The car stopped before it hit Silvia, much to her relief. The man kept walking like he hadn’t almost killed someone, and she stared at him like a deer in headlights. He looked an awful like the group of strange people she had seen back at the movie theater, and wondered if he was heading there now.
The faint glint of a shiny item caught Silvia’s eye and knocked her out of her trance. Ignoring the angry driver that was honking at her, she stepped back onto the sidewalk to pick up the object that the man had dropped. At first glance it resembled a bronze pocket watch with its own chain, but when she opened it, it turned out to be a compass. There was nothing unusual about it, and she didn’t know what to do with it now that the man had fled.
Soon after Silvia pocketed the strange device, she heard her name being called out and looked up to meet none other than Adelina and Fernando Velazquez. Despite the two not being close friends with her, they were still people she could talk to. Since they were fraternal twins, they both had big brown eyes and thick, raven hair. Adelina had hers in a French braid that almost reached down to her waist, and Fernando’s bangs nearly fell over his eyes.
“Hey, Silvia!” Adelina greeted with her usual cheerful tone.
She wore black leggings with a pair of dusty sneakers, and a red sweater that covered most of her small frame. Fernando sported jeans, fancy black shoes, and a gray button up over top of a dark-colored trench coat. The male twin always liked to dress formally, while his sibling prefered to be more casual in her attire.
Silvia smiled back and gave him a fist bump. “Hey, guys. I’m so glad to see you both.”
“Same here,” Adelina laughed.
She then realized that they were still quite a ways away from the school or where they lived, and the twins had no real reason being here. “What are you doing all the way out here?”
Silvia couldn’t tell if she was hallucinating, but she swore she caught Fernando’s eyes narrowing slightly.
“We might ask you the same thing,” he replied.
She scratched the back of her neck, searching for an excuse. “Oh, I was just out for a bike ride. You know, getting some air.”
“Ah, would you like to come hang out at our house then?” Adelina asked.
The whole situation got very uncomfortable, and bad vibes came from the twins in front of her. They had never invited her over until now, and she wasn’t certain if today should finally be the day. Or maybe she was being overly suspicious because of everything that had happened over the past twenty-four hours?
“I’m afraid I can’t, maybe another time,” Silvia said, picking her bike up from the ground.
Getting back onto it as quick as she could, she noted their smiles were strained. She tried not to shudder, but they were definitely not acting like themselves.
“Sounds good, see you later!” Adelina waved, as they both turned around and walked in the opposite direction—quite fast if Silvia might add.
When finally out of sight from the twins, she pedaled hard to pick up speed. Silvia kept looking over her shoulder expecting to see Fernando or Adelina behind her, but she knew she was being paranoid. Were they headed to the abandoned movie theater? Were they like the strange people cloaked in black or Sebastian? Was anyone around her even human? All she wanted to do was get home, and ignore the world by hiding under her bed.
When she turned her head frontwards, she slammed on the breaks when Sebastian jumped out from the nearby bushes, and directly onto the middle of the sidewalk.