Now I am at the Astute camp. I still haven’t forgotten about Sara, and what she said. She acts like she cares about me so much, but she doesn’t. I need to forget about it though. So I walk threw the Astute doors and run into someone.
“Hey,” he says, “I’m Ben.”
“Aren't you the transfer from Armistice?”
“Yeah.” I say, “Are you an astute-born?”
There is a moment of silence then…
“Hi Ben!” Ariana jumps behind Ben, “Are we still up for…” she sees me, “Oh, hey Caleb.”
Ben points at me, then Ariana, “Wait a minute.”
“Maybe you should go.” Ariana says.
“Yeah I probably should.” He takes off with a bunch of guys.
“So, he’s your boyfriend?” I ask.
She scratches her head, “Yeah. I’ve like him for as long as I can remember.” she says, “Are you mad?”
I shake my head, “No. Sara doesn’t want us together so,” I try to talk threw a smile, “so we will listen to her.”
“Yeah.” she smiles and we just stand there, looking into each others eyes. I want to be with Ariana but then all of a sudden I do something very drastic. I kiss her, again.
Did he really just kiss me again? If Sara finds out she will have a meltdown! Or worse, Ben. But I dont care. I wrap my arms around his shoulder and we just stand there and kiss. I know I shouldn’t be doing this though.
As soon as I kiss her I get a sudden smile across my face. My hands fall on her side then they work their way down to her hips. I might have abandoned my family, but it was worth it, I love Ariana.
* * *
“Hey Caleb.” Ariana says and kisses me.
“Hey,” I pull her hands from my neck, “Do you know where Jenny is?”
“Yeah. I just saw her go into her office. Why?”
“She said she had something for me.”
“Ok thanks.” I kiss her cheek and head towards Jenny’s office.
“Hello Caleb,” Jenny says, “You have a letter from a family member.” She hands me the letter.
I read the return address, Sara.
I walk out of her office and read the letter, and run into Ariana.
“Hey Caleb. What did Jenny want?”
“She gave me a letter from Sara.”
“Oh, is she ok with you know, us?”
I read the letter to her, “You may have made a mistake, dating Ariana, but if she really makes you that happy, I won’t be mad. Good luck.”
“So I guess she’s ok.”
“Yeah,” I look down at the letter, “I guess she is.”
“Can I ask you something?”
“Why does Sara hate me?”
“What are you talking about? She doesn’t hate you.”
“Then why does she think you dating me is a mistake?” She snaps.
“I guess,” I start, “I don’t know. But what are you gonna do? Even if she does hate you, you can’t keep me from talking to her, she’s my sister!”
“Maybe I can’t, but the leaders can.” She folds her arms.
“What are you talking about?”
“Faction, before blood.”