"Grab your bat. I'm getting my gun. Don't move until I come back," Levi hissed. He hurried down the steps, through the living room and into his bedroom. In his bedside table he pulled out a small revolver and rushed back upstairs to Jeremy's bedroom. He opened it as quietly as possibly and gestured for the man to follow him.
Without hesitation, Jeremy began to follow him to the attic door. Levi's hand was steady as he took the knob, but his entire body was rushing with adrenaline now. He wanted nothing more than to run upstairs and shoot the dick who was breaking into his house, but he opened the door without a sound and crouched.
Slowly, he made his way up the stairs, wincing at every squeak. As he came in sight of the floor, he scanned it and felt his breath leave him when there was no one there. The lights turned on overhead and illuminated nothing but junk and debris blown in from the storm.
"Holy shit, that scared me," Jeremy sighed. Levi turned and saw him sit on the bottom step. "Goddamn."
"Goddamn's right..." Levi sighed. He slumped onto the last step and rubbed his eyes, "I thought we were being robbed or some shit."
"Me too," Jeremy murmured.
Levi groaned and laid back on the ground, "Now I want to sleep forever, shit."
"Me too," Jeremy chuckled.
She suffocated the panic and swallowed back whimpers. Flames sewed her flesh together, leaving black scars and reminding her of memories preferably forgotten. There was no possible way for her to hide the grimace on her face, the sweat beading on her skin and the shake of her hands. Nobody was there to see her though and it was for the better, really.
Finally, when no blood flowed from her side, she let the flames vanish and sank herself into the river. Water cooled her body and shocked her wound. Autumn air made her shiver, but she gulped down the water and soaked her wings until they were numb.
She had never encountered nature in such an intimate way. Never had she been this close to a river and had only seen only a few times when she was very young. She had never laid in tall grass and looked up through the branches of trees to see the clouds overhead. She had never been surrounded by nothing but the hum of insects and woodland creatures.
Here, she finally understood why God had created the Earth. She finally understood this masterpiece of life, of death, of everything in between. She had never felt so much freedom in her life, had only known the grey walls of the compound and of the courtyard and this was more than she could have ever imagined, much more than she could ever, ever ask for.
The world alone, without any rare stones or sculptures, was beautiful. The very fact that insects knew what they could and could not eat was amazing. Bacteria was amazing, a lifeform without a thought process or instinct simply living. Diseases as well were shocking to her, though she understood them even less than she did bacteria, and water... Oh, to see water flowing before her eyes,...