The constant pounding of my heart was at a rhythm I knew all too well. The fear rushing along every inch of me is one that used to keep me up countless nights. Kai pushed, shoved me towards a familiar door, one I hoped never to see again. Such is my luck. The wood of it was still stained with old blood. My own from back when I had to drag my battered body back into my room only to be punished even more. When I opened the door the smell of rust mixed with the old, dried iron of my blood was sharp. It hit me like a painful blow to my stomach, making it twist and turn. I thought the smell of alcohol was bad the first time I set foot in Benny's, but this was worse. Impossibly worse.
"Go ahead. Embrace every memory you left behind in this room. I made sure to keep it intact for your return." Every word that spilled out of her mouth was venomous and filled with a sort of glee that made me even more nauseous. She was enjoying this. She enjoyed the fear that made my hands tremble and the horror that made my body quiver. It as sick.
"Wh- where is Karen and Kat?" I dared ask. One thing I noticed back in this place was that it was too quiet. I couldn't feel the chill I always did whenever the other two were around. That's how great their powers are combined. The three sisters were a disturbing presence all on their own, but together it was an unmistakable mixture of raw power. Even a mere human would feel the chills.
"My little sisters fled soon after Kat paid you a visit. I didn't go after them. Kat thought she was warning you, but she led me right to your little hiding place. I gotta say, that estate is quite the fortress. Nevertheless, It was easy penetrating the protection spell around it. And getting into that ball was even easier." Her hold hand wrapped around my arm and she forced me into the dark room that used to serve as my cage. "That orange eyed man sure took a liking to you. I can't imagine why. I mean you're not even real." Her hand jerked and I fell to my knees over the mattress I used to sleep in, catching myself on my hands as well. Kai continued talking while I struggled to keep from throwing up at the smell invading my nose. "No matter. Soon enough you will be out of the picture and I will find a way to make him my new pet."
"Stay away from him.' I warned. I had no power to use against her. The only defense against her is back at the estate, on the stage where I dropped it before Kai kidnapped me. I cursed in the confidence of my mind and looked around me for some way out of this mess. It was all dark, silent, still, dead. Just like will be hours from now. After all these years, I doubt Kai would keep me alive for long.
The mock laugh that came from the monster that made me sent my blood boiling. "Or what, darling?" She asked and I didn't answer, because I knew there wasn't a thing in the world I could do against her. So the next time she told me to move, I did. "Come now. On your knees. Facing the door. You remember how." She said.
It wasn't long before I was shackled, the rusty chains doing their "clank, clank." as I tried to avoid the pinching it caused on my wrists. My body hung forwards the slightest and the sense of deja vu suddenly became a crashing reality. I was right back where I started. Only this time the chances of getting out of this alive were a solid none. "Good." Kai sang. "I forgot to tell you how beautiful you looked today. This dress really suits you." I was silent, flinching at the feel of her nails running over the delicate fabric of my dress. "I don't get a thank you? Poor manners. I guess you haven't changed."
"Neither have you." I told her, practically spitting the words out.
"No." The sound of leather cutting through air made my eyes widen in sheer horror. "I haven't." Then the whip came down on my back, licking it until it left trails of blood behind.
"You have to wake up."
I knew I was dreaming. How else could Mason be right in front of me. He caressed my cheek and smiled, a full smile that I've never seen breach his lips before. He helped me to my feet and wrapped strong arms around my waist to keep me steady and upright.
"What?" I asked. I was afraid his hands so close to my back would bring me more pain, but I couldn't even feel a sting. I opened my eyes fully and looked around me at my room back at the estate. "How did I get here?"
"You've been sleeping all day, Jinx." Mason laughed and his lips smoothed over mine before kissing me in the most gentle way. he was careful, caring, passionate. "Come on. We have to go."
"Go where?" I asked him and he responded with the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. "Everywhere. Just you and me."
I smiled and then began laughing. I was impossible to believe how happy that made me. I was still laughing and Mason watched me with curious eyes. Suddenly I wasn't in my own body. I watched as Mason held my laughing body. The laughter soon tightened in volume and the sound of it was twisted to a sinister chuckle. I tried reaching us, but it was like running in place. Soon the person Mason was holding shifted into someone else. Kai now took my place and I watched her pierce her claw like fingers through Mason's chest and rip his hear right through. It dropped bloody and still beating on the floor and my cries were silent kind, the kind that build up and then burst as if your own heart has exploded within your chest cavity.
"Wakie, wakie." My eyes flew open and a scream filled the small room. "it was only a dream, silly." Kai held my face in her hands, her index fingers at my temples. One thing I noticed was the lamp in the far corner of the room. It was the first time this room ever had light and now I wished it was dark again. The floor was a collage of blood stains from years back and the dust and dirt plagued the corners. The chains that held me captive were in worse conditions than I had imagined, but they still held. The mattress I was kneeling on was battered and broken, the stuffing used as shelter for the insects that crawled around us. They kept their distance. Even they knew better than to get too close to the evil snake in front of me. I wanted her hands off me.
"Kill me and get on with it. Stop dragging this out." I told her. I meant to sound angry, annoyed, like I had nothing to lose, but I was practically begging her to end me.
"Aw, Jinxy. This is a mother, daughter reunion. It's special. We haven't even gotten to the best part." From the little light the dim lamp cast over the room I could see her sadistic smile widen. She stood up and took two steps back before chanting. I never knew what language she was chanting on. For years I've tried to decipher it, but it was ancient. What I did know is that it was nothing good and when I saw the slithering snakes unwrapping from her arms I closed my eyes. I bit back my tongue to prevent me from screaming. A futile attempt when I felt the stinging pain when fangs sunk into my flesh. They attacked where it was closer. My legs, thighs, and then crawled up my body to mark my arms as well. My cries became part of a symphony Kai was conducting. A symphony that focuses on the right amount of crescendo and ends with my impending death.
I must have blacked out again. I woke up, still chained, to an empty room. My body was soar and the rust from the shackles marcked all around my wrists and left them in blood. That will leave a mark. Not that it mattered, I'd be dead soon enough. My mouth was dry and my vision was blurred. The light of the lamp seemed weaker somehow and not a single sound could be heard. My back stung, but with pain all over my body it was hard to pin point just where eat wound was located. Then all at once I felt it. Steaming water fell from above and the hot liquid made every wound burn like this room was suddenly my own personal hell cell. I cried out loud and hissed as the sensation remained.
"All better?" Kai came out of the shadows with a smile on her face. It sickened me, but a smile of my own stretched across my lips and it earned me a twitch from Kai. "What's so amusing?" She asked.
"You." I began. "You're sad and alone. You're a monster and the only way for you to be happy is torturing me. I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry for the fact that you will never get a shred of affection." I spat out the blood mixed water from my mouth and looked up at her, staring right into her hellish eyes. "You're own sisters left you."
I wish I could have taken that back, but I'm sure this was coming either way. Kai stormed behind me and the leather whip thundered against my back. With is strike I cried out. She was going all out. It was different. Before it had been about pleasure, amusement. Now it was about rage and vengeance. It had never been this painful. One, two, three. I lost count after 13 and every single time it hit my back a tear threatened to roll down my cheek. I could feel the hot, stinging water forming in my eyes. I gasped as one of the strikes brought the whip to wrap around my neck, finally making the tear fall and trail down to my lips. The salty taste was the least of my worries. Kai yanked back and made my whole body bend backwards to a point in which I thought my spine would break in half, and all so my wide eyes were looking up at her. "Careful, deary. Words can hurt as much as the whip." She released me and left the room, slamming the door behind her.
I allowed myself to breath in deeply and then let it out. My lungs seemed to fight against me as did my accelerating heart. This was going on much longer than I had expected, which left me convinced that this was going to be a slow death. Beat me, bleed me until my mind and heart give out. I should have known this was her plan all along. Slowly, to make up for the lost years.
Mason came to mind next. What I would give to see him one more time and do everything I wish I would have done. He'd probably tell me something stupid like "don't give up" right now. How couldn't I? Things aren't looking so good for me. Still, he would tell me to fight and not be a coward. I'm not. that's the last thing I am. What I am is stupid. I wasted so much time trying to escape from the estate that I didn't even realize what I was feeling. Years running away, wondering about the world and instead of living in it and accepting the fact that I was finally where I was supposed to be? I tried to run. Sure the estate was hell, but as bad as this. Robin was something I could handle and Mason was something I have handled the moment he took interest in me. Kai ruined me. Tears of rage spilled and fell on the water that surrounded me. My hands balled into fists and every inch of me trembled with loss and regret. I should have asked him to go with me, to run with me.
"Stupid bastard." I mumbled and opened my eyes to find the puddle on the floor, just off the mattress, boiling. "Stupid bitch..." This time I meant to say that to myself.