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Well, now that things are calming down and I have more time than I know what to do with, dA it is. ^^ My life has become increasingly unpredictable. So, we'll see. 
I gasped and sat bolt upright. Slender was sitting in the chair across from me, legs crossed and his head propped up on his hand. He straightened up and looked at me curiously. I felt cool sweat dripping down my forehead and wiped it off.

"You only just fell asleep a moment ago." He said simply.

I looked at him. He had taken off his pitch black suit coat now. His crimson tie was loosened and the first button of his crisp, white dress shirt was undone, the sleeves folded up to his elbows.

I blinked and stared at him. More accurately, his mouth. I hadn't noticed before, but there was a color change where his nose and mouth had appeared. The pale, creamy skin seemed thin, almost translucent. Beneath it, ruddy light brown skin was just barely visible. I leaned forward and squinted at him curiously, my eyes scanning the strange skin growth carefully. It was thinnest at his mouth, and allowed his lips to poke through, then grew a bit thicker up where his nose had appeared, then finally returned to its usual texture over the top of his head and down his neck. I looked at his arms. They were thin, as was to be expected. But in my head all I could think of was the body inside. The pale flesh that had wrapped around his body thickened him up quite a bit, and he was still sickly thin. Without that, he would have been naught but a skeleton. I swallowed. I was beginning to feel nervous. Really, really, really nervous.

Slender stood quietly and proceeded to add another couple of small logs to the fire. I looked at the tendrils on his back. They barely protruded from his skin, visible through the small holes that had been cut in the white fabric of the dress shirt he wore. There wasn't any blood that I could see. I rested my chin on the back of the couch and thought to myself.

What did I just see? Does he know that I saw it? Did he bring me here so I would see it? Does he not know at all? In that case, why am I here?

My eyelids grew heavy again and I moaned. Slender wiped his hands on his slacks and turned to face me.

"You should sleep."

I shook my head. I didn't want to sleep, not if I was going to see what I just saw all over again.

Slender sighed and put his hands in his pockets, strolling over to the window and looking out over the hills quietly.

There was a suffocating moment of silence before I managed to choke out a question.

"Who is Erlking?"

Slender shuddered and I saw his jaw tightened and I immediately regretted opening my mouth. But... I still felt like I needed to know.

"Nothing." He said.

"Just a fairy tale to scare children into behaving."

I knew that couldn't be true. Just as I opened my mouth to tell him that, he cut me off.

"Don't... ask me any more. It is not something you need to know. It would be best for you to forget that name completely."


In a moment he was kneeling in front of me, his bony hands on my shoulders, his eyeless face close to mine.

"Please. Just forget it."

I pondered his words a minute before suggesting what I thought would be a solution.

"Can't you wipe my memory or something? Wipe part of it?"

He shook his head.

"I can force you to forget many things, but that name is not one of them. Please, do your best to forget it."

I nodded and cleared my throat nervously.

"I'll... try."

If it was terrible enough to strike fear into the heart of the terrifying, I knew his words were true and it would be best if I forgot about it completely.

He rubbed my arms gently until I shivered awkwardly, then he stood.

"You don't need to stay."

He said after a pause.


"You don't need to stay."

I sat quiet a moment.

"But... you told me to."

"I know what I said. But you don't need to stay. You can leave it you want."

I bit my lip in thought, and he seemed to grow impatient. He suddenly turned and scooped me up. I squeaked out in surprised and shut my eyes. Then I felt him setting me down, and I opened my eyes to see myself in my room. He sat me down on my bed and pushed me onto my back.


He put his hand on my forehead and seemed to frown.

"Just go to sleep."

"Uh.. but..."

"Do as I say."

Then he was gone. An eerie calm slipped over my room, and for the first time in a long time, I felt afraid of the dark.

I felt like calling out. But to who?

If I was afraid of the dark, why would I call out to darkness itself?
Eventide - Chapter 15

Ack, sorry dearies (if any of you are still reading this, ahaha... ^^;) I've been so ridiculously busy it isn't even funny. College, man. Cooollleege. Anyways, see if this gets any comments, and if people are still reading, it shall continue! :) I have much more planned for this story, don't you worry. Also, yes I know this one is ridiculously short, just I didn't want to cram the whole next scene into it. (especially if I don't know ya'll are still reading.)

Here, have a cookie. I love yooou. *hands you a cookie*

(Even if I discontinue this story here on dA, odds are I'll continue it on fanfiction, so megh. If you're that interested in it.)

Well, now that things are calming down and I have more time than I know what to do with, dA it is. ^^ My life has become increasingly unpredictable. So, we'll see. 


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zexianna Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ThisCheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OMG I WANT TO DO THIS I dont really have anybody to tag but hey.... life I remember I did another one and saved it somewhere.... but I don't remember who tagged me, ah heeh....
NoirSuccubus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering where in the world you've gotten off to.
ThisCheshireSmile Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Being slowly suffocated by the bloody disaster that is my life, you know, the norm.
NoirSuccubus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, misread "norm" as "mom". Why is your life such a bloody disaster?
ThisCheshireSmile Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, actually she's not that bad right now. She's too busy for me, so life's pretty good on that front. It's kinda just sociallifeproblemsandstupidpeopleIreallydon'twanttodealwithbutdon'thavemuchofachoice Yeah, that about sums it up I believe.
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Trujin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch!
ThisCheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course, your gallery is awesome! <3
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ThisCheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
hehe you're welcome darling! :D :iconsupertighthugplz: It's my pleasure! ^___^
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