Prologue

Petrify.

To make (someone) so frightened that they are unable to move or think.

Other synonyms include terrified, horrified, frightened to death, scared, paralyze, and transfix.

All I could remember was the rumbling.

There were sudden flashes of light, the feeling that I was falling, a fuzzy sort of pain, then nothing. The pain left me numb, my mind light-headed and fuzzy as I tried to comprehend what had happened. Nothing came.

After what felt like ages, I was slowly able to collect myself and have somewhat of a consciousness. The pain had faded, leaving me only with a sense of loss and emptiness, although I didn't exactly know what I had lost.

Who was I? Where was I? What had happened?

I didn't know the answer to any of these questions.

Ba-dump. Ba-dump. Ba-dump.

A dull, rhythmic thumping noise flittered across the edge of my hearing, alerting me that something was happening. Woozily, I allowed myself to indulge in the foreign sound that seemed so familiar, yet so different.

Ba-dump. Ba-dump. Ba-dump.

The next thing I felt was warmth. Spreading through the body I didn't know existed, coursing through the veins of this new flesh covered vessel. There were little spots of concentrated heat and splashes of cold, awakening my mind.

Ba-dump. Ba-dump. Ba-dump.

The smell of pine infiltrated what I assumed was my nose. Oak, leaves, crisp air, the scent of detergent and pastries joined in as I breathed, the air filling my lungs to full capacity.

Ba-thump. Ba-thump. Ba-thump.

"Come on now," An odd voice called out to me, sending shivers up and down my newfound body. "I know you're awake." I didn't understand what they were saying. It sounded like a useless strand of noises strung together in no particular pattern. "I won't hurt you, I promise. Sensei made a promise not to hurt any of the students at the school, although I don't think I quite recognize you." The voice seemed… bouncy. Laid-back. As if they knew that nothing was wrong with… whatever was going on.

Blearily, I felt the urge to open what I recalled were "eyes", lifting the eyelids to reveal a giant yellow monster cradling me in his arms. "That's a good girl," He cooed, still making no sense. His face was yellow, he had tiny beady eyes and a large grin. He waved a pair of tentacles at me, still grinning like a madman.

Petrify.

To make (someone) so frightened that they are unable to move or think.

Other synonyms include terrified, horrified, frightened to death, scared, paralyze, and transfix.

At the moment, somehow having the clarity of mind to continue with a coherent train of thought, I concluded on one thing; just before I screamed.

He was petrifying.

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