20 June 2011

Chapter 1 Saved by the shadows

She noticed they were following her for some time now. They were always so obvious in those suits covering shoulders as broad as doors. She needed to get rid of them and she needed to do it as fast as possible. As soon as she saw the metro sign she hurried her steps. She took the stairs down hoping she would face a crowd that might hide her for a while.

'She's heading the subway.' Said one of the agents surprised of the girl's sudden move.

'You think she's in on us?'

'Maybe. I told you not to wear a black suit.'

'Everybody wears a black suit these days. Maybe she's in a hurry or something.'

'God dammit, she's running through the crowd, come on!´

She thought of taking the subway for a moment but then she realized it might be better to follow the passage, find an abandoned street and get rid of them there.

The two agents were pushing their way through the crowd. If they would lose track of the girl who knew what their boss might do to them now.

She kept on running until she reached an alley that ended up in a high fence. It was around five o'clock in the evening but for a November night it was dark and freezing. The wind blew in her face as she stood still before the fence. She didn't feel the cold temperature. They said it was because she was special. She didn't want to be special and live a life like this one.

She heard footsteps approaching like an echo in the lonely street. There was no escape. They were coming closer.

She looked up at the black clear sky as if praying to it. She slowly raised her arms as if she wanted to catch the stars. It was such a beautiful night, such a beautiful sky. She felt her feet raise above the ground until her toes touched only the air. She felt her body being lifted up, the sky and the stars getting closer. She was going straight up in the sky feeling freedom and power. She saw the moon as if it was approaching her.

She ended up on the roof of a close by building. The city was filled with high buildings. That's the reason she liked it so much. She found a spot from where she could still see the alley. Two men stood next to each other looking up, searching for her.

 'Where the hell did she go?' asked the agent in the black suit.

'What do you think, stupid?'

 'She could be anywhere now.'

 'Really?' answered the agent sarcastically. 'Did you mother make you that smart? Come on! We gotta report it to the boss.'

She saw them leave and grew scared instead of relieved. They might send a helicopter now. They knew her location and they would find her soon. No more flying tonight. She had to hide somewhere and stay there for the night. Yes, hide would be the best thing to do.

The girl found a door that lead to the lower floors of the building and opened it. She found herself in a dark smoked hall and wondered if that was normal. She had never understood the human behavior but a smoked building was something that she didn't happen on very often.

'Help! Hurry up! Help!'

She heard a woman cry. As the girl walked further the smoke was accompanied by light, beautiful orange bright light.

 'Over here help!'

The girl realized this was a fire and people's skin burned when in contact with it. She hurried to the place she heard the screaming.

A woman stood before a small window looking down and shouting. She held a dog in her arms and stared at the window. She was surrounded by fire and crying hysterically. The girl saw her but the woman didn't as there was too much smoke and flames for a human eye to see through it.

Before she knew it the girl saw two men in strange suits, firemen they called them, reach the woman and break the window. The woman and her dog jumped out of it and the girl wasn't sure if they too could fly.

The firemen jumped as well.

The girl quickly hurried towards the window and looked down. There were police cars, ambulances and fire trucks everywhere. The woman and her dog were surrounded by people while the firemen just stood up from what seemed a giant pillow. She would have wanted to jump down on that pillow as well but it would be wrong to do that just for her own amusement. She decided to look at the other floors and see what she might come across.

Everywhere she looked there were burning objects and doors. She looked down every time she found a window and checked if any other people jumped on the fluffy pillow. There was a bold man in his underwear who had also jumped and two children together with another woman. She saw more firemen enter the building but hadn't seen them come out or jump out yet.

 On the fifth floor something happened. The whole building shook and she heard a lot of glass break and more fire taking over. She looked down again and saw three firemen come out. Two were holding the third. They were pointing at the building while the rest was running around using water to put the fire down. Strange thought the girl, that only three men came out while four had entered.

The forth floor had a hole in it. It seemed that it´s floor collapsed on the third. The girl looked down the hole and saw something under a pile of bricks. She hurried towards it and examined it. It was a small piece of cloth. A cloth the same color as the strange suits that the firemen wore. She started unwrapping her discovery brick for brick. More cloth was revealed and she realized it must have been the fourth fireman. She found blood, a lot of blood on the bricks but at least the fire wasn´t near this area.

She was shocked to find the fireman indeed but he looked crushed and dead. Or was he still alive? Maybe he was still alive. Someone had to look at him, someone had to take care of him. The ambulance was in front of the building but they were busy with so many other people and...he looked very hurt. She needed to take care of him now.

The girl lifted the man up with such little effort as if he was a doll. She couldn´t fly out of here like that, she needed a stronger shield and that shield was about to be revealed.  Her body started growing, one, twice, nine times her normal size. Her face expanded and her head grew horns. Her body became muscled and her feet changed into hooves. Her back grew wings that expanded five meters each. She looked up and flew as if there was nothing above her but the air. Her wings protected the man from any broken brick or fire they went through. The girl broke through the building and entered the sky.

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