The team exits the stadium to a lot of security trying to usher the foxes safely to their bus as the crowd tends to get violent during exy matches. Andrew is the last to leave so he had already made a head count of the teammates leaving with seth and allison at the very front leading dan and boyd behind them. They were moving at a quick pace trying to get at the bus as fast as possible. Renee and the fresher cade were following behind the captain. The new twin set lily and lana was following them,eyes wide and shocked at such a rush. Newbies. Andrew internally scoffed.
Jackass and sheena were behind them sending death glares to anyone from the team trying to make them walk faster. Andrews group left at last with robin and nicky leading and aaron,kevin and andrew at the very last. As soon as the team came in view the public went wild, pushing and pulling and screaming.
Today was the foxes first match of the season. The jackals were no match for them with their excessive training the previous year and last few months of off season, their conflicts with each other at somewhat rest this time round with fucking single goal to win the championship this season. Their teamwork and lack of in fighting between the foxes along with the freshers being subbed giving the old players some off game time to relax made this game an easy pass for them. It will not be so easy with all the other teams but a win is a win and the foxes planned to celebrate.
Not so much for the opposing team fans it seems,thought andrew looking at their angry faces and murderous expressions. He pulled kevin away from one of the college student who managed to dodge the pigs and looked ready to hit kevin in the face for scoring 6 goals tonight. He gave his version of calm but murderous glare to the boy who took one look at andrew and vanished amongst the crowd. His death glare still worked it seems though he sometimes feels it has lost its effectiveness among his group.
He pushed the back of Aaron to move faster. Andrew was really not in the mood for the slow paced walk among the opposing fanatics.
They reached the orange monstrosity at last. Waymack opened the door and the foxes started filling in quickly taking the seats as wymack started the bus not wanting to waste another minute in enemy territory.
Andrew stood at the entrance waiting in line to take his usual seat at the back of the bus having exhausted his team time for this week. Aaron chose the second to last seat and drowned in his phone as soon as he sat, plugging his headphones in effectively cutting off the team chatter. Nicky,robin and cade sat a couple of seats down from him already making plans with the upperclassmen and freshers. Andrew planned to drone out their voices and took note of kevin while waiting for the team to settle in their seats. He saw Kevin sitting with Renee. She must have sensed that Andrew would need space after tonight's tiring game and with Kevin being half bottle of vodka down and rehashing events of the game the whole ride would be explosive. This seating arrangement meant that kevin is her charge for rest of the ride and she will keep an eye on his alcohol intake. In front of their seat sat allison and seth arguing with jackass and sheena, who were on the first seat, about something or other. Though the foxes have almost made peace with each other last year the freshmen were not part of that ordeal and hence the whole team is still adjusting around the dynamics of the bigger team. Already a number of fights had happened among the members with new and old teammate alike.
Jackass was one of the newbies to cause them mostly with his fucking comments and taunts which were equally returned by everyone to him and others.
He and the sheena girl were tight knit and acted as if they were better than the remaining fox scums excluding kevin ofcourse. kevin is jacks idol and he keeps trying to insult others to come in kevins good graces. Kevin is ignorant about him to say the least. His only goal this season is to win the championship and destroy riko moriyama. Jackass and sheena are only a necessary component to win the game for him. So he tolerates their attitude with ignorance. One day things were going to come to an head and by the way those two were acting he knew it was going to be soon.
After everyone was settled and cleared the way to pass andrew began making his way past them to his seat. He was almost upto aarons seat when he noticed some kind of dark bundle on the floor in front of his seat. It was nestled between aarons seat and andrews so none of the foxes saw it when they entered the bus. No one but andrew had noticed the bundle. He kept standing still in the back of the bus,his mind flashing through various things that could be below the cover of the bundle- a bomb was the first choice but andrew doubted anyone would be stupid enough to try killing the whole team, drugs was another option but again sabotaging the whole team was stupid instead of planting the drugs in the players car or dorm room. No it has to something else. Something that can move apparently. The figure behind the dark rug moved slightly which to anyone else might not notice but andrew after spending his childhood the way he had knew that the figure was awake, tensed, waiting for someone to pull up the cover. Did someone send an assassin to kill one of them or was it someone else. Someone to perhaps cause a scandal big enough to get the team in trouble?
He was broken from his thoughts when he heard Aaron ask him, “why are you standing in the middle like that?”
Andrew turned towards his brother to reply when he realised that while he was contemplating the new addition to the bus, the bus was moving. He instead raised his voice and said, “coach stop the bus now.”
He was met with a chorus of “ What?”and “Why” and “are you crazy!” from the other occupants of the bus so he said again a little loudly “Waymack, stop the fucking bus right now.”
Everyone got silent and looked at andrew when he shouted but he focused on waymack who watched confusedly through the rear view mirror. Whatever he saw on andrews face must have been serious enough for him to look ahead and move the bus to the side of the road and stop.
“ There better be a good reason you are making me stop the bus right in the middle of nowhere,minyard or I fucking swear I will…” Waymack started while coming towards andrew.
“There is someone hiding near the back seat.” he said breaking him in the middle of his threat. Everyone looked near his seat but they couldn't see anything so some of them started getting up and moving towards them to get a better look. When Waymack reached andrew he tried to look past him but andrew blocked him and stood facing everyone covering their view of the hidden figure. Waymack looked pissed for a second but then andrew pointedly stared ot the team and waymack got the message- this had the potential to turn ugly very fast so the less witnesses the better. So within a moment he decided to evacuate the bus. His announcement started a string of objection but waymack screamed above the voices “dan and andrew stay, everyone else out now or i'll start pushing each one out separately and you'll have to find your own transport back.”
This made everyone start moving out of the bus with some grumbling. Andrew met renee's eye when she was leaving a silent message to keep an eye on his group passing between them.
Dan ushered everyone out and locked the door and moved behind waymack. Meanwhile andrew drew out his knife from his armband. He knew the figure was awake so he motioned for waymack to follow him and moved towards the figure to unveil the identity of them.
Andrew held his knife in right hand and grabbed the rug with his right near what must be the person's head and pulled.
The first thing he notices is that the figure is a boy his age give or take a couple of years and he had a blank expression on his face. The next thing he notices was that the said boy was injured, that he was bleeding from a gash near his forehead, one at the side of his neck and also somewhere under his grey shirt which had turned dark and sticky. And the third thing he noticed was that the boy who was so terribly injured, who despite all the injuries looked at them with a blank expression which can rival andrews ,was none other than Abram.