Before I Leave-Jinx
Jinx- before she left home, she went through some tough times. Here's a handful.
Again, thank you to Lizzie for Beta reading. Sun-bathing on the close- :D
Disclaimer: I do not own Jinx, or the book. However, Lilly is mine.
I stared at my laptop. Access Denied? Again? This was the third time this week. My password wasn't being accepted, and I didn't understand why. I tried again. Bing. Finally! My bright yellow background smiled up at me. I relaxed slightly, but the moment my hand hit the keyboard, the entire computer shut down. WHAT? I stared at the laptop in front of me. Suddenly, the scent of burning filled my nose. It took me a second to realise that black smoke was pouring out of the back of what was once my laptop. Shit. I panicked, trying to waft away the smoke.
"Help!" I yelled. "HELP!" However, I was sat at the table in the library furthest from the desk, and the librarian was an eighty something partially deaf woman. I was also the only person in the library. The smoke was becoming thicker and thicker, and I could what seemed to be flames licking the side of the computer. I looked around desperately for anything that I could put the fire out with, Aha! An extinguisher. I grabbed it, pulled out the stop and let loose. Eventually, I could see no more flames, and I stopped spraying white foam everywhere. I put the great blue canister down. My computer was well and truly covered in thick white foam.
"Are you alright, dear?" the old librarian called out.
"Yes thank you, I'm fine," I called back, totally baffled by the fact that she seemed to be ignorant to the scene that had just evolved. I looked back to my laptop, and shook my head. I pulled out my phone and rang Lilly, my best friend. She picked up on the third ring.
"Hey, what's up?" she asked. She was chewing gum, a typical Lilly thing to do.
"Hi," I replied. "I have a problem, I'm in the library and-" she cut me off.
"Seriously, Jay," I hated it when she called me that. "What the hell are you doing in the library? It's Friday. And school has finished! Go home! Or, if you can't stand that, come here. I have the new Saw film, and we can watch that!" She sounded so enthusiastic.
"Lilly, please, please don't call me Jay, you know I hate it." I ignored her comment about the library.
"Well, what would you like me to call you? Jinx?" She crossed a line by mentioning that, and she knew it.
"I'm sorry, but you hate your name, and I'm constantly trying to think of names for you." She sounded apologetic.
"I know, it's ok. I've just had a tad of a strange experience that's all." I replied.
"Oh! Duh. Sorry. You're in the library. What happened?" She was serious now.
"Well, my laptop, it kinda-uh, um, exploded?" It sounded like a question, but it wasn't supposed to. There was a moment pause before Lilly cursed.
"Ok, you wait there. I'm coming to get you and take you home. Wait! Do you still have the laptop?" She inquired.
"What's left of it, yeah." I replied.
"A pile of hot stuff with a hell of a lot of ash. And it smells." Lilly went very quiet.
"On second thoughts," She said after a moment, "I'll get my dad to give us a lift. He can help with the laptop." I breathed a sigh of relief, and smiled. It was typical of Lilly not to want a burnt up laptop and her manic, luck-repelling best friend in the back of her convertible Saab. Then again, who would?
"Ok, see you in a few." I hung up, and began gathering my stuff. Luckily, only my laptop was 'damaged', an understatement, as all my school books had been in my bag under the table. I picked up my bag, found an empty plastic bag (a strong one, thank God) and swept the remains of the computer into it. I then put my bag on my shoulder, and left the crime scene without backwards glance.