Charmed – Chapter 3 – Twila
Everyone, meet Twila. She’s just as awkward and nervous as Hunter.
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The girl cautiously walks around the pool back to the steps, looking around. Her brown hair is down and curled this time, and Hunter can’t help but stare. She doesn’t see him and turns around to check behind her, so he walks up and steps in front of her.
“Hi,” he says.
“Oh! H-hi! I didn’t see you. I’m glad you’re here,” she replies with a gasp.
“You actually came,” Hunter states in shock.
“Yeah, I’m…I’m here. I guess that says something, doesn’t it?” she says shyly. She looks down with a small laugh before meeting his gray eyes with hers.
“Um, well, can I, uh, get you something?” The girl nods, and they walk over to the cabana bar. “What’s your name?” he asks.
“Twila. And yours?”
“Hunter. It’s nice to meet you, officially.”
“Nice to meet you too.” Twila smiles and sits down on a barstool.
“Uh, smoothie?” he asks and she nods. Hunter fidgets and orders drinks for them.
“So…Hawaii?” Twila says awkwardly, fidgeting with her blue and white sundress.
“Yes, haha, Hawaii,” Hunter repeats. “What about it?”
“Why are you here?” she laughs.
“Oh, that, well, family vacation actually,” he replies, trying to rest his arm on the bar but missing. He picks up his smoothie and almost drops it before setting it back down. “You?”
“I’m just here for a vacation for me. Just to get away and relax,” Twila answers.
“By yourself?” Hunter questions. His face grows sad.
“Yeah, by myself. I was going to have a friend come with me, but she bailed so…” Twila shrugs and looks away, sipping on her smoothie.
“So what have you been doing?” Hunter pries.
“I just got here yesterday, so just exploring the resort, really,” she admits.
“Your parents let you come here by yourself?”
“I don’t, um, have parents.” Twila puts her drink down and gives a nervous laugh. “Jeez, getting deep already, wow.”
“We don’t have to talk about that,” Hunter agrees. “But if you want to do something with a group, you are more than welcome to do things with my family.”
“Oh, no, I don’t want to intrude. I’m sure your family wouldn’t want some random person hangi-”
“No, actually, we’re fine with it,” Jamie interrupts, appearing on the other side of her brother. Hunter turns and gives her the death glare.
“This is my sister: Jamie,” Hunter explains, turning back around with a forced smile.
“Hi, Jamie,” Twila greets her, giving a shy wave.
“Hey.” Jamie smiles back at her and ignores her brother’s gesturing to leave. “We’re going to a luau tomorrow night. There will be lots of food.”
“And matching outfits,” Leia chimes in from the other side of Jamie.
“And two dead teenagers if you don’t leave,” Hunter turns around and whispers.
“Jamie! Leia! Get over here,” Mr. Charm calls. The two friends grudgingly leave. Hunter turns back to Twila to say something, but Mrs. Charm swings by.
“Just saying, we can add an extra seat at the luau. Or at breakfast. Or for the kayaks,” she mentions, then pats Hunter on the shoulder, smiles at Twila, and leaves. She marches towards Jamie and her friend. “You two need to chill.”
“Um, wow, getting pushed in the pool, not embarrassing. That, that was embarrassing,” Hunter admits. Twila laughs, and Hunter smiles but looks at her nervously. “But if you’d like to come to any of those things, I, uh, wouldn’t mind.”
“I’ll think about it.” She tucks her brown hair behind her ear nervously. “I mean, we just met, and you don’t even know if you enjoy my company yet.”
“Honestly, Miss Twila, I can already tell I like spending time with you,” Hunter adorably states. Twila smiles at him. Her gray gaze moves over his shoulder and grows worried for a second before she quickly looks him in the eyes and eagerly nods.
“Then yes! Yes, I would love to go to all those events, and be part of the group,” she urges, smiling at him. “Uh, what time is breakfast?” He smiles back at her, but throws a discreet look over his shoulder to see what she was looking at before answering.
Mr. Charm watches Twila and Hunter talk and laugh together, grinning at his son having a good time, but his gaze travels to another figure sitting on a pool chair. He narrows his eyes at the person and recognizes the man from earlier, who is now watching Hunter and Twila.
“I’ll be right back,” he says to his wife as he gets up and heads over. As he walks up, the mysterious man stiffens but doesn’t move.
“Hey there,” Mr. Charm calls. The man finally looks up at him with gray eyes.
“Can I help you?” he responds.
“I was just noticing that you’re kind of hanging around that nice girl that’s with my son, and she was pretty straightforward that she doesn’t want to talk to you,” Mr. Charm accuses straight up, patting him on the shoulder. “If I were you, I think I would stop trying to bother her.”
“I can sit by the pool, can’t I? Who says I knew she was there?” the brown haired man responds gruffly.
“Let’s not kid around,” Mr. Charm threatens, not wavering eye contact. “I think you should leave her alone. She has backup now.” The man stands, realizing that Mr. Charm is taller than him. He throws a dark glare towards Hunter, huffs, and stalks off into the main building.
“I thought so,” Mr. Charm whispers to himself as he watches the man go. He looks back at Hunter and Twila, meeting Twila’s gaze for a moment. She brightens at the sight of him in place of the other man for a brief second before turning her more relaxed smile to Hunter. Mr. Charm nods, then looks around to see if anyone else is watching.
“From the last person I had in hand, protect that girl wherever she stands,” he whispers a spell and discreetly points at Twila with the hand he touched the man’s shoulder with. For a moment, he sees the pulse of an invisible barrier surrounding her from a few yards out. Hunter and Twila are so engrossed in their conversation, they don’t notice. He gives another satisfied nod and heads back to the firepit.
To be continued…
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