WARNING: If you do not like incredibly short chapters, then do not read the final chapter of "The Whispers of the Dark"! If you don't read this chapter, you will be terribly confused while reading the sequel.

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Chapter Sixteen

"Only two years younger than me, now!" Meg said. She smiled brightly and gave me a tight squeeze.

Yes, that's right. Today marked the eighteenth anniversary of my birth. I smiled at my friend. "Thank you, Meg."

Madame Giry smiled at me faintly. "Your parents brought you here when you were so young. I remember it well, my dear."

I nodded. "If you hadn't given them a place to stay, I wouldn't be standing here."

She smiled a bit. "Yes, my dear. Now, perhaps some sleep would be in order."

I took a breath. "Goodnight, Meg; goodnight, Madame Giry."

"Goodnight Emily!" Meg said, her eyes as bright as ever.

I began to walk down the hallway towards my bedroom and I heard the faint footsteps of Meg as she scurried off towards her room. As I opened the door, I let out a relieved sigh and shut the door softly. I quickly changed into my nightgown and sat down on my bed. I looked at my pillow and there was a white envelope with black outlining. "That's…strange…" I looked at the lettering on the front and it read, 'Emily'.

I opened the envelope and read through the note.

My Dearest Emily,

When you read this, I will be gone. I am leaving for some time and I hope to see you again someday. I cannot say where I am going and when I am returning, though. Emily, you know I love you and that I would risk my life for you. Carry this thought with you until I return to you. When I do return, I hope to make you my wife. My dark life had a glimmer of bright hope the moment I knew you heard me.

Erik

"Oh, Erik…" I breathed. My eyes began to water and eventually I fell to the floor, on my knees. I covered my hands with my face and began to weep. The sobs shook my whole body and I couldn't fathom what I'd just read. "Erik, why? Why would you leave me?" The single candle in my room died down and I was left crying in the darkness.

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Author's Note: THE END! That's the end of "The Whispers of the Dark"! But don't worry, there will be a sequel.

I am so, so, so sorry about the shortness of it, but there wasn't much I could do. Sorry, again.

What'd you think? Does it leave you wanting more? If it does, watch out for the sequel, "A Haunting Lullaby". It will be coming soon. :D I thank everyone who read this story, reviewed or added it to your watch or favorites! I had so much fun writing it for you guys, but I'm not done yet! Thanks again!

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