Chapter 56: Ethan
No one wanted to get up after going to sleep, we were all tired and damp and plain out lazy. I didn't want to get up at all either. But frankly I had too, especially when some idiot flickered the light on in the room I was sleeping in.
"Turn it off." I moaned, putting the pillow over my head and trying to lbokc out the light, as if that would really help.
"Hey, I thought you guys were in a rush to get your mission done."
I removed the pillow and crackd my eyes open at the sound of the voice. "M... Mark?" I asked, and yet there he was, leaning against the doorway like a chill brother trying to balance the lightswitch betwen off and on, in the very middle.
He smiled. "Sup?"
I groaned and flopped back down on the bed. "What the hell are you doing here?" I sighed, closing my eyes again and trying to get a few more minutes of peace.
"I lost you guys. You guys lost me. We lost each other. I didn't know where to go, I had no idea where you guys were after I hit the river - so I came back home, thinking that you'd come back here after you were finished. I was right, apparently."
I rolled over on the mattress and faced him, eyes only slightly open. "You knew we'd come back?"
Mark nodded. "I don't get why you guys thought you'd have to break in, I had the back door open. It took a while to find that last key, why on earth did you guys put it in the bathroom shower?"
I shrugged. I wasn't in charge of the key, that was Ava - she must've gone to the bathroom and somehow got it in the shower. "So what do you want now?" I groaned, still not wanting to get up. It had been a long day yesterday, I was still really sore.
"What, since I left i"m not allowed to come with you guys anymore?"
I didn't reply, instead I used all my existing energy to actually sit up in bed and try prevent myself from falling back down asleep. Then I remembered that I should probably answer the guy's question. "We'll see." That was the best answer I could come up with without being extremely legit, though I knew I was being legit anyway. "We'll have to talk to the others first. Speaking of the others, why don't you just go turn on the lights in their rooms so that they'll get up so you can leave me alone?" I suggested, and Mark huffed but left.
I flopped back down on the bed, though since the lights were on I couldn't fall asleep anyway. Though even if I did, I'd have woken up five minutes later anyway - I heard Ava scream, which immediately made me jump up and go running.
"What the hell happened now?" I yelled, and ran to where Ava's voice was coming from. I saw Mark standing in the exact same place he had woken me up, just leaning against the doorframe. I saw Ava with her knife out, ready to strike him, and yet Mark didn't seem too worried. "Ava, chill. It's Mark."
She rolled her eyes at me. "No duh it's Mark, what's Mark doing here?" She asked.
"Why don't you ask him yourself, he's literally right here you know. Did you wake up the little ones yet?" I asked, and Mark shook his head, though by now I'm sure they were awake anyway - Ava had screamed pretty loud.
I went to go find where the little ones were sleeping and turned on the light in their bedrooms. "Wake up." I coaxed, probably not as soft as Ava would have woken them up. "Mark's back, we should get another move on."
That mostly woke Zoey up. "Mark? He's back?" She muttered, rubbing her eyes and shaking Elidi awake, who nearly stepped on Ravi who was sleeping on the floor.
"Yeah, he was here last night or something, or he's back now, but either way he's back. And he wants to keep coming with us. I don't care, if up to you guys and Ava."
Zoey shrugged. "I don't care, sure, he should be a lot of use."
Elidi and Ravi looked at each other, and frowned. "What's up?" I asked them, and they looked at me, and I could see in their eyes that they didn't like the idea. "Man, you guys just gotta hate on everyone huh." I teased, and they stuck their tongues out at me.
"He's nice, yeah, but i don't think we can completely trust him. He's done a lot of things for us, yeah, he led us to Ravi and everything, but I just don't think that... Well, yeah. I suggest you ask Po, he's better at judging people." Elidi reasoned, and Ravi readily agreed.
I sighed, dreading more walking. "Fine, whatever. Okay, wait, where is Po anyway?" I asked, and they all shrugged as Zoey got up and took the map out of her backpack. I walked out of the room and went to find Po, finding him on the balcony a couple floors of the inn up. "What are you doing up here?" I asked, shivering at the cold.
"I slept here."
"It's wonderful." Po fought back, and I just gave up.
"So there's this guy named Mark and he helped us find you. He's a nice guy, at least I think so, but I think some people here don't like him or don't want him with us. It's up to you."
Po didn't reply right on the spot. First he kept staring out into the sun, which kept hiding the appearance of what it really was - really low, jepoardizing everything in this world. "You're going to have to introduce him to me first, " Po decided, "and then I'll tell you if we can trust him or not." I sighed and got up again from sitting down next to Po, and got ready for a bit more walking.
Boy, was I getting lazy.
"Come on then, let's go get breakfast so that you can meet Mark too." I said, he Po followed me downstairs where everyone was 'up', having some soup from a can. There were two other cans on the table, ready for Po and my taking. We went ahead and ate the soup, and I pointed out to Po who Mark was. I gave him a bit of time to analyze the guy, hoping that he didn't judge to harshly - I wasn't even sure what the bad points of Mark could possibly be, he seemed pretty chill to me.
"So Mark," I mentioned, loud enough where everyone could hear me. "About you joining us on our little adventure to save the next Gaurdian." Mark leaned against the kitchen counter and threw away his can of soup, done with it.
"Can I?" He asked, and I shrugged.
"Everyone is kind of on the line. The main person deciding this thing is Po. Po, what's your descion?" I asked, and Po analyzed Mark a bit more.
"I don't trust you Mark, but you're an important person towards this quest. You must, must, must. Come along."
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