A Compass Points The Way

Part 1

The blaring noise that was “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King woke Silvia from her deep sleep. She reached over over to turn off the alarm on her phone, squinting her eyes from the morning sun. Macey, her younger step sister had changed it as a joke, and she sighed when she realized that she had forgotten to change it yet again. Her head was pounding, similar to a drumbeat at full volume but with more pain. She hoped that there were painkillers somewhere in the house, or she was definitely not going out today. She rolled out of bed and nearly fell flat on her face when she tripped over something.

Her heart nearly stopped when she saw the other person in the room.

On the floor was Sebastian, curled up in a ball. The events of yesterday came flooding back, and left her feeling overwhelmed. Silvia remembered him falling out of the sky, the barghest, and almost dying. The whole situation was surreal like a crazy dream, but there Sebastian was sleeping on her bedroom floor. She stood for a moment, not sure what to do before grabbing the pillow from off of her bed and whacking him as hard as possible. He sputtered in his sleep before sitting up and grabbing the pillow from her. He laid back down and dozed off—or at least pretended to. Silvia huffed and yanked the pillow out from underneath his head, making Sebastian curse when his head smacked the floor.

“Let me sleep!” he whined, reaching for the pillow she had taken away from him.

“Do you know where you are right now? Get up, it’s time for you to leave,” she said, throwing it backwards onto her bed.

Sebastian rubbed his eyes, studying the room around him. Silvia left so she could go change into more suitable clothing, and so he had time to process his thoughts. She came back into her bedroom after taking a quick shower and putting on a band t-shirt with a pair of jeans, and a Blue Jays baseball cap. Sebastian was looking out the window, his face more alert now that he was awake. The rays of the early morning sun just peaked over the pointed tops of the neighboring houses, illuminating the inside of the room. Despite his downcast eyes and mouth pressed in a thin line, his hunched over body looked relaxed within the blanket cocoon he had created for himself.

He didn’t look away from the window as he started to speak. “The barghests are gone, but we should leave before night falls.”

Silvia placed a hand on her hip. “What do you mean by ‘we’? I think you mean yourself since it’s technically you they’re after.”

“I told you yesterday, they have your scent too.” He turned to face her with a serious expression. “So yes, I mean we.”

The human shook her head. “No way! For all I’m aware last night was a weird fever dream from too much alcohol. Also, that I made the mistake of allowing some random person who won’t leave me alone into my dad’s house.”

“Fine, if you’ve decided not to trust me then you give me no choice,” Sebastian said, closing his eyes and letting the blanket fall from his frame.

Silvia was getting more weirded out by the second. “What are you doing? Whatever you’re doing you better stop…”

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