(Coming Up Blank is yet again another work in progress. I am the
only one working on this book, unlike Over Run, though. Also, the
names that are currently being used, I might still change. Any
suggestions would be nice. Especially for the bounty hunter/
tracker guy's name..)
The moon was slowly rising in front of us, two young girls in a
forest. Our shadows grew in front of our eyes before merging with
the other shadows of the night. The trees became dark and
shapeless, and the normal noises of the forest became abnormally
"Leah.. I think we should go home now.." I whispered. "It's
getting dark and you know what Madam says about adventuring in
the night! It.. It isn't safe!"
"Mia, you will be just fine- I promise you this- and Madam knows
we can handle ourselves." Leah replied, seeming confident and
much calmer than myself. "Besides, that floating light we are
looking for should be right around these trees.." Her voice
trailed off. She was quiet and collected, but it was obvious she
was excited about whatever that light actually was. Unlike me, of
"What if it's all a mistake, though, Leah. What if this.. Light
thing is all a trap!" My voice rose by the end of this sentence.
It was clear I was shaking like a mad-dog and terrified of what
was about to happen. "What if we're following an empty promise
and-" I was cut off by a distant snap. "Oh goddess, we have to
get out of here!"
"Come on, Mia. That could have just been a squirrel or
something." Leah then screamed, she was suddenly lifted from the
ground in a net. Writhing around like a fish out of water, she
was obviously looking around for me. She screamed again, "Mia,
go! It is a trap! Go! Run! You have to go get help! Don't just
stand there..! Go!"
I suddenly sat up, catching the scream in my throat. It was that
dream again.. Why can't it just leave me alone? It isn't like the
police haven't already done what they can.. I then stretched and
swung my legs around to get out of bed. Grabbing the remote to
the TV in my dorm, I changed it to the news channel in hopes to
hear something new about Leah.
Of course, the bounty hunter who everyone deems a hero in our
kingdom is on, instead, talking about his latest assignment that
he has succeeded on. If he were so good, he should be able to
find Leah. I then quietly switched the channel back to our
regular morning program.
With a sigh, I grabbed my clothes and began to head towards the
bathroom to change. If I delayed any further, everyone else in
this foster home would get there first. That's why I'm an early
riser now, plus I have my job to get to, to help pay the bills.
That's the only reason Madam doesn't kick me out on the streets.
Apparently all I am is a lousy shadow now that Leah is gone.
When I finished getting dressed, brushing my teeth and hair, I
grabbed my bag of things and headed down to the main floor. I
always just grab a small glass of milk in the morning before
heading out. I waved good-bye to Madam this morning too, as it
might be a while before I see her again. I've got a new plan to
find Leah. This time it will work, it has got to.
Standing at the bus stop, the same faces come and go. Some I wave
to, as if we were friends, but I know most of them are just
sympathetic about loosing Leah. When the bus finally came, I
handed the driver just enough money to get me to the cafe. Sure,
he gave me a strange look since this wasn't my usual stop.
Though, this is the start of my plan. It begins here, as this is
where our kingdom's bounty hunter, or 'hero', starts his morning.
When the bus came to my stop at the cafe, I slowly got up and
took a few deep breathes. Clutching my bag to make sure the pouch
of coins earned over time is still there, I headed off the bus.
The driver stopped me for a second and mouthed the words 'good
luck'. Was it really that obvious what I was trying to do today
and would it really be so difficult to the point where I need a