Deathly Secrets, Chapter XXII

After sitting and just thinking for several minutes, Alina clasped her hands in her lap and didn't allow herself to think of anything at all. All she did was take in the fresh autumn breeze as she sat in the overgrown grassy knoll by the rundown shed. Nothing could have interrupted her solitude.

Except, of course, the person she least wanted to see at that very moment.

"Hello, Alina," came an unexpected voice.

Starting, Alina whirled around to face the very one who was bringing about the ruin of Summeridge. "Hello," she said, her voice squeaking.

"What did you think of the show this afternoon? Quite different from the rest, don't you think? That Kendrick fellow wasn't afraid to admit his lack of heart, wouldn't you agree?"

Alina was still in the defensive. "Why are you here?" she demanded.

That menacing demon of a criminal sat down beside Alina. "Because it's so beautiful, so peaceful here." He chuckled self-deprecatingly. "It's nice to get away from civilization sometimes and just relax."

Standing and moving further away from the intruder, Alina shook her head. "You don't know anything about being civilized," she muttered.

With a dangerously charming grin, the criminal shrugged his shoulders. "And how would you know, Alina? I'm the only villain you've ever met. I might be the most compassionate one in the world, but you would never know that because I'm likely the only one you're ever going to meet."

"I've known one other villain in this world, and at least he didn't terrorize the entire town!" Alina growled. "There's no way you can tell me that you're better than the others."

"See? You're naive, Alina. What you don't know are my motives, my past, and my heart. How can you assume I'm evil if you've only seen this small part of me?"

Alina crossed her arms. "Well, ransacking the reputation of Summeridge might've given me a clue."

The villain's grin faded, and his voice dropped with his next words.

The End

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