Dark. Pitch black. The kind where you can’t tell if you are by your friends, or if you are by the edge of a cliff. You don’t move. This is how I feel as I sit there on my cot. I look around but can’t see anything. Suddenly something grabs onto my arm. I flip around and pull out my knife and flashlight. Just in time to see Melody standing there, looking at me with a scared look on her face. I put away my knife, find a box of matches and watch as the roof of the cave starts to go up. I stand up and walk over to find Justice and Sydney on cots in the wall. Then I realize they got in safe. Suddenly there is a huge boom and the entire room shakes. Justice falls off the top bunk and crashes to the floor.
“Five. More. Minutes. Mum,” Justice says and practically sleep walks up to her cot.
I look around and realize that Libby and Faith are missing along with Jewel. I tell Melody to stay put and with the light of my flashlight manage to find a station in the corner of the huge cave. I walk up to the counter.
“Hi there,” I start.
“Name? Or do you not have one?” the guy behind the counter says. He is tall and has short brown hair and it’s hanging over into his eyes.
“Trinity,” I say with a smile. “And what might yours be?”
“Jake,” he says back with a smile. “Here. Let me get your packs. How many people are in your area? They should be your roommates.”
I think in my head and count everyone.
“Seven,” I say. Jake heads to the back of the station and comes back with seven packs.
“You’re pretty small. You sure you can carry all these?” he says with a smirk.
“Not sure,” I start. “ You wanna help me carry them?” I ask returning the sly smile.
“Of course,” He says and comes out from the counter. He yells back inside,
“Phil! I’m taking a break!” We walk to the next station. The next person surprises me as I come face to face with Harmony. She sneers at me.
“What do you want?” she says. I think she is talking to me when I realize she is staring past me at Jake. She smiles at him, while he returns it with a cold, dead stare.
“I’m with her,” He says with a glare. She gives him a sneer so deep it looks like it hurts. Then she looks back at me and smiles.
“What can I get you?” She starts.
“Seven packs of food and water for the month.” Jake says and slaps down a twenty dollar bill onto the counter. Harmony glares at him, but takes the money and heads to the back.
“Sorry about her. She is just a jerk.” Jake starts.
“Jake, me and her have our personal battles, too. Trust me,” I say with a annoyed look. He nods and we walk back to our little home. He comes to our kitchen and sets down the stuff. He stares at me and I stare at him. This goes on for like a minute. Then he breaks the tension.
“Hey... so do you maybe like wanna go to the shop with me tomorrow?” He asks.
“Um…sure.” I say slowly. He starts to lean in closer but stops and heads for the door.
“Wait!” I call. “Where are you staying?” I query.
“Actually, I don’t have a place to stay yet,” He says with a sly smile creeping on his face.
“Do you…” I say dwindling. “Do you want to stay here?”
“Sure.” He says and he leaves to go get his packs. I go through the packs, all the food labeled with name tags. I put everyone’s food in separate cabinets and take one of each of the name tags and stick it on the front. I then pick up the rest of the normal bags and head to our rooms. Everyone else is back now and sitting in a circle in the middle of the room. I walk in and they all turn to me.
“Who was in the kitchen?” is the first thing that comes out of Faith’s mouth.
“No one.” I say with a sly smile. Soon as I talk, Sydney and Faith jump up and tackle me. And then they all dog pile on me. I scream and push them off me. I get up and tell them about Jake and then Faith starts singing,
“Trinity and Jake, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!” she starts and then I practically choke her.
“You liiiiike him!” Libby trills and I try to strangle her too.
“Oh my GOSH! I hate you guys!” I scream as I giggle my head off like a little girl.
“Hey, does anyone actually know why we’re here?” Libby asks.
“No. I’ll have to ask Jake when he comes back to move in,” I say slyly.
The entire room erupts in a “WHAT!?” as I run out and slam the door. I quickly turn invisible and tuck myself into a keep next to the door. Everyone bursts out.
“Where did she go?!” Sydney screams. I decide to freak her out.
“Sydney…” I say in a spooky voice. “Sydney...” It was a stupid idea because she tracked down my voice and tackled me, breaking my concentration. I get up as I materialize and look at them. I slowly start to say that he is staying with us, but decide not to. I drop to the floor and roll out under Sydney. Justice grabs me from behind and I kick her in the stomach. She doubles over and I run to the door of my room. I open the door and come face to face with Libby who pressure points me and I black out. I wake up in an all dark room. I still have my pack and grab my flashlight. I flick up the on switch and watch as my room materializes. I flick on the light next to my bed and watch as the whole room lights up. I see Jake, sitting in a chair next to my bed asleep and Libby leaning against the wall snoring. I hop up and pull on my sneaky slippers. I walk out the room and try out my camouflage. I match the wall and walk along getting closer to the noises in the other room. I am about to open the door when it opens on me, slamming me into the wall behind me. I scream in my head from the pain, but continue on my way down the hall. I start to limp. I get to the living room and run out of energy. I pass out on the floor, materializing next to my friends. I hear them talking though.
“I told Libby not to fall asleep! LIBBY!” Justice screams and runs out of the room and down the hall.
“Justice hold on! Don’t kill her without me!” Sydney screams and runs out after her. Faith bends down next to me.
“We need to get her to the infirmary.” she says.
“Is she going to be ok?” Melody says with worry in her voice. I want to tell her I will be but it comes out as a muffled groan.
“Come on Jewel. Grab her bag,” Faith commands as she picks me up and carries me out. I black out. Again.