The Girl With Wings

Chapter 5


Chapter 5

Jayla's POV

When we arrived at Akiza's house, she introduced me to her parents. Senator Izinski and Setsuko Izinski were kind and weren't really bothered by my wings. They were saying they had seen weirder things. It was kind of a relief to me that they weren't pushing for answers or anything.

Akiza then brought me up to her room and gave me a pair of shorts, white tee shirt, and a red and black jacket.

She cut two holes in the back of the tee shirt for my wings. After that, I went into the bathroom to change.

As I slid my shirt on and picked up my hair to pull it out of my shirt, I noticed something underneath my hair. I tensed as I moved my hair and looked at it in the mirror.

It was the code… the expiration date. It came surprisingly early. As it said I had about five to six more months. But still, it wasn't very long.

I sighed and put my jacket on. 'Just great,' I thought sarcastically. 'Five months, six if I'm lucky, to live. Great.'

I thought of something, in case the worse happened. I grabbed a sheet of paper that, for some reason, was in there. I found a pen and wrote a note. I slipped it into my pocket and sighed again. 'I'll leave this if the worst should happen,' I thought.

I walked out and Akiza was waiting just outside. She looked at me and smiled. "I'm happy that fits you. You look great," she said.

"Thanks. But it actually feels strange to be in something other than a hospital gown," I said.

"I bet it does. If I was in a hospital gown all my life, I would feel strange too," Akiza said. She looked at me more closely. "Is something wrong?"

'Am I really that see-through right now? I have to tell them all sooner or later. Might as well start with Akiza now,' I thought. I looked at her. Without saying a word, I turned around and moved my hair to show her the code.

She gasped as she saw the date. "I've got five months. Six if I'm really, really lucky," I said with a sigh.

"Jayla…" Akiza started.

"It's okay. I knew this day was coming and I'm not afraid to die. I don't care if I die. It just means I won't have to endure the School's sick ways for much longer,"I said.

"Isn't there a way to reverse it?" she asked me.

"If there is, only those insane 'scientists' have it. But I've never heard of one," I answered. "Come one. We should go."

I began to walk but stopped as Akiza wasn't following me. She looked at me as she probably realized I was looking at her. "You okay?" I asked calmly and with genuine concern.

She nodded. "Just worried about you. I've never really had a friend die before," she said.

"I have. What I've learned is to cherish the memories you had with them when they're gone. It makes it a lot easier," I said.

"Who was your friend?" Akiza asked.

"Just like all the experiments, he named himself. He called himself, Alan Sky. He was a human- avian hybrid like me. He was a year older. I was in a cage next to him and one morning, he didn't wake up. I saw the bar code on her neck and no matter how much I cried out his name, he wouldn't wake up," I said. I gave a small grin at the happy memories I had. "I remember how whenever we could, we would talk, laugh, and cheer each other up when we were down. I met him when I was eight and he was nine. I never trusted myself to become too close to anyone like that again. It hurt so much when he died. I was fifteen and he was sixteen. I've only lived a year longer than him." My grin faltered and a tear came down my face but I quickly wiped it away. I didn't want to look weak. "At least I'll be with him when it's over."

Akiza looked down but then looked back up at me. "O-okay, let's go," she said.

We walked out without getting too much attention from Akiza's parents. The entire ride back to the garage, we were silent. Why? What do you say to a dying friend who just told you about her friend's death?

As soon as we pulled up by the door, Luna and Leo burst out and ran up to greet me.

"Wow! You look awesome!" Luna complimented.

"Yeah, no kidding!" Leo agreed.

"T-thanks," I said. I wasn't used to compliments like this. Just threats and insults. 'How am I going to be able to break it to them that I'm dying now?' I thought.

"What's wrong, Jayla?" Luna asked.

'Why am I so readable today? This isn't like me,' I thought. "I-it's nothing. Go inside, I'll be in there in a second," I said.

"Okay," they said in unison before running in.

"You know you're going to have to tell them in the next few minutes to an hour," Akiza said walking up to me.

I sighed. "I know. But I don't want to hurt them," I said.

"It'll hurt them more if you act like everything is fine and then just die. You should tell all of them when we get inside. I don't want to hurt them but it's better than just suddenly dying on them," Akiza said.

"You're right. I just wish it didn't have to be so soon," I said.

"But I thought you weren't afraid to die," Akiza said.

"I'm not. I just wish you, Leo, Luna, Jack, Yusei, and Crow wouldn't have to see me die so soon," I responded.

She nodded in understanding. "I understand but, like I said, better now than never." I nodded.

We entered and everyone looked up at us. More specifically, me. "Wow, you look nice. Better than the gown at least," Crow said.

I gave a grin but I knew it must have looked worried and a bit forced. "Is something wrong?" Yusei asked. "Luna did say you looked a bit nervous and sad. Why is that?"

I looked down. 'Why now? But Akiza's right, it's better now than never,' I thought. I sighed. Still looking down, I softly and sadly said, "I'm dying."

Everyone was silent for a moment. My soft voice could be barely a whisper to normal human ears so they must've been figuring out what I said.

"Did she just say what I think she said? Did you just say what I thought you said?" Luna asked. They looked at her. There were tears forming in her eyes. "But… but how do you know? It has to be a lie right?"

I gave a small shake of my head. I turned around and revealed my code and the mini date they couldn't see at their distance. But they didn't need to see the date to know what it meant.

"How long have you had it?" Jack asked.

"Not very long. Just found out while I was changing at Akiza's," I answered.

"How long do you have?" Yusei asked.

"Mine came earlier than most. It says I have about five months. That's somewhat good. As much as I would rather live, I'm ready to die. I'm not afraid," I answered. I sighed. "I'm ready to join Alan," I muttered.

"How can someone be truly ready to die?" Yusei asked.

"When they live in a place where death comes as a wish and no matter where they go horror and trouble still awaits, you wish your life would end. So your nightmares could end. So you could join those you cared about that died. That's my life and it's a life worth ending one day," I explained.

"But that doesn't have to be on that date," Yusei said. I looked at him. "There has to be a way to reverse your expiration, right?" Yusei asked.

"You know, Akiza asked the same things. So I will give you the same answer. If there is a way, only the School has it. Even if I went back, after the stunt I pulled, I doubt they would care and just leave me to die while doing countless tests. Just like Alan," I explained.

"But there has to be a…" Yusei began.

But a simple three knocks at the door cut him off. I tensed. I didn't like this, something didn't feel right. The door opened and a man entered. He looked like a normal man but I recognized him immediately.

"It's you…" I growled. I silently and sneakily slipped the note out of my pocket let it drift to the floor. I didn't take my glare of him though.

"Hello, Subject 5903. I think it's time for you to come home," the man said with a calm voice and with a grin.

I heard them get tense in the background. "What home? You really think that place is home? If you do, you're more insane than I already thought you were. If that's even possible," I retorted.

"Now, now Subject 5903, we know of your… predicament. You should know we have the cure to your expiration date and we only use it on the special. You are far too valuable to be allowed to die. Now come with me or…" he snapped his fingers and Erasers popped through the door with guns. They pointed each gun as everyone in the room but me. "you can tell. What's your choice? You short lived freedom or their lives?"

"I will never truly be free and I'll only live for a few more months," I muttered with my eyes at the ground. I turned to him. "If I go with you, do you promise their safety?"

"Of course." He brought his hand vertical and flat in the air and they retracted their weapons.

I growled. "Fine. I'm come," I agreed.

He nodded and the Erasers filed out the door. I began to walk to him. "Jayla, don't!" I heard Yusei yell.

I turned to him with a sad expression. "I'm not going to let you get killed. Even if it costs me my own life in the process," I told him. They all looked at me with the saddest expressions I've ever seen on anyone.

The scientist grabbed my wrist and yanked my out. No one was outside when I was out there. There wasn't a soul to be seen. Probably because of the Erasers scaring them off.

I saw the car in front of me. It was a pick-up truck with a dog crate in its bed. My dog crate. An Eraser opened it and the man swung my light body inside. I slammed against the back but it felt like nothing. I was too tough for that.

I sat up and looked at the group that stood in front of the garage. Leo and Luna both had tears streaming down their faces, Akiza looked like she was about to cry herself, and the last three boys gave worried expressions. Especially Yusei. I felt hot tears burn the bridges of my eyes so I turned my head and closed my eyes. As the truck lurched forward, a single tear slipped passed my eye lids and found its way down my cheek.

I was going back there, to the house of horrors. But at least I was able to protect my friends. I looked up and noticed they were completely out of view. I gave a long, sad sigh. My nightmare was about to begin all over again.

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