I woke up in a room that I hadn't seen before. There didn't seem to be anyone around. I sat up slowly and I was reminded of what had happened when my wounds stung. As sore as they were, I felt well enough to get out of the bed I was lying in. I was about to go and search for the others before someone came into the room and ran into me. It was that boy from before. He seemed apologetic when he saw me cringe.
“Oh, I'm sorry!” He seemed very anxious.
“It's alright. Where is everyone?”
“Asleep. Or, most of them are.”
“Shouldn't you be?” I couldn't ask him about what happened, it would be far too upsetting.
“I was worried about you. We all were.”
“Have you seen Hawk around?”
“What happened to her?”
“No one tells me anything here...I want to know if the people I care about are okay.”
“We just want to protect you.”
“From what? I've already seen what it's like out there.” His expression was intense.
“There are still some things you shouldn't see. Or, anyone for that matter.”
“So, have you made a name for yourself yet?” I asked, trying to lighten the mood.
“I don't remember my name before all of this. Apparently, you all, um, go by simplistic names?”
“So we don't forget again, maybe.”
“They've been calling me Eagle ever since I came here. There's one on my sweater, so I guess it makes sense. I heard they once stood for freedom, so I want to help bring that back to this city.”
“Sounds like your heart is in the right place. If only there were more people like you. The others that I tried talking to that day were less than cooperative.”
“I'm really trying. It's all I can do...” He stared at the floor deep in thought.
“It'll get better, don't worry.” I placed a reassuring hand on his shoulder.
“I think it has for some of us.”
“What do you think about the others here?”
“They've been nice, but it's been noticeably tense lately. Our, uh, leader was really worried about you.” He said, choosing his words carefully.
“Oh, where is she?”
“On the roof...”
“I didn't know there was a way up there. I'm going to talk with her, go get some sleep, alright?”
“Okay, I'll try.”
“See you around and try not to think too much. We'll keep you safe here.”