Night came fast and the sky once again looked fabulous,with
new stars appearing all the time and playing God,s concert.Tadek Vangard and
Steven Mac Dantosch felt themselves as if they were not just kings or emperors
among the mortals but gods on Olimp,thanks to their feelings of happiness,which
overcame them due to their awareness they saved life of Melissa Charleroi.There
had to be future for her.They had no doubt about it.The heavenly concert was
surely dedicated to the angelic Melissa Charleroi who slept already in her
sleeping room.They played a chess and it was already well past midnight
when they went to their bedrooms.They fell asleep quite fast and probably each
of them had a sleep like a top.It was four a'clock still at the deep night when
Steven Mac Dantosch woke up,feeling that someone pulls his arm and tries to wake
him up.He opened his eyes and saw his friend next to his bed.
-"Tadek,for God's sake,what happened? Why are you waking me up in the
middle of the night? Phantom of the Opera arrived of what?"-He felt a bit
-"Steven,don't you hear? Melissa screams...vociferates... through her
sleep.I think she has a bad dream...a nightmare...
It was the case indeed.Steven Mac Dantosch jumped off the bed.He heard the
girl's squalls and wondered how could he have such a stony sleep that even the
quite loud dream roars of the girl did not wake him up.
-"You are right,Tadek.She must have one of her nightmares right now...One
of her too many nightmares.There will be problems.Let's go."- Steven Mac
They rushed to her bedroom and put the light on.What they saw caused the hair on
their heads standing on end.Melissa Charleroi set on the edge of her bed,with
unkempt hair and expression of unutterable dread on her face,and her eyes seemed
to have been getting out of her eye-sockets,because of an incredible fear she
was expierencing while still in a deep dream.She waved her hands in all
directions like if she wanted to repel some bad ghosts.
-"Noooo!...Nooooooo!..."- She screamed.
Steven Mac Dantosh and Tadek Vangard ran towards her.Steven Mac Dantosch touched
her arm.She reacted with a vehement,a cat like defensive reflex.
-"Noooooo!..."- She began to scream again.
Clearly,she was still entrapped in her dready nightmare.
-"Steven,for God's sake,we have to do something.I think she dreams of those
who raped her.We have to call a doctor."- Tadek
Vangard,horror-strucked,whispered.He had no idea what could they do to calm her
down.Steven Mac Dantosch did not answered,walked up to the bed and took Melissa
Charleroi into his arms with all his strength.Despite that she tried to get out
of his arms and was very violent,hurting him on his face and arms,he kept her
strongly in his arms and stroked in the meantime her golden-blond hair.
-"Melissa,wake up now.You are with us...Your friends...Those bad,monster
people are away.They will never return to you."- He repeated one and the
same like a magic spell.It seemed to help.She stoped screaming and her eyes
became clear.She recovered a full consciousness away from the grip of her dreary
dream.She still trembled,but less and less.Finally she became quiet when she
realised she was indeed with her friends.It was a long rather process before she
got so far,like if she was returning from an unconscious tunnel of darkness to
the charms of a delightfull sunshine.Sure,she stopped short of the final
destination.It was still far away to that delightfull sunshine,but she even now
made some progress,a bit,but even a bit was a lot.An expression of shame covered
her face.This was sign she really recognised her friends.
-"Steven,is it you? Oh,sorry,I had such a dreadfull dream!"- She
whispered.And then she turned her head to Tadek Vangard .
-"I am so sorry."-She added.
-"No,don't be sorry.We understand you."- Tadek Vangard answered and
smiled to her.
Steven Mac Dantosch still stroked her on her golden hair.He also smiled to
her,gently,the way a father would do it.There was indeed a fatherly warmth on
-"Never mind,Melissa!"- He said.-"Remember,it was only a
dream...However dreadfull...,it was still just a dream.You just open your eyes
and it is gone.You have us.We will never let you being harmed by anyone.Do you
-"Yes,I do.I am sure I believe you.I want to believe you."- Melissa
Charleroi answered .
-"Do you really believe me?"- Steven Mac Dantosch repeated his
question and his voice sounded hypnotic.
-"Yes,I do."- She answered again and kissed him on his cheek gently.
-"I thank you."- She added.
-"Then go to your bed again and try to get asleep fast because quite soon
there is the morning,with its sunshine full in the windows.And remember once
again:if you ever again have such a dream as this night,just skip it.Kick it
away from yourself.That dreams can do nothing bad to you.Not
anymore.Remember,you have us.You are like a princess and we are your
servants.One call from you and we are before you."
Melissa Charleroi smiled to him.
-"Oh,thank you,Steven.I don't think I will let myself again so much
frighten as it happened this night.Never again!"
-"Goodnight."- She answered to them.
Steven Mac Dantosch and Tadek Vangard returned to their bedrooms.They felt
relieved it all finished so good.
In the morning,they spoke nothing about Melissa's last night
nightmare.Instead,they rented a sailing boat and enjoyed staying all day deep in
the sea,among thousands of islets and islands of the Bengal Sea.They did the
same in the following days.They even added a windsurfing to their
schedule.Melissa Charleroi had less and less nightmares and her condition
improved visibly.She even laughed often with them.She even behaved sometimes
like a typical teenage girl: carefree and impulsive,wanting to know everything.
Still,they knew,she had a fear of the night,like if a phantom of the night was
waiting for her.When the night was coming,her daytime smile and carefree
behaviour were gone and she was silent and not anticipating.Her mood was
definitely opposite to the one she shared with them during the day.As if she was
not just one girl but two girls in one body and mind.Steven Mac Dantosch and
Tadek Vangard knew,or at least felt that she was far from a complete recovery. A
mental recovery,especially.They kept their fingers crossed she will make her
mind up rather sooner than later.However difficult it might be.As for now,during
the shiny sunny days on the sea,she was just exceptionally brave,just great.
Two weeks later they got an idea.
-"Let's move to one of those delicious islands in the Bengal
Sea."-Steven Mac Dantosch proposed.-"We will be away from any signs of
civilisation,sharing time with nature only."
Neither Melissa Charleroi nor Tadek Vangard objected.Soon afterwards they found
themselves in a beautiful wooden villa on the edge of a seaside of a relatively
large island,situated over one hundred kilometers away from Cox's Bazaar.They
rented the villa from a rich,American businessman,who was married to a Bengal
woman.From the front side of the villa they could delight themselves with the
sea's waves approaching the island's beaches in all manners,here gently,there
harsh.There was some eroticism in this touches of the sea with the
sand,stones,rocks,shoals,reefs and even cliffs.It looked pictureusque and even
magic and fabulous.No less fantastic was lookout from the back side of the
villa.Just a bit of land covered by grass and then,just as if out of a
sudden,the jungle with full of its majesty.In fact where the villa was situated
there was before nothing but jungle which ruled all the way to the seaside.
There was no a day they would not enjoy the seaside,once the sandy beach,the
other time staying in the vicinity of the cliffs.Tropical sun opened them the
secrets of the deep seas every time they sailed with their sailing boat.The sea
was crystal blue. In the vicinity of the cliffs they did something special:they
did fishing.One had to have something to eat.They did not want to buy anything
in Cox's Bazaar.They were on the island somehow like the ancient humans.They
were part of this nature,in all of the nature's wisdom.
This time they fished too.They had already enough fish for all the
week.Strangely,Steven Mac Dantosch wanted more of them.Tadek Vangard
enjoyed swimming and Melissa Charleroi played with the dry sand.She thought she
was getting borried.Why so much fish... She got up from the sand and approached
the stack of the fish they had ready for taking to the villa.
-"Melissa,be careful! Don't move!"-She heard Tadek Vangard shouting to
her the moment when she just wanted to say they should go back to the villa.
-"Melissa,don't move!"- She heard also Steven Mac Dantosch's warning
to her.Both her friends looked up the cliff.She also looked up there.She thought
her heart stopped bitting in her breasts and all the blood went out of her head
despite that she was sunburned to a chocolate tan.Her eyes met the eyes of a
black jaguar,standing on the cliff just about four meters above her.One jump of
the animal and she might be among the dead.
-"God,what can I do?"- She thought feverishly.
Out of a sudden she thought she got a revelation.She took to her hand one of the
fish from the stack and threw it onto the sand ,about five meters away from
her.The fish,miracuously,did not reach the sand.Exactly as she thought it would
happen.Jaguar simply jumped off the cliff the same moment Melissa Charleroi
threw the fish. What a spectacular jump was it! With a masterful touch of the
body movement! Like if arrow of the night pierced a shiny nest of the day!And
then,the animal caught the fish into its mouth,before landing equally in a
masterful way on the sand.The fish was consumed within seconds.Melissa Charleroi
threw another fish,without much thinking,to the wild animal.Then one more and
yet another one.Jaguar seemed to have never ending appetite.She had already the
last of the fish in her hands and again acted on the spur of the moment: she
just threw the fish to that deliciously archblack jaguar.And this time there was
a surprise in the air.The jaguar did caught the golden fish into its mouth but
did not eat it.He just jumped up the cliff,then again onto an upper cliff
and then dissapeared into the jungle.The wild animal must have had his
family pack somwhere there in the jungle.One thing was certainly sure: the
friendship between the wild animal and the people on the beach side or at least
the girl was stamped.
Steven Mac Dantosch and Tadek Vangard approached Melissa Charleroi.They were
visibly still trembling.
-"Melissa,you astonished us both."- Steven Mac Dantosch said
-"We've got one more friend."- Melissa Charleroi joked,proving how
fast minded she could be.-"You will have to do much more fishing up from
now.I am sure our jaguar has his own family which he must bread."
They began to laugh.They felt this was the best reaction,because only that way
their nerves could be gone away from them.
-"I propose we call the jaguar...Tommy.I am sure he will join us regularly
from now on."- Melissa Charleroy really enjoyed the moment.
They just laughed and laughed.It was nice to discover a new Melissa,the brave
To be continued...Author:Thaddeus Hutyra,e-mail address:email@example.com
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