Fallon couldn't help it; she was beaming, teeth positively sparkling in the...blue sunlight.
"What the hell?" She heard Adeline hiss as they finally reached the end of the maze and entered out into, well, there wasn't really any way to describe it. It was a town...yes. A town. But...everything was, well, wrong. Fallon's eyes were aching just looking at it.
Houses lined the view for miles in every direction, but the roofs were green and they were all painted black. The sky was pale yellow and the sun was an electric blue, but what was oddest was that the people walking around had skin of all colours - and when she said all colours, she meant it. The streets were streaming with ribbons of rainbow, and it was beautiful.
Nervously, but also giddily, Fallon tapped Aerin on the shoulder. He spun round, eyes hard and mouth grim. Instantly, she sobered up.
"Er, ahem, um...so...is this...where we're going to live?" He looked bemused.
"Yes." Fallon shrugged.
"O...Okay. Okay then."
They stood there for a second, looking around at the town that they are now supposed to call 'home'. Aerin then started to walk off. He didn't look back but when he realised that the girls' fottsteps were no longer behind him he called out. "Well, are you coming or are you just sleeping up here tonight?"
"Can we?!" Fallon asked, excitment flaring up in her voice.
"You could, but you may not the the light of day again." Fallon and Adeline exchanged bewildered glance and then they sprinted over to their guide as fast as they could.
"HEY! What do you mean we might not see the light of day again?" Adeline screamed. Aerin was silent. Adeline grabbed his arm and pulled him back. "I asked you a question!" She said through gritted teeth.
"Please, just let me take you home and I'll tell you everything you need to know." Adeline was not impressed with this answer but she stepped aside and let him continue walking. The path from the tunnel into the town was a long one. After walking for what seemed like hours, they reached the outskirts of the town. They walked another couple miles before stopping in front of a big building. There was a big sign on the front. It read, 'Silisen Public Library'.
They walked up the big steps and pulled open the giant doors. "Welcome to the town's library, and also my home. My residence is just up those steps and this key will unlock the door at the top. Please sit in the kitchen and I will be up there in a second. Help yourself to any snacks or drinks of your preferance. I just have to lock up the library."
The girls climbed up the steps towards the door. One turn of the key revealed a beautiful house. Gold lined the walls, and not gold paint. Like, actual gold. They turned through the first door on the right and there was a kitchen that even chefs only dream of having. Adeline sat at the dining table. She was still mad about the current situation but she couldn't deny that she was in awe right now.
"Addie! Look at this clock." She pointed to the clock on the stove. It read 7:23am. They watched it for a while and then, it was 7:22.
"Oh my god!" Adeline said. "It must be the opposite of our time, so it's really 7:44pm at home!"
"Adeline, this is our home now."
"No, It's not. I refuse to beleive that. You can stay in this god forsaken place all you want but I'm leaving." Just then, Aerin came through the doorway and sat down across from Adeline. He slide a big dusty book across the table.
"You can read this book if you want. It will go into more details about this town and let's be honest, you have nothing better to do tonight."
"Excuse me. You don't get to decide whether or not I do whatever I wanna do. You not parent. I'm finding a way out of here so that I can see my real parents."
"You can find a way to go back home if that's what you want, and I fully support that decision because I know it's not safe here. But you can't do anything about it tonight. What you don't know is that this is not as ordinary a town as you might think. During the day, everything is all rainbows and sunshine. But when the darkness comes, everybody runs to their houses, locks the doors and hides away until the first light of morning peeks through the windows. Only then, is it safer to the house. The darkness brings all the spirits of those past from your world. They feed on us. They will do whatever they can to manipulate you and get you out of the house and easily accessible for feeding. That's why you girls will be staying with me tonight and as long as you need to."
"Well, I'm sorry for being so rude. Thank you for your hospitality and at day break, I will be out of your hair."
"Well, how about I help you. I sent someone to your world a long time ago so I don't remember exactly how I did it, but I'm sure I could help in some way."
"Oh my gosh, that would amazing thank you, so much." Adeline said gratefully.
"So, are you girls planning on sharing a room tonight, or would you like your own."
Fallon opened her mouth to answer, but Adeline shot her the evil eye and then replied herself. "We would like our own rooms."
"Sounds good." And with that, he got up and lead them through the kitchen doorway and down the hall. He paused at a door with a crown on it. "Fallon, this is your room." Aerin and Adeline continued walking. Fallon opened the door, let out an excited squeal and ran inside. A little ways away Aerin showed Adeline to her room, which had a sword on the front of the door. He departed down the hall further and left Adeline alone in the hall. She slowly turned the knob and pushed the door open. She walked inside, took one look around and started to cry.