Everyone talked over each other, panicked under the weight of the darkness, and the unknown.
The tiny brunette, Adena, sighed, and stood up. She held her lit cell phone up to show her face. “Alright everyone, quiet down.”
Everyone except for the man with the piercing green eyes ignored her. He leaned forward in his arm-chair, and let out a shrill whistle, instantly silencing everyone, most cringing away from him.
Adena turned to smile at him, “Thank you, Eli.”
He shrugged, and leaned back in his chair.
Marianna, a thin latina of average height, crossed her arms and scowled from her place on the sofa, with Diana and Damon. “What the fuck was that, Axle?”
Eli gestured lazily at Adena, “She’s trying to talk.”
Mari and the rest turned their attention to Adena. Mari tilted her head towards the smaller girl. “What’s up, Tiny?”
Adena frowned, and brushed her hands down the front of her skirt. “I really wish you wouldn’t call me that, Mari.”
A tall pale blonde shifted around on the lap of a brunette male wearing glasses and in a wheelchair, “But you’re so cute and tiny, like I could keep you in my pocket.” The others laughed, cutting the tension in the room.
Adena huffed, and shook her head, but chose not to respond to Samantha’s comment. “Anyways, I believe we should do as the man said, and make sure the doors and windows are all locked. We should also gather flashlights and candles together, so we don’t waste our cell phone batteries, we don’t know when, or if, the power will come back on.”
A few of the lights cast by said devices, cut off at the reminder, making the room darker.
“We should also gather pillows and blankets. It would probably be best for all of us to sleep here in the livingroom,” Adena continued, “We should partner up, and get as many tasks done as possible.”
Everyone shifted around, looking at the shadows of each other in the dark.
Adena rolled her eyes, and crouched down to light a large candle on the coffee table with the matches she always kept in the draw. It added a warm glow to the room, and seemed to help abate some of the uneasiness.
“Ben,” the young man in the wheel chair inclined his head, “you and Sam,” the blonde smiled and kissed Ben’s cheek, “will stay here in the living room.” Adena walked to the bookshelf on the left side of the television, and grabbed a small radio. She moved back to the others, and set it on the coffee table in front of Ben and Sam. “This radio is battery operated, you and Sam will use it to see if you can get anymore news.”
“Sure thing, Adena.” Ben nodded and adjusted his glasses.
“Mari,” the latina tilted her head, “you and Derek will go into the kitchen, the cabinet to the right of the ones under the sink holds all of my spare candles, and extra matches, please bring them all in here. There is also a flashlight in the cabinet above the fridge, oh and a first aid kit.”
Derek, a broad-shouldered blonde with bright eyes and an easy smile, nodded, “Don’t worry, we got it.”
“Diana,” the delicate blonde turned her piercing gaze to Adena, making her nervous for a moment, “you and Damon will go around the downstairs, make sure all of the doors and windows are locked, and all of the blinds and curtains are closed.”
Damon, shorter than average, and broad-shouldered with well muscled arms, thick, dark curls, and dark eyes, could not look more different from his twin sister. He leaned, and bumped his shoulder into Diana’s making her smile.
Adena turned to face the couple cuddled together on the remaining arm-chair. “Matt,” a tall man with spiked up dark hair looked up, “Amy,” a young asian woman with long dark hair, streaked with blue, smiled, “you both can go around collecting pillows and blankets for everyone. Check the linen closet around the corner, next to the bathroom, first.”
The couple nodded in unison.
Adena crinkled her nose. “How are you two so cute?”
Amy laughed and Matt ducked his head, hiding his face in Amy’s hair.
Adena turned to Eli, “You and I will go upstairs, and make sure all the windows are locked up there, and that the blinds and curtains are all closed.”
Eli shrugged, “Whatever you say, Princess.”
She ignored him, and turned back to the others. “Why are you all still sitting there? Go on.”
Everyone, but Sam and Ben left the room, using their phones for light. Ben leaned over Sam and picked up the radio from the coffee table, turning it on, and wincing when the loud sound of static filled the room.
Sam clapped her hands to her ears.
Adena flinched backward, into Eli, who steadied her with a large hand on her shoulder. “Careful there, Princess.”
“Sorry, guys,” Ben grumbled as he turned the sound on the radio down.
Eli patted Adena’s shoulder, when she titled her head up and smiled at him. “Come on.”
Adena walked out of the living room, Eli right behind her, and around the corner, passing Matt and Amy digging in the linen closet, and up the stairs.
The first room on the right was a guest room, with one window above the head of the bed, and one in the bathroom.
Adena scrambled up onto the bed, “I’ll get this one, you get the other.”
Eli smirked, as he watched Adena climb up onto the bed, then stand on it to check the lock and close the blinds.
The irritated huff had him shaking his head, “Yea.”
He went into the bathroom, and checked the window. Locked, he looked out the window, but could see nothing but darkness. He sighed and closed the blinds.
Eli closed the bathroom door behind him, and watched as Adena tugged the comforter off the bed, and then turned and dropped it outside the door, where the pillows were already stacked.
Adena noticed his quirked eyebrow. “To make it easier on Matt and Amy.”
They left the first guest room, and closed the door behind them, and went to the one across the hall, repeating the same process.
At the end of the hall, was Adena’s master bedroom, with large windows to the left, and the bathroom to the right, with a single window above the large tub.
Adena walked to the windows, and looked out. “Isn’t it strange?”
Eli walked up behind her. “What?”
“That there’s nothing,” she squinted out into the darkness, “not a single sign of life, no light, from any of the neighbors.”
Adena made an unimpressed face, “It’s still fairly early, especially for a Friday night. We should see something, flashlights, candles, movement, something, from any of the other houses. There’s nothing.”
“Maybe they did the same thing, and have their blinds and curtains closed.”
She sighed, “Yea, maybe,” and began to turn away, but something in the distance caught her attention, “what’s that?” She whipped back around to face the window.
“What?” Eli leaned over Adena’s shoulder to get a closer look.
Adena pointed into the distance, and a flickering brightness.
Eli’s brow furrowed. “It looks like… a fire?”
They both stood watching the flickering in the distance, the only light in the dark.
To be continued…