"It's smelly and filled with people who scream all day, girls and boys. They bite the caretakers sometimes and need help in the shower. Actually, the adult ward is across from here, just separated by that yard. We could probably see them when they take us out for exercise."
Makayla's head is lowered as though she were telling a taboo tale. Inexplicably, I find her words to be a bit ridiculous, but Sophia is quickly immersed in them.
"It's an adult ward, but it's co-ed? For some reason I thought that that wouldn't work."
"Don't be stupid, they're definitely crazy, but they're still people afterall -- it's not dangerous for boys and girls to live together. They probably separate the rooms according to gender as well."
"Oh my God, what if they come here? From what you said, I feel like they're watching us through our windows..."
Heh, alright. So those fifty pound doors are just decoration? Those bars on the windows are actually rubber and not steel?
"Agh, stop, I don't want to think about that." Makayla shuddered and waved a hand at Sophia, who laughed. "You've been here for a while though, how come you've never heard about the adult ward?"
"I've been here for one day, leave me alone. I didn't really talk to anyone before, so there's no way I could've known... oh!"
Sophia clapped her hands once and recounted, "There was this girl who was brought in while I was sleeping yesterday morning, and when I woke up, it was because she was screaming. Like, no reason, just full on yelling at the ceiling. She did this whole, like, excorcist thing and threw her sheets around, and then two caretakers had to come in to restrain her into a stretcher before taking her away. I was so scared."
"Ooh, I bet you were! She sounds insane, thank goodness she's not here."
"Was she eighteen though?" Ilise managed to squeeze in a question.
"Uh, no idea, they just took her without saying anything. Ugh, that was also creepy. It's like in 1984 when the police or whatever made people dissappear."
Oh, I know that book. I hated it.
At this point, I can feel my stomach squeeze and sweat like it does every other morning and excused myself to go to the bathroom. Well, I didn't really excuse myself, I just walked away, but you probably guessed that already. Even though I know it's useless, I plant my butt on the toilet and wait.