Kaelyn sat in a corner looking out a dusty window. She watched as the other kids ran around and played, smiling and laughing joyfully. They looked so happy. Kaelyn wasn’t allowed around other people because her adopted parents saw her as an embarrassment. They kept her locked inside away from others. She had been locked inside since her mother died in a fire when she was five. That was twelve years ago. Kaelyn sighed and ran a slender hand though her long white hair. Her appearance was one of the reasons her parents were ashamed of her. Neither of them liked her white hair and blue eyes. They always said it looked unnatural. There was a small knock on her door. She stood to answer it. “Hey Lilly.” Kaelyn said looking down at the young girl.
“Kaelyn, mommy and daddy went out and I want someone to read me a bed time story.” Lilly said.
“But it’s only five. Why are you going to bed now?” Lilly started to play with her hands.
“I’m not tired I just want to spend time with you before they get back. I never get to see you…” Kaelyn’s eyes soften, and she laughed a bit.
“Well instead of me reading you a story, why don’t we play a game?” Lilly’s smile widened and she began to jump up and down.
“Oh, oh, oh, I know! Can we play hide-and-seek?!?” She asked.
“Heh, how did I know you would want to play that?” Lilly giggled.
“Your it, Kaelyn! Count to ten!” Lilly turned and ran off. Kaelyn closed her eyes and began counting.
“1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! Ready or not here come!” She yelled. She went to Lilly’s room first and looked in the closet. Then she checked under the bed. “Not here.” She looked in the bathroom, behind the shower curtain. “Hm, not here ether…” She sighed and stopped to think for a moment. Then she heard a noise above her. “The attic… They normally keep it locked…” She left the bathroom and went to the attic entrance. The door was open. She slowly walked over to the stairs and looked up. “Lilly?” She called but got no response. She grabbed the railing and started climbing up.
Kaelyn reached the top and looked around the dark room. There were old candles lining the walls, and shelves with dusty books on them. “Lilly…. A-are you up here?” She asked. Suddenly one of the shelves fell over. “W-what!” She yelped. Her eyes fell toward the shelve. Then she noticed a book that had fallen off the shelve. When she got closer to it she noticed a strange symbol on the front. She picked it up and examined it closer. It was covered in dust, the brown leather was torn in some places. She traced the star-shaped symbol with her finger. Just as she was about to unlatch the book, she heard the front door opened. She quickly rushed down the stairs, and ran into her room quietly closing the door. She hid the old book under her bed.
“Kaelyn!” Her mother yelled and opened her door.
“Mam’?” Her mother looked mad.
“Do you know how the attic got open?” She asked.
“No mam.” She wasn’t lying, she didn’t know how it got opened.
“OK.” Her mother turned and left shutting the door behind her. When Kaelyn could no longer hear the footsteps she went and grabbed the book from under her bed.
“I wonder what this symbol means…” she slowly unlatch the buckle and opened the book. It was written in a strange language. She flipped through the pages until she saw one that caught her eye. There was a picture of a man with horns towering over people. She looked at the other page. “Libera me ab eo daemonium chaos voco.” She said in a strange feeling washed over her. She became lightheaded, and felt sick. She fell over in what seemed like a seizure.
The last thing she heard before blacking out was, “Now you shall be free…”.
Kaelyn awoke the next morning feeling better than she ever had. She felt energized and her senses were more keen. But along with these feelings of strength, there was another feeling. A feeling of deep hatred and anger. She stood and gained balance. Something seemed off. When she looked at the old book, she can understand everything on it, as it if it had been translated to English. The book said things about evil, and demons. She ran to the bathroom and looked in the mirror, horrified. Her once blue eyes were now a crimson red, with slits and them. She had gray horns coming from her head. “W-what?” she said staring at her reflection.
“It’s they’re fault…” A voice said. Kaelyn looked around frantically.
“W-who’s there?” She asked. “Who are you?” The voice chuckled.
“Look up Kaelyn, I’m you…” Kaelyn looked in the mirror and saw her reflection up staring back at her with a sadistic grin.
“Wh- no! You not real! This is just a dream!” she yelled grabbing her head. Her reflection burst out laughing.
"Oh, this is real, Kaelyn. You’re a monster now. You’re the one who summoned me. The evil deep within your soul.” Kaelyn shook her head.
“NO! No, no, no, no!!! I didn’t do anything wrong! I don’t deserve this!!!” She screamed.
“Your right, you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s their fault.” Her reflection said pointing to a picture of her Foster family. “Kill them Kaelyn…” Her reflection looked down toward her father’s shaving razor. Kaelyn picked it up. “Do it Kaelyn. Kill them… Do it!”
“Shut up!” She screamed.
”Kaelyn?” Kaelyn grabbed her head.
“I said shut up!!!” She turned and brought the knife down on the source of the voice.
“K-kaelyn….” The voice chocked out. When she opened her eyes, she saw Lilly standing there with the razor deep in her chest.
“L-lilly?” Lilly fell to the floor and kaelyn caught her. “Lilly! Oh god, what have I done!?!” She screamed, looking at the dead girl.
“It’s their fault… Humanity is to blame…” The voice repeated in her head. “Kill them… Kill them all…” Kaelyn stood grabbing the razor. A new feeling flowed through her body. That feeling was blood lust.
Kaelyn waited for her parents, who had left earlier that morning, to return. Blood dripped from her hands. She heard a car pull up in the drive way, and smirked. She griped the razor tighter. Her parents unlocked the door and walked in.
“That was fun honey.” She heard her mother say.
“I’m glad you enjoyed it.” Her father answered. Once she heard the door shut and lock again, she stepped out from behind the corner.
“K-kaelyn what happened to you?” Her parents said backing up.
“What’s wrong daddy, Mommy?” She asked, her voice dripping with sarcasm. Her father stepped toward her.
“Kaelyn, whose blood is that?” He asked.
“I told the voice to shut up, but it wouldn’t, so I attacked it… But she got I the way…” Kaelyn said looking down.
“Who got in the way kaelyn?” She looked up at him.
“Lilly.” Her mother collapsed to the ground.
“My baby!!!” She cried. Her father pulled out a pocket knife.
“You killed my daughter!?!” He screamed and lunged at her. She jumped back but the knife caught her right eye.
“AH! My eye!!!” She cried grabbing her injured eye. He swung at her again, this time missing. She trusted the razor forward, into his gut, and again into his chest. She repeated this several times. Finally her father fell to the ground, dead. She turned to her mother who was still on the ground.
“Please… Why are you doing this to us?” She asked while crying. Kaelyn stood above her, blood dripping from her injury.
“But mommy… You did this to yourself…”
Written by: sefira14