I sat up, panic setting in. What if she had been captured? Was she hurt? Was she… dead? I leapt to my feet, and instantly regretted it, my body was in shape to go anywhere in a hurry. Footsteps sounded down the hall and I dove for the first place that offered cover:
There was a swag, a curtain type thing hang from the bed frame, which was low enough to hide anything underneath the bed from view. The footsteps entered the room and stopped. I was surprised that my pounding heart didn’t give me away right off the bat.
She gave a little shriek as I rolled out from under the bed then covered it with an anxious smile.
“Cole! What were you doing down there?”
“I thought you were… him.”
“Because I look very masculine I suppose.”
I laughed. “No its not that. You are very feminine.”
She rose her eyebrows with a smirk, “What’s that supposed to mean?”
I gave up with a sigh of exasperation and readjusted to a cross-legged sitting position. Lacie came over to sit next to me and as she did a bad feeling started knocking on the door to my brain. Although she was smiling, Lacie was trembling as well. I hadn’t scared herthatmuch had I?
“Lacie… are you ok?”
Her smile faltered for a moment but she nodded. My brain went into red-alert mode. She was hiding something.
“Lacie. What happened. Are you ok? What did Hutchins say?”
Lacie looked me in the eye for a bare second then said,
“I’m sorry Cole.”
I tried to roll away, but my legs were stuck from being cross-legged. Something pricked my thigh and I looked back at my leg to see a syringe sticking out of it. Pulling it out, I stood and tried to run, but my leg buckled and my vision started to darken once again.
Lacie crawled over beside me and I would have hit her if I could have lifted my arms.
“Why?” I snarled at her. She didn’t say anything for a moment then leaned down to kiss my face. If I could have turned and bit her I probably would have.
“Because I care for you.” She said.
“Care? CARE? THIS IS HOw yo-?”
My mouth stopped working, and my vision was completely obscured. A tear rolled down my cheek.
And that was that.