So I just recently watched the movie and then read the book in a day (it was sooooooo good!) then watched the movie again. Haha what can I say? Counting down the days until August 23 when the new book comes out :D
Anyhow this is going to take place right before the Halloween carnival thing. I'm gonna add some new things and maybe take some old things out, but I hope you like it!
Disclaimer: All characters belong to Pittacus Lore and whatever else needs to be said here(:
Henri and I walk under the banner that read: Paradise Annual Halloween Carnival and step off of the sidewalk onto the matted, dead grass where kids are laughing, running, and playing. For some reason I smile at the old Ferris wheel and the ticket booth with chipped paint falling off. I laugh at the kids running around with their candy and masks. And my stomach drops when I see that gorgeous girl with her camera taking pictures of the kids swinging. Strands of her hair caress her cheeks as she leans down to get a better angle. Then she turns and those blue eyes search the crowd for who I hope to be me.
"I'll catch you later, Henri," I say.
"Remember, if anything, and I mean anything looks unusual, call me," he says sternly and points to his phone. I roll my eyes.
"I will, but I highly doubt that any Mogadorians are going to show up to a carnival."
"That's not what I meant, John," Henri says and motions over to Mark and his crew. They seem to be getting dressed up in zombie clothes and make up. I assume that they're going to be monsters on the haunted hay ride. Mark seems to only be concentrated on Sarah though which makes my hands tingle. I look down for a fraction of a second so Henri doesn't see. Not glowing.
"Okay, okay. I'll call you if I need anything."
"Alright, be careful."
"Have fun," Henri says and walks off towards the parking lot. Bernie Kosar follows him thankfully. I turn around and stroll casually over to Sarah who was facing away from me. She had turned to the Ferris wheel and began taking pictures. I open my mouth to surprise her, but she starts talking first.
"The light from the sunset really makes this a great picture. Come here and see for yourself." She holds out the camera to me and I take it in my hands. I look through the lens and see what she was talking about. The light from the sunset makes the Ferris wheel dark like a silhouette except for the small lights on the sides of the ride.
"Whoa," I breathe.
"It's beautiful isn't it?" Sarah says and looks into my eyes.
"Yes, but I can think of something or someone else who's even more beautiful." Sarah smiles shyly and turns away because of the small amount of pink that fills her cheeks. It's true, though. She is the most beautiful girl I've ever seen and I'm drawn to her like a magnet.
I smile and look around. I see Sam playing an arcade game where you have to shoot the spaceship down to win the prize. The football team is getting their makeup for the haunted hay ride done by the cheerleaders, but Mark and his gang are nowhere to be seen. Henri's words echo in my head, but I try not to think about it too much.
"John? Are you there?" Sarah says. I snap back into reality. "I've been calling your name for a minute. You ok?" She looks concerned so I smile reassuringly and nod my head. She smiles back.
"So, what do you want to do?" I ask her.
She looks thoughtful, and then says, "The haunted hay ride. I go every year. It kind of a tradition, I guess. Will you come with me, please?" She surprisingly reaches for my hand and intertwines her fingers in mine. I must have looked like an idiot because all I could do was grin and nod my head.
"You have really warm hands," she says and I chuckle quietly.
When we get to the entrance there seems to only be two other people waiting in a line. The driver pulls up and says, "Looks like you're the last of the night. Jump on in, if you dare." Then he laughs menacingly. Sarah and I look at each and she chuckles.
"I thought this was supposed to be scary," I say and taunt her.
"Don't worry it gets better. Here, let's sit in the back," she says. My heart starts beating faster because the other two sat in the very front. We wait for it to start, but something catches my eye. The driver grabs a walkie-talkie and whispers into it. I try to concentrate and focus my hearing, but with Sarah next to me, now sitting very close, I can't concentrate. I start to worry that the driver wasn't just telling the monsters to get ready.
"John, are you scared already? You look worried," Sarah says half-teasing/half-serious.
"I'm fine, I promise."
"Okay." Sarah says and smiles. "Just to warn you, I think the two people in the front get attacked. They did this last year and every time two people would be taken off," she whispers. Her breath hits my ear and it sends shivers all over my body. I nod and the driver takes off.
We bump along the road into a dark forest. Once the driver kills the lights, it begins. Strobe lights flashing while people with masks jump onto the trailer trying to scare us. Sarah lets out a small squeal here and there and occasionally screams, but always laughs afterwards. Her hand had found it's way into mine halfway through the ride.
"I'm actually a little scared," she whispers. I wrap my arm around her and pull her close. We finally round a corner and the two sitting up front get pulled off. Sarah buries her head into my chest. She then pulls back.
"Oh, John, I'm sorry. I was just startled and…" she stammers. Even in the darkness I can tell she blushing.
"It's okay, Sarah. I would never let anything-" I'm cut off by her scream. It's real this time. Somebody had grabbed her and jumped off of the trailer.
"Sarah!" I yell. Anger pulses through my veins and I can feel my hands beginning to tingle, but before I can react I'm tackled off of the trailer. I kick the guy off of me and send him flying into a stack of hay on the still-moving trailer. I stand up, but my knees are collapsed and I fall right back down.
There are kicks at my sides, legs, and even my head. But I grab a leg right before it connects with my side again and twist it. I hear a scream of pain, but ignore it. Somebody punches me in the stomach, and then kicks my thigh. Two left. I let my hands glow and I hear voices.
"Dude what the hell is that!" I shine my lights towards the one who said it. He has on night-vision goggles and I rip them off. I throw them far off into the forest. I recognize the guy as Max, one of Mark's friends, and throw him into a tree. The other guy swings at my face, but I lean back then grab the back of his shirt and throw him into a bush. I find Max and grab the front of his shirt.
"Where is she?" I yell at him.
"Shepherd Falls! Shepherd Falls!" he quickly answers. I can tell he's terrified because of the lights so I knock him out. Hopefully he won't remember anything.
I stand and try to calm myself. I have no idea where Shepherd Falls is, but I do have excellent vision and hearing. I concentrate on the sound of anything that has to do with water. Finally, I hear the sound of a stream and take off running. I can only see about five feet in front of me with my hands lit so I can only jog. I slow down when the sound gets louder and crouch down.
Through a bush, I see a fire and a dirt area. Sarah is sitting on a rock, but she doesn't look like anything has happened to her. It's a damn good thing, too or they'd all be worse than they are right now. Mark is talking to her, but she refuses to answer him. There are eight other guys with him and a river behind them.
"I just don't understand, Sarah. What happened to us? We were the perfect couple! And we could've owned the school!" Mark says to her. Sarah turns to him with tears in her eyes, but they're angry.
"This is why you had your dumbass friends kidnap me and drag me out here? So we could talk? Any regular person would've just asked! And that's exactly why I broke up with you! I didn't want to be your little princess and terrorize other kids! I wasn't going to turn into a monster like you," Sarah spits at him. She gets up with her arms crossed and turns towards me, but she has no idea that I'm here.
"So you're going to hang out with that loser, John? He's a freak! He had some freak attack in class and ran away like a little girl! You want that?" Mark yells. I almost run out right then, but I control myself.
"Actually, Mark, I am going to hang out with John. I like him. A lot. He's smart, funny, kind, handsome, and a hell of a lot better man then you are or will ever be!"
"C'mon Sarah. Don't be this way. I know you want me and you're just playing hard to get," Mark says. He walks over to her and pins her up against a tree. She tries to push him off, but he's too strong. He leans in, but I'm quicker than him.
I run out and tackle him before he can make contact with her. We skid across the dirt, but I'm immediately pulled off of him by two of his friends. I watch as Mark grabs Sarah and makes her look at me. I shove the two guys off of me and back up.
"Fine, then. You're just going to watch as my boys beat the shit out of your beloved, little boyfriend," Mark says and grins. "Take him out, guys."
At once they all surround me and the guy in front of me swings. I dodge it and instead he hits a tree. Cursing, he comes back at me, but I move and he falls straight into the river.
"Who's next?" I snarl.
Two big, black guys corner me at a tree. Just as they're about to lunge in, I jump up and grab the branch above me. I kick out and hit both of them square in the jaw. One is crouching so I kick him into the river. The other is on his back moaning. I grab the front of his jacket and toss him in as well.
Two more come at me. I swiftly kick one's legs out and he rolls into the water. The other one swings and connects with part of my jaw, but I catch him full in the nose. He bends down holding it and I kick him into the water. I notice now that only one guy remains. The other two must have run away.
The last guy looks scared out of his mind, but I go over and grab him by the ankle. He screams as I drag him across the dirt and toss him into the water. Mark's mouth is open and he's speechless, but Sarah is still held in his grip.
"So that just leaves you, Mark. Let her go and I'll let you go. If not, then it looks like you're going swimming with your buddies."
"Fine, Johnny Boy. Here's your girl," he throws her and she stumbles towards me. I catch her and send Mark a death glare. "It's okay, I've got you," I whisper. We turn around and start to walk away, but I hear footsteps running this way. I turn too late.
My left side was bleeding and Mark was standing above me with a pocket knife in his hand.
"John!" Sarah screams. Anger boils inside me and I find the strength to lunge at him. My hands are on fire and he stands in shock as I fly through the air. I throw my fists into his stomach, sides, and face so fast that he falls down, winded. I pick him up by the collar of his jacket, walk to the river, and slam him into the water. Then, I fall the ground and feel my wound. The left side of my body was bleeding and I can feel the cut is pretty deep.
"John, we have to get you to the hospital. Now," Sarah says. She is speaking between sobs, but I shake my head and say the word, "Henri." She understands thankfully.
"Okay, well I'm going to get you up and you're going to follow me, okay? We're going to find Sam and get his truck," she says. Then Sarah takes off my jacket. She then carefully removes my shirt. I hear her gasp a little when she takes it off meaning that it isn't good.
"This might hurt, John." She grabs my hand and squeezes it, but then takes my shirt and wraps it tightly around my side. I let out a groan and squeeze my eyes shut. The pain isn't unbearable, but I feel so weak from fighting. She puts my jacket back on to cover up the wound, that way no one will look twice. She helps me up and whispers, "Try to walk normal as possible. We don't want to draw attention."
It seems like ages until we finally get out of the woods, find Sam, get his car, and start driving. About five minutes after we get into the car we get out. I look around, but I'm too disoriented to know where we are. She brings me into a shed and tells me to wait there. I sit down and my head finally stops spinning. All I hear are crickets and the wind against the window. Then the door opens, shuts, and locks.
"Drink this. It's water," says Sarah. I see that she brought a pitcher of water, some crackers, and a small bag. I drink two glasses of water then eat some crackers. After that she tells me to take off my jacket. I do and she removes my shirt. I wince at the pain, but don't speak. I finally see my wound. It looks about 2 inches deep, but hasn't hit any organs or bones.
"I'm going to clean out the wound first and then I'll sew you up."
"Okay." That was the first clear word I had said to her since the fight. Since I told her I'd never let anything happen to her.
Sarah cleans my wound silently then begins to stitch it. I don't feel anything because it's still throbbing with pain. She then begins to apply some medicine to my back, chest, and stomach. After she's done with that she takes off my pants, leaving me in my boxers, and puts some sort of ointment on my bruises. I pull my pants back on carefully and she starts on my head. I have to leave my shirt off because of the stitches and because its torn from Mark's knife.
"Thank you," I say. She looks at me and shakes her head.
"No, thank you. Without you I don't even want to know what could've happened. You saved my life, John. This is the least I can do." She stares right into my eyes and then wipes away blood from my forehead.
"Sarah," I whisper. She looks right at me with those beautiful blue eyes. I get lost in them. Then I look up and see a dark spot right at her hairline that I hadn't noticed before. I brush my thumb across it and she winces. "What happened?" I ask.
"It's nothing. One of Mark's loser friends was carrying me and once we were at Shepherd Falls he dropped me and I hit a rock. I'm fine," she says. I take a wet cloth and gently clean it for her. After the dry blood is cleaned up it doesn't look so bad. As I take my hand away she grabs it with her own and says, "Come with me. I want to show you something."
We walk up to her front door and go inside. "Parents?" I ask.
"Out to dinner. My older brothers are at college," she says and leads me upstairs. She opens up the door then quietly shuts it. I take in the beauty of her room. There's a desk to the right of the room covered with different camera's and stands, to the left a wall with a photos covering it, a couch with a coffee table (also covered in photos) in the back left and her bed in the back right corner. Her walls were painted an orange-yellow, but not much of it was showing due to the pictures hung up.
"Wow," I breathe. "Your room is amazing. You took all of these?" Sarah nods and gives me a sheepish smile. I can feel the butterflies in my stomach.
Sarah leads me over to her bed and we sit on the edge so we're facing the wall in the very back of the room. It's covered in photos, but these are very special. They're the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. Mostly because they're all of her, but the artistic perspective in them is amazing.
"These are beautiful, Sarah. But why do you keep them down here where no one can see them?" I say.
"Because they're of me," she whispers. She looks into my eyes and I sense her searching my eyes for something. She looks down, but I gently lift her chin up and look straight at her. I brush a strand of hair out of her face.
"I don't understand why you can show us something normal and make it beautiful, but not show us something that already is so beautiful," I whisper. "And believe me when I say this because I would never, ever lie to you, Sarah Hart." Then I lean in and kiss her. Her lips are so soft and delicate that I don't want to do anything except that. Just kiss her softly. She runs her fingers softly up my neck and into my hair while mine go down her sides to her waist.
I lean my forehead against hers and look into her eyes. She breathing softly and we just hold each other's gaze for what seemed like minutes.
"From the first day I met you, I knew… I knew that you weren't some dick like Mark. You're not like most boys, John Smith. And that's what I find so interesting about you," she says. I smile and kiss her softly and slowly. But these moments never last forever. We hear the door shut and Sarah groans. "That would be my parents. You'll have to sneak out the window and take Sam's truck. I really don't want you to leave though."
"I don't want to go either," I say reluctantly. "I'll call you when Henri goes to bed. Goodnight, Sarah."
"Goodnight, John. And I can't thank you enough for today. You've got to be an angel," she said and smiled. I laugh inside my head at that comment. If only she knew.I kiss her once more, shut her window, and carefully climb down just to be safe. I could easily jump, but she was probably watching. My head is swimming and the biggest smile is plastered on my face by the time I drop Sam's car off. I then sprint home and walk in the door.
Henri's on the computer searching for more news. "How was it?" he asks without looking up. That was probably a good thing considering my shirt and jacket are at Sarah's.
"Let's just say I'll sleep well tonight," I say and walk down the hall to my room. I could hear him chuckle as I shut my door. I take off my pants, change boxers, and carefully crawl into bed. My emotional pain is gone, but the physical pain is still there. After Henri went to bed, I call Sarah and we talk until three. Then I drift off into a deep, peaceful sleep.
So that was different from the book, but the main points were still there: Haunted Hay Ride, Fight, Sarah. In future chapters I might change WAY from the book so just be aware! R&R(: