"It was just a prank, HAN!"
CHAPTER ONE (?)
Those were the last words that Hannah heard from any of her friends as she ran into the woods, away from all of her 'friends', and straight into the cold, the pain, all things that paled in comparison to the breaking and tearing of her miserable heart. Just a prank. Toxic words so simple but, like acid, burnt a hole right trough her soul. In the blizzard there was no way to know which direction for Hannah to run as the usual landmarks were hidden behind the white that swirled so densely around her now, but she had no clear path even so, just running aimlessly out, away from all of the pain.
It was painfully cold and the soft crystals she would have found so bewitching from the other side of a pane glass, now amassed on her eyelashes in icy clumps whilst the snow that fell from the sky packed down the neck of her shirt and between the fabric that flapped at the front. She could feel her blood cool and her skin become ice. She cried out, but the wind robbed her of her voice and carried her cries of agony up and into the mountaintops. The world was being erased around her, and she'd be with it soon enough. She was broken now, shattered really, robbed of the tape and glue necessary to put her soul back together. Her heart, poorly stapled shut, was beating hard but without purpose in this dark winter wonderland.
She fell to the ground, sinking deep into the snow which seemed to suck her in, embracing her. She could feel her shoes fill with snow and her toes beginning to numb. She looked at the butterfly tattoo on her arm and felt the tug of her heartstrings again. It sat there, permanently marked on her skin, taunting her and reminding her of her shame, of her love for someone who, obviously, didn't feel as she did.
She wished that she could simply rip it off, tear it like soft fabric and watch it scatter in the winters wind along with her ability to feel, to hurt, to love.
She sunk deep into the snow, her entire body now beginning to ache. And that's when she heard another voice coming somewhere from within the woods. She couldn't yet see who it was, and could barely hear said voice through the thick snowy haze constantly raining down over her glasses, obstructing her view. She was in a blind world now, descending downwards.
"Hannah, Hannah?!" The voice again, more familiar. Hannah looked up, preparing to run should it be one of them. One of her friends.
"Hello?" Hannah asked the voice, eyes pinned into the heart of the blizzard, out of which her twin sister, Beth, appeared from underneath a few snow-covered branches, pushing her way over to her sister.
"Hannah, oh my god, you must be freezing! Here, take my coat." Beth said worriedly, rushing forth to cover Hannah with her own jacket. The downtrodden Hannah felt some ounce of warmth embrace her. Her sister had always been there for her, protecting her from the cruelty of the world.
From the cold, the pain, and the heartache.
"I'm such an idiot. I'm so DUMB!" She cried as Beth took her into her arms, dragging her to her feet.
That's when a blood curling scream tore through the snow like a great northern wind and the twins felt their eyes widen and pulse quicken, hearts thudding like a rock rattling in box. The scream came again, desperate, needing... and not entirely human. The blood drained from the twins faces.
"...Hannah?" Beth whispered, grasping hold of her sisters arm.
"...Beth?" Hannah would reply weakly, her eyes darting around the darkness, trying to see the source of the sound. That scream tore through the woods again. Closer this time. A lot closer. Something was AFTER them! They did as all would in that situation, they began to run, hearts pounding, their panicked breath like thunder, thighs burning and lungs on fire, both of them praying not to trip. But Hannah did, falling and tripping. "Hannah!" Beth gasped, backtracking in a flash to help her sister to her feet, but dropping her phone as she did so. No time to go pick it up the two darted forth blindly in the snowy blizzard, unable to see much of anything the two unfortunate twins found themselves standing on the edge of a cliff.
"Oh, Jesus Christ!" Hannah was panicking, cowering back, moving dangerously closer towards the edge as the creature came closer.
The twins take each others hands for comfort, minds racing to catch up to the realization that they just might not make it.
"No! No, shit no!"
"Get back!" Beth cries out, her voice dripping and oozing of fear, but was determined to keep the monster at bay as the thing moved towards her and her sister, pushing them closer and closer towards the edge of the cliff until finally Hannah's feet takes a step further than they ought to, and she falls down, and holding Beth's hand, her twin sister went down with her. "FUCK!" Beth swears as she is dragged down along with her sister.
However, luckily enough Beth managed to grab on to a little branch jutting out the snowy cliff. They dangled there, certain doom below them.
"Hold on! Hold on!" Beth urged her sister, grasping Hannah's icy fingers, not letting go as fire erupted from somewhere over the ledge, and a man peeked out over the edge soon after. He offered his hand, but Beth would have to let Hannah go in order for her to grab hold of it.
And that, that is something that she just could not do.
And so the branch finally gave way and Hannah and Beth Washington fell down into darkness, never to be seen again.
Memories is all that's left now.
And the past is beyond our control.