"I'm so glad that I was curious." Steven told her. "I'm so glad that I decided to explore the tunnel on a whim, or I never would have met you."
"Me too. We were both curious about the tunnel." Alison replied with a smile. "That's how we met. We just happened to explore the tunnel on the same
day, at the same time."
"I really hope you'll come back."
"I promise I will."
Alison pulled Steven into a hug. Steven felt unusually warm for someone who had only bones for a body. When they separated, Alison pressed her lips
into the skeleton's forehead before turning and marching into the darkness of the tunnel. Steven watched her until she was completely out of his
Alison would be able to balance the two worlds, she was sure of it. She'd be able to visit the Halloween realm whenever she pleased, and she'd spend a
lot of her time in her home world trying to repair her family. In fact, Alison couldn't remember the last time she told any of them that she loved
them. That'd be a good start.
The walk was long and grueling.
By the time she finally reached the other side of the tunnel, her red eyes had returned to their original deep brown color. Her legs throbbed and her
feet ached. She wanted more than anything to sit down, but she couldn't stop until she reached her home. After all, Alison had been missing from her
home for over twenty four hours. Her family may have called the police or filed a missing person's report by now. And with Alison still wearing
Mahilda's hand crafted gown and with all of her belongings missing from her person, there was no telling what her family would think she she'd
None of it mattered, though.
Because now, Alison finally had a smile on her face. Her family would be saved, and Alison would rest easy tonight knowing that she was trying her
hardest to help them. Her family had issues, yes, but who's didn't? If a witch was able to adopt a skeleton, a vampire, and a werewolf and have them
all living peacefully under the same roof, then what excuse did Alison have for not working things out with her family?
It was midnight before Alison strolled towards her large suburban home. The streetlights casted their usual round glares on the street, while the cars
sat quietly in the driveways and their owners slept soundly in their homes. Oh, how very different this world was compared to Steven's world. Still,
even though she'd only been gone for a day, Alison missed it.
The lawn in front of her home smelled sweet. It'd been freshly mowed earlier in the day.
Alison inched down the driveway, her eyes narrowing at the living room window, where she was able to see that all of the lights inside were still on.
The television played from across the living room, and all of her siblings sat on the couch watching cartoons.
Maybe they don't know that I've been missing,
Alison thought. Yeah, Mom and Dad probably didn't tell them. They're all just kids. That must
A moment later, Alison's mother appeared from the kitchen. She held a wine glass filled to the brim with tequila. Alison squinted into the garage,
where her father's car sat. Her father was home as well. But there were no police, no panicking adults. Nobody even seemed to notice that Alison
Everything inside her shrank, her confidence crumbling the same way the Xanaguard mansion had. Her eyes formed tears before she could think twice.
They don't even care that I'm gone.
Suddenly, Alison was reminded of why she never liked it here, never liked her home, her family, her peers, or her school--because nobody cared. How
was it that a beautiful home with perfectly trimmed bushes and a flawlessly kept lawn was so very ugly beneath the exterior? How was it that a family
of monsters were more loyal and loving than her human relatives? And how, how on earth, could she have ever
thought that these people were
fixable? They cared nothing for her, and they cared nothing for each other.
Alison's body moved by itself; she found herself sprinting away from the house, down the road, back towards the shopping center, towards the woods,
towards the railroad, towards the tunnel...
Her legs pulsating painfully and her feet feeling bruised all over, Alison kept going, ignoring the tears that blurred her vision and the hammering of
her heart. She never wanted to see them again, that wicked and heartless family of hers. She never wanted to see the cars again, or the streetlights,
or the paved roads...
Alison ran into the blackness of the tunnel without bothering to listen for an oncoming train. Over the tracks she darted at full speed, back to the
other world, the one she loved, the one composed of spooky Halloween darkness, the one that contained the light, the one where her new family
Alison entered the Halloween realm once again. The purpleish-blue of the night sky was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen. Steven wasn't
standing near the tunnel anymore. Nobody was around to see what she would do next.
Her hands ignited with the light of her soul, her eyes shining like two red stars. Alison was unsure of how Mahilda had brought down the mansion, but
she would try her best to simulate it.
With a few wide swings of her arms, Alison unleashed as much of her energy as possible. Blasts of crimson power hit the tunnel's entrance, then the
mountainside, then the tunnel again. Alison continued firing and slicing at the structure with her power, quickly becoming exhausted, but she wouldn't
stop until she got the result she wanted.
At long last, the mountain rumbled.
The tunnel came apart the same way the mansion had. Giant chunks of brick came down, and, in the seconds following, rocks and dirt began to fall as
well. Alison observed as the mountain's boulders collapsed the tunnel completely. The earth under her feet shook. She knew what that meant; the tunnel
was caving in, just like she had intended.
Never again would she make the mistake of entering that horrible world of hers.
Here, with Steven, was where she belonged.
And here, in the Halloween realm, she would remain forever.
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