The moon cast its light upon us which was dispersed into small rays of moonlight because of the thick foliage of the Dark Woods. The howls of wolves echoed like distant cries of our own who longed for someone out there, someone to come and rescue us. The old lady sat down the soil in front of the children as we all helped ourselves with the meat that was given to us. It made me wonder if the intentions of these foul creatures. The way they would treat us harshly and almost break and bend us to our ends but still have the decency to feed us. Everyone was silent and were focused on their meals except for Ezekiel. He seemed to be still distraught from the harm he had inflicted on the man a while ago.
“You need to eat,” the man beside me barely said, as if it was a whisper that lulled in the air between us, “you need strength,” he added towards Ezekiel.
“You can talk?” the young girl asked and was immediately shushed by the old woman.
“Evangeline,” the woman blur
I opened my eyes to a dark and starless night sky, even the moon did not dare to show up as she pulled the blanket of clouds over her. My head seared in pain due to the concussion after being thrown down the hill. I looked to the side and I saw the parts of the carriage, pulled apart and laid haphazardly all over the rocky ground. Despite the pain and the inability to feel my feet, I stood up and stumbled my way towards the rubbles of the carriage. I limped to the remnants of it and began to search for my mother but she was not there, I began to panic. The fog started to thicken and it had made the twisted trees transform to looked like ghastly beings. The horses were gone and what’s left was the dead body of the man behind the reins, it laid coldly on his pool of blood. I backed away from it and I felt my stomach churned as I smelled the metallic scent of blood. Everything inside me rose and I fell to the ground on my knees as I vomited. I heaved out all that was in
I woke up drenched in sweat with the servant beside me. I breathed air as if I was suffocated. It was those dreams again, the same kind that I have dreamt of the last time. It was always about something that chased me and my mother. But in those dreams I was younger, it was almost like I was a child. Those dreams felt so real that it felt like I have been through them and those dreams made me relived them. “Are you okay, your Highness?” the servant asked me as she brushed the stray locks of hair that were glued to my skin because of the sweat. I nodded to her as I tried to catch my breath. She held my hand tight and tried to calm me down. It was morning already and I saw the slivers of the sky as it cut through the leaves of the trees. Others were awake but most of the captives were still on the ground, they were asleep including the old woman and the children. Ezekiel was nowhere to be found. I scanned through the people in the clearing but he wasn’t there. The vamp
The water hugged my body and it lulled the bruises and wounds that I have endured yesterday from being beaten up by Matthias. The coldness of the river felt like medication, it was far from the baths that I have taken in the castle but it was enough. The servant and I went to the far side of the river under the shade of a tree; its branches hanged below, the leaves nearly touched the water. It had created a decent cover for us to hide our bodies. Ezekiel went a bit far from us, he took his own time and bathed alone— it was more of a way to give us some private space, after all, we were naked. We washed our bodies and I saw how the filth was carried by the calm river currents. It was my first time to expose myself to people I didn’t know. William already saw me naked but it was different with him, I trusted him. It was my first time to take a bath with my servant and it made me realized how far my current life was from the one that I once lived. I watched the two children as
We walked back to the campsite after we have dried and went back to our clothes. Sophie was beside me as we trudged down the trail back to the clearing. All that I thought of were the cruelties that Sebastien faced under the hands of that defiler and the pain that Ezekiel must have endured as he knew what happened to Sebastien every night. I am so caught up with my thoughts and the personal problems that these people experienced. I cared for them. It may be a short period to even make it plausible for me to have such regard towards them, but I do. The same way that these people never treated me harshly and aided me when I needed help. At times like these, the power came from the strength in numbers. As long as we have each other and looked after one another, there will be the strength to push us forward.“What are you thinking?” Sophie asked me as we lined up outside the prison wagon. She noticed how I was swimming deep in my thoughts.“Nothing.&rdquo
There was only silence.The one that is not only deafening. You could feel it eating you away and everything seems to slow down. Before you know it you are already rummaging through a box of words, trying to connect words to sentences that would be able to alleviate the situation. But every time you try it just doesn’t work. Nothing seems to be a good way to address the situation and you are at loss for words. You are just there, staring at the trees that moved past the prison wagon as you allow the silence to eat you up, flesh to the bone.I guess I know that whatever it is that I say it would only be pointless. There is no point in trying to console a soul that is grieving, sometimes you have to let them grieve. The more you struggle to get out of it, the more it pulls you deeper. Sometimes the way out of grief is grief itself. It is something that I wished I have learned when my mother died. You could not skip grieving and mourning. You have to go through it a
The woods grew darker and darker as the sun settled down the skyline. The torches were lit up and it gave off an incandescent glow that ignited the woods in ghastly silhouettes. The prison wagon treaded forward as it became colder the closer we are to the heart of the Dark Forest. You could hear the howls of wolves and the screeches of bats in the dreary atmosphere. Sophie woke up and quickly hugged her knees to herself and scooted beside me. Ezekiel is still fast asleep with his body pressed against the cold iron bars and his face turned away from me.He had opened up to me a while ago and I could have wanted him to say more about my mother but I know there is not much to tell. It was his mother that knew the Queen best, he was just a mere observer of the business that these two women in our lives had shared. As far as I wanted to solve the things that are happening, to unravel the connections between our kingdom with the vampires, it seemed like a shout to the void without
The old lady was on the ground with a blood-soaked head. It was as if she was watering the ground with her blood and yearning for flowers to bloom out of her pain. Rufus and Cordelia stood beside her with the boots of the female vampire pressed down her back. She was cursing the old lady while she continued to stomp on her, each force sending the old lady to cripple in pain. Celeste rushed forward as she tried to push Cordelia far from her grandmother. The vampire stumbled backward as Desmond ushered down to comfort her grandmother that cried in pain. Rufus lifted Celeste by the throat as he waved her in the air. The child clawed at his hand while screams were unable to escape her throat. “Let her go,” I yelled at Rufus but he just gave off an amused smirk and tightened his grip. Ezekiel and Sophie stood beside me as we were all nothing compared to these vampires. “I said let her go,” I screamed at him to which Ezekiel only grabbed my arm as if trying to warn
The light of the fire painted us in a ghastly silhouette. Ezekiel sat still beside me as if trying to process the things that I have said. It isn’t something to ponder on, it is something that we should all feel towards our captors. Submitting to their cruelties could only mean a surrender to their harsh ways. I don’t know how to do it, I don’t have any idea how to escape from their clutches and find a way to prevent them from having control over me—after all, I am just as helpless and powerless as everyone else. But I will find a way. I will find something to crawl out of this tomb that they tried to bury me in. I will find a fire in this ocean of misery and I will burn them all. Sebastien walked towards us with his body in patches of different blue-violet-colored bruises. The claw marks given to him by Matthias a while ago still sits like a sliver of fresh meat on his chest. He quickly approached the old lady as he tries to get the whole story of what happened. Eze