"Hey, Holly!!" My friend, Alex, calls to me.
"Hey, Alex!!" I call back. She walks up to me, with our friends Hanley, Justin, and Stephen, and some other guy.
"Holly, this is Sebastian." I nod and shake his hand. He's very attractive. He has sandy blonde hair that flows just below his forehead. He has dark grey eyes, full of mystery and darkness. He doesn't speak, he merely glares at me.
After we all say our goodbyes, I start to head home. But before I can blink, a dark mass has grabbed me and pinned me against a wall in an alley. I slowly open my eyes to see the thing that is breathing on my face. It's Sebastian.
"Hello, monster." He says. Monster?
"What?" I ask, obviously confused and terrified.
"Don't lie to me! You know exactly what I'm talking about!"
"No I really don't!!" I shift under his grasp.
"How do you not?" He asks.
"I don't!! Are you sure you have the right person?"
"I'm looking for someone named Holly Randle. Are you Holly Randle?"
"Then I'm positive I have the right person. Now, you're coming with me." He grabs my wrist and starts to pull me with him.
"What?! No! Where are we going?! Let me go!!"
"Will you shut up and just cooperate?!"
"Ohh! Excuse me for wanting to know where my kidnapper is taking me to!" I yell, trying to break free of his grasp.
"I'm not kidnapping you!"
"Then what are you doing?!"
"Taking you somewhere! Now shut up, and walk!" After walking for a while in the dark, we end up at an old, broken down house. He drags me down the stairs to the basement, where there is a big plastic dome. He throws me inside and locks the door behind me.
"Do you know why you're here, Holly?" His voice comes over the loud speaker, echoing throughout the dome.
"Um, no! I thought we like, just went over this!" I scream to the heavens. I don't know where his voice is coming from, so I just yell at the ceiling.
"I guess I'll go over the story then! Now sit down and shut up." He takes a breath and mumbles something under
"What was that?" I ask in a snarky tone.
"I said you were stupid. Now let me tell the fucking story!!"
"Alright ﬁne!" I cross my arms over my chest and sit down on an old bench.
"Okay so, a long time ago, there was a beautiful young woman. Her name was Nell. Her name fit her perfectly. Nell means light and she was a very light, bubbly, happy girl. One day, she fell in love with a young man named Phineas. They made plans to be married. But, Nell’s mother, the town witch, didn’t like the idea of Nell marrying Phineas. But Nell and Phineas were getting married, no matter what anyone said. So they ran away to a town in the middle of nowhere. This town. Well, when Nell’s mother found out, she was furious. She swore she would find them and kill Phineas. It took her years, but she finally found them. By then, they had already gotten married and had four children. When they found out that Nell’s mother was coming to kill Phineas, they went into hiding. The people of the town swore to protect Nell and Phineas. But, when Nell’s mother came, she fought past the townspeople and found the family. She tried to kill Phineas, but Nell stepped in the way and refused to move. Since she wouldn’t move, her mother had no choice but to kill her. Then she killed Phineas and their children. She then put a curse on the town, that every hundred years, a child will be born. That child will be cursed. The curse of the monster. And that, Holly, is why you’re here.” What? I’m cursed?! So this thing is.... I scream and scramble backwards.
“Yes, Holly. You’re cursed.”
“So that is...?” I motion towards the grey and black thing.
“That is Louis. The last child to be cursed.” Louis lifts his head and looks at me. Pity and sorrow in his giant gold eyes.
“Can he turn human?” I ask.
“Yeah. But, he is starting to die so it may be difficult for him. You see, there can only be one monster at a time. So when you fully transform, he will die. Louis, come meet Holly." There is a sudden flash of light. Then, standing before me, is a boy. He looks to be about my age. He has shaggy, chocolate brown hair and beautiful gold eyes. He is wearing a pair of plain, blue jeans and a plain grey shirt. He simply looks at me.
“I’ll leave you two alone.” Sebastian says. When he’s gone, Louis speaks up.
“Sebastian is horrible!! He’ll lock you here for days at a time with little to no food. Then, when you’re fully transformed, he will hold you in here forever. Do not trust him!” He says, his voice quivering slightly.
“What makes him so special and in charge?” I ask. Louis only sighs.
“He’s Nell and Phineas’s great grandson.”
“But all four of their children were murdered, weren't they?” He shakes his head.
“One got away. He ran away to their home town. He met a women and they got married, and had a son. When their son was eighteen, he went back to the town where Nell and Phineas were killed. He met a woman and they fell in love. She soon became pregnant with Sebastian. When Sebastian was fifteen, Nell’s mother came to take revenge. She killed his parents. However, instead of killing Sebastian, she made him immortal. His job was to forever protect the world from the cursed children. Taking them from their homes and putting them away, forever.” I don’t know what to say. I don’t know whether to pity or hate Sebastian. We’re silent, until someone clears their throat. We both whirl around to see Sebastian, leaning with one shoulder against the door frame.
“Well, now you know my story, Holly. So, do you hate me? Are you afraid of me?” He begins walking towards me. I cross my arms.
“My dad taught me to never be afraid of a boy. To never give a boy the power to scare me. You can’t do anything to me!” He stops in front of me. He doesn’t say anything. He just raises his fist and clocks me upside the head. It’s enough force to send me backwards onto the ground. Sebastian is standing over, glaring at me.
“You can’t do anything to me! You’ve been abandoned by god! We all have!" Then he switches his attention to Louis.
“Are you going to help her?!” Louis looks from me to Sebastian.
“No.” He replies, quietly.
“Good idea!” Sebastian screams. Then he walks out and slams the door, locking it behind him. I have no idea what to do or what just happened. I lay on the floor for a while before I decde to get up.
“Louis..?” I say. He's sitting in the corner, his back to me.
“Yeah?” He responds without turning around.
“Why are you afraid of him?”
“You don't know him. You haven't been around him for a hundred years. He’s beaten me, starved me, harrassed me! I hate him! And now that you’re here I was hoping he would soften up. But I guess I was wrong.”
“Why am I so special?”
“Because you’re the first girl to be cursed. And I could tell you were brave. Brave enough to stand up to Sebastian.” I feel the bruise forming on my cheek.
“Well, standing up to him obviously doesn’t work.” I say.
“Also,” He turns around. “don’t expect an apology from him.”
“I wasn’t. Hey, when Nell’s mother made Sebastian immortal, did she also give him powers?”
“No. But, he does have a thing that tells him who the next cursed kid is.”
“What kind of thing?”
“A magic orb. It shows him who the newest cursed child is and how to find them. That’s how he found you, that’s how he found me, that’s how he’ll find the next one.” Suddenly, the door opens behind us. Neither of us bother to turn around.
“Oh come on! Are you whimps crying over there? What did I do to you that was so terrible?!” Sebastian says. I turn around to answer him but Louis stops me.
"Don't bother." He whispers. I ignore him.
“Haven’t you already caused enough trouble? What do you want.” I ask, turning around to face him.
“To talk to you.” He says. Louis looks at me.
“Why?” I ask.
“Because. Now come on,” He nods towards the door. “we’re taking a walk.”
I look at everything on the boardwalk except him. Suddenly he stops and grabs my wrist.
“Holly, look at me.” He pulls me so I’m facing him. I look at him.
“What?!” I say, angrily.
“Why are you so mad at me?”
“Will you just say what you need to say already?! We’ve been walking up and down here for half an hour and you haven’t said anything!”
“I thought we were having a good time together!”
"A good time? Dammit! This is not a date! And I hate you because you are evil! I've hardly known you for a full day and you've already abused me!"
“Will you shut up?! People are staring! Come on.” He begins to pull me into an ally, but a police officer stepped in front of him.
“Where’re you kids off too?” He asks. Sebastian slips his hand down to my hand and laces our fingers together.
“I’m walking my girlfriend home.” I nod and lay my head on his shoulder.
“Did she say that you abused her?”
“No! No, no, no!! We were playing a video game and she’s kind of a sore loser...” I put on my best fake smile and laugh a little.
“Yeah... I am...” The police officer laughs.
“Aww, young love. Alright, have a safe trip home.”
“Okay! Thank you.” We smile. When he’s gone, we shove each other away, but he’s still holding onto my wrist.
“Now come on.” He continues pulling me into the alley. I snatch my wrist away. I follow him into the alley.
“Look, I’m sorry I punched you alright? I’m sorry for everything I have done, or will do, alright?” I stare at him. He can’t be serious! Where’s the guy Louis told me about?
“This is an act! You are not the guy Louis told me you were!!”
“Oh yeah? And what did that freak of nature tell you I was, huh?” He stands up straighter and puffs out his muscles. He expects me to shrink back, but he’s caught off guard when I stand up straighter and puff out my chest.
“He told me you’re evil! He says you’re horrible and that you’ve starved, and beaten, and harassed him! He also said he hated you!” He raises his eyebrows.
“He said what?”
“He said he hated you. As do I!”
“That’s it!” He screams. He grabs my wrist and starts dragging me back to the house. He kicks open the door and drags me down to the basement. He rips open the dome door and shoves me inside. I fall on the floor. I have a bruise on my wrist from how strong his grip was. Louis jumps up.
“What the hell, Sebastian?!” He yells.
“You! I’ve never beaten or starved or harassed you!!” Sebastian punches him in the face and he goes flying backwards. Sebastian continues to kick and punch him. I stand up and grab Sebastian’s arm.
“Leave him alone!!” I scream at him. He stops punching Louis and starts punching me. When I’m on the ground, he starts kicking me. Suddenly, he stops and backs up. Louis and I sit up and look up at him. I have cuts and bruises all over my stomach and arms and legs. I also have a black eye and a bloody lip. Louis has a black eye and a bloody nose. He also has bruises all over his legs, arms, and stomach. Sebastian covers his mouth with his hands.
“What have I done?” He mumbles. He turns and bolts out of the dome, leaving the door open. I look at Louis.
“Care to escape?” I nod towards the door.
“You can try, but he’ll find you.” He stands up and brushes himself off, as if he's used to this.
“Are you okay?” I ask him.
“Yeah. I’m used to it.” He says. I use the sleeve of my hoody to whip away the blood under his nose. I yawn.
“You tired, Holly?” He asks.
“Yeah.” I say, yawning again.
“Sebastian won’t be back for a while, why don’t you take a nap. I’m going to.”
“Alright.” So I settle down and rest my head on Louis’s stomach. Before I know it, I’m asleep.