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Anastasia has had a fascination with death since she could understand the meaning of the word. As she grows, Ana only becomes more and more thrilled by death, Once she commits her first murder, she becomes addicted to the rush it gave her. although her mother is unaware of her daughters pass time, she is no better, birthing children only to murder them herself. Ana is well aware of what her mother does to her siblings, although her mother, Nadia is under the impression that her daughter believes what she has told her, that the babies are simply going to sleep, never to be seen again.

Horror / Thriller
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Chapter 1

The temperature was frigid that night as Anastasia trudged through the thick piles of freshly fallen snow. Her jet black hair was placed in a high ponytail which fell just below her hips. With Russia’s usual weather, Ana was quite used to the blizzards, and needing to wear puffy coats which covered her knees. Cradled in the small child’s arms, a brand new kitten huddled for warmth. Ana kept her emerald eyes forward as she moved as quickly as her little feet could carry her. Once the tree line was in sight, a grin spread across her face as Ana glanced down at the sleeping kitten in her arms. In a soft voice the child sang,

“forever more my precious babe, sleep so sound not a peep is made, child, child forevermore, among the stars, you will soar.”

As Ana walked, she repeated the chant, holding the kitten tight to her chest. The deeper she got into the forest, Ana clutched the creature tighter and tighter. It was as if she was comforting herself. Like a child with a stuffed animal, she squeezed until all of her fears were simply diminished, to a monster under the bed in the light of day.

As she approached a clearing amongst the seemingly endless cluster of trees, Ana stopped. She looked up at the night sky, it was a full moon that night, how fitting.

In the grips of her tiny hands, Ana awoke the nameless kitten from her slumber, scruffing her, and holding tight. With this, Ana lifted her arm above her head so that the kitten was dangling above the white blanket of snow below.

“Bye bye.” Ana let out a giggle before dropping the defenseless creature to her demise. Once on the ground, the kitten struggled as Ana pinned her on her back with her knees, her hands wrapped tightly around the kitten’s throat. A screech escaped from the tiny animal before she was knocked unconscious. Even at this, Ana did not stop, she only tightened her grip as she began to sing,

“forever more my precious babe, sleep so sound not a peep is made, child, child forevermore, among the stars, you will soar.”

Ana squeezed with all of her strength, until she began to tire out. When the job was done, eight year old Anastasia lumped over on her back next to the now deceased cat. She held her gaze on the eyes of her victim, and lifted her arm to pet the kitten’s chin. Ever so softly she whispered, “thank you for your sacrifice,” before she kissed the snow coated head of her kitten, and stood.

As she began the trek back home, Ana spotted a glint in the snow. A small shimmer from what she soon realized was a shard from a broken beer bottle. Ana sniffled as she glared at the glass. Looking back at her victim, Anastasia pulled back the sleeve of her jacket and checked the pink, unicorn themed watch wrapped around her wrist.

“No it’s 11:00.”

Ana turned away from the glass and began to walk through the clearing, and back through the forest to her home. It took exactly 45 minutes for Ana to walk the back roads to her house; She avoided busy streets and built up areas, so as to not run into any of her moms’ friends, or her mother, who was working the graveyard shift at a local diner, the ‘Duna Bistro.’ Like a fever dream, Ana stomped her snowy boots off on the deck, and opened the tall creaky door.

As soon as she got inside, she ran up the cracked wooden steps to her bedroom and closed the door behind her. She darted to her antique wardrobe and swung the chestnut doors open, grabbing the first pair of pajamas she could find and putting them on. When she had finished her routine, Ana took her sopping wet clothes with melted snow, and checked her watch before rushing them to the laundry tub. Tossing them in with all of the other soaked clothes.

“Hurry, hurry, hurry,” Ana muttered to herself as she hid her wet boots and coat in the back of the closet. As she shut the closet door, Ana turned to run back up the stairs when a noise… a car

Ana ran faster than she had ever run before up the stairs and into her bedroom. She closed the door, holding the knob so that it wouldn’t make a sound, as she heard the loud creak of the front door. At this, Anastasia jumped under her silk comforter, shutting her eyes, and pretending to sleep.

“Ana, honey, you awake? Mommas' got a big surprise for you.” Ana grumbled and moaned as if being pulled from a deep slumber.”

“What mom?” she groaned

“Come here, you’ll see.”

Rubbing her eyes and yawning to play the part, Ana stood out of her bed and followed Nadia down the stairs.

“Look baby, Lucy had her kittens.”

Ana smiled and looked into her mothers eyes, “they’re adorable.”

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