She opened her eyes, everything around her a blur. It took abnormally long for her vision to adjust. Where was she? She looked behind her. Rolling her neck, she tried moving her arms, but she was restrained by over-sized chains. She snapped her head to rest of her viewing area.
It was a desolate place. One of sorrow, regret, despair. A place filled with nothing but black rock glimmering with an unknown liquid. A place she knew all too well.
Her gaze focused on the thick fog rolling toward her. She steeled herself. Broadened her stance as much as the bindings allowed. Making them dig into her skin.
The black smoke swirled and lurched until it revealed a beautifully dark image. Ebony hair, bright red lips, and deeply crimson eyes. A devilish smile became the Other. “Hello.”
She snarled at the Other, but she knew she was trapped.
The Other’s haunting voice echoed through the barren landscape blanketed with smoke. “How do you fare? It’s been quite some time since we spoke last.”
“Why do you care?”
“Because, despite your defiance, you are still mine.” The Other approached. Dragged a black talon under her jaw line and chin. “I do care about my property.”
Her nostrils flared as she sought to keep her emotions in check. “I know you don’t care.”
The Other released a low chuckle. “It’s funny, isn’t it? I can’t affect you physically, but I can affect you mentally. And I don’t even bother you that much. Only when you sleep. Do they know?” The Other caressed her face with back of their fingers. “Have you ran to tell on me? Hmm?”
She curled her lips in disgust, but her heart became heavy with truth. “No. I haven’t told anyone.”
“Oh, that’s too bad. Wouldn’t want to worry the perfect people, would we? But I have a new assignment for you.”
“I refuse to push away any more people. I’m not destroying any more lives. Especially not for you.”
The Other patted her cheek. “You will. You most absolutely will. Even if it takes time. I have all the time in the world. I’ll have fun watching you on the flip side.” The Other brought both arms forward, enveloping her in agonizing black fog.
She plunged into a void of darkness and pain. The echoes of the Other’s laughter drowning out her screams. Falling, she finally slammed against an ebony wall of red eyes and grinning mouths.