A hooded figure climbs quietly through the thickness of the canopies over top of the tree house. The figure jumps from the opening and floats down silently. Their reflexes are quick as they scurry about the room; they plunder through all the sleeping applicant's stuff over top of their beds as they sleep. The figure walks lightly over to where Kayden sleeps soundly. The figure leans over top of him; starring at his exposed chest watching Kayden take his breaths.
The figure withdraws a knife from the bag he had stolen from Vicardi’s bedside across the room. The figure lifts it high over their head and stabs it into the pillow beside Kayden’s face. Kayden rolls over onto his side facing away from the knife and begins to snore. The figure walks away from Kayden’s bedside leaving him alive and breathing, as he withdraws the knife from the pillow that is now spewing cotton from its new opening.
The figure continues rummaging through Kayden’s things until they find the marble with the galaxy inside of it. The figure puts the marble into their pocket, instantly realizing how precious this marble was to his target. He had been watching Kayden for a long time now, secretly camouflaged in the shadows overcast by the large canopy trees. He knew how this one object, could be used to turn allies into enemies and have them nipping at each others neck. Then the figure walked over and searched Vic’s things again, stealing several cans of food and a couple of bullets. The bullets and food were his trinkets; something he could use to create a cloud of mistrust between the two of them. Isolating them, was his main focus. The figure continues to search the top and bottom floor of the tree house rummaging through several items of other nameless unimportant applicants; at least to this figure anyway.
One of the applicants wakes up due to the uneasiness around them and the quiet almost inaudible scrapes of shoes walking across the wooden boards of the tree house floors. She steps softly to not alert the intruder, but she knows that they are there. The intruder hears the girl who isn’t as quiet as they are and they seek shelter into the shadows to camouflage themselves from the girl.
The girl continues to search for them as she makes her way downstairs and when she turns to cut the corner; the figure grabs the girl. The figure grabs the girl and puts their hands around her throat. She tries to scream but she can’t as her eyes stare at the figures face. The figure continues to choke her as they step into the light lifting the girl from the floor into the air easily. The girl’s breaths escape into whimpers as she claws at the figure’s hands. But, the figure isn’t fazed and continues to choke the girl, until they hear her windpipe snap and the life has left her eyes.
The figure tosses the girl’s lifeless body over their shoulder and carefully walks back to where the girl had been sleeping. The figure gently lays the girl’s lifeless body back into her bed and tucks her in, almost as if they were remorseful.
Then the figure quickly makes their escape jumping up into the opening of the trees effortlessly, as they climb up into the entangled canopies of the treetops they casually drop the marble back into the opening. The marble falls weightlessly and quickly down into the small opening of Vicardi’s unzipped backpack. The figure escapes into the night and under the cover of shadows completely vanishes as if they never existed at all. Just like a nightmare that escaped into life; stealing whatever it wants before slipping back into your head and into your dreams after stealing your security and waking you up afraid in the middle of the night to the cold empty stillness of a dark room.
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