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This is the story of Sarabeth Waters, who lives with her 24 year-old brother in the country of Evergreen. Sara has a good life going for her, if a poor one. But what could have happened to this shy 17-year-old, that haunts her in her nightmares? And what will happen when unwanted faces revisit? View table of contents...


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Submitted:Jan 3, 2013    Reads: 17    Comments: 2    Likes: 0   

I woke up screaming. My heart was thumping wildly and I was sobbing. It took a few seconds for me to calm myself down. Apparently Orion had just come home from one of his jobs, because I heard a crash, a bang, and a loud curse.
I began to laugh. Even if it wasn't intentional, my brother always knew how to cheer me up.
Sighing, I sat up and rubbed my eyes. I yawned. I hadn't had a nightmare this bad in a while. 'Well, it's over now.' I thought to myself.
I checked the small analog clock on the headboard. It was a little past 3, and it was still dark outside. I sighed again.
'Why does he always have to work so late?' I wondered, though I knew the answer.
Just then, the door slammed open. Orion limped into the room, obviously dead tired.
He shouted, "Sara! Are you alright?" before tripping and falling onto the hardwood floor. "Dammit." he muttered, followed by a string of more curses.
I couldn't help giggling.
"Hey!" he shouted. "It's not funny! That scream scared the living daylights out of me! I slammed my knee on the table." he muttered.
"Oh, you're such a baby, Orion." I replied.
"You're cheeky for - hey what time is it?"
"3 AM."
"3 in the morning." he finished off his sentence, groaning. "What was that scream, anyway?"
"I... Had a nightmare." His face displayed his concern. Before he could say anything, I added, "But I'm fine now, really. It just gave me a scare."
He nodded slowly, but I could tell he still wasn't convinced. He walked into the bathroom and began to getready for bed. As I heard him rummaging about, I thought back to the dream, shuddering.
'No, Sarabeth.' I reprimanded myself in my head, 'You know it's best to forget these things quickly. Don't think about it.'
I laid back down and tried to go back to sleep. Before long, I felt Orion get into the bed after me.
"Are you sure you're fine?" he asked in an undertone.
"Yeah, I'm okay." I answered, softly. "It's just creepy how I can still remember their voices after this long..."
He stiffened beside me. "You didn't say you dreamt about them."
I didn't say anything for a little while. Eventually, I replied, "I'm sorry. It's just... It was a memory."
I didn't realize I was crying until he put his arm around me and said, "It's okay, Sara. We're far away from them. They won't... theycan'thurt you anymore."
After a little bit, I said, "I'm sorry."
"Why are you apologizing?" he asked. "There's nothing for you to be sorry about."
We lay like that for a few minutes as I regained my composure. Eventually, he said, "We need another bed.
Maybe I should ask Earl to let me work a little longer on Sundays? Or I could talk to the bar manager and -"
"NO." I almost yelled. "You're doing to much already. I'll talk to Mr. Ovelsby. He did say he needs someone to work a longer shift on Tuesdays and Thursdays."
"Really?" he asked softly.
"Yes. You work too much." I added.
"Well, until then, I could sleep on the floor."
"It's okay. I'm fine, and besides, you need the bed more than I do."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes." As much as it pained me to admit it, he helped make the nightmares go away. He was like a nice, paternal figure in my life.
"G'night." came his sleepy voice.
"Goodnight, Brother." I said softly, and before I knew it, I had entered a dreamless sleep.
Thanks for reading! This is my first work up on Booksie, so please, tell me what you think.I'm cool with suggestions, comments, KMUs, smiley faces, death threats... anything!


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