"Wow. I've never seen a girl do that before" a voice commented. Jace.
"Oh shut up. It was just getting really annoying." Another voice said. A girl's voice, so it had to be Clary. I was the only other girl here. I heard the door open and rushed to greet them. Jace better not be hitting on her while she has amnesia.
"Where have you been?" I exclaimed. "Alec and Magnus are looking all over the place for you!"
"We were in a valley. Clary was drawing flowers. Why weren't you looking for us?" Jace retorted.
"I was. At first. Then I thought you might come back, so I came back to wait and see. Oh crap."
"What?" Clary asked.
"My phone ran out of battery and I forgot my charger at home."
"Why do you need your phone?"
"To make sure Alec and Magnus don't look for another two hours then realize you were here the whole time."
"Let them. It would make me feel very loved if they searched for that long." Jace smirked. I just glared back.
"Clary can I see your drawings?" she open the sketchbook that I just now realized she was holding.
It was truly amazing. The mixture of colour was so perfect, you could tell each individual blade of grass and flower apart, but they weren't spaced out enough to look fake. The background didn't blend into the picture, yet it didn't stand out. The trees were perfect down to every line on the bark and crease on each leaf.
The door opened again and everyone's head snapped in that direction. Good timing. Alec and Magnus. "You know you could have phoned when they came back." Alec commented.
"Sorry my phone died. How did you know when to come back?"
"We saw a cab driving at full speed with a scared yet pissed look on his face. Only Jace could do that to a person." Jace smirked and Clary blushed.
"Actually," she said hesitantly, "I did that. But Jace was the one who broke the back seat." She accused quickly. Jace was still smirking but Alec and Magnus looked kind of scared. I was surprised too, but I didn't let it show on my face.
I was shocked. I had never seen anyone but Jace give that affect on people. "What happened?" I finally asked. So they explained.
Apparently they went to a valley so Clary could draw, and then they took a taxi back. Jace was board so he broke the backseat, Clary made him pay for it, then when they got back Jace and the driver were yelling at each other, so Clary dragged Jace out of the car and yelled at the cab driver to leave without being paid.
Magnus and I nodded. Isabelle was fascinated. And apparently proud of Clary for taking action.
I walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge; nothing good. Stale bread, something green that looked sort of like lettuce, but the smell portrayed otherwise, and –I wasn't even going to ask why this is in here –a bra. I seriously did not want to know what someone was thinking.
"We need food" I called as I stepped back into the living room. I pecked Magnus on the lips and walked out the door.
I looked at Izzy. "What now?"
"We go swimming!" she replied brightly. We all got our bathing suits on, left Alec a note and went down to the lake.
"Lets' break that tie now. Good idea?"
"Sure. I hope you don't feel too disappointed when you lose." Jace challenged.
"Go! I shouted and ran towards the water.
"Cheater!" Jace followed behind me. I kept running, and dove into the water a few meters ahead of Jace. We swam across the lake. I was tired half way but kept going anyway. We raced across, Jace's head almost at my shoulder.
His hand reached out and pushed me under by the stomach. I came swam underneath of him and by grabbing one of his legs, pulled him under and kept swimming. He pulled me under one more time then let it go when I didn't fight back. I just swam under the surface of the water until I ran out of breath. I bobbed up flipped onto my back and continued, ahead of Jace.
I felt something against my back. I stood up, ran to the sand and did a victory dance. Jace got up about a second later.
"You know I let you win right?"
"Sure. You just keep thinking that." I said, sarcasm dripping heavily from my voice.
"I will." He said proudly, as if he hadn't just lost.
But he did. And I was gong to hold that over him long time.
A minute or two later Isabelle hopped up onto the shore in her black string bikini. Right behind her was Magnus wearing very sparkly swim trunks.
We were again on the shore of Bennett's beehive cottages. I started walking over towards a mushy pond that I had no intention of swimming in. It wasn't exactly a pond because it attached to the lake, but there was a sudden change of setting. There were tons of frogs, lily pads, and plants that I couldn't name.
Again, why can I remember stupid things like that? Like I know that the frog almost as big as my head was a bullfrog. Yet I had to make a call to figure out wear I lived. This amnesia thing was getting extremely tedious.
I could remember little things like that, and a few important things, but never the major stuff. I thought my memory was slowly coming back. I knew that my only friends were also my best friends, and my favorite cousin is Jordon Kyle, but he goes by Kyle.
He isn't really my cousin, but my family knew his family so long that we decided we were family. I only remembered that because I spent an hour lying awake last night in my bed, trying to remember something, anything. And I did. My family. My mother's name is Jocelyn.
My father is in jail for murder, but I like my step-father much better. Although his name refuses to come back into my mind. I still don't know if I have a boyfriend, although I've been preying that I don't.
I spotted a net resting against the tree that Jace and I saw those kids in last time we were here. I picked it up, and slowly put it over the largest frog I saw.
"Clary what are you doing?" Isabelle asked. I scooped up the frog and held out the net like a five-year-old.
"I caught a frog" she screamed and backed away.
"Do you have something against animals under the size of your head?" Jace asked. "Because you love dogs and cats, and snakes for that matter. I remember when we were little you begged Maryse to buy it for the pet store? Then you bugged her for a whole week afterwards until she finally got it for you.
"Then you named it Boa, after the boa constrictor, and yet it was a garter snake." I was giggling.
"I think we've heard enough about my past pets."
"Past? It's still at home being fed by Maryse and Robert!" after this comment I was downright laughing. Magnus was just leaning against a tree smiling at the conversation. Isabelle was getting enough of this. It was obviously Jace's turn.
"I remember that you used to sleepwalk!"
"And?" but there was a look of fear in his eyes. Jace –who was never scared, nervous, even anxious, had this look in his eyes that didn't seem to belong there.
"Remember that time Alec was having a sleepover? Magnus still had a lot of make-up for a twelve-year old." Jace pounced her, tripping on a root before he left the ground. This must be a really bad story. He was never scared, or laced grace and balance.
But right now his personality seemed to have flipped momentarily. He got right back up and pounced her again, this time hitting his target. Isabelle was a surprisingly good fighter. Magnus was enjoying this way too much to just let the story end there.
"He came right into the living room where Alec and I were, and found something on the table. I looked for my eye shadow, glitter and eye-liner in the morning, but it was gone. Alec immediately suspected Jace playing a prank.
"But it was worse than a prank. His face was coated in purple, blue and green eye-shadow!" Magnus was having trouble speaking through his laughter. Jace seemed too intent on Isabelle to notice Magnus telling the story. I was practically leaning forward wanting to know what next.
"There were scribbles of black over his lips, and his whole room –including him –was covered in sparkles." Isabelle seemed to notice what just happened and burst out laughing with me and Magnus. Jace looked murderous.
This seemed like a battle he couldn't win with violence, so he opened his mouth to say something about Magnus.
"I've never done anything embarrassing have I Jace?" he asked. Jace though about this, then apparently realized he was right. Magnus hadn't done anything embarrassing. Too bad for Jace.