[Girl #048 - Kaitlin Anderheim. Under new management.]
♪ We could run away ♫
Alone in the dark once more, alone and afraid and clutching the bear to her chest as tightly as she could, her fingers wrapped around the flashlight from her bag; No matter how hard she searched, she couldn't see the dot of light in the distance from Peter's flashlight, the sign she hadn't become completely lost in the darkness of the tunnels. There was no light save for her own and she didn't even know if she was moving in the right direction anymore; She'd lost Peter and Max at some point, got turned around and confused, and now... now she didn't know what to do. Where was the silver lining now?
She called out again in the dark, not knowing how many times she'd already done so, but just as before there had been no answer; The only thing she heard was her own voice, her own shuddering breath and the sound of her feet on the floor beneath her. She'd spent so much time sitting in the dark at home, sitting alone with her thoughts and her questions and every little worry she had, but back then she knew she was alone and it was familiar; she felt safe with Theodore back then as she asked her questions to the darkness. But now she was alone in the unknown, in a place she didn't know and a place she didn't feel safe, no matter how tightly she clutched Theodore to her chest or how much she wished for her father to be with her, to come out of the dark and take her away from everything happening. And without Peter or Max there to lead her, she didn't know if she would ever get out of the tunnel.
♪ Ah, but they would hunt us down. ♫
Spinning around on her heel, she turned to face the darkness and a noise in the distance; She didn't know if it was something she should follow, a sign from Peter and Maxwell, a hint at which direction she should be heading. She didn't know if it was something she should be seeking to protect herself from, something she should be afraid of and putting as much room between herself and the source of the noise. All she knew was that she was alone, that she only had Theodore with her and that no one was there to help her; Not her mother nor her father, nor any of the other students. Just as it always had been. She didn't need anyone to help her before, she didn't need anyone to help her now, much less her mother; She'd managed just fine on her own, her grades and her Tae Kwon Do were a testament to that fact. She swallowed hard and pushed back the tears.
She didn't know what it was but when she called out, the noise returned with greater volume. She didn't know why she felt so afraid, why she couldn't breathe or where the doubts that had sunken her hopefulness had come from, but everything was telling her to turn and run as fast as she could. Her hand was trembling and her heart was caught in her chest, her lungs refusing to obey as she pushed her free hand to her neck, clutching the necklace that hung from it; Her fingers brushed the cold silver, and she summoned the strength to do what needed to be done. She slipped Theodore into the safety of her backpack. She didn't want to lose him in the events that would follow.
♪ What else can I say?
But turn this ship around. ♫
She spun around.
As far and as fast as her legs would carry her.
[Girl #048 - Kaitlin Anderheim. Continued in Some Fantastic
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