My theme for this year's A to Z Challenge is A Reader's Take, where everyday I will be picking out a novel title corresponding to that day's letter and write my post based on it. To make it more challenging, I have decided to write a serial story. The novel I have selected for today is 'My Soul to Steal'
Leave Me Never
(Red the previous chapters here)
Kayra felt his hand on
her, pinning her down. She struggled to escape but her strength was no match to
his. She tried to fight him back and when that didn't work, she tried pleading.
It disgusted her to plead him for mercy but what choice did she have. Tears
flowed down her eyes, even as she tried to stop them. “Let me go” she cried
before his mouth had come down on hers, muffling her screams. Nausea built
inside her and her skin burnt upon his touch. She was about to scream again,
when she woke up with a start.
‘Just a dream… It’s
just a dream!’ she chanted continuously, trying to calm her racing heart. She
wiped off the tears that had been flowing even in her sleep. Her body was
drenched in sweat. She looked around and saw Ansh sleeping peacefully. Trying
not to disturb him, she slowly went to stand by the window. The dream had
shaken her hard badly. She stood there, trying to calm her racing heart. Who
was she kidding? It was no dream. It was a nightmare; the one she had lived
seven years ago.
That night, she had
been alone at home. Her father had been on a business trip and her mother had
accompanied him. Kayra was waiting for Shruthi to return from the hospital,
after feeding her sick mother. Kayra had been sensing the change in Ayaan’s
mood and her instinct told her that their happy days were about to begin soon. She had always loved Ayaan and now, they were going to live happily ever after. She was waiting to share all this and more with Shruthi. When the door bell rang, she had practically run, no longer able to contain her excitement. But that had
been the last moment of excitement in her life. What happened after that was no
less than a nightmare. Her happily ever after had ended even before it began!
It wasn't Shruthi but Sameer,
Shruthi’s elder brother, who was standing in the doorway, smiling down at her. ‘I was getting bored at home, waiting for
Shruthi to come back’ he had said as he made his way inside. They had sat
there talking, when Sameer had asked for water. And just when she had turned to
go towards the kitchen, he had attacked her from behind. As he had forced
himself upon her, she had fought and failed. She had prayed to God for a
miracle to happen, that she would be saved but it wasn't a day for miracle. It
was a cursed day. The day her soul was scarred forever.
To be continued...
About today's novel: My Soul to Steal is the fourth book in the series 'Soul Screamers' by Rachel Vincent. Trying to work things out with Nash - her maybe boyfriend - is hard enough for Kaylee. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.
See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara. the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears - and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives. And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever - and whoever - she wants.