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CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE
MOONLIGHT EDGES ON ANGER
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⠀⠀⠀So there I was at school, running through the hallways as I did on the rare occasion I was late for class, except this time a werewolf was snapping at my ankles as he bounded after me and not a teacher.

⠀⠀⠀In no time I had reached the door exit, my arms pumping, feet pounding on tile then stone and then concrete slab.

⠀⠀⠀Erupting from the school's exit door and diving into the sea of night I shielded my eyes from the hard white light of the moon.

⠀⠀⠀Why is it so strong tonight... The moonlight shouldn't be his harsh... Should it?

⠀⠀⠀But soon the sudden fear I had melted away into relief when I saw the dark shrubbery lining the tall trees. I had done it! I had sprinted to the school's back field!

⠀⠀⠀The forest was only a few feet away. And I still had my trusty bat!

⠀⠀⠀However, there was one slight problem to my 'Lure-The-Disgusting-Werewolf-Away-From-My-Friends' Plan that popped up.

⠀⠀⠀There was no werewolf.

⠀⠀⠀What was there, in fact, were the screams of terror coming immediately from the mess hall from

inside the school.


⠀⠀⠀There were screams.

⠀⠀⠀I felt all the dread that I had just fought back well up again inside of me like a flooded dam. My body trembled so hard that the world around me felt like it was quaking too.

⠀⠀⠀"Brittany... Jinx..." The words fell from my lips as a sob, caught in my throat, finally escaped. I crumpled into the grass and soil and screamed as I beat the ground in frustration. Of course, my screams couldn't drown out their own. Horror could not tame the anger that flared deep in the marrow of my bones.

⠀⠀⠀I was so tired.

⠀⠀⠀So so tired.

⠀⠀⠀The moonlight was burning my eyes, I had lost my glasses, and I was about to lose my friends to a monster I didn't even know existed until three days ago. Panting, and ignoring the sickly sweet irony taste of my own blood pooling in my mouth, I tried not to vomit-- I had apparently reached my limit for physical activity too.

⠀⠀⠀My injuries stung once more as I forced myself to get up. I clenched my stomach and limped back into the hell-hole that was my school. Fear and anger sealed my lips tight and shut. I didn't even know how I forced myself back into the school halls, but I took off my other shoe and padded through the rest of the eerily silent hallways barefoot.

⠀⠀⠀I had to find Jinx and Brittany.

⠀⠀⠀That's what I had told myself. Those were the words I had forced through every fibre of my being, even though my muscles ached and my neck felt like it was broken.

⠀⠀⠀I limped on. My breath probably haggard, but my stride slow and steady.

⠀⠀⠀Reaching the middle of the school, I held in a gasp as I swiftly hid behind a corner. I peeked back at the creature that stood up, now on its hind legs, as it crooned its neck up to look at the moon that glared from the night sky through the large glass wall of the centre atrium. It looked entranced almost.

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