Prelude is a prequel novella in the Empyreal series…Catch a few chapter-ed events leading up to Awaken (book one in the Empyreal series)
Coralie tossed around with in her slumber, flailing and fighting the images held captive with her dream state.
Not fighting against them.
Fighting for them.
Every moment that she remained in her sleep state, she seemed to lose more and more images. One at a time. Disappearing. Never again, in sequence, would she see them trace through her mind.
Her dreams had seemed so real to her. To Coralie, these dreams, these images, were the closest things to memories that she had.
Memories were not her strong suit. They never had been. There were not many that she could recollect, even by trying with all of her mind power, much less pulling them without effort. The everyday scenes and faces continued to surface without fail.
The staples in her life were a constant. Her immediate family. Her canine companion, Jacques. A number of intricate individuals from the walls of Chelsea. And of course, her best friend, Athena.
She recognized a few familiar faces every now and again. But often, just as swiftly as she caught familiarity in their stare, it was gone. Nothing more than a faint whisper in the wind.
Coralie had not been able to recollect much of her life over the majority of her years on the earth. Childhood on into the present. Just the basics stuck around, holding steadily within the creases of her mind. The few childhood memories that she had, she held close, gripping to them tightly, refusing to give them up.
She continued to stir around in her sleep, grasping at any image that she could. She would hold on to them now, then decipher them later.
Familiar streets. Familiar sounds. Familiar shops and buildings. Familiar faces.
There … She paused to grasp to hold onto one visual, in particular.
She tried with all her might and will to embed the image of such a beautiful creature into her mind. But soon, this one, much like all of the rest of the lost images, would all be faded into black.
Deep sleep took over, and all of the images, reality or not, faded with it.
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