The Dark Days To Come: Chapter 2 - Loyalties and Other Such Little Things + 20 x The number of times the word Tom appears in Story
'I'm not really sure what went through my head that night- I walked into my home and found Trent awake. He had a nightmare or it was to dark or something... I had a lot on my mind so I didn't care I just remember I gave him a hug, not just a I'm go to see you hug or a oh my god the worlds ending hug. I gave the hug to end hugs. I told him I loved him and that he shouldnt even think about changing, don't ask me why just seemed like the right thing to say. He asked if something was up, but I didn't tell him- he didn't by it, said it was big brother instinct... he just knew something was bothering. I reminded him of the time his Big Brother instinct led to a huge mess and electrocuting himself in a little event involving a microwave, a spoon, two gallons of paint, and about twelve pesky mice who wouldn't stop eating our leftovers, but that's a story for another time. Claimed he didn't quite remember the event in question and that was that.
He asked so I made him a sandwich to 'calm' him nerves, although I was a little worried calming him further would cause him to become comatose. Anyway after that I told him I was tired and I went to bed. As I laid there I thought about all I had been told, about if there was another way- a way to save my friend and the world. I could suggest sacrificing Quinn to God, but just as a joke. She may give her sister a hard time (vise-versa), but when it comes to it they like each other. I wondered if she'd tell Tom about ...it was around that time I fell asleep...I had a very unpleasant dream'
"Daria! Daria where are you!" Jane was running through the streets of Lawndale, corpses where everywhere. She could hear whispering around her...join us ...the voice was familiar, but it wasn't Daria...who was it? "Daria! Hey where are you!" Why was she looking for her? She just was- that's when she came upon a horrible sight. On the ground laid the bodies of people- people she knew, people she might even go as far as to say she liked. Brittany Taylor, Jodie Landon, and Mack Mackenzie... Over them stood a demonic looking Quinn, behind her stood an equally demonic Tiffany, Joey, Jeffy, and Jamie.
"Oh look Jane Lane-" Quinn spoke, as she did the others spoke with her- the voices echoing. Jane's eyes lowered, in Quinn's hands was the bloody head of Stacy Rowe. She tossed it to the side. "You trusted us! You thought Daria would help you!" Join us... the voice was echoing now. "We could have the world! Daria doesn't need you!"
Something came falling from the sky. Jane jumped, nearly hit by a falling body. She looked over to see the bloody body of Tom. "T-Tom?" Jane looked up to the sky and saw Daria above her. "Daria! You killed Tom!"
"He bored me-" Daria's monotone voice was piercing Jane's mind. Join us... echoed louder. She still didn't know the voice... it was so familiar! She had heard it everyday since the start of High School, but who!
Daria raised her now clawed hand. Someone flew to her. "I'm going to kill this one slowly just for you Jane!" Jane saw who it was- her brother Trent! Jane closed her eyes. "No he's all I have! You can't kill him." Join us Ms Lane - she is evil! She will kill all - even her so called friends. Jane's eyes opened she looked to the sky, a face was forming. Jane couldn't make it out, but it was the source of the voice. Jane looked at Daria- "You wouldn't do this!" Tears streamed from her eyes. "We're- we're freakin' friends!" Daria stared into her eyes - Jane looked into them and shouted. "Daria Morgendorffer, My Amiga, my best friend would never do this!"
With that Jane darted awake. She was sweating heavily, her breathing was off, but she'd survive. "I know she wouldn't...no matter what..." Jane mumbled to herself before slipping back to sleep. Luckily she didn't have another dream.
"Done." Angelia sat at her desk, on her head was a strange crown. The Thorn Crown, no not that one supposedly placed on Christ's head. This was made in the dark ages by some crazy guy to help find the chosen. Of course cause he was crazy they thought what he said was madness- he was stoned to death or something. The Crown allowed her the manipulate the dreams of the chosen. She sent out the message the anti-Christ is evil, join Angela Li. Still she couldn't see what they dreamed, nor could she use it to locate them or the Anti-Christ directly. It would make them gather to her- which in it's own way would be better. She took the crown off and placed it on the desk- only time would tell if the message would be received.
'The next morning was so normal I had almost forgotten about the events in my dream.'
"Hey Amiga!" Jane said as she greeted her friend. Daria stared at her a moment before grinning. "Walking to school today."
"You are crazy."
"Yep, I even have a doctors note that says so. Think I can use it to get out of gym class."
"Not likely, if it doesn't stop someone from teaching it, it wont stop you from taking it."
"So anyway why you walkin'"
"Mom went to work early and Dad was having a bit of a mental breakdown."
"He's taking it well my comparison to how squirrels make him act."
There was a honk behind them.
"I'll bet you twenty we turn around and it's a killer demon car." Jane said.
"Given the events of yesterday that bets to risky for me."
They turned and saw Tom's car parking to the side.
"Oh darn, I would have won to." Jane said with a grin. They walked over to the car and looked inside. "Hey bucko- you need something?"
"I noticed you guys where-" Tom yawned. "Excuse me- neither me or my sister got any sleep last night."
"Spare me the detail." Jane quickly added.
"Hey that's not funny! I had a really screwed up dream!"
Jane looked into his eyes. He had bags under them. "Whoa sorry-"
"No I'm sorry, I shouldn't have snapped at you. Honestly I would have gotten to sleep sooner except my sister stayed up all night afterwards prowling the hallways. Unlike me she kept saying she wasn't tired anymore. I bet she was doing it just to get on my nerves."
He had a dream like me? Could it be related, no that's silly.
"Anyway you want a ride?"
"Sure you won't fall asleep and crash." Daria quipped.
"Think the car will even make it that far." Jane added.
"That's another bet I won't take."
"You know, you guy just keep making fun of my car-and and- I'm sorry... You know what- I'm calling in sick..."
"That might be a good idea. We'll walk to school- you take care ok. If you see any of our classmate well driving... do your best to run them down." Daria and him kissed and he drove off- swerving a little.
"Think he'll be ok- ouch!" A sharp pain went down Jane's arm. She noticed for a brief moment the car seemed glow and the air around Daria felt strange.
"He'll be fine. Trust me. You ok?"
"Ye-yeah- I think." What was that just now? Did she do something to Tom's car?
Neither of them noticed that Elsie was watching from behind a tree, she let out a yawn due to the lack of sleep. What's with that girl? I thought she was normal- well safe, but now... There's something about her. What did she do to my brother? The voice of Ms Li echoed in her head- calling her to join. She found her body moving on it's own. She soon found herself in Lawndale High - it was so different from her school- she wasnt sure why she was there all she knew was she stood in front of Ms. Li's office.
"Welcome-" The door slowly opened. "I'm Angela Li and you would be?" She asked with a calculating smirk.
'And that was the moment thing turned from odd to crazy- Elsie was now a sided with Angela Li. The question for you is... are they the bad guys?'
To be continued...