Charlotte Jones is stuck in a world where love is looked at as a disease. She is caught talking about becoming a Shadow with her friends Talia and Madi. Shadows believe in love, which most think is bad. The three friends must now escape without getting caught. If they are caught, they'll be given a choice. A world without love or death?


26. The Plan

Kyle’s plan was so dangerous. Too risky. Yet everyone was listening with open ears. Jessie was taking every part of his plan in, and nodding occasionally. Kyle wanted to ambush the Odies.

It was pure insanity! I hoped Jessie would think so too, and would veto his idea. But by the nodding of her head, I know she’ll like the idea. Kyle has clearly been planning this for a while. He has this down to every last detail. How we’ll get in, who will go where, who will do what, distractions to cause, weapons to bring, time to go, time it will take to complete, time to go back. Everything was thought out methodically.

“They need to know what they do to us is wrong, and we won’t take it sitting down!” Kyle preached.

There were cheers, and pats on the back. This plan was going in to action in only a few short days. The recruits will come at noon, and we will explain everything to them. We need more recruits too, so Jessie is going to make arrangements. Everyone disperses except for me and Kyle.

“What the hell are you thinking?!” I fire at Kyle.

“What?” Kyle was taken off-guard by my sudden outburst.

“This is a suicide mission! I mean, god, they have thousands of soldiers! We are just Shadows!” I scream.

“Look Charlotte,” His voice is still calm, “You don’t know as much about this as I do. The Odies don’t have good defense. They have weapons, but hardly know how to use them. They’re all hands, as you saw with the last attack. We have more people than you think.”

“We only have us here, the five recruits, and maybe a few more coming after Jessie arranges things.” I reply, still enraged.

“We have people on the inside.” Kyle stated simply.

“Huh?” I was confused.

“We have Shadows all over, living in cities and small communities who help us. We’ll get word to them. They’ll help us.” Kyle explained.

I didn’t know what to say. I was at a loss for words. I wanted to ask more questions, but nothing came out. I decided to change the topic.

“We can’t meet at noon today. The new recruits are coming.” I say lightly.

“We can meet after supper then, right?” Kyle asks hopefully.

“Sure.” I have no clue that I’ve agreed until the words leave my mouth.

The discussion is over, and we both walk off to our rooms to get ready for our new jobs. Before I’m even halfway to my room, there is a large boom and everything goes downhill from there.

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