Changeling - Book 1

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Chapter 6

Emily felt uneasiness settle over her when she finally arrived home. ‘What is this nasty feeling I have?’ she thought to herself as she shook her head. ‘Something is not right.’ She left her bike lying on the ground not caring to put it against the wall of the house and ran inside.

“Mum, Dad are you here? You would not believe what just happened.” Emily asked as she closed the front door behind her and walked through the house. “Mum? Dad?” Emily gulped nervously as the uneasiness inside her grew. “Where are you? This isn’t funny. Stop playing games.” She ignored her instinct that was telling her to run and get away from here.

Emily stopped short when she heard someone laughing from around the corner. She shivered at the coldness of the laugh. “W-whose there?” Emily heard the laugh again before two of the same monsters walked out in front of her.

“It seems as though our brethren have failed in killing the girl.” One of the monsters snarled.

“No matter.” His companion said. “We will just do the honours of killing her.”

Emily shook her head. “No, I won’t let you. I haven’t done anything wrong.” She turned and rushed to the stairs.

“You’re not going anywhere.” One of the monsters said. “Stop running away.”

Emily stopped short at the flight of stairs. She didn’t know why but she wanted to accept any command that the monster would give to her. Her mind was already starting to feel hazy as all thought vanished. She could already feel her fears and worries vanish.

“Turn around.” The first monster commanded. Emily mindlessly turned to face the creatures. There were no thoughts left in her now empty mind to stop her from resisting.

The beasts chuckled at her blank face. “Now she won’t be able to escape. We have full control over her mind. You won’t run away from us now Changeling won’t you?”

“No.” Emily muttered softly back.

"Good now just stand there.” He turned to his companion. “Make it quick. Put her out of her misery.”

One of the monsters that controlled Emily’s mind nodded as he began to walk over to her. "Good girl. Your mind is now nice and empty for us. We both have control over your pathetic mind Changeling.” The monster snarled as he looked to Emily’s blank face as she stared ahead of her at nothing. “Now you just stand there and let us do what we came here to do.”

Before he could get over to Emily the front door burst open and Karissa rushed in raising her hand towards the monsters as she did so. Both the monsters exploded in a cloud of dust right in front of Emily. As soon as both the monsters were destroyed Emily shook her head as her thoughts and the control of her body returned to her.

“What happened to me? That… that felt so strange.”

“They were controlling your mind. They took over and so all thoughts vanished from you.” Karissa explained. “Spearknanas can do that.”

Emily turned to Karissa. “Thank-” she stopped short when she noticed that Karissa’s appearance had changed from the last she saw her. Her skin had turned light grey and she had thorn-like horns sticking out from her skin. Her eyes were more yellow now and her hair had turned short and spiky.

“No.” she breathed. Karissa cocked her head to the side and smirked.

“What’s the matter?” she took a step towards Emily.

Emily shook her head as she took a step back climbing up the stairs as she did so. “S-stay away from me. D-don’t come any closer.”

"Why? I am the one that saved you after all. You should be saying thank you.”

Emily shook her head again and ran up the stairs. Karissa rolled her eyes as she watched Emily run away from her.

Emily ran into a room and slammed the door after her. ‘I-I need to hide from her. I need to hide from that monster.’ She looked around the room. It was used as her Father’s office.

Emily ran over to the desk and put herself in between the desk and the wall. Emily could hear Karissa coming up the stairs and stopped outside the door. Emily brought her knees to her chest as the door slowly opened. She whimpered in fear as Karissa slowly entered the room.

Karissa saw Emily wedged in between the desk and wall and slowly walked over to her. Emily widened her eyes as Karissa slowly made her way over to her hiding spot and shook her head in fear.

“No, no, no. Stay where you are you monster.” She whimpered. “Don’t come any closer.”

Karissa stopped and smirked. “Monster? You’re calling me a monster?” she scoffed. “Your one to talk.”

Emily looked at her confused. “What? I’m nothing like you.”

Karissa laughed. “You may not be like me but you are defiantly not human.”

“I-I am. I am human.”

Karissa shook her head. “You have no idea. Take a good look at your hands.”

Emily lifted her hands up and gasped. There were covered in black spots and her skin was faintly glowing with a touch of grey.

Emily started breathing heavily as panic set in. “W-what did you do to me?!” she asked as she looked up at Karissa. “What is happening to me?”

Karissa grinned. “I didn’t do anything. This is what you are. I told you that you weren’t completely human. Everything you ever known is a lie.”

"N-no that can’t be.” Emily widened her eyes before she fainted where she sat.

Karissa rolled her eyes when Emily fainted. “Pathetic. Can’t believe that you are the one we are here for.”

Karissa turned when she heard the front door downstairs open "Karissa are you here?” Came a familiar voice.

“Upstairs.” She called through the open door.

She heard footsteps stomping up the stairs before J came walking in.

He looked around the room. “Where is she?”

Karissa pointed to Emily’s unconscious form on the ground. J walked over to Emily and placed his hand on Emily’s forehead.

He removed it a moment later and turned to Karissa. “Did you have to scare her like that?”

Karissa shrugged. “All I did was tell her the truth. Not my fault that she fainted.”

“No, it never is.” He turned back to Emily. “We have to get out of here. I’m going to have to put her into a deeper sleep. I don’t want her waking until we are safely out.” J placed his hand on Emily’s head again before nodding. He grabbed her limp body in his arms and stood. “Alright let’s go. I got a car out front that we can use.”

Karissa nodded as she followed him out of the house. Karissa walked over to a black sedan and opened the back door. J walked over and placed Emily’s limp body gently on the seat before he closed the door.

He turned to Karissa. “How close are they?”

“Close enough,” Karissa replied looking around. “We have to hurry and get out of town. They are closing in.”

He nodded as he went to the driver’s seat and climbed in. They pulled out of the drive and sped away from the house.

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