Okay, up until now I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this, but Holly is very OOC, and I do realize this. Given the circumstances though, I think she has a right to be. And this first part is a flashback, and yes there will be more of them, but they will take place while she is asleep, like nightmares. If they don’t you’ll be able to tell when it’s over. I’m probably boring you now, so… on with the story! 🙂
Flying. Practically the best sensation in the world. Holly breathed deeply in the crisp night air. Amazing.
The view was even better than the air. She looked down, taking it in again. The mountains, the dark sky and twinkling stars, and… a man in a cloak pinning a young woman to a wall.
Now that hasn’t been there before.
She swooped down, dropping into a nearby ally. She discarded her wings and crept up the ally back to where the two were.
Poking her head out, she watched them for a minute. The man seemed to be saying something, but she couldn’t hear him from where she was at. Instead of dwelling on it further, she just acted, doing what her instincts were screaming at her to do.
Launching herself forward, she jumped on the man’s back, tackling him to the ground.
She started out on top of him, but he was stronger than she expected, and the fight was over before she knew it. She ended up pinned with him on top of her, one of his hands holding both of hers over her head, the other holding a sliver dagger to her throat.
Holly looked around, but they were alone. The other girl was long gone. Holly sighed with relief; that was the point in this. It didn’t matter if he captured her, she could escape, but she wasn’t sure if she would be able to get the other girl out with her.
“Well, well, what have we here?” the cloaked figure hissed. Holly swallowed down the fear rising in her throat as he released pressure on the dagger, slowly moving it across her throat. “I could kill you now, but no, that would be too merciful. I could have some fun with you.” He paused, and slowly drew the dagger away, inserting it somewhere in the folds of his cloak as he drew out a syringe…
Holly gasps, shooting bolt upright in the bed, returning to consciousness suddenly from the nightmare.
No, she realizes, not nightmare. A memory. A memory of the night she was kidnapped.
Kidnapped… for some reason that word rings a bell. It takes a second, but then the memories click back into place. A pale boy and a giant man knocked her out, she remembers suddenly. It was presumably them who brought her here.
As if thinking about them had triggered their attentions, the door knob starts to turn. She panics, unsure, and quickly lays back down, burrowing deep into the blankets and trying to make it look like she’s still asleep.
The pale boy enters the room, crossing the floor soundlessly as she lays still in the bed. He watches her silently for a moment before bending over and sitting on the edge of the bed. Though she doesn’t know it yet, he sees right through her guise.
They are both holding their breath as he reaches out to gently touch her face.
Holly’s eyes shoot open, but the rest of her body freezes. She is paralyzed with fear as she stares up into his deep blue eyes.
He stares right back down at her. He can see the fear in her eyes, and it saddens him. “Holly,” he says, his voice soft and coaxing. “It’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you.” She says nothing, just continues to watch him warily. He sighs and reaches out, grabbing the hem of the blanket and pulling it down enough to reveal her shoulders, and gently grabs her arm.
She whimpers slightly, but doesn’t try to pull away from him. “It’s okay,” he says again as he straightens her arm out. His fingers touch the IV inserted in the vein lightly.
Her eyes widen as she takes it in, just now realizing its existence for the first time. Looking carefully around, she realizes that she’s hooked up to a few different machines, with a few dozen wires attached to her. She bits her lip, and reaches up with her free arm and picks lightly at the end of one of them, where its attached to her body.
His hand catches hers, stopping her, and she looks up at him. “Don’t,” he says, his voice kind but firm.
He can feel her trembling as she asks, “why?”
“Because I need them so I can keep an eye on you, make sure you’re alright.” She opens her mouth, but his hand covers it. “No, Holly. They stay on, understand?” He feels a little guilty, ordering her around like this, but ignores it. He can’t have her doing stupid stuff.
She nods immediately, and he releases her hand. “Can I ask you something?” she asks. He nods. “Why am I here?”
“What do you mean?”
“W-why did you kidnap me?”
He couldn’t suppress a small laugh. “You spent three and a half months with a murdering psycho, and you’re worried about me kidnapping you?”
She didn’t answer. “Look, i-if you want something, I can’t guarantee you’ll get it, and I’ve already been tortured enough, so please…. j-just let me go.” She looked up at him, tears in her eyes. “Or if that’s not enough, t-then just kill me. I-I don’t want to be tortured anymore.” A tear fell down her cheek. “Please.”
This is definitely not the Holly I knew, he thought with a pang of guilt. He sighed, and reached out and gently wiped the tear off her cheek. “I’m not going to kill you, Holly,” he promised softly. “I won’t torture you either. You’re safe here, I promise.” Then he grabbed her, careful of the wires on her body, and pulled her in, embracing her tightly.
He held her for a while, and she sobbed into his chest. “What did he do to you, Holly? What happened?” he asks, after a while.
“I-I can’t tell you,” she chokes out. “He’ll punish me.”
“No, he won’t. He has no jurisdiction over you anymore, Holly. I’ll never let him touch you again. But you have to tell me. I can’t help you if you won’t tell me what happened.”
“I-it’s not that simple,” she whispers, pulling back and wiping at her eyes. “A lot of things happened. He did a lot of stuff to me.”
“Then me about the things he did, then,” Artemis said, looking down at her.
“It could take awhile,” she admits.
“I’ve got time.” Then he notices the look on her face. “You don’t have to tell me now, if you’re not comfortable with it.”
“No, i-it’s fine. I’ll have to talk about it at sometime or another,” she sighs. I looked up at him, searching his face. “I can trust you, right?”
“Three and a half months ago you wouldn’t have had to ask me that question,” Artemis replies. “What’s different now?”
“I don’t know,” she answers honestly. “That’s the problem. I don’t know you.”
“Yes, you do,” he counters.
“Well, I don’t remember you,” she snaps. “Three and a half months in a cell shackled to a wall can do that to a person.”
Artemis smiles. “Now that sounds more like the Holly I know.”
Holly frowns, realizing she had been set up. “Do you want me to tell you what happened or not?”
He sobers immediately. “Yes. Please, go on.”
She nods and closes her eyes. Taking a deep breath, she begins to tell the stories.
Haha! Cliffhanger! I am mean! Review and I will update!