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On the Move

Number 7

“Eris this is insane!” I insisted. She didn’t even look up at me from her packing.

“It is not. I’m not in danger,” she answered.

Our bags were packed and by the front door. Concordia and I had been looking at train destinations. We wanted to head North, and as far away as humans possible. Living on a farm, killing animals, to eat only. Eris was packed with another destination in mind.

“Forget Caleb, is he really worth you getting captured?” I asked. She looked up at me then her eyes sparkling with tears. It took me off guard.

“He’s my boyfriend Connie. And I love him. I can’t leave him to Director Morgan. Can you imagine what they could do to him? He can’t protect himself like us. They could destroy him! And I can’t let that happen.”

"They're not going to hurt him Eris. There's no point in that. He's just bait!" I inisted.

“Do you really love him?” Vigidis asked leaning against the doorframe. Eris sighed running her fingers through her hair. She sat down on her bed and looked towards the window.

“Yeah. I really do. I know it’s fast, and unexpected. But, love is unpredictable you now,” she shrugged.

“But it’s a trap!” I insisted.

“Of course it’s a trap. But how will they trap me? I’m undefeatable!” she snapped. I snorted and shook my head.

“No you’re not. You’re far from it. You’re very breakable Eris. Let us come with you at least,” I replied. Eris regarded me then shook her head.

“I don’t want to trap you. We won’t be about to escape twice if we get captured again. And, I’m weaker when I have to protect you,” Eris answered. Vigdis arched her brows.

“So you expect to be captured,” she uttered.

“No. They can’t capture me. Since I’ve been here, since I’ve been with Caleb my powers have grown stronger.”

“Ours too Eris!” Vigdis insisted.

“And that’s a good thing! They won’t expect me to be so powerful.”

“No that’s where you’re wrong,” I answered. “They will expect your new flashy powers. They know more about us than we do! They will draw you in to Caleb, then torture both of you. Then probably throw him out a window and keep you. And do you know what? Vigdis and I will be waiting outside to get you out as well. If you go we’re all doomed.”

“No! I cannot leave Caleb on that island. He has a life, he has his studies. They will keep him, locked up, probably in the same conditions as us, until I get there. I cannot give up on him," she insisted. I shook my head slowly.

“Remember when we were seven?” I asked. “We swore to always stay together, to sick by each other no matter what. And we’ve not been doing that. We’ve been fighting and disagreeing so much. You're not going alone Eris.”

Vigidis nodded smiling slightly.

We had no other way, we took the train. At least this time we knew where we were going. We even bought tickets. Eris sat in the corner staring out the window at the landscape flashing by. She barely ever moved. I knew she was in pain, not being able to use her power, not being able to kill. But we didn’t want to give any clues of our whereabouts. The murderers would stop in San Francisco but James might think it was because Caleb wasn’t around anymore. We were in disguise, hair up and stuffed under caps and sunglasses.

“I actually feel empty,” Eris told us one day. We were half way across Texas and it was boiling hot in the train.

“Empty?” Vigdis frowned.

“Like I don’t know what to do. I need him,” Eris replied quietly. I patted her hand.

“Don’t worry, you will see him again.”

“I hope he’ll be alive” she murmured.

“They won’t kill him,” Vigdis insisted.

“I’ve never felt this way before,” Eris continued. “In love. We didn’t even know each other that long. Only a month, a little more.”

“You also spent all your time with him. And he made you smile. You’ve never smiled like that before, for no reason, just grinning,” I said.

“He made me happy,” Eris sighed.

“And he will again. We’ll get him back Eris. I promise,” I answered.

“Don’t make promises you can’t hold,” Eris said turning to face me. “I’m also much weaker. It’s so weird. I feel like I’m on fire. I hope I’ll have the power to save him.”

“As soon as you kill someone it’ll get better,” Vigdis answered quietly. Eris nodded slowly.

“ I liss him."

I patted her shoulder again.

“I miss that smile,” I said calmly. She smiled at me, but it didn’t reach her eyes.

We arrived in Miami a few days later. Eris was walking around in circles nervously while Vigdis and I searched for a place to get a boat. The map we were looking at pointed out a boat shop on the other side of the city.

“We could steal one,” Vigdis suggested. I shrugged.

“I don’t think we have a choice. But we’ll have to find a fast one. We’ve already lost too much time,” I answered.

“What do you think has happened to Caleb?” she whispered leaning towards me. I glanced at Eris still pacing, her eyes flashing dangerously.

“I really don’t know. I hope they didn’t hurt him, but I’m sure if they wanted to they could.”

“Would James do that to him?”

“James did everything Director Morgan told him to do Vi. Why would he side for Caleb when he didn’t for us?”

“Maybe because Caleb can’t defend himself and that he’s innocent.”

“Weren’t we innocent?” I hissed back. Vigidis hesitated then nodded slowly.

“I guess. Eris will be able to save him though. Come,” she grabbed my arm. We started down the street to a port. Eris noticed us moving away and hurried behind, her face shadowed by her cap. We weaved out way through the large throng of people. I would have liked to stop and have a look about but we were moving too quickly. Eris was shooting a head of us, she jumped into the first boat she found in the port and was already unraveling the cord when Vigdis and I arrived. I hesitated looking around while Vigdis jumped in to help Eris.

“Hey thieves!” I heard a call, a solid young man with an unfortunate face was running towards us.

“Connie hurry up!” Vigdis called, as the boat slowly started moving out of the port. I looked back at the man my eyes flashing. Every instinct in my body was begging me to hurt him, to kill him. My head churned and I turned slowly to face him. He was only a meter away.

“Connie!” then a rush of blood against my face blinded me. I only had time to realize I hadn’t been the one to hurt him. The man slid to the ground cut in half, dead. Someone screamed as I cringed back my eyes wide trying to look innocent.

“Connie come,” Vigdis hissed from the boat. I didn’t hesitated a second longer jumped into the boat. Eris sat on the floor staring at me with a hint of a smile on her full lips.

“You feel better then,” I said as Vigdis revved up the engine and we pulled out. Eris shrugged one shoulder.

“Maybe," she uttered.

I sighed and sat on the floor next to her, my day-glo orange shirt was covered in blood. The stench made my head spin. As soon as we were out of sight from the port I slipped the shirt off and Eris tossed a bucket of water on me. It was a good escape. No one was following us. Everyone was still wondering what had killed the man.

We made good time I think. I didn’t know anything about boats and neither did Eris or Vigdis but we managed. More than once I had the impression we were going to tip but we always stayed on board. We spotted the island in the far distance when we could already barley see the city. Vigdis steered us towards it. Eris sat up the front, her eyes wide watching the water and the birds. I sat back with a book and practiced my reading. I was getting better.

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