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The Orphanage Of Lost Souls
By: Dementia’s Knight
Part I: The Long And Winding Road
Chapter III: Spark
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” - Mother Teresa
The cries of the newborn echoed throughout the church. Outside, the storm of the decade raged. Thunder and lightning threw the night sky into chaos, and the streets overflowed with rainwater due to blocked sewer drains.
Father Lucas Simmons walked the rows of pews trying to find the baby that was clearly in need of assistance. He came across a small basket sitting on the pew in the back. He walked to the basket and sat down next to it. Picking up the basket and setting it on his lap he saw a beautiful little girl inside wrapped in a thick pink blanket, pinned to the blanket was a note.
“I’m sorry, I cannot care for this baby. Please give her the life that I couldn’t.” was all the note said.
The priest looked around for any sign of the person that had left the baby, and then gently lifted her from the basket, rocking her gently in his arms. He smiled down at her and carried her toward his office.
Alicia’s health problems started around her fifth birthday. She began having blackouts and nosebleeds. Her parents, Father and Mrs. Simmons began to worry about her, and took her to several specialists, none could find anything wrong with the sweet young girl.
Around the time that her medical problems started, Alicia also began to manifest a stranger problem. The young girl began to have issues with static electricity. She would regularly receive shocks from the lamps in the house and from contact with other people.
It wasn’t until her eighth birthday that things started to get really bad. Alicia began having nightmares about a “woman with no face dressed all in black”. The poor girl would wake up screaming in the middle of the night, soaked with sweat and covered with small scorch marks on her skin.
Child protective services was called in to investigate possible abuse. Based on the severity of Alicia’s injuries and her constant “mental episodes” she was removed from the Simmons’ house and placed into foster care.
Alicia was bounced from one foster home to another from the time she was eight until she was eleven. Her health problems grew steadily worse until she was hospitalized after a particularly bad nightmare which resulted in her losing all her hair and setting fire to her room.
Throughout all these events Alicia denied having any knowledge of where her injuries came from, and what caused the fire in her room.
“Alicia you have a visitor.” the nurse said as she entered the young girl’s room.
The young girl looked away from the window and nodded to the nurse. “Ok.” she said simply, and took a seat on her bed to wait for the visitor.
A tall woman entered the room, she wore a bright red dress and high heels. Her pale skin seemed very fragile against the darkness of her hair. She strode across the room and took a seat on the bed next to Alicia.
The nurse left the room, looking at the woman with a curious stare, but left her alone with Alicia.
“Hi Alicia, my name is Ms. Bellows. You can call me Sarah if you like.” she said with a warm smile.
Alicia returned her smile, staring at the woman’s bright blue eyes with interest. “Nice to meet you Sarah.” she said.
Sarah cleared her throat and looked intently at Alicia. “Would you like to leave here?” she asked. “Get away from all the nurses and medical equipment, maybe go somewhere where you can play outside?” she continued.
Alicia looked at the woman and then turned away. “I can’t leave, I’m sick.” she said.
Sarah shook her head. “People thought I was sick once.” she said. “See I could see things before they happened, and people didn’t know how it was possible. They got scared and sent me to a place like this. They didn’t know that I wasn’t sick, I was just special.” she said.
“I’m not special.” Alicia said with a pout. “Everyone says things about me when they think I’m not listening. They say I’m cursed, that’s why nobody wants me.” she explained, her eyes welling up with tears.
Sarah put a hand to Alicia’s cheek, and wiped a stray tear away with her thumb. “I swear to you that you’re not cursed honey.” she said with a warm smile. “I’ll prove it to you.” she said.
Getting up from the bed, Sarah went to the bedside table and grabbed Alicia’s water glass, she looked at the young girl for a moment and then poured the water on the floor.
“Stop, you’re gonna get me in trouble!” Alicia protested.
“I want you to come here and touch this puddle Alicia.” she told the young girl.
Alicia shook her head. “Leave me alone.” she said.
Sarah looked at the young girl with pity for a moment and then nodded and set the glass down on the table. “Alright Alicia, you stay here and live the life of a caged animal.” she said as she walked toward the door.
“Wait.” Alicia said just before Sarah got to the door. “I don’t wanna stay here forever.” she said as she turned to face Sarah.
“Then all you have to do is follow me.” Sarah said with a smile.
Alicia followed behind Sarah, holding the woman’s hand as they walked quickly down the hall toward the parking garage.
“I’m scared.” Alicia confessed in a frightened whisper.
Sarah turned to her and smiled. “Don’t worry, we’re going to be fine.” she said.
As the neared the end of the hallway the double doors leading to the next corridor flew open, revealing a woman dressed in all black, her face obscured by a black hood. The woman floated just above the ground, her arms at her sides.
“Run!” Sarah shouted as she turned and ran with Alicia in front of her.
The woman in black raised her right arm slowly and released some kind of force from it. The force shattered the windows in the hall as it passed by them and struck Sarah in the back, sending her flying forward and crashing to the ground with Alicia.
Sarah fished a gun from her purse and aimed at the woman, she fired three shots which bounced off some kind of invisible wall that surrounded the woman. Sarah got up and helped Alicia to her feet, she turned to see how close the woman in black was to them and saw that she had disappeared.
“Alicia, we need to-” Sarah started to say before the woman in black appeared in front of her and with another wave of force knocked her through the wall and into the room behind.
Alicia screamed and turned to run, but found her body uncooperative. The woman in black turned to her and grabbed the screaming child with both hands on her face causing Alicia to see things she’d never seen before in a flash of memory.
She saw a baby in a basket being carried down a street as rain poured from the sky. Then she saw the dark figure carrying the baby entering a church. She saw the dark figure set the basket down on the last pew at the end of the church and walk away. As she watched the figure depart she saw the figure turn and look back at the baby momentarily revealing the figure to be a woman dressed in all black, her face covered with a hood.
Alicia cried out and stumbled backward, she landed hard on the linoleum floor of the hospital and looked up at the woman. “You, you left me at that church. Are you my mother?” she asked in a shaky voice.
Before the woman could respond several more shots were fired from Sarah, again bouncing off the barrier around the woman. The woman in black turned and started to raise both her hands toward Sarah.
“Don’t hurt her.” Alicia pleaded to the woman.
The air began to grow dense as the woman in black started to summon energy for her attack. It made Alicia light headed. She felt blood begin to creep from her nose as it trailed down to her upper lip. “Please, don’t hurt her.” she managed to say as she raised her hand up to touch the woman in an attempt to divert her attention from Sarah.
As Alicia raised her hand a large arc of electricity came off her palm and ripped through the woman’s defensive barrier, striking her side and sending her flying down the hallway where she crashed through the double doors she’d entered through.
Alicia looked down at her shaking hand. “What was that?” she wondered to herself.
Sarah stumbled through the hole in the wall that her body had created. “We need to get out of here.” she said as she took Alicia’s hand and led her through the opposite exit of the hallway.
“Are you gonna be ok?” Alicia asked as she sat on the edge of the bed where Sarah was laying.
Sarah nodded. “I’ll be fine honey, it’ll take a lot more than flying through a wall to take me down.” she said with a smile.
“What is this place?” Alicia asked as she looked around at her foreign surroundings.
“It’s a place for special people. People like you and me. A place where we can live together and be safe from people that want to hurt us.” Sarah explained.
Alicia nodded in understanding. “Are there other kids here?” she asked hopefully.
Sarah smiled. “Yes honey, there’s lots. They’re all asleep right now, but in the morning you can meet them.” she said.
“Do you think they’ll like me?” Alicia asked.
“I’m sure they’ll love you honey.” Sarah told her.
Alicia smiled and lay her head down on Sarah’s chest. “Thank you for saving me Sarah.” she said.
“Thank you for saving me.” Sarah said as she put an arm around Alicia and began to gently rock the young girl. The pair fell asleep like that after no time at all.
To Be Continued…