My Ranking Points
*Plot Twist Incoming*
The scene in front of me almost reminds me of a movie, the way it plays out. Invisible wind blows her strawberry blond hair behind her, showing off her features. She smiles, I can’t work out whether it’s fake or genuine. Piercing emerald eyes shine out of her face, freckled and pink, with a button nose and small lips. Her ears stick out from the side of her head and stray strands of hair are tucked behind them. She smiles again, revealing glistening white teeth.
“This is the new girl?” she says to Ivana and Arabella, raising her eyebrows.
“Yes, Holly, it is.” Ivana replies tiredly.
“I s’pose not all princesses are perfect.” Holly mutters, looking me up and down.
“Yes, well, got to get going, quite busy, you see.” Arabella tells her. Holly gives us an inquiring look.
“With what?” she asks, eyebrows raised again.
“Why do you need to know?” Ivana snaps.
“I don’t, I just thought I would ask.” she replies with a shrug, “Anyway, I’m guessing you want to go through?”
“Yes please.” Arabella confirms.
“No can do.”
“Not safe today. Sorry.” she replies, shrugging again.
“And? You know how much training I had to be able to allowed to go in at my will. It’s not up to you.” Ivana counters.
“I know, and the person who it is up to has said that it’s not safe. Sorry.” she repeats, really getting annoying.
“It doesn’t matter!” Ivana replies through gritted teeth, “The person who is in charge has also said that anyone with the correct amount of training is permitted to go through when they want. And that is me!” Holly doesn’t look at all phased by this, she just continues smiling.
“I know.” she says simply, “But I don’t make up the rules. The Sergeant has entrusted me with guarding The Void. Nothing else.” I swear I see a sickly twinkle in her eye- it is quite clear she is enjoying Ivana’s annoyance. Ivana sighs and I can tell she’s trying to keep a lid on her temper.
“Fine. But I have been entrusted with another job to you, perhaps even more important.” Holly raises her eyebrows, “I’m only saying maybe. But I need to complete the job I’ve been given. Or you know what’ll happen.” she adds darkly.
“Yeah, I do. And that’s why I’m not letting you through. Because then I’ll be failing my job.” Holly replies, extremely annoyingly.
“You wouldn’t be failing your job if you let a person with the correct amount of training through. Because it’s the law that I’m allowed.” she pauses for a moment, then adds in an undertone, “Unless he’s changed it again like he always does.” Holly ***** her head.
“I will repeat, I’m not in charge of laws, only this. So I don’t know whether your statement is correct or not. But while I don’t know, I cannot allow you to pass as I can’t risk you being wrong. My sincere apologies.” As Ivana opens her mouth to retaliate, Arabella shakes her head, signalling the battle is over and we have lost. Ivana closes it with a deep sigh and nods at Holly before turning away.
“Who in the world was she?” I question Ivana. I am slightly irritated that no-one has bothered to tell me anything.
“Nobody knows.” she responds darkly, “One day she just appeared. Some say she committed a terrible crime and was banished here, and others say, well, they say she isn’t actually really there at all.”
“Like she’s a ghost or like she’s imaginary?” I ask. Ivana rubs her face.
“I don’t really know, I’m not one of those people who spend their day pondering stupid questions that don’t really matter.”
“Fair enough.” I say under my breath.
“Ivana?” Arabella sings.
“Well, I said I’d meet Rosie-May here, and I have something I really need to discuss with her. Can I go?”
“Whatever. It’s your head that’s in danger, not mine.”
“Thank you!” Arabella chirps, skipping off to a girl with a bubble-gum pink bob of hair.
“What is she going to discuss, unicorn rights?” I joke. Ivana gives me a death stare. Stop thinking she’s Ade! I tell myself. Ivana’s nice and all, but she doesn’t really get a joke. I cough.
“Holly is stupid. She’s basically the Sergeant’s puppet, and she guards the door to The Void. I know how frustrating it must be not knowing anything other people are talking about, but certain rules prevent me talking freely about a lot of subjects. For now, I’ll show you to your room, seen as we aren’t allowed to go outside. I just hope the path’ll be clearer tomorrow. You never know though, sometimes they stay for weeks in the way.” she blabbers, then adds, “Sorry! I’m not used to this job, my first time, you see. I’ll try to steer away from things that I can’t talk to you about.”
“It’s fine. When will you be able to tell me?” Ivana stiffens.
“When you’re ready.” something about the way she says it has lie written all over it, or at least she’s not telling me everything. I figure there’s a long way ahead before I’ll know everything. She leads me through one of the doors, labelled: The Rooms. There’s a long corridor, almost like a hotel, with a red carpet lining the floor. A musty smell wafts up my nose, and I see dust erupt from the floor every time I put my foot down. Doors line the wood walls, with number ranges in metal across them. A derelict lamp hangs loosely from the ceiling, and the eeriness is furthered by webs sitting comfortably in the cracks on the walls. A staircase is waiting at the end, and I tread towards it. As I approach it, I notice that on the left, instead of another door, there’s a lift.
“Why can’t we use…”
“Don’t ask. You really don’t want to know.” Ivana warns me, looking disgustedly at the lift.
“Okay.” I reply, not bothering to press her on it. With a nod, she directs me to the stairs. I start to ascend, running my hand along the banister as I climb up. It isn’t long, maybe a hundred steps? I don’t really pay attention as I am distracted by my thoughts. I feel a bubbling anger in me as I follow Ivana, something I don’t directly know the cause of. I believe it’s something to do with being in the dark the whole day, and the fact that I look like a total numpty standing next to Ivana and Arabella when they’re having a very meaningful conversation with someone and me not knowing what they’re saying. It’s the fact that they talk about things so secretively and always bring things I don’t know about up. I don’t mind if I know Ivana can’t tell me, it’s not her fault, but they just make me feel bad by always talking about unknown things to me! We have reached the top, so I have to tune out of my thoughts. I also can’t force down my cough. All the dust in the air is triggering my allergies. Before me is a setting that looks like a giant maze. Winding paths lead off from the landing, and the amount of room they must hold frightens me. I look round to Ivana, and she shakes her head alarmingly. As I listen closer, I hear a faint scratching sound coming from one of the walls. It slowly becomes louder, and I stand in fear as I wait for whatever’s making it to appear in front of us. Almost out of the blue, a small teenage boy walks comfortably through one of the paths, and looks at Ivana with a menacing smile on his face.
“What are you doing here?” he says in a tone of disgust.
“Go away Harrison, I’m not doing anything wrong.” Ivana replies calmly.
“This may be true, though if we’re going to play that game, there’s nothing to suggest you’re doing anything right either.” Harrison counters, stalking towards her.
“Yes. Except for the fact that I’m doing my job.”
“And what job involves you creeping around the rooms when you needn’t?”
“The job where you’re showing the new person their room. Surely this is allowed, after all, isn’t she entitled to see the place she’ll be sleeping in for the next year?” Harrison raises his eyebrows.
“And you have this new person with you?”
“It would be a bit stupid if I didn’t.” she says, stepping aside so I can be seen.
“Well, it’s been a few years since we’ve had a girl, makes a nice change.” he says studying me but still talking to Ivana, like I’m some sort of doll on display.
“You know I have feelings? I’m not just an exhibit in a museum for you to marvel at. I am an actual person!” I tell him, feeling my temper rise.
“Ooh, feisty one this year, all the more helpful to our economy.” Harrison notes, still looking at Ivana.
“Hello? I’m here! You know what you could do for the ‘economy’? Look at someone when you’re talking about them!”
“Wow, this’ll be great for a motivational speaker job or something.” Harrison continues, not looking at me.
“LOOK AT ME!” I roar, then immediately regret it with the look I gain from Ivana.
“I had no idea how much ferociousness it had. So inspiring.” the word ‘it’ sets me off. I do something I can’t explain. To be honest, I don’t know if it is even me.
“STOP BEING AN OBNOXIOUS BRAT AND DON’T CALL ME ‘IT’. NO-ONE HAS ANY RESPECT FOR THE FACT THAT I’VE SEEN MY MUM AND MY BROTHER DIE, BEEN PUT IN A NEW WORLD THAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND THEN HAD ‘FRIENDS’ TELL ME I’M SELFISH AND STUPID, THEN LOOK AT YOU ANNOYED WHEN YOU MAKE A JOKE ALL IN ONE DAY! I’M DONE WITH THIS STUPID WORLD! I WANT TO GO HOME!” then Harrison is blasted back into the wall. He looks at me, surprised, and rubs his cheek; there’s a nasty **** there from impact. I feel no regret or sympathy, just power, and I am easily able to make him hit the wall again. Ivana looks at me sorrowfully, but I am having none of her faked feelings and I blast her into the other wall. She looks at me with an almost hint of betrayal in her eye and stands up, but I immediately put her into the wall once more. She shakes her head sadly, and makes no move to stand up.
“I thought you wouldn’t want to go back.” she says, shaking and heaving with large sobs, “I thought you would like to stay here with us. I thought you had no-one to go to at home. I tried to do my job well, I tried to make you like here, after all, I learned to deal with it. I learnt to see it like a home.” I don’t soften, I know she’s just trying to manipulate me into being nice to her, the second I show weakness she’ll be back to telling me off for making a joke.
“You thought?” I snarl in a venomous voice that doesn’t belong to me, “Well, Ivana, you thought wrong. No-one, no-one cared to think I have a dad, did they? No, why would they care about me? If they just keep shutting her up with stares and referring to her as ‘the new girl’ nothing bad will ever happen, right?”
“I’m sorry, I just assumed, because he wasn’t on the…. I just assumed…..”
“You assumed, huh? Never thought or asked, just assumed. Honestly, you could write a whole book called ‘Ivana’s Easy Guide to an Easy Life for Self-Centred People’ You would sell millions of copies with the people of Regimay! And then you wouldn’t have to worry about your hard life escorting ‘the new girl’, you could just do that. Why, that’s an idea!” Ivana stands, but I don’t try to blast her back this time. Harrison has been watching me, and a realising expression has slowly creeped across his face.
“Y…you have the s…same powers as…..No, it can’t be. But you have the same powers as……as Him.” he stutters. I raise my eyebrows.
“Him? Course I do, yeah right. And who is Him, exactly?” I say, thrusting my hand out and making him float in mid-air.
“We can’t tell you. But it means you’re in danger. And deadly.” Ivana says, voice hard. I throw Harrison away and look at her straight in the eyes, my eyes boring into hers. I give her a sickly smile and say,
“Yep, you’re right, don’t know how I never noticed it before, I’m really in danger, goodness, I should stop now, shouldn’t I? You’ve always got the best advice, Ivana. I don’t know how you come up with these things!” she opens her mouth to defend herself, but is stopped by people running up the stairs.
Even more fun.
Hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading.
Wish, so she’s the villain now?! It really is a big plot twist! Please write the next chapter soon! I need to find out what happens next!
Well, I’m glad. Now. ARE THE APPLES AT GOLDEN I CANT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INNOCENT PEOPLES DEATH?
URGENT!!!!!!!!!! GO ON THE DOC RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!! FAN’S CLOUDYS ARE BOMBING GOLDEN AND THE CITIZENS ARE TRAPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t I can’t! My iPad won’t let me! I’ll see if I can go on my mums computer, but I dunno….. I REALLY DONT WANNA MISS THIS!