Ava fingers shook as she turned the knob. As the door opened, and light spilled into the room, she blinked. Ari was sitting in the first bed, very much awake, but groggy. She had been trying to apply cover-up on her bruised cheek without a mirror.

Next to her was Alex, unconscious, bones broken and face bruised. Ava put a hand over her mouth to will the vomit back down and squeezed her eyes shut, shaking her head profusely. This was all a really bad dream.

“Oh, but you know it’s not,” whispered a voice in her ear. A cruel chuckle sent a shiver down her spine. “It’s as real as I am.” Ian sneered at her and gripped her jaw, yanking her face to the side. His lips covered hers and he wrapped his arms around her.

Ava gasped into his mouth, having half a mind to realize what he was doing, and why she was feeling so weak around him lately. She pulled away and shoved him back. Looking around, her eyes widened.

“What did you do?” she snarled, stepping back.

Ari continued to do her makeup, like nothing was wrong.

Ian smiled. “They can’t see us. Well, Dr. Kinsey can’t see a goddamned thing, so that’s fine. If either of them looked up, they’d see an empty room. I’ve put a barrier between us and them.”

Ava screamed and headed for the door, trying to pull it open. It wouldn’t budge. “Let me out,” she hissed. “I need to see Tessa.”

At the mention of her name, Ian’s eyes flickered, and slowly, a blanket of black seemed to cover his sockets, replacing his blue eyes. He tilted his head at her and his smile widened.

“Tessa,” he spat her name. “Didn’t you hear? I killed that bitch when they brought her in.” He laughed coldly and advanced on her before she could crumble to the floor. He held her up like a rag doll.

Being near him was draining her. Cole had been right.

“That boy told you to stay away from me?” Ian asked, gripping her hair and yanking it so that she looked at him. He watched her cry and shake. “What does he know? He’s just a simple human.”

“H-he knows what you are,” Ava stammered, wiping the tears from her face.

“God, you sound pathetic,” He rolled his eyes. “You sound so weak and childish. Can’t you be like a normal girl and curse?”

Ava blinked, her green eyes hard, and she leaned close to him. “Fuck you,” she whispered. Then she smirked.

Suddenly, Ian flung her from him like she was a diseased rodent. She hit the floor and slid a few feet before looking at him. He flicked some hair away from his eyes and glanced at her.

“You’re boring me, darling,” he murmured. His eyes glinted as he gazed at the door. “I think I’m going to find Cole and have a word.”

He stepped forward and a silver mist shimmered at his feet. He had broken the barrier connection. When Ava tried to get up, he merely lifted his fingers and her body slammed back down onto the ground.

“Now, why would you want to go and do something like that?” he asked, staring at her with his soulless eyes. “You’re not going anywhere.”

When the door shut behind him, Ava screamed Cole’s name.

She knew there was no way he would hear her.

The End

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