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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4. Chapter 3: Tension

Chapter 3

Tess spun around in a small circle, marveling at how many people were surrounding her. Combined with the altitude in the sky that they were in and the fact that the building was made of glass, it was dizzying. By the time she was faced forward again, Carl had his hands on his hips and was looking at her expectantly.

"Are-are all of these people here for the True Emotion Games?" she asked uncertainly. Carl smirked and snorted.
"What do you think they're here for? Ice cream?" This cracked him up and he stood there snickering while Tess and Jason exchanged a series of glances. They both thought he was wacked out and needed help. Tess decided that she liked Jason. After all, he had saved her life...
"Mr. Nightmare? Are you done?" Jason asked, irritated. Again, the feeling was mutual towards Carl.
"Stop calling me that!" Carl scowled.
"Whatever, Mr. Nightmare," Jason replied grinning at Tess. She couldn't help but grin back, his smile was contagious. Carl rolled his eyes.
"Yeah, they're all contestants. We were supposed to be having a meeting like we have done before the Games for centuries, but you two messed up our whole process." Tess made an angry face at him.
"Um, excuse me, but we couldn't help that we were attacked by demons!" she retorted angrily with a shrill voice.
"Yeah, you could've."
"HOW?!?" Carl didn't reply for a moment. "Yes, exactly. We couldn't have helped it," she finally finished.
"Weirdo," Carl said, sticking his tongue out at her.
"You're calling her that? Look who's talking!" Jason laughed, stepping in because Tess looked murderous. She felt a twinge of pride and flattery that he stuck up for her. She hadn't had someone step in for her like that since Sam. Carl pursed his lips and turned around. He walked to the other end of the glass room, which Tess had only just noticed was giant. Everyone's eyes followed him- and that was a lot of pairs of eyes. There had to have been at least three hundred people in that room. Tess was surprised the building didn't collapse with the weight. Most of the people were sitting down, some were standing up in the sides of the room but all had on game faces. Tess also realized that out of the three hundred people there, there were only about one hundred girls there. Half of the men looked to be teenagers around her own age or a little older and the other half was thirty years to forty years old it seemed. The women were ranging from teenagers to fifty year olds; it was crazy how many moms thought that they could get back it the dating service. Overall, Tess found herself surprised with the amount of people there. She hadn't thought that so many people would believe that they could win this thing. After all, Love/Hate had said it hadn't been done in many centuries. She ran her tongue over her teeth as she ran her eyes over the crowd. She sighed loudly, which earned a confused glance from Jason. Carl coughed dramatically which was probably a signal for attention, but instead got giggles from Jason and Tess both. Carl eyed them sharply as they plopped down into two unoccupied chairs near them.
"Welcome to the True Emotion Games, everyone!" The grin on his face stretched from ear to ear. It was deathly silent. His smile faded. If Tess didn't know how annoying he was, she would've been appreciatively checking him out- he was actually quite hot with his sandy hair, emerald green eyes...
"Psst!" Jason whispered loudly. She turned her head sharply in his direction.
"What?" she whispered back. He looked torn whether to say something or not.
"Nevermind," he said after a while. Tess watched him for a moment before shrugging and turning her attention back to Carl who was reading flashcards quietly that he had pulled out of his jean pocket. He seemed to be checking what he was going to say. It was so quiet and expectant in the room, Tess could almost hear the crickets chirping. She grinned to herself. He looked back up at the crowd and hesitated, and Tess watched his guard fall down and his arrogance slip away leaving in its place a worried, uncertain, lost teen who was slightly self conscious. Then, a split second later, the guard was back up and she was second guessing that she had actually seen the real him. He smirked at her and all the pity she felt for the lost teen was replaced with more hatred for the stupid, self centered, creepy, annoying brat that stood in front of them. As if he could sense it, Jason turned and covered her hand with his own. Her eyes grew wide, and the place where their skin touched buzzed and was warmed in a way that made Tess want to just stay there and made her want to pull away. She stared up at him, waiting to see what his reaction was but Jason surprised her by having an indescribable expression. His eyes weren't included in that, though. Tess could easily read his eyes. She could see how torn he was, she could see the pain, the hope, the joy and delight clearly. The only problem was, she didn't know what emotion applied to what which left her completely confused and puzzled. Tess finally turned back to Carl who she realized was wasting time by tapping the mic which had appeared out of nowhere, bellowing out "Check 1 2 3" and clearing his throat multiple times. Finally, right after Tess felt her hand go cold, she heard Jason shout in a low voice over to Carl, his hands cupped around his mouth.
"Just get on with it!" he yelled. Tess giggled at the glare shot his way and laughed harder when Carl's eyes became trained on her instead. Sighing, a few women turned around and stared at them like 'really? Really.' They received a slightly guilty look from them, but the laughing only escalated. Then, Tess realized that just in the time she had with Jason so far, that she had already laughed more than she had the entire month. And that was saying something. The thought quieted her down and Jason side glanced at her awkwardly, not sure whether to keep laughing or whether to follow her lead by being quiet. She didn't return his questioning looks so he just stopped and an uncomfortable silence settled over the room. Carl flicked his eyes between the two of them and waited for more laughter. When there was none for a few minutes, he started again.
"Welcome, everyone, to the True Emotion Games! This is the official pre-game meeting. Here I will be telling you the order of business for the Games." His eyes surveyed the crowd and when his eyes came to her, they lingered. He half smiled in a way that Tess could tell wasn't a way that meant he was annoyed at her. The way he smiled at her was a smile where his guard slipped away again, and showed her that he liked her. Tess felt Jason tense beside her but she didn't know why. She knew something was up with him but they couldn't like each other, right? She didn't like him in THAT way; she liked him like he was a best friend she'd had forever. And she hoped that the way he liked her was that way too. After a few moments, Carl's eyes moved on. He stopped on Jason too. His lip curled and he scowled and sneered at him. Jason's jaw turned and Tess knew he was fighting hard not to stride up to the stage and show Carl what he thought. Tess slipped her hand into Jason's and squeezed. Carl's face fell and his eyes moved on. Jason relaxed a little more and he squeezed her hand back. They both turned to each other at the same time but neither said anything or made any sort of face that revealed their emotions. He turned away first but she remained looking at him, searching for any indication of what he was thinking. After she realized there was nothing to be had, she looked away, back at Carl who was about to begin speaking again.
"So, first order of business..." Tess started to zone out but a shaking of the floor brought her back. She knew she wasn't the only one who felt it, because there were several screams and Jason gripped her hand tighter. Was it an earthquake? No, a big black haze forming in the center of the room put an end to those thoughts. No, definitely not an earthquake.

Note: I need some characters so if you would like to suggest a character name, maybe a few characteristics about them, and their age, gender, stuff like that, it would be great. Thanks, and I'll try to use them!

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