Shadowfall

It's the year 2013 and Mother Nature has decided that she is tired of the humans mistreating her Earth. She takes all the polution and bad energy and throws it back at the humans. Some humans are not able to take the energy and they die. Some become... different. They change into something else. Some gain powers. Some become dark. Many people take out on their own, but other survivors ban together. A small group of survivors ban together in an attempt to fix the Earth. Can they fix this Hell they have been brought into...?

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9. Chapter Eight: iNSaNiTY

Lyllina’s POV:

            Kate was lying on the ground sound asleep. Rissa sat right beside her, in her usual spot. The two were nearly inseparable. I sat close by watching them carefully. Riley was asleep under a tree. Vaann was off somewhere, probably scouting the area in the confounds of the high tree tops. I kept my guard up, it was the safest thing right now. With Lily back with twice the power, it was danger at every corner. Kate mumbled in her sleep before tossing around in the dirt, rolling right into Rissa. Her eyes snapped open and she sat up looking around. She quickly tried to cover her panic with a yawn. She wasn’t the best at hiding things. Especially not from me. I tried to push myself into her mind before quickly stopping myself. I told Vaann I would not to go into her mind anymore. Though, that might have been Lily… I sighed and pushed myself in, feeling Kate stare at me, like she knew. Her thoughts were pretty interesting, along with her past and-

            I pulled out quickly, feeling my head spinning. Vaann? …

            Rissa smiled over at Kate as Kate watched me through narrowed eyes. “Have a nice sleep?”

            “I guess, if it wasn’t for all the nightmares.” She said with a light shrug.

            “Want to talk about it?”

            “Hmm? Oh, not really,” Kate said standing and stretching before she let out a big yawn. “It’s just stupid stuff, no big deal.”

            “Alright.”

            “Sorry,” Kate said with a laugh.

            “It’s okay. I just want to make sure you’re okay.” Rissa said with a nod.

            “Yea, I’m fine,” she smiled back to Rissa reassuringly before she walked over to stand beside me. “Morning, you okay?”

            “Huh? Its morning?” I asked shaking my head slightly. “Well, yes, I guess.”

            “Aren’t you tired?” She asked thoughtfully. Marissa stood quietly to follow and stand beside Kate.

            “Hmm? Oh, no.” I said looking between the both of them.

            “Oh, well, I’ve never seen you sleep, so… I was just wondering.” Kate said looking a bit concerned. I just gave her a small smile. She sat down beside me, Rissa immediately mirroring her. “Anything on your mind? You’ve been through a lot lately and all.” She said frowning down.

            “What? Oh, no, nothing. Just…. Never tired?” I said with a smirk.

            Suddenly, Vaann dropped out of a tree behind Kate. Neither of the two noticed the small thump of his landing. He sat down gracefully beside Kate, making her jump and squeal. “We’ve all been through a lot lately.”

            “What the hell?!” Kate said grabbing at her throat. “You gave me a freaking heart attack!”

            “You’re welcome,” he said smiling over at her before getting serious again, pointing over at me. “I’ve only seen her sleep twice when it was the two of us. And she only slept for maybe four hours at a time and that took a lot of persuading.”

            I smiled over at him, “I merely closed my eyes.”

            “Whatever, it counted as rest. At least I cared enough to try to get you to rest.” He said rolling his eyes.

            I smiled for a second before my lips turned down into a frown. “Yea…”

            “Hey, quite frowning all the time. Seriously, we could be a lot worse.” Vaann said.

            “Lina, you should sleep sometime. I mean, not sleeping isn’t good.” Marissa cut in.

            “I’m sure she doesn’t when we aren’t watching. She wouldn’t be moving right now if she didn’t,” Vaann said smirking over at Rissa.

            “True.”

            “Or would I?” I said raising my eyebrow at the thought.

            “Physically? No.” Vaann said mirroring my facial expression. Kate just gave a light shrug keeping quiet. Which was weird for her.

            “I could sleep, but… well..” I said smiling an impish smile.

            “Well what?”

            “Well, maybe I kind of have nightmares…”

            “Ah, I see.”

            I shrugged, “Scary…” A small shudder ran through me before I could stop it.

            “That would be a good reason not to sleep,” Marissa said pursing her lips.

            “I know how you feel there,” Kate said smiling at me sadly.

            “If you ever want to talk about them, we will all listen.” Marissa said, perking up a bit. I nodded to her.

            “Want to know how to beat nightmares?” Kate asked suddenly as she stared down.

            “How?” I said leaning forward in interest. Vaann looked over to Kate, his eyes a bit blank. Marissa stared off toward Riley, spacing out.

            “You okay Rissa?” Vaann asked.

            “Yeah, why? You okay?” She replied, bringing her eyes back to me. Dark sat down by my side, joining in.

“Yeah, I’m fine, you looked kind of out of it,” he replied.

            “I’m fine, just spacing out a bit,” Rissa smiled laughing to herself. We all got quiet and

turned to listen to Kate as she watched us impatiently. Vaann started carving at a branch with his knife.

            “The way I do it, is right before I sleep, I imagine the people I love and how happy we can be together. If I do have nightmares, I remember they aren’t real and cant hurt me. And that my friends are always here.” She said smiling, looking at each of us.

            “I could try it,” I said with a shrug.

            “It helps me a lot,” Kate laughed.

            “Alright, I will try it. But I must warn you, if I’m actually asleep, don’t come near me.” I sighed.

            “Why not?” Kate asked.

            “I might kill you,” I whispered as I walked off toward a different tree farther away from the group.

            I saw Vaann nod, “I wouldn’t doubt it.”

            “A-Alright, but remember, use my way! Sleep well!” I could hear a hesitant smile in Kate’s voice.

            Vaann sighed, standing up. “This may take a while.”

            “And she will get all the time she needs.”

            “Hopefully…” Vaann’s voice suddenly got lower, flooding with warmth and nervousness. Something I had never heard from him before. “Thanks for helping her, Kate. I was getting worried about her…” He what…? Had I heard him right? He was worried about me…? Why?

            “Sure thing.”

            “I’m going to need to go to a town and get supplies to finish this… when it gets close to being done.”

            “Well, you cant go alone!” Kate stuttered.

            “I’ll be fine alone. All I need is something to seal the moisture, some twine, leather and arrows.  The less people the faster it will be.”

            “I cant sleep.” I called out.

            “Try harder.” Vaann called back.

            “Nuh uh! Not after what happened before!” Kate said, a shudder running through her frame.

            “Don’t think about it, Lyllina. Just let it take over.” Vaann told me.

            “I’m trying, I really am. I cant even sleep. How useless am I?” I said lying my head back with a sigh.

            “Not very useless at all. I wouldn’t be here if you were useless.”

          “You’re not useless,” Marissa said. ”Just try to think of something peaceful and relaxing and close your eyes.”

            “Do you remember what the world was like?” Vaann asked, his face popping up beside me.

            His closeness made me blush as I nodded. “Before and during.”

            “Think of the way it was. Remember every detail. And don’t take your mind off of it.”

            I nodded trying to remember the beauty of the world before this whole mess. All the greens, blues and yellows. I got lost in a small flurry of colors, swirling around me as a haziness took over….

 

Marissa’s POV:

            I hope she sleeps well, I thought looking over as Kate sighed and stood walking off to sit away from us. Vaann slipped back down from the tree walking back to lean against a tree beside me.

            “You okay, Dark?” I asked.

            “Yeah, just a scratch.” He said staring down at his arm.

            “Rissa, heal that for him, please?” Vaann asked.

            I saw Kate grab at her head as she whimpered a bit. I walked over slowly, so she wouldn’t be threatened. If you walked to fast, she would become like a wild animal and back off. “Kate? Is your head hurting again?” I gasped and my eyes widened as she threw her head back to scream, but nothing came out. Tears streaked her cheeks, she was blind to the world as of now. Another vision.

I knelt down beside her and attempted to heal her, but knew it wouldn’t do anything. Kate gasped a big gulp of air, before she let out an agonized scream. She grabbed her head again before she dropped to the ground. She was silent for a while, and I stayed with her. What else could I do? I felt a pain in my heart. It hurt to see her in pain and afraid and I couldn’t even tell her it was okay. All of a sudden, her breathing kicked up a notch, coming fast and shallow. She started clawing at her neck like someone was choking her. She left a few bloodied gashes behind. I tried grabbing her hands to keep them in place, only to be scratched as well. I jumped as she gurgled in the back of her throat and she went limp. I held my breathe in a panic as her eyes rolled to the back of her head and her breathing came to a shuddering halt.

I felt tears gathering in my eyes. Vaann walked over next to me and knelt down staring at Kate. We shared a glance, and peeked over to Riley. Still somehow sound asleep. I stared at Kate feeling the tears spill over. I placed my face in my hands sobbing a little. I’d lost her. I couldn’t save her. I felt Vaann place a hand on my shoulder and shush me, rubbing my back. When I looked at him, he had a sad frown on. Though, no words left his mouth.

A sudden gasp caused me to jump. Kate jumped to her feet quickly, letting out another scream as she shook in fright. I felt a smile spread across my face. She was okay! Vaann and I stood quickly, smiling toward her.

“Kate!”

“What the hell happened to you?” Vaann asked angrily, but I could hear the worry for his friend just underneath it.

She cowered against a tree, still shaking. “Who? Who’s Kate? What are you talking about?! Where am I?!”

Vaann threw his hands up in aggravation, “Who hit her in the head?!” He said looking around. Dark just stared as Lina stirred in her tree. Riley pulled herself closer into a ball. “Right, no one.”

“You’re Kate, honey.” I said taking a slow step closer, holding my hands up to show I meant no harm.

“Well, shit. Now we have a girl with no memory. God dammit.” He said pinching the bridge of his nose.

“What’s going on! Who are you!?” Kate blurted out.

“Why does life hate us?” Vaann growled throwing his fist against a tree.

“Kate,” I said in a soft voice. “Trust me, okay? We are your friends. Now, tell me the last thing you remember.”

I saw her flinch as she grabbed at her throat again, pulling it away to stare at the blood on her fingers. “Pain…. A lot of pain.”

“Rissa, I leave her in your capable hands. I’m going to finish my bow.” Vaann said turning on his heels, going back to his tree where he began carving again as he watched Lina.

“Alright, Vaann.” I turned back to Kate. “Well, I’m Marissa, but you can call me Rissa. That guy over there is Vaann. And the girl over there is Lyllina. That's Riley. He is Dark,” Dark gave a small wave. “You can trust us, okay?”

“Mama said not to trust anyone. That everyone was bad. She would be mad if she knew I was here,” Kate said frowning down at her hands.

“Kate, I promise no matter what, nothing is going to happen to you. You just have to trust us. And if I was bad, would I be trying to help? We’re not bad, I promise.” I said stopping in front of her.

She looked around, taking in her surroundings with hard eyes. Kate was different now. “Mama doesn’t like it here. She said its bad and the people here are too. She would punish me!” She said flinching again.

“We wont let her, okay?” I said smiling at her.

Her eyes went wide and she cringed. “Uh oh, Mommy’s mad again!”

“Where is your Mommy, Kate?”

She smiled creepily, “With the shadows, silly!”

“Do you want to stay with us, Kate?”

“I don’t know, I like my Mom. She gives me what I want if I listen. And it’s scary here!” She said looking around again.

“Well, If you want to stay with us, you can.”

She stared at me for a second as if knowing I couldn’t let her go. A devilish smile spread across her face. “What if I say no?”

“Well then, Kate, I hope you don’t say no, because whether you believe me or not you’re like a sister to me. And I wouldn’t let you leave because you’re safe here with us.”

“But Mama is calling me. Can you hear her too?” She said cocking her head to the side like she was listening.

“No, honey, I cant hear it.”

“She wants me to come home!”

“Kate, you cant listen to her, okay? She wants to hurt us.” I said looking into her eyes, trying to make her see things my way.

“But she said I have to or she will make all this worse,” she said gesturing around us. “I don’t like when Mom’s mad!” Kate let out a scream as the Earth began to shudder under out feet as if to prove the point.

I grabbed at her hands to steady us, feeling the tears start to fill my eyes again. “But, Kate, you cant leave. If you do, you might not come back!”

She growled and her voice became something else, something dark and demonic. “What does it matter? No here cares for me! Only Mother does! Mother loves everyone!” She laughed and dropped my hands before she started humming a tune I didn’t recognize.

I shook my head. “Mother doesn’t love us. She wants us all dead.”

Her voice shifted again, this time to the voice of little Riley, who sat sleeping peacefully against the tree. “Mother loves us! She did this to fix everyone! It’s a dying race, Marissa.” She let out a little giggle.

I jumped away quickly, “You aren’t Kate.” I said narrowing my eyes.

“Yes, I am! You said so yourself! But Mother calls me something else!”

“What does she call you?”

“Anisa. Mommies little Anisa.” She said down on the ground starting to hum again. She rocked back and forth with a creepy smile, singing to herself, “One by one, they all fall down, bloodied hands with a twisted frown.

I felt a shiver run down my spine as my hands began to shake. Don’t show her fear. She cant harm you. Don’t be afraid. Kate is in there somewhere. You just need to stay strong and find her. I put on my best smile. “Cant you make it so shes not in your head?”

She shook her head, making her hair bounce around her face. “Mother’s always here.” I smiled, but I could feel my mask breaking. This was the scariest thing ever. It felt like she was possessed…. Was she? “Mother loves everyone. Except Vaann. He’s ruining everything.” She sighed laying back as she stared off into the dark sky. When did the moon come out? I hadn’t even noticed.

“Mother doesn’t love us! She wants us dead!” I growled.

Kate grabbed at her head, growling fiercely. “No! This is my body now!”

“Kate, who are you talking to?”

Her voice turned into a screech. ”No!” She gasped and her voice went back to its normal tone, something that told me Kate was fighting back. “No, you cant hurt them!”

“You’re talking to the Mother, aren’t you?” I said taking a slow step backwards.

Kate’s voice wavered, trying to stay strong. “I wont let you have my friends.” The demonic voice crept back into place. It was like watching someone arguing with themselves. Which was exactly the case. “No, you cant do this now!”

“Kate!” Vaann said running over quickly.

“Vaann, Kate isn’t entirely Kate anymore.” I said brushing up against his side by mistake.

He aimed an arrow at Kate, ready to fire. “I can tell.”

“What are you doing!” I said pulling at his bow.

“Get out! GET OUT!” Kate snarled.

“If she attacks, I have to.” He said yanking away to bring his arrow back into focus with Kate’s struggling form.

“She wont!” I said stepping in front of the aimed arrow. “She’s telling the Mother that she cant hurt us. I think we can trust her not to hurt us.”

A large ripping sound flooded through the air as a blue mist-like shadow swirled out of Kate as she fell forward onto her knees. Kate collapsed onto the ground as the mist floated away from her before it began to take on the form of a girl. The girl looked identical to Kate, except she had red eyes and brown hair.

“Dammit, I almost had her!” The voice that came from the girl was soft and sweet, resembling the sound of wind chimes in the breeze, but everything about her screamed that we should run.

“Who are you?” I said looking over to her, stepping closer to Kate.

“Anisa, the other half of Kate.” She giggled, her voice was too sweet, so sweet I wanted to choke.

I reached my spot beside Kate, crossing my arms as I watched Anisa. “What are you doing here?”

“Mommy thinks she would be of use if we joined together again. We were separated as babies. She’s kind of like my pathetic loser sister,” she said with a laugh as she disappeared and reappeared in a tree. “Don’t worry, I’m in no mood to fight today. Just talk.” She said with a smile that I couldn’t trust.

“Talk to who?” I asked.

“Hmm? Oh, anyone really… Mother doesn’t approve of others, but what does she know? Not every day that you find decent humans.”

“Who is a decent human?” I wondered.

“Well, considerably decent anyway,” she said laughing a bit.

“Who is? Mother wants us all dead.” I said placing my hands on my hips.

She stared at me from the tree, her eyes glowing. “Is that what you think?” She jumped down easily landing beside Kate. Her form rippled a bit like she wasn’t real. She knelt down to stroke Kate’s cheek. “She wants to start a new race, a better one. And to do that, she needs humans.”

“Then why does she keep trying to kill us?” I asked raising an eyebrow. I saw Kate stir slightly.

“Not all of you., just the boy. The cute tall one,” she said letting out a laugh. “The one everyone seems to be head over heels for.” Her tone was mocking as she rolled her eyes. She had fangs, the way Kate did when she turned into her other form.

“And why does she want him dead?” I kept close to Kate, letting my eyes travel between her and Anisa.

“Mom sees him as an obstacle. Well that’s my time then! See ya!” She said disappearing with a playful laugh. I looked around and didn’t even notice that Vaann had migrated back toward the fire. He was staring at me like I was insane. Had he not seen the girl?

Kate stirred again and I dropped to my knees beside her. Her eyes fluttered open. “Ow, what the hell? My head!”

I healed her, smiling happily. She was back for real. “Kate!”

She tried to sit up and her face turned a little green. She laid herself back down, closing her eyes. “Nope, too dizzy!”

“Stay laying down! No getting up, okay?” I ordered softly.

“But, but, I’m fine!” She sat up quickly only to have the same result. “Ugh, okay fine.” I saw Vaann look over at Kate and shake his head.

“Stay laying down, you had quite a little adventure. Do you remember?” I asked.

“Uh, no… why, did something happen?” We both peeked over toward Vaann as a soft laugh, almost a scoff, left his lips and he turned back to the fire.

“I’ll explain later. Just rest for now.”

“But, I’m fine!” She sat up, swaying a bit. “See!”

“Kate, just rest please.” I begged.

“I don’t want to!” She protested childishly. She looked over at Vaann and smiled but grabbed her head and cringed. “Ow..” It was like the sight of him hurt her.

“But I would feel better if you rest. Please?” I asked again.

She brought her knees to her chest and hugged them, laying her head down, looking up at me. “Kay, I’m resting.”

“Well, while we are all in our own bodies and normal, what now?” Vaann asked looking back at us. Dark was watching us quietly.

“I don’t know.” Dark said.

I leaned forward smiling and hugged Kate gently. “Good, thank you.”

“Lets see, we have a blue ghost trying to take over Kate. The great Mommy is pissed and Lily is still a growing threat, most likely after me for some god blessed reason.”

Kate looked in Vaann’s direction, but not directly at him. “What do you mean, Vaann? What blue ghost?”

“That sounds about it,” I said nodding my head. Kate made a face as he ignored her.

“Beautiful. Sound like a walk in the park to anyone other than myself?” Vaann sighed.

“I’ll explain the ghost to you later,” I said, seeing Kate’s annoyed facial expression.

“But… if it’s about me… I want to know!” Kate said, being her impossible self.

“Once Kate can get up for more than three seconds, we shall start moving in a random direction. I will rock paper scissors in my head to figure it out.” Vaann said staring up into the trees.

“I’m not moving until you all tell me what the hell you mean! What blue ghost?

“West just lost to North. Rock beats paper.” I smiled to myself keeping my mouth shut. It would get her to rest if she didn’t move.

Kate sighed and reached up to scratch her neck. I threw my hand out to stop her too late. She pulled her hand away when she felt the sticky moisture. Her eyes widened when she saw the blood. “Okay, who the hell bit me?!” She said furiously.

I looked over to see Vaann slowly inching his hand in the air. I tried to keep my smile hidden unsuccessfully. Kate’s face flooded with blush and I laughed. “Just kidding. I don’t bite people. Especially possessed people. But you were rather tasty.” He said licking his lips before he laughed.

Kate flushed more. “Wait, what do you mean, possessed?”

I reached over and placed my hand on her wound to heal her quickly. She felt her throat, smiling that it was gone. “No one bit you,” I said rolling my eyes. “Not that I saw anyway.”

“Thanks, Rissa.” She said dropping her hands to her lap.

“Sure thing,” I said smiling.

Tamber stepped out from behind a tree then, walking to sit on the opposite side of the fire. “I bite people. But only the tasty ones.”

“Meaning me right? I got barbeque sauce in my bag.” He said pointing to his bag on the ground by Riley.

“Want me to explain now, Kate?” I asked seeing that she was feeling a little better.

“Yes, please.”

“Why would I? You’re the worst tasting one here. You even smell bad!” Tamber said pinching her nose. I heard Kate giggle.

“Good, I will live to see another day,” Vaann said with a roll of his eyes.

“Okay, well, you’re the Mothers child and She kind of took over your mind. And well, you lost your memory after a vision and passed out. You woke up not knowing who you were, just that you were the Mothers child and she could talk to you through your head. Then you got in a fight with her about her wanting to hurt someone. You passed out again and woke up not remembering what happened, but you remember us now,” I said with a smile. I didn’t bring up Anisa, not wanting to worry or scare her. I was still a bit shaken from that whole episode.

“What about the blue ghost?” Damn, of course she wouldn’t let that go.

“I don’t know what that was but I blocked the Mother from trying to contact you, so maybe it was her.” I lied easily, Anisa would only worry her. Why say anything? It was only to protect her… I saw a blue mist appear on the branch of a tree again.

Kate’s eyes drooped slightly. “I’m sleepy.”

“Take a nap, honey. I will be here.” The blue mist made it’s way over Lina and Vaann, starting to take on a form.

“Mm hmm,” she said as she fell asleep sitting up. Vaann was falling asleep sitting up as well.

“Oh so peaceful,” Anisa giggled as she disappeared and reappeared by us. “How is that darling sister of mine?”

“What do you want?” I whispered.

“Hmm, I wanted to talk to Blue Eyes over there, but he’s a bit busy, so I came to check on my dearest Katie.” She said with an evil smile.

“What are you planning?” I said narrowing my eyes.

“Who are you talking to Rissa? Kate’s asleep.” Vaann said looking over to me drowsily.

“Oh, Blue Eyes, you’re awake!” Anisa clapped her hands together smiling in his direction.

“Anisa, you better not hurt anyone!” I hissed.

“Nope, just a chat, no violence, I promise.” She said turning to frown down at me.

“How do I know you’re not lying or planning something, huh?” I asked suspiciously.

“I promised Mother I wouldn’t hurt anyone until she gives the orders. A promise with the Mother is kept or bad things happen!” She looked over at Vaann and Lyllina thoughtfully. “Hmm.” I saw Lyllina eying her angrily.

“What?” I asked.

She growled stomping her foot. “She’s hogging Blue Eyes! I wanted to talk to him.” She said crossing her arms. “I think only you and that girl can see me.”

“Oh, I can hear you, ghost girl, I’m just ignoring you.” Vaann said spinning a small flower in her hand. Anisa walked closer glaring at the flower. “We can use it to restore the world one day. Once this is all over.” I had no idea what their conversation had been previous to this.

Lina glared back at Anisa, “Got something you’d like to say?”

“Yes, I’ve been wondering that too. You wanted to talk to ‘blue eyes’? well the only two people with blue eyes are the two of us. Why don’t you just do what you need and leave?” Vaann said with annoyance clear in his voice, though I couldn’t see his face.

“Well, that requires taking my darling sister with me and I’m sure you wont allow it. Not a tough warrior like you,” she said smiling down at Vaann.

“You touch Kate and I’ll shoot you.” He responded with a growl.

“Of course not, she stays and you shall leave.” Lina said baring her fangs.

“Oh, defensive over sissy are we?” She said in a sing-song voice. The question was obviously directed more toward Vaann.

“I’m not defensive over her, I’m defensive over the information she knows.” He said looking up to meet her eyes.

“So, she’s a tool to you, then. That’s no way to treat a lady. I should have taken her when I had the chance.” Anisa said giving a dismissive wave.

“If you wouldn’t have left her body, I would have shot her. It’s a good thing you did let her stay.” Vaann said in a flat voice. I sat by Kate’s side protectively. “And something tells me Marissa isn’t going to let her go.”

“Nope,” I said shaking my head, causing my slight waves to bounce lightly.

“I only want what’s best for my sister dear, and clearly it isn’t any of you. None of you are truly one with her, or you’d be able to hit me.” Anisa smirked.

“I’ve killed spirits before with Rissa’s help, I’m sure I can do it again. I hit Lily.” Vaann said looking over to me.

“Only if you’re one with Kate and well, I see no bonds, sorry.”

Lina was glaring up at Anisa with such hatred it made me flinch. “You better leave very soon, or else.” She stood, balling her hands into fists.

“Oh well. Lyllina, calm down, we cant hurt her.” Vaann said holding a hand out to stop Lina. “But ignoring her seemed to cause some pain to her. So, I’ll just go back to that.”

“I’m so scared!” Anisa said sarcastically. “You cant touch me!” She walked through Vaann and Lina then through a tree, giggling lightly.

“Sooner or later, one of us will be able to hurt her,” I said glaring toward Anisa.

Vaann shuddered but leaned his head back, “She’ll leave eventually.”

Anisa thought for a second. “Nah, I’ll stay. Sissy wont wake if I’m here.” She said with a sinister smile.

Lina never broke her stares toward Anisa. “Who said I was going to harm her?” She smiled faintly before she sat down.

“Oh, well, makes our job easier. You not coming back means the Mother will send someone after you. The only one left is Lily. We kill her. Then we trace it back to the Mother.” Vaann said yawning.

“Oh, Blue Eyes, you want your cute bag of information to wake up, right? And make me go?” Anisa said teasingly.

“Nope, I like my plan. Just got to keep you here until she sends Lily after you.”

“Kate’s not information, she’s our friend.” I snapped. Lyllina was glaring at Anisa as she moved her lips, counting to herself.

“Calm down, Lyllina, she’s not going to do anything but talk.”

She took a deep breath before sighing and standing and walking to sit behind a tree. “I’m calm…”

“She wont send Lily after me. She just wants Kate home with us to be a family again.”

“She can’t hurt us unless the Mother tells her too.” I said in Lyllina’s direction. “Kate’s going to go nowhere with you. I wont ever let that happen.”

“Well, I guess nothing is going to happen then,” Vaann sighed.

“Dear, I believe that is up to my sister, not you.” Anisa said glaring over at me.

“You cant hurt us, we cant hurt you. She tries to go with you and I’ll kill her. She knows too much about us. Plus, if I do then that will make your dear Mother mad.” Vaann opened his eyes and smiled at Anisa, definitely trying to get under her skin.

“I wont let her go, even if I have to tie her up. She’s staying with us.” I said scooting closer to her.

Anisa walked over to Vaann and smiled down at him. “One thing can make this stop and make me go away. And you would be able to fight me too. Its more of an advantage to your helpless group.” She laughed turning her back.

“You cant hurt her, Lyllina. Its impossible. Just as I couldn’t hurt Lily at first. Only Kate can. And the one close to Kate is Rissa.” Vaann said in a soothing voice. “I don’t trust you, and you aren’t taking her.”

“Why not trust me? I cant hurt you, remember?”

“I can live without being able to shoot you. I’ll just dig an arrow into your Mother instead and make you watch.”

“I’d like to see you try. But your human girl isn’t close enough to Kate. But I know a way.” She laughed. I looked down at Kate then back at the group.

“Why don’t you just go tell your Mother that Kate belongs to us now?”

Anisa sat down beside Vaann. “Want to know a way to piss her off more?”

“Me killing Kate? Which is do-able, if she tries to leave.”

“Lina, take a deep breath and calm down,” I said hearing her growls of restraint. I could feel her holding herself back through the tension in the air.

“Nope,” Anisa said with a smile.

“Kate killing you, which could happen as well.”

“Has to do with you, Blue Eyes.” She said with a shrug.

“Not really, whenever Anisa comes Kate falls asleep. She said as long as she is here, Kate wont wake up.” I told Vaann.

“Piss off Kate enough and she will probably wake up,” Vaann said looking over to me with a smirk. I’m sure he would love that. “Well, I could prolong this, but go ahead and tell me, cause I’m dying to know.” He said rolling his eyes.

“Well, if you’re dying,” she said in a sugary sweet voice. She leaned forward to whisper in his ear, though all of us could still hear as clearly as if she was talking normally. “All you have to do is tell Mommy that Kate belongs to you and you alone. She’ll snap. I bet you anything.” She sat back with a smile. “But she’s mine, so there.”

I looked down at Kate. This bond… did she mean love? She hadn’t said the word once the entire time she had been here. Evil didn’t know love. Maybe that was it. Just maybe….

 

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