The True Emotion Games

(Just so you know, this has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with the Hunger Games. It just happens to have a similar name) When Tess's boyfriend Sam dies, she is broken. And when her ex goes on a killing spree of all of her family, aiming for her next, she feels she has nothing else to live for. But right before she decides to end it all, she joins the True Emotion Games, a competition set up by Love/Hate (after all, they really are the same thing). She now has a purpose, a meaning. Find out what the True Emotion Games are (it's in the prologue, you don't even have to read more, I swear) and how Tess copes with them in the True Emotion Games.

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12. Chapter 11: Sillisbury

Chapter 11

Ten minutes had passed. And the bus stopped. Tess had gone into her room to change and when she came out, she saw that Rachel and Jason had changed too. Now, she words pair of black skinny jeans, black boots, a lavender long sleeve shirt, a black leather/biker type jacket, a lavender scarf and her hair was down and it flowed down her back. On her finger, there was Sam's ring and she had on makeup that gave the message- don't mess with me. Rachel was wearing a pair of black leggings, black boots, a maroon sweatshirt with some high school or college name on it and had her hair in a messy bun. Jason had on another pair of jeans, some sneakers and a brownish shirt with his leather jacket on top. His outfit didn't really match, but his didn't really need to. When Tess walked out of her room, Jason managed not to stare for too long, and she felt both flattered and relieved. She looked at Rachel.
"So, are we going?" Rachel flashed her a lip glossed smile.
"Yep." She walked to a door at the back of the bus where the entrance to the Meadow also was and tugged it open. It revealed a starry night and a big grassy park not too far away, as well as a variety of small shops surrounding it. Tess could tell that it was some sort of Town Center. Rachel hopped out (there were no steps) and Tess followed her. Jason was last and he shut the door behind them. They all stood in a line with Tess in the middle, staring at the place in front of them. In the middle of the park, there was a large platform that could serve as a stage. Hmm... As if on a cue, the trio stepped out of the shadows where the bus and them were hidden and walked to the park. It was an exceptionally warm night, for winter that is, and the town's people were taking advantage of it. On the platform, there was a band, it looked like. Blankets were spread around the platform and families sat on them, watching. The band was playing a soft song and the people were swaying their hands in the air, with lighters or glow sticks, or even their phones. It was like a scene out of a movie. The little kids were running around on the outskirts of the park and a lot of teens were meandering either in the park or to the shops surrounding it.
"Where do you guys want to go?" Jason asked.
"I kind of want to check out the stores," Rachel responded.
"I'm good with that. Tess?" he said.
"Um... I kind of would like to watch this band for a little while." Rachel and Jason looked at each other, unsure of what to do. Tess waved her hand at them. "You guys go. I'll meet up with you later." Rachel bit her lip.
"Ok..." she finally said, giving in. Tess gave her a small push and the two of them walked to the stores. Tess let out a sigh and relaxed her shoulders. Then, she started towards the park where the band was playing. There was a cement path in the park for people to be able to walk on if they didn't want to go to the grass and Tess found herself on it. She closed her eyes slightly and let the music wash over her. The singer was a guy and his voice was low and gravelly. Tess wasn't really listening to the words- more to the sound of his voice. An acoustic guitar strummed in the background. It was a really nice sound, altogether. The song was slow and soft, and it fit perfectly with the quiet starry night. Tess smiled. But then she bumped into someone.
"Oof!" the person she bumped into grunted. Tess let out a squeak of surprise and her eyes shot open to see another teenage girl rubbing her arm.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't see you!" Tess mumbled. The girl looked up with a sigh.
"It's okay," the girl muttered, not rudely and not sounding annoyed. "Who're you?" the girl asked.
"Excuse me?" Tess was taken aback. The girl sounded rude now.
"Oh, I didn't mean it like that. It's just... In this town, we know everybody." The girl tilted her head. "I don't know you."
"Um... I'm Tess. I'm not from around here. Road trip," she explained.
"Well, I'm Charlie. Short for Charlotte," Charlie introduced herself. She stuck out her hand and Tess shook it.
"So... Where exactly are we?" Tess asked.
"This town?" Charlie laughed. Tess nodded. "Sillisbury."
"Oh."
"Yeah." The girls were quiet and Tess took the opportunity to look at Charlie. She was rather short and small and delicate. She had chocolate eyes and brown hair and freckly cheeks. She was thin and pretty and looked like she would be really athletic. Her hair was pulled into a ponytail and she had on a pair of white skinny jeans that had different colored paints splattered all over them and a large navy shirt that said DIXON HIGH on it, and an unzipped cuffed jean jacket. She had a bunch of bracelets on and small pearl earrings. On her feet were a pair of battered high tops. They were navy. Tess looked up and found that Charlie was staring at her.
"So... Road trip?" Charlie prompted.
"Uh, yeah. My friends and I-"
"Are right here!" Rachel cut in, tapping Tess on the shoulder. She whirled around.
"Rachel!"
"Hey, what's up? And who's this?" Protectiveness creeped into Rachel's voice as she looked over Tess's shoulder at Charlie.
"Oh, this is Charlie. Rachel, Charlie. Charlie, Rachel. I just bumped into her." Rachel and Charlie eyed each other as Tess introduced them. Tess glanced behind Rachel and saw Jason on his phone. She sighed.
"Hey Jason." He looked up and flashed her a grin.
"Hi Tess." It was silent and awkward.
"Um, well, maybe we'll see you later, Charlie." Tess coughed as Rachel spoke and Rachel looked at her weirdly before grabbing her arm and tugging her away with a last look at Charlie. Charlie mumbled something and walked away.
"What did you tell her!?" Rachel asked angrily once they were out of earshot.
"What?"
"Did you say anything about the Games?"
"Uh, no. Why would I?" Tess asked. Rachel frowned and then relaxed her posture.
"I don't know. I was just checking." Jason trailed behind them.
"Did you see anything good?" Tess inquired after a moment.
"Not really. We went into a little diner type place but some guys were shouting rude things to me, so we left."
"It was actually really funny," Jason cut in with a laugh.
"No, it wasn't!" Rachel exclaimed with a sour look.
"What did they say?" Tess was curious. Rachel crossed her arms and refused to speak. Tess turned to Jason.
"They said-"
"ENOUGH! I WILL NOT HEAR A WORD OF THIS!" Rachel interrupted loudly. She marched off in the direction of the bus. Tess rolled her eyes but sprinted after her.
"No! I want to check out the stores!" Tess whined, pulling on her arm. Rachel pursed her lips. "We don't even have to go in the diner place." Her friend bit her lip. "Pinky promise." Tess stuck out her pinky finger. Rachel gave a giant sigh before locking her finger with Tess's. Tess grinned and skipped back in the direction of the little shops. Rachel followed reluctantly and Jason walked beside her, one of his strides equal to one of her skips. They passed through the park, with Tess lingering by the stage, but they emerged on the side of the stores. The first one that caught Tess's eye was a coffee shop. She squealed- she could really use a hot chocolate. She grabbed Jason's arm and Rachel's arm (Rachel had caught up to them) and pulled them inside. They were all greeted with a big gust of warm air and it felt good. The inside of the place was cozy and cute and relaxing. The walls were a light teal color and the tiles on the ground were chocolate brown. In the left side, there were a few wooden chairs, armchairs and two couches. In the back of the store, there was a long bench that ran the length of the wall and a long table in front of it. Right behind that, a winding staircase was up to an loft looking area upstairs. From what Tess could see, there was a chocolate brown rug, two couches, four armchairs and covering three walls there were bookcases. This was Tess's kind of place. A soft glow filled the entire coffee shop and gave it a sweet mood. The line wasn't too big and within minutes, they had gotten their drinks. Tess held hers with both hands and was grateful for the warmth it gave off. She could tell by the looks on their faces that Rachel and Jason were doing the same thing.
"I wanna go up there!" Tess shouted childishly and pointed to the loft area before starting to walk in the direction of the staircase. Rachel and Jason followed begrudgingly acting like a married couple where Tess was the annoying five year old, and they climbed the stairs. At the top, there was a little sign that read "The Nook". Tess already loved it. She had a feeling that she would be staying in Sillisbury for a long time. And she hoped she would be seeing more of this "Nook".

Note: OMG WE'VE HIT 200 READERS!!!!!!! THANKS TO ANYONE WHO READS THIS OMG I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! Ok, I have homework to do, bye now. XXX

P.S. I just realized I didn't edit this before posting it... Wow that's awkward. But that's what I get for getting peer-pressured to post it by none other than Rachel (rachelap0210) grrr..... So I'm just gonna update it now and I'm sorry if things don't make sense. So if you read it before, I would go back and skim over again, maybe. I changed some things. Pretty minor, but... whatevs XXX <3 ya

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