CALM DOWN, Catie, this isn't xanga.
Be warned: I'm about to make Catie EXTREMELY happy.
Searching the wreckage, I found a pink dress shirt. Not caring about my â€œwearing pink makes you gayâ€ opinion, I put it on and breathed a sigh of relief. Unlike some girls at school who Iâ€™d usually flex to, being topless in front of Iris made me feelâ€¦ I donâ€™t know, vulnerableâ€¦
â€œDid you find anything?â€ Iris asked flatly.
â€œA shirt,â€ I joked weakly. It seemed like Iris was oblivious to humor, no matter how bad it was. She kicked over a small piece of rubble, sighing. I simply walked in a crooked circle, my hands on my head. Then something coughed.
â€œHuh?â€ Iris muttered. Then they coughed a word.
â€œWhere are you?â€ I yelled.
â€œUnder you,â€ the person croaked.
I was standing upon a mound of pieces of a former brick wall. I slid off of it ungracefully and began to pull the heavy slabs of wall out of the mound. â€œIris, help!â€ Briskly, she came to my aid. â€œIris, this stuff isnâ€™t metal, so I canâ€™t move it with my powers, but canâ€™t you?â€
â€œI can try,â€ she grunted. Holding out her shaking hands dramatically like a wizard casting a powerful spell, two large chunks of wall launched into the air.
â€œExcellent!â€ I said, urging her to go on, despite her weakness. â€œNow try and get the small stuff, and Iâ€™ll try and push off the big stuff.â€
â€œI think I can do the small stuff,â€ said Iris, â€œbut are you sure you can handle the big pieces?â€
No, I thought.
â€œIâ€™ll try,â€ I stated. With all the power in my upper body, I pushed, pulled, and shoved a chunk of the brick wall that must have weighed five hundred pounds. I grunted, my arms quivering, my brow shiny with perspiration.
â€œShamus? Are you alright?â€ Iris asked concernedly.
â€œI think-â€œ With an impulsive yell, the piece slid off and hit the ground with a dramatic boom! Gasping, I fell on the ground.
â€œIris,â€ said the person under the rubble.
â€œShamus, itâ€™s Fin!â€ I could only moan in response. I lay on the ground, my eyes twitching. I needed water and shade fast. I found it amazing how hot it wasâ€¦
Fin crawled out from the rubble, scathed but alive and, frankly, more alive than I. â€œHowâ€¦ how canâ€¦â€ I stammered, but Iris shushed me with a finger to her lips. The only other thing I remember before passing out was being splashed in the face with life, or a substance more commonly known as water.