The next morning at 7:oo, everyone was still sleeping.
Everyone, that is, except for Lily.
Lily came into the sleeping room and shook Ellie awake. “Elinor, wake up!” Lily whispered.
“Huh?” Ellie asked drowsily.
“Wake up Natalie. Pass it on.” Lily replied.
“Wake up, Nat!” Ellie tugged on Natalie’s hands. She pointed at Amy. “And get her up.”
Once everybody was awake, Maddi asked “Lily, why are you wearing white? Like the rest of us?”
“Because I’m tired of being different.”
“And why did you put that very bright ribbon in our hair? You know that’s against the rules!”
“Well, since we are escaping today, I don’t think that we need to listen to the rules. And that is why . . .
I brought all these accessories for you guys to make your outfits you.”
Everyone climbed out of their blankets and started picking accessories.
“This is going to be so much fun!” Maddi exclaimed, grabbing her things and dashing to the changing room.
Everyone was just standing around, talking, waiting for Maddi to come out from behind the box.
“So, how do you like it?” Maddi asked as she stepped out from behind the box, twirling.
“It’s . . . uh . . . very you?” Regan said.
“Don’t worry Maddi, it’s very unique,” Ellie reassured her.
Once they were all changed, the girls gathered in the sleeping area.
“Guys, I need to tell you something,” Natalie started. “I-I’m a traitor.”
“What?!” Amy exclaimed. “Did you tell ‘him’ what are plan is!?”
“No.” Natalie said. “I’m betraying him. He is my step-dad. He threw me down here, and he said that I needed to know what your plan was, because he knew that you would hatch one soon, then tell him what it was. I’m not gonna do that.”
She took a deep breath, then yelled:
“LET”S ESCAPE AND BE WHO WE ARE!!!!”
“Yes!!!!!” the rest of the girls screamed.
“THEN LET”S GO BE FREE!!!!!”
Lily waved, showing the girls to follow. She lead them down a narrow hallway.
“Over here, guys,” Lily motioned the group over to a large crack in the wall.
There was a room on the other side of the crack, and another crack that wasn’t large enough to fit them, but Lily told everyone to throw their bedding through the crack.
They were above ground. There was no wall above their heads. The were almost free.
“Why are there no guards around?” Maddi asked
“Because they heard the first plan, and are guarding the places we had said we were going to be,” Regan told her.
“This way,” Lily said, dashing out from their hiding place.
The girls climbed up a giant boulder that had been put there to block a massive crack. But there was just enough crack left at the top to squeeze through.
Dun, dun, dun!! Will they escape? Or will ‘he’ catch them?