The friends are having a noraml day at the mall, until they're fast forwarded to the future! They find out secrets from the past and see what happened to their lives. But Cronus uses their only wea...
"Isn't this great? I became a movie star! I wonder what other movies I've been in so far." Then Odie got an idea and ran to the nearby XPress store in the middle of the mall. Everyone wondered what he was doing but didn't go after him, knowing he probably had an idea. He returned with a grin on his face and said, "Found it!" They stared at a tattered and partially burned book. It had the legible words 'Us' on it and they looked at the man on the front. He then opened the book to what seemed to be around the middle, but Theresa knew it was only page 31, because she'd read so many magazines. They read the article on the famous movie star, Neil Apollo. It talked about his life as a teenager and his first movies, how he was originally a model, and how he grew up with his family when he was much, much younger. Then near the end they saw what they'd been looking for (or Odie had) and read that he'd be staying in a city only three hours from where they were. They made it their goal to find the last of the seven friends.
Again, they started to look for a way out but after more than an hour with no luck, they headed back to the future house of Archie and Atlanta. They were greeted by Ashley who had grown quite attached to her 'parents'. They went into the kitchen where Archie cooked her some chicken noodle soup so she could eat at the table with Rickie. Tania made herself a bagel and cream cheese instead and ate in the family while watching one of her favourite TV shows. Archie then put Rickie to sleep by reading him a story. It wasn't that he didn't like it and thought it was boring, it was just so soothing. He closed the door and went to the kitchen to make him something to eat, while everybody else watched.
He whistled casually, making himself a bagel with butter. Then he grabbed a can of pop from the fridge and turned around. Everybody had their eyes on him right now. "What?" he asked unknowingly. "Where'd you learn to do all of that stuff?" asked Herry. "What stuff? I have no idea what you guys are talking about," he answered like he had no clue what they were talking about, because really, he didn't. "You know what we mean like with the cooking and the parenting and junk. You're so good at it!" Atlanta said. "Yeah. I was listening to that story you were reading in the next room over where I'm staying- I fell asleep it was so good!" Herry added. "I'm not good at any of that stuff. You guys are just, umm, exaggerating," he protested. But Theresa gave him away too easily. "Oh come on Archie. They know something's up can I please tell them?" she pleaded. He scowled at her for revealing the secret he'd told her when they first met. He shrugged and walked into another room, not wanting to be there when his secret was told. A few seconds later the house echoed with giggles and laughs. Tania walked in and asked what was going on, after she noticed her 'father' had come to join her all by himself, muttering under his breath.
"What's going on?" she asked curiously. They motioned for her to follow them back to the other room where Archie was. "Hey Arch, I didn't know that you read poetry. No wonder you're so good at reading it," Herry said to him as he sat in the next chair over. "And who knew you helped your dad out when he worked in that little restaurant. So you're a cook too?" Odie teased. (A/N- I made up the cook part how his dad worked in a restaurant.) They all laughed at him and he felt so embarrassed. Stupid Theresa. She always ruins everything. Why'd I tell her all of that stuff? But as fury burned through him like a laser, he heard a little giggle. He looked to see Tania smiling at him and laughing slightly. All of his anger was gone for a moment and he couldn't think of anyone who looked cuter than his 'daughter'. He smiled at her a little and the others gasped. "Oh my god Archie. You're smiling! And at a time like this too it's such a miracle." Atlanta joked as his smile turned into a low mumbling of smart remarks and snide comments.
He got up, forgetting his bagel and pop on the table, and went to the room where he was sleeping. The laughs were still coming from down stairs as he closed the door. But they faded after a while and he lay on his bed. There was a knock on the door and he didn't know who it was so just sat and said nothing. He didn't want to be rude if it was one of the kids but he didn't exactly want to forget about it either and be Mr. Happy again. Then the door opened and he saw the red hair of a petite girl. For a minute he thought it was Atlanta, but realized it was Tania who was coming in. She leaped onto the bed- no, onto Archie's lap. He sat there, a little surprised.
"Umm, hey Tania. What's up?" It was so weird talking to her. He didn't know how to. Was he supposed to talk to her like a regular kid, since they were only seven years apart, or speak to her like she was his daughter. Since she was. But he decided on talking to her like an equal, because it seemed that was how she wanted it. "Nothing. Do you really read that classical or mythical poetry or whatever it's called? And did you work in a restaurant when you were my age?" He nodded his head. "And I haven't told anybody this, but I write it too. Can you keep that a secret?" She eagerly nodded her head and he pulled out a notepad from his hoodie pocket. He flipped to a page that had a few lines of writing and some doodles in the corner of flowers. For some reason, it struck her as odd. "Want to hear this one? I wrote it about a week ago." She again nodded her head, and he began to read aloud. "It's called, Flowers in her Hair."
The sun was bright, the birds took flight, as it rained again.
But she stayed, her hair in braids, so perfect to the ends.
Steady it fell, like water from a well, but she stayed and sat instead.
Her hair now soaked, like a cold damp cloak, draped gently over her head.
She liked the rain, it gave her passion not pain, so she breathed and smiled.
The others stared, unaware, she'd been like that for a while.
Her hair lay flat, dripping down her back, wetting her to her feet.
She didn't care, she felt no despair, her feelings were discreet.
They thought she was crazy, or just plain lazy, but she was only calm and frail.
They all went away, for the day, and left her with her ponytail.
The deer were at rest, the birds in their nest, none of them very brave.
But she stayed there, watched by the bear, who huddled deep in his cave.
The beavers in the dam, the fish swam, while the foxes were in their den.
But she stayed content, she never went, away from the open.
Her hair was high, reaching up to the sky, placed neatly in a bun.
And because of her deed, not her selfish greed came creeping out the sun.
She stayed out, when the others crawled about, searching for some place dry.
But as she was sitting, heroic and witty, she was granted by the sky.
The sun and clouds, all very proud, gave her beauty in her hair.
So instead of ponytails, so very frail, flowers on her head she was spared.
They bloomed right then, and stayed until the end, until they were taken out.
But remove them she would never, she'd keep them in forever, until new ones in its place would sprout.
The white yellow and pink, and more colours than you could think, were placed neatly on her head.
And because of the orange purple and blue, she always knew, they'd be there 'til the end.
Her hair was even prettier now, and it made everyone wow, as she passed by with her flowers.
She seemed to cast a spell, that overwhelmed, she now had special powers.
It was the gift, that she had wished, the one to bring out the beauty in everyone.
It made them all feel, so elegant and surreal, she no longer wanted to put it in a bun.
So she lived like that, never wearing a hat, and she was just fine that way.
But her beautiful flowers, used their wondrous powers, and made one man go and say.
I love you dear, I want you near, you've given hope to me.
She replied, very snide, You don't want my heart only beauty.
And she turned away, and ran that day, to her love which she had yet to find.
It was another man, who took her hand, and loved her for what was inside.
He placed the book down in front of the lap of the little girl so she could see the writing for herself. She looked at the book and wanted to hug the 17 year old so bad. So she did. She turned around and gave him a big hug. He was a little startled for a few moments but he hugged her back. She then looked him in the eye and said, "That was beautiful. Why didn't you tell anyone about your poetry? They wouldn't laugh if they heard it." She tried to sound like she knew what she was talking about, but Archie said, "Nah. They'd probably laugh. I'm not supposed to be the kind of person who writes poetry and stuff. I have to be tough kinda like Atlanta." Then Tania asked a question that surprised him. She sure was intelligent for her age. "Was that poem about Mom? I mean Atlanta." "Yup. She's really different, so I wrote a poem about her to show how much she means to me." He smiled at his daughter and she smiled back. They both guessed that this was what it was like to be bonding with someone.
But neither of them knew about the other six friends listening to their entire conversation. They had opened the door a crack and were all looking at the two on the bed. They'd heard the conversation when Tania had entered he room, up until the things they were talking about right now. Atlanta felt so happy inside, and the others were stunned at how good Archie really was at writing. He had a real gift and they'd been teasing him about it. They all felt horrible and would apologize later. "Okay, let's tell him we're going to find Neil now," Jay whispered. He knocked on the door, pretending to have just gotten there. "Yeah come in," he said as Tania slipped off of his lap and went to the door to leave. Jay and the others walked in, ready to tell him their plans. But Atlanta was zoned out in her own thoughts. Was that what Archie thought she was? The tough, brave one of the group. It seemed like that sometimes, but she really had a very sensitive and caring side behind the rough exterior. Kinda like Archie. she thought as they retreated and went to the two trucks in the driveway.
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After the long three and a half hour drive to their destination, they arrived at the hotel where future Neil was staying. The seven young teenagers had driven in the silver truck, while future Herry, Archie, Jay, Theresa, and Odie came along in the other truck. Sophie had stayed with future Atlanta at the house to watch her and the kids, all five of them. Tania had wanted to come so she had convinced the others to ride in the silver truck with the teenagers. Walking into the lobby of the hotel, Neil and the other six asked for where they could find the famous movie star. "He isn't allowed visitors from the press," said the lady behind the counter. "But we're here on appointment. He called us today and said he forgot to make a note of our meeting and that we could just come in. This is his younger brother." Archie had just made up that lie and they were all impressed. He shoved Neil in front and the lady seemed to buy the story (also considering the resemblance between Neil and his future self) and gave them the room number.
Jay walked out and told them the room number so that they could come and sneak in later. Then they walked to the room where future Neil was staying and knocked. Nobody answered at first, but then a tall man in a black suit stood, hovering over them. They told them their story and he seemed pretty gullible too, so they were permitted to enter. They took one look at the star and immediately saw the similarities. Neil ran over and said, "Oh my god! Is that the Elizabeth Arden face cream? I saw that on a sign thingy when we were driving here! It looked so good I have to get it." Future Neil looked at him through cucumber covered eyes and said, "Oh yeah! It's only the latest in beauty care. You have great taste where'd you learn how to spot such good skin care products? "Neil smiled and was about to tell the story of his life, when there was a knock at the door.
It was opened and the rest of their friends stood there. "They're with us," said Herry. They walked in and future Neil said, "So many adoring fans! I hope I have enough pictures to sign." "Actually Neil, it's us. Jay, Theresa, Herry, Odie, and Archie. We have some important stuff to talk to you about." Future Neil removed his cucumbers and looked more closely. "It's you guys! What are you doing here?" "Well, we came to talk to you about them." future Theresa said. Future Neil looked over at the kids standing in his room and said again, "Oh my god who the heck are these people? Have we met or something? They look familiar." He thought hard for a minute but the reality never clicked in. Archie glared at the security guard to show they wanted some privacy and he went to stand right beside the door, facing away from them.
The story was explained to future Neil and he looked suspiciously at Neil. "This isn't some cruel joke to get back at me for something I said is it? Because if it is my body guard will strangle you to death." The others were stunned he didn't believe them but Neil stepped in. "Oh yeah, we could beat you're body guard any day. We've got two super strong people here who could lift a truck upside down if they wanted to." Future Neil then remembered Herry and said, "You mean there's two Herry's here?" They all cheered at the thought of their friend remembering and said, "Yup. So are you gonna help us try to get back to our time?" "No," said future Neil. They all shook their heads and yelled at him, "Are you crazy?" "Why not?" "There's still something seriously wrong with you!" "Hey!" shouted Neil as they realized what they'd said about their friend. "Well, I have a very busy schedule, but if you want I can get some publicity or something. I mean, who can ignore me when I have something to say?" They were about to say something when he interrupted, "Don't answer that one. But I can't help you really. Sorry. Good luck though, and goodbye." He waved his hand and the body guard walked over, ushering them out.
"Well that was totally worth it," said Archie sarcastically. "Let's just get back to the house and we'll see what we can do tomorrow," said Jay. After a few minutes of silence after they had started driving on the highway Atlanta said to Archie who was sitting beside her, "Hey Arch. Umm, sorry we laughed at you about that poetry thing. We didn't know you were so good at it." His eyes shot at her like he was trying to see the wall of the car on the other side of her. He was furious. How did they know that he wrote poetry? "What are you talking about?" he snarled. "We heard you reading the poem to Tania in your room. It was really good," Theresa butted in. "Uh-oh," murmured Tania under her breath, sitting on the other side of Archie. "You were spying on me?" he yelled. The noise was extremely loud and everyone jumped. Atlanta nodded her head and said quietly, "We just kinda overheard it. We... we didn't mean to do anything that you wouldn't like." She cowered beside him. She was shaking from fear and had tears in her eyes. She'd never in her life seen him this mad. He looked as red as her hair and for a minute was a little confused.
Then he yelled at her and stood up. He slammed the brakes on the truck that Jay had been driving, and thankfully no one got hurt. But he flung open the door nearest to him and jumped out. He started running like mad, trying to get as far away from them as he could. The others in the truck saw how mad he was, but couldn't go after him. When they'd stopped it had caused a traffic jam and cars were zooming in front, not allowing them to go by. The adults in the truck ahead saw him running but didn't have time to turn around or pull over because of the commotion happening on the highway. So Atlanta did the only thing she could, and ran out of the truck. She ran after him, but for some reason couldn't catch up. She felt something in her stomach and felt queasy. She crouched on the side of the road, as Herry finally managed to pull over. They got out and attended to Atlanta. She wasn't feeling well and Tania asked why. They looked at her and said, "Because you're inside of her right now."
She was very shocked and sad at the same time for hurting Atlanta so much. Then she saw Archie slowing down slightly ahead, and stood up. She began racing to him. She was getting closer, and closer, and closer. After ten minutes of running she finally reached him, where they were both panting. He was too tired to be angry, so he just fell down on the side of the road. He leaned against a median in the middle of the road, and she slid down beside him. They panted for a long time before he said, "They heard us, in my room. They heard our whole conversation. This is horrible." She stared at him and said, "Why?" He looked back at her and said, "Because I can never trust them again." They just sat for a while longer before a car advanced near them and pulled over. They all came out except for Theresa and Atlanta.
Jay stomped over to Archie who had tears streaming down his face, too depressed to talk or even move. Jay slapped him across the face and yelled at him, "Why the hell did you do that? Do you know how much pain you're causing all of us, especially Atlanta, right now? What the fuck is your problem?!" Tania stood up and slapped Jay in the face now. She stared at him as he stumbled to the ground from the impact. For a ten year old girl, she had a really hard hit. She had a stern look on her face, showing no emotion or pain it seemed like. "You guys aren't the only ones who are having trouble right now. Look at Archie!" She pointed to him and they looked at their friend.
He was swaying back and forth on the ground, his face almost drenched from tears and sweat and blood. He had a terrible nose bleed from when Jay had hit him, and almost looked unconscious. Jay felt so sorry for hitting him now, and was about to go over and clean him up, when Archie fell over. He became unconscious and Jay hadn't realized how hard he'd hit him. He also didn't realize that when he'd slapped him, his hand had been in a fist. Theresa and Atlanta had heard the noise and come out. Atlanta looked at her unconscious boyfriend and ran to him. She was feeling awful, but she could run fairly fast. She cuddled him as they tried to get him to the truck. They began driving again, looking for signs that said where the closest hospital was. They reached it soon enough and rushed in. Atlanta and Herry stayed with Archie, helping to get him out of the truck and on a stretcher. He was moved to a room and hooked up with wires and tubes. The friends were told to leave, and decided to use their cell phones to call the adults and explain what had happened. Meanwhile, Archie was in the hospital room, trying to gain consciousness.
That was chapter 5 and it was really long! lol. I'm going to update tomorrow probably so keep reading and I hope you enjoyed it. plz review! (over 3800 words! lol)