The Day the Comet Came

Two rival gangs of children rule a council estate. Within the Starlit Vampire Parade camp, Eve holds a secret love for her best friend and co-leader of the group, Raven, but unfortunately he is already taken.
But what does any of this really matter when the world is about to end in a matter of weeks?


7. Enjoy What's Left

The rival gang continued to taunt the young couple every night for the following few days. However, after a ceremonial swearing on the tree by Vampire pupils from Saskia’s school that they had seen no evidence of the illicit relationship, Raven almost returned to his previous demeanour. His girlfriend’s attention was like never before. He felt sure that the Goldrats had only found a new way to attack and that any such challenge to their relationship would only bolster it.

         Three days later, after the meeting had been dismissed, Raven and Saskia were sitting under the tree as they often did. The girl’s head was laid upon Raven’s crossed legs. He stroked her hair like a kitten. Suddenly, she sprang up.

         “Raven, it’s all true.” Her voice was firm.

         At the back of his mind, Raven had always known that this was not just another Goldrat prank. Yet however well he had prepared himself for this comet to fall, he still had no idea what was going on. He felt like he lived in a tiny house in one of those Christmas snow globes and someone had turned it upside down for fun. The results were not as pretty as some glittery snowfall.

         “What do you mean?”

         “I mean I have been messing around with Johnny. Well, I’ve actually been going out with him for two months. Until today when Charlie told him about you and he broke up with me.”

         Raven shook his dark head. He pulled up strands of grass instead of meeting the girl’s gaze.

         “I don’t understand. I thought we were happy together.”

         “We were, I mean, I still like you. A lot. It’s just that – well, none of it really matters, does it? I’ve been with you a long time and I guess I didn’t want to miss out on other guys. We’re going to die in two weeks, so surely we should just enjoy the time that we’ve got left? It’s not really important, is it?”

         By the last question, her self-assurance seemed to be waning. There was a note of pleading in her voice that was completely foreign to her over-confident character.

         “It’s important to me. We were important to me. But I suppose there can’t really be a we for us any more.”

         “No, there can, there can!” Saskia grabbed hold of Raven’s arm like a child reluctant to leave its mother. “I’ll do anything to make it up to you!”

         “How can you? How can I ever look at you again without looking for fingerprints from some other boy?” He stood up, pushing the hair out of his eyes. “You go enjoy yourself – clearly I’m no fun.”

         “You are! You’re gorgeous! You’re way better than Johnny!”

Saskia’s big blue eyes filled up until tiny streams of silver ran down her cheeks. Even when she was crying she still looked like a film star. Yet Raven just looked at her with disgust. When she spoke again, through her sobs, her voice was more panicked than it had ever been before.

“Raven, please don’t leave me! Johnny won’t speak to me, and neither will any of the others once they find out what I’ve done. Even at home no-one will. All my parents do is sit and drink.” She wiped her eyes to no avail. “Raven, please. I’m going to die! I’m so scared it’s driving me crazy!”

But Raven just pulled his jacket around himself and strode away. He heard her sobbing long after he left the gang’s field.



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