Chapter One: Lost

Chapter One: Lost

A Chapter by Arbitrary Rayne
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If I knew what would happen to me that night, I would have stayed home. I don't understand what they want with me. I don't understand why it has to be me. Welcome to Sable: the city that never dies.

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Chapter One

Lost

 

A million leaves and twigs crackled softly under my feet as I made my way down the darkened hiking path. Above me was a dark canopy of branches speckled with stars of silver moonlight that filtered down through the leaves provided just enough light to see the path before me. I knew these woods well by now; I had walked its paths nearly every night for the past few months. It had become a place of comfort when I couldn't sleep. Tonight, however, things seemed different. The dark walls of trees that surrounded me felt strange and foreboding. It made me uneasy. I wondered if it was partly because of the chill in the night air and how I could see the ghostly form of my breath silhouetted in the pale light.  A sudden loud crack echoed through the trees. I jumped, and my hands flew to my mouth to stifle a scream before I realized the noise was only a stick I had stepped on. I tried to laugh a little at myself to ease my nerves. Normally the night air would help me relax. If anything it was only setting me more on edge now. I continued down the path, hesitant and more aware of my surroundings than I had been before. It was as if I could feel the night all around me; looming over me with its all-encompassing presence. The crackle of the leaves was almost deafening now, but a new sound in the distance still managed to catch my attention, and I stopped to listen.

   The sound was coming from a path that led deeper into the woods. It was like a small child crying. Squinting my eyes to the darkness, I could barely make out a small form outlined by a faint light moving through the trees. I wondered if they had snuck out to play in the nearby park and gotten lost here instead. I walked toward where the light was coming from slowly, trying not to scare the kid more. “Are you okay?” I asked as I approached and the crying stopped. The small figure started to move a little closer, enough for me to hear  footsteps rustling the leaves. “Are you lost?” There was no answer. Instead, The child took off running away again, and I chased after.  I stumbled over roots and fallen branches trying to keep up. “I’m not gonna hurt you!” I said. “I can help you get home!”

   

   The child stopped suddenly , giving me a chance to get closer, and approached cautiously again. “Home?” Asked the child-like voice.

   “Yeah, I just want to help you. You don’t need to be scared.” By this point I was feeling a little scared myself, I had no idea where the trail I left was, the directions I turned chasing after this kid, or which way my own home was now.  

   “Scared …” As the little girl came into view, my mind began to feel slightly hazy; it was as if I were drifting into a dream. She probably wasn’t more than five or six. She had long, straight, raven colored hair that went almost past her elbows. She wore a simple white dress that went to her knees and no shoes. The light I had seen appeared to be radiating from her as a faint white glow. Her form wavered slightly like flickers of fire or swirls of smoke. And when she spoke, it was as if the words were directly inside my head and I couldn’t tell if it was really her voice or mine. Looking upon her made me lightheaded, yet I couldn’t look away. “Are you lost?” She asked, tilting her head to the side curiously.

   “No ... I -” I shook my head trying to clear my thoughts, but it only made me feel dizzier. The little girl took my hand and began to led me deeper into the woods. Something felt wrong I couldn’t quite tell what it was. There was weight resting in my hand but it almost felt empty. . In the distance, another small light appeared, and we walked toward it, for what felt like hours.

   Eventually, the trees opened again to sidewalks and streets, and I breathed a sigh of relief before noticing that they were not the paved concrete that should have surrounded the small forest. Instead, they were made of worn cobblestone and were lined with gas lamps and old stone buildings that seemed to have come straight from the Victorian era. “This isn’t ..” I looked down to ask the girl where she had led me, but she was nowhere to be found. This place was something new I was sure I had never been here before. I wasn’t sure where here even was.

   I reached for my pocket to take out my phone for directions. A little fear and panic started to rise in me when I found my pockets empty. I stood there for a long while, thinking about what I was supposed to do now. I had no idea where I was and no way of calling for help. I figured that I would probably get myself even more lost if I tried to find my way on my own. I hoped that someone around here would let me borrow a phone or give me directions.  

 

   All of the buildings along these streets appeared to be shops of some kind and all of them closed for the night.  Every corner looked similar, and I began to feel like I was wandering a city-sized maze that was completely void of life. There were no signs to guide me, no landmarks; there was nothing to hint where I was going. I paused in front of what I assumed to be a storefront and pressed my face against the glass trying to see what was in the dark building, but it was impossible.

   Giving up I headed down another street expecting to find more dark empty buildings, but instead, I found the buildings stopped abruptly; giving way to a long path that led to a beautiful gothic-victorian mansion. A few windows shone brightly in the night. The only sign of life I had found in this entire city. I made my way to the massive house hoping at this point to find anyone. I discovered that the wrought iron gate that surrounded the place had been left open and the front door was standing open as well. I knocked loudly on the open door and called inside the house. “Hello? I’m a little lost; I left my phone at home, I was wondering if I could use yours.” I thought I could hear movement from somewhere in the house, but otherwise, it remained quiet. I wondered if they could hear me and I took a step inside the door. “Can you help me please?”  I said much louder than before.

Suddenly a gust of air rushed past me, and the door slammed closed. Startled, I jumped and screamed, turning around midair to find a man about my age standing in the door behind me. He was tall and lean with shaggy sandy brown hair and dark chocolate eyes. “It's not very polite to be sneaking around other people's homes.” He said.

“I wasn’t. I just -. I could really use some help.” I didn’t see him move. I was pressed up against a wall, his face was inches from mine. His lips curled into a wicked smile, and something dangerous glinted in his eyes. I could feel my heart beginning to race with fear. “Let me go!” I yelled shoving at him. “Get off me!” I kicked at his legs. He didn’t seem to notice or care.

“I think it can be overlooked this time, for a small price…” He leaned closer and whispered in my ear. “Just a little taste, it will only hurt a bit.” A chill ran up my spine when I felt his hot breath against my skin.

“S-Stop!” I struggled harder,using all the strength I could manage, but he remained unfazed. It was becoming clear, I was powerless in this situation.  I felt his tongue trace along my neck. “Please … no.” My voice quivered. I felt something sharp press against my neck for a moment, and I clenched my eyes shut only guessing what might happen next. I screamed as I felt the skin of my neck being ripped open by two sharp points.

The weight of the man disappeared all at once, followed by a huge thud and groan. Hesitantly, I opened my eyes. There were now two people in the room, the one that had trapped me was lying on the floor against the far wall clutching one of his sides. The wall had a deep indent in it the size my attacker . Another man loomed over him. “She told you to stop.”  The new man turned to me. “Are you alright Miss?” He asked.

My first thought was of old Greek or Roman statues of gods. His face was flawless. Even in the darkened room, his eyes were visibly green; the green of endless dark forests that one runs and runs though but never escapes. His hair was something I had never seen before; at least not for someone so young. He couldn’t have been more than a year or two older than I was, yet it was so blond it looked white. It was a little long and messy, giving a slightly wild appearance.

I couldn’t move. I felt frozen in place, and my mouth didn’t want to work anymore. I wasn’t sure if I was okay anyway. My heart was probably going to explode, it was beating a thousand times a second.  The sharp ripping pain I had experienced moments ago was gone now at least, replaced by numb kind of ache.  “Would you like for me to walk you home?” He offered when I didn’t respond.

I didn’t yet know if I could trust this man, it could be a trick, or another trap, but he did just save me from the other one, so maybe he wasn’t too bad. I nodded slowly, wanting nothing more than to go back to my bed and forget everything that just happened. Everything would be fine once I got home I told myself.

 

“You look new … do you remember where you live?” His question confused me. I guessed that in a moment of fear something so important could be forgotten.

I nodded again. “Just on the other side of the woods.” My voice cracked and broke as I tried to force answers out. “I live near the park there.”

For a second he looked confused too. “Who do you belong to?” He asked.

“I don’t -” I froze again as the front door opened revealing a woman and two more men. The woman looked like she was about twenty. Her skin was fair and beautiful like snow or porcelain. Her hair was a long river of light gold, and it framed her face beautifully. Her lips were painted a deep, dark crimson but all attention would be on those eyes; like sapphires glinting in the light, they were deep, and you could just as easily be pierced by them as you could get lost in them.

The men were identical to each other in every way, from their gunmetal colored eyes to every strand of their jet black hair. Even their clothing was nearly indistinguishable. They stood to either side of the woman like sentries. If it were possible they were even more attractive than the snow haired man. I was sure I was staring with my mouth hanging open in awe at the ethereal beauty of these three.

The man that saved me bowed to them “Welcome home, Mistress.” He said.

The woman’s eyes moved from him to me, and a glimmer of curiosity reflected in them. “Asher Dear,” She said. “Who might our guest be?” Her voice was gentle and sweet as was the smile that she wore

“I am not sure.” He answered, standing straight again. The woman moved closer to me, looking me over, her eyes searching my face. “Beck already scared her by the time I found them.” Her smile faded for only a fraction of a second and I caught a flash of anger in her eyes before it returned.

“I see … Gabriel. Michael. Please help Beck to his room.” The identical men behind her nodded and together practically dragged the one named Beck away. “I am deeply sorry for my thrall’s behavior. Such actions are entirely unacceptable.” Her eyes traveled to where that man had bit me. She reached out, trailing her fingers down my neck with a feather light touch. I drew away from her pressing myself back against the wall, my hand flying to my neck. The tips of her fingers dripped with a glossy red liquid which she lifted to her lips and licked away. “You’re …” A strange look crossed her face as the blood touched her tongue and her eyes focused on mine with intent and intensity.

“Astrid? Is everything alright?” Asher asked.

“Perhaps. See that our guest’s injury is taken care of and that she is given a temporary change of clothes. I will return shortly. Do not allow any harm to come to her in the meantime.”

“Of course.” As the woman turned to leave Asher turned to me. “Come with me.” When I didn’t move, he held his hand out to me.

 

“Don’t touch me.” I tried to smack away his hand, but he caught me by the wrist instead. .   

 

“You don’t have to be afraid.” He said releasing my wrist. “I don't bite.” The corners of his lips curled into a smirk as he held his hand out to me once more. I thought about making a break for the door, but I didn’t think I’d be fast enough to get around him. Even if I could get out of the house, I likely wouldn’t be able to find my way back to the woods to escape let alone all the way back home. I didn’t know this man, but he did just save me and aside from the awful sense of humor he seemed to have; he sounded sincere when he said I didn’t need to be afraid.  Hesitantly, I took his hand and allowed him to pull me away from the corner I sunk into and lead me deeper into the house.




© 2017 Arbitrary Rayne



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I feel like this would be a book I would defenitely read and not only that, I think I would also enjoy it tremendously. The story captured me and i'm very curious what exactly is happening. the writing style was pleasant, and I flew through this in a matter of minutes. (I am a fast reader, don't be afraid haha). I like the way you started off, it really captures your attention. I do have a couple of points that I noticed, namely:
The story feels a bit rushed, there is a lot happening in little time. I feel like if you were to expand it a little bit, it enable the reader to catch up with the situation more.
Additionally, I personally like a bit of detail on the surrounding, so I can really feel like i am living the life of the character. this will also add al little depth to the story. for instance, when you speak of a child, what does she look like, is the main character hesitant to come, what is she thinking, etc etc. But I did really love this chapter and hope to see more of you!

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Ali
I feel like this would be a book I would defenitely read and not only that, I think I would also enjoy it tremendously. The story captured me and i'm very curious what exactly is happening. the writing style was pleasant, and I flew through this in a matter of minutes. (I am a fast reader, don't be afraid haha). I like the way you started off, it really captures your attention. I do have a couple of points that I noticed, namely:
The story feels a bit rushed, there is a lot happening in little time. I feel like if you were to expand it a little bit, it enable the reader to catch up with the situation more.
Additionally, I personally like a bit of detail on the surrounding, so I can really feel like i am living the life of the character. this will also add al little depth to the story. for instance, when you speak of a child, what does she look like, is the main character hesitant to come, what is she thinking, etc etc. But I did really love this chapter and hope to see more of you!

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Thank you! Your review was insightful and I will definitely be sure to be more mindful of detail in .. read more
Loved everything you are a genius I mean it

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You are too kind. Thank you so much.
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