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Chapter One

As she opened her eyes she tried to remember where she was. She remembered the evening before; she had been out late with some friends and they decided to have a few drinks. She, being only 19, was designated "safe driver" for the crew. "Wait, where is everybody?" she asked herself, confused. For some reason she couldn't remember anything else from the night before. She knew she didn't drink anything, she had tasted alcohol once; she didn't like it, so why did she have such a bad headache. As she started to come to her senses, she started hearing noises. Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. The constant bleeping was starting to really piss her off. She shot open her eyes as to gather her surroundings. She found herself in a mint green room, in a white hospital gown, with her family in the room. "Damn it" she said silently to herself. She and her family hadn't exactly gotten along since she left home 2 years ago with a guy she thought loved her, but instead left her for a rich, stuck-up brat.
   This is just the beginning of Hunter Jakobson's story.
Hunter was a cheerful baby and the youngest of her family. She was very beautiful, everyone said so. As she grew older her older sisters envied her. She had green eyes, and not just the normal green you would see in a person's eyes, no this green was so beautiful. Her hair was a gorgeous, dirty blonde. She was very slender and very agile.
At the age of 7, Hunter knew she wanted something different for her life than what her family could give her. Her family was considered very low class since there were 7 children and her Father was the only one that was bringing in any money, as Hunter's mother had to quit her job when Hunter's eldest brother got caught doing drugs in the bathroom of his school. Jordan was expelled and Mrs. Jakobson decided to home school him for the last two years of high school.
At 15, Hunter knew she was different from everybody else in her family and she thought everyone in the world. She was tired of being at home and couldn't sleep so she chose to go for a late night run. That's the night she realized her difference, she should have died that night, but she didn't. The doctors all said it was a miracle that her skull hadn't been crushed, but Hunter knew that the tree had indeed crushed her skull when it fell. Somehow, though she was still alive and her skull had healed itself by the time her parents found her. They had found her unconscious, with no scrapes or bruising or broken bones.
When she left home at 17 with Aaron, she was really trying to discover herself and figure out how to tell her parents what she found out shortly after the tree had fallen on her head. She was an elemental. She could control ice. She found out that the Ice elementals could heal their bones from fractures and complete breaks; depending on how bad the fracture or breakage was determined how long it took to heal. A crushed skull took all of 20 minutes to heal. The Ice elementals could also heal themselves from a severed limb or even the slightest scratch.
Aaron left her shortly after her 18th birthday. After that Hunter didn't trust anyone. Male or Female.  Black or White. She built a brick wall inside her heart and let no one take it down. Hunter decided to attend a college solely for elementals, Gracepoint College. The school was in California, she lived in South Carolina at the time, had no job, no car, and no money. How was she going to get out there? She didn't want to get help from anyone, because she didn't trust anyone. She wrote a letter to the Dean of the college asking to be accepted for she had nowhere to stay or any training as to how to use her element. She was accepted promptly and they paid her way to the school. She trained with the best of them.....
Hunter had no idea of what she was getting herself into, with letting this guy train her. She hated men but there was just something about this one. The connection between the two of them was instant, she didn't like that feeling. She never really had liked the feeling of connection between her and males. Her brothers and her Father, and her uncles were really the only men she talked to. Her grandfathers were both dead, they had fought in a war (one that no one wanted to tell her about). Why they hadn't told her was beyond her, but it wasn't her choice.



Chapter Two

He thought that it was amazing that this girl was totally hott and was an elemental. All the other girls at the school were cute or pretty but this was the first one that he saw that was hott. And of course she was she was the elemental Ice. They always seemed to be super cute and sexy. Baylor had always hoped that one day another Ice elemental would come to the school.

He, being an Ice elemental himself, knew the good looks that they had. He knew how they were hated for their hair color, their eye color, and their height and weight. They never had to diet or exercise; they were just skinny and muscular all the time. Of course this girl had to like that, or so he thought.

Baylor Johnson, tall, dark, and handsome, just like every other male Ice elemental. He knew he was handsome and a flirt, but he didn't want a girl that did that. He wanted a girl that would play around with him, but love him. Every girl that was in this school were flirts and slept around, but they were not Ice elementals. He wanted an Ice elemental because she would know how he functioned. She would understand why he would leave him bed in the night to go outside and sit on the roof late at night.

Baylor remembers the day he first saw her. Her green eyes and dirty blonde hair, that’s what caught his attention, he knew that she was an Ice elemental just by looking at her. She was taller and prettier than most other girls. He knew he had to talk to her, but right now he had to train. Because Baylor was almost complete with his training, he was asked to train certain people, especially the new students. He hoped that the new girl would be assigned to him. He wanted to talk to her whenever he could.

Dr. Horrin, the dean of the school, asked if he would come to her office, he hoped it was something good. He was pleasantly surprised when he got there and the new girl was there.
"Baylor Johnson." he said stretching his hand out to shake her hand.
"Hunter Jakobson. Nice to meet you." she said as she shook his hand then quickly yanked her hand back as if she had been electrocuted.

He felt the electricity from her hand, like a jolt of energy. The connection between them was immediate.
Dr. Horrin turned to Baylor, “Would you like to train her for me?" she asked him.
"Yeah, totally."
"Thanks, but I would like to speak with you for a moment. Hunter, could you excuse us for a minute, please?"
"Yeah, I'll step out." she said as she walked out.

Baylor knew he was in some trouble. Horrin never asked him to stay after she asked him to train someone. He quickly thought about what it was that he had done. Nothing. There was nothing that came to mind.

"Baylor, chill you aren't in trouble. I wanted to tell you about her." Horrin told him.

"Good Gosh! Horrin you had me worried, I just couldn't think of what I did." Baylor said as relief washed over him.

"You need to lighten up, Johnson. Anyways, the jist of her story, grew up in a large family, youngest of 7 kids. Found out what she was at the age of 15. Left home at 17 with a boy, he left her, jobless, homeless, and broken. Don't try to be smooth, she don't trust boys. I'm having you train her to help with that. By the end of this year she needs to be in top shape." Dr. Horrin told him.

"Fine, I'll try my hardest but no guarantees. She's Ice, the only other one in this whole damn school. She's very beautiful, and that's going to be hard to resist. But for you I will try hard." Baylor said very frustrated, as he turned and walked out of the office.

Baylor had never been nervous to train a person before, but there was just something about this girl that drew his attention and made him so nervous. Well, I guess I should get up and get an hour or so of my training in before I have to start training Hunter, He thought to himself. He slowly opened his eyes and threw the covers off of him. Baylor rolled out of bed and landed face first on the floor. He jumped up off the floor, thankful that he had his own room so that no one would see what had just happened.

He pulled on his wet suit; he planned to train in water today. He didn’t even bother to fix his hair as he did every morning; not that it needed to be fixed since he always kept it in a military crew cut. He then pulled on his boots and laced them up. Baylor then grabbed his watch off the nightstand beside his bed and strapped it to his wrist. Then he asked himself: glasses or contacts? This was the question he asked himself every day. I could wear my glasses for now; most people are still sleeping at this point anyways, then later when I go to train Hunter I can put my contacts in. But then again my glasses are stylish, BUT then there’s the whole issue of blind spots cause of my frames. Contacts it is. It was very normal for him to talk to himself in his head or even out loud.

He stepped out into the darkened hall and turned left to head towards the training arena upstairs. He knew the path in the dark all too well. When he first got here at the school when he couldn’t sleep he would slowly make his ways upstairs to the arena and do some form of training. Whether it was mental, physical, or emotional, he would train himself every night after everyone had gone to bed.

Baylor had decided on what he was going to try before he had even gotten all the way up the stairs. He had been trying and trying to do it for years. He needed to be in water and be able to freeze the water around him. This was the one thing that stood between him and his training being complete. Every time he tried he would get so close but he would get tired before he got it to freeze; he was hoping since he got to bed early last night that he would be able to do it today.  

He filled the small pool with water and then stepped in. The water would be freezing to a normal human being, but he was no normal human being. The water wasn’t even cold to him. He started to focus on the water and trying to get the temperature in the pool to drop. He could feel his energy leaving his body, and the weird thing was he actually enjoyed the feeling. He welcomed it. He then started to feel the temperature drop, just slightly though, not much. Then he saw it, he saw the layer of ice start to form on top of the water. Then it was gone, focus lost. He tried three more times with the same outcome. He got out of the water and grabbed a towel. Then he glanced at his watch, it read 5:30. Well I guess I will go wake Hunter up, I’ll start training her at 6. He cut the lights off in the arena as he walked out. He went down the two flights of stairs to get to the girls floor. What room did Horrin say she was staying in? Oh yes, room 281. As he walked past the rooms he counted off the room numbers in his head.  215, 217, 219…..267, 269, 271…..279, 281.  There it is. He double checked the number, 281. He heard something moving inside the room but thought nothing of it. He lifted his hand to the door to knock; then he paused. Why is this so hard for me, I’m just trying to get her up to train her, that’s it. Grow up, be a man.  He did it, Knock. Knock. Knock. Then he stepped away from the door. He heard her moving and fumbling with something from inside the room. He was shocked when Hunter opened the door and had a gun pointed at his head.

"Baylor, why are you knocking on my door so early?" She asked him lowering her gun.

“Cause it’s time to get up.” He said.

“Well, I am apparently awake.”

"Sorry, but training starts at 6, meet me upstairs, in this." Baylor said as he handed her a black wet suit, with a pair of knee high boots and a pair of gloves.

"Ok, and the wet suit is for......?"
“You will find out during your training today. Oh btw, prepare to be exhausted by the end of the day. You will just want to sleep by the time I am done with you." Baylor told her.

"We will see, I am really tough, you will have to push me pretty hard."  She told him as she grabbed the clothing from his hands. She turned around and walked back into her room and shut the door.

At exactly 6 Baylor walked into the arena, he didn’t see her. “Maybe she has her phone on her.” He said to himself. He pulled his phone out of his pocket and dialed her number. It went to voicemail. “Well, I guess I will just have to push her harder if she is going to be late to her first training session. She will learn quickly that I don’t put up with this crap.”  At 6:10 Baylor’s phone rang, he looked at the caller ID, Hunter Jakobson. He answered, “Hello?” No reply, he turned around and was looking at the door to see if she was there, when all of a sudden he felt a hand on his shoulder.

"Damn Hunter, how long have you been here?" Baylor asked after he came over the initial shock of her being right behind him.

"Oh, well i have been in here since about 5:50. I was just watching you wait for me, and listening to you talk to yourself." She said almost laughing.

"Oh you heard me talking to myself? What did you hear me say?" He asked alarmed.

"Oh I heard you, I heard everything you said. JK, Brosky, I could only hear you mumbling to yourself, couldn't make out any of the words you said." She said. "Dude, you need to lighten up, you are too high strung."

"You are the second person to tell me that, I guess I may need to lighten up."

Baylor couldn’t figure her out. What did she know about him that he didn’t? He had no idea, but he didn’t have the time to think about it right now. He needed to have her do the initial run through of the training course. He just wanted to see where she was physically. His personal best on the course was 4 minutes and 32 seconds, if she could beat that he would know where to start her.

“Hunter, I am going to have you run this obstacle course, just to see where you are physically. Rules are you can’t stop moving until you have finished the course. I want you to stretch before you run it though.” Baylor told her.

“Huh, Obstacle courses have always been easy for me.  But Ok.”

“We shall see how easy they are for you, then after that I want you to try something that I have been trying for years to accomplish only to fail every time.” Baylor told her. He knew that if she could accomplish the freezing water technique that he had been trying to do for years that it would be HE that SHE would need to train.

The obstacle course contained several things that a person would need upper body strength to complete. Things such as the rope climbing portion and the monkey bars that went up and down all the way across. There were other things that didn’t require strength but instead smarts, although this part always confused him, why did there need to be a logistical part to an obstacle course? This was one thing he would never figure out. Then to finish off the course there were a series of rock walls to climb up and down, and a tight rope to walk across.

“How fast did you run it?” she asked him.

“I will tell you after you have run it.”

“Ok well whats the fastest time so far?”

“Just over 4 minutes, 4:20. This record may or may not be held by yours truly.” he replied.




Chapter Three

Knock. Knock. Knock.
Hunter jumped at the sound of someone knocking on her door. Who is knocking on the door at 5:30 in the morning?  She thought to herself.
She jumped out of bed grabbed her gun off her nightstand and rushed to the door. She peered through the peep hole on the door and saw that it was just Baylor. She opened the door turned to Baylor and said, "Baylor, why are you knocking on the damn door so early?"
"Cause it’s time to get up." Baylor said with a smirk.
"Well, I am apparently awake."
"Sorry, but training starts at 6, meet me upstairs, in this." Baylor said as he handed her a black wet suit, with a pair of knee high boots and a pair of gloves.
"Ok and the wet suit is for......?"
"You will find out during your training today. Oh btw, prepare to be exhausted by the end of the day. You will just want to sleep by the time I am done with you." Baylor told her.
"We will see, I am really tough, you will have to push me pretty hard."  She told him as she grabbed the clothing from his hands. She turned around and walked back into her room and shut the door.
At exactly 6 am, Baylor walked through the doors to the training arena. Hunter saw him as soon as he walked through the doors. He couldn't see her and she knew it, thankfully she remembered to silence her cell phone. Two minutes later her phone vibrated in the inside of her wet suit, she took it out and looked at her caller ID, Baylor J. She figured she could come out of hiding now. So while he was turned around she came out of her hiding place and quickly and silently came up behind him and tapped his shoulder.
"Damn Hunter, how long have you been here?" Baylor asked after he came over the initial shock of her being right behind him.
"Oh, well I have been in here since about 5:50. I was just watching you wait for me, and listening to you talk to yourself." She said almost laughing.
"Oh you heard me talking to myself? What did you hear me say?" He asked alarmed.
"Oh I heard you I heard everything you said. JK, Brosky, I could only hear you mumbling to yourself, couldn't make out any of the words you said." as Hunter finished saying that she saw relief wash over him like a flood. "Dude, you need to lighten up, you are too high strung."
“You are the second person to tell me that, I guess I may need to lighten up."
She could tell that something had him so high strung, but what, she didn't know. Hunter decided that she would leave the subject alone for now so that he wouldn't increase her training to much today. Baylor decided to start small, she knew she could do more but she didn't want to show how powerful she was just yet.




Chapter Four

Knock. Knock. Knock.
Hunter jumped at the sound of someone knocking on her door. Who is knocking on the door at 5:30 in the morning?  She thought to herself.
She jumped out of bed grabbed her gun off her nightstand and rushed to the door. She peered through the peep hole on the door and saw that it was just Baylor. She opened the door turned to Baylor and said, "Baylor, why are you knocking on the damn door so early?"
"Cause it’s time to get up." Baylor said with a smirk.
"Well, I am apparently awake."
"Sorry, but training starts at 6, meet me upstairs, in this." Baylor said as he handed her a black wet suit, with a pair of knee high boots and a pair of gloves.
"Ok and the wet suit is for......?"
"You will find out during your training today. Oh btw, prepare to be exhausted by the end of the day. You will just want to sleep by the time I am done with you." Baylor told her.
"We will see, I am really tough, you will have to push me pretty hard."  She told him as she grabbed the clothing from his hands. She turned around and walked back into her room and shut the door.
At exactly 6 am, Baylor walked through the doors to the training arena. Hunter saw him as soon as he walked through the doors. He couldn't see her and she knew it, thankfully she remembered to silence her cell phone. Two minutes later her phone vibrated in the inside of her wet suit, she took it out and looked at her caller ID, Baylor J. She figured she could come out of hiding now. So while he was turned around she came out of her hiding place and quickly and silently came up behind him and tapped his shoulder.
"Damn Hunter, how long have you been here?" Baylor asked after he came over the initial shock of her being right behind him.
"Oh, well I have been in here since about 5:50. I was just watching you wait for me, and listening to you talk to yourself." She said almost laughing.
"Oh you heard me talking to myself? What did you hear me say?" He asked alarmed.
"Oh I heard you I heard everything you said. JK, Brosky, I could only hear you mumbling to yourself, couldn't make out any of the words you said." as Hunter finished saying that she saw relief wash over him like a flood. "Dude, you need to lighten up, you are too high strung."
“You are the second person to tell me that, I guess I may need to lighten up."
She could tell that something had him so high strung, but what, she didn't know. Hunter decided that she would leave the subject alone for now so that he wouldn't increase her training to much today. Baylor decided to start small, she knew she could do more but she didn't want to show how powerful she was just yet.



Chapter Five

If Baylor had ever trained a girl before, you couldn't tell. He was so nervous about training Hunter, his hands were shaking. He was afraid that Hunter would notice. He didn't need that to happen.
"Baylor? You ok, dude?" She asked when she noticed Baylor zoning.

"Huh? Oh, yeah I'm fine." He replied.

"Are you sure?” She persisted, “You seem out of it."

"Well, I guess you could say I'm kind of out of it." Baylor said with a sigh.

"Um...You want to talk about it?" Hunter asked him with a hint of concern.

"No, not really." Baylor said, closing the issue for the time being.

"Ok, well I guess I'll go get started on something" Hunter said as she walked off.

Damn! Baylor thought as she walked away. This was not the "Damn" as in "Damn she's hot." this was the "Damn, how could she tell?" He had to figure out how to hide his feelings better. He thought he was skilled at it, but apparently not well enough. Hunter, who had known him for only two weeks, could already tell that there was something wrong with him. Maybe he was just spending too much time with her. He decided to stop for a little while, if she asked questions he would just tell her that he was busy. Not that she would buy into that, but he still held out hope that she might.

Over the next four or so days Baylor only trained Hunter for two hours per day then he would avoid her the rest of the time. He hoped that she wouldn't catch on, but the chances were that she had already caught onto what he was doing. As soon as Baylor finished that thought, Hunter walked up to him.

"Hey Baylor, what's going on?" she asked looking him dead in the eyes.

"Um, nothing’s going on. Why do you ask?" Baylor responded as he looked away.

"Well, you have been avoiding me like the plague for the past few days. And you always want to chill with me. So, what's up?" She asked in all seriousness.

"Oh, Um, Well........Um, I got busy." Baylor started. "I was training, you know, getting better, so that I can train you better.”

"Yeah, sure!" Hunter said as she took three steps closer to Baylor. Then in one swift movement she disarmed him of the knife he was holding and then pinned him up against the wall. She looked him dead in the eyes before continuing, "Don't lie to me, Baylor. I know exactly why you were avoiding me. One thing you don't know about me is how well and how far my abilities have developed. Most times if I am in the same room as you, I can hear your thoughts. Creepy, I know, but it is what it is. So I know you like me, I know that it freaked you out that I knew something was up the other day. Fact of the matter is, I know that you were shaking like crazy the other day when you were training me because you are attracted to me. So, I don't ever want you to lie to me again. Do I make myself clear?" She said as she applied more pressure to Baylor’s pinned joints

"Uh, yes ma'am. You’ve made yourself very clear." Baylor said in surprise and discomfort.

"Good, now that we have an understanding, you can have your knife back." Hunter said as she handed Baylor his knife back while unpinning him in the same movement. She then turned and walked off, leaving Baylor alone with his thoughts.

What in the world just happened? How did I let myself get pinned to a wall by a girl, especially that girl? How long has she been able to hear my thoughts? Is she listening to my thoughts right now? All these questions flashed through Baylor's mind when Hunter left. At least now he knew more of what she was capable of doing. His thoughts were interrupted when Chris, a fire elemental, and one of the school’s top students, walked up.

"Hey dude, what's up?" Baylor asked him.

"Nothing much just on my way upstairs; Rebecca and I were going to try to do some training. Or should I say she was going to tell me what to do and I was going to do it.” Chris grinned at his own comment before continuing, “Oh well, you know how women get, always have to be bossy. But I'll catch you later or Becca is going to work me to death, even though she does that already."

"Yeah, okay later Chris." Baylor said, half laughing.

Rebecca and Chris had been friends for a while, Baylor wasn't sure of how long, or even what exactly their relationship was to each other. Baylor and Rebecca had talked together on several occasions, and she seemed like a nice girl and he was sure that she would be great to hang around. Baylor was also sure that Chris was interested in her, but that wasn't his business, he wasn’t interested in Rebecca in that way. His business was Hunter, and how he could get her to fall for him.

He was pretty sure that she liked him but the question was, how much? It was the question that he didn't have the slightest answer for. Baylor glanced down at his watch which read 5:45. Well I guess I’d better call Hunter and tell her to get her ass up to the training arena. He didn't need her to be late. He was going to push her to her limits for the little stunt in the hallway earlier this morning.

He dug his phone out of his pocket and called Hunter. "Yellow?" She said when she finally answered.

"Why do you always say that, Hunter?"

"What 'Yellow'?" She asked, trying to play innocent, although she was doing a horrible job at it.

"Yes, why do you always answer the phone with 'Yellow'?" Baylor continued, keeping his voice neutral.

There was a slight pause before Hunter replied, "Um, well......I really don't know. What do you want Baylor?"

"It’s time to train, come on upstairs. Bring your wet suit, boots, and gloves and pull your hair up because I'm going to be pushing you hard today. I know what you are capable of now and I'm going to use that to my benefit." Baylor said with a hint of arrogance.

"Yeah, Ok. I'll be up there in ten." Hunter responded.

Baylor walked up the stairs and entered the arena. He was thinking about what he could do to train her to the point where she would never try to pin him to the wall again. He still couldn’t think of anything. So he walked over to where Rebecca and Chris were standing.

"Hey guys, I have a problem and I was wondering if maybe you two could help me with it." Baylor said as he reached them.

"Sure, what's up Baylor?" Rebecca replied.

"Well I have this student that I'm training, and I had a run in with this student this morning and I need to push them hard in training today and I wanted to know what you think I should have them do." He told them.

"Is that your student?" Chris asked as he pointed towards the door. Baylor glanced in that direction just as Hunter walked through the doors.

Damn it. He thought to himself. "Yes, that's her." Baylor said with a frustrated sigh.

"Well what happened at this run in?" Chris asked, his face breaking into a broad grin as he did so, “Did she try to kiss you to death?”

“Chris, come on, don't tease him." Rebecca said, jabbing Chris with her elbow to make her point.

"Oh, he's fine Rebecca,” Baylor said as he watched Chris rub his ribs, “but no, Chris, she didn't kiss me. She pinned me up against the wall and told me to never lie to her again and then she asked if she had made herself clear. It really pissed me off I'm not going to lie." He finished just as Hunter walked up and stood beside him.

He didn't have to even look to know it was her. Just her presence there beside him was enough to let him know who it was. God, why did he have to like her so much? He barely knew the woman and he just wanted to be with her all the time. That was it, he was tired of it; he was going to ask her out today while he was training her. He still wanted to talk to Chris and Rebecca some more first though. So he turned to Hunter, "Go do some stretches and then run 2 miles. When you’re done meet me back here."

"Ok." She replied and set off to her tasks.

Baylor turned back to Chris and Rebecca, "So, yeah I like her, a lot.” He continued awkwardly, “I want to ask her out, but she doesn't trust men. Chris, do you have any advice?"

"Dude, if you want to ask her out, I wouldn’t push her hard today; don't really start pushing her hard until she's your girl. After that you can tell her that you are doing it to help her get better. She won't question it." Chris told him.

"She might question it but not as much.” Rebecca said, joining in on the advice giving, “One thing to do with women that don't trust men is always ask permission before doing anything. That restores their trust in men. Believe me; I was like that until I met my ex. He knew that I didn't trust men, so he would ask 'can I hold your hand?' or 'Can I kiss you?' or 'Can I put my arm around you?', always making sure I was comfortable before doing anything and because of that it restored my trust in men... mostly. Which is the only reason I agreed to train this big lug when he first got here, although he really tries my patience at times." Rebecca said as she punched Chris in the gut, causing him to double over.

"Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice.” Baylor said to them as he turned to walk off.

"No problem, man. Just keep us posted." Chris told him.

"Ok, will do." Baylor said just as Hunter caught up to him. She wasn't even panting, or breathing heavily. He would never figure her out, Hunter was a giant mystery. Even so, Baylor liked a good mystery.

"Ok, Baylor, I'm done with that. What's next?" She asked him as they continued their way across the arena.

"Now you take a break. Take 10 minutes to stretch your legs, get some water and sit for a little bit." Baylor said.

"Okay." Hunter said with a hint of hesitation before walking off again. Baylor was still in his own thoughts when Chris walked up behind him.

"Dude, remember, she’s the one who had you pinned to the wall, she's pretty tough." Chris reminded him as they both watched Hunter find a place to sit down for a minute.

"Yeah, I know, she's tough. Apparently when she was fourteen or so, a tree fell on her and knocked her out cold, but yet she's still alive. She's a survivor if I ever met one." He told Chris as he watched her. She was so beautiful he just didn't understand why she was so distant. He wanted to be the one that she let past her walls and get to know the real Hunter.

"Well, I'll let you and Rebecca get back to training, I’m going to train Hunter." He said to Chris with a nod.

"Hunter?” Chris repeated, nodding as he took one last glance in her direction, “That’s a pretty name for a girl like her." Chris said.

"Yeah, I know." Baylor responded as he walked off to go get started with Hunter.

Chapter Six

Hunter knew something was up with Baylor. He was too shakey for something to not be wrong, but what was bothering him so badly? All of a sudden her head started to hurt really bad. Then the next thing she knew she was hearing his thoughts.

"Why does this girl have to be so damn fine? I mean like really, she's Ice, like me, she understands me, and she's extremely beautiful. I like her a lot; maybe that's why I'm shaking so badly. Man, I really hope she doesn't notice." Hunter heard as she listened to Baylor's thoughts.

"Baylor? You ok?" Hunter asked Baylor once she finally managed to stop listening to his thoughts.

"Huh? Oh, yeah I'm fine." He replied, kind of startled at the question.

"Are you sure? You seem totally out of it." She said questioning his response.

"Well, I guess you could say I'm kind of out of it in a way." Baylor said as he sighed.

"Um, do you want to talk about it?" She asked him, mainly out of concern but mostly because she wanted to know if he was going to say anything about him liking her. She was doubtful of it. Guys tended to struggle when it came to feelings.

"No, Not really." She half-way heard him say.

"Ok, well I guess I'll go start training." Hunter said as she walked off to find something to get started with.

Why he persisted with training her before the sun was even up was beyond her, but it is what it is. Hunter decided that she would go for a run around the track. Generally, he had her do two miles, so today she decided to do three, but first she needed to do some stretches; she did not want to pull one of the muscles in her leg, as she did the first time he’d had her run. That was one mistake she'd rather not repeat.

After her training that morning Baylor sent her on her way and told her to keep hydrated and cool, because it was supposed to be one hell of a hot day. And with that he was gone. Hunter went about her basic morning routine after training. She went back to her room stripped the wet suit off and jumped into the shower. Then she would get out and get dressed. She never did the whole hair and make-up thing like the other girls did. Hunter never understood the point, your make-up would just get smudged and your hair would get messed up, either naturally or by some guy that rubs your hair while he is doing a fail attempt at flirting with you. So she'd dry her hair and put it in a ponytail. She would then proceed to the Café to find something of edible quality. Once she actually found something she would eat then do who knows what for the rest of the day, well until 2pm because that was her other training time. At that time she and Baylor would be in the arena for 4 to 5 hours doing nothing but training, which was good for her because after the tree fell on her she had the hardest time doing simple tasks, such as picking things up off the floor, and even running. Yet after two weeks, Baylor had her running 2 miles in under 13 minutes, and he was proud of that.

For the next four days Hunter noticed that Baylor only called her in the mornings for training for two hours then the rest of the day she had to herself. On the fourth morning she saw Baylor in the hallway before training so she walked up to him and said "Hey Baylor, what's going on?"

"Um, nothing, why do you ask?" Baylor responded as he looked away.

"Oh, yeah nothing is going on, alright", Hunter thought to herself. "Well, you have been avoiding me like the plague for the past few days. And you always want to chill with me. So, what's up?" She asked him in all seriousness.

"Oh, Um, Well...........Um, I got busy." Baylor started. "I was training, you know, getting better so that I can train you better."

"Yeah right, sure." Hunter said as she took three steps closer to Baylor. Then in one swift movement she disarmed him of the damned knife that he had been messing with the entire conversation, and pinned him to the wall with her arm across his chest. She looked him dead in the eyes before she continued, "Don't lie to me, Baylor." She said in a whisper, "I know exactly why you were avoiding me. One thing you don't know about me is how well and how far my abilities have developed. Most times if I am in the same room, I can hear your thoughts. Creepy, I know, but it is what it is. Fact of the matter is, I know you were shaking like crazy the other day when you were training me because you are attracted to me. So, I don't ever want you to lie to me again. Do I make myself clear?" She said as she moved her arm up closer to his throat to apply more pressure.

"Uh, Yes, Ma'am, You've made yourself very clear.” Baylor said. She could tell that this was making him uncomfortable, but she continued to hold him there for a few more seconds just to ensure that she had made her point.

"Good, now that we understand each other, you may now have your knife back." Hunter said as she handed Baylor his knife back while unpinning him in the same movement. She then turned and walked off, leaving him alone with his thoughts.

She decided that she wouldn't spy after that, Hunter glanced at her watch the display read 4:50. Why had she gotten up so early? Oh, yes to talk to Baylor before training. "Eh, I still got like an hour before training even starts; I'll go get a little more sleep." She said to the walls. Hunter talked to the walls, because they would listen and not judge her, unlike people.

Hunter wasn’t asleep long before Baylor called her, and she knew why.
“Yellow?” she said when she answered her phone.

“Why do you always say that, Hunter?” Baylor said on the other end of the line.

“What, ‘Yellow’?” She asked trying to play innocent.

“Yes, why do you always answer the phone with ‘yellow’?”

“Um, well…….I really don’t know. What do you want Baylor?” She asked even though she already knew what it was he wanted.

“It’s time to come upstairs. Wet suit, boots, and gloves. Pull your hair up because I’m pushing you hard today. Now I know what you are capable of and I’m going to use that to my benefit.” Baylor said with a hint of an attitude.

“Yeah, Ok. I’ll be up there in ten.” Hunter responded and hung up the phone. Good going girl, going to get yourself in a hell of a lot of trouble. She said to herself as she rushed to get ready. When she was done she rushed upstairs.

When Hunter got upstairs to the arena Baylor was already there. He was talking to a couple of people that she had seen before but never met. She knew that they were talking about her before she even walked up. The head nod from the other man standing there gave her that impression. Hunter walked up and stood behind Baylor, she let her breath fall on the back of Baylor’s neck. When she was in her boots she tended to be about as tall as him, but she was still an inch shorter. She knew that it sent a chill down Baylor’s spine, because in that moment he turned around and flashed a smile at her. She decided to leave his thoughts alone today; she knew that he was pissed so she didn’t even want to know what was going on in his head. Not right now at least.

“Go do some stretches and run 2 miles. When you’re done meet me back here.” Baylor told her sternly.

“Ok. See you in a few.” Hunter said as she walked away. “Man, that guy is hard to figure out. One minute he’s all chill and calm, the next he is mad and frustrated. What’s up with that?” she said to herself as she walked towards the track. After some stretches she started walking and gradually increased it to a full on run. When she got done she realized she ran the 2 miles in 11 minutes and 27 seconds. DAMN!! She thought to herself. That’s the fastest that I have ever run that. Baylor didn’t notice nor will he. Boys, so unobservant. Oh well.  

“No problem, man. Just keep us posted.” The tall guy was saying to Baylor when she walked up.

“Ok, will do.” Baylor said in reply.

“Ok, Baylor, I’m done with that. What’s next?” Hunter asked him when she felt that it was safe to interrupt.

“Now, you take a break. Take 10 minutes to stretch your legs, get some water, and sit for a little bit.”

“Okay.” Hunter said with a bit of hesitation as she walked off to get some water. There was a mini fridge up in the arena that held some cold waters, but she wanted to see if she could use her element and make a bottle of warm water cold. So she went on a hunt in search of warm water. She found some in the back of a closet beside the fridge. Probably the bottles to restock the fridge. She thought to herself.

Hunter had frozen things in the past, but just cooling something down,  that would be a feat. Hunter tried to focus on the task at hand but she could help but wondering about what Baylor and the other two students had been saying about her. I mean it’s in a girl’s nature to wonder about such things; honestly it’s in any person’s nature to wonder about it. She didn’t need to let it bother her; she had to focus on cooling the water without freezing it. The freezing was the easy part; the cooling was the hard part.

Still Hunter was going to do it. She was going to cool the water down, but that would have to wait till later, it had already been 8 minutes and she still needed to get some water. She preferred to drink warm water after running anyways.  She figured it would be safe to chug the entire water bottle since it had already been like 15 minutes since she had got done running. She downed the bottle then threw it into the recycling bin. She may be badass, at least to herself, but when it came to being green and environmentally friendly she was right there with all the nerds and geeks and anyone else that recycled.

She walked over to where she had left Baylor, who was lost in thought, and said, “I’m back, and it’s been 10 minutes. Just so you know.”

“Uh, oh yeah. Sorry, I was thinking about some stuff.” Baylor responded half-zoned.
“Eh, it’s no problem.” She told him.

“Ok, well I’m not feeling too well so you go ahead and be done for today, we will skip today’s 2 pm training, unless im feeling better, Ok?” Baylor told her.

“Ok, well I hope that you get feeling better soon. I’ll catch you later.” Hunter said as she turned and started to walk off.

“Will you go out with me?” Hunter heard Baylor say, in a very low voice.

“Uh, what was that?” Hunter asked him.

“Will you go on a date with me?” He asked in a louder voice.

“Um, well……I would love to, Baylor. Thank you, for finally asking me.” Hunter said as she blushed.

“Cool, ok, How about Friday night, I take you to a movie then to dinner?” Baylor asked.

“Sure, what time?” Hunter asked.

“How about 4:30? We could swing by the theater pick a movie then decide on eating before or after the movie, and where. That sound cool?” Baylor asked.

“Yeah, 4:30 on Friday, I’ll be ready.” Hunter answered, trying to sound as if she wasn’t about to explode.

“Ok, well I’ll catch you later. I’d really like to kick this, whatever it may be, to the curb before I get sick, so I’m going to go take a nap.” Baylor said as he walked away, passing Hunter and leaving her there, alone, in the arena, with her thoughts.

He actually did it. I didn’t think that he would but he did. WOW! I’m actually surprised; I never thought that he would do it. Hunter was in total shock because of what just happened. She stood in the arena for about 5 more minutes before she left and headed down to her room. She wanted to get out of these clothes and then confide in her journal, as she did every day.  She secretly had like Baylor since the first time she laid eyes on him. How could she not? He was tall, dark, and handsome, and his eyes, oh, his eyes they were so pretty. Most times she wouldn’t refer to guy’s eyes as pretty but his were gorgeous. So deep blue, almost like the ocean, they had so many different colors in them and it made her jealous. Her eyes were green, just plain green, even though people told her all the time that her eyes were very beautiful, she just didn’t believe them.  
At 2 pm Baylor called Hunter and told her that he was feeling better and was up to giving her a few lessons. So Hunter got changed back into her wet suit and boots and headed upstairs.

“Hey, Baylor, did you get any sleep?” Hunter asked him, her voice sounding concerned.

“Oh, yeah I did. I slept from about 8 till 1:43. It was amazing.” Baylor told her.

“Well, I’m glad you are feeling better, buddy.” She said.

“Ok, so I want you to try something that I have been attempting to do for a while. You don’t mind do you?” Baylor asked her.

“Well, it depends on what exactly you are wanting me to do.” Hunter told him.

“I want you to get into a pool of water and freeze it. I have attempted this for months, and I have not yet succeeded with it yet.” Baylor said.

“Oh ok, I’ll try it, don’t know that I’ll be able to do it though.” Hunter lied to Baylor as to not make him feel bad, since he had been training to do this stuff for years, whereas she had only been training for 3 weeks.

“If you can’t its no big deal, I just want to see if you can do it.” Baylor said.

“Ok, well let’s just see if I can do it.” She said knowing that she could do it.

“Ok, over here is the pool that I have been working with.” Baylor said as he walked towards the pool.

Hunter jumped into the water. She started to focus herself so she could freeze the water…..

Chapter Seven

As she walked through the empty corridor she was thinking about what she and Dr. Horrin had been talking about a few days earlier. She wanted to help Baylor in some way. She knew he needed it to be easier for him because of all the training that he was doing. With her no longer needing to be trained by him, she knew that she could help him somehow. Hunter hadn’t even been at the “college” for two months and already knew more than Baylor did.
Hunter headed up to the front office to see Dr. Horrin. She and Hunter had been discussing letting Hunter take on some of Baylor’s students. This way he wouldn’t have so many of them.
Knock. Knock. Knock.
“Come in Hunter.” Dr. Horrin told her through the closed door.
Hunter opened the office door, still surprised at how Dr. Horrin knew that it was her, and walked in, closing the door behind her, “Hey Dr. Horrin, How are you?”, Hunter asked.
“I’m fine, thank you. How are you?” Horrin asked Hunter.
“I’m tired, but Im doing okay, if that’s what you wanted to know.” Hunter responded.
“Okay, so I talked to Baylor, and he feels that it would be an awesome idea. He has a total of 15 students. He wants me to give you only 6 of them, four girls and two boys. Not all of them are ice elementals, not sure which ones are the ice ones off the top of my head, so you will have to read through their file. But here are the files, there’s Grace Ripoint, Jennifer Reddin, Olesaya Claute, Abbigail Gradin, Taylor Brandson, and Jordan Daniels. Let me tell you something, Taylor is a hothead. Jordan, well he is kinda slow *taps the side of her head* up here. Grace is very sweet, don’t worry about her. Jennifer and Abbigail are best friends, and kind of spoiled. Both of their parents are rich and both of the girls act like they are entitled to everything. Olesaya, is very quiet and don’t talk much. You will start with them tomorrow. Best of luck to you.” Dr. Horrin told Hunter as she handed the files to her.
“Thanks, I’m going to find Baylor now.” She said as she turned and walked out.
Hunter didn’t know if she would be able to train the boys. She didn’t trust males, except Baylor and Chris. For some reason she trusted Chris. She didn’t even know him, but she trusted him.
She continued down the hall to find Baylor, Hunter started to gain speed while she was walking; she rounded the corner to go down Baylor’s hall. She was in a daze and ran smack into him.
“Oh, Uh, Um, I’m sorry Baylor.” Hunter said as she backed up.
“Oh, you’re fine, come here.” Baylor told her while grabbing her arms and pulling her to him, embracing her in a hug.
“Okay.” She said as she hugged him back.
“So I heard that you are going to be training six of my students for me. That’s very nice of you.” Baylor said letting go of Hunter and taking a step back as to see her face. Her eyes were always so pretty, those deep green eyes. Today she was wearing some black eyeliner around her eyes, which made the green kind of pop. Her hair was up in a ponytail and she had a thick black headband on.
“Yeah, I just figured since you aren’t training me anymore I can give you a hand and train some of your students. But why is the hell would you give me a hotheaded student? You know that he is going to die before im finished with him.” Hunter told him.
“He is only a hothead when you piss him off. If you stay on his nice side you shouldn’t have any problems. Hunter, be nice, please.”
“Me? Be nice? Me? Are you serious? I’m always nice. Aren’t I? And if Taylor wants to live he will need to chill the hell out.” Hunter backfired.
“Okay, I’ll warn him, because I’m pretty damn sure that he wants to live. But Hunter, he is a fire elemental, that’s why he’s so easily angered.” He replied.
“Ah, well see, I haven’t read his file yet. I just left Dr. Horrin’s office and was looking for you. I figured that you could tell me more about the 6 that I will be training.”
“Ok, well, Jennifer, unfortunately, is a little bitch. She doesn’t train before 7 a.m. Abbigail, prefers to go by Ansley, for some reason, and doesn’t train after Jennifer. Even though they are best friends they often don’t get along. Taylor, even though he’s a hothead, he’s sweet and easily trained. He trains three days a week, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Grace, she is the other fire elemental that I train, doesn’t have a temper like Taylor does, and she’s sweet. Jordan, an earth elemental, is very calm, but that’s only because he has to be. He hasn’t gained control of his element yet, he is close but not just yet. Olesaya, she is from the planet of Aeona, the planet of the shadowers. She shadows me, that’s how I train her. It’s very easy but you have to constantly remind her to stay out of the shadows, otherwise it takes longer for her to train. She prefers to train after dinner but before curfew, she does this because it helps her fall asleep quickly. Olesaya does not speak clear English, she understands and is learning it, but doesn’t speak it clearly. In fact she doesn’t speak much at all. You can talk to her, but don't expect her to respond to you.” Baylor explained.
“Well that is very good to know Baylor, Thank you.” Hunter said.
“Yeah, no problem. I have to go train Taylor; he hates it when I’m late. So I’ll talk to you later.” Baylor said as he turned and walked off.
“Well, I guess I’ll go find something to do.” Hunter said to the walls.
She knew that she needed some sleep but she didn’t want to sleep. Hunter turned around and headed back towards the girls corridor, she needed to get through these files before the morning so that she would know who she was training and she would know their backstory.
Room 281. She dug her key out of her pocket and unlocked her door. As she walked into her room she sensed that something wasn’t right. Things were not in the places in which she left them. Then she noticed it, the one thing that she had that belonged to her mother, her wedding rings, were gone. She always left them in the glass case on the top of her nightstand, the case was broken and the rings were gone.
This is the first seven chapters of my book the Lost Chronicles. It follows the story of the two main characters seeing things from their point of view so some chapters have repeated content.
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