by Mary S.
We heard him before we saw him. It had been almost a month since Kaylin had disappeared, and now I know why. You see, about a year ago, kids starting disappearing from everywhere. Then, a few days after a kid disappeared a new monster would appear on the street. We soon realized what was happening.
I never imagined that this would happen to anyone close to me. I cried for days when Kaylin disappeared. I’m not a baby; Kaylin is my best friend. Well Kaylin was my best friend.
He was the first monster that I saw face to face. They had him cooped up in a cell like an animal.
We walked down an empty concrete corridor that branched off into more cells. As Armisra and I walked further in, I flinched at every echo.
We entered a heavily guarded chamber where Kaylin was being “held.” I heard screams, yelps, howling, and a lot of smashing and stomping.
Armisra held up her hand, “listen.” Her voice was cold and empty. We listened to the howling and the screaming for awhile, but it didn’t take long to make out the words coming from his grumbly voice.
“Lyrami!” he screamed. I started to cry.
“He wants to see you.” Armisra put her hand on my shoulder. “Lyra, you need to try and get through to him.”
I looked up at Armisra and blinked back the tears that begged to stream down my cheeks.
The Guards prepared to open the doors, and I shouted “Kaylin!” Then there was silence. The doors opened. I walked in.
He was big. He did not look like he would fit through an average doorway. The room was dim. The floor was metal. Kaylin was chained to the wall. I stared at him. “Kaylin,” I said softly. I heard a low grumble and then he spoke.
“What happened?” I asked in a whisper.
“I don’t remember” he said clearer than before.
“I missed you.”
I glanced up at him
“Don’t look at me.” He grumbled and turned away.
“Okay” I said looking back to the floor.
I heard a sound like someone falling to the ground. I looked back to where Kaylin was. He collapsed and all his heavy chains lay around him.
“Kaylin!” I rushed over to him and Armisra followed.
His body was limp, his breathing was shallow, but he was alive and that was all that mattered. Armisra felt his forehead “He’s got a fever.” She helped me lift him out of the chains. We carried him to the door and the guards opened the doors and let us leave with Kaylin.