Chapter 49: Ava
Elidi yelped. "What? One of us has got to stay with her?" She looked around at all of us, expecting everyone to argue, but no one did - it wasn't that we were willing to stay, it was that, we were all just plain speechless, even the guys.
Marina nodded, the poop head. "That is my deal."
"It isn't much a fair deal, don't you think? I mean, one of us is about to risk their life to answer your stupid question, and then another is going to have to give up their life so that we can know other stuff? That seems barely fair." Ravi reasoned, trying to rake up the courage and talk to this crazy lady - he succeeded, not that it matters, Marina didn't seem to even care about him.
"So! The question! Who will be answering my riddle?" Marina said cheerfully, making me want to puke. This girl was seriously getting on my nerves.
I looked back at everyone, who was nodding and looking at me. Not only was I probably the smartest one here - well, Ethan was older than me, and a lot smarter, not that he used his knowledge - I was probably the best bet. "Are we allowed to comtemplate with my friends and family?"
Marina dunked her head in the pool and looked at me. "To a certain extent."
"Then I will." I said, and Marina smiled knowingly at me, making me a bit nervous - did she forsee that I was going to fail or something? Or was that just her annoyance getting to my head?
Marina applauded. "Wonderful! Then I shall ask you my riddle."
I nodded, taking out a piece of paper so that I could write whatever it was down - I did hate repeatedly asking things.
"I turn polar bears white, and I will make you cry. I make guys have to pee, and girls comb their haird. I make celebrities look stupid and normal people look like celebrities. I turn pancakes brown and make your champagne bubble. If you squeeze me, I'll pop. If you look ta me, you'll pop. Can you guess my riddle?"
i finished writing the riddle down and I studied it long and hard, leaning against the cold rock wall as everyone as well as Marina watched me try and solve this riddle..
I turn polar bears white? That would be ice. But ice doesn't turn pancakes brown, or make normal people look like celebrities, or anything else. It might make guys have to pee... But girls comb their hair? Really? Not really.
What would we look at and have us be popped?
I hadn't even realized that I was muttereing to myself until Elidi and Zoey walked over and patted me on the back, telling me that everything was going to be alright, as if I were some kind of dog stuck in the middle of a lightning storm.
I looked at the other four of us. "Help me." I sighed, probably about to regret this for the rest of my life but I seriously needed help - if I didn't get help, there probably wouldn't be much of my life for me to regret this.
They all walked over and read the piece of paper of which I had written the riddle.
Naturally, I watched them all as they scratched their head in trying to figure it out.
"Spiders?" Ravi suggested, but I shook my head.
"That doesn't fit anything, Ravi."
"You're not a guy, you don't know what makes us pee." Ethan argued, agreeing with Ravi.
I rolled my eyes. All guys were idiots when it came to riddles.
Elidi kept thinking. She seemed like she was about to get something when she sighed and fell down out of exasperation. "This is ipossible!" And she started to bang her head against the wall.
Zoey kept bursting out with random objects in this demension, which wasn't helping, only distracting my train of thought. You'd think someone more mature than Ethan wouldn't do that.
Ethan kept looking at the piece of paper and turning it at different agles, as if that would help. "Ethan, stop it, I need to look at that again." I sighed, holding my hand out asking for the paper.
"Please, you probably already memorized it, just let me see if I can figure this out..."
I begged Zoey to get the paper back from Ethan - it was a win win situation, she stopped annoying me and I'd get the paper back. Well it was win-win for me, anyway.
The answer could easily be time. I mean, time could turn polar bears white... Well actually their fur was actually clear, the color was recieved from the reflection of the ice, but still! It could easily be time. And I guessed time could make girls comb their hair, I mean, after a certain amount of time we've got too... right?
But you can't squeeze time and it won't pop. You can't look at time and be popped.
"I only have one guess for this riddle don't I?" I asked Marina, who nodded as she conitinued to watch us try and figure out her riddle in a struggle - and she was probably enjoying herself at the same time. "Okay, fine then."
Ethan sighed and handed me the paper back. "This is pathetic. I can't answer this, you're on your own."
I took the paper back and read it again.I turn polar bears white, and I will make you cry. I make guys have to pee, and girls comb their haird. I make celebrities look stupid and normal people look like celebrities. I turn pancakes brown and make your champagne bubble. If you squeeze me, I'll pop. If you look ta me, you'll pop. Can you guess my riddle?
This was pathetic. I coudn't answer this!
I thought long and hard about it. Then I read it over again and thought more, just to make sure.
It might not be the answer, and yeah okay I only had one shot, but I might as well just take it - the others wouldn't have to be punished. I turned to them. "If I'm wrong, guess time. You guyys can do this without me, if I get this wrong - but I'm almost positive that I've got it." They all nodded and hugged me, as if wwe really were saying goodbye.
I walked up to Marina, and smiled, crumpling up the piece of paper as well. She smiled back at me, making me still want to punch her, even though I knew we could get past her. "Have you made your desicion?" She asked innocently, as if she were a first grade tecaher with never ending faith in her students.
I nodded sarcastically. "No."
Marina blinked like she didn't understand. "That's my answer. No."
"Are you sure?"
I hesitated. I hated it when people did that, honestly, it was always really cheap when they did. "Yes." I answered. "The answer is no. I cannot answer the riddle you've given me. I can't. So no."
Marina smiled. "The Guardian is yours."