Alec John Belle is an online high school student that resides in the state of Massachusetts. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes about tough topics that many are too afraid to talk about like suicide, homosexuality, self harm, cyberbullying, anxiety disorders, addiction, among other teenage issues, and he often blends these ideas with the paranormal.
I glared at him, hoping he'd take the hint. “I'm not going anywhere
with you. You can tell me everything right now.” I got up off the ground
and walked to a nearby boulder and sat. “So talk.”
“Very well,” he said. He came over and sat next to me and I swear on
all things holy he wanted to put his leg as close to mine as possible. He
examined me for a moment before he said, “You haven't changed yet, I see.”
The confusion must have been clearly written on my face. He continued
a moment later. “Heather, I have to say I'm a bit surprised that no one has
told you. Especially Kristen.”
My heart tightened in my chest. He really did know her secret, didn't
he? But he also knew more—more than I knew, obviously—and that bothered
me. Unless he was just toying with my head, trying to get a rise out of me.
“What are you talking about?”
Kadin shrugged. “If you don't know, why is it my place to tell you?”
I wasn't exactly sure how to respond to that. My first instinct was to
hit him, but I stopped myself. “Because you could try to be helpful instead
of a pain in my ass. Unless, of course, that's too hard for you.” Pushing the
buttons of a dream-walker probably wasn't a good idea, but what other
choice did I have? Antagonizing sarcasm seemed to be his native language.
He chuckled and said, “I suppose I could. But I have a better idea.”
Confusion swept over me. “Explain.”
Kadin stood and turned to face me. Purple electricity rimmed his
fingertips, with little sparks dancing around, and my heart pounded in my
chest with anxiety. How could he do all of this? I didn't have much time to
ask before the electricity shot out of his hands and shocked me.
I screamed, falling off the boulder, and he jumped on top of me. I cried
out, but knew that no one could hear me. Fire burned in his eyes and he
leaned into me, whispering, “It needs to be done. I can't have you as a
threat. You're just going to side with them!”
“What the hell are you talking about?” I screamed.
I didn't have much time to question anything. Kadin grabbed my hair
and bashed my head into the ground. Pain coursed its way through my body.
Then I watched the most fascinating thing happen. Darkness swept over his
body, literally taking over Kadin, and they slithered likes snakes all around him.
There was so much darkness and I could practically feel the evil in the air.
The darkness slithered over me too, I gasped as it began to crawl over
my face. It hurt worse than the electricity that wriggled through my insides.
It felt like very strong suction cups as it crawled over me, like it was ripping
skin off while it wrapped around me.