“Bailey, what going on?” Oliver said standing up as we came in.
“The transformer blew so we are going to be powerless.” I said quickly as Jayden and I started to make our way to Coach’s office with the only light of our flash lights. I walked into the room
looking around. I found the cabinet quickly.
“Did you find it?” He asked looking over my shoulder as I shifted through all the crap Coach had in the cabinet.
“Not yet. Hold this.” I said handing him the flash light I was holding. I pulled papers and folders out from the bottom of the cabinet till I got to a camo bag. “Aha I found it.” I said picking the
bag up. I pulled the zipper open. Inside the bag was about 3 flashlights, 5 ponchos, 4 battery powered lanterns, 4 blankets, and a pack of batteries. “Food coach food.” I whispered to myself. I
looked back into the cabinet and sure enough there was a box of MREs. “Thank you lord.” I said looking up pulling the box out of the cabinet.
“Man he is ready for a natural disaster in the making.” Jayden said whistling. I shot him a look.
“Well his OCD to have this stuff just saved our ass so we are lucky.” I zipped the bag closed. “Get the box I got the bag.” He gave me a nod before grabbing the handle holes on both sides of the
box. I took my flashlight back from him.
“Yes Ma’am.” He mumbled as I threw the bag over my shoulder and started to make my way back to the boys.
“It’s getting cold in here.” One of the guys said rubbing his arms with his hands.
“Dude your such a pansy.” His friend said pushing him.
“I am not.” The first one said shoving his friend back.
“You are to.” The friend said.
“Children shut up!” I snapped at them. “God, my 2 year old brother is more mature than you two.” I said rolling my eyes.
“Am not” the first guy whispered to his friend.
“What the hell did I just say?” I said dropping the bag and folding my arms.
“That you love dearly?” The friend said smiling at me from under his eye lashes.
“Yeah right. Keep wishing.” I looked at the rest of the guys sitting around. “Alright so here is what is happening right now. We are all trapped here with no power, no heat, and no way to get out.”
“Isn’t that what trapped means? No way to get out?” The friend of the guy that I was just arguing with, Kyle said raising his hand.
“Smart ass comments get you kicked out of the locker room and into the snow.” His hand fell down as he looked around as the guys laughed at him. “Alright any questions?” three guys raised their
“What are we going to eat?” One asked.
“We have enough MRE for everyone for 4 meals so we will be okay on that part.” I nodded. One of the other guys sitting in the back by himself raised his hand but quickly put it down. I gave him a
questionable look. He looked away from me. “Alright anyone else?” I looked around.
“What are we going to use for light?” Another guy asked.
“We have flash lights and lanterns to use for light.” I nodded.
“We still have running water it’s just going to be cold.”
“What are we going to do without heat?” Another called out.
“We are going to do our best to keep everyone warm. Right now we don’t know when we are getting out of here but the best thing we can do is back the best of it. Right now let’s get everything ready
so we have light other than two little flashlights.” I opened the bag and tossed around the flashlights and lanterns. I look a lantern so I could see better than my little light. The room was light
again as the flashlights and lanterns were lit. I walked around as Jayden passed around the blankets. I walked over to the guy sitting by himself, still looking down. “You alright?” I asked him
quietly. He nodded his head not looking up. “You can talk to me it’s alright. I don’t bite…unless you’re my brother, but you’re not so it’s safe.” He looked up at me with a little smile. “What was
your question? It’s alright to ask it now. No one is paying any attention to us.” He shook his head.
“You are going to laugh at me.” He said folding his arms and laying them on his knees looking down again.
“No I won’t I promise I won’t.” He looked up at me quickly before he looked back down again.
“What’s a MRE?” I smiled at him. He looked up at me. “See your laughing at me.” He said hiding his face again.
“No I’m not. See? I’m not laughing. It’s alright to ask what a MRE are. You don’t have to be shy about it.” He turned his head to look at me.
“Than what’s it mean?”
“It’s a meal ready to eat. Most of the soldiers around here have eaten them because they are easy to carry.” He blush a red before he hid his face again. “Don’t worry about it.” He shook his head.
“Your new here right?” He turned his face to look at me.
“Yeah I just moved onto base for the first time last week.” He whispered looking around to see if anyone was listening.
“Well than I’m Bailey.” I said sticking my hand out for a hand shake.
“Derrick.” He said he said shaking my hand.
“Nice to meet you Derrick. So you a Marine brat? Navy Brat?” He blushed again.
“I’m really a Coast Guard Brat I guess, but My Dad’s in the Navy so I guess a Navy brat too.” I pulled a face.
“Man pushing it on this whole friendship there but it’s alright your cool for a Coast Guard’s kid.” He cracked a smile at me.
“What about you?”
“Pure Marine, 4th generation actually.” He nodded.
“Pretty cool I guess. My Dad always says that the Marines are just a department of the Navy but whatever.” He shrugged.
“Yeah the Men’s department.” I laughed. I felt my phone start to vibrate in my pocket. I looked at the caller I.D. on the screen. I looked up at Derrick. “I got to take this hold on one
minute.” He nodded as I took my lantern and walked out of the locker room……….
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