At school the next day, Ashley was disgusted to see that Evelyn was still hanging around with Kerry. They all thought that the long discussion with their parents about Kerry's father might have knocked some sense into her, but clearly not. Ashley stayed beside Evan, glaring at the pair rather than doing her work.
"I can't believe that she's still sitting with Kerry." She moped.
Evan spoke without looking up from his work. "I talked to her about it earlier. It's going to look suspicious if she just ditches her all of a sudden."
"It would be better that way." Ashley insisted.
"Until she goes crying back to Daddy." Evan pointed out.
"Ah, good point."
He shook his head. "See, I have a brain, listen to it."
"I do listen to it!" She insisted. "What's the answer to question three?"
"So dad's started working at this new business firm today. It's not in medicine, like he wanted, but he said that it looks promising." Kerry babbled on to Evelyn, who was just staring into space.
"You okay?" Kerry asked.
"Huh?" She said, snapping out of her trance.
"You haven't listened to a word I've said." Kerry realised.
"Sorry." Evelyn said half-heartedly.
Kerry looked at her strangely. "Are you mad at me?" She asked.
"What? No." Evelyn said quickly.
"Are you sure? Because you're being really off today." Kerry pointed out.
That's because I found out why you're really friends with me and that your father tried to kill my parents friends. "I just don't feel all that good today." She shrugged. "My sister's just had a cold, I probably caught it off of her or something."
"Oh, okay." Kerry said quietly, almost like she didn't believe it.
The teacher looked up from his desk. "Girls, I'm coming over in four minutes and if you're not on question six at least, there'll be trouble."
At lunch, Evelyn walked into the cafeteria without Kerry following her, and rushed over to Evan, leaning on the table infront of him.
"If anyone asks, Jazz had just gotten over a cold." She told him quickly.
"Wait, what?" He asked, with his mouth full of a sandwich.
"Kerry noticed that I'm not myself today, and if she mentions anything to you, I've caught it off of Jasmine." She explained.
Evan smirked. "Digging yourself in a hole already?" He asked.
"Yeah, and like we said, I'm trying not to make it look suspicious." She told him, before walking away from him.
"Evie, wait!" He called after her.
"What?" She asked when she turned. "I've got to get to the library, she's waiting for me."
"I'm sorry." He told her.
She frowned. "For what?"
"For all the stuff that I said yesterday." He said, ashamed. "I didn't mean it."
She gave him a smile. "It's okay."
"Chin up, yeah? It's going to work out."
She nodded, and walked off, muttering under her breath. "I sure hope so."
Making his way to the cafeteria, Aaron was moving quickly. The corridors were empty, as he had been kept behind in math for talking, so he ran down it's length to get to lunch before he got caught in the line. He wasn't paying any attention to where he was going and ran head on into someone, knowing both of them over.
"Whoa!" He exclaimed. "Sorry about that."
He held out a hand to help the person up. "Don't worry, it was my fault." The person said, and raised her head to look at him. "It wasn't looking where - oh, hey."
"Uh...hey." He said awkwardly.
"Aaron, right?" She remembered.
"Yeah, um...hey, Kerry." He muttered.
"Sorry I knocked you over." She said apologetically.
"Don't worry about it." He assured her, looking around for a way out.
"Have you seen Evie around?" She asked him.
He shook his head. "Uh, no...not today."
Kerry looked away bitterly, and got a strange expression. Aaron noticed, and looked curiously at her, and was surprised to see that her hazel eyes turned darker and darker until her entire eye was a coal black colour. He gasped, and backed away.
"But, um, if I see her, I'll let her know that you're looking for her."
And he ran off, leaving the black-eyed girl in the corridor alone.
Ashley was still moping about Evelyn spending time with Kerry, no matter how much Evan told her that it was all part of the master plan.
"You think that after everything last night, she'd be sitting with us." She said, and Evan groaned.
"Ash, we've been talking about this all day, can we drop it?"
"Guys! Guys!" Aaron called as he entered the cafeteria and skidded along the bench to sit opposite them.
"What's up?" Evan asked him while he caught his breath.
"Something weird just happened." He told them. "I ran into Kerry in the corridor..."
"Whoa, that is weird." Ashley said sarcastically.
"No, you don't get it." Aaron continued. "Her eyes, they turned black."
"Aaron, that's scientifically impossible." Evan said simply.
"Trust me, it happened." He nodded.
"Are you sure-?"
"It happened." Aaron insisted.
"What does that mean?" Ashley asked.
"I think she's a robot." Aaron suggested.
Evan burst out laughing. "Don't be ridiculous, Aaron. She's not a robot."
Aaron looked at him seriously. "I bet you twenty dollars she's a robot." He said, holding out his hand for Evan to shake on it.
Evan noticed the determined expression on Aaron's face, and shook his head slowly, taking his hand. "Make it fifty."
Ashley rolled her eyes. "I don't believe you guys."