"Where is she? Why is she taking so long?" I moaned.
It was quarter to eleven, and Jade wasn't here. She had nipped out at about half nine, to 'do something'. She had promised to be back in time. But she hadn't come back.
"I don't know, let me text her." Max said to me. He pulled out his phone and began tapping away. We were stood outside in the garden, and the light from his phone shone like a light house. Hopefully it would lead Jade home. Fast.
"I don't want to leave before she gets here." I said, kicking the ground angrily.
"Jake, like you said, it's going to get very cold up there. You've already left it too late really. You need to go." He told me, looking up. He looked apologetic.
"JADE! I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME! WHERE ARE YOU?" I shouted into the air. I knew she would have heard me. But I wouldn't be able to her reply.
"I've just got a text." Max said suddenly. I moved closer, so I could read it over his shoulder.
Sorry Max, can't talk. Tell Jake I'm sorry. I'll see him next term. Tell him I love him x x x
"Arghh, no! No, no, no!" I yelled into the night. "Where is she?"
"She didn't say. I'll text her back. Oh, no. My signal's gone. Sorry, mate." He mumbled.
I knelt down, putting my hands in my head. I shouldn't have let her go so late. Maybe I should leave it. I'll go tomorrow. But it will be too late.
I stood up and moved closer to the garden gate.
"JADE, I LOVE YOU! I'M GOING TO GO, BUT AS SOON AS YOU GET BACK YOU WRITE TO ME OR SOMETHING. IF I DON'T HEAR A REPLY SOON, I'M FLYING STRAIGHT BACK HERE, OKAY?
"I LOVE YOU AND I'M GOING TO MISS YOU. I HOPE YOU CAN HEAR THIS."
I didn't know whether she could hear me, but it was something. I turned round to Max.
"I'm going to go. See you Max." I said to him. I pulled him into a hug.
"See you, Jake. Have a good time in school." He told me.
"Thanks for letting me stay here. Tell Jade..." I mumbled off into nothing. I didn't know what to say.
"Don't worry mate. I'll tell her." He pulled me in front of him.
"You do well, you hear?" He told me. Then he started laughing. "God I feel old. I'm like your dad or something."
I laughed. "Well you'd make a better one than the one I've been landed with."
"Go on, get going." he said, slapping me on the back. I smiled at him.
Turning round, I looked into the air and changed into the king of the sky. The golden eagle.
I cawed loudly, and then I was gone. Australia was just a patch on the Earth's quilt, and Jade was just one piece of thread that held it together.