The Pure One

Safi is a 15 year old, brown eyed girl. Now to you and me that seems perfectly normal, but the year is 2156. Having Brown Eyes is a bad thing; especially when their are Monstra about. Having to stay in the Corridors and face her Induction scares Safi to death. She wants to run away and escape the horrors that face her, but are there more horrors out there than there are in the Corridors?

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17. The Meal

Chapter 17 – The Meal

Felix led Safi through the town past the running children and the busy shops to a small canal the town now used as a reservoir and too a restaurant that sat on its bank.  Felix walked up to the Manager who stood outside his restaurant waiting to welcome people inside.

“A table for two please”

“Of course would you like to sit inside or out?”

“I think we should use up the warmth while it’s here don’t you think Felix?”

“Yeh of course!”

“Right this way then” With a sweep of his arm he led Safi a Felix to a table overlooking the old canal.

                The square table was dressed in a delicate, white table cloth with baby pick napkin roses. A large candle sat in a jar in the middle of the table, and flickering in the wind. The knives, forks, spoons and placemats were set out next to each other, so whoever sat down could look out onto the horizon.

“It is not a beautiful sight, this old canal, but it gives serenity and calm to those who sit by it, I shall send our finest waiter over too you in 5 minutes to take your order” He said as he handed Safi a menu.

“Thank-you” They said at the same time. Safi looked down at the menu she held in her hand and smiled.

“This is beautiful Felix. Thank-you”

“You haven’t eaten yet!”

“I know but in general Thanks. You haven’t let me down, you’ve taken me under your wing and that’s nice. Thank-you”

“You’re welcome. Now what are you going to have because the waiter looks like he is about to explode over there waiting for the five minutes to be up”

“Umm I don’t know what about you? It all looks so nice!”

“I don’t know… I was thinking maybe the Bolognese?”

“Same! Well what if we got one to share?”

“Sounds fine to me” Felix the proceeded to lift up his arm in the air and signalled to the waiter to come over and take the order. The waiter speed walked over almost crashing into a table as he went. His apron stained with food, his eyes eager to impress.

“Hello my name is Ian and I shall be your waiter tonight what can I get you?” The waiter said all at once without a pause for breath. After a couple of moments of silence it was eventually Felix who deciphered what he had said and answered first.

“Is it possible we could have a large bowl of your Bolognese to share between us?”

“But of course! I will ask chef to make it specially!”

“Thanks and umm for pudding we’ll have… ummm” Felix scanned the list thinking of what to order.

“We’ll have the Profiteroles to share also” Safi said

“Of course miss! And may I say you are looking wonderful tonight. This man is a lucky man to have you miss”

“Thank-you” Safi said as she blushed. Felix looked over to the waiter a defensive look in his eye. He pulled Safi’s hand into his own just to reinforce the point to the waiter.

“I shall go and take your order to chef now, are there any drinks or anything else you require?” The waiters tone still rushed.

“No, thanks” Felix replied. The waiter rushed off to the main part of the restaurant to place the order. Felix looked over he looked at their hands and smiled.

“Yeh?” Safi quizzed.

“Nothing, I’m just happy.”

“Ok then! So any more questions to ask me?”

“Huh?”

“You know you earlier you said if you ever think of any more questions you’d ask me?”

“I haven’t thought of any… hmm let me think” There was silence while Felix thought. Safi looked around and took the place in inch by inch.

                It’s so pretty here, the pures that live here are so lucky! Look at the squirrel on the side of that tree! I haven’t seen one in years! The canal is beautiful all the pretty reeds growing along the side all trimmed and organised. Nothing is overgrown and disgusting. I don’t know what that man meant this place is amazing and if it is not classed as the prettiest place by the locals then I can’t wait to see what is! It’s so peaceful and un-disturbed, it’s not a garden to grow specific things like we used to have back home, it’s the way a garden should be.

                Safi, we have more pressing matters at hand than that of the canal.

                Like what? What could possibly be more important than taking in the beautiful surroundings while they are here?

                The fact that the guy you are holding hands with is in love with you?

                Oh that.

                Yeh that. What are you going to do? What if he tries to kiss you? Are you ready for that? Are you prepared for the commitment? Like Marie said don’t let him get bored and move on. He’d be good for you.

                I don’t know what I’m going to do and I don’t know what I’d do if he tried to kiss me. I don’t know if I’m ready for the commitment. I just don’t know! Does he think that I like him?

                Well do you?

                Yes of course I do! He’s my bestfriend!

                I’ve said it once so I’ll say it again, you’re no longer bestfriends I don’t think you ever were. I think from the start he liked you, that’s why he saved your life.

                But… No. No. No. We’re bestfriends that’s all!

                So that’s why you’re holding hands is it?

                Isn’t that what bestfriends do?

                No of course not and you know it!

                Why have you got such a problem with this? You are a voice inside my head! You don’t own me, you can’t tell me what to do!

                Have you not figured it out yet? I’m not a just a voice.

                No you can’t be! You’re a voice you always have been, you always will be!

                The penny has finally dropped has it? Have you have finally worked it out?

                You can’t be a Demon. No, get out my head! You were my friend, no! No, no, no!! If you are a demon why do you care so much about me and this boy?

                That boy has a name and he’s called Felix, he is also trying to talk to you and you’re completely ignoring him!

                This isn’t over.

“Safi? Safi are you ok? Safi?” Felix said trying to get her attention. He pulled his hands from hers and clicked his fingers in front of her eyes trying to get a response. Nothing. Safi kept looking out towards the distance her face twisted in terror.

“Safi!” Felix yelled. Numerous other families flung their heads round to find out what was going on.

“Safi? You know there are other ways to get rid of me you know? Ignoring me won’t work.” Safi’s head whipped round.

“Sorry, what?” She replied in a hushed tone.

“God are you ok? You were out for about 5 minutes!”

“Out? You mean I fainted?”

“No, you were just staring into the distance, un-responsive. You were really starting to scare me.”

“I’m sorry… I, ummm I just got caught up in my thoughts that’s all”

“As long as you are ok? Nothing you want to talk about?”

“No. I’m ok thank-you.”

“Ok, I was just trying to tell you that I had thought of more questions” Felix’s mouth curled up into a cheeky grin. Safi smiled.

“Go on then, shoot!”

“Favourite song?”

“Well I think it would have to be that song Somewhere in Neverland by ATL”

“Oh really why?”

“I don’t really know… it just gives me this image of how life must have been like when it came out 140 years ago… Because musically nothing has changed which is quite surprising, but life has changed so much. What about you?”

“I don’t know… Demons? It came out around the same time?”

“Yeh I know the one.”

“I used to quote it all the time at home; it seems relevant in this day and age doesn’t it?”

“’Look into my eyes; It’s where my demons hide.’ It almost seems like they could tell the future with that song.”

“I know what you mean it’s quite creepy how accurate it is… Go on then let’s lighten the mood, next question.”

“Favourite place?”

“Well it used to be home, as in home home not the Corridors home. The place I used to live before we all moved underground was just so pretty and so peaceful and mine. Then the Corridors came along and mucked it all up with their cleanliness and hospital feel. I hated it there. However right now at this very point in time has to be anywhere with you. Since you came along my life has been so much more fun and interesting than it was before.”

“Final answer?”

“Final answer” Felix grinned and looked down at the table to hide his embarrassment. You’re leading him on. I thought you weren’t ready for the commitment.

                I thought you were my friend or at the very least a loud part of my brain that was opinionated. Not a monster.

                Harsh words. You almost hurt my feelings.

                I don’t care. We’ll continue this later.

                Fine.

“What about you where’s your favourite place?”

“I will show you after dinner”

“Ahem” A familiar voice said behind them. Safi and Felix looked round. There stood the waiter, his jolly face smiling down at them, a huge bowl of Bolognese in one hand and a little basket of bread in the other.

“My lady, and sir, your meal.” He placed it down between them, forcing them to let go of each other’s hands.

“Thank-you Ian”

“Aaah my lady remembered my name that is very kind of her!”

“Thank-you - ”

“We’ll be eating now, thank-you Ian” Felix interrupted

“But of course sir” Ian backed away nearly crashing into the table behind him.

                Safi slowly picked apart the napkin rose that sat untouched in front of her, and laid it out onto her lap. She picked up her fork and spoon and stabbed a meatball violently. She then proceeded to twist the meatball and spaghetti round her fork using the spoon as guidance and with one swift movement of the hand she lifted it up, into her mouth and ate it.

“This is amazing!”

“Good to know, I haven’t tried any yet”

“Well you should” Safi said pushing the bowl closer to Felix. Felix copied Safi’s movement to the T. Once finished he looked up at Safi and nodded in agreement. Safi laughed.

“You have sauce all down your chin!” Safi managed to force out between fits of laughter.

“Oh dear…” Felix unpicked his napkin rose and wiped his chin clean.

“Better?”

“Better” Safi said a smile still spread across her face.

                Have you ever seen the film the Lady and the Tramp?

                Why are you still talking leave me alone! And no I haven’t seen it.

                It reminds me of that seen where they sit in the alley staring at the moon.

                So what happens?

                They both eat one side of a piece of pasta at the same time and end up kissing.

                Oh.

                Yep. Be careful for God’s sake, don’t lead him on any more than you have done. Spare him at least some of his feelings.

“Have you ever seen the Lady and the Tramp” Felix began. What did I say?

                Shut up.

“It reminds me of that film.”

“We’re not kissing.” Safi said bluntly. Felix looked down in embarrassment.

“I didn’t mean it like that! Felix I’m sorry it just came out I meant-”

“It’s fine you have made your opinions clear.”

“No but Felix”

“It’s fine. Just leave it ok.”

                They sat in silence and ate. The profiteroles came and went. The mood didn’t change. All they could hear was the voices of other happy families eating their tea.

                Felix paid the waiter for the meal and stood up.

“Are you coming?” He said harshly.

“Yeh” Safi said sheepishly as she rose from her chair. She looked over to Felix who was looking straight ahead with his hands in his pockets.

“Felix, I-”

“I know what you’re going to say”

“But you don’t know how I’m going to say it”

“Does that make a difference in your head? Saying sorry in a different tone of voice?”

“Of course it does, it makes all the difference! How do you know I wasn’t going to be sincere instead of pitiful?” There was silence.

“I am truly sorry Felix. I blurted it out without thinking it through, I’m just not ready for that yet. I’ve just left home, and my Mum is most likely dead, I just don’t want to factor someone into my life just yet”

“Look at me” Felix said quietly. They both stopped in the middle of the road and turned to face each other.

“I’m sorry” Safi said again.

“I know you’re and I should have thought before I acted… I’m sorry too” Safi looked up from the floor into his deep brown eyes and smiled.

“Right so what do you want to do now?” Felix said.

“Well you said you were going to show me your favourite place?”

“Oh yes excellent! Well remembered Safi! This way” Felix grabbed Safi’s hand and lead her off to the right, and onto a small path heading out of the town.

                You don’t deserve him.

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