Chapter 12 - Arrests and Fights
“We each have things that are hard for us. Whatever it is our heart helps us get through. Our heart lets us feel, for ourselves for others. It cares for people around you; your heart is here Audrie. I feel it, just let it come out.”
“Here, want raspberry squares?”
“Absence of flies is noted,” Audrie said with a smile and stick filling on her lips. “The diner should have these.”
I lay my head against the cold step, “Play baseball?”
“We should play sometime.”
Audrie wrapped her arms around her knees. The ember in between us, its steady glow not wavering.
Audrie took another square, “You know, in the underground, I am one of the younger ones, yet I am the most powerful. But there is no school, kids spend their days, stealing, eating, sleeping, we get together sometimes, have parties, smile, and laugh but there is nothing to smile for. But imagine not seeing the sun for days, years!”
I nodded; she took ( as a sign to continue.
“Imagine a place where everything is grey, dark and directly it’s cold, rains sometimes never mind the flies.”
“You live up here, it is sunny. Your houses are like palaces and do not allow rain wind or flies in. You see flowers bud in early spring, you see snowfall in October, you see rainbows across the sky, and when it rains it feels lighter. Kids have parents who love them, that send off to school in the morning, kisses them at night, chases their nightmares away. None of the kids have it there.”
“Audrie I want to free the underground, I really, I really do. I promise I will help in any way I can.”
“You probably think I am a little kid complaining, and a crybaby, but it’s just hard to keep everything to yourself.”
“You are not expected to, that’s what sisters are for.”
The light was opened and Carlos with two guards stood sat the entrance. “Here you are.”
“You told him about me?” Audrie half-accused half-asked.
“No. I did not, Carlos,” I begged, “tell her it has nothing to do with me.”
“It kind of was you.”
“What?” Audrie and I questioned in unison.
“I put a tracking device on you, it led us here.”
“Why would you do that?”
“In case you do anything stupid, like this.”
Carlos looked around, “Why did you break in?”
“It does not matter, all that matters is that you lied. I trusted you and you betrayed me. You intruded in a private conversation.”
“And you intruded the museum.”
We stood facing each other hand on hips, “What are you going to do about it?” I asked concealing my fear.
“Well, what do you have to say for yourself, breaking in is not you Diana, you would not hurt a fly.”
“If the fly were you, I would.” I muttered under my breath, “So, you have decided on Audrie?”
“Yes, she will be taken back to the underground under 24-hour watch.”
“No! She is my sister.”
“And who are you? A thief!”
“I love you D. but this is crazy. Guards,” he snapped his fingers, and two guards held Audrie by her arms.
“No Carlos, don’t do this.” I cried, “Guards stop, leave her.” I watched in despair as she was led out. She turned and smiled,
“It is okay Diana, I would like to wave, but I am cuffed.” and with that, she was gone.
I dropped to the floor feeling faint. My hand hit the step. The ember was gone.
“Carlos look what you did, now I don’t have the ember.”
“Say you are sorry, and we will forget about it, if not it is garbage duty for a month in school,” he whispered.
He placed his hand on my shoulder, I shrugged it off.
Seriously, not the worst punishment and thinking back at the past hour I spent with Audrie, was I sorry about it? Did I regret seeing my sister? No! did I regret the way I had to see her? Yes! But I would do it again if it meant I can see Audrie again.
I looked up at Carlos, his eyes were scared, but he spoke like a man. I was not going to tell him that though I was mad and rightfully so.
I met his eyes “No! I am not sorry; I will never be sorry.”