Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Chapter 5

Ten minutes later I was (not) ready to jump off the bridge.

“I don’t see how I was talked into this,” I muttered while balancing on the fence.

I took a few deep breaths before jumping. With the air flying through my black hair and my clothes flapping against my sides, I shot my bow and grabbed on to the rope as the arrow jammed between some of the metalwork underneath the bridge, I clung to the rope with one hand while I put my bow into my backpack and gave my friends a thumbs up before climbing up the rope.

(I have to tell you that the adrenalin I got from the free-fall, made it more than worthwhile)

Once I had gotten up to the underside of the bridge, I tugged the rope three times then sat in the most comfortable place under the bridge, Arrow came after me, then Robin and after that Bow.

“We have like, two hours till the fireworks even start,” complained Robin in a really bored tone.

I quickly got my phone out of my bag and started playing a session of balloon tower defence until my com-link started beeping. I pressed the speaker button so that we could all hear whoever was talking.

“Hi Arty, what-yah doing? I am so bored, I have nothing to do,” Saffron voice came though the com-link.

“Trying to sit on a metal pole; it makes your bum hurt so badly,” I replied as Arrow came over to talk to Saffron, “Guess what I did? I jumped off the bridge,” I had the smallest tiniest bit of smugness in my voice as Arrow’s face flashed to panic.

(Pay back!)

“You did what now- Are you hurt- Why on earth would you jump off the bridge?!” Saffron replied in a shocked voice.

(Anyone would think I just told her that I had killed the Queen of England!)

“Well, it was Arrow’s idea so maybe I should just let her tell you,” I put my arm over to Arrow who reluctantly started a debate with Saffron about just why I had to jump off the bridge, that I quickly tuned out of.

Robin was having a conversation with himself about how bored he was and Bow was looking through his binoculars looking at who knows what.

(…Probably some girl)

Ten minutes later we heard a commotion up on the bridge, so Robin stuck his head out to the side to see if he could anything and Bow looked upwards still looking through his binoculars.

“Are binoculars now made with X-ray vision? Last I heard X-ray vision hadn’t been invented yet,” I said with a smirk, hardly suppressing my laughter.

Though I wouldn’t have been surprised if the binoculars actually had been X-ray, our tech department was always coming up with cool gadgets, then holding competitions to decide their names; being a community that officially doesn’t exist means that we have to make up our own entertainment, but we do have a traveling circus that visits all the Hunter divisions.

Robin and I started laughing our heads of while Arrow was still answering the steady flow of questions coming from Saffron. Bow looked down at the water his face turning a bright shade of red.

After a few minutes Robin got bored and looked out again to see what was happening up on the bridge. I took off my com-link of and gave it to Arrow so she could still have her conversation and clambered from beam to beam to get to Bow.

“Come on,” I said sitting next to a sad looking Bow, “It was kind of funny, anyway I bet you that Robin will do something more stupid in the next five minutes.”

That at least seemed to make him a lot happier. Just then the bridge suddenly jerked to the right and Robin fell off his beam making a weird bird sound.

“See I told you,” as I jumped over to my beam and grabbed my bag before it fell down to the water.
Robin swam over to the bottom of the rope, trying to get to it before Bow climbed over to the top of the rope, Bow won and happily tugged on the rope so it was out of Robins reach. Robin was screeching insults at Bow till he let the rope down, which was only a measly ten minutes later.