Three in the morning is an odd time for anyone to be out walking. Yet that’s exactly what Jade Keeler was doing. Her pace showed purpose, even as she moved along the quiet neighborhood, at the edge of a small town in the middle of nowhere.
The breeze played gently with the leaves in the mature trees standing guard in the yards of the homes she passed. The swishing sounds masked her footsteps as she moved, her eyes locked on a home just a few houses ahead. There was something she wanted to investigate further.
The only light came from the half-moon above, and the streetlights lining the neighborhood roads. The orange light they shined splashed in garish contrast to the darkness created by the night. Stars from the cloudless sky twinkled, but offered little light of their own. They did, however, lend a bit of romantic mystery to the task Jade sought to complete.
As her destination came into view, Jade moved off the sidewalk, and into the yards of the homes she passed. Gathering herself, she leapt up to the roof of a ranch style home, then proceeded along the tops of four more homes before landing lightly on top of the one she wanted.
A feeling of excitement, tinged with a little nervousness washed over her fair skinned features. The young man, a mortal who lived in the home upon which she now sat, intrigued her.
Crouching down, Jade closed her brilliant violet eyes, the silver flecks in them seeming to glow a little as the lids shut over them. Concentrating, she reached out with her mind, sorting through the flashes of surface thought, dreams, and emotions of those who lived within the home. Scanning through them much like one does TV channels, Jade soon came to the thoughts and emotions of the one she wanted to find, though he didn’t seem to be sleeping well. A little smile played at the corners of Jade’s lips as she realized he was thinking over the previous day’s events too.
With a leap of cat-like grace, Jade jumped off the roof, and landed in the yard surrounding his home. Her eyes scanned quickly around the yard, both checking for a place to settle in and hide, as well as making sure there were no dogs around. Quickly satisfying herself of her safety, Jade smiled as her eyes landed on the bushes next to the house. She crept in behind them, settled herself down, and relaxed. This made things much easier, and allowed her an even better opportunity to hopefully get some answers. Her back rested against the outside wall, her dark clothing standing out in contrast to the white wall. The bush she hid behind made for perfect camouflage.
It took only a moment to find his thoughts again, and she surfed through them. Only now that she was fully relaxed, did Jade realize the colossal pain he was in. The kind of pain which could only be brought on by a broken heart.
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