I could feel warm breath on the top of my head. At first I honestly thought it was Rascal. How in the hell had he gotten onto the roof? I looked up and realized that it was Ged that was breathing on me. The wheels in my half asleep brain began to turn. I looked forward and realized that I was cuddled up to his chest, which was now rising and falling steadily with his light snoring.
"Oh shit," I gasped rolling away from him. What the hell was I doing!? I stumbled a little, as I stood up quickly. Before I could even wrap my brain around what I was doing I heard a voice coming up from my penthouse.
"Taylor! Are you awake yet? It's Cameron making sure you're not dead since you ditched on me yesterday!"
Oops. Guess I completely forgot about that. I had to act quickly.
"Ged," I whispered trying to shake him awake. "Wake up!"
"Huh?" He mumbled.
"Come on wake up!"
"What do you want?" He groaned.
"Cameron's here you need to hide somewhere," I said climbing back through my window. I threw myself onto my bed trying to make it look as messy as possible. Cameron slowly opened the door and whispered, "Oh Taaayyyyllooorr. You're eleven o'clock wake up call is here."
She switched on my light and I threw the blankets over my head.
"Come on I can't believe you're still asleep!" She exclaimed jumping on top of me.
"Well it was nice until you came in here."
"Hey you owe me for ditching yesterday. Where'd you go anyways?"
Yesterday! I'd completely forgotten about Cameron when I had seen Ged again.
"Oh my God. I'm sooooooo sorry Cameron! I got sick in the bathroom and completely forgot everything. Is there any way you could ever forgive me?"
I tried to put on my best Cameron pouty face.
"You're really terrible at that, but nevertheless I forgive you," she giggled throwing the blankets over my face.
"Hey!" I laughed trying to find my way out of my comforter. Suddenly she just stopped laughing. "What's up? Why'd you stop laugh..."
Right on cue, Ged came crawling through the window. Great, just great. I threw my hand over Cameron's mouth before she could scream.
"What the hell, Ged!?"
"I'm sorry I didn't think you guys would be in here!"
He started to climb back out the window, but I decided to stop him.
"Wait. Cameron has a right to know what's going on. Promise you won't scream?"
She nodded her head vigorously, and I removed my hand.
"What's going on Taylor? Who, and what for that matter, is he!?"
"Cameron this is Ged."
I explained what was going on in the best way possible. It was hard since I still wasn't even that sure of what was happening. Ged and I had decided to just see where things took us. Who know s maybe we both would find ourselves on this little soul journey.
"So that Asian chick that was in your office is an alien hunter... thing, and is trying to hunt down him," she said pointing at Ged. "Who just so happened to be one of the bloodthirsty psycho aliens who killed all your friends ten years ago. Now you're protecting him and letting him sleep in your house. Did I leave anything out?"
"Nope that's pretty much it."
"Holy frick Taylor. I don't get any of this."
"Well, see that's why you're only job in all this is just to trust that I know what I'm doing. Frankly it doesn't make much sense to me either," I said looking over at Ged. "I just know that it's the right thing. I can feel it."
She looked at me and then back at Ged about four times. Finally she sighed, "Fine. I guess if you know what you're doing, I'll trust you."
"Awwww thanks Cameron," I smiled hugging her. "Now this whole thing stays between you, me, and Ged. That crazy Keyes woman has eyes and ears everywhere."
"Don't worry. My lips are sealed. Plus who would believe me anyways," she said jumping off my bed. "Anyways the whole reason I came here was to remind you that you had invited me to come with you to your parents' house today."
"HO SHIT!!!!!!!" I exclaimed. "I was supposed to be there at nine!!"
I launched myself out of my bed and searched my closet for something to where. After I had found a decent out fit I ran into the bathroom to change and put on some make up.
"What's the big deal if you're a little late?" Ged asked.
"You've never met her mother," Cameron grinned.
"What's wrong with her?"
"She's a complete and total bitch."
"Hey that's my mother you're talking about!" I yelled through the door.
"Oh please you think she's a bitch too. Anyways everything has to be exactly perfect with her mother. She's a big time corporate lawyer in upper L.A. She once fired a secretary because she accidentally put too much cream in her coffee."
"Damn. That's kind of insane."
"Oh you have no idea," I said coming out of the bathroom. "I bet you a hundred bucks she says something about my outfit when we get there. She's always been disappointed with my career choice since I'm not a lawyer or doctor like the rest of my family."
We started out the door and I realized that Ged was following us.
"Nuh uh. No way. You are not coming with us," I said pushing him back through the door. "The last thing I need is for you doing something stupid to reveal yourself to my family. I've got a feeling they won't be as quick to accept you as Cameron."
"I'm not sure if that was an insult or a compliment," she said popping her head back through the door.
"Anyways you're not coming and that's final."
"But I'll use my cloaking device and I'll be extra care-"
"Read my lips Ged. NO. Just find a way to entertain yourself, away from my family," I said shutting the door.
"Don't you think you're being a little harsh?" Cameron asked, while we walked out to her car.
"Nah, he'll be fine. Heck he can play with Rascal or something."
"I have to say Taylor. Life has definitely been an adventure since we became friends."
"Oh trust me, the adventure's just begun."
* * *
Cassandra Keyes sat quietly at her desk examining the newly acquired pictures that her agents had taken of the alien. Yautja they were called. It wasn't the first time she had seen one. They came to Earth frequently. Her father had studied them for his whole life. They're kind had so much to offer. New weaponry and technology that the government would pay top dollar to get.
Still that wasn't why this particular one was on her mind. Oh no she had something extra special planned for this one. He had crossed her path ten years ago. Back then she was just an undergrad at Oxford. Her parents were so proud of her when she was accepted with full honors to the elite school, especially her father who had once sat in the exact same chair that she now sat in. That's why this alien, this Yautja, was so special. It all had to do with the Slaughterhouse Massacre. Everything led back to that single night, everything.
A knock on the door interrupted her thoughts.
"Who is it?" She asked quietly.
"It's me, Karie, boss. I've got something you might want to see."
"Thanks," the young intern said opening the door. She came and sat in front of Cassandra's desk.
"What is it you wanted to show me?"
"Oh right," she said searching through her pockets. "I know it's here somewhere."
Cassandra massaged her temples, while Karie continued to search for whatever it was she wanted to show her. Good agents were so hard to find these days.
"Aha, got it," she grinned laying a photograph on the desk.
"What's this," Cassandra asked curiously picking up the photo.
"It's that Reinerston chick with our prime objective. Apparently they're getting a little closer lately."
Cassandra raised her eyebrows, as she examined the photo. It was of Ms. Reinerston and the Yautja on her apartment building's roof. They were huddled together sleeping. So this was why she was so suddenly reluctant to help the agency. She was joining sides with the alien.
"Curious," Cassandra contemplated. "Very curious."
"Do you want us to snatch him now?"
"No. That won't be necessary. Let's just see how this plays out. You may leave now Karie."
After the door had closed behind her, Cassandra said to herself, "Just what kind of game are you playing alien? Oh well. The dice are in my hands now, and I have something extra special planned for you."