The castle had a very Gothic feel. Every room had enormous red crystal
chandeliers, and the estate was fully staffed by service personnel in
classic black-and-white attire.
Sleeta announced that she had a special surprise and wanted all the
ladies to follow her upstairs. Cloe slowly walked forward with Sleeta
and the group of ladies up a spiral marble staircase. Sleeta ushered
all the ladies to a room at the end of the hall. The room was dimly lit,
and Cloe’s eyes needed a couple of seconds to adjust. She was freezing
cold, and her mystical pendant was even colder.
A humming sound filled the air. Cloe glanced up and saw the ceiling of
the room opening to a starry night and a brilliant full moon. Sleeta
asked all the ladies in the room to form a circle and hold hands. This
seemed a little odd, but Cloe complied with the request. All the ladies
began chanting words that were unintelligible to her. Sleeta walked
around the circle of ladies and stopped behind Cloe. She put her cold
hands on her shoulders and Cloe began to shiver.
“Glad that you could join us,” Sleeta said in a mocking tone.
Cloe tried to reply and excuse herself from the room, but Sleeta marched
to the middle of the circle before she had a chance.
“Ladies, please assist Cloe in joining our group!” Sleeta shouted,
and then she stretched her arms into the air and began to chant in the
same odd language that the ladies had chanted in earlier. Cloe did not
know what Sleeta meant by joining their group, but she speculated it
would not be in her best interest.
A few seconds later, Cloe heard a rumbling sound and noticed something
starting to move in the background. As she looked closer, she noticed
the lizard-like creatures that had been carvings in the walls begin to
move. They slowly started revolving around the circle of ladies. She
started to feel cold and clammy and thought that she might pass out. She
tried to stagger out of the circle, but a lady behind her held her in
place. The creatures revolved around the room faster and faster until
they appeared as a blur. The reflection of a blue light appeared in the
middle of the circle. The source of the light appeared to come from the
sky. A blue object looked as if it was moving closer, but it was not
clear what it was.
“Cloe Steinbek, come to the center,” Sleeta commanded.
Cloe tried to resist, but a lady on each side escorted her to the center
of the circle. Sleeta pointed straight up at the blue light and chanted
in a voice that now sounded deep and masculine. The blue light started
spinning and spiraled down toward Cloe. Sleeta and the other two ladies
slowly started to back away from the center.
Cloe could barely stand because she was shaking and paralyzed with fear.
The blue spherical light entered the room and started to coil around her
like a boa constrictor. Soon, the light had coiled around her body,
completely covering her in a blue haze. She could hardly breathe, and
her body became limp.
The ladies’ chanting became louder, and the creatures continued to
circle around the room. Cloe could feel a pulling sensation, as if the
light were trying to pull her out of her body. Her face was pale, and
she could not breathe anymore. Suddenly, she saw prismatic colors and
heard snapping sounds
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