“OK, let’s start at the beginning” Desmond said, looking me in the eye.
“So, I ran off, which I guess you remember, with the steel pipe and the scream” he said laughing at bit at himself “Well, I ran because I thought you would join me. Like, you know, Napoleon charging into battle or something. I thought you guys just needed someone to lead the way. So, my plan was to find a way up here.”
“I got the idea from one of those broken stairways in the courtyard. I remember thinking, we could make our way up there, but the geeks wouldn’t be able to follow. So I just kind of made a break for it. In hindsight, I probably should have explained my idea to all of you first” Desmond added, with a forlorn smile.
“You think so, genius” Val barked at him, but he chose to ignore her as he continued his story.
“Well, at any rate I got to the wall of geek and started fighting my way to the nearest set of stairs, which was only a couple of rows into the crowd. I have to say, it didn’t take me long to fight my way up here, but by the time I made it, everyone, except Val had disappeared from the square.”
“Yeah, I was standing there, looking at the you geniuses” Val said, gestured to Nona and I “gallivanting into certain death, when I heard a girly screech from up in the balcony”
“it was not girly” Desmond interjected.
“Oh it was girly, alright” Val insisted “sounded like a little girl calling for her mama.”
“anyway, I looked up and saw D here standing up in the balcony, just hanging out”
“I wish you wouldn’t call me that” Desmond said, sounding annoyed, but Val paid no mind
“it wasn’t too hard to fight my way to him, those geeks were pushovers. But it was kind of hard to find you guys” again, she gestured to Nona and I.
“yeah, they found me a couple of hours later” Nona laughed from her place at the railing.
“yeah” Desmond agreed “we should call this one the geek whisperer, when we found her, she was just kind of hanging out. The geeks were totally ignoring her.”
“You gotta teach us that trick, by the way” Desmond added, sounding awed.
“we thought we had lost you” Val said to me dismissively, after a short lull in the conversation.
“It wasn’t until Nona here, noticed the trail of geeks you had left behind you, that we found you. You made it really far” At this, Val almost sounded almost approving, which was an odd color on her.
“yeah, I know what happened from then on” I said, apprehensively, not wanting to relive it.
I think Desmond guessed my mood, because he didn’t press me on my fight with the geeks, rather he asked the question, which I had been wondering about myself.
“so, what are we going to do now?”