Just Like the Rest of Them

Angel’s point of view

I watched in horror as Nick stepped onto the road, oblivious to the truck that was coming right at him. He then turned his head and saw the truck, but was frozen by fear. I knew that if I didn’t do something, Nick would be killed. I never moved a person before; I didn’t know how much strength to use. But I knew that Nick’s life depended on what I did. I concentrated on him and sent my mental energy flying towards him. For a millisecond nothing happened, but then Nick stumbled back onto the street with the truck missing him by mere inches. I ran towards him and helped him get up.
“Are you okay?” I asked worriedly.
Nick looked at me with terror in his eyes, he was breathing heavily. “Yeah, I think so,” he said shakily. “What happened?” he asked.
“You nearly got killed by the truck,” I told him.
“That’s not what I meant,” said Nick shaking his head. “I meant how did I get back onto the street? I felt like someone pushed me, but there was no one near me to push me out of the way,” he said.
“Maybe your body reacted without you knowing it,” I suggested. I really hoped that he wouldn’t figure out that it was me who had saved him.
“Maybe,” he agreed. “Can we go somewhere and sit? I’m really shaky right now,” he said.
“Sure, let’s go to my house, it’s only fifteen minutes away from here,” I said and Nick nodded.

Nick’s point of view

“I’m telling you, someone pushed me out of the way!” I insisted.
“Nick, you’re nuts, you said it yourself, there was no one near you,” stated Kevin not looking up from his book.
“But I felt a push!” I exclaimed.
“Maybe you jumped out of the way but you didn’t realize it. Like Angel said, you might’ve just reacted,” suggested Brian.
“Why won’t you guys believe me?” I asked frustratingly.
“Think about it Nicky, someone pushed you out of the way but at the same time there was no one near you. Even you gotta admit, it sounds a bit out there,” said AJ.
“Okay, yes, it does sound a bit out there, but I felt it!” I insisted once again.
“Why don’t you ask Angel? Maybe she knows something,” said Howie.
“Why would she know anything?” I asked.
“Maybe she saw someone push you out of the way,” he replied shrugging.
“Good idea, I’m gonna go over to her house right now,” I said.

Angel’s point of view

I was sitting on my bed bored out of my mind. I was thinking about what had happened the previous day. I was so relieved that Nick was okay and that he didn’t realize what really happened. I simply wasn’t ready to tell him about everything, I just wasn’t.
I turned on some music and then lifted a pen off of my bed in front of me and began twirling it in the air. That always relaxed me. I was twirling it for about five minutes when I felt like someone was watching me. I slowly raised my head and saw Nick in my doorway. My concentration broke, and the pen fell back onto my bed.
“Did I just see what I think I saw?” asked Nick slowly.
“Uh, how long have you been there?” I asked, beginning to panic.
“Long enough to see that pen twirling…while no one was holding it,” stated Nick and looked at me. “How did you do that?” he asked.
“I…um…can just do it,” I said and half smiled at him. Nick didn’t smile back; he looked like he was in shock.
“It was you yesterday wasn’t it? You pushed me out of the way,” he said and I nodded. “I need to think,” he said suddenly and turned around and ran down the stairs. A few seconds later, I heard the front door slam.

Drew’s point of view

I saw Nick running past me and out the door. I knew that something was wrong so I immediately went up to Angel’s room. She was sitting on her bed just staring straight ahead.
“Ang?” I said softly.
She slowly turned her head to look at me. I saw tears in her eyes. “He ran, just like the rest of them,” she said and began crying.
“What happened?” I asked quietly.
“He saw me twirling the pen and then just freaked. He said that he needed to think and bolted out of the room,” said Angel through tears.
“You never know, he might come back,” I assured her. Angel leaned on my shoulder and buried her face in my t-shirt.
“No, he won’t come back, he was so freaked by what he saw, he’ll never come back,” she sobbed.
“Shh, it’ll be okay,” I said gently stroking my sister’s head.
“Drew, we both know that it won’t,” stated Angel.
“He’ll come back, just give him some time to think,” I told her.
Angel shook her head. “No, just watch, I’m never going to hear from him again.”

Nick’s point of view

I sat on my couch trying to figure out what I had seen. There was no denying it, I saw Angel twirling a pen without the use of her hands. But that was impossible wasn’t it? People just didn’t do that, did they? I was simply shocked. My phone ringing interrupted my thoughts.
“Hello?” I said.
“Nick, listen, pack quickly and be ready in an hour,” came Brian’s urgent voice.
“Huh? Am I missing something?” I asked.
“We leave for California in two hours,” he told me.
“But we just came back from there!” I protested.
“Well, it seems like we need to do some more interviews and promo stuff so pack fast,” he replied.
“Ugh, fine,” I said and hung up. I was hoping that I would have time to gather my thoughts about what had happened and think about everything in a calm and collected manner, but no, my career was one step ahead of me as usual.
I stuffed some clothes into a duffel bag and was ready an hour later. I walked out of my house just in time to see the limo pull up. I got in and saw that the rest of the guys, plus Leighanne and Kristin were already there. I greeted the six of them and sat down in the only space left.
“You okay?” asked AJ looking at me.
“Yeah, just something on my mind,” I replied looking into the window.
“Wanna talk about it?” offered Brian.
“Nah, that’s okay, no need to,” I told him.
“Okay,” said Brian.
I was left alone with my thoughts. I kept seeing that pen floating in the air and I still couldn’t believe it, it was just nuts. Maybe that was it, I was going nuts and I had imagined the entire thing. But then again, that wouldn’t account for me being pushed away from the truck at the last second. I sighed and looked at the streets and houses whizzing by the limo. Life was going on and I had to deal with this huge thing. Then again, I was sure that Angel wasn’t having fun either. Only then did it occur to me that I had run out on her. I almost picked up my cell phone to call her but something stopped me. I didn’t know what to say to her, it was too weird. I needed more time.

Angel’s point of view

I was lying on my bed and staring into the ceiling when I heard Drew come into my room.
“Up for a movie?” he asked cheerfully, a little too cheerfully.
“Thanks for trying Drew,” I told him and smiled sympathetically. “But I really don’t want to do anything right now except lie here and stare and my fascinating ceiling.”
Drew looked at my plain white ceiling. “Oh yeah, I can see where the fascination comes in,” he deadpanned.
“Why don’t you go do something fun with your friends?” I suggested.
“Last time I did that I ran home to find you unconscious on the floor,” he said sternly.
“That was one time, are you going to hold that against me for the rest of my life?” I asked.
“Well…” began Drew and then grinned.
I couldn’t help it, I grinned back. “Okay, you got a smile out of me, now go have fun!” I told him.
“I don’t know,” said Drew thoughtfully.
“You know you want to, besides, if you never see your friends, I’m going to suspect that you made them up all along,” I said smiling.
“Hey, I resent that, what about the graduation photos?” he asked.
“Photographs can be forged,” I said and laughed.
“Funny Ang, real funny,” said Drew trying to be serious but it didn’t work, his mouth curved into a smile. “Why don’t you call Kelly and ask her to come over?” he recommended.
“I don’t know, she would see that I’m upset, but how do I explain to her what happened with Nick?” I asked.
“Tell her the truth,” said Drew simply.
“After what happened with Nick when he found out the truth? I don’t think so!” I exclaimed.
“You’ve known Kelly for a long time, I don’t think that she would freak like Nick did, besides, he saw you accidentally, you would tell Kelly yourself, that should make a difference,” he explained.
“Maybe, I’ll think about it,” I said shrugging.
“That’s all I ask,” said Drew and strode out of my room. A few minutes later I heard him call out that he was going to catch a movie with his friends and advised me not to do anything stupid. Testing my telekinesis that day wasn’t stupid, it was…not a good time for it that was all. I looked over at my phone and I really was tempted to call Kelly. She was my best friend, I could tell her anything, well, almost anything. She had always been there for me and this was a time when I really needed her. I took a deep breath and dialed her number.
“Kel?” I said when I heard her pick up.
“Hey Ang, what’s up?” she asked.
“Listen, I gotta tell you something, can you come over?” I asked.
“Sure no prob, I’ll be there in ten minutes,” she replied. “Is everything okay?” she added in a concerned tone.
“I’ll tell you everything when you get here,” I told her.
“Okay, see you in ten,” she said and hung up. I hung up the phone and then picked it up again. I knew that I probably shouldn’t have done it, but I couldn’t stop myself. Before I knew it, I was dialing Nick’s number.
“Hello?” said a male voice but it wasn’t Nick.
The voice was familiar though. “Bri? Why are you picking up Nick’s phone?” I asked.
“Angel? He came by to talk to me about a half an hour ago and of course wound up leaving his phone in my hotel room, I was on my way to his room to give it back to him,” he explained.
I was confused. “What? Did you just say hotel room?” I asked.
“Yeah, I did, didn’t Nick tell you? We’re in California,” he told me.
I didn’t know what to say. That was why Nick hadn’t called; he was no longer in the same state. “Oh,” I managed to choke out.
“Do you want me to tell him that you called?” asked Brian.
“No, that’s okay, it wasn’t important, bye Bri,” I said and quickly hung up.

Brian’s point of view

I hung up Nick’s phone and tried to figure out what just happened. Since when didn’t Angel want me to tell Nick that she had called? Something weird was definitely going on and I was going to find out what.
I knocked on Nick’s hotel room door and waited for him to answer.
“Bri, what’s up?” asked Nick opening the door.
“First of all, you forgot this in my room,” I told him as I came in and gave him his phone.
“Oh thanks, I was wondering where it was,” said Nick and put it in his pocket.
“And second of all,” I continued, “What’s going on between you and Angel?” I asked.
“What do you mean?” asked Nick.
“I mean since when doesn’t she want you to know that she called?”
“She called? When?”
“Like five minutes ago but she didn’t want me to tell you that she did.”
“We um, sort of had an argument, no wait, it wasn’t an argument, more like a situation and I’m trying to deal with it right now.”
“What kind of situation?”
“Sorry Bri, but I don’t think I can tell you,” said Nick shaking his head.
“Why not?” I asked completely confused.
“Because it’s about Angel and only she can tell you,” he replied.
“Um, okay,” I said nodding. “But is something wrong?” I asked. “Cause she didn’t seem to know that we were in California which means that you didn’t tell her, why?”
“I forgot,” said Nick shrugging.
“I’m not buying that,” I said shaking my head. “You and Angel have been almost inseparable since you two got together, there’s no way that you would forget to call her and tell her you were leaving the state for a week. Something else is going on, now spill it,” I said.
“Bri, for the last time, I can’t tell you,” said Nick sighing.
“Did you guys break up?”
“No…I don’t think so…I don’t know!”
“Okay, that makes a lot of sense,” I said sarcastically.
“Look, I’m sure Angel will explain someday, I just know that I can’t tell you, as far as I’m concerned, I wasn’t supposed to know either, I found out by accident,” said Nick.
Okay, now I was really confused. He was like going in circles and my brain was lost. “Fine,” I agreed. “Just don’t do anything stupid,” I warned him lightheartedly.
“I’ll try not to,” said Nick.
He then said something else but I couldn’t hear him. “What did you say?” I asked.
“Oh, nothing,” replied Nick.
“Okay, I’ll see you later,” I told him and walked out of the room.

Nick’s point of view

I closed the door behind Brian and then sat down on a chair. What Brian didn’t hear me say was the statement ‘but I’m afraid I already have’. And I was pretty sure I was right. I might’ve ruined things with Angel already and we’d only been going out for such a short time. Maybe I shouldn’t have freaked out like that, or I should’ve at least told her about California so she wouldn’t have to find out about it from Brian. At that moment I was really tempted to call her and apologize for running out on her, in fact, I did pick up the phone to call her but then Howie knocked on my door and told me that we had to go to the interview.
I sighed and put the phone back into my pocket. I promised myself that I would call Angel as soon as I had the chance.

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