10. Strange, Strange HappeningsMature

The rest of the evening goes pretty well. I think we're all good friends really, even Sarah. It wouldn't be the same without her. We all just talk about... stuff.

Well, actually, mainly Sarah shows off about the impossible achievements that she can't have made, while Damien looks like he's listening but is actually reading his book. Adam doen't even pretend to listen, he's watching a documentary on TV, which I think is pretty interesting considering the sort of person he is. Leala looks genuinely interested, which I think is quite strange. I think it's very strange. I must admit, I'm interested at first, but Sarah's stories just get more and more absurd and my eyes wonder to Adams documentary, which I discover is about volcanoes. Hmm... 

"... and it wasn't really any big thing, well, I mean, it was, but not to me because I didn't really want it..." I notice Sarah isn't really talking to us any more. She's

"Leala" I mutter "Are you actually buying this?"

"Um, some of it..." she trails off. I frown and drag her out of the room.

"What?" I demand.

Leala fidgets nervously "Well, she does actually say some good stuff, between all the crap"

"You're kidding me, right?"

"No! I'm not! Listen, Aislinn. You just met her yesterday, I've known her  for three years, almost. Just think about it. You should never judge a book by it's cover. Just, just think about it. Please" I want to point out that I actually met Sarah two days ago, but I decide she just made a mistake.

"Leala, what are you talking about?" I ask, confused. She seriously freaking me out.

Leala blinks really fast, three times, as if she was just in a trance. The she smiles and shrugs. "Ah, it doesn't matter. I don't understand it myself sometimes. I'll go and get Guess Who, we'll play rounds" she smiles and shrugs again, and then walks off down the hall towards the girl's dorms.

"What was that about?" I mutter as I go back into the common room. "It was so weird"

Both Damien and Adam look up when the door clicks shut.  Damien smiles at me, but it looks kinda strained, then he goes back to his book. Adam doesn't smile, but he beckons me over. I go and sit on the beanbag next to him.

"What's weird?" he asks.  

"Oh, nothing. Just..."

"Leala with her dodgy trust issue?" he raises an eyebrow at me but I notice his eyes slipping back to the documentary as the adverts end.

"Yeah, what is that?" I ask, glad that I don't have to hide it. 

"Shh. I'll tell you later. She'll be back in a minute..." he trails off as the documentary catches his full attention again.

"Adam, how can you tell me later when the Dorm Bell goes in about ten minutes?"

"Umm... I meant tomorrow..." he tells me absently. Then I know exactly how to get his attention back. 

"I think volcanoes are interesting" I say. His eyes immediately snap to me.

"I'm not-"

"I'm not sure if I've seen this one before, though.What's it called?" I raise an eyebrow at him.

"Earth's Greatest Erup- hey, it doesn't matter what it's called. I'm not even watching it" Adam corrects himself quickly, pausing the TV (wow. This place has Sky Plus). "Um, come back here after Sarah and Leala fall asleep"

"OK... I'll try" I say. "But, um, Adam?"


"Can you turn the documentary back on? I wasn't kidding when I said I think volcanoes are interesting" I grin. 

"Yeah, sure" he says, throwing me the remote and moving to sit on the sofa. I know he's watching it too.

The strange thing is, Leala never does come back downstairs. When the Dorm Bell rings and me and Sarah go up to our room, it's empty.

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