Chapter 10

"Tell us why you were out of your bunk this morning," White said standing with his arms crossed.

"Well that's a funny story," Ellie said with a smile.

"Go on," White said.

"Well Veronica really wanted to take Alice to see the sunrise over the lake. We decided to make a bunk trip out of it. But we didn't want to wake Vivaldi so that she could sleep in and we knew that you wouldn't come early enough for us to see it," Ellie said simply.

"Oh really? You were gone for a long time if you only went to see the sunrise," White said.

"Well we saw that the door to the nature cabin was open and Anita was worried that a fox had gotten in. So we went to make sure that the bunny was okay," Ellie explained.

"Uh-huh, and you expect me to believe that?" White said simply.

"Well it's true," Ellie said simply.

Black Joker grabbed Veronica by the arm and dragged her away. She didn't protest but Debbie did.

"WHAT IS THIS? SOME POLICE INTERROGATION?" She yelled after Black as he took Veronica around the side of the building.

"Well none of you are talking about what you did. And the four of you didn't even show up to sport today," White said. "'Going to see the sunrise' does not cover the entire morning."

"Wow, I never thought I would see the day where the Jokers didn't support a prank," Debbie said.

"Be quiet," White said.

Veronica and Black came back around the building then. Debbie whistled at them and Veronica glared at her.

"She told me everything," Black said. "The girls went to kissing rock this morning. Then because they didn't want to get in trouble they ran away. Of course that was a f****** dumba** move."

"VERONICA! YOU TRAITOR!" Debbie screamed.

"What? He said that he would excuse me from whatever punishment that you guys have to get for going to kissing rock," Veronica explained.

"But I thought we were friends Veronica! WHY MUST YOU BETRAY US?" Ellie exclaimed dramatically.

"Well, Debbie did say 'every woman for themselves' earlier," Veronica said.

"That was only when we were running away from the Jokers you idiot!" Debbie responded angrily.

"Don't call me an idiot Debbie," Veronica said simply.

"I'll call you whatever I want to call you!" Debbie said angrily.

Veronica didn't reply. She crossed her arms over her chest and said, "I am going to go and eat lunch. See you."

Debbie glared at her back as she left and turned to the Jokers saying, "Make this quick okay? I'm hungry."

"Fine then," White said simply. Black on the other hand looked disappointed.

"BJ you're a freak," Debbie said noticing his disappointment.

Black opened his mouth to yell at her but White grabbed him and put a hand over his mouth. Debbie laughed at him. Ellie and Anita had identical expressions of confusion on their faces. Then Ellie smacked herself in the face.

"I am an idiot," Ellie murmured under her breath. She turned to the Jokers and continued. "White, Black, Guess who already yelled at us?"

White stared at Ellie. And then his expression sank into disappointment. "Nightmare already yelled at you?" he asked obviously hoping for a different answer.

"He did," Ellie said confidently. "We didn't tell you because we knew that you would be sad."

"Bulls***" Black said bitterly. "Let's get the bag worm out here. Then we'll see if the b****** did anything."

"You called?" Nightmare said suddenly appearing behind Ellie.

"Did you yell at the girls Nightmare?" White asked covering Black's mouth again.

"I did," he replied.

"Fine then," White said. He and Black both headed back to the lunch room leaving Nightmare and us alone.

"Thank you Nightmare," Ellie said.

"You're welcome. To repay me don't tell Gray where I am," Nightmare said, walking away hastily. He sped towards the staff housing.

"Gray must be following him," Anita said.

Sure enough Gray walked out of the Mess Hall within seconds of Anita's statement. He spotted us and walked over.

"Have you girls seen Nightmare anywhere?" he asked looking around.

"Nope. Why? Is he skipping out on paperwork again?" Ellie asked.

"Yes," Gray said.

He started to walk away when Debbie said, "Try the Archery field! It's the last place that he thinks you will check."

Ellie stared at her. Debbie stared back and then said "What? There is no place to lay down here and no cover."

"Thanks," Gray said heading in the opposite direction of the staff cabins to the archery field.

"Way to go Debbie. Now Gray is going to hate us," Ellie said.

"Yeah but Nightmare will love us," Debbie replied.

"Let's get some food! I'm hungry!" Anita said.

The other girls walked back into the hall. I followed. Ellie and Debbie were engaged in conversation. Anita stopped and looked back at me.

"Alice? Are you okay?" she asked.

"I'm fine," I replied.

She just smiled and said, "This was the first time that we were ever caught. Normally nobody even knows that we are missing. I guess that we will have to be more careful this year."


The next two days went by in a blur the other girls stayed up every night to discuss the fact that we were the only girls in this age group this year. Vivaldi didn't stop them but she didn't seem to approve either.

"We think that those girls are trouble," Vivaldi said to me while she watched the girls talk. "We hope that Alice does not follow in their footsteps."

I could try to stay out of trouble. But whenever I tried to be alone, the other girls would come and drag me along with them. It was the end of the first week of camp and I hadn't even finished one book. It was kind of annoying because I wanted to be alone.

But because it was Saturday and the other girls had found out about my 'date' with Blood they were fussing over me.

"Alice we need to help you get ready!" Ellie cheered Saturday morning.

"Ellie, it's still the morning. This can wait until later," I replied pulling a book off of my shelf.

"But Alice! This is your first date since what's-his-face broke up with you!" Anita said with a smile.

Ellie smacked herself on the forehead and said, "Anita there is this thing called 'tact.' People use it when they are talking about sensitive subjects."

Anita pouted. "I'm sorry Alice!" she exclaimed jumping on top of me.

"AH!" I yelled as she hugged me.

"I didn't mean to hurt your feelings Alice! I'm super sorry! I am such a terrible bunk mate!" Anita cried.

"Anita! Get off! You are too heavy!" I managed to say from underneath her.

"Oops! Sorry!" Anita said getting off of me and moving to the bed next to me.

"Geez Anita! Are you trying to smother her or something?" Debbie said poking her head out from the bathroom. She was wearing nothing but a towel and her hair was soaking wet.

Anita stuck her tongue out at Debbie. Veronica sighed from her bed and said, "You all need a lesson in maturity."

"Oh? Are you offering classes now Veronica?" Debbie said walking over to her bunk.

"Ha ha Debbie. Very funny," She said putting headphones into her ears and pressing a button on her MP3 player.

I tried to go back to sleep but Ellie said, "Alice! There is so much you can do on a Saturday at camp! You can't sleep the whole day away!"

"Fine," I said. I got out of bed and changed into day clothes.

"Where are you going?" Ellie asked.

I grabbed two books from my shelf of clothes. I walked to the door, looked back and said, "Out."

I walked hastily away from the bunk. Luckily I was able to grab two books so I could go read in a quiet spot. This 'quiet spot' happened to be on the edge of the archery field. There were campers shooting at the targets but we just ignored each other.

I don't know how much time past. But I was able to finish my first book and answer the questions about it. I was also able to start the second book I had to read for homework.

"Well, if it isn't Alice," someone said standing in front of me.

I looked up, it was White Joker. "Hello," I replied.

"I hear that Blood asked you to the fireworks tonight," White said.

"He did," I said.

"Interesting," he mused.

"What?"

"Oh nothing. I just heard that Blood looks like your old boyfriend." He replied with a smile.

I stopped and stared at him. He held up an envelope and turned it over. It was addressed to me. But there was a clear part in front in which you can see the camp address and…him.

I took the envelope from him and opened it. It must have been from Lorina, because she was in the picture too. I heard White walk away which meant that I could read the letter without being watched.

Dear Alice,

How is camp going? Have you made any friends? I am currently writing to you en route to the Bahamas. The sea is such a pretty shade of blue over here. I wish that you could see it. It has been nice and sunny ever since we set sail. We stopped at a port for more supplies today so I am able to send you this letter and some pictures. I hope that you are enjoying yourself Alice and that you will write to me when I come back home. Henry says hi.

Love,

Lorina

I looked at the five pictures that she sent. Most of them were of her and some background. There was only one picture with him in it. They both looked so happy together. I knew that I should be happy for them but I could not bring myself to do it.

White Joker was still standing a little ways away. I sighed and walked over to him. "Is this how you found that out?" I asked him.

"Yes. They look exactly the same. Anyone would have come to that conclusion," he responded.

I was not too happy about that. He smiled at me and said, "I won't tell anyone. But only if you do something for me."

I was hesitant. I didn't want to have to do anything. Still I had no other choice. "What do you want me to do?" I asked.

He smiled, only he looked a little more menacing now. "I want you to tell me who Ellie has to kill," he said simply.

That was an easy question, too easy. "Why?" I asked.

"Because, she has to kill someone in the game right?" he said sounding innocent.

I narrowed my eyes but otherwise said, "She has to kill Ace."

He looked surprised and then a little bit disappointed. "Oh. Well then. Thank you Alice," he said simply.

White walked away. I had no idea why he had wanted that information. I hid the photos and the letter in my book and I headed back to the bunk.

"ALICE!" someone yelled when I walked into the bunk. I looked over and saw Anita looking at me expectantly.

"What happened?" I asked.

"Alice you missed lunch! And you missed mail time!" Anita said.

I didn't realize that I had been out there for so long. Looking back on what was I was able to do it did make sense. I was able to finish a book that I was only half way through and start a second book.

"You must be hungry Alice. We saved some food for you." Veronica said holding out a small box.

Alice looked at the box in surprise. Debbie looked over from her bed and said, "I got it for you. The people in the kitchen all love me."

"Thank you," I replied. I opened the box and saw that they had gotten me a sandwich and some salad. It was sweet of them. While I ate Anita was giving me a funny look.

"This is going to be awesome. I am going to totally love this," she said to Ellie.

"Who are you going to the fireworks with?" Ellie asked Anita.

"Me, myself and I," Anita replied. "But you are going with Ace riiiiight?"

Ellie laughed and replied, "We are going to watch the fireworks for five minutes tops and then sneak into the staff lounge for some video gaming action."

"NERD," Debbie called from her bed.

"That's no fun Ellie. You are so boring. Now I can't dress you up," Anita complained.

I stopped eating and looked at her. "You are not dressing me up," I said trying to give her a look.

"Of course I am!" Anita said with a laugh. "I have to do something to help you."

"Then leave me alone," I said simply.

"That's mean Alice. You hurt my feelings." Anita said with a pout. I watched as her eyes filled with tears. I didn't know if they were fake tears or not.

"Okay fine! Just stop crying!" I yelled as tears rolled down her face.

"YAY!" Anita cheered immediately cheering up.

"Thank you Alice. Now she isn't going to try to set me up on a date with Boris." Debbie said looking relieved.

"Well Debbie I will have to set you up on a date next time!" Anita said cheerfully.

"Darn! Can't you set Veronica up on a date instead of me?" Debbie said.

"No. She's going to go talk to Black Joker on her own, right Veronica?" Anita said looking over at the tall girl.

"Yes. I am going to talk to him. I do not think that anything will come of it though," Veronica said.

"Think positive Veronica! You can totally score a date with Black!" Anita said excitedly as the door opened.

White Joker opened the door and looked into the bunk with surprise. Veronica looked horrified as she looked at White's face slowly turn into a smile as he realized what Anita just said.

"So you have a crush on Black?" he asked looking at Veronica.

Veronica blushed as he walked into the room. "Please just drop it," she said.

"You want me to drop this? Well I could do that, but I think I should tell him. He is my brother after all." White said easily.

Veronica looked absolutely horrified at that idea. She looked around at the rest of us as though she was trying to get someone to help.

Ellie spoke up and said, "This is someone else named Black. It's his last name and we all call him that."

"Well, I know everyone who you know. Who is this lucky fellow?" White insisted.

"Um, he's tall," Debbie said.

"Everyone is tall to you," Ellie muttered.

"Fine then, he wears a weird hat. Weirder than yours," Debbie said rolling her eyes at Anita.

"He has gorgeous eyes. They are a funny color but it is so handsome on him," Anita chimed in in a dreamy voice.

"He yells a lot," Ellie said simply.

White just stared at them. Then he started to laugh. After he recomposed himself, he said, "That sounds just like my brother. Are you sure you don't have him confused with someone else?"

I could tell that hope was lost for Veronica. White Joker just smiled but there was a malicious glint in his eyes that implied that he knew exactly what was going on. Veronica realized the situation that she was in as well.

"I'll do anything you want," Veronica said.

"Anything?" White replied.

"Anything, just please don't tell your brother about this," Veronica begged.

"You have a deal," White said with a smile.

White left the cabin. Anita looked after him and said, "I think you just sold your soul to a demon Veronica."

She shuddered and said, "I think I did too."

"Well I am Jewish and I don't believe in your pesky demons!" Debbie cried from her bed with joy.

"Debbie we have demons. They just have different names," Ellie said.

"What?"

"Maybe you should have paid attention in Hebrew school," Ellie said shaking her head.

"NERD," Debbie yelled.

Ellie ignored her and rolled her eyes. I watched as Anita walked closer and closer to me. The smile on her face was really creeping me out.

"Anita. What are you doing?" I asked as she stopped to stand right in front of me.

"Well Alice. I am going to help you get ready for your date," Anita said taking my hand and dragging me into the back room.

"Anita is going to eat her alive," I heard Debbie say.

"Mm-hm," Ellie replied.


(If you normally skip authors notes then just go to the end and read the important part of my babble. Please?)

Hey everyone. Sorry it took so long to write this chapter. My computer broke when some kid tripped me by accident in the hallway at school. At least all of my stuff was saved. :D

Just an explanation about Hebrew school: At this age Debbie and Ellie would have finished Hebrew school and wouldn't have to go to classes once the school year starts again. Hence why Ellie uses past tense. I think that there are some exceptions but that is how this works in my area.

THIS IS IMPORTANT...

Due to some problems I am having I may not be able to update for a while. No these are not computer problems...these are problems that I really need to focus on right now. Things like school have taken a back seat to these problems...I may not be able to update for a while, or I may update tomorrow. I really do not know what will happen twenty-four hours from now... everything is kind of up in the air at the moment.

... Well that ends this announcement.

Thanks for reading~! :)