By now I'm sure we've all heard of the social networking app (that makes me sound so old) called TikTok. While I was scrolling through my For You page, I found something quite interesting.

((I tried to put his username in here, but I think it thinks it's an email address and won't save, I'll ask permission to put his name in here tomorrow))

((In most of my works, I choose names that mean something related to the characters, if that sparks interest for anyone))


Next week I will be forced to endure torture and my biggest fears, for a whole seven days with no rest. I have no clue what they will all of them will be, or how I will survive. One of my fears is drowning. I've seen it before, they chain you to the bottom of a pool, and occasionally let you up for air, I've only seen one person make it. I am not as strong as others think. There is a 60% chance I won't make it. But what does that mean for Geir and Lily? Lily is the kindest soul I've had the honor of knowing, she's sensitive, and afraid of everything, never said anything bad about anyone, not even the government. How can she survive?

I looked up from my dairy and at the clock on the wall. 11:30. Geir and Lily wanted to meet on the tree at midnight, I should leave.

My parents survived the Panic Room with ease, or so i've been told. They refuse to talk about it, most adults do. It's the 219th year, and knocking out 60% of the population every year isn't enough.

I creep down the stairs, my shoes are waiting by the door. I quickly slip them on, and quietly open the door.

"Edda?"

I jerk around quickly.

"Crystal? What are you still doing up?"

"I can't sleep. Where are you going?" She asked, her big beady eyes are almost impossible to lie to, but I must.

"I-"

"Edda?" I look up and see the rest of my sisters at the top of the stairs.

"Rose, get your sisters back to bed." I demanded.

"Where are you going?"

"Shh. I need to clear my head, a jog will help." I lied.

They narrowed their eyes at me, but seemed to buy it.

"Please go back to bed before mom and dad catch you, goodnight."

I turned on my heel and slipped out the door.


"Geir? Lily?" I called up the tree.

Geir's head poked out from the wooden platform. He saw me and disappeared again. A moment later, a rope ladder came into view, I stepped back as it fell in front of me.

I began to climb.

"What took you so long?" Lily asked.

"My sisters caught me." I called up.

Geir looked at me, "What'd you say?"

"I told them," I paused to hoist myself off the ladder and onto the platform. Geir grabbed my by the waist and pulled me up. "Thanks. I told them that I had to take a run, clear my head."

"Did they buy it?" Lily inquired.

I nodded. "Oh yeah, especially because of next week."

We all went silent.

I looked at Lily, she was messing with a plant growing over our "hideout.''

"I'm sorry. I shouldn't have."

Geir was staring off into space. I followed his gaze to see the reflection of the moon on the pond just outside the wood. The ripples blurred the image. I barely noticed Lily shifting to see what we were looking at. We were a good distance from the pond, but you could still hear the frogs croaking.

"Edda, look!"

I turned to see Lily holding a frog in her hands. She handed it to me. "Hey there, buddy."

"I named him Jerry."

"Geir! Come meet Jerry!" I yelled.

"Edda, if it's another frog…"

Lily and I laughed. He stopped in his tracks and began backing away.

I giggled and chased him with the frog outstretched in my hands. "Edda! Stop it!"

"Ew! Get it off!" he screamed.

Lily and I fell down laughing. I had thrown the frog, which landed at the back of his neck and fell through his shirt.

Lily snorted, "Jerry!" She raced up to grab him.

Once Jerry was in Lily's hands again, Geir stormed up to me.

I looked up at him. I could tell he wanted to be mad, but a smile creeped up on his face.

"I thought you weren't scared of anything." I said, standing up.

"And I thought you knew I hate frogs."

I laughed again.

Geir stood up, knocking me from my trance. He held his hand down for me. I took it and he pulled me up. I didn't realise I was crying. Until he wiped my face.

"What's stopping me from jumping?"

"What?" I asked, sniffing back the snot building up in my nose.

Geir looked at me, "If the Government wants me dead, why don't I do it for them?"

"Geir, you wouldn't!"

"Why shouldn't I? I was doomed from the start!"

I looked at him. My best friend of eight years, wanted to end his life, right here and right now. I felt another tear fall down my face. "Please,"

Geir looked at me.

"Please don't, Geir, I wouldn't survive next week if you aren't there waiting for me at the end." I said, tears streaming down my face.

"Why would you say that?" Lily asked, "You can do this, I know you can."

I look one of his hands, and Lily took the other. He stared off into the distance as I rested my head on his shoulder.

"Next week will be hard enough, please, please, don't make me lose you too. If you can't survive this for your family, then survive for me." I whispered.

I saw Lily looking at me around Geir. She reached out for my hand, my shaking hand latched with hers. We looked at Geir who stared back at me.

He brought my hand that held tightly to his, up to his trembling lips. "I won't leave you." he said so quietly I barely understood him. He placed a kiss on my knuckles.

We stayed quiet for a long time. Staring at the pond, birds on branches near our tree.

Slowly to moon left and the sun began to peer into the sky.

"We should go." I whisper.

Geir nods.

"Lily, wake up." I said seeing her drool on Geir's shoulder.

She bolted up and wiped her mouth. "Are we leaving?"

I nodded. She crawled over to the ladder and began descending. I was going to follow her when Geir grabbed my hand.

"Edda, wait."

"Yes?"

Geir looked around. "Never mind."

"Hurry up!" Lily yelled from the ground.

"You sure?"

"Yes."

I nodded. We walked over to the ladder, Geir let me go first.

When I reached the ground I smiled at Lily who wrapped an arm around me. Geir grabbed my hand and we walked back to the housing district.


We stopped at Lily's house first.

"Hey, get some sleep, we should meet for lunch at Tony's." I suggested.

Lily nodded, "that sounds fun, Geir what do you think?"

"It sounds like a great idea, I'll come to get you guys, one?"

Lily and I nodded.

"See ya, Lil." I called.

"bye." She said, sneaking around the back.

Geir and I began walking to our street. Mine was at the end, while his was at the corner, he always insisted on walking me the whole way.

I stopped at the end of my driveway. "Thanks for walking with me."

"Certainly. I'll see you later, Ed,"

"Haha," I've always hated that nickname, it sounds like a boys. "i'll see you at one."

He nodded and I began to walk up the driveway and around the back.