The cabinet door gave a little squeak as it closed.
James had been quiet the whole way back to the cabin, and although the silence was uncomfortable, I felt like there was nothing I could say to break it.
We prepared a soup for lunch out of dehydrated potato soup mix, kidney beans, and chicken broth that was going to expire in a few months. I stirred the contents in a small pot on the stove as James sat at the kitchen table and stared out the window. His expression was resolutely serious.
He looked deep in thought and I hesitated to break the trance he held with the scenery outside the window to tell him lunch was ready. I quietly announced that food was ready as I set the spoon down on the decorative holder in the middle of the stove and James nodded in acknowledgment. He rose, bracing himself with his hands as he went.
I set aside two bowls and spoons on the counter and turned to face him as he walked over to me.
“Thank you.” His voice was deep and clear as he stood in front of me, his eyes meeting mine.Continue Reading
“Are you ready for this?” James asked nervously.
I nodded silently, positioning my hand to open the document to the first page. My thoughts raced as I wondered what we’d learn from these documents. Had Silen told us the truth? What if he hadn’t told us everything? I still had so many questions…
A loud noise from outside startled us, causing me to drop the paper.
James jumped up and bolted for the door to investigate the noise. Had someone found us already? I followed behind him with worry, stopping at the doorsteps as he circled around the house.
The sound of metal clanking pierced the cold day from the side of the cabin and I heard James laugh heartily.
He emerged with a large metal trash can in hand, firmly holding the lid in place on top. I gave him a quizzical look, thankful that, from the looks of it, the noise seemed to be benign.
“I found lunch!” He teased as he cracked the lid open to reveal a scrawny looking raccoon, “Looks like he got himself stuck.”
“Eww!” I threw my hands in the air and let out a cry as I took in the raccoon’s matted hair and dark eyes, “I’m not eating that!”
“Why not?” James retorted, “It’s only fair! After all, I ate your macaroni…”
“Hey!” I said as I indignantly crossed my arms.
He grinned and started to open the lid further, pointing it in my direction.
“You wouldn’t dare.” I narrowed my eyes at him.Continue Reading
Our cheese covered dishes rattled in the sink as James ran water into them after dinner.
“Ready for bed?” He asked, turning to me with a sleepy smile.
I stretched my arms out behind my back and yawned, nodding as I took a step to be at his side.
We walked towards the bedroom, making sure that the front door was locked and the blinds were closed along the way.
The floor boards creaked as we opened the bedroom door and I laid eyes on the bedroom for the first time.
I shifted nervously as I caught a glimpse of a sign above the bed that read “Always kiss me goodnight”.
James sensed my nervousness and laughed.
“Don’t worry Princess, I’m not going to try to put the moves on you.” He winked at me, trying to hide a half-smirk that tugged at his lips.
“Good!” I piped up with my hands on my hips, “Because that would be awkward.”
He pulled back the red satin sheet and waited for me to crawl in. I did, reluctantly, and began tossing the decorative pillows onto the floor.
“Who needs this many tiny pillows?” I asked incredulously.Continue Reading
The large wooden door creaked open to reveal a spacious, well-furnished living room. James slid in behind me, carefully closing the door behind us. He put his finger up to his lip, motioning for me to quietly assist him in checking the house.
“I didn’t see anyone when I peeked in the windows,” He whispered, “But just to be safe.”
He split off, heading to the back of the house while I checked the boot closet and kitchen attached to the living room. After opening all the spaces that I thought a person could fit into, I was confident that we were alone. I returned to where James and I had split up to wait for him.
After a few seconds, I decided my time would be better spent helping him search, so I set off, tiptoeing towards the back of the cabin. I reached for the knob of the door at the end of the hallways, but it began to turn before I could touch it. This caused me to jump back in surprise as I suppressed the urge to scream. James appeared, grinning at me as he spoke in a normal voice, “All clear!”
“So, where are we?” I asked, taking my place at his side as we stepped on the creaking floorboards in the hallway.
“We are at a buddy’s house,” He explained, motioning to a few photographs hanging on the wall, “About 20 miles from the compound we left Silen, or what is left of him, at.”Continue Reading
My heart pounded in my chest as I listened to his panting. Although he was worn out, he caught up to me and reached out, grabbing onto the sleeve of the shirt he’d given me.
I giggled as we tumbled down to the ground, rolling onto our backs. We drew in air, synchronizing our breathing. His bare chest rose and fell with each breath.
“You’ve gotten faster!” He glowed with admiration.
“I’ve had lots of practice.” I bit my lip.
“Oh, you don’t have to tell me.” He replied with a laugh.
“I won’t be happy, ” I declared, “Until I can run so fast and far that nobody can catch me.”
“What if I want to?” He asked in a husky voice, rolling over and propping himself up above me.
“Nope,” I smiled, “Not even you.”
“You mean especially not me.” He corrected.Continue Reading
“Aw Princess,” He teased, motioning to my shirt, “You’re no fun.”
“Not a chance.” I shook my head at him, covering my chest with my arms defiantly.
“It’s only fair.” He sulked, his lower body sinking further into the water.
“In. Your. Dreams.” I leaned forward, letting the words slowly roll off my tongue.
He dove into the water, giving me a playful look before he submerged.
I took a step back, unsure of what he was planning.
His arms swept my legs from under me and I found myself wrapped up against his chest.
“Pretty sure this isn’t what people mean when they talk about sweeping a girl off her feet.” I said sarcastically as I watched the droplets of water fall off his eyelashes.Continue Reading
“Good morning, Princess.” James greeted me with a chipper voice, “Sleep well?”
My first waking thought was that I was vaguely aware I had been drooling in my sleep. I quickly swiped at the corners of my mouth to brush it away before he noticed.
“It’s okay,” He laughed quietly, “I thought it was cute.”
I opened my eyes fully, mortified. At some point during the night, I’d moved from the grass and into his lap.
“What the…” I sputtered, desperately pushing myself away from him.
“You said you were cold.” He let out a teasingly satisfied sigh, “I didn’t know if you were asleep or awake.”
I cleared my throat as I watched him stretch out his legs. He must have been cramped with me sleeping on him all night.
“I’m sorry.” I whispered as a deep shade of scarlet graced my cheeks.
“I’m not.” He winked.Continue Reading
“Do you believe a word he said?” James asked as he held the door open for me, ushering me outside in front of him.
“I don’t know.” I admitted, feeling a rush of weakness spread through my body.
James gestured for me to sit on the grass as we stopped for a rest. My wings quickly disappeared into my shoulders as I slowly crouched to the ground.
“I guess,” I hung my head and motion to where my wings had been, “I don’t have as much control over this as I had hoped.”Continue Reading
Part 1: The Words Unspoken, Part 2: Secrets, Part 3: Embers, Part 4: Titanium, Part 5: Scar, Part 7: In Your Eyes, Part 8: Reflection, Part 9: Running, Part 10: The Cabin, Part 11: Macaroni and Cheese, Part 12: An Open Door and A Squeaky Floor, Part 13: Interruptions, Part 14: Origin
“Titania.” A sickeningly wistful voice called to me. A hand wrapped around my mouth as I began to scream.
I fought against him, arching my back as I struggled to get out of his grip. He tightened his arm around my waist and whispered in my ear, “Long time, no see.”
“Ow!” He yelped as I bit his hand, causing him to yank it away from my mouth.
“Silen.” I hissed at him, desperately trying to yank my body away from him.
“Did you miss me?” He gave me a repulsive smile as he drew me back in.Continue Reading