I had chosen to spend the night curled up on a seat in the van, pondering about what to do. It had been an eventful few days and too many run ins with the police for my liking. To begin with, I hadn't been terribly comfortable with this woman and I still wasn't. Maybe she was some sort of police mole to see if we'd talk. A trap.
I discounted it as paranoia.
That morning I had got up pretty early and sat in the field, watching the birds flying around. It amazed me how even the simplest of things could amuse me and, roughly two hours later, Harry came over, sitting beside me.
I looked to him, nodding uncertainly. I could see in his eyes that there was something he wanted to tell me, waiting for him to open his mouth.
"Angel." He said. "She won't be bothering you anymore."
"Ask no questions?" I said, looking out into the distance.
"Tell no lies." He replied, the two of us working in sync.
I patted him on the shoulder as I got up, wanting to have a word with our new best friend but decided it could wait when I saw Aimee clambering out of the van.
"Morning." I offered, smiling.
"Morning Silas. Hope you weren't woken up by the snoring." she said with a grin.
"Nope. I wasn't aware that you snored." I said, reaching into the van for my bag. I could hear Harry laughing from nearby - I had ruined her joke. "Sorry, Aimee."
She patted me on the shoulder before going to sit with Harry. Now there was something interesting. As much as I wanted to find out what was going on between them two, I opted to leave them be, knowing that they'd want their peace.
"How early is it?" Flossie asked from deep in the van, covered by an array of blankets.
"Not too early." I said, offering my hand to help her get up.
"Silas. Can I ask you something?"
"Sure." She looked serious and worried. "Shoot."
"The others. Are they?"
"No. You know, more than that."
I shook my head, unsure as to whether I should get involved. "Not that I know of. I think she's just a little scared after what happened and he's the big strong man who can look after her. Nothing more."
"Aww Silas! You're just as big and strong!" she gave me a quick hug, peeking over my shoulder at Harry and Aimee.
"And spying on them is rude." I whispered, aware of what she was up to. I broke off the embrace, instead looking her in the eye. "What do you think of her?"
"She seems nice enough." I sensed that I wasn't going to get anything useful out of her, or anyone else for that matter so thanked her for the compliment and curled up for a bit more sleep.
When I woke up, she was outside. They had all had some breakfast, leaving me out; Flossie might have woken me to ask me if I wanted any, but I wasn't sure if that had been a dream or not.
"Right!" she said clapping her hands together, "Now that we are all bright eyed and bushy tailed, let’s get to work unravelling this mystery!"
I opened the door to the van, attracting everyone's attention as I pushed on it a little too hard.
"You start, yes?" I called to her, pushing in front of everyone else and facing her, sizing her up as I went. She couldn't be much older than us. She had a nosy face, but I couldn't figure out why I thought that. Then again, I'm not too good at judging girls.
"Got something to hide, Silas?" she was sharp this one; I liked that.
"Yes, as it happens. But not to do with you." Everyone turned to stare at me, looking confused. "We all have our little secrets, do we not? I don't see why I should have to share mine with you, especially since it isn't really any of your business."
I think a lot of my friends thought that that was just aimed at this officer but I wasn't so sure. Part of me didn't want to tell even my closest of friends. I wasn't sure if I was ready yet. Well no, more that I wasn't sure if they were ready yet.
"Tell us." Harry chanted, trying to get everyone to join in and failing.
"Moving on. So tell us, how much danger are we in?" I was scared at what the answer could be, not terribly sure if I wanted to know or not. Then again, it's better knowing things. Inside, I was wincing as I waited for the answer. Gulp.