Here With Me – Chapter 2

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How are you?

Here is the new chapter for the new story. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Here With Me

Chapter 2

Darkness. That is all that can be seen behind closed eyes.

Suddenly, it appeared. A flicker of light like a sparkling star in the distance. It grew brighter and brighter eventually consuming everything in its path. The warmth of the light brushed against the skin awakening every cell in the body.

Sounds. The sound of blood pounding in the ears. The heart beating feverishly.

A prickly feeling rushed through the entire body, resurrecting movement in a lifeless body.

My eyes opened gradually, but my vision was blurry. I couldn’t make out where I was. My throat was parched. I needed water. All I could hear was many strange beeping sounds of machines surrounding me. Then I heard it…a distorted voice…speaking in a devilish tone.

“Oh thank God! She’s awake. Get the doctor!”

Somewhere in my mind an unknown voice lingered. It spoke to me, ‘It’s time to wake up Keisha. I’m waiting for you.’

Suddenly everything disappeared and I was lost to the world once again.

~X~

The Next Day

When my eyes opened, I took in my surroundings. The walls were pure white, and the room smelled like disinfectant spray and it wafted throughout the whole building. Beside me was a small bedside table, and on that table was a vase of flowers and a cup of water which was covered by a coaster.

Adjacent to me was a chair and I noticed it was occupied. My brother Cole was sprawled out on the chair, sleeping. When he couldn’t get comfortable, one of his eyes popped open, and he instantly sat up and yawned.

He checked his watch and with a cheerful smile he said, “Good afternoon, Nicola Allyson! You’re finally in the land of the living!” He got up from the seat and hugged me tight like a bear trap clutching to its prey.

“You know, we were all worried about you,” he said as he went and sat back on the chair, he sat at the edge of the seat, his arms resting on his knees as he leaned forwards, “we thought we had lost you forever.”

“Why?” I asked him. I was utterly lost.

“Wait, you don’t remember, do you?”

“Remember what?”

Cole sighed and looked straight into my eyes, “long story short…you had a stalker. You witnessed him killing your best friend because she found his ‘so called’ shrine dedicated to you, she called and asked you to meet her there so she could show you. Afterwards, you went to the police and filed a report, but they could never catch him. He then started to threaten you and almost killed you…hence you went under witness protection because no matter what he would always find you.” Cole lowered his eyes, I think he saw the I-don’t-know-what-you’re-talking-about expression playing on my face; and Cole stood up, “I’ll be back in a moment.” He left the room.

I was alone for quite some time. I watched the entrance of the room hoping Cole would return as I began to feel unsafe, as if unknown eyes were spying on me. Out of nowhere someone else appeared in the entrance to the ward room, someone I didn’t know or never seen before. When my eyes landed on him, my heart skipped a beat.

“Who are you?” I asked, sitting up in my hospital bed.

“My name is Justin.” He said resting against the door frame with his arms folded.

“Do I know you?”

“Of course, you know me, Keisha. I’m your fiancé.” I could tell my expression was of pure bewilderment.

“Excuse me, what did you just say?”

Just like that he smiled and left. It was uncanny to explain but, it felt like my heart wanted to jump out and land straight in his hands! Why did I feel this way? We only just met! I began to panic, I couldn’t figure out what was happening to me…maybe, it was a dream and I’m just waiting to wake up. I pinched my skin and it hurt. Nope. This was not a dream.

I ripped out the wires that were connected to a drip and scrambled out of my bed, only to fall on the floor. My legs felt stiff and numb, I was unable to move.

“Nicola!” Cole rushed up to my side and hoisted me back on my feet again and tucked me into bed. My breathing was rapid; I was distraught.

“What are you doing? You should be resting!” Cole was angry at me.

“I don’t know what is going on! I don’t even know why I’m in hospital! I don’t know why this complete stranger came and told me he was my fiancé!” I cried into his shoulder and I couldn’t stop myself. I felt him tense as he pulled me away at arms length.

“What was his name?” He asked.

“He said his name was Justin.” I sobbed. I could see the shock on his face, and as quickly as it arrived he made it vanish. He embraced me again and stroked the long length of my hair.

“It’s okay Nicola. You’re safe. No one can hurt you any more…” His voice became mute.

What did you guys think? Confusing right? Well everything will get clearer as the chapters come down!

This reminds me of when I was in college and the strange ideas I used to come out with 🙂

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5 Word Writing Challenge: The Game of Life!

Hi There!

Before I begin, I would like to say that this is not 100 words this time, it was too difficult to condense down. In fact I found myself adding and adding. I tried to make it 100 words, but it didn’t sound as great. So this is a short story near enough to 200 words instead!

The words that got selected this time were:

  1. Internship
  2. Tune
  3. Atmospheric
  4. Dress
  5. Searing

Here is my story I wrote:

Amanda was an internship at a company that created video games. They were making a RPG game.

She stared at the main menu of the game when she saw an avatar clad in armour approach the screen. His hand came through the screen and pulled her in.

Amanda whirled around finding herself stuck in a dark forest. The trees were menacing as they looked ready to claw her to death.

When she looked down at her attire she gaped.

“A dress? I hate dresses!” She moaned.

Out of nowhere an eerie and an atmospheric tune began to play. The kind you hear in horror movies.

Something caught her attention. It sounded like a sword being drawn from its sheath.

Amanda turned around and came face to face with a menacing creature with horns, red skin, almost like a bull, but not a bull. In its hand was a sword covered in spitting flames, the temperature was searing!

“It’s time to fight!” Its voice was deep and demonic, even as it laughed fiendishly at her, showing its superiority.

What did you guys think? I’ll be honest, I had fun writing this one!

What is it? – Chapter 8

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How are you?

Here is the latest installment of the story. I think the next chapter will be the last one or the one after that. But we shall see! 🙂

What is it? Chapter 8

Damien stood alone in the living room, looking at the photographs that sat proudly on the mantelpiece. He picked up the family photo and held it firmly in his hands. He allowed his fingertips to brush the glass trying to remember this day. He burst into tears and hugged the photo close to his chest.

He felt a hand land on his shoulder as he put the photo back from where he took it, and took a sideways glance and saw it was Jake.

Damien remained silent, looking abashed that his elder brother saw him crying. Jake stepped closer and hugged his brother. Damien was insecure, his defences were down, but he automatically embraced Jake.

“I’ve been waiting for so long to be reunited with my family again. I missed you all so much!” Jake said.

Damien didn’t say anything back in response. He just wanted to savour this moment.

“Ahem!” The two boys startled and stood apart from one another, Damien wiped his face clean from the tears, “am I missing a family reunion?” Chelsie said with her hands on her hips, now sulking.

“A family reunion wouldn’t be complete without you. Get over here!” Jake ushered her over and Damien smiled.

Chelsie’s face lit up like one hundred LED light bulbs and she skipped over to them happily, “Group hug time!” and she threw her arms around their shoulders squeezing them tight. Jake felt like he was getting squished by a bear!

“It seems my little sister has the strength of ten men in her!”

Damien chuckled, “You’ll get used to it.”

Chelsie stepped away with sheepish smile as she apologized, “Sorry, I guess I don’t really know how strong I can be.”

“It’s okay!” From the display of strength, Jake now knew his sister was capable of looking out for herself.

Oceana and the other’s came into the room looking half asleep, “Good Morning!” Stone yawned, “sorry, sharing a bed with Damien is an equivalent of having night terrors!”

Damien scowled, but then a playful grin spread across his lips. This was the perfect opportunity to have fun with the team leader!

“Let me guess, constant tossing and turning, kicking his right leg out, putting his smelly feet in your face, taking the duvet all for himself and you’re almost falling off the bed. Am I right?” Jake asked.

“Yes, and let me tell you, this is my first encounter with someone who sleeps, but doesn’t stay still whilst sleeping!” Everyone burst into a fit of laughter as they went to the kitchen.

They all went and huddled around each other in the kitchen, as they searched for food to eat. They sat on the stools around the kitchen counter top when their eyes landed on the small device.

“What are we going to do about this device? Hey, I have an idea, how about we smash it to pieces!” Chelsie sounded thrilled at the idea of destroying alien technology.

“We won’t learn anything about it if we smash it to smithereens.” Stone said.

Without warning the device lit up, with blue lights that flashed on and off, all up and around the device, it began to shake and rattled against the marble counter top. They all moved in closer observing it when they registered that it had begun to morph as it took the shape of liquid metal like mercury. When it transformed, it was a live mechanical bug. It had the ability to fasten onto its prey. It sprung out its wings and began to take flight.

“Run NOW! If this thing gets hold of you, it will give the aliens the ability to control you.” Excell darted off, “RUN!” he repeated and everyone else in the room ran into different directions.

Chelsie stood there and scanned it with her biometric system, but it returned no results, this was a fairly new invention. She wasn’t afraid as it carried on hovering above her, but when it swooped down towards her at speed, she ran like her life depended on it. She caught sight of the baseball bat near the front door and she grasped hold of it. She spun around and whacked the bug with force, making it crash into the wall. It tried to take off again, but Chelsie proceeded with her attack until sparks began to spit out; in every way destroying the system’s core.

Chelsie was breathless. she threw the baseball bat away from her and she tidily placed her loose hair that escaped from her pony tail behind her ears.

“Remind me to never get on your bad side.” Jake was thunderstruck.

“This takes care of one problem at least!” Excell was glad. He remembered when the aliens allowed it to attach itself to the base of his neck and the pain that he had experienced was excruciating!

“There is one more thing we need to do. Find my parents.” Oceana wanted answers. She needed to find the secret that the aliens are trying so hard to hide. She wanted to know why this secret is worth killing her for. She despised the aliens right now, how they manipulated human kind to do their cruel bidding!

“If you tell me your parents names and the area where you used to live, I can ask my friend in the police for one small favour.” Jake winked.

“Thank you,” Oceana said, “I was born and raised in Canterbury. My father’s name is Raymond Davidson and my mother’s is Danielle Davidson.”

~X~

It had been hours since Oceana had given him the details he needed; he called his friend from the police and politely demanded him to find out the information. After a lot of “sorry I can’t help you” type sentences, he gave up against Jake’s stubbornness.

Eventually the phone rang and it was his friend. He was rapid in answering the call and listened intently; during the conversation his eyes were downcast; hiding them away.

“Thank you, Brad.” He disconnected the call. He felt a wave of sympathy; as there was good news and bad news. Jake went into the living room and found everyone sitting close together on the seats watching a game of football. Stone spotted him standing behind them, lost in deep thoughts; he switched of the TV and the room fell silent.

“I take it that you heard back from Brad. What did he say?” Stone asked. Oceana stood up, her eyes contained a faint glimmer in them.

“There is good news. And there is bad news. Which would you prefer to hear first?”

She reflected on this for a few moments, when she finally decided to speak, “The bad news.”

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but, Raymond Davidson died a few years back due to an accident.” Jake felt like a bearer of bad news.

“And the good news?”

“Danielle Davidson, still lives at the Canterbury address.” He said with a small smile.

She smiled, but the sadness lurked in the background, “You have done so much for us. I don’t know how to repay you.” She said. Jake had noticed she had a dismal expression, he disliked seeing her unhappy, he liked it when she smiled because that was what he loved about her…her smile!

“Don’t worry about it. It’s what friends…are for.” He said. Deep down inside he knew the attraction between them was a bit more than friendship. There was a spark!

“Can we go and see my mum, tomorrow?” She asked. He could hear the restraint in her voice, it sounded teary. She wanted to be alone to cry alone.

“Yeah, sure thing.” He gave her a smile as she turned her back on the group and went out of sight. The sound of soft footsteps going up the carpeted floor filled the air.

5 Word Writing Challenge: The Next Top Model

Hi There!

You guessed it, another five word writing challenge!

The words that were selected this time round were:

  1. Absorption
  2. Kill
  3. Modelling
  4. The Uninitiated
  5. Enjoy

Here is my story:

Kirsty was in the limelight. She was voted as the most beautiful model in the show.

All the other contestants would kill to be in her position right now. When she made her first appearance with the uninitiated group in the modelling world; they had no clue what they were getting themselves into. They were continuously humiliated by the mistakes made and the harsh critics broke them. Eventually, they came out with flying colours!

Her absorption in her work was evident as she surpassed the others. She basked in her moment of glory. I want to enjoy this moment!

5 Word Writing Challenge: Indecent Exposure

Here is another story done using 5 different words. The words that I ended up picking were:

  1. Unyielding
  2. Answer phone
  3. Charge Sheet
  4. Father
  5. Obnoxious

Here is my story (it is done to a 100 word count):

A cop sat at his desk filling out a charge sheet. He sighed.

This guy is so obnoxious I don’t understand how his father can stand him. The police officer picked up the phone and dialed a number. The phone rang until he was greeted with the answer phone, once again.

“Hello, Mr. Stevens. This is officer Parker with the metropolitan police. Your son has been arrested, once again, for indecent exposure, this time we found…when you get this message, could you please come to the station. Thank you.”

Officer Parker put the phone down. Why is this guy so unyielding?

I decided to have it that Officer Parker is an acquaintance of the father.

5 Word Writing Challenge: The Gnome Wars!

I found an article from my writing magazine subscription and it gave me an idea to keep my creativity inspired. Basically, all I had to do is go through my dictionary and pick 5 random words and then write a little story with those 5 words in the story.

Here are the 5 words I randomly chose:

  • Overboard
  • Foster
  • Making
  • Self-imposed
  • Bossy

I got truly inspired after watching this funny ikea advert to do with gnomes. You can see the advertisement for yourself as it helped me with the 100 word story I’ve written:

Here is my 100 word story:

He was the gnome leader, a fierce warrior. For a leader he was very bossy, commanding his minions to serve him. They shared the garden with the evil humans and their unbreakable tall castles.

When he gave the powerful speech, he fostered his minions with passion for revenge for being tossed aside and considered useless. All his decisions were self-imposed. He was thinking about making history, the little gnomes defeat the unbeatable powerful humans!

His followers quivered at the thought of war, but still they decided to follow him; even though they all thought he was about to go overboard…

I really love the tune in the advert as it really went well with the scenes and made it really dramatic!

Here’s an idea, lets see what you come out with by using the 5 words I’ve used. I would love to read what you come out with 🙂 You can even link back to me if you wanted to and then I can read it that way.

Good Luck!

New Story: Here With Me

Hello Everyone!

How are you?

Here is the new story that I was working on. I couldn’t upload it earlier because I realized that I had only done one draft and it was all over the place. So now it is ready to be read. So I hope you enjoy this one. It has nothing to do with the supernatural or aliens…it is surprisingly normal but, surreal.

This story was inspired by Dido’s song ‘Here With Me’.

I hope you enjoy it!

Here With Me

Chapter 1

Have you ever loved someone so much that without them, life feels incomplete? All you want to do is treasure every living moment and grow old together?

What if…just what if…this was all an illusion waiting to crumble into millions of pieces in a blink of an eye?

Nothing but a black hole remains, a void that cannot be filled; it haunts you and taunts you.

What if tragedy awaits in the darkness ready to strike…itching to spread the darkness within the vessel it possesses?

What if, all this was a figment of our imagination?

My name is Keisha Bridge.

Welcome to my world…welcome to my story…

~X~

Justin, the man of my dreams and the one true love of my life. He is the one person that truly understands me. He accepted me for who I was. He taught me the joy of laughter and that smiling brightened up the day; he taught me what true happiness was. Before, I never knew what love, happiness and joy even meant.

Today it was our one year anniversary of being together. Justin took us to a fancy restaurant in the city, and might I add it was the best Italian restaurant. It was a candle lit dinner and the staff had appointed us a seat by the window so the world could gaze in, the place was decorated in an assortment of gorgeous flowers. A middle-aged man dressed in a posh suit was seated by a grand piano, his fingers moved with elegance as he played; he was positioned in the middle of the restaurant surrounded by all the guests. Today, Justin made me feel like a princess.

After our amazing dinner, we left the restaurant and headed over to the small car park that was in front of the restaurant, I pulled out the keys and pressed the button to see my lights flash and the alarm beep.

I entwined my arm around his and leaned my head on his arm, I was feeling rather exhausted. As we walked, I wasn’t paying any attention to my surroundings when I barged into someone. He wore a black hoodie that hid his face from the light, but from his build he was strong and lean.

I stopped and separated myself from Justin and my gaze followed the guy wearing the black hoodie, “Sorry, I didn’t see you.” I said, but he didn’t even acknowledge the fact that I was even there. He ended up sprinting towards the exit and was gone. Strange, I thought to myself.

When I turned back, I saw Justin sitting on the bonnet of the car. I moved towards him peeking over his shoulder at his phone, he was too busy updating his status on a social networking site! I sighed and went over to the driver’s door and got into the car. Justin on the other hand strolled to the passenger seat door whilst punching the keypad on his phone like a madman; replying back to a message or status comment. I pressed the horn which rang loudly through the car park and he swiftly entered the car.

“Sorry, your darling best friend has started bugging me about our special night out.” He leaned over and kissed my forehead, “Why is she pestering me for anyway? She should pester you instead!” He added.

“She is probably trying to get to know you better. Or, maybe she just wants to be your friend?” I replied as I drove out of the parking lot, “So where to now?” I asked him.

Justin connected his ipod to the car system and ended up blasting his music library. The song that came on first was from Flyleaf ‘All Around Me.’ It was our song, this tune played when we first met at a rock bar.

“Let’s go home. I’m pretty tired and tomorrow I have an urgent meeting with my publisher.” He breathed out as he got comfortable in the seat.

After ten minutes we were driving on a long stretch of road, we were the only people on this road. The night was quiet…to quiet. I looked up to the rear view mirror and from out of nowhere a car had come into view and was speeding up fast!

Suddenly the front of the other car rammed into the back of my car jerking us forward. Alarmed by the other driver’s actions, I sped up to gain some distance between me and the lunatic behind us. I looked at the rear view mirror once more, I perceived the driver behind me had picked up speed and within a few seconds the front of his car met head-on with the back-end of my car, once again.

“What is the matter with this guy?” I yelled as panic started to rise within us. Justin turned off the music. He lowered his window and signalled for the guy to drive past us, but he just accelerated faster.

All of a sudden my phone rang, it was an unknown caller. The unknown caller who has hassled me for weeks, scaring me for weeks. Every time they phoned all I heard was heavy breathing, laughing and saying ‘Nicola I’m coming to get you.’

I clutched the phone with a trembling hand and accepted the call, “Hello?” my voice was shaky.

“Hello Nicola, remember me, little bird? I’m the guy that you helped to put away and now I’m coming after you. I’m going to make sure that you suffer.” he laughed, “I’d like to see how you get out of this predicament, little bird…” The call was disconnected and I dropped the phone to the floor; lost in thought the fear bubbling up ready to consume me fully.

The car behind us went for my bumper again and I was officially frightened for both of our lives. Justin was also panic-stricken, but at the same time perplexed as to what freaked me out.

“Keisha what is going on?” He asked.

I couldn’t tell him anything. If I did it would expose me and put Justin in ‘their’ cross-hairs and this was something I won’t let happen. I couldn’t tell him who I really was, and everything Justin knows about me is a complete and utter lie! I started to cry.

Out of nowhere another car came from around the bend, proceeding directly for us at full speed. I tried the brakes, but the car didn’t decelerate. Trepidation claimed us; a positive outcome seemed bleak.

“Use the brakes!” Justin yelled.

“I am, but they aren’t working!” My foot repeatedly pressed the brake pedal down and no matter how many times I did this the car was still speeding, and deep down inside of me I had a feeling that we were both doomed!

I looked over at Justin and said, “Forgive me…” To avoid the head on collision I veered the car towards the left. I closed my eyes as soon as the car broke past the wooden barrier of the bridge and we took a great plunge into the dark river…

To be continued…

So what did you think? It will start making sense as the story continues.