p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-align: center;"emspan style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"~ the stars shall not choose what path she takes ~/span/em/p
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p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"O/spanspan style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"ne of the first things she noticed was the burning strain in her arms. They groaned with the effort as she tried to sit straight, despite the ropes that bound her in place./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" The second thing that came into her mind was the devastating dryness of her throat. She gasped, longing for water to relieve her thirst. Black spots dotted her vision and she blinked them back, hopelessly gripping to the last strand of consciousness./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-indent: 0.5in;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"Being alone was a scary thing, and for her, it was something she had never experienced. Terrified, she tucked her legs under her shaking arms, trying her best to comfort herself. It didn't work, and her face grew pale, breaths coming out in gasps./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" The old room, the girl made out with uncontrollable disgust, reeked of the smell of vomit and the metallic stench of blood. Covered in grime and soil were four stone walls which seemed to close in on her as every cursed minute ticked by./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" She would've heard the footsteps earlier if it hadn't been for the continuous ringing in her ears. She inclined her head, her breathing raspy. The man that came toward her had a lazy movement in his stride. Her terror was delayed for several seconds./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" She backed up against the wall behind her as he crouched down and pushed a tray into the room. She glared at him with enough fire and hatred to send anyone fleeing for their worthless life - but he stayed motionless and surveyed her with a contemplative look in his glassy eyes. She was suddenly self-conscious under his watchful gaze, realizing she wore only a stained and violently damaged gown that had been torn apart at the knees./spanspan style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"Her feet were bare and dirty./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-indent: 0.5in;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"She whipped her head away, she turned down any available urge to gulp down the cup of water. She didn't want to show him she was weak. /span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-indent: 0.5in;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"She didn't want emthem/emto think she couldn't handle it./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; text-indent: 0.5in;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;"So, the girl shut her eyes and cradled herself, murmuring indistinct words under her breath./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" Not far off behind the metal bars a second man joined the first. They conversed together, not paying attention to her. They were blurry figures in her eyes, quivering whenever she moved. Her pulse drummed in her ears, drowning out any sound in the cold, dark room she had been thrown into. /span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" Once again, the man came toward her, hand outstretched. She jerked back and pressed herself even closer into the corner of the cell. He hesitated for a moment before reaching for the lock of the door, prying it open. /span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" The girl jumped up at the sound of creaking, rusted metal. The man stepped in, and her eyes adjusted to his face another time. Dark eyes watched her carefully, testing her reaction. The thin line which was his mouth turned down. It was obvious he had been expecting her to immediately attack him. But her entire body merely froze, and an unnerving chill crept down her spine./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" His mouth moved to form words, but she didn't hear them. He was taking slow steps toward her, hands held out in front of him as a symbol of peace. The girl let out a shuddering breath, the heels of her feet colliding with the wall behind her. When he stopped, she closed her lungs, not daring to make a single noise. If he were to attack her, she would be at a great disadvantage; her leg muscles ached like her arms, groaning with the effort it took to stand upright. Her head spun, threatening to throw her off balance./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" The other man he had been speaking with cried out something, but the male in front of her held up a hand behind his back, ordering him to back off. He didn't advance for some time, hoping not to alarm her. She desperately wanted to sit down - her legs shrieked for relief. But she stayed motionless in her shadowy corner, her eyes never leaving the man./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" It wasn't until he pulled out something that looked unmistakably like chains that she understood what the two men had been planning. Ropes weren't enough to tie her up. They needed something much stronger to hold her down as they took full advantage of her. The girl's heart raced while she panicked, running through the different ways she could protect herself from them in her head. It was no use./span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: medium; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;"span style="font-size: 13pt; font-family: 'Baskerville Old Face', serif;" She watched in frantic, agonizing fear as the man came closer, the thick bundle of clanging chains dangling in his large hands. /span/p
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