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SIREN SONG, CHAPTER 24, PART ONE

STORIES

DIHAAN

2/2/20241 min read

They were running, running past the trees and the dangers, their feet in the mint grass and their hair flowing in the wind in a way that made Vienna feel like an elf fleeing from hounds. The stables were just up ahead, a structure of ancient wood that seemed to be the only thing Elswyth hadn’t touched when she renovated the whole of Niflheim. They’d started running just outside the gates and hadn’t stopped, the Crimson Guards somehow still keeping up.

It was bewildering just to find out how huge the grounds were. On the left was the stables, and beyond that, Vienna could see the vineyards where she had hung out so many days with her friends. Those days would never even come again.

Evelyn stilled beside her, her hands braced on her knees as she sucked on her inhaler. “So…Mit and…his older sister.”

“In the stables. We’re supposed to meet them.” Vienna finished the sentence for her, out of breath too, barely just holding on. The Crimson Guards came to stand beside both of them, silently watching on, no words escaping their mouth-slits.

Evelyn nodded briskly, slinking an arm through Vienna’s and heading towards the stables. Vienna let herself be dragged along without an attempt to flee, she had no intention of walking the last few miles like a weary prisoner turning themselves in after a slip-and-run. She couldn’t bear seeing the disappointed look on Dimitri’s face, the one that said all our good times are over, count your days. Couldn’t sit in the decrepit stable floor knowing that she had left the scene with no contribution, now slumped in the hay like a broken, forsworn person.

“We’re all going to be just fine.” Evelyn told her in the exact tone and wording her sister had used, and as Vienna had expected, it made her feel no better.

“But we’re going to die.”

“We are NOT going to die.”

“Oh, yes we will.” Vienna insisted.

Evelyn shook her head. “Let’s be positive for once.”

Vienna really couldn’t be positive when every world she’d known was crashing down on her.