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Chapter 1 : Caught in the Crossfire

It was November 3,2016 and i was walking through Zone 5. I'd been out walking for almost 3 hours. I was tired and almost out of water. I turned around and started heading back to Zone 6 where i had made camp a few days ago. About a mile into my walk i felt as if i was being watched. I pulled out my gun and scanned the area carefully. Nothing. I turned around and started walking again. I heard foot steps once again i got my gun out and scanned the area. Nothing. Just like before. Strange. This time I walked back in the direction of Zone 4. I hoped i could make it before night fall. I walked as far as i could. Again footsteps. I turned , but this time I shouted "who are you? show your face!" I turned around and standing behind me was a Drac. I immediently shot him up! I was terrified! Dracs scare me so bad! I began running. I ran straight into Zone 4 when i realize 'how am i going to make camp without anything to light a fire'. Great. Just what i needed. To freeze out in Zone 4. I tried to light my spark candle. Stupid thing. It doesn't need matches ,but i guess mine was broken. I couldn't get it to even spark! Great, this day is just FABULOUS! I sat there in the dark ,freezing my butt off in the process, and held my gun tight and close. I had been hurt from the encounter with the Drac from earlier. They come outta nowhere you know. I finally fell asleep still holding on tight to my gun.

Chapter 2: strange greetings and a savior

The next morning I woke up in the same spot. Good thing too. At least i know where i am. I started gathering my things and was on my way. The sun was just peeking is way into the sky. I love to wake up before the sun rises. The colors are just so perfect. I was walking in the direction of Zone 3. I was just about to cross over out of 4 when I saw The Detonator parked outside of the border line gas station. I quickly hid. I'd heard rumors about the four heroic killjoys that travel the zones saving other killjoys. I don't know why i was hiding, but i was. I sat there watching for a few minutes behind this large bolder. I sat there shaking my head when a shadow drowned the sun on my skin. I looked up at the Killjoy. I assumed it was Fun Ghoul by the mask in his hand. "hey you need a ride?" he asked his voice soothing and calming in this god forsaken heat. I looked up at him and shook my head. He winked and said "alright come on. Its a long way to HQ from here." he reached out for my hand and helped me up. We began walking towards The Detonator and he tried to start a conversation. "whats your name?" he asked a smile in his voice. I looked up at him and pulled my mask down around my neck. "Adrenaline. Adrenaline Revolution. Call me Dren." I said as i re-holstered my gun. I had forgotten i was holding it until he had glanced at it. "Im Fun Ghoul, but call me Ghoul. So why are you out here all alone?" he asked. "A few months ago Dracs raided my house. I got away and my sister had fled weeks before. The Dracs killed my parents and I havnt heard from Ritalin since. I've been staying under a rock out in Zone 6. I'm almost out of food and water, but atleast i haven't been dusted yet." I looked at him and he smiled at me. "Well, Dren, you can stay with me in my room at HQ. We'll head to Zone 6 in the morning to get the rest of your things. It's dangerous to be in the Zones alone at night. At least at HQ I'll know your safe." he looked at me scanning my clothes and checking for wounds. I looked up at him and replied "you don't have to do that. I've been under that rock for 4 months now. I'm still kickin' and breathin' ya know?" I laughed a little "i sound like i'm part hermit crab" He started laughing at me and said "yeah ya do." He opened the door to The Detonator and i slide into the back seat and he slid in next to me. Party got in the drivers seat and turned and looked at me. "who is this Ghoul?" Ghoul shot him a warning look not to ask. I tried not to laugh at his expression and failed miserably cause he was looking at me like i'm a crazy Killjoy. "ok ok. I get it don't ask" Party was just about to start the car as Kobra Kid and Jet Star got into the car. We were off. HQ here we come.

chapter 3: arrival and happy endings

We'd been driving for almost a hour before we arrived at what looked like an old run down office building. On the outside it was blue,red,purple,and white. There was writing on the outside walls, but was to smudged to make out any of the words. We walked inside and the main room ,well what appeared to be the main room anyway, was bright red and green and a little spat of blue on the walls. As i was admiring the scene set before me Ghoul grabbed my hand and spoke calm words "come this way. I want to show you my room before the others quiz you on your story and background checks." He began pulling me towards what looked to be a long hallway for offices. When we got to the end of the hallway he turned to the door on the left and pulled out a really cool looking key. It was covered in what looked to be scorpions. He opened the door and lead me inside and quietly shut the door. "sorry that theres only one bed. i can sleep on the floor if---" i inturrupted him "no thats okay we can share it if thats cool with you" he looked at me and smiled "its perfectly fine with me" He was running his fingers through his hair like he was nervous, but what did he have to be nervous about? I was just a fellow killjoy looking for a shelter. "are you okay you seem really nervous" i asked as i put my hand on his shoulder. "its...its fine..." he replied. He didn't really seem fine, but i trust him. I walked over and sat on his bed looking around at his awesome room. His walls were covered in posters of different bands like The Raven Heads and other bands like The Black Parade. He walked over and sat next to me. "your room is so cool. Where'd you get all this neat stuff?" i asked still looking around. "well, when you travel as much as we do you collect and collect and collect you know." I nodded "yeah i guess i shoulda thought of that myself" I giggled a little bit and he reach his hand over and held mine. "are you ready to get severely quizzed on your own life?" he smiled. I stood and nodded and he opened the door and we walked back to the main room. Sitting on the couch was Party Poison and Kobra Kid. Jet Star i guess was in his room. Party started the conversation. "okay kid whats your name?" I smiled and replied "Adrenaline Revolution. call me Dren." I glanced at Ghoul whose face was red as if he were blushing from embarrasment. "well" party started again "where have you been hiding?" I glanced at Ghoul who encouraged me to go on "well, ive been living under a rock in Zone 6. Its cold and damp, but its a great hiding place to get away from the Dracs ya know." I smiled at him. "well thats no way to live. We go through Zone 6 alot how come we are just now finding you?" he looked at me curiously. "like i said its a great hiding place." I glanced at Ghoul again and he was staring down at his feet. He took my hand once again in his and we started for his room. He opened the door again and shut it this time locking it. I sat on his bed staring at him. He looked at me and sat next to me. "there's something about you and im not quite sure what it is." I laid down and he did the same. He moved me to where my head was on his chest and his arms were wrapped around me. I was lying there motionless for some time and managed a few words before i fell asleep. "thank you. for everything." He kissed the top of my head and replied "your welcome Dren. your very welcome." I smiled and quietly fell asleep.

chapter 4: dracs and drama

The next morning when I woke up I was alone. I was still in Ghoul's room, but i was alone. I saw a note pinned to the door. I read it out loud cause who cares ya know. "sorry Dren distress call from a Killjoy. I wrote this so you wouldn't freak out. Didn't wanna wake you up. you looked so helpless and innocent. Your welcome to any thing in the kitchen. Don't make a big mess. BBS - Ghoul". I laughed a little. He signed his name in big green letters. It looked kinda girlie ya know. It was funny to me. I flipped it over and there was a second note and a key taped to it. "here made you a spare key to my room. If your gonna stay here you might as well be able to get in." I took the key off and headed out of his room. I looked at the key. He had painted little syringes all over it. I guess he got the idea from my mask. I walked down the hallway and went in to the kitchen area. I didn't look like a kitchen, but who cares free food! I opened the green blueish fridge and look at everything, but nothing i wanted so i grabbed one of the drinks and a small bag of chips. I sat on the floor and drank my, what tasted like soda, fizzy pop. I ate the chips slowly cause they taste so good to someone who hasn't eaten in 3 days. I finished eating and cleaned up my mess, It was probably the only clean spot in the house. I grabbed the broom (which had been covered in dust and cob-webs) and began cleaning. I didn't move anything i just dusted and swept. I wiped down tables and counter tops and picked up old chip bags and drink bottles. I didn't go in anyone's room to clean. Just the main room. I walked down the hallway, unlocked Ghoul's door, and walked inside. Ghoul's room was kinda clean. I picked up dirty clothes and made a pile in the middle of the room. I picked up trash and swept and dusted. I like cleaning. I haven't had a house to clean in forever. I finished that up and layed down. I heard the front door open and i sat up. Ghoul unlocked the door and walked in. He was looking around his room. "nice job. Is this what you do for a living or something??" He smiled at me. "No." i replied "I just like cleaning." He winked at me "well your good at it. The front room looks almost spotless!" I giggled a little bit cause the tone in his voice was over joyed with just a little cleanliness. He walked over and sat next to me on the bed. "hey you wanna go get your stuff outta zone 6?" he looked at me just to look i guess. "sure. let's go." I knew i didn't have much back at my hide out, but it'd be fun to take a drive. We walked out of his room, he locked the door, and grabbed the spare car key. It had a spider just like the one on the hood of the car. We walked past everybody, we didn't even glance at them, and walked out the door. Ghoul opened the passanger side door and i slid into the seat. He closed the door and walked around and got in the drivers seat. He proceeded to slam the door, put the key in the ignition and start the car in one fluid motion. "please tell me you know HOW to drive" I said kinda worried he'd say no. "yes i know HOW to drive. It's being in the speed limit i have issues with." He smile at me. I just giggled. "great we're gonna die." We both busted out laughing. He punched the gas and we were off. I tried to remind him that he didn't know where the hell he was going, but i was having way to much fun! He stopped just outside Zone 6 and said "where to?" I said "hold on" i got outta the car and began walking. I could hear him yelling from the car "Hey where are you going?!" I yelled back "I only know how to get there on foot!" He just smiled and shook his head "OK" is all i heard after that. I began walking to camp. I finally found it and cleaned it out. I ran back to the car as fast as possible. "hey is everything okay?" Ghoul asked. "punch the gas and lets get outta here. There were 7 Dracs hanging around back there." I said as i was breathing harder than ever from running. I think i kick something on my run back because my leg was in pain, but i didn't care as long as i got back to HQ i didn't worry much. Ghoul put the car in reverse and punched the gas and turned around. He was going so fast on the way back i'm glad we made it. I ran in and went to Ghoul's room and unlocked the door with my awesome key. I went in and layed down. I could hear the conversation outside. "what's her problem Ghoul?" Party asked worriedly "she said she saw 7 Dracs outside or around her hide out. Some how she got her stuff and got outta there. Her gun was in her hand when she got in the car." Ghoul replied and he started to walk back. "As long as shes okay we don't mind" Kobra Kid shouted. Ghoul unlocked the door and walked in. "ugh,why do they even care." Ghoul said under his breath. "Let them worry." i replied. Ghoul walked over and sat next to me. I reached over and brushed his thick black bangs out of his beautiful hazel eyes. "they ask because they care." i said looking into his eyes. He held my gaze and said "they never cared about me when I ran in here.i just picked this room. So they let me stay." he said staring at the floor. I looked at him curiously. He'd never mentioned running in terrified. It's okay though he's still cool. He lied down all frustrated like a 4 year old. I laughed at him and he did the same. "im such a dork" he looked at me smiling i said "yeah ya are" and we both sat there just laughing and making jokes. Who could ask for a better way to spend the day?

Chapter 5: desolation row and dancing

The next morning I woke and my head was on Ghoul's chest. His arm was wrapped around me. My hand was on his stomach and his other hand was on top of it. I don't remember falling asleep like that, but it was okay I kinda liked it. I layed there listening to the steady thump of his heart and i was trying not to moved in fear that i'd wake him up. I heard a key in the door and watched as Kobra Kid entered, shut the door, and walked over. I looked at him and he whispered "we made up a room for you since your going to be staying" i looked at him and replied "that's okay i like being in here with Ghoul. He's great company ya know." i smiled at him and he grinned back "Okay suit yourself, but hey its there if you need it." I looked at him and whispered "thanks." He walked out and shut the door behind him. "So you do like being in here?" I heard and almost jumped outta bed he scared me. "yeah i do like it in here. It's nice having someone to talk to." I could feel him looking at me and lifted my head to look at him. His bangs were in his face and he was smiling at me. "oh and good morning!" I said kinda loud. "Good morning to you too sunshine" He said with a big grin on his face. I layed my head back down and he started singing. "late dawns and early sunsets. Just like my favorite scenes. They're holding hands and life was perfect. Just like up on the screen." He sang so perfectly. I was just about to ask him what song that was, but he stood up and took my hand. I stood up and he walked over to the radio and put in a CD and played it. "Its a song called 'Early Sunsets Over Monroeville' It's a very good song. Care to dance?" I smiled at him and replied "I don't know how to dance" I giggled a little out of embarassment, but im sure he didn't mind teaching me. "come on its easy" He took my hand in his and began twirling me. We were in the middle of his room dancing. How corny is that? Dancing in the middle of his room. I didn't mind much. It was like a movie scene. Then everything changed. "Ghoul! Kiljjoy in 6! We gotta go urgent call!" Party yelled from outside the door. "okay. I'm on my way!" Ghoul replied. He kissed my cheek and said "Your a lovely dancer. When I get back i want to play another song for you. I think you'll like it!" He walked out the door and ran to catch up to the others. "Well that was fun. While it lasted that is." I laughed at my smart comments. I walked out of the door and went across the hall. The room they had made for me was really cool. The walls had a flag on it with a syringe instead of stars. The comforter and sheets and pillow cases were green. The carpet was black. I loved it, but i still didn't want to leave Ghoul. I shut the door and turned and walked down the hall. I went to the itchen area and got a snack and a soda. I sat on the floor in the same spot as yesterday finished my snack, and headed back to Ghoul's room. I got my sketchbook out of my backpack and began drawing. At first i just drew sqwiggly lines. I tried to copy down his room. It came out pretty perfect. I didn't have any colors so black and white would have to do. When I finished, I tore it out and taped it to the wall. I liked it, but i hoped Ghoul would too. I took out my favorite CD and put it in the player. I turned it on and played 'Desolation Row' by MCR. Even though they were a band from like 16 years ago they still rock. I played the song and began dancing like any teenager would do! Every time they said 'desolation row' i would too. That was the fun thing about this song you only have to know those two words to love it! I didn't hear them come back in because i was kinda blasting it. Ghoul unlocked the door and said "What are you listening to?" I looked at him and replied "Desolation Row! It's an awesome song!" He smiled and added "Yeah it is." He went to the player and restarted it and we danced like retards for hours! It was fun to just act stupid for a while! We danced and we laughed. When we had finished listening to the same song 56 million times we went and got fizzy pops. We walked back to Ghouls room and layed down. Dancing will do that to you. He looked at me and brushed my hair away from my silvery blue eyes. I smiled at him and he smiled back. I moved over and layed my head on his chest and he wrapped his arms around me. I couldn't help but smile. He kissed the top of my head while he was still humming desolation row i would yell out 'DESOLATION ROW'! Every time I did we both would laugh. It was funny that we remember every time in the song that they would say that. Ghoul fell asleep and i did soon after. We sleep to much, but oh well we're tired!

chapter 6: Baseball Sketching and kissing oh my!

When i woke up a few hours later he was fast asleep snoring loudly. I carefully got up trying hard not to wake him and grabbed my sketch book and began sketching him. It turned out really good so I tore it out and taped it to the wall. I continued sketching random things around his room like his posters and his boom box. I was really bored. I got up and walked outta his room and locked the door. I went in the main room and saw Kobra Kid lying on the couch staring at the ceiling. "Hey kid. What are you up to?" he asked without moving. "Don't move" i replied and sat on the floor and began sketching him immediently. "okay." he said and didn't move a muscle. I finished the sketch and tore it out and handed it to him. "Here you go. Sorry if it sucks." i said as i turned to walk back to Ghoul's room to see if he was awake. "Hey this is really good. Where'd you learn to draw?" When i turned back around he was sitting up. "I taught myself." i said tucking my hair behind my ear. "Your a good teacher then, cause this is awesome." He said smiling. "Well thanks." i added before turning. I didn't look up and almost ran into Ghoul. "Hey your up! How'd you sleep?" i asked him. I noticed he was holding my picture in his hand. "I slept good so it seems. This is awesome. Why randomly sketch every thing i don't know, but your good at it." Ghoul looked at me with a big grin on his face. "I'm glad you like it. I didn't think it was all that great." I said staring at the floor. He put his hand under my chin and lifted my head until i was looking into his perfect hazel eyes. "I love it." He said very convincingly. I smiled and looked down again. He leaned down and kissed my cheek. I blushed and headed back to his room. When i got there i ran in shut the door and sat on the floor. I couldn't stop smiling. I loved it when he kissed me. It made me feel wanted ya know. I liked it. I heard hi unlocking the door and stood up. He opened the door and looked at me and smiled. "What are you smiling at?" I asked. "Your face is as red as a tomato. Are you okay?" He said. I could tell he was trying not to laugh. "I'm perfectly fine." I said trying to encourage him that i really was fine. I could tell it was failing though. I walked over to him and took his hand. I walked him over to the bed and i sat down. "I'm fine." I smiled still blushing. He looked at me and held my gaze. His eyes were just the best thing to stare at. He said "I believe you. I was just messing with you." He leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my forehead. I leaned over and kissed his cheek. "Thanks for taking me out of that heat when you did." i said staring into his eyes. It was hard not to. They were so perfect. He smiled at me and blushed a little. "Your welcome. I'm glad you agreed to stay." He smiled at me. "Me too." I looked at him closely. He had a tattoo on his neck. A scorpion none the less. It was really cool. I liked it a lot. He smiled at me and layed back. "You so lazy." I said giggling a little bit. He was lazy. I mean he just woke up! "Yeah i get that a lot." He said closing his eyes and smiling. I grabbed his hand and tried to pull him up. "Come on. Lets go out side and through my baseball around. It's more fun than you think." He grunted "I don't wanna." He was heavy so sliding him off the bed was my only choice. I pulled on his arm and sure enough he slid off the bed and into the floor. "ow." He said and stood up. "come on!!" I grabbed my baseball and ran out the door and waited for him in the main room. He finally came out of his room. Slowly but surely we made it outside. "Catch." I yelled and tossed the ball to him. He caught it effortlessly. "Why are we doing this?" he asked tossing it back. "Me and Ritalin use to do it all the time." i added throwing it back. "It's a good way to pass the time." I said smiling. He was standing there holding the baseball. "So. Where do you think Ritalin is anyway?" He said using his hand to shield his face from the sun. "There's no telling. I mean she left a week or 2 before the Dracs came. I'm lucky to be alive." I walked over to him and stood there for a minute. "So. Why did she leave?" He asked looking into my eyes. "Dracs killed her friend. She lived 3 miles away and Ritalin had a feeling that they would hit there next. And as always she was right." I held his gaze. "well. Do you think shes okay?" He said still looking at me. "yeah. She's a tough girl. She'll be okay." I said. He took both of my hands and held them in his. He leaned forward and we were nose to nose. "I'm glad you didn't forget her. I don't remember my family at all. I remember running away. That's about it." He said softly. I replied "Well it's hard for me to forget things. I just. I can't" i smiled a little bit. "That's a good thing." He said. He leaned over a little bit more and kissed my lips. His lips were soft and sweet. When he pulled back he grabbed my hand and lead me back inside and we went to his room. He walked over and sat on his bed "Sorry. heat of the moment." He said staring at his boots. "It's okay. I kinda liked it." I walked over and sat next to him. He took my hand in his and said "Really? I thought you just wanted to be friends." He turned and looked at me. I brushed his bangs out of his face and leaned forward and kissed his soft lips. "Well this changes every thing." We sat there grinning and laughing at each other. It was perfect. I grabbed my sketch book and began drawing. I don't know why, but it felt like a sketch pad moment. He stood up and walked over and sat on the window seal. "don't move." I said and began sketching him. "okay?" He said and didn't move. When i finished he tore it out and taped it up. "Your turn." I looked at him and walked over to the window seal and sat down. He began sketching. "I didn't know you could draw." I said. He was just finishing up and said "Me either." I looked at his sketch and it was really good. It was a perfect way to spend a very hot day. There were no calls so we just hung out all day. It was perfect. He lay down and i did the same. I placed my head on his chest and listened to his heart beat just like i did every night. "Good night Dren." He said quietly. "Good night Ghoul." I whispered half asleep. I passed out pretty quick. It was a great ending to a great day.

chapter 7: Reunited

The next morning I woke up to Party banging on the door. "Hey wake up! Ghoul we gotta go! Killjoy zone 3! Come on." He kept banging on the door. I stood up quietly trying to let Ghoul sleep and opened the door. Party had a surprised look on his face. "Be quiet! He's still asleep. I'll go instead. Let him rest." I Grabbed my gun and the key and wrote a quick note. "Ghoul Killjoy Zone 3. BBS- DREN" I always wrote my name in all capital letters. It makes a statement ya know. I walked out the door and locked it. I followed Party out to the car and got in the backseat. "So where we off to?" I asked. Kobra Kid and jet star got in the car. Party started the car and punched the gas. "Zone 3. Gotta transmission this morning." I could seem him in the rear view mirror. He was smiling. "Okay anything major going on?" I asked. He glanced at me in the mirror. "I heard there were like 6 or 7 Dracs. Always fun." He was still smiling. Why i don't know. We were flying through Zones. First through 2 and we stopped in 3. Party got out of the car and opened my door. I stepped out and gripped the handle of my gun tightly. Dracs. I hate Dracs. They scare me more than anything. I followed Party and Kobra and Jet. They were walking into nothingness. I don't know what they were doing, but i didn't care much. I saw a Drac in the distance and ran behind Party. "Theres a....Drac." I said shaking. He pulled out his gun and aimed. He fired the first shot. The Drac fell and Ritalin came running towards us. "RITALIN!" I screamed out to her and she tackled me to the ground. "SISSY!!" she screamed. We both sat there laughing. "I lost my gun back there. Dracs are tricky creatures." She said as she stood. She reached for my hand and helped me up. "Hey Dren." she said kinda quietly. "Yeah?" I asked. "Don't tun around. Hand me your gun." I looked at her and saw a Drac in the reflection on her glasses. I quickly handed her my gun and she heldit out and aimed for it and shot it. She shot it a good 4 times. Party ran over to use quickly. I collapsed to the ground. "whats wrong?" Ritalin asked really worriedly. " leg. It hurts." I turned my leg over and it looked like the Drac got one good shot. Party picked me up and put me in the car and Ritalin got in next to me. Party started the car and let Kobra and Jet get in. "Hold on." He said and stomped the gas. We were at HQ before we knew it. When we got there Ghoul was standing outside. "So." He said calm and unaware of what was going on. Party got out and walked to my door and opened it. "Your girlfriend almost got dusted." He picked me up and carried me inside. Ritalin walked behind us and when we passed Ghoul his eyes were opened wide. Party carried me into the main room and sat me down on the couch. "It's just a scratch. I'm totally fine." I said reassuringly. "There's a hole in the side of your leg. Your everything but fine." Ritalin said. I could tell she was really worried. "What happened to you?" Ghoul said as he walked over and placed a kiss on my forehead. Party left the room and came back with bandages. "We were saving that Killjoy and your girlfriend was in the line of fire. Ritalin took the Drac out and it got one shot and didn't miss." Party said as he was wrapping my leg. "Why did you let her go?" Ghoul said accusingly. "Because i wanted to. I hadn't been out of the house in what seemed like forever to me. I'm glad i did go though. I found Ritalin Ghoul. WE found Ritalin." I said trying not to scream when Party tightened the bandages. When he finished wrapping my leg Ghoul picked me up and carried me to his room. Ritalin followed. He walked in and sat me on the bad. "Well at lease your sister is back. I'm happy that you found her." He said smiling at me. "Is that your.....boyfriend?" Ritalin whispered in my ear. "Yes." I replied giggling a little. "WHOAH HE'S TOTALLY HOTT!!" She said really loud and clamped her hand over her mouth quickly. "Yeah i know he is." I added and kissed Ghoul's soft lips. Ritalin gasped and said "I feel like a total idiot! Ha, but at least i didn't lie!" I smiled at her. Ghoul was trying not to laugh, but after a minute or 2 he busted out laughing. I was laughing too and so was Ritalin. It was nice to have my sister back. "So where have you been staying?" She asked and i looked at her. "Well right here with Ghoul." I smiled at Ghoul and gripped his hand a little tighter and he did the same. "You lucky lucky child." She added. I turned to her and smiled and Ghoul pulled me over to him and kissed the top of my head. "I'm glad your okay." He said. He was rubbing my back. "I am too." I said. Ritalin was just looking at us and said "So where can i stay?" She said trying not ruin the moment. "You can stay in my room. I haven't used it at all so you can have it." I looked at Ghoul who nodded and stood. "Shall i show you the way?" He reached out his hand for hers and she placed her hand in his. "This ones a keeper Adrenaline." She smiled and Ghoul walked her to my room. I layed down on the bed and grunted as i tried it get my leg on the bed. Ghoul ran into the room. "Hey i heard you trying to put your leg up. Are you capable of that?" He looked at me and walked over and helped. His touch was so soft and so gentle. "Thanks" i said smiling at him. He layed down next to me and stared at me. "What are you staring at?" I asked. He brushed my white and brown hair out of my face (My hair was dyed like rouge from Xmen). He said "your just so perfect." He smiled at me and leaned forward until we were nose to nose. I smiled at him and leaned that extra inch and kissed his lips. They were just so kissable and soft. I loved waking up next to him and i loved kissing him. He was everything a girl could want. We layed there nose to nose and holding hands. I fell asleep. I didn't mean to, but i did. I'm sure he wouldn't mind much. I knew he loved me enough to let me rest after getting shot by a Drac. Before i was completely asleep i felt his soft lips press against mine. I wished moments like this lasted forever. It was so perfect.

Chapter 8 dracs and killjoys

The next morning i woke up alone. This time the note was on the pillow. "Dren we had a killjoy call. were very bust these days. Your sister is there if you need any thing. Please don't try to get up. I don't want you to get hurt even worse. Love, Ghoul" Wow hes really worried about my leg, but i think i can stand on it today. I carefully stood. It didn't hurt much. I walked over to the door and leaned on the door way. I opened the door and said "Ritalin help me!" Ritalin came running. "Why the hell are you up and walking?!" She said as i threw my arm around her and started walking down the hall. "Cause im stubborn." As we walked into the main room i noticed Kobra Kid sitting on the couch. "Hey why didn't you go with the others?" I asked as Ritalin helped me sit next to him. He put a small pillow on the coffee table and propped my leg up. "Babysitting." He said and laughed a little. "HEY?! baby sitting my butt!!" I was trying so hard not to cus cause i knew he'd freak. "Hey those were my orders so i stayed behind." He smiled at me and laughed a little. "So when did they leave?" I asked and glanced from Ritalin to Kobra. "You just missed 'em" He looked at me with a straight face and managed a smile. "Well that sucks! They probably wont be back for hours." I said as I tried not to move my leg in the process. "hey they will be back though. So what do you wanna do til then?" He smiled at me again. It was getting kinda creepy. I looked at him and smiled back "Well i can't move so how bout a board game. Me and Ritalins favorite game is in my backpack." I said smiling at Ritalin. "You kept our home made game?!" She sounded shocked. "Yeah! When you left it's all i had left!" I smiled real big and watched her run to Ghouls room. She walked back with the old metal lunch box that we had spray painted together. She took everything out and set up the game board. We called the game Killjoys and Dracs. Whoever got a six on their first roll had to be the Drac. If you didn't you were a Killjoy. The object of the game was to get every Killjoy who was set up around the zones. The board was a Zone map taped to a piece of cardboard. We didn't have anything else to do. We made this game out of things around the house. "Our parents were warming up to our Killjoy attitude and knew that one day we'd be gone. So they gave us this map and said make a game. I think they just wanted us to know the Zones really well." Ritalin said and handed out the dice. Kobra rolled first. 3. "hey good roll. My turn." I rolled a 6. "You and 6s Dren." Ritalin laughed and rolled the dice. 1. She always gets a 1. "UGH I hate bein Dracs. The game is rigged so the Dracs always lose." I looked at Kobra who had no clue what the hell he was doing. We played the game for a few hours. It was a long game. Kobra won though. Good thing. He broke Ritalin's streak. I was clapping and laughing. Kobra hugged me and said "Why haven't you showed this game before today??" He looked at me with a big grin on his face. "I was waiting til Ritalin got back." I smiled at Ritalin and turned back to Kobra. He was just staring at me. "Why are you staring at me?" I asked and all he did was shrug. Oh well. The front door swung open and Ghoul walked in and looked at us. "Hey how exactly did you get in here?" He said and scratched the back of his head. "I walked how else would i get in here? Ritalin helped me. We played Dracs and Killjoys!" I said and smiled at him. "As long as your okay." He said and walked over to me and kissed me. His lips were as soft as ever. He walked into the kitchen and was looking through the fridge. I glanced at Kobra whose face had turned bright red. "You okay?" I asked very concerned. "Oh it's nothing im fine." He said as he stood and walked to his room. I looked at Ritalin who just shrugged. I mouthed the words "Go find out" She immediantly stood and walked to Kobra's room. "What was that about?" Ghoul said as he sat down next to me. "Beats me" I replied and looked at him. "How's your leg? I looked at it this morning and it looked a little swollen" He looked very worried. "It hurts a little, but i think I'll live" I smiled at him and he kissed the top of my head. "Good so how does this game thing work?" He asked and I explained it to him and we sat there playing and laughing. He got Dracs this time so I was pretty happy. It was a great way to waste hours.


I woke up laying on the couch with my head on Ghoul's lap. He was snoring away. His head was propped up on his hand. Ritalin was asleep in the floor. She liked the floor so i guess she accidentally fell asleep. I layed there not moving and just smiled cause Ghoul snored so loud. I found it funny. I heard Party yell from his room "Ghoul we got a call." Ghoul stopped snoring and made me jump a little. "Well good morning to you too Party" He said as i sat up and smiled at him. "Morning sunshine." I said and smiled at him. He leaned over and kissed my lips. "Good morning Dren" He smiled, kissed my lips again, and stood. Party said "Hey Ritalin your comin with us. Kobra gets to play daddy to day." Party winked at me and i laughed so hard. Ritalin stood and ran to get my gun. Kobra walked in the room and sat next to me. Ghoul, Ritalin, Party, and Jet walked out the door and I could see them take off in The Detonator. Kobra took the bandages off my leg and looked at my wound. "Doesn't look that bad" He said smiling at me. "Doesn't hurt much either, but i don't think i should walk on it yet." I said smiling at him. He wrapped it back up and walked across the room and leaned against the wall. "Walk over here." He smiled at me and i stood up and tried to walk. I almost fell and he, luckily, caught me. "Thanks" I said trying to re-balance mysef. He hesitated and replied "Uh yeah sure anytime." His face was bright red and he couldn't seem to look at me. Strange kid. He helped me back over to the couch. I sat down and he sat next to me. We sat there in silence and he grabbed my hand, but didn't look at me. I didn't know what to do. I sat there dazed for a while thinking about what i should do. I looked at him and he was staring at the wall. I tried to move my hand away, but everytime i did he gripped it tighter. He leaned over and put his head on my shoulder. Great just what i needed to be accused of cheating. If Ghoul saw this he would be soooooooo mad! I saw The Detonator pull up. "Kobra they're back. Get off." He stood up and walked to his room. That was close. Ghoul walked in first and then Party and then Jet and Ritalin. "Hey honey" Ghoul said with a big smile on his face. He walked over and sat next to me. He threw his arm around me and kissed me. His lips were so soft as always. "Where'd Kobra go?" He asked without a bit of concern in his voice. "He saw ya'll pull up and went to his room. He doesn't say much." I looked at Ghoul and smiled. "Yeah he never talks much. He keeps to himself." Ghoul looked at me and smiled. He picked me up gently and walked to his room. He opened the door and sat me on his bed. He sat in front of me on the floor and unwrapped the bandages on my leg. "It's starting to look better." He wrapped it back up and smiled at me. I hesitated and said"I think Kobra likes me. Don't tell him i said that though cause he'd probably kill me. While you were gone he held my hand and leaned on my shoulder." I looked at Ghoul and he held my gaze. When he finally spoke it was very quiet. "Why would he do that?" He looked down at the floor. I moved next to him and leaned my head on his shoulder and put my arm around him. "I don't know Ghoul. I really don't know." He turned and faced me and kissed me. We were just kissing. The moment seemed to never end, but i didn't care. I enjoyed kissing Ghoul. His lips were so soft and it filled my heart with a warmth that I'd never felt before. When he tried to pull away I pulled him back. I didn't want to stop kissing him. When i finally did pull away he pulled me back.We just loved one another. It was so perfect. When we stopped kissing we just stared and smiled at eachother. We couldn't help it. I could tell he really loved me though. That's all I needed to know. I loved him and he loved me. He stood and picked me up and layed me down in the bed. I let him lay down and rolled over on top of him and just stared at him. "Why are you looking at me like that?" He said very curiously. "Because i love you!!" I replied to him. I really did love him so i didn't lie. He layed there smiling and fell asleep. I pressed my lips against his and said "Goodnight Ghoul. Don't let the Dracs bite." I smiled and layed my head down on his chest and listened to the soft beating of his heart. I fell asleep and hoped tomorrow would end exactly the same.

Chapter 10: The stupid things in life ARE free

I woke up the next morning and was laying there listening to Ghoul snoring. I didn't hear anything for a while so i assumed everyone was still asleep. So i layed there in silence. Just listening to him snoring and the gentle beating of his heart. I carefully stood and had forgotten all about my leg. I fell over with a "thud" Ghoul woke up and helped me back up. "I was going to let you sleep. Im sorry I woke you up." I said holding my hand on my ankle. I guess i shouldn't try that anymore. It really hurt. "It's ok. I'm more worried about you than anything else." He smiled at me and unwrapped the bandages. "I guess when i fell I made it bleed didn't i?" I asked very curiously. I was really worried I did. "It's only bleeding a little bit not much. Let me get new bandages and i'll wrap it back up." He stood up,kissed the top of my head, and headed out the door. When he came back he hurried over and wrapped my leg back up. "I got blood all over your nice clean floor." I looked at him with sad eyes. "It's ok. Now there's always a peice of you in my room" He looked at me with a big grin on his face and we both just started laughing. He made some pretty weird jokes. He always made me laugh. "Ghoul! Killjoy in Battery City! This ones important!" Party was yelling from right outside the door. He was so loud it was so annoying. Ghoul kissed me and headed for the door "Don't do anything stupid while im gone." He turned and smiled at me. "I will try not to" I smiled at him and he walked out. I sat there and waited until i knew they were gone. I balanced myself and leaned against the wall. I finally got to the door. "Hey can anyone help me?" I yelled. Guess not i made it all the way down the hall and fell. "Hey are you okay?" I heard Kobra scream. He ran over and helped me stand. When i stood up he was staring into my eyes. "Kobra? What are you--" He kissed me in mid-sentence. I couldn't get away I pushed and squermed and just couldn't get away. When he pulled away I fell to the floor and he ran to his room. I sat there with my mouth opened and then I remembered how my mom said that you can catch flies that way. I stood up slowly and leaned on the wall and started limping back to Ghouls room. When i got there i went in shut the door and almost fell but managed to locked it. I couldn't make it to the bed so i sat in the floor. 'Why would Kobra do that. He knows that Ghoul is with me and he knows i love Ghoul.' I thought to myself as i tried to steady my breathing. I heard The Detonator pull up and I sat there in horror. I had to tell Ghoul what happened. Maybe i should talk to Kobra first. What the hell am I going to do? Ghoul walked into the room and noticed that i was on the floor. "Why are you down there?" He asked as he sat down next to me. "I fell. again. twice." I laughed a little. He looked concerned, but managed a half witted smile. I smiled at him and kissed him. I don't think i'm going to tell him yet. He'd be very upset. I'll talk to Kobra first. I kinda want to cus him out, but i probably won't. Yet. Ghoul picked me up and carried to his bed. He layed me down and crawled in next to me. I was laying on his chest listening to his heart beat. "The killjoy we rescued today said she knew your sister many years ago. Her name is Battery Cola. Weird name i know, but she said ya'll were friends. Shes staying with Party. I'll bring her by tomorrow. I think you'll need that little pick me up." He smiled and laughed a little. "OH MY GOD you found Bats!" I smiled and was real happy that we have another killjoy staying with us. My stay here has been a long one, but who knows the future is bulletproof and the aftermath is secondary. We layed there for a while and Ghoul fell asleep. I guess he had a long day. Living in the Zones will do that to you. I layed there thinking about the past. I know i probably shouldn't, but I wanted to see what I remembered about mom and dad. My parents didn't have killjoy names, but they wanted us to, because nobody can locate you without having your real name. I forgot mine years ago, but Ritalin kept hers like a treasure that was hers and hers alone. I remember going to baseball games and different family things, but the day i remember the most was the day i escaped death. My parents weren't as lucky though. They died that day when Dracs raided our house. I remember hiding in the corner and covering my ears. I was well hidden, so when I got the chance i fled. I ran through Zones 2,3,4,5and half way through 6 before i found that rock. It was the safest place I could find on such short notice. When i went back home I saw my parents lying there. My dad was shot 6 times and my mom was shot 8. I quickly fled back to zone six and was there ever since. I don't know why I decided to head back home the day Ghoul found me, but i'm glad i did. Now i have someone who loves me and I've made new friends. I found Ritalin and Bats. It just gets better and better. I quietly fell asleep and before I did I tried to remember my moms beautiful red hair and my dads dirt brown buzz cut. I missed them so much. I know theyre glad im safe though. I finally fell asleep and was still listening to Ghouls steady heart beat. It was as perfect as perfect could get.

Chapter 11: WOW

I woke up the next morning and Ghoul was sitting in the floor staring out the window. "Look alive sunshine." I said smiling at him. He turned and stood "Good morning Dren. Are you ready to see Bats?" He walked over and kissed me. "Yeah. I havnt seen her in what seems like forever!" I smiled at him and he walked out of the room. I sat up and he walked in. Bats followed him. "Hey Dren! I heard your walking skills have failed you again!" She said smiling. I remembered last time i saw Bats was when i was about 8 and had broken my leg after falling out of a tree. "hey thats not fair you so pushed me out of that tree when we were 8." We both started laughing. It was nice to see Bats after such a long time. It seemed like forever since i had a friend to talk to. Ghoul was great company sure, but i've known Bats for forever. I had missed her. "So where have you been I havnt seen you in 4 years!" I said trying to sound shocked about the 4 years thing. "Ive been out in the west side of Zone 3" She smiled. I looked at her "Well that sounds better than where ive been. I was under a rock in Zone 6. Drac city out there ya know." I was trying to sound serious but it seemed to be failing. I heard Ghoul chuckle a little. "So have you met anyone yet?" I asked. I knew she wouldnt answer usless the answer was no or if Ghoul left. "Ghoul can we please have girl time.Your so nosey." I said trying not to laugh. He walked over and kissed me. "Yes dear. Ill be back though." He walked out of the room and closed the door. Bats started "I havnt met anyone but Kobra Kid is pretty hot. Party is okay and you have dibbs on Ghoul so yeah." She smiled at me. "OH MY GOD you like Kobra. Hes such a creep though. Did you know he--." I stopped and leaned closer to her and whispered "He kissed me" I backed away and her eyes were opened wide. "No he didnt!" She said in total shock "Yes he did. Dont tell anyone. Swear?" I said holding my pinky out. "Okay i swear." She interlocked her pinky with mine. Ghoul opened the door and was holding 3 fizzy pops. "One for you." He said handing me a bottle. "One for you." He said again holding a bottle out to Bats. "And one for muah!" He said smiling at me. "Why are you looking at me like that?" I asked. Bats was just glancing from me to Ghoul and back. "Your just so pretty." He said. I smiled and blushed and tucked my hair behind my ear. "Hey ima go say hey to Ritalin. Talk to you later Dren. Nice meeting you Ghoul." She said as she stood and walked out of the room and closed the door. Ghoul walked over and sat next to me. "So what did I miss?" He asked. "Nothing much. Just girl talk." I laughed a little and pressed my lips ainst his. "Hey lemme look at your leg. Im sure we can take the bandages off today." He said. He unwrapped the bandages and looked at the almost healed wound. "See it's not so bad. Here walk over to me." He said as he stood and walked over to the other side of the room. "Okay." I stood up and cringed a little bit. Itstill hurt alot, but i had to try. I carefully walked over to him. I cringed with almost ever step, but I made it. "Okay now walk back to the bed." He said as he crossed the room and layed down. "okay." I said through my teeth as i tried to withstand the pain that was shooting up my leg. I made it. I collapsed on the bed and fell onto Ghoul. "Oof" He said as i landed laying across his stomach. "Hey you deserved that for making me walk. You know it hurt me to do that." I said moving to where i was laying on him with my hands folded on his chest and I was staring into his perfect hazel eyes. "Yeah I know, but you strengthening you leg. You gotta start walking sometime." He said smiling at me. "Okay, but You gotta atleast help me some. It hurts alot to move on my own." I said still saring at him. He was so perfect and looked so innocent. "Okay I will, but not alot you gotta learn on your own." He said closing his eyes and sighing a little. "Fine." I stood and gritted my teeth together as i walked out of the room and down the hall. I made it all the way to the couch and finally sat down. Kobra and Party came in and sat down. One on my left and one on my right. Party threw his arm around my shoulder and Kobra grabbed my hand. Great im getting ambushed by brothers! "Hey kid hhows your leg?" P arty asked staring at the wound. "It hurts like hell, but ill be fine." I smiled at him reassuringly. He was being nice so i had to be nice back. "I think ima try to walk back to Ghouls room. Can you help me?" I asked staring at party. He turned and looked into my eyes. His eyes were hazel like Ghouls, but his were golden. It was very captivating. "Uh sure why not." He stood and held his hand out. I placed my hand in his and he helped me get balanced. We slowly walked down th hall when we were outside of Ghouls door I turned to him and said. "Thank you." I smiled at him and he placed both his hands on my shoulders and pulled me close and kissed me. Why do they keep doing that. When he pulled away he whispered "Anytime" and hurried down the hall. I quickly took my key out and opened the door and ran in as fast as i could. I closed the door and ran over to where Ghoul was laying. I crawled over him and layed my head on his chest and gripped his shirt. "Are you ok?" He asked. "I love you" I said I felt him move and I felt his gentle eyes on me. A single tear escaped my eye. I felt as if i were betraying him by not telling him, but I couldnt I just couldnt risk losing him. "I love you too Dren I really do." He said and layed his head back down. I quietly fell asleep listening to his heart beat was like when my mom would sing to me. She always sang the song 'Cancer' by My Chemical Romance. She said it made her think of lifes troubles. I loved her veiw of the world. It always made me think things through. I really missed her. I can still hear her sweet voice "Turn away. If you could get me a drink of water cause my lips are chapped and faded call my aunt marie help her gather all my things and bury me in all my favorite colors my sisters and my brothers still i will not kiss you cause the hardest part of this is leaving you." Then she would kiss my forehead and whisper "I love you Dren. Good night." Her voice always made me smile. I layed there and was fast asleep before I knew it. I guess thinking of her singing voice put me to sleep.

Chapter 12: Raided by Dracs

The next morning I woke up on Ghouls tear soaked shirt. I guess I was crying in my sleep. Partly from thinking about my mom and partly about Party and Kobra. "Look alive sunshine. Are you okay?" His voice made me smile."Im ok. I have a problem, but I didnt want to tell you until I talked to them about it. I wanted to know why they did it before you get mad and do something crazy." I looked at him and just waited for his reply. "What happened and who did it. you know you can tell me anything. Anything at all." He was looking into my eyes. His eyes only showed love and deep concern. "Kobra and Party. They...They kissed me. Kobra the other day and Party last night. We were right outside your door. Thats why I ran in." I looked down I didnt want to see his face. "Dren its not your fault." He placed a hand on my back." I love you Dren and Ill do what you tell me to do." I looked up at him. A single tear escaped my eye. "Ghoul let me talk to them first. I want their reasons." I looked into his beautiful hazel eyes. He understood. "Okay, but after that I want an explanation too." He leaned over and kissed me. "Hey lets go in the main room. I wanna sit in there and maybe play Dracs and Killjoys. It an addicting ga--" He kissed me again. He really loved me. When he pulled away he stared t me. "Sorry for interupting you. I love you." He said with a big smile on his face. "I love you to." I replied. I stood up and got my sketch book. I sat on the floor and began sketching the window. I wanted this one to be perfect though. Ghoul walked over and sat next to me. "Why are you sketching the window?" He asked his eyes glued to my drawing. "I dont really know why. I just wanted to." I smiled at him. He leaned over and kissed me. His Lips were soft and warm. His hand were gentle as he rubbed my back. I finished the drawing and he hung it up in his room. "I like having your drawings close. They are a little peice of you that never leaves." He smiled at me and picked me up in his arms. He sat me down on the bed and said "wait here." He walked out of the room and shut the door. I sat there by myself for a little while and then the door swung open and Ghoul rushed in picked me up and ran me to The Detonator. "Why the rush?" I asked worriedly. "We gotta go. Party and the others can take care of the Dracs." He handed me my gun and he turned the car on and punched the gas. "You left Ritalin in there without a gun?" I was furious that he did that. "No we got her one a few days ago." He said. He stopped at an abandoned gas station and said "Come on I have a friend who can help us." He got out of the car and walked around and opened my door. I carefully got out and we walked inside. Inside there was a strange looking killjoy. She was about 15 and the back of her leather jacket had 'MISERY' written across it. "Misery this is Dren." Ghoul took a step back from me. Misery turned around and smiled. "Ghoul shes beautiful." She walked closer to me and twirled a lock of my hair between her fingers. "Thank you. Shes my prize in this ruine world." Ghoul walked over to Misery and gave her a hug. "So whats your full name Misery. Im Adrenaline Revolution." I said. She turned and spoke "Teenage Misery." She walked over and sook my hand. "We need a place to stay. Just for a few days. HQ got hit with Dracs today." He was staring at me and the looked at her. "Sure yall can stay. Ghoul you know where everything is around here. Help yourself." She smiled at me and Ghoul picked me up and carried me to a room in the far back. He sat me down on the bed and said "I lived here once with her when I was a run away. I had had a fight with Party and ran and ran. I ran straight here like I knew it was safe. Im glad it was." He smiled at me. I looked around the room and saw where Ghoul had painted the same thing on these walls as the walls in his bed room. "I like it. It feels like home." I smiled at him and he winked at me and a grin spread across his face. Misery walked in and said "Hey ya'll hungry I made well I have food." She laughed a little and walked out of the room. I carefully stood and walked back into the main room. Ghoul followed me. We sat down and Misery brought over plates of what looked t be beans. "Eat up." She said grinning uncontrolably. As we ate Ghoul and Misery talked the whole time about whats new and who theyve met over the years. Misery was very cool so I told Ghoul "we need to come here more often." He smiled and nodded his head. His hair was drapped in his face so I naturally moved it away from his beautiful eyes. "Your eyes are so beautiful so dont let your hair hide them." I smiled and Misery nodded in agreement. After supper Ghoul and I thanked her for the meal and walked back to the room in the back. "That was really fun" I smiled at him as he layed down. I crawled in bed next to him and placed my head on his chest and listened to his heart beat. He laughed a little and said "Goodnight Dren. Sweet dreams my beautiful blue eyed angel." I smiled and said "Goodnight. Sweet dreams my hazel eyed hero." I hummed my mothers favorite song and quietly fell asleep. I was glad that I was here with Ghoul. He always knew how to mke me smile even when the day started out so rough.

Chapter 13: MISERY

The next morning I woke up to Misery screaming and banging on the door. "Hey lazy kids get up and eat. Big day today." She screamed from outside the door. I got up and shook Ghoul until he stopped snoring. He opened on eye and said "What?" I kissed his soft lips and whispered "It's time to get up Ghoul." I stood up and managed a smile. He got up and threw me a shirt. "Here change." He said as he took off his shirt. Hes way hotter shirtless. "Uh ok." I quickly changed into the old T-shirt he had thrown to me. It was a black shirt with GHOUL written in big green letters. I turned and faced Ghoul. He looked at me and smiled. "Almost a perfect fit." He said tugging on the right sleeve. "It like three sizes to big!" I said trying to show him that the shirt was to big for the both of us. "My friend made it for me. Its always been a big shirt. She saidthat i would grow into it, but I never did." He started laughing and opened the door. I walked out and sat down at the old resturant styled table in the main room. Ghoul sat down next to me and held my hand. I sa there smiling as Misery handed out plates of food. After we ate she explained how she ended up here. Her story was amazing. She talked about how Dracs chased her through Zones 4 and 5 and how she ended up hiding here. She has been here ever since. Dracs never found her and she hasnt seen a Drac in 2 years. I was shocked about everything she told me. It was so amazing. Ghoul talked about why he ran away and how he got here and met her. He had been fighting with party about how he always had to go and get the indangered killjoys. Ghoul had been shot in the arm before the big fight. When he ran out of HQ he just kept running and ended up here with Misery. She was like his sister. "So what are we doing today." I asked really curiously. "Well we have 3 killjoys out in the Zones. Ya'll wanna go see if we can't find them?" Misery said smiling. She stood up and walked to a tall curtain and moved it out of the way to reveal a door. She got out 3 pairs of roller blades and handed them to each. "Dren I hope these wont hurt you to bad. Its all we have to get around in." She smiled and held the skates out torwards me. "I can try. I mean I can walk. How hard would it be to skate?" I said. I grabbed the skates and put them on. The boot of the skate covered my scab where I had been shot. Stupid Drac. The one shot he fired and it hit me. I carefully stood and began skating. It was easy. It didnt even hurt my leg. "aw this is gonna be easy." I said. Ghoul started smiling and grabbed my hand. "Ready? Follow me." Misery said as she skated out the door. Me and Ghoul followed. We skated to Zone 4 and found 2 of the 3 killjoys. Good thing to they had been fighting Dracs for hours. They didnt get any sleep. We took the back to Miserys HQ. She got them fed and Ghoul took me hand and we walked out to The Detonator and we took our skates off and got in. Ghoul started the car and we drove back to HQ. When we walked in the place was trashed. Party Kobra Ritalin Bats and Jet were in the main room trying to clean up. "Hey get in the car and come with us." Ghoul said. They all stopped and walked outside and we piled in the car. Ghoul started the car and drove in the direction of Miserys HQ. "So howd the Drac thing go?" I asked waiting for the answer. Ritalin pulled her hand off her arm. "Not to well." She said cringing at the pain. "OH MY GOD do we have any bandages?" I said really worriedly. "No, but Misery does." Ghoul said. "Misery? Who is Misery?" Asked party. "You'll see. I think you'll like her. Shes aawesome." I said excited that everyone would meet her. We pulled up next to Miserys HQ and piled out of the car. Me and Bats helped Ritalin inside and the guys stayed outside and talked about the battle. When we walked inside m=Misery was sitting with the other killjoys. "Hi Dren. This is Smokey and Detonator." She said smiling. "Hi nice to meet you. This is Bats and my sister Ritalin. Do you by chance have any bandages? Ritalin almost ALMOST got dusted." I asked and smiled. She quickly stood and rushed to get the bandages.We wraped up Ritalins arm and started talking to the 2 guys before us. They were a little rough around the edges and have only been running for a few weeks almost a month."Hey Dren. Whos the red headed killjoy outside?" Asked Misery. I could tell she already liked him. Party was pretty hot, but Ghoul was better. "Thats Party Poison. Hes practically the leader. The blonde one is Kobra kid and the other one is Jet Star. They are the other one who have been taking care of me." I looked at her and smiled. "Well invite them in." She said still staring at Party. I waled outside and yelled. "Hey yall come in and meet everybody else." I walked back in and not 2 minutes later Party walked in and Kobra pushed him and started laghing Jet hit Kobra upside the head and Ghoul hit both Jet and Kobra upside the head and pushed Party to the floor. They were a bunch of fools. I loved them all. Ghoul walked over and kissed me. Party shook hands with Misery Smokey, and Detonator. Misery looked like she was about to faint and Party could tell. When he got to her he winked adn shook her hand. Her face got so red. I almost died laughing. She had a crush on him and he was going to hold it against her. I can already see it happening. I walked to Ghouls room and he was laying in the bed. Somehow he walked past me. Oh well. I walked over and layed next to him and layed my head on his chest. I guess a nap would do us some good. We dont do much, but it doesn't matter. I fell asleep listening to his heart beat and the loud sound of his snoring. It made me smile because it was so loud. I finally fell asleep. Quietly and soundless.

Chapter 14: Cleaning out HQ

When i woke up it was like 3 o'clock in the morning. I carefully got up trying hard not to wake Ghoul up. He was snoring loud. At least he's asleep. I walked out of the room and almost tripped over Kobra. I almost fell and let out a very loud, but short "Yelp." I hit the table which almost fell onto Jet who was sleeping in a chair and the noise I had made woke Party up. Great. "What the hell are you doing?" He said. He scared me. I jumped again and this time slipped and hit my head on the table. "Ow. I woke up and needed to walk around. I didn't know Kobra was in the floor so I almost fell." He stood up and walked over and helped me up. "Well. You do know this is all your fault." He started laughing. I don't know what was so funny about me banging my head on the table. "I'm just gonna go outside." I said turning to walk out the door. "Here." He said as he picked me up and carefully stepped over everybody. His boots didn't make a sound on the tile floor. "Well thanks." I said as he set me down outside. "Uh no problem." He smiled at me and walked a few feet ahead of me and sat down in the dirt. I walked over and sat next to him. "It's a very pretty night." I said staring at the stars. "Yeah. Just like you." I could feel him staring at me and when I turned my head he placed his hand on my cheek and pulled me close. Our lips touched and I was just staring at his eyelids. I pushed him off of me. "Party you know i'm with Ghoul." I said very sternly. "I know. There's just something so magnetic about you Dren. I don't know why, but I can't stop thinking about you." He looked down and stood up and started walking back. He stopped just outside the door and turned around. I could see his eyes full of tears. When he walked in I sat back down and I guess I fell asleep, because I woke up to Ghoul shaking me awake out in the bright sun of daylight. "Look alive sunshine. How'd you get out here?" He picked me up in his arms and walked me back inside. "I wanted to see the stars." I said still half asleep. When we walked in everyone was seperated and talking. "Hey Ghoul." Party shouted from the far end of the room "We should probably go clean out HQ." Ghoul shook his head and grabbed the keys to The Detonator. We went out to the car and piled in. Ghoul got in the front seat and I got in the passanger seat. Kobra got in the back first then Bats then Jet then Ritalin then Misery then Party. "MOVE OVER!" Party screamed and began pushing everyone over. Bats ended up riding in Kobra's lap and Misery was in Party's lap and Ritalin was in Jet's lap. Me and Ghoul were laughing so hard. Ghoul started the car and when we got to HQ everybody practically fell out of the car. Party walked up behind me and Ghoul and said "On the way back I'm driving." Ghoul just started laughing and walked inside. We all started cleaning. When we got everything packed and loaded in the car Ghoul noticed we had water balloons. He quickly stuffed them in his pocket and said "shhhhhhh." Ghoul handed Party the keys. Party got in the drivers seat and Misery got in the passenger seat. Bats got in Kobra's lap again and Ritalin got in Jet's lap and me and Ghoul just sat next to each other holding hands. We were the smallest of the group. Party started the car and punched the gas. Back to Misery's HQ. I wonder what were gonna do later.

Chapter 15: Water

When we got back to Misery's HQ Ghoul ran in and started filling up the balloons. Nobody else knew he had them so this should be fun. We were unloading boxes and bags and everything else. Ghoul ran out and hit Party in the back of the head with a water balloon. Of course it busted on impact and got just about everyone wet. Ghoul quickly ran in and got another one and threw it at Party and this time he caught it and threw it back at Ghoul and it busted as soon as it hit his chest. Ghoul ran in and I ran in after him. We both got 5 water balloons each and ran outside and started throwing them. I hit Party twice and I hit Kobra and Bats at the same time. Double points. Ghoul backed up away from me and threw one and it busted on my arm. I threw one back and hit him on the side of his head. When it busted he scrunched up his face. I guess the water was cold. When we ran out of water balloons everybody was soak and wet. We finished unloading the car and began taking boxes inside. Ghoul grabbed my hand and took me to his room and threw me another old T-shirt and a pair of jeans. "Here get out of those wet clothes." He said while he was changing into dry clothes. "Okay." I changed and threw my wet clothes on the floor where he threw his. We walked into the main room and started unpacking. We unpacked over 12 boxes. We have a lot of junk from HQ. We put up cups and plates and me and Ghoul carried 3 boxes to his room and began to unpack them. I put up his posters and the drawings and he unpacked our clothes. The third box was all of the CDs and radios and transmitters. "Well that's done." Ghoul said. I finished hanging up the last few picture and jumped off the bed and sat down. "Yeah. That's everything." I smiled at him as he walked over and sat next to me. I fell back and layed thee staring at the poster covered ceiling. "Come on. Lets go see who else needs help unpacking." Ghoul stood up and grabbed both my hands and pulled me up. "Ugh okay." I walked out of the room and Ghoul followed. Party stared at me and when I looked at him he quickly turned away and continued unpacking what he could. "Sorry we don't have hardly enough room" Misery said as she put up plates. "It's cool. We'll manage." Jet said. I smiled and walked up to Kobra, who was trying to reassemble a figurine set. "Need any help?" I asked. He quickly looked up. "Yeah I can't get this piece on." He said as he handed me the tweezers and the figuring. I put the piece on and handed it back to him. "How the hell did you do that?" He said examining the figurine. "The magic touch." I said and giggled a little. I heard someone fall and turned around. Ghoul had slipped on a piece of paper. "OW!!!" He yelled out. I ran over and helped him up. We walked back to his room and we layed on his bed. I got back up and went and got ice. I had forgotten to get it. "Here. It'll help." I handed him the ice pack and he put it on the back of his head. "Thanks." He said. He fell asleep pretty quick. I walked out and helped everybody finish unpacking. When we got done we just sat in the main room and told stories and joked around. It was nice to have random conversations for once instead of work work. Oh and more work.

Chapter 16: We Are Young And We Don't Care

Then next morning I woke up on Party Poison's chest. I guess we fell asleep. I sat up and tried to wake up. Ghoul came out of his room like he was looking for something important. "Good morning Ghoul." I said rubbing one of my eyes. He quickly ran over and placed both his hands on each of my cheeks and pulled me close and kissed me. I didn't move due to lack of a comfortable sleeping place. "You weren't there when I woke up and there was no note. I got worried." He said as he grabbed both of my hands and stared into my eyes. "I'm sorry. When you went to bed I came out here and talked to everyone. I fell asleep. I'm sorry." I said trying not to yawn. "Its okay. I just got worried." He smiled at me and picked me up and carried me back to his room. He layed me down and fell asleep quickly. When I woke up everyone was talking in the main room. I got up and walked out. They were all crowded around the little table. Party was telling the story of his scar under his right eye. I walked over and sat on Ghoul's lap. "Hey sleepy. Glad you finally got up. We thought you were dead." Kobra said and laughed a little. "Hey can I continue my story please?" Party said. He smacked Kobra on the back of the head. "Hey no need to hit me man!" Kobra said as he rubbed the back of his head. I stood up and hit Party on the back of the head. "There now your even." I said smiling as I sat down. "Thanks. And before you ask yes. That hurt." Party said. He finished his story and we all laughed at the end because of how stupid that story was. It was sad to hear how he fell and a rock got jammed into his skin. "Sorry Party, but that was the worst scar story out of the three stories I've heard." Bats said as she stood and walked god knows where. "AGREED" everyone said at once. We all started laughing and Party was just glaring at everyone. "Like you guys have any better scar stories." Party said angrily. "Hey I have a scar from where I got shot in the leg. That's way better than a rock to the face." I said laughing a little. It was true. Getting shot was a way better story. "And I got shot in the arm. It'll leave a scar I'm sure." Ritalin said as she admired her arm. It was a prize to her. She didn't have anything else. "Okay I get it. It was a rhetorical question." Party said rolling his eyes at us. We just started laughing at his complete and total stupidity. Kobra asked "Why do all the girls get shot? We are bad people." The guys all had a dumb-founded look on their faces. I started laughing. "Hey thats not completely true Me and Misery have not been shot." Bats said out of no where. I didn't notice that she even came back in the room. Shes a sneaky little....bat. "Well you never know." Ghoul said really loud. Right in my ear too. Geez. "What are you gonna do shoot me?" Bats started laughing. Maybe at his stupidity or the fact that Kobra fell over. Party just happened to be standing right next to him when he fell. Who knows what happened nobody was really paying attention. "Hey that was completely uncalled for." Kobra screamed from the floor. When he stood up he pushed Party. Party ran into Jet who proceeded to push him into me and Ghoul. I stood up and Ghoul pushed Kobra to the floor. "Dude really? The floor?" Kobra said rubbing the back of his neck. "Hey at least we stopped pushing you." Ghoul said as he helped Kobra back to his feet. "So what do ya'll want to do now?" I asked sitting back down. "We could clean out that closet." said Party pointing to the long black curtain that covered the closet. "No no we shouldn't. That would take way to long." said Misery trying to convince them not to even think about it. Party moved the curtain and opened the door. It was to dark in there to see anything, but we gotta clean it out sometime.

Chapter 17: Its So Not A Closet

Party walked into the closet and turned on the light. The closet wasn't even a closet. It was a long hallway. There were a total of three rooms and two extra closets. "We could've been sleeping in rooms this whole time?" Jet said glaring at Misery. She shrugged her shoulders "I didn't think you wanted to clean it out." she said standing and walking over to Party. Party grabbed a box and walked over and sat it on the table. He pulled out old pictures and clothes and came across a knife. It was an antique knife. It was made of brass and wood. "Wow. Where did you find this?" Party said as he held the knife out to Misery. "I don't remember. I haven't been through this stuff in a while." She said as she took the knife and put it back in the box. Party went and got another box. This one was filled with old trophies and skates. He went and grabbed a box that had 'CLOTHES' written on the side. He opened the box and pulled out shirts and pants. He handed them out according to size and everyone was checking them out. "Keep them. I don't need any of them" Misery said as she grabbed another box. She sat on the floor and pulled out old drawings. All of them were signed 'XOXO MISERY'. I grabbed all of them and started hanging them up all around. "Good art should be shown not hidden." I humg up the last few pictures and grabbed another box. It was to heavy for me to pick up. Ghoul walked over and helped me pull it out of the closet. Ghoul took out his pocket knife and opened the box. It was full of different books and old remote controlled cars. "Wow. Hey look. Its the legend of sleepy hollow. I used to read this all the time when I was younger." I held the booked up and handed it to Ghoul. "Yeah I read it once. It was really good." He smiled and pulled out all the books. Party pulled a short book case out of the hallway and moved it against the wall. We filled the bookcase with all the books in the box. I pulled the cars out and placed them on top of the now full book case. We pulled out another box and it was full of books too. "Why do you have so many books? Do you even read?" Kobra said as he unpacked the box and put the books in another, much taller, bookcase that he and Jet had pulled out of the corridor. "I've read every book in there." Misery said as she alphabetized the books. We finished putting up all the books. We had 2 large bookcases filled and 3 smaller ones. We had three boxes of clothes unpacked and 4 more in the hallway. When we finished cleaning it out Misery went and opened all the doors and told them to pick a room. Bats went in the room that Kobra had picked and Ritalin went with jet. Party had a room to himself and Misery stayed in the main room. I walked into Partys new room and he was already moving furniture and unpacking all his boxes from HQ. "Do you want any help?" I asked as I walked over to him. "Uh yeah sure. And I'm sorry about what I did. Ghoul is like my best friend ya know. I shouldn't of done what I did." He was still unpacking and didn't make eye contact with me. "It's ok." I said as unpacked his posters and drawings. He turned and glanced at me. He finished unpacking and started putting things away. I walked over to him and kissed his cheek. "Your a great friend Party." I said and walked out of the room into the now empty hallway. Party ran up and grabbed my arm. When I turned around he kissed me. He quickly ran back in his room and slammed the door. "What was that about?" Ghoul asked as he walked up to me. "Nothing. We were just talking." I smiled at Ghoul and walked to his room and layed down. Ghoul walked in and layed next to me. He kissed me. His lips were soft and warm. I smiled and fell asleep. I was wore out after cleaning and putting everything away. Tomorrow we gotta finish. Oh joy.

Chapter 18: BL/Ind

The next morning I woke up and Ghoul was putting on his gear for the day. "Good morning. Hey today I want to cut and dye my hair. I was thinking red like Party's and kinda short. I think it's time to change it up some." I said smiling at him. He turned and looked at me. "Okay. Why don't you go ask Party to dye it. I'm not very good at it." He walked out of the room and into the main room and sat in the chair closest to the window. I stood up and headed to Party's room. I opened the door and he was putting on his shirt. "Hey can you dye my hair like yours?" I asked as I turned to shut the door. "Uh yeah sure." He walked over and grabbed hair dye and a bunch of other stuff and we headed to the bathroom. He sat me down and wrapped the towel around my neck. He applied the dye and we sat there talking for a while and then he washed it out. "So why the sudden desire to dye and cut your hair?" He asked as he cut my hair. "Well It was time for a change." I said as he finished cutting it up. I stood and looked at it. "Well im done. What do I get in return?" He asked as he ran his fingers through my hair. I leaned over and kissed his cheek. "That." I said smiling. He pulled me close and kissed me. I stood there shocked. "Or that." I said as I walked out. Ghoul was still sitting in the main room. "Wow thats really cool. Hey I was thinking you want to go for a walk?" He asked as he grabbed my hand and I shook my head. We walked outside and walked a little ways down the road. I felt as if we were being watched. "Maybe we should head back." I said gripping his hand tighter. "Okay." He said and we turned and started walking back. A big white van pulled up in front of us and another one behind us. "Ghoul!" I screamed and he unholstered his gun and I did the same. 7 Dracs got out of each van and we started shooting. We killed 4 of them and one picked me up and took my gun and the other 2 got Ghoul. "Ghoul!" I screamed and reached for him, but he was to far. They threw him in one van and me in the other. The Drac was still holding my arm. I shook him loose and he cuffed me. "Where are you taking me you filthy rotten creature?" I said angrily through my teeth. He said nothing. We arrived at the BL/Ind building. They stripped me of my gun and my killjoy outfit. My colors were gone. They put me in a long white gown with the BL/Ind sign on the front and it said Better Living Industries on the front under the symbol. They threw me in a white room and took the cuffs off. "How am I going to get out of here?" I said. The door then swung open and they threw Ghoul in. "Ghoul." I said as I ran over to him. His lip was bleeding and he had bruises all over him. "I fought back. I thought they would kill you." He said. He was breathing hard. "Oh Ghoul this is my fault." I said and started crying. "No it's not. It's BL/Ind's fault." He said and stood and walked to the bed. He was limping and he was coughing up blood. They did a number on him. "We'll get out of here soon." I said and walk to the night stand and found a black marker. I began drawing all over the walls. I had to do something. White just didn't fit my personality. I drew windows that showed kids playing outside. I drew me and Ghoul's first real kiss. He smiled when I finished it. I capped the marked and layed down and placed my head on his chest. "Ghoul what are we going to do? We can't send a transmission. We can't get in touch with anyone." I said trying not to cry anymore. I was really scared. "Dren we'll be just fine." He said. "Megan. Killjoy: Adrenaline Revolution." I stood. I walked to the door and peered out. It was a Drac. "Yeah whats it to ya?" I said trying to hold my ground. "Come with me you rotten little brat." He said as he unlocked the door. When he got it opened I connected my fist with his face. "I'm not going any where with you." I said and slammed the door shut. "Ghoul I don't know how we're gonna get out, but we gotta think of something." I walked over and layed back down. "Megan. He called me Megan. How would he have known that?" I asked myself, but Ghoul answered. "I think it's pretty and so is Dren. I'm going to call you Dren though. Megan is a past life you have. Dren is your life now. Megan is dead." He said and I heard him drift off to sleep. He was right Megan was then Dren is now. I smiled and fell asleep. I kept high alert though. Anything that gets in here I'll know about it.

Chapter 19: BL/Ind HQ

I woke up to a Drac banging on the cell door. "Get up you brats." He yelled and unlocked the door. He walked inside and snatched me up. I screamed and grabbed Ghoul. The Drac pulled my arm back and called in another one. They carried me to a long conference room. They sat me down and cuffed my hands to the chair that was built into the floor. "Thank you that will be all." Said a voice as a short white man walked into the room. "Hello little brat. Do you know who I am?" He grinned and I struggled in the chair. "I am Korse. Your worse nightmare. Where are the other brats that I know you live with?" He said. I screamed "I don't know what your talking about. It's only me and Ghoul in the Zones." I was still struggling. "You are a liar little killjoy. I know there are 3 others staying with you." He slammed his hands on the table and made me jump. The Dracs un-cuffed me from the chair and dragged me back to the white room. "Ghoul where did you take him? Where's Ghoul?" I screamed. "Frank Killjoy: Fun Ghoul has been taken to the infirmery. You might hear him scream." The Drac walked away from the window and I heard Ghoul scream. I started to cry. "They might kill him." I said to myself. I walked to the nightstand and started drawing on the walls again. The door swung opened and a Drac carried Ghoul in and set him on the bed. I capped the marker and ran over to Ghoul. They had patched him up and realigned his arm. "Are you okay?" I asked trying to suppress the tears. "They found Party. He'll be in here soon enough." He said cringing at the pain. The door swung open again and they threw in a colorless Party. His hair was still red, but his clothes were white like mine and Ghoul's. "Ah It hurts!" He sreamed as he rolled on the floor. I walked over to him and he'd been shot. His arm was bleeding. "What happened to you?" I asked as I ripped the bottom half of my dress so that I could close the wound. "Dracs. I went looking for ya'll. I thought you just got lost. A white van pulled up and I fought back, but when I got shot I couldn't do much." He said cringing. He was sweating so bad. I got a pillow off the bed and propped his head up. "Party im sorry you got caught." I said and walked to the wall and started drawing Party on the wall. I drew him when we first met. He had a serious look, but he was still cool. He stood up and walked over and sat next to me. "These walls are to white. Your drawings are very good. It's like were not even here." I turned and he was smiling at me. I stood to go check on Ghoul, but he was already asleep. "Ghouls past out already. They took him to the infirmiry today. He's in pain." I walked over and sat next to party and put my head on his should (the one without the wound) and sat there singing. When he reconized that I was singing Bulletproof Heart he joined in. He layed back and I placed my head on his chest and let him fall asleep before I moved over to the bed and placed my head on Ghoul's chest and quietly kept singing. I lied there thinking of what everybody else is doing and wondered if we were ever getting out of here. The killjoys in the other cells heard me singing and a few joined in. I sang until I fell asleep. I was still worried so I slept pretty uneasy.

Chapter 20: Plotting and Planning

I woke up the next morning to a killjoy screaming. "No Don't NOOO" Itt sounded like Ritaln. I ran to the window and peered out. The Drac was dragging her and taking er colors. I moved back and he threw her in.He slammed the door. "No Leave them alone!" She ran up to the door and started shaking it. "Ritalin RITALIN stop STOP" I pulled her back and she started crying. Party got up and hugged her. "Dren they raided HQ again. It was bad. Really bad. Kobra got shot twice and Bats got hit too. Misery and Jet are in questioning and Im scared." She was shaking and crying. I heard Kobra outside the door. He was in the infirmiry now. He was screaming. They opened the door and threw everybody in. The cell was now packed. "What are we going to do?" I whispered to Party. "We wait til everyone can run and we bust out of here." He said. He stood up and walked to the night stand and removed the drawer. Under it was a transmitter. I guess killjoys are smarter than they give credit to. As he sent the message I sat neck to Ritalin and everybody was either in pain or just really scared. Jet took Ritalin and I went to check on Ghoul. His wound on his leg was getting infected. I walked to the door and called a Drac "Hey we need something to clean his wound. If it gets infected anymore he will die." The drac opened the door and grabbed my arm and walked me to the infirmiry. "Hey nurse. We need meds for an open wound." The girl turned around. Her face was covered so I didn't get a good look. "Ok That will be all. I can handle this little Killjoy." She said. The drac dropped my arm and turned and walked back to his post. "Dren." I gasped when she said it. She un covered her face. "Aunt Static?" I said. She ran over and hugged me. "Why are you here?" I asked. "Well they caught me a year ago and I couldn't stay in that white room. I hid transmitters and everything so Killjoys could escape." She smiled and handed me gaws and peroxide. "Will you help me clean my friends wounds?" I asked. She knoded her head and cuffed us together. I glanced at it and she just said "Protocall." And put her mask back on. We walked to my cell and patched everyones wounds. She removed her mask and Ritalin was overjoyed. "Can you help us escape?" I asked and she told me "I'll do what I can." She walked out and the Drac locked the cell. "Why is she working for them?" Ritalin whispered. "She helps killjoys escape. Shes going to help us." I said very quietly. Party walked over and sat with us and we talked and laughed. We drew on the walls and waited for our chance to escape Being here wasn't that bad as long as your not alone. We drew everything we remembered from outside on the walls. Windows, Dogs, And people we know. I love everybody being here. I miss our colors though. All they let me keep was my locket with my parents pictures in it. Me and Ritalin were so young when they got killed by those filthy rotten Dracs. I ripped my dress and wrapped Party's arm tighter, because the blood was leaking onto the floor. He cringed when I tightened it and I wrapped it in the extra gaws we had. He refused to get it looked at. Hes so stubborn. He wants to act like the leader. He has to be the strongest. Ghoul laughed everytime party would scream through his teeth. Everybody else laughed too.I loved to see them laugh and smile and tell stories. I just don't like being in here! The killjoys in the other cells could hear us and they listened and laughed and commented. It was a big killjoy community. We all were innocent, but guilty of being ourselves. We stayed up all night and I fell asleep on Party's chest, because Ghoul was in to much pain today. I don't know why Party liked me so much, but he was very protective of me. i DON'T KNOW WHY, but i liked having 2 people like me so much. I love that they are still friends. It's amazing what friendships accomplish these days. I love them both, but have mixed feelings for Party. I don't know wether to hate him or just appreciate his enthusiasm. Ha I really don't know. We'll see what happenes. I smiled and drifted off to sleep. Party was humming Welcome To The Black Parade. Everybody either joined in or passed out. I was to tired to stay up so I fell asleep. "Goodnight." I whispered and Party hugged me tighter and whispered "Goodnight."

Chapter 21:ESCAPE

I woke up the next morning and everyone was just staring into nothingness. Party took deep breaths and didn't move. I pulled my head up and smiled at him. I got up and walked over to Ghoul. "Good morning." He said in a whisper. " Goodmorning." I replied. I went into the small bathroom we had and got a rag. I wet it with cold water and walked back to Ghoul and placed it on his forehead. He was burning up. I hated to see him like this. He was healed, but didn't like being cramped in here with all these people. Party moved tot he wall and leaned against it. I walked over and sat by him. He was just about healed too. So was everybody else. "You've been asleep for three days Dren." Party said as he rubbed my shoulder. "What? How coul--" He cut me off "The Dracs drugged you while we were asleep 3 nights ago. I noticed the little needle prick in you arm." I gasped a little and my eyes widened. "So are we going to escape now that everyone is well enough?" I asked in kind of a whisper. "Yes. The next Drac that comes will be very unlucky." He said with a grin on his face. "Hey Dren. Kick it into gear and get ready. This will be fun" Bats was leaning on Kobra and was watching the door. Misery was staring at the ceiling. The door opened and everybody rushed out and tackled the Drac. I ran down the hall and hit all the door release buttons. All the killjoys ran out. "COME ON!" I screamed and we all heade for our gear. Aunt Static grabbed her colors along with us and we unholstered our guns and shot our way from level 15 to level 1. Dracs were everywhere. A few killjoys were wounded, but there were so many of us that we had enough to carry them and enough to still fight. When we got to level 1 Korse was there. "I got this one you guys get out." said Party. "No Im staying with you." I replied and everybody else ran and me and Party and Ghoul stayed. I walked to Korse and put my gun to his chin and snatched his fun. "Come on Brat just do it. If you can?" He started laughing and Ghoul pulled out his pocket knife and jabbed Korse in the side. "Today is not your day to die. Come n lets go." said Ghoul and me and Party followed as ordered. We walked for miles until we caught up with the group of over 100 Killjoys. They all split into different directions and went off into the zones. "Dren you know there are 5 other buildings full of killjoys. We never get a day off." said Party a he grabbed my hand and Ghoul grabbed the other. We walked back to Misery's HQ and cleaned it up and loaded the car and we had to drive and find another HQ. "Skull Bandit. We need to find her." said Jet. "Ok where to?" said Party as he glanced at him in the rear view mirror. "Uh Zone 5. Shes not far from the border." Party punched on the gas and we were there before we knew it. We pulled up to a building. It was black and red. It was covered in different pictures that made it almost blend in with the Zones. Ghoul grabbed my hand and we followed Jet up to the porch. He knock on the door and a female killjoy answered. "Jet. So great to see you." She smiled and invited us in. "We need an HQ to stay at. We hoped you wouldn't mind letting us stay." Jet said ans Bandit smiled. "Feel free to stay." She walked over and sat on the blue couch and we all headed out and started unloading our things. We move so much. We should probably just keep the boxes packed. When we were done Party got back in the car and so did Jet and they went back to Miserys HQ to get more stuff. Me and Ghoul picked a room farthest from the others and we painted it and packed it full of our stuff. I layed down for a little while and then was back up and painting Party's room. I'm sure he wouldn't mind me painting one wall. I did the best I could to paint out our first kiss that i'm sure he still thinks about. When I finished I hung a long black curtain to cover it. I put it on there so he could open and close it as he pleases. I walked back to Me and Ghoul's room and he was passed out on the floor. I just shook my head and carefully shut the door and walked to Kobra's room. Bats was helping him put the figurine together again. She got it and he kissed her. I gasped and carefully shut the door as quietly as I had opened it. I tried not to laugh. It was funny to watch their secret relationship bloom. I walked to Jet's room and Ritalin was hanging up posters and fixing furniture. I walked in and helped her. She smiled and we talked about her and Jet. She said they kissed once and just havnt decided to be open like me and Ghoul. I told her about what I saw in Kobra's room and we both started laughing. It was awesome to be in a killjoy home again. I missed the colors. I walked into the living room and sat next to Bandit. "Hi, I'm Dren." I said. She looked at me and replied "Skull Bandit. Bandit for short." She smiled and I smiled back. I asked her where she was from and all she said was "I don't remember anything after I got here. I don't remember how and I don't remember when. I just know that i'm completely safe." She smiled and Party and Jet walked in carrying boxes. I walked over and took a box from Party. "Thanks." He said and smiled. "I painted something in your room. I hope you like it." I smiled and we walked to his room. He set the box down and I did the same. "Here let me open it." I walked over and pulled the curtain away. His eyes grew wide and his jaw dropped. "Dren you remembered every escense of it. Why though?" He asked as he admired the painting. "Because I knew it made you happy." I walked over and hugged him "And all I want is for you to be happy." He hugged me back and said "You being alive makes me happy." He smiled and I walked back to Ghoul's room and kissed his soft lips and layed my head on his chest and listened to his heart. Thud thud thud thud thud thud thud thud. I smiled and fell asleep. I started to dream and It started off like this. Zone 4. Hot dry muggy. I walked a long way to get to this very strange building. It looked kind of melted. I walked inside and started yelling. "Hello. Anyone there?" I kept walking. "Dren." A voice yelled "Dren." Again. The world started shaking violently and I screamed. "Hey Hey its ok its ok!" I woke up and Ghoul was standing over me. "Your ok Dren. You were screaming for a while. I layed on his chest and said "" And I fell back asleep before he could reply.

Chapter 22: Back to work

The next morning I woke up and Ghoul was still snoring away. I went into the main room and sat next to Bandit. "Good morning" She said as she sipped at her coffee. "Morning." I replied as I slammed my head down on the table and tried not to fall back asleep. She got up and made me a cup of coffee and set it in front of me. "Here it'll help." She said as she sat back down. I lifted my head and sipped at the nice hot coffee. Party walked in the room and sat down next to Bandit. "Morning." He said and smiled at us. I turned my head and smiled back and then continued sipping at my coffee. "You want any coffee?" Bandit asked as she got up and refilled her cup. "Yes please." Party said smiling. I could tell Bandit liked him. Every time he smiled she'd blush. I stood up and walked to check on Ghoul. When I opened the door he was changing shirts. I kept sipping on my coffee. "Morning Ghoul." I smiled and sipped my coffee. He walked over and kissed me. "Morning." He smiled and put his shirt on. "So what are we doing today?" I asked as we both walked out of the room. "I think we might have to go get a killjoy." He walked over and sat down. I sat in his lap and brushed his hair away from his face. "Do we have to?" I asked and Party answered "Yeah come on." We walked out to the car and got in. It was just me Ghoul Party and Bandit. Party hit the gas and we went straight to Zone 3. "So how many Dracs?" I asked and he just held up 5 fingers. I nodded and stared out the window. Ghoul reached over and grabbed my hand. When we got to our destination we all piled out of the car and I stayed close to Ghoul. We walked a little ways and I felt a sharp sting in my back. I fell to the ground and it hurt to breathe. Ghoul dropped down and flipped me over. "Dren your losing blood and fast." He was in shock and I was slowly slipping away. Then I saw nothing. I looked around, but it was dark and black. A white shadow figure apeared and motioned for me to follow. I started walking and it disappeared. I called out to it "Hello. Where did you run off to?" It didn't reply. I kept walking and was walking farther into the black abyss.

Ghoul's P.O.V.

We were out in the zones and dren just dropped. I flipped her over. She was cold and shaking. Her back had a wound. I carried her to the car and let Party and Bandit handle the Dracs. Dren slipped into shock and then into a coma. Her pulse was faint, but was still there. I was scared and very worried. Party brought back the little killjoy. She was no older than 6 and we headed back to HQ. I picked her up and rushed to our room. I sat her on the bed and let Party patch her up while I sat in the corner and cried. I know it was manly to cry, but if I lost her i don't know what i would do. I sat there for hours hoping she would wake up. Hoping she was okay. Not know if she could hear me. Not knowing if she would survive. I fell asleep and when I woke up she was still there. Motionless. I couldn't get up or move. I was in to much pain from this. I wanted to walk over to her and talk to her, but I didn't have the strength to. It was unbearable. She could be gone forever. Day after Day past. It was approaching day 25 of her being there. Motionless. Faint. She was becoming pale and thin. I tried to wake her. She didn't move. I haven't left the room since. Party brings me food. I sit and watch her. I watch her breath. Just to know shes alive

Dren P.O.V.

I feel as if i have been walking for hours. I don't know if im dead. I don't know how to wake up. I watched the white shadows play and dance. I hear voices that sound familiar, but I can't speak back. They don't ever hear me. I yell and scream, but can't make contact. I miss Ghoul. I just want to kiss him. I can still taste him on my lips. I dance with the shadows. They don't talk, but it's better than being alone. I can see my mom in the distance, but can't get close. She screams at me "Open your eyes! OPEN YOUR EYES!" but I can't. I don't remember how. I can't wake up. I'm stuck in my own nightmare. There are no walls and there are no windows. Only faint voices and white shadows...

Chapter 23: The 45th day.

Ghoul's P.O.V.

Day 45. It was day 45 of her in this motionless state. It's November 2. 2 days after my birthday and 2 away from hers. I wish that she would wake.

Dren's P.O.V.

I think I've figured out how to wake up. I've been here for hours. If I go to sleep here maybe I'll wake up there. I'll try. I places my head down and drifted to sleep. I'm awake. "Ghoul?" I whispered. He ran over to e and started crying. I sat up and wiped the tears from his face. "Ghoul im ok." He lifted his head and kissed me. He was happy to see me. When we parted he picked me up and slung me over his shoulder. "Don't move." He smiled and I nodded and lied on his shoulder dead like. He walked out and Party stared. "She's..." He broke off and put me down and I bowed for my great dead like performance. Party ran over and picked me up and hugged me. "Do you know what day it is?" He asked "uh I was only asleep for a few hours!" He peered at me. "Dren you were asleep for 45 days. It's 2 days before you turn 23." He smiled and I stood there in complete shock. "45 days?" I turned to Ghoul and he nodded his head. I ran over to him and hugged him and kissed him. I kept hugging him. I didn't want to let go. "I'm sorry I put you through that." I cried. "Hey it's okay your here now and we have to plan an awesome party." He smiled and Bats walked in and smacked him on the back of the head. "ha you have to plan the party." She said as she walked over and sat next to Kobra. "We are all going to plan it because we ALL love her." Ghoul smiled and picked me up again and walked me to his room and layed me down. "So what are we going to do today?" I asked. "Nothing absolutly nothing." "I cant do nothing! Ive been sleeping for 45 days. Ill go insane if I do nothing!" I got up and got my sketchbook and started drawing. I drew my mother and aunt static and my father. I drew them how I remembered them. Happy and excited for everything me and Ritalin were going to be. "Draw me what you saw when you went back to your house that day" Ghoul said peering over my shoulder. "O....okay..." I started drawing it. My parents laying there. The blood all over the floor. The house destroyed. When I finished I handed Ghoul the photo and sat there crying. "Dren...I'm so sorry...." He kissed my cheek and hugged me tightly. I did miss my parents and I did want them back. It was hard to think that I'm never going to see them again. I layed my head down in Ghoul's lap and just cried. He knew coming back after 45 days would hurt not only me for missing so much, but him too. He layed back and I placed my tear soaked face on his chest and just cried and cried until I fell asleep. Quietly. Soundlessly. Hoping not to fall into the black abyss...

Chapter 24: The Dream State

The Dream:
When I fell asleep I dropped back to the day, but this was after I hid. I was gone, but I was watching my parents. They did fight back and they did almost win, but the Dracs had the upper hand. Korse shot them. I watched them fall and I watched the Dracs search the house.

When I woke up Ghoul's shirt was tear soaked and he just laughed and said "You know if you keep doing this I might never need a shower." He got up and took his shirt off and searched for a clean one. I found one and handed it to him "Here and yeah you still need a shower regardless of my nightmare tears." I smiled and walked out of the room and Party was waiting there for me. "Good morning! Do you want me to do your hair? It's gotten so long." He smiled and I replied "yeah and can you dye it again?" He nodded and we walked to the bathroom and he dyed it and we sat there and talked. "So are you ready to be 23?" He asked as he brushed the dye into my hair. " Its all fast ya know. 45 days of sleep yet im exhausted." I yawned and we both laughed. "Hey It's completely understandable." He said as he finished brushing the dye into my hair. "And now we wait" He smiled and I just said "Ugh. waiting.....SUCKS" I smiled and we sat there completely silent. He washed the dye out and brushed and dried it. He cut it the same way he did last time. An inverted triangle cut. I liked that kind of cut. I walked out and Party cleaned up. I walked back and said "Thanks." and I pecked him on the cheek. "Hey wait." I turned around walked back in and leaned on the doorway. "Yeah?" I asked he walked up to me and kissed me "Happy early birthday." He smiled and I walked out. Ghoul was sitting by a window in the kitchen. "Hey Ghoul. You hungry?" I asked as I looked around for something to eat. "No, but thanks." He smiled and I reached for a plate and felt that sharp pain in my back. "What is it?" Ghoul said as he rushed over. "My back." I cringed and he removed my jacket. "Dren your bleeding." Ghoul got gaws and started trying to soak up the blood. I started coughing it up and was making a mess. "PARTY!" Ghoul called and was trying to help me to a chair, but I collapsed on the floor. "What? Oh my God." Party ran over and took the gaws from Ghoul and Ghoul ran to get stitches and everything. "Party it hurts." I said and coughed up more blood. "I know Dren." "He said as he put pressure on the wound. Party ripped the shirt and started to stitch the wound up. He covered it in peroxide. "Ghoul." I coughed up more blood, but all Ghoul could do was hold my hand. "There your stitched back up. Be careful." Party picked me up and carried me to Ghoul's room. "Ghoul watch her and make sure that what happened doesn't happen again." Party walked out of the room and Ghoul sat on the floor next to the bed. "Ghoul i'll be okay I promise." He smiled and I placed my hand on his shoulder. He placed his hand on top of mine and sat there staring off into space. "I love you." I smiled and replied to him "I love you too." I slowly drifted off to sleep and dreamed of the first day I met Ghoul. His hair covering his face and his crazy mask in his hand. His smile. I knew that we'd be friends, but I never knew that we'd be more. I'm glad we are more than friends now. I love him. I truly do.

Chapter 25: Happy Birthday.

The next morning I woke up to Ghoul shaking me. "Get up!!!!" He was smiling. I opened one eye to look at him "No." I said and rolled over. "Come on." He picked me up and threw me over his shoulder and started spinning. "Put me down!!" I screamed and laughed. He was giggling and he walked out of the room with me still on his shoulder. "Good morning." I heard Party say from behind me. I moved to where I could see him. "Good morning Party. Please make him put me down!!" I screamed and hit Ghoul. "I'm not putting you down!! I'm to hyper!" Ghoul laughed and Party walked over and hit my butt "HEY!!" I screamed and laughed "Happy Birthday kiddo." He said laughing. I watched as he walked to his room. Ghoul finally put me down and everybody was standing there smiling "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" they all screamed at once. Ritalin and Misery ran over and hugged me. Bats gave me a high five and the guys tortured me. Bandit came out of the kitchen with a cake. "Thanks" I said to everyone. We ate cake and told jokes and watched as Party pushed Kobra out of his chair. Again and again. I was funnier the third time. There was a knock at the door and Party took his gun out and opened it. It was a little killjoy boy. He was tall and lanky. He had bright green hair. He ran in and closed the door."Snake Poison nice to meet ya." He was breathing hard. "Whats wrong?" Party asked the boy replied. "Dracs." We all took out our guns and walked outside and scanned the area. We were surrounded. One of the Dracs got me and burned the BL/Ind symbol into my hand and Ghoul immediatly killed him and rushed me into the house. "Bandit got shot. 6 times. Shes breathing, but knocked out." Party brought in Bandit and took her to her room upstairs. "Bandit." I got up and held my wrist to keep my hand from hitting anything. I rushed to her room and she was motionless and blood was dripping fom the wounds and from her mouth. She was out. She might not live. I broke down and fell to my knees and cried. Ghoul rushed upstairs and kneeled next to me. "Ghoul...." It was all I could manage to say. He hugged me tightly and said "I know Dren. She'll be ok. I hope..." He picked me up and took me down stairs and finished cleaning my hand. The burn left a perfect mark. It was the BL/Ind symbol and under it said 'KEEP RUNNING'. All I could think about was if Bandit was going to be ok. 6 wounds is a lot for one little killjoy to handle. I trust that Party will patch her up and make everything okay. "Ghoul where is Ritalin?" He didn't answer "WHERE IS SHE?" He looked me in the eye and said quietly "They took her. They took her to BL/Ind." He started to cry and Kobra Bats Jet Misery and Snake poison walked in. "I'm sorry." Ghoul picked me up and we went to his room. We stayed up and I cried on his shoulder and then we layed don and I soaked his shirt with tears. I couldn't sleep. I just...I drifted away. The Dream: I was outside my own body. I watched as Ghoul carried me in. I watched as the Dracs shot Bandit and I felt the pain. I felt the six shots hit me. I started coughing up blood. Ghoul shook me awake. "Dren! Your coughing up blood. DREN!" I woke up but kept coughing. I couldn't stop. I watched the blood hit the floor. I watched it and Ghoul was scared. "Dren. Dren." I heard him saying my name, but couldn't speak. I didn't have the strength. "I love you." Is all i could manage and Ghoul hugged me and kissed my blood stained lips. "I love you too Dren." He hugged me and I cried for the rest of the night. Happy Birthday to me...

Chapter 26: Why?

The next morning I woke up and Ghoul was gone. I didn't move I just layed there. Ghoul came in and sat down next to me. "Come on wake up." I sat up and brushed his hair out of his face. "Fine." I stood up and walked out of the room and Ghoul followed. We walked up stairs and saw Snake Poison standing there. I lokked at Ghoul and he nodded his head and walked down stairs. "She's beautiful." He smiled and turned to look at me. I smiled back "Well yes she's very pretty. I'm Dren by the way." He looked at me and smiled "I'm Snake Poison, but call me Snake." "So Where are you from?" I asked and he stared for a minute "Well I just escaped from BL/Ind. Some crazy killjoy took out the Dracs and let us free." I smiled at him and said "Well I'm that crazy killjoy. Please come down stairs. I want to show you a room where you can stay." We walked down stairs and I grabbed his hand and ran into the white vacant room. I opened the closet and pulled out all the paint. He smiled and I handed him a paint brush. "Can I paint with you?" I asked and he smiled and nodded. He drew snakes and I drew dripping blood. "Wow your really good." I smiled at him and said "I draw a lot." We laughed and finished up his room. We went in the kitchen and just sat and talked "So why did you leave your HQ?" I asked and he shook his head "Well It was to small. I lived in a cave to tell you the truth. Hey who was that girl they took?" I sunk down in my chair "That was my sister. Ritalin." Ghoul ran in. "Dren we found her." We rushed to the car and Ghoul stomped on the gas. We rushed to Zone 3 and found her lying motionlessly on the ground. "Ritalin..." I got out of the car and rushed to her. Ghoul picked her up and put her in the car. I poured some of my water on her and she woke up. I noticed that they burned the same thing on her hand that is on mine. "Ritalin?" She knew what I was going to say. "Dren they are marking Killjoys now." I looked at Ghoul. "Ghoul they are taking us and marking us." He didn't say anything, but he didn't have to. I could see it plain as day. He knew that we had to do something. When we got back Ghoul took Ritalin in and patched her hand up. Jet ran in and stopped dead in his tracks and said "Ritalin" He ran over to her and kissed her. I didn't know they even liked each other. Party ran in and hugged Ritalin. I stood and walked to check on Bandit. She was mumbling "White.....Shadows...." I took her hand and whispered "Sleep" in her ear. I stood and went to Ghoul's rooma nd layed there. Ghoul came in and layed his head on my hest and slowly passed out. I smiled and fell asleep.
The Dream:
I was in Zone 3. Walking. I feel dehydrated. I collapse on the desert floor. I fall into the black abyss. I hear Bandit "Help I cant wake up HELP!" I cant scream back. I knew she wouldn't hear me. I watched the shadows. It's just how I remembered it. No windows No walls. Only faint voices and white shadows....I knew she was being tortured. Just. Like. Me.

Chapter 27: Asleep or DEAD

The next morning Ghoul was not there. I couldn't see anything. I saw blur and then I collapsed on the floor. I dropped into the black abyss. "BANDIT" she turned and ran and hugged me. When I plled my hands away they were covered in blood. "Bandit your--" "Dren I cant get out. ive tried everything." I looked at her and spoke one word "Sleep." She layed her head down and shut her eyes. I watched as she dissolved into nothing. I did the same and woke up to Ghoul shaking me. "Bandit.." I stood and ran upstairs. "Dren..." I cried and ran to her and hugged her. "BANDIT!" I heard Snake yell and he ran in and kissed her. Her eyes flew open wide and she lightly closed them and kissed him back. "Bandit you awake." Party walked in and placed his hands on my shoulders. I turned to him and he said "Thanks" and walked down stairs. Everyone came in and hugged bandit. I hugged her again and this time pulled away with her blood on my hands. She collapsed on the floor. "BANDIT" I held my hand on the wound. It was a knife wound. "No one has been in here, but us? How could this of happened?" Party picked her up and stitched the wound. Ghoul grabbed my hand and we ran into our room. "Dren some one here can't be trusted." He placed his hands on my shoulders and kissed me. I kissed him back and when we parted I looked him in the eye. The beautiful hazel threw me off "Ghoul. We just got her back I cant lose her again." I ran up stairs and sat by her bedside and took her hand and cried. She was quietly singing "If you say goodbye today I'd ask you to be true. Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you..." She fell back into the abyss I just knew it. "Bandit I'm never saying goodbye to you..." I cried and cried. I finally found the strength to stand. I took the paint and re did her walls. I drew everything she could possibly want, but on wall I painted black with a white shadow. They aren't evil, but they are real angels. I believed it and I know she did too. I stood and found Ghoul. I walked over to him and placed my head on his chest and cried. I didn't want to cry anymore, but I couldn't help it. He lifted me and took me to his room and he layed me down and let me cry. I cried all night. The next morning I couldn't leave her bedside. This went on for days. One by one. I brought a drawing everyday and taped them to the wall. I wanted her surrounded when she woke up. I drew memories. I drew friends. She would thank me when she woke up...If she wakes up...

Chapter 28: BANDIT

I woke up on the floor next to Bandit's bed. I went to the kitchen and Ghoul was sitting there looking out the window. "Good morning." I said and he jumped. I scared him a little bit. He stood and walked to me and kissed me. When he pulled away he brushed my hair away from my face and smiled. "Good morning." He walked and made me a cup of coffee. We sat there in silence, until Party walked in. "Good mo--" He cut Ghoul off. "I thought about it Ghoul and your the only one with a pocket knife. The ONLY one." Party slammed his hands down on the table. "GHOUL!" Party shouted. They were staring each other down. "What motive would I have for STABBING A POOR INNOCENT GIRL? You of all people should know that WE INVITED A STRANGE KID IN OUR HOUSE! He might own a POCKET KNIFE!" Ghoul was yelling and stood and left the room angry and upset "Party..." I cut off my sentence and Party ran over and hugged me. "Dren I'm sorry... I did think about it and Ghoul was the first one, because I know he has a kni--" I kissed his cheek and he stopped talking "Party I know your worried. So are we. We all love her. Just don't go off like that." I stood and walked to Ghoul's room and found him looking for something. "Ghoul? What are you looking for?" I placed a hand on his shoulder "Dren my pocket knife is missing." He turned and looked me in the eye. "Dren this is serious. I think that Snake kid is doubling for BL/Ind." I thought about it for a second. He lead them here. He showed them where we were. He claims he escaped with us. I kissed Ghoul and ran out of the room. I would explain it later, but I had to find Snake. I found him with Bandit. "Snake." I said and he turned around. His face was wet with tears. "Dren..." He was holding Ghoul's knife. "Dren it was outside! I found it under her window." I knew he wasn't lying. "Give me the knife." I held my hand out. He placed it in a rag and then handed it to me. It was still covered in blood. "Dren..." I heard Bandit's voice in my head. "It was not any of you...They broke in the night before..." Then I didn't hear her anymore. I stood there staring into space. "Dren?" Snake said and I collapsed. He caught me before I hit the floor. I dropped back into the abyss, but I was alone. I don't know where Bandit was, until I dropped into a white room with black shadows. "Bandit..." I said. I noticed her in the distance. In here it was just like the other one, but this time the shadows attacked. I was scratched and woke up. "Ow..." I pulled my shirt up and had three claw marks. "Dren..." Snake was still holding me. "Snake go get Ghoul." He gently placed me on the floor and ran to get Ghoul. He came back and Ghoul rushed in. "Dren... PARTY!!" Ghoul was freaking out. Party ran in and saw me on the floor. I was bleeding and I was sweating. It was like I was dying. Ghoul kissed the top of my head and waited for Party to stitch me up. "Nobody in" I cringed "Nobody in this h-house hu-hurt her. Th-they broke. They broke in." I kept cringing. It hurt worse than anything. "She-she t-told me herself." I looked up into Ghoul's perfect hazel eyes and then looked into Party's golden hazel eyes. "She can't talk." Party said with a vacant expression on his face. "She told me. She was in my head. I heard her loud and clear." I was trying not to yell. Ghoul lifted me up and walked me to his room. "Ghoul you believe me right?" I asked and looked up at him. "Dren I believe every word that leaves your perfect lips." He leaned down and kissed me. He gently set me on the bed and went to get me some water. I couldn't move. It hurt to breathe. He came back in and I sipped on the water. "I'll sleep on the floor tonight." "No. please come sleep up here. I can take the pain if it means I get to sleep next to you." He gently crawled in next to me and we just stared at each other for the longest time. I mouthed "I love you" to him and he mouthed "I love you too" And he leaned over and kissed me. Of course I kissed back. We slowly fell asleep.

The Dream:
I dropped into the white room and the shadows attacked. This time I didn't wake. I dropped into a Zone and walked a little ways. I saw Ghoul. He walked towards me and then fell. He had a knife in his back. I looked to see who could have done it. It was a person dressed in all black. Their face was covered and I didn't recognize them as a killjoy. I sat by Ghoul and cried and cried. Why can't I wake up!!!

Chapter 29: Some Wounds Heal Others Don't

When I finally woke up I had scratched on my arms. Ghoul was freaking out, and Party was stitching them up. "What happened??" I asked. "I-I don't know" Ghoul said and watched as Party stitched me up. "I left the room and when I came back you were bleeding." Ghoul was scared and very worried. When Party finished stitching me up I stood and ran to check on Bandit. When I got in the room she wasn't there. I ran to Snake's room. She was laying next to him and they were talking. I ran over to her and hugged her tightly. "Next time tell me when your awake." I said as a tear escaped my eye. "You were being stitched up for over an hour. I think you should take it easy. I'm okay. Promise." She smiled and I smiled back. "Come on. We need to talk anyway." I grabbed her hand and we walked to her room. She locked the door and we sat on the bed. "The white room. What does it mean?" I asked and she looked at me "I was about to ask you the same thing." The tone in her voice was not a comforting one. "Dren? Hello? You still there?" She pushed me a little bit "Uh yeah sorry. It's just weird ya know? The white room and black room. Yet they aren't rooms. I don't know. The black shadows attack. The white ones don't." I was trying to make sense of it, but couldn't. Every word I said made me seem crazier by the second. "Dren we need to do something. I can't keep going back to that white room." She lifted her shirt and I could see a long cut across her stomach "One of them got me, and BAD" She pulled her shirt down and took my arm. She was looking at the scratches. I also had three symmetrical ones over my eye. She trace her fingers lightly over them. "They are deep wounds." She said still staring. "Yeah they don't feel that great." I laughed a little. I stood and walked out of her room. I ran into Party on my way down stairs. He stopped me and looked at my eye. "Dren?" He traced the wound. "Yeah it hurts a little." When he pulled his hand back he had a little blood on his finger tips. "Come with me." He said and grabbed my hand. We walked into the bathroom and he dabbed my eye with cold water. "Dren you need to be more careful. I don't need you bleeding every 2 seconds." He kept dabbing the same spot. "I know that Party. I don't try to bleed. It just happens." I smiled and he pulled the rag down and stared me down. "Dren. I worry about you. I just want you to be okay. I want you to be untouched." He said as he brushed my hair away from my face. "Party I know you worry. Ghoul worries. So does everybody else." I smiled and just sat there for a second looking into his golden hazel eyes. "Party I'm fine." I stared into his eyes. "Dren. I. Love. You." He said and kissed me. AGAIN! This guy just doesn't get that I'm with Ghoul. He stopped kissing me and stood and walked out of the room. I sat there as if I was paralyzed. I stood and found Ghoul talking to Party. I saw them, but they didn't see me so I bolted. I went to Ghoul's room and grabbed my sketch book. It was almost completely filled, but I didn't car. It was my get away into a perfect world. These drawings are dreams and memories. I drew everything that happened today and wrote little descriptions. I thought about when Party kissed me. I would blush. i did like him, but I love Ghoul. I'm not going to let Party get between us. I leaned my head against the wall and fell asleep in the floor. Today was a long day. Tomorrow better rock.

Chapter 30: Early Mornings Aren't So Bad

I woke up the next morning and Ghoul was sleeping with his head in my lap. I didn't want to wake him up, so i sat there smiling. He began to wake up and opened one eye and stared at me. "What time is it?" He asked scratching the back of his head. "It's almost 2 in the morning. Go crawl into bed and go back to sleep. I'll be there in a second." I smiled and brushed his hair away from his face. He sat up and kissed me. He stood and layed in bed. He almost immediantly started snoring. I giggled a little and walked into the main room. Party was awake. He was in the main room drawing. "Hello." I whispered and he looked up at me and smiled. "Hello gorgeous. Come sit down." He was smiling uncontrollably. I was hard not to notice. "So why are you up so early?" He looked at me and smiled. "I don't know. I just got restless." I smiled back at him. He was good company early in the morning. When nobody is around he's really sweet.
Party's P.O.V.
I was in the main room drawing a perfect portrait of Dren. I heard a door open and flipped to a drawing that wasn't finished and I began working on it. "Hello" I heard her sweet soft whisper and looked up at her perfect little figure in the shadows. "Hello gorgeous. Come sit down" I was smiling so much, but trying not to be creepy about it. She was just so...intoxicating. I loved everything about her. "So why are you up so early?" I asked her. I was very curious, but didn't care. I'm glad she was awake. "I don't know. I just got restless." She smiled. I did truely love this girl, but I can't keep hurting Ghoul. I looked down at my drawing and finished it up. "Can I see?" She said and I handed her my sketch book. My worst fear happened. She flipped the page to her portrait. "Is this....Me?" She said smiling. "Uh yeah." I said worried she'd find me super creepy. "Party it's gorgeous." She smiled and handed my sketch book back. I knew that my face was almost as red as my hair. I continued sketching and she leaned her head on my shoulder and watched. She fell asleep and I layed her head in my lap. I finished her sketch and picked her up and took her back to Ghoul's room. He was snoring loudly. I smirked and set her down gently. I kissed her forehead and walked out and quietly shut the door. I stood there for a moment and walked back to my room. I knew I loved her from the start, but Ghoul loved her too. I layed my head down and stared at the ceiling. I couldn't get her out of my head. I locked the door and flipped the light on. I removed the black curtain and just stared at her painting. She did this for me and me alone. At least I knew she cared. I finally fell asleep.
Dren's P.O.V.
After watching Party sketch I fell asleep on accident. Well the next morning I woke up in Ghoul's room. It was peaceful and quiet. Well except for Ghoul snoring. I smiled and stood carefully and went to get coffee. No one was awake yet so I made enough for everyone. I poured me a cup and sat there drinking my coffee. It was nice and quiet. I went upstairs to check on Bandit. She was bleeding. There was a cut on her arm. She was awake and breathing heavily. "PARTY! PARTY!" I screamed and ran down stairs. I went straight to Party's room, but the door was locked. I banged on the door and kept yelling "PARTY!! HELP!!" I started crying and he opened the door. I grabbed his arm and we ran upstairs. I walked in the room and fell to my knees crying. "Her arm! HER ARM!' I cried and Party quickly stitched her up. When he was done he ran over to me and I placed my head on his chest and cried. "Shhh Dren it's okay now. Shhhh." He said rocking me back and forth. I kept crying though. It was unexpected to walk in here and see her dripping with blood. She was sweating and trying to make it stop bleeding. I couldn't get the picture out of my head.

Chapter 31: The New Addition

The next morning I woke up in Bandit's bedroom floor. I was laying on Party. "Good morning." He said. I sat up and rubbed my eyes. The picture of Bandit bleeding was burned into my mind. "M-morning" I stuttered, but couldn't help it. He sat up and hugged me. "Dren she's okay now. You shouldn't worry." He stood and helped me to my feet. He walked me to Ghoul's room and I walked in and sat by the window. "Dren? Are you okay?" Ghoul walked over to me and sat next to me. I leaned my head over on his chest. "Ghoul it was horrible. She....she was bleeding. She was bleeding. Ghoul" I began to cry and he just let me. He knew that I had to cry to get over it. I cried for a hour. He stood and helped me to my feet. We walked hand in hand to Bandit's room. She was laying there just staring at the ceiling. She turned her head and smiled at me. She stood and lifted her sleeve. "Dren. I'm okay." She smiled and I traced her wound. "Bandit. Watching you bleed..." "Dren it's okay. I promise. I'm doing a lot better now. Look I'm walking!" She smiled and we all went down stairs. The first thing she did was got food. She opened the fizzie pop and it exploaded. We all busted out laughing. Snake walked over and kissed Bandit. She smiled and sat down on the couch. "So what have I missed?" She asked. "Well" Party started "Absolutely nothing" He smiled. I laughed a little "Well you missed everybody freaking out. You missed a screaming match between Ghoul and red head over there." I said pointing to Party. Bats laughed and added "Yeah red headed and hot tempered!" Everyone laughed and Bandit said "Well then I missed something!!" She smiled and I grabbed Ghoul's hand and he smiled at me. I stood up and got a glass of coffee and stuck it in the microwave. I can't believe they let the coffee get cold. I smirked and shook my head. Ghoul walked up behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist. "Hey" He said kinda of quiet "Heyy" I replied. He watched as I stirred the coffee and placed it back in the microwave. He spun me around and kissed me. I kissed back and everybody in the main room just let out a loud syncronized "Ewwwwwwww!" Bats just said "Get a room!! Your like my parents!!" She laughed and so did everyone else. Ghoul didn't care though. He just kept kissing me and I kept kissing him. We listened to everyone "Ewwwwww" at us and we just would giggle a little. When we did break off Ghoul said "If you don't like it. Don't watch!!" He turned back to me and kissed me. I listened as everyone scattered out of the main room. When we parted Ghoul looked me in the eye and said "I love you." I smiled uncontrollably and said "I love you too." I reached and got my coffee out of the microwave and Ghoul stole a sip of it here and there. I laughed as Bats walked into the main room and saw us on the couch. She grunted and rolled her eyes and walked back to Kobra's room. About a hour later everyone came back to the main room. "So? What are we going to do?" Kobra said and Party walked in "Well we have a young killjoy to go get. Anyone want to join me?" He smiled at me "Dren? You wanna go?" He asked without hesitation "Sure." I stood and got my gear and met him at the car. We got in and he went into Zone 3. "So where we headed?" I asked as I watched the little desert grass pass. "We have a very young Killjoy in the abandoned building we use to live in. She's no older than 6 and needs a safer place to stay" He kept his eyes on the road, but glanced at me a few times. "Okay. What's her name?" I asked. He pulled up to the old office building "Her name is Pink Toxic." We got out of the car and headed inside. I went to Ghoul's old room first. I noticed that he left a necklace. It was a little locket on a black string. I opened it and it was a picture of a woman. I didn't recognize her. I pocketed the locket and headed to the main room. The little girl was no taller than 2 feet. She was small and helpless. I looked at her and she smiled at me "Party is this your girlfriend?" She looked at me and I looked up at Party. His face was as red as his hair "No." I said to her "I am Dren, but I am a very good friend of Party Poison's." "Oh" was all she said. She was wearing a pink shirt with TOXIC written across it. Her neon pink jacket matched her neon pink hair. She had on black jeans and pink converse. She was a stylish 6 year old. We got in the car and Party sat in the back with Pink Toxic. I drove (For the first time in this car) I'm glad we made it home, because I drive like Ghoul. We got out of the car and Party took her directly to his room and shut the door. "Who's the girl" Bats asked with a mouth full of chips "Pink Toxic. She's 6 years old. Very sweet though. She asked if I was Party's girlfriend. You should've seen his face when she asked. I almost died laughing!" I giggled a little bit. Ghoul walked in and I took the locket out of my pocket (I swear I didn't mean to rhyme). I held it out to him "Here I found this in our old room." He smiled and grabbed the locket and opened it. "Who is she Ghoul?" I asked. He lifted his head and smiled "It's....It's my mom" He placed the locket in his pocket (Again didn't mean to rhyme) and hugged me "Thank you" He turned and walked to his room and I followed. I walked in and he was laying down. I walked over and placed my head on his chest and listened as he fell asleep and began snoring. I smiled and giggled and quietly dozed off.
Chapter 32: WHAT THE HELL
I woke up the next morning and Ghoul was breathing hard and sweating. "Ghoul? Are you okay?" I said. I reached my hand over and placed it on the opposite shoulder from where I was. I pulled my hand back and it was covered in blood. "PARTY!!! PARTY POISON!!" I screamed and he rushed in. "What? Oh my..." He ran out and got gaws and stitches. He ran in and I helped soak up the blood. "Ghoul what happened?" Party said as he finish wrapping Ghoul's arm. "I rolled over and my pocket knife stabbed me. I swear I put it on the dresser." Ghoul stood and hugged me "Dren I'm sorry I scared you. It hurts really bad." He said as he hugged me tighter. I hugged him back "It's okay. I'm just glad it wasn't serious. And thank you Party." I walked over and placed a kiss on his cheek. His face turned real red and he just smiled and walked out of the room. Me and Ghoul started laughing as soon as the door closed. We walked into the main room still talking about how Party's face turned as red as his hair. When we walked in the main room everybody was staring at us. I pulled Ghoul close and whispered "We should kiss and make them scatter" He nodded his head and pulled me close and kissed me. As our tongues danced together everyone just went "EWWWWWWW" and scattered. When we pulled away we just laughed. I poked him and ran and when he caught me he tickled me to death. We were having so much fun. Pink Toxic walked in and said "Whatchya doin?" I walked to her and said "Tickle fight. Wanna join?" I started tickling her and she laughed. Me, Ghoul, and Pink Toxic chased each other and were just acting like fools. Later Party joined then Ritalin then Misery. Everyone, but Bats and Kobra joined in. They watched and commented. Party and Ghoul held me down and Misery and Ritalin almost killed me "Stop hahahahahaahaha Stop! Bats hahahahahahahahahaa help me" I was laughing so hard. "Not my job." Bats said clapping and encouraging them. Snake was watching too. Bandit was messing with him though so he was kinda having fun. I knew that Party, Ghoul, Ritalin, Jet, Misery, and Pink Toxic were having a blast torturing me. Ghoul finally called them of and I couldn't move. Laughing so much made me tired. Ghoul let me lay on the floor and hen they did it again. They pinned me to the floor and tickled me to death "Hahahaahahahah I can't breathe hahahahahahahahhahahaha" I was about to pass out. They finally let me get up and I ran and hid. I didn't want to be held down again. Ghoul found me in the closet and Party pushed him in and locked the door. "Party!! What the hell man!" I yelled he just said "I'll be back in an hour." Ghoul laughed "He's so stupid." I walked over and sat next to Ghoul. "So we're stuck in here. What now?" I asked he just smiled. I moved over and sat on him and he placed his hands on my hips. "we're stuck in here and all you do is smile." "We're stuck in here together though." He leaned over and kissed me that kiss turned into full on make out. We sat in there for a hour being good little children. We just made out. "So." I smiled at him. "So." He smiled back. I brushed his hair away from his face. "Stop hiding your face. It's way to perfect to be hidden" I smiled at him and he shook his hair back in his face. "It can be covered. As long as your the one who moves it away. I'll keep it covered." He smiled and the door swung open. We both stood and walked out of the closet. Ghoul smacked Party "Dude was that necessary?" Party said rubbing his face "Yes." I answered for Ghoul and he grabbed my hand. We walked to the main room and sat on the couch. Ghoul put his arm around me and I cuddled up next to me. I smiled and we sat there for a while before heading off to bed. I carefully climbed over his injured arm and listened to his heart beat. He didn't fall asleep very quickly. I was asleep before he was.
Chapter 33: Did you get what you deserve?
The next morning when I woke up I was on the floor. Ghoul had rolled over and knocked me off the bed. I giggled and stood. I walked out of the room and almost tripped over my own shoe. I walked into the living room and got some coffee. I felt cold hands come from behind me and hold my hands. I turned and saw Party smiling "Hope I didn't scare you." I smied back "No. I'm unscarable until after coffee." I turned back around and grabbed my cup and walked over to the couch. I popped my neck and began sipping on the nice hot coffee. Mornings are always so cold to me. I sat there for a few minutes and Party walked over and sat next to me. "Here I made you this." He pulled out a necklace and it had a syringe charm on it. "I wanted to give it to you on your birthday, but it kinda felt like it was to soon." He tied it around my neck "Thanks Party" I said as I threw my arms around him and hugged him. "Well your very welcome Dren." He said and hugged me back. I knew he was enjoying this because we sat there hugging for 5 whole minutes. When he finally let go I asked him "So what is on todays agenda?" He hesitated and said "Uh well I don't re--" The transmitter started going off. He quickly grabbed it and headed to his room. "Work" I said as I lifted my cup up and took another sip of it. "Dren we gotta go. It's Pink Toxic's brother. Red Venom." He said and motioned for me to hurry up. I ran and got my gun. I kissed Ghoul and ran to the car. Me, Party, and Pink Toxic got in. We drove all the way into Battery City. "Party?" I said scared. "Keep your head down." We lowered our heads and he sped up and busted the gates. We made it to the center and got Red Venom. When he got it the ca we got out of there fast. We drove around every Zone until we lost BL/Ind in Zone 3. "Toxic." Venom hugged his little sister and she smiled. I guess it is nice to still have some of your family. Party ot us home safely and he covered the car up. "We need to keep it covered. They've sen The Detonater. Now it's a wanted object. They find it. They find us." He walked over and kissed me and I pushed him off and walked in the house. He just stood there for a minute and then followed. I walked upstairs and Snake and Bandit were talking and Misery, Jet, Ritalin, Bats, and Kobra were listening. Pink Toxic and Red Venom were in Party's room talking and laughing. I walked into Ghoul's room and he was sitting on the bed staring at the floor. "Hey Ghoul. You okay?" I said as I walked over to him. "It sucks when you watch your girlfriend kissing your best friend." He didn't lift his head. "Ghoul I didn't kiss Party. He kissed ME! I pushed him off and came straight to you. I love you Ghoul." I lifed his head and placed a soft kiss onhis sweet lips. "I love YOU. I repeated. He didn't say anything. He stood and walked out of the room. I followed him and watched and he punched Party as hard as he could. "Leave her alone." He then turned and walked back to his room. I stood there and watched as Party check to see if his nose was bleeding. 'Go Ghoul' I thought to myself and quickly headed to Goul's room. When I opened the door he ran over to me and hugged me tightly. "Dren. I. Love. You." He kissed me so passionatly. I melted into the kiss. When we broke apart he bean pacing. "Tell Party that I'm sorry. I didn't think I would hit him that hard." IHe said running frustrated fingers through his straight black hair. "Party got what he deserved. No apology needed." I smiled at him and he just took my hand and we stood in the middle of the room. We were nose to nose and hand in hand. Who could of asked for a better guy than Ghoul. I wouldn't give him up for anything in the world. I stood there and just smiled. I couldn't stop smiling. I had a million butterflies in my stomach and my heart was racing. It felt like our first kiss. Just me and Ghoul. I moved that extra half inch and kissed his soft sweet lips. He pulled me as close as he could and I did the same. It was perfect. This moment could last forever and I would never want to leave it. Ever. Then we both were cut off by the sound of Misery screaming. We both rushed into the living room to find Snake lying motionless in a pool of his own blood. He had a shot through his heart and one in each leg. I immediantly fell on my knees and cried. Bandit joined me and so did Ritalin and Misery. Bats was crying on Kobra's chest. We watched as Jet and Party covered the body and moved it outside for burrial. All of the guys rushed us upstairs and we hid in the attic. The guys went outside and scanned the area. We didn't know what to expect. Then we heard shots fired.
Chapter 34: Memories...
We were all terrified. The attic was very hot. We were there for hours. Pink toxic was screaming every time a shot was fired outside. When the shots finally stopped I looked out the window. There were dead Dracs every where. So much blood. I ran downstairs and found the guys. "What happened?" I ask and Ghoul walked over to me and kissed me. "Nothing bad happened. We need to relocate though." He said as he pulled away. I looked at Party who had been staring at me "Party are you okay?" I asked. He grabbed my hand and pulled me into his room. "Where is Misery?" He asked. Could he be serious? Only one way to find out. "Uhm she's in the attic witht he others. Why?" I looked into his hazel eyes and he just said "Cause I can't be with you." He leaned forward and kissed me and ran out of the room. I walked back to the main room and walked over to Ghoul. "What did he want?" Ghoul just stared at me "Uhm something about Misery I don't know, but I have a feeling were going to find out." As soon as I said that Bats came down stairs "Hey Dren ur wanna be boyfriend is makin out with Misery." She laughed as she said this. Bandit walked down stairs smiling and laughing "That was gross." She giggled and shook her head. red Venom ran down stairs and grabbed Bandits hand and Pink Toxic ran over to me and hugged me. I looked down at her and she stared at me with big beautiful green eyes. "Dren is it over?" She asked still hugging my leg. "I think it is." I smiled down at her. Ghoul looked over at me and smiled. He kissed my cheek and whispered "Your gonna be a good mommy" in my ear. I looked up at him and smiled and blushed. Party came down stairs and was taunting Misery. It was pretty funny watching them chase each other through the house. Bats and Kobra just watched and occasionally Kobra would trip Party. This is my family now. I love them all. I watched as Misery tackled Party and everybody else joined in. They almost crushed him. I stood to the side with Ghoul and Pink Toxic. I watched as Venom flirted with Bandit. He liked her. It was pretty weird. I picked up Toxic and me and Ghoul walked her into our room. She looked tired so I layed her in our bed and she quietly fell asleep. "Dren you would make an amazing mother. I love you." Ghoul smiled and kissed me. "Thanks I love you too." I smiled and kissed him back. "Ghoul do they know that we have to leave soon?" I asked quietly trying not to wake Toxic. "I haven't told them yet. I will first thing tomorrow though." He smiled and we layed down. Toxic slept between us and we watched her sleep for a while. "Marry me." Ghoul said and pulled out a ring that he make out of a piece of chain and a small piece of Topaz. It was prettier than it sounds. I smiled and nodded my head yes. I was to happy to speak. The words were stuck in my throat. He slipped the ring on my finger. It made me shiver cause the ring was cold. I held his hand and we both fell asleep. I couldn't help, but smile. I love Ghoul. I always will.

The Dream
The dream then shot me back to when I was 6 years old. The new family had just moved in up the street. My mom made me walk with them to greet the new family. They had a son. He had hazel eyes, brown shaggy hair, and a smile that could lighten anyone's day. "Dren this is Frank." My mom smiled and I looked at the scrawny little kid before me. I reached my hand out "Nice to meet ya! I'm Adrenaline." He grabbed my hand and shook it. "I'm Frank." His smile was missing some teeth. After the meet and greet I didn't really see him anymore. Then the dream sped up a few years...
I was walking just like any other normal day. It was back in high school. I remembered this day. It was the day of the big football game. I sat in homeroom. I was in the back of the class. I sat there and waited for the bell to ring. I remembered getting a new student that day. His name was... I don't remember. Frank. His name was Frank. I watched as he walked in and sat done in the seat in front of me. He turned around. "Hi i'm Frank." His smile so familiar now. "uhm I'm Dren." I smiled at him. I looked into his eyes. Hazel. The perfect shade. I knew him. I know this guy. Where do I know him from? Ghoul. This is Ghoul. I didn't know it then, but I know it now. This is Ghoul. I've known him forever.
I've known him my whole life, but didn't really know him until now. Now I was engaged to him. Now I smile and laugh with him. He was perfect for me and I just never talked to him. Good thing he found me in the zones or I would be all alone. I wonder if he remembers me?
Chapter 35: Stolen.
The next morning I woke up and Ghoul was already up and out. Toxic was still sleeping. She was so innocent. I wish she didn't have to grow up in a world full of war. At least not this war. I brushed her hair out of her face and I went back to sleep.
Ghoul's POV
I woke up the next morning and my beautiful fiance was still sleeping. I carefully got up and walked into the kitchen. I made enough coffee for every one and I got a cup and sat next to the window. It was quiet and peaceful. I walked back into my room and the window was wide open. I glanced at the bed and bot Dren and Toxic were gone. I dropped my cup and ran into the main room screaming "They are gone! Party!! They've been taken." I fell to my knees and began to cry. Party placed his hand on my back, but I shook him off. "Come on Ghoul sitting there is not getting them back." Party grabbed the keys and we all geared up and got in the car.
Dren's POV
I woke up to a Drac crawling in the window. Before I could scream it placed a towel over my face and I passed out. I woke up again and I was in a white van. I was tied to Toxic who was sniffling. They had taped out mouths shut and tied our feet together. I tried to get free. I remembered that I had Ghoul's pocket knife in my back pocket. I couldn't reach it though. It was really hot in the back of the van. When we stopped the Drac in the back kicked us out and we landed face first in the hot desert dirt. They dragged us down a long white hall and threw us in a room. I finally slipped my hand out. I untied us and held Toxic close. "It's okay. It's okay. We'll be home soon I promise." I had to lie to her. I didn't want to see her cry anymore. She kept on crying though. We sat on the floor of the cell and just sat there. I let her cry and had a few tears escape myself. I was terrified. I picked her up and layed her in the bed. I removed the bottom drawer of the night stand and prayed that there was a transmitter. There was. I released a tense breath. I quickly send out a message to Party. "Party. Black walls. No windows. Not much else I can say." I re-hid the transmitter. I layed down next to Toxic, who had finally fell asleep, and I layed there for a while before finally falling asleep.
Ghoul's POV
We were in the Zones just driving around. Party didn't want to go straight to Battery City. The transmitter went off. It was Dren "Party. Black walls. No windows. Not much else I can say." I repeated it to Party and all he muttered was "Building 7." I thought there were only 6. I guess they built another. We drove back home. It was getting late. We were driving through all the Zones twice just to make sure that they didn't leave them in the middle of no where. I walked into the house and went straight to my room. I sat on my bed and ran frustrated fingers through my hair. Party walked in and leaned against the door way. "Ghoul your girlfriend is tough. She'll be okay." He smiled and I just said. "She's not my girlfriend. She's my fiance. She's gone..." I stared down at my shoes. When I looked back up Party had a vacant expression on his face. "You asked her to...and she said...WOW" His smile grew larger and he shook his head and walked out of the room. He's such a jealous jerk. I love Dren so I asked her to marry me. Why is that such a problem for him to understand. She doesn't like him. I layed back on my bad and stared at the ceiling. I couldn't sleep thinking about her. I could picture her perfect smile and her bright red bangs always falling in her face. She was so energetic. Adrenaline Revolution. I love you...