Between Two Roses - Chapter IV
Matsui Rena fluttered her eyes open.
She needed few attempts of blinking to adjust the foreign light before she finally could keep them open. The light was kind of hurting her still vulnerable iris, just like a vampire skin given a touch of sunlight. Her eyelids felt heavy as if glued to each other, she almost believed she had been sleeping for days. Once she could gain her focus back, she stared upwards. It was like déjà vu when she saw the ceiling after what like forever she had been closing her eyes. Except there was only plain white color decorated by few cracks and brown-yellowish marks in here and there instead of Michelangelo-styled painting. The marks resembled of what Rena had seen on the unused water pipes in the storeroom near her cottage before. They were undoubtedly rusts. Relief instantly washed her, as Rena abruptly aware she wasn’t in the place she had been trying to run from.