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?


8. Packing Up

For the next hour, my grandma explained to me what exactly I needed to do and how to do so without getting caught. While she was explaining everything, she would occasionally yell random things like “You are in so much trouble!” or “You’re nothing but a pile of garbage!”

It reminded me of what Madi, Talia and I do at Mimi’s. Maybe that’s what my grandma used to do when she was younger.

It was finally time to pack.

“You want to pack very lightly. Only the essentials.” My grandma stated as she grabbed a small backpack from my hook.

“That little bag won’t fit everything.” I said pointed to the small backpack.

“Yes it will. Grab two t-shirts and one long sleeve shirt.” My grandma instructed.

I ended up packing two t-shirts, one long sleeved shirt, one pair of jeans, one pair of shorts, an extra pair of tennis shoes (plus the ones I had on), a bottle of water, and a few granola bars. It didn’t seem like enough.

I asked her if I could pack a few more things for comfort. She said I could only pack three more small items. I packed my hair brush, a small blanket, and a picture of my parents. Looking at that picture made me remember to check my pocket where the heart charm was. It was still there.

“I love you Charlotte.” My grandma gave me the biggest hug ever.

“I love you too.” Just one word, ‘love,’ means so much.

I’ll finally be able to really know the true meaning of the word love. I’ll finally be a Shadow.

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