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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10. Chapter 9: The Meadow

Chapter 9 

Tess had been right. It was a long day. After even just the first store, they had needed to ask Vee if the could put their things in a secret little room that way they wouldn't have to carry them around. It turned out that the "secret room" was actually a portal to the bus, so anything that was chucked in from their came out into the bus on the other side. Interesting. By the end of her shopping experience with Rachel, Tess's arms ached from holding too many bags at a time, her legs hurt from all the walking, her back killed from the weight of her goodies, and her brain was in a bad mood from trying to keep track of how much money she was spending. Halfway through their time, Tess had become fed up with paying in cash, so she got a credit card that would be automatically paid for. Yes, even if her body ached everywhere, she was living the life. Suddenly, she realized how many people there were in the world right then who didn't have a meal that day. Tears filled her eyes.
"Vee?" she began softly.
"Yeah, sweet?" Vee responded.
"Would it be possible for you to make sure that everyone in the world who needs one, has a great meal to eat at no cost or anything. And tomorrow, too?"
"Okay, sure, sweetie. I'm not usually allowed to do this so don't ask for something like this in the future, but I'll make an exception for such a caring girl like you." Tess could hear sadness, admiration and a speck of something else in her voice. She felt a little better, although she knew that it wouldn't make a big difference. Rachel side glanced at her from across the bus- yes, they were on the bus now- and Tess gave her a blank expression. The three of them were all doing their own thing in the middle of the bus (not in their rooms). Rachel was on her laptop that she had just found in her room and Jason was watching tv and glancing down at the phone in his hand every few seconds, his fingers flying across the keyboard. And Tess was curled into a ball on the bench at the food table. The bus was giant, although it didn't look it. She was amazed by how nice it was and how much the devices were capable of. The bus included a room for each of them (separated by a wall and door, each with its own bathroom), a spare room with a bathroom too, an eating table that could fit six people with three chairs on one side and a bench on the other, a large kitchen with a fridge, a microwave, an oven, a toaster and a bunch of other appliances, a living room that had several chairs, a giant tv, a really big and comfy couch, a few coffee tables, and last but not least a giant map plastered on the wall so they could plan their route. The devices had really thought of everything. Oh, and each room had a tv, a big bed, a dresser, a closet, a bookshelf, a desk with a laptop and a cell phone and an iPod on it, and iHome, and whatever else they needed. It was a dream home on wheels. They were already going, with an auto driver at the wheel and where they were going had already been figured out. But now, since they had nothing to do, the road trip was just boring. Tess uncurled herself and stood up, stretching out her legs. Neither Jason or Rachel even glanced at her. She went over to the couch and sat next to Jason. He immediately turned his phone off and put it in his pocket. She tucked her legs underneath herself and laid back into the couch.
"So, guys, what do you want to do? Just hang around and be losers or do something fun?" Tess asked. Rachel looked up suddenly, her eyes sparked with interest.
"What did you have in mind?" Rachel questioned.
"I don't know, I just don't want to sit here and waste time. It's not fun. I mean, I would gladly do it for a while but, I don't know, I thought that with all the things that the devices can do, we should be able to think up something pretty cool to do." Tess shrugged and Rachel bit her lip while Jason was stony and silent.
"We could..." Rachel trailed off, not knowing what to say. And after a few minutes when none of them could think of what to do, Tess sighed.
"I'm going up to The Meadow, anyone want to join me?" she asked.
"The Meadow?" Jason looked at her blankly.
"It's on the roof, bozos," she explained.
"How is there a meadow on the roof?" Rachel asked. Jason nodded in agreement. Tess groaned exasperatedly. Then she stomped off to the far left side of the bus, the side where the rooms where at the end of the hall and reached up on her tippy toes. There was a silver handle on the roof of the bus and when she pulled down, a clear colored tube descended. Tess slid open the side of the tube and stepped in. Rachel and Jason watched with gaining interest. It seemed that she was talking inside the tube and after a moment, it shot up and only the handle was visible again. Rachel and Jason both looked at each other.
"I'm going to go check that out," she said, getting up.
"I'll come with you," Jason added, following her to where the glass tube had been. She copied what Tess had done and again, it shot up after she stammered something from inside the tube. It was soundproof, and Jason couldn't hear what she was saying. He did the same thing and popped up into the Meadow. And he staggered back, amazed. It was a garden, or more like an entirely different world and it seemed to span about a few hundred feet all around in the middle and a forest circled the entire thing but Jason couldn't guess how far the forest went. It did not look like they were on the top of a bus. It was grassy, and he could hear chirping birds, rustling leaves, and plenty of other wildlife. The sky went up as much as a sky did and it was dotted with little bits of white fluff, known as clouds. He looked behind him to see that he was on the edge of the Meadow, because the trees were right behind him. He saw Tess and Rachel sitting in the middle of the meadow. Their shapes were blurry because they were so far away, and he could barely tell which one was which because of them both being blondes, even if Tess was a reddish blonde. He surveyed the area once more and didn't notice Tess staring at him. He looked so small from her vantage point because he was a good two hundred feet away. She sat on the bench of a cute wooden picnic table with Rachel across from her. Rachel was back on another electronic, an iPhone, with Tess wondering why she couldn't just cut herself off from electronics for a little while, and Tess was in the good part of a novel with earbuds in her ears. When she had gotten up there, she had asked for her iPod from her room downstairs and a pair of earbuds, as well as all of her favorite things and anything she would want to be automatically imported onto the iPod. And the book was something she had asked for also. Before her friend Ciara had gotten in the coma, she had given Tess a book list to read. She had reminded her so often about it, that Tess began to memorize it. Until now, Tess had never even looked at one of the books. So she had decided to start reading them now, starting with an unpopular book about angels and demons. Ciara had always been rambling on about how it was so good. She was obsessed with the type of genre. The book was quite fantastic so far and she was glad that Ciara had recommended it. Tess was so wrapped up in her thoughts, that she didn't notice when Jason jogged up to the picnic table and slid onto the bench next to her. He waved his hand in front of her face and she immediately snapped out of it.
"Sorry, what?" she asked, turning the volume down on the iPod.
"I said that this place was amazing." He grinned, laughing and shaking his head, his eyes darting around, looking for something to do, which also emphasized his point. She smiled.
"I added this a little while ago. I had no idea that it would turn out so..." Tess looked around. "Spectacular. It's amazing what these devices can do, really." Her eyes were back on Jason and his were on her book. "What?" she asked.
"What are you reading?" Jason responded casually as if he hadn't heard her. She gave him a funny look and he ignored it again.
"Some book. It's about angels and demons. It's pretty good, actually." His face turned stony, disgusted and angry. He turned away.
"Oh." He was muttering, but Tess had no idea what he was saying. She rose her eyebrows at him quizzically but he abruptly got up and wandered into the forest at a fast pace. She stared after him, wondering what was up with him. Who does that? Just randomly wanders into an unknown forest? She sighed and glanced at Rachel who was oblivious. The iPhone screen was tipped partly towards her so she could see what Rachel was doing. Tess strained her neck, curious how her friend could be oblivious to so much around her. Twitter. And Facebook. And a few other social sites that made Tess groan. She wasn't an Internet person, no matter how much she liked devices. Tess turned the volume back up on the iPod and then she turned back to her book and dove into the world the author had created for her readers.

Note: I just wanted to say thank you to anybody who reads this. I can't begin to explain how happy and special it makes me feel. I've always loved to write and to me, it's crazy that people are actually reading my writing, and can you believe it? Liking it too! So I just wanted to say a big thank you to all you that take time out of your lives to read my stories that I daydream and scribble down. It means a lot to me :)

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So, go do that and I'm so sorry if you're bored, but I wanted to thank all of these lovely people for contributing majorly to my writing. Love you all, and one last thing: it's kind of depressing that nobody has submitted a person they want me to put in the story. So, if you aren't busy doing anyting else, it's boring for me to just make up characters myself, so maybe submit a character! 

Ok, I've just realized that this note is like, half as long as the actual chapter so I'm gonna go. Love you guys and thank you for even looking at this! <3 <3 <3

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