Shana frowned. “I hate when people talk about me as if I’m not here, and that this huge secret is being kept from me.”
Hooligan grinned impishly. “Do you really want to know?”
Shayde cuffed his head again, harder this time, but it only made Hooligan laugh, though he had winced. “You better not Hooligan. I mean it. Archimedes said not to, and he wasn’t joking around. We were told when we came on board that it’s important that these things aren’t spoken of until we get out to international waters or on the island.”
Hooligan shrugged. “Alright, but just saying if she wanted to know…”
Shayde leaned down to be eye to eye with Hooligan and he spoke in another language, causing the younger boy’s eyes to go wide as saucers. “Okay, okay. I won’t tell her.”
Shayde just laughed.
“What did you say to him? What language was that?” Shana asked.
Shayde smiled such a subtle smile that Shana wasn’t quite sure if she had imagined it, especially since he spoke in a serious tone. “I’m sorry but revealing that would only draw questions into areas that we are unable to discuss at this time. Once your grandfather speaks to you, I will answer that question.”
Shana frowned and said in an irritated tone, “I wish someone would tell me what the hell is going on.”
“You will know soon enough. I can see that not knowing, while everyone keeps referencing what you don’t know without revealing anything is frustrating you, but there is a very good reason for it, or so we’ve been told,” Shayde said.
“Yes, it is extremely frustrating. Even more so when someone obviously told you what’s going on. And it’s also frustrating to be uprooted from the only home you know, leaving all your friends and boyfriend behind, never to see them or contact them again, without even knowing why.” Shana said, not hiding her growing irritation.
Hooligan cut in. “You have a boyfriend? Or had rather?”
Shana nodded, trying to keep tears from her eyes, but both Shayde and Hooligan noticed.
Shayde nodded in understanding of Shana’s frustrations. “I would feel frustrated as well, but at least you will know soon. That’s much better than never knowing. Right?
Shana nodded, realizing that was true. “You’re right. I guess I can wait a little longer.”
“Aw…” Hooligan said, which made Shana shake her head. “You’re a little trouble-maker. Aren’t you?” Hooligan spoke in a serious tone, “I’m sorry, I can’t confirm or deny that without revealing things which I am not allowed to speak of.”
That made them all laugh, including Shana.
Things got quiet then, as no one could think of anything to talk about that didn’t in some way reveal things they weren’t supposed to reveal. At least in regards to Shana being able to ask the boys anything in order to get to know them better. So, she just followed them over to the other boys, wishing there was a girl her age to hang out with. The only other females were all grown women. There was her aunt but she and her grandfather must have gone below deck, as she didn’t see them on deck anymore when she had looked around for them.
“I wonder how much longer before we get to international waters?” Shana asked off-handedly, half curious, half impatient for her answers.
“About half an hour,” Rabishu answered. “Not too long.”
Shana clapped her hands, starting to feel excited. A half hour she could live with. “Oh, goodie.”