I can hear the laughter in the other room as I lay looking up at the empty ceiling. It was early in the morning, the sun not quite up yet. As I got up and put my cloths on, the laughing stopped, and the other room became extremely quiet. Opening the door to my room, I felt a cold chill go through me. Breathing in, I stepped out and into the hallway, my bare feet freezing on the cold cement floor and into another room.
Tyler sat on the faded green sofa. Her short black hair tied back into a bun and her normal smile gone and replaced with a frown. She looked cold considering her shorts and tank top. As I entered the room, her head pops up; her wide brown eyes glossed over with fear. Down on a small warm rug sat Sofia. She was sitting up; her big green eyes fixed onto the TV. screen. Strangely, her stuffed bear lay off to the side, and for the first time she didn't care if it was dirty. Now,Sofia is young. Younger than all of us living in this dump. At only six years old she knows just about everything. When I say everything I mean EVERYTHING.
I went around to Sofia and sat down behind her eyeing the TV screen. As I watched the TV, Sofia climbed into my lap and buried her head into my shoulder. On the bright lit screen, it showed a list of people and their pictures. The one that stood out the most was of a girl with long black hair with bright red highlights. Her pitch black eyes burning fire in yours if you stare right at them to long. Under the picture was a name. One name. One word.
"Shay?" Tyler asked very slowly. "Why is your picture on that TV?"
I calmly sat Sofia back on the rug and got up. Then, I shot upandran to the end of a long hallway. All the way at the end, I opened the door and yelled, "Meeting in ten!" Running in the the next two rooms still yelling it over and over. The six of us sat around in a circle on the ground in front of the TV. Tyler sat on my left, Sofia in my lap, Cort sitting next to Tyler and Will, and then Austin. Who is standing off to the side.
Will sat still looking bored with his blue eyes wondering from place to place. His glassing slipping off his nose, and he pushed them up with his chubby figures. Will is, how do I put this, a nerd. A complete nerd with the glasses and everything. The only thing that's different is that he's a fighting nerd. He can punch a full grown man as hard as a football player. So, he's like a super nerd. Cort was sprawled out on his back. His arm covering his eyes and his blond hair a mess in curls. He wore baggy jeans, and we could see his purple shirt move up and down as he breathed in steadily. When he started to snore, Austin walked over to him and punched him in the arm.
"W-What? What's going on?" Cort asked looking around fast and confused.
"Pay attention," Austin said, "this is important." Austin was a year older than Tyler, Cort, Will, and me at the age of sixteen.Hisbrown hair spiked after just waking up, and he was wearing a pair of old sweat pants and a worn out shirt. Cort sighed and looked at me. I could feel everyone starring at me, and I panicked.
I can't tell them. I just can't tell them, I thought fast as I was about to come up with a lie.
"Shay," Tyler said breaking the silence, "you have to tell them."
"Stay out of my head, Tyler," I snapped hating her for reading my mind.
"Tell us what?: Austin asked. "What's going on?" Austin's face solid and showed no readable emotion.
[Ok, I should probably explain. We are special. We're not normal. We have these abilities that changed our lives forever. So, when we all first met, we made a deal. A deal to never draw attention to ourselves. A deal to never be on TV, or in the paper or we would have to split up and move apart. We can't risk exposing ourselves.]
"I saw Shay on TV," Sofia said playing with her bear, not realizing that she's talking. As she kept playing, she continued, "She looked just like Shay, and had the same name." She sounded so innocent and sweet.
All of us were quiet. No one making a sound. Out of no were, Will shot up and started yelling. "What the Hell were you Fucking thinking?! Oh wait, you weren't thinking! You were on TV!" He sounded angry and annoyed. "Not just TV, " he continued to shout, "but national TV! A crime show! You're all over the world! The whole Fucking world knows about you! Do you ever think at all! GOD, You're so stupid! Now, we're all going to have to separate!" Will stopped, took a deep breath, and within a second he was in front of me. His rough hand slid across my face with a boom.
My head jerked to the side, and I was flown side ways from the force. I lay on my side cupping my cheek as Will stands there breathing hard. I look over to see Tyler and Cort starring with disbelieve.
"Shit, Will." The voice came from Cort who was by my side. His tender hand on my now red swallen cheek. "You really didn't need to slap her that hard."
"What? So you're saying that he should have slapped me in the first place? Thanks Cort," I force out, trying to hide how much that hurt.
"We need to talk about this without fighting!" Tyler yelled right as Austin was about to punch Will in the gut. Tyler was in the middle of them , and then walked over to me helping me up. "I have an idea, but no one's coming if there's going to be this much fighting." She looked at Will when she said this.
Will threw up his hands. "Fine. From this day on I am no long a part of this Hell of a group. You guess all suck anyway." He was just leaving the room when he turned back and faced me and said, "Go die in a hole, Shay."
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