EPISODE ONE :
I woke up to devastation. Blood soaked my shirt. The red substance covered my hands and they began to shake. 'I didn't know a person had that much blood... ' Fear was the only thing I could feel, everything else faded away.
5 hours earlier
'A normal day' my mind thought groggily. 'Ah, yes. A normal day' it repeated in slow secession. 'A normal Monday' it added as if it were listing off attributes. 'Monday' it hissed 'I go to school on Mondays'. My eyelids peeled open and sunlight assaulted my eyes. 'I carpool on Mondays' it added with little urgency.
"Oh no," I said, fully awake now.
I jumped out of bed, my heart working double-time when I saw the digits presented on my nightstand clock. 7:19 a.m. 'I'm late'.
"No, no, no, no, no!" I scold myself.
'I forgot to turn on my alarm last night, and now I'm late for school! Zora is going to have my head and dance on my corpse for this!' Late is something I cannot be under any circumstance. 'I wouldn't be surprised if they already left without me.' I thought miserably as I got dressed.
I brush my hair and teeth like a madwoman. I throw on clothes with little deliberation or care. my shoes are left untied and my bed unmade. 'Late is something I cannot be' I repeated mechanically to myself. I swing my bag onto my shoulders, grab my lunch from the counter(pre-made last night), and grab a granola bar from the pantry. I quickly stuff my phone in my pocket and shut the door behind me, locking it in the process.
"Look who finally woke up," I voice called out from behind me, heavy with sarcasm.
I tense and turn around. There she is standing with her back against the passenger side of the car. The morning light creeps across the dew freckled lawn illuminating her features. Her dirty blonde hair shines like gold in the early morning rays. Her steel gray eyes sparkled like, well, steel. There she was, glowing like an angel in the dawn. (My) Zora.
"Hello? Earth to Evie? Can we go now?"
I snapped out of my trance. I cough, giving myself an excuse to dip my head, allowing my hair to cover my blush.
"Yeah, when, sorry. Let's go," I responded, flustered.
I swung my bag onto the car floor, beneath the dash, and closed the door as I slid into the passenger seat of Zora's car. The leather seat was almost burning my skin because of how long it sat basking in the early fall sun. I hissed a little as my thighs collided with the hot car seat. No protection from the heat was offered from my skirt.
After a minute of fumbling to find the seat belt latch, I had fastened the safety strap across the chest, just in time for when Zora started the car. The hum from the engine was almost melodious, harmonizing with the start of the air conditioning. I smiled as the cool air caressed my skin.
"All right, let's not waste time," a humorous voice announced from the back seat. "Let's get rolling!"
I turned my head to see two of my best friends behind me, beside Zora of course. Mallory Bones and Andrew Miller. Mallory's hazel eyes flashed with amusement at Andrew's comment. A small chuckle escaped her lips as she turned to look at me. I grinned as I decided to join the fun.
"Yeah! Punch it!" I joined in, mischief glossing my words.
"Yeah!" Lorie(Mallory) seconded.
"Punch it!" Andrew repeated, throwing his fist into the air and accidently hitting the ceiling of the car. "Ow," he muttered.
The car erupted with laughter at Drew's ironic mistake.
After a few minutes of heavy, intoxicating laughter the car quieted. I wiped the water from the corner of my eyes and let out one final giggle before turning around to face Zora. Her cheeks were red from the laughter and her eyes shone with happiness. I felt my heart skip a beat as she looked at me with those happy grey eyes. It seemed as if in that moment the clouds broke just to shine down on her blonde hair giving her a halo of golden glory. I sucked in a breath as my cheeks burned. I swallowed hard and forced myself to turn away from the angel beside me.
"Well, we should get going," I said in a semi-serious manner. "We don't want to be late for school."
"Don't remind me," Drew responded.
He fell back into his seat with an exasperated sigh. I rolled my eyes and turned to look out my window at the multi-colored leaves on the autumn trees. The car began to rumble against the asphalt as we pulled out of my driveway and onto the main road. I let out a deep sigh as the car picked up speed, on its way to our destination. School.
I wish all of you peace and safety.
- love from QueenCobra <3 -