(Short story)
Rhiannon Turner hasn't been to the Cornish village of Pur Lowen in years, not since her Grandfather died. In that time a lot has changed, and Rhiannon has found himself, and become Ryan.
When Ryan returns to Pur Lowen for the summer holidays he finds himself oddly drawn to Raven June, the beautiful girl next door, who's unsettling past keeps her, and her sister Mapelli, silent most of the time.
But Ryan knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges, and he's determined to reach Raven, despite her selective mutism.
What Ryan doesn't realise is that there's more to Raven and her sister than that which meets the eye...and Raven has a secret


23. Chapter 23 (FINAL CHAPTER)

Chapter 23 ~ Raven

I look up at him now, feeling the weight of his hand in mine, resting my chin on his shoulder, unable to suppress my smile. Just being around him makes me feel better. He’s my rescue remedy, the person I turn to if ever I doubt myself. I love Ryan. Ryan loves me. And not the quiet village freak, the real me. He loves me despite the fangs, despite the tormented past. He can see through all that, and looking up at him now, I know that if he can see through it all, so can I.

Chapter 23(b) ~ Mapelli

I know they love each other. I don’t particularly like it, but I know it. I also know that he sparks hope inside her, something that I haven’t seen in awhile. I wish I felt it too, but I don’t- maybe, maybe I will soon…

Chapter 23(c) ~ Dex

All my life I’ve never been able to be around people, when I get too close they get angry, or sad, or scared...and they go. Maybe Ryan’s right. Maybe it’s not my eyes...maybe it’s me. At least if it is me I can control it. Yeah, I can control it…

Chapter 23(d) ~ Queenie

I think this boy might be insane. I have scales, who will ever accept me? Sure, Raven, Mapelli, and Dex do, but that’s different...isn’t it? And Ryan, he doesn’t really accept me...doesn’t he?

Chapter 23(e) ~ Ryan

I look around at them all, and I know. I know that I have to help them. Because they’re not misfits. They’re like me…different. I know in my heart that one day Raven will speak in the daylight, and that it’s only her own fear holding her back. I know that Dex won’t spark such powerful emotions in people if he just learns to think about how he looks at them. I know that Queenie is beautiful...and that there’s someone out there who’ll love her for who she is.

These people have been hiding for centuries. They’re the myths, the legends, the beasts on the moors.

...But they’re human.

And it’s time they started to realise that.

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