The Fall of Us

©Molly Looby CampNaNoWriMo '14 !

Enter the world of Tye. The Fall has devastated much of the world as we know it but Tye knows nothing else. He and his best friend Eeli are ready to leave their home as soon as they reach thirteen years so that they can be off on their own and be who they want to be and do what they want to do. At last.

Tye and Eeli could never have imagined how dangerous the real world was going to be.


20. 20

As we walk, the houses seem to git bigger an bigger an further apart. As nite begins to fall we start checkin the houses fer open doors an windows. We find one wiff the back door swingin open in the breeze an we scout thru it before desidin it’s safe. This house is missin a lot more furniture than the house we stayed in last nite. Books an cushions scatter the floor an it looks like someone’s had a fire in this fireplace not too long ago.

Usin the matches Jax gave us, we lite our own fire usin pages of books an snapped table legs. Nimmo curls hisself up next to the fire an shuts his eyes as we eat. He wolfed his down in two seconds before watchin us. Eeli sent him away so he went. I don’t blame him fer tryin his luck.

“So, Phee?” I ask, lookin past Eeli to see him. “If you hadn’t seen us, what would you be doing now?”

“This but alone. I bin alone fer a coupla moons. I fort I was goin crazy. I ain’t never gonna be alone again. I can’t stand it.”

“What about yer mum?” Eeli asks. “You bin mentionin her but you ain’t wiff her. Did you run away or somefink?”

He shakes his head. “No. I’d never do that. She got sick an I couldn’t help her. After she died I couldn’t live in the house we’d lived in together. Not wiffout her. So I desided I’d find my own place that I could make my own. Start again, you know? Start my life over.”

I nod. When people used to come to Nat’s to look fer someone to adopt they always felt sorry fer us but it’s people like Phee I feel sorry fer. No one should feel sorry fer me cause I had Nat as a mother. I couldn’t ever imagine losin one like that. That’s worse than never havin one in the first place. Times a hundred.

“I’m sorry.” I look to Phee. “That’s horrible.”

Eeli takes his hand an give him a little smile. There’s fire in my heart an I dunno why as she does this. I try to swallow it down but I can’t.

“So is that yer dream?” Eeli asks.

“My dream?”

“Yeah. We each gotta follow our dream don’t we?”

“I ain’t really fort about it much but I guess it is, yeah. Startin again. That’s what I want.”

“I fink a lot of people want that too.” I say. I’m finking about Jax again, wishin he’d told us more about his life cause now I can’t stop finkin about all the fings he dint say.

“What about you?” Phee looks at me. “What do you want?”

I shrug. “I dunno. I don’t fink it matter cause I know what I’m doin an where I’m goin. I’ll figure it out.”

He nods an Eeli’s eyes fix on mine. I stare rite back at her till Phee speaks again an grabs her attention.

“So a singin star, huh? You any good?” I don’t like the way he raises his eyebrows.

“Are you kiddin! I’m an angel.” I don’t like the way she giggles an shuffles closer to him.

“She is.” I cut in. “You ain’t never heard a voice like it.”

“How about a demonstration?” Phee’s smile is big an charmin an I wanna wipe it rite off.

Eeli’s standin up in a moment. She pushes her hair off her face an wiff this huge gleamin grin she begins singin her song.

“I sit by the window, an watch the rain fall down.”

I stand up. “I’m going to explore a bit.” I can’t even look at them.

I wunder why the sun won’t shine.”

Out in the hall, I shut the livin room door to muffle Eeli’s voice an I make my way up the stairs until I can’t make out the words anymore. I sit myself on a mattress on the floor of the smallest bedroom, all the furniture overturned as tho someone was lookin fer somefin. There ain’t no sheets or nuffink on it an you can see old stains from nosebleeds an much more awful stuff. The yellow sunshine walls wiff stick-on stars on the celin make me feel worse than I already do.

There ain’t no reason fer my reaction. All Phee did was ask about Eeli’s dream an so far everyone we’d met since leavin Nat’s had asked the same thing. So why was this any different to that? It just was. It was the way he looked at her like he already knew all about her an knew what she was finking but that’s stoopid cause I’m the only one who knows what she’s finking.

An the way she looked at him. Like he was excitin an new. I’ll never be that to her. She knows everyfin I got in my head. There ain’t no more secrets to tell her. She guesses my secrets before I even git a chance to talk to her about them.

But now she wants to talk to Phee an not me? She wants to show off fer him? Why? She don’t have to impress anyone.

Sometimes I hate her an I dunno why.

I hear Eeli’s song thru the door an I bury my head in my hands. There’s paddin up the stairs an across the landin an I feel wet on my hands. I lower them an call Nimmo to my side, wipin his spit on my combats. He sits next to me like he wants to listen.

“Stoopid.” I ruffle his fur. “You don’t understand.”

He sits there all the same.

“I mean, I don’t even know what’s goin on so how can you?” I sigh. “I’m sorry I dint want to keep you. I take it back now. Yer alrite fer another mowf to feed. I’d be lonely rite about now if you weren’t here. Fanks.”

I dint know how he knew I was upset but I was glad he was here. Maybe he dint know at all an he just followed me to make sure I was safe. Either way, I was grateful.

“Whaddya you fink of this Phee anyway?” He don’t react other than pushin my hand wiff his nose when I stop strokin him. I chuckle an put my hand back in his fur. “I don’t like him. He’s bin on the road too long. I don’t want him to git any ideas. He can’t stay wiff us forever.”

My heart gives a jolt before takin off. I suck in a breath.

“He’s gonna wanna stay, ain’t he? He’s gonna wanna stay wiff Eeli an she’s gonna let him.”

I shake my head.

“No, no, no. That ain’t what’s supposed to happen!”

But what is supposed to happen? I ask myself an I dunno.

I ain’t fort about it other than I’ll travel wiff Eeli. But she was rite the other day. I hate it but she was rite. I can’t follow her all my life. I gotta git my own. I can’t be that sad man who follows his childhood friend round cause he knows nuffink else. But the only problem is that I dunno what I want. Maybe I do want a family like Eeli said, but I ain’t doin nuffink about that yet. Maybe she’ll let me stick around till I find the rite one. But what if I don’t find one? I ain’t fort this thru. I don’t wanna live like that. I don’t wanna live wiff Phee neither. So what do I do?

I dunno.

I just dunno nuffink.

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