The Faceless

They were known as the faceless, and they knew everything.

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1. Chapter 1:

Chapter 1

 

I checked the list again. Still only missing the last person. Then checked my watch to see what time it was. If this person didn’t show up soon, we´d have to leave without him. I looked around, no one said a word. Everyone looked to the ground. Until one guy broke the silence.

“When are we leaving” he said impatiently.

“Well, we were supposed to leave 5 minutes ago, but someone is clearly not showing up” I answered, trying to sound as masculine as possible. The guy sighed, whilst the others stayed quiet.

“When is he coming?” I took a breath.

“I don’t know when…” I looked at the list, then continued.

“-Brooks will arrive, so why don’t you shut up and wait 2 more minutes, okay?!” He looked down in embarrassment, careful not to make any sound.

 

When the 2 minutes had passed, I handed everyone a bottle of water, then said.

“Seems like someone chickened up.” Some giggled.

“I´m Wes, also known as the leader of this group.” In the middle of my little speech, one of the guys pointed at something behind me. I turned around to see, a silhouette was forming at the end of the road. Everyone looked carefully at the person walking towards us. But when he came closer, a couple guys giggled. It wasn’t a guy. It was a girl. She had now joined the circle. I looked at her up and down.

“Brooks?” I asked.

“Yeah, sorry I was late.” She said, though it didn’t sound like she was actually sorry.

“Well, what an example, huh. Don’t ever be late to anything. That’s probably one of the many things that’s going to get you killed out here. So, don’t.” I said. It didn’t seem like any of the guys were listening, everyone was busy looking at her.

“LISTEN!” I said loudly. And just as I had said it, everyone looked at me with a little bit of terror in their eyes.

“Did you guys hear me or were you to busy looking at other things? HUH?!” They all mumbled a no.

“We better get started, we are a bit late, thanks to someone.” I looked at the girl. Though she didn’t seem the tiniest bit intimidated by me.

We started walking, whilst I told everyone about our mission. To meet up with another group near the center of the city, then head to the mountains. We need to find these so-called people, and find out who they are and what they want. They were known as the Faceless, and they know everything.

 

After about 0,5 km, some of the guys started talking.

“So, these people know everything?” Someone said.

“Yeah, I guess so.” Someone else responded.

“It seems pretty cool to me.” The first person said. I turned around in a bit rage.

“If you think feeding on other people is cool, then you can go home right now. It’s that way!” I said, while pointing to the way we came from. The guy´s face went pale.

“No... sorry” He said. We walked on.

“Actually, they don’t feed on other people. They only eat their brains. The rest of the body, they just leave.” The girl said. I took a deep breath.

“Oh, someone´s done their homework.” I replied. She smiled in a mocking way, and I clenched my fists.

“Of course. And can you please stop this whole thing where you pretend to be some kind of strong and cool person, because it is pathetic!” She added. All the other guys were surprised of her. No one, not even me expected any woman to act like that, especially not in these circumstances. I pursed my lips and then:

“What did you expect, huh? Some tea party where we’d all get to know each other?!” I hissed. She looked annoyed.

“No, but I expected us to at least know each other’s names.” And again, she managed to get on my nerves.

“Well, perhaps if you would’ve arrived at the right time, we would have had time for that!”

“We are in no way going to be able to cooperate if you don’t stop acting like a jerk.” She blurted. She took a look around, and tried to make eye contact with some of the others.

“Yeah?” I asked.

“I kind of agree with Brooks” One replied. The others nodded.

“Well congrats to you all. You managed to piss me off. I don’t have time to get to learn about everyone!” I turned away from them, and started walking again.

“So, my name is Alice.” The girl said. Alice. It annoyed me so much that she actually managed to both piss me off and make my stomach churn. She was the one who intimidated me, not the other way around.

She started having a conversation with the others, and I ignored them.

“Marvin Carter” It also made me annoyed that she didn’t listen to me, or that she didn’t even care.

“Alice, how come you´re here?” Marvin asked. His voice was rough and breathy.

“Why wouldn’t I?” She added. I tried to not listen, even though I wanted to hear every single thing they said.

“Ehh you’re a girl. I don’t know if you noticed but…”

“But what?” She interrupted.

“I’m not as strong as you, huh?” And again, you could hear that she got a tiny bit mad.

“No... it’s just, this could be dangerous.” Marvin commented, and he definitely regretted mentioning it.

“Oh, you know what. Go be stupid somewhere away from me” She said. A teeny tiny smile found its way to my lips.

She kept up with me, and was now walking next to me.

“When are we there?” She asked. More politely this time.

“A little less than 15 km more.”

“I don’t get why we didn’t just start up as one big group?” She sounded a lot more relaxed now that just for a moment ago. How was she able to go from mad to relaxed in just few seconds?

“They’d notice us. And then they...”

“They would eat our brains, and enjoy every little bit of it, right?” She interrupted, again. She must’ve gotten used to be a big talker. She didn’t seem like the person that would shut up the rest of our walk. Not at all.

“I´m sorry I was late.” I giggled.

“I can´t believe what I’m about to tell you. But, I’m sorry I was a jerk” She smiled. She looked backwards, and so did I. Everyone else were small talking too. Our eyes met, and for the first time, I actually looked at her, and observed her looks. Alice wasn’t beautiful in the classical way, no flowing golden curls or ivory skin; no piercing eyes of green. She was shorter than average, but in her ordinariness, she was stunning. Her smile made my heart skip a beat.

“Please don’t.” She said.

“What?”

“You´re still a jerk to me. All I wanted was to excuse myself, not become besties.” And with that, I wanted to take it all back. She might be pretty, but darn, was she irritating.

The city started to form in the horizon. And as we got closer, everyone gasped. 

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