12 Jul 2013
I woke up in the backseat of a car. I just laid there for a second watching the buildings go by through the window. The car slowed down for a moment but then it sped up again. I decided to sit up so I could see where I was and who was driving but when I did I immediately regretted it. My head swam and I had to sit still a minute until the dizziness was gone, but as soon as that ended an overwhelming headache split through my skull.
“How ya feeling?” The driver asked. I groan in reply and then I recognized the driver’s voice. “Raziel? What happened?” He took a quick look back at me and then looked back at the road. “Well I was on my way back to my car to head back to the school and I saw you laying on the street, out like a light, and I couldn’t just leave you there. And now here we are.”
Raziel pulled up to a huge mansion like building, and he helped me out of the car. I thought the gesture was very gentleman-like but I didn’t say anything.
“Where are we?” I asked. We walked up to the large front doors. “The Luna Dorms. It’s huge I know. All the rich students would live in this dorm back when the Academy was first built. But right now it’s just me and my friend. That’s one reason why I asked you and Vetra to move in.”
The dorms were the biggest I’d ever seen. There was a small chandelier in between the doors and the stairs.
“How about we get you cleaned up? I’ll show you the shower room.” Raziel walked me down a long hall and then he turned a corner into a big white tile room. “Here you go. There’s shower stuff in the cabinets. Towels to. I’ll grab some clothes for you.” He left and I got all the things I needed out.
I was surprised by how fast he returned. “All I could find was a pair of my basketball shorts and one of my tank tops. I can go grab some of my friends clothes if you want. They might fit you better,” he said.
“No this will be fine, thanks.” He nodded and left as quickly as he had come.
I set the clothes down and shut the door. I hopped in the shower and let the warm water run down my face. I washed my hair and scrubbed the grime off my skin. The water was refreshing but sadly I couldn’t stay in here forever.
I got dressed slowly and then took a look in the mirror. A pair of gray eyes looked back at me. My auburn hair shined in the light and it almost looked red, but I wasn’t fooled. My lightly freckled face looked thoughtful and my straight nose appeared broken at the top. I looked a lot like my parents. I had my mom’s hair and white toothed smile, along with her almost model lips. My dad’s nose and kind eyes. I could see where I could be beautiful, but since I was only fourteen I wasn’t quite there yet.
My strong chin looked defiantly into the mirror daring it to judge me.
As I assessed myself and saw that I had a scratch above my left temple. That must be why I have a headache. At that thought the earlier events of tonight flashed through my head. I remembered the impossible creatures that were men under all that monster. I’m going insane, I thought.
There was no way people could turn into those creepy creatures let alone those three guys. But it had all seemed so real, and then that wolf had jumped from the roof and saved me.
Raziel had found me, maybe he had seen something.
His basketball shorts were a little baggy but they weren’t too bad, so I ventured out into the huge dorm.
I found Raziel in the kitchen and I sat down on a stool. “Better? Do my clothes fit ok?” He was getting things out from the cabinets but he stopped and stood across from me on the other side of the island.
“A lot thanks. They fit fine.” With a smile he said, “Good. Are you hungry? Or do you want some coffee?”
“Coffee would be great.” Raziel moved to the coffee maker and got started on making some. “You can go look around while it’s going. If you want you can go ahead and pick out your room too.
I nodded and before I left the kitchen he added, “Rooms are upstairs.”
As I walked I tried not to freak out about the fact that I was alone with Raziel. I could do that later. The halls were decorated with pictures of students who lived here and of the occasional moon. I found the room I wanted and I figured Vetra would take the one next to mine.
I went back to the kitchen craving coffee and hopefully answers.
“So Raziel, when you found me, did you see anything…unusual?” I hoped he didn’t think I was wack, but I had to ask. “What do you mean by unusual?”
Ugh. What was I supposed to say? What I mean by unusual is three normal looking guys who can change into monsters and a wolf that saved my life and is super strong. You know the regular kind of unusual. No, then he really would think I was wack, and I really didn’t want that.
I looked up at him and he handed me a cup of warm delicious coffee. “Well, “I said, “Just anything out of the ordinary. I obviously didn’t just sit down on the street and decide to take a nap. Something must have happened.”
He let out a short laugh and said, “I’ve heard of stranger things people have done, but I didn’t see anything unusual. Sorry. Did you see anything Seralla?”
I wanted to say something so badly, but I couldn’t bring myself to. If I made him think I was crazy then there was no way he would be interested in me. But there was no denying what I saw. It was way too real. Just like Mr. Clausman’s black eyes, but…what if Raziel did believe me? Or what if he saw something too, but was in the same situation I was?
“I thought I saw…something…impossible, but it looked so real. Three guys…who turned into monsters…” There I had said it out loud; making it even more real than it had been before. Now I couldn’t take it back and it scared me.
A look of thought crossed Raziel’s face but he stayed silent for a moment. When he spoke he said, “Seralla…I think you might have hit your head on something. Monsters aren’t real. You’re just tired. You can get some sleep and then you’ll feel better in the morning.”
I knew it was too good to be true. He probably thought I belonged in the nut house, but instead of keeping his distance he took the mug from me and put his hand out.
I reluctantly took it and he walked me to my room. “Funny, you picked the room right down the hall from mine.” He laughed but I blushed beet red. “I didn’t know, I’m sorry. I can pick a different room if you want.”
He shook his head and I let out a trapped breath.
“Good night Seralla. I’ll see you in the morning.” Raziel took my hand and kissed it. This time he closed his eyes and he let his lips linger on my skin. I watched as he disappeared into his room then dashed into mine, sinking to the floor with only the closed door to support my weight.
Ok. Breathe Seralla. Everything’s going to be fine. You’re going to stay the night, go to class in the morning and then move in afterwards. Nothing to freak about.
Except there was something to freak about. A few things actually. First off I still didn’t know who had broken into mine and Vetra’s dorm. Second, something happened to me tonight, and I’m pretty sure it involved monsters. And last…..I’m in Raziel Noir’s dorm!
I sat straight up in a sweat. I had been caught up in a nightmare. I knew it wasn’t just a nightmare though. Because monsters were real.
A loud crash shocked me out of my thoughts. It had come from downstairs.
What if one of those creatures survived the wolfs attack, and then followed Raziel here? I jumped out of bed and put my ear up to the door. When I got only silence in response I slowly opened the door and snuck down the hall to Raziel’s room.
The floor creaked under my weight as I peaked into his room. When my eyes found his bed it was empty and his sheets were pushed back. I backed out of the room another crash rung out through the dorm. I jumped and covered my mouth to keep from screaming.
If you go down those stairs you won’t come back up, my mind warned me.
Well I couldn’t just stand here. I had to know who or what was in the dorm. For all I knew it was just Raziel or his roommate, but with every step I took I became more and more unsure.
When I got to the bottom of the stairs a growl came from in the kitchen. It itched at the back of my mind and scraped at the memory of last night.
I tiptoed to the doorway of the kitchen and froze when I saw the wolf that saved me standing right in front of me. The moon shown through the window and reflected off its black fur. I looked into its emerald eyes and gasped.
They were just like Raziel’s eyes. The wolf let out a breath through its nose. “You saved me. Thank you,” I said. It flicked its ears back and lowered its head to the ground.
It was as if the wolf could understand me, and its eyes. They were too much like Raziel’s to dismiss the similarity.
“Raziel?” As soon as I spoke his name the wolf growled and took a step toward me. I backed away from the doorway and it took another step. When it growled again I turned and dashed up the stairs. I was almost to the top when my foot caught on a step and I hit the floor with a loud smack. My head seared with pain and I passed out.
I woke up with a headache and I flash of images. The wolf. I sat up then wished I hadn’t. a wave of dizziness came over me and I had to sit still a minute before I could move. As soon as it ended I ran to Raziel’s room.
Before I opened his door I hesitated. The wolf has Raziel’s eyes. As soon as the thought came I dismissed it. I flung open his door and found Raziel fast asleep in his bed.
I ignored the fact that his shirt was off and shook him awake.
”Raziel. Raziel wake up,” I whispered. He stirred and I shook him again. “What is it Seralla,” he mumbled.
“There’s a wolf in the house I saw it…it was in the kitchen.” I realized too late the fact that instead of waking up on the stairs where I had fallen I had woken up in bed. It was a dream doofus. Now he probably really does think you’re crazy. Way to blow it Seralla.
“It was just a dream Seralla. I promise you, there’s nothing to worry about. If there was a wolf in the dorm I would have heard it. Plus wolves can’t get on the grounds. That’s what the wall is for.”
I thought about it for a second and shook my head. “I’m sorry Raziel. I…I’m gonna go back to bed.” I started to walk out the door but Raziel stopped me.
“Wait. Are you ok Seralla,” he asked. I made nodded yes and closed the door.
I kicked myself all the way back to my room then fell back into a restless sleep.Share on Facebook