How do you turn your life interesting overnight? No idea, but it probably doesn't involve falling through a mirror into another world after popping a pimple... Maisie was your average introvert, looking for a bit of spice in her life. That's probably why she ignored the warning signs that the mirror was more than it seemed. The $5 price tag on a full-length mirror probably should have been a hint, too.View More
Vaughn’s news last night didn’t let me sleep. The word ‘scouting’ and ‘rival’ doesn’t sound good together in one sentence. For all I know, we would be scouting the kingdom where the soldiers there are out to kill me. Couldn’t they just pick another kingdom to scout?! I also can’t ignore the underlying morals I have to brush off. That ethical dilemma where you’re also contributing to possible deaths of innocent people by participating in the scouting. But doing nothing whilst knowing the possible outcomes of their plans to scout is the same as just watching a crime unfold in front of you. AM I A HORRIBLE PERSON?! These thoughts squeezed tightly around my head. The nerves on my head pounded the longer I thought of my likely future. I pushed my head hard to the pole in hopes of relieving the ache. I let my head hang and tried to clear my brain. There’s only one solution to my current dilemma. I took a deep breath before shouting at the top of my lungs. Just like in cartoons, there
Vaughn showed up the night I surpassed the longest record of being tied down on that damn pole. I know it’s Vaughn, despite my poor vision, because he’s the only person who walks that path in the woods. He looks like he was carrying logs in one of his arms and something in the other. It was a satchel. He stopped his tracks halfway towards me, then motioned his head to leave the field after seeing my free state. I felt like a newborn deer when walking towards him. I stopped a few times to stretch my wobbly legs. He stared at my face for a while the moment I’m in front of him before walking away. I rushed to his side and matched his pace. He kept on glancing at my face the whole time we walked towards some place. Tonight, the dimly lit moon made it harder for us to navigate through the thick piled-up snow. The soldiers had to rake the snow off once every 1 to 2 hours to even out onto the field. However, they leave the snow to pile up 2 hours before their training ends. Some soldiers
Everything became bland again when morning came. It’s as if no one tried to kill me last night. I haven’t seen Vaughn yet after he left with my attacker. Riain still stopped by a while ago to rant about how his servants ruined his morning. Apparently, he wanted a vanilla bath, but they gave him a rose and milk bath. Having to endure hearing him rant about baths, I became hyperaware of how I badly needed one. Minutes after he left, the mean prince and his troops came. We held eye contact for a while before I broke it and glared some place else. I really hope he can feel my hatred from miles away. Seriously? Can’t he be brave and kill me head on? He really had to order someone to do dirty jobs for him. There must have been an event today at the palace since everyone left earlier than usual. That means I can loosen the ropes and stretch for a bit. I guess I’m really back to this routine again. Well, until I complained about everything going back to normal. Today, I had an unusual
Once again, I was left alone with my thoughts and cramped body. I wiggle occasionally to prevent further muscle and joint damage from my body being inactive for days. Being tied up for a long period has taken a toll on my body. The ropes are now looser and gave me more space to bend my joints a little. To add more pain and discomfort, I also have a clogged nose. The restraints, cold weather, stress, and starvation weakened my immune system. Every minute movement I do made it a little hard for my brain to catch up. The world spinned as soon as I move my head. Don’t even get me started with how I pee. The urge to be swallowed by the ground every night whenever Vaughn rescues me from marinating myself in pee. I closed my eyes and diverted my thoughts from my struggles. Listing them down won’t do me any good. But… I have to endure 3 more days to be free? IF they were to let me go. On a more pressing thought, I still don’t know that guy’s name.
1ST PERSON’S POV: I lost track of time. I don’t know how long I’ve been in this world. Though I’m sure that I’ve been tied to this rope for a day already. It was hard to sleep consistently in my current situation. I could only take a few naps before waking up because of the cold or something itches that I can’t scratch. Amid the miserable things that continue to happen in my life, watching the winter sunrise erases all the negative feelings I have for a moment. I would like to hold on to that moment of peace, even if it’s just for a bit. Gazing at the sky eventually led me to be blinded by its brightness. I looked down and blinked multiple times, hoping to remove the dizzying effect of staring at the sun. After getting my sight back to normal, I saw Vaughn walking through the forest while carrying a wheelbarrow. He looks so tiny from afar. With my poor eyesight, I wouldn’t have recognized him if not for
1ST PERSON’S POV: I knew the guards dragged me to who knows where, but I slept halfway through it. My eyes closed as soon as I tried to open it. The mental and physical exhaustion I experienced yesterday still drained the life out of me. Though I peeked at where I was and saw the field. My senses slowly crawled their way towards me until it finally registered in my brain that they rigidly tied me to a pole slightly thinner than me. This pulled my shoulders back awkwardly. I can only dread the upcoming soreness later- if they were to free me. My teeth were already chattering while the harsh coldness of winter gnawed at my face. I forced my eyes to open to have a better view of my current situation. The angry face of the mean prince first entered my sight. His whole body was stiff, with some veins bulging on his neck. ‘Heh… Bulging…’ I do not know how he scowls every second of the day without gett
1ST PERSON’S POV: “I… I can’t… I know you’re mad—” “VERY FRUSTRATED.” He cut me off before looking away and exhaled deeply through his nose. He’s sulking… Like a child… I tried to control my facial expressions to avoid pissing him off. Though my heart felt warm with this new side I’m witnessing. I wanted to explain myself, but words refused to come out and my mouth ended up awkwardly ajar. Silence became louder as we stayed still in our spot. He sat there with his arms crossed while I stood in front of him with a dripping cloth in my hand. My eyes locked on a certain spot before zoning out. Everything felt surreal. I survived a riot without killing someone (hopefully), and two attacks! “A-a… o…” I stopped zoning out when I heard sounds coming out of his mouth that I cannot understand. He’s barfing the words that want to be puked out. I watched him squirm on his sit as he struggled to form a coherent sent
Meanwhile, Maisie’s panic grew as she went deeper inside the woods. She might’ve survived from those guards, but she knows she can’t survive alone in the woods. That’s a problem she left for her future self to worry about because she needs to survive first right now. She never looked back and continued to run. That was a vital mistake she made. While not looking back won’t slow her down or cause her to panic, she failed to notice that the two guards have split up. She was too focused on her unknown destination that she didn’t notice another body rushing towards her. It was too late for her to avoid as the body collided with her and crushed her to the ground. She wheezed at the sudden impact on her lungs. She swatted the person above her repeatedly while pulling his hair out of fear. The poor person had to shout to gain her attention, but Maisie didn’t stop. Vaughn ran out of patience and held both of her wrists and pinned her down on the ground. Maisi
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