Arabella listened to everyone silently.
She smiled at Jesse and Charlotte, though her thoughts were elsewhere. She kept thinking of Jason, and then the stunning sunlight. How had it been so bright so early? They weren't in Florida. She sighed and twisted a lock of hair around her finger and then let it go. When Jesse was handed the schedule, Arabella looked over his shoulder.
Jesse looked at her and she gave him a weak smile. "You okay, little Ara?" It was an old nickname she had gotten when she was in fourth grade. Arabella really did have a lot of nicknames. She smirked and nodded. She had a habit of smirking for some reason. He handed Aden his schedule back with a quiet thank you and looked back down at Charlie. Arabella came to stand on his other side and smoothed down her dress.
She decided to speak up since she was feeling a little left out. "You can do anything, really," Bella said quietly, wanting to be apart of the conversation. "Sometimes I nap, or do homework or just hangout. It's your choice, to be honest. Just follow the rules or don't and try not to get caught." She winked at Aden and then smiled goofy and looked away.
Arabella found she liked this kid. He was new just like they all had been and was kind. He seemed like a good friend, she decided, though they weren't even talking. She could see he was good. Something Arabella was good at was seeing the good in others when nobody else could.
That's when another person joined their group. Arabella's gaze shifted to the girl and she smiled warmly at her. Jesse spoke before she could. "Hey, I'm the one that makes the health jokes," he teased, "I am the healer after all." Arabella stiffed her laughter.
Jesse laughed and looked at Aden.
"Nice. You get a free period halfway through the day. Mine isn't until tenth," he sighed. Then he snuggled Charlotte closer and laughed. "What you want means everything to me," he mused and ruffled her hair up lightly. At her statement, he burst out laughing, "There's going to be no need for that one, Princess Charlotte."
Jesse gazed at the schedule and felt a puff of breath on his neck indicating Arabella was behind him. He looked at her and she gave him a weak smile. "You okay, little Ara?"n She smirked and nodded. He handed Aden his schedule back with a quiet thank you and looked back down at Charlie. Arabella came to stand on his other side.
He looked up at the new girl with a grin. Making health jokes was his job, he thought teasingly, and voiced such a teasing thought out loud. He saw Arabella stiffing laughter. Jesse looked a the girl and inquired, "Hi there. I'm Jesse, this is Charlotte, that's Arabella, and that's Aden. What's your name?" He hoped she wouldn't be intimidated by the fact he was a Salvatore.
Persephone sighed at Felix's comment.
She became silent and fiddled with a leaf on the tee branch idly. She didn't want to kill anyone. In fact, she didn't want to be here at all. Seph bit her lip and looked at the sky impassively.
"Who, her?" Angelica smirked. "That's the girl I was exploding things around earlier. I had so much fun," she smiled broadly. "Her name is Raven. Damien wants her as a Superior so dearly but I don't understand why. She's a weak, fragile, dumb and ugly teenager."
Way to describe yourself, thought Persephone with a hidden smile. Liam choked on laughter and pretended to be laughing at a student. They flashed one another smirks, and Seph gave a reassuring smile at Landon. She could feel how worried he was, despite not being an empathetic. Persephone was worried about Jason and Jesse, so she knew how she felt about the sibling-thing.
Dakota sighed and relaxed, taking Dru's hand and squeezing it gently. "Stupid hunters," he said with malice, "I wish they'd just drop over and die."
"Agreed," Sapphire murmured.
I'm going to shove you out of this tree if you make one comment like that, thought Persephone. Liam glanced at her with a small smile and looked away.
Cassandra shook her head a second before Jason Salvatore entered.
She looked up at Jason and sighed. She folded her arms and stared at him until he left. Cassandra let her gaze flicker to Ethan before becoming locked back onto the forest. "You'd be surprised as to how many camps are right nearby the academies. There's loads of them. Sometimes they're dead spot next to them but they have barriers protecting them from being noticed. There was one like that in Germany," she added, "I had fun in Germany." Cassandra became quiet as he spoke and then continued.
"I remember very, very well," she responded and there was pain in her voice. "I'm still sorry about that." Cassandra stiffened and tensed and turned to look at him. "You don't know what it's like having to watch that consistently and knowing you can't do anything about it but watch another individual's life flash before their eyes. I've seen it over a thousand times. I know exactly what you mean," Cassie sighed. "This power is a gift and curse."
She became silent as she remembered her reaction to seeing Ethan pressed up against a wall impaled by a metal re-bar. She shuddered at the memory and shook it off. She was still horrified over that, and didn't want to recall the memory. The thing about Superior Hinters was that they did dangerous things and that had been one of the most dangerous events yet, and she had faced some very, very dangerous things in her life.
Then she started laughing. "The moment you became a Superior Hunter with me," she teased. "I treat all my Superior Hunters the same as if you were my children. Don't worry, I don't consider you my child, so don't worry." Then her head snapped so fast towards the woods you could hear the crack.
"They know we're here, so let's do the unpredictable and not show up," she added with a smirk.