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“Tell me what this is,” Jaco demanded, holding the key out upon his flat palm. “I can’t...I can’t…” I struggled against the force of my body. I felt my body beginning to grow faint, and if I refused much longer, I’d die. I fell to my knees in defeat and looked up with tears in my eyes. “It’s the key to my heart.”

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13. Chapter 13

Chapter 13

I was watching the road, since it was so dark and consistently checking my mirrors. Cheri had fallen asleep with the jazz music I put on and Sashay was just about asleep. I looked back in the mirror and saw a pair of headlights. There were a few turns I needed to make up ahead so I watched the car behind us. I turned right, it turned right. I turned left, it turned left. I turned to the left again and it turned to the right.

“I’m just being paranoid,” I said to myself. We were almost there, and it was about three in the morning. I was tired, not used to being up this long. I drove up the mountain, following the twisty dirt roads. When the cabin came in sight, I sighed finally glad I could get some rest. “Hey you two! Wake up we are here!” I said loudly. They jolted awake and stared at the approaching cabin.

“Jeez, it really has grown!” Sashay unbuckled her seat belt and jumped out of the car. Cheri soon followed. It still caught my breath. It was a log cabin, but not your typical cabin. The front wall was a series of windows two stories high. The logs were dark washed and fit perfectly together. We unloaded everything and I put the van in the garage and locked it. We walked up the concrete walkway to the front door also made of wood. I pulled out my keys and unlocked the door, pushing it open. I watched the girl’s mouths drop open in surprise and giggled at their response.

“Pretty, huh?”

“Pretty? It’s beautiful!” Cheri said immediately flipping the light switch and watched the chandelier light up overhead. We walked into the living room, dumping our stuff in the middle of the room and threw ourselves down on the six-piece sectional. The girls looked in wonder around us.

“Well, let’s get our stuff to our rooms and unpack, then we will sleep in as long as we want tomorrow!” I said pushing myself off the comfy couch and heading to my suitcase. “I’ll take care of the food, you two head upstairs and choose your rooms!” I barely had said the words and they bounded up the stairs with their suitcases. I heard a chorus of ‘woah’s and ‘this one is mine’ and ‘look they each have their own bathrooms!’. I chuckled and headed into the kitchen with our grocery bags. I opened the pantry as was glad to find that from our last visit we still had canned foods and pasta, and now junk food consisting of chips, candy and chocolate. I put everything away and looked in the fridge, not surprised to find it empty. I wrote a short list of groceries and put it on the counter, ready tomorrow to pick up the food.

“Ok, that’s done,” I wiped my hands on my shirt and went to grab my bag, so I too could head upstairs to bed. A tapping sound came at the window and I was instantly on alert. I headed toward the noise and looked out the window. Realizing it was the tree hitting the window in the soft breeze, I calmed and headed upstairs. The carpeted stairs felt soft against my bare feet and I headed down the hallway where the bedrooms were. I looked into the first one, and smiled when I saw Cheri crashed on the bed. I had a feeling she would pick the room with the fluffiest bed and couch. I looked around remembering the white vanity with lights around it, the fireplace in front of the couch with the TV overhead, the window seat with the few colored pillows. I smiled and closed the door quietly, knowing her to be a light sleeper. I walked a few steps down the hallway and peaked in the door, seeing Sashay’s face lighted up by her phone. She had a sad smile on her face. I took a few steps into her room. “You okay?”

“Yeah, I am,” She said looking up, “just rereading texts from Jaco. I just hope he’s not too bad.”  I smiled.

“I knew you were going to choose this room. It’s edgy like you,” I said trying to pick up her spirits. She chuckled and nodded, pointing to the balcony.

“Beautiful view you have here, and that bathroom is amazing! Is there one connected to each bedroom?” She asked smiling, putting her phone to the side. I nodded and came closer, sitting on the bed. She leaned a little closer, “Are you scared, Amberlin?” She asked with a concerned look on her face. I didn’t know what to say.

“I don’t really know, right now. I’m just confused.”

“Well, it’s also four o’ clock in the morning and you haven’t slept. You know how confused you get when you don’t sleep,” She chuckled and pushed me off her bed. “Go to sleep, Am. I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Remember Honey, it’s already morning!” I called as I left the room. I pulled my suitcase down the hallway and pushed open the door at the end of it. I took a deep breath entering the room and calmed. I didn’t put my stuff away, knowing I had plenty of time later today when I woke up. I didn’t even change clothes, just crashed on the bed. I crawled under the covers and fell asleep.

“I’m sorry it took so long before I came back. I got out of our town and am sleeping in our cabin,” I smiled at the three Guardians. They watched me and nodded.

“Now, that you are safe, let’s discuss the reason we called you here,” Emmiale looked at me intently. Finally I was going to get some answers!

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