Day 30: The Mistake (revised)

Natalie pulled Smith down the hall toward the main staircase. “This way!” she shouted. As they neared the front door, Smith noticed a change around the room. “If you run to the left outside the gate you will see a river. The horses will not go through it, so you will be safe.”
“Uh, Natalie?”
“No time for thanks now. If you get away, that will be thanks enough. Who knows we may even see each other again. Some day.” Opening the front door, Natalie didn’t notice the Darkness inside, smirking. “Now go!” With a shove, she pushed Smith through the door. Not again! As the door slammed behind him, he turned and began banging on the nothingness that surrounded him. The Darkness did not yield, only laughed. “Get me out of here!” Wild images began flashing on all sides. Scenes of death and destruction: of guards with no faces lying dead on the field, of the king and queen collapsed bleeding on top of each other, of Natalie, the only one willing to help him–
Once again Smith was falling. He tumbled on a soft surface, burning his face as it rubbed across it.
“Who the hell is this!” a man’s voice shouted.
“I don’t know,” a woman replied.
“Then why was he in your closet?”
“I swear, I never met him before in my life!”
“Sure you  haven’t. I’m out of here.” There were heavy footsteps and a door slamming, then all was quiet. When Smith had the strength to get up, he saw a girl sitting on a bed, staring down at him. “Now I’ve had strange boys hiding in my closet before, but at least I kind of knew them.”

Day 29: A Stitch in Time (revised)

The Darkness surrounded Smith. It dug its claws into his flesh and seeped under his skin. He could hear it whispering his name, trying to get into his head. “Let me out of here!” Smith screamed as he clamped his hands over his ears. The Darkness tightened around him before it slowly ebbed away. Smith felt like he could breathe again. Jolted forward, Smith’s eyes flew open and he was blinded by a bright light as he tumbled into it. He heard a scream as he landed on a hard surface. There was shuffling and talking, but everything seemed muffled around him. As he began to lose consciousness, a sharp prodding brought him back. Slowly he opened his eyes. When his vision became clear, he saw a girl, covered in dirt, looking at him, a pointy stick in her hand.
“Are you all right?” she asked. Smith opened his mouth, but only a gurgling sound came out. The girl stood up and looked around, but no one was in sight. Sighing, she grabbed Smith by the arms and pulled him along the stone floor to a pile of hay that was pushed in the corner, then left the room. Smith began to fall out of consciousness again, but in a few minutes the girl was back with a pale of water, which she proceeded to throw on him. Smith jolted up.
“What’d you do that for?” he asked when he caught his breath.
“First, you tell me what you were doing in that closet,” the girl said.
“I wasn’t in a closet.”
“And where did you get such funny clothes? The master is not going to like this.”
“What?” Comparing her outfit to his, Smith could see what she was talking about. Her clothes looked foreign to when he was wearing. “Wait, where am I? What year is it?”
“You’re in the servants wing of Sir Harold’s castle, of course,” the girl explained. “It is the year 1326.” Smith looked around the room and realized he had been in this room before. Five hundred years in the future.

Day 28: The Trouble with Modern Times (revised)

The tree scraped roughly across Smith’s arm as he dove for cover. Copying off the movies he had been forced to watch, he crawled along the ground until he was safely hidden behind a large oak. His eyes closed, Smith tried to block out the sounds of destruction behind him and focused on his breathing.
“What are you doing!” he heard Leonie yell at him. His eyes shot open, and he turned to his left where Leonie was also taking cover behind a tree. “Get out there!”
There was a crash and a roar. “Are you crazy? There’s a dragon out there!” Leonie gave him a look that clearly said, ‘No duh.’ “You want me to fight the dragon?”
“Yes! It’s your damn fault that there’s a dragon here anyway.”
“My fault! I didn’t bring it here.”
“Yea, well your stupid door did.” Another roar erupted from the dragon. The ground shook as it searched the ground for its prey.”Didn’t you say you studied magic?”
“It’s called Alchemy, and yes, I did. But alchemy doesn’t work here. I already tried.”
“Maybe you weren’t trying hard enough.” Before Smith could reply, Leonie pushed him out from behind the tree into the open field. The once crowded park was now deserted. Even the dragon had disappeared. No, he’s still here, Smith could hear its wings beating overhead. Cautiously, he moved into the middle of the open field. Fires burned in clusters, but they didn’t spread. Kneeling in a patch of dirt, Smith thought back to all his lessons. He began to write. As he was finishing up a shadow descended upon him and he felt the heat of the dragon’s fire.

Day 27: The Lottery Ticket (revised)

The dumpster smelled like rotten eggs and sour milk, but there was no where else to hide. After running all night, Alex sat in the dumpster, trying to catch his breath. He always thought winning the lottery would be the best thing that ever happened to him, but instead it was a nightmare.

Pushing the dumpster lid up, Alex peeked outside. No one in sight. No matter how much he needed to sleep, he wasn’t about to stay in a dumpster. He could barely breathe. Slowly, he climbed out. “There he is!” he heard someone yell. Alex jumped out of the dumpster too fast and fell. Pain shot through his head as it slammed on the concrete, but he recovered quick and took off. He could hear the stomping of feet closing in on him. Knocking over trashcans and boxes, he tried anything to hinder his pursuers. A brick wall stood in front of him, as if it was built to stop him. Alex was trapped. The group of men gathered around him. “What do you want?” Alex asked.

“Your lottery ticket,” a man in the center answered.

“But why? I didn’t do anything wrong! It’s not like I cheated or anything. I won that money on pure luck.” Alex pleaded with the men. He needed the money. “If it’s money you want, I can give it to you. Just name your price!”

“You didn’t win anything.”

“But I did-” As soon as Alex pulled the winning ticket from his pocket, the men shot him. He crumpled to the concrete. The man in the middle held up his hand to the others. Walking over to Alex he picked up the ticket. While the rest were cleaning up, he pulled out a cell phone.

“Mr. Henderson? It’s Harris. We got the ticket.”

Day 26: Envy (revised)

She stared at the house next door, waiting. Finally, a woman came out. She looked at her, then down at herself, not liking what she saw. The woman’s clothes, her husband, her life, she wanted it all. And she slowly achieved it. A makeover, new clothes, buying items she knew she wasn’t able to afford. All because she had them. One event led to another, and as she stood over the woman’s lifeless body, she couldn’t help but smile. Now she would have it all. The door opened. “Honey, I’m home,” he called. “Coming,” she replied.

Day 25: Some Prince (a revision of At Least the Princess is Saved)

A/N: Today (8/25) starts the revision portion of 24/7. For the rest of August I am picking stories out of the one’s I wrote in the first 24 days of August and revising them. Hope you enjoy!

Bethany jolted awake at the sound of the dragon’s roar. Her heart leaped. She hadn’t heard that sound in many years. Without hesitation, she rushed around the room and began gathering items she wanted to take with her, only to put them back down again. She didn’t want to get her hopes up. Locked alone in this tower since she was a child, Bethany’s greatest wish was to be saved. At first many suitors came to her rescue and were killed. The number of suitors began to dwindle, and then they stopped coming completely. Every day she would sit by the window and wait, praying someone would come. Years later her prayers had been answered.
Another roar escaped the dragon, and a crash quickly followed it. Bethany sat down, too nervous to do anything else. Several minutes passed before everything became completely silent. Suddenly tears sprang to Bethany’s eyes and slid down her cheeks. Burying her head in her hands, she couldn’t help but chastise herself for even thinking that everything would work out. She was surprised when she heard the door creak open. Turning, she saw a young boy step into the room, looking around. Bethany jumped up.
“How did you get up here?” she asked, too amazed to believe it.
“Stairs,” was the only reply she received as a way of explanation. “Come on, let’s go.”
“Wait, aren’t you going to kiss me?” The boy stopped and looked at her like she was insane.
“Why would I kiss you?”
“Cause you saved me. That’s how it works doesn’t it? The prince who saves the princess gets to kiss her and marry her and live happily ever after.”
The boy laughed. “You don’t want me to kiss or marry you.”
“Why not?”
“Because,” he seemed to be quickly looking for some kind of explanation. “I’m not a prince.”
“So? You are a boy aren’t you?”
“Well…” he trailed off.
Bethany tapped her foot. She wanted nothing more than to leave, and this boy was being complicated. “Well, are you gonna kiss me or not?”
Grimacing, the young boy came over and gave her a quick peck on the lips. “There, satisfied?” he asked after he wiped his lips.
“Could you be any more juvenile?” The boy turned to leave. “If you’re not going to kiss me properly, can you at least tell me your name?”
The boy stopped and turned so he was only half looking at her. “Ashley.” He mumbled the name so quietly, Bethany almost missed it.
“Ashley? Well that’s a strange name for a boy.”
“That’s because I’m… not a boy.” Removing the hat he was wearing, the boys hair fell well below his shoulders. Bethany stared.
“You’re.. a girl?” Ashley nodded. “But how did you get past the dragon?”
“The prince who was coming to save you was a close friend of mine. I loved him, but he wanted to save a princess, and I decided that I would help him. So I took this disguise and convinced him to let me come along. He had no idea it was really me. He died fighting the dragon.” Bethany didn’t know how to respond. The girl turned from her and began walking out the door. “Let’s go.” As Bethany followed her out the door, she couldn’t help but think, How am I going to explain this.

Day 24: The Mistake

“Through here!” Natalie pulled Smith down the hall toward the main staircase. As they neared the front door, Smith noticed a change around the room. “If you run to the left outside the gate you’ll reach a river. The horses won’t go through it, and you’ll be safe.”

“Uh, Natalie?”

“No time for thanks now. If you make it out okay, that will be thanks enough.” Opening the front door, Natalie didn’t notice the Darkness smirking at Smith. “No go!” With a shove, Natalie pushed Smith through the door, not realizing that the front door had changed into the dreaded door he was constantly warning her about. Not again! Smith thought frantically. He turned and tried to claw his way out, but the Darkness only laughed.  “Get me out of here!” Wild images began flashing on all sides. Scenes of death and destruction: of guards with no faces lying dead on the field, of the king and queen collapsed bleeding on top of each other, of Natalie, the only one willing to help him–

Once again Smith was falling. He tumbled on a soft surface, burning his face as it rubbed across it.

“Who the hell is this!” a man’s voice shouted.

“I don’t know,” a woman replied.

“Then why was he in your closet?”

“I swear, I never met him before in my life!”

“Sure you  haven’t. I’m out of here.” There were heavy footsteps and a door slamming, then all was quiet. When Smith had the strength to get up, he saw a girl sitting on a bed, staring down at him. “Now I’ve had strange boys hiding in my closet before, but at least I kind of knew them.”

Day 23: A Stitch in Time

A/N: Just wanted to apologize in advance if the dates are weird. I didn’t really research it, but I plan on doing so if I work on this further.

The Darkness surrounded Smith. It dug its claws into his flesh and seeped under his skin. “Let me out of here!” he screamed as he clamped his hands over his ears, trying to block the lies the Darkness was whispering. Smith was jolted forward. A bright light blinded him as he tumbled into it. He heard a scream as he landed on a hard surface, almost losing consciousness, but a sharp prodding kept him on the surface. His eyes slowly opened. When his vision became clear, he saw a girl, covered in dirt, looking at him, a pointy stick in her hand.

“Are you all right?” she asked. Smith opened his mouth, but only a gurgling sound came out. The girl stood up and looked around, but no one was around. Sighing, she grabbed Smith by the arms and pulled him along the stone floor to a pile of hay that was pushed in the corner, then left the room. Smith began to fall out of consciousness again, but in a few minutes the girl was back with a pale of water, which she proceeded to throw on him. Smith jolted up.

“What’d you do that for?” he asked when he caught his breath.

“First, you tell me what you were doing in that closet,” the girl said.

“I wasn’t in a closet.”

“And why are you wearing such funny clothes?”

“What?” Comparing her outfit to his, Smith could see what she was talking about. Her clothes looked foreign to when he was wearing. “Wait, where am I? What year is it?”

“You’re in the servants wing of Sir Harold’s castle, of course,” the girl explained. “It is the year 1326.” Smith looked around the room and realized he had been in this room before. Five hundred years in the future.

Day 22: The Trouble with Modern Times..

Smith hid behind a tree, trying to catch his breath.

“What are you doing!” Leonie yelled at him. “Get out there!”

There was a crash and a roar. “You want me to fight a dragon?”

“Yes! It’s your damn fault that there’s a dragon here anyway.”

“My fault! I didn’t bring it here.”

“Yea, well your stupid door did.” Another roar erupted from the dragon. The ground shook as it searched the ground for its prey.”Didn’t you say you studied magic?”

“It’s called Alchemy, and yes, I did. But alchemy doesn’t work here. I already tried.”

“Maybe you weren’t trying hard enough.” Before Smith could reply, Leonie pushed him out from behind the tree into the open field. The once crowded park was now deserted. Even the dragon had disappeared. No, he’s still here, Smith thought. Cautiously, he moved into the middle of the open field. Fires burned in clusters, but they didn’t spread. Kneeling in a patch of dirt, Smith thought back to all his lessons. He began to write. As he was just about done a shadow descended upon him and he felt the heat of the dragon’s fire.