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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By the time Kyan’s finished singin what feels like a hundred songs and said about a hundred thank yous, Eeli’s hand is slick wiff sweat in mine. When she releases me from her grip I have to wipe my hand on my combats over and over again.

We wait a little longer, until almost everyone has got up an left. My heart is bangin so hard it feels like a foot tryin to crush ants. I dunno about Eeli but I’m findin it difficult to catch my breath. All the ties in my stomach are pullin tite an I can’t stay still.

Nimmo knows somefin’s up cause he keeps nudgin our hands an he’s pantin in this stressy way. He gives a nervous yip as we walk forwards an I’m glad of his presence. I put my hand in his fur an feel a little better.

Wren’s still sittin at her table, lookin thru her papers. She looks up an frowns as she sees us comin. “There isn’t anything more I can do for you, Eeli Star.”

Eeli clears her throat. “Did you rite that song fer yer baby girl?”

Wren stands an narrows her eyes. “How did you know that? I haven’t released that information. Who did you talk to?”

Eeli shakes her head. “I ain’t talked to no one. It was a lucky guess.”

“Well I’ll thank you to keep it to yourselves. I don’t want people snooping around in my past, thank you.”

“Can I ask you something?”

Wren’s silent but her eyes look kind.

“What happened to her? Elia?”

Wren shakes her head. “I don’t talk about it.” She looks to the celin a moment. “I can’t talk about it.” She grabs her papers. “This conversation never happened. Good nite.”

Eeli clears her throat an starts singin. This time I don’t tell her she’s stoopid fer finkin she can remember the words. This time the verses are all in the rite order. This time my heart tries to escape outta my chest an I’m glad I’ve got Nimmo to ground me.

Wren pushes the door open but it swings shut again as she freezes. I feel like my legs are gonna give way. Eeli’s shakin. Phee’s face has gone red.

We all stand there, dumbstruck fer the whole song. The amount of times I’ve heard it in my life, it ain’t never bin that long.

Then there’s silence an all that exists are Wren an Eeli, starin at each other like they ain’t never seen a human before. I’m sucked in an can’t stop watchin but I also wanna look away an give em space. But I can’t seem to move.

Wren creeps forwards a coupla steps, reachin her hand out fer Eeli. When she gits close euff to touch her, I see her eyes swimmin wiff tears. She pushes Eeli’s hair offa her face an behind her ear.

Eeli lets out the sob she’s bin holdin. “Mum?”

Wren takes Eeli’s face in her hands an devowers her wiff her eyes, from the very top of her head where that yellow hair starts to grow, rite to her round chin. She studies her big blue eyes an thin little mowf. Her slightly upturned nose an almost invisible eyebrows.

I can’t imagine starin into this face fer the first time cause I’ve stared into it every day of my life that counts.

When Wren drops her hand, the tears start to fall.

“Elia.” She whispers it as quiet as a breath an the two just gaze into each other’s eyes.

Until somefink snaps an Eeli’s in Wren’s arms an they’re both sobbin, grabin on to each other, struglin fer breath.

Phee puts his arm round my shoulda an I’m glad his eyes are as blurry as mine. He chuckles as he wipes his tears away an I larf too before pullin him into a hug, squeezin tite. Cause we both know we’re never gonna have this moment again.

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