Chapter 26

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-Laelyn-

I was smiling from ear to ear, finally finding my optimism again. Everyone decided to come along, except Britta. Isaac made her stay to ensure her safety. Hope has always been something I hold onto, but this was a really big decision for everyone- finding Link was something I had almost lost hope for.

"So... I'm stealing a school bus?" Mason clarified. Beckham nodded.

"It's the easiest way to travel, plus we have too many people for anything else," he reasoned.

"Woah, we are not doing anything illegal!" I said. "If we get caught, there's no way the police will believe our story..."

"Lyn, how else are we going to find Link in time?" Mason asked. "It's already been four hours, if we wait much longer he might be..."

"No. No, he won't be. He's fine, and we're going to find him, we don't need to-"

"Laelyn," Beckham cut me off, and I fell silent. "What else can we do?"

"Has it really been four hours?" I asked. They all nodded. "Fine, you can steal a vehicle..." I said. It sounded terrible, but really, what other choice did we have with the time constraint?

"Oh, perfect! I have a bunch of white paint too," Alyrica said happily.

"Um, for what?" I asked.

"For painting over the school name, of course," she said, rolling her eyes. "You think we're going to steal a bus and keep the name? Do you want us to get caught?"

"Oh, um, sorry..." I mumbled. I never really thought about that. Maybe because you're not like them, you don't break the rules, I told myself. Who knew that following rules would backfire on me.

"Alright, we'll be back in half an hour, tops," Mason sighed, pulling a beanie over his dark hair and only letting the highlighted bangs show. I nodded. What if this doesn't work? What if we're risking everything... For nothing? "Hey, it's going to be okay," Mason reassured me quietly, placing a hand on my shoulder like Link always used to. "We're going to find your brother, and it's going to be okay." He's really nice, how did he ever join Link and Alyrica? "Mai's my girlfriend, and Alyrica's her best friend. I go where she goes," he explained, answering the question in my head. Dang it, I keep forgetting he can read my mind!

"Sorry, I didn't mean to..." I trailed off. "I was just saying how nice you are, that's all. This just doesn't seem like your type of thing. But I guess that makes sense. If you're so nice though, how are you and my brother such good friends?"

"He tries to be all big and bad, but he's really just a big softie. Don't worry, Link is hidden under all that armor... Somewhere," Mason replied. "I was his best friend before he met Alyrica anyways, so once Mai and I dropped out, we became best friends again."

"Wait, you two were best friends?"

"Don't you remember all the times I came over?" He asked. "Oh, wait, shoot. Sorry, I keep thinking you're... Well... The other you," he laughed awkwardly. "Well, I really should be going, Mai is probably halfway there already." He waved and ran off. Huh. I never really remembered him from Earth either, I wonder who he really is in this dimension?

***

"Hey Linkin, pass the popcorn," Mason said.

"How many times do I have to tell you, my name isn't short for anything, idiot," Link joked, throwing a piece of popcorn at Mason's face. They laughed and I paused the movie, irritated.

"Are we going to watch this, or should I wait for you two to kiss and make up?" I asked sarcastically.

"What?!" Mason asked.

"She's joking," Link waved it off. "Laelyn, you know Mason doesn't understand sarcasm."

"Oh I know, it just makes it ten times funnier," I laughed.

"Hey!" Mason shouted. Well he understood that.

"It's the truth!"

"Okay, are we watching this movie or not?" Link asked.

"Oh, so you finally care?" I wondered jokingly. I threw the remote to him and he pressed play.

"Wait, so we're not supposed to talk during a movie?" Mason asked, right as it started. I facepalmed, and he laughed. I heard a phone ringing, but Link got up first to get it. Odd, he doesn't usually rush to answer the phone. Mason paused the movie and gave me a confused look. I shrugged. I could hear bits and pieces of Link's conversation with whoever was on the phone, and we stayed quiet to listen.

"Mason's over right now, Babe..." Link said. "Tomorrow? Oh... Um, yeah one second, hang on." Mason and I shared a look. "Hey Mason, when are you getting picked up?"

"After the movie, I thought," Mason answered.

"Okay, cool," Link shouted in response, then lowered his voice again. "Yeah, I can be there tonight. Sorry," he paused and listened to whatever the person on the other end was saying. "Okay, love you, bye." He hung up and walked back into the room like nothing happened.

"Who was that?" I asked.

"Oh, um that was Mason's mom, just wanted to know when he was getting picked up," Link lied. "I'll be right back." As he walked down the hall to his room, Mason came over to sit next to me.

"That definitely wasn't my mom, she texted me an hour ago to make sure she had the right time," he explained. "Who do you think it was?"

"I think... I think Link might have a girlfriend!"

"What?! Why wouldn't he tell us?"

"I don't know, it was like he didn't want us to know," I replied. Hearing Link walking back, Mason ran over to his spot on the other couch and sat nonchalantly.

"Oh hey, thanks for pausing it for me!" Link said happily. But I paid no attention, only one thought was on my mind: Why wouldn't he tell us? 


Author's Note!

Okay, so I know the storyline part of this chapter was kinda short, but the last part was kinda important to have. Anyone know what's going on yet? I hope you liked this chapter, love you guys!

Savy

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