Raven

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•Twenty Three•

I possess Julia again and we drive home. When we get inside, I grab my supplies. A white blanket, a marker, four candles, a lighter, salt. I draw a circle on the blanket, drawing a design in the middle. The candles are placed on the four "corners" of the circle. The salt surrounds the lit candles. Julia sits in the middle.

"Cooperate," I demand Julia before I leave her body.

I go to the outer edge of the circle, putting my hands on the line. It takes me a minute to remember the chant.

"Ĭ̵̡̭͎̞ ̵̱̓͋̎̅̈́̌ầ̴͙̙m̶̰̻͗̀͘ ̴̣̤̖̲̄́̃̊̑̕ḑ̶̫̲̲̱̮͑̽͆͑̓̅ę̵͕̐m̸̦̦̭͙͘o̸̧͇̅̍n̶̺̪̲̩̔ͅi̷̬̩̤̳͊ċ̶̟̱̮̟́̀͜.̸̙͉́͘̕

̶͙̲̔̐͝Ÿ̶̧̝͎͇͉͎̋o̸̲̼͊́̽͛͘ù̵̋ͅ ̶̜͎̓̀̆͂͝a̷̧̪͝r̸̪̖̪̺̭̫͑̈́̒̊͊͛e̷̡̓̽̋͘͝ͅ ̷̬͊̃͛̀̋͝p̶͇̎͜s̵̟̒ỷ̶̙̔ċ̴͓́h̴̙͍̞́͌̈́͂̄͝o̴̯͕͉̾̿t̶̫̱̅̚i̵͎̊́̎c̶̗̲͎̹̻̮̽̐̓̾́.̷͇̣̈́͗̕͝

̸̺̮͙̬̌̄̍B̸̤͕̖̚e̴̢͙͓̗̅͗̎͌c̶͆̄̑̋ͅô̶̠̫͕̍̓͘m̴͇̏̾̀̀̒ê̷̜͉̼͈͖̞ ̶̛̜͍̬̙͓́͑̔̃̓a̸̘̭͉̫̒ ̷̮́͊͐͝d̶͈̯̉ë̵̜̩̮́̍̒ͅm̴̬̳̠͚̆̀́̈́̚ỏ̶̡̼̫̟̗̺̀͐͛͊ņ̵̡͈̙̫̜͋̃.̵͙̞͖̤̩̈̽͜͝

̸̼̉͆̄̀͘F̷̦̎͛̓̇̀͒͜ĭ̷͖̲͍̭̩̓̿̎n̸̪͓̙̠͙̈́͛ͅa̸̡̭̒̀ĺ̸̨͉͙̦̆̿̀̚l̸̘̀͆́̆͂ý̷͜͜͝ͅ ̷͖̮̠̳̬͉͗͗͌̀͝s̴̼̎͌e̷̜͔̦͐̿͘ẻ̷̛̩̰̬̃͝ͅͅ ̸̡̡͖̑̒̋̐̚̕d̶̛̠͓͇̉è̸̝̹̣ả̶̺̱͚͓̅̓̾͠͝d̷͖̔̎̈́ ̷̗̾͌̓̈́̀͜ͅm̶̨͔̭̀͗̄͛̆̉e̴͚͊͆̇̐̔͋n̵̖͙̓.̵̡̛̯̝͕͇͚͗̉"

Julia's eyes turn fully black for a minute, then her pupils turn red. In just a couple seconds, she "wakes up" from her trance.

"What the hell?!" she jumps back. "Raven?"

"Yep. It's me. Nice to meet you."

Julia steps closer to me, studying me.

"That's fudging awesome," she smiles.

"I know."

A few hours later, I walk into Julia's bedroom to find her working on a song. She has a guitar out, finding the right chords.

"How's it going?" I ask her.

"Pretty good so far. I have all the lyrics down. I just need the right notes."

"Can I see?" I nod my head towards her book of lyrics.

"Sure."

I begin to read.

I can... conquer the world with one hand as long as... you're there to hold the other one.

And I wish... I had the courage to say what I feel... for you.

But I can't... I'm too afraid that I will fail... It's true.

Hold the other one so I can talk.

Hold the other one so I can breathe.

Hold the other one so I can live.

Hold the other one.

Just hold the other one.

If you leave... I don't know what I will do with myself... so stay and you don't have to leave.

And you make... my heart complete when you be yourself... but you don't do it often.

Hold the other one so I can talk.

Hold the other one so I can breathe.

Hold the other one so I can laugh.

Hold the other one.

Just hold the other one!

Tell me what you think of me.

Tell me why you would choose me.

Tell me how you could choose me.

Why me?

Why me?

Hold the other one so I can talk.

Hold the other one so I can breathe.

Hold the other one so I can love.

Hold the other one.

Just hold the other one.

Hold the other one so I can live.

Hold the other one so I can laugh.

Hold the other one so I can love.

"That's beautiful!" I hand her the notebook.

"Thanks!"

"I've gotta go check on Aeryn. I'll see you later!" I wave.

"Bye, Raven!"


"Ah!" Aeryn jumps when he notices I teleported behind him. "What the fridge?"

"Can I talk to you?" I sigh.

"Do I have a choice?"

I nod.

"Oh. Uh... Sure." He follows me to the couch.

"So... You know Natalie?"

"Yeah. Why?"

"Well..."

Flashback from Raven's Perspective

"Alright. I gotta go, Dad. Bye," I hang up as I pull in to my apartment. I unlock the door and walk in, only to have my heart torn in two. Nathan is kissing someone else. Wait... That's Zoe!

"What the fudge, Nathan! And Zoe?" They look up at me, obviously shocked. "Get out! Both of you! Now!"

They dash out the door past me, and I fall to my knees, crying.

My best friend and my partner... WHAT THE HELL, UNIVERSE?! I call Timothy.

"Wazzup?" he answers.

"Tim, I..." I sob into the phone.

"Woah. Hold on." I can hear him talking to someone in the background. "Are you at the apartment?"

"Yeah."

"I'm on my way."

Just as he had said, he's here in only a few moments.

"Alex? Alex, I'm coming in."

I stay sitting on the couch, listening to sad music, eating ice cream, in the dark. It's hard to think that Nathan broke me. On this couch.

"What happened?" Tim hugs me.

"Nathan. He... he..." I continue to sob into his shoulder.

"Oh no. Alex, I'm so sorry."

"It's not your fault. It's mine. It's all my FUDGING fault!" I stand and grab my baseball bat, planning to go to my dump. Wanting to kill something.

"Alex, it's not your fault. He's just a–"

"No. Either pack up or move out because I'm going to my hideout with or without you."

He follows me out and into the car, allowing me to speed to the other side of town to an old abandoned hospital. It's overrun with broken down cars and trash. Right in the middle of it all, I built up a shed where I hide whenever I need to. It has a secret stash of beer, cigarettes, and ammo. Tim follows me to it while I destroy everything in my path with my bat.

Flashback Over

"I... I had no idea, Raven. Aren't you still friends with Zoe, though?" Aeryn asks.

"Yeah. I just wanted to warn you about Nath– Er... Natalie."

"Thanks. I'll keep that in mind."

"Okay."

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