36. Chapter 35
I was in a forest all alone. There was no sound, the leaves weren’t rustling, there weren’t birds chirping. It was dark and I was lost.
“No you’re not.” A voice said beside me. I looked and there was Rey. Her hair curled and make- up that made her eyes pop and made her look like a fallen angel. I have no idea why she was wearing what she was; Black strapless dress down to her knees and barefoot. I grabbed her hand and held it tight.
“Then where am I?” I asked. She faced me and wrapped her arms around my neck. I took her waist.
“You’re with me.” She kissed my forehead and her sweet vanilla scent filled my nose. “When you’re with me, you’ll never be lost.” She kissed my cheeks. “Because I love you.” She grazed her lips against mine.
“I love you too.” I said to her. I pressed my lips to hers. She kissed me back, I felt the electricity surge through me. It felt amazing… then she wasn’t there anymore. She was ripped from my arms and I was being pulled away from her.
I was now in a dark tiled room. There was only a single light; I could barely see what was inside. I saw a table full of surgical tools… and a figure chained to the wall opposite of me.
I felt a lump in my throat. My gut told me who was on the wall, but I refused to believe it.
“J-J-Jer?” her weak voice called me. I gulped and slowly walked toward her. The closer I got, the faster my heartbeat became. Soon I was right in front of her and I felt my heart ache. Her body had cuts all over her legs and arms. Her face was so swollen and bloody, I could barely tell who it was. Her legs were swollen, telling me her legs were broken. Her dress was ripped in places where I shouldn’t say. The images in my mind of what they could have done to her made me want to scream… but my gut was right.
“Reyna…” I gasped.
“Jeremy… please end it. Please put me out of my misery.” She begged as the tears started to stream down her face.
“What are you talking about? I’m going to get you out of here.” I said walking towards her, but she shook her head.
“No… They’ll come for me again and hurt the people I protect again. End this to stop it… please.’ She said with all her strength.
“How? How do I stop it?” I asked for the answer. And I really didn’t want to do what she asked.
“I want you to end my life.” She said. I gasped.
“Yes… I want you to take that blade over there and kill me. This will all be over. You, Martin, Paris and the others won’t have to worry anymore. Trust me… this will end it.” She said trying to smile.
“I can’t-!” I started.
“Yes you can. This is our job, to sacrifice to protect and do what’s right. I’m going to be okay. I promise.” she assured me.
“No.” I said once more.
“Jer… this is my last wish. And when I’m free, I can protect you.” She said. “Please… for me.” Tears flowed down my cheeks as I walked towards the table. I took a knife and walked towards her. My tears blurred my vision, but she helped me lead myself towards her. She looked down at me and smiled. I held the knife to her chest and pointed it at her heart. I brought the knife back…
“I love you. I always will” Was the last thing she said before I stuck the blade inside her. She gasped and then went limp. The chains held her to the wall, but her limbs were hanging. I looked at my hands and I started to go dizzy. Her blood was splattered on my fingers and all over my arms. Before I knew it… I screamed at the top of my lungs; a scream full of pain and anger.
I jolted up! I was in Rey’s hospital room with the others now. They were all staring at me.
“You okay Jer?” Rey asked.
“Yeah…. I just… had a dream I fell off a cliff.” I lied. She nodded and started talking with Eleanor again. I sat up in the chair and put my head in my hands. Why did I dream of something so horrible? Just then someone tapped my shoulder. I looked up to meet the eyes of Paris.
“You weren’t dreaming of that were you?” she asked.
“How could you tell?”
“You started to cry a bit in your sleep. I was the only one who noticed, but people don’t normally cry for dreams of falling off a cliff.” She explained.
“True. I dreamt of something really bad… and it involved Reyna.” I said.
“You don’t’ have to tell me the full details, but that’s a bad sign.” She said.
“Well, sometimes people who dream about other people see a possible future. I don’t want to know what you dreamt of, but be careful that the dream doesn’t become reality.” She said sitting on the arm of the chair.
“Do you think I should tell her?” I asked glancing at Rey.
“That’s up to you, but would you want her to know the horrible things that could happen to her?” and with that Paris walked away. My breath caught in my throat. I can’t let the dream become reality, I just can’t.