Ella is the quiet girl at school. She has no friends- apart from the annoying Star, who won't leave her alone for a second. But suddenly, when the pair find themselves in a world of Queens, magic and mystery, they figure that this is the time to work together...


8. Sleepless Nights

I woke with a start. I'd had a nasty nightmare about Nathaniel- after seeing him earlier that day, my heart hadn't stopped pounding. Whenever I heard a brief noise outside, I jumped, picturing the running and the Tydes and the flashing into Errikah's house. 

I sat up, looking around. Star was sleeping in the middle of Eethan, Robert and Thor, all of them tucked up under a duvet. Erikkah was in her bed, snoring softly. Luciana was awake, staring out of the open window. I crept over to her.

"I can't sleep either," I told her. "I'm shivering."

"I know how you feel," Luciana turned to me. "I spend my life feeling like you did today; I have done since I was fourteen. I'm so thankful for today, Ella. Without you, I probably wouldn't be here now." My heart felt as if it was splitting. For me, FIVE MINUTES with Nathaniel wanting me finished made me quiver. I couldn't start to imagine what it was like for Luciana- and she was only two years older than me. I suddenly missed home. I didn't like living in the middle of some kind of fantasy war-zone. But, as Luciana had said, I must do what I needed to do. I imagined my family. Mum would be pacing, worrying about what me going missing would do for my  school attendance. Dad would be fretting whilst filling out money forms. Jenna would be tucked up in bed in her pony pyjamas, and Granny would be snoring away in bed upstairs. An almost typical night, then. I left Luciana for some time on her own, and I wandered over to my headband. One bunch of flowers had pretty much changed my life. Hmm, life changing... I thought back to the hole- me stumbling through it. How? How did the hole even get there? Wait: I suddenly thought I knew. Maybe NC Soldiers had done it, trying to pull people in? Then their population and followers would go up? That was it! I knew now; that was the only way possible. My head ached with all of that madness. I slid back into bed, shutting my eyes tight, desperate to get to sleep- and more desperate for home. I whipped my iPhone out of my pocket, remembering that it was here all along. I Google-d Flamisia, but there was no results, just 'your search cannot be found'. I sighed, switching the photo of Jenna and I. She had cute plaits tied with cherry bands, and she was wearing her Barbie t-shirt. My hair was wild and messy, and I was just in a hoodie and skinny jeans. We looked like chalk and cheese- but I loved her, right? Sure I did. A tear slid down my cheek, and I felt determined- I HAD to do whatever I needed to. 

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