I had such a disturbing dream last night that I can’t even write down the details of it. I want to scrub the inside of my brain and erase the image/memory entirely. I feel ill when I think about it. Naturally, such a terrible phenomenon leads to a writing prompt!
20) Write a dream/nightmare for one of your characters. What do they fear most when they’re sleeping? What dream would make them want to scrub their eyeballs and minds when they wake to get rid of the memory?
Kayla could hear Corinth calling for her through the fog that shrouded the room. He spoke. Did he? No, that was his voice in her mind, calling, calling.
Kayla? Kayla! Where are you!
Without sound she couldn’t tell what direction to run in. Without sight she couldn’t be sure what she was running into.
Kayla they’re here! KAYLA!
Or did she? Nothing moved, nothing changed, but she propelled herself forward, Corinth’s voice screaming in her head.
They’re taking me!
She changed directions. Veered toward the pull she thought she felt in her chest.
Or was she running in the opposite direction? She stopped, turned again, then again. Which frickin way? How could she help him?
Corinth! her mind cried out, but he wouldn’t hear her.
Then she heard.
Sound. Actual sound, not imagined, not feared.
Worse than feared.
Boots. Shuffling. A struggle. A grunt of pain.
She sprinted in that direction and the voice she’d feared since she arrived on Falanar purred out of the fog.
“It was only a matter of time.”
The kin’shaa, Dolan.
She was shouting something incoherent. Curses and rage and Corinth’s name in desperation.
Arms pumping, legs straining.
And then she broke free.
A clearing in the fog, a smoky cave.
The flash of teal and indigo—IDF. And kneeling, his arms wrenched behind him, his head tilted back by a cruel grip in his hair, was Corinth.
Dolan turned to glance at her over his shoulder, the smile on his face twisting the spiderweb of scars around his eye. “Just in time, ro’haar.”
His knife drew a line of red on Corinth’s neck.
Not Corinth. Vayne.
Her twin died while she watched.