I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. The humid air was closing my lungs in. I was barely able to breathe, but I had to keep pushing forward. I trip over a huge root, and go rolling, "Come on Mayle, Come on!" I hear my brother, Ashland yell, as he runs over, and pulls me up, and runs off again. I limp after him. My lungs bursting for air. I hadn't heard their toe-curling wails in a while. But, that didn't mean they wasn't behind us. I stop for a second to catch a breath, when I hear a voice, "You won't make it, they're not far behind you. I would join them now, instead of letting them kill you. But, its your choice...." I looked into the sky, "NEVER!" I yelled, and started running, I heard the wails start up again, I pull in a deep breath, and keep running, I could see Ashland in front of me, I run hard, trying to catch up to him.
I hear the voice again, but this time it was quieter, like it was more distant, saying, "I warned you......" Then, everything went eerie. All I could hear was the pounding of our feet, and the harsh intake of my breath. I stop, and look around, they wasn't anywhere to be seen.
"Ashland!" I yell, he stops and turns around, "What?" I sit on the ground, and try to catch my breath. My throat was sore from no water, and the intake of so much air. "I don't hear them, i don't see them, I wonder what happened?" He just stared at me, and we thought in silence. My mind kept wondering to that voice. I knew worse was to come, so we had to get ready........
So here's the story. My name is Mayle Bryant, I am 14 years old, with curly black hair, and green eyes. I'm 5 foot, and 6 inches tall, and I'm a Freshman at the Mitchellson High School. My brother, Ashland, was 18, and he was a Senior. He always took up for me, if anyone ever bothered me. Ashland had ruffled blonde hair, and blue eyes. He was almost 6 and a half feet tall, and was very muscular.
One day we were having a pep-rally when the principal poped up on the intercom, "ALL STUDENTS, ALL STUDENTS! REPORT TO THE GYM AND STAY THERE! WE'RE UNDER LOCK DOWN!" Ashland, had grabbed my hand, and we sat on the bottom bleecher. He walked over and asked the principal what was going on when he walked in. Mr.Maxwell, our principal had said, "Well, there are some kind of demons rampaging in the streets. Their bodies are made of fire, and they eat your flesh. The Military had sent a message to all schools saying to lock everything down." I had felt my heart stop beating, I could feel it, we were going to die. Ashland had sat beside of me and hugged me close as we sat in the dark gym. Mr.Maxwell, had set the alarm, which would go off if any of the demon things were able to break in.
We had learnt many things about them. Like they were attracted to light, the smell of humans, and tin. They hated silver, wood, and wire. So yeah, we had a bad chance of winning against them. You hear the blood-hurtling screams of kids, adults, and families outside. It broke my heart, thinking about my 2 year-old baby sister, Andrea, and my mom and dad. We heard banging all around the auditorium. I started to shake, and Ashland held me closer. Then, an alarm went off. You could hear people screaming, and everyone started running around. "Come on Mayle, Come on!" Ashland yelled. When the alarm went off, all the doors opened. We ran out a back door that led into the woods, and never turned back.
That was three weeks ago. We weren't really sure where we was at, but everywhere we went, those things were there. We had gotten supplies from empty cabins in the woods. It was easier running around, and hiding in the woods because the demons hated the woods. Although, some still dared to go through them to chase us. Finally, we got to our hideout. Ashland kicked in the door, and jumped through the hole. I jumped in behind him, and moved as he shut and locked the door. When we wasn't hiding we stacked silver all around the hideout. I walked over and laid on the small sofa we both slept on. I was dead tired, and my throat hurt. I closed my eyes, and fell into a deep sleep.
I wake up about two hours later, and my lungs feel tight. I look up at Ashland, and say….well squeak out, "What is g…." "SHHHH!" he quietly yells. I keep my mouth shut, and listen. I know what he was listening to; the demons were right outside the cabin. I hear scraping all along the walls. Ashland throws me a gun, and his grip tightens on his. Then, everything go into slow motion. Ashland jumps up, pounding about 20 bullets into a demons head that popped through the door, and I scream, as one had snuck up behind me, and wrapped his hands around my neck. Ashland gets knocked unconscious by three other demons. I try to reach my gun, but one demon pulls it out of my hands. I hear the voice again, saying demonically, "I tried to warn you….." I feel pain run through my spine as one of the demons carries me away, into the dark, leaving Ashland, lying unconscious.
A few days later….
"Hmmm, I need water!" I squeaked. I was so dehydrated. The demons had carried me to a harsh desert land I’ve never seen before. I was afraid of what they might do to me. I was now in a holding cell, I guess. It was dark, and damp. My hands were cuff-linked with hard, gold cuffs. I had tried breaking free many times, but I only end up making my wrists bleed worse. "LET ME OUT OF HERE!" I yell, louder than before. Then, I hear the door unlock, I see a guy!?! His skin was red, but he was majorly HOT! He had his shirt off, but had on cargo pants. He had an 8 pack, and his whole body was made of muscle. He had red eyes, and black hair. I swallowed hard, and stared up at him, "Hello princess, I’ve been waiting." He said, and grinned.
When he spoke my blood turned to ice, he was the voice from before..... He reaches out to touch my face, and I jerk back, but he was too quick. I thought once his hand touched my face, it would burn, but it felt so gentle and cool. He knelt down in front of me, "So princess, glad your home?" I look at him, like he’s crazy. "What are you talking about?" He grins, and undoes my cuffs, "Sorry my minions tied you up." He then picks me up, and carries me upstairs. I feel my heart pounding in my chest, what would I do if he tried to kill me? Or worse? I close my eyes, and I’m laid in something soft. I open my eyes, to see a huge bedroom, I look up at the guy, and he grins, "Here is your home princess." Then, he walks out.
What was that about? I thought to myself. That was awful weird. What did he mean, home? I looked at my skin, and my heart stop, and my breath caught. My skin was a light red. I jumped up and looked in the mirror. My hair was Raven black, with blood red streaks in it. My eyes was a mixture of red and blue. I started to freak out. What had they done to me? They must've put some kind of changing potion in my chamber. I looked up as the door opened. Another, strong, muscular guy walked in. He was wearing a tank-top, a pair of normal jeans, and a cowboy hat. He looked like the other guy, but he walked over and hugged me, tightly. "Welcome home my little sister! Come meet mother and father." I stared up at him. What was going on.....
I poke my head out of the tree. The smell had finally went away. I had been searching for days for Mayle. I sigh, I hadn't seen hardly any of the demons either. I wondered how Mayle was doing, what she was up to, and if she was alive. So many posiblities run through my mind throughout the day as I search for her. But if there is one thing I do know, its that no matter what, I will find Mayle.
The guy who called me his little sister grabbed me and dragged me into the hall. Then, up a gold staircase. I stopped him, and turned around, looking at the interior. It was a ball room! It had six huge chandeliers, all of them were made of gold, with diamonds hanging from them. The walls had a copper tone to them, and they were covered in portraits of former owners of the mansion. All the doors were over six feet tall, and had gold door knobs, but were made of oak wood. The floor was also made of oak wood, and was polished, with red carpeting, so people could dance without falling. "Wow...." I mumbled to myself. I had to look over my room, once I got back in there.
I turned to my 'brother,' "So what is your name?" I ask, he grins, and replies, "I am Taku. I am your loyal brother, who has searched every century and every galaxy looking for you. And I finally found you." He smiles, and kisses my forehead, oddly, i felt comfortable. I looked up at him. "So...If this is my family, my life, how come I was somewhere else?" He stared at me, then walked over beside me. "Well, most believe you and your best friend, Cathmar, who is a guy by the way, if you don't remember, were out practicing your fighting one day. When you were attacked by our enemies, the Water People. He jumped in front of you to protect you, when, a odd cloud appeared, it covered you up, and you disappeared.
We don't know why, but, that's what happened." He looked at the ceiling, then smiled, and motioned for me to follow him. I remembered that name from somewhere, Cathmar....I followed Taku into a room, and stopped dead. It was a study, but HUGE! It had shelves upon shelves of books, from the bottom to the top, which was about 35 feet up. There was also a fireplace, as small snack bar, a sofa, and a few chairs. There was a man, he had grayish hair, with a few red stripes through it, and a gray beard. His skin was dark red, and he was very muscular like my brother. I looked at him, as he looked up from his book, "Taku, why have you brought a girl in here? Is she your girlfriend?" The man's eyes were a redish green.
I then looked at Taku, He chuckled and shook his head no, "No father, its your daughter...Mayle, remember?" The man stood up, taking off his glasses, "Why...it is. Mayle, your finally home, I though you'd be gone forever!" He wrapped his arms tightly around me, and I couldn't help, but to sink into the hug. He suddenly booms out, "Madeline my love! Come in here! Our Mayle has come home!" He turned toward the door, with an arm around my shoulders. "Please Carlisle, Love I know you miss her, but she's be....Mayle!" She stops and stares at me as she walks in. I step forward, I already felt home, so I smiled, "Yes, mother, it's me." She smiled brightly, and hugged me. I stood back and examined her, as she eyed me. She had light red skin, redish blue eyes, Her hair was also Raven black with red streaks, but she looked so fragile. I must've missed alot.
We had spent the entire evening getting reacquainted. I learned so much about my family. I learned that they ruled the kingdom, and that they're not really mean, just when their family or kingdom is in danger. Their enemies was the Water People, who attacked at least twice a mint. (a month) They had a god named, Lani, who the worshiped, or prayed to at least once a day. They also fast, or go without eating at least one day a week. They're mainly a healthy race, and a gentle and happy-go-lucky one too, but when they need to fight, they have the perfect weaponry. They had gold shield, silver swords, copper helments, iron armor, and leather clothes to wear underneath the armor.
They also have the ability to use fire, like the Water People can use water. It's just natural. Finally, around 12 hount (12 o'clock, or 12th hour) I walked to my room. Exhausted from trying to remember so much information. I laid back on my bed and looked around. I had two huge chests, made of oak for my clothes. A huge metal dresser for my other clothes. I had a cloest with racks for my shoes, make-up stuff, purses, and things of that sort. I had another door that lead into the bathroom, but I would check that out later. I felt of my bed cloths. They were silverish green, and were silk. I had a canopy type top on my bed, and hardwood floors.
I jumped up and stepped into the bathroom. It was much bigger than mine at my old home. It has a bathtub, big enough to be a hot tub, and a shower, which was large enough to hold like ten people. In the shower, it had sprayers that could spray you on every side, and above. It had a double sink, with a huge mirror. It had a rack for the towels and wash cloths, and a toilet of course. I walked back into my room, and just sighed. It felt odd, but also felt so right. I noticed i had curtains, I went to open a window, but it turned out to be double doors, that lead onto a terance, I smiled, and opened them, and walked onto the terrace. The sun had already set and it was dark. So I couldn't see how it looked outside.
"Hey there." I jumped, it was that voice from before, I turned to see the guy from before, who had carried me from the dungeon. "Um...Hi." I mumbled. The guy walked over, and stood beside me, looking into the night. "I'm happy your safe, it's so great to see you again. You know....I've missed you." I looked up at him, confused, I stared into his eyes, and felt happy, but didn't know why. "Who are you?" I whispered. He stepped closer, laying his hands gently on my shoulders. Laying his forehead against mine, he murmured, "Mayle, my love, it's me, Cathmar." As he gently lowered his lips to mine, and pulling me close…