To the Ends of the Earth

Ava is constantly having the same nightmare, being dragged to hell. But every morning she wakes up next to her boyfriend Caiden and everything is okay. Being together is literal bliss; but in the back of Ava's mind she knows it is going to end. Caiden would do anything for Ava, but what he doesn't realize is that Ava has already done the unimaginable to keep him safe. On their eighth anniversary, Ava is taken from Caiden and dragged into the darkness of hell where she must fight for her own life and find her way back to earth alone, or so she thinks. As she struggles to escape she learns that the unimaginable exists and all the monsters under her bed were real. Because you see, she made a deal... A deal with a demon; and a deal with a demon is a deal for your soul. *note* there is foul language, some parts are a little scary and dark in nature. There are minor sexual occurrences, nothing to freak out about.*

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12. Anger

Hell:

Red Eyes hadn't counted on two things that were to happen in the following night alone. He left Ava to die, feeling no remorse what so ever. He made his way into hell torching everyone in a cell as he passed. It was a good day for him. After awhile he wondered what had become of Ava. The monsters must have been taking their time, her soul hadn't wandered in yet.

"God help me." Ava muttered. She watched the creatures as they seemed to morph from the dirt. She looked to her right where her only weapon was. Ava knew that if she moved they would be on her; but if she was able to get to her weapon she could go down fighting. She moved quickly and slid across the blood soaked dirt. 

"Come on!" She shouted loudly. At this point Ava didn't care whether she lived or died; as long as she didn't give up, the attempt wouldn't be in vain. She scooped up her weapon and stood in a hunched position. The creatures came forward as one. A beast with multiple heads struck first. Ava moved as fast as she could, making a stab at its eyes. It recoiled and fumbled backward a bit. It stung, but all she had really accomplished was to piss it off. She was screwed, she needed something from the military's arsenal, not a hand made child's toy.

Earth:

After the dream he had had, or whatever it was, Caiden went to the bar. He didn't know what else to do, so he decided to drink. At some point he must have called Brad because he appeared in the stool next to him.

"You look like shit. What the hell are you doing here?" He asked.

"It's really stupid, I just had this really vivid dream." He paused looking at Brad who was smiling softly. "And not the good kind." 

Caiden laughed at his own joke, but it was half-hearted. He was totally freaked out by the dream that he had had.

"About her?" Brad said. He rarely said Ava's name, he was suspicious in that way. Caiden only nodded as he down the last of his beer. Brad motioned to the bartender for two more. 

"It's a dream and it seems so bad to be terrified, but I can't help it. It was like she was really there in front of me. Fighting for her life..."

"Weird.. I would probably doing just what you are if the same thing had happened to me. But you said so yourself it was only a dream." Brad said putting a hand on his shoulder.

"Yeah." Caiden said taking a huge drink from his glass. Brad stood and nudged him gently. Caiden watched as Brad pulled his wallet out and paid the bartender for all the drinks.

"You are short... twenty bucks." The woman replied bitterly. Brad glared at her but slammed the twenty down on the table. 

"Let's go. I'll drive you home. We'll get your car tomorrow."

At home Caiden passed out with his head on the toilet seat. Typically, he could hold his alcohol better than that, but he couldn't quite remember how much he had had to drink the night before. He woke up with a pounding headache and a stiff back; immediately regretting going to the bar. 

"Fuck." He looked at his phone, he was supposed to go to lunch with Cora, his coworker. It was noon already and they were supposed to meet in a half hour. He stumbled to the medicine cabinet and swallowed a few Aspirin before jumping in the shower. He was ready in fifteen minutes and then he was out the door.

"It's about time you got here. You look like crap, rough night?" Cora smiled when he sat down at the booth in the small restaurant. 

"Sorta..." Caiden shrugged. He took a moment to catch his breath and looked at Cora in silence.

She was short, and thin. She had fair skin and red hair. She looked so sweet and innocent all the time, but Caiden had learned pretty quickly that she was fiery and fierce. She had a  loud high pitched voice that was noticeable anywhere and when she laughed, it was contagious. She had a way of making people feel welcome. But still, Caiden wasn't sure how he felt about her. 

"Earth to Caiden." She waved her menu in his face. 

"What... sorry." He looked over to see a waitress looking at him expectantly. 

"What would you like to drink?" She asked smacking her lips loudly. 

"Uh, coffee."

"Decaf?" She asked.

"No. God no." Caiden muttered rubbing his head. The woman walked away and Cora turned her attention back to Caiden.

"Seriously, what is going on with you?" Cora asked gently.

"I didn't... sleep well last night." He admitted.

"Aww, poor baby have nightmares?" She asked jokingly. Caiden glared at her for a moment and shook his head. He sat back and sighed.

"Yeah." He said flatly. With the hangover, lack of sleep, and memory of Ava burning in his mind he was not in the mood for playful banter.

"Oh shit, sorry." She looked out the window and they sat in silence until the waitress returned with their drinks. Caiden immediately ripped open sugar packets and creamer and dumped them into his mug and stirred the coffee mindlessly. 

"It was her wasn't it..." Cora took his hand lightly.

"What bothers me was how real it felt, other than the fact that it was freaking bizarre." Caiden said as he drank his coffee.

"Yeah... Just when you think you are over them... they come back with a vengance." She laughed.

"We did break up... she disappeared, she was abducted!" His voice was slowly raising. Cora's eyes went wide with shock and she let go of his hand.

"I didn't mean it like that! Jesus, Caiden you aren't the only one who has lost someone in there life. So wipe the puppy dog expression off your face and suck it up. I may not have 'lost' my last boyfriend, but it still broke my heart. It took time to get over, sure; but its been almost five years."

"We had been dating for eight years. I was going to propose the day she disappeared. It was our anniversary." Caiden said bluntly.

Cora just stared at him blankly; he hadn't told her any of this before. The waitress appeared then with their food orders and temporarily broke the awkward silence. Caiden used it as an excuse to look away and ignore Cora's stare. She didn't understand at all; they ate in silence the entire time. It wasn't until Caiden had paid and they were walking outside the restaurant that she spoke up.

"I had no idea you were going to marry her." Cora said in a low voice.

"You never noticed the ring?!" He was almost shouting. He pulled the locked up from beneath his shirt and leaned into Cora's face. The ring glittered in the sunlight as if it were brand new. Then he stepped back and looked at the locket.

"She never got a chance to give this too me. I found it in her closet that night. I don't mean to be angry... it's just so hard." Caiden shrugged and walked her to her car and leaned against it. Cora stood in front of him her arms crossed.

"Why didn't you say anything?" She asked, her hair blowing gently in the wind. Caiden could tell that he hurt her feelings. 

"Because it hurt to much." He said. Cora stepped forward and took his hand. She looked up at him and pulled him close. Hesitantly, Caiden wrapped his arms around her.

"I think it is worse to keep the pain to yourself, that sort of thing could kill you." She stood on her tiptoes and looked deep into his eyes. 

Caiden swallowed hard, not knowing what to expect. Cora gave him a sad smile and closed her eyes pecking him lightly on the lips. Then she kissed him again, more deeply. Caiden inhaled sharply and pushed her back gently. He kissed her on the forehead and walked away without a word. 

What was he doing?

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Alright Lovelies! This is one of three chapters I have been working towards. I was at school I had this really bright light bulb flash above my head, just like the cartoons. I am really excited to get to put my idea into action... or writing. Anyway I hope you all enjoy it. This chapter took me a very long time to write. Damn filler chapters. Hope you enjoyed your healthy dose of Caiden, because I won't be visiting this character for awhile. Ava's got too much on her plate. xD Whats gonna happen? Oh I wonder!!! ;P Anyway, I think I am more excited than any of my readers. Like, Comment, Favorite! DO them all! No really... LOVE YOU GUYS. 

-Mary

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