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Escape: Part Three
Published Feb 14, 2009


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So, I don't know if this'll upload...It's a loooooong update on the new system...:/ Thanks so much to everyone who made me want to keep going! If I named you then this would be even longer, so all I can say is smilies for all! :D :D :D

So, I don't know if this'll upload...It's a loooooong update on the new system...:/ Thanks so much to everyone who made me want to keep going! If I named you then this would be even longer, so all I can say is smilies for all! :D :D :D The garden had shifted, morphed into something different in the last few weeks.
I had a suspicion that, as the people around me troubled me more, the garden got denser- as if to protect me from the real world.
Because this place could surely not be anything but a figment of my imagination.
I breathed in the still night air and smiled. Desolation was a wonderful thing after a day like mine. Looking around, I spotted the most recent change. The flowers were that bit more colorful, the branches of the trees were heavy with new blossoms.
The tall hedge seemed benevolent to me; as if it was keeping everything else out, rather than me in.
I found a space in the foliage and eased into a kind of lying pose. The grass was like a cloud, a soft, comforting cloud... My spoon missed the cereal and clanked against the bowl as I struggled to keep my eyes open. I smiled dopily, remembering my visit to the garden- remembering my escape.
I had a long day ahead of me, and, though I was convinced my paradise was a dream, I felt as fatigued as if I had actually spent the night wandering through clumps of bright blooms and foliage...
"Melissa! You're going to miss the bus if you don't hurry up!"
I could see that she was trying to look stern, but there was a light in her eyes that was not there yesterday. There was a minute hint of a smile lingering on her face. I knew what this meant, and it aroused confusing feelings in me. Were they anger? Hurt? Or just a cold bitterness? I knew which one I feared the most.
"What's up, mum?" I asked, quashing anything that threatened to rear its head. I offered what I hoped was a halfway convincing smile. The smile bubbled up and spread on to her face. "Your father's home. You went to bed too early- he arrived just minutes after you went to sleep."
Yeah, right. Her words were so perfectly executed that I could almost believe them, if I didn't know better.
But I wasn't about to burst her bubble.
I put my soggy bowl of cereal on the counter and went to get ready for school.
I was late, just as mum has predicted. I missed the bus, and she had to drive me- effectively bursting her bubble.
My class had already gone to Science in another part of the school, so the wing that we occupied was empty.
I sighed and went to retrieve my books from my locker, listening to the echo of the grinding metal in the empty hall.
When I got to the lab, Maire and Keia were seated at a bench for two, though there was a bench that could have held five just across from them. They whispered and waved as I took my seat, but did not offer to move.
Yup, it was going to be one of those days.
Later...
"Hey, Maire, I love your hair! Who does your hair? I soooo gotta go there!" Keia recited before bursting into girlish giggles that sounded fake to me. Maire joined in and they high-fived, clutching their stomachs.
I rolled my eyes from across the room at the nauseating fakeness.
"Hey liss," Maire answered, turning her swively chair around. "Just messing about. We're not exactly sure what to do..." She grinned.
We three had been pounced upon by our English teacher to type up a few poems after school. We were in the drab computer room, the school empty save for the cleaning lady and a few obsessive teachers that really needed a life.
While Maire turned back to the PC, I tried to start a conversation with Keia.
I had been trying this lately, in the hope that the friendlier I was to her, the more she'd want to include me.
It usually didn't work.
"So, Kei, are you in the basketball match next Saturday?"
"So, Kei, are you in the basketball match next Saturday?" "What??! That's for the boys!" More giggles. "Are you going?"
"Yeah, I guess. D'you guys want to come along?" I smiled.
She shrugged and turned to Maire.
So much for that.
When everything was nearly done, Maire and I strolled out.
"So....." I began. "D'you think you can come over this Sunday?"
"Um, I don't know, Liss....I might be busy..." She shrugged and the corner of her mouth pulled down.
A very awkward few seconds passed.
"It's okay," I replied, turning away. "I was just wondering."
"I want to come, I really do, but I'll have to ask my mum, okay? But I really want to come!"
"Don't worry about it."
"Hi guys!" Keia appeared out of nowhere. The shadow behind the smile let me know that she'd been listening in on our conversation. "Omg, Maire, I have to show you something!" She tugged on my friend's hand and began walking towards the door, not looking at me. "Um....Are you coming, Liss?" She looked innocent of any pity, but I knew better. That invite did not include me. I turned my head away from her so she could not see the thoughts in my eyes. "No, I'm fine. I should be getting home." I sat on the beach and stared at the sand encrusted on my regulation shoes.
I was contemplating throwing them in the sea (what was the point of sandy shoes?) when I heard a boyish cough from behind me.
"What are you doin' sitting on your own?" "What are you doing here? This is my place, you're not supposed to be here! Shoo!" I flapped my hands at him helplessly.
"This is a public beach, Melissa. I cannot help it if I happen to frequent it at the same time that you do." He calmly folded his arms.
"Oh, just go will you!" I tried one more time. "Shoo...?"
He wouldn't budge.
"I don't want to talk to you! What happened to calling last night?!"
"Aaw, c'mon, Lissy!" Before I knew it, he had my head in a lock and was drilling his knuckles into my skull.
"Stop it! Stop it, Keith! STOP IT!" I shrieked, struggling.
He snickered and released me before sprinting into the shadows of the cliff. I followed, my face blank with the effort of keeping up. "What the HECK, Keith! That HURT! My HAIR!" I scowled at him with all the anger that had built up inside me in the last few days.
He blinked in shock. "What....?"
"What the heck is the MATTER with you?!" He yelled back, his hackles instantly rising. "You used to be fun!" I stumbled backwards from his words like I had been slapped.
Then I ran, back across the beach and up on to the ridge. My legs got heavier as I mounted the slope. I tripped and my feet slipped out from under me. I pushed myself back up and-
Found myself back in the garden.

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#11charrayFeb 16, 2009

A wonderful chapter to this story \:rah\: \:\)

#12maxi kingFeb 16, 2009

\:cool\:You know,I was like her when I was a kid!Nicly done!\:cool\:

#13Jaws3Feb 16, 2009

\:\) This is a really good story...

#14mini me3393Feb 16, 2009

I'm loving this story! I can't wait to read the next part. \:\)

#15YrS92Feb 17, 2009

Great work again\:D

#16ReadySteadyGo!Feb 18, 2009

OH I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!

#17stephanie1225Feb 21, 2009

Great part,  the garden is so beautiful \:D

#18stephanie1225Feb 21, 2009

Great part,  the garden is so beautiful \:D

#19shady411Mar 1, 2009

Another great chapter\:rah\:

#20KvetoslavaApr 3, 2009

\:rah\:

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