“Alcina, why didn’t you tell us?” Morgan’s voice is disproving, even hurt. She noticed my obvious nightmares, but didn’t know what they were about, what has haunted me every single night since I got here. “I-I wasn’t…ready. I just…didn’t know how and…” A tear beads in my eye. I wipe it away, cursing myself for crying again. We’re sitting on my bed. Logan left, after squeezing my hand and saying ‘remember what I said.’ Morgan places her hand on my back. “I’m sorry if I hurt you but I just didn’t understand.” I lean over onto her. “Don’t be sorry. It’s just…things like this are hard.” She pats my head softly. “I get that. Now, let’s get ready for bed. Today seems like the sun has gone around four times instead of only once.” In her roundabout, wordy way, she’s saying: It’s been a long day. Sleep time now. I get in my nightgown and burrow under my blankets. Maybe they’ll go away tonight, I think as I drift off to sleep. Maybe.
I open my eyes to find myself in a cave. It’s pitch black, with the only light coming from a flickering green torch. “So, you escaped once, child.” That voice…like cold knife blades running down my spine. The only time I’ve felt like that before…no. It’s back, it’s coming, it’s coming to get me again. A spider-thin hand, bony and sharp, lifts my chin. “You’ve given us a hard time, child. It’s only a matter of time before our agent comes and brings you here…and oh, what FUN we’ll have!” It cackles, then seizes my wrist and presses, hard. I wince as something burns into my skin, like lava, until the heat makes me turn away and I am nearly crying from the pain. The creature lets go and I collapse, cradling my wrist. “Now you can’t hide among your friends, child. You’ll always be marked.” It cackles again and flies away as my eyes flash open and I’m screaming in pain and terror, tangled in sheets and swimming in sweat.
Not to be a downer but in the comments at chapter 4 right after you posted it I asked to be tagged but you have not tagged me on the chapters after that and now your on chapter 8
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