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I really wanted to hit him, right there and then. But, this is exactly what he wanted. He wanted to show that he is better than me. If I hit him, I'll stoop down to his level.

I looked back to Mary-Kate, who stood with her hand near her mouth, waiting to see what I was going to do. I'm better than this.

I slowly put my arm down and let go of Danny's shirt collar. I walked back to Mary-Kate, who took my hand. We started walking away when Danny called "Coward! Go ahead and hide! We all know who's the best here."

"I have nothing to prove to you." I said, over my shoulder.

Mary-Kate and I walked away from the camp, ignoring Danny's insults. As soon as we were out of site Mary-Kate turned and hugged me.

"Thank-you" She whispered.

"For what?"

"For not fighting him" She smiled as she pulled back "That was the truly brave thing"

"I didn't want to stoop down to his level." I said. "But, sometimes... sometimes he really pushes me to the edge." I said making a ball with my fist.

"The sun will be setting soon." I then added, "Did you... want to go watch it with me?"

"Sure," she smiled.

I smiled. "You seem to be getting better, you're not as sick as you were down in the hole."

She shrugged. "How could I not? I hate it down there, and I'm not going back"

I stopped walking "What?"

"I'm not going back down." She said softly.

"But what if we can't survive up here yet?" I asked her, a little worried about her reply.

"I'm not going back."

Stubborn. Who? Mary-Kate? naaaaaaaaah!

"Mary-Kate it's not your choice"

"What are you going to do? Drag me down there?"

"If I have to." I said

"Nuh uh" She said, shaking her head. "Not going to happen."

"So I guess we're both doomed if it comes to that?" I said with a sigh.

"What do you mean?" She asked with a raised eyebrow.

"I'm not going to leave you up here alone." I said.

She smiled.


Damien and I were listening to the bird when all of a sudden, it stopped and looked around like it was scared.

"Did we disturb it?" Damien asked.

"I don't think so." I said.

The bird flew away like it's life was in danger.

That's when the wind started to pick up rather violently and quickly. A LOUD thunder crashed and rolled across the sky. The trees were violently shaking and the rattling of the leaves were deafening.

"Damien!" I yelled, being very scared.

"Amy!" He yelled, taking my hand. "Come on!"

We ran through the forest and the wind was still picking up.

The wind was so strong it would easily tear a thick branch from a tree as though it were a match stick. Damien and I dodged a massive limb as it came flying toward us, then continued to run.

The sky was darkening quickly. And soon it was like dusk, even though it was early in the morning. At the rate it was darkening, in about 10 minutes it would be so dark we coudn't see.

"Come on!" Damien sped up a little and pulled me along with him.

We made it to the camp just as it turned to night. Things were flying everywhere and our tents were nowhere to be found.

"Hello!" I yelled around the camp.

"Damien!" Ashley yelled, running from behind a tree. "Where is everyone?"

"They're not back yet?" I yelled as we ran over to her.

She shook her head, her eyes wide with fear. "Mary-Kate and Sean went off together, and Danny stalked off to sulk"

Chapter 9

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