The Fall of Us

©Molly Looby CampNaNoWriMo '14 !

Enter the world of Tye. The Fall has devastated much of the world as we know it but Tye knows nothing else. He and his best friend Eeli are ready to leave their home as soon as they reach thirteen years so that they can be off on their own and be who they want to be and do what they want to do. At last.

Tye and Eeli could never have imagined how dangerous the real world was going to be.

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I go into the livin room to put some distance between Jax an me. He needs to be alone fer a moment wiff everyfin in his head. Half’a me really wants to know what’s goin on but the other half is too terrified an is quiet. I put my glass of water down on the cabinet where the wiskey is kept an I made my way over the the bookshelf, runnin the tips of my fingers across the spines. It’s the most amazin fing I can fink that most of the people in this country used to have the time to learn the letters. The idea that people could communicate thru little scratched symbols on stuff is incredible. But I don’t really understand why people just dint talk to one another instead. Leon tells his story thru his mowf an what’s wrong wiff that? He ain’t never gonna forget it an neither am I.

I’m pullin books out at random an studyin the pictures, if any, on the front when Eeli pads in still wearin Jax’s teeshirt, hair crazy an eyes unfocused.

“Yer up?” She drops down on the sofa an curls up.

“Sleepy head.” I turn back to the book in my hand. I don’t wanna put it back cause there’s the symbol from my blanket. The line goin down wiff a shorter line across its top. I scan the books fer my letter but the ones that do start wiff the rite one never seem to have the next one in my name, tho I don’t remember what it looks like now.

“Where’s Jax?” Eeli asks.

“In the kitchen.”

She sits up an I slide the book back an sit next to her on the sofa. I take her hand to stop her from gittin up. “What?”

“I talked to Jax this mornin.”

“I’ve talked to him every mornin, so what?”

“I was wrong about him, I’m sorry.”

She shakes her head. “You gotta trust me, Tye. I know what I’m doin.”

“Whatever you say.”

Jax appears in the doorway an it’s like we never talked. His face ain’t betrayin nuffink but there’s a sadness in his eyes now I know to look fer it. “I fort I heard you, Eeli.”

“Bout time you got up.” I prod her arm. “It’s midsun already.”

She shrugs. “The amount of time you would’a slept in, Tye. This ain’t fair.”

“We weren’t rushed then. We still gotta git to Camrose before Wren Song leaves, remember?”

“We ain’t goin nowhere till yer better, Tye.”

It wasn’t till Eeli said this that I remembered I’d bin sick. Today there was no dizziness or heaviness or nuffink. I was fine.

“I’m great. All fixed.”

“Jax.” Eeli looks up at him. “Tell him we can’t leave yet.

Jax considers me fer a moment. “I don’t fink it’s safe to go yet. Tomorrow tho, tomorrow you’ll be more than ready. I’ve got some supplies to give you that should git you all the way to Camrose. That is, if you hold onto them this time.”

“Rite.” Eeli jumps up. “Alrite. Back on the road tomorrow.” Her grin grows wide. “What do we do till then?”

We both look at Jax who don’t hesitate. “I’ll take you into Croftford. Show you what a town looks like.”

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