Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница

Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница

“It’ll be okay,” he said and breathed on my hands, deluging my skin with warmth.

“Why does it always happen to my hands?” I asked, my body shaking from the cold that still lingered in the air. Or maybe it was from my nerves.

/695

“It’s where you lose your circulation first,” Alex explained with another breath.

“The Death Walkers cold works the same way as the normal cold air does. It starts at your fingers and toes, and works its way up.only difference is theirs works much quicker.”

“Toes?” I flitted a glance down at my DC Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница’s, frightened at the idea of what was in them. Purple and blue toes? Toes that would need to be amputated? I’d heard about people losing their toes from the cold back in Afton, after they’d gotten lost somewhere while snowmobiling or snowboarding.really wanted to keep my toes.

“You’ll be fine,” Alex assured me. “Let’s just get you to the car.” He breathed one last breath on my hands, and then let them go.he yanked out something that was stuck in the Death Walkers back. It was the Sword of Immortality. The jagged blade was Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница 396/695in sticky black goo—the Death Walkers blood, I assumed.

“Where did you get that?” I asked.

“Laylen and Aislin. Their pulling the car around right now so we can get out of here.” He wiped the blade on the cloak of the Death Walker, cleaning off the goo. Then he held out his hand to me. “Come on.” I took his hand, trying to ignore the flutter his touch caused my heart to do. “What about the other Death Walkers?”

“They’re dead.”tried my best not to look at the foul creature as I stepped Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница over its body, but I still caught a hint of its rotting face and felt my stomach churn. “You killed all of them?”

“There were only two.” He pulled me toward the door. “And this,” he lifted the sword into the air, “makes killing them easy.” I followed Alex down the hall, my legs shaking the whole time. I think I’d enter some kind of state of shock or something.

/695body felt numb and strange, and the way the world swayed in beautiful bright colors and shapes couldn’t have been normal. To be honest, I barely Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница remember making it to the car. But somehow, a little while later, I was sitting in the back seat of Laylen’s GTO with the warmth of the heater blasting across my skin, and the sound of tires screeching as we peeled away from the Black Dungeon.20was something wrong with my head. It wasn’t like anything had physically broken, more like I’d mentally cracked.it was from the shock of barely escaping my death, or the last few hours finally catching up with me, I didn’t know. But for whatever reason, I couldn’t seem to Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница focus.kept spinning and spinning, like I was trapped on an out-of-control merry-go-round. I was starting to get nauseous when Alex had me lie down and elevate my legs, mumbling something about how it would keep me from going into shock.there I was, lying down in the back seat of the GTO, with my legs resting on Alex’s lap. It didn’t occur to me until later that lying down in a skirt and putting my feet 399/695a guys lap may not have been the greatest of ideas. When I started to grasp a hold Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница of reality again, I realized that, if he really wanted to, Alex could see straight up my skirt. Luckily, he seemed fixated on staring out the window. And really, who was I kidding? There was no way Alex wanted to look up my skirt.sighed, tugging down the hem of it.turned his head and looked down at me. “Oh good, you’re awake.”

“Was I asleep?” I asked. I couldn’t remember drifting off.eyes skimmed over my face like he was checking for visible signs of my head being broken. “Are you sure you Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница didn’t bump your head?”thought back to when I’d just about been killed. “No…I’m pretty sure there was no head bumping.”glanced at Aislin. They both exchanged a look I couldn’t interpret.

/695

“What?” I asked, starting to sit up.. Can you say head rush? I pressed the heel of my hand to my forehead. “Ouch.”

“Gemma, you need to lie back down,” Alex insisted.slid my legs off his lap and sat up straight. “What’s going on?” They exchanged another look, and this time I thought I saw a hint of disappointment in Alex Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница’s expression.



“Why do you two keep giving each other weird looks?” My head had stopped spinning now, and I realized not only had the car stopped, but Laylen wasn’t in it. “And where’s Laylen?”

“He’s inside.” Aislin pointed out the window at a redbrick building with the words Adessa’s Herbs and Spices printed across the door. “He went in to check things out and make sure everything was okay before we all went inside.”

/695

“Oh…well, why do you guys keep looking at each other like that?” I asked.

“Like what?” Alex asked Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница so casually I knew he was playing dumb.looked back and forth between the two of them. Neither of their expressions gave anything away. But still, I could sense something was up.

“Are you sure you didn’t hit your head?” Alex wondered. “You’re acting kind of funny.you feeling okay?”…Am I feeling okay? Suddenly, I had an epiphany. “Wait just a second,” I held my hands up in front of me exasperatedly.

“Did you guys think I’d gone back to not being able to feel again or something?” Aislin shifted uncomfortably in her seat, and Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница I could tell I’d guessed what they were thinking. “Why would you think that?”

“Because you were acting weird,” Alex replied in a laidback tone that would have made you think we’d been discussing the 402/695, not my emotions disappearing again.

“You were so mellow,” Aislin added in an unsteady voice.

“Oh.” I raised my eyebrows. “So you guys thought that I’d bumped my head or something and knocked the old Gemma back in.”of them said anything. Aislin fiddled with the visor above her head, and Alex stared out the window. I knew he was only trying Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница to avoid making eye contact with me, seeing is how we were in a dark, desol-ated area, and there was nothing particularly fascinating to look at outside.

“Well, that’s nice,” I muttered, slumping back in my seat.slowly turned around in her seat and looked at me with sad eyes. “Gemma, we didn’t mean it like that. We just thought…”

“That I’d stopped feeling,” I finished for her grudgingly. “Well sorry to break it to you, 403/695I don’t think a bump on the head is going to knock me back into to that.” Then Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница I crossed my arms and pretended like I was harboring this huge secret about what had caused the sudden onset of my emotions., I had no freaking clue what had caused my emotions to suddenly be released.they didn’t need to know that. Letting them think I knew more than what I was telling them, strangely enough, felt very gratifying.

“Gemma, if you know something,” Alex began, but I turned my back to him and stared out the window, tracing the lines of the surrounding buildings with my eyes.tried to brush off the fact that Alex seemed disappointed that Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница I’d showed emotion. Who cared what he thought. Not me. I could feel and that was all that matter. Okay, well, that was a lie. But whatever. I was going to try my best not to focus on how Alex felt 404/695me because, if I did, it would probably eat away at my insides.I stared at Adessa’s Herb’s and Spice’s, I noticed a crescent moon outlined by a black star sketching the window of the door. I glanced at the tattoo on Aislin’s shoulder. It was exactly the same as Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница what was on the window.

“What is that?” I asked, pointing at her shoulder.traced the lines of the tattoo with her finger. “It’s the witches mark. After I became a witch, it appeared on my skin.”

“Like the mark of immortality?” I inquired.eyebrows dipped down in perplex-ity. “How do you know about that?”

“Laylen told me while we were at the Black Dungeon,” I explained.

“Oh great,” Alex scoffed. “What else did he tell you?”

/695

“Nothing,” I said, which was a lie since I now knew what a Black Angel was. “So does everyone have a Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница mark?”nodded. “I actually have two. One because I’m a witch.” She lifted her foot onto the center console and flipped the ceiling light on. A black circle trimmed by fiery gold flames tattooed the side of her ankle. “And one because I’m a Keeper.”

“And what? They just all of a sudden showed up?”

“Yeah, my Keeper’s mark appeared when I was about twelve. It was also about the same time I really started learning about what it is to be a Keeper. And my witches mark showed up when I was about fifteen, which is Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница when I first found out I possessed Wicca magic.”wondered how many marks Alex had.he more than just a Keeper?

/695

“If you’re wondering if I have one, the answer is yes,” he said, like he’d read my mind or something.on. What if he could read minds? I mean, with everything else I’d learned over the last twenty-four hours, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there was such a thing as mind-reading abilities. If Alex could read minds then that would totally suck, considering how my thoughts tended to center around Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница him and his beautifulness.

“I only have one mark, though,” he said, meeting my eyes “The Keepers mark.” Phew. What a relief. “Does it look the same as Aislin’s?”nodded. “Same mark, just in a different spot.”, for the life of me, did his remark fire up the electricity was beyond me. I chewed on my bottom lip, severely distracted by my thoughts of where his mark could be.

/695sly grin spread across his face. “If you want, I can show you where it is.”

“Alex,” Aislin hissed. “What are you doing?”

“Relax,” Alex said. “There Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница’s no need to get all wound up. I was just teasing her.” I came to the conclusion right then and there that maybe Alex had some kind of a bi-polar disorder or something. First he hated me. Then he’d kissed me. Sometimes I irritated him. And sometimes he was teasing me.someone who didn’t want me to feel, he was sure sending my emotions all over the place.out the window, Aislin heaved a huge sigh of relief. “Oh good, we can go in.” I followed her gaze and saw Laylen, standing in front of Adessa’s, waving Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница us in.of Adessa’s Herb’s and Spice’s, the air smelled of sage and a few other spices that I couldn’t quite identify. Black and 408/695tile checkerboarded the floor, the witches mark painted largely in the center.countertops, displaying simple things like jewelry, candles, and incense, outlined the room. There were, however, some things inside the display cases that looked rather questionable. A black pot with a creepy looking eye painted on it (I swear the thing was watching me), a miniature figurine of an Egyptian pyramid, and a statue of a cat with two Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница heads. I couldn’t help but wonder what these strange looking objects did. Were they merely for display? Or did they hold some kind of magical power to them?

“So…” Aislin skimmed about the room with a puzzled expression. “Where’s this Adessa?”

“She’ll be down in just a minute.” Laylen leaned back against a display case and rested his elbows on top of it. “She had to run upstairs to get something.” 409/695walked around the room, trailing my finger aimlessly along the glass countertop as I gazed down at all the peculiar looking objects. On one of Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница the counters, I spotted a crystal ball that looked like what Fortune Tellers use to see into the future. I peered inside it, curious if I’d be able to see what my future held. Violet ribbons floated gracefully in a sea of shimmering water. Through it, my reflection stared back at me. Apparently, I possessed no psychic abilities. Either that or this particular ball was a dud.

“If you’re not careful, you might get stuck inside it,” Alex said, practically appearing out of thin air and scaring the crap out of me.threw my hand Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница over my accelerating heart. “Jesus. You scared the heck out of me.” I paused, catching me breath. “So what were you saying about me getting stuck inside something?”

/695tapped his fingers on the crystal ball.

“Stuck inside here. It’s a Foreseer’s crystal ball. The kind they use to see visions. But to see the future, they actually have to go into the future.” He flicked the ball with his finger. “By going inside this.”

“But why would Iget stuck inside it? I’m not a Foreseer.”

“Yeah, but you’re…different. I don’t think you touching Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница it would be such a good idea.”

“But you keep touching it,” I pointed out.

“But I don’t have the power of a star flowing around inside me, do I.” He rapped his fingers on the crystal ball again, I guess trying to prove his point. “Who knows what might happen if you touch it? You might set off its power or something and get sucked in-to a vision. In fact, you probably shouldn’t touch anything at all.”

/695

“Including the floor,” I said with bitter sarcasm. “Because that seems like it would be very tricky.”people Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница would have gotten aggravated by my smart mouthed comment. Not Alex, though. Nope. It was like a game to him.

“That does sound pretty tricky.” He leaned in toward me and lowered his voice.

“I think you know that’s not what I meant.” I took a few slow, deep breaths because I had to. With how close he was, the electricity had ignited and forced me into a tug-o-war with my emotions. Part of me wanted to slap him, while the other part of me wanted to press my lips against his.tore my eyes away from him Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница and looked over at Laylen and Aislin to distract myself from my insane feelings. They seemed to be engulfed in a very serious conversation.had his eyes fixed on Aislin, who kept 412/695her hands around in a heated kind of gesture.

“Well, if it’s that big of a deal if I touch something,” I mumbled, “then maybe I should go wait in the car.”

“You can’t go back to the car,” Alex said sternly. “Not by yourself.” We both stood there, staring at each other, as this giant bubble of electricity built around us., Alex broke Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница his gaze away. He kicked the tile with the tip of his shoe. “So yeah, just make sure you don’t touch anything, except for the floor.” A few moments later, a woman around thirty years old or so waltzed into the room.had golden cat-shaped eyes and wavy black hair that flowed all the way down to her waist. She wore a navy blue velvet dress, large gold-hooped earrings, and her skin was the color of honey.

/695

“I’m Adessa,” she said in a voice as smooth as silk. “Now, Laylen told me that one of Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница you is a witch and is looking for a Vectum Crystal.” Her cat eyes landed on me.

“And let me guess, it’s you.” I glanced around nervously and then shook my head, lost as to why she’d think that. I pointed a finger over in Aislin’s direction. “No, not me—her.”

“Hmm…that’s interesting.” She focused her attention on Aislin. “So what particular one are you looking for, dear?”

“Well, I’ve been using the purple amethyst.” Aislin paused. “But since we have to travel a long distance, I think maybe the gold one would work Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница better.” Adessa twisted a red diamond pendant necklace that hung around her neck. “How long of a distance is it, dear?”

“Oh…I think about 500 miles,” Ailsin said. “Give or take a few.” 414/695wandered behind the counter and waved at Aislin to follow her. “I think I have something that would work even better than a gold one.” She raised her hand and drew an invisible rectangle in the air. One of the shelves, lining the purple walls, shifted backwards, sinking into the wall like it had been drawn back by an invisible force. Or a magical force. My mouth Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница dropped agape as the shelf disappeared altogether and revealed a solid black door hidden behind it.flicked her hand like she was shooing a fly away, and the door swung open.where I stood, I’t see what was inside. I tried to casually lean to my left to get a better look but no such luck—Adessa and Aislin were blocking my view.motioned at the doorway. “After you, my dear.”bit down on her lip and tentatively stepped inside. Adessa followed behind her.

/695bright red flash sparkled throughout the room, and the door slammed shut.they were Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница gone.

“What the heck.” I was resting somewhere between being completely fascinated and absolutely terrified. “Where did they go?”

“To a secret place where Adessa keeps certain things hidden,” Laylen answered.

“What kind of things?” I asked, intrigued.came over beside me, his hands tucked in his pockets. “The dangerous kind.”

“Laylen,” Alex warned.

“What?” Laylen gave him an I’m-so-innocent look. “She asked a question, and I answered. What’s wrong with that?”

“Everything’s wrong with it,” Alex said forthrightly.sighed. Would the secretiveness ever end? I could cross my fingers and hope so Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница, 416/695I wasn’t holding my breath—I’d probably die from lack of oxygen if I did.traced my finger along a crack in the display case. “So why did Adessa think I was the witch?”cocked his head to the side, his forehead scrunched over. “I’m not really sure.”spun the Foreseers crystal ball in its stand—the one I wasn’t supposed to touch, but apparently he could. “Probably because of your eyes.”absentmindedly touched the corner of my eye. “Why would my eyes make her think that?”

“You’ve seen them, right?” he said derisively Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница. “The color’s anything but normal—a dead giveaway that there’s something differentabout you.”

“Yeah, I’ve seen them.” I snapped.

/695

“I’m not trying to be mean.” He sounded like he meant it, but who could tell for sure.

“I actually like the color. It’s a nice different.” Confused if he was teasing me or not, I opted to keep my mouth shut. That way, nothing stupid would escape it.wandered away from us and started fiddling around with a set of black and blue ceramic boxes on a nearby shelf. Electric sparks started kissing Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница at my body, moving from the tips of my toes to the top of my head. It wasn’t too hot or too strong, and I had to admit, I liked the way it made me feel, even though I knew I shouldn’t. There were small, fleeting moments like this where I could relax and soak up the tingling sensation on my skin. But I wondered if there would ever be a time where I could just freely enjoy it. Or freely enjoy my life? Would I ever just be normal? Maybe after I stopped this apocalyptic-end Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница-of-the-world thing from happening, I just might be able to.

/695.what was even going to happen to me after I stopped the end of the world from happening? It had never been made clear to me. Nothing had been made clear to me, not really.

“Can I ask you something?” I asked Alex.fixed his gaze on a tiny black stone inside the counter. “Depends on what it is, I guess.”shook my head. I highly doubted he was going to give me a straight answer—or an answer at all—but I had to at least Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница try, right? I took a deep breath and quickly threw my question out there. “What happens to me after the portal closes?” Okay, so I’d learned from past experiences with Alex that he was a good actor. He could lie like a real pro. Pretend to be something’t.. So when his face drained of all its 419/695, my heart virtually stopped. Whatever the answer was, it had to be horrible.

“What is it?” My words rushed out of me in a panic.shook his head, his skin still very pale. “Gemma, I’m not sure we should Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница be talking about this right now.”

“What do you mean you don’t think we should talk about this right now?” I stomped my foot on the floor—yes, like a two year-old, but considering the circumstances, I think it was totally called for. “Just tell me.”

“I’d rather not,” he said flatly.

“Well, I’d rather you did,” I retorted.

“No, this isn’t something we should be discussing right now.”that’s when I knew it. I was never going to be normal. I was never going to be able to enjoy things, be happy, and do whatever Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница I wanted with my life. Why? Because I was never going to have a life. The 420/695was going to kill me. “I’m going to die, aren’t I?”

“I don’t know.” He hesitated. “No one knows really. You could just go back to normal or….” He drifted off.

“Or I could die,” I finished for him.didn’t answer, but he was looking everywhere else except at me.out, I whirled around on my heels, preparing to make a mad dash for the door, but my elbow bumped into something cold and hard. The Foreseers crystal ball Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница. It bounced off the stand, rolled off the counter, and hit the floor with a loud clank.

“Crap,” I said. Without even thinking, I bent down to swipe it up.and Laylen yelled, “No!” As my fingers grazed the glass, I felt my body being pulled. And then I was spiraling down a dark tunnel.21fall seemed endless, like I’d been sucked into a bottomless abyss. Fear set in as I realized that a bottomless abyss might be exactly what this was—a giant hole with no ending. Of course, if there was a bottom, and I Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница hit it at the speed I was falling at then…Well, I didn’t want to think about it right now.my feet, I saw a white light twinkling through the blackness. As I plunged closer to it, it began to shimmer brighter and brighter, eventually becoming so bright I had to shut my eyes or else I might go blind.blanketed around me, and I sucked in a breath as my feet hit the ground hard.toppled forward, landing face first onto a surface that felt scratchy and dry like grass.

/695quickly leapt to my feet. Yep, sure Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница enough, the scratchy, dry surface was grass, and I had a mouth full of it.spat a few times, clearing out my mouth. My head was throbbing and where my stitches were ached. Worried I’d torn them open, I lifted up the bottom of my shirt and carefully peeled back the bandage. My skin looked red and swollen, but there was no blood and the stitches still seemed to be holding my skin together.pressed the bandaged back down and glanced around, seeing if I could recognize my surroundings. Bright orange and pink leaves danced through air Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница, and the wind whispered against my hair. Tall trees trimmed a translucent lake. The place felt strangely familiar, like I’d been here before but couldn’t quite remember when. It was the same feeling I’d experience when I’d been sucked away back at the field trip.before all hell had broken loose.

/695a moment, I just stood there, soaking in the sunshine and breathing in the cool fall air. Then suddenly it dawned on me. I’d obviously gotten sucked into the Foreseers ball like Alex had warned might happen.’d also warned me that I could Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница get stuck inside it. All of my calmness was ripped away in the blink of an eye.. Okay. Don’t panic.Yeah, that was easier said than done. I gazed around frantically, crossing my fingers that somehow a magical door would materialize out of thin air. Magic existed, right? So why couldn’t I just conjure up a door. Because I’m not witch, that’s why. And, of course, no door ever appeared.’s when I really started freaking out.

“Help!” I screamed at the top of my lungs. “Someone! Anyone!” Tears stung the corners of my Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница eyes.. Now I was crying. I hated to think it, but not being able to feel right now would 424/695come in real handy, because I was becoming hysterical. And being all frantic and crazed wasn’t going to get me anywhere.took a deep breath and tried to relax., you can do—stream of purple whipped past me. I jumped back, my hand pressing against my heart, my breath fumbling to regain its steadiness. My gaze darted after the purple blur, and I realized it wasn’t a blur but a little girl wearing a purple dress. She had to Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница be around four or five years old. Her long brown hair whipped in the wind as she stood at the edge of the lake, staring out at the water.of how a Foreseer vision’s worked, I approached her cautiously. Would I be able to communicate with her? God, I hoped so.

“Excuse me.” I went to tap her on the shoulder, but my hand slipped through her 425/695I’d just tried to touch a ghost. Great. I raised the volume of my voice. “Hello!” Nothing. The girl just stood there, completely unfazed by my loudness as Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница she stared out at the lake.. Now what? If I couldn’t communicate with anyone, then how was I ever going to figure a way out of here?little girl started twirling in circles, and I gasped as I caught sight of her face. It was all hazy, like bad reception on a televi-sion screen. I blinked my eyes and rubbed them with the heels of my hands, but the haze stayed.

“Don’t get too close to the lake,” a voice called out from behind me.spun around just as a boy ran past me.looked a few years older Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница than the little girl and had dark brown hair. His face was hazed over as well.

“You need to be careful or you might fall in,” he warned.

/695

“Don’t worry,” the little girl replied, teeter-tottering near the edge of the water. “I won’t fall in.”

“Please just move away,” he begged, his hand extended out to her. “You don’t know how to swim.”took hold of his hand, and he guided her away from the lake.was having another weird déjà vumoment, just like I’d had when I’d disappeared into Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница the field during the fieldtrip. The peoples’ faces had been blurry then too. So what did that mean? Were the two linked somehow? This had to be a vision, and the fieldtrip thingy…well, I didn’t know what that was. It couldn’t have been a vision, though. How could it have been? It wasn’t like I’d touched a Foreseer’s ball.

“You two get over here right now!” A man barked from somewhere behind me.voice made the atmosphere alter into a-graveyard-in-the-middle-of-the-night kind 427/695setting. The kind of Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница setting that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and your stomach churn.I could even turn around, the man appeared beside me. He was tall, husky, and had jet black hair similar to Marco’s. He wore a black button down shirt, grey slacks, and a gold chain dangled around his neck.face was also hazy.quickly caught on that he was intimidating with the way he shook at my nerves.the kids seemed to back away from him.

“It’s time to go,” his voice iced out. “Go inside and pack your stuff.”

“Where am I Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница going?” the little girl asked, gripping tightly to the little boy’s hand like her life depended on it.

“That’s none of your business!” the man roared.though I couldn’t see the girls face, I knew she had to of flinched. I flinched. The 428/695that he might actually hurt the two of them howled through me. And what was I supposed to do if he did? Stand by and watch helplessly?heard the soft treading of approaching footsteps. Then a figure rushed by me. It was a woman with long brown hair and a face as Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница hazy as the others.swept the little girl up in her arms and hugged her protectively. “You stay away from her!” she shouted at the man.presence brought warmth that mixed with the chill the man sent out. The two combined created a mixture of emotions that buzzed through the air and made me nauseous.

“This is not your decision,” the man rumbled at the women. “You knew when she was born things like this may have to happen.”

“Mommy,’m,”.

/695woman—the mother smoothed back the little girl’s hair and kissed her on the forehead. “It’s Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница going to be okay. You don’t need to be scared. I promise I won’t let anything happen to you.”man laughed the kind of laugh that sent fear soaring through my body. “I’d like to see you try.” He turned to the little boy.

“Go inside, right now.”boy didn’t move.

“Now!” The man ordered.

“Yes, father.” The boy’s voice shook. He treaded up a hill, heading toward a castle-like building made of grey stone and tall towers. Where the building had come from, who knew?the boy disappeared inside the castle, the man Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница turned back to the woman.

“Now we can do this the easy way or the hard way.”

/695stood defiantly, holding the little girl tightly in her arms. “You’re not taking her anywhere. She’s my daughter, not yours.”

“So it’s going to be the hard way, then.” He lunged at the woman and snatched the little girl away.woman desperately fought to get her back, tearing and clawing at the man’s arms.girl reached for her mother, kicking and screaming with all her might. “I want to stay with you! Don’t let him take me Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница!” It didn’t matter, though. Their efforts were useless. The man stood strong, entirely unaffected by their attempts. And when he plucked a small black bag out of his pocket, the woman froze. Silence choked the air, and I could hear my heart thudding.the little girl in one arm, he dangled the bag in front of the woman.

“Now, like I said, we can do this the easy way or the hard way.”

/695

“You wouldn’t dare,” whispered the woman.

“Wouldn’t I?” He looked down at the little girl in his arms. “Hey sweetie, how would you like Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница to go for a swim in the lake?” The girl hovered back. “But I can’t swim.”

“You’ll be fine,” the man coaxed.

“Someone will be there to help you.”

“Knock it off!” screamed the woman, clenching her hands into fists. “I know you’re bluffing. You need her too much.” The man laughed wickedly, making the hairs on my arms stand on end. “There are ways to get her back when I need her. She’d probably be better off down there anyway until its time.”woman’s breathing faltered. “Please don’t do this Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница. Please.” The man laughed again. “Oh, I won’t just as long as you get into the lake yourself.” 432/695in the lake! Why! What was he going to do to her? Try and drown her?felt sick.

“You’ll never get away with this.” Her voice was edging near a sob. “I know the real reason why you want her, and sooner or later, someone else is going to figure it out.’ll never be able to get away with it.”

“Oh, I highly doubt it. I have everyone wrapped around my little finger.” He set the girl down on the ground Джессика СоренсенFallen Stareighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at 11 страница, pointed his finger at the castle, and ordered the little girl to,

“Go inside.”little girl didn’t budge.

“Go!” The man hollered.she didn’t budge. She was brave a one, because I’m pretty sure I’d have been running for my life by now.

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