Wake Me Up From This Nightmare

After a disastrous date and countless nightmares, will Elle be able to love again with the help of a friend?

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7. Ch. 6

"Michael." My voice shook. "Ellie. What's wrong?" Michael shifted to where he was looking me in the eyes. "Elle. Ellie. You're pale. What's wrong?" My eyes started burning. Unable to blink. Unable to remove my eyes from the tree. Like I was hypnotized by the unknown figure. A hand gently pressed against my cheek. Turning my face to meet Michael's worried eyes.

"It's Zak." I whispered. "Ellie. What are you talking about?" Michael questioned. "Zak. He's behind that tree. The big tree over there. He came. To see his victim be laid to rest Michael." Michael pulled back, examining my face. Knowing a lie wasn't being told.

Michael turned to the car, gesturing Ashton to come to him. "Take Elle home for me. Stay with her. I got to take care of something. I'll be home as soon as I can." Michael handed me off and turned towards the tree.

"Michael don't go!" I lunged at him. "Elle. Don't worry. I'll be fine. He can't harm me." Michael whispered in a soft tone.

Without saying a word, Ashton took my hand, opened the passenger door and buckled me in. I sat there speechless as the engine started, and slowly pulled away from the curb. My body turned to where I was glancing behind me. Watching as Michael approached the tree. Tears escaped from my eyes. Thoughts raced through my head wondering if it's going to be the last time I'll get to see Michael.

*

The sound of the clock ticking was the only noise that echoed in the living room. An hour has passed and still no Michael.

The house was quiet. A little too quiet. Ashton brought me home. Usually if he's around it's really loud.

"Ashton?" I shouted. "I didn't do it!" A voice echoed from the kitchen. "Hey Ellie. If you hear the smoke alarm no worries. I got it under control!"

I hopped to my feet and rain to the kitchen. Smoke pouring out of the microwave. "Ashton! What'd you do?" I asked shocked. "Well. I tried making you happy by making you chocolate covered strawberries but I may have somehow caught the chocolate chips on fire. If that makes sense. WHATS THAT?" Ashton shouted. Pointing at me. "What's what?" "YOURE SMILING! YOU HAVE A LITTLE SMILE PEEKING ON THE CORNERS OF YOUR CHEEK!" Ashton bolted over. Embracing me in his arms. "I MADE ELLE SMILE. I MADE ELLIE SMILE! IM GOOD!" Ashton danced around the kitchen dragging me along with him.

I held onto the cabinet trying to regain my balance. The doorbell rang once. I felt my heart shatter into a million pieces. If it was Luke, Michael, or Calum they would have just walked in.

"Stay here Ellie. I'll get the door." Ashton spoke.

Right then and there I knew it wasn't good. Something was wrong and it was michael. I attempted to push the thought away but deep down my heart knew Michael wasn't ok.

"How can I help you officer?" Ashton's voice trembled as he answered the door.

Hands shaking. Heart beating out of my chest. Vision blurred from tears falling from the unknown news I was unable to hear.

"Elle....." Ashton hesitated. "It's michael." "Why. Why. Why." I whispered. "Why can't anyone put an end to this nightmare?"

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