The M Factor: It's Now or Never

Love and war do not mix well together.

The M Factor competition is all-out war, as talented people from all over the continent compete for the chance of a lifetime. I still don't know how I am even here, among the talented.

Love isn't something that you could merely push away. It isn't a feeling you could just ignore. Which is why I struggle between the balance of love and war.

Which will win in the end?


6. Unfortunate Goodbye

    "I can't believe your going," Tanya sniffled. Her eyes were watery, as she quickly swiped away a tear with the side of her finger. The camera circled around us, but there was no doubt that Tanya's tears were staged. All of us were grief-stricken, taking our turns hugging Gil. 


   During the second cuts, Gil was told to go home, as well as many other hopefuls, yet still, unfortunately, Olivia was not out. However, Gil, our great friend Gil, was eliminated. He shook his head and looked down, and I understood how he felt. He spoke no words, yet his eyes read of hurt. He was the first of the six of us to go, and we all knew that it had to happen at some point. Yet none of us knew that it would approach so suddenly. But here we were, encircled around Gil, not ready to say goodbye. Everybody was tense, because Eddy hadn't been called safe yet neither. 


    "Emerald Fray, Terrance Grace, Jade Gills, Timothy Mandato, Eddy Brooks, Mitch Young," a worker read. Eddy's eyes widened as he gave a final pat on Gil's back. We were all looking at Eddy, half-smiling as if to wish him luck. He gave a single nod before he followed the group that was walking towards the stage entrance. 


    Kat, Jace, Gil, Tanya, and I all scurried to the stage entrance as close as we could get. We craned our necks to see what was happening. 


   "I'm sorry to say, you guys have been eliminated from the competition," Louis apologized. The faces of all of the contestants dropped, as well as ours. 


   "No," Kat muttered. 


  The rejected contestants marched off, for their final time on stage. The judges shuffled their papers, and it angered me that they didn't care that they just killed six dreams. Eddy pushed the curtain away from his face, and walked to us, his hands tucked away in his pockets.


   "Eddy..." Tanya began, but couldn't find the words to comfort him. 


   "It's fine," he shrugged. "Maybe next time."


   It tore my heart to see him act nonchalant. I could see his hurting.


   Another group got called up to the stage. They were the last group, and they were put through. This group consisted of Olivia Reilly. I saw her smug look as she pranced off stage. 


   "Please go back to the stage- Eddy Brooks, Mitch Young, Aaron Johns, Jade Gills, Jennifer Miller, Katie Micheal, Julie Meyers, and Megan Gray." 


   We all turned ecstatically to Eddy. A smile found its way to his lips, although it was small.  We all said our 'good lucks' then watched him walk off with new-found hope. 


   "We decided you were too good to let go," Nicole said with a smirk. I gasped and grabbed onto Kat's forearm. "We are keeping you in the competition and putting you as two groups!" 


   Kat, Tanya, and I screamed out, as well as the people on stage. Jace and Gil cheered loudly, supporting Eddy. Eddy was grouped! He would be staying!


   Eddy ran off the stage for the second time. We all hugged Eddy, but knew what would have to happen yet. 


   The goodbyes.




     "It's been really great with you guys," Gil said. 


    "We need to keep in touch," Kat suggested. 


     "Of course," Gil agreed. 


    "The good thing about being in this competition is that you get this amazing experience and meet all of these wonderful people. The worst part is saying goodbye." I stated. 


   "Amen," Tanya giggled. 


   "Well, I guess this is goodbye," Gil said, clutching his suitcases so hard his knuckles turned white. 


    "Goodbye," we all said in unison, gathering for one last hug before pulling away. 


   "I love you guys. Good luck," he smiled, before being shooed down the corridor. 


   As we watched Gil go, I couldn't help but feel sudden panic. That would be me soon. 


   I couldn't go home.


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