Post by Chelsea Armstrong on Dec 19, 2013 19:25:49 GMT -5
Feet stumbling backwards over the cold snowy surface of what once was fresh green grass, hands flaying chaotically as anything in sight is being reached at, hoping to be grasped for some sort of saving from what is sure to be a nasty fall. Eyes closing as nothing but black is seen soon replaced by flashes of the surroundings quickly taken into view, tall green trees covered in their own layer of white dust surrounding a pond with ice at least two inches thick, and then nothing…nothing but blackness as my vision is closed and the chilled air wraps around me like a cool blanket. I feel my hands still scrambling trying to grab anything to keep my upright but I know it has been a losing battle as my head hits the thick sheet of ice sending pain through every one of my senses. Air is knocked from my lungs as I lay on the cold surface feeling snow and land just under my legs as it becomes apparent that the top half of my body is lying on the layer of ice covering the pond. A sharp headache clouds my mind as I slowly open my eyes feeling as if I’m going to black out when all of a sudden I feel my body moving. Panic runs through my body as the arctic water of the pond courses over my limbs, I try to move but I feel a sense of paralyzation take over as my body begins to drift from land until nothing is felt under me except the water keeping me afloat. The coldness begins to numb my body as another fear strikes me as I feel the water starting to cover my legs, within seconds the water is moving up my torso until my head gives in to the cloak of ice sending me cascading under the surface.
Fear doesn’t fully set in until I see the first bubble of air leave my lips reminding me that none can get to my lungs, I look up seeing the ice above me as I will myself to try to swim to the surface but my arms feel as if they are a hundred pounds. Struggling I try to pull off the thick purple jacket around me in the hopes of making it easier to move, finally I get my arms out of the sleeves as I push it away watching the water envelope it as it floats away from me. Thrashing my arms I try to swim to the surface but I find myself stopping as a face comes into view just beside me, my mind becomes a haze as I stare into the face of my daughter…normally I’d be freaking out by now but nothing but calmness stirs in my senses as I then see Seifer holding her safe in his arms. I can’t help but smile as I try to reach for her but my hand goes straight through both of them as their images disband in the water leaving me alone once again.
Chelsea: I love you.
Eyes closing slightly I feel myself free falling before I start moving my arms again allowing me to get closer to the surface as the hole in the ice is soon right above my head. Breaking through I fill my lungs with air before grabbing at the surface but I can’t gain leverage as I’m soon swept back under by the unforgiving water. My mind has begun to spin as fear is finally beginning to set in as the thoughts start to occur that this could be it, looking around me I try to find something as the cold liquid has started to hurt my eyes. Closing them I try to push back the pain as they open once again causing me to be startled as I star into the face of my best friends, Stacy and Makayla stare at me with blank expressions before two other people start to form in front of me. Matt and Steel stand side by side looking at the women before turning to themselves as words start shouting, they are muffled by the water but I can see their lips moving as the two start to fight pulling Stacy and Makayla apart into different directions before once again I’m left by myself.
Chelsea: I’m sorry.
Thoughts begin to fill my clouded mind as one word starts to repeat itself, fight, each time it runs across my mind I find myself being pushed closer to the surface as I know it can’t end like this. Suddenly I’m blocked by a figure I can’t make out as a pair of green eyes glow even through the icy water forcing me to stop my movements as I stare into what I swear is my own reflection. In a blink of an eye she’s right in front of me as I water her black and green highlighted hair float around her body causing my body to fight an urge to swim toward the bottom as her voice fills my mind causing my throat to feel as if it’s closing shut.
“You’re nothing without me, do you understand that? You keep trying to push me back and where has it gotten you? You’re daughter and yourself have been kidnapped; one of your best friends has been kidnapped and is probably being tortured as I speak. Leaving me behind has done nothing to help you Chelsea, look around you sweetheart. You’re best friends will probably be the next ones to turn on you, I mean look at little Matthew, he’s already mad at you for helping out your new friend. Who’s to say he’ll still want to talk to you, and if he doesn’t…well you know what that means with Stacy.”
Trying to shake my head no I know it is no use as I can’t get the words to come out of my mouth, suddenly I feel my lungs run out of air as I thrash as the water trying to get to the surface but it’s no use as she figure in front of me keeps me blocked from air as I start to descend to the bottom. I feel the muddy bottom of the pond under my hands as once again land is under my body but I haven’t escaped, allowing my eyes to close the last thing I picture is the face of my worst enemy as her words stick in my mind as it starts to fade into nothingness. “You’re nothing without me.”
Seifer: Chelsea? Chelsea are you ok?
His voice reaches my ears as I inhale a deep breath feeling a mix of air and water go down my throat causing a scream to leave my mouth.
Chelsea: Help me!
A pair of arms grabs me pulling me up as I feel my body pressed against the clothed warm body of Seifer, he starts stroking my wet hair as I finally open my eyes as confusion immediately sets in. Instead of seeing tall trees and a snowy surrounding I’m staring at the inside of our hotel bathroom as I glance beside me to see a shower with water will running.
Chelsea: What happened?
Seifer: I think you slipped and fell, I was putting Shelley down for the night and I heard a thud, that’s when I came running. It took me a few minutes to get the door open; you can’t imagine how tough those hotel locks are.
The tone of his voice causes a small laugh to come from my lips causing a pain to shoot through my head as I raise my hand to hold it before looking back at the shower as suddenly everything starts coming back to me. I was taking a shower while trying to keep as much weight off of my right leg as possible, it is still sore although nearly healed, I was going to grab the shampoo when my footing gave way and I started to fall. I tried to catch myself but it was no help as I fell hitting my head on the side of the tub.
Seifer: Are you ok?
Chelsea: I think so…I just slipped, I’ll be ok.
Looking at me I can see he senses something is off as I look away knowing he is right, the voice of that figure who was above me stays ringing in my ears as I can’t help but repeat her words over and over…”you’re nothing without me, you’re nothing without me, you’re nothing without me.” Seifer helps me up off the floor before grabbing a towel and wrapping it around me, helping me out of the bathroom and to our bed he props my leg up before rewrapping the wound on my thigh as I let out a small sigh.
Chelsea: Do you think I’ll win my title match at One, being in the condition I am?
Seifer: Of course, why are you doubting yourself?
Chelsea: Just…with everything that has been going on, people are already saying that my mind isn’t going to be in this match…what if they’re right?
Finishing up wrapping my leg he looks at me with a soft smile causing me to already know what he is going to say as he takes my hand in his.
Seifer: I know where this is heading and trust me, you are the strongest person I know Chels, you will go to One and stand across from Caleb and you will retain your WCF Television Championship. You don’t need anyone else, we have Shelley back in our arms, everyone is working around the clock to find Makayla…it’s going to be ok Chelsea. Just relax and remember that after One is finished and you bring that title back home, then we have a full week to ourselves and to celebrate Shelley’s second Christmas. Everything is getting back on track; I know you can do this.
Nodding I smile as I take in his words hoping in my mind that he is right, standing up he has me lay back on the bed before pulling the warm blanket up over me as he turns off the lights before crawling in beside me.
Seifer: Goodnight Chels.
Chelsea: Goodnight, I love you.
Giving him a soft kiss I roll over on my side allowing the cover to wrap around me completely as I close my eyes only to see two green emeralds staring back at me as this time she whispers only to me.
“Are you ready?”