Part 4 Yayy! I haven't decided if part five is the season finale, but there will be a season 3! Onto the story!
“Cassia, wake up!”
Nope, I was still sleeping.
“What?!” I sat up, and then I started seeing stars and got really dizzy, so I laid back down.
“Cassia, I need you to listen to me.”
“Ok,” I yawned, “Is something wrong?”
“Very, very wrong.”
I sat up a lot more slowly this time.
I couldn’t see
I couldn’t hear
I was floating in time
Falling in space
“What good is her phone going to do us when it’s locked?” I asked, sitting back down on Joslyn’s chair.
If she couldn’t bring back anything remotely useful then why should she be in charge?
“It’s unlocked Dummy.”
“Why is it unlocked?”
“In case you’ve forgotten, you have a Gallagher girl’s daughter in your presence.”
“Well, what does it say?” Cayla asked.
“Cassia's says nothing,” Aiden said.
“Then why did you bother taking it?!”
“We aren't talking about Cassia’s phone dummy, we're talking about Elle’s.”
“Elle Medina’s?” Harper asked.
“ 'Ya know of any other Elles?” Aiden asked.
“Get to the point!” I yelled.
“Sheesh Liv, you’re gonna wake up the whole school,” Harper said.
Joslyn and Aiden rolled their eyes simultaneously.
“Honestly, Sierra Cove spies need to work on their privacy, it should not have been that easy. I guess she forgot it and left school. Big mistake.” Joslyn shook her head like she was pitying the girl. “The FAO has been texting her for the past hour trying to find out what happened."
Twenty minutes earlier
The hollow tree was the best thin spot, and that’s coming from someone with considerable experience. I felt the sensation I had become used to, like a wave washing over me. I opened my eyes.
And then I screamed.
Or at least I tried to scream.
Because if you’ve ever tried to scream underwater you know that sound practically becomes nonexistent.
I spun in a circle, trying to figure out which way was up. There was light coming from way beyond my feet, so I swam that way. I swam, I was almost out of air, so I swam faster, harder, I was getting slower, I pushed against it, I kept swimming up, up, my eyes started to flutter shut, I kept pushing myself, I was about to...
I broke through the surface, coughing and sputtering and only staying up by holding onto a giant log, almost a whole tree. I clambered up onto it and got all the water out of my mouth.
I could’ve died.
I could’ve died and no one would know.
But I was alive.
I took a deep breath and looked up from the log. I scanned the edge of the lake. The Eastern Depths. I was so lucky to be alive, some say the waters themselves try to drown you.
But this was wrong. Very wrong. All the thin spots in the Earth are supposed to lead to the same place. If I ended up in the Eastern Depths, so would everyone else who slipped through. This was very very wrong. What had happened? I had to get to Mrs. Whittaker.
I was about seven hundred feet from the closest bank, I should be able to swim that far, right?
I tried to stand on the log. Not a good idea. Ok, I slipped off the log and held on while I took a deep breath, then I kicked off. I told myself I only had to make it to the log floating in the water a hundred feet away. (Actually, at first I thought it was a crocodile.”
But that was silly of me, there are no crocodiles in Evermore, only water demons.
I sat down on it like it was a kickboard or something. The sky was getting oranger, it must be getting late. Evermore was dangerous when it was late though, I had to keep moving no matter how much my body hated me for it. I took one more deep breath as I looked up, then I saw something.
A girl who looked just like Elle was falling from the sky. She kept falling.
She landed on the giant log.
Then she fell off of it and into the lake.
I kicked and swam as fast as I could to where Elle had fallen, praying the whole time that she wasn’t dead. I reached the giant log and then dove, there was a trial of crimson leading downward, I could see her, still sinking in the lake.
I grabbed her limp body and swam up but carrying another person and swimming at the same time is hard to do. I reached the surface and pulled her up with me on the log. Her foot was bent in an odd direction and she was bleeding from her head and her arms, I didn't bother to check her pulse, I don't think I wanted to know if she was dead.
I still don’t know how I managed to get her back to the shore, but we got there.
I carried her through the strip of forest between the lake and Mrs. Whittaker’s house, making it out just as the sun went down.
How do they get back out of Evermore? (I actually haven't figured it out yet)
Is Elle actually alive, or have I killed her off?
What is the relationship between Ari and Mrs. Whittaker? (ex. teacher-student grandmother-granddaughter)