Test Subjet 7I wondered why Andy was still so silent.
They day dragged on in silence. A bright, searing hot sun beat on us through the car windows, and we found ourselves almost worshiping the air conditioning.
We did not stop for food today, there was simply no where to stop. And though I was not hungry, I was left tired and shaky.
Andy took the wheel as the sun went down, and it became a struggle to keep my eyes open for any length of time.
Without ever meaning to, I ended up leaning against Erics chest, and he wrapped his arms around me to keep me warm.
In the night, the desert was cold. Unbearably so.
The jostling movements of the car on the dirt road made it very hard to sleep. Just as I would drift off, we would hit a particularly large hill or ditch, and pull me back.
I was just drifting off again, when I heard Andy speak for the first time in almost twenty four hours.
His voice was low and rough.
I know what youre doing. He growled. And Alice is mine.
Test Subjects part 6When I finally woke up again, the sun was high in the sky and we were speeding down a dirt road somewhere.
I stirred, and Eric saw my open eyes in his mirror.
Nice to see you awake Sleeping Beauty. I smiled sleepily.
Where are we? I asked, my voice groggy and think with sleep.
No idea. He shrugged.
What? That couldnt be good.
Were not on a road thats in current use, and we cant use our cell phones because they can track anyone under nineteen on them now. Anyone with their phones on is going to be caught. And probably shot. They dont like to take prisoners apparently. He chuckled. I didnt see his humor.
So . . . are we lost?
In a word, yes.
Andy shook his head. Were not lost. Were right here. I know exactly where we are. Eric chuckled darkly and continued to watch me through his mirror.
What? He was making me self consciou
Test Subjects 5We pulled onto his street, and he slammed the breaks. There were police cars. The old kind you saw in black and white movies. The kind that held a bunch of people in the back. They lined the street on both sides.
But what was more frightening . . .
Hundreds of policemen ran up and down the streets, some help fighting children in their arms. The large police cars held their back doors open wide, and the children were shoved violently inside with children from other neighborhoods.
I noticed, with alarm, that no parents stood crying on their door step. There was no tears and violent protests from any adults. Just the kids.
Before I could tear my eyes away from the scene, Andy gunned the engine and sped in a u turn, squealing back the road where we had come.
Suddenly, I was sure that he had not been wise. I waited for the police cars so follow us and track us down, shooting us like it said I all the stories.
They didnt follow. I was very confused.
We have to pick up Eric.
Test Subjects 4I had to find Eric and tell him the news! I raced down the empty hallways, peeking into the classrooms.
I finally found him in building for. I opened to door and said,
I need to borrow Eric for a moment. The teacher, assuming he was needed at the counselor, (who was always too lazy to come fetch a child herself) waved him out the door without a second thought.
Alice, what is it?
Youre coming with us! I told him excitedly.
We are leaving tomorrow night, and you are coming with us. You have till then to get ready. Oh, and meet us in the morning at Wal-Mart. We arent going to school. We have to grab some stuff.
Andy is letting you take me? He asked, incredulous.
Well, I had to convince him a little bit, but he agreed to my terms.
What terms? I blushed.
You know . . . the termy kind. Well! Im glad I caught you! Bye.
You agreed to stay with him tonight, d
Test Subjects 3The rest of my day was surprisingly easy. Knowing that I would never have to do any of this again, made things easier to bare. This is the last time you will ever walk these halls. I told myself.
I was so preoccupied in my little day dream, that I didnt see him, and knocking in Eric so hard I would have fallen if he hadnt caught me.
Oh. I giggled. Sorry Eric.
His eyebrows pulled together. No, its my fault. Im sorry.
He righted me, waiting a minute to make sure I wouldnt fall, and then started walking again.
Eric! I called. Oh, Eric wait up!
He stopped. Um, yeah?
Eric, we believe you! Me and Andy. Were leaving!
Really? His smile lit up his whole face and he pulled me into a hug and spun me around in the air. It felt nice, but I wasnt sure I liked it. After all, I was a girl with commitments here. I had a boyfriend. But, it was sweet.
Test Subjects 2Too agitated to sit with all my friends, I stalked into the lunch room and scanned the crowds. I spotted Andy in line.
Andy! I shouted, waving my arms above my head. Somehow, he heard me and started making his way through the crowd. I waited for him and my impatience was easy to see.
He sauntered my way with a big smile.
Why so angry hon? He put his arm around my shoulder and pulled me against his chest in a big hug.
Would you mind if we ate out today?
Thanks I leaned into him and kissed his shoulder.
Andy was my boyfriend. He was a year older than me, but was nicer than anyone I knew. He was also very strong and served as my body guard when it was needed. At this school, it was sometimes needed.
He walked me out the door, but once we were in the parking lot, he stooped down and picked me up easily, like I weighed nothing.
Where do you want to eat? He asked lightly.
Anywhere. I smiled. Bei