Chapter 2: Progress?
One week had passed. One week of… Rather painful nightmares, which Hikaru never seemed to escape from unharmed. She was always a witch, always chased by someone and it always ended with the glowy-eyed man. Hikaru tried staying up, but that didn’t work, she got tired and fell asleep anyway. Her brother was worried about her. Haruki tried calming her down by giving her massages, aroma therapy and whatsoever. Nothing worked. Absolutely nothing.
And all this didn’t contribute to Hikaru’s school performances either. But she tried to stay happy and energetic. Her friends didn’t seem to notice. Nor did her teachers. So she could go on like nothing weird was happening.
It was a Monday. Lunch break. Haruki and Joëll were having an argument about something that related pizza. It made Joëll very flustered, and Haruki was constantly laughing about it. Koibito and her boyfriend were still standing in line for lunch, and Hikaru guessed they were discussing something snow-related. She sat alone with her friend, who was shutting up for a change, allowing Hikaru to take it easy.
And then she noticed.
Yuugi was shutting up.
That was unlike him.
“Is there something wrong?”, she asked him, nudging him with his elbow. Yuugi seemed to be spacing out a little, but when Hikaru nudged him he snapped out of it. “Oh, no. Just wondering if you had a rough night with someone I don’t know.”, he replied, pointing at the scratch that was on Hikaru’s left cheek. It left Hikaru speechless for a while, before she slapped him against the back of his head. “Pervert!”
Nothing was wrong with him after all. She was just seeing things, because she was so damn tired.
She wasn’t running this time. Actually, everything was different. No running, no wounds on her body, no people chasing her.
She sat by a lake. In the moonlight. It was actually a very pleasant change. A gentle and warm breeze flowed through the air.
So calming. So beautiful.
Until she tried to move.
“You can’t go. No running anymore.”
It was that guy again. But she didn’t see him. Where was he? What was he?
She felt panic rising within her. But there was nothing she could do.
“You are truly beautiful when calmed down. Too bad you’re a witch and all witches must burn.”
No. Why. And that was creepy, he was saying she was beautiful.
She felt something. The wind stopped. It got dark. Managing to look down, the something she felt appeared to be a knife.
Against her neck.
“I could make it easier for you.”
Hikaru woke up screaming once again.