Prologue

Zach's POV

"Cammie's gone."

I turned to face the source of the words, Rachel Morgan. Tears were streaming down her face in the faint light of the moon; her voice was barely above a whisper. She quietly walked over and sat next to me on the window sill. She looked out on the Gallagher Academy's campus, wishing it wasn't true. The way she didn't immediately accuse me or the Circle of doing anything told me that she felt defeated in all of this – the one person left in her family was gone.

"When did you find out?" I asked, looking out into the night. I felt frustrated that she left without me, without anyone.

"When Bex, Liz and Macey saw that Cammie didn't go back to their room, they went searching for her. They found this," she said, pulling out the CoveOps report I had seen her writing in just hours ago, "on the display case for the sword of Gillian Gallagher."

I took it from her hands and read it, absorbing every detail of the report - hoping to find something that would lead me to wherever she ran off to. There was nothing. Then I stopped at the part where she wrote in the present tense, the part where she tells us that she's running away.

"She really left us. To stop the Circle on her own." I said numbly. I could've kicked myself for not realising that she'd follow in her father's footsteps. She was mad at tunes, but that's why I like her.

"We've searched the whole campus and she's not her. She's not in any of the secret passageways, rooms or sub-levels. She's gone."

"No..." I whispered, the word sounding louder in the dark hallway. I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to believe it.

"Zach, tell me what she meant at the end." Her voice was strong in the silence and the expression on her face hid the heartbreak in her eyes. She put her hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eyes. "What did you tell her?" She wasn't the headmistress or an upset mother at that moment - she was the spy wanting information.

I stared down blankly at the few last pages. The same three words were repeated on them - Zach was right. She ran away because of me, because of what I said to her. "I told her to run away with me."

I placed the report in Mrs Morgan's lap and ran off without another word, despite Mrs Morgan's protests. I was heading towards the P&E barn. It was too much. I had to clear my mind the only way I could – the Blackthorne way.


So what do you think? I haven't really seen many/any fanfictions about what happened in the two weeks Zach went missing, so yeah. I'm gonna make this the longest story I'll ever write (possibly).