Equal but Opposite
Chapter Sixteen: He Makes It Hell…
I growled as the two of us walked through the moonlit forest. My feet were beginning to hurt more than my shoulder was. That reminded me of my shoulder, and I took my hand to put some pressure on it.
Adam kept his eyes on the woods ahead of us as we searched for Sara.
This guy didn't wanna let me in…
Fine. Then I made a pact with myself that I was going to hate him as much as I could and as long as I could. Hopefully, I would get home soon, so I wouldn't have to see him anymore, though…
I fidgeted. Remember my disagreement list? Well, uncomfortable silences was number two, if I remember correctly. Now, that's pretty high up on the list. And this was ONE uncomfortable silence.
"So…" I began, hating the sound of my own breathing ringing in my head. "Seen any good movies lately?" I asked.
He turned to me with a frown.
I paused. "Oh…right. The whole 'from another world' thing might hinder your ability to get to a good movie theater, huh?" I suggested.
Adam let out a groan and turned to look around.
"You sensing something?" I asked.
"Shh," he murmured, putting a hand in my face.
I glared. "You did NOT just shush me, Buddy. I will--"
"I hear something," he interrupted.
That made me shut-up. I ducked down and stood behind Adam, my eyes watching everything around me.
Adam took out a knife from the side of his belt as he crouched down and tip-toed towards a tree.
I followed closely behind him, my nervous twitch beginning to kick in. I never really explained it. I have this nervous twitch that comes around whenever I'm…well…nervous. I start to hiccup. It can get pretty annoying. That's why I wasn't surprised when Adam glared back at me.
"Would you cut that out?" he spat.
I shook my head, shrugging my shoulders. "It's a nervous twitch," I explained.
"Then stop it."
"I can't. I can't help it," I countered, glaring.
He rolled his eyes slightly before continuing his creeping, and I continued hiccupping. I have to say, I haven't hiccupped like that since the time my friend Keri made me go bungee jumping with her.
Never do that.
Adam put a hand up and pointed to one of the trees, then put a finger to his lips.
I nodded and covered my mouth with my hands.
The hiccups could still be heard, but the sound was muffled.
Adam then looked back to the tree and waited a few seconds before going up to it and waiting behind it. He nodded to me, and I nodded back, then he jumped around to the other side.
I heard him yelling in a rage, trying to scare whatever it was that was behind there. Apparently it worked, because I heard another scream along with Adam's.
Adam's scream soon stopped, and then all I could hear was the other person's scream.
It sounded familiar…
I went around when Adam made a motion for me to come over to him. I smiled when I saw Sara sitting against the tree, her back plastered to the bark. Her eyes were wide with fear as she stared up at Adam.
When she saw me, she calmed down. Jumping up, she threw her arms around my neck and cried, "Jamie!" She then looked to Adam. "Isn't he--"
"Yup! That's him!" I said triumphantly.
Adam glared. "And his name is Adam."
Sara smiled and released me, then stuck out her hand. "The name's Sara," she said, waiting for him to shake it. When he didn't, she took the hand and smoothed out her hair like the cool person that she is. She turned to me and whispered, "He's not very friendly, is he?"
I shook my head. "But he says we can't go home using the waterfall now that it's red," I replied sadly. "So we're going to just have to go to find that book…"
Adam looked at me. "What book?" he asked.
I turned to him. "The son of Ella and Edward said that there was a book on all of this stuff somewhere beyond the Winded Mountains. That's where we're headed. We need to find a farm called Mountain Ranch," I explained. "That's all we know…"
Adam thought on this for a moment.
While he did that, Sara turned to me. She gasped when she noticed the wound on my shoulder. She then pointed it out. "Jame! What the hell happened to you?!" she asked.
I looked at the cut, then back up at my best friend and smiled nervously. "Hehe…I guess that wolf-thing really got me…"
"Werewolf," Adam interrupted.
I shot a glare at him. "Whatever," I countered. I turned to Sara. "It's really no big deal--"
Sara interrupted me by tearing off a clean piece of her lengthy shirt and tying it around my shoulder in a very proper fashion. She smiled and stepped back when she was finished. "All set until we get that looked at by a doctor."
I frowned. "I don't need a doctor. I--"
"You really need to get that checked out," Sara interrupted me once more. She put her hands on her hips in a motherly manner.
I sighed at her glare. "Yes, Ma'am…" I mumbled.
Adam interrupted the two of us when he cleared his throat. "I'm leaving now. You two can direct yourselves out of the forest."
I stopped him by grabbing his forearm. "Oh, no! You said you would get me out of this forest, and that's what you're going to do!" I shouted.
He turned to me with angry eyes and pulled himself loose from my grasp.
But I stared back at him with my own stern look. "You said…" I murmured.
He glared. "Fine," he said under his breath. "But the moment we get out of here, you two are on your own. Got that?" he asked.
Sara saluted Adam. "Sir, yes, sir!" she shouted.
Adam looked to her for a moment, raising an eyebrow before turning around and walking towards a certain area.
The two of us giggled and followed him.
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We had only been walking for around an hour when Adam stopped in his tracks and turned to face the two of us. He glared at me before speaking.
"We need to stop here," he said.
I raised an eyebrow. "Why?"
He frowned even more at that, if possible. "I don't need to explain myself to you. I'm doing enough by helping you find your way--"
"Ok, ok!" Sara interrupted. "No need to get offensive. We'll just stay here. Jamie…?" She turned to me. "Right? We'll just have to stay here for the night…"
I crossed my arms and glared at Adam before nodding my head stubbornly. Heh…maybe I really am pigheaded…?
But that doesn't matter.
Adam announced that he was going to get wood to start a fire, and we were to find some rocks to help.
I stuck my tongue out at the back of Adam as he walked away.
Sara frowned. "Mature," she muttered.
"You know the guy's an ass," I snorted.
"True," Sara said with a shrug. She sighed as she bent over to pick up some rocks. "I prefer the nicer guys."
"Hah! And you think I like guys like him?! You know where my heart lies, Sar," I said, putting my hands over my heart and dramatically looking to the sky. "I love nerds…and Justin Pierre…"
Sara shook her head. "I don't understand how you can love him…"
I glared at her. "And I don't understand how you can't. I also don't understand your love for buff men."
"But not too buff," Sara tried to correct me.
"I'm an enigma, Jame. You'll never know me truly unless you live inside my mind," Sara answered.
"Oh, but I do live inside your mind. You just don't know it," I said slyly.
"Ha! But I will be rid of you once--"
Our conversation was rudely interrupted when Adam walked back to where we were. "I thought you two were going to gather some rocks," he muttered.
I grumbled as I bent over to pick a stone from the ground. "I'm doin' it! I'm doin' it!" I shouted in an annoyed tone.
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After the fire had been lit and the three of us were lying on our backs, quite uncomfortably I must say, Sara and I got to talking about whether or not we really believed what was going on right now.
"This has got to be a load of shit," I muttered.
"Why are you so stubborn to believe any of this? It's right in front of you, there's no getting around it," Sara replied.
I rolled my eyes. "Maybe it's one of those Punk'd episodes. You know how I hate that show," I said. "Ashton Kutcher makes me want to become a Puritan or something."
Sara blinked. "Even if that made any sense, it wouldn't make a difference. This is real, and you're just going to have to accept it and try to find a way home."
I sighed. "I'll shake your bouncy booty for now, Sar. But you mind me; I will prove that this is all some kind of hoax…"
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As the three of us finally made our way out of the forest, Sara nudged me in the side and nodded to Adam.
"You should ask him to follow us," Sara said.
I turned and glared at my friend. "I don't think so."
"If you want him to stay with us so badly, then you ask him," I muttered.
Sara crossed her arms. "But you've talked to him more. And I think he hates me."
"Well, he's not in love with me," I answered. I sighed when Sara kept her stern glare on me. "I don't wanna talk to him."
"Talk to who?" I heard Adam ask. I turned to find him staring at me with narrowed and angry eyes.
"God," I answered before Sara nudged me in the side once more. I rolled my eyes. "Sara wants to know if you would come with us to find that book," I added.
"Jame," Sara whispered.
I smirked at her. "Why, Sara? What ever is the matter?" I then turned back to Adam. "You don't wanna come with us, right? I mean, you hate me, don't y--"
"I'll come," Adam interrupted.
My jaw dropped. "What? Why?! I thought--"
"I need to find that book, too. I need to see why…" Adam stopped. "It's of no importance to you why I come. It will do you good. I can help you stay alive," he said.
I looked up at the rising sun. Well…at least the guy wasn't a vampire. I mean, he was in the sun after all.
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"Where the hell are we going? Why haven't we even looked at our map in the last--" I started to rant as the three of us walked along the dirt road. We were walking through some Goddamn cornfield and it was bugging the hell outta me that we were surrounded by crows.
I have bad experiences with birds…
Adam turned to me with a glare. "Would you shut-up? I'm trying to think."
I glared. "For once you think."
Sara sighed and shook her head, turning to the brilliant, blue sky above us.
Adam stopped in his tracks. "I don't even have to help you if--"
"Fuck! I'd prefer it if you didn't!" I shouted, narrowing my eyes and clenching my fists. "Sara and I can do this on our own!"
"You made that obvious when you almost died in the Sacred Woods!" Adam yelled back. His aqua eyes glared dangerously.
"Your sarcasm is really getting on my last nerve!" I hollered, scaring the crows away.
"Yeah, that's what I said, asshole!" I shouted. "Am I not yelling loud enough for you to hear?!"
"I don't think my sarcasm is the problem, here! Maybe if you weren't so cynical towards me, things would go along more smoothly!"
"You hear that, Sar?! I'm the cynical one around here!!!" I shouted back to my friend.
Sara in turn put up her hands in defense. "I'm stayin' outta this."
"At least that girl's got the smarts to shut her mouth," Adam growled.
Sara glared. "I shut my mouth because I don't see any point in opening it to insult jerks like you," she retorted.
I smirked. "See? No one here likes you. So why don't you just--"
"You're not making this whole predicament any easier, Jame," Sara interrupted me.
"Hey! All I wanna do is get home in one piece and with my sanity," I replied. I turned to Adam. "Which may have very easily been lost long ago…"
"Don't look at me when you say that," Adam muttered. "I had nothing to do with your psychotic tendencies."
"You know what--?!"
Sara stopped me from lunging at Adam by grabbing my arm. "Can we try to get out of the stupid corn fields before we kill one another? I'd rather we be in the eyes of the public so I'm not blamed for two dead morons…"
a/n: you like it? Geeze, people, a girl can only do so much to try and get reviews…but oh well…