#Chapter 101: Tortured Love
While I slept, I had a strange dream.
I dreamed that I was walking through the forest just outside of campus. I recognized where I was, and I knew the path well as I walked. Up ahead, I could make out the clearing where I had last kissed Justin on the night that I discovered that he was a rogue
It was nighttime, and the moon was full. The air was perfectly still and warm.
As I stepped into the clearing, however, I knew that I wasn’t alone. Across the clearing, moving in unison with me, was a large wolf with red fur and a cream-colored streak across its face
I stopped in the middle of the clearing. The wolf stopped in front of me I reached out to touch it…
But then, I woke up.
I wasn’t in the forest, I was back in my room. When I tried to move, I realized that the restraints were around my wrists and ankles again.
“Good morning,” a familiar voice said from beside me I looked over to see Edward sitting on his stool next to me with a smile on his face “Which Nina am I talking to today?”
“Good Nina,” I replied, remembering what had happened earlier in the closet Evil Nina had taken over for a bit, but Edward saved me, and now I was in control again.
Edward’s smile widened. “That’s good to hear.” He paused, reaching over to the table next to him and picking up a cup. “I’m going to start giving you some new medicine,” he said. “It’ll taste a little funny, but it’ll help make sure that Evil Nina doesn’t come back again. We wouldn’t want that to happen, would we?”
I shook my head. Edward, still smiling from ear to ear, leaned forward. He lifted my head with one hand, then held the cup to my lips with the other I drank. It did taste funny a little bitter but I drank all of it, because I didn’t want to lose control to Evil Nina again I wanted to get better so that I could go home to my family, just like Justin.
“There,” Edward said, setting the cup down Next, he unbuckled the restraints around my wrists and
ankles, and helped me sit up. “I’m not going to keep you restrained now that you’ve taken your medicine But you have to promise to take your medicine every time I give it to you, otherwise I will have to restrain you again Okay?”
“Good. Now, I’m going to take care of the bad man who came to steal you away. You might hear some scary noises, but I promise that they’re just the sounds of him resisting his treatment, just like you did at first ” He patted me on the head like a dog, then headed toward the door. “I’ll be back later to give you more medicine,” he said, then disappeared through the door
Not long after Edward left, the medicine must have begun to kick in, because I started to feel a tingling in my body I stood up and crossed over to the desk in the corner to draw, but realized then that Edward had taken away my drawing supplies.
“Hm,” I said out loud to myself. “I guess I’m not allowed to draw anymore”
“He’s a liar ”
I jumped, whirling around to search for the source of the disembodied female voice that echoed in my head – but there was no one there. I shook my head and walked over to the other side of the room.
“Edward is not your savior He’s
brainwashing you. He’s using hypnotic
abilities to make you his minion.”
“That’s not true,” I replied without
thinking “Edward is really nice, and
when I’m better, I’ll get to go home”
“Nina, if none of your experiences over
the past four years are real and Enzo
never existed, then why did Enzo come
to save you?”
I frowned, then clapped my hands over my ears and began to repeat my mantra under my breath. This voice was clearly just another one of my hallucinations If I just repeated my mantra enough, I could make it go away.
“My name is Nina Harper…”
“Your name is Nina Harper, and you are a student at Mountainview University.”
I clamped my hands down harder on my ears and scrunched my eyes shut. “I am a patient at Mountainview Psychiatric Facility”
“You are not sick, and Edward will not fix you.”
I shook my head and began to pace No,” I said. “You’re not real. Get out of my head”
“I am real, Nina,” the voice replied. ” I’m your wolf, and my name is Cora. Werewolves are real, Edward has been lying to you.”
Still shaking my head vigorously. I laid down on my bed in a fetal position and began to rock back and forth.
“My name is Nina Harper… I’m a
student. No! I’m a patient at
Mountainview Psychiatric Facility.
“Nina, please listen to me.”
“Shut up!” I shouted. I sat up and pounded my fists against the side of my head, as if doing so would knock the voice out of me and make it go away You’re not real! Stop talking to me!”
Just then, my thoughts were broken by the sound of pained grunts coming from next door It sounded as though someone was being beaten. With each sound of something hitting flesh, I would hear another strained grunt. They only got louder with each repetition
“See?” I said out loud, standing and walking slowly toward the wall ” Edward is fixing the bad man who tried to steal me away He’s protecting me.
The voice didn’t respond
“Edward is protecting me “As I slowly walked closer, repeating those words quietly to myself, I began to realize that my voice was quivering I stopped in front of the wall and slowly held my shaking hands out, pressing my palms against the concrete, and then leaned forward until my ear was pressed up against the wall
There were muffled voices on the other side I couldn’t make out exactly what they were saying, but I recognized Edward’s voice, and
There was another sound of something hitting flesh, followed by another pained grunt, this time far louder than all of the rest I flinched and jumped back, my eyes wide
It wasn’t until I felt something wet on my face and lifted my fingers to touch my cheek, pulling them away and looking at them curiously, that I realized I was crying
A sob escaped my throat. I ran back to my bed and covered my ears again, this time covering them against the sound of Edward beating Enzo and not from the sound of the strange voice in my head I wasn’t sure how long I was there, but eventually, I must have fallen asleep because I was awoken sometime later by the feeling of someone shaking my shoulder
When I opened my eyes, I looked up to see Edward standing over me I scrambled backwards on the bed, but he was too quick, he grabbed me by the neck and held a cup up to my lips.
“Open your mouth,” he said. When I didn’t do it immediately, he rolled his eyes and forced my mouth open with his hand before pouring the bitter tasting drink down my throat. 1 sputtered and choked on it, coughing up some of it onto the front of my hospital gown, but the majority of it made its way down my throat
“I’m only doing this to protect you,” he said, tossing the cup aside and pushing me down on the bed. I squirmed, confused, as he buckled the restraints again. Then, he left me alone once more
“Wait! I’ll be good!” I called after him, but he didn’t listen. I watched, struggling against the leather straps as he punched a number into the keypad on my door, then disappeared through it Another sob caught in my throat.
An indistinguishable amount of time passed. The straps were tight around my wrists, burning my skin if I moved too much. The medicine made me drift in and out of consciousness, but each time it did, I felt myself slipping back into that strange dream of the wolf in the forest…
And each time I woke, I smelled something tantalizingly sweet drawing me toward the room next door.
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