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Chapter 12

We didn’t go home, but instead we decided to follow Xavier’s plan. We started by visiting our friends and people we knew. We told them everything and then left them alone to give them time to decide if they wanted to believe us or not, but not before warning them to be careful.

We wanted to do something to protect this town, and even though we were helpless, it felt like the least we could do. It was a crazy stupid idea, but at least it was something. For hours we walked house to house. Some looked at us like we were crazy and others looked at us in horror.

“Hey, Alexia, wait up!” Xavier called out after me as I started to walk towards the next house.

“What is it?” I turned around and waited for him to catch up.

“It’s pretty late. Do you want to go home and see how Aric and our moms are doing?”

I looked down at my watch and realised that it was 7:45 PM. “Wow! You’re right. Anyways I’m hungry.”

Xavier gave me a smile and said softly. “We did what we could.”

I nodded and we made our way home.

When we got to my house, we found the front door open. I looked up at Xavier, “Didn’t we tell them to keep the doors and windows closed?” Xavier nodded.

His worried expression gave me chills. He carefully pushed the door open, and we went inside. The house was deathly quiet, and no lights were on. The curtains were closed, so it was very dark. “Xavier, can you turn on the lights?”

The lights went on, and I heard Xavier gasp. I twirled around quickly to see him looking at floor. I followed his gaze, and when I saw what he was looking at, it almost brought me to my knees.

“Oh my god!” The floor was covered in blood. The blood trail continued down to the living room. I quickly followed it, yelling out, “Mom! Aric!”

Xavier followed me as I quickened my steps and almost fell flat on my face when I slipped. There was so much blood. The floor was covered with it. The walls were covered with it. Everything was a mess.

“Mom! Mom! Aric!” I heard Xavier calling behind me. I turned around and saw him standing in the middle on the living room. He looked so lost. He looked at me, and when I saw the desperation in his eyes, I started sobbing.

We started searching frantically. I followed the blood trail until it led me to the stairs, where I stopped abruptly and let out a piercing cry. “Oh NO! Aric! Aric!”

I fell down on my knees beside my brother. He was lying next to the stairs covered with blood. His face was battered. His right arm was twisted at an impossible angle. I thought I saw a bone sticking out. I was afraid to touch him. He looked so broken. My chest heaved almost painfully as I sobbed uncontrollably.

“Shit! Aric!” Xavier tried to move me away, but I hugged my stomach and bent down over Aric’s body. “No! No! This can’t be happening. Oh my god! Please! No!”

“Alexia, stop it! Let me check him out!” Xavier said behind me.

I could sense the fear in his voice, but I was too far into disbelief. This couldn’t be happening. My brother was lying dead. “He’s dead, Xavier. Oh my god! He’s gone!” I moaned.

“Alexia, stop! Let me see him!” Xavier pushed me roughly out of the way and knelt beside Aric’s body. I laid down on the floor and curled myself into a ball. I closed my eyes tightly and wished this horrible nightmare away.

“Alexia, I need you to go check on our mothers. Go upstairs.” When I didn’t move, he yelled, “Alexia, Aric is alive, but I need you to go check on our moms.” I looked up at Xavier. “He’s breathing but barely. I’m calling an ambulance. Go, Alexia. Upstairs, now!”

I nodded and got to my feet, pulling myself together. I was scared to go up. I didn’t want to see what had happened to Mom and Mrs. Colleway. “Alexia!” Xavier’s angry voice snapped me out of my trance. I quickly ran up the stairs. There was blood on the stairs too. I felt nauseous looking at it. I held my chin up and went in search of my mother and Xavier’s mother. “Mom! Mrs. Colleway!”

I stopped all of a sudden when I heard quiet sobbing. It was coming from Aric’s room. I quickly opened the door, and the sight made me scream. I fell to my knees and started to dry heave onto the carpet.

“Oh my god!” I couldn’t look up again. I stared at the floor, my tears falling silently.

I heard footsteps coming up the stairs. “Alexia? What happened?”

I felt Xavier coming up behind me before he too came to sudden halt. “Oh god! No!” He walked past me and fell to his knees in front of his mother. Mrs. Colleway was sitting down on the floor next to window, hugging her knees tightly to her little body, a short distance away from where my mother’s limp and bloody body was lying.

I tore my eyes away from Mrs. Colleway and looked at my mother. Someone or some thing had snapped her neck. Her battered face was turned towards me. There were long scratch marks on her face, from her forehead to her chin. It looked like someone had wanted to gouge her face. She was covered in blood. Her eyes were open, staring into the distance. Her beautiful grey eyes were lifeless.

I crawled towards her. I couldn’t stop the tears that were flowing down my face. When I reached her, I carefully took her right hand in mine. I held it firmly. “Mom?” I whispered.

I wanted to hear her sweet voice so badly. I wanted her to blink those beautiful grey eyes at me and smile. When she didn’t do any of that, I let her hand go and laid down beside her. I didn’t know what to do. Hugging her body to mine, a moan escaped past my lips. I let out all my anger, my frustration, and my fear into that moan.

“Alexia, STOP!” Xavier yelled.

I let go of my mother, sat up and hugged my knees to my chest. I put my head in my hands and cried. “This can’t be happening. Please make it stop! It’s just a dream. A bad dream, right, Xavier? My mom is not dead, right?”

I looked up at Xavier and his mother. Mrs. Colleway was hugging Xavier who knelt beside her. She was holding onto him like she was hanging onto her life. Her face was buried in his neck and her shoulders were shaking. For a brief moment, I felt anger course through my tired and limp body. Why did she have to live while my mother was dead?

“Alexia, you need to calm down. The ambulance is coming,” Xavier said quietly.

“My mother is dead, Xavier. My brother is lying downstairs badly injured and you’re telling me to calm down!” I shouted at him.

Mrs. Colleway raised her head from Xavier’s arms. “I saw him. I saw it. That thing.” She said it so softly we barely heard her.

“Mom?” Xavier questioned.

“You guys were right,” she continued brokenly. “I saw him. But he was so big. He wasn’t a baby anymore.”

Xavier and I looked at each other. We had been right. He was growing. He wasn’t a baby anymore. He was a monster.

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