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?


12. Waiting

I had been sitting next to Madi for about two hours. It was around 12:00am. Talia came back and got me for lunch.

“It’s not just broth. We’re having porridge. I helped make it, so you know it’ll be good.” Talia tried to cheer me up, but it didn’t work.

“No thanks.” I said not even looking at her.

“Look Charlotte, you need to eat. They expect us to work around here and you can’t do that on an empty stomach.” Talia explained.

“I just… Look at her! Look what those assholes did to Madi! How can you just stand there when she’s dying?!” It was rare to scream at Talia.

“Sitting by her all day isn’t helping anything either.” Talia stormed out.

I started to cry. My cry turned in to bawling, and my bawling turned in to me standing up and leaving Madi’s side. I needed to get my mind off of her. I didn’t know how, but Talia seemed to do so.

I headed to the kitchen where everyone was seated There were five girls, plus Talia, so six girls. And there were six boys. If Madi wakes up, no, when Madi wakes up, including me there will be eight girls.

As soon as I entered the talking came to a halt.

“You must be Charlotte!” A girl who looked like she was around twenty came and greeted me. “I’m Jessie.”

Jessie. Jessie is the one who found Madi laying on the ground motionless, almost dead. No! I need to push that out of my head.

“Nice to meet you.” I said politely faking a smile.

“Um, this is Claire, I know you met her, she does the care taking around here. She’s looking after your friend. Madi right?” Jessie introduced.

I nodded trying to push Madi out of my head again.

“Then this is Adelita. She does all of the cooking. It looks like your friend Talia is quite the chef herself though.” Jessie said motioning to an old woman with long grey hair, slightly over weight. She had the kindest smile though.

“Here is Becca, she does the cleaning and housekeeping.” Becca looked about middle age. She had strawberry blonde hair that fell to her waist. She was fair skinned and over-all gorgeous.

“The last girl here is Kadence. Kadence does the hunting and gathering along with Kyle here.” Kadence looked tough. She didn’t smile at all. She was very muscular herself. She had hair that I couldn’t tell from dark blonde or light brown. She wasn’t that pretty, not that it mattered.

“Our boys here are Kyle, like I said a hunter and gatherer.” Jessie said Kyle’s name and something in my fluttered.

“You obviously know Xavier.” I smiled at him and mouthed a ‘thank you.’

“Darrel and Michael do the building and repairing.” Darrel and Michael were both very buff and very tall. Each had a few scars.

“Lastly, our spotters are Zach and Glen. They look out for danger basically.” Zach and Glen weren’t very fit like the rest of the people here.

“What do you do?” I asked hoping it wasn’t personal.

“I run this place, make sure everything goes smoothly. And I’m in charge of rations.” Jessie replies.

“What do Talia and I do?” I had a bunch of questions.

“You two will have separate jobs based on your abilities. Talia I think will help out Adelita with the cooking and baking.” Jessie said this and Talia grinned. “As for you, I don’t know yet. For now I’ll just have you help Claire with aiding Madi.”

Great. The one thing I want to keep my mind off of, I get stuck with. I just nodded anyway and we began to eat. The porridge was very good. Talia is such a good cook.

I didn’t want to push my luck by asking for a second helping. I just kept quiet and followed Claire. She led me to a small closet full of first aid type things. There were bandages, gauze, wraps, IVs, medicines, almost everything was half empty though. I wondered how they got this stuff in the first place.

Claire instructed me to grab some certain pain meds, so I did as she said. Then I followed her to where Madi was. Still motionless, and dying.

“Hand me the pain medication please.” Claire stated.

I grabbed the pain meds and then froze. I just couldn’t bare to see Madi like this.

“Are you okay?” Claire asked noticing my tears.

“Not really. One minute I’m escaping in to the Shades, the next I’m waking up to my nearly dead friend. This doesn’t happen every day.” I say wiping the tears away.

“If it makes you feel any better, she is more stable than before.” Claire said trying to make me feel better.

I handed her the pain medication and she injected it through Madi’s IV. I was glad that that pain medication would make Madi more comfortable. I couldn’t help but think about the what ifs. What if she doesn’t wake up? What if she dies? What if we had just never escaped? I guess there’s nothing I can do now anyway. Except for wait.

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