The Phantom’s Trial Chapter 8

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“Again!” Yelled Liam. I groaned and dropped down to the ground to do another 50 push ups because Liam didn’t think I was doing good proper pushups. “It’s getting better, but you have to be strong if you want to beat these things. After this you’ll start lifting weights.”

“Why  can’t I run laps?” I whined.

“Because you’re fast enough to outrun a shifter, so that’s the last thing we’ll do for training everyday.” I groaned again and started grumbling about how much I hated the handsome, younger boy.

“So you do think I’m hot,” Liam said, smirking. I blushed. I hadn’t realized I was talking so loud. I growled trying to hide my red face. “You’re blushing.”

I growled again. I knew my training could be worse if Alexis was my mentor. She was tougher and way more strict than Liam was. All the guys were stuck with her while I got stuck with a player. “Is this how you were trained?” I asked.


“Yeah. You’re better than I was, but I was ten when I started.” I was about to say something when my arms gave out and I fell on my face. “I think that’s enough for now. C’mon let’s go inside.” I rolled over and put my arms up.

“Carry me,” I demanded. Liam sighed and pulled me onto his back. I rested my head on top of his and told him he could go.

“Yes your highness,” Liam grumbled. I giggled.

“Onward,” I said hitting his arm. 

“Ow,” he replied walking into the Alexis and Liam’s house. Alexis had decided that since we needed training my brothers, Zach, Mark, and I would temporarily move in with her and Liam. It was a pretty big house, two stories and four bedrooms. We decided that Alexis and I would share a room, Zach and Mark, Liam and Alex, and then Leon would have his own room.

Everyone else was already sitting in the living room enjoying lemonade when we came in. “Hey, how long have you guys been done?” Liam asked. When Alex saw us he started snickering. “What?” Liam asked.

“Since when do you do anything a girl asks you to do?” Alex asked. 

Liam turned red,”I do what they tell me to do if I like them.”

“So you like Marie.” Alexis said. 

“No. I-I don’t like Marie.”

“Really then why are you carrying her? You never carried Naomi when you two were dating whether she asked you or not,” Alex said.

“Liam you know you can put me down now,” I cut in. Liam blushed again and I have to admit he was hot even he was blushing. He dropped me onto the couch we were standing in front of then sat down next to me. Just to tease him I stretched out and put my feet on his lap. It had been a three days since we had started training and Liam and I had become close friends. Alexis was more reserved, so it was harder to get close to her. Whenever Liam and I were together, for some strange reason, Zach would give us jealous glares and Mark would avoid us. 

We had seven days till the shifters were going to kill Ella. Seven days before I would start losing family one by one. Leon got up and stretched. “Well, if you guys are done teasing the new couple. I’m going to go find something to eat for lunch,” he said.  Both Liam and I turned red. “What are you two not a couple, because if you aren’t you should talk about it. I see the way he looks at you Marie, and the way you look at him.” 

Did I really look at him like that. Images of Liam and I as a couple raced through my head. I started getting dizzy. Did I really think of him as more than a friend. I knew I didn’t care about him the same way I cared about Zach or Mark. I watched as Zach got up and walked out of the room, his hair falling in his face so I couldn’t see his eyes, Mark got up and followed him. Alex and Alexis linked hands and followed after Alex told us to figure out what we were to each other.

“You should know I really do like you,” Liam said. 

“I like you too,” I replied.

“We’ve known each other for three days.”

“I know.”

“Can we start a relationship?” He asked.

“I don’t know. I mean we’ve spent quality time together from first thing in the morning to the time we go to sleep at night, so we know each other pretty well.”

“That’s true, sooo you want to be my girlfriend?” he asked nervously.

“Yes,” I said. Oh My God I just got my first boyfriend. My first boyfriend.I never really thought about what it would be like to have a boyfriend or even a girlfriend.

We sat there for a few minutes awkwardly staring anywhere but each other when Liam finally broke the silence. “So you want to go out tonight?”

“Sure. As long as I get to sleep in tomorrow morning,” I said.

“Fine. I’ll be teaching you all the weaknesses of shifters and stuff like that, so it’s nothing you won’t hear again from Alexis.”  I hugged him. Sleep. Oh how I love it. Sleep… Slowly I fell asleep against Liam’s chest. 

When  I woke up again I was leaning against something very comfortable. I turned my head and buried it in the pillow. The pillow moved and giggles filled the room. Wait, moved? Pillows don’t move. I slowly turned around and realized I was sleeping on Liam’s chest. I flailed and fell on the ground, groaning. Laughing surrounded me. “It’s not funny,” I hissed from my spot on the ground.

“Well, I think it’s very funny,” I heard Alex laugh. I turned and saw Alex and Alexis laughing at me while Zach and Mark glared at their feet. 

“Where’s Leon?” I asked.

“He’s in his room sulking because his little sister started dating before he did,” Alex said.

“You started dating before both of us.”

“I know.” I pouted. 

“Hey what’s that face for?” A new voice asked.

“Nothing Liam,” I said.

“You realize I’ve been awake this entire time,” he said.


“What’s up with them,” Liam asked, pointing at Zach and Mark.

“Their jealous,” Alexis said.

“Why in the world would they be jealous?” I asked.

“Are you really that dense?” Alexis asked.

“I’m not dense!” I yelled.

“Yes you are,” she shot back.

“Am not!”

“Are too!”

“Am not!”

“Yes you are Marie,” Liam cut in.

“You too?!”

“They clearly really like you and are obviously jealous that you chose me.” 

“I would’ve noticed if they liked me. I mean I’ve known Zach since we were really young. I’ve never thought of him as more than a brother, and Alex and Ella always teased Mark and I because they thought he liked me, but I thought they were joking.”

“Well it’s too late for them now, because you’re mine,” Liam said pulling me from the floor into his lap.

I squeaked in surprise and turned red. Then just to embarrass me more he quickly kissed my cheek. I turned even redder while Alexis and his girlfriend started laughing so hard they got tears in their eyes.

“Shut up!” I yelled. They just laughed harder and both me and Liam joined in. The entire time none of us noticed Zach running out of the room with tears in his eyes and Mark growling at Liam, anger filling his eyes.

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