I sat on one of the sofas, reading my book. Everyone else seemed to be occupied with some drama of their lives and I felt as if I had walked in a precisely the wrong moment.
Taimone sat on a sofa opposite me, he still seemed a little pissed off but he was quickly getting the fact that I came.
Other than that, everyone was busy. I hadn't seen Lii since she went into the training area, Lorrie was in her room asleep most likely, and I had no idea where Visp and Apex were but there was some banging and crashing noises coming from in the corridor, and I assumed it had something to do with them. And because I didn't really know anyone, I had absolutely nothing to do. It was like walking into a soap opera at the most crucial moment and having absolutely no idea what was going on.
"Arianne," Taimone said.
I looked up. "Yeah?"
"I thought I warned you not to come here."
"You did," I nodded. "But I'm sixteen, I can make my own decisions. Besides, if you do it, why shouldn't I?"
"Because," he said. "It's dangerous. You see what happened to Lorrie."
I frowned. "Well it's not like I can go back now."
"No, it isn't," he said. "So let me give you a different warning. If you're ever curious about anything that's going on here, come to me. Don't go to Lorrie, don't go to Apex, don't go to Visp. Do you understand?"
"... Yeah," I said, giving him the weirdo look from our childhood. Not that I wouldn't have gone to him first anyway, he was my brother after all. But did he really have to be so sinister about it? I also thought it was a bit strange that he hadn't mentioned Lii, but I just shrugged it off.
"I mean it, they'll tell you what they think, but they might not know. They could even tell you things that aren't true, so just come to me to make sure what you're hearing is correct."
Why was he being like this? I got the picture. If I was curious I would ask him first. "Taimone, you're being really weird."
"So am I."
He scowled at me and then got up and left the room. I shook my head and continued reading my book. I had read it eight times already, along with all the other books in the series, but it was my favourite. I had to bring it. I actually wondered why they hadn't taken it off me, 'cause they confiscated everything else. Maybe they just realized my book wouldn't do anyone any harm.
After around half an hour, Visp came in looking hot and flustered. It made me certain that he had something to do with the noises. He collapsed onto the space where my brother had been sitting, and looked over at me.
"Dumbledore dies," he said, and smiled a little.
I laughed. "I know."
Then Apex came in and sat next to me. I looked from him to Visp and then back again.
"So," I asked. "What were you doing out there?"