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Zack and Alex sat beside each other, with Jodie’s place ready opposite them, along with Ming-Mei’s. Ellis sat at the head of the table just after the rest, apologising softly for being late again. As dinner got underway, the family chatted casually; they left obvious opportunities for the boys to speak. They remained quiet though; obviously shaken by the change as they never talked during meals.
“Do you think you’ll be okay?”
It was only after some dead silence that the two realised that they were being spoken to. “What?”
Ming-Mei stifled her giggles, obviously at their absent mindedness, but Ellis calmly repeated himself, “Jodie and I were discussing taking you shopping tomorrow; you don’t have any clothes. Do you think you’ll be okay?”
The two looked to each other but knew they didn’t have much of a choice in the matter and so nodded. After dinner, when they were told they could leave the cleaning up to them, the two simply went up to their room without another word.
Zack slipped out of his tattered black jacket, asking, “Which bed do you want?”
“Does it matter?”
Zack threw his jacket onto the armchair in the corner of the room and lay down on the bed closest to the window, claiming it as his own. He groaned, chewing on his bottom lip to fight the pain of his back.
“Tomorrow is going to be a long day.”
“Why don’t we just tell them to mind their own business?!”
Alex rolled over on his own bed, giving Zack his back and keeping an eye on the door. They remained silent for a few minutes, Alex too drained to continue. “Has this really happened to us?” He eventually asked.
“Has what happened?”
“Have we become so defensive that we cannot even tolerate a kind act?”
“What’s kind about it?” Zack growled. “They just want information out of us!”
“And if they do? So what? You don’t need to tell them anything about you if you don’t want to! And what does it matter what they find? The place is gone, everyone is gone; you’ve already said that yourself!”
“Do you know what they’ll do to us when they find out?” Zack sat up, his entire body rigid as he glared at the other who refused to look at him.
Alex shut his eyes; he didn’t dare think anymore.
“Isn’t this what happened last time? We got an offer of a better life than what we had and it got a lot better didn’t it?” Zack’s words began bleeding sarcasm the more riled up he got. Pain was shooting up his back and he was getting so increasingly frustrated at the other that no pain was deterring him.
“We were seven!”
“So at seventeen don’t you think we should know better?” Zack glared at the other boy’s back, “And what is with you all of sudden? All this abrupt positivity like the past ten years didn’t happen; it’s not like you!”
Alex squeezed his eyes shut tightly, a firm feeling fitted into his throat, keeping him from even croaking out the words, “He’s coming.”
There was a firm knock on the door before it opened, Ellis looked from one boy to the other sternly before his features softened, “Is everything alright in here? I thought I heard shouting.”
“We were just talking.” Zack told him.
“Loudly.” Alex added.
“Anything you’d like to share?”
Alex answered before Zack even inhaled to respond, “Not particularly.”
Ellis nodded in acceptance but entered the room a little more, holding up a pile of clothing in his hands before placing it at the foot of Alex’s bed. “Something for you both to sleep in until we can get something in your size.” They seemed surprised as they glanced at him, he didn’t miss it however brief it was. “Come and find us if you need anything.” He went to pull the door shut behind him, “Goodnight, boys.”
About the Author
Kyra Gregory is a young author from the island of Malta, a place made larger by her love for books. Through balancing a hectic schedule of duties, she is always trying to find her place in the world through the stories she tells. Beginning at a very young age, she wrote simply to save herself through the worlds in short stories, fanfictions and lyrics. Now, taking the plunge and creeping out of her shell, she chooses to share her stories in hopes they may save more than just herself.
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