I was ninety nine percent positive I was dreaming for two reasons.One, I was standing in front of my parents - my mother with her curtain of auburn hair andamazing blue eyes, my dad next to her with his arm wrapped around her, his blonde hair messyas ever and eyes glinting a soft green. The only problem was the fact that they had been dead for almost three years.The second reason was because I was standing barefoot in the middle of a forestclearing, wearing a dress. The dress was a deep, almost blood red - the sort of dress you saw inpictures of old Hollywood on the women who loved to flaunt just how much money they reallyhad. It's silky rich fabric made my milky, almost translucent skin stand out even more in themoonlight shining down from the full moon almost directly above my head.Something glittering to my right caught my attention, my head turning only to find a pair of bright, golden eyes glinting at me in the darkness between two large trees. I took a step backinstinctively, the grass wet from dew between my toes. The eyes blinked, staring directly at me asif taking in my appearance. The creature who the eyes belonged to was obviously comtemplatingit's next move. I was hoping it wouldn't eat me - then again, it was a dream, so it probably wouldend up eating me, only for me to wake up in my own bed. Either way, I wasn't going to go downwith a fight.Then, the creature moved. It emerged from the trees, it's movements flawless as I madeout what type of animal it was. Or at least, I was pretty sure it was an animal.It was light gray, almost silvery in color. It was easily the size of a full-grown horse, it'slegs long and slender. It sat down at the edge of the trees, eyes still trained on me. I started asthe apparent wolf let out a long, very loud howl, creating goosebumps along my arms. A coolbreeze blew, whipping my hair about my face and causing it to sting my cheeks.Then it began toward me.It's movements were quick, so I barely had time to react. I turned and bolted out of theclearing, crashing through the trees. I tripped, stumbling over the twigs and rocks along the forestfloor, as well as the hem of the stupid dress. Branches and leaves tore at my face and arms,creating long scratched. I ran harder, faster, anything to get away from the creature. But no matter how fast I ran, it was still right behind me, snapping at my heels.Suddenly, I fell forward on my face as I finally tripped over the hem of the dress, flailingmy arms in an attempt to catch myself. The breath was knocked out of me as I landed hard onthe ground, a rock digging into my lower back through the dress. I winced and pushed myself uponto my elbows. The wolf was at my feet, sitting, waiting, and watching, as if daring me to make amove.I didn't.Frozen to my place on the ground, I didn't dare move, for fear the wolf would lunge andtear my leg off. Even if it was a dream, it would probably still hurt like hell. I winced slightly at thethought.The wolf's gaze switched after a brief second to something behind me that I could see.My heart was pounding deep in my chest, hitting against my ribcage in fear. My adrenaline wasrunning high, and I felt like my head was going to explode. I wanted to scream, cry, and run all atthe same time, but I remained frozen to my place on the ground.
Just let me wake up. Let mewake up. Let me wake up
. I repeated to myself in my head in a chant, my eyes shut tight.Something cold snaked around my waist and for a moment, I thought it was a snake. Myeyes snapped open, looking down to see a pair of arms wrapped tightly around me. The armslifted me up, away from the wolf, and the next thing I knew, I was flying.Or at least, it felt like it.Everything around me was suddenly blurred in one black, green, and brown streak. Thecold arms were now against my back and under my knees, their owner carrying me at aninhuman speed through the forest. I looked up, and a horrifying scream escaped my lips.The man carrying me was faceless.Nothing but a pale slate of marble-like skin greeted me when I looked at him. If you couldeven call it a him. It was more of an it. Yet, he had saved me from the wolf, which was nowcrashing through the trees a long way back, it's silvery form following after us as quickly aspossible.I shut my eyes.