"Guys, I'm going in."
An hour after the meal, while everyone mingled with one another and met the trainees in the other groups, Morgance bounced on her heels and stood where she could see the door. "It's closed, but I'm sure we could figure a quick, inconspicuous way to escape," she muttered to Rune and Casady. "I'm going in. I'm finding my way into the officials' gathering."
Casady caught Morgance's arm. "You've got to be joking!" he exclaimed, giving Morgance a little shake. "You're being ridiculous!"
"Oh, puh-lease. Don't tell me you're enjoying yourself."
Sighing, Rune shook his head. "Casady's right, Morgance. We might not be having a good time here, but if we sneak out, I can guarantee you that the consequences will make this gathering seem like some sort of vacation."
"I like you more when you keep your mouth shut," Morgance snapped.
Clearly offended, Rune clamped his mouth shut.
"I was kidding, Rune. I was only kidding. But I wish you guys would consider what I'm saying!"
"Trust me - I've been considering it all night," Casady said, more gentle than he'd been before. "You have no idea how many times I've planned some sort of escape route in my mind. I don't know why, but it seems ingrained in my system to figure out what's going on with the Songmakers."
"Maybe we really are meant to rebel," Morgance said, and her heartbeat sped up a notch. What if they really were chosen ones of some kind?
"That'd be freaky," Casady said, "but also kind of exhilarating."
"No kidding. I think we should start our little rebellion right now, though. Let's go into the Force meeting!"
"You're pushing it, Morgance," Casady muttered.
The sound of hysterical laughter caught Morgance's ear, and she turned to see that the Singers-in-training had joined hands and were forming some sort of circle dance. Crossing her arms, amused with the change of the tide, Morgance watched the airheaded young adults laughed and danced, oblivious to the argument going on only half a room away.
I wonder what it would be like to be one of them, Morgance thought. I don't know why, but I feel some sort of responsibility to abolish all the lies the Force has said...I really do feel called to rebel!
Rune still hadn't spoken since Morgance had lashed out at him, and Morgance felt guilty. Still, Rune needed to learn not to take everything so personally.
Reaching out to Rune, Morgance clasped her hand on his shoulder and squeezed it gently. "Hey, I wasn't serious about the keeping-your-mouth-shut thing. Honest, I wasn't."
Rune smiled and didn't remove his shoulder from Morgance's clasp.
The sound of peppy, upbeat music filled Morgance's ears, and the bass made the entire room vibrate. The tune caused Morgance to be filled with adrenaline, and she leaned back and laughed a little, simply because she wanted to. Beside her, Rune laughed, too. Casady winked at both of them, a grin on his face. Yes, their very souls were intertwined with music. There was no doubt about that.
Maybe I will sing sometime, Morgance thought.