Strong And Courageous

My life started out normal... At least I think it did. I was normal. I went to school, I came home, I talked with friends and crushed on some guys. But one day my life just completely changed... I was no longer the girl I thought I was. I was stronger. I could do things I never thought I could do.
Some people dream of this life. Some people think they want to completely change... And that's what happened. But my life isn't all happy and lovey dovey, it dangerous, scary, an protective. I DREAM of a normal life. When my life changed its started with -----------.
What did it start with? Find out. Open this book, read and find out.

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13. Understood?

Sean?
What's he doing here? He walked over to me.
"Are you okay?" He asked looking at me as I started to calm down. Why was I so scared in the first place? I need to learn how to keep calm. I guess I'm actually not as used to this place as I thought. Maybe I- "hey, Carter! Are you okay?"
"I uh... Yeah, I'm fine"
"You're sure?" he asked as I sat back on the bed. i nodded. "Alright then I have something to tell you."
I looked up at his face waiting to hear what he had to say. just then all my pain caught up with me. I burst out a cry of pain and started gasping for air. How did all my air leave my body so quickly? It felt like something punched me in my stomach; knocking all my air that was inside my body, out. I held my stomach tight. I fell off the bed hitting the floor hard. You know that feeling where you're falling but you don't even know it? Yeah, that's what just happened to me. I coughed nonstop. Sean was saying something but all audio was gone. My vision had started to blur... I watched as Sean ran to the door and yelled - I think yelled - something. Someone had entered the room but my vision was completely blurred by now. I was shaking and coughing. My vision started going black. I looked around trying to make out who was in the room. Finally my vision had completely blackened. I was all alone. I couldn't hear, touch, feel, anything. It was as if I, myself, my body, soul, mind... Everything... Was gone. Not gone like I died but gone... As if I never existed. I was gone forever... Never to return.


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Darkness... It took over... I was gone and now what's left of me was Darkness. You were hated. These voices... they're starting again. They never liked you, no one liked you, even your own Mother hated you, she killed herself because- Stop. I don't want to listen to you anymore. leave me alone. Oh come now, I'm your friend, I always liked you. Who are you? You don't remember me? No. You can't tell who I am by my voice? No, tell me who you are. What's the fun in that? why don't you try and guess who I am? No I don't want to, who are you? Oh come on, you're no fun. WHO ARE YOU? Don't get mad, I was just having some fun. I was getting annoyed. I'll just stop responding to the voice and eventually it'll go away, right? Carter? are you not talking to me? Do you hate me? Am I not your friend? I thought we were talking and having a good conversation. Aww come on, talk to me, Please? Silence. I wasn't going to reply. Don't listen to it. Carter. Carter. Carter. Carter. Carter. Who ever this voice was, when it said my name... it sounded evil. My name sounded evil. Or is your name actually Carter? Are you the real Carter? Are you the one who lived or are you just impersonating her? No, I'm Carter. How do you know that? what if you wer- No stop! I am Carter I am! I am me! How are you so sure? I am I am I am! The voice started laughing like it was satisfied that I was beginning to actually think I wasn't myself. But how can I not be myself? Is that possible? Carter Carter Carter Carter Carter. Over and over and over and over again the voice said my name. STOP!

Silence... Absolute Silence.

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The wind blew through the trees and made a kind of soothing sound. The birds swayed through the air not a care in the world. They were free to do what ever they pleased.
The ocean. The waves crashed on the sandy beach. Sea shells were spread around everywhere. Dolphins, fish, all the underwater creatures, free. Free to swim where they liked, free to eat what they could, free to do what ever.
In the sand, there were foot prints, small foot prints. When you followed the foot prints, they led to a sand castle. A little girl with red hair and light green eyes. She had no shoes on. She wore a white dress, but with pants underneath. The dress was dirty, the water splashed all over it and the sand stuck to it. The little girl didnt care though, all she cared about was finishing the sand castle.
More foot prints. The little girl looked up and smiled. A man, her father. Came running to her laughing. She got up and ran. She laughed as she ran away from the man. He chanced her, but never caught her. Finally they fell on the sand side by side breathing heavily and laughing.
More foot prints but the ones these belonged too... You couldn't see the person. They were invisible. The father stood up and hid the girl behind him. In a blink of an eye the person who made the foot prints appeared.
"Hiding your little girl from any danger eh?" The person was a man he wore all black. He had black and and dark eyes that looked to be black holes. He smiled, his teeth were yellow and crooked.
"Every day you try, and ever day you will fail." Answered the father. He kept the girl behind him; ready to keep her safe even if it cost him his life.
"Stand aside" the man lifted his hand and with a little jolt the father was thrown to the side hitting the ground and leaving the girl defenseless and alone. The girl looked at her father and started to run towards him when the man stopped her. He appeared in front of her and bent down.
"Don't worry about him sweetly. He'll be just fine" he laughed as he lifted his hand and jolted once again, but this time he was stopped. His power hit something. He was pushed back and before the little girl stood a boy, with a long sword in his hands. He had brown hair and light blue eyes. That's when the fighting began. The boy against the man. Time passed and the boy had scratches and bruise but the man was unharmed. The girl screamed as the boy fell to the ground. A flash of light and it was all over. Everything disappeared.

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I heard talking, whispering, movement. I was alive. But how? What happened? Did I just faint? I tried to open my eyes but it was hard, I felt tired and unable to open my eyes. So I just stayed still. Perhaps I can listen to what these people were saying and learn something about what happened to me, about where I am. I stayed quiet and listened.
"She can't be awoken until later," said one voice
"It's been long enough already, we already know he's after her"
"Should we just kill her?"
"No, She's far to valuable to us now we can't just kill her"
Kill me? What did I do?
"It will soon wear off, so we need a plan for when that happens, she bound to be suspicious"
"I know" said an impatient voice. "But we mustn't let the others know what's going on, this test should be over soon enough, before she wakes up so she should be to suspicious"
I moved my hand trying to be as quiet as possible. I wanted to know what I was laying on. My hand stopped. I couldn't go any further. I was tied down.
"Sh"
I stopped moving and waited to hear what they were gonna say. But no words came. I heard movement.
"What?" Said one voice. They sounded farther away. I heard a door close.
"Nothing, I thought I heard- never mind it was nothing"
And from then on I had forgotten everything. I guess... I fell asleep again...

I heard movement and a door opening and more whispering. I could finally open my eyes. Everything started out blurry but then began to focus. The person at the door was Joshua. I sat up and saw him talking to Colton. I looked around and notice I was in a white room with a sink and a mirror. I was sitting on a white chair with arm bands to tie my hands down and leg bands to keep my legs down. There was a few counters and a computer next to my head. Why was I here? Joshua and Colton saw me as I looked around.
"Ah, so you're finally awake?" Joshua said as he shut the door and came to sit next to me. I nodded and kept wondering why I was in this room.
"We had to run a few tests." Joshua said as if he was reading my mind... Well maybe not, probably because I was making it so obvious. "We're not sure what happened to you yet but that's why we were doing tests."
I nodded my head. I guess I understand.
"How long do I have to stay in here?" I questioned.
"Your able to leave as soon as you feel ready." Joshua answered. I nodded and slid my feet over the side of the chair. "Oh and one other thing Carter," I looked up as Joshua walked to the door. "You have a phone call"
A phone call? Who could it be from? I walked over to the door, I didn't look up at Joshua who was waiting for me I just stared at my feet wondering who it could be.
"I have an assignment today so Colton will show you where the phones are." Joshua said walking away. I still didn't look up I just nodded. I looked back at the room, the lights were still on and everything was just white... Like the room.... In my... Dream. My eyes were wide and i started to think back to the dream... back to the water tower... back to Simon.

Suddenly the lights were shut off and I was brought out of my daze. I saw Colton standing at the door smiling at me.
"You ready?" He asked. I nodded and turned around.
Colton started walking and I followed. I didn't feel much pain... It was gone. How long was I in the room? How long have they been doing tests on me? Who-
"How are you feeling?" I looked up at Colton who was leading me through a hallway, it was long and had no windows, just lights hanging from the ceiling. There were doors at the end of the hallway.
"fine..." it came out as a whisper so I coughed to clear my throat "Fine"
"Good, you were under for a few days, seems to me you are a very curious girl so I thought you might want to know" he looking at me over his shoulder.
"Oh..." I said quietly. "How many days?"
"Five" five? I was asleep for five days? How it that? How can that be? "Here we are."
I stopped and saw Colton holding one door out of three open for me. I looked in and saw a phone. It looked like one of those pay phones you see around city's. I stood in the door way for a little while and finally I walked in. Colton stood in the hallway and closed the door so I could have some privacy. I picked up the phone which was on top of a shelf. Someone was already on the other end. Here's the time where I find out who it is. My palms started to get sweaty for some reason.

"He-" my voice cracked. I cleared my throat "Hello?"
"Carter? Thank goodness your alright, I heard what happened to you, are you feeling okay?" It's- it's-
"Dad?" My dad. The one who let me come here, he hardly did anything to stop Eric from taking me from home. "I-I'm fine..."
"Sweetheart... I know how you must be feeling right now... Just know... I knew what I was doing" my heart started to ache, he knew what he was doing?
"What's that suppose to mean?" I asked, I wasn't meaning for my voice to come out angry or frustrated but... I just had to let it out some time and this is just the time that felt... Right?
"I mean, I knew where you were going and who was there." He stated. Wait that means...
"Then you knew Joshua was ALIVE this whole time?!" I yelled. Did everyone know, Except me? Was it all meant to be a secret kept away from me? Was I never suppose to find out?

There came no answer.

Silence.

"Say something!" I yelled

"Yes."

I stood in the booth still. frozen. Stunned. Unable to move. My arm fell to my side and the phone slipped out of my hand. The wire caught the phone before it hit the ground but there was no wire attached to me...

I started to fall back my feet moving only a little I lost my balance. My back hit the door and it made a loud 'thud' noise. I slid down till I hit the ground my eyes started to fill up with years. He knew? Everyone knew? I felt the door started to open behind me and I leaned forward so I wouldn't fall. I hid my face in my arms so who ever it was couldn't see my tears, I've cried to much. I'm weak.
"Carter?" Colton knelt down beside me and put one hand on my shoulder. "What's wrong? What happened?"
"You should know. Everyone knows. Everyone knows everyone, except me."
"What are you talking about?" Colton asked confused. I could hear it in his voice, he really was genuinely confused.

I didn't say anything for a while I just sat there and Colton sat beside me.

Finally I spoke up, "I want to go back to the room. I want to go back into training, that's what I was sent here for, so lets not waist time I want to get this over with."
I stood up and walked out of the little room. Colton stood up after me then hung up the phone. He walked out and followed behind me. Soon he walked beside me. He didn't say anything, he knew I didn't want to talk so he didn't ask. We got to the hallway that we would go through to get to the cafeteria place. We walked up the stairs to the next hallway. Even though I haven't been here for long - consciously - I felt like I really knew this place, which could be a bad thing or a good thing. We got back to the dorm room with the word 'Trainees' on the front. We stood outside the door for a few seconds until I grabbed the door knob.
"So I guess I'll see you for training tomorrow" I said
"Yes you will, oh and Carter." Colton turned and started to walk away. "I saw. Your Dream. I understand."
My heart stopped. He saw. He knew why I stared at the white room with wide eyes. He now knows... He knows why... But wait... What does he understand?
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