Chapter 6:

Making sense of the senseless part 3

Do you dream of me in the next life?

Ava looked at Kalah with a smile. “Well, I was at home snuggling with my cat Shadow. He misses me terribly after a day of classes. Why do you ask?”Bookmark here

Kalah thought to herself if she should tell her the truth. For as long as she knew her, Ava was never her enemy. She helped Kalah fight against Nightmares ever since they were ten years old. All those years they had each other’s backs and Kalah never doubted her until now. Bookmark here

“I was thinking maybe we could hang out and do something together. Sorry if that sounded weird…”Bookmark here

“No, it’s alright Kalah. I would be happy to hang out sometime in the future.” Ava took a book out of the bookshelf and said, “Anyways, as much as I would like to stay and chat, I have to go for now.” Bookmark here

The fast drum beat of Kalah’s heart returned to a steady pace as Ava walked away. She took some books with her and read for a while. Still couldn’t find any more details about that door. She looked around the library until she spotted a familiar face in front of her. Noah was apparently sleeping at a table with a stack of manga books next to him. It Looked like he was reading one until he dozed off. Maybe he could help, Kalah thought. She patted Noah on his shoulder.Bookmark here

“hm? Oh, hi Kalah. What’s up? Is study period over yet?”, said Noah groggily.Bookmark here

“No, there is still some time left. Sorry for waking you, but I would like to ask you a question.”Bookmark here

Noah looked at his manga noting where he left off before closing it. “Sure. What do you want to know?”Bookmark here

“I was looking into subjects about the Dream World, and I found out there’s some kind of door that can be used to travel there. But I can’t find much else than that. So, do you know anything about it?”Bookmark here

He sat up straight in his chair and placed a hand on his chin, head tilted down slightly. After a minute or two, he looked up at her. “I remember reading that if you turn a weapon like a key, the door will appear and open before you. It can be opened anywhere. The thing is, you have to pass dream energy through the weapon first before you turn it.” Bookmark here

Kalah looked at Noah with a beaming smile. “Thank you, thank you so much! I knew I could rely on you.”Bookmark here

Noah rubbed the back of his head while he looked away from Kalah. “Ah, it’s nothing really. I’m glad to be of help is all. But wait a minute, why did you want to find out about the door to the Dream World? Did Anna ask you to find out?”Bookmark here

“Yeah, she asked me to help her. I have been searching for answers all period but thankfully you were here to help.” They got up from the table and left for their next class.Bookmark here

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After the last class of the day, Kalah caught up with Rebecca who was packing up some of her things from her locker into her backpack. Bookmark here

“Hey, could I talk to you for a bit?”Bookmark here

Rebecca smiled. “Sure. But let’s walk and talk. My dad’s picking me up today, so I can’t keep him waiting.”Bookmark here

“I was just wondering but…how do you feel about Joseph?” Bookmark here

Rebecca’s eyes gave a wide-eyed response. “W-Where did this come from!?”Bookmark here

Kalah smiled and looked down at her feet while they were walking.Bookmark here

“Your comment about snatching his heart had me thinking maybe you have feelings for him.”Bookmark here

Rebecca stopped walking for a moment and began to cry. “I do…have feelings for him. But I can’t! I can’t snatch him, it wouldn’t be fair to you. You deserve to be happy. I..I just –”Bookmark here

Kalah hugged Rebecca and wiped away her tears.Bookmark here

“You deserve to be happy too.” Bookmark here

She patted Rebecca’s head. After that, they walked down the stairs and went outside. Her dad waved at them from his car. Before Rebecca left, she gave Kalah a quick hug.Bookmark here

The next thing on Kalah’s mind was to see Anna and update her. She left Littlewood and took the bus.Bookmark here

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Kalah knocked. There was no answer. Frowning, Kalah used the key hidden under a stone. Kalah stepped inside the house. Her eyes were met by a wall of darkness with a speck of bright light coming from Anna. Anna held a freshly lit candle as the only source of light.Bookmark here

“Why are the lights out?” Kalah asked. She shut the door behind her.Bookmark here

“Power outage.” Anna explained.Bookmark here

Kalah sighed, “That’s annoying. Could we please talk in the living room?”Bookmark here

“Of course. Just stay close to me.”Bookmark here

When they reached the living room, Anna turned to face Kalah. She stared at Kalah as if she wanted to say something. Her mouth opened briefly, but shut again.Bookmark here

Kalah looked up curiously, “Anna? Is everything o-”Bookmark here

Something sharp pierced her back. Kalah felt her breath leave her, her head spun, and her legs went numb. She crumbled to the floor. The light of the candle dimmed and the shadows faded into complete darkness.Bookmark here

Ana Fowl
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