James found himself growing closer to Lorde. She seemed to have a lot in common with him, and he loved her bubbly personality. But he didn't want to risk hurting her or their friendship. So he kept it to himself and continued to work on the tent with Vito. They easily carved the waterlogged sticks into smooth poles, but they had trouble standing them all up. They kept falling into the soft earthy ground and didn't want to stay upright. Vito sighed in frustration,
"Hey, if you want to go see what Lorde's up to I'll take it from here." Vito said, noticing the relationship of the two.
"Thanks man." James said gratefully, making his way into the dense trees.
"Lorde!" He shouted after a couple of minutes. He heard a muffled scream. "Lorde!" He shouted again nervously. Another muffled scream which led him to find Lorde pinned up against a large tree by one of the scientists from the lab.
"James!" Lorde shouted before being hit by the scientist.
"Don't hurt her!" James shouted at him, it was one of the leaders, Ben was his name.
"James? You're helping them?!" Ben shouted in disbelief.
"Yes! Because...I am one." James sighed and stomped his foot hard on the ground. A small volcano surged from the ground, smoke coming from the top. The guy dropped Lorde and James went to help her up. The volcano made an unsettling noise, and the smoke became thicker. James grabbed Lorde's hand and they ran through the forest just as it exploded, catching fire to the trees. They got back to the campsite and Lorde quickly submerged herself in the creek to formed a large wave. She threw it at the burning trees and it was all quickly put out. She came out of the water freezing cold, James took off his coat and draped it around her shoulders. Things were off to a rocky start.
That night, Lorde was able to change into her dry clothes, but her blonde locks were still dripping wet.
"I don't want to get any of our pillows wet, I'll keep watch for a while." She sniffed, she felt a cold coming on, but she wouldn't let it stop anything. The other three settled into the tent and she propped herself up against the trunk of a thick redwood tree. She could see the sky through the dense canopy of trees, but there were no stars for it was too cloudy. Lorde's throat itched and she sneezed twice. She crawled to the nearby creek and tried to take a sip of water, but had to spit it out when her aching throat forced her to cough. Crawling back to the tree, she put her head in her hands and cried. She cried about all the things that had happened, that stupid school that she wasn't meant to go to in the first place. Catching the supply shed on fire, getting caught by the scientists. Finding out Vito's and James' relations to Ellie, almost catching the forest on fire, and just the fact that she was living in the woods, with people she had known for only a couple of months, She knew that they can't make it in here. One by one everyone will die-
"Lorde?" Her thoughts were interrupted by James, crawling out of the tent with his hair a mess. "I can watch over if you want"
"Yeah, thanks." She sniffed, looking down hoping he wouldn't notice her tears.
''Are you alright?" He asked.
"Fine doesn't mean fine, and if anyone would want to know what's wrong I would."
"I just...hate this." She sighed, a tear rolling down her cheek. James moved and sat down next to her, pulling her in close for a hug.
"I know what you mean, but don't worry, I won't let anything happen to you." He said gently.
"It's not just that, I just don't see how we're going to make it here. We can't keep living off of small berries and raccoons, what happens if when winter comes? We won't have anything." She began to cry again, James pulled her in closer and kissed the top of her head. Lorde sobbed into his chest as he gently whispered,
"It'll all work out in the end I promise. I won't let you starve, I won't let you die, because I love you and nothing is going to change that."
The he pulled away slightly so her sad eyes met his and he kissed her. The two fell asleep in each others arms at the base of that redwood tree.
A/N Hey guys! So I know I haven't been updating this and I'm so so so sorry but I'm starting it up again and I have A LOT of things planned, there's gonna be plot twists all over the place and a little bit of romance as you can see. Next chapter is going to be all about Charity and James because they weren't really in this chapter that's just how things went I guess but yeah I'm very excited and I hope you are too :)
xoxo -Kate <3