War Spirits
Author: Jaxon

Chapter 16
A Brief Awakening

Valiance yawned loudly and turned over in the bed, rolling into Deceptor. Sunlight streamed through the creamy curtains of their room. She nestled her head under Deceptor’s arm and rubbed his chest. He didn’t wake.

“C’mon. Get up.” Valiance croaked and nudged Deceptor’s body with her own. He never liked to get up. After two more tries Deceptor groaned, showing he was indeed awake. “What time is it?”

“I don’t know.” Valiance moved away from him to check the digital clock by her side of the bed. “It’s like, nine something.” She began to turn around but didn’t have to; Deceptor had captured her from behind. He slid down her so that his arms were wrapped around her hips, his head resting about halfway down her back, and she could see his face. “That’s too early,” he said and closed his eyes. They were tired, mostly because at about three o’ clock that night Valiance had awoken from a nightmare, and it was a particularly vivid one too. It was of Svaire, he had been captured by all of the Nightgoers and they were holding him hostage. Parita was there too, except she was a young girl and she eventually was killed. In the end, Deceptor gave his life for their son’s freedom, and then Svaire died anyway from some sort of disease. Valiance had sat bolt upright, yelping then gasping, and then bursting into tears. Deceptor was there by her side in a nanosecond, holding her and groggily comforting her until six o’ clock.

“We have to get up,” Valiance said. “We have work to do.”

Deceptor grumbled. “Five more minutes.” Valiance sighed and let him sleep on her for a little while longer. When he started drooling on her back she woke him up. She got dressed and Deceptor flopped onto his side of the bed, moaning and face planting into his pillow.

 

He didn’t wake back up until the scream.

 

 

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