The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

Author:Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Horror, Mystery, Adventure, Magical Realism, Monster
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


18

OPAL

“This is even creepier than your house, Holland.”

Logan sauntered down the aisle like he owned the place. But Opal saw his eyes widen as he took it all in.

Emma was the first to find her voice. “What are you doing here?” she sputtered.

Tyler and Nico looked like they’d been struck by lightning. Their eyes darted to Opal, and her stomach sank. They were going to blame her for this.

“This isn’t your boat, is it?” Logan picked up a turquoise glass elephant and bounced it in one hand. Opal hoped he’d cut himself. “I didn’t see a NO TRESPASSING sign.”

Opal took a deep breath. “How’d you get here, Logan?”

“Followed you.” He met her eye briefly before looking away. Did she see hurt there, behind the anger? “It’s obvious you’ve been hiding something, ever since Holland lost his crappy drone.”

“You—” Tyler began, but Logan spoke over him.

“I knew you were out here somewhere.” He glanced at Opal again, and whatever she’d seen a moment ago was gone, replaced by a mean smirk. “I didn’t think you’d actually climb down into Still Cove, though. Wow. I almost gave up on the cliffs, but then I saw footprints in the mud and found that ridiculous suicide path. When I got to the bottom I heard your voices, found the cave, the tunnel, and boom.” He dropped the elephant on the carpet. “Here I am.”

“Get out.” Nico took a step toward Logan and pointed at the curtain. “Now.”

“No. I don’t want to, and you can’t make me.” Logan lifted a book from the ‘Maybe’ stack and flipped the pages roughly. “What is this place, anyway? What’s with all the junk?”

“Give me that, Logan.” Opal stepped in front of him and held out her hand.

He snorted and walked past her.

Nico hurried to Opal’s side. “Did you tell him?” he hissed.

She felt Tyler and Emma watching. “No!” Opal folded her arms. “Logan. Put the book down.”

“Dear Diary,” Logan whined, pretending to read. “My name is Nico. All my friends are dorks. Also, I’m in loooove with Opal Walsh. How can I get her to like me? Maybe if I take her to a secret trash barge, she’ll—”

“Shut up,” Opal spat. Any sympathy she’d felt for Logan vaporized.

Logan closed the book. Opal nearly sighed in relief as he set it back where he’d found it. But his words had been a slap to all of them. The tension in the room was choking.

Logan’s eyebrows rose as he peered past Opal. She followed his gaze. In its jar atop the pedestal, the strange green thing was floating upright. Two dark spots had appeared. They looked like eyes.

“Gross.” Logan strode over and knocked on the glass. “You guys steal this from a bio lab?”

Opal stormed forward and grabbed his arm. “Don’t touch anything.”

Logan gave her an icy glare. “Hands off, Walsh.”

He’s using my last name now, too.

Opal tightened her grip. “You need to go. You don’t belong here.”

Logan flinched. “And you do?”

Emma and Tyler hurried around the pedestal, blocking Logan’s view of the back wall.



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