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Chapter 40. Write a Novel Challenge.
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Chapter 40. Write a Novel Challenge.

by Amr BaroudyJune 23, 2020

 

Neina, terrified, slowly walks backwards, her hands pushed upwards to protect her from the threat she sensed around her. Shakingly, she calls out to Janus, begging him to reveal what had happened in the hospital before she fell unconscious.

“Isla thought we had finally killed you when we injected, TEN TIMES, the recommended dose of numbing medicine” he replied, while he slowly followed her every step with his gun pointing to her chest. “But your brain was too powerful and Gersemi was able to locate you and bring you to this realm before your body went to sleep.”

Neina halted. How did he get into the Tutumni? Wasn’t the Tutumni supposed to protect her from ‘any occurrences beyond its reach’? What did he mean by “Now it’s Isla’s turn to kill you?”

Question after question followed as her mind went over, and over, the events that had brought her here. She felt utterly overwhelmed. But now she was no longer afraid to face Isla. She wanted to, needed to, extract her revenge on Isla for ruining her life.

“How did you get into this realm?” Neina asked angrily, ready to pounce on Janus like a dog.

“Oh Neina…” Janus responded mockingly. “You can’t escape us, especially me. I am a god. I can enter any realm I want to, even those built to protect you.”

“Why is Isla not with you? Was she not able to enter this realm?” Neina asked.

Janus had enough of the questions. He ran towards Neina. Janus needed to latch on to her so that he could open a portal back to the real world. As he did so, the sky’s pretty colours turned an angry red. The realm felt danger.

Neina started screaming uncontrollably. “HELP! HELP! PLEASE SOMEONE HEL–!” But history was repeating itself as her unclaimed words met only silence. She was as alone as she had been in the hospital. There was no help waiting. This was not a fairy story.

Janus covered her mouth with his immense, divine hands, muffling her screams. The only thing hearing her screaming now was her own mind.

As her screams were crowded out by violence, Janus opened a golden portal. It shimmered red with implicit evil.

“Where was he taking her?” Was he taking her back to the hospital only so that Isla could, finally, kill her?

As they entered the portal, Neina felt the warmth of sunlight. She saw nothing, her eyes blinded by the rays as the darkness receded. As they adjusted, reality shocked her senses. Around her, life took shape as normality crowded out any indication she had ever left. People walked on the sidewalks as they always had, their thoughts filled with the mundane chores and responsibilities of their day-to-day lives. The sense of normality was painfully at odds with the reality of Isla’s dagger and its promise of her murder.

Janus gripped her tightly, walking towards something….. some … one ….

As Neina struggled for her freedom, a girl walked towards them. Her face is somehow familiar. It is someone she has been looking for. Someone with red hair that glistens as the sun hits it.

She has, finally, found … Charlotte.

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About The Author
Amr Baroudy
Amr Baroudy is fifteen years old, Lebanese-American and a Grade 10 student at Dunecrest American School in Dubai. He writes: "When writing this chapter, I wanted to steer the story in the direction of bringing Neina back to the real world. I wanted to show Neina the world that she had been looking for, and that someone she had been looking for would be found. This challenge was a great opportunity to push me to be more confident in the way I write and I can’t wait to see how the next chapter develops Neina’s story even more!"

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