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Chapter XXXIV

The wind howled, spurring the night on in its own song, creatures inserted their own sounds that blended and created a more powerful melody. My skin broke out in chills, goosebumps making their selves known to the world. My hair whipped around around my face causing me to tuck strands behind my ear and hold them as my gaze flickers around the area realizing I was in some type of woods.

Trees loomed overhead, the leaves creating shadows along the ground and over my body, I glanced behind me and could see from afar the Victorian castle standing broadly on its hill that overlooked everything. I realized, I was in the woods that surrounded the lively city, the sky still dark and gleaming.

There was a moment where I enjoyed the wind against my skin, and the way my lungs inhaled the fresh air rather than the room that smelt too much of Delano, but, at the same time not enough to ease the ache in my limbs that seemed to twitch to be within his arms and become surrounded by the protective veil he throws over me.

Suddenly the air tightens, darkening and causes my skin to prickle with awarenessโ€” danger. The dark in the sky pushes down on me, like a deflating balloon, engulfing me in pitch black as far as the eye can see.

I exhale and my breath comes out in a white cloud, indicating it was cold yet I didnโ€™t feel it. Instinctively my hands reach down to cup my stomach and I find that my stomach was flat, panic pierces my heart, aiming for the kill as my fingers feel around for the hardness of the bulge. There was nothing. I look down and truly see my stomach was flat beneath my hands as if I was never pregnant.

Before my panic could escalate, the wind begins to pick up in speed, whipping my hair in my face and causing the leaves to tussle and sway. The atmosphere begins to darken and twist into something sinister, whispers whisking past my ear and swirl around me.

โ€œKaitlyn. .โ€ a throaty voice echoes in the void that took place of the forest.

I turn towards the sound and see nothing, actually nothing, the sky was gone besides the moon that shone like a bright bulb in the sky the size of a watermelon, the trees were black and blended with the darkened background.

โ€œWeโ€™re coming.โ€

โ€œ. . . Donโ€™t get to comfortable. .โ€

A hoarse cackle follows afterwards, right by my ear, I hastily stumble away from the sound and nearly trip over my feet as Iโ€™m met with the sight of nothing. My breath come out in short pants, more fog collecting in front of my face and my heart was drumming loudly in my ears.

โ€œI can hear your heartbeat, little girl. . .โ€

I slammed my eyelids shut and willed myself to wake upโ€” hitting my temple with the heel of my palmโ€” this all had to be a dream, it had to be and all I wanted to do was wake up.

โ€œThis isnโ€™t your world.โ€ the same voice echoed

โ€œThe worse has yet to come. . .โ€

โ€œ. . . And come it will soon.โ€

I place my hand over my ears, shaking my head. โ€œLeave me alone!โ€ I scream, falling to my knees and clutch them to my chest.

โ€œLEAVE ME ALONE!!โ€

The mimick sounded just like me but wasnโ€™t and was so loud as if a surround sound speaker was put in the highest setting and blasted my voice through. It causes me to jerk violently in place and snap my head up to see a huge bird just a few feet away, staring at me with its milky white eyes.

I breathed harshly gazing right back at the animal, chills running up and down my spine, and before I could react its face began to morph into a creature so unimaginable, my heart couldnโ€™t take the terror that took over my body.

It opened its mouth and screeched before lunging towards me, bony finger outstretched towards me, ready to spill my blood and make its sent meal.

I screamed.


โ€œ. . itlyn! Kaitlyn!โ€

โ€œKaitlyn!!โ€

I couldnโ€™t move my arms or legs a they were being held down by some force that caused panic and anxiety to rise within me, I flailed the best I could. Someone was screaming my name but I couldnโ€™t hear them, all I wanted to do was get far away from the demon that awaited me.

Sudden searing bloomed across my cheek causing my eyes to snap open to vibrant green eyes. My chest heaved up and down in irregular breaths, my lashes and cheeks were wet, my lips were parted with each breath and my throat hurt. I blinked, a bit disoriented, and take in the everything.

The sheets to the bed were bunched up in a heap at the bottom of the bed, my clothes were wrinkled and twisted out of place, I took note of my belly, my bulge very much visible and that protect that utmost relief to me. I trained my face up the body that straddled me and look up to seeโ€”

โ€œMaddie?โ€ I breathe out, out of breathe still.

Her eyes were dark with concern as she gazed down at me, she still looks the same from the last time were together besides the pale tone to her skin.

โ€œYou feeling okay?โ€ she asks, removing her hands from holding my wrist.

I lick my lips, my hands shaking as I bring them up to my face. โ€œWhat happened?โ€

โ€œThatโ€™s what I want to know. I just got here and you started screaming in your sleep.โ€ she mutters, looking at me in a new light. โ€œIโ€™ve never seen you like that before. What were you dreaming about?โ€

Just the thought of recollecting what I saw made tears sling to my eyes, I couldnโ€™t cease the short gasps that escaped from my mouth just as the door to the room burst open and three people poured in.

โ€œWhatโ€™s going on!?โ€

I recognized his voice, it made my heart sing and my blood vibrate in my veins but it didnโ€™t help me. I squeeze my eyes shut as hot tears slipping down my cheeks and soak the pillow beneath my head. Turning on my side, I curl up and hold onto my stomach, crying and ignoring the presence of others.

I didnโ€™t understand. I didnโ€™t understand anything from that vivid dream, not the words, not the images, not emotionsโ€” nothing. I felt completely helpless.

A hand stroked my back as mummers loomed over me as I shut myself in my protective bubble that I felt that not for long would stay and pop soon. I felt rather than heard Delano come to my side, peeling through the gaps from my hair I could see his blue eyes glaring me down with a question he didnโ€™t have to say for me to know.

โ€œTheyโ€™re coming,โ€ I whisper.

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