I was dead. At least I thought I died but all of a sudden I awoke in that same forest I had been in in my previous dream. Only this time the moon was its natural shade and it wasn't in the middle of the sky anymore. The fog was gone and the greenery of the forest looked almost breathe-taking.
"Is this real or just another dream?" I mouthed out,
"Oh it's real alright, very real, child," a voice came up behind me and when I turned I saw the little girl from back then. This time, the chains were not there anymore, the blood and the cuts and bruises were also gone. Only her dark tan spotless skin was shining in the moonlight, her silk black hair- was much longer than mine- flowing in the wind like wings around her and her glowing wild blue sapphire eyes looked at me so ecstatically, her undeniably ravishing beauty was on bouquet.
"It's been so long since I could feel this free," she exclaimed as she looked at the moon as the wind brushed her dark skin cheeks. She looked like me so much it was unnerving but there was this ancient feeling from her like she was me but also thousands of years old version of me. She brought her gaze back down and walked up to me slowly, she held my cheeks and smiled. "Don't worry dear child it wouldn't hurt".
"What wouldn't?" she just smiled in response, tilting her head backwards then lunging forward almost like she wanted to head butt me and I woke up, my throat clinging for air. After my eyes adjusted to the brightness I realized I was in my room, on my bed. I looked at my clock it was almost 6 p.m. My eyes then drifted downwards to assess myself, I was in different clothes. My head felt heavy as I sat up and everything seemed so hazy. I was still trying to piece together what happened when my eyes fell on a guy in the corner of my room sitting on my window.
"You..."I said the moment recognized him, "why are you-"I had started to remember everything but it was too much to comprehend at once, my memories kept replaying it in a mess starting from when I died.
"How...but...I..." I whispered in a grief-stricken voice as I held my face in my palms.
"Calm down no need to panic and don't worry your memories aren't lying to you, you did die....," he said, in cold and husky voice.
"What do you mean I died?!" I was in an incomprehensible situation, my memories tell me I died, someone tells me I died and yet I am breathing and alive right here and now. I scanned my clothes and body but there was no sign of blood or scars. "What did you do to me?"
"I didn't do anything... don't worry, I saved you, brought you home and changed your clothes, can't have you bloodying the whole place now can we?" he said, at first he sounded full of self-loathing but at the end, he just suddenly changed to his rude monotone.
"You did what..." I didn't know whether to be embarrassed or scared in this situation anymore.
"Don't worry there was nothing to see," he chuckled as he spoke and that irritated me all the more.
"Just who are y-" Just then I realized my hair was almost reaching my hands and it was even brighter than before, like how 'her' hair looked. I rushed to the mirror and I saw my hair the same length as hers, my skin was as silky and spotless as hers and my eyes radiated like hers before it returned to its natural dark brown shade. My short curly hair was nowhere to be found.
"Why-why do I look like her..." those words just slipped out as I thought them as I examined my face.
"Who?" He asked.
"It's-she's....a girl I saw in my dreams, she looked just like this," gesturing to myself.
"Who?" he asked again even more confused,
".....never mind," I said after a long pause. There was no point in telling someone who clearly has no clue plus I don't even know if he can be trusted.
"Who was she?" he questioned a little concerned.
"Like I said never mind," I sighed and looked back at myself thinking what I would say to Mum and everyone when they saw me like this. Oh my god! Mum, Luke, everyone. The memories slowly came back; how I last saw them before I ran. I fell to my knees, I couldn't begin to understand the many emotions that were whelming up inside me and were about explode at the same time. Cold heavy tears came rolling down my cheeks, my breathing became unstable and my body felt numb.
"If you're worried about the others they're fine," he said, still with that cold monotone. I looked up to him still horrified, "Your friends are fine, I just rewrote their memories. Bradley and Luke are healing in the hospital but the other one...Hunter right? He was tricky put I tried my best, he's still in critical condition," I couldn't understand what he was saying, all that was on my mind at that moment was that I had to see Mum. I had to get downstairs and find out if she's okay and under seconds I got down two flight of stairs, almost crashing into the wall. I didn't have time to find a reason, all I could think of was Mum. I found her sleeping soundly on the couch. The mere sight of her brought peace to my heart, I knelt down beside the couch and watched her sleep.
"But as for Elizabeth, because of how she is, I just gave her something to relieve the pain" I heard his voice and looked up and I saw him standing by the wall in front of me.
Mum opened her eyes and the first thing she saw was me. I could see a tearful smile spread on her face, it was so clear that she was about to cry but she kept it at bay.
"Anna, what are you doing here, your birthday must be over I shouldn't be getting any special treatment," she said as she sat up and stroked my face.
"Mum..." my throat was throbbing because of tears that were building.
"My, your hair has grown so beautiful," she stroked my hair gently, from what I saw in her eyes she knew exactly what happened. "My, you look so beautiful," her smile slowly faded and she had a stern look in her eyes.
"Oi! How could you let this happen I thought you were assigned not to let this happen!" she said raising her voice. Her attention shifted to the guy behind her. He immediately went one knee and bowed his head in response, there I was wondering how can a man so high and mighty looking could submit so quickly.
"Please forgive me, I underestimated the enemy greatly, I didn't think the spell could be lifted so easily but-"
"It shouldn't, there must be another force at work here... How did they find us...," I didn't understand what was going on right now, my Mum was talking so casually to the guy who probably had a hand in my so called death.
"Whoa...hold on, what's going on here? Mum, do you know him?" I questioned raising my voice. I drew away from her and stood up before I continued. "He may be a part of all this or even be the culprit," Mum waved at him to stand and turned to me, her brows curved up apologetically.
"Anna...sit, I have much to explain to you," she said putting her hand on the other side of the couch. I simply obeyed, 'cause well she's my Mum, and she grabbed my hands when I sat.
"What would you like to know first?"
"What's your involvement in all this?" I said quickly, she chuckled and rested her back on the chair and sighed.
"Where do I start, from the very beginning I guess? You and brother were born on a special day and because of that, that's why are how you are now," Mum's brief explanation didn't sit anywhere with me, I didn't understand anything.
"Mum you can do better than that," She could see I wasn't following.
"You know the questions you used to ask when you were little about your father. Well, it was more complicated than you thought," Mum smiled and brushed my face- probably to brace me for what she was about to say- "He was a powerful magical being called a Fae that just happened to pass by my town at that time. He was fascinated by the brash, impetuous woman who never once fell for his looks and seductions..." watching my Mum talk like that was the first time, her eyes were beaming with bliss and her lips were warped in a soft smile like she was in love.
"...Above all else, he was intrigued by my ability," I looked at her with a raised brow and she chuckled when her eyes caught it, "I sorta had the power to neutralize his..." she explained but that just sounded crazier to me.
"And soon that brash unyielding woman fell deeply in love with that Fae as did he. We got married by my request and I got pregnant with two powerful children in me, I thought I wouldn't be able to take it but my body wasn't like a normal human and could hold two half Fae babies in me. On the night I gave birth to you the moon cried, I was told that was some sort of ancient sign for a bad thing but for some reason, your brother didn't come out and after a year your brother followed. When he discovered it was not safe for both you and your brother, he said didn't want that kind of life for the both of you and put some spell to seal off the Fae side of you so the both of you could live a normal life," she looked at me but I was caught off guard looking so blank,
"So.....you were pregnant for two years?" was about all I caught from that story.
"Yep, and gave birth to him on the same day as you and same thing happened again," it took a few minutes but I slowly began to digest everything. I almost wanted to write off what Mum said as crazy talk but after what I saw and felt last night, I could tell at least something abnormal was going on. But now one of the things that didn't make sense to me while I grew up, made sense to me now. Luke and I were twins a year apart.
"And him?" I gestured at the guy behind me.
"He...well he was the one closest to your father and that was left to protect you and your brother," I finally took a closer look at him and saw he had a well-built slender body with an outstanding height, his pale milky cream skin could be seen from the distance and his brilliant overwhelming looks was-I hated to admit it- beyond eye-catching. His face was smooth and chiselled, his slightly red-pink lips added to his already blinding looks but it was his crimson eyes that stole the show; its cold deep brilliance was like staring into an endless ocean coupled with his long dark brown hair and a bang encasing his long and slender face. There was a strange tattoo on his neck, looked it flowed all the way to his back and his jacket was covering it. I had to stop before he knew I was staring.
"So what exactly am I?" I said diverting my eyes to Mum. Dreading her answer.
"Short or long version?"
"You're a Blood Fae-,"
"Elizabeth, I think we need to discuss," he interrupted using that conceited tone of his. I was about to give him a piece of my mind when I felt a sharp pain in my head. All the strength almost slipped out of me and I felt this strong feeling of confusion, fear and thirst overwhelm me. It felt like my other half just woke up.
"Looks like Luke's awake," he said reading my reaction.
"Luke's okay?" My Mum asked him in a pleading voice.
"Yes he's just fine," he said showing a small smile for her. "Well let's go and get him, he must be very confused right now," Mum and I didn't waste any time, we got into the car and drove to the hospital and left him behind.