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Tom nodded. “It’s time you knew. It’s time I let
it all out.”
Carlyle got up, but Patrick Donavon motioned for him to
need to say – this baby… it’s…”
going to be born very soon!” Robert popped in. “She
is in her ninth month, so she’s expecting at any
eye lit open. “Oh! That’s right! I’m so excited
for this – another baby brother or sister. Well, my
Darla insisted, trying to get her words in. “You
you believe this? My father has left his final mark on
this planet with this child.” Kassie almost choked up.
“I think it’s just wonderful.”
kept her mouth open. “I… uh… don’t know what to
don’t need to say anything,” Kassie stated. “But
Patrick and Robert both owe you an apology.”
grabbed Patrick vigorously by the arm and pulled him out
of the kitchen. She brought him upstairs and stared at
him in the hallway.
up?” she asked. “Why are you suggesting my mother
shacking up with Robert? Are you trying to say
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a knife out from his coat, Wyle Torres stepped up to her
sister. “You got it!”
Torres screamed she saw him come down on her with the
knife. She screeched as Wyle plunged the blade into her
she screamed. It wasn’t first time that this had
happened. It felt as if the world was playing a cruel
game of déjà vu. “No…”
pulled the blade out. “Hurts?” he asked.
mustered the strength to get up. She felt her side, and
realized it wasn’t deep. He didn’t want to kill
sorry,” Iris blurted out. “I never meant to cause
Lily’s death! It was an accident!”
shook his head. “No good enough. I need to pay.”
crawled backwards on the ground. She looked around
nervously, trying to find something to defend herself
Wyle closed in.
wouldn’t have wanted this,” Iris pleaded. “I
almost felt like laughing. “Do you remember how she
died? She was crushed. Crushed by falling debris at a
didn’t do it!” Iris pleaded again.
were your exact words? Oh, yes: ‘Lily, your boyfriend
Dave is waiting for you at the construction site beside
the jewelry store.’ She went. Meanwhile, Lily rushed over the
site. She waited, and then ventured in and was
crushed!” Wyle moved forward.
was I supposed to know that was going to happen?” Iris
"When we're young, we always do silly things. They
don't usual end the way they did!"
"When we're young, we always do silly things. They don't usual end the way they did!"
“You caused it.”
eye came in contact will a lead pipe on the ground. “I
was young. I was emotional. She was threatening to tell
my parents what I had done before.”
still, it happened. And you were never punished.”
feeling the pain in her side, picked up a pipe and got
on her knees. “Stop right there!” she announced.
applauded. “Good work, you crazy whore. A pipe.”
that Wyle dove onto Iris.
did you want to talk about?” Mateo asked.
was looking out at the ocean. “Me. What is with me?”
Then, without warning, she changed her tone. “Don’t
answer that! Don’t listen to her!”
stared at her, confused. “Um… well, I rescued you
from the ocean a few hundred meters that way,” he
turned to Mateo. “Help me! Help please. Please get
them out… Shut up! We’re not leaving! We’re
staying!… No! Sir, do something. Don’t let
them… Arrr! Bitch, stay down!…”
came up to Skye.
Please, they going to… We told you! It won’t be
long… Tie me down! Don’t let them do what they
want!… That’s it! You asked for it!…
took Skye’s head. “What’s the matter? It sound
like you have two people in you!”
grabbed Mateo collar. “Listen! I have… owww… them
down. I need to tell you what’s with me! You need to
stop them from doing… owww… this. The demons inside
me: they want more power. Tie me down!”
don’t understand!” Mateo asked. “This can’t be
Mateo asked. Me moved to see her face.
Mateo said, backing up in horror. “Oh, God… What is
stared at him, her eyes bright red. She had two channels
of blood seeping from her mouth at each corner. But that
wasn’t what bothered him the most.
as they got to the door, Addy Evans rushed out in a mad
are you…?” Gillian began.
paid no attention. She had gotten a message from Brooke
– for Gillian – regarding information on Giovanni.
saw her mother get into her car, so she turned and went
into her home.
was she off to in such a hurry?” Giovanni asked.
shook her head. “I don’t know – but something
tells me it isn’t good.”
then, the phone rang. Gillian picked it up quickly.
It’s Brooke. I’m just says to ignore that message I
left for you?”
mind,” she blurted. “I’m driving over myself to
give you the information. You will be shocked!”
right…” Gillian said, unsure of what she meant.
soon as Gillian hung up, she rushed outside. She was
Addy still in the car, looking at a map of some sort.
Gillian rushed up to the vehicle in the driveway.
Gillian said. “I know what you’re trying to do, so
don’t even think about it!” She banged on the
looked up, and turned the car on. She tried to ignore
her daughter’s banging. Pushing the car into reverse,
she drove off.
walked over angrily to Giovanni. “What does she expect
to achieve?” she asked rhetorically. “She is
comforted Gillian. “I don’t know.”
Gillian revealed, “I wished she’d die. I know it’s
terrible, but I do.”
that, the ground began to shake!
Gillian cried out, and she fell into his arms. “What
I didn’t know any better, I’d swear it was –”
Giovanni was interrupted by a second violent shake. This
time they both fell onto each other on the ground.
earthquake!” Giovanni finished. “I haven’t felt
one this big in years!”
got up and saw Addy’s car driving in the distance.
“Why isn’t she stopping?” she asked.
third violent shake brought them both to the ground.
Gillian looked up to see Addy’s car swerving with the
no…” Gillian muttered. “She’s out of control.”
car drove out of sight, just as Gillian could hear the
screeching of tires. They lasted as the ground continued
to shake, and then they stopped.
was when the sound of crunching metal was heard.
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swung the lead pipe and it caught Wyle right in the
he yelled, falling backwards. “Jeez!”
time to spare, Iris got up, but realized that Wyle was
blocking her path to the exit. She quickly turned around
and saw a back door.
meanwhile, was in pain. He got up on his feet and saw
his sister run to the back. “It’s no use!” he
helplessly, Iris reached the back. She held onto the
lead pipe for dear life. She opened the door and…
she moaned. “This can’t be!”
spun around to see Wyle approaching step by step. Iris
felt as if she was in a horror movie, where the killer
was always walking slowly – but was always too close!
turned back to the door. The building creaked and
groaned as she did this, and it felt as if it was going
to fall to the ground.
is locked!” Wyle yelled, taking his sweet time.
struggled with the knob, feeling her heart drop. The
exit in the front seemed so far away at that moment.
could be heard laughing.
Iris pleaded. “Open… I don’t want to die…” She
hand became sore. Kicking began, as she pounded.
pathetic,” Wyle declared. “You truly are.”
Iris proclaimed, as she took the lead pipe and beat it
against the lock. “I won’t let myself die!”
warning, the building shook. A few rafters broke loose
and clattered to the ground near the entrance.
turned around to see what had happened. “What was
that?” she asked.
no longer seemed so confident. “I don’t know.”
shake made Iris loose her footing as both she and Wyle
felt to the ground.
Iris asked, lying on the floor.
didn’t answer. He just rushed out towards the exit,
saving his own life. A third violent shake caused more
building debris to fall to the ground. Iris braced for
it to end, as the endless sound of clattering filled her
Wyle cried out, as ceiling tiles and a metal support
rafter fell three meters in front of him. “Why the
hell isn’t the shaking stopping?”
got up, and continued to try and break the lock as the
building continued to shake. “Open! Jesus, open!”
exit of building collapsed on itself, as both Iris and
Wyle were in the back. Dust filled their eyes, and Iris
coughed. More debris fell as a tile hit Iris. She
continued to try and break loose, but the door
happening?! This isn’t any construction I know!”
Wyle said as he fumbled across the ground. “This third
shake has lasted at least twenty seconds!”
didn’t know. She wanted to think it was construction,
but something in her knew that something wasn’t right.
She knew the building was going to collapse. The
building wasn’t being hit by anything. She continued
to hit the lock.
was the ground. The ground was moving beneath her feet!
And it was going to crush her alive!
talk to me!” Mateo said, his voice cracking. “Please
speak. I… what is this!”
was out of it. She just continuously looked out towards
warning, the entire beach shook with a horrendous force.
Mateo fell to the ground and Skye remained standing.
Mateo could see, in the ocean, a section of the water
was that?” Mateo asked, completely shaken up.
answer. A second violent rumbled caused Mateo to land
against a rock. His arm slightly cut, he tried to get
came a sound from the bubbling section on the water.
Mateo could see Skye staring at the ocean. A spray of
water hit them both! It was hot – but not boiling.
What is wrong with you…?”
on his knee, was caught completely off-guard by the
third shake. This one was much stronger. As the ground
shook, he witnessed a terrible transformation in Skye.
was rising off the ground. Floating!
felt faint as the shaking continued. This was a lot to
floating body was slowing making it was to the ocean.
She remained still as she was carried away.
turned around. “Who’s there?”
footing wobbly, Brianna made her way into his sight.
got over the Robert. “Why weren’t you letting me
tell my daughter the truth? Why should this be kept
would cause too much pain…”
remained skeptical. “For Kassie, or for you?”
got up. “This is my child, too, you know? I should
have a say.”
you did! We even decided yesterday to tell Kassie
patted Darla on the back. “That promise was made to
Patrick. One that I intended to break.”
slowly backed away from Robert. “I don’t even
remember what I saw in you in the first place.”
was –” Robert said as he was cut off.
fierce rumble shook the whole house. A few diner plates
shattered to the floor. Darla lost her footing a fell
backward to the ground.
you alright?” Robert asked.
fine…” Darla wheezed. “I just… oooff… feel
second shake caused Darla to open her eyes and take deep
breaths. “Robert… oooo… I think it’s
he asked, rushing to her.
the longer third shake, Darla spitted out the word.
“The… baby’s… coming…!”
before the commotion, Kassie was interrogating Patrick.
“What’s up?” she asked. “Why are you suggesting
my mother shacking up with Robert? Are you trying to say
Patrick said. “Robert didn’t want the truth
revealed. But you need to know.”
The whole house shook under their feet, as Patrick
struggled with his footing.
my God!” Kassie screamed, as Patrick’s unbalance
brought him close to the stairs. “Keep balance!”
for reminding me!” Patrick joked as the shaking
ceased. “This is just too –”
second violent movement caused Patrick to fall towards
Kassie shouted. “Don’t fall!”
as soon as the third, most violent, shakes of all
started, Patrick’s fate was sealed. He completely lost
screamed as the house continued the shake. She could
clearly see Patrick’s body cascading of the edge of
the stairs. Like a Slinky, he toppled over and began a
rocky descent. His body thumped on the hard wooden
steps, his head hitting loosely.
crawled on her stomach to see what had happened.
house still shaking, she screamed as she saw Patrick’s
motionless body lying lifelessly at the bottom of the