What are you dreaming of? Whatever it is, you're becoming aware again. You know you're inside, but the place doesn't sound familiar. Somewhere in the distance below your head there is the sound of television...news or something. It's not home. Smells wrong. Well not wrong. It smells nice, mostly, but not like your house. And there's that feeling of being in a place you don't know well.
What happened? You don't really know.The memories are fuzzy. You have... I don't know a sense of power, I guess, of something
happening. And pleasure, oh yes, there was pleasure, you're sure of that. It's just... vague. It's like the aftermath of a dream that you can't quite remember.
You're a little weak too, to be honest. And there's a metaphysical stench, like what you were sensing on Riley. It's clinging to you like the smell of cigarettes in a nightclub. Clearly magic was involved.
You're warm. There's a blanket over you. A nice smelling blanket. You hear a doorbell... now where have you heard that before?
You hear someone go to answer, feminine voices talking. They sound familiar, and they drift closer. It's mainly one that you hear, the other is very quiet.
"...just showed up. I'm not... y'know, sure what happened. I... well... I didn't know who else to call. He's in here..."
It's Saturday... the day of the Dance. Have you been moping the whole two days since Wednesday night? Sure, that night Myrii stayed with Teddy, and it was the next day you had to stage the whole 'arrival' for Peggy. Having spent that night, Myrii's powers of magical persuasion had strengthened quite a bit. She stood there in an old robe and Peggy acted as if she were completely, and normally, dressed. And she was very complaint about her staying for her 'visit' during the winter holiday.
That night of course, put her in your room. She could have easily gone back to Teddy's side, of course, but she wanted to stay with you, apologizing for the previous night and leaving you alone with that awful feeling. Did you let her stay with you as she wished? Did you forgive her? She did slip out to be with Teddy again last night, returning before dawn to your room with that lost expression you've been seeing on her face more and more.
She's also been following you around at school for the last two days. Spending some time with Teddy, of course, but otherwise maintaining your story that she's a visitor. Most people don't seem to question it too much. Hardly looking at her at all, which is weird considering how beautiful she is. She looks around, curiously, and asks all sorts of questions. She is, of course, completely clueless, so you have been her guide to the human world. How has that been?
And how have you been acting around Teddy? Have you been in contact with Winter?
It was midmorning when you got the call from Hayden. Peggy picked it up then called you to the phone. Hayden told you that she needed your help with "Al... um... Nyx." In a tone that said that she was worried, and asked that you come as soon as possible.
Did you take the bus? Walk? I don't remember if you said you got your license yet. Peggy would surely have encouraged it, and let you have the car if you do, in fact, have it. She's expecting not to leave the house until evening.
"Hi, Holly." Hayden says with a weak smile and concerned eyes, when she opens the door to the run-down little house you've arrived at.
"Come in, please. He's... um... upstairs." She stops in the hall turns. "Look... I know I have a rep but this... he showed up and it was like he was on drugs or something, just completely out of it, and practically collapsed. I um... I put him in my room... just to sleep. I just..." She turns around again. "In spite of what you might have heard, I don't steal boyfriends. He just showed up here.. I'm not... y'know, sure what happened. I... well... I didn't know who else to call. He's in here..."
She's been leading you up a narrow stairway, painted sloppily in a terrible taupe color which is cracked and chipping, and she turns to open the first door on the left of the hall.