Shadows and Sickness

Everyone was too busy taking care of a sick persona to notice the person in the shadows, waiting to make the perfect appearance.

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8. HIM

Virgil’s POV

I tried not to, but I couldn’t help myself. I was just too tired to stay awake anymore. I ended up falling asleep faster than I wanted to. I didn’t want to have any dreams, but every time I fell asleep I did. But they weren't just dreams; they were nightmares.

 

”Hey Virgil,” I turned and saw him again.

“I’m getting real sick of this,” I mumbled. He laughed.

“Then why don’t I change it up a bit. Make your dreams unique,” He smiled.

“You are in my dreams, you don’t control them,” I sighed.

“That’s true, but I can control what you see when you wake up,” He replied. “You also won’t remember this part of your dream. That’s something else can do,”

I was about to reply when I found myself in Thomas’ living room.

What happened? How did I end up here?

I heard someone shout. “You let him do this to us,” I turned and saw Patton laying on the ground next to Roman. They were both crying. I started walking to them, but someone stopped me. It was someone I’ve never seen before.

“Stay right there,” He stated sternly.

“Who are you?” I asked him. He softly chuckled and stepped forward.

“You’ve previously known me as Logan,” He grabbed my arm.

“Logan? What are you doing? What happened to you?” I asked him trying to get out of his grip.

“You are coming with me,” He hissed. This wasn’t the Logan I knew. “Someone wants to see you,”

Logan dragged me down a hall I’ve never seen before. It was dark and just kept getting darker as we went down.

“Who? Who wants to see me? Why are you doing this? What happened to you?” I asked multiple questions, but he just stayed silent. He dragged me along for another minute before stopping at a door.

“Here,” He left me there and started walking away. I looked back, but he was already gone. Hearing the door open I turned around.

“Nice to meet you again ,” The person smirked.

“Why won’t you leave me alone?” I started backing away. He slowly came forward.

“Not until I complete the task I need to do,” He stated.

“Stay away from me,” I tried not to let my voice crack. He chuckled.

“I’ll always be there. Watching and waiting for my chance.” He stated. He walked towards me.

 

I sat up. I needed to stop having those nightmares. I decided to ask Logan if there is anyway to get rid of them. Maybe he knows. I could still feel myself shaking. I slowly looked around my room. It seemed darker than I remember.

I felt my body go rigid as I saw him. He stood there smiling. This can not be happening. I screamed. I couldn’t do anything. I stared at him. How is this happening? He was just from my dreams. Am I still dreaming? I heard someone come in.

“Virgil, what’s wrong?” They spoke softly.

“He..he’s,” I tried to explain. How can I explain seeing something that was from my dreams . He started coming closer towards me and I backed away.

“What’s wrong?” Was that Roman who asked? He sat next to me on the bed, my eyes were still focused on him.

“He’s here. please get me out of here,” I whispered.

“Who’s here?” Roman asked me. I don’t know! I don’t know who it is! It’s the person haunting me in my dreams. My thoughts yelled, but my mind couldn’t form any words.

“Please get me out of here,” Was all I manged to say. I felt arms around me and I got lifted up.

“What’s wrong? Is he okay? What happened?” I heard Patton ask.

“I don’t know...he might...nightmare…. he’s still half asleep...saying that someone was in his room....scared of.”I heard some of what they were saying. I tried to stay awake. I couldn’t let him enter my dreams again. And that meant I couldn’t have any dreams.

“Virge... ready … back to sleep,” I heard Patton talking.

“Let me...Virge … couch...help Thomas,” Roman was still talking. I don’t even know if I’m awake anymore. I tried to keep my eyes open.

“I’ll... get some … damp rag ... fever,” Patton replied to Roman. I felt someone try to set me down. Was it Roman? Or someone else? I don’t even know. I didn’t want to be set down and I clung onto whoever was carrying me.

“No,” I mumbled, trying to stifle a yawn.

“Virgil, I … help Thomas,” Roman said softly. I slightly shook my head. What if he comes back?

“He’ll come back,” I said, thinking about my most recent nightmare. ’I’ll always be there. Watching and waiting for my chance.’

“Who will come back?” I heard Patton ask. I didn’t know his name or who he is.

I shook his head. “He will,” I couldn’t think of any other thing to say. I felt Roman sit down. I leaned my head against his chest, I was still tired, but I didn’t want to sleep. And with Roman I know that he would fight whoever it is.

“Who is he?” Patton asked again. I slightly shrugged my shoulders and stayed where I was.

“Thomas is asleep,” I now heard Logan. Thomas woke up. Was it my fault?

“Did he say what his nightmare was about?” Patton asked.

“I think I know,” Roman replied. I sat still and shortly after felt a damp rag on my forehead. The coldness of the rag felt good against my burning skin.

“It was about Dayal wasn’t it?” Roman said. Who is Dayal? Was that the name of the person I kept seeing. And how did Roman know? I wanted to open my eyes, but I was more comfortable where I was.

“Do you think-” Patton stopped suddenly

“He can’t come back. We got rid of him,” Logan explained.

“Are you sure?” Roman asked Logan.

“Positive we made sure he never would,” Logan informed.

“Well, think about it this way.” I heard Roman talking again  “I’ve had a nightmare about him. Thomas had a nightmare about him. And Virgil most likely had a nightmare about him, even though he knows close the nothing about him.”

"How can he have a nightmare about something he's never seen before?" Logan asked. I felt sick to my stomach, but I didn't want to move. I could feel myself start to drift asleep.

"Maybe Thomas remembers Dayal?" Patton shyly suggested. Who is Dayal? I'm pretty certain he is the person from my nightmares.

"Of course I am," I heard his voice. I sat up suddenly, making everyone stare at me.

"Virgil?" Roman looked at me. I sighed. I quickly looked around. "Virgil you okay?" I didn't see anyone. I nodded slowly. 

"Ya, I guess. I'm just tired." I mumbled. Roman put his arms around me in a protective way. I laid against his chest again and slowly started to nod off. I tried to keep myself awake because I didn't want to have another nightmare. 

"Virgil, for the love of Disney, Just sleep already," I heard Roman state.

"Can't" I mumbled yawning.

"And why is that?" Roman asked. I shrugged. Should I tell them?

"Because of me," I heard him. It was just like in my room. Roman instantly stood up. I curled in the corner of the couch.

"We got rid of you," Roman growled. He just chuckled.

"It's quite funny, some things have a way of showing up." He started walking closer, but stopped.

"Don't you dare come near any of us," Roman pulled out his sword. 

"Oh don't worry, I wasn't planning on it," He smirked. "Yet,"

Roman lunged at him, but he just dodged easily.

"tsk, tsk, tsk. Oh and Virgil." I slowly looked at him. "It's nice to finally meet you in person. But it was fun talking to you in your dreams while it lasted right?" He laughed. I wanted nothing more than to disappear. 

"You are not supposed to show your face ever again," Logan replied. 

"I hope you realize that I'm a part of Thomas just as much as all of you, but I'm also a part of Virgil." Dayal replied. 

"Not anymore, we established that when we got rid of you." Patton stated his voice quivering.

"I need Virgil to-," the outburst was unexpected from him. 

"No. You can't have him. You can't touch him. EVER." Roman started getting defensive. For that I was thankful.

"And why is that, You Disney know-it-all." Dayal got angered. So I wasn't the only one that came up with nicknames for Prince. 

"Just because you used to be Thomas' depression doesn't mean you can get everything you want." Roman practically yelled. Woah, woah woah WHAT?

Dayal shook his head slightly and chuckled. "You can't protect him forever." And with that he was gone.

At least for now.

 
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