This starts the special horror story that will run all month. I will mention that I only did a quick read over for editing.
This is part 1 of what I’m calling the ‘Raven Series’, which includes Raven’s Hold, Raven’s Game, and Raven’s Dawn.
With a yawn that dislocates her jaw, Dawn Addison sits up in her cloud-shaped bed and floats onto a nearby balcony. The sun glints off her golden eyepatch while she runs her hands through her brown hair to pull out the knots. A gentle breeze takes the severed tresses from her hair and adds them to a tapestry that depicts an island in the middle of a lake. She stares at the city that surrounds her five-hundred story hotel called Heaven’s Nest, which she has moved around the world for the last year. The young woman remembers going to bed in Los Angeles, but she can see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance as well as the Parthenon. Realizing that she must have moved them in her sleep, Dawn waves her hand to whisk the landmarks back to where they belong. She pauses with her arm stretched out and watches the glitter on her skin sparkle until she gets bored. A storm erupts from overhead and unleashes a downpour that washes her clean, a chorus of shouts from below bringing a smile to her face. Tearing off her skin, she reveals a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt with her own face beneath. Frowning at the casual look of her outfit, she changes the clothes into a black, short-sleeved top and a crimson poodle skirt.