00 | Prelude
Luna knew something wasn’t right as soon as she walked in through the gate of her flat. The air inside the flat seemed cooler and denser. She scrambled up to the front gate and hurried into her bad to get hold of the keys.
But before she could register the unusual feeling in her nerves a hand pulled her back and dragged her towards the garage. ′What the hell?′
The grip was too tight for her to struggle and the moment it loosened she turned to face her mother, whilst she pushed her into the car and lowered beside her, Merlin’s hands were trembling as she steered the minivan out of the garage.
Merlin had already been weak at nerves and her medicines never did the job but the way her hands trembled, it wasn’t her nerves that were triggered, but her fear.
Luna’s head twisted around just in time to see two men barging out of the gate and shouting as the car sped off. She turned back to the woman beside, who no longer looked like her mother, but a corpse. Her face had turned pale and had no expressions at all but her eyes flickered with a glimpse of terror that Luna was trying to figure out. She had never seen her mother that worried her entire life.
There was silence in the car as Merlin continued to drive through the highway. Suddenly she took an instantaneous turn towards the murky forest that ran alongside the long highway almost scaring Luna to death. The thicket scared her even more, with the streaks from the headlights being the only source of light, she feared of an accident as it was barely visible out there and also by the manner her mother was driving.
“Mom, where are we going? Who were those guys?” Luna received no response, Merlin kept driving with her shivering hands clutching the steering wheel tightly, “Mom!” Luna’s voice was brittle, as she couldn’t hold her sanity any longer and her eyes widened with fear.
Merlin glanced at her for a split-second, keeping minimal eye-contact and added, “Honey!” Although her voice was low, it had a hint of trepidation, “Promise me! No matter what happens, you should never trust anyone, ever. Never tell anyone your real name. Do you hear me?”
“What are you talking about? What’s going on?” Luna’s voice became heavier and her lips quivered. Luna had always been the only person among the both of them, who could never keep calm and with the roles reversed, she wasn’t thrilled and neither was Merlin.
“Celestria Raven. Your name...” Merlin kept her attention towards the road and without even looking at Luna, she added, “Never take your name in front of anyone, Luna. You can only trust The Blazemen Hounds...” After opening and closing her mouth, several times she said, “Stay away from vampires.”
Vampires? Luna’s mind was confused. Her mother had been driving like insane for the past couple of minutes and her, starting to talk like insane was something that was very much new to Luna.
“Are you kidding me?” Luna blinked, once, twice, Merlin still didn’t respond. Frustrated, Luna added, “Why are we talking about vampires? I’m not a kid anymore, mom!” There was an unknown worry in her face that Luna could not point out but caught herself hoping otherwise.
“Just promise me. Promise!” She squeaked and Luna flinched back at her seat, “Never look back, Luna.”
“Mom? What is going on?” Luna asked her with a brooding expression with her eyes glistening with tears. She couldn’t hold on anymore, she was scared.
“Survival, honey! Just remember, you are very important. Your survival is very important. Do not believe everything you hear. When the time comes, you’ll know who to trust. Believe your mother.” Merlin said with tears rolling down her cheeks as the words came out in a breath. Luna, then realized how afraid her mother was.
“I promise! Please just tell me what the hell is going on.” The moment Merlin opened her mouth to speak, a black SUV blocked their car. Merlin hit the brakes as fast as she could, putting the car to a rough stop.
Merlin clasped onto the steering whilst breathing heavily when two men stepped out of the vehicle ahead of them.
Luna narrowed her eyes to look at the men. They wore black suits and had long lavalieres with ruby stones, identical to that of my mother dangling around their neck.
“We are just here for the girl. Give her to us, and we’ll be gone in no time.” One of the men spoke, his accent British while walking near their car. His eyes were dark like anthracite and a huge scar ran from his forehead through his left eye down to his cheek. His lips are bent into a smile so devilish that shivers ran down Luna’s spine. It was the first time Luna had been seeing a face that wicked and a smile that devilish.
“Stay here,” Merlin instructed and clutched the door lock, without even giving Luna a chance to speak. The fact that they looked dangerous wasn’t unnoticeable and Luna couldn’t trust her mother alone with them.
“No. Mom.” Luna whisper-shouted at her but her efforts went vain because the next moment Merlin was already out of the vehicle.
“Over my dead body,” Merlin spat at the scar-faced man, throwing her ruby pendant to the ground.
Surprising as it was Merlin’s hands that had been trembling all the time weren’t anymore. ′Was it because of the pendant?′ Luna observed her mother as she sat in the car.
The next moment, the color of her hair changed. Luna had always known that her mother was a brunette, but she wasn’t anymore. The color of her long wavy hair dwindled off, from brown to completely gray.
She peaked at Luna and just like her hair, her eyes had changed its color too. Her ocean green eyes that were identical to mine had become hazel, in an instant.
‘What the hell!’ Luna’s eyes widened with shock. She looked like her mother, but she wasn’t, or that she was her mother, but she didn’t look like her.
“It took us almost two decades to track you down, you think we’d let you go this easy?” the scar-faced man smirked.
Ignoring him, Merlin spread her hands wide while whispering inaudible words under her breath. Blue flares of light escaped from her hands. Before she could even react, a red-haired woman who stepped out of the SUV.
She too had a lavaliere but hers had a blue stone attached to which was emitting light. Her whispers were loud and of a language that Luna didn’t understand and unlike her mother, there were red flames around her hands. She shot the flame at Merlin who immediately dropped to her knees, letting out a loud shriek, as the flame hit her chest.
Tears of knowing ran down Luna’s cheeks and she, who had been frozen at her spot at the incidents that were occurring before her, attempted to desperately thrust open the gate of the car. A new type of helplessness gnawed her when she realized that it had already been locked by her mother who was then lying on her back with a tilted head with her mouth moving in a murmuring way or shivering, Luna wasn’t sure. ′No!′
But it wasn’t the worst.
What was worse? The scar-faced man’s devilish smirk.
He paced towards the car. He looked overwhelmed with excitement. The red-haired woman was turned at her too. The scar-faced man’s face became clearer as the distanced between him and the car closed, his eyes were golden, with his veins visible under his eyes. He licked his large fangs when he reached by her side of the car.
He tried to hit the window forcefully with his elbow, in an attempt to break it. Luna tried to move away but the seatbelt held her in place, it was stuck to her horror.
She looked over to the window which started showing cracks. And after a few forceful attempts, he was finally successful, the window shattered into pieces and piercing sensations roved through Luna’s skin when a few splinters of broken glass poked into my cheeks and hands.
She could feel a hand grab her with fainted yellings floated to her ears, “No...“. The grip was strong by what she could feel but then his hands disappeared followed by a feeling of floating away. Her body felt light but her mind was heavy.
There were yellow flashes all around her. Her eyes shuffled between her mother who was lying silent by then and the red-haired woman who had started yelling but all she could hear was a shrill sound that was on the verge of tearing her eardrums.
Then the entire vision started blurring out and went completely dark before her eyes.
′What was that you tried to tell?′
Writing the prelude is always the scariest and toughest part. If you notice the other novels that I have besides this series, all the preludes have quotes.
But I figured that putting a ‘How it all started’ would be better than putting quotes for this series. So...
I hope you guys like it. I am trying to improve my English to write better stories. And thank you so much for supporting me.
Your friendly author,