The Invincible (CHP 25)
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Summary Of Last Chapter – Aiden, Sophie and Audrey try to get through a wall but it’s coated with mountain ash so they aren’t able to get through. A hellhound walks in and burns through the mountain ash. Aiden explains to Audrey that a hellhound is the most powerful supernatural creature and he keeps a balance between the human and supernatural world. Hellhound’s are messengers of death so they normally appear at places where someone is going to die!
Aiden, Sophie and Audrey fight with the vampires and rescue Theo but in the end Audrey gets stabbed and she falls down dead, her last words being her confession of love to Theo. Theo tries to revive her but in vain. She is taken away by the hellhound as Theo looks on helplessly…
Aiden’s Point of View
It’s been 2 days since Audrey’s death. No one has said a word. It’s as if Audrey took everyone’s happiness with her when she died… Natalie acts strong but I’ve seen he sob her heart out on the terrace when she’s alone. Even though she had left Audrey when she was little, the mother-daughter had grown closer in some ways during the 3 weeks Audrey stayed with us. After all, Natalie is Audrey’s mother… And losing a child is no joke!
Zack and the others just sit around, trying to distract themselves. No one had realized how close they had gotten to Audrey during the 3 weeks. And now that she is gone it’s like a part of each one of us has been lost.
Audrey.. She was such a jolly spirit. Always running to and fro, laughing, smiling, giggling, making others laugh. She was such a free spirit, such a daring heart, filled with so much love and passion for each being. It’s such a pain to think about her. It used to be her making all the noise in the house.. Shrieking when Jane used to teach her sword fighting, Giggling with Sophie and Lydia while playing board games, Making fun of Zack’s uptight nature, Taking piggyback rides on Dylan, Doing girly-stuff with Melissa, Bursting out laughing with me…
So many memories in such little time. Mr.Crepsly had said she would make history, this was the history she would make? I feel the guiltiest. It was because of me that Audrey died. She died saving me. She died a hero… That’s the history she made. She gave a new definition to selflessness, a new definition to the power of friendship.
Since yesterday we’ve been getting calls from the other werewolves, expressing their grief to her death, but they didn’t even know her. They didn’t know what she was.. That she was the only savior of our clan.. But now she’s gone. And honestly I don’t care if we win or lose the ware cause we all just lost the biggest prize out of our hands and there’s nothing! Nothing we could do to save her! I might be grieving the most but when I look over to the balcony, I see Theo sit there, cross-legged, his hands over his chest and his head drooped down.
Ever since the hellhound took Audrey away, he hasn’t muttered a word. Everyone has been so worried about him. Trying to get him to eat or drink, to sleep. But he lies awake, repeating her words to himself over and over again in his mind, as if imagining her so vividly will bring her back…
He’s broken. More shattered than any one of us. Because we might have lost a dear friend but he, he lost his first love. He lost the first girl he had ever loved and when she was in his last moments, she was in his arms and he still couldn’t do anything.. Anything to save her. That’s what he holds himself guilty for. The only time I’ve ever seen Theo cry is when she died. And when he broke, all of broke. It’s as if Audrey held the strings in her hands for each one of us. When she left, the strings loosened and Theo’s broke first and then we all fell down like domino’s and none of can get up until Theo overcomes himself and makes a new string to help us all….
Theo’s Point of View
In the days that follow, it’s movement not stillness that help keep the grief at bay, so I walk the compound halls instead of sleeping. I watch everyone else trying to recover. I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness when they leave. I am terrified and I don’t even know of what, because I have lost everything already. My hands shake now as I sit in my balcony, cross-legged. I remember the first time I saw her. A truck pulling over and I registered a red blur from the distance I was standing. I pulled her across the road and her hand was small, but warm and then she stood before me, short, thin and plain in all ways unremarkable – except that she was the first girl that my eyes floated on. I never felt that way before. Her eyes were so stern, so insistent.
I get up and walk past a security barrier, out of the house and stand in front of a waterfall right opposite. A man stands there opening the valve of his water tank and soon water gushes out, splattering all over the road, soaking the bottom of the man’s pants.
I shudder a little. It’s Veronica. I turn away not wanting her face anyone. Not wanting to face her. Because she knew Audrey was going to die. She is a Banshee. She knew everything and she didn’t even bother to warn her.
“Wait. Please..” she says.
“What?” I say turning around. I don’t want to look at her, to measure how ,much or little she grieves for her. Still, I do look at her, wondering if I can see some of Audrey in her face, still hungry for her even now that I know she’s gone.
“I don’t mean to bother you, but I want you to know something… You think I didn’t warn her about her death right? I actually did.. I actually told her the future. It was her decision to still go in there and save you all… That’s why when she was in your arms in her last moments you couldn’t take her pain. It’s because the stab wasn’t sudden. She knew, she knew it was the end. She was ready for it. That’s why it didn’t hurt her…” She says as she tries to fight off her tears.
I should feel something. Something about her. But I feel nothing at all. I feel farther than ever….
I grind the heels of my hands into my eyes like I can push the tears back into my skull. No crying. I chastise myself. If I let out a little of the emotion out, all of it will come out and will never end.
5 days later
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved for the sake of something reater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.
If people were fire, than I was a flame and she was a bonfire. And I suppose
a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.
Precap – A leap of 2.5 years is shown…
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