Breakfast was actually nice. It had been too long since I had real butter on my toast, and too long since I didn't have to measure the jelly I spread on it for fear that we would run out. Dolley was actually a nice addition to breakfast. Although we were quiet, barely speaking more than a few syllables, it was still nice to have company. I never realized how alone I truly was until I stepped onto this train. I found that no one, not Dolley or Xan who I've come to remember by his cabbage like hair, looked at me as the people where I used to live did. They didn't sneer in disgust or look on in hatred as I passed by; many didn't even take notice of me. I didn't mind really, it was refreshing to not have to feel like I was going to be spit on or hit all the time.
Finishing my breakfast I wrapped a few extra strawberries and a slice of apple in a napkin and found the window I had become accustomed to sitting under. It was between a lounge chair and a potted plant that brought nature into the train where it was usually absent. The sun shone brightly as I sat watching the daily workings of the groups. Many, like my teammate Ace, sat listening to music. It was a loud harsh sound, but not unwelcomed. Dolley was sitting on the lounge chair next to me, leaning away, but still near to me as if half heartedly trying to keep up with my request for friendship. Theo was whining to Cliff about something insignificant that meant nothing other than the fact that it was giving him an excuse to annoy his friend. Truly that wasn't what my leader was trying to do; he was just too childish to understand the effect he was creating. I felt slightly bad for Cliff, but then remembering what he did to my hair I quickly forgot any sympathy I had for him. I did see a new addition though. Dark brown, nearly black shaggy hair and it looked like amber eyes sat by himself.
"Dolley….who's the new addition?" I asked, unwrapping my fruit. She must have known who I was talking about because she didn't ask for me to be specific.
"Luke's in our group, he nearly got his points stolen by Sam." I let out a huff of displeasure at the not-so-shy boy's name. Sam was a menace, stripping without shame in front of everybody thinking we would give him points. I threw a pillow at him hoping he would cover up, but then I realized another leader had his underwear and he couldn't. I took a bite out of one of the plump red strawberries and offered some to my roommate.
"No thanks." She said without hesitation. I sighed.
"Still don't trust me." It wasn't a question and she seemed to know it. She just smiled down at me and then turned back to watching everything. Shaking my head in exasperation I leaned back against the wall and closed my eyes. Memories slowly came back to me drowning out the actions of the train.
"Get her!" Someone shouted as a fist collided with my face, splitting the tender flesh of my lip open. I gasped in pain, caught my balance and ducked just in time to miss another hit for my face. I felt hands on my back pushing me forward. I stumbled forward only to be caught and slammed up against the wall hitting my head. I heard their mocking laughter through my pain. It was two older boys and a girl from the school I had to go to when we moved.
"Freak!" The girl shouted as she walked up to me arrogance dripping from her every pour. She stopped in front of me flanked by the two boys. She sneered at me giving me a look as if I was nothing more than a bug that needed to be squashed. Their laughter mocked me, the pain they inflicted on me bruised my pride more then anything. They. Would. Pay. The girl closed her eyes for the briefest of moments giving me my chance. I launched myself at her causing us both to crash into the hard concrete. She landed on the ground no doubt hitting her head hard. I pinned her with my knees pressing into her arms and pinning her upper body down with my weight. I began my assault on her, hitting her as hard as I could. I kept hitting, and hitting feeling her nose crack under my fury. She struggled but I refused to let up. The boys with her, who were momentarily stunned by my attack, took action when the girl screamed as I hit her in her broken nose once more. They pulled me off her slamming a fist into my stomach. I grunted and landed onto my butt as they dropped me to go to the now bloody faced girl. I kicked out with my legs hitting both boys as hard as I could, making them stumble into the wall. As they tried to collect themselves I jumped up and ran as far and as fast as I could. I ran down crowded streets I usually avoided, through alleys that were too dark and dirty for any sensible person to walk through, trying to make sure I lost them. Finally I slumped against my porch steps. I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than to be left alone. My parents weren't home, most likely working late at their new jobs to bring in money, and so I had my peace. Pulling myself up I made my way inside my house to go to the medicine cabinet to-
My memories were interrupted by the groans of the players. I opened my eyes, washing away my memories, to find Sam asking people for points again.
"Please!" He begged the new player, Luke. Both I and Dolley sighed in aggravation.
"He doesn't stop does he." I stated. My roommate shook her head.
"Hey, Sam, leave the guy alone." She yelled at the blonde boy. He pouted, turning to me and Dolley.
"They why don't you give me points and I'll stop?" He said.
"No." we said in unison. I went on to say, "It your fault for losing them in the first place." Sam stuck his tongue out at me and turned back to bother Luke. Luke looked rather uncomfortable with the attention he was getting. Looking down at my fruit and then back at Sam, I picked up the apple slice and threw it. The slice hit Sam in the back of the head hard enough to split the fruit in half. Sam winced and pouted again.
"What'cha do that for?" He asked.
"Leave him alone Sam or I'll throw something else at you." He let out a whine but he seemed to have given up.
"Fine." Was all he said as he sauntered out of the room after some girls. I rolled my eyes as he left.
"Nice throw." Dolley said looking down at me from her seat. I gave her a small smile.
"Thank you, I knew there was a reason I singled out that apple slice." She gave a small laugh and shifted in her seat, as I pulled out my cards to read.