Chapter 2

"Julie are you okay," someone whispered from across the snow covered ground. Pulling her coat closer she took several steps forward, her boots crunching in the heavy snow.

"I am fine," she whispered softly.

"Good," the man whispered. His face was covered slightly with a large hooded coat, but there was one distinctive feature and that was his eyes. They were the most amazing dark blue eyes anyone could have ever seen, and there was a tiny twinkling of light in them, not the eyes of any human.

"May I ask you a question," she asked with a half smile. She stepped forward moving closer to the suspicious stranger.

"Sure," he said as he turned and started walking forward.

"Who are you," she asked politely.

The man stopped in his tracks, but did not turn around. "I can't answer that question," he said his voice barely above a whisper. He then blew out a shallow breath and continued walking forward.

"Well" Julie stumbled a little taken back from his answer. "Where are you from," She piped up again trying to catch up with his much longer stride.

"Your future," he said turning around so quickly she almost bumped into him.

"My future," Julie whispered stopping abruptly and looking up to his staggering figure. He must have been at least a foot taller than she was, she never was really good at measuring.

"What do you mean," she said her voice shaky and unsteady even in her own ears.

"Look," he said frowning. His face was still completely covered except for his eyes and she had a certain urge to push the coat away from his face.

He started to speak again and that is when Julie gave in to the temptation. Her hand snaked up unconsciously and pushed away the material hiding his face.

"Don't," he screamed pushing her hand away quickly.

"Why," she asked backing away fearfully.

"You can't see my face, not just yet anyway! I am from your future and if you see my face it could cause your entire future to change, for the worse." He belted out the words and hurtful, intent on making her see the bad consequences that would happen if she tried anything like that again.

"Why are you here," Julie asked not backing down from her inquisition.

"I am here to show you the truth," he said turning around again and continuing to walk forward.

"Where are we going," she asked.

"Here is where we are going" he whispered.

Julie stepped to his side and looked at the area in front of her. Like a mighty rush of wind the night time turned to day again. In an instant the sky was bright with sunshine, the stars fading away until another time when she would be able to gaze upon their glory.

Beyond the hill lay a small wooden house, older with blue shutters and flowers lining the front walk way. The lights in the house were on in several rooms and Julie could see shadows making there way around. The smell of chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon filled the air suddenly.

"That is my mother's house," Julie whispered.

"Yes, it is," the stranger whispered softly, he continued walking.

"Is it my mother, is that why you are here, she isn't hurt is she?" Julie asked panicked.

"No," the man whispered. He stopped near a small window and peeked inside, while Julie caught up. "Do you see your family," he asked as she also peeked into the window beside him.

"Yeah," Julie said looking at him and then back at the family inside. "Why do they look, so sad," she asked.

"I can't tell you, just yet. You must figure it out on your own, but I will leave you with a few hints, per say. This is very important so please pay attention"

"Oh... Okay...," she stuttered as she continued watching her family from the window. Each one had been crying or was crying, each one dressed in black. Her mother, her father, nieces and nephews, aunt and uncles, all gathered around.

"Your future may be in danger," he paused, stood, and looked at her with his eyes slightly changing.

"Danger," she said quickly. "What do you mean?"

"You will find out soon enough, and that is why I am here to help you. Your future may be in danger and I am here to show you something different. I am going to give you another option. I don't usually get the chance to do this, so please don't mess this up."

"Different, I don't understand" Julie whispered.

"I am here to show you how badly your life may turn out, if you make some decisions that you are about to make." He paused careful of how much he should and shouldn't give away.

"I don't understand," Julie repeated.

"I will help you understand soon, but for now you must wait. You also have to go back now, I am afraid I have kept you longer than I was supposed to. Remember you have to keep this a secret, no one must know about this, ever."

"But why," Julie asked.

"If you say anything to anyone, I cannot help you. You must keep this a secret for now! You must go back now!"

"When am I going to see you again," Julie asked.

"I will show up in the places you least expect, but you must keep an open mind. If you don't believe I am real, then I cannot help you." With that, he stepped away from her and a bright light came upon him.

Julie shielded her eyes and then when she looked back the mysterious stranger was gone.

"No," she screamed out. "I want more answers!"