I run to the living area and the kitchen and am suddenly overwhelmed with people hugging me. “Whoa! Lay off the hugging for now, okay, please. I’m not really that kind of person…where’s Violet, by the way?”
“In her room, I think” I hear a voice from the back of the group say.
“Thanks,” I say and start to go upstairs; I find I am stopped by several hands, and several voices demanding answers at once.
“Zazi, what happened? You look terrible.”
“Look, I don’t wanna talk about it.” I say, plastering an obviously fake smile on my face, and running up to my bedroom. I take a deep breath then push the door open but Violet isn’t there yet. So, I grab an old book from the small shelf, and turn it to a random page so it seems I’ve been reading this book for a while. A minute later Violet enters.
“Oh my Gosh! Zazi!” She comes over and embraces me, “I’ve been so worried, what happened?”
“Nothing…I just went for a walk…”
“Uh huh?” I can actually hear the disbelief in her voice, “Apparently you were kidnapped.”
I don’t reply.
“Zazi, you know you can talk to me, right. What did they do to you?”
I burst into tears, “Oh, Violet it was terrible! They threatened me to join them or I’d be killed, but then I ran and ran and managed to make it back. Oh, Violet, you trust me don’t you? I don’t think Meita does-the way she looked at me when I arrived back, it was like I’d done something bad. You know, she’s the one who started this whole thing about us being trapped in here. It’s…it’s her fault…”
“Shhh. Calm,” Violet says. I suddenly feel refreshed and realise that Violet is working her magic to make me feel better.
“Thanks. Listen Vi, can you get me a bowl of Cherries, please. I don’t really wanna go down at the moment. And can you tell the others I don’t want to be disturbed. Thanks.”
When she leaves, I sit and think about what to do, but Rephy comes in.
"Why can't you just leave me alone! Didn't Violet tell you that?"
"I'm sorry, I didn't see Violet. Zazi, do you wan to make some Potato Latkes? It'll take your mind off things?"