“What the heck just happened?” Morgan asked.
“No time,” Teri said, holding up a finger.
She concentrated again. This time was harder, like instead of walking through water she was pushing her way through molasses. Time reluctantly reversed course. Teri went back a little further this time. She had a splitting headache as she came out of her trance, but she forced her legs into motion. She ran diagonally to cut Max off.
She saw him appear at the corner of her vision. He didn’t open the door, he just popped into existence. Teri went down into a slide and hooked one of her feet in front of Max’s. Her shin stung as his foot connected, but she held firm. Max went down and tumbled across the hallway.
Teri looked at Aiden and Morgan’s faces. They had the exact same looks of confusion they’d had moments ago.
“That’s what just happened.” Teri realized Morgan couldn’t remember the question she’d asked because it’d happened in the future. Well really the past at this point, but a different past because Teri had changed things. Now her headache was getting worse.
“You did it again didn’t you?” Morgan asked. She knelt down. “Are you okay?”
“My head is killing me,” Teri said.
“I was talking to Max.”
“Oh.” Teri turned to look at the crumpled sophomore. He was still in a heap a few feet away.
Morgan grabbed Max’s head and looked into his eyes.
“I need some light here. He doesn’t look so good. How hard did you hit him, Teri?”
“I tripped him. He fell on his side I think.” Teri hoped she hadn’t made Max hit his head.
Aiden shone his phone in Max’s eyes. He reacted to the light, his eyes snapping all the way open. He took in a deep, gasping breath.
“Max, it’s okay,” Morgan said. “It’s us. Calm down.”
“Should I hold him down?” Aiden asked.
Teri crawled over.
“Max, snap out of it.”
His eyes were wild with fear. His body started to get a little blurry and indistinct, he was fading away.
“Oh no you don’t.” Teri punched his arm.
“Ow,” Max said, shaking his head and coming out of his daze. “What’s going on?”
“You were running around the school,” Morgan said. “Don’t you remember?”
“That’s not all he was doing,” Teri said.
Max took a moment to look around and collect his thoughts.
“It’s not very clear,” Max said. “I remember texting you, then I remember walking. Wait, I remember the window in the band room. There was something in the hall. I can’t remember though.”
“What do you mean, ‘that’s not all he was doing’?” Aiden asked.
“He was kind of appearing and disappearing. It’s how he was getting past us.”
“Are you saying what I think you’re saying?” Max asked.
“Well,” Teri said. “Considering I don’t even know what I’m saying: maybe?”
“So, apparently you can teleport.” Aiden sounded a little upset.
“That would explain the weird dream I was just having, Max said. “Or hallucination I guess. I kept opening doors but they didn’t lead where they were supposed to. I was trying to get away from…”
Max trailed off. Teri had a sneaking suspicion she knew exactly what he’d been running from.