Yay! Chapter 9!
I was lying on a table, a light shining in my face. The only thing I had on was a blue hospital gown. I heard a beeping noise, and realized that it was one of those hospital machines. There were three faces in front of me. They looked like doctors. I heard them saying things,
“How’s the boy?” A deep voice asked.
“Alright, like this one.” This one sounded like a girl. She turned to another guy. “How are the siblings?”
“Eh. The girl freaked out and started sobbing. Muttering something that I couldn’t understand.” He picked something up on the table. “I had to inject her with some more tranquilizer serum. As for the boy, he didn’t wake up once.”
I felt something prick my arm and I winced. The last thing I heard before passing out again was, “It’s okay Ellyn. You’re going to be fine. When you wake up, everything is going to be different.”
I woke up with a start. Hyperventilating, I sat up. The sun was just starting to rise. What was that? Claire freaked out? And what was they tranquilizer serum they were talking about?
I heard someone sniffling. I turned my head and saw Jack in a corner sobbing. I crawled over to him. “Jack? Are you okay?”
“Yeah.” He sniffed. “I just had this weird dream, where I was on a table, with three people talking. It sounded like they were talking about you, Dylan, and Claire. I woke up, kinda freaked out and started crying.”
So Jack had that dream too. “It’s okay. You’re okay now.” I hugged him. “Tell you what, how about we grab the net and go catch some more fish.”
I brought my backpack with me, took the net out, and told Jack to gather some more grapes. I caught about six fishes. Jack came back with a handful of grapes. I took them out of his hand and put them in leaf-bag. I told him to go back in the cave and get the other canteens so we can refill them. He came back outside with his, Dylan’s, and Claire’s canteens. He refilled his and Claire’s, and I refilled mine and Dylan’s.
He was filling Claire’s up when he asked me, “So, about what I saw last night.” He started.
I felt my face heat up; I really didn’t want to talk about when I kissed Dylan.
“Why did you kiss Dylan? I mean, you’d only known him for a day.” He said.
“I know, I know.” I said. “I don’t know what I was thinking. It felt almost like a magnetic pull.”
“Oh.” He said. “When I told Claire, she started freaking out and screaming.”
“Yeah, I heard her.” I said. “You and Claire better not have been kissing either.”
“Gross!” He shouted.
I laughed. “We should get back inside. Dylan and Claire are probably waking up by now.”
“You don’t want to be late for your boyfriend?” He said in an annoying tone.
So, he’s already teasing me about it. Go figure. I wet my hand and threw water on him. He yelped and I laughed. We got up and made our way inside the cave.
Dylan and Claire were already awake, starting the fire. I took a fish out and started heating it up. When it was done, I cut the fish into four pieces, set out the grapes and we ate our breakfast.
Jack decided to tell everyone about his dream. “I had a weird dream last night.” He said. “I was on a table, with three people talking. It sounded like they were talking about Ellyn, Dylan, and Claire.”
“I had that dream too.” I said.
Jack looked at me stunned. “You did?”
“Yeah. And the last words I heard before everything going black were: ‘It’s okay Ellyn. You’re going to be fine. When you wake up, everything is going to be different.’”
“That is so weird.” Claire said. “Two weird dream-memory things in a row?”
“Yeah, I know.” I remembered yesterday with the book, and how we tried to look for something that could get us out of here, and how we didn’t find anything. It then occurred to me that we were only in a small part of the cave and that there could be so much more. “We should check the cave out.” I said.
“What?” Dylan asked me.
I was glad he was actually talking to me. After last night, I wasn’t sure he would even make eye contact with me. “We should check the cave out. Remember yesterday when we couldn’t find anything in the woods? Well, maybe it’s because we were looking in the wrong place!”
“Let’s go!” Jack said.
Before we left, I took out my pen and examined it again. That’s when I noticed the small button on the side. I pushed it, hoping for something cool to happen (maybe it would turn into a sword), but the only thing that happened was a light that shined through the pen hole. A flashlight. That’s what the pen does. Figures. Well, at least we had a light.
We navigated our way through the cave/tunnel with my penlight. I found out that I have an extreme fear of spiders. Every time I saw one I started screaming and hyperventilating like crazy. And every time, Jack, Claire, and Dylan had to calm me down.
After about three hours, we reached the end of the tunnel and found strange writing on the wall.