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It took Justin four hours to get to sleep that night. After seeing the countless amounts of ghosts in his back garden, all trying to get him, Justin had never stopped shaking. He replayed the scene over and over again in his mind. He knew he shouldn't, as it was preventing him from sleeping, but he couldn't help it. It was the scariest image he'd ever seen. Well, second scariest. How could he forget when the monster in the subway took Hunter? It had felt like days, not hours, since the whole incident occurred. So much had happened.

After non-stop thinking about everything that took place in the space of a few hours, Justin finally drifted into a slumber. He would take comfort in his dreams, where he'd be safe and everything would be back to normal. He could count on his dreams because they could be whatever he most desired. He wanted to live in his dreams, far away from the cold reality of real life. In his dreams he was happy. In his dreams, he was with Hunter.

"Hunter, where are we going?" a dreamed-up Justin asked an alive-and-well Hunter. Hunter held onto Justin's hand as he led him down an empty street. The day was dark in this dream and it seemed the only two people in the entire world were Justin and Hunter. The feel of Hunter's strong hand guiding Justin was a welcome memory. Justin almost forgot how rough Hunter's hands were. They made him feel safe.

"Do you trust me?" Hunter asked, looking back at Justin with his heart-melting smile. Justin couldn't help but smile back.

"Of course I do," Justin replied, his eyes never leaving Hunter's face. The shadows in the street kept engulfing them, while pockets of light sporadically illuminated their path once more. For a split second, Justin could see Hunter's face suddenly change into that of the bleach-skinned assistant manager of the Pandora Café, Roberto. Justin exhaled in shock and snatched his hand away from him. He stopped as Hunter stepped out of the shadows again, this time his face was his own.

"Something wrong?" Hunter questioned, grabbing Justin's hand again to reassure him. Justin nodded without speaking, unsure of what was happening. All of a sudden, he was feeling a sharp chill, his heart wasn't beating anymore, and it all felt increasingly like a nightmare. Where was everyone? Why is it dark? Why was Roberto in my dream?

Hunter continued to lead Justin to his secret destination. "Don't worry; it's just around the corner."

"You sure we should be doing this? We could just go home?" Justin's voice was shaky and breaking, and Hunter noticed his reluctance.

"You said you trusted me Justin," Hunter's voice became deep and angry. A shocked Justin could feel the anger radiating from him. Out of nowhere, Hunter's anger exploded. "Are you just going to go home and leave me like you did in those tunnels? Are you going to let me get killed by some monster, torn apart because I did the stupid thing in protecting you? I made a mistake Justin. You should have died, not me."

"You're not dead," Justin's voice broke as his eyes gave in to the tears. "You're still alive; I'm going to save you."

"You're not strong enough Justin; you're weak, too scared, and you will never amount to anything. I could have been something. I was something." Hunter spat. Justin didn't reply. He whimpered as he looked to the floor, letting the tears drip down his face. He didn't know what to say. He could hear Hunter's footsteps as he ran. Justin looked up, and Hunter was gone.

"No, wait, Hunter!" Justin yelled into the empty street, seeing no trace of Hunter anywhere. He sprinted in the direction Hunter was leading him. He had never been to this part of Lakefield View before; his parents always steered clear of this area. How he could picture everything so vividly in his dreams of a place he never visited was beyond Justin to explain. He turned the corner and caught up with Hunter. Hunter was standing in front of an abandoned, burnt down nursery.

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