Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
creatureofsnow would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Unblinking Eyes

By creatureofsnow

Drama / Romance

Prologue

PART ONE: The Children
Thursday June 5th 2003
Evelyn's POV
7:18pm

"Evelyn!" Came a shrill cry behind me, and I glanced around, seeing my older brother running through the forest towards me, the end of his dark pants catching on the thorn bushes. He reached me breathlessly. "We've got to go now-"

"Wait!" I exclaimed in a whisper, coaxing him forward with my hand. He rolled his eyes, but thumped down beside me anyway. I turned my gaze around to the river down the bank that I had stopped at. It was early summer, and the flowers were in full bloom in the forest- the colours violet, warm yellow and strawberry red. They surrounded me with their delicious scent, bugs hopping through the air to the sweet lure of pollen. Logan- my brother- pulled his legs up to his chest and sighed.

I had been gazing down to the river, quietly waiting for the deer I knew passed by here. A lone mother with her children. I waited nervously, desperately wanting Logan to see them and their soft beauty.

Then, out of nowhere, they gently came forward to the cool water. I gasped excitedly, gripping Logan's shoulder as he laughed a little.

"Do you see them?" I asked in a hushed whisper.

"Of course I see them." Logan chuckled.

"Aren't they beautiful?" I practically swooned from happiness. My brother sighed beside me as we lapsed into silence. The doe pushed her two fawns forward with her head, and they bent down awkwardly to lick the water. I beamed as they all drank together.

"Evelyn," Logan said suddenly beside me, grabbing my arm. 

"We've got to go. Now."

"What?" I turned to him, seeing his eyes were trained on something in the distance. "Why…?" I whispered, turning my head. I squinted, seeing nothing but the gently swaying trees and the mountains in the distance. Then, I saw something very dark protrude from the undergrowth. I felt all the blood drain from my face as Logan pulled me up, grabbing my hand and pulling me away.

It was a huge wolf. It dwarfed the deer family in size. It was jet black and moved forward in a crouched position. Logan was desperately trying to get me to run away. But I couldn't look away from it. Fear froze me. The wolf lunged forward and I cried as it covered the doe.

Logan had me huddled under his arm as we ran our way home through the ever darkening forest. My mind was racing with the fear- I knew there were wolves, but that big? It must've heard me scream, right?

I was a gibbering wreck by the time we got back to our house. Logan held me close as he opened the kitchen door, telling me it will be alright, and we'd tell the police, and they'd handle it.

But when we walked through into the kitchen, we were faced with our grandparents. They didn't live very far away- only on the edge of the reservation, while we lived a little way into the forest.

"Where were you two?" My grandfather grumbled angrily.

"Jonathan," grandma placed a careful hand on his shoulder. "Not now."

"What's going on?" Logan asked, his hand gripping tighter around my shoulder. I kept seeing the black wolf in my mind, its bared teeth, glaring at the doe. I shivered, and they all glanced to me before my grandparents attempted at answering.

"Evelyn," came my grandma's soft voice. I looked up to her. 

"Come with me. We'll get you a blanket."

"But-"Logan began to argue, but my grandpa took him aside. I was curious to what was happening, but my grandma quickly took me down the hall and to the airing cupboard beneath the stairs. She wrapped a warm red blanket around me, tucking a strand of my blonde hair behind my ear.

"Evelyn," she crouched a little, smoothing down the blanket. 

"Your grandfather and I are staying here with you for a while, okay?"

"Okay… but what about mom and dad?"

Her eyes became very soft. "They had to go away for a bit."

"Oh." I pulled the blanket tighter around me.

"Would you like some cocoa?" She asked me with a tight smile. It seemed unnatural to me, and though I was curious to why she looked so sad, I nodded. "Okay. You go up to bed and I'll be there in a moment."

I began to trudge up the stairs, glancing around to see my grandfather on his knees beside Logan, who had his head in his hands. My grandma glanced around, seeing me on the stairs, and gave me that weird smile before closing the door.

That night, I lay in my bed, the wolf replaying again and again in my mind. My father always warned me not to go into the forest alone- especially at night. And I had done just that. Would he be angry with me? I felt sick as I cuddled myself in my duvet, my stuffed animals around me, watching on sadly. It was raining gently outside, and instead of lulling me to sleep like it used to do, it haunted me and kept me awake.

So I pulled myself out of my bed and stepped carefully onto the landing, making my way to my brother's room. Whenever I couldn't sleep, I would find myself in his big bed. He was five years older than me and was about to be a senior in high school already. I pulled his door open, seeing his room was pitch black- but his curtains were open.

I huddled next to him, closing my eyes tightly as I listened to his heartbeat. Then I felt him pull the duvet around me and wrap an arm around me. He let out a strange sound, almost like a sob but more breathy. I opened my eyes, seeing he was gazing up at the peaked ceiling.

"Logan?" I whispered, but he didn't answer. His misted eyes stayed trained on the ceiling, and then finally they turned to me.

"Remember what dad always used to tell us the night before the start of the new school year?" He asked me hurriedly.

I nodded a little, remembering perfectly because his words always made me less afraid.

"He said that no matter what happens tomorrow, you two stick together."

"But we don't go to the same school any more-"

"That's beside the point." He breathed in tightly. "I just wanted you to know that whatever happens tomorrow, I'll be right here for you."

I didn't know what he meant, but I stayed quiet. His eyes fluttered closed and I watched him fall asleep. Something was wrong with Logan- something was wrong with everybody. They weren't telling me, and I knew it was important, and it was making Logan upset. I wanted to help him. I wanted to understand.

But I would understand. And very soon, my childhood would seem to fade away.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

tyleroakleyfan: thank you for writing this story I loved it. it was great I enjoyed every minute of it I couldn't stop reading you did a fantastic job. Thanks for killing ron he was starting to piss me off. he was being a dick. I love that you made it a gay love story its about time someone did. love it great job.

FateFellShort: I have read this story and have followed the writers on tumblr from the beginning. Its a wonderful story. Beautifully written with a really nice pace, that makes it enjoyable to read more than once. For me, fairy tail has very good characters but what the writers have done is give them more depth...

Jordan Young: *ALERT FOR POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Where to start? I don't know how to sum up this review, this story was absolutely sensational. Brilliant. Flawless. I loved every single bit of this story, it is truly amazing. I read this story in fifteen hours, it is magnificent. I loved everything about it, the p...

Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...

MavisMcQueen: "To Live Again" is a well crafted, highly engaging, heart vibrating tale surrounding our favorite Elven King. The author will keep you engrossed until the very end and by that time you will feel so strongly for Clara and the other characters that you will never want it to end...like ever. Thrandu...

LouiseJ2: I enjoyed the detail you went into with regards to the case. It made the UNSUB appear believable. The crisis in the middle of the story was my favorite part, very dramatic but not over the top. I feel like sometimes pairings can be overdone but I liked that some of the relationships were a little...

More Recommendations

Ro-Ange Olson: Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward.

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
Iosaghar

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."