breath. "Rebecca is Mrs. Hawkens's younger sister."

This needed a little time for Terri to absorb this information. "What does her younger sister have to do with you?"

"I don't know but she died when she was six, which was about.50 years ago."

"How did she die?" Terri asked.

She told him. She told him about how she died, and coming back as a spirit. And she told him about Mrs. Hawkens telling them to move. "But somehow she found me again."

"How?"

"The necklace."

"Necklace?"

"Come with me." She stood up and led him to her house. They went upstairs and stopped facing the attic door. Terri heard her breathe abnormally, almost as if she was expecting something behind that door. "Open." She ordered him. Terri did, not knowing what to expect. He looked around but there were only old boxes and toys. "It's on the ground." She said.

Terri looked around on the floor. All of the sudden, he saw something sparkle. He went up to it and picked it up. "The necklace." He whispered.

Terri went up to her to give it to her but she refused. "No, you hold it." He could tell that she was scared, scared of the locket.

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Lara and Brandon both sat on the swings. They were not really swinging but just sitting. Brandon looked at her closely, for the first time. She was pretty, naturally pretty. Everything about her was gentle. Her skin was a creamy color with her soft brown hair brushing lightly over her cheeks. He strangely had an urge to brush them away. He suddenly looked away, thinking maybe she noticed he was staring at her. But she didn't. Her quiet hazel eyes were distant.

"Lana?" Brandon questioned.

"Hmm?" Lana said, lightly rocking front and back on the swing.

"Is everything alright?" He asked but knew that was a stupid thing to ask.

Lana stopped swinging for a second then said, "I don't know.I try to not make this a big deal. But I can't stop thinking about it." She sighed.

Brandon knew what "It" was. "It's okay to feel this way."

"I try to be. I try to be okay. But it's harder than I thought. I know they were my best friends since when we were little, but now I look back and think if I was really a part of it."

"What do you mean?"

"I did a lot of thinking, and I realized that there's something between them that leaves me out." She tried to find the words to explain it. "I don't think they really understood me. I don't think they actually had a reason for me to be their best friend. We just thought that it was the right thing to do."

"No, I think they did have a reason. And they still do. They need you, Lara."

Lara shook her head. "They don't. They don't see me anymore. I'm invisible to them." Brandon didn't say anything. He didn't know what to say. "Friendships aren't always forever, I know that." Lara dug her feet in the sand. "But I'm scared to let go." She said, with almost tears in her eyes. "If I do, maybe I won't have anything left."

Brandon rested his hand on hers. "You have me."

Lana looked up meeting his gaze. Her eyes were just locked to his. She never realized that his eyes weren't just dark blue, but had a hint of grey in them. It gave a tingle inside of her. After what seemed like an eternity, she came back to her senses, and forced a smile.

"And Beverley also."

Brandon's smile dropped slightly without realizing it, "Yeah, Beverley too."

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"So this was Rebecca's?" Terri said, tracing his finger over the engraving of Rebecca's initials.

"Yes." She said quickly. "Y-you want a drink?" She said going into the kitchen. Before Terri could answer, she already got a cup from the cupboard and took two glasses out.

"How did you get this?"

"Get what?" She said as she set down the cups and got the juice to pour. He saw that her hands were quivering.

"This necklace." He held it up. But she didn't look at him, almost looking like she was avoiding to.

"She gave me." She opened the carton, but had trouble doing it.

"Here, let me do it." He put the necklace down and poured the juice for her. He was about to go into the kitchen to put it the back but she took it from him.

"I got." She said but didn't finish her sentence. Concerned, he followed her in the kitchen. Terri knew that something was wrong. He put a hand on her shoulder, startling her. She gasped, and dropped the carton. It fell on the ground and juice poured all over the floor. Terri picked it up as she got a towel and tried to clean it but she had trouble doing so. She was shaking too much.

"Amy, what's wrong?" He bent down to see tears in her face. "Are you alright."

" ...fine." She stuttered, trying to wipe the floor clean.

He took the towel and set it aside, trying not to get his hand wet. "You're not making any sense. Tell me what's wrong." He said putting a hand on her shoulder again.

Tears rolled down her face. "I-I can't do this anym-more."

"Do what?"

"THIS! The mysteries. The secrets. The weird .. stuff. I don't want to know what all this is about! I don't want to find stupid answers. I don't give a damn!"

"Amy." He whispered as he put his arms around her. He held her close, running his hand in her hair, soothing her down. She received the embrace, the love. This time, there was not tension, not shiver, no unfamiliarity. Only warmth and comfort.

"Why do I have to be alone?" She sobbed now a little calm, muffled from Terri's chest.

"What do you mean?" Terri asked, running his fingers through her silky hair. "I'm right here."

"No, I'm alone." She whispered, as she held him tighter.

(A/N- I know I took a long time to update this.. But I was stuck in writer's block and I just moved into California. So I had to stop writing for a while and settle in. But I'm back so I hope I'll update again soon.

Well, not a lot of action going on in this chapter but it was very emotional in my opinion. Please leave a review!! I miss receiving them so much!)