Tears For The Shadow

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12 year old Ariella Stone fights to survive the evil that her parents portray. After spending 11 years lost and lonely , she discovers the daunting truth about them. Could it get any worse?

Submitted: July 13, 2012

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Chapter 1: Imaginations

I was never the talkative type , i never spoke to anyone including my parents. I often found myself barracading myself in the darkness where nobody would find me except the shadows that i played with. I would lose myself in my imaginations only fighting to get away from the emptiness that i had portrayed for so long. Had i not been the one they wanted? I was nothing to them , i had no reason and no story. I only felt like i was at home when i was alone. My Parents were rarely around me and i had no friends so i had managed to adapt to the loneliness. somehow i had never recognised my family. They were just faces with no names. I often wish they knew me and i knew them , i probably wouldnt feel so isolated but i knew that my wishes only came true in my imagination. I wasn't the brightest child , therefore i never understood why i was hated so much , Maybe it was just me, however i always had the feeling that i was never alone.

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Chapter 2: Lonely and broken

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I would sit alone in the basement listening to the water dripping on the frosted glass and the happy families laughing outside. I wondered whether i would ever get the chance to have a connection with the ones i called my mum and dad. As the years passed , i gradually began to form an understanding of what family meant and that was the day they were no longer known as my parents , they were just the people who's lies i had been believing. I would remain in my corner everyday and night because i realised that that was where i belonged. I spent most of my life watching all the smiles , tears and surprises that everyone else could expieriance. What does it feel like to smile? What do tears feel like? but the question that had been playing on my mind for majority of the years was could i talk? I had been communicating with silence for so long that i wasn't sure if there was a possibilty that if i opened my mouth, words would escape. I lay watching the shadows lurking upon the damp , cracked walls thinking about how life could be if i was better than i am.

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Chapter 3: Lost in Silence

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4 weeks had passed and i was still alone in the basement , still unaware of what the world outside looked like and whether i would ever get to see it , the sunshine , the grass , the flowers and all those happy faces. I couldn't quite get to grips with the fact that i wasn't going to be leaving anytime soon. The door of the basement was always locked and i couldn't unlock it from the inside , therefore i knew that i wasn't loved. I was just a 12 year old girl , why should i be any different? I recall over hearing the people outside mention that everyone was equal. I was unbelivably thin and i ached all over because i hadn't ate in 1 month. Usually i would hear movement from upstairs and the cracking of floorboards but there was nothing. Just silence. I crawled towards the wooden steps that lead to the railing which barred the door. I closed my eyes and listened closely but still there was silence. I placed my head in my hands as i felt a drop of water trickle down my cheek. Was i crying? The water poured out uncontrolably and i banged on the railing until my fingers were wet with my own blood. I fell to the floor in a pool of tears just seeking a way to escape.

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Chapter 4: Unspoken

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I felt my heartbeat pounding rapidly against my pale skin as i wiped the cascading stream of tears from my eyes. My whole body shivered as i curled up on the floor which seemed to break beneath me. If only i could talk,i might not have been stuck here for so long. I couldn't do anything right for anyone not even myself. No voice , no emotion , no love , nobody i was just hopeless at everything that i was meant to do. I never knew what it was that they wanted from me but im sure it wasn't what i gave to them. Was i just the wrong child? I can't explain how i feel about them because i don't feel anything. My only wish was to be somebody that was never locked away from the feeling of being loved, someone who was free to say how they felt without being silenced, however as the weeks passed i began to feel lifeless and stupid. I was going to be trapped in this hell hole forever.

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Chapter 5: Waiting

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Time is a valuable thing but i didn't have much of it left. My tiny body was thin and fragile and i was only getting worse. I wasn't sure what day , month or year it was and my birthday hadn't existed for a while so my age seemed to stay the same. I was just a 12 year old shadow that seemed unreal to everyone else, nobody knew me and they never would. How could i have called them liars my parents? my vision blurred for a second before i managed to focus on a light coming from under the door. I wasn't alone. My legs froze in position whilst my bones quivered in the moonlight. The walls gradually closed in on me. Before i could do anything, my mouth opened and i allowed the words to escape with my last breath. Help me. My wait was over, i had never felt so strong but that was when it happened. I became what i had never dreamed of.

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Chapter 6: Awakened

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My heart stopped. My body lay on the cold floor lifeless and weak. I was lost in a nightmare that lead me towards my death. I could see the light approaching me slowely getting brighter as i heard the soft voice whisper to me.

Come with us Ariella , you will be safe here

I concentrated on the angelic movement which seemed to draw my attention. The light glowed on my face , persuing a heat that i had never felt before. My vision faded and the angel vanished. I choked on something that i was being forced to swallow and that was when my eyes opened and i saw them. A man and a woman leaning over me with dropped jaws.

" Hello? can you hear me? " The blurred figure whispered

I opened my mouth to speak but nothing came out. I was too weak and scared to talk.

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Chapter 7: Reality

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I hadn't got used to myself being cared for , Infact i wasn't sure if i liked it but i gave it a shot. Every morning i would wake up , Be fed and watered and then lay on the grass in the wind that blew against my face. I still hadn't mastered how to use my voice properly but i could whisper so i used that to communicate with the people who i knew by first name. I would often stare into the darkness of where i was kept for so long but i was too afraid to take a step down the stairs. Later that day i opened the basement door and closed my eyes as i walked slowly and nervously down the stairs , i opened them a little bit before tripping over the small piece of railing that had broke off. My head hit the hard floor and my memories flooded back. I stood up and looked across into the shadows in horror as i saw the blood stains and felt the cold chill on my back. I couldn't stay another second so i ran up the stairs with tears rippling down my cheeks i screamed

" Who am i? "

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chapter 8: Last one

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If a smile could break a heart and a tear could break smile then what was i? I sat beneath the window that allowed the light to give a glow to my thin perplection. Is this the life i was waiting for? I had been pacing the floor all that morning trying to figure out whether the other children were still alive , however my answer wasn't far behind.

" Ellie?... its you're mother "  ChrIstian called from in the kitchen.

I raced down the stairs and raised the phone to my ear , close enough so that i could hear the heavy breathing of the woman who had tortured me for my whole life.

" Ariella your the only surviving child the others died a few days ago of something i can't discuss with you so please forgive us and come home "

The adrenaline shot down my spine as i released my grasp around the telephone. I felt the tears swelling up in the back of my throat. Christian placed his arms around me before hugging me tightly to reassure me that everything would work out just fine. Most of my questions had finally been given their response apart from one which i had never crossed before. What was my real name?

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Chapter 9: Truth or lie

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Life was finally turning around , I had a home and a mother who wanted to forget the past. Was this really happening? The strength in my heart had built up in the past few days that i had learnt to forgive people of there sins. It was October 1994 and i was estimated to be around 15 years old , therefore i could make my decisions on my own and i was able to complete the path that i wanted to take in life so i chose it. I was going to see my so called mother for the first time since i was 2 years old. I had so many questions that needed answers and she was the only one who knew the correct responses. I was still afraid of the negative view that could overcome the atmosphere but i tried my best to stay positive. I remained calm as Christian and Tayla drove towards the ' Raide Hotel ' which was where my mother was expecting me. The car haulted and as i peered out of the frosted window i saw her. Dressed in black she approached the veichle.

" My daughter...My gosh you have grown up to be a fine young lady " She smiled.

Her face was as pale as the snow that had sheeted the ground last christmas. I followed her cautiously unaware of what she had planned for our day together.

" Ariella sweetheart...have a seat " She grinned evily.

A sudden change in the air gave me goosebumps all over my skin. I had my answer and now i just wanted to leave.

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Chapter 10: Revealed

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I looked into her eyes but there was something about them that seemed to push me away. Her expression differed as she slashed my neck with a blunt object. I crouched on the floor in pain and the blood spirted out all over the newly fitted creme carpet. She hadn't changed at all. She shook her head in disbelief and then glared at me with the taunting yellow eyes that had been drawn to my attention. So fascinating. I tugged at her long black veil , begging her to stop but she wasn't listening , still she kicked until i lay lost in the nightmare. She turned me over onto my back and carved a pyramid into my skin. The flame burnt rapidly as my body was dying gradually.

" You will pay for the deaths of your little brothers and sisters " She cursed.

The pyramid shon like a light and burned like a fire but still she didn't stop. She carved an eye into the centre of the design and then flicked the residue onto my neck. I was now a devil worshipper. She drained the majority of my blood into a jar and used it as ink. ' Satan is not a sin but good to the evil ' She continued to write on the walls and cover them with the thick , red liquid. ' Devil's worship death ' and that was when i knew. She had murdered my brothers and sisters and i wasn't going to escape this evil trap because i was next.

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Chapter 11: Victory Hurts

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After all the years of being in the basement i had learnt that family wasn't about being afraid of the pain they caused but more about the love that was shared equally. Obviously i didn't have family. An eerie silence filled the room before i saw shadows seeping through the cracks in the door.

" Leave her be " I heard the shadow say " She's had enough for one day" It added.

I parted my cherry coloured lips and allowed the remaining amount of blood to pour between them. My body trembled and shivered. My mother pulled me up by my long blonde hair and tied me to the wooden chair that was located in the corner of the room beside the ancient piano.

" You stay here...i will be back " She yelled as she turned her back on me and walked through the darkness.

I sat staring around the room for something to end my pain. Was i stupid? The door opened and in stepped christian and Tayla but before i could reach out and grasp them , my time was over.

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Chapter 12: Dead or alive

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The day had finally arrived for me to leave the place i called earth to allow my soul to travel to the place beyond the eye can see. Heaven. I reached out for the golden gates that were bellowing me to go further.

" Ariella welcome home sweetheart " A soft voice sung gracefully

I dropped to the floor and sighed in relief. I was eventually where i belonged. The open arms of the angels pulled me closer to my home but then a sharp pain shot through my stomach like a bullet. I peered down as i clenched my stomach in pain and fell to the ground. The angels gasped and rushed back inside before shutting me out. What had happened to me?

My eyes rolled to the back of my head and i collapsed in a pool of confusion. Dead people felt pain? What was i turning into?

My lips were wet with blood but it didn't belong to me , therefore i decided to believe that my mind was playing tricks on me although i knew there was no point in believing something that confused me. I didn't know who or what i was.

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Chapter 13: Un-natural

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Light flashed , pain pulsed and my heart raced. My Whole body felt like it had regained its strength but as my eyes shot open i realised why i felt so unbreakable. Christian bit into his flesh and allowed his blood to pour rapidly into my mouth and that was when i noticed the huge white fangs hanging from behind his pale lips. Tayla lifted my head to allow me to swallow the hot liquid that was now providing me with the energy i needed to survive.

" I am so sorry Ellie. I wanted to tell you earlier " Christian sighed appologetically

I nodded and attempted to stand up , however my legs hadn't adapted to my surroundings so i had to be carried towards the car. As i sat terrified and alone i realised that i was not going to be human for long. But what could i turn into?

My throat dried up and my vision faded as i fainted in the backseat. Lonely and afraid i lost myself in the Un-natural dreams.

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Chapter 14: Differences

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I had taken a trip to heaven and back and now i was in the land of lost dreams , is this even possible? My jaw dropped and i felt the sharp blade as it pierced my gum and it shot through like a razor. Tayla ran to my side as i screamed in pain.

" Its ok...it will only hurt for a few minutes " She reassured me.

I sat up and squeezed her hand as all my energy pushed out my inner body. My breathing changed as i clutched my mouth trying to silence my screams. After a few minutes it was all over. The wounds had healed. The pain had ended and i was now nothing like anybody else. I wasn't even a human , i had fangs and a telepathic mind. I was a hybrid child.

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Chapter 15: Revenge

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My eyes would change to various colours everyday depending on my mood. Red for angry , yellow for calm , blue for happy. Christian and Tayla had introduced me to there 2 children Harley and Kye. I was living with a family of Blood suckers but i didn't mind. I was one of them now. I sat in the front room thinking about my own family. Mother , father and my 16 siblings that i never had chance to meet. That was the day that i chose to pay the liar a visit. I had been warned about the harm that she could cause , however now i had my own weapon. I creeped through the halls to find her sitting alone infront of the fire.

" Ariella! Its so good to see you...coming back for more? " She asked with an evil expression on her face.

Her hair covered her face as i focused on her movement. I felt a cold chill down my spine but i ignored my emotions and faced the monster that stood before me. She struck my face , her nails digging into my pale flesh. I grabbed her arm and twisted it round which caused her to fall to the floor in shock. I dived down and sunk my teeth into her neck , allowing my anger to drain her blood out of her skin. My eyes flashed red and burnt like a flame as her bones crushed and she died right infront of me. Was it over?

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Chapter 16: End of hate

Although i had been given several names i made the decision to call myself Ellie because Ariella brought back so many hard times that i wanted to forget because i now had the real me.I had life , friends , emotions and i didn't have to live with the memories of being alone. Christian and Tayla adopted me and i was accepted for being the only hybrid in the family , we even moved house and i never had to talk about my past or the people i called parents. Harley taught me to talk so that i could communicate through various different methods. I found it hard to forget the evil memories that i had kept in the back of my mind but i managed to move on with the help of my new family. I would often go back to the old house to try and forget the past and it gradually helped. My mothers body was never found but i knew where to find it. The Basement. They all say what goes around comes around and sometimes Karma bites.


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