Saffy disappeared into the forest as soon as we got there, and I watched her go. Which one of her teachers was in the forest? It was Mr Raphi, wasn’t it? Whoever it was, she must like that teacher more than her other teacher. I went inside, and sat in a corner, where the darkness had blotted out the atmosphere and I could doodle a sunset in peace. Nobody bothered to even look at me, a small figure in a cruel uniform curled up in a corner, not caring if her white tights got dusty. I stared at my timetable as everybody rushed past me. Then I realised where everybody was going- there was a world outside, this was a free week, and I could go and visit my parents. I stuffed the timetable into my pocket and was blown outside by the rush as soon as I stood up and took one step to the left. I ended up in the park, and took the old route that I always used to take home. Wave mewed. I knocked on the door and waited for about ten seconds. After those seconds were up, the door opened.
“Anaya!” shouted a familiar voice from behind the door, which then swung open, revealing a house of… everybody. Even the newspapers were there, asking the people everything. Riuya was there, looking startled, and overjoyed at the same time.
“I tell you, I don’t know anything!” she shouted. “I wasn’t even there! It was Water and Earth! I’m missing my trip RIGHT NOW!” but no one was listening. From there, it was a race to get to Anaya Minuki, family love and newspaper glory. I ended up blocking everybody from getting too close. That was, apart from Riuya. She smiled and said,
“Hello Ani.” I whacked her. She smiled. The newspapers went wild. Saffy appeared behind us and went,
“Saffy! Hiya!” said Riuya, running into her and almost knocking over the girl behind her.
“Help?” said the girl. She looked up at everybody, and said,
“Where are we?” and as the girl said it, Saffy pushed Riuya off and said,
“Why are we next door?” asked the girl.
“Probably because it’s hard to get into any other houses on the street. Everybody’s following me because I went in the Ten Zone. Who are you, anyway? Are you like, a younger sister of Saffy’s that nobody knew about?” I asked the girl, who shook her head.
“I’m no relation of Saffy’s.” she said. “My name is Blossom. Blossom E…” she cut herself off. “Raphi.” She finished.
“Any siblings?” Riuya asked. “Wanting to be called their full names?”
“None are Fire. I haven’t seen Jack… nearly at all, and Maddy went missing. Overall, I haven’t seen either.”
“Feel ya.” Said Riuya. “I’m not even allowed here. I’m here anyway though. Wasn’t my choice.”
Blossom giggled. She took something out of her pocket, played around with it, tucked her hair behind her ears, then put it back in her pocket. She wiped her fingers on her skirt.
“Ever since we’ve searched for Maddy.” She said. “Nobody has found her. Ever.”
Before anybody else could answer, another person appeared at the door. She looked vaguely the same age as Riuya and I, marked out by her dark eyes that stood out against the rest of her face.
“What’s going on here?” she asked, looking at the scene.
“Who’re you!?” Saffy asked with a jump, turning around to stare at her.
“The name’s Lucy. Nice to meet you.” Smiled the girl. “And you’re Saffy. Blossom? Haven’t seen you around. My parents live just across the road. I came to see what the noise was about.”
“DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT ANAYA JUST DID, LUCY.” Shouted Saffy.
“I was there. Course I did.” Smiled Lucy, who got stared at. “I’m in Year 9 too.”
“Wow, Saffy...” I said. Riuya saw this as an opportunity for news. She ran almost into Lucy.
“Please! Please tell me what happened to Ani!” Another slap from me, “I have no idea! I’m Fire, and not actually allowed here, and...”
Lucy showed her a photo. Her expression was blank. Riuya's face went from smiles to surprise to full-on amazement.
“Nobody has ever been a proper ten for ages...” muttered Riuya. Then her eyes went white.
“S-something’s happening...” She said. “Someone help... I don’t know who I am... I don’t know what to do... I’m being controlled by her... my name is... Riuya... but yet no...” and then, with something from Lucy, Riuya snapped out of the vision. My eyesight blurred into flashes as the newspapers started, and Riuya said to me,
“I know who she is.” Before running onto a monorail.
Lucy stared at the scene.
“What just happened?” she asked, putting her camera back in her pocket.
“She connected to somebody.” I explained. “I do it a lot. Whose class were you in last year?”
“Yours.” Said Lucy. “And I know. I saw. By the way… Are you having a New Year party? I need an opportunity to get away from my So-Perfect brother, and I was wondering if I could be invited, seeing I’m just down the road and all.”
My mother smiled, and pushed through the newspaper people.
“Be our guest.”