Annabelle stood on the beach near her house in Hidden Springs, adorned in a white dress. Numerous thoughts were going through her head as she looked out into the water. Standing in front of her was Tom, who also wore a white outfit.
Tom acknowledged her presence and said "I don't want to talk to you. You're an alien, a monster from outer space. Why would I want to talk to you?"
"Please, Tom! Please do this!"
She thought back to the day before, with Scarlett approaching her and saying "Hey Annie, how about we go to the spa and get some tattoos to get your mind off the argument with Tom. My treat!" Yeah, being seared with a laser gun creating permanent marks on her skin sure did take her mind off of things.
Not wanting to get dressed for the day at 2:00 AM, she put on a robe and walked outside her room. Annabelle's first instinctive reaction was to talk to Tom, as she always did when a nightmare affected her, but considering they hadn't talked for two days since having a massive argument, she settled on getting something to eat, maybe to put her mind off the nightmare thing so she could get back to sleep.
'After all', Annabelle thought angrily as she walked over to the staircase, 'wouldn't want to tear Tom away from his precious new girlfriend or whatever the hell she is.'
"Couldn't sleep either?" Annabelle asked when she saw Keera in the living room. The teen was pacing back and forth, and Annabelle could tell that she was trying to make herself tired enough to go to bed.
"No." Keera replied, "I had a nightmare."
Keera stopped pacing the floor. "I don't want to talk about it." she said. "Let's just say it was a bad, bad dream and the more I forget about it the more I can be happy. As happy as I've been for the past month. Yeah, I've been a cheerful little teen, with... lovely skin and a lovely personality. Yeah, I'll go back to being that."
"Please tell me?" Annie asked. "I really want to know what your dream was about, Keera. I-I could tell you about my nightmare if you want? You share I share kind of thing?"
"If it means that much to you." Keera said as she walked over to her mother. Annabelle could see that tears were starting to form and fall across her face. "I was singing in front of a group of people in the middle of the day, some kind of festival or whatever. It started out so nice. I was enjoying my day, having so much fun. Then it became about... what else? What other nightmares have I had since the day of the explosion? Since I had this eye patch?"
"Keera, I-" Annabelle tried to say.
"I HATE THIS! I HATE HAVING THIS SCAR, HAVING TO WEAR AN EYE PATCH! I HATE EVERYTHING!!!" Finally she fell into Annabelle's arms and began to cry.
"I am so sorry for everything that's happened to you." Annabelle said. "If I could turn back the clock and have it happen to me instead, I would gladly do it, but I am afraid there are some things that we can't change." Annabelle knew this would happen, Keera finally breaking down after a month of acting cynical and repressive, failing to understand the gravity of the situation. It was only a matter of time, and she knew her daughter would need someone to be there to help her through it.
"Everything's okay, Keera, you don't need to do anything. Just be here right now."
Kelly stood on a patio overlooking the beach on top of the house. The night wind was breezy and chilly, but she managed to keep herself from being too cold. After all, she had to be outside, in the open, after what she had just dreamed about. With not much else to do, Kelly walked over to a massage chair and sat on it, looking out to the scenery of Hidden Springs. "I hate this." She said out loud, but to herself.
"You hate what?" Suddenly Kelly heard Annabelle's voice coming from inside the adjacent room, but when she turned to see her it was actually Mirabelle who was standing in the doorway.
"Oh, okay." Mirabelle said. "I guess I should go back in then. You want to come inside and get out of the cold, Kelly?"
"No. Not inside, in that box. No I want to be here outside in this, uh, 'loveliness'." Kelly looked around. "Loveliness indeed."
"What's wrong?" Miabelle asked. "Did you have another nightmare regarding your claustrophobia?"
Kelly was going to ask her how she knew that. But after a few seconds she realized, again, that this woman was Annabelle, and had all of her memories to the moment they split. In this respect, Mirabelle had all the emotions and feelings that Annabelle had recently obtained from certain moments in time. After thinking it over, Kelly turned back to Mirabelle, standing up out of the chair. "Yes. I dreamt I was trapped in an elevator, just like I have been since I was younger. You know that, don't you 'Mirabelle'?"
"I recall finding out recently, but I never actually heard why you are so afraid of enclosed spaces? You never told anyone, let alone Annabelle."
"Well I never wanted to tell anyone." Kelly said, "When we moved to Bridgeport as children, the first thing I wanted to do was ride an elevator. So I convinced my mom and dad to take me to this building in the middle of the city, and first thing I did was run to the elevator and push the button to get to the top floor. Mom and dad didn't get to the elevator in time to get in with me. Halfway to the top, I heard a grinding noise and the elevator stopped dead. It took an hour for the crew of the building to get me out of the elevator, and seconds after they did, 'boom'. The elevator crashed to the ground." Kelly looked off into the distance. "I was three seconds away from being crushed inside a giant tin can."
"That's why you don't like elevators or small spaces." Mirabelle replied, "Kelly, how come you never told anyone about this? You could have obtained some kind of help before this got out of hand!"
"You don't need to worry about hiding your fears, Kelly." Mirabelle said. "When Annabelle was younger she didn't hide her fears about evil unicorns, despite the fact that being afraid of evil unicorns is very... silly from a certain standpoint. But hey, we're still not hiding our fears! Even grown up, Annabelle and I are still afraid of those freaky horned creatures! But there is something else I personally am afraid of, and to tell you the truth, it's the reason I'm awake at this moment."
"What do you mean?" Kelly asked. "Did you have a nightmare too?"
"Well, maybe that's a sign that you should live your life like every day was your last. Have fun with yourself! Do something spontaneous! Like-"
"Like kissing a woman after telling her you love her?" Mirabelle chuckled, "Or what happened that same day?"
"Uh, exactly! I guess! I don't know!"
"Tom... I wanted to tell you something." Andy and Tom were in the latter's bedroom, with Tom looking at a picture on a wall. Andy was still upset from the other night when she encountered Aurora Dawn, her twisted "other part of the whole Nightmare", and constantly questioned to herself if Tom would kick her out of the house and out of his life if he knew what or who she was. Despite this, she decided to bite the bullet and confess. "Tom, I am sorry to tell you this, but I'm the human form of split entity called Nightmare. I'm sure you never want to see me again, and I'm sorry."
"Everything alright?" Tom woke up after hearing Andy scream and walked over to her. "I heard you tossing and turning all night."
Andy stood up and said "Yeah I had a nightmare. I've had them for a while, what about you? Were you sleeping okay?"
"Yeah, no bad dreams or anything." Tom said. "I'm sorry you had one, nightmares are a terrible thing to go through. Aside from tonight I've been having them for nearly a week."
"What?" Andy asked, intrigued. "What could Tom Jameson possibly be afraid of? You're strong, capable of doing anything, what do you fear?"
Tom closed his eyes and turned around. "Losing people I care for. Ever since I went to that other dimension I was worried about losing Annabelle, and now with what I did I've gone and lost her myself. But you're here, and you are all I need at the moment. There is nothing anyone can say that will want me to leave you behind, Andy."
With no more words, Andy walked over to the bed and lied down on it. Before Tom could say anything, she started to kiss him, the two sharing their first.
John woke up nearly depressed from what he had just dreamed about. He looked around the room and saw Scarlett looking something up on her computer. "Red? Are you okay?"
"No." Scarlett responded flatly. "I had that dream again, I dreamed that you left me, that everyone left me behind and alone because of my anger issues. I don't want anyone to leave me, so I'm researching anger management therapies. There has to be one around here somewhere. Anywhere that will take me that I haven't already been to!"
"Scarlett, why do you do this to yourself? You know for a fact I will never leave you. I will never abandon you. I love you too much! In fact, I just had a dream of my own where you left me because... you didn't love me anymore. You just, didn't love me and left me behind."
Scarlett silently stood up and walked with John. It was a short trip down to the basement, where John asked his fiance to sit on the couch. "I found this old recorded DVD in a box down here. I watched a few seconds of it to see what it was about. Red, you need to watch this."
The girl she was holding was Scarlett herself as a toddler. "That's... that's ME! John! That's me! Those are my parents! This is a video of me and my parents! John!" Scarlett said excitedly and smiled brightly as she watched the footage. "Their faces! Mom! Dad! It's them!"
"Did you set the camera to take a picture?" Kathy asked.
"No, we don't need a picture. Her face is all we need, we'll remember Scarlett forever!" Michael said, smiling. "Forever and ever and ever until the end of time!"
The footage changed to a different scene. A quieter scene at night. "Shhh.... She's getting tired Michael. Let's sit her in the crib." The footage then cut again, showing Kathy and Michael standing looking right at the camera, which was presumably set on a shelf.
"Scarlett. This is your mom and dad." Kathy said. "We are filming this and putting it in a safe in case something were to happen to us. Just in case. We wanted to keep this safe for future viewings. Listen, Scarlett, if something were to ever happen to us, I want you to know that we love you. We will always love you. And we will always watch over you, even if we aren't there. Remember to keep yourself wearing red, it's your favorite color and looks best on you. And if you happen to inherit my slight anger issues, then-"
"Then tell everyone around you to find a place of safety." Michael said, amusing himself but not exactly bringing a smile to his wife's face. "I meant to say: yes dear. I will do anything you want."
"We love you, Scarlett. We will always love you until the end of time."
The footage stopped. Scarlett was nearly crying from what she saw, but John cuddled up next to her and she regained herself. "That was the best thing you've ever done for me, John. I love you."
"How long will you love me for?" John asked.
Taking a line from the footage, Scarlett smiled and said "Forever and ever and ever, until the end of time."
At the same time, Annabelle slept next to Keera who was napping on the couch. Tom and Andy were asleep in his bed, and Kelly slept soundly on the massage chair outside while Mirabelle was napping on the bench nearby.