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Counting Time

By: dianasanchez106

Chapter 11,

 

Ten

“Hey, wake up! They’re here,” Jonathan whispered. My eyes fluttered open and I realized I was in a totally different position then when I drifted off. It doesn’t matter; at least I got some sleep. I drank the rest of Death and placed the gun gingerly in my pocket and pray to God that it doesn’t go off.

“Where are they?” I asked. I looked down a little and all I saw were leaves. Henry was on the tree closest to ours and he pointed to the ground. I squinted and I could just make out two figures. One tall and thin the other short and thin too. I could just make out their posture. I recognize these boys anywhere. Zaq and Chase. It wouldn’t surprise me that Zaq brought Chase along with him. After all, they are partners in crime and best friends. A while ago Chase gave me this really long speech about something that was going on between us and he told me that he knew Zaq for six years. These two could be brothers, I thought as I rolled my eyes.

I’m wide awake now and extremely hyped up but I have enough sense to stay still and quiet. I saw some movement and then I saw them move out.

We climbed down the tree quietly and quickly.

I swear my heart rate is going about 300 beats per minute! Part in fear and part because of that Death drink I drank. There’s no turning back now, I thought as I gripped Jonathan’s hand. He gave my hand a squeeze and held it tight. I guess we both know that we will not be seeing each other again. Now I’m so glad I gave mom and dad that huge hug and I told them I loved them last night. I was also nice to my brother. We haven’t fought at all yesterday. At least that’s something.

“Come on,” Henry said leading the way. We moved silently through the path that the others had left and we stopped when we had sited them. That’s when Henry took out a knife and a sling shot and shot the knife into the chubby guys’ side. We heard a scream and that’s when all hell broke loose.

There were more then two people here. There was Zaq and another tall guy I couldn’t recognize. He’s about the same size as Zaq but this guy is thicker.

Suddenly Jonathan is pushing me up the tree. I climb the tree and help him up. When we get to a safe branch, I let my fear show and I wrap my arms around his waist. I

 

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have a feeling that he’s the last person I’m ever going to hug in my entire life. He hugged me back and I felt him tremble some.

“It’s okay, we’re alright,” He whispered. I shook my head.

“How can you say that when I’m about to die?” I felt tears stream down my cheeks and I buried my face in his chest.

“I won’t let you die,” He whispered. There was an edge to his voice that made me believe him. I nodded and I didn’t let go. We held each other like this for a few slow minutes until we heard three gun shots. I guess that’s our queue.

“Listen, that’s our signal. We need to split up. You have your gun and you’re a fast runner. Kill the boss and the others and then meet us back at the camp site,” He whispered into my ear. I nodded and then the moment came when I had to let go of him.

“What if I fail?” I whispered.

He shook his head, “No, you won’t fail. I have complete faith in you,” He kissed my forehead and took my face in his hands and smiled at me. I nodded and smiled back. He kissed my cheek and then jumped off of the branch. I heard a thud and then he left running south.

I took a deep breath and took out my gun. I have a lot of energy and Jonathan’s right. I am a fast runner and training has paid off so far. I jumped off the branch and landed on two feet but with a huge pain in my left heel. There’s no time! MOVE! I told myself. So I ignored the pain and started to sprint into the oasis and I shot a man. I aimed and fired but before I did I made sure it wasn’t Zaq, Henry or Jonathan. The guy I shot was short and chubby. There was an awful deafening sound and then a huge thud. I didn’t stop to wonder who I just killed.

Wow I never thought I would actually think that. Who I just killed . . . Well I don’t have much time to contemplate about it. My life is on the line.

I ran and ran until I wouldn’t run any longer. When the pain in my ankle was so great I had to stop and climb a tree. I know that I’m deffinatly not safe here I just needed a short break, before I can start up again.

So I found a good hiding place behind a tree and under some bushes with space for about two people. I sat down and forced my heart to slow down.

I leaned against the tree and took deep breaths. I started to calm down when I heard a crash and someone came tumbling into my hiding spot. My heart raced again and I thought I was about to have a panic attack. I sat absolutely still and made no sound. I was too terrified to breathe.

The person made small movements very slowly and silently. He leaned against the

 

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branches of the bush and looked directly at me. He clicked on a flash light that I wasn’t aware that he had and shone it in my face. I froze in terror but the person sighed with relief. I recognized that sigh anywhere.

It’s Chase.

“You had me scared for a second,” He said. I was still too scared to move and whenever he inched towards me I moved away. I noticed the knife in his hand was covered in thick blood. I felt like screaming but I couldn’t find my voice. It’s as though the moment of panic as taken my voice away.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” Chase said. He put the knife down and he crossed his legs which where touching my shoes. I don’t have anymore space to move away from him so I couldn’t move my legs away from him. I was still too scared to speak or make any sudden movements. I was scared to trust him again. Although he did save my life before when Zaq first tried to kill me, then made me feel like shit for something I didn’t do. It’s very confusing but I decided that I can trust him a little bit. I relaxed a little bit and let out a breath I forgot I was holding.

No one said anything for a while. I had this feeling growing that I can’t be here for long that I have to keep going and catch up with Jonathan and Henry.

I looked up and met Chase’s gaze. Even in the darkness his blue eyes blazed. I looked away and sighed. Well I guess there’s no use in trying to escape an argument with Chase anytime soon.

“I’m on your side you know,” Chase said suddenly. My head shot up and I met his gaze again. I gave him a perplexed look and relaxed my legs a little so that I could give my ankle some rest.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because it’s not right,” He answered. He shrugged and wiped the blade on the grass. He’s right, but if I were in his position I wouldn’t have betrayed my best friend like this. Then again, my best friend will never be a high class murderer.

“So is this your attempt to save me again?” I whispered. I hadn’t meant to say that out loud but I might regret it later on so I’m kind of glad I said it.

“Maybe. Not sure yet,” He shrugged and I cracked a smile. As quickly as it came, it went away. I heard gun shots and loud thuds. My body went rigid again and I held my breath. Chase did the same but he wasn’t holding his breath. When the shots became softer we relaxed.

“I guess that’s my queue to get the fuck out of here” Chase said.

I nodded and looked around at a loss of anything else to do. I sat there my arms

 

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around my knees hugging them close to me.

“Hey, be careful,” Chase said as he started to get up. I smiled and nodded.

“I will, you be careful too,” I smiled a little bit and gave him a quick hug, and then he left running away into the distance. I sure hope he doesn’t get killed.

After about five minutes, I get up and start to run the opposite way Chase went. I hadn’t realized how many people came when I kept tripping over their lifeless bodies. Every couple of yards I would have to jump over or swerve around bodies. I kept thinking that this is some kind of nightmare. That everything will be okay when my mother yells for me to wake up every morning. “Es tarde! Levantate!” I would hear that and wake up to a beautiful sunny day in my aquamarine room and my cat Sasha sleeping in a ball at my feet.

I kept running until I was sure my feet were going to fall off. I don’t know how big this place is, but it seems at though I’m running in a complete circle. I find the same tree with the same blood spatter on it every time I make a left turn. So I went right and tripped on a giant root. A huge pain shot up my leg and I grit my teeth together from making any sound.

I wish I had some water. My throat is really dry and my heart hasn’t stopped racing. I rest my head mouth against the trunk of the tree and take deep breaths. I decide to keep on running. I’m running out of time.

I jumped off the tree and started running. I forgot to where I’m running to, I’m just running to avoid the inevitable I guess.

I heard a gunshot and I started to run faster. It’s dark and I was running into leaves and vines. I was making so much noise anyone could find me. I heard another gunshot and I dove into the brush. I took out my phone and put it on extremely low brightness. I looked at the time. It’s exactly two o’clock in the morning. I put my phone back into my pocket and I felt hands on my shoulders. I started to scream but his hands went straight to my mouth.

“It’s me, Jonathan, relax,” The minute I heard his voice I relaxed and jumped into his arms. I am so relieved to see him I could kiss him.

“I’m so glad to see you!” I whispered. His hold tightened on me and I knew he felt the same.

“Are you alright? Are you hurt?” He said examining my body. I nodded and pointed to my ankle. He held it in his hands and squeezed it gently. Then pain shot up my left and I gasped.

“Okay, your bone might be bruised. Can you walk?” He asked.

“I think so, I mean I was running all this time and I took like three minute breaks.

 

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This is my second one,” I said.

“Here, Henry gave this to me just incase I needed it but right now, you need it more than I do,” He handed me two pills and a water bottle. I noticed that they are pain medication. I swallowed them and drank a little more water leaving Jonathan some. He also took off my left shoe and bandaged up my ankle gently. When he finished he put my shoe back on gently and he sat next to me. I wrapped my arms around him and rested my head against his.

Hey, I don’t care if I hardly know this kid. He’s protecting me and I’m about to die. I need some kind of romance before I die don’t I? Jonathan doesn’t seem to mind either. He seems just as happy to see me as I am him.

“Thank you,” I whispered. His arm came across my shoulders moving me closer. You know if I wasn’t going to die, he’d be the perfect boyfriend. I wish I had more time.

“Don’t mention it. I just wish we had more time,” He whispered as if he was reading my thoughts.

“Yeah, me too. You would’ve made the perfect boyfriend,” I whispered. I felt my face flush crimson and I heard him chuckle.

“You know, we can pretend. Even for a little bit,”

“Okay,” At this point I don’t care. I’m running out of time and I’d rather die happy then die with regrets. I sat up and moved my body so that I faced him. I took his hands and entwined his fingers with mine. I realized that they fit perfectly.

At any rate, I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. I saw him lean down and kiss me. I was so shocked I couldn’t kiss him back. Everything seemed to be going in slow motion.

It seemed that time has stopped.

 

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