Chapter Nine: Shaken Up
My heart was beating uncontrollably in my chest, and I felt like I was going to pass out. Beads of sweat pooled at my hairline, and I could feel it making its way down the back of my neck. What if he refused to take the money I had? I glanced over Flax once more, realizing that his confused look had changed back to the previous determined look. He narrowed his eyes and the scowl on his lips reconfirmed the fact that he wasn’t likely to let Nepal leave without getting the money he was owed. I could feel the hot fear claw its way up my throat, making it difficult to breathe. I could feel it growing up my lungs like vines. Nepal was in no condition to pay now — and I wasn’t about to go digging in his pockets — but I feared what Flax would do if he didn’t get his money soon.
I had no other option. I could’nt let my fear show.
I took a deep breath as subtly as I could, staring at Flax the entire time. I straightened the bills. I outstretched my hand towards Flax. “I have forty. Will that be enough to tie you over until Nepal can pay you the rest?”
Flax looked at the bills in my hand for a long time before he glanced up at me, one of his eyebrows raised. He placed his hand on his hip and he met my eyes, and in that moment, I knew we were in trouble. I could feel it sinking down within me — the forty wasn’t going to be enough. I could see it in his eyes, almost as clear as day — he wanted the full fifty right here, right now. I was sweating even more now, and the small hairs on my body rose up as I swallowed hard. I could feel my palms becoming sticky as I gripped the bills harder. He wasn’t going to take it, he wasn’t going to—
And then, suddenly, everything changed. Continue reading