A Monsters Secret

Alice Squires is hiding a dark secret that no one can ever find out. Her human family and friends at least. And if they do find out- she will die.
Despite this knowledge, the people involved in her secret is desperate to have her help them, if not her secret will be out.
In blood, lies, and tears, Alice fights for her freedom even if it means she will become the thing she hates the most. A killer.

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4. It's ok

"It's ok."

Those words cursed me. They haunted me and caused my emotions to go over board. A loud cry echoed off the trees and I looked at the dead human who was torn to shreds.

"It's ok."

Again. He spoke them again. As if trying to make those words real, as if it was completely ok that I killed an innocent human, who could have been great and unforgettable. A human who could have cured cancer or found great scientific studies, or could have had a family. Tears fell down as my wails grew louder and louder.

I killed someone. I gave into the temptation of my hunger and I killed someone. Yet this man tells me it's ok. I looked up at Mathias and my tears stopped. He looked sad yet happy, is that even possible? To be sad and happy at the same time. "It's not ok. I just killed her. Oh goodness I killed her. Oh my... Oh my god. I killed someone." I felt the turmoil bubble in the pit of my stomach again.

Mathias touched my shoulder and I felt a warm sensation spread throughout my body, soothing me into a strange peace. "It is ok Alice. You had to feed. If not you would have died and that would not have been ok. Just because you have different needs does not mean that you should pay with your life." He said in a hushed tone.

"But what good is my life if I have to take others? A thousand lives just for the sake of one. How is that fair and just?" I asked. Mathias frowned and then looked away. "Exactly. You can't tell me how. You can't say anything because what I say is true." I said.

Mathias turned towards me and I gasped. His eyes were like mine except both of his marked him a monster. His teeth looked sharper and his skin was a little more pale. He was a monster just like me, and he was crying. "What else can I say? How else can we move forward if we have to kill in order to survive? It's like the humans killing the other animals for food. Alice, I know it's not fair. Nothing is." He told me.

Slowly I touched his upper cheeks and wiped away his tears. He looked at me in shock, as if no one ever done that for him. "Mathias, what are we? Why do we have to kill humans?" I asked him. Mathias looked into my eyes and pulled my hands away from his face.

"We are ghouls. And we have to eat humans because they have all the nutrition we need. Everything else tastes bad because it's our body rejecting the food." He said. I looked at him, wanting him to tell me more. "We are a different branch from the humans, and there are many other like us. And not like us. Every different race hide in secret in fear of being found out and killed, or worse, experimented on then have our entire raced slaughtered."

I stared down at my blood covered hands for a while after he stopped talking. It was hard to process all this and yet I knew it had to be true. "Is there any other ghouls in this town? I know it's only small but is there?" I asked him. Mathias nodded. I felt my heart jump at the information, maybe I won't be alone anymore. "Mathias?..." I said. He looked at me. "Will you tell me more about ghouls? About everything else? I don't want to not know anything anymore. I don't want to be alone." I asked.

Mathias smiled a little. "Of course. But not everyone is as nice as me. Be aware of that, there are ghouls out there that don't like half ghouls and who don't like people hunting on their turf. I'll tell you all about that later. But we have to make sure you are ok first and can come to terms with what you are and what you need to eat." He told me.

"How can I do that when I don't know anything? If I can't talk to other ghouls?" I asked him.

"You have me for now. Slowly I will show you to my friends and then take you to a place where ghouls can be themselves. But for now, I need to make sure you won't go off the deep end." He told me. I nodded and stayed quite. Mathias stood up and held out his hand. "Let's get you cleaned up. I know a safe house for us to clean up or anything else we need to do. No one will be there because it's mine." He told me.

I followed suit and then stopped. "Wait. Just exactly who are you anyways? Besides a ghoul and Mathias?" I asked.

"I'm a leader of a pack. One of my men, he was still trying to cope with being a ghoul and a virus is going around that kills us. He was a victim of the virus and was slowly dying. He was the one who turned you, and I am sorry for that." He said.

My body froze in fear just thinking about that night. When I was attacked and eaten, when I was turned into a monster. I gulped, remembering the emotions of that night. How the fear consumed me. "Alice!" Mathias's voice interrupted my thoughts. I looked at him. "It's ok. He is dead. And he wasn't a bad guy, he was just scared. He did save you from dying as well." Mathias said.

I nodded and looked down at my hands. "I'm sorry. It must be hard to lose a friend. It's just that this is so scary and that night... It was probably the worst night in my life." I told him. Mathias nodded in understanding.

"It's ok. Let's just hurry up and get you cleaned up. After I will take you to your house so you can get some rest. You shouldn't be hungry for the next couple days, so your family isn't in a lot of harm." He told me.

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