✯ | chapter thirteen

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN ;; SPEECH

LEILA STOOD BESIDE Bellamy as Jaha and Abby presented themselves to the group of gathered Ark survivors. Leila was surprised to see Jaha, as the last place she knew him to be was the remaining part of the Ark that was still orbiting above them.

"Chancellor," he said to Abby, prompting her to begin her speech.

"By now you've all heard the rumour and unfortunately, it's true," Abby began slowly, speaking out to the people who had gathered to listen. "The Grounders are coming. We have a difficult decision to make. Thankfully, Chancellor Jaha has found his way back to us, and we're discussing all options."

"Bullshit," Leila muttered, masking her open distrust with a cough. Bellamy's arm slipped around her shoulders, drawing the brunette closer.

"But just to be safe," Jaha began, stepping in front of Abby as he began to pace. "You need to pack. Now. Whatever you can carry. We may need to leave at a moment's notice."

"Where will we go?" asked a blonde-gone-grey haired man from the crowd.

"I don't know is the answer," Jaha replied. "But I heard of a place. A City of Light. It's across the dead zone."

"What makes you think we'll make it there?" asked the same man.

"Because we made it here," Jaha responded. "I have faith and right now, given the alternative, that's good enough for me."

"Not for us!" exclaimed a familiar voice.

Leila, who was too small to see over the crowd, tugged Bellamy's sleeve. "Is that who I think it is?"

Bellamy nodded with a smirk. "Never can keep her mouth shut."

"No. No, she couldn't," Leila smiled.

"If we leave here, what happens to our people in Mount Weather?" Clarke asked.

"As your mother said," Jaha responded bluntly. "That is a very difficult decision to make. But the time has come for each and every one of us to ask: is this how the story of our people ends? Did we come all this way just to die tomorrow? Because if we're not gone by the time that sun rises, that is exactly what will happen."

"No decision's been made," Abby informed the crowd, trying her best to quieten the voices that were in disagreement with the former Chancellor. "In the meantime, please report to your station supervisor and gather emergency supplies."

Bellamy and Leila began to push through the crowd, making their way to the blonde haired girl who looked ready to follow her mother. Lunging past the last few people, Leila caught her best friend's arm and swung her around.

"Hey," she said quietly. "Where have you been?"

"In the drop-ship," Bellamy said, interrupting Leila as he began an entirely different conversation. "You need to come back with us, right now."

"Why?" Clarke asked. "What's happened?"

"We'll explain on the way," Leila assured her. "Bring a med-kit. Meet us at Raven's gate."

Clarke left without another word, leaving Leila and Bellamy to head towards Raven's gate without being caught.

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