Europe was everything Juli Rossi dreamed it would be. It was fast-paced and exciting, and she rarely felt bored, an emotion that had been much too common back home. She never wanted to leave. Her two travelling partners, Lila and Quinn, talked of never going home, of buying a little house in Cannes or Milan and living out their lives their. She had never wanted anything like she wanted that fantasy; Juli couldn't imagine a better life. But, of course, like most fantasies, it was destined to stay just that, a fantasy. They met Erik and Niklas at some nightclub, the name of which she'd already forgotten. They were all already pretty tipsy by then, Quinn's bubbly laughter loud and permeating the dance floor. She couldn't remember what they said to each other, just the bright, neon lights flashing, bodies pressed so close against each other, and the music so loud it drowned out all other thoughts. Lila might have kissed Erik, but it could have been Niklas. Somehow they ended up following them to a party, but fuck if Juli knew how. She didn't ever remember leaving the club. And it's back to pounding music and flashing lights, classic party elements that have a habit of making you forget your own name. Quinn was still laughing, and now Juli was laughing, and laughing, and laughing, but she had no idea what was so funny. Where were Mike and Aaron? Or was it Nick and Ernst? Oh well, whoever they were, they'd lost them in the crowd. By the time they all left around 2 a.m., they'd each had more drinks than they could count. Their rental car was there, so they'd clearly driven it to the party, but Juli couldn't even remember the ride there. Lila drove, with Juli in the passenger's seat and Quinn half asleep in the back. They blasted the radio on one of the highest settings, paying no mind to Quinn in the back. Juli didn't even see the cliff coming. ------------------- When Juli woke up, her lungs were filling with smoke. Which ticked her off, since she'd told Lila not to smoke inside the hotel room at least a dozen times. The next thing she registered was that she was upside down. Her thoughts were muddled and she couldn't think straight; why was she upside down? That's when the pain hit, and oh God, was she in pain. Everywhere hurt, but the pain in her head was agonizing. She felt around blindly, finding her seat belt and fiddling with it desperately till it released her and she fell hard down onto the roof of the car. There was blood, so much blood, but her brain couldn't process it, couldn't connect the dots. The windshield had shattered, as well as been smashed down, but Juli managed to climb out and into the night, though it was a tight fit. Where were Quinn and Lila? She needed to find them. Sh stumbled through the woods, dazed and confused as to her destination; the pain worsened with each step. Finally, she stepped out of the dense woods and into a clearing, a huge castle in the middle of it. Had that been there before? Juli wasn't sure. She tried to get closer, to go and get help, but she finally collapsed to the ground, and was unable to find the strength to rise again. Tired and defeated, she laid on the ground, listening to the sounds of the forest as she started to slowly lose the fight against her own body.