Tiaden Dawn Serial – Ch.2
Tiaden Dawn Re-write.
My mind was racing as I had to organise everything. This had royally fucked up my plans, I’d only been in that damn house for a week. So that was a months rent and a deposit down the drain. I cursed that little runt a few more times as I pushed my car around the corners, feeling it slip a little then grip as the back end shifted a touch, it felt great. The little things helped focus and calm me. I’d have to sleep in my car for a few nights and find a new place to live. I hated sleeping in my car.
I pulled into the driveway of the small house, ripping the keys out of the ignition I ran up the short path to the doorway. At least with all this moving I didn’t take too much with me and hadn’t bothered to unpack properly yet. Running upstairs I threw my clothes and most precious belongings in bags, double checking the rest of the house I made my getaway. Glancing at the clock in my car I growled, it’d still taken me a whole half an hour, plenty of time for them to gain on me. Taking a deep breath I carefully pressed my energies outwards, feeling for the men. They weren’t too far away, probably playing a little game of cat and mouse. Fan-fucking-tastic.
Growling to myself I turned the key in the ignition, just as I went to put her in reverse I bit my lip and dragged a pen and notepad out of the glove-box, I had to tell my landlord I’d vanished. Thank the gods for insisting on a rolling month by month contract. Muttering to myself I decided I’d really rather not thank the gods for getting me in this situation. The note was simple, blunt “Sorry. Moved out. Big family emergency. Keep the deposit. Don’t contact”.
I didn’t sign my name as I’d completely forgotten which name I’d given him. I really should get better at remembering names.. Oh well, I’d managed so far.
I stuck the note through the letterbox knowing that he’d be by to do his little check on me to make sure I was settling in tomorrow. Well, that was his excuse, I suspected he wanted to catch me in the shower or something. Shrugging to myself I drove off into the night.
Well. It sounded more romantic in my head if I said that. Instead I headed down to the main roads, as much as I didn’t like the bright lights it allowed me to pick up the pace and keep the hunters from getting too close – they wouldn’t do anything with other folk this close by. Unfortunately, this was also far more tedious and boring. The black tarmac seemed to extend into the distance, bringing a sense of moving without going anywhere or making any progress. The fluorescent lights spaced the same distance apart, giving nothing but a harsh, slightly yellowed after image in my mind. What was so wrong with the stars? My mind returned to the issue at hand, I knew they were following me at a safe distance, I was growing tired and needed to lose them. Damn that little runt.
I sighed and muttered to myself as I turned off at the next junction, paying no attention to where I was or where I was going. I just needed to lose them so I could sleep. Why me? Why did I get myself into these stupid situations? Smiling to myself I knew the answer, because I loved it really. The thrill, the game.
I grinned and pressed the accelerator harder, time to get this game going properly. The roundabout was coming up fast, it was quite late at night there was a strong chance there was no-one coming the other way. Part of me hoped there was someone, that little thrill as I carefully moved the vehicle around theirs, the chance of something happening. Of course now wasn’t really the time to be playing chicken but I couldn’t help myself, the adrenaline was kicking in. Some part of me was disappointed as I went round the roundabout, throwing my car into the bend before pulling her hard round the sharp bend to turn off down some smaller road. They were closing in.
Taking a deep breath I focused. Time seemed to slow down a fraction as I took in every essential detail and began to take this seriously. If I were in a 4×4 I may have been tempted to try diving off road and losing them like that but the lower slung muscle car would just ground out and leave me stranded. No. I had to depend on my head-start and twisting turns, the hare vs the hound. I refused to ease off even a touch going round the corners, the back end inched and fought against me but I couldn’t risk losing any time. My mind was beginning to turn to panic a little as I was realising I didn’t have a good plan to shake them off my tail. I couldn’t hide my energies properly, they had too firm a grasp on them so any space I put between us would only buy me a little time. I really didn’t have a choice here.
Some thought of the gods came into the back of my mind, I wasn’t going to turn to them, they put me here, with all this. Minutes seemed to drag on for hours while I wracked my brains thinking of some way to get out of this. The steep sides of the motorway had given way to straggly woodland which was rapidly closing in, tall deciduous trees with broad trunks stretched back away from the road and spread their canopy overhead. In the end I concluded my best chance was to dive into a dark lay-by and fight. If it was dark I could use my shadow energies to their best effect and just hope. Gritting my teeth I began drawing my energies up as I slowed the car and pulled into a small lay-by on the quiet country road.
The woodland offered some protection and cover should I need it, the moon hid behind the heavy clouds bringing me more darkness. The only false lights down these roads were the headlights, just the way I liked it. I got out of the vehicle and walked across the grass turning to face the road as I leaned against a tree. I refused to appear flustered, I was going to go down cool, calm and fighting tooth and nail. It was screaming in the back of my mind to just shift and fly away but I refused. Yes, I had run but I wasn’t going to give in and take the coward’s way out. If I shifted now, and flew away, I’d lose all my worldly possessions and any pride I’d accumulated. No. I’d stand and fight.
I felt them just before I heard the truck. The heavy earth and fire based energies crept along the floor searching for me. The solid heat seemed to pool at my feet as I stood and waited. If nothing else I’d ring the neck of that scrawny little shit for doing this to me. I ungritted my teeth and pushed my mind to focus, I knew I should just have fought in the carpark but this way I’d had a chance to think and gather myself. I had also lost my house and wasted fuel.. but that was for another time. The big truck slowly coasted into the layby, there was that sickening self assurance about the entire thing. I couldn’t see the faces of the passengers with the bright headlights but I had no doubt the leader was sneering and licking his lips. I held back the rising bile.
Leaning back against the tree I crossed my arms and rolled my eyes a little while quietly gathering the shadows behind me. The leader exited the truck first, his heavy footsteps made the ground shudder a little, he wasn’t playing. His eyes had darkened, his energies were swirling around him in an almost frenzied manner. His lips parted into a smirk as he looked me up and down “Now then, be a good girl and I’ll get a good price for you…”
I laughed coldly “bring it”.