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Unexpected (1/2)

Title: Unexpected
Characters: Elizabeth Porter, Gabriel Gray (+ Anya Petrovna)
Rating: PG
Summary: Elizabeth meets Gabriel and starts to realize that something is happening to her...
Author's note: This drabble can be placed six months or so after Destiny.

Unbeta'd, so forgive my mistakes

Elizabeth was crying in a dark corner of a closet with her head on her knees, careful not to make any noise.
The last thing she needed was someone to see her like that. That was so weird…  until she hadn’t spoken with Grace, she wasn’t homesick at all. She had been living there on her own for the last six months. She obviously missed her granma, her little sister and her Dad, but she was fine… then, after that little talk, all of sudden she had just had to find a hiding place and cry. 

And just to top the situation, those ugly migraines of hers had come back a few days earlier. That also meant that insomnia was on its way too. For some unknown reason, these two things always traveled in pair. And then it would come the fainting thing… She just hoped not to faint in the middle of a lesson, like it had happened that time in high school. 
That would be so embarrassing…
And of course it happened. Elizabeth was demonstrating a complicated sequence in front of all the other girls when all of sudden she found herself lying on the floor after a jump. She had fallen – clearly – but she didn’t remember how. And she didn’t faint, even if everyone was saying otherwise. It was more like one second she was jumping and one second after was on the floor, with nothing in between…
Since she had hit her head pretty hard, the dance teacher called someone to immediately bring her to the infirmary, or the ER if that was the case. Elizabeth was too embarrassed to raise her eyes from the floor, but she didn’t have to look at her classmates to know that Anya Petrovna and her friends were smirking and laughing at her.
According to the doctors, Elizabeth was in perfect health. No anemia, no illnesses, nothing that could justify what had happened. They limited to give the girl an ice bag for the head, some painkillers for the pain and told her to get some rest and eat properly.
Elizabeth took the pills once she was back to the school and headed immediately to her room. She was thinking that maybe she could take advantage of that unexpected break to actually sleep, when she found herself on the floor again.
Only this time, the guy responsible for that immediately kneeled before her and asked if she was hurt or something.
“I’m fine… My head hurts, but that was before you sent me on the floor, so…”
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. I was searching for Mr. Graydon…” he said, helping her to get back on her feet.
“Mr. Graydon is not here today. He had to leave for Washington yesterday. A meeting or something.”
“But he told me… well, never mind.”
The young man merely sighed and said he would try to reach him another time.
 “It’s not the first time you come here, right? I think I’ve already seen you around.”
“I work for Mr. Graydon. Sort of. I help him with his collection. I’m a watchmaker, and…”
“Really? My granpa was. He so loved his job.”
“My father was a watchmaker. I… I followed his steps. Ah, by the way… I’m Gabriel. Gabriel Gray.”
“Elizabeth. Elizabeth Porter. Nice to meet you… all things considered.”
Gabriel gave her a shy smile, and touched his glasses. “Well, if Graydon is not here I don’t have a reason to stay… I better go. Nice meeting you, Elizabeth.”
Elizabeth waved her hand to him and watched Gabriel go.
“Well, Porter. You’ve found yourself a boyfriend!”
Anya. Damn. The lesson had already finished. Could that day get any worse?
“We were just talking.”
“The nerd and the ballerina. Almost a fairytale.”
“Go to hell, Anya.”
“But I suppose I can’t expect nothing better from a girl from… sorry, what’s your little town’s name again?”
Anya was evil. She enjoyed hurting people. And she was envious of her. 
Elizabeth never felt feelings not her own so clearly in her entire life. She looked at Anya, trying not to look shocked. Elizabeth decided not to reply to her provocations and simply go hiding in her room.
She stopped after a few steps, though, and started looking at all the people that were walking in the same corridor. Their feelings were genlty touching her mind, like feathers, disappearing after a second or two.  Joy, nervousness, pain, excitement… Elizabeth’s heart began to race. She literally ran to her room, locking the door behind her back and sliding slowly on the floor.
What the hell is happening to me?

Comments

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dana_serenity
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, first I have to say I absolutely ADORE your new header!!

Ahum xD as for the fic: I feel so sorry for Lizzie, poor her, but I love your work ;)
jademacgrath
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)

Aww, thanks girl. Glad you liked it.

re: the header... Do you ADORE it? Really? Thanks! ♥
Photoshop is my new best friend ; )

dana_serenity
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Photoshop your best friend? I wish I had some skills in that department =P for now I depend on the genius of other people.
jademacgrath
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

It took me a year to understand the damn program (and the tutorials)... but now I can have some fun with it : )
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