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Script Episode 7: Worry Lines

Posted by E. D. on February 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Hey faithful readers...

Script here. I know it's been a while since I've posted... about a month! However, there's a very good reason for that: the school was attacked by aliens! Not mutants, but aliens! These were crazy green shape-shifting aliens that the professors seemed to recognize. Green bastards just showed up and started going agro! According to Professor Arms, these aliens, Vergents, normally sneak into places and engage in spying using their ability to blend in. Not these guys! They just showed up and started beating on students! Of course, these are not your everyday teens. Tris actually fought one herself and beat it. I thought she was going to kill it when Nathan stopped her! There was chaos everywhere! One of the green guys punched me in the stomach, and I stunned him long enough with a mirage of Aslan leaping on him to land my own nice sucker-punch! Yes! Abby and Read came hustling down the halls with the grown-ups on their tails. The green guys didn't have a chance! They were all rounded up and pinned. Prof Seer held them all down with her mind! I was relieved to see Abby was okay. I walked over to her... she was crying, and Read pushed her toward me. "Abby, I'm so...." Didn't get to finish. She kissed me more passionately than I've ever even heard of! My God...

"I was so worried that you were hurt, or worse! I was afraid! I'm sorry for not talking to you. I just had to work out the pain and anger..." Her head was buried in my chest. "You smell great!" Leave it to Abby.

Anyway, after things quieted down, Nathan rallied us back to the common room for a chat. "So, classes are canceled until further notice... Obviously, we have things to attend to, so I have to go. How about you guys go over some squad drills while I'm gone?" Then the big guy left and we all groaned at the thought of more 'tactical maneuvering.' Instead, we started talking about the aliens. Tris didn't seem to like them...

"Vergents! Ridiculous fiends! They should know better than to show their wretched chins around me! In fact, I would not be surprised that they were here for me. Fools!" Tris was still pumped after pounding the poor green guy she was fighting... Lot looked a bit embarrassed because he squealed and ran at the first sight of violence... Ha ha!

I scanned the faces, and my smile faded as I recounted heads... "Wait! Guys! Has anyone seen Andrew?" They all looked around like he'd pop out of their butts any minute, because he might, but no sign of him could be found! "What if they got him?!" Lot was freaking out!

"What if he was one of them all along?!" Tris had her own perspective."They can shape-shift! Why do you think he was so good at sneaking? He could be anything or anyone!"

"Speaking of being out of character, what's with you Lot? You seem to be pretty shaken up. Are you okay?" I patted the rocky shoulder. Tris continued absent-mindedly.

"No... he's definitely true-to-form! Show him alien skin and he gets all timid and..." Lot's eyes got wide as he stared at Tris and barely shook his head. Tris turned purple, and I looked at Read for confirmation... Yep, nothing going on there, despite big grey's efforts... Yeah, moving on!

"Awww... someone not comfortable with E.T. helping him get his rocks off?" I didn't have to turn around, everyone knew Andrew was in the room. I turned to see him grinning, dangling from Nate's hand. Nathan acted like he hadn't heard the remark. "Found him."

"Good! Hold him still!" Tris was going to deck the little twerp! She would have if anyone else was holding Andrew. Nate caught her fist, squeezed it, and then told her to sitdown. Damn Nate is cool sometimes! He shook Andrew a bit and jabbed a finger at him before setting him down. "Now, you kids behave! I'll be back in an hour."

The room was loud with silence! Tris was actually crying a bit, being consoled by Read and Abby, looking after Lot who went storming off to bed. Andrew was juggling knives and scanning for something else to attack... little jerk... I was trying to make sense of everything that had happened. Soon, Tris went to bed. Silently I wondered if Abby and I would ever go past making out... Don't get me wrong, she's amazing at that, but that makes a guy wonder how much better sex would be... Speaking of which, we went to her room to get reacquainted... I have no idea what Read and Andrew did. Don'tcare.

After regrouping, Lot and Tris were looking really happy with each other, and Andrew sulked in the corner... I don't know... We played some Clue, which is totally unfair when you're not a telepath who could justify everything she knew because she's also really smart... never again! Anyway, after fighting over that and Read sulking in the corner of the room, we all cooled down watching some good old-fashioned cartoons. Daffy Duck is hilarious, end of story! I kept looking around... felt like I was being watched, or that something wasn't quite right... but it was still an enjoyable evening.

The next few days consisted of simple schoolwork given via email... professors seemed to be nowhere around... I guess they had a lead on the Vergent attack... Nate would show up occasionally, then disappear again, so we took to playing outside. Basketball, volleyball, swimming... have I mentioned that Read, Abby, and even Tris are all healthy-looking females? On top of that, the lifeguard was a HOT Chinese chick! That was a good day.

Finally, Nathan announced that we all could return to classes as usual. Abby went to speak to Dr Homsley and was out the whole day! Later that evening she returned to the common room looking more blanched than ever. "What's wrong?" I wrapped her in a hug. She was freezing, and shaking! "Are you sick babe?" I checked Abby's head, but it was as cold as the rest of her.

"Homsley... he took my ball... said it was what the Vergents were after... dangerous..." Abby was shaking like a leaf. Read was looking rather panicked.

"What is it Read? Tell me something!" Read was crying at the same time Abby was crying. "Ethan, she needs her ball! The withdrawal is too much! It's killing her!" Read was hysterical. She was normally so quiet and serene that this outburst even unsettled Andrew. He looked uneasily from Abby to Read to me, then raised a corner of his mouth and headed out the door.

"Calm down! Let's..."

"No! She's my best friend! I can't let her go through this! You don't understand, her mind is on fire right now!"

"She's my best friend too. What should we do?"

"I know... She needs her ball." Read seemed rather faint herself by that point.

"I'll see what I can do." I headed straight for Doc's office, but only got halfway. The Doc and Andrew met me headed in the other direction. Homsley had the ball in a cloth bag and his stoic face seemed to bear more lines than usual. "It's gone farther than I had hoped it would. It took too long to pinpoint what it was! Now we must tread carefully."

"Doc?" I was running along with them by that point. "What's going on?!"

"Abigail's link with this ball... it's a symbiosis, Ethan. They rely on each other: It relies on her for mobility and companionship, she relies on it for answers to questions that nobody else can answer. I worried about its infallibility, how it had such a potency, but didn't think it was dangerous. I've watched Abigail closely since her arrival here, and I haven't seen any signs of danger. The Vergents came from nowhere, and the ones I've interrogated seem to think that a student had an orb that their race could use to see the future. I believe that this ball is that self-same device."

"Oh my god! The Vergents made the thing?!"

"I don't think so Ethan. Again, it's a living thing. I doubt anybody made this ball."

We had reached the common room, and Homsley placed the ball on Abby's stomach. I watched as Abby became healthy and woke up before my eyes! I held her close against me, terrified and hating the fact that this ball had to be near her.

"Ethan, I'm okay now. You'll see, I'll be okay." Abby kissed me and smiled at the Doc. "Thank you Doctor Homsley."

"My pleasure miss Abigail." Doc smiled. "I want you to report to me every day. We need to continue to monitor this connection. I'm sorry I didn't uncover your codependency earlier."

"It's all right. As long as we're all okay now." Abby smiled: That smile always makes everything seem to be okay. She could smile as I'm getting eaten alive and I'd willingly go along with the trip!

So here we are, always looking out for aliens, worried about Abby, and trying to keep our grades up. Yeesh! I'll report back in later.





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