“Once upon a time, a madman desired an angel while her heart belonged to a saint. This time around though, our story will be different. This time, a madman will get his sinner and drag her into his world, revealing all his dark secrets to her that only she has the ability to withstand.”
Julij’s words echoed in my head, their meaning stripping me of all senses. For the second time in my life, I felt powerless. ⠀ I opened my mouth to speak, but words were stuck somewhere deep in my throat. My hand traveled up, and I squeezed the nape of my neck, digging my fingers hard into the skin. ⠀ Instead of forcing my vocal cords to work, I tried to deliver enough air into my lungs to remain focused. Layla in danger was the only thing that could get me from calm to all-out petrified in a matter of seconds. ⠀ The worst kind of fear swept over my entire system, weakening me, robbing my mind of the ability to think straight, pushing me to act without gathering all the information. ⠀ I could’ve easily crumbled under the weight of my own protectiveness. It was crushing, primal, uncontainable. The muscles on my shoulders turned to stone, and I felt physical pain, knowing she was out of my reach, and I couldn’t protect her.⠀
"No one's ever who they say they are. We're all liars in some way or another, covering our ugly truths with pretty lies."
Rhett Sullivan -Mysterious boy painted in shades of red. Nova Markov -Eccentric girl dripping in sunshine.