THE DREAMER - Chapter 1
A lost young girl was walking alone in a dark forest, the leaves crunching beneath her feet. A cold breeze blew, tussling her long black hair and making it shiver. After a while she heard her name being called.
“Catlin, Catlin where are you?” The voice said.
“Mom is that you?” She called back, cautiously. It sounded like her mom…..
“Yes now come here so I can take you back home.”
The girl began to walk in the direction the voice came from but also wondering why her mother would be here also. It wasn’t like her mother to be out in the forest, especially at night.
“To look for me of course…” she thought but still feeling unconvinced. When she finally got there the girl saw someone standing in the middle of the forest.
She ran up and hugged them tightly. “Mom, I missed you so much!” She cried. “I’m sorry for getting lost….” But her relief stopped as she paused in mid-sentence because she noticed that her mother didn’t reply.
“Mom, mom can you hear me?” She asked, looking over her mom in concern but when she looked up at their face her eyes filled with terror and her blood ran cold… It wasn’t her mom!
Catlin screamed as she woke up then stopped, her forehead dripping with beads of sweat. She looked around her bedroom and sighed from both relief and disappointment. That was the 4th time she had that terrifying dream. It was common for her to have more bad dreams than the normal person, even as a baby as she had them.
But these dreams….They were different than any other dream she had had before.
Catlin shuddered as she recalled the frightening details. The dream always started out with her walking in a dark forest, lost and cold, then after a while she would hear a voice calling her name, and followed the sound. When she finally came to the source of the sound it wasn’t her mother at all. It was a tall demon with glowing red eyes and
cat-like claws, its jaws dripping with blood.
Catlin would scream and run but she would always trip, falling onto the ground and hurting her leg so she no longer can try to escape. Then the dream would end before the demon could injure her.
Catlin gulped. “Or kill me….” She whispered aloud in the darkness of her room. Then Catlin turned her head to hear a small knock on her door.
“Catlin, are you ok?” A voice softly called. It was her mother, Jane Colette. Jane had long wavy black hair and these pretty greenish-blue eyes that glow in the sunlight all in all she was a very mesmerizing woman. Now she was sitting on the edge of the bed looking over her daughter, concern in her eyes.
“Are you ok Cat?” She asked, sitting closer to Catlin’s side.
“Yes, I’m fine….I just had another nightmare.” Catlin replied, looking down at her covers. She was trying very hard to disguise how much the dream actually shook her. But her mom was no fool.….
“Are you sure?” She asked her eyes oddly serious. Then she put her hand up against Catlin’s forehead and gasped. “You’re burning up cat!”
Catlin shook her head. “No mom, I’m fine. Really I am.” She said. “I just slept under a bunch of covers.”
“Ok….And you’re sure your fine?” Her mother asked once more. “Because you gave me quite a scare…”
“Yes.” Catlin replied. “I just got hot under the covers, that’s all.”
Her mother smiled and softly kissed her forehead before leaving. “All right….I’ll see you in the morning.”- Were her parting words.
“Night mom, love you!” Catlin called back.
Then she collapsed back on the bed, laying her head on a pillow. Sometimes before she went to bed, more often than not, she wondered why she was different….Why did she have bad dreams and could Hardly sleep through the night without waking up drenched in sweat or screaming….But something good comes out of everything right?
“Right…” Catlin thought before slowly closing her eyes.
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