" Ahh!" Fawn yelled, jumping back in shock--- and crashing into Kayla, who was standing behind her, having scrambled back a second before her.
The woman sighed. " Always surprise written all over your faces," she grumbled. " Honestly, haven't you people seen this kind of things in the city before?"
Fawn opened her mouth to retort, but Kayla beat her to it. " It's not our fault," she defended them. " Our school doesn't have this kind of stuff, and we haven't seen anything like that in the city too. Your company must be very high-tech, to have this kind of technology." she said enviously.
The woman's annoyed gaze softened. " So it's like that," she mumbled. " Okay, I'll let that pass. What are you doing her, anyway?"
Fawn cleared her throat. " We're here for the, uhh... injection." she offered weakly.
She expected the woman to just nod and let them enter the building, but instead, the woman froze for a split-second--- any normal person without sharp eyesight wouldn't have seen it--- but Fawn thought she saw something flash in the woman's eyes. What's she up to. Or afraid of? she wondered, but had no time to ponder over the matter, for the woman quickly regained herself and smiled a little too stiffly at them, " Oh, the injection?" she asked briskly, the without waiting for an answer, she added, " Let's get you in quickly for your injections, I heard that the first injection's effects should have worn off on the day of the second one. " With that, she ducked down, and disappeared. After a while, there was the faint hissing sound again, and Fawn turned left just in time to see a huge piece of the wall revolve and slide to one side, revealing a doorway--- and the woman, standing at the entrance, holding a clipboard to her chest.
" Come in." she said, and beckoned for the two girls to follow her a s she spun around and in the high heels that she was wearing, clip-clopped briskly down the white hallway, not bothering to look back to check if fawn and Kayla were following her. Feeling more nervous as the injection loomed ever closer, she flashed a panicked look at Kayla, who smirked back in return, but could not hide the tenseness of her body as she looked away from Fawn and back apprehensively at the woman, who was drawing further away from them. Then, as if they had the same mind and body, the two girls hurried towards the woman in unison, not wanting to lag behind.
" Here we are." the woman finally announced, after leading the girls through a series of turns and hallways similar to the first one, as the trio arrived at a white door that was similar to all the doors that Fawn had just passed, apart from a sign that said " Dangerous, Authorized Access Only". As she watched, the woman raise a fist and knocked on the door crisply. " James?" she called. " You in there?"
After a heartbeat or two, there was a faint noise that Fawn's sensitive ears could pick up, and the door opened a crack. A green eye peered out, followed by a face that was obviously a man's. The man--- James--- had blonde hair and a crooked smile plastered to his lips. His eyes scanned the surroundings, then landed on the three people in front of him. His sharp gaze raked Fawn's gaze, and she flinched. She could still feel Kayla's side pressed against hers--- her friend's tenseness grew and showed in the curling of her hands into fists, as the man looked over her, then nodded approvingly, and turned to the woman, who was patiently waiting for the man to finish assessing them. " So Cora."he said, " Are those the people who---"
" Are here to take the injection? Yes." Cora replied, then turned to look at the two girls. " I'm going to leave you in the hands of James now, okay?" she said briskly, but Fawn was too shocked to answer her. Cora. The woman had the same name as her sister...
" Hey." she started as James snapped his fingers sharply in front of her face. " Are you coming or not?"
With a quick glance around her surroundings, Fawn realized that Kayla had gone into the room, while James opened the door wider for her to be able to go in. The woman was now stalking away in the direction where they had come from. Trying to push away the startling discovery and focus on the present matters, she eyed James warily, contemplating on whether to go in or not.
Seeing her wary look, James laughed. " The injection will be fast , hon. We did an improved version from the other one you took. I assure you that you won't have any side effects." he paused, then opened the door a bit wider from where it had been in it its previous position, revealing Kayla, who was standing a short distance behind James, crossing her arms and looking at Fawn expectantly, obviously waiting for her to come in. Fawn took the chance to study the room. It was totally empty, apart from a bench at a corner and a water dispenser at the bench's side. She was interrupted from her observations by James, who cleared his throat, then swept his arm in the direction of the room, smiling pleasantly. " Well?" he asked. " Are you going to take forever to step into this room?"
" Okay. First things first." James started, as Fawn and Kayla settled on the bench, and he started to pace around, rubbing his hands together. " I'll need to take attendance, to confirm that you were here and have taken the injection." he continued, now walking towards them, clipboard and pen in hand. " Young lady, what's your name?" he asked cheerfully, pointing his pen at Kayla, who stared stonily at him, her arms still folded.
" Kayla," Kayla muttered at last after a minute or two of glaring at James, who still kept his smile plastered to his face throughout the entire time. " Kayla Jones."
"Kayla... okay." James muttered as his eyes scanned the long list of names on his clipboard, then wrote down some markings on the paper. " What about you? " he turned to Fawn, his green eyes boring into her.
Fawn sighed. She just wanted to get it done and over with. " Fawn Walters." she replied grudgingly, looking down at her sneakers in order to avoid James piercing gaze.
James nodded once, his face expressionless now, then made some more markings on the paper, and looked up at Kayla. " Kayla," he said evenly. " I'm going to bring you to another room to take the injection. Fawn, " he continued, turning to look at Fawn, who looked up at the mention of her name. " You're going to have to wait her, okay?" he said, phrasing it as a question, but Fawn knew it wasn't a question. It was an order.
Biting her lip, Fawn turned her head to look at Kayla, who shrugged grimly, seeming to say, Just get on with it, huh?
Fawn sighed again. Although she disliked the idea of being in here alone, she agreed with Kayla. " Okay." she replied, turning her gaze from Kayla to James. Kayla stood up as Fawn finished speaking, and walked stiffly to James, who patted her on her shoulder. " It's gonna be alright." he said comfortingly. " Don't worry."
At that, as James started to lead Kayla to the only other white door. ( Apart from the main door), Kayla turned to roll her eyes at Fawn, seeming to say again in a sarcastic tone this time, See? Told you it'll be fine.
Despite her building nervousness, Fawn couldn't help smiling at Kayla's expression, even as the door closed with a gentle thud, leaving Fawn alone in this unfamiliar white room.
" Fawn." After what seemed like hours, a soft voice finally called her name as she sat there on the bench, deep in her thoughts of what she was going to do after this. She quickly jerked her head up, and saw James peering out of the corner of the white door that Kayla went through just now. Once he had gotten Fawn's attention, James beckoned to Fawn. " They're ready for you." he told her.
The bubble of calmness around her when she was deep in her thoughts suddenly broke, and Fawn felt waves of fear washing through her.
No, she thought fiercely, pushing the fear away. I can do this. Kayla did it, and she's probably waiting for me outside. Standing up, she walked briskly and decisively over to James, but she couldn't help asking as she stopped beside him, " Are you sure it's okay? Where's Kayla?"
James looked down at her, his green eyes glimmering with amusement. " Kayla's waiting for you outside ---" Thank goodness, Fawn thought,relieved. " ---and yes, I'm sure it's okay. People have come before you, and they have no negative side effects. So," he added questioningly. " Are you ready?"
Fawn took a deep breath, calming herself. " I'm okay."
James grinned comfortingly at her. " Then let's go." he said, and opened the door wide, stepping back fully into the room.
Readying herself for whatever that might be in there, Fawn took another deep breath ---and stepped into the room.