The Last Day brought upon the world chaos, destruction and mass death. When the EXLF Virus started spreading from person to person, many died but some refused to stay dead. Now the world's population is shrinking as many try to survive in this post-apocalyptic world. Chelsea Dalton is one of those people. Living in a world without government has given others to rise in anarchy. As Chelsea and her father try to find the rest of their family-they will have to navigate through the chaos that has erupted. Chelsea will have to make choices between life, love and death. Choices that threaten her survival and the survival of those she loves.

Copyright © 2011


6. I thought Wrong (pt 2)

I didn’t respond as I watched her leave with her gang of skanks, my heart sank. Not from her words but I hated the fact Cordelia had turned against me. I thought briefly of our friendship, she had taken me under her wing when I came to Equinox High. When Jack had told me he wanted to date me after Cordelia, I told him no immediately, after all I knew the girl code. I rejected all of his advances even as my heart ached for him and the minute he wanted to be more than friends, I told Cordelia. I was honest from the start about him, and I told her how I felt. Yes, I cared for Jack but would not take it no further than friendship unless she wasn’t truly into him anymore. After a couple of weeks, Cordelia practically forced us together by demanding that we give it a chance. She played it off cool but then as she saw we were truly in love, she couldn’t take it. She didn't realize that Jack and I had known each other for quite some time before I entered high school. After that realization she pretended to be a friend while plotting her move. I felt sorry for her and harbored no ill will towards her, after all, I knew how it felt to miss Jack. I took her last warning in stride because I did know about that old saying. I stared at Jack, I doubt that he would ever hurt me again as he did before but I never pegged him to have cheat on me that one time either. Was I really fooling myself by giving him a second chance? As if he was reading my mind, Jack stared at me. I said nothing, instead I got up from my seat.

"Thanks Trin. you didn't have to step in." I told her, she turned towards me. 

"Of course I did, you're my best friend. She's such a bitch, can't believe we were ever friends with her. You know Jack, you need to talk to her and give her closure. I was serious the next time she steps up to my best friend, I'm going to knock her out." 
Jack nodded his head, and fixed his attention to me. 
"Rose...I said that..." He started.

"I don't care, it's okay.'" I lied because it wasn't okay to me. "I lost my appetite, I'll see you guys later." I said. 

I got up from my seat and left the lunchroom. I ran off the least visited girl's bathroom on the third floor, and let myself cry. I cried because those words hurt me, the words from Cordeila and Jack. I cried because I still had no clue what had happened to me, and I figured I would come back to school and everything would be different, it would be better. I cried because I thought every thing would go back to before where Cordelia and I were friends and things with Jack hadn't become so complicated. Mostly I cried because I felt lost, maybe I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I thought. After I let the last of my tears shed, I splashed cold water on my face trying to compose myself. I stared at myself in the mirror noticing how my eyes were developing dark circles, noticed how my brown eyes were filled with a variety of emotions in them. My shoulder length black hair framed my face, and my normally brown cheeks had turned into a deep purple from being upset. I remember when my father adopted me and introduced me to his co workers they were surprised he had adopted an African American baby. 

My father simply laughed and told them that race was just another division but at the end of the day we were all only race-the human race. We would get stares when I would cry out "daddy" at the grocery stores and people had realized I was talking to him. I used to feel like an outsider in our family, not sure on who I could relate to in the family especially being the only girl in our household. My father did the best he could do, even setting up tea parties with me and making William put down his toy cars to join us. He would make sure to point out the similarities between William and I, we were both pain in his butt he'd joke. He would always make me feel safe and never once did he ever make me feel less loved. He gave Will and I the best childhood that neither of us could imagine. It was hard on all of us being without a mother in the house but we managed for three years. The three years of only the three of us as a family were some of the best years of my life, it was the time when my dad, William and I were on the same team. Some days I'm not even sure we are on the same planet but I guess that's what happens when children grow up. 

I exhaled loudly, letting the last of my pain come out before I opened the bathroom door only to find Jack standing there waiting for me. 

"You okay?" Jack asked me.

"I'm fine." 

"It's not okay what I said about you, I wish I could take it back but I can't. I'm sorry that you had to hear that." He apologized to me, I could see his burning desire to fix the pain he'd caused me. 

"It's fine." I told him. 

"What can I do to fix this?" He pleaded, not buying it.

"Tell me why you chose me this time, is it only because I disappeared? Tell me how you could lose your virginity to her when you used to say it was only me that you loved. You lied Jack because you didn't just hide with must've loved Cordelia too and I'm not sure that it is over between you two. I saw her face today, she really thought you two were on break not that it was completely over so how could you do that to her?" 

"Yes okay!? It was because you disappeared, I took you for granted, I thought that I wouldn't have to face how I felt about you. That the other half of me battling myself wouldn't have over taken me like it did when I got that call. I'm not saying I didn't love Cordelia everything with her was simple and wasn't complicated, a part of me liked that. With us it just was hard and I gave up, not realizing I gave up the best thing in my life. I can't take back giving my virginity to her, I can't Rose. I chose you because you're the only one who can call me out on my bull or make me confess things that I am not even aware of. I chose you because never have I ever given such long embarrassing speeches exposing my heart to anyone but you. I don't deserve you but please let me try to redeem myself here, yesterday was the best day of my life. I want more of those days and I can't get them with any one else but you. Tell me what you need and I'll do it." Jack words held a hint of desperation in them, as if he wished he could go back in time and fix everything. A part of me wished very badly he could because what he said and what he did hurt, but at some point I was going to have to stop living in the past and move on with him. It was just hard to move on and take those baby steps when the past kept coming to bite us in the ass.

"Right now all I need, all I want is for you take me any where but here." I whispered. 

Jack and I made our way down the stairs and were in the parking lot as we made our way to Jack's car when we bumped into William and Trinity. They were making their way to William's car. I stared at them surprised they were skipping school as well, but that they were doing it together.

"Will, where you two off to?" Jack asked, baffled as I was.

"Nowhere. Where are you guys going?" He asked.

"Nowhere." I said.

"Well as long as we are all going nowhere then lets keep it at that. Chelsea I'm not going home until 8 p.m. if you were smart you'd meet me in the driveway so we can both walk in at the same time. That way we don't have to cover for one another, got it?" 

"Got it but why are you skipping? Trinity why are you with Will?" My curiosity got the better of me and I couldn't help myself as the questions escaped my lips.
Trinity turned as bright red as her hair, and she looked nervously at Will, who just stared at her before nodding his head. 

"We're dating Chelsea." Trinity blurted out, "It just happened, we were both crying the night when you disappeared and one thing led to another. I swear I was going to tell you! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a one night stand before I spilled the beans. I should've asked for permission first, I know and I'm-" She rambled on.

"Will you shut up for one second?!" I screamed. My bluntness caught her off guard and she stopped talking. Will looked at me then Jack, as if asking Jack for backup. I fist pumped the air and jumped into Trinity's arms hugging her tight and planting a kiss on her cheek. 

"I am so happy you guys are dating! Trin. you are my best friend in this whole world and you are the best thing to ever happen to Will. I'm okay with you guys dating or whatever, as long as you are happy. If I had to disappear for you guys to have finally gotten together, well damn it so, be it. I love you, red." I cried out in joy. At least one positive outcome came out of this situation besides Jack and I, I thought. 

"Really? You're not freaked out or anything?" She asked, looking at me unsure. 

"No, but I don't want to hear any dirty details, we'll have to keep that out of our night time conversations." I told her.

"Deal, Chels. You're my best friend too, thank you for being supportive." 

"Yeah, thanks sis." Will echoed. 

"Of course, this is the best news I've heard since coming back. Will, I'll meet you in the driveway." 

"Okay. Jack, let me have a quick private word bro." 
I watched as Will and Jack walked a few feet away from Trinity and I, enough where they were out of our hearing range. 

"What is that all about?" I asked Trinity.

"I'm not sure but I know that Will didn't appreciate hearing what Jack said about you Chels. That was a dick head move of Jack. Especially, since he already knew that you and Cordelia weren't on the best of terms. To say something as personal as you having daddy issues...that like I said, dick headish of him." She told me.

"Trinity, Jack was in a dark place and I've said bad things about him too, to you. He made a mistake, I can already see that your opinion of Jack is heading into the wrong direction please just support this. No one is perfect." I told her, willing her to understand.

"I support you and my opinion of Jack is that I know he's a good guy but good guys make mistakes and I don't want you to get hurt again." 

"I won't. He promised me." I assured her. 

“I still can’t believe that Cordelia did that to you, too bad there was not more people in school today to witness how she made a damn fool of herself.” Trinity commented.

“Agreed. Where the heck is everyone anyway? It’s practically deserted today, and yesterday there wasn’t many people in school either. Is it senior skip day or something?”

“No, everyone’s been getting sick with some nasty bug that’s been going around. I was in the nurses' office and there must have been at least twenty kids there complaining about stomach pains and headaches. I hightailed it out of there, I’m definitely not trying to get sick, this sickness is why I’m able to skip today. Two of my teachers called out sick, we have substitutes as if I’m sticking around for that.” Trinity 
explained. At the same time we both started laughing, this was one reason I loved Trin she was always honest. 

The boys walked back over to us and we said goodbye to each other, when Jack and I got into his car I asked him what William said to him. 

"I can't say, promised him I wouldn't. I will say this though your brother loves you more than life itself. He cares a lot about you and would do anything to protect you no matter what it would cost him. You have that effect on people, to make them want to protect you from this beautiful yet cruel world." He told me. 

I let the words sink in because I felt the same way about my family and Jack. I would do anything in my power to protect them as well. However, deep down I knew from my disappearance that no one could protect anyone from everything. 


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