Harmonica

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Author's Note

I know you guys wanted to stab me, kill me, etc etc etc for yesterday's update. For those who know me too well, yes, it is a prank. Everything that happened in the last update is not true (including the one where Augustus says I love you) Okay, since some of you would like to bribe me for a true update, where's my Coke, castle, and dog? :P Enjoy the real update. It is longer than usual.

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I look at Augustus who had been watching me. Without me realizing of it, I drop Augustus’s phone, making it fall on the red carpet flooring.

“We have to go back to Meadow Falls,” I tell him, instantly taking out my bag and packing it once more.

“Melanie, we can’t go back,” he says with seriousness from behind me.

I turn around for him to see my heated gaze. “I need to see him, Augustus. He’s my brother. My twin!”

“We can go back to Meadow Falls after getting the Minotaurs and witches on our side,” Augustus advises. “I know you love your brother, Melanie, but this mission is important. We need more supernatural creatures on our side or else all of us will die. What’s the use when you see your brother now and he’ll die later?”

I stay silent, processing his words slowly in my head.

“I don’t want him to die,” I choke, taking a few steps back until my back hits the wall that is facing the beds where Augustus is standing next to his. “He’ll hate me for what I have done.”

Weakly, I sit on the floor with my back against the wall and start to cry.

“I’m such a horrible person,” I sob, hiding my tearing face from Augustus.

Never did I expect Augustus to sit down next to me and put his arm around me, pulling me towards his lap. Without much control of my haywired emotions, I bawl and cry in Augustus lap as he coos soothing words to me.

Finally when the crying fountain episode has ended, I pull away from Augustus.

“I’m sorry,” I whisper, ashamed with myself. I have never cried in front of anyone, except for Nate.

“Come on,” he murmurs, helping me up.

I quickly wipe away my tears. “Where are we going?” I croak.

“Nowhere,” he quickly replies. “Just staying in this room. Let’s get your mind off things for a while.”

I start to protest. “But…”

“No buts,” Augustus interjects. “I know you love your brother, but it is important to keep a clear mind for this mission. The faster we get to Newborough, the faster we can go home and you can see your brother.”

I nod. All senses return to me.

“Okay. We’ll leave for Newborough first thing in the morning,” I say, sitting on the bed.

Augustus walks over to my side and grabs hold of my bag. I frown when I see him digging into my bag.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I hiss at him, snatching back my bag. He’s getting on my nerves again.

“Distracting you,” he answers, not making a move to steal my bag. “Come on. Take out your harmonica.”

My breath hitches when he says that.

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