Through Mist And Veil

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Chapter 11 (v.1) - Chapter 11.

Submitted: November 08, 2019

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Chapter 11.

Remember the words of my sister. I cannot add more, for already she has pushed the boundaries. Of that I’m really sure.” The words were delivered with a slight smile but Caitlin could not miss the hint of sadness that was shown in those green eyes.

What’s going to happen to me? It can’t change anything, can it? You telling me, I mean. I’m held quite firmly, and you have already told me that you cannot set me free. It would just make me feel a bit less scared if I had an idea of what to expect.”

The head shook in denial, and all traces of compassion were wiped from the green man’s face. He seemed to have shut down, to have cut off his feelings altogether, for although his eyes were still open his gaze was now blank. Was he going to do the same as the female and disappear back beneath the ground?

Caitlin’s eyes were beginning to ache from looking downwards for such a long time. The urge to rub them was almost unbearable, but the creeping ivy had not relinquished its grip in the slightest. She could move her fingers, but that was the full extent of her movement capabilities. Shutting her eyes for a couple of seconds brought a slight feeling of relief, but she then snapped them open again. What if he had taken advantage of her lack of attention and had disappeared? She did not want to be alone to face whatever it was that was coming for her.

Looking back towards her feet, Caitlin felt a momentary relief. The head remained there, and she could not help feeling that while it stayed that way, nothing too bad would happen to her. And yet the features that stared back towards her were now so frozen, so blank, that she was finding it much harder to hang on to that thought. If it was not for the vibrancy in his color she could almost believe that the plant, the man, whatever he was, had died.

There was a rustling sound. It came from somewhere above her head. No matter how much effort she put in to the attempt, Caitlin could not move her head in a way would enable her to see what was making it. Could it be another head making an appearance? That wouldn’t be so bad; certainly nothing that should be inducing the shivers of fear that were now engulfing her.

The green face remained entirely impassive. Wouldn’t he have made some sort of acknowledgement if the sound was made by one of his kind? There were more rustles now, accompanied by a snapping sound. Something tugged hard on her hair, making her yelp in pain. Another pull on her hair, then the fleeting feeling of something brushing against her wrist.

Within seconds she could feel herself being surrounded. Tiny creatures were swarming all over her. Some kind of insects, perhaps, but she had never seen anything like them before. As they hovered above her face Caitlin could see thatthey had spindly limbs with which they reached out to fix on the creeping ivy. Unable to pull it towards themselves, instead they pulled themselves forward.

Their shape reminded her of ticks, but they were each two inches long, two inches across. Eyes that she could see, but the remainder of them seemed to comprise of a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth. Tiny wings fluttered rapidly on their backs, their movement so quick that they were barely visible.

Was this the fate that awaited her? Caitlin could not help but feel betrayed. He should have told her, warned her what to expect. It would have helped, maybe. On the other hand, would it really? She’d have known what was coming, but would still have been unable to avoid the attack.

Looking downwards in horror, she caught sight of hundreds of the things. Frantic, she looked further down towards the green man. When her eyes met his, she again caught a glimpse of feeling there. Sorrow? Pity? Whatever it was, it was in no way reassuring, and Caitlin could no longer contain the scream that had been welling up inside her.

She begged, pleaded with him to help her in some way; in any way. This she was denied as the green man’s eyes closed and he sunk rapidly beneath the surface of the soil once more. He’d left her, deserted her, leaving no more than a solitary acorn to prove that he had ever really been there at all.

One of the bug-like things crawled up her cheek. Caitlin’s scream froze in her throat. She held her breath as another latched on to the vine around her neck. They were going to kill her, to eat her alive, and she would not even have the ability to struggle against their onslaught.

Caitlin waited for the pinch, the bite to her neck. It did not come, but the creeping vine of ivy that had been holding her head rigid suddenly gave way. Her head could turn freely! As disgusting as these creatures looked, it seemed that they were trying to help her to get free. Were these really her allies, while the green man and his sister had been unable, or had refused, to help?

Repugnance battled with relief, and repugnance won. Although she could now move that bit more, Caitlin closed her eyes and tried to stay still. The bugs, faeries, whatever they were, had not hurt her; other than the tugs they had made to her hair while attacking the vines that had twined and wrapped themselves in it.

The clicking noise began to fade, there were less legs crawling on her exposed skin. She was free, she had to be. Only she wasn’t.

The creatures had been clever. They were clearly far more intelligent than their appearance had led her to believe. She could turn her head, could even move her arms, but Caitlin found that they had left her still immobile. Her ankles remained bound together, and her legs were bound tightly just below her knees. Tears of frustration welled up in her eyes as the realization flooded in to her mind that, for all that she had endured, she remained just as trapped as she had been.

 

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