the first encounter.Everything suddenly got very dark; Stella felt it closing in around her. It became harder for her to breathe as her heart banged against her chest; pounding in her ears with a constant frantic beating.
"Help me!" She cried, desperately. The darkness was so thick that she felt trapped inside it. A strong claustrophobic feeling overcame her, like nothing she had ever experienced. The darkness wasn't merely the absence of light, but it had taken on its own form. Stella could feel the trees and the grass that had previously surrounded her disappear until there was nothing-nothing but the pitch black emptiness that was smothering her from all sides. She wanted to cry out-to scream; except her voice was strangled and caught in her throat.
But there was a voice-it came soft and near, penetrating through the dark. "Do not be afraid." It said. Stella felt warm breath against the back of her neck as the words left the lips of the speaker. She froze instantly i