8. CHAPTER EIGHT
The town of Colima was pretty much how you’d imagine any tourist trap town in Mexico. Chickens out in the road, kids trying to sell bottled water that probably had alien larvae in it, and restaurants where the “beef” probably wasn’t even all meat. The one redeeming quality was the view. The volcano was as sorely out of place beside the small village as Elton John would be at a rodeo. It was indescribably beautiful. Rae decided to do some recon before going in tonight.
The front gate was ostentatious. You literally couldn’t miss it. It stood taller than any of the surrounding buildings and it was made entirely out of bronze. How they got the money for that yet couldn’t feed the starving kids on the side of the road escaped her understanding. She looked back towards the gate. It had two guards and the rest of the perimeter looked to be surrounded by an 8 foot tall barbed wire topped fence. Lovely. They would have to go in through the main entrance. Luckily she didn’t see any security cameras, and the guards seemed about to pass out from heat exhaustion
Sam drove around until he found a suitable hiding place for the truck. She didn’t know why he bothered, the entire town had seen them already. Rae couldn’t find the will to care at the moment though with the sweltering heat. It was winter, but Mexico obviously didn't care. He turned to her with an expectant look. Crap. She didn’t have a plan. Hell, she didn’t even know why she had to go to the volcano, other than an incessant thought that replayed itself in her mind. A place burning hot yet freezing cold. It had stayed with her since she woke up this morning and it was growing steadily louder, first a whisper, now it felt as if someone was shouting directly into her head. Rae was being driven mad, she could barely form any other cohesive thought.
Sam looked on, real concern in his eyes this time “Hey, what’s wrong? Are you homesick? I can take you home right now if you want, I don’t mind, really.” She almost shook her head no. But that wasn't the truth was it? She missed Maggie and Damon and mostly Nick. They’d probably be going crazy looking for her. Maybe she’d misunderstood the argument between her aunt and uncle. And what about Sam? She had practically pulled him away from his own family. She could see the hope in his eyes that he wouldn’t admit to her.
Rae nodded. Realizing she hadn’t spoken all day, she said “Yeah, I wanna go home. Let’s go back in the morning.” What had she been thinking? Running off randomly because she was confused? She saw relief flood his eyes, but there was still one thing she had to do. She needed to know what was drawing her to the top of the volcano.