Chapter 7: Beneath the Surface
---Chaerin---Time seemed to slow as the front end of the car dipped exposing the view below them, the frozen riverrushed up to meet them.Chaerin closed her eyes tightly and braced herself for impact.The car smashed through the thick layer of ice and stuck half submerged in the frozen river, the girlsinside were unconscious. Chaerin was the first to stir; her nose was bleeding again, her head ached andshe could feel a knot forming but she pushed those thoughts to the back of her mind.In the driver's seat was Dara, she was unconscious pinned back against her seat by an airbag. Chaerinstruggled against to push her own airbag aside she managed to grab her purse from which she procureda pocketknife.A gift from her father for her fourteenth birthday 'just in case' he had said; she hadn't known what hemeant then and she doubted he had planned for something like this, but either way she was glad shehad it.She swiftly stabbed at the bags tearing them open as they deflated she felt as though all the air had lefther as well because now she had an unobscured view of the deep shadowed waters that lay beneath herseparated only by a shattered windshield, water trickled through the cracks ominously.Her throat tightened and her whole body was paralyzed with fear but she was unable to look away fromthe darkness below, she felt as though if she moved it would swallow her up.---Himchan---"Dammit all." Himchan sped down the road in the silver Volvo he had just boosted.He hadn't stole a car in long time and he was pretty rusty, it had taken nearly five minutes for him to hot
wire the vehicle. He could almost hear his friend’s low rasping laugh as he struggled just like when he
first taught Himchan how to steal one.He shook his head of those thoughts he couldn't think about that now, he had more important things toworry about like why the love of his life accused him of murdering his best friend.He turned driving down the street he last saw them travel until he hit the intersection, but he had noway of knowing which way the went left was the bridge but right was the way home where Dara hadsaid she was heading.As he was turning right he heard shouting and spotted a kid running down the road trying to flag himdown. He pulled the car up beside the boy and rolled down the window to get a better look at him, the
boy’s face was flushed as he struggled to catch his breath while shouting incoherently at him.
"Hey! Slow down and I can’t understand
you." He stopped and steadied himself before continuing.