The little girl looked up at the knights and said, “It’s telling me

on

“It’s telling you Carson,” said the knights.

“Who is Carson?”

Nothing.

“I don’t know,” said Danielle.

“You’re right,” said the knights. “It only knows you’re Carson. Do you know
where I went?”

“In my mind, it went somewhere else. We all went away. I have no idea where
Eden or the knights are.”

“What made you change your mind so quickly?” asked the knights.

“It had me. I went with them.”

“What happened?” asked the knights.

“It seemed like it was about to eat me and me made myself bigger than it.”

“How did it make you big?” asked the knights.

She shrugged.

“It was not its fault. I had been drinking and then in the bathroom it asked
me why I was not afraid of it. I told it that I was not. I looked for the way
it had come in and didn’t see it. I made myself bigger and then it told me
that it was hungry.”

The knights were not sure what to do. It looked calm now.

“What about you,” asked a knight.

“I have no idea where the knights are,” she said. “I was told to follow them
and that’s all the knights know about me.”

And the knights did not know of someone they thought could go back to being
the little girl they had met. They were not sure of that person.

They could see it was not looking at anyone, but they were not sure there
were other people on this planet.

“We must be somewhere else,” said the knights.

“Yes,” said Danielle.

All night, they could not find the knights.

“And we found it,” she said.

“What did you do?” asked the knights.

“I called it to me and we talked. The knights seemed to know what I was.”

“Why did it go away?” asked some of the knights.

“I don’t know.”

“Can you go back?”

“No. You know what the knights are like. I would make a fool of them.”

“Have you ever been a knight before?” asked some of the knights.

“No,” said the little girl.

“Then you are new and probably frightened.”

“Would that be a reason to kill you?” asked some of the knights.

“No. Look at how it was before. Even you don’t seem to know what you are.”

“I’ve made some mistakes,” said the knights.

“That is true,” said the little girl. “Forgiving us seems to be on your mind.”

“I will not forgive you or anyone,” said the knights. “We will kill you if we
have to.”

“So there is a way past this,” said the little girl. “The knights did something
to us.”

“What did they do to us?” asked the knights.

“I don’t know. I don’t remember enough. I don’t know everything.”

“I think we should just kill you now,” said another knight.

“I have to go,” said the little girl. “No one knows I’m there. I’m the only
one that knows I’m here. What is the point of getting a new life if you can’t
go back to the life you had before?”

“It seems the only way to get past this,” said the little girl.

“I don’t know what the knights did to those we hunted,” said another knight,
“but I know it did something to us.”

“What are you going to do?” asked a knight.

“They killed a lot of people and a child. They hurt a lot of people. They
made us kill children.”

“Do you know why they did that?” asked one knight.

“No.”

“They think it is good.”

“What do the knights want?” asked the little girl as she turned and began to
walk.

She went over the cliff edge and dropped over the edge. She landed on
something soft. She sat on it, then put her head down, resting it on the
hardwood floor. She thought about the knights. She wondered where they
were.

“I think I know why the knights have taken me to this place,” she said.

“Why not the knights?” asked two knights.

“Because they are the ones who told me the truth about what you are. If I
wasn’t here, they would use me to help them get what they wanted.”

The knights looked at each other.

“So what are you going to do?” asked one of the knights.

She shook her head.

“I can’t walk around in the dark. And I can’t walk away from what I know.”

As she walked down to the center of the room, she became aware of the
knight who had tried to kill her before. She looked at him.

“I can help you,” she said.

“How?” asked the knight.

“It doesn’t matter,” she said. “It is me you need.”

Chapter Two

“You can’t trust anyone these days.”

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