Turner and I are excited to start sharing some get to know me posts now. Here is a peek into one of the main characters named “Theo” from our new book titled “Unit 17.”
I have tried almost all the doors and am about to give up, thinking Nikki got the count wrong, when I hear a small cry come from behind a vending machine a few feet away near the window that Kay looked in. A small brown-haired girl peeks her head out from behind the machine, her eyes wide. I start toward her and she backs up to the wall, her fingers wrapping around the sill of the window. She couldn’t be more than fourteen.
She looks frantically around, her eyes wild with fear.
I lock my eyes on her and speak in a soothing tone. “There is no need to be afraid. I am not going to hurt you.”
Her breathing slows and she relaxes a little as my suggestion roots itself inside her brain.
“Good, that’s good. Now I’m just going to take you down to—“
I am passing by the vending machine when it topples over and crushes me beneath it, pinning my legs to the floor. I cry out in pain.
A boy a little older than the girl with angry eyes and a sneer emerges from behind the machine and darts towards the girl. He grabs her hand and snaps her out of my suggestion. I reach for my weapon then, but it is trapped between my hip and the machine. They barrel down the hallway, towards the stairwell that Kay has left unguarded.
“Nikki, Kay. There are two children running down the back stairs. Intercept them, now!”
“What?” Kay bellows, agitation clear in her voice.
“You heard me.”
My legs are in some serious pain right now, and I’m no Jax. I can’t just lift this thing off me like it’s nothing. I prop myself up on my elbows and look around. There’s a fire extinguisher I could use to get enough leverage to move my legs out but it’s attached to the wall where I can’t reach it. I’m stuck. And I look like a total idiot. So there’s that.
A few minutes later Kay and Nikki come running down the hall.
“Jesus!” Kay says.
“Just get this thing off me,” I say, trying to keep the embarrassment out of my voice.
Any insight into what you think this story is going to be about?