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?


10. Waking Up

Light peeked through my eyes. I squinted. I saw Talia sitting right next to me saying something.

“She’s waking up!” Talia announced to someone I couldn’t see.

I tried to sit up, but my head hurt too much. It felt like I was being pushed down by a giant boulder.

“Easy!” Talia said calmly, “You need to stay laying down.”

“What happened? Where am I?” I asked confused.

Before I got an answer, a girl that looked about our age came in with a glass of water and an ice pack. The girl had bleach blonde hair styled in to a pixie cut. She had bright blue eyes and a few freckles on her nose. She was slightly taller than Madi, and skinny as a toothpick.

“You took a pretty nasty thud to the head.” The girl stated setting the water down next to my cot.

“What?” I asked still confused.

“Charlotte, you don’t remember?” Talia began, “We were escaping, the Policer tried to grab you, and then when Xavier pulled you over the fence you hit your head. Xavier grabbed you and we ran.”

“That means we’re…” I didn’t finish.

“You guys are Shadows. Congratulations.” The girl said with a petite smile.

We were in the Shades at last. We were finally Shadows. Where was Madi though?

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