I stood in a corner, away from the rest, comfortable to be alone. I scoped out the rest of the participants while they all milled around.
Ian in the center of the room was trying to get attention, shake things up and make things happen. Whether that was his intention or not, that's what happened. When he knocked Li to the ground I almost pushed off the wall to show him a thing or two, but I held back, not wanting to draw any attention to me. Who cares about the plain, short girl from France. Je ne suis pas importante, pas encore. But I was biding my time, waiting for the opportune moment, when I would take my stand and show them what I was made of. I was quick, I was strong for my size and I was not afraid of any of them, not even the creepy child who looked at everyone with sweet murder in his eyes.
I'm glad I'm not noticed, that will only help me in the long run. But I wish someone would come talk to me.
I squared my shoulders and strode forward to the center of the room, where poor Li was laying on the floor in a puddle of blood running from his face.
"You are going to die." I stated, seriously, offering my hand to him. Li ignored it and turned onto his side, holding his hand to his nose to staunch the bleeding. I wiped my clammy hands on my jeans, spinning around, everyone was looking. Ian had a look of contempt on his face, Emelina looked on with little interest in her gaze. The small kid grinned at me. I stifled a shudder.
"I'm Billy!" The child chirped in a high innocent voice. "You shouldn't help people it makes you look weaker." I was taken aback by his words. I frowned at him.
"Strength doesn't come from the ability to forsake others' well being." I said philosophically. Billy grinned again, wolf-like. I could help the shiver this time.
"You should watch out. Ian's gonna get you next!" I flinched and looked over at the tall boy with the messy hair. He wasn't even looking this direction. It would be good to be invisible in that case, I thought. I retreated back to my corner without so much as a "nice to meet you" to anyone.