“Wren? Wren!” I scream desperately.
I run forward, anywhere. I don’t care. I’m still screaming.
The Careers can catch me if they want.
Where is he? This isn’t possible.
I run straight into someone. I look up and find familiar
gray eyes. Wren. I realize I’m sobbing. He’s the one holding me up. I stay
still, glad to have him there. I can hear his heartbeat.
Anger suddenly takes over me. I let go of him.
“Where were you?” I demand. Wren starts to say something.
“I was scared to death! When I heard the canon, I thought it
was you! You can’t just leave like that! I thought… I thought…”
“It’s okay,” he says. I look up at him. Things are anything
“Then… who was the canon?” I ask. Wren suddenly realizes
“It must have been the Careers.”
I hear voices laughing, screaming.
“Let’s split up, find a tree, each of us!” he says, alarmed.
“We’ll meet here in an hour if the coast is clear.” I tell
“Promise.” I run off toward a big tree and scale it quickly.
I find a nice place to sit. Wren hasn’t gotten to a tree. He’s taking too long.
The Careers arrive.
Ace, Ludwig, Marina, and Crystal all tumble into our part of
the woods. Ludwig spots Wren.
“Hey! Where’s the pretty one?” he calls as the others form a
circle around Wren.
“The other Twelve. Where’d she go?” Ludwig asks.
“I’ll tell you where she is, but you better give me some
food.” Wren counters. What? I realize I better leave this tree now. I climb
down quietly, being at a safe distance from the group. I get down and start
running. They probably didn’t hear me.
Bitter tears sting my eyes. A second ago, I was crying
because I thought I’d lost him, and now he betrays me for some supplies. I run
away, not looking back, this time losing Wren for good.