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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19. The Time to Leave

Chapter 19 - The Time to Leave

Urgh are we there yet? It feels like we’re taking the walk of shame. Parading through the centre of town… Yes we’re the ones that stayed out past curfew, yes we’re the ones that broke the rules – can you stop looking at us now? You’re making me uncomfortable.

                As Safi and Felix were frog marched through town by the policeman, every member of the community peeped out of their blinds to see what was going on. None of them dare to leave their homes but everyone wanted to see what was going on. Some of them pointed and some of them laughed, all of them were judging. In their eyes you could see a sense of disappointment and shame. That one of their own was incapable of following a few simple rules.

“Felix?” Safi whispered as she tugged on his shirt.

“Yeh?”

“Are we gonna have to leave? I felt so safe here, the first time in ages and... Do we have to go?”

“I honestly don’t know… but we’re at Jai and Marie’s, so I guess we’re going to find out soon enough” Safi looked down and nodded glumly at the floor.

                The policeman knocked on the door. Within seconds Marie opened the door with Jai just behind her.

“Yes?” she said as she opened it. But as soon as she saw Safi and Felix her face dropped. The smile on her face was wiped away and shame took its place. Not much time had passed until Jai was at the door too. His face was the mirror of Marie’s. After a minute of silence it was Felix who spoke first.

“So, um… what now?” Everyone ignored the question and him.

“Come in officer” Jai said opening the door and moving a rather stunned Marie out of the way. The policeman gave Safi and Felix a shove into the house. As soon as they were out of the way of the door it was slammed shut.

“What the hell have you done?!” Demanded Jai of Felix.

“I wanted to show Safi the sights – I was in the clearing. Surely that will make you understand? You’ve seen that place! It’s beautiful at night-“

“Yes but not beautiful enough to break curfew” Mari interrupted. No-one expected it to be her that answered. Their heads swivelled around to look at her. She was stood against the door looking at her feet. She looked up through her eyelashes and fringe.

“It truly is amazing, but everyone else can make it back Felix… why couldn’t you? Just this once, not be troublesome and just follow the God damn rules?” I don’t know how Marie managed to say it so calmly, then again I could never imagine her raising her voice to anyone.

“I-I-I don’t know” Felix pushed out. His head dropped. His chin was touching his chest.

“Jai? Marie? Fe? Umm.. sir? What do we do? You have emphasised the fact that what we have done was wrong, but none of you have even hinted at what is to happen to us?”

“You shall be escorted out of town within the next 2 hours. You cannot return for one year. You may challenge this decision by sending a letter to the town council, but be warned they have never revoked an exile” Said the policeman.

“So that’s it. We have two hours to say goodbye and to pack? Then we have to leave?”

“I’m sorry to say Miss but you’re correct. I’m awful sorry but it’s the rules.” No-one had moved. Felix still had his chin against his chest. Marie still leant against the front door and Jai still stood, arms crossed, eyes burrowing into Felix. I’d had enough, it’s not just his fault.

“I’m sorry Marie, Jai” Safi said nodding in their directions

“I can’t say how sorry I am. Thank-you so much for your hospitality over the last day or so, but please bear in mind it’s not his fault” Safi said leaning her head on Felix’s arm that she still clung too.

“Please, just forgive him.” At this point I tugged on Felix’s sleeve, he looked up and into my eyes. They were grateful, but he still looked upset. I pulled him towards the upstairs room, we needed to get some of the things from up there.

                Safi led Felix up the stairs to the spare room where they had previously slept. Safi rushed over to the bed side table and picked up a box of contacts that had lay there since this morning. Felix went along the landing and wandered into the bathroom. Grabbing their toothbrushes and walked back to the room in which they were staying.

“Ready Fe?” Safi asked nervously. Her voice breaking on the e’s.

“I guess I’m going to have to be.” With that he held his arms open to take in Safi. She willingly shuffled into his arms and rested her head on his chest. They stood there for a moment or two. Both of them happy and content with the moment. Never wanting it to end. If time were to pause they would both have been happy to stay there forever. Alas, nothing can ever be as we want it to.

“I don’t want to go” Safi said pushing away from Felix. She grabbed his hand in one swift movement and stood there with her eyes on the floor.

“Come on Saf. I don’t want to go either but we have to.”

“Where are we going to go?” Safi said as a tear trickled down her face. She closed her eyes trying to hold in the rest. On recovery she looked up and Felix.

“I don’t know Safi. I have a few ideas, but I’d need a map to get there.” Safi nodded and returned to looking at the floor. Felix started to move forward and led her down the stairs.

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