Dream Worlds Are Born

Story 589: Kay & Shawn


#21

She allowed him to stand there holding her as long as he needed, keeping her arms tight around him so he could feel how much she loved him. When they left their room Kay noticed her family all outside on their porch and opened the door “Hey, we’re going to make some breakfast. Are you guys hungry?”

“Yeah, we wanted to wait on you too” Hannah said then Adam added “since he’s having trouble with over sensitivity to sound we were worried we’d interrupt your rest”

“thank you” Shawn said behind her, drawing their attention “good morning” Hannah got up, kissing her daughters cheek while she passed then hugging Shawn, knowing he probably needed reassurance from them they didn’t feel weird about him now. He gratefully hugged his mother in law back then said “Kay and I have breakfast. I’m actually really good at cooking now”


#22

As he and Kay cooked breakfast together, Eric allowed himself to slip into Shawn’s mind. He delved past his troubled thoughts about Kay and his worries that he may not be Shawn, searching for any memory of what had happened to him. Broken fragments met him, flashes of a strange place and his fear and confusion. There were memories of his trek back home, his panicked run through dark woods, but not knowing why he was there. He pulled his mind away and chatted with everyone while they finished cooking.

“Mom, dad could you set the table? Uncle Eric, do you mind pouring everyone some coffee?”

They all moved to do as she asked and then she and Shawn brought the food over once they were done and filled everyone’s plates. “Um, so how are we going to do this?” Shawn asked once he was seated.

“I’ve already looked a little and I couldn’t find much about where you were taken.” Eric answered.

“Oh, I see.”

“That doesn’t mean I won’t find something. Once we’re finished here, I’d like to ask you a few questions to see if maybe they bring anything up. Your memories are fragmented because you’re scared of them, but maybe if I prompt them, I’ll see something.”


#23

“Okay”

“Your mind just reacts to certain questions so don’t worry. I should see something. Even if it doesn’t work at first we can try this every day until it does… We wont give up on you. You’ve been too good to our Kay” Kay gave his leg a reassuring squeeze then Kays family started more normal conversation so Shawn could finish his breakfast without having to think about what happened to them.

“Before you two woke up we were talking about your brother Brayden” Hannah said, looking at Kay “Oh, what about him? I feel so behind on all three of my siblings lives”

“well he’s back in college, he’s decided to finish.”

“I’m so relieved to hear that…it was kind of soul crushing when he dropped out because his girlfriend broke up with him. Though I understood where he was coming from. He has to see her all the time at school.”

“he’s had some time to heal from it and we pointed out to him he’ll now be two years behind her in classes so they shouldn’t have to see much of eachother now”

“I didn’t think of that, that is a plus.”


#24

“We’re going to have to find the time to get everyone together. I miss them and you guys.” Kay said.

“We miss you too, but we understand. Life happens and you have to deal with it before you can do anything else.” Hannah reassured her.

Shawn became nervous when they all finished eating and he helped Kay clean up. He was scared of what Eric might find, but he needed to know. They all when and sat down in the living room and Shawn took a deep breath. “You ready?” Eric asked.

“Yeah, I mean no, but yes, I need to do this.”

“I want you to do something for me then, close your eyes and just relax.”

“Okay.” Kay took his hand and he closed his eyes and tried to make himself loosen up.


#25

He was glad she did, he really needed her right now. He didn’t know if he could handle all this without her. He went from being a completely normal guy with a life as simple as you could dream to everything changing into confusion, stress and unknown. Eric decided to start with the break in to try and get his mind rolling through everything that happened. “Lets start with Kay driving away to head to work. What was the first thing you did?”

“I promised myself I was going to finish that book I had been trying to read for a few months…I put some water on the stove so I could have some hot tea while I read…I had just gone into the kitchen to turn the stove off when I heard someone trying to doorknob. They were trying to open it so violently. I turned the stove off and ran to grab my phone to call 911. It couldn’ have been Kay, she has keys and anybody we knew would have just knocked. I just knew there were bad people at the door”

Shawns heart rate was already spiking and he held on to Kays hand a little tighter. She rubbed his arm and Eric prompted “and what else, when they came in. What did they look like” What they looked like had been one of the areas Shawn had been struggling with so Eric hoped he’d be able to see them. Their faces came into view in Erics mind. It had been in there, it just took someone like Eric to grab the picture. “lets stop a second while I see them clearly” he announced. Eric wrote down all the details he could so they could give it to the police and have it for themselves. It wouldn’t be the first time this family played detective. You couldn’t always wait for the cops, not if you were anxious for answers. Often police departments had far too much on their plates.


#26

“Alright, now did they say anything?”

“No, but I kept asking them what they wanted and…”

“You threw hot water in one of their faces. You thought if you blinded at least one you would have a chance.”

“Yeah.”

“Then you were knocked unconscious.”

“The next thing I knew, I was back home.”

Eric nodded. “Okay, but let’s go back. You had been taken somewhere else, I’ve seen little flashes of it. Try remembering the room you were kept in and who might have visited you there.”

“I…” Shawn squeezed Kay’s hand. “There was…someone.” He started breathing hard, his heart thumping hard in his chest. He could tell the memory scared Shawn and he focused on every detail, not wanting to miss anything. He watched from Shawn’s point of view as the two men who had taken him came into the room he had been locked in, followed by another. This was the man who terrified Shawn.

“What did he do Shawn?” Eric asked. “Why are you afraid of going to the hospital?”

“He…he…” he shook his head. “I don’t know, I can’t remember, it’s there, but…”

The memories were confusing and disjointed, but Eric caught enough. Shawn strapped to a table, the man grinning at him with sharp canines. The man forcing Shawn to drink his blood then injecting him with chemicals that tore his genetic makeup apart and remodeled it. He knew that pain all too well, they all did. Shawn dying as the man poisoned him, wanting to test his resilience. “It’s okay Shawn, let’s get away from that.” He had to force the anger out of his voice. He asked him about running through the woods, wanting an idea of where he had come from, if he had escaped or if they had let him go. A lot of the memories were jumbled from panic and the need to forget, but he received enough information that he didn’t have to push him too much.


#27

“we’re done Shawn” Eric said sadly and Shawn grabbed onto Kay, holding her tightly to him as Eric spoke again “he isn’t human any longer. I’m not sure yet precisely what but thats what is so different with Shawn. They also injected him with many chemicals so even once we discover what he is there will be much more for him to come to terms with. Beyond what he’l inherit from the blood of that being he might gain extra powers, powers like we all have Kay” Kay kissed Shawn and his lips trembled against hers “I love you, I’m so sorry” Eric stood and looked over at Adam and Hannah “we should go, I’ve seen where he came from and what these beings look like”

“Shouldn’t I help?” Shawn asked, letting go of Kay. Eric shook his head “Kay doesn’t have any abilities and I don’t want her left alone. Beyond that you haven’t come to terms with your own yet. I’d rather have us help you than you try to summon things you dont know about in a fight. We three are more than capable. Please stay with Kay” Shawn nodded. pulling Kay into him again. It had been hard having those memories pulled from him but atleast Kay could know for sure now he was being completely honest and those horrible men could be stopped.

Eric set his cellphone on the table “If Ivy calls me update her please”

“we will”


#28

They left and Shawn dropped his head onto Kay’s shoulder. She ran her fingers through his hair, helping to ease the tension out of his body. “Are you okay?” She asked softly.

“No, not really.” He swallowed. “I don’t know what to do or think. I mean at least I’m not a clone right?”

“Shawn, it’s okay to be upset.”

He sighed. “I know.”

“I know I’ve already said it, but I’m sorry about being so distant. I should have been more supportive of you, I should have been helping you through this.”

“I understand Kay, you were scared too.” He lifted his head and kissed her. “I love you and hopefully we can get back to normal, at least mostly normal.”


#29

“I’m just glad my family came. I should have called them sooner…I was so worried to voice my concerns…I didn’t want to hurt you Shawn but I guess I was doing that anyway by being weird”

“we don’t have to talk about that ever again. Just let me hold you” Eric, Hannah and Adam were all in Erics truck, driving in the direction Shawn had come home. Adam and Hannah rode silently, knowing Eric was concentrating on the memories he saw in Shawns head. They stopped the truck in front of some woods “He really had to run all that way?” Hannah asked sadly “Yeah, I’d drive through here but I don’t want to get it stuck. The trees get thick unless that was just a panicked mind jumbling things”

Ivy calling woke Kay, she didn’t remember even getting close to sleep. Shawn let her go enough to let her answer “Hey Ivy, sorry, Shawn and I have Erics phone”

“Oh, it’s alright, how’re things going?”

“He managed to see some things about what happened to Shawn. He left with my parents”

“just tell him to call me as soon as he gets back.”

“I will”

"How’re you two?’

“reeling from everything.”

“I’ll let you two go back to what you were doing. Our son and his wife are coming back tomorrow morning so I’ll see you soon.”


#30

“Alright, love you and tell everyone I love them too.”

“Will do sweetie.” They hung up and Kay put Eric’s phone back and snuggled back into Shawn.

“Is everything alright?” Shawn asked.

“Yeah, she just wanted to talk to Eric.” She let out a little sigh. “How are you?”

“I’m alright.”

Kay lifted her head to look at him. “Talk to me.”

“Knowing what happened, makes it seem like I’ve been…violated I guess. I’m not scared of you or anything, never you, but it’s changed everything about me and I don’t know what to do about it.”

“I’m sure everyone will help you get a handle on your new abilities as you discover them and you know I’ll be here no matter what.”

“I know, I’m not trying to sound depressed or anything.”

“I know, don’t worry about it.”

He reached up and tucked some hair behind her ear. “You’re so beautiful Kay, so beautiful and perfect and I’m kind of relieved I finally know what happened.”


#31

“I don’t know why I didn’t think of Eric sooner”

“probably because we really haven’t been as involved with your family as we should be”

When Eric, Hannah and Adam managed to locate the facility that had taken Shawn they barely had time to be horrified before bullets started flying their way. They dodged, all three having incredible speed. “we should have been more careful” Eric projected into their minds. “Hannah, run the other way and call the police, help them find this place. They can be our backup if we haven’t gotten to the leader before they get here” Hannah knew this wasn’t the time to argue with her husband. She ran back the way they came, opening her phone and dialing 911.

Eric thought Adam had made a wise decision. Her worry over being a near a place like this again had hung thick in the air. She had suffered far worse than even he, Ivy or Shawn had because her captors had been raping her as well. They might need the help and they didn’t want Hannah getting any more emotional scars either or to have her nightmares return.


#32

Eric expanded his mind as far as he could, trying to pinpoint the one who had harmed Shawn. “Ten men, three of them scientists.” He said to Adam.

“Is the man who had Shawn taken one of them?”

“Yes, he’s so calm and, as I saw, not human. Touch his mind.”

Adam let his own thoughts move out. “I see and the rest are all human.”

“Yeah.”

“What are you thinking?”

“They’re focused on us here. You go around that way, I’ll go around the other way and we’ll meet in the middle to stop the guards out front. Once we’re inside, we’re going to have to move fast.”

“Got it. What do you want to do about the boss?”

“If we can, force him to reveal what he did to Shawn. Right now, he has it buried deep.”

“Got it.”


#33

Dividing to conquer worked and the two were able to get inside where they seemed ill prepared to keep anybody out or in. That was how a very confused and incredibly scared Shawn was able to escape. With how long Shawns been gone Eric would have thought they’d improve security but then again, maybe this thing liked his beings to escape. He could have some way of watching Shawn, the aftermath of what he did might be why he did it, some sort of show for him. In either case the being who turned Shawn now knew they were coming.

Hannah constantly looked around her as she waited for the police. She had first called 911 but now she was on the phone with an officer who had wanted to keep her on for updates incase some men came after her. “so you guys have handled locations like this before?”

“not me but my husband and his family has”

“still, we should have been informed. They cant just go attacking places”


#34

“These aren’t normal places so please just get here.”

Eric and Adam probed the minds of the men inside. The two scientists that worked under the one who had changed Shawn were frantic, their minds racing with thoughts of what they had done to Shawn. They knew they were in danger and were trying to find a way out of it. Two of the leftover guards had memories of taking Shawn, of forcing him out of his home and to the facility. “Three guards left.” Eric said as they moved through the facility.

“The scientists are trying to hide, there’s a safe room.” Adam added.

“All except him, he’s confident in his abilities and unafraid.”

The last three guards tried hunting them, but with their abilities to read the men’s minds, Eric and Adam managed to turn them into the hunted. They took them out easily and made sure to take their guns. The only thing the police would have to worry about is arresting them. They made their way through the facility, stopping once they found the room to the main scientists office. “He knows we’re out here.” Adam whispered and Eric nodded. Eric grabbed the door hand, turned, and pushed it open while Adam pointed a gun at the man sitting behind the desk.


#35

“a gun wont really do much against me I’m afraid, even if you go for the head shot. That young man, he’s why you came right? You there, holding the gun. His mate is your daughter. I can tell. He should be grateful for what I did. I gave him a gift. A gift he didn’t want but a gift all the same”

“You don’t get to scar someone and decide it’s a gift.”

“if he would have stayed I could have helped him learn how to control himself”

“and what did you want of him in return. Why?” Eric now asked. “Because I can, there isn’t a prison yet that can hold me, not a being I’ve ever faced that can stop me especially with the army I’ve been creating. I wont tell you how and try as you might you wont figure it out but I can now control Shawn whenever I want. From right here, if I wanted I could have him snap the neck of that little girl of yours” Adam shot him right between the eyes, hoping he was bluffing but the being just grinned “didn’t I just tell you I could have him kill her?” he sighed, seeming as if the wound in his head was merely an inconvenience.

“walk away, you can’t stop me and it’s the final chance I’ll give you. Annoy me further and I’ll have him kill his wife and come right back to me”


#36

“Not happening.” Adam said. “Shawn wouldn’t, even if you tortured him.” His instincts told him to run, to go and save his daughter, but he couldn’t let this man go and do the same to someone else. He glanced at Eric, who nodded. “We’re not letting you go.”

He shook his head. “How cruel, choosing justice over your own child, it’s so unexpected, you surprise me.” He chuckled. “Suit yourself.”

Shawn’s sudden agonizing scream startled Kay. She very nearly dropped the glass of water in her hand and she quickly sat it down and ran to their room. He had fallen off the bed and was on his knees, clutching his head. His canines and nails had grown long and sharp, making him look like a wild animal. “Shawn?” She came out of her shock and went to his side. “What’s going on?”

“Get out, get out of my head.” His voice came out more of a growl.

“Shawn.” She grabbed his shoulders and he shoved her away.

“Get away from me, stay away.”

Kay crawled back over to him and he pounced on her, shoving her to the floor and pinning her wrists next to her head. His pupils were huge, nearly covering his entire iris and he gritted his teeth, his breathing labored as he fought not to hurt her. “Shawn, it’s okay.”

“I can’t…I can’t…he’s telling me to…to…”

“It’s okay.”

He dropped his head down next to hers. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” She could feel him shaking and his fingers hurt her wrists, but she knew if she struggled, it might make things worse. “He’s in my head.”

“Fight it baby, whatever it is, whoever he is, fight it.” She wanted desperately to hug him, to show him everything was okay.


#37

The man chuckled again “you’re right, he is fighting me. He’s fighting pretty hard to” He still seemed like he was having fun. Suddenly Eric and Adam were kicked out of his mind, completely blocked from looking “looks like I’ll have to take this family just a little more seriously” Next thing Eric knew something metal and hard hit his head so hard he felt his neck pop before falling unconscious. Adam had no time to react before somehow this man had his gun. He fired every round that was left in his stomach “I gave you two a chance to walk away. Remember that” Adams first thought was Hannah, what if he caught up to her on the road. He called his wife, glad she picked up “I’m in the cop car baby”

Adam couldn’t speak, he couldn’t think. “Adam?”

“He’s fast, are” it was so hard to talk but he did his best to force himself on “please tell me some of those cops aren’t human”

“I don’t know, whats happened?”

“Ive been shot and Eric has been knocked out. He’s still breathing”

“Oh my god”

Shawn now felt the being pulling him to leave, to come to him. That feeling was welcome to the one he had been fighting off before. He was able to let go of Kay and get off of her “Shawn?”

“He wants me to come”

“to where” Shawn was shaking again “I dont know but I know at the same time I”

“it’s okay Shawn, stay with me, please”

“what if he starts trying to make me hurt you again”

“I love you, we’re in this life together no matter what. I know I was weird but I was worried like they had sent home some Doppelgänger or something. Now that I know you’re still you we’re just as strong as before. I don’t care what happens. I just want you to fight him and stay with me” A tear slid down Shawns cheek and he hugged Kay. He either found the strength to ignore the beings call or the being gave up because he didn’t feel the pull of anybody right now but his wife.

They didn’t move from that spot until Hannah called them “whats up?”

“your dad and Eric are on their way to the hospital. Your dad was shot three times in the stomach and Eric has a pretty severe head wound.”

“Oh my god”

“they are both alive though and thats what matters”

“what’s going on with you mom?”

“I’m still at the scene with the police. They wont let me come home”

“what do you mean they wont let you”

“They think we must know more than we’re saying”

“they cant do that. Let me talk to someone”

“Honey, it’ll be fine”

“No, its not fine to not let you go home or go to the hospital. I’m calling a lawyer at least”

“that might look weird and make them suspect us even more of having something to do with this place” Her mother said she had to go, another officer wanted to talk to her. “damn it she hugn up” Kay cursed and Shawn rubbed her back “Did I hear right? Your dads in the hospital and they wont let your mom leave?”

“Yeah”

“what do you want to do?”

“I probably couldn’t see dad yet even if I went to the hospital and with the lawyer I don’t know how long they are going to try and keep mom”

“I think the limit is twenty four hours.”

“I dont care, I’m getting her home. She must be a mess and those cops can’t be helping”

“I’ll help you find a lawyer then. Surely there has to be someone that can help right now”


#38

Shawn searched for people on his phone while Kay used the laptop. She felt a knot in her throat the whole time, so worried about her dad and uncle, hoping they were both going to pull through. Shawn inhaled sharply and Kay looked up from what she was doing to see him staring off into space, his hand gripping his phone so hard his knuckles were white and the screen had cracked a little. “Shawn?” She touched him and he jumped, breathing hard.

“Sorry, he’s still calling me, I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay.”

Shawn looked down at his phone. “Holy shit.” He then looked at Kay, his eyes moving to her wrists. There was some faint bruising he hadn’t noticed there. “I hurt you.”

“Shawn, it’s alright, they don’t even hurt.” She reached over and took his hand. “I love you, no matter what he tries to make you do, I will always love you.”

“I love you too.”

Kay looked back at the computer screen and stopped when she saw a recent news article talking about Jasper Bookchild and how he was at the forefront for preternatural rights. She had heard about him plenty, even watched him on the news from time to time. She knew his services were probably expensive, but it didn’t matter. “I found someone Shawn.” She said and he looked over at the screen.

“Do you think he’ll actually help us?”

“It’s worth a try.”


#39

Kay called the number, reaching an assistant. She explained what was going on and that she needed someone to help her mother right now since the cops weren’t letting her leave. “We have many other very capable lawyers here at the firm. I mention this because he’s not in right now. I can reach out to him if you really want Jasper himself. This sounds like a case he’d be particularly interested in. Nothing works him up more than cops doing things they know they shouldn’t”

“Please try him, that lab is linked to some terrible things. I don’t want them trying to lump my family in with the culprits”

“alright, whats the best number to reach you at?” Kay gave the woman her number and allowed her to hang up. Shawn hugged Kay “what can I do baby?”

“I dont know, I want to go and raise hell but with you struggling I don’t want them getting any ideas about you too without a good lawyer present. I can’t be alone right now” Not even half an hour had passed when Jasper called her back “Mrs MacThom?”

“Yes”

“I’m on my way alright. They aren’t keeping your mother. I’ll make sure she goes wherever she wants to and I plan to stick with you guys until this is all sorted out. Her husbands in the hospital for christs sake and they don’t even live near you right?”

“Right”

“Too many cops like to jump to conclusions.” He sounded incredibly irritated “after I get your mom away and have a talk with them I want to hear more from you about your family and this situation”

“Thank you”

“I’m sorry you’ve been put in this situation” When Jasper made it to where they lived he found they had Hannah at the police station. It only made him angrier she was sobbing and asking them to let her call the hospital to check on her husband.


#40

The men interrogating Hannah knew him immediately. He didn’t even have to say anything before one of them was running to get their boss. “Mr. Bookchild, so nice to see you.” The chief said, shaking his hand.

“Maybe you’d like to tell me why your underlings are spending their time questioning my client when she’s not even a suspect.”

“She was at the scene.”

“Is she or is she not the one who called to inform you that her husband and brother in law had entered the facility to find the ones responsible for kidnapping her daughter’s fiance?”

“Well yes, but…”

“Has she been cooperating with you?”

“Yes.”

“Then why is she being forced to stay here when her husband could be dying?” Hannah let out a little sob and Jasper wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “You’re going to tell me that you truly believe that this woman is responsible for the attack on her family? You didn’t even know you had a scientific facility in your backyard where people were being experimented on. Your officers are supposed to protect and serve, not scare the shit out of innocent women.”

“I apologize.”

“I want her released and I want someone guarding her family members, especially the young man Shawn and her daughter Kay. If you can’t do your job, then I will call someone in to do it for you.” He let Hannah go so he could pull his wallet and hand the police chief one of his cards. “Call me when you have something substantial to add to what’s going on.”