We both run at each other, Leo sliding on the ground at the last moment, aiming to trip me up. But I know him too well and jump up, twist and land standing over him.
I place my foot on his chest and aim an imaginary gun at his head.
“Bang.” I say with a smile.
Leo shifts, trying to rest on his elbows but I press down harder, not allowing him to move.
“Rose, I’m dead. Let me up.”
I fold my arms.
“I don’t know. I’m quite comfortable like this.”
He grins, wraps both hands around my ankle and pulls.
I slip backwards, landing on my butt. As I try to stand, he pulls again, sliding me along until I’m lying down.
He pins me with his weight and smiles.
“Well I’m much more comfortable like this.” He says, voice husky again, eyes a vibrant green.
I swallow and laugh, not even trying to fight him off.
“You know, last time, I kneed Alex between his legs.”
He appraises me warily and jumps up.
“Oh no, wait. I won earlier so technically it’s two, one.”
“You can’t do that!”
“Watch me.” He grins.
I smile back which only gets bigger as a plan forms.
His grin fades.
“Why are you smiling like that?”
I step closer, slowly, making him more nervous.
“Like what?” I ask coyly.
“Like how I imagine Cleopatra smiled before she killed off her family.”
I step closer, keeping my head low and looking up through my lashes.
“I wouldn’t kill you, Leo.”
He’s watching me warily but we’re so close I can see him breathing faster.
I tilt my head up, bringing my hands to rest on his shoulders.
“Yeah?” His voice is deep, his eyes flicking down to look at my lips.
I bring my leg round, hitting the back of his knees as I push him backwards.
He lands on the ground looking dazed.
“Two all.” I smile.
He grins, sitting up and rubbing his hair.
“That… was mean.”
Before I can answer, we hear it.
The whole class hears it.
Rapid talking, shouting, clicks and the armed guards yelling a warning.
We turn to face the direction of the gates where we can catch the occasional flash of light.
“Uh oh.” Leo breathes.
Ma’am blows her whistle softly and we turn to face her, completely lost and uncertain.
“Okay class, nice and quietly go get changed and steer clear of the gates.” Even Ma’am sounds worried.
That alone is enough to scare the shit out of us.
I hear her mutter as we pass. “Bloody Mole.”
Rin runs over as we split ways, joining me as we enter the changing rooms.
For once, the noise level doesn’t change.
They’re whispering and murmuring before we even enter.
“What’s happening?” She cries quietly, dark eyes wide and frightened.
“Looks like there’s a new article and interest has peeked. They only knew about the Dreamers, Seers and the Scramblers. Things people already claim they can do. They must have been told something else.” I grumble, wondering how much they know now.
I have a bad feeling about this.
Rin bites her lip, looking at the wall as if she can see through it to the paparazzi desperately clawing at the gates.
Who knew, maybe she could? We probably had someone with x-ray vision around here somewhere.
Slipping in my earrings, I try to offer a smile.
“It’ll be fine, we’ll catch the Mole soon. He cant hide from the government for long.”
She gives me a look.
“How do you know it’s a boy?”
“A girl wouldn’t be this stupid.”
She tries to smile back but she still has the frown.
Jeez, how does Roan stand her? She’s a giggling, clingy mess.
When I can’t be bothered to wait for her to change any longer, I leave.
“Where’s Rin?” Roan asks, looking expectantly behind me.
“Still getting dressed. Coming?”
He shakes his head. “I’ll wait.”
Leo and I roll our eyes in unison before taking the longer route to the canteen, steering clear of the gates.
“What?” I ask, worry clenching my gut.
“Can you hear what they’re saying?”
I look towards the gates, but they’re out of view, further down and around a bend. But still I hear it and my heart sinks.
“Is the Body Snatcher there?”
“What about the Mind Controller!”
“Where’s the Sadist?”
“Can she really cause pain?”