GENRE: Science Fantasy
Death lurked in the shadows. Talia’ shaking fingers clenched into a fist. Where was the door to the library?
Her breath came in shallow bursts as she moved beneath the circles of light cast by the bulbs dangling from the ceiling. The dim glow reflected off the water filling the hall as she hurried through the underground tunnel.
I have to find it before I wake. Talia ran her hands along the stone wall, bits of dirt and moss crumbling from her touch. There was no sign of the door, but the cold seeped through her blouse, causing her to shiver. The ache in her chest felt real enough that the confidence this was the dream wavered.
Two men stumbled into view. Their long black robes hung heavy around their legs. They paused in a circle of light, while the fatter of the two gasped for breath as he leaned against the wall.
No, not yet. Talia slapped the stone wall. “I need more time.” She screamed down the corridor, but the men ignored her.
Calm fluttered somewhere inside her, just out of reach, as her mouth moved in sync with the man’s words, “It's too late. They're here."
The relief of knowing she dreamed fled and she willed herself to wake. Her heart rate sped up as three huge creatures walked out of the shadows. They moved in silence, barely disturbing the water with their smooth motion. Two legs, but definitely not human.