"Lovely lunch hun, but I'm afraid I must run" Kayley started laugh running towards the door. Cole looked around and ushered her to come with him out the side door.
"You're weird" he said.
"If you're not weird, you're boring" Kayley shrugged. She wasn't sure she could go through with stealing lunch from a restaurant, although the service was terrible.
"I really have to get home now".
"Why? You claim to have already seen 2 of your family members, and no offence, but I think you're nuts".
"Precisely why I must get home. What am I even doing here?" Cole tapped his chin sarcastically.
"Hmm yeah. Sure. Ask me why we are here. That makes so much sense". Kayley socked him hard in the arm.
"I swear… when I get back to that lab…" she muttered.
"You'll do what, exactly? Face it, Kayley, you're not exactly built like someone any person could take seriously". Kayley swung her arms from her sides and made fists.
"You wanna go, tough guy?" she challenged. Cole laughed and patted her head.
"Not now. I don't want you to get hurt".
"Oh, please. I could totally take you on" Kayley snarled.
"I would love to see you try" Cole said simply.
"Its because I'm a girl isn't it?" Kayley asked, walking a tiny bit faster on the sidewalk.
"No, not at all. I was just saying, I could squash you like a bug with only one of my fists". She considered this for a moment.
"Well, then I guess I'll just have to get stronger and challenge you in 10 years".
"Really? It's going to take 10 years for you to build up some muscle strength?" Cole gave her a fake pout look. Kayley ignored him and walked silently.
"You know how he put the diary into his machine before he put us in?" Cole asked. It was the first they spoke in a little over an hour.
"Yeah. I was just thinking about that. I don't know what kind of difference it would make. I swear I did see my sisters though, Cole. As the Hotel check in lady and as the waitress. I know you don't believe me, but I know my little twerps".
"But they looked a little old to be your "little twerps", didn't they?"
"Yeah, see that's the thing. In my journal, yes it IS a journal and not a diary, I wrote down some dreams I had as well as songs. In a few of my dreams, my sisters and I went to a fancy hotel and pretended to be guests and concierges and room service and stuff. In another dream, we were all in our early twenties and at a restaurant. My sister was the waitress and I was the guest. Obviously we pretended not to know who each other were so…" all of the sudden a light bulb went off in her head.
"That's it!" she shrieked.
"What? I'm so lost" Cole scratched his head.
"Cole, don't you see? My journal! The dreams I wrote! Both of them had come true! They didn't recognize me because I wrote them down that way! If I found the journal now and rewrote my dreams, they would come true and we would get out of here!" She was jumping up and down excitedly. Cole grabbed her and held her still.
"Kayley, do you even hear yourself? Nothing of what your saying makes any sense!"
"Yes, yes it does!" she said, still excited. "We just need to find the journal!"
"But if we find the journal… how do you know writing new things down will help us?" Cole asked.
"I don't know what will happen" she admitted. "But we have to try, don't we?" Cole sat down on the edge of the sidewalk.
"I don't know about this".
"So, you won't help me?" Kayley raised her eyebrows. After what they have been through together so far, he won't help her at her one idea out of this mess?
"I guess" he sighed. " But I swear if it doesn't work I get to throw you off the first mountain we see".
"Oh wow. No pressure or anything" Kayley gulped and twirled her hair.
"Where is the first pace you want to look?" Cole put a hand over his eyes to shield himself from the sun.
"Where were we going in the first place?" Kayley asked softly. "My house".