“Ava!” Someone shouts in my ear.
“Ooomff.” I murmur and struggle to pull the blanket over my head.
“Ava, wake up!” They shake me and rip the sheet from my hands.
“What do you want?” I hiss and squint my eyes at the harsh sunlight streaming through my cabin door.
“This is your chance to meet the guy.”
“Ughhh.” I grumble as I turn over.
“We need you! This is your chore.” He whispers, tugging on my shoulder.
“What is my chore?” I lift my head to look up at him.
“You have to give him a tour.” He sighs.
“Are you kidding me? At the ass crack of dawn?” I growl.
“Oi!” He retorts as I drag myself from my bed. I wave him out of the door and turn around, placing my hands on my hips. I shuffle over to the corner of my room and put on a dirty pair of red jeans and a plain, dark t-shirt. I yawn and use my old pink hairbrush and tie up my hair in a low ponytail. I put it into a braid and slap some sunscreen on. Once I am finished, I walk outside and trail slowly into the main cabin.
“Hey El.” I mutter, leaning onto the small round table in the center of the room. It’s always been there….
“Hullo.” Elewa looks up from his map.
“So..What’s to eat?” I rub my crusty eyes.
“Uh… porridge.” He says, grabbing the pen from across the table.
“Again?” I sigh.
“Yus.” He sighs. I smile and look him up and down. He really is trying with his English. He has gotten much better over the years.
“Now hurry up, you have 5 minutes before you have to do your chore.”
“UGH!” I groan and slap the table hard with my hand. “This isn’t fair!” Elewa snaps his head up and furrows his eyebrows.
“Ava!” He growls in disapproval.
“Why me? Why do I have to show the intruder around! I don’t want to! Why is there a new person? Why do they have to stay for so long!” I shout the last word and stomp my foot. Elewa clears his throat.
“Morning, Mr Bellhat.” El says formally. I quickly spin around and drop my fists to my sides. A growl escapes my lips.
“Mornin.” The man says loudly, a grin on his face, his bright blue eyes trained on me. I stand there, stiff and shaking with anger. He licks his lips and slides a hand through his dirty blonde hair. His bicep flexes as he sticks his hand out toward me.
“Bellhat, Aiden Bellhat.” He smiles warmingly. I tighten my jaw and quickly stomp forward, banging my shoulder against his as I throw the cabin door open, walking into the warm air.
“Ava! Your porridge is in the eating courters!” Elewa calls after me.
“I’m not hungry!” I shout back as I jog toward the river. I hear padding feet behind me but I keep moving.
Once I am about five meters away from the water, I feel someone grip my wrist and hold me back.
“AGH!” I scream and yank my hand away from them. I spin around and walk forward so my face is close to his face… Or rather, my face is close to his chest. I suddenly feel small and little like I did when I was a child and my face turns red. I blink and shake it off before lifting a finger.
“Leave me alone!” I shout. His eyes soften.
“I’m sorry. For whatever I did.” He whispers. I suddenly feel guilty for being so rude.
“Why are you here? What is your purpose? Why do you have to INTURDE?” I say quickly, slapping my hands against my thighs.
“That’s what you think I am? An ‘intruder’?” He says calmly.
“Yes! That IS what you are!” I scream in his face.
“No! No, I am not! I am here for studies! I am a traveler!” He clenches his teeth.
“I have been here all my life… and- and, you just decide you can just come? I worked hard! So very hard to be liked by them!” I say in a shaky voice and jab a finger in the direction of the campus.
“Listen, I don’t know how long you have been here for or what your story is but I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I have made you feel this way.” He whispers delicately. I stare at him, breathing heavily, my jaw still clenched. He reaches his hand out and stares at me. I look down at his empty hand.
“Well. I don’t except your apology, you’re just going to have to find someone else to show you around!” I growl in a low voice before walking past him back to my cabin.
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