Instead of going off, the intensity of the fire increases, surrounding me. I try to scream but no sound comes out of my mouth. I feel trapped and helpless.
I think this is my end.
I feel the energy drain off my body slowly, and black spots start to appear in my vision. My legs feel as if they’re made of jelly and soon, I collapse on the ground while the flames surrounding me rise higher.
Suddenly, I hear screaming and footsteps. I see mom enter the kitchen, her eyes wide, terror clearly visible in them. What surprises me is that while she steps over the fire, nothing happens to her. As soon as her eyes landed on me, she comes rushing to me, kneeling by my side.
“Andrew!” I hear her call for dad before I slip into a deep sleep. Am I going to be okay? Is this my end? If it is then I am happy because I don’t have to celebrate my 18th birthday and deal with not having a mate for a lifetime.
“She’s a hybrid.” I hear someone say and shortly feel something wet on my forehead. I try to open my eyes but they seem heavy. I take a deep breath and it feels tiring. Breathing feels tiring. I feel so tired. It feels as if there’s nothing left in me. I feel as if my whole body is paralyzed.
Collecting all the energy that’s left in my body, I open my eyes to find everything blurred. I blink a couple of times, the remaining energy draining of my body due to this small action and wait until my vision focuses.
By the color of the walls, I realize that I am in my room. I am lying on my bed, covered with my comforter while dad sits near the bed head, changing the wet cloth on my head. I see mom standing on the other side of the bed along with my sisters.
All the 4 pairs of eyes trained directly on me.
“But how?” Phoebe asks.
“Your mom was a hybrid.” Dad answers and even though I don’t have enough energy left in my body, my head snaps towards mom and my eyes go wide. I never knew mom was hybrid. All this time, I thought that the concept of hybrids was just some made up shit. According to legends, hybrids are cursed wolves. As a punishment for committing grave crimes, the moon goddess cursed the wolves with such power that would consume themselves.
“I thought hybrids did not exist.” Grace speaks. Dad shakes his head as he changes the wet cloth on my head with another one.
“They do. Of you three, Nefret got my hybrid genes.” Mom speaks; her vibrant blue eyes trained on me.
“Well, Nefret got most of your features.” Phoebe speaks and I roll my eyes for the hundredth time on this. I’ve heard this lot of times that I look just like my mother. Which is kind of true given that my sisters have silver hair and eyes while I don’t. My sisters inherited most of my dad’s feature while I got mom’s.
“Though, I never expected her to be a hybrid.” Mom speaks while looking deep in thought. It takes me a moment to realize that she’s talking about me being a hybrid. I don’t know how to feel about this. Many people say that being a hybrid is a curse while some people say that it’s a gift. There’s a lot of speculation on this concept. Since I don’t know much about being a hybrid, I don’t know whether to be happy or sad.
“Why?” Grace asks eagerly. She’s looking at me oddly. I can’t really decipher the expression decorating her face but I can tell one thing by the look in her eyes that she’s jealous.
Her question hangs in the air unanswered and I see mom and dad exchange a look. They seem to be having a deep conversation through the mind link.
“Let her rest. Go back into your rooms.” Dad says getting up and I see Phoebe and Grace leave my room but not before Grace throws me a jealous glare. I roll my eyes at her antics and soon feel sleep creep up my eyes, pulling me into the depths of unknown dreams and darkness.
I felt a weight crushing my chest. No matter how hard I tried to breathe, my lungs denied to let the air fill them. I was chocking and my body seemed stiff like a stick. I tried to breathe again but failed.
I felt small beads of sweat cover my forehead while cool air brushed my skin making me shiver. I tried to breathe, I tried to open my eyes but I couldn’t. I wanted to breathe so badly. I wanted to know where I was. I couldn’t feel anything.
My whole body seemed numb. I couldn’t move my legs or hands. What’s happening to me?
Suddenly, I heard someone chuckle.
“Look at her, how pathetic.” A cool, raspy voice spoke.
“She thought I won’t notice.” The raspy voice said laughing. I heard another high pitched voice laugh along with the raspy one.
“She’s the one who stole it, didn’t she?” The high pitched voice asked. It sounded sickly sweet and evil. I wanted open my eyes and see the owner of the voice.
“Yes. She stole fire and I shall punish her for it!” The raspy voice spoke with anger latched to it and suddenly, I wanted to run. I wanted to disappear.
“Let’s see what we can do with her.” The high pitched voice spoke and I heard a chilling laugh...
My eyes snap open and I sit up with a jolt. I feel sweat trickle down my forehead. I feel hot again and I throw the comforter away. Chilling cold air hits my skin and I shiver. I was having a nightmare and it was really terrible. I am used to nightmares but this nightmare was different. It was so vivid; it felt as if it’s happening to me in reality.
Suddenly, I hear a strange crackling sound and look around my room to find a thin layer of ice cover the walls of my room.
What is happening?
Even though the faint moonlight was illuminating my room through the frozen window, my room seemed dark especially that certain corner of my room where my bookshelf is kept. It seems exceptionally dark there and the temperature in my room continues to drop lower and lower.
Suddenly, I see a shadow rise high in the dark corner and I freeze. I try to focus my vision in the darkness but my werewolf sight is not helping me at all in this situation. After some moments, I see an outline of a figure and see the figure step out of the shadows.
My blood runs cold at the sight before me.
Standing in front of me was a familiar figure that I thought to be just a part of my delusion. My breath hitches and I feel my heart rate rise in my chest. I pull the comforter to my chest while my eyes kept glued to the figure standing at the foot of my bed.
I feel a surge of energy overpower me, its source- the dark figure in front of me. I think of screaming for help but my voice seems to be stuck in my throat.
“W...Wh- who are y-you?” I ask, burying myself under the comforter while wishing that whoever it is to go away. Much to my despair, I hear a familiar voice answer my question.
A shiver runs down my spine as his voice booms in my head and I squeeze my eyes shut wishing him to disappear. Suddenly, I feel my comforter disappear along with the warmth that it offered. The freezing night wind hits my skin and goosebumps erupt all over it. Adrenaline courses through me and my heart beat quicken. I raise my head to look at the tall figure standing at the foot of my bed again.
“Forgot me so quickly?” He asks slyly and I gulp loudly, moving back in my bed till my back touched the wall.
“Good. I have three tasks for you and you must complete them.” He says moving around my bed. It surprised me to see him move gracefully, without even making a sound even after having such a large and heavy physic.
“I am not doing anything.”
“Too bad. I don’t take a-“suddenly, he is on my bed, leaning in front of me, holding me by my chin, “No for an answer.” I feel a scream rising up my throat but dying in my mouth. My heart beats skyrocket through the ceiling and my breath hitches at his sudden action. His touch seems rough and cold.
Being so close to him, I feel so cold and scared. It’s as if he’s made of ice and the dangerous amount of energy oozing off him isn’t labeling him as friendly either.
“Your first task is ...”
-HER-Being so close to him, I feel so cold and scared. It’s as if he’s made of ice and the dangerous amount of energy oozing off him isn’t labelling him as friendly either.“Your first task is...” He trails off. Silence follows his words and only the haunting sound of the twists and turns of the wind against my window could be heard.“You have to come with me in order to know your first task.” He says and I could only shiver thinking of which hellhole he’d take me.“Now.” He snaps and I get up from my bed and walk into my closet to get my warmest jacket. I chose the one with black fur and ensure that Oculus Carver is wrapped securely around my arm so that I could use it whenever I am in need. I walk out of my closet to find him standing by my window.He stands tall, his hood is shadowing majority of his face. There’s this haunting and regal air about his presence that rakes my inside. It causes havoc to my senses and my mind seems to b
-HER-After several steps, I feel wet in my feet and soon, the sound of water echoes throughout the cave, reaching my ears and haunting me.Fvck!Since I cannot see anything due to the darkness in the cave, I decide to rely on my other senses. With slow steps, I move forward in the darkness while my hands are levitated in the air before me so that I could find a wall or anything that’d guide me through this darkness. My nose is up in the air, sniffing and trying to find any scent.I am constantly shivering due to the low temperature here. Outside seemed warmer than here. The cave is eerily silent. Only the water splashes due to my boots and the chattering of my teeth echoes throughout it with occasional sounds of my shaky breaths.“You’re going the wrong way.” A deep voice resonates throughout the cave and I jump back in surprise and shock. Did I really head someone speak or am I wondering voices? I shake my head and take a deep breath
-HER-Without thinking next, I jump right into the green water. The freezing cold water hits me like a wrecking ball, knocking all the breath out of me. The torch in my hand sizzles as the water eats the fire, drowning me and the whole place in darkness.A roar echoes throughout the cave, making my bones shiver as if the cold water itself wasn’t enough. I pump my legs through the dense water and sense commotion right behind me. I didn’t have to turn around to confirm its presence. I could simply feel it. The tremendous amount of power surging over me through the water and the stale smell that arose from it is enough to call my attention.I pump my legs in the dense and cold water as fast as I can. Since I didn’t get the chance to fill my lungs with sufficient air, they’re screaming at me to feed them some air or my body will be shut down. But I couldn’t afford to mend their needs. Either way, my life is in danger.I swim through the lake and
-HER-A deafening roar rings throughout the caves before I feel the basilisk near me. With all my might, I step forward and whip my whip. I feel it hit the roaring basilisk and instantly its roar of victory converts into a cry of pain.A small smile stretches over my lips before I step forward and start to whip my whip without any halt and mercy. I could feel it back off and try to dodge my whip but I am experienced with this weapon. It’s like a part of me, I know where am I striking.One after another its cries of pains echo throughout the cave before I hear it disappear under the water with a loud splash. I stop whipping and listen intently for its whereabouts. I cannot risk opening my eyes because it could emerge out of nowhere. The sound of my harsh breaths resonates in the cave and my heart drums in my chest.Adrenaline is rushing in my veins along my blood and the undertone of my chattering teeth due to the coldness accompanies the meek
-HER-The night wind angrily brushes my skin and the snowflakes that it brought along, sticks to my midnight black hair like bright stars twinkling in the darkest night. My arms are wrapped around me in a desperate attempt to keep my body warm in this cold night. The constant throbbing of pain continues on the left side of my body. I had to drag my body through the snow due to the injuries that I sustained.The fact that I am drenched wet isn’t helping me at all and the probability of me suffering from pneumonia is constantly rising every passing minute. Along with angry hushes of the wind and the crushing sound of the snow beneath my feet, the chattering of my teeth echoes in the night.Goosebumps the size of small thrones adorn my skin which is turning paler every second. My heart threatens to stop beating in my chest and my lungs deny to fill themselves with as much air that I need. I’ve never felt something like this.Tiredness is taking
NEFRETmeaning:Stunning, beautiful.~-HER-Suddenly, I am being tugged back by my jacket and turned around roughly. I tug my jacket back from his hold before growling at him. He growls at me and black flames ooze off his body. That’s when I come to my senses and realize that I just growled at a god.Well done, Nefret.“Who’re you talking to Nefret?” Mom asks and I could literally feel my grave being dug deeper than six feet.With mom constantly rapping on the door and his presence in my room, I seemed to have lost my ability to conjure any thoughts.I look at Arles. Black flames are oozing off his body and there’s this guttural air to his presence that makes my bones shiver. His head turns towards the door before he lifts his hand and point it towards it. Black fire emits from his hand and hits the door making mom go silent instantly.My eyes grow bigger than saucers and my
- HER-How am I going to do it?This question occupied most of my thoughts as I walked home back through the eerie and dark forest. My mind has been trying to come up with ways to catch that deer.Faster than an arrow. Sacred to Artemis.I cannot kill it or I’ll have to face Artemis. I am already on the bad side of one god, I don’t want to cross another and make this harder for me.My nose wrinkled at the sight of the building I call home. With a deep sigh, I get in. I am greeted with Phoebe and Grace, both lingering in the living room couch, watching tv.“Where were you at?” Phoebe asks as soon as she sees me enter the room. Grace’s attention is bought to me as well.“Friend’s house.” I mutter under my breath as I stalk towards the stairs to go to my room.“But you don’t have any friend!” Grace exclaims behind me and I ignore her as I start to climb the stairs. My mind is set on the second task. I have to complete it,
- HER-“I want your Golden Hind.”Silence follows my words while she continues to look at me passively. She raises an eyebrow at me before scanning me with her piercing eyes.“You want me to give you my Golden Hind?” She asks tilting her head.“I want to have your Golden Hind, yes,” I say nodding.“And why shall I give it to you...” She trails off before I see her put the arrow in the bow and point it towards me, “Nefret?”“Because I will return it to you.” I manage to speak clearly with my heart racing in my chest. My head is throbbing and my mouth is dry as a desert.She keeps the arrow pointed at me while looking down at me pensively. For a moment, I forget to breathe, waiting for her next move. She has all the power to kill me now. It will be all over if she pulls the string.“You, Nefret...” She continues before lowering her bow, “are impressive.” I let out a shaky breath in relief when I see her put down the weap