As promised, today we return to the House of Mercy yearlong prompt.
Had a pretty busy day, considering how little we had planned. Kat cooked up a chili for dinner, along with pumpkin pudding. I picked apples to get them in the cooler before they went bad on the trees so that we can make some more apple sauce for Miles once he starts eating solids. Max also managed to convince me to pick some ornamental pumpkins with him so that he could decorate the deck for Halloween.
Dinner was tasty, though it was weird to be up there without Kat's parents around. Max and Natalie had lots of loud fun, as expected.
Good day, overall. But I'm very sleepy right now so let's get to it, shall we? Only two visits remain after this one...
Julie blinked, ever so slowly. It felt like the first movement she had controlled since she had been thrown to the floor by... whatever. Or whoever.
The buzzing in her ears had subsided and the hypnotic voice was fainter now, as though a barrier had been placed between her and their source. She still couldn't seem to make herself stand up though. Blinking felt like a step in the right direction but she needed to be running full tilt for the door.
"You're still mine," the voice hissed. "Don't think otherwise, girl."
"Whatever," Julie mumbled. Encouraged by a second act of defiance, she tried to push herself up off the floor with her elbows. Her fingers twitched in response. "Damn it."
"Julie!" Anne's voice, echoing and distant as it was, still spurred her onward and upward. "Julie!"
"Kill her!" the voice commanded.
"Not likely," Julie countered as she finally reached a sitting position. Beside her, Bradley moaned and shifted but did not wake up. "Quiet, you."
"Julie!" Anne's voice was much closer now. Julie could hear her footsteps growing louder as she approached. And then, at last, she was there in the hallway. "Julie! Are you okay?"
"Couldn't be better," Julie said, sucking in deep breaths before attempting any more movements. "Can you come in?"
"There's still something blocking the doorway.... but it seems weaker now."
"Okay." Julie bit back a scream as she forced herself to her feet.
Bradley woke up.
The voice in her head came once again. This time it was yelling.