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Ace and Brin: Love in the Darkness [chapter 2]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , on 13/09/2016 by Soul Reaper

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It was Monday morning. I was already awake and ready for college. I stood in front of the mirror and stared at the pale girl opposite. I do not go out enough, maybe. And the weather was gloomy and rainy most of the time of year. I combed my brown hair and then tied it in a ponytail. I took my jacket and purse and left my room. I went down to the kitchen. I took an apple from the basket on the table and headed for the door. My mother called me by name, but I did not answer. On the contrary. I speeded up a step. I take the road, because I could not drive. The did not allowed me, and medications makes me very distracted.

I walked with bowed head, because I felt eyes on me. I did not like it. I knew they thought that I was crazy or at least strange. It made me go crazy and stressful. I went to class without problem. I listened carefully to the lecture and recorded everything. I would not describe myself as a genius, but I was an excellent student. Anyway, I had no other occupation that to study. Therefore, I did not have to deal with my parents. However, Amelia was their star now. I was just unbalanced daughter who was trapped.

After the lecture, I went to the cafeteria and gave myself a little rest. I got a sandwich and sat down at the table at the end of the hall. I took the phone and headset. I played music and I tried to isolate myself from the situation. It is true. I lived in the past. I could not shake the nightmares. Sometimes I still had them, but I did not feel anything. Therefore, I do not say anything.

Someone’s shadow loomed over me. I looked up to see my friend Kate. She smiled, but I said nothing. I was not in the mood to pretend to be happy. She sat on the vacant seat next to me, did not stop staring at me until I stopped the music, and did not worthy of your undivided attention.

-How are you today, Brin?

-That is what you want to ask me?

-I noticed that you are more gloomy than usual. What is bothering you?

I could not tell her the truth because I knew that she would report to my parents. I knew that she not doing to because she is bad. They must have told her that I was not well and they just worry about me. They just want to know that I am okay. I understood that but I still not accept it.

-It is because the weather. I hate it when it rains.

-Yeah, that is sucks. – She said, and I think she believed me. – What do we do now?

-I do not know. I was going to go to the library in the town. Then I would drink coffee and go home. I have nothing to do.

-I am coming with you. You do not look well. You are pale. I…

-You are not my mother. I do not want your concern.

I stood up and hurried to get out. I did not want to talk to her or anyone else. I felt like I was going to cry. I did not want others to see me. Then I would have to answer many questions. And not I was not in the mood to go on lectures. The very thought of standing closed with a bunch of people choking me. For this, I left the campus and went straight to the library. I could not shake the feeling that I was being watched. However, this time it was not uncomfortable. If the one who was watching me was worried.

I went to the library and greeted the librarian – Mel. Then I went to get a book. I circled between the shelves and chose a book that I did not expected. Book for legends and myths associated with mythical and supernatural creatures. I took it and sat at a table near the window. I started reading and forgot about everything. I did not felt how the time flies. I got excited and could not come off my eyes from the book. I do not know why, but suddenly my heart began to beat faster. Then a hand touched my shoulder and I jumped. I dropped the book. In front of me stood a tall and burly man with short dark hair and beautiful blue eyes. He had tattoos. He wore leather pants, boots, and leather jacket under which he wore a black vest. I blinked a few times. For no reason my eyes were filled with tears and they just started streaming down my face. I… I knew who he was. I recognized him. Even now, after all this time I could recognize him. He was grown and his physique was different, but I would never have mistaken these eyes.

-Evan… – The name came out of my mouth like a whisper.

He reached out and without thinking; I went down into his arms. He pressed me hard against his strong chest. I cried. I felt when he kissed the top of my head.

It took me time to calm down. We sat at the far end of the library. I stood in his arms and listened. I listened to his heartbeat. I knew that he was excited.

-Ten years, Evan… You do not call even once. Do you know how much this hurt me?

-I know, Brin. Forgive me, sister. I…

-I heard you. Mom and Dad made you leave, right?

-It was necessary. After what I did…

His eyes watered. He hugged me tight. I did not understand, and did not care. Now he was here and that was all I wanted.

-Brin?

-Hmmm…?

-Are you okay, little one? Do not tell me you drink sedatives.

-I take pills. Mom makes me. Ever since, you left. They took me to a doctor and to a woman… What was her name…?

I was thinking. Time passed since I saw her for the last time. Suddenly her name surfaced in my mind.

-Grace. Her name was Grace McLane.

-Damn it! This witch. – He growled.

Yes. Indeed, I heard growling. I heard and felt the vibration in his chest. I was not afraid, though it was unnatural. Evan asked if Grace has given me something. I said yes and showed him my arm. He immediately tore the bracelet and threw it on the ground. He told me not to drink the pills. He do not explain why, buy I knew that if he says it with such a worried expression means there is a reason. Even now, I believe him blindly. There was something else. He asked me not to tell anybody that he has returned, and we met. He gives me his number and I gave him mine. We would meet in secret. Very exciting, right? For the first time in years on my face showed a smile. A real smile.

Then my brother disappeared back behind the shelves. I could not understand how he does it. I hurried to get my things and get out. It really started to rain. I had no umbrella and had to run. I run carefully, because there was a risk to trip and land on the ground and I did not want that. My heart was racing. I was incredibly happy. Then I remember the Evan’s warning. He told me not to take the medicines. That is what I was going to do. I believed him, and from a long time now, I was sick of those damn pills.

I had almost reached my home when I slipped on the wet road and found myself on the ground. I growled with frustration. I tried to gather my belongings when I heart tires and headlights blinded me. I stared at the approaching car and could not move. Even I did not understand when someone grabbed me and led me out of the way just before the car to go through the place where I was.

I could not breathe. I was in shock. I heard a distant voice that was trying to reach me. He called me a fool. I looked but saw nothing. I lost consciousness. Already well-known signs. How humiliating.

 

*

 

I woke up with a severe headache. I was in home, in my bed. I stood up and threw my bare feet on the floor. I was a little dazed. Suddenly the door burst open and my mother came inside. Her eyes were filled with anxiety. There were black circles under her eyes. Poor woman…

-Oh dear! Are you okay? I was so scared.

-How did I get here?

-They found you on the driveway. You were fainted. What happened?

I remembered what happened, but I could not tell her the truth. I thought about it and I told her the same think I said to Kate. And without it, they probably already knew.

-It is because the weather, Mom. You know that I do not like the rain. I have always been weak at such a time, and now caught me off guard. Sorry!

I saw her how became calm. This was not entirely a lie. She kissed me on the forehead and told me that she would bring me food. I nodded in response and went to the bathroom.

 

Evan:

 

I was happy that I saw her. My heart could not be calmed down. I went into the hut, which I bought with my boyfriend Sky. He was happy, thought I did not understand why. What I saw in it was that it was close to my home. There was someone else with us. Sky’s cousin – Ace. I do not know why Sky insisted to bring him with us. Ace was a bully without a sense of humor and a complete asshole. If it was not for my beloved, Sky I’d be kicked him out.

Sky appears. He hugged me hard and I kissed him.

-Hello to you too! – He smiled.

He was of medium height, blond hair, and big blue eyes. He smiled sweetly.

-What’s wrong? You look very happy. Something good had happened?

-I saw her. I talked with her.

-With whom? Do not tell me… Brin? Your sister?

-Yes.

-Oh, Evan!

-I know I had to wait, but… I just could not resist when I saw her so unhappy…

-I know that you miss her.

-They took her to a witch. They trample her with drugs to suppress her essence. I will not let them to poison my sister. I caused her enough of bad experience.

Sky stroked my face. He knew everything about my past. He knew that I am not a human, and he knew that I left home because involuntarily I wounded Brin and then she was infected. She’s like me, but she does not know. My dear family and that witch took care of that. My hatred grew with every minute. I needed time to calm down, but to be honest Sky had a big contribution to make it possible. I wanted to introduce him to her… my two beloved people. I only hoped that Brin would accept him.

As I lay in bed, with Sky cuddled in me, I heard the front door open and close. I knew who he was even if I did not see him. But this time there was something else. I got out of bed without waking up the boy. I put on boxers not because the nakedness bothered me, but simply propriety. And Sky preferred to be the only one who sees me in all my glory.

I went down downstairs and went to the kitchen. Ace stood by the refrigerator with a glass full of ice. Then he took a bottle of whiskey and opened it. He fills the glass. I wonder why he bothered, since we cannot get drunk even if we want to. But unsuccessful attempts have been irritating. Once I approached him, I felt familiar smell and my whole body stiffened.

-What did you do, Ace? – I asked with anger simmering in the chest.

-Nothing. – He growled. – I saw your sister. She looks like you.

-Only if you touch her…

-Don’t freak out! – He said and took a sip. – She almost gets hit by a car. She fainted soon after I took her away from the road. She is weak.

It sounded offensive words from him, but for the first time did not seem malicious.

-She doesn’t know what’s going on with her. Ten years under the influence of magic and drugs prevented that. I waved the magic and told her not to take the drugs. What did you do with her?

-I left her in front of her house. – He said and walked out of kitchen.

It was weird. He did not care about anything or anyone. Never. Not I owned him Brin’s life. Damn it! I hated the fact that I own him something. I followed him to the living room.

-Thanks for saving her.

Ace looked at me and raised his eyebrows.

-You thank me. Probably the Hell is already frozen.

-Damn it, Ace! You don’t have to be such asshole.

-Stop it, you two!

Ace and I looked at the stairwell where Sky stood. He was sleepy and wrapped in a blanket. Cute.

-Why you always fight?

-This is our way of talking. – Ace said.

-Well, you had better stop. So?

-What? – Ace asked, while Sky snuggled closer to my body.

-Did you see her? Brin.

-Yes.

I noticed that he winced at the mention of her name. I did not pay attention. Surely, I imagined things.

-How was she?

-Why are you asking me?

He stood up and put the glass down on the coffee table. He went into his room, apparently because he did not want to talk. He was not much a talker anyway.

 

Brin:

 

I eat a little. Not much, because my body felt strange. Without the bracelet, I felt somehow free. And my first try not to drink the pills was successful. I hid then under my tongue and only pretend swallow them. Once mom get out I spit them and hid them under the mattress.

I felt tired and went to sleep early. But after midnight, I started dreaming things. I was in the woods and I was not alone. There was someone. Shadow that should scare me, but actually it was familiar. He was not a human but a beast. I held out my hand, but he disappeared. I wanted to follow him, but I could not. Something pinned me in place. I looked and saw chain. I fell to my knees and cried. My freedom was taken away.

I woke up early. Very early. Others were still asleep. I needed a fresh air. I get out of the bed and went to the bathroom. I flush my eyes and brushed my teeth. Then I went and changed into a shorts and a T-shirt. I took my thin jacket. I put on my sneakers and in complete silence, I slipped outside.

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Ace and Brin: Love in the Darkness [chapter 1]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/09/2016 by Soul Reaper

 

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I do not remember everything that happened to us, but I know one thing for sure: nothing will be as before. I was young and all was blurring, but I remember clearly that at one point everything changed and not for the better. My parents loved all their three children equally. I have an older brother – Evan and younger sister – Amelia. I am the second child – Brin. I do not know why they gave me such a strange name. I do not even think that such name should be given to a girl. Whatever. They, my parents, always had high expectations of Evan. For me he was like a super star. But Amelia was spoiled by all the attention. As for me… Well, I floated downstream. Nobody expected anything from me. They do not spoil me. I would even say that they rarely noticed I was there. For that, little by little I began to hand myself. I was a kid, I felt lonely, and I thought I would grow old and die in this solitude.

One night when I was twelve, I woke up from screams. My mother was angry and upset about something. I slipped out of his warm bed and a slight gasp. I looked at the little scratch on my hand, which was received while trying to pet a dog. No, not a dog. Then I did not know difference between dogs and wolves. Anyway. Quietly I went to the door and got out of my room. In the hallway was dark, so I leaned on the wall. Nobody noticed that I came down and I was standing near the kitchen door. All of them seemed upset. For the first time I saw tears in the eyes of Evan. He was seventeen years old. I do not remember well the words that they exchanged that night but the next morning my mom said to me and Amelia that Evan will not live with us anymore. I remember that day I cried my eyes. I did not want to go to school. I did not want to leave the room or talk to anyone. My brother was my best friend, and now he did not even say goodbye. My heart was broken. Only a child, I knew loss. He was not dead, but… He had chosen to walk away and leave me. Yet I could not hate him. How can I hate someone who I love the most?

 

 

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Then everything became worse. I started dreaming terrible nightmares and swoon. I wake up in the woods covered in mud, grass, and leaves. I do not remember anything. Mom and Dad took me to the doctor and trampled me with drugs. They are not leaves me out of sight. I even remember the strange woman they brought me to. Her house smelled strange. Herbs maybe. She looked at me strangely. They whispered something all the time, but I managed to hear only one phrase from the lips of my mother before she started to cry again. She said: ‘I cannot lose another child because of this nightmare!’

The woman, whose name was Grace McLane gave me a bracelet and told me never to tear it down. She told me that I would feel better and that this trinket will protect me from bad dreams. I believed her. I was drinking and the pills that my parents gave me. They were strict.

The years went by and I did not hear a word of my brother. I prayed for him to be well and happy. Mom and Dad did not even mention his name as if he never existed. Not to mention that Amelia had almost forgotten about him. She did not care. I just thought about him. Even ten years later, I still loved him and thought of him as if none of this had happened.

At the insistence of my parents (Mark and Ellis Grimword) I enrolled in a local college. They did not want me being away from home. Before I thought that they just love me and worry about me, but now I felt that I was more like a prisoner in my own home and they were my guards. Always wanted to know whom I was with and where I go. They knew all my friends. I felt like they were pressing me.

Little by little the paranoia was obsessed me. I was beginning to think that everyone around me was watching me. Spying me. Maybe it was not just my imagination because once Mom and Dad stopped to ask me questions but behaved as if they know everything I do. I started to freak out and I do not like it. They suffocated me. There was nobody to talk about it. There was nowhere to go. I could not escape because they never left me alone. I started to hate my own existence. I just wanted everyone to leave me alone.

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