My Ranking Points
Chapter 5: The Discovery
Laurence constantly muttered apologies until Aron calmed down. Fortunately, it didn’t take to long for Aron’s good-natured personality made it a breeze. Laurence delayed until the swift change in Aron’s attitude was evident. In a hushed whisper, Laurence related the highly peculiar scene from the window. At first, Aron looked disbelieving, but as the light dawned on him and Laurence’s clearly honest face gazed at him, he consented. Laurence exhaled, relieved.
“Don’t tell anybody I’m gone,” He appealed, hastily stuffing bedding under the duvet. He chucked a pillow aimlessly to the bed, but missed, and the pillow whacked against Cheshire’s face!
In a flash, Cheshire sprang up indignantly brandishing the offending pillow. Looking round, he could barely believe that TWO of his roommates were up at this hour and that one of them could have hurled a pillow with such an immense force. He took in Laurence’s crimson face and Aron’s perplexed face. He gaped at the two incredulously before regaining dignity and appearing unruffled.
“Um…maybe I’m about to go somewhere and Aron’s covering up for me.” Laurence shot a glance at the utterly baffled Aron.
“No.” To Laurence and Cheshire’s absolute astonishment, Aron was hoisting Kip on his shoulders and tugging on boots. “I want to come as well.”
“Oh alright!” Laurence grumbled. “Let’s go now.”
Cheshire was well and truly stumped, but he was not about miss out on anything!
“Wait!” I’ll come to!” Laurence groaned. “I didn’t want to wake up the hole of Room 12!”
He said this because in all the commotion, Mason had stirred and was goggling at the scene. Aron took Cheshire and Mason aside and patiently explained what Laurence saw. They were skeptical and doubtful at first, but eventually they gave in, just to see something exciting, and Mason didn’t want to be left in the room alone. They impulsively pulled few items on, then careered through Valor, out onto the Great Lawn.
The cold blasted sharply into Laurence’s face, and gusts of mighty wind buffeted unmercilessly like tiny pinpricks against the boy’s faces. They shielded their faces, and were abruptly drenched, miniscule targets in a turbulent thunderstorm. Undeterred, Laurence ventured over to a pine tree who’s branches swept a long distance. Aron, Cheshire and Mason stepped warily over puddles and the rain split over and splashed, like a tap dancer doing an endless dance…
For a moment, the puddles swelled, and the rain poured.
Laurence whirled around. Nothing but the ceaseless splashing of the rain.
Then the shadow was there again, eerily blending in with the storm. It crept about stealthily, taking a furtive glance or two. Laurence lurched up, heaving on Cheshire. He was stunned.
“There’s something wrong with Laurence!” Cheshire hissed. “He just went slack!”
Before Cheshire could yell anymore and wake up the faculty, Laurence pulled himself of Cheshire and stared groggily at the shadow. A burning headache seared his head and he felt numb all over.
Acute-eyed Aron, examined the shadow, a look of shock coming over him.
“Laurence who was just as shocked finished the sentence for him.”
“It’s JULIE.” Laurence choked. From the shadow stepped flushing, shivering, coughing Julie!
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