I woke up, feeling Andy’s arms wrapped around my tiny body. I carefully slid out from under him and tip-toed to the bathroom. I realized that something had happened here, because the once white walls were now pitch-black. Flipping the light switch, I looked at myself in the mirror. My hair was knotted and oily, and my shirt had been removed. Andy must have noticed. I felt horrible about it, but there was never enough for us all to eat. If I didn’t eat, it meant someone else got to.
I removed my clothing and turned the shower on. Since everyone else was still asleep, I wasn’t too worried about taking too long. The warm water felt amazing against my filthy skin. We had never tried taking showers here before, mostly because we assumed they didn’t work. When we bathed, it was down in the lake. But I guess we should have tried taking showers because it works perfectly fine.
Then the thought hit me: everything still worked. We still had power, we obviously still have running water, and the air conditioner still worked because we used that all the time. But who was running it? The only people I’ve ever seen near a power line are Daywalkers. So does that mean Daywalkers are keeping this place alive? Are they doing the jobs that they had as humans?
I continued to wash my hair, confused. I never really liked Daywalkers, but I loved them compared to my relationship with the werewolves. The werewolves didn’t care about anything, but the Daywalkers tried to preserve the place as it was. As if they wanted it for something.
I jumped out of the shower and turned it off. Wrapping a towel around myself, I exited the bathroom and ran over to Nicholas. I grabbed him by the throat, waking him up.
“Why are you taking care of the utilities? What’s in it for you?” I said, watching Nicholas struggle against me for freedom.
“Future use. We don’t like the shape the U.S. is in. We want order. So we’ve been preserving the utilities so they won’t need to be replaced when we finally over power the wolves. Is that the answer you’re looking for, Christian?” Nicholas said. I let go of him, and he fell against the bed. I turned around and grabbed clean clothes, ignoring the shocked looks from my peers. I just needed an answer, and I got one.
“Wait, you mean the showers work?” Ashley asked. Nicholas nodded, and he got up, sprinting for the shower. Andy and Jake left the room in search for other showers, and I was alone with Nicholas. He was still coughing from me strangling him.
“So you bit me. Does that mean I’m a Daywalker now?” I asked, feeling around my mouth for fangs. Nicholas nodded.
“Yes, but your fangs won’t come in for a while. Jake’s came in so much sooner because there’s nothing human left of him. Basically, he’s dead.” Nicholas said. I looked over at him. I didn’t trust him as far as I can throw him, which isn’t very far considering I weigh at most ninety pounds.
“Oh. So wait, you’re in charge of the Daywalkers, yet Jinxx is stronger than you? Does that mean Jinxx will replace you?” I asked. Nicholas burst out laughing.
“I’m nowhere near the strongest. There are many Daywalkers stronger than I. No, I got to be leader because I was elected leader. I get another eight years before someone else is voted leader. It’s very much like your government.” Nicholas explained. I nodded, feeling stupid. I should’ve known that Daywalkers weren’t like animals.
I glanced over at Christian. I was well aware that he wasn’t a big fan of Daywalkers. But now he was going to be one, whether he likes it or not. At least there’s still the anti-venom for him if he wants it.
What I really wanted to know was if the guys were all healthy. I didn’t want them to die on me, mostly because I need them. Daywalkers need something to fight for, and these boys will be enough to get us riled up and ready to attack the wolves. Once we win, we will be able to restore the world to its former glory. I honestly don’t think that much needs changing, other than the whole communism idea. It’s someone’s dream, but with how selfish and horrible some people are, it’s a dream that needs to be forgotten. After all, the worst people are the greatest liars.
I got up and grabbed clean clothes for Ashley. He was so excited by the thought of a shower that he forgot them. Opening the bathroom door, I set his clothes on the shelf and wrote him a note in the steam collecting on the mirror.
As I closed the bathroom door, I realized Christian was almost completely naked. His ribs were a sight I didn’t want nor need to see.
“You should eat something. Lucky for you, there’s good milk and cereal down in the breakfast bar.” I said, earning a confused look from him.
“What are you talking about? Anything in the breakfast bar has expired by now.” Christian said. Now it was my turn to be confused.
“No it’s not. I have Penelope replace the food every night. All the food in the breakfast bar is good. Now go eat, you’re wasting away.” I said, pushing Christian out the door. I can’t believe that he didn’t know this. If nobody was replacing the food, it’d have mold by now. Can’t they smell the fresh cinnamon rolls every morning?
I shook my head and quietly waited for Ashley to get out of the shower.