The rustle of papers under the door brought me out of my reverie. I wiped my eyes and picked up the slips of paper. One was a note from Jade, signed with a kiss, saying that she had gone to the nurse's office. The others were her notes about Ally and Jerry.
I glanced through them, but I couldn't concentrate. Something was happening. Something was wrong.
I stood up quickly, feeling the rush of blood to my head. My vision faded in and out. I put my hand on the wall to steady myself until I regained my balance. "Jade," I murmured. "Oh, Jade, what have you done?"
Before I knew it, I was racing down the hall, my Converse sneakers barely seeming to touch the ground. I could hear the pounding of my heart in my ears as I flew down the hall toward the nurse's office.
And then...there it was. The solid white door that I had stood in front of so many times. The antiseptic smell made me feel nauseous, and I hesitated, trying to steady my nerves. Taking a deep breath, I reached out my hand to open the door. And then Jade screamed.