War

By CasterChroniclesLover


"When I thought that I fought this war alone

You were there by my side on the frontline

When I thought that I fought without a cause

You gave me a reason to try

Turn the page I need to see something new

For now my innocence is torn

We cannot linger on this stunted view

Like rabid dogs of war

I will let the memory heal

I will remember you with me on that field

When I thought that I fought this war alone

You were there by my side on the frontline

And we fought to believe the impossible

When I thought that I fought this war alone

We were one with our destinies entwined

When I thought that I fought without a cause

You gave me the reason why." –Poets of the Fall, War


September 15, 2012

Alice felt the chains of the dark presence release her. She pushed herself forward, slowly swimming upwards. Her body and mind were completely and utterly numb from shock from everything that'd happened. She and Alan had gone to Bright Falls for a vacation—perhaps another honeymoon. It was supposed to help them build on their marriage, but instead, it'd become a living nightmare. Not because of her husband's inner demons, but…

No…no. Alice didn't want to think about it. It was over now…wasn't it? She wasn't stupid; she knew something had happened—Alan had done something—to defeat the darkness that had taken her. It had to have been Alan. She knew that while her husband had his flaws, he loved her with a burning passion. His fans and everyone who knew him often said that he loved her more than a man should love his wife. These thoughts were running through Alice's mind when she rose from the waters, gasping and spluttering. The air was cool—not too warm, not too cold—but she barely paid any mind as she slowly made her way to the shore. She collapsed onto her hands and knees on the pier, coughing violently and heaving. Water spewed out from her mouth, and the cold caressed her body, enveloping her.

"Alan?" Alice cried. "Alan? Alan!" Where are you? She wanted to scream, but she was drained. For so long, she'd been trapped in the dark in the depths of Cauldron Lake, her only company being the elderly woman who claimed to be Barbara Jagger. She had been terrorized by this woman as she trapped her in perpetual darkness. It had been a mistake to come here to Bright Falls; she knew that now.

There was the sound of a car's engine, startling Alice out of her thoughts. It was the sheriff. "Excuse me, Sheriff?" she called out. "Sheriff?"

"Yes. Sheriff Sarah Breaker; what happened? What were you doing out in the lake?" Alice could have sworn she saw something in Breaker's eyes that said she suspected her predicament, but she wasn't entirely certain.

"I…I—" Alice could barely form the words. She shook her head. "I'm sorry, I…"

"What is your name?" Breaker pressed.

"Alice. Alice Wake."