I loved running so much. I felt so free and alive whenever I ran. Today though, something was wrong. I felt a sharp pain in my neck and suddenly couldn’t balance myself anymore. My head was spinning like crazy. What the hell is happening to me? I lean onto a tree to brace myself, but it’s not enough. My knees buckle and I crumbled to the ground and the last thing I hear is the crunching of leaves nearby.
I slowly awaken to voices nearby. I keep my eyes closed out of fear. Where am I? Whose voices are those? Have I been kidnapped? The last thing I remember; I went for a run in the forest and suddenly my head started spinning like crazy.
“I told you not to bring her here. She’s not ready yet.” Voiced an angry woman’s voice.
“I was keeping an eye on her like I was supposed to when she fainted in the forest. What was I supposed to do? Just leave her there?” Shouted a man in reply.
Like he was supposed to? Who the hell is this man? Has he been following me around?
“I think she’s waking up.” Stated a man. It wasn’t the same man though. This one was much more soft-spoken. “Her heartbeats starting to race.”
My eyes flew open at those words. I gasped and sat up straight. I was sitting on a huge four-poster bed with silk red sheets and an equally silky black comforter. The room around me had dim lighting, but my vision was slowly adjusting and I saw them.
Three people standing in front of a window about ten feet away from me. I looked around and to my left was a door. I can make that. I leaped out of bed and made a run for it. I was just about to reach the door when one of them appeared in front of me in a gust of wind. I gasped.
He was tall with messy black hair and piercing green eyes. He looked extremely pale, I could see some of the veins in his neck clearly. He had a black button-down shirt with a couple top buttons open revealing some dark chest hair and he was wearing fitted dark jeans. He was leaning casually against the door he had appeared in front of. He didn’t look menacing or anything. He looked more… bored.
“Told you she’d run for it.” He said casually still staring straight into my eyes.
“Yes, yes, congrats Jared, you guessed the human was going to run.” Said the woman.
She sounded annoyed and exasperated with the whole ordeal. Well, gee lady I’m sorry my being kidnapped is such a nuisance for you I thought, annoyed with her voice already. Jared smiled at me. It was a soft crooked half smile, but a smile regardless and I couldn’t stop staring at him.
The lady that had spoken came around behind me and stood in front of me, breaking my eye contact with Jared. She was tall, maybe almost six feet tall with sandy dark blonde hair and jet black eyes. It was like she could see into my soul, she was staring at me so hard. She crossed her exceptionally toned arms and turned slightly to look at Jared.
“Looks like she’s taken a liking to you, Jared” She stated as she turned back to face me. She smiled and continued, but this time she spoke directly to me “There are much better options here, sweetheart. You can do better than this one.”
I didn’t know how to respond exactly as I wasn’t wondering if there were any eligible bachelors here for me. Although, Jared was definitely my type. Too bad he was one of my kidnappers. Jared closed his eyes and started chuckling. He reached up, pinched the bridge of his nose, took a deep breath and then wiped his eyes.
“Why am I here?” I asked carefully, shifting my attention back to the woman.
“Yes, Catherine. Do tell her. Why is she here?” Uttered Jared mockingly. He was still smiling at me.
Catherine’s brows came down slightly. She smiled a tight-lipped smile and said “The reason you’re here sweety, is because you are nearing your 25th birthday soon. Correct?”
“I don’t know how you know my birthday, but yes I am” I replied furrowing my eyebrows. Where was she going with this? It was scary enough that they brought me here and now I find out they know more about me than I thought.
“Ok, see now something is going to happen on your 25th birthday and we were preparing for it, but I think maybe it’s happening earlier than expected,” spoke Catherine.
“Ooookayyy,” I drew out, glancing from her to Jared and back, “What exactly is going to happen?”
“Right, uhh how to tell you this,” She gave a small smile, but then pursed her lips as though unsure what to say.