She involuntarily shudders as she recounts her foray: she was pointing a sharp knife in the direction of a faceless man, her hands slick on the handle with sweat. What was more disturbing, however, was that Amaya knew she was looking through someone else's eyes. It was a stranger's hand clutching that knife, a stranger's hulking form lunging forward violently with the weapon and taking the victim by the throat.
"No!" The man chokes. "Please, stop this!"
The killer doesn't let the man plead for long, plunging the knife quickly into his chest and letting the hot blood spill from the wound. "It will never stop." He mutters. "Not until you're all dead."
Back in the present, Amaya curses under her breath and punches her knee in frustration. The crazy woman's gibbering has messed with her head somehow. What she's seeing isn't real. It's just her mind's fucked up manifestation of... something. The lie she tells herself grows more unconvincing as the days go on.
"You okay, Belle?"
Amaya sits down gingerly on the edge of the bed and gently traces circles on Belle's back. She may be having bad dreams that were keeping her up at night, but Bellegere was experiencing bouts of either physical pain or severe discomfort. Out of the two, she supposes Belle is getting the worse deal. "Maybe that old coot really did put a curse on us."
Bellegere grimaces, trying her hardest to suppress whatever it is that is pushing its way painfully to the surface. She had always had this underlying feeling, of something inside her trying to get out, but now it is a raw pulsing energy sending electric volts through her veins. "I think she was warning us."
"I don't know." Bellegere admits. "But I think I think it has something to do with Moonlight Falls. I've just gotten worse since moving here."
"Do you honestly believe that?" Bellegere snaps, immediately feeling guilty for yelling. "Sorry. It's just, I think the old woman was right. We're supposed to be here. Don't you want to find out what makes us this way? Haven't you ever been curious?"
Bellegere turns to face Amaya with surprise. "You saw the blind woman in your dreams?"
"I didn't see her clearly and she was much younger, but I do remember that tattoo on her forehead. That's a detail difficult to forget. I thought it was just me being overly paranoid about you being on your own, but I had this persistent resolve that I needed to be here with you and make sure you were okay. And then when I actually saw her..." Amaya frowns, "I still tried to rationalize it instead of coming to terms with whatever the hell I am and what I'm apparently capable of."
Amaya laughs hollowly. "How? She moved from her site days ago and we haven't seen her since."
"We'll ask around. Go into town and look her up, I don't know."
"I don't think she'll be so easy to find, Belle." Amaya lays her head tiredly on Bellegere's shoulder, unable to stay awake much longer but also frightened to go to sleep. "If this is what you want to do, then I'll help."
Their first stop is the library archives, which disappointingly, are limited and read like a local gossip newspaper featuring mythical creatures. A whole section is dedicated to werewolves, vampires, and faeries that supposedly lived and have descendants in Moonlight Falls.
"Took the words right out of my mouth." Amaya grimaces.
The chilly air and stars momentarily perk both girls up, until they reach their front yard again and realize they didn't make any meaningful progress in their search.
"Yeah. It was pretty straightforward. 'When you're ready, we will come.' How 'ready' do we have to fucking be? I mean, look at us!"
Bellegere is so tired that the absurdity of the whole situation makes her laugh.
I was asked by a couple of people if Bellegere is available for download. She will be - eventually - but for right now, I want to get her story/character established before sharing her. I'll be sure to give an update as soon as she is though. ; )
I had some weird photoshop issues while editing these pictures, so some look considerably more sharpened than others (in case anyone is truly bothered by it). I clearly wasn't enough to go back and re-edit. :P
I had originally planned to drag this out for another two chapters, but I want to get moving with Bellegere's generation and get the story going so everything has been compacted into this one chapter. I'm impatient.