Finding A Girl and A Boy
"Kagome." Hinakowai said. "It's when you hide and a group of children go looking for you. Once they find you, they form a circle around you, keeping you from escaping. Then after they are done circling you, you become part of the circle in order to find the other children. Once they are all found and in the circle, the game ends until you get another kid to play."
"That sounds interesting," Kieli said. "But how do you get out of the circle once you are in it?"
"What do you mean I don't?" Kieli asked confused. Hinakowai tilted her head to the side, confused on what she was asking.
"You have to finish the game first," Hinakowai said with a smile, trying to understand why Kieli was confused. "If you want to leave you have to win, I think. I'm not quite sure, no one has ever come here asking to leave," Hinakowai stood there for a moment, thinking about the answer to the question. "Oh I know! What if we switch it around! What if you go looking for all of us and if you find all of us, you can leave!"
"That's great!" Kieli said with a smile. "But do I have a time limit?"
"Oh that's a good idea, hmm let me think…" She bit her lip as she thought about it and when she got the answer, she looked up at Kieli with a brightful expression. "How about until the moon sets?"
"But it's afternoon," Kieli said, remembering that her train arrived that the station around one in the afternoon. She figured it couldn't have been that much longer since she had met up with Harvey and had gone back to the train station.
"Do you want it longer?" Hinakowai asked, titling her head in a confused way. Kieli shook her head.
"No that's fine, really," Kieli got down on her knees, her legs growing tried from crouching this entire time. She moved her skirt out of the way a little before shifting and getting comfortable. "So how many children do I have to find?"
"That's a secret!" Hinakowai giggled. "It would be too easy if I told you how many of us there were."
"I guess," Kieli sighed. She had a bad feeling about this. Something didn't seem to right and she was beginning to worry where Harvey was.
Wait, who is Harvey? Kieli thought, trying to search the depths of her mind, trying to remember where she had heard that name before.
"So your job is to find all of us before the moon sets in a few hours. If it sets and you didn't find all of us, than you will have to stay here with us forever and ever!" Hinakowai said, drawing Kieli's attention back to her. Kieli figured it was best to forget about whoever the person was and focus on trying to complete the game. She got this strange feeling that if she didn't soon, she would not be able to leave and she will be leaving people she cared about behind.
"Good luck!" Hinakowai cheered as she took a step back and disappeared in the back of the closet.
"Wait, how do I get out of here!" Kieli asked as she stepped through the threshold. She held out her hands and she felt the back of the closet. Kieli took a step back, looking around.
Where did she go? Kieli turned around and looked around the room, trying to find a way out, but there was none. She was alone in the room.
Kieli looked over to find a door cracked open a little on the other side of the room. She knew that it had not been there before which bothered her a little, but she pushed the thought aside. Kieli opened the door slowly, afraid of what might be on the other side, but when she poked her head around the door, she found an empty dark hallway. Feeling a little safer, she opened the door and took a step out, careful not to inhale the dust that floated around her. The soft beams of sunlight floated in from the cracks in the wall, lighting only parts of the hallway. The green of the moss and vines stood out against the dark walls as they slowly tried to make their way up to the ceiling and out of reach of the sunlight.
"Hello?" Kieli called as she took a few steps out. She saw a movement up ahead, but she didn't know if it had been her imagination or not. At first, it looked as if it had run across the hall but when she looked closely, there was nowhere to go but straight. "Hello?"
"Hello," whispered a voice back. Kieli spun around when she heard the voice behind her, but there was nothing there. All that was there was a wall.
"Wait…" Kieli ran up the wall and started to move her hands around it, trying to look for the creases. "What happened to the door?" she asked herself as she began to search franticly. She remembered there being a door, but it seemed to be no longer there.
"What are you doing?" Kieli turned around to find a little boy there, looking up at her with a confused look. His blonde hair was on the long side and his bangs covered most of his eyes. The dirty white hospital uniform looked to be a size or too big for him, not that he noticed.
"What happened to the door?" Kieli asked, not bothered by the fact that this boy had suddenly just appeared.
"It disappeared," He made it sound as if it was the most normal thing in the world. "Why? Did you leave something in there?"
"Do you need to go back in there?"
"Then what is the issue?" He titled his head to the left, not understanding her concern for the loss of the door.
"I guess there really isn't one," Kieli began to notice the dirt on his face and small hands. She kind of felt a little upset for this boy, who looked to be no older than five. "What is your name?"
"I'm Len!" He said in a cheerful voice. A huge smile came to his face as he looked up at her. "Let's be friends!"
"Okay!" Kieli crouched down so she was eye level with him. "My name is Kieli."
"That's a pretty name!" He said, sounding even more excited. "My sissy will love you meet you!"
"You sister?" Kieli asked, shocked to hear that he even had one. If he was happy enough to show her where his sister was, maybe he would show her where all the others where. "Where is she?"
"She is this way!" Len grabbed Kieli's hand and pulled her down the hallway, not bothered when she stumbled to keep up with him. Kieli followed Len down the first hallway before turning and going down another. She seemed to have followed him through quite a lot of hallways because Kieli had lost track of where she was going. Luckily for her though, Len turned down one last hallway that had a door at the end of it.
"Rin! Rin where are you!" called Len as he burst through a door. Kieli looked around to find a dark dusty room and to her disappointment, it was empty. "Rin where are you! Kieli wants to meet you!"
"Idoit!" yelled a voice. Kieli spun around as the door behind her slammed shut. "How could you be so stupid?" The voice was echoing all around the room, making it impossible for Kieli to locate where she was. "The whole point of the game was for her to come look for us, not you look for her!"
"I'm sorry, but she seemed lonely without her friends," Len said, sounding on the verge of tears.
"Friends?" Kieli asked, not sure what he was talking about. She had never had friends before, so what was he referring too.
"You can be such an idiot sometimes!" Suddenly the voice lightened up and Kieli looked to find a long blonde haired child walking out of the corner, her hands on her hips. "Who cares if she looks lonely!? We can't save everyone you know."
"I know, but-"
"But nothing!" Rin snapped. Kieli suddenly had the urge to yell at Rin, saying that even if they couldn't save everyone, they should at least try, but something stopped her. She wasn't sure what it was but she felt like Rin had a point, not that she would ever admit that. "Oh well, looks like we lost."
"That's not true! What about Mikaru, Lukina, Kaito-"
"Shut up!" Rin yelled, making Len flinch. "Do you want to give her all the answers!?" She then turned to Kieli with a smile. "I apologize for my brother, he can mess things up sometimes. I tell him to do one thing and he goes and does the opposite. It gets him in a lot of trouble, and it seems I always have to get him out of it."
"I never asked you to help me!" Len snapped, a small blush appearing on his face.
"That's because you are stubborn and would never ask for help, no matter how much you needed it," She shot back. Her long tangled blonde hair was mixed with dirt and leaves. The dirt that covered her skin and clothes was more noticeable that the boys, making Kieli wonder if she was the one who did more of the work. "I feel like I am always babysitting you."
"I never asked you to!" Len yelled. It seemed that he was starting to get mad, but when Kieli looked at Rin, she looked unaffected. "I can do things on my own to you know!"
"Sure you can," Rin snorted, not believing him. This made Len snap.
"Fine, I'll prove it to you!" He yelled as he grabbed Kieli's arm an began to drag her out the door that had reappeared and was now opening up for them. "I'll prove that I don't need you!"
"Is it okay to leave her alone back there?" Kieli asked after a moment. Len didn't answer her as he continued to make his way down the hall and away from the room his sister was in. Kieli looked over her shoulder and wondered if that counted as finding one of the children. Hinakowai hadn't really explained the rules of finding the children to her.
"I hate her," Len mumbled under his breath. Kieli stopped and Len was yanked back, not expecting her to suddenly stop like she had. "What?"
"You don't mean that," Kieli mumbled, her bangs hiding her expression. Len tilted his head, confused. "You don't hate her."
"Yea I do," Len crossed his arms over his chest. "She is always telling me what to do and where I can and can't go. She always has to be right and when I go off to do something without telling her, I get scolded for it. I feel like a child and despite all of my freedoms, I feel like I only have so much room to do anything."
"She does that because she cares about you," Kieli said in a voice that was just above a whisper. "You may not realize it now, but when she does all that for you, she just wants you to stay safe. She probably doesn't like to show that she cares, so she scolds you. It's her way of showing that she is concerned, and you shouldn't let it bother you. You should be happy that you have someone in your life that is willing to do something that for you."
"Don't you have someone in your life like that?" Kieli's head snapped up at the unfamiliar voice. There, standing in the middle of the hallway was a tall figure who wore a dirty work jacket and baggy brown pants. Both of his hands where in his pockets and the copper color hair hid his two matching eyes.
"Harvey?" The name that escaped her lips was unfamiliar to her and she had to stop and think to herself of where she heard that name before.
"Who's that?" Len asked, bring her attention back. Kieli looked down to find Len staring up at her with a confused look.
"I don't know," Kieli said, trying to think back. That person who had been standing there moments ago looked so familiar her and now that she had seen him, worry started to flood her. Was he safe? Did something happen to him? Where was he now? All these questions along with more worry filled her and Kieli had to shake her head to get rid of it all.
"What's wrong?" Len asked, taking a step towards her.
"Nothing, let's just keep looking!" Kieli said cheerfully, trying to get rid of the paranoid she felt tugging at the back of her mind.
Okay, so technically I did update this is the next few weeks because well...its been a few weeks. Not that you will let me forget that...IM SOOOO SORRY! But here is the next chapter and it is LONGER than any other one I wrote for this story. Truthfully, it was longer, but I cut it short cause this was a nice ending, but I will be updating more often I PROMISE! Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Thanks to moonlightonthesea for reminding me that I even still have this story and thanks to everyone else who is reading this and keeping with this despite my horrible not-updating-often-phase.