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Monsters Inside Me: A Dangerous Beauty (pt 2)

March 25, 2019
By Sophia_LaPalme DIAMOND, Loxley, Alabama
Sophia_LaPalme DIAMOND, Loxley, Alabama
57 articles 22 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost


I open my eyes and blink groggily. The damp ground seeps into my clothes, making them stick to my skin and chilling me to the bone. I sit up and look around. Pitch blackness surrounds me. Dark is truly the absence of light, I think. The moon and the stars are hidden behind layers of black velvet sky. There are no feeble airplane lights masquerading as stars. Just darkness.

    A loud, lonely wolf howls far off in the distance, followed by the rustling of the trees behind me. I stand up quietly, fumbling around in the darkness. My mind is foggy, I shake my head and try to focus. Walking to school. The woods. The cop. Fragments of my memories are piecing themselves together.

    I remember what he told me, his hands shaking while he gauged my possible reaction. He couldn’t have been right, I think. But he was. I know he was. I feel it deep within my consciousness, gripping onto the edges of my mind. I try to gather my thoughts, and I swear I hear something whispering in the back of my mind. I know I’m not crazy. If I know it’s there then I can’t be crazy.

     How long has this been going on, I wonder? I stumble forwards, searching for something to guide me in the darkness. The darkness presses down on me, suffocating me, and rendering me blind. I stumble over something and fall, landing on something soft.

    I realize with horror that I landed on top of a body. I scramble away, pushing myself off of the cold, stiff body. Body? Is this person alive? My hands shake violently as I search for a pulse. Nothing. Instead, hands smudge with blood. It isn’t fresh, either. The officer. No, it can’t be…

    I vomit and rest my head in my hands. My head is spinning and pulsing. Think, think, think! I force myself to take deep breaths. I reach for the body again, Officer Turner’s body, and search him for some type of utility belt. Bingo. I tug a heavy flashlight and a nightstick out of his belt. I don’t touch the gun. I don’t even want to imagine what I could do with one.

    I wait until I’ve climbed over his body and I have my back to him to turn on the flashlight. The thick, yellow beam scatters the darkness. I begin to run, my legs pumping steadily, the flashlight beam bouncing up and down in the darkness.

    One thought utterly paralyzes me. There must be other police officers looking for me. I switch the flashlight off and scramble up a nearby tree.

    The early morning hours are grey and solemn. The morning air is thin and cold. I lower myself quietly from the tree.

    I cautiously make my way through the trees, and I spot two deer eating dewy grass in a small clearing. They bolt away when I snap a branch.

    The sound of a rushing water leads me to a beautiful waterfall. Water cascades over the rocks, spraying cold mist everywhere. Slabs of rock jut out from the churning waters. A dangerous beauty.

     “Don’t move, or I will shoot you.” A voice growls behind me. “I know who you are, Leah.”


The author's comments:

Enjoy...(@Malcolm) and there may or may not be a pt 3, depends on if you guys like it. 


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on Mar. 30 at 7:14 pm
Sophia_LaPalme DIAMOND, Loxley, Alabama
57 articles 22 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

Thank you @LivingNightmare777! I’m very glad you’re enjoying these! Thank you very much for reading them, it means a lot. :) Thank you! I love this character and I’m glad you like her. I just might have on on the way! ;)

on Mar. 30 at 7:12 pm
Sophia_LaPalme DIAMOND, Loxley, Alabama
57 articles 22 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

Thank you @Summer_R_Quinn! Who knows...maybe! I’m glad you’re enjoying this series, thank you!

on Mar. 30 at 6:03 pm
LivingNightmare777 BRONZE, Dundalk, Maryland
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be yourself. Don't take anything from anyone, and never let them take you alive.

-Gerard Way

These stories are soooooo good! I absolutely love how your character has no idea what is happening and is forced to put the pieces together to find the truth! Please make a part three!!!

on Mar. 30 at 1:03 pm
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
65 articles 87 photos 247 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

Agh, such a cliff-hanger!! This is an awesome and well-written story, you should write a third one!

on Mar. 29 at 8:49 am
Sophia_LaPalme DIAMOND, Loxley, Alabama
57 articles 22 photos 87 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

Thank you! I really enjoy it when you read my stuff. I can’t wait for the next part, this story is so much fun! Thank you! :)

on Mar. 29 at 12:54 am
Malcolm_Chase PLATINUM, Madison, South Dakota
31 articles 0 photos 171 comments

Favorite Quote:
Not all those who wander are lost
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it
- Confucius

Believe you can and you're halfway there
- Theodore Roosevelt

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
- Aristotle

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
- Audrey Hepburn

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Keep, cliff-hanger much? XD. Well,l now you have me eagerly waiting for the next one! I love it though. It's a great salary to an epic finale to come! Great job as always!


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