“What? Why? What do we do?” Willow asked.
“I don't know. I can't break the door down!” I panicked. The agents were far enough from us.
So I pounded loudly on the door.
“Juliet? Juliet!” I knew it was stupid of me to ask but what else could I say I was panicking.
“She was in there a minute ago.”
“ Damn it.” I continued banging on the door, but it was quiet on the other end. Why was the door locked?
“Juliet are you in there?” I yelled. I stared at Willow for some answers.
She shrugged and said, “She was there when I left.”
I sighed heavily then heard heavy footsteps coming back up the stairs.
“Oh no! Let's go.” I grabbed Willow but she was so stubborn she wouldn't leave Juliet. I was frustrated and just wanted to grab her and leave but she wouldn't budge. Luckily the other medical rooms weren't locked and thankfully vacant. We hid under the beds and held our breaths until the footsteps disappeared.
I sighed a heavy sigh of relief. In the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of a side door.
“Are these rooms connected?” I asked, Willow shrugged. We were about to find out. I just prayed there wasn't an agent of darkness waiting on the other side. I opened the door that led to an identical room. Although, the bed looked slept in. The coveres were unmade and the medicine bottles had fallen all over the floor. We crept around the room, this was Juliet's room but she wasn't here.
“I have a bad feeling about this.” Willow whispered. “I don't blame you,” I said.
“Juliet?” I gasped when I saw her body laying next to the door. My blood ran cold. Her eyes popped out, staring into nothingness, her mouth formed a thin line. She wasn't breathing. I bent over to pick up the needle sticking of her arm. “Oh my gosh…” I gasped. I checked for a pulse and found none. She was dead.
“Something wrong Avalon?” I'd nearly forgotten about Willow. I turned to her briefly and turned away. I couldn't say it to her face.
“She's dead.” My voice cracked.
“What?” Willow stumbled on her feet and nearly fell.
“That's not-” The rattle of the door cut Willow short. I grabbed her arm and led her inside the closet. I held my hand over her mouth to stop her from asking more questions. The rattling turned to banging and kicking. My heart was racing so fast, the fear I felt was so severe I felt faint. They probably heard us talking. Within seconds the door caved in and a heavy thud sounded. Silence followed, deep silence for a second I thought they have gone then I heard sobbing then I knew this wasn't an agent of darkness. We stumbled out of the closet and surprised Nicholas who was sobbing by his girlfriend.
“Nick,” I was so relieved to see him, but he had anger and hate in his eyes.
“What happened?” He demanded, angrily drying the tears in his eyes.
I took a step back afraid of what he might do. “I-I don't know the door was locked when got here… she- took her own life.” I stammered. I glanced at Willow who was crying I thought she'd back me up.
Jace, Shane and Eagle ran into the room, they were relieved to see us but devastated to see Juliet's dead body staring into space. Eagle crossed the room to comfort Willow she embraced him tightly, she didn't need to see to know who he was.
Jace grabbed Nick's shoulder and told him we had to leave. I felt everything was my fault.
“I can't just leave her here Jace.” Nick sobbed. “There's nothing we can do. We'll all be dead if we don't leave.” Jace added.
I don't know how many dead bodies we left behind. I felt so broken on the drive to the airport. There was a private plane that would take us to SilverLake. The moon was supposed to protect the earth, but when I glanced up at the sky when we landed in SilverLake some eight hours later, I only saw rain clouds. A storm was coming. The Moon wasn't in the sky that night.
“Where do we go from here?” I asked. The others stared at each other, they looked blank and broken and tired. I felt the same way. I didn't know how I would sleep that night.
“You're coming with me,” Nick said. “What about you guys?” I asked.
“I'm going to find some place safe for Willow. We can't go to the hideout anymore.” Eagle sighed, I understood him he felt an obligation to keep her safe.
“We need allies-” Jace started but Shane cut him short. “I don't think your fairy friends will help us much.” He snapped.
“Do you have a better plan Norman? There is no one left!” Jace said, he sounded so defeated.
I watched as they all went their separate ways. Eagle drew out his wings and flew into the night. Jace left on foot, I was so worried about him out there all alone in foot. Our team was broken and now we were separating. So what were they just giving in? Going into hiding. Moon Castle had been captured by Star agents, the hideout was Star territory now, the white witches had betrayed us. My Mom and other Guardians had to go into hiding.
Nothing was working out for us, most of the Hunters had been slaughtered there was barely anybody left to fight them.
“I'm going to stake out, someone's got to do it.” Shane said. He was just trying to get as far away from me as possible, I knew it.
“Be careful.” Nick said and walked away in the other direction.
“Shane.” I said and he stopped.
“What is it Fluke?” He sighed.
“Why are you leaving? We were supposed to be in this together.” I heard thunder raging in the distance at any moment it would start pouring down on us.
I kicked at the ground as I waited for Shane to answer me. He sighed in frustration. “I thought you hated me and now you're begging me to stay.”
“I'm not begging you! And I don't hate you at least not anymore. You've saved my ass a couple of times and I'm grateful.”
He chuckled and ran a hand through his white hair. The dye was fading and his natural black hair was returning. “Look, I'm just going to patrol the city just in case there are any agents of darkness lurking about, okay? You'll be safe with Nicholas.”
I nodded, “everything just feels so hopeless… everywhere I turn there's death, blood and monsters. I never thought I'd miss going to college and my old run down SUV.” I chuckled the last part, feeling the fears swell up inside me ready yo burst.
He eyed me seriously, “your life will never be the same.”
“I know that… I just miss Frankie- and Cassidy… sometimes… I just- I can't help thinking about him and what we used to be.” I started at the ground feeling stupid and pathetic. It was getting cold and the streets were just so silent. Not a car or soul insight just the two of us.
“He's an idiot Avalon. He never deserved you.”
“Thanks,” I chuckled, struggling to contain my tears.
“You'll get out it.”
“I love him.” I've been fighting to admit it but I still do. Shane sighed heavy and took a step toward me, but not too close. He looked into my eyes but kept his hands to himself, deep in his pockets.
“It's been a long day why don't you go inside and get some rest. You've been out here long enough Nicholas is probably tripping right now. Go.” He smiled at me and left.
I looked up for the first time and noticed that I was back at my apartment building. I didn't remember the last time I was here. Gosh, when was the last time I slept in my own bed? So long ago. I looked at the familiar drive way and was sad not to see my old car.
“I wonder what happened to it.” I took the elevator up to my floor, this sudden sense of familiarity hit me and it almost made me cry. This felt so normal and right. I felt safe but deep down I knew it wasn't real.
Nick stood with back against the wall, staring at the ceiling. He saw me and walked back into my apartment. He waited for me and didn't say a word. I knew the poor guy was still hurting, he couldn't believe Juliet took her own life. The memory was still fresh in my mind, her eyes blank and expressionless.
I never wanted to see another dead body again. I stood by the door apartment 913, I hoped my milk hadn't expired. I reached for the door, but I felt someone's presence behind me, I shivered I thought it was a ghost. I saw his shadow and realised it was a man. I was freaking out, they found me again. I should have screamed for Nick but instead turned to see who ever it was.