The sun is hung high in the middle of the sky; it's midday. I'm running - faster than I ever have before, but I don't know why. I take a look over my shoulder but there's nothing there; its just a dirt path. Why am I running? I continue running. Faster and faster until my black hair is whipping my back and it feels like a cat-o-nine-tail. Still I kept running. Why? I don't know. But I have to keep running. Running. Have. To. Keep. Running. I'm bare foot, the dirt and shards of rock and glass cut into the soles of my battered feet. The sun is blazing. My hair is unbound and streams behind me like dusty black ribbons. My clothes are ripped. My face and hands are cut. Eyes watering from the wind, I keep running. Running. I have to run. I have to get away..
Gasping, I open my eyes; Just a dream. What was it about? Why was I running? Questions flood into my mind. So many questions that I don't know the answer to. I grab the edge of my seat in the car to be certain I'm not still dreaming. I breathe a sigh of relief. "Wake up." Christian says. "We're here."
"Where?" I reply. " you never said we were going somewhere." He raises a dark eyebrow and narrows his eye. In the daylight I notice the muscle definition under the black shirt.
I open the car door and step out. I'm on an island. It's beautiful. The water is turquoise and clear, and there are coconut trees lining the beach which is filled with soft, bleached sand. I look at the car and frown. How did we get to an island by car?
I followChristian into the coconut trees and we walk deeper into the island, until we come to one enormous, knarly tree with knots the size of dinner-plates in its trunk. Christian turns to a tiny sapling beside the great tree and pulls out a leaf. The ground shudders and the enormous tree shakes, then the bark slides across the trunk of the tree, grating against the wood. There is a door - shaped hole left behind. I lean forward to look inside. There are steps leading down, carved into the ground. I follow Christian down the stairs, it's pitch black and I can't see my hands in front of my face.