I stood silently in a room deprived of light and sound. My breathing picked up only to realize that the air was far thicker than it should have been. Something like breathing in water after already holding your breath for so long. It was painful. The sensation made me panic. I began thrashing and struggling to get just one little breath of clean air into my lungs. Futile.
Something blood-curdling broke the silence. A scream as high pitched as it was loud. It carried on for several seconds, piercing my ears like tiny blades over and over again on top of the burning sensation of my lungs. I tried to scream along with it, though the only sounds I could manage were choking from the thickening air.
"You're already dead," a deep and sinister voice breathed down my neck.
"Lacey?!" my mother's panicked shriek snapped me back into the real world. She had apparently been trying to wake me, her hands still tightly holding onto my shoulders as though she had been shaking me.
"Nightmare," I breathed the word out, unable to say much more. My breathing was as fast as it would have been if I had actually been struggling to get air. I quickly sat up and using the back of my hand, wiped away the sweat that had formed on my forehead.
She was staring at me with that motherly concern, one of her hands still holding my shoulder. "This is the third time this week you've had nightmares that end in you screaming out loud," she furrowed her brows as she spoke. "Needless to say, you're starting to worry me a bit."
My mother helped me out of bed and gently led me to the bathroom. My legs were still shaking from the dream that I'd just had. She carefully set me down on the edge of the tub and smiled at me, though her concerned expression never left.
Something startled me, a subtle burning sensation across my right forearm. Examining it closely, I watched as- before my eyes- three jagged scratches formed one at a time, side by side. This time, there was nothing stopping me from screaming.
A/N: The prologue is deliberately short and vague. It's really more of a test to see if I should continue the novel or not. If you enjoyed it please feel free to let me know, so I know if anyone will stay tuned for the first chapter! As always, I greatly appreciate reviews and feedback. Thanks for reading!! :)