In Time: The Rebirth

In Time: The Rebirth
July 17, 2012 2 Comments Writing Stephanie Ayers

Last time with Viola: Changes

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As Father Lee spoke his last word, a low growl erupted from the stretcher.  Viola stood up in spasms, her body’s reaction to the new blood flowing through her. She reached for Henrietta. Henrietta stepped just beyond Viola’s arm span as the chains on Viola’s wrist restrained her. Viola jerked backwards violently, only to feel Father Lee wrap his arms around her. He snarled as she tore at the exposed flesh of his hand with her nails. Blood seeped from the wound. Viola caught its scent and, with a great heave of strength unaccustomed to her, she pounced, sucking hungrily, rendering him powerless.

The first taste of blood on her tongue sent her mind spiraling. Images flashed through her mind, hurrying from one face to the next, one scene to another- Cage, Orvella, Henrietta, faces of men she didn’t know. Cage again, on bended knee. Loneliness engulfed her as the scream reached her ears. She paused, confused. Henrietta slipped in, attaching a small swatch of black velvet to her wrist, and loosening Father Lee from Viola’s grasp.

“You should not mess with what you do not know,” Henrietta said, daring to look deeply into Father Lee’s eyes. “I should never have allowed this. This betrayal of my people will be my demise. Leave me and never return.”

Father Lee trembled as she released him. Sounds of wailing came from the walls, adding speed to his retreat. A small wisp of smoke devoured him from sight.  Viola whimpered as her rage deserted her and Henrietta moved to her side. She placed a hand on each side of Viola’s face and looked into her eyes.

“Oh child, please forgive me. Your blood should be pure, from only the purest of vampyric souls, not laced with the evil that is Desmond Lee. My lords will punish me, and soon, so to you I leave this…” she paused long enough to show Viola the bracelet on her wrist, “…never remove this bracelet or you will unleash the beast that now lives within you.”

Horror filled Viola’s eyes. Her bottom lip trembled yet no tears fell. Henrietta sighed and gathered Viola in her arms. She felt the familiar tremors of hunger that afflicted all reborns. She hugged Viola tighter then released her.

“Your thirst will be great. Your new nature has made you a predator, but your soul will prevent you from the hunt. There are woods not far from here, to the east. Hide there. You will be protected and free to quench your thirst. When the fire inside you dies, it will be safe to return. I wish you well, child. Listen to your soul. Let no one sway you from what you know is true.”

Henrietta stepped backwards, not willing to turn her back on Viola, and disappeared.

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Today’s piece was inspired by many places around the internet-Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge, Lance’s 100 Word Song– and through some of the reading of my favorite authors. I hope you enjoyed.

As always I welcome your thoughts. Please leave your feedback in a comment.

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Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Carrie

    I’m trying to fit this into the context of the story. Does all this happen before Viola boots Cage off the train? And this scene is giving more details in between of Viola’s transformation, correct? I seem to recall a section that comments on her escaping into the woods and finding someone (Orvella, Henrietta?) there in a cottage.

    One of those stories I should maybe go back and re-read to get my bearings 🙂

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      SAM

      Yes, you are correct in that this happens before the train, but after that scene when she is running from Cage after his proposal and finds the cabin in the woods. Father Lee, with Roderick, disturbed the transfusion Orvella and Henrietta were giving her. Henrietta jumped time, leaving Orvella to fight Father Lee alone. She was successful, but at a cost. She follows Henrietta and dies in her arms. The piece just below this one leads up to this piece, but I did write a piece for #FridayFictioneers about her being in the woods and thirsty when she finds the red berries. This piece is right before that. (Yay me for tying it all together!! Woot Woot!) I’m not sure where we are going from here, because she still has to be evil enough to throw her love from the train…

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