Tuesday, October 4, 2016

3. Heat

Heat was all Eadon could feel.

It coursed through her body making her bones want to jump out of her skin and blared in her ears causing her thoughts to be clouded.

Every muscle in her body screamed for her to run away, but she couldn’t. Hidden behind trees, Eadon watched the flashing lights of an ambulance wheel her attacker away. He was safe, but most importantly alive. She let out a relieved sigh, but the heat within her merely subsided.

Eadon craned her neck to look up through the trees and at the night sky. She instantly found what used to be her favorite constellation, Orion. On summer nights, her father and mother used to take her into the woods behind their old home. Her father would lift her up onto his shoulders so she could be slightly closer to the stars. He’d always point out Orion to her and say how the three stars that made the constellation’s belt was just like the three of them and together, they made something beautiful.

Eadon’s eyes dropped to the ground; warm tears fell to her cheeks and blurred her vision. Her only thought was, at least tonight, she wasn’t the reason another man had died.

Then, Eadon ran. Forcing herself into autopilot, she let the heat control her body, releasing the restrained energy with every stride. She had fought, she had waited, and now it was time to fly.
She ran until she collapsed and then, everything faded to black.


Eadon awoke to the sound of seagulls squawking after a rolls of waves met with the shore. With a start, she opened her eyes to find herself staring back into a shockingly green pair. Eadon let out a gurgled scream, as she clumsily sat up trying to scoot away from the circus’s ringmaster, but every muscle in her body ached with exhaustion.

“Ah-ha! You’re awake!” The ringmaster moved away to sit facing Eadon. “I was beginning to think you might be dead. Happy to see you’re not!”

“I-if you try anything, I s-swear I’ll hurt you. I’ve had a long night.”

“I don’t mean harm. I just wanted to enjoy the sunrise, it’s rather breathtaking this morning, wouldn’t you agree?”

Eadon looked East, relaxing as she took in the various pinks and oranges. He was right, it was breathtaking.

“Strange night last night, wasn't it? But what can I say? When the circus comes to town all the crazies lurk around.”

The ringmaster winked at Eadon before saying, “you know, you’ve got something I've never seen before, and I've seen a lot. If you ever want to do something with that gift, give me a call.”

He handed Eadon a plain white card with only a phone number written on it. When she looked up, he was nowhere to be found.

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