Time to jump Ship!
"Happy 2014, Amelia," Amelia sighed to herself. "I was hoping I was out of here by then." She has been trapped inside the USS Kidd for too long and she wanted to get out. But the chains that held her wrists where unbreakable, it seemed. She tried to get out many times, but to no avail. She wasn't sure if she was still in America or if she was out on open water.
"Whatever the case, I need to get out of here. Like bad," she said to herself. She then had an idea.
"I'll have to get out of here by force. So the next time when Yao comes back, I'll make him free me. Why is he after me anyways?"
A moment later, the door opened and in stepped Yao.
"I see you've been a good little girl since I left. You're right where I left you," he smirked.
"Just where are you taking my anyway, Yao? I'm sure we can work out something without you bringing me some place awful. I don't really have any information for you, if that's what you want," Amelia said.
"Where else would I take you, but to China?"
"So you taking me to the other side of the world? How far are we from America to China?"
"You are far away from home, my dear. But China is about a day away," Yao said.
"Why do you want me? Are you planning on selling me to someone in China?"
"No, I'll be the one who keeps you. As for your other question, I won't answer."
"And why not?" Amelia glared.
"Because you're asking too much questions," he said.
"How do you expect me to learn anything otherwise?"
"You're planning on killing me, are you?"
"Perhaps. But for now, I'll keep you alive. I want all eight of you," Yao said.
"'Eight'? I thought you were just after me!"
"Oh, no. I'm after others. Now if you don't mind, Amelia, our conversation is over," he said. Amelia smiled.
"You're right, it is over!" she said as she swung the chains around Yao's neck. Amelia could see that Yao was a little surprised by her suddenly grabbing him. She pulled back on the chains tightly, but enough for Yao to still breathe.
"I've never killed anyone before, Yao. But I still might give it a try if you call out to the crew. Unlock my chains and the cell door. Then you're going to let me escape. Now!"
"Where would you go?" Yao chuckled, "We are nowhere near land. Where can you go, but down to the ocean bottom?"
"I can swim," Amelia said.
"But for how long? You'll drown eventually. There is no escape."
"Then take me to the closest shore. I'll be on land."
"And how will you get off? You might have to wait awhile before someone finds you. And when I say a while, I mean days to months. If I decided to drop you off at a random island, that is," Yao smiled.
"I'll worry about the details, Yao. Now let me go," Amelia said as she tightened her hold on Yao. Yao reluctantly took out the cell keys and unlocked the cell door. Amelia let him go and he unlocked her chains. Amelia smiled as she strolled out of the cell.
"Thank you, Yao," she took out a gun. Yao stared at her.
"How did you-" he looked down at his belt and noticed that his gun wasn't there. Amelia smirked and cocked her head to the side in a way saying, 'Smart, am I?'
"Now you'll let me of the ship, and you'll do it without anybody getting hurt." Yao curled his lip. He didn't want to agree to her demands, it seemed.
"Alright, I'll let you go," he said. She turned and ran out the door to the deck.
She was surprised when she saw the crew. They didn't move like normal people. They didn't even look normal. They looked really pail and they moaned. It was then that she realized that they were zombies. Mind controlled by Yao.
"Stop her!" Yao shouted to the crew.
"That black hardhearted snake," Amelia said to herself. Two zombies grabbed a rope and ran to her. She saw what was coming a jumped over the rope and rolled a few feet away. She stood up, just in time for a zombie with a sword to come up, she backed away and kicked up a pole. She and the zombie swung their weapons back and forth. The zombie was in desperation to cut her down, while Amelia was in desperation to get past. She hit the crewman's head in such a force that she was sure the head would come right off. However, because he was a zombie, he was able to crack his head back into place. Amelia screamed ran away from him. She ran to the ships rail and looked back. There was an ocean and some zombies that stood between her. She had to make a choice: Go with Yao to China, or risk swimming and possibly drown. She didn't realize that she drooped the gun in the process of fighting zombies. Yao regained his gun and pointed it to her.
"Don't make me do this, Amelia. We can make this easier for both of us. Come with me or sleep with the fish. It's up to you. But don't take too long, I might get bored and decide to pull this trigger," he said. Amelia looked down to the ocean and back to the crew.
"You don't have to listen to him. He doesn't care about you guys. Come with me and I can find a way to bring you back to your normal selves," She told them. The zombies didn't appear to hear her, it seemed.
"It's me! Amelia! You're citizens of America!"
"You're wasting your breath, Amelia. They're loyal to me only. They don't remember you, neither do they knew where they are from. Come with me and let's end this nonsense," Yao said. Amelia glared at him. She stood up to the rail.
"Never! I'd rather die!"
"Then so be it," Yao said. He pulled the trigger, "Don't worry. I'll make sure that your father joins you!" the gun was shot and Amelia screamed and fell backward into the water depths below.
"As for the rest of you, get back to work!" he ordered. The zombies did what their 'master' ordered. Yao glared down where Amelia fell.
"If do survive, Amelia. I hope that I find you before May does."
Elizabeth was washing her face in a river when May walked up.
"We will leave soon," she told her. Elizabeth nodded.
"Alright. May, do think that we can really do this? I mean, I've never killed anyone before."
"Neither have I. But I hope that Yao will come to his senses, then we won't have to kill him."
"I've always read stories about heroes, I never thought I would actually become one. I don't really want to be one," Elizabeth said.
"We can't chose a hero, but I know how you feel," May smiled. Then she noticed an 'X' on Elizabeth's forehead.
"I didn't know that you had strange mark on forehead."
"Oh, it's just a birthmark. Or at least I think so. I don't really know what it is. It's been there for as long as I can remember," Elizabeth said.
"You always hide it with your hair, so I've never noticed it. It look like bruise," May said. Elizabeth chuckled a little. She saw something in the water.
"May, what's that?" both girls stood up and looked out towards the water. May gasped.
"Someone could need our help!" Elizabeth said as she walked in the river. She swam to the body.
"Who is it?" May called.
"A girl! An American by the looks of it. I'll bring her over," Elizabeth called back. She pulled the girl to shore. By then the other children came up.
"What is going on?" Kibu asked.
"A girl is injured. Elizabeth is bringing her to shore," May told him.
They all gathered around the new girl. Elizabeth put her ear to the girl's chest and listened.
"She's still alive, but she's bleeding. How she got into the water, I don't know. She must have jumped ship." She opened the girl's jacket to reveal her wound.
"The bullet is still in her. Does anyone have a sharp object? A sword is too long, Kibu," she told the Japanese boy who was begging to hand her his katana. Roma handed her a pocket knife.
"Why is it that you guys have stuff that can be useful, but never use them?" Elizabeth asked. She ripped the edge of her skirt to make a cloth. She then turned to the boys.
"Could the four of you turn away for a whileI take care of this girl's wounds?" she asked. Kibu seemed to understand what she meant. He stepped back and blushed slightly.
"Hai, I shall leave you to it." he left the area. The other three blushed, but didn't turn away. Elizabeth raised an eyebrow.
"Turn away, please." the three of them got the message and left. Elizabeth turned her attention to the American. She ripped open the girl's shirt.
"Is she one of us?"
"Yes," May said, "she is daughter of America. Have you ever done this before?"
"No, but I've seen people do it. Not exactly a thing I like to do, but it has to be done. It is only way she'll survive."
She took a deep breath and began to open the wound.
Amelia's eyes twitched as she awoke. She was lying on a blanket and a warm fire was burning some wood near her. The sun was going down, making the sky look twilight. She then looked to her side and saw Elizabeth sitting beside her. Amelia's head felt cold, and she realized that a cloth was draped over her forehead.
"Are you alright?" Elizabeth asked. Amelia nodded.
"Yeah. Who are you?"
"Elizabeth Victoria Kirkland. You?"
"Amelia Jones. How did you find me? What happened to me anyway?"
"You were shot. We found you in the river," Elizabeth explained. Amelia stared at her.
"There's more of you?"
"Yes. Five, in fact. Well, if you count an extra Italian that makes six. Do you know what happened to you?" Elizabeth said.
"Yeah, I think. I was captured by this Chinese guy and I tried to escape. The crew were zombies and the last thing I remember was being shot," Amelia said.
"I see. That explains how you got into the river. Was this Chinese person's name Yao, by any chance?"
"Yeah. How do you know that?" Amelia asked, giving her a confused look. Elizabeth nodded and sighed.
"I figured that. Wait here, will you?"
"Like I'm going anywhere," Amelia mumbled.
When Elizabeth returned, she had the other five with her. May knelt beside Amelia.
"Elizabeth told us what happened to you. She said you were kidnapped by Yao," she said.
"Yeah, but how do you guys know about him?"
"He is trying to take over world. There is a prophecy that only the children of the Great Eight Nations can defeat him and bring peace to the world. That is why we are all here together. We're trying to stop this man, but we need all the children before that can happen. We just need to find the German girl and Russian boy," May said. Amelia stared at her.
"Wait, a Russian? I don't mean to be rude, but if the prophecy says eight children why would we need an extra child?" she said. May seemed to know what she was saying.
"You mean why do we have an extra Italian? Well, Romano wasn't part of the great eight, but Italy was. They both represent the country Italy, so Roma is still Italy."
"I'm never getting out of here!" Roma whined, "I already asked that."
"Oh," Amelia said.
"We need to joins with us. If we don't stop Yao, then no one else will. Besides, he planned on killing you. He could kill us all," May said. Amelia gave it some thought.
"Alright. I just hope we can end this war without anyone dying," she said.
"As do we, Amelia," May said, "As do we."