I quickly walked up the stairs, running straight into Mrs. Strutter. “I tried to be nice,” she said.
“This?” I gestured to the screen. “This is nice? You just replayed one of the most traumatic events of my life!”
I caught Aaron’s glance and watched as he leaned over to Tennyson to whisper something. Then, I refocused my attention to Mrs. Strutter who leaned in close to whisper, “It had to come out sometime. Now, you don’t have time to tell them.”
“You’re just trying to sabotage my team,” I whispered harshly.
“I can’t believe you would think such a thing of me,” she said with mock shock. Mrs. Strutter paused and continued with a little chuckle, “That might be because you’re totally right. Although, I don’t expect you to win, but I don’t want you to have even a chance of winning.”
“I have my chance right now,” I said, pulling the gun out of my waistband and jamming it into her stomach.
“That was a pretty good move right there. I almost didn’t catch it, but since I did, I put the whole theater on alert; they all know you have a gun. The people who are holding Ranger at gunpoint also know you have a gun,” Strutter said, pointing to the screen which had changed to Ranger’s room. Ranger was tied to the bed with two men nearby. “Do you really want to start this war early?” Mrs. Strutter said.
I cursed and let my hand rest at my side. I watched as Aaron lept on Mrs. Strutter’s back. Strutter kept her balance and threw Aaron over her shoulder, straight at me.
For a split second before Aaron crashed into me, I caught a glimpse of Mrs. Strutter’s face. She looked completely surprised by her own actions, and her eyes… They seemed… They looked as if they were glistening with tears.
Her eyes were burned into my mind as Aaron slammed into me. I lost my balance and fell backwards, my head colliding with the stairs. I couldn’t focus on anything else except Strutter’s eyes, even as I felt a throbbing pain encase my whole head.
My vision darkened and then lightened again, but I still wasn’t able to see clearly. My vision seemed to be blurry, and the world was spinning. I found that it was hard to focus on the shapes above me.
“Dre… Okay… Stay…” The voice kept fading it in and out. I think it was Aaron, but I wasn’t sure.
My thoughts kept fading in and out, escaping and returning. I couldn’t keep my focus on one though. I just kept jumping from thought to thought.
“Drew, don’t move,” I heard Strutter say.
I hadn’t realized it, but I was trying to stand up. I stopped for a moment and just looked at the black ceiling panels. Then, I found myself looking at the dim lights, but they were hurting my eyes, so I looked away.