The Reaper’s Monster (part 1)

“I killed the beast!” he screamed, “I killed the person who is going to set our world on fire!”

I heard my best friend screamed over and over again, while I was laying there, half-dead, covered in a pool of blood, my blood. I heard footsteps coming towards my body; I heard the sound of people whispering. Those whispering changed, now people are praising him, they were praising my friend who stab me. They praised him over and over again, and then the sounds started to go farther and farther away. Everything started going blurry. It seems that I am going to die soon. I exhaled, closing my eyes, accepting the bitter truth that my best friend killed me and was proud of it.

“My, my, what do we have here? Such a tragedy,” spoke a voice. I took every bit of power I have left and opened my eyes, to which I saw a man wearing all-black attire. I never knew that man; I have never seen him before. He was dressed in clothing not from this era, he had a top hat and he wore a long black coat, he had a cane in one of his hand. He was very peculiar so to speak, but I could not care less, after all I am about to die. I started to close my eyes again, until he said, “I can give you another chance in life. I can help you get your revenge. Your friend that created this mess, do you not want to properly give your regards? Besides, a woman submerged in her own blood, on a pavement is not how I imagine your death.” I opened my eyes and looked at him, he took my interest, but then again, I have to think about my choices. I could not clearly see what he was doing, but for a moment, I felt that he was smiling; knowing he had took my interest.

 “I’ll give you your life back, if you do one thing for me. A small errand, it won’t be a hassle.” I took every bit of strength left and nodded, after all, what could be worse than this. In a beat, suddenly I was back. There was no pool of blood; there was no stab wound; there was only him and me. “Who are you?” I said while still trying to catch my breath. It was all too surreal; I was gasping for air and was inhaling my own blood before, and now suddenly I am back on my feet. “I would aspect you to thank me first, but no matter. I am a grim reaper. I am the one who should deliver people’s souls to the after world. You have a bright future in front of you, well not quite. In exchange for giving you your life back, I want you to kill a person, he or she has been sucking people’s life and our job has been hectic since then.” Well, I was shocked to say the least. A grim reaper was in front of me, he gave me my life back. “I’ll get in touch with you when I have the time. I would advise you to use your life very carefully. Until we meet again,” he bowed and then he disappeared, gone without a trace.

A year has passed and everything seemed like it has gone back to normal. Except the fact that my previous best friend has completely forgotten me and I have to kill a person with strange ability, a person who could suck another person’s life force. My hatred towards my previous friend grew, as well as my curiosity with the reaper. After all, out of all the people on this earth, why must he choose me? I was deep in my thought, until a voice distracted me.

“What is in that mind of yours that is making you spill your tea?” I quickly came back to my senses to see the reaper sitting in my kitchen chair. “Such a waste of good tea, what question do you have for me? Perhaps you would like to know why I chose you, or maybe you would like to know something much more personal?” he said, added with a smirk to his remark. I quickly took a rag from the sink to clean the floor. I was in a daze, and then I took a glance look at the reaper. I have never actually observed him before, now that I think about it, he was very handsome. “Staring is quite improper, you know. If you wish to figure me out, you could always just ask.”

“What is the reason you chose me?” I asked while trying to cover my flushed face. “It’s not just because I was the only one there that was needed a second chance, right?” “Of course not, I chose you for a reason.  Like any other reaper, I have my own way on dealing with problems. Usually, I would like a non-messy and fastest way possible, but since the problem is much bigger and fast is out of question, and I do not want make my hands dirty, I chose you. Us reaper has the ability to see the life people like yourself have lived, to me, you are one of the most interesting human I had ever lay my eyes to.”

“About the one I am supposed to kill. You really have no idea how he or she looks like?” I asked again. “No. None at all, every time reapers go to retrieve a soul from a body, the souls were already gone. No mere mortals could do that, and with that monster lurking around, let’s just say everything is not in their right place,” said the ripper; I could see from him eyes, what kind of havoc the monster has created. His eyes showed a very deep hatred and anger, something I would never expect to see from the reaper’s face. My stomach churned, after all how could I, just a girl like me, be able to kill such a monster?  

writer’s note

I haven’t been on lately and I haven’t been writing anything. I was quite busy and well so to say my imagination has not been used. I tried writing but, well nothing came up to my brain. But, I am going to post something soon. Hopefully soon. I have been writing something and well I hope I can publish it today or pretty soon.

Best Regards,

E.P.S.

A Girl’s Dream

The sound of birds and the bright sunshine woke her. She stood up, and then hurriedly gets dressed, she opened the door to see the children in the neighborhood playing together and everything was green. There are a lot of trees, and the neighborhood is spotless. She heard her mother calling her to get ready for school. School is fun; the class has a 5D projector. Sometimes the class can be a jungle and they can play with the animals in the jungle. School isn’t as long as it was in the past; 5 hours of class and the children are ready to go home. They have a special time where the children could go play too, this is her favorite time in school.

After school, she goes home and calls her sister who is in the other side of the world. With the new technology, her sister’s projection could be in the same room as her, so she could meet her sister every time. Technology in this era made those who are far becomes near. Just when she finished her call, “Dear, come down for lunch,” she heard her mother called. Her mother does not work in an office. She stays at home working for an online corporation. Online corporation is now a thing, so parents can look after their children while working from home. After they eat, they will clean the house, and then she has the whole afternoon free.

“Mom, I am going to go play with my friends,” said the girl already packing up. “Okay, take care.” Children could play freely in the neighborhood and their parents won’t be agitated because the world is a safe place. Crime rates have gone down, that even jails are going bankrupt. The children could play all day and parents would only be searching for them because its dinner time.

The world is much safer in the future, no more wars, no more terrorism. Countries help each other; people are much nicer in the future. Children’s thought are filled with games they want to play next, they don’t need to think about survival, they don’t need to think what to eat tomorrow.

“Oh, if only it could be true,” she said exhaling her breath. “Dear, what are you doing there, come back inside, it’s dangerous outside, you don’t know what could fall from the sky. Come in,” her mother called her with a worried tone. “Coming mother,” she reply as she hurriedly ran into the house.

writer’s note: this story was written for a competition originally, but I changed it. One of my draft. Since I am not using this one for the competition, I thought that maybe I should just post it.

The Fox

Once upon a time there lived a fox that was in need of a friend. The fox lived under the apple tree near the river bank, there is a village near the river and he comes to the village every day to hunt for chickens. His life is very monotonous; he hunts for chicken, and then the men hunts for him. One day when he was near the village looking for chickens, a girl approaches him. The girl has a long blonde hair, emerald colored eyes, and fair white skin. “Hi, I’m Emily. Do you want to be my friend?” asked the girl. “I can’t be your friend, I am wild” said the fox. “Of course you can. You can be tamed,” answered the girl. The fox looked at her in confusion, “What does tame means?”

“If I tame you, to me you will be different, not like any other foxes, I can tell it’s you from a single footstep, your voice will be like music to my ears. You will live in my memories and I will always remember you. Every time I pass the river bank I will always remember you since you live near here. To me you are going to be a very special fox and to you I will be a very special person”

The fox looked at Emily, for a very long time. “Please tame me,” said the fox. “But, what will you do to tame me?” continued the fox. “I must be patient. I will come to you and I will sit next to you for starters. I will teach you everything I know and I will open my heart to you. With that, you can trust me and with that I can finally tame you.” 

Emily came the next day and sit next to the fox in silence. “What are you doing?” asked the fox. “I’m trying to get used to you for now. It will be easier for me to tame you when I get used to you,” answered Emily. “Oh,” said the fox.

Finally, the day comes when Emily tames the fox and also the day when Emily has to say goodbye to the fox. “Ah,” said the fox. “I’m going to cry”

“I’m sorry, but my illness has worsened and I must move to the city with my mother to get medication. I will return to you when I am better,” said Emily. Looking at the sad fox, Emily continued, “What have you learned with the time we spend together?” The fox remained silent and only looked at Emily. “I will tell you a secret of mine, but before that I want something to remember you by. I will tell you my secret when you have found something to give me.” The fox ran to look for something, but finds nothing. He saw many things along the way but not what he was looking for. So, he came back to Emily without anything. “I could not find anything for you, there is nothing important that I can give you,” said the fox. Emily smiled. “Here is my secret, it is very simple: Only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “Why did you tell me your secret? I did not give you anything,” said the fox. “The time I have lost with you is what makes you important. The best way to remember you by is with the stories we have made together,” answered Emily. “Goodbye,” said the fox. “Goodbye,” said Emily.

Emily went away and she did not return and the fox went back to his past monotonous life. He did remember the time he spends with her, but that was all he could do. He did not try to look for a friend, he only waits, under the apple tree he waits, for someone to come look for him. He waited for Emily to return but she did not. Until one day, a boy walked passes the apple tree. The fox saw the boy and with the boy he saw an opportunity. It was then the fox appeared. “Good morning,” said the fox.

Writer’s note: I made this one quite long ago before I made “mysketchywritings.” It’s inspired by The Little Prince. I love that book a lot and the fox too, so this is like the background story of the fox.

Forgotten Villain

She woke up in the middle of the night with a shadow monster on top of her with its talons around her neck. She tries to scream but it was useless, there was no one there, no one could help her. She looked around for something that could help her escape, but there was nothing. The grip around her neck starts to tighten and it started getting harder for her to breathe. ‘What should I do? What can I do?’ she thought to herself. She started getting desperate, and so she took all the powers she had left and kicks the monster. Its grip started getting loose and she escaped, down the hall, to the basement where she stores her candles. She took one and lights it. Then, she took a couple more candles and sits in the corner of the room.

The room suddenly went dim and she could see the shadow monster’s talon crawling on the walls. “What do you want?” she asked. “Villains will never win you know, the hero will always win. You won’t win, so it’s better if we can clear things up now. You can’t go near me, I have a light with me,” she said bravely while stuttering. “Villain?” a deep raspy voice, that sounded like it belonged to the monster reply. Suddenly, the whole room began to shake and the monster crawl faster to her than before. The monster was about 5 inches away from her. The light from the candle protected her. She tried to be brave and while shivering from fear she muttered, “You—you are the vi- villain, I will defeat you, li—like the hero I’m raised to be.”

Now, she was sure that voice belonged to the monster as it opened its mouth again, “Why should I be the villain?! You made me, you turned me to this, so why should I be the villain?!” its scream was filled with rage, pain, and agony, and it only made her feel more frightened to hear what the monster said. The room began to shake greatly and the walls started to crack. “I created you? I never recall creating a monster.” Her reply only angered the monster more and more. Suddenly, the whole room turned dark and the only light left was the light on her hands. The surprises didn’t stop there. From the monster’s head a face emerges, and what she saw made her whimper in fear. “H—how, what is this trickery?” she said, trying not to believe what she is seeing.

“Trickery you say? No, what you are seeing now is your own flesh and blood, your twin brother. Tell me sister, do you not remember me at all? Me, who has always been one step behind you. Me, who became your shadow ever since birth. Me, who is always neglected, forgotten, because of you. I become like this is your fault. Your fault,” he screamed to her. His voice was filled with anger, misery, and a great deal of sadness.

“I—I, I was born to be a hero, it is what I was told to do. I am a hero, I have trained, learned, and I went to a great deal of pain to become a hero just like they said. I am hero,” she said trying to prove herself. “What hero leaves a person to crumble into a monster? Tell me. You’re no hero. What great deal of pain? You have no idea what I have been through. What I have endured, what I have tried to do, when the darkness finally took its hold on me, what did you do? Did you save me from getting consumed by darkness? Did you save me from getting swallowed by the shadows? Did you save me like the hero you said to be? Did you?!” he screeches. “No. No, you didn’t save me. Do you know what you did?” he continued. She shook her head saying that she does not know. She was trying to remember, not just that certain memory, she was trying to remember him, her brother, her younger brother who she was supposed to protect, but she does not remember at all, nothing reminded her of him, nothing triggered her memory of him.

“When the shadows took me, you were the last thing that I saw. You were standing outside with mother and father; you got your hero license and everything. They were praising you. Did you know what I did? I screamed for you. I called you multiple times. I begged you to save me like the hero you said you are. That was when I realized. You are not going to come to help me. Do you know what I think? You are no hero. At least not to me,” Her facial expression when she heard what he said was a mix of guilt and sadness. She couldn’t save her brother. Not only that, her brother stopped seeing her as the hero she is. The world’s view made her so blind that she could not save the one person who is supposed to be the most important person in her life. “I—I didn’t know, I—I don’t, I’m sorry,” she said whimpering.

“Sorry? Did you think your apology will solve everything? Did you think saying sorry will make the shadow disappear? The shadow took everything from me. My life, all my life now, I can only see from behind, I can only see darkness. Do you know what it’s like being in the dark for a long time? Do you?!”

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,” she said begging to her furious brother. She was crying, she couldn’t hold her emotions together. “You know what sister? You said the hero will always win in a story. You said that when we were little too. But, you know what? I don’t think you’ll win, sister. This is my story, and in here, you are the villain. Just like you said sister, the villain will never win,” as he said this, the light of the candle she was holding dies, and he swallowed her in his shadows, where they will be together in the darkness, where all the lost and forgotten live in tremendous pain and suffering.

I see you (part 2)

Previously on chapter 1: “Why? Because, I love you. Is it really that questionable? Do you want to know how I fell in love with you?” he asked again. She nodded. Not that she wants to know, but anything to keep him talking and postponing her end.

There was a silence for what seemed like an eternity, her heart beats so fast and she was sure he could hear her heartbeat. Then, he started to open his mouth, “I am really shy, you know. I need to gather my courage just to see you like this.” After he said that, suddenly her phone rang again. It was Michael; he was worried with Emily’s wellbeing. She could see that he was displeased by Michael’s calls. “Let me answer it, he will be very worried,” she said pleading. But, he does not reply her plea. He glanced at her for a moment, and then he took her phone, opens it, and sends a message to her boyfriend. ‘It isn’t a surprise that he knows my password already,’ she thought to herself.

“Where were we? Oh, right, you might not remember me, you were very young when it happen,” he said slowly. She was trembling when she heard what he said; the thought that this man has been following her since she was young is very frightening. Seeing her frightened, he approached her slowly and took her hand. She jumped at the sudden action. “Don’t be afraid, it’ll be better if you sit on your bed. You always loved bed time stories, don’t you?” with a warm yet frightening smile; he took her to her bed and covers her in her blanket. By this time, she could only do as he says, if not, there’s no telling what will happen to her. He has murdered people in cold blood; there is no telling what he can do to her.

“Now, can I continue?” he said with a very sweet voice, although sweet, it brings goosebumps in the back of her neck. She nodded, “I am very shy and when I was younger, people were not very fond of me and no one wanted to play with me, well not so different now. I am used to just watching people play and sit on the bench alone, just watching them in silence.” “Have you not tried playing with them?” she asked. Sometimes curiosity just gotten the best of her, and she dreaded her curious mind every time it appears in the worst possible timing. “Your curious mind, it’s always cute when you are curious,” he said a smile on his face. His smile brought a mix of terror and warmth. ”To answer your question, not really, they won’t accept me, and the thought of that was quite devastating,” he replied.

“It’s always like that, me watching, until one day you suddenly came to me. People are usually afraid of me and don’t bother to try and talk me. They always think of me as a weirdo, but you came to me one day. You gave me a flower and sit next to me. You stated your name, and try to talk to me, simple things, something little girls question. You could not stop talking and I remembered how you said talking with me is fun. Then, it was starting to get late and your babysitter called you to come and go back home. I went back to my own home. It was terrible, really terrible and I guess at that time I finally realized that no one likes me, other than you. I started searching for you, started to get to know you better. As you know I am very shy and the thought of talking to you again, if you hate me, I just can’t live with that. I send little presents at first, and you didn’t look very happy with that. I then started sending you better presents. But, I guess you didn’t like them, so I gave you even better ones, the ones that are closer to the heart.”

She was terrified at this point. ‘He thought that I didn’t like it because it wasn’t enough? What is wrong with his thinking?’ she thought to herself. “But, you killed people, that is wrong,” she said shuttering. “Kill people? I didn’t kill them. They killed themselves really,” he said. “I only borrow their limbs,” he continued. ‘He sounds like someone who doesn’t feel guilty at all, never mind guilty, he sounded like what he was doing wasn’t wrong,’ she thought again. She thought her life will end shorter than she thought, so she tried to speak to him, question him to at least until she can think of a way to escape. “Tell me about yourself, you know me but I don’t know you at all,” she said while trying to control her voice. “About me? No one has ever asked me to tell them about me. You are the only one,” he said smiling, his expression a mixed of happiness, sadness, and madness.

He went and touch her hair and when he was about to speak, suddenly Emily’s phone rang again. She looked at her phone, trying to see who was calling her. It was Michael. She tries to look at the face of the man who took her hostage. He looked displeased, and angered. ‘What is Michael thinking? Oh dear God, I can’t let Michael get into this mess. I thought he already sent a message to Michael. Think, Emily, think.

 “You don’t need to reply him,” she said bravely. “Tell me more about you. Your name, anything,” she continued. He changes his gaze from her phone to her. He looks calmer now; his angered expression was no more. “Waels, my name is Waels,” he said. Then, he opens his mouth again, “I don’t give my name to anyone, especially my real name, although, just like you, I too have changed my name. I hate my previous name; it brings a lot of bad memories, but I think it’s better for you to know my birth name, maybe I’ll start liking the name if you know me by Waels.”

“W-Waels, okay, tell me more, about you, your life.” “My life hmm, it’s quite boring really, you’ll get bored listening to it, but, I guess if you want, I’ll tell you,” he said while looking at her. She nodded and so he continued. “I wasn’t born in a perfect family. In fact, it was far from perfect. Ah, it’s really hard to talk about this, I left them already and I do not wish to talk about them,” he said sadly. He looked at her who was trying to listen to him. “Story for another time?” he said. “It’s getting really late, so why don’t you sleep now,” he said while stroking her hair. Just as he was about to fix and cover her in her blanket, there was a knock on the door. “Nathania, are you okay? Open the door, Nathania,” a voice called. The person outside of the door sounded worried, and the voice that calls to her was none other than Michael. On the other side of the door, standing outside of harm’s way is Emily’s boyfriend. ‘Oh, no, Michael, why is he here? Oh, he’s going to get himself killed, what should I do?’ Emily thought to herself, just as she was thinking about a way to save Michael. “Ah, it seems you have company, Emily. Someone is here to see you,” he said while standing up from the sofa.

Crooked Wings (part 1)

“You are no angel,” teased her friend. “I am, I am, I truly am. Or at least I think I am,” she answered trying to convince her friends. “Then, you should stop hanging out or likings those damned demons,” replied another one. “Those creatures only bring sadness and disturbance. We are not supposed to be associated with them at all.” “One of these days, you’ll lose your wings and fall to hell, if you keep looking at them intently, like you do now.” They all laughed together and from the earth you can see the stars twinkling in the sky as the angels laughed. “But, are you not sad? They suffer so much,” she asked, a sympathetic look on her face. “Have you gone mad?! They got what they deserved. After what they did, they got what was coming to them,” the others answered. Looking like there is no point in continuing the fight, she sighed, and then she flew away to her favorite place, a place where she can see everything, a place where she can see the good and the bad living harmoniously. From above the clouds, where the angels play, she looks to the lives down below her. She saw demons trying to pull mischievous pranks on humans, angels trying to stop people from doing bad things, all the animals, and all the humans, and also all the plants living upon the earth.

“Do they really get what they deserved? I read the bible of course but really?” she was lost in her thoughts, when suddenly, she got an idea. Her idea was reckless and could go wrong in so many ways, but she was not like any other angels, and her curiosity only grew bigger and bigger. The next morning, she preceded her plan, she change herself into a human for the day. She saw humans, good and bad, kind and rude, and she felt more alive than she was before. “Now, to find a demon,” she thought to herself. Angels and demons should not be associated, it is a law followed by all, and if the two loved each other, chaos will happen.

She walked to city, looking at the people walking around, when suddenly she stumbled upon a stranger. She fell and looked up to the stranger, a young man probably the same age as her form now. The man has black hair and pale skin, but when they’re eyes met each other, she just saw a charm that not most people can see. “Ah, I’m sorry,” she said while trying to get up. Then, he put out his hand to help her get up. “It’s alright,” he said. He has a soft voice, a voice that can just lure you away. “This might be him, the others always told me that demons are not like what they seem, demons can be handsome, and demons can be very alluring and might seem nice. It’s to lure people, to lure people into doing bad deeds,” she thought to herself and then she said to him with a smile on her face, “May I offer you to some foods?” a silence hit for a few seconds until he opened his mouth and replied, “are you asking me out on a date? Normally, you don’t ask people you meet on the streets on a date, but I guess I am free now since I don’t have anything to do.” Her time is very limited, for she can only spend a day as a human, so how can she gain information, without tipping him off that she is an angel?

“Can I ask you a question?” she asked. “Of course,” he replied while reading the menu card. “What do you think about demons?” “Demons? That is a weird thing to ask, but hmm.. They are evil creatures who should be punished.” She was quite disappointed with the answer, until he continued, “but, in my opinion, they were never given a second chance, if they were given a second chance, a chance to love humans, everything might change for the better. I heard somewhere that angels pray for those who has sinned, but have they prayed for the sinner who needed it the most?” as she tries to understand his statement, he asked a question, “how about you? Do you think demons are evil creatures?” “Yes, they are evil, but I think there might be some good in them, after all demons were once angels. I guess it’s because I believe that everything has good in it, no matter how evil they are, there must be good. I mean Lucifer was a fallen angel right? There was good in him and there might still be good in him somewhere. As so do all the other demons, there must still be good in them somewhere,” she answered quite proud with herself. After that, their food came and then they spent the entire evening together, until the time has come for her to go back to her own place. “Thank you for the lovely evening, I had fun,” she answered with a smile. “You’re welcome. I had a lovely time as well.”

She flew back to her place only to find her two best friends waiting for her, “Where have you been all day?” asked one of them. “Did you seriously tried to get close to a demon? It’s forbidden you know that. I knew you were a risk taker but this is getting out of control,” said the other one. “It’s really not what you think. I only spent a day on earth. I met a boy, who I have no idea if he was a demon, an angel or a human. We talked and then I got back here,” she said in her defense. “You interacted with someone?! Who you had no idea who it is?! Really, I thought you were better than that,” said one of her friends hysterically. “Do you want to become like one of the fallen? You know their story. You also have heard what happened with the two lovers. You will only get misery, if you fall for a demon,” said the other one while trying to calm down her friend.

The two lovers is a tale about how an angel fell in love with a demon. It’s a sad story with a tragic end. About an angel who wanted freedom and a demon who seeks peace, who fell in love with each other even though it’s forbidden. They both got exiled by their own kind. In the end the demon could not stand being exiled and tore the angel’s wings and come back to her kind. The angel tried to make her stay and said he would forgive her, but she could not stand being a cast out. The angel heart broken and all alone, walk on earth trying to find his peace once more. He was never seen again, some angels said he grew his wings back and returned, some says he still wanders and still seeking for peace, and some says he now live in a cave where no light can shine through and trapped himself there for eternity.

“That is not going to happen to me. I am not in love with demons, I sympathized them, but I don’t love them,” she said, trying to ensure her friends from thinking the worst possibilities. But, she did not know what was coming to her, she did not know that her words are going to come back to her and bite her. She did not know what will happen next and what the future holds with that mysterious young man.