Torn, Ripped, and Saved

It was gone. But not completely.

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14. Chapter 14- The Middle of the Night- Lizzie

A lot of things can happen in the middle of the night; you can gain friends, lose friends, or even lose yourself.

Blaise had gone out again.

I wished she would stay inside. I wanted to learn more about the book.

She wouldn't stay still. I wan't sure she could. It's hard to stay still when you can feel something is going to happen.

I could feel it too. The silence was so eerie that it put you of balance.

It was like the whole universe was waiting for something.
And it started with a rabbit.

It was a small brown one which hopped out of the undergrowth.

It was so tiny and innocent I wanted to cry with joy.

Then an arrow sleek and silent slit through its body.

And the rabbit fell down never to rise again.

 

I watched in shock.

Who could have done this?

Of course it was Blaise.

I understand now it was just that she needed all the food she could get.

She had a lot of mouths to feed.

Normally I wouldn't've said anything.

I would've understood about all the mouths she had to feed, the workload she was put under.

But this wasn't normally. This was the middle of the night.

In the middle of the night, you are so tired that you feel numb.

And the normal emotions that run through your body react differently.

Blaise went out to collect the rabbit.

When she came back, I yelled at her. "Why did you do that?! Think about the poor rabbit!"

She looked shocked. She shhed at me to keep quiet.

But I thought this was just a way to stop me from arguing. "Don't try and shut me up! You killed an innocent rabbit!"

She looked round warily like she heard something.

Then, without a gesture or a word, she ran off.

By this time, I was furious.

HOW DARE SHE RUN OFF, LIKE A COWARD. SHE IS JUST BEING NICE TO ME TO GET THE BOOK, I thought to myself. WHY SHOULD I STAY HERE? I SHOULD JUST LEAVE RIGHT NOW. I'M GOING TO GO BACK TO THE STREETS AND MY HOUSE. DAD HAS PROBABLY ALREADY COME BACK AND IS WAITING FOR ME.

Normally, I would have never convinced myself of this. I never would have even thought it.

But this was in the middle of the night. 

 

I set off into the darkness, leaving the base behind.

Normally, I would have thought of Lavender and Orville and I would have not left them alone.

But this was the middle of the night. 

 

I hadn't remembered to bring a coat or any warm clothes, so I was soon freezing and dripping with the dew of the forest. But I carried on.

 

First, I ran into Dani and Cody.

They were walking around the outskirts of the city, far from their home.

When I saw them, a stab of anger rushed through me.

"WHY DID YOU LEAVE US?!" I shouted at them angrily.

They turned around, looking alarmed like Blaise. They were on the floor in sleeping bags, huddled next to each other to prevent themselves from the cold.

Normally, I would have realized that they were having a moment and apologized, then told them they could come back to Blaise's with me to get warm.

But this was the middle of the night.

Their eyes were wide. Their jaws were low. I knew that they weren't expecting me to act like this.

I yelled in anger and stormed off, walking through the crisp night air.

 

I was shivering.

Normally, I would've stopped then and made my way back.

But this was the middle of the night.

 

Finally, I could not walk anymore. I just collapsed onto the cold, hard ground.

I heard footsteps. I tensed up, but stayed as still as I could. 

The Few walked around the corner. I didn't recognize their faces, as I had only seen them once, and I knew they were the Few because they had snide grins on their faces, as if they had just achieved a plan-- fit, strong, and completely in their element.

They saw me, helpless and freezing cold on the ground.

"Well, well, well. Look what we have here," one sneered and poked me in the ribs. "Does little girl needs to run home to her mummy?"

The next joined in. "Oh, well. Looks like she will have to stay here with us."

They all laughed evilly, and I was picked up roughly and tied to a tree.

They got around to their business of making camp, starting a fire, setting up sleeping arrangements, and chatting about their days achievements.
That's when the sun started to rise, and it dawned on me how stupid i had been.

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