𝙫𝙞𝙞𝙞. 𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚

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( chapter eight - runaway creature )

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the group of six jumped back at the sudden screech that came from such a tiny creature, its body hopping over the thick wire. the thick wire was once a cage, and dart and hopped over with ease.

macy furrowed her eyebrows at dart. she realized if he was a reptile, he would love heat. but dart, in fact, hates it. she figured after the sudden outburst with the lamp.

it's little legs carried it towards the edge of the table and finally jumping. dustin's instant reflexes were like a ninja and he caught dart in his right palm.

"woah." dustin caught him. "it's okay, it's okay. i got you, little buddy."

chitters were heard from dart while dustin chuckled. everyone else was confused at the fact that dustin was already 'buddies' with this unknown creature he named d'artagnan.

mike on the other hand, was annoyed.

"isn't there another thing about reptiles?" macy walked around will and mike, to stand towards dustin. she crouched a bit to look down at dart in dustin's hands. "they're cold-blooded, ectothermic right?"

dustin nods, "they love heat, the sun."

macy and dustin spoke in sync, "dart hates it."

"does it hurt him?" max questioned at her sister and dustin, nodding in response to her question.

"so if he's not a pollywog or a reptile.." lucas began.

dustin stood up straighter in a more confident manner, "then i've discovered a new species."

dustin's finger strokes dart's back. macy looked up from the creature and up at will, who seemed to be lost in his own thought bubble. his eyes were wider than usual, like he realized something with dart.

for will, he knew what this species was. he coughed out a slug over a year ago into his bathroom sink, when he returned from the upside down and was back home. that was most definitely the slug he coughed out.

macy's tiptoed back next to will, "you okay will?" she rested her hand on will's shoulder.

he flinched back, noticing macy had broke him out of his thoughts. he licks his lips and nods slowly. macy knew he was lying, but decided to let it go.

the school bell rang, causing the other three members (max, mike and lucas) of the group to jump back. they all gathered they backpacks, dustin throwing dart — gently — into his contraption and they all left the av club room.

"we gotta show him to mr. clarke," lucas let the door open so the others could leave.

"what if he steals my discovery?" dustin exclaimed, wanting to defend his own 'discovery' of a new species.

"he's not gonna steal your discovery." mike assured him.

macy was walking side by side with will behind the whole group, max shortly ahead of the two.

"are you sure you're alright will?" macy asked, "you don't seem alright."

"thanks mace, but i'll be alright." will smiled at the girl and she nods. he'll tell her what's been going on one day. but that day wasn't today.

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