When I open my eyes again I'm staring at a wood ceiling. I sit up and look around. I am in a small room about half the size of a bedroom. All that's in the room is a mattress, a toilet, and a sink. I am sitting beside the mattress. I put my hand to my head, there's a bandage covering it, the bandage is pretty big so I'm guessing the cut is to. I feel light headed sitting so I roll on the mattress and lay down. I finally feel myself start drifting to sleep when I hear yelling outside the door. I listen.
"You freakin kids! You cant fight us so why do your stupid brains keep telling you that you can!" I hear a grunt and my cell door opens. A young man is thrown in and the cell door is slammed shut. I look at the man and he looks at me. I look away quickly. No that cannot be Derin Moreno. I tell myself that, but I know its him. His brown hair, blue eyes, and his long skinny nose.
"We really got ourselves in deep this time," he laughs. I don't reply. I want nothing to do with him. "Are you just gonna ignore me?"
"Actually yes I'm going to do just that," I smirk.
"So you're just ready to die then. Are you just gonna give up? You know I always thought you were the type of person who didn't just give up. You need my help you cannot-"
"Shut up! I am not giving up and I most certainly do not need YOUR help! And you know I always thought you were the type of person I could trust, but I guess I was wrong," I declared.
"Natalie I didn't know okay. I'm sorry. You think I wanted to hurt you and your family? You were my best friend. I can't believe you think so low of me," he spit.
"What am i supposed to think when I tell you a secret and the first thing you do is run off and tell your dad."
"I thought he could help. Maybe stop the government from sending over more and more teens. I didn't know he supported it," he whispers.
I'm about to reply, but 2 guards come in the cell breaking up our conversation. "Get up you 2. We're here. Now if either of you try and escape or fight me I will make sure that your deaths are slow and painful," the front man says with a sly smile.
Derin offers me his hand, but I don't take it and he lets it fall, looking slightly embarrassed. I push myself up and follow the guards. We walk down a series of hallways too complex for me to remember. As we pass a window I see that we are surrounded by water on 3 sides, so we must be on a boat. I then remember that Virtus is across the sea, of course we would take a boat. We reach 2 big, double doors and step out onto a beach. The light is very bright. I squint my eyes and look around. The beach is deserted, but about a mile away I see a tall building. It is made entirely of glass that reflects images like mirrors and is as tall as a skyscraper. We did not have fancy buildings like this in Acerbus. I look at it for a moment in awe and look at Derin. His face shows the awe that I am feeling.
"This is the farthest journey I've ever been on."
"Yeah," Derin says with a sigh.