Memories Lost in Time

Katirina Hartford is a 16 year old girl from Gold Gait High. Everything is fine until she discovers a family secret. Soon she finds herself in a sticky situation in the past, trapped. She must find her way home and while fighting for her life and for the love of her life. There is mystery, deception, and high stakes. Will she make it home, or will she be stuck in the past?

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1. Prologue

 

PROLOGUE

Sunday, October 18th, 2015, One Week Ago

I look upon the house with sceptical eyes. The bite of the October wind teases the skin peeking out of my half zipped jacket.

    “C’mon Kati, just go already!” yells a voice behind me. I turn around to meet Cynthia’s eyes. I know I wouldn’t stay mad at her, and at this point, I had to do it.

    “Just give me a sec, okay?” I face the old manor on the hill. A chill rushes through me as I eye the rusty gate and gargoyles.

“Okay… I'm going to go in now…,” I say with a slight waver in my voice. It's going to be ok. I'll go in, count to ten and the dare will be over, I think, trying to reassure myself.

“Here we go,” I whisper, as I take my first step toward the dark house.

As I walk up the driveway to the gate, a crow flies by, its caw like a warning. It sends a shiver up my spine but I press forward.

As I get to the gate, the moon breaks through the clouds in an eerie white light. I pull at the gate. Locked.

“Sorry, it's locked!” I yelled down the hill, but as I started to turn around to walk back to Cynthia, I hear a creak. I look back at the gate. To my horror it unlocked and opened.

“It looks open, Kati!” yelled Cynthia from the bottom of the hill. “Just go in; it's a dare, not life and death.”

The leaves around me stir as I continue up the path to the house. I climb the stairs which groan under my feet from what I can only imagine as years without use. My hand hovers over the door knob. You'll be all right, I think to myself. Just ten seconds and this will be over. I open the door and pull out my cell phone. Turning on my flashlight app and I look around. The first thing I noticed is the rather grand staircase covered in cobwebs. The carpet taking on a dull gray from where the sunlight had faded its color. When I reach the center of the room I start to count.

“One...two…” The floor creaks. “Three…” Another groan. “Four…five...six...” Almost done, I think with some relief. “Seven...eight...nine...” Without warning, the floor heaves and I am screaming. The next I knew, I am falling and everything is dark. My stomach lurches as I fall.

When I hit the ground with a hard thud, the wind is knocked out of me. I begin to see spots before my eyes. Then I see nothing

 
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