Heather Casella

My soul was outside of my body. I had been in a coma for about three days. On the fourth day, I woke up, only to realize that I wasn't in my body. Heck, I wasn't even in the hospital! Nope, I found myself sitting in my first period English class.

What the heck? I thought to myself. What am I doing in English class? Actually, what am I doing in school at all?

"Those are both very good questions, Heather." Some random guy said.

"Uhm…who are you?" I asked.

"Ah, silly me. I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Ethan; I'm what you would call your Guardian Angel." Ethan said.

"My Guardian Angel? Am I dead?"

"No, no, of course not! You're still in a coma. Well, your body is at least." He said.

"Can anyone see or hear me? Anyone other than you I mean." I said.

"I'm not sure. I don't even know what your spirit is doing outside of your body. God didn't exactly tell me why I needed to come to you." Ethan said. I groaned and buried my face in my hands.

"Well this is just fantastic." I said. "What am I going to do?"

"I have no idea. I'm sorry, Heather, but I have some other business to attend too. I'll check up on you every now and then. Bye for now." Ethan said as he faded away.

I feel like a ghost… I wonder if anyone can see me. I thought to myself. I walked through the over- crowded hallways of the high school slowly. Just trying to sort everything out. I reached my algebra class and walked over to my seat. I stared at the door waiting for Daymian to walk in. When he did, he looked directly at me and rushed over.

"What are you doing here, Heather?" Daymian whispered furiously. "I saw you in the hospital last night, and you were still in a coma!"

"Oh, I still am in a coma. I don't know why I'm here, but I'm in my spirit form. Last period in English, no one could see me, but apparently you can." I mumbled.

"But why can I see you, and no one else can? What are you doing here?" he asked.

"I have no idea, but it sure would be nice if I did know."

"Yeah…" he whispered.

"You should probably listen to the teacher, Daymian." I said.

"I should, but I don't really want to. I haven't exactly seen you in a while."

"Oh, c'mon on, it's only been about four days since the accident." I said.

"I know, but we haven't been able to talk since then. And I missed you…" Daymian whispered.

"Aw, I missed you too, Daymian. Not! Who the heck are you talking too?" Colin asked.

"Oh, uh…no one. Just thinking out loud." Daymian said.

"Oook. Kind of weird, but whatever." Colin said. I looked over at Daymian and snickered.

"I told you." I said.

"Shut up…" he mumbled. I smirked at him again, but said nothing more.

Third period Spanish went by quickly and was quite uneventful. Band on the other hand, was very hectic.

"Heather?" Ben and Nathan exclaimed in unison.

Oh no. "Hey guys." I said.

"What are you doing here?" Ben asked in a raised voice. "I thought you were in a coma or something."

"I was, er, am. I am in a coma. I'm actually in my spirit form right now. Only you two can see me. Well, Daymian can too." I said.

"Heather…what are you doing here?" Rachel asked running over to where we were standing.

"Ah, fudge." I groaned. "Hi, Rachel." I said.

"You can see her too?" Nathan asked Rachel.

"Duh. It's not like she's invisible." She said.

"Actually…she is." Ben said. "Only four of us can see her. You, me, Nathan, and Daymian."

"You're invisible? No, that's not possible." Rachel said.

"Yes it is. I'm only a spirit right now. Ben is right, only four of you can see me." I said.

"This is so strange." Rachel mumbled. Ben and Nathan nodded solemnly. "Well…I guess we should head down to the field." The four of us walked down to the band field slowly.

"I hate not being able to play…" I grumbled.

"I wish I didn't have to play." Nathan said. "I think it would be nice."

"That's because you play the tuba." I said trying not to laugh. "Baritone isn't as bad, but it does break your back."

"Probably not as much as the tuba. I mean seriously; this thing is almost as tall as you!" Nathan said with a grin on his face.

"Don't make fun of my height…" I said glaring up at him. He smiled at me, his green eyes sparkling in the sunlight. He's kind of cute… I thought to myself.

"Are you blushing, Heather?" he asked.

"N-no! Of course not." I said stubbornly. Nathan rolled his eyes and smiled at me. "What?"

"You were definitely blushing." He said. I glowered at him, but said nothing.

"Not my fault you're so cute…" I mumbled softly. I walked over to where my spot on the field was and looked around me. "I can't tell him I like him. He probably doesn't even like me." I whispered. "I'm always alone."

"Hi, Heather."

"Oh, hi, Justin." I said. "Wait a second. You can see me?" I asked with wide eyes.

"Uh, yeah. Is that a trick question?" he asked.

"No. I'm only a spirit right now and only certain people can see me." I explained. "Rachel, Ben, Daymian, and Nathan can see me too."

"That's…odd. I wonder why only we can see you." Just said. He shrugged and patted my shoulder. "I'll have to talk to you tomorrow. Time to go see Sophie." He smiled and walked inside of the school.

He touched me… I didn't think that they would be able to touch me. I should talk to Ethan about all of this. But, I don't know how to reach him. I thought to myself.

As I was lost in thought, Nathan walked over to me and tapped my shoulder. He laughed at me when I jumped.

"Don't laugh at me." I said while glaring at him. Nathan smiled brightly at me and laughed a little more. "So you can touch me too. Your sister's boyfriend can also see me." I said.

"But Sophie can't see you?" he asked.

"Nope. Perfectly fine with me." I said while smirking. "She gets on my nerves sometimes."

"How do you think I feel? I have to live with her." Nathan said.

"Yeah, I feel really sorry for you too. I would hate to have to live with her." I said. Nathan glared at me and started to walk away. "Hey! I was only kidding, don't leave..." I pleaded. "I don't have anyone else…" Nathan stopped walking and turned towards me.

"You don't have anywhere to go, do you?" he asked. I shook my head slowly. Nathan looked up to the sky briefly and then looked me in the eyes. "Why don't you come with me? Since only I can see you, you should be fine; and I don't want you to be alone while you're in this state of being." He said softly.

"Really?" I asked excitedly. He nodded and began walking towards his bus again; I followed obediently. "This is gonna be so much fun. It'll be like a sleep over!" I exclaimed. I grinned up at him as he led me onto the bus. He led me to a seat in the middle of the bus and sat down quickly.

"I guess so. I don't know how you'll entertain yourself though." He said.

"I'll go exploring. I know someone that lives out your way so I can swing by their house." I said with a smile. "I'm just glad that you offered for me to stay with you." I said.

"Are you tired at all, Heather?" Nathan asked

"Nope. I don't think I can sleep since I'm only a spirit. Can't eat either…" I mumbled.

"All well. We can stay up late and talk." Nathan said. I smiled and nodded. "My parents will probably think I'm crazy when I'm talking to you." He said with a smile on his face.

"Probably, but it's ok. We know that you're not crazy." I said. Nathan smiled at me and then poked me. "Hey, are you going to Homecoming..?" I asked nervously.

"I'm not sure. I might if someone asks me, why?" he said.

"I was just wondering." I said softly.