Deadly bet

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The Aftermath

I was running for so long, I thought I would run forever. The heat didn´t stop. It was all around me. The flames were trying to catch me and grab me. There was no one there. The fire suddenly made a full circle around me. From the flames I could see deformed faces staring at me. The darkness around me started to get worse to handle. The fire was cracking. Suddenly, I saw hands coming out of the flames. They were elongating as they grabbed my neck and started to strangle me. They were strangling me until I finally woke up-crying.

What I saw next made me wish they strangled me to death. Across the hall I saw Oli kneeling next to what looked like Elis ‘body. I ran to them. Blood. It was everywhere around Elis ´motionless body.

Oli´s eyes were red as he was staring at her shaking like an aspen leaf. “She did it. She did it.” His hands were covered with her blood.

Her body was scratched. As if an animal attacked her. The claw-like marks on her were bleeding out.

“No! No! Please, no! This isn´t happening. This can’t be real.”

“It is OK, Chloe, said Elis quietly. I got the chance to spend my life with you. I would never change it. She coughed. Don´t talk like that Elis. You will live.

“We all know that´s not true.” A tear started falling from Elis´ eye as she pressed Oli´s hand. Her eyes closed. She made her last breath. Her left hand fell on the floor and the right one stayed clenched in his hand.

Suddenly, I heard sirens outside the living room… They interrupted what seemed like the most endurable moment of our life. I couldn’t stand up.

Everything suddenly seemed so puzzling. Every minute felt like forever. I remained sitting on the floor. Police. The police are coming. They can´t know. How did this happen? How did I let this happen? What happened? Where was I when my friend needed help? Stuck in some twisted world Karlie created so I couldn’t do anything.

Where is Karlie? I had few more minutes to do something before the cops would rush into the building. I got up.

“What are you doing? Where are you going?” Oli grabbed my shoulder as I was getting up.

“I need to end this.” I ran out of the room. It took me a while to find her. Karlie was hiding among the pillars in the ceiling. She was hiding there like a coward.

“I hope you enjoyed your little trip. I am sorry for what I did, my dearest granddaughter. But you know me. I just couldn’t help myself. Telekinesis is a powerful ability to poses. I am sure she is in a better place now. “

“How could you.” I was breathless. I was not even mad anymore. I felt like there were no more emotions left in me.

“Next time, Chloe, don´t underestimate the dead. They can surprise you sometimes.”

“Why her? Why not me?” I just couldn’t understand.

“It was not your decision to make, honey.” She paused for a while. “You have a huge potential.”

“What does that mean?”

“You hunt ghosts. You are bold. Stupid but bold. I see a spark in you. You will do big things one day. Yes, people will die in the process, but you will be a hero. A true heartless hunter.”

In that moment there was only one thing left to do.

“Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux. Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! “

Karlie started to shimmer as pieces of her body started to separate. She screamed for the very last time before she burst in flames. She was gone. The dust was all that was left of her. I didn’t feel relief though. I felt more pain than ever before.

Suddenly a unit of policemen barged into the chateau with guns aiming at us. “We got a call minutes ago from your parents. That you were missing. “

I finally started crying. The policeman noticed Elis ´body. “Oh my god. What happened here?”

“She…she is dead.” I was drowning.


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