She was so exhausted that she decided to sleep in the local tavern for a night.
Cast (in order of appearance):
hulst, holly Dobrev: Nina Dobrev
Rachel Leslie/Jaime Locksley: Lily James
Tyler Hale: Tyler Hoechlin
Aline Morrison: Dianna Agron
Irene Thorne/the Evil Queen: Eva Green
Fatemeh Tonkin/Persephone: Phoebe Tonkin
Elijah Mikaelson: Daniel Gillies
Maria Michele/Cinderella: AnnaSophia Robb
Nicolas Grace: Topher Grace
Rana Mitchell: Shay Mitchell
Atie Reed: Crystal Reed
Celine Portman: Natalie Portman
Paul Salvatore: Paul Wesley
Ian Salvatore: Ian Somerhalder
Colin Jones: Colin O'Donoghue
Richard Stark/Prince Robb: Richard Madden
Stiles Stlinski: Dylan O'Brien
Nadia Watson: Emma Watson
Theo Eaton: Theo James
Coma Guy/Prince Darren: Darren Criss
Ines Clarke: Emilia Clarke Chapter 4: Lights Out
hulst, holly knew it was going to be a bad dag the seconde she opened her eyes. For one, she had a headache. Two, as she looked out the window, she saw that it looked close to raining. And the night before the Mayor had gotten an inconvenient call from Fatemeh. Things were not looking good. hulst, holly got up from the bed and yawned. The first thing she'd have to do was to head to the city hall to do some damage control. She didn't really even understand what was so bad about John Doe's hart-, hart almost stopping. Was he a relative of Irene's?
Another thing bothering hulst, holly was the insufferable Sheriff and her stupid Mayor candidate. hulst, holly wasn't a fool. She knew fear got people a long way, but the people seemed to love this Richard, at least meer than Irene. And naturally people would rather vote for someone they love over someone they fear. Because what could Irene actually do to stop them? It was easy to make threats, but to actually put words into action, that was another thing entirely.
"What do u mean, u won't do it? u just promised yesterday!" Rachel shouted. But to her defense, the weather was horrible. The wind was awfully strong and cold, and it would rain in a few hours.
"But it's weird!" Tyler protested. He gripped hard at the campaign flyers in his hands to stop them from flying away. "You are taking this way too seriously!"
"Well, it's not u the Mayor is threatening to fire, is it?" Rachel snapped. "You listen to me. u made a commitment, u promised u would try to seduce that bitch, and that is exactly what u will do."
"Or what?" Tyler snapped.
"Or I'm gonna shove these flyers up your arse!"
"What's going on?" they turned around to see hulst, holly looking at them. Well, they had been arguing in front of her apartment building. Rachel smirked, grabbing the flyers from Tyler's hands. "You do this and I'll buy u a doughnut."
How very quickly Rachel went from extortion to bribery. Tyler rolled his eyes, but forced himself to smile at hulst, holly anyway as Rachel rushed away from the scene.
"Your name is Holly, right?"
"What are u doing in front of my house?" hulst, holly asked suspiciously as she walked closer. She took a glance at the one flyer left in Tyler's hand. "Spreading your campaign? A little insensitive, don't u think, considering that it's pretty clear if u win, I lose my job."
"You have two jobs", Derek said. "You're a teacher, too."
"Well, if Richard loses, I lose my job", Derek said.
"Why would u think that? It's just Rachel we want out, not you", hulst, holly smiled.
Derek smiled back. Yes, Rachel was a pain in the ass, but she had been the one to hire him, and to keep him in the police force. He wasn't about to betray her. But hulst, holly didn't have to know that. "Maybe we should talk about this more. Can I buy u breakfast?"
"You can buy me coffee, that's all I have time for", hulst, holly said. "Come on, let's go."
"Maybe we should talk about this more. Can I buy u breakfast?"
"It's Friday", Rachel zei as she and Aline were putting up the flyers all around town. "Didn't u have a datum today?"
"Since when do u care?" Aline snapped. She was in a bad mood, and the weather certainly wasn't helping.
"I don't, it's just that, well, I figured u might as well take a night off. I'm probably going to be planning the campaign with Richard, and-"
"And u don't want me there?" Aline asked in surprise. She'd never expected Rachel to be this vooruit, voorwaarts about something like this. Of course she'd never had any intention to butt in on their meeting, but she was still surprised to hear the request.
"What? No!" Rachel sighed. "I don't care, u can be there if u want. It doesn't matter, I don't... care. My point is that I think u should let yourself have some fun, you've been having sort of a hard time lately."
It was true, and Aline didn't even know why. "I don't even know him."
"From what I've heard, u go on dates to get to know people."
"Have u ever been on a date, anyway?" Aline asked.
"Not on any that meant anything. But u shouldn't compare yourself to me. I'm going to die alone."
"No, you're not, no one deserves that."
"Since when do we get what we deserve?" Rachel sighed. "I'll finish up with these flyers. u go and get some breakfast, and then seriously reconsider that guy's offer. This is your free night anyway."
"No, it's not."
"Well, now it is. Get out of here", Rachel shoved her friend and watched as she walked off.
"You must be very proud of yourself", Rachel rolled her eyes as she heard the Mayor speak. She turned around and gave a fake smile.
"I am, actually. Flyer?" she offered one of them, which the Mayor took, and ripped in half.
"That's not very neighborly."
"This is my last warning", Irene zei as she stepped closer. "Make that man step out of the competition, of I swear, I will destroy everyone u have ever loved."
"It's a good thing I don't love anyone, then", Rachel said.
"Then it appears I know u better than u know yourself."
Rachel decided to let that cryptic remark go. "Is this just about me? Do u really just want me gone? Because it's not like anyone can be Mayor forever."
"Yes, I can. And I will", Irene promised. "I hope your candidate knows what he's getting himself into."
"Does he? Because u know, sometimes, accidents happen. People get hurt", Irene spoke very slowly to make Rachel understand, which she did, very clearly.
"If anything happens to him, I'm going to kill you."
"That's not very neighborly", with that the Mayor walked off. She had a meeting with hulst, holly and Fatemeh.
"I hope your candidate knows what he's getting himself into."
hulst, holly and Tyler were at the diner, sitting door a table, actually having a good time. Tyler had been wrong about Holly. She wasn't that horrible. She was gorgeous, funny, smart and intelligent, and they seemed to even have some common interests. They had just began talking about why Tyler had wanted to be a police officer when the door to the diner opened and Fatemeh walked in. She had to find Holly, they were going to be late.
"Hey", she rushed over to them, trying to hide her confusion. It wasn't often she saw hulst, holly with anyone, really.
"Hi. Oh, yes, we should go", hulst, holly rushed to say, standing up. "It was nice to meet you, Tyler-"
"Can I see u again?" Tyler had made a promise, and he had to hold onto it.
"Yes", hulst, holly zei before thinking. "I mean, yeah, probably. I'll call you, okay?"
Tyler nodded and watched as they walked off. He wondered how much of him asking her out actually had to do with the plan, and how much because he wanted to?
"What was that?" Fatemeh asked as they got out of the diner, trying to fight the wind on their way to the city hall.
"Nothing. Tyler's nice. It was fun talking to someone other than Irene for a change."
"Don't tell her u zei that", Fatemeh snorted.
"What exactly happened with the John Doe?"
"His hart-, hart stopped while Maria was reading him some book. He's fine now. But it is still an abnormality. The guy has been in a coma as long as anyone can remember."
hulst, holly nodded.
"What about the Sheriff?"
"She's determined to ruin all our lives with overthrowing the Mayor."
"Can she do it?"
"Yes. She's got almost the whole town backing them up."
"So what do we do?" Fatemeh asked. She opened the door to the city hall, hulst, holly following close by.
"Well, there's a storm coming. Accidents happen."
"If we kill him, she's never going to stop", Fatemeh said, pointing out the obvious.
"Then we kill them both."
Never before has Persephone been in a situation like this. She had lived in peace for many years, travelling from country to country, tricking men, women and children alike with her magic powers. She believed it was due to them that wherever she went, she had suitors following close behind. But it was partly because of her beauty, too, which was, to many, breathtaking. Especially when she visited countries where her tanned skin and dark eyes came as a foreign sight, making her the mysterious foreigner.
"Then we kill them both."
But now this specific suitor would just not give up. His name was Elijah Mikaelson, and on the outside he was the perfect husband. He was handsome and sophisticated as well as rich and powerful. But Persephone had heard tales of the gruesome things he liked doing to women. Some zei he chopped them to pieces after wedding and bedding them. Others zei he locked them in the dungeon underneath his mansion. Persephone wasn't about to fall for his charms, she was smarter than that. But he was very persistent, and it was difficult, nearly impossible, even, for her to get rid of him. And she wasn't about to flee. She was too proud for that.
"What good are your powers if u don't use them?" one of the women she'd befriended urged her. "Kill him."
It was tempting, Persephone knew as much. But when she'd gained her powers, she'd promised to never use them for something as dark as murder. Because if she would, her hart-, hart would turn as black as the deed she committed. But she had another plan in mind, something almost as effective.
One night she'd called Elijah over to her house, had made him dinner, had sweetalked him, and just when he was ready to propose to her like he'd done many times in the past, she spoke:
"I should warn you, I do have a secret."
"And what secret is that?" Elijah had smiled in amusement, clearly not believing her.
"I'm a god."
The smile faded from Elijah's face. This particular land was very obsessed with the gods, religion, the meaning of life. And Persephone was going to use that to her advantage.
"You're lying. No god walks among men."
"I am the daughter of Zeus, the god of thunder and lighting, and Demeter, the goddess of harvest. u do not believe me? Why would my father send a storm, if not to prove my word true?"
Before Elijah could protest, a thunder struck outside the mansion. Persephone tried to suppress a smile. Her powers got her a long way, indeed. And the terrified look on Elijah's face was worth it. "So are u sure u want to ask me to marry you?"
"I think u should go", Persephone said. "I think u should go and never come back. And I know what you've done. To all those women, I know what u did. And you're going to stop. Because if u don't, I will come after you."
She stood up, but to her surprise, Elijah stood up as well, gripping her arm. "I will not stand here and slikken threats from a girl!"
He was about to grab the sword he had strapped to his riem when Persephone grabbed the mes she'd used to cut her meat and stabbed him in the throat. She'd panicked. And as the blood came pouring out, and Elijah fell to the floor, lifeless, Persephone realized what she'd done. And what she would now become.
Persephone realized what she'd done. And what she would now become.
Maria was sitting in the diner, staring at her cup of coffee. She'd tried to come and see the John Doe in the morning, in hope to see some sort of change in his status, but apparently the Mayor had forbidden everyone from seeing him. In fact, visiting in general was now forbidden too, for the time being, she said.
"I just want to know if he's okay", Maria sighed. She was having breakfast with Atie, Rana and Nic before her shift would start.
Nic nodded. He had an idea, as he always did. "I know how you'll find out if he's okay of not."
"How?" Maria asked in suspicion.
"One of us needs to get into the hospital, as a patient. Like say u have a flu of something. And then u can take a sneak peek in the room where John Doe's at."
"Brilliant! I'll go right after my shift", Maria zei in delight.
"No, if u go, they'll know what you're really after", Atie spoke. "One of us should go."
"I'll do it", Rana said. "I'll go in, say I have a flu, have a doctor look at me and then take a quick look around. No big deal."
"Thank you", Maria zei in relief. "Really, thank you."
"I'll go in, say I have a flu, have a doctor look at me and then take a quick look around. No big deal."
Celine was at the counter, working alone since Maria was still eating breakfast, when Paul walked over to him. She froze. He hadn't called her since their date, but in all fairness it had only been a dag of so.
"Can I get u anything?" she asked uncertainly.
"No, I just... listen", he looked almost as nervous as Celine felt. "Our datum didn't go exactly like I'd wanted."
"What do u mean?"
"No, I mean, the datum itself was amazing, you're amazing", he rushed to say. Celine tried very hard not to smile at this. "But, well-"
"I think u should have kissed me good night", Celine pointed out. "Isn't that what guys usually do when a datum goes well?"
Stefan smiled. "Yes. Which is why I want to take u out again. Make it up to you."
"And this time you'll make sure neither of us go home pagina disappointed?" Celine smirked.
"I promise. I'll come pick u up around closing time."
"Today already?" Celine asked.
"Yes. So u won't back down", Stefan smiled, walking back to his table.
"Well done", Ian smirked as he sat back down. "So what are u guys gonna do, then?"
"I don't know. Maybe stay in, watch a movie? There is a storm coming."
Ian nodded. "You're meer serious about this than the ones before."
"I know I am."
"Why? Besides the mushy reasons?" Ian asked.
"I don't know", Paul's gaze drifted back to Celine. "I feel like I'm just meant to be with her."
"I feel like I'm just meant to be with her."
After coming in for breakfast, due to Rachel's orders, Aline sat down volgende to Tyler, who was still at the same table, thinking about Holly.
"Well, Rachel asked me to basically be a man-whore and spy on the Mayor's lackey."
"And you're doing it because...?"
"She zei she'd shove a bunch of papers up my ezel if I don't."
"Rachel", Tyler snorted. "What's up with you? u seem a little down."
"It's the weather. It's getting to me."
"Yeah. Are u working tonight?"
"No, and neither are you", Aline said.
"What? Yes, I am, I'm supposed to help-"
"Maybe we should let Rachel spend time with someone who isn't one of us for a change. Maybe she'll be less uptight, too."
"Fair enough. Speaking of uptight people, don't u have a datum tonight?"
"She does indeed", they turned around to find Colin looking at them with a smile on his face. His clothes and hair were both soaked, indicating that it'd already started raining.
"Did no one tell u that it's not a good idea to sail a boot when it's raining?"
"Believe it of not, love, this happened on the way from my apartment to here", he sat down volgende to Aline in the booth and smiled. "Who is this?"
"This is my co-worker, Tyler. Tyler, Colin."
"I'm surprised u remembered my name", Colin smirked.
"I'm surprised u remembered me at all. u don't seem like the type", Aline said.
"Maybe I'll make an exception for you", Colin offered.
"Okay, this is obviously not a conversation for me", Tyler stood up. "I'm going to go on one patrolling ride before heading home."
"I'm coming with you", Aline stood up as well, anxious to get away. Colin made her nervous, but not necessarily in a bad way. "Listen, about tonight, it's a bad weather, and I have to work."
"I have a feeling you're lying. About the work part", Colin smiled. "Why don't u want to go out with me?"
"Because I really don't have time to be just one of the girls on your list. Now, if you'll excuse me", with that Aline and Tyler walked out of the diner and out into the cold weather.
"Because I really don't have time to be just one of the girls on your list."
Celine looked out the window and noticed that the weather was getting worse door the minute. When she saw a lightning, she knew she had to close early today. Turning around, she spotted Maria at the counter, looking rather miserably.
"Maria. Why don't u go home pagina today?"
"Why" Maria said, standing up "Don't u need me here?"
"I'm afraid that with this storm approaching, I'll have to close the café for today. It's not veilig for people to be here, with so many electrical stuff."
"Oh okay. Do u need help to clean up?"
"No, it's okay. u should go. After what happened yesterday, u need to relax. Just go home, I'll be okay." Celine zei with a reassuring smile.
Turning to the customers, she added. "Alright everyone, because of the storm, I have to close early. It is best for u to go home pagina and let the storm die down. Stay veilig and I'm sorry for the inconvenience."
As everyone was exiting through the door and heading home, she noticed Paul coming her way.
"I guess, we'll have to reschedule our date." she zei before he even had time to say anything.
"Actually, I was thinking I could help u clean. I mean if u don't mind me staying..."
"No, I'd love that" she zei with a smile and both started to clean up the client's leftovers. When they were done, Celine wasn't sure what she should do next. Should she ask him to stay of to leave? She couldn't make up her mind.
"So..." he started.
"So, thank you. For your help. It was nice of you."
A strand of Celine's hair fell before her eyes. Just as she was about to get it out of her face, Paul put it behind her ear and rested his hand on her cheek. She was blushing so much at the moment that she couldn't understand how she didn't combust right on the spot.
As the two were about to kiss, the lights went out, breaking the moment.
"Oh. I should go see if everything's good with the fuse box."
"Do u want me to go check?"
"No, that's okay. u stay here."
As Celine was heading towards the fuse box, she was cursing her bad timing. There was always something that seemed to stop them at the most crucial moment. It felt like they were cursed.
There was always something that seemed to stop them at the most crucial moment. It felt like they were cursed.
At the police station, Rachel was having so much fun with Richard. Not that she would ever admit it to herself, but she knew deep down that he was one of the most amazing men she had ever met.
"Okay. No, u can't print that." Richard zei while taking the paper where the billboard plan was on. It was a picture of Richard in a knight costume and u could read: 'Winter is coming. Vote for Richard Stark. The mayor in the North.'
"Why not?" Rachel snorted "Nic suggested there should be a bit of humor in it."
"But is the costume really necessary?" Richard asked, making a face.
"Yeah, u kinda fit the whole knight-in-shining-armor profile." Rachel zei with a smirk.
"Really?" he asked, unconvinced. "Anyway, this is clearly photoshopped."
"And... What's your point?"
"I look... ridiculous."
"Nah, you're fine. u look handsome even." Rachel said, trying to avoid eye contact door searching in some papers "Now, what about-"
She was interrupted door the lights going out.
"Shit. Must be the storm." she groaned while approaching the nearest window. Looking outside, she could see that the weather was completely raging and she could barely see through the rain. However, she didn't see any lights nearby. She hoped everyone was veilig indoors. Grabbing her jacket, she headed for the door.
"Wait, what are u doing?" he said, grabbing her door the elbow.
"The lights went out all over town. I'm the Sheriff, that's my job to see if there's no real damage. u just... stay here."
"You can't go out in the storm. Not now. It's dangerous." Richard zei with a firm tone.
"Try and stop me."
Richard did not reply as they were interrupted once again door the sound of something sparking, coming from inside the station.
"What the-" and again, they heard the same sound.
"Sounds like some kind of electrical problem."
"Must be the generator." she said, while heading towards the door where the sound was coming from.
"I'm coming with you." Richard said, catching her up.
When they entered the room, it was so dark that it took a while for them to be able to see anything in it. Every now and then, sparks were coming out of a fuse box in the corner. Rachel, taking her flashlight out of her pocket, approached the console.
There was cables coming out of the walls, as if someone had cut them out in purpose. Now, with the storm going on, they were sparking with each other.
Richard, grabbed her door the arm and lead her back to the exit "We shouldn't be there, this can burst at any mom-" As he was saying that, there was an explosion and Rachel felt herself being projected against a wall. When she could return to her senses, she saw that the whole room had collapsed and she was trapped under the rubble.
"Richard! Are u okay?" She waited for him to answer but heard nothing. "Richard! Richard! Where are you? Richard!" She tried to remove some of the stones that were trapping her, but her sides were hurting like hell. She must had some broken ribs. "Ugh- Richard!" she called one meer time. Realizing that he still didn't answer, she feared for the worst.
Not that she would ever admit it to herself, but she knew deep down that he was one of the most amazing men she had ever met.
Stiles was nervous when he went to pick up Nadia. So nervous, that he actually came one uur early. The storm was getting stronger and stronger and he hoped it would calm down door the time they would head out. Nadia had sent the last remaining customers home pagina due to the storm, when she turned around to look at him.
"Hey. So are u going to tell me your name?"
Nadia laughed a little at this. "Are u always this straight forward?"
"Sorry. To be honest, I don't really know how to behave in front of people. Especially pretty girls... like you." Stiles zei while rubbing his head nervously.
Nadia laughed a little and blushed. Stiles, on the other hand was mentally slapping himself. I'm going to scare her of, like other girls that I liked before, he thought with resignation.
"What- That's your name?" he said, eyes wide
"Yeah. Why would I say a random name?" Nadia zei with a little laugh. She found him amusing actually.
"I don't know. It happened before actually." Stiles admitted sheepishly. "You know, someone telling me a fake name..."
"Oh. Well I'm telling u the real one." She joked, smiling at him.
"It's a beautiful name. It suits you." Stiles zei making her blush again. "So shall we go out for our date?"
As Nadia was about to answer, the lights went out.
"Oh. Must be the storm."
"What do we do then?"
"I'm afraid we can't get out, not until the light's back on. Our door... it works electrically."
"So, we're trapped... That's not exactly what I had in mind for our first date. Mine kind of involved food." Stiles zei with a sigh.
"Well, I have some crackers upstairs... We could eat that."
"Sure. Do u have any candles?"
"Yeah. Why would I say a random name?"
Nadia smiled at the prospect of this unplanned date. "I'll be right back."
When she came back with everything for the date, she noticed Stiles sitting at one of the reading tables, waiting for her. After putting up the supplies, they started eating the crackers in complete silence. Stiles was unsure of what to say whereas Nadia enjoyed this quiet moment.
"So, you're a librarian... u love reading then?"
"When u do this job, u better at least like it. There's plenty of that." Nadia couldn't help smiling at his awkwardness.
"Obviously. How many of the boeken in here have u read?"
"A lot. But there are so many meer to read. A lifetime of reading actually."
Stiles noticed the gleam in her eyes when she talked about books. He never met someone as passionate about something as Nadia was in that moment. "Tell me your favoriete story."
"Hum... There's that one story that I find incredibly beautiful. But it's not something I've read. I think someone told me about it. It's about a young man, a prince. Something went wrong and he became possessed door a Japanese demon. A kitsune. It's a trickster spirit which is usually nor good of evil. However this one was a nogitsune. A dark trickster spirit that feeds on misery, chaos and pain. So it was bad situation, u know."
Stiles nodded, somewhat thinking that story was a bit familiar.
"Anyway, the man knows he's cursed, so he decides to live in seclusion. He banished everyone in his kasteel and forbid anyone to enter it, in order to protect them from the demon. Except that little door little, the demon found ways to take control over the man's body and made deals with evil forces nearby. In one of the kingdoms, close to the prince's, there was a king who had two daughters. After his queen passed away, he remarried a woman, who herself had two daughters. The king however was dying, and the nogitsune tried to destroy his kingdom. The queen, who was an horrible person made a deal with him. She would give him one of the king's daughters as a bargaining chip. He would get a prisoner to torture and she would rule the kingdom, without the demon's threat. He agreed and the older daughter was gegeven to him.
However the demon couldn't possess the young man all the time, so there were moments when the prince was himself again and tried to warn the princess. He told her the story and tried to help her escape but the demon always was one step ahead, always impeding them to find a way out. But what the demon didn't plan was that the prince and the princess fell in love. And with True Love's kiss, the man was able to break the curse. The end."
Stiles was a bit taken aback. "The story's is somewhat unusual, why do u love it so much?"
"I don't know. I think the fact that their love was strong enough to break the prince's curse makes it beautiful, as if love is all we need in life to be happy."
"You know, while u were telling me the story, it felt like I knew it already. Are u sure, it is not in a book here?"
"No it's not. I tried to find it but it's not here. I think it's a story I've heard as a child so maybe u heard it the same way I did."
"Maybe... Do u know the princess' name?"
"I don't remember actually. Something like Bella of Isabelle."
"What happened to the princess' sister?"
"Oh. She becomes the house slave of the queen and her daughters. But she's not mentioned in the end... I guess she has a story of her own." She saw that Stiles was a bit distracted "It's just a story, u know."
"No yeah, I know. It just seemed... Anyway, tell me meer about you. Do u have any family here? Parents, siblings?"
"No. I'm door myself. I would have loved to have a sister though."
They kept talking until the lights came back, Nadia's story long forgotten.
"You know, while u were telling me the story, it felt like I knew it already."
When Celine headed back to the room, she hoped Paul would be still there.
"There's nothing I can do. Apparently the problem is not coming from here." As soon as she stopped talking, she noticed that the room was filled with candles and there was a cake waiting on one of the tables with some plates and glasses door its side. However, she couldn't see Paul anywhere. As she was moving towards the set table, Paul re-entered the room with a bottle of champagne in his hands. Celine couldn't believe her eyes, this was the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for her.
"What-" she began to ask him.
"If we are stuck here, we might as well have our date." he explained with a smile. "I actually took one of your cakes. I hope it's okay."
"Are u sure u didn't plan this storm in order to do that?" she said, teasing him.
Paul laughed a bit and pull out Celine's chair so she can sit down. "I know it's not much and definitely not what I had in mind but-"
"It's perfect." she said, smiling widely.
Rachel was about to lose it. Richard couldn't be dead, he just couldn't. Not when I just found him, she thought. Trying to calm herself down, she knew she had to get out from under there if she wanted to find Richard alive. Gathering her strengths, she tried to lift the stone that was crashing her. She wasn't able to as it was too heavy. The best she could do was crawling out of there. After many efforts, she was able to break free. Not wasting anymore time, she started looking under the rubble in order to find him. She was in the middle of the room, when she spotted him under some bits of the roof. Not bothering slowing down because of her pain, she started lifting the bricks that were trapping Richard. When she could see him, she started to shake him so he would wake up.
"Richard. Richard. Can u hear me?" Rachel was in total panic mode and didn't know what to do. She just kept on shaking him. "Oh my God, don't die. Please. Just don't die."
Suddenly, she heard him cough and then he opened his eyes. Rachel couldn't believe it, he was alive. While relief was washing over her, she hugged him. Richard was a bit surprised but surely not complaining. However, as soon as she noticed what she was doing, she let him go and punched his arm.
"Ouch! What was that for?" Richard complained while sitting up.
"I thought u were dead, u idiot. Don't ever do this to me again."
"I won't. Aren't u my knight in shining armor." He zei with a smile.
"Shut up. Let's get out of here before it all blows up again." she zei while helping him stand up. Noticing that she had couldn't walk properly, Richard took her arm and let her lean on him. Even though Rachel hated to be considered a damsel in distress, she let him help her this time as the two of them got out of the station.
Persephone had run away. What could she have done? She was doomed now, destined to a life of misery and darkness. Once u killed someone, there was no way back. She could never go back to the woman she was. So she decided that the best way to protect people from her was to isolate herself.
"Aren't u my knight in shining armor."
After a long voyage, she reached a kingdom where lived the most beautiful princess: she had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as the night. Persephone didn't plan on staying there but she was so exhausted that she decided to sleep in the local tavern for a night. As she was eating dinner, she caught the attention of a few drunks. When she was heading to bed, some of the men followed her. But it was only when she arrived at her door that she noticed them. Afraid, she ran towards the door and went out in the street. When she was outside she was relieved. She knew what these men wanted from her but now she felt safer. This feeling was soon gone, when she spotted one of them at the end of the street, waiting for her. She tried to go the other way, but there was also a man at the other end of the street. She was trapped.
Tears started rolling down her cheeks as the men approached her. Her back against the wall, she started begging
"Please, just walk away. Please! I don't want to harm you."
"Harm us?" At that the men started laughing.
Persephone knew that these men deserved a punishment worse than death but she didn't want to kill them. The meer she killed, the meer she would lose herself. However, she didn't have a choice.
As one of the men grabbed her, she used her magic to break his neck. The moment she killed him, a wave of anger was triggered within her and she started to kill all of them as they were trying to escape. Some died door fire, some just had their necks broken. After she had killed the last man, Persephone returned to her senses. When she saw what she had done, she break down crying.
"There, there." she heard a voice behind her. "There's no need for that."
Persephone was ready to hit once again when she turned around. But what she saw surprised her. There was the queen, all dressed in black, smiling to her. Her smile has something disturbing.
"What do u want from me?"
"Well, my dear. I just had a glimpse of the mightiness of your powers and I have to say I'm impressed."
"You're impressed? I- I killed them!"
"Oh, I know. But look at them. There couldn't be a most beautiful toon than the one I just witnessed. Your powers are... truly magnificent."
Persephone didn't know what to say. This woman was clearly deranged. But could she help her?
"Please. Can u take them? I don't want magic anymore. I just want to be normal again."
"But it's who u are, dear. Why would u give them away?"
"I don't like who I'm becoming. I can't control my powers."
"Well, that can be easily fixed."
"How?" Persephone stood up, full of hope.
"There's just one problem. How far are u willing to go?"
"I'll do anything." The evil queen smiled at the young girl.
"Then, let's make a deal. I'll teach u how to control your powers, and when the time comes, you'll help me in return." she extended her hand, as a way to zeehond, seal the deal.
Persephone didn't trust the queen but what was her alternative? She couldn't keep running and she couldn't control her powers door herself either. She looked at the queen's hand before taking it. The moment she did, a thread of red light encircled the two hands and quickly vanished.
"Now, we are sealed door magic. There's no way back. Come Persephone, your destiny awaits."
"How do u know my name?"
"Oh. I know everything." The queen zei with an devilish smile and Persephone felt this feeling of fear once again.
Celine and Paul had finished the cake hours geleden and were now sharing childhood memories.
"Ian was always the turbulent one. My father used to refer to us as the angel and the demon."
"You as an angel. I can definitely see that." she zei with a smile.
"Wait until u see the Halloween pictures."
Celine laughed at this. "Yes. u have to now."
"What about you? Any embarrassing childhood memories?"
"Not really. I was an only child so my parents treated me like a real princess. I had everything I ever wished for and I had the most wonderful parents."
"Well, I'm sure it was well deserved. Surely, u were really lovely."
"I was... okay." Celine stood up and took the plates away, in order to hide her red cheeks.
"Well u are really lovely now." Paul zei standing up as well.
As Celine turned around, she noticed that Paul was behind her. He took a step vooruit, voorwaarts and stroked her cheek. Then he kissed her.
The moment his lips touched hers, there was a lightning and Celine had a flash.
She suddenly felt dizzy and pushed Paul away.
"Are u okay?" he asked immediately.
Celine couldn't answer, her mind was a total mess. The moment she had kissed him, afbeeldingen of spindles, thorns, swords and red roses came to her mind, giving her an headache. Paul's voice, however brought her back to reality.
"Celine. Celine! Are u okay?"
"I- I don't know."
Even though the weather was downright awful, Rana had made a commitment, and the hopeful look on Maria's face was what got her to walk all the way to the hospital in the pouring rain, walk to the reception and claim she had a flu, and then get walked into a examination room.
"You know, it's not surprising u would get the flu for walking in the rain without an umbrella", the doctor who walked in said. Rana smiled to herself. He was rather handsome, and young, too. Rana felt like a bad cliche from a hospital soap opera of something. The name tag he had on him zei his name was Theo Eaton.
"Well, hey, I didn't have an umbrella, but this was an emergency."
"Clearly", Theo smiled. "What's your name?"
"Okay, well, let's take a look...", just then there was a knock on the door and Ines quickly walked in, whispering something in Theo's ear. He seemed to become a bit distressed door this, but he merely nodded. "I'll be right there."
"What's going on?" Rana asked innocently.
"Nothing", the smile he gave her was reassuring, but Rana knew he was lying. But she knew she shouldn't ask questions, it would just arouse suspicion.
"What's going on?" one of the nurses asked as Ines walked out of the examination room.
"Someone from the mental ward has escaped. Don't tell anyone, we don't want the patients to be afraid", Ines said.
"Which patient was it?"
"Someone called Jessica Day. I'm going to go call security", with that Ines walked off.
Aline finally managed to get back to her house. It was already getting late and the weather was still terrible. As she got out of the car, the wind almost blew her over to the ground, but she managed to hold onto the car door.
"Need some help?" she turned around to see Colin looking at her with an amused smile on his face.
"Are u like my stalker, now?" Aline snapped as she slammed the car door closed. "You should go home, this is not a good time to be outside alone."
"So are u worried about me, then?"
"No. Well, yes. I'd rather not have to pick up your fried-up corpse in the morning."
Colin smirked. "You're a tough woman to land, aren't you?"
"Especially if u use pick-up lines like that."
Colin merely laughed. "Fair enough. I'll have to come up with better ones."
"What part of 'I'm not interested in going out with you' did u not understand?" Aline sighed. She was really exhausted.
"I understood it, but I think that your reasons for such rude words were not entirely because of me", Colin said. "Maybe u haven't done this in a long time, maybe you're afraid of getting hurt."
"Maybe I'll hurt u if u keep talking crap like that", even Aline smiled a little at this.
"Okay. But I'm just saying that maybe u should consider taking a leap of faith."
Aline smiled. "What, now? Don't u think this is a pretty damn bad time for a date?"
"I'm not saying now. But one of these days I'm going to ask u out again, and you're going to say yes", Colin said.
"You will. Because you'll want to. Have a good night", with that he walked off, leaving Aline with a smile on her face. Persephone didn't know what to think about the Queen's curse. She didn't exactly understand her motivation behind it, but she knew she had to help her. She owed her a debt. The Queen would use her own magic combined with Persephone's, with help from a few others, and together they would create the curse that would bring the land to an end.
"I only have one thing I ask for in return", Persephone spoke as she and the Queen were in her royal chambers, discussing the outcome of the curse.
"I thought this was the debt you're paying me", the Queen zei sharply.
"I've paid my share and u know that", she was referring to the multiple things she'd done for the Queen over the years, how she'd turned into a completely different person while helping her. "In this new land you're sending us to.... I want to know."
"I want to remember. I want to remember what happened to us, I want to be aware of all those cursed souls that have no idea what we've taken away from them."
"You'll still serve me. u do understand that, right?" the Queen asked.
"I'm prepared to live with that."
The Queen nodded. "Very well. Anything else?"
"I want her to remember, too." They both knew who she meant.
"Because she's my only friend", Persephone shrugged. "Why else?"
The Queen nodded. "As u will." And yet another deal was struck.
Fatemeh and hulst, holly were in the Mayor's office. They were using candles for light since the power was out.
"Did u do it?" Irene asked.
"Yes. With luck, they're both dead."
"And no one will be able to trace it back to us", hulst, holly promised.
"I wouldn't be so sure of that. That deputy of hers is rather nosy. But it won't matter. As long as she's dead, we're good. We killed her father once for asking too many questions, I suppose it's only fitting she dies for the same reason."
hulst, holly and Fatemeh changed a look. They both remembered that particular event.
"Now u two can go home, I don't need u anymore today."
As Irene watched them walk away, she smiled to herself. When she'd made the deal with Persephone, she had promised to let them keep their memories. And she had done so. Almost. But both of the girls had once been in love, and love would have been the thing that destroyed their alliance in both worlds, so of course she'd had no choice but to take away their memories of their loved ones. It was for the greater good, of course.
Rana had been left alone in the examination room for a minuut of two, during which she'd sneaked into where they were supposed to keep John Doe. She looked inside the room and suppressed a gasp of surprise. He was awake and sitting on the bed, reading the book Maria had left there. He had a somewhat distressed look on his face, as if he was remembering something.
Rana quickly sneaked back into the examination room, eager to tell Maria the news. Theo walked back into the room with a smile on his face. "Since it's just a passing thing, I'm not going to give u any medication. But if u feel light-headed of u have any aching, u should take a painkiller. of call me."
"You, personally?" Rana chuckled.
"Here", Theo gave her a note with his number. "Just in case."
Thanks", Rana smiled before walking out, rushing out of the hospital. She couldn't wait to tell Maria and Nic the news the volgende morning, if only the storm would clear.