Oh, hey :D Sorry this took forever. Life’s been a bit hectic here! This is NOT the final chapter, but we’re getting close to it :3 Enjoy<3 And YES, I will be posting more soon, and maybe a new fic in the next week or so<3
Thankfully, when I woke up from that trance, they were all there, waiting on me.
Edward cooed my name quietly, trying to make me wake up. I fluttered open my eyes for a second, and found them around me, and I yawned. It was more like a nap with a twisted dream, but the fact that Anna was there seemed to convince me that this was reality. She smiled a tiny bit when I rose a little from the ground, only to get a headache. I tried not to let anything show I wasn’t completely okay… they shouldn’t worry about me.
“How do you feel?” Edward asked me.
I cleared my throat, feeling stiff, like I’d been out a long time. My voice was quiet, but they seemed to understand me when I lied about feeling okay. Whether or not the believed it, though, is a completely different matter. “Are you really?” John asked me, obviously disbelieving my act.
“Yeah, I’m okay,” I whispered. It was really dim… “Where are we…?”
“We’re… they… That’s what we’ve been trying to find out,” Anna said with some confusion.
“We aren’t just anywhere… are we?” Edward asked her. It seemed like they hadn’t been trying to look for an answer for too long. Did they just wake up, too? Why do I always wake up to find some kind of change? Are we still on the planet? Was all of this actually real and—
“I don’t think so,” John said quietly. “What other reason would we all be here?”
“I don’t know,” he said in the same quiet tone.
“Well, we need to find something out,” Anna broke in shortly after. “We can’t just be left in the dark here, can we?” A little laugh left her and my lips. It was funny at the time…
“It’s really not the time for puns,” one of them hissed.
“That wasn’t supposed to be a pun…” I thought she was a die hard fan of them or something… Why is she acting like they’re so normal? Don’t people flip out when they meet their idols or whoever? Did I miss something? I must have…
“Sorry. I didn’t mean to be mean or anything…”
“Yeah, I know. It’s okay,” she said quietly. An eerie silence hung on the air lightly, like it would break at any moment, but no one would know what to say when they got to that point. I propped myself up a little better and felt really empty, but no one seemed to realize that I had gotten up. I just sat there and watched them in the dim light, wondering what was going on. I was obviously missing something huge, wasn’t I? I blinked a couple times, and I could see where we were a little better.
“What are we doing in the middle of the street?” I asked in a quiet voice.
“That’s what all of us are wondering. And where we are. We know we’re in a street, but where?” Edward’s voice was confused and stressed. I’d hardly ever heard him that way, but it made sense as to why he could be confused. It seemed like all of us were; they all wore the face well, and I can’t lie—I was more unsettled than I’d ever been with all these questions.
“Why don’t we stop wondering and walk down the street…?” Anna suggested.
“That would be a good idea,” John laughed. I smiled. At least someone was happy. All of us seemed upset or quiet, or confused, or anything. It was just in the air, but John broke it a little.
“Then let’s go,” Edward said, a little louder than how he’d been talking just then to me. He grabbed my arm and helped me off of the ground, and when all the momentum kept me going, he stopped me from falling with a tight hug. It was nice to be back in his arms again… I hadn’t been in so long, and this was the best feeling I could remember from that terrible time where I didn’t see him for a week or so. It sounds corny, but I really did miss this. Too much, actually…
I laughed. “Let’s!”
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When we got to the end of the street, we found a huge cliff leaning off of the side of the planet. It was so beautiful, climbing up the incline to find it there. I held Edward’s hand tighter as we got closer and closer to it, and I felt excited. It was so beautiful… We got to the edge of the cliff and rested out legs over the edge while John and Anna debated what to do next. I could see the entire city and nearing suburbs out and down below, but much to my surprise, all the windows were blacked out.
“Am I the only one seeing this?” I quietly whispered to Edward, pointing to the dark once-thriving city of the planet.
“I see it, too,” he said quietly. He squeezed my hand a little, and I could feel the nervous emotions in the contact. “What do you think it’s all about?”
“I…” I didn’t know what to say because I didn’t have the slightest clue. No one just turns off a city, do they? Or at least, that wasn’t normal, was it? “I guess they’re saving electricity?”
He laughed a little. “You know, I don’t think that they’re saving electricity…”
I smiled. “I don’t think so either.”
“Even if they were, it seems a bit… quiet.” He paused a moment. “Doesn’t it?”
I sat there for a second to listen, and look out for any noise, but I couldn’t find anything. “Yeah, you’re right.” I sat there, and a light feeling of worry hung over me. What was going on? A lot of time passed and neither of us said anything. We just sat there, and my mind traced and circled endlessly around the ideas of what could be going on, but I had nothing. It was white noise in my head.
“What if…” he trailed off after breaking the silence, seemingly distracted by something.
“What if what?”
“It’s nothing, really,” he said quickly, snapping out of whatever trance he seemed to be in.
“…Are you sure?” I asked. He squeezed my hand a little tighter.
“Yeah, I’m sure,” he said. His face turned into a lost smile, and I couldn’t help but be a bit happy, though I was really curious about what he was thinking. He just had that effect on me, I guess. What could make him feel… or look so distracted? Should I be concerned about it, or is that just dumb? Is he okay…? What if he isn’t? What if—
“Hey, guys,” John called out, as he approached us from behind. I lifted my legs from the edge of the cliff slowly, so I wouldn’t fall trying to look behind me, and turned around to face him, while Edward sat there, looking detached as he gazed along the skyline of the residential part of the planet. I took a quick glance over to him, but he looked almost like he hadn’t even noticed that I left. It hurt a little, but the image left on my mind of him smiling made up for it, even if it wasn’t sincere.
“Yeah?” I asked, ripping my glare from Edward.
“Anna thinks that we could get some answers if we go downtown again.” My stomach dropped deeper than anything could ever fall. It made me sick.
“You’re kidding, right?” I asked quietly.
“She thinks it’s a good idea, and when you think about it, it does seem like a good plan to go looking for answers there. I mean, at least if something happens there, we’ll know what’s going on. These people aren’t really good at keeping their mouths shut.” His eyes glanced in the direction to where Anna was for a brief second and I understood what he meant.
“It’s pretty dangerous…” I said after a few moments.
“Isn’t this whole thing? I think it is. Do you realize what’s just happened to all of us?”
“I know what you mean, but I don’t want anything to happen to any of you guys or myself.”
“Believe me,” he laughed, “we’re probably worse off waiting around for something to happen.”
“I guess you’re right.” I looked over quickly to Edward, who still had his attention fixed on something in the distance. I hope that he’s okay…
“We should leave soon, then, I think.” He looked down at the ground, like he wasn’t too excited about leaving, either. He kept composed, though, and that was enough to help me hold on. Everyone’s strength was helping more than they even realized.
“Can you do something for me, John?” I asked after a few moments.
“Sure, anything,” he smiled. I felt a little less unsure about this whole situation, then. If he could be confident about it, and Anna could, too, why couldn’t I?
“Talk to Edward.”