CHAPTER SEVEN - ESCAPE
How can I believe anything that was in that letter? It's crazy! They are crazy; all of them. And my mother... What about her? Was she lying? That letter can't be real. She must have made it up... But she was my mother – I trusted her. How could she? And Alcide too... What have I done to deserve this? All I feel is sick, tired and alone.
Maybe I am still dreaming this horrible nightmare and I will wake up soon. Yes, that must be it. All I have to do is close my eyes and then when I open them again, everything will be back to normal. Only it isn't. I am still here. Still alone. All alone in a house full of crazy people. Crazy people that I thought I trusted. People who have deceived me with their lies, somehow including my mother in their elaborate story. Well screw them... Screw them all. I'm getting out of here. I don't care how, but I'm going, right now. I don't even care where I go, as long as it is far away from here.
I threw off the thick blankets and stood up. I stretched and flexed my arm to see how extensive the damage was. It still hurt but I could ignore it. This was one of the many times that I wished that painkillers actually worked on me. Oh well.
Someone had folded some of my clothes in a pile on the chair so I quickly changed. All except my jacket, which I left that on the chair. Luckily, I had been left one of my backless tops. I closed my eyes, concentrated and felt my wings come out and expand to full size. Now for the jacket, but I didn't put it on.
I wrapped it round my fist as I walked towards the window and looked out. There was no one there. Good for me; but you have to admit, anyone who didn't guard a window from someone who could fly was pretty stupid.
I listened for anyone who might be at the door and then punched the window with everything I had. It shattered and glass fell to the floor everywhere. After one last glance out of the window, I picked a direction and took off. I was out. By the time they had realised what had happened and unlocked the door, I was a speck in the sky.
I breathed in the fresh air and revelled in it as it whipped my hair around. I was free. I flew as hard and fast as I could manage, glad that Raze had given me food to build my energy. I guess he didn't think of what I'd use it on. I flew until the sky lightened with the coming dawn. I decided that I had probably covered enough distance for now, so I found a secluded clearing and landed. Exhaustion soon took over me and I slept.
When I awoke, it was starting to grow dark again. Damn, I hadn't wanted to waste so much time. I needed to get on the move again - fast. I stretched, ran my fingers through my hair and smoothed my clothes down. I decided I would run for the next hour or so, so I could get my bearings. Luckily, after about an hour I encountered a main road. I jogged along it until I found a sign. It said ‘Albany - 50 miles and New York - 150 miles'. At least I had passed Syracuse long ago, which would have been the most obvious place for me to go and get caught.
I started to walk along the road in the direction of Albany, trying to find someone who would let me hitchhike with them.