Snippet of New Story
A/N: A small snippet of my new story, hope you enjoy.
---It's not the incessant drops of rain, or the sharp stone jutting into my back that wakes me up, but the incessant sharp voice in my ear.
“Katie... Katie... Katieeee...”
The fog of sleep slips away as I feel my body being shaken back and forth, in a rocking motion, which would have been nice if it weren't for the rock which digs deeper and deeper every movement.
“Wake up, Katie, wake up.”
I open my eyes quickly, a raindrop falls on my nose. I blink rapidly, eventually making out the face of Maddie. I open my mouth to tell her to leave me alone, but she covers my mouth with her clammy hand. My eyes widen in both incredulity and fright. If her hands are clammy, that is a clear indication somethings terribly wrong. I sit up quickly, looking around for the monster.
Is it above the trees? Behind the trees? In the trees?
I look back at Maddie, confused, because I don’t see anything. “What’s wrong?”
Her eyes are wide with horror and panic, her lips twitch anxiously. This is definitely not like Maddie. “What’s wrong?” she seethes in a trembling voice. “What’s wrong? Boyd is missing!”
I look around again to where Boyd lay. The spot is empty, the only sign that he was there is matted down grass.
“And so is Josh and Laurie.”
I look over to their spots, panic quickly rising as I see none of them. Frantically I turn my head, this way and that. The only body left is Zeke’s, who lies innocently asleep. “Where... Where...” I jump to my feet, twisting and turning, unable to grasp this. They can’t be gone.... We’re a team... They’d never leave...Would they? “What...” I trail off again. “Where are they?”
Maddie stands up and glares at me, “Well I wouldn’t know, would I?”
“Sorry it’s just that...” I look around, “Where are they?”
“Do you think they were attacked?”
I shake my head in bewilderment, “Possibly.” I look over at Zeke, fast asleep, “C’mon, let’s wake Zeke up.”
Maddie I crouch beside him, she shakes and I whisper his name in his ear.
His eyes flash open, and then he blinks rapidly, trying to blink away the rain, looking at me strangely. “What-”
Maddie quickly covers his mouth, his eyes widen in disbelief at her, then his stare turns to panic. He stands up quickly before we can hold him down, he looks are at the surrounding trees, arming himself with Josh’s makeshift spear, “Where is it?” he hisses, an excited gleam in his eye.
I put a hand on his arm gently and carefully, forcing him to look at me, “Zeke, there’s no monster.”
He frowns, eyebrows coming together, looking exactly like Josh.
“Zeke,” Maddie puts her hand on his other arm, “Now don’t freak out.” He nods. “Okay, well, um... Boyd, Laurence and Josh are... are missing.”
His eyes widen and he walks away from us, turning in circles with a panic stricken face. “Where...” he shook his head, gritting his teeth, “Monsters!”
“Shh!” Maddie shushes him, looking around at the trees, wiping the rain out of her eyes. “Now listen-”
“Wait,” he looks down at the ground and points to something in the dirt, “there’s tracks here, hoof prints. Hoof prints are everywhere... and they lead...” he trails off, walking off briskly, eyes on the ground.
“Zeke!” I call in a hoarse whisper as he starts to run off after the tracks. “Oh God.”
I reach down and grab the weapons scattered around our sleeping place. “We have to stop him before he kills himself.”
“I know,” Maddie growls angrily.
We set off running after Zeke. It’s not until he has to pause to follow the tracks around a tree that we catch up. He’s` aglow with an unexplainable excitement, his eyes narrowed in determination, his cheeks bright pink.
“Zeke,” I gasp, trying to keep up, “Wait up!”
He looks over his shoulder, and slows, “Keep up slow pokes.” He laughs.
“Zeke!” Maddie raises her voice threateningly, “Enough. You’ve gotta stop, we need to talk this...” she breaths, “out!”
He shakes his head, sending water flying from his short dirty blonde hair. “But if we stop...” he takes a few deep breaths, clearly audible, even with the sound of us crashing through the undergrowth, “Something bad might happen to them.”
“We don’t even know where we’re going,” I explain helplessly, feeling as if I'm trying to persuade a wall to move. I look over at Maddie for help, but she only looks at me with wide eyes.
“Josh has the scroll.”
The last of whatever hope I had left sunk to the bottom of my stomach, heavy and useless.
I guess that settles that, I think, No stopping now.