"A bridge!" John tapped on the new structure, finishing the girl's sentence. "We just have to climb up this and we'll reach Rose's medium in no time."
Ally put her palm over the tower-like building and tilt her head. She pushed lightly, as if to test it out. "Is it strong?" Her voice came out in a hushed, exhausted whisper. "Oh yea. Totally." Dave butt into the conversation proudly. "We've been working for hours."
John nodded and crossed his arms. "You were asleep the whole time but we were totally men!" He laughed jokingly. Ally shook her head but she was trying not to laugh too. It's nice to have friends, right? Someone to really talk with and understand.
Although growing up in such different worlds, it's not a bad feeling when I'm with the city people. I want to learn from them. They weren't all bad. I don't understand what father was afraid of. But... I wish I knew what they really looked like. Dave clapped his hands. "Let's get going. I betcha Rose is waiting."
I felt his weight vanish from the ground and clanking as Dave began climbing. "Well what are you waiting for?" He sighed. John gasped. "Oh right! Oh my way!" His weight vanished and I followed his lead. Carefully, I found a gripping place and pulled myself up. My foot found a ledge and I started up. "How are you doing down there?" John called back, not long after starting. "I think I'm doing okay." I replied back, stepping up a little more.
"Great! How about you Dave!"
"I'm fine man."
I pressed my spear against my palm to use my fingers to climb. It was like one big ladder. This was easy!
I just have to... Relax. Keep in contact with my friends. And wait for Rose. I wrapped my Guitar around my back and backed away from the beach. I need to find them. Who should I go to first? Mike in a jungle. Possible predators..... And Alex. I didn't know either of their exact locations. But the cold would be constant and Mike could handle himself.. I hope. I had to find Alex first! The map can't be that big right? I heaved big sigh and shook my head. A sound behind me made me jerk around. At that moment, I wished I had just run. Because what emerged from the failing ocean was a large demon-like monster. Shaped like a large worm, it's eyes sparkled green and it's jaws gaped open to reveal rows of razor sharp teeth. Slime dripped from two tongues, sticking out of it's mouth. I slipped off my only item, my instrument, and raised it up. Maybe I could give it a good beating? The beast charged forward, mouth agape. I fell back to avoid the hit and quickly crawled back up. I swung my guitar around, ready to hit on the next time it attacked. One of my nails ripped at the string, making my whole hand ache in pain as my nail ripped down the the skin. I balled my hand up and hissed angrily. Stupid string! The vibration suddenly triggered the beast to roar and vanish below the water.
I let out a heavy breath and looked down to my guitar. "What was that?" Before I had time to question the strange moment, the beast leaped from the water. I barely had time to scream before everything went dark.
What.. Is this? It was cold here and dark. Did I get away from that creature? Wait... Where's my guitar? I looked around the strange place but I couldn't spot it. I couldn't see the ground below me yet I was walking on a degree of support. "Hello?" Almost as soon as the words left my mouth, a splitting headache consumed me. I let out a gasp and closed my eyes to numb the pain but it started to get worst. It felt like a stabbing shock and my vision grew blurry. Before I knew it, I fainted.
I remember this well. I was always around it. It was the silence. Where was my family? I released the red crayon in my hand and listened as the object rolled away and tumbled off the table. The silence was broken for only a moment before it returned in it's crushing grip. I glazed down to my lifeless portrait. I admit, I wasn't that good. But it got my point across. There was me in the middle. Mom was on the right. And dad was on the left. I let out a heavy sigh and lowered my head to the table. "What is that you're doing?" Hollow footsteps trekked towards the dinner table. I didn't need to look up to know who it was. The only other person inside the whole huge house, Randy. My butler. "I'm tired." I muttered out without lifting my head. There was a hand on my shoulder as he chuckled. "Let's get you to bed then, young master."
I was tempted to follow but then shook his hand off. "No. I want to wait for mom and dad." I struggled to keep consciousness but felt it slipping away faster than I could catch up. Before I knew it, I was being carried up the stairs. Randy entered my room and set me on my bed. "I'll tell them how you waited tonight. But you need your sleep. Farewell Zara." The small candle beside my bed vanished and I pulled the covers over my head. With the blankets, the monsters won't find me tonight.
"Cancel my morning appointment and change my one o'clock to three." For about the five or sixth time this morning, mother had paced past, intent on her phone call. I sighed and pulled my large headphones off over my head. "Mom." I tried to whisper. There's no way she noticed that. She halted at the end of the room then turned and returned back only to repeat the process once again. "No I said I DON'T want to meet with him today. I'm already scheduled with Erica, the metal work from Indonesia... Yes I know, but-" Forget it. Her business phone calls were too important for her to pause. I lifted the computer from my lap and returned upstairs. I was so close to a breakthrough in my work. "Randy!" I called out as I set the computer on my desk. A moment passed and a figure entered my room. I turned to face my butler. His silver brown hair was slicked back in an overly fancy style and wore a normal suit and tie. Unlike many butlers in movies though, he didn't bother tying his tie and it just hung loosely around his neck. Randy's clothes were loose and he slouched a little. Nobody really inquired about how he dressed, but if I were having to clean a whole house and cook the food, I wouldn't care if I looked nice doing it either.
Randy closed the door behind him and crossed his arms. "Yes, mistress Zara?" He inquired in a monotone voice. I looked around my room a moment then turned back. "Where's my notebook?"
The butler walked across the room and pulled open a drawer against my wall. "I put it in here when I cleaned. I hope you don't mind?" He raised the book and handed it over. I took hold of the notebook and set it beside my laptop. "No. Thanks." I flipped it to the recently filled page.
"Are you planning another mass lock down perhaps?" He stepped beside me. I couldn't help but reply with a chuckle. "Nah. That was a one time thing. The website was going to the dump anyway. I was doing some decoding and planning to hack a random account on BrainPad."
I was fairly good with BrainPad. The security was terrible for a social network site. Inside my notebook was filled with codes I picked up and runnable links. I plopped down in my chair and opened the website. As the login page popped up, I opened a second program. I had built it myself. It was a hacking god that took me months to program. But it could infiltrate anything I desired. Even NASA, the worldwide space center. Though, I had no desire to pin it against them just yet. Maybe a later date, but not now. The black pop-up began decoding. I entered the account link I wanted to enter then waited for the program to burrow inside.
In less than a moment, an email popped up in the first bar.
Following after was an eight digit password and the website loaded into the homepage. What did I have to work with? It wasn't all that interesting. Just a BrainPad of an average teenage boy. On the side, I noticed one of his friends was online. I clicked the chat and noticed the conversation was currently in progress.
Mike: Eww ಠ_ಠ
Mike: Waking up
Alex: Don't be so gloomy!
Mike: Existence itself ಠ_ಠ
Mike: Why not?
Alex: There's so much to be happy about!!
Mike: You don't have a right to say that. ಠ_ಠ
Alex: Yea I know
Alex: It's just hard, y'know :/
Mike: What is? Being raised in an orphanage? Or being abandoned? ಠ_ಠ
Alex: So rude
Alex: But yea
Alex: You know the story. I was left on the stairs with a note explaining my heritage and why I couldn't stay.
Alex: And that was that.
Alex: Uhhh what? Did you leave your soda on the keyboard again?
Mike: No man I didn't type that. ಠ_ಠ
Mike: Dude what's going on!?
Alex: Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike that's not funny!
Alex: You're scaring me T_T
Mike: I swear on Jessica Harbor's tits i didn't do that ಠ_ಠ
Alex: =_=..... Who?
Mike: You've been hacked baby HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Mike: what the-? ಠ_ಠ
Mike: What do you mean? I totally hacked you.
Alex: Should I go let you argue with yourself? :0
Mike: Who are you? What did you do?
Mike: mwhahahahaha my name is Zara. Nice to meet you.
Mike: How did you.....
Mike: I'm the world's youngest tech god! You've probably heard of me ^^
Mike: ಠ_ಠ No
Mike: Aww really?
Mike: ಠ_ಠ ಠ_ಠ No
Mike: Hnm. Fine. I'm 12 and with my information, you're 15?
Mike: ಠ_ಠ Begone demon
Mike: ಠ_ಠ Stop that
Mike: Hehe you seem cool. Wanna be friends? I've never had a friend before.
Mike: Dude I thought you left.
Alex: I was lurking.
Mike: Friends? With someone who hacked me?
Mike: No no no I swear I was just bored. I'll totally log off right now if you'll be friends.
Mike: ಠ_ಠ Fine whatever just get off. I have to get to my new job today.
That was months ago. I'm so excited that my 13th birthday is soon! Last night, dad came home and said he had a present for me. I always liked his gifts though, like the notebook. Father got it for me when I was young. Although the notebook was nice, I hope this gift will be cooler. I logged into BrainPad and entered the group chat, still inactive. Nobody had spoken in a few days for unknown reasons. So I started it up again.
Zara: Wakey Wakey
Alex: Zara! Where were you?
Alex: I missed you T_T
Zara: Sorry :3
Zara: My 13th birthday is soon! I'll be the same age as you!
Mike: It's early ಠ_ಠ
Mike: Go back to sleep
Zara: I'm in a different timezone than you. It's not that early.
Just then, there was a knock at the door. I looked up from my laptop, slightly confused. Who would be knocking at this time? "Come in!"
To my bewilderment, my mom entered the room. Her bright blonde hair looked dull and unkempt and her deep hazel eyes appeared saddened.
Alex: Where'd you go?
For now, I ignored the chat messages and stood up. "Mom? What is it?"
A strange thing for my mom to speak to me, something must have been very wrong. What happened? Is everything okay? I'm afraid to ask. My mom shut the door behind her and lowered her head. "I have some unfortunate news." She started, barely catching her breath herself. I began to feel anxious, slipping my fingers together and tapping my thumbs against my palms behind my back. Mom paused for a moment then let out a heavy sigh. "Today's parade downtown was shut down after an accident... A drunk driver plowed through the street and..." She stopped herself and sniffed. I didn't understand at first. Then, it slowly grew on me. I wish I hadn't understood. I hoped it wasn't true. But the more silence that filled the room, the more the ache crept into my heart. "No way." I muttered out. This couldn't be true. It had to be a joke! "D-Dad?" I scanned my mom's face for any sign that he was okay. But it revealed nothing but sorrow. The more I looked at her face, the more it hurt. I finally had to look down. Why did this have to happen!?
I pressed my body against the wall, listening intently to the conversation on the other side. The muffled sound shifted into understandable voices. One of them, my mom. The other was someone new. I folded up a ball of money in my hand and shoved it in my pocket.
"Perhaps you should start thinking of a new home." The new voice inquired gently.
My mom snapped in reply. "Never! This is our home! The only memory we have of.. Him." She trailed off with a gruff.
"Of course it has sentimental value. But your paycheck can't afford it anymore. If you don't start looking for a new house-"
"That's not going to happen. We're fine. I can work overtime..."
I looked around the room. It was an extremely expensive room. Perhaps just this one alone cost more than a simple house in the suburbs. My mom was a CEO. And my dad had a bank full of money in case we needed it. But that was years ago. Since, it's gone dry. We can't loose our home though! I knew the insurance company would come at some point to get us to move. That's why...
I felt the money in my pocket. Rightly earned for playing the guitar on street corners. Its not much, but perhaps it could help a little. I pulled the strap over my head and set my electric guitar propped against the wall before pulling the door open and entering. The two women looked up as I entered. The insurance woman stood up, clipboard in hand, and looked down to my mom. "Well it's been an eventful evening, but I must be on my way. Please consider what I said today." She walked past as she exit the room. I heard the front door close as she vanished then looked to my mom. "You're not gonna sell the house, right?"
Mom stared off into space then suddenly pulled her phone from her pocket. "It's my boss. I need to take this." She raised the phone to her ear. I didn't bother staying to listen. Instead, I turned and left, taking my guitar with me and returning to my room. Alex and Mike weren't online yet, so I opened an online shopping website. I wouldn't buy anything, but browsing made me feel better. Later, I'll return to the street. I really think I've gotten better at the guitar.
At the top of the website was an Ad for a few game. Curious, I clicked the link and a new tab opened. The page flooded with news about the game, still in progress and nearly ready to buy. I found myself bewildered about the reviews. Some saying it was a revelation in gaming culture, amazing in every way, 5/5 stars, and these were before it was even published! I scribbled the name down in my notepad that no longer left my side, Sburb.
Perhaps I'll buy this later.
Zara blinked slowly, her eyes explored her surroundings. It was quiet and cold. What was this? The girl's hands glided over a her strange surroundings, feeling a rubber-like substance. Was she inside something living? Then in a sudden flash of realization, Zara remembered something. "Where is it?" She kicked around at the floor. It was moist and slippery, causing her to slip a few times. "I need it!" Zara clenched her fist and swallowed. "My guitar... Where are you?"
"Don't look down!" John called from above. Ally pulled herself up another bar and sighed. "I don't think that will be a problem." She muttered. Dave scoffed from above. "She's blind, man. Remember?"
She nodded in reply and reached for the next one. "I'm fine. It's just like climbing my treehouse. Except I'll die when I fall." Dave suddenly stopped and John hit into the boy's shoe. The two gazed up, a grin forming over Dave's lips. "We're here." He pulled himself up another bar then tossed himself over Rose's yard. John followed then turned around and lowered his arm towards Ally. "Here! I'll pull you up!"
The girl hesitated before guiding her hand in the direction of John's voice and grabbed his hand. The boy heaved her up until she got her footing and stood up on her own. "This is the establishment of Rose?" Ally asked slowly. John nodded and crossed his arms proudly. "Yup! Aren't you glad we did it? Now we just need to get Jade." He explained. Dave already begun to walk towards the house, leaving the two having to run and catch up. John eyed the large almost penthouse-like house. Rose was obviously rich; or at least her mom was. A ladder around back looked like Rose had already begun building on her own but it was unfinished. "Rose!" Dave called up to the balcony.
In an instant, a girl's head popped out. She waved her hands quickly, her short blonde hair waving as she shook her head, gesturing for them to be silent. Then she waved them towards her and pointed down to a door below her. John scurried forward and pulled the front door open. Ally followed without a word into the house. Dave shut the door behind them and Rose came running down some spiral stairs. Her house was exquisite with everything looking expensive. The young girl let out a sigh. "You're here. You have to be quiet though." She looked around cautiously. Rose's eyes were painted with fear and she grabbed Dave's arm. "Follow me. This way." Rose gave a tug then raced back up the stairs. "This... Is Rose?" Ally asked, confused. "She sounded smart and confident in Pesterchum. Something must have happened." John tapped his chin and began walking in the direction Rose and Dave went.
"Great. Just great." Mike gripped the handle of one of the blades and swept it through branches in his path. "Couldn't have been the nice beaches of Hawaii or maybe California? No. It's this god damn-" A raindrop fell on his face and the boy let out a groan. "Forest!" He picked an overgrown leaf up off the ground and held it over his head as the rain came down again. His phone went off and he pocketed his weapon to check his messages.
-grimAuxiliatrix began pestering grainTrain-
GA: What A Curious Name You Have There.
GT: Don't even go there ಠ_ಠ
GA: Oh My Apologies. It Must Be An Important... Semblance Of Yours; I Presume?
GT: Not really. Just proof of me being a moron, desconocido
GA: I See. I Won't Ask Again Then.
GT: Who are you and what do you want?
GA: Oh Yes. Excuse My Manners. My Name Is Kanaya Maryam Of Alternia. You Are From Earth, Correct?
GT: No. I'm from Uranus ಠ_ಠ
GA: Oh Are You Now? I Had No Idea That Planet Was Inhabited. Then My Apologies.
GT:... You can't be serious. ಠ_ಠ
GT: Do you think I'm really buying this?
GT: I'm too busy to deal with trolls right now.
GA: Oh Is Something Bothering You?
GT: You know what? Yes. Yes there is. And I'm kinda pissed off right now.
GT: I didn't sign up for this shit.
GT: I guess my friend did some stupid shit and broke our game session and now nobody is responding so they're either dead or ignoring me.
GT: So unless you can actually help me, piss off will you?
GA: Well Actually, I Can Do Something For You.
GA: I Could Connect To Your Game And Send Items Over. Maybe You Can Find Your Friends.
GT: Dude really?
GA: Indeed. One Moment. I Need My Friend To Track Your Session Location. I Shall Return.
-grimAuxiliatrix ceased pestering grainTrain-
Kanaya closed the tab she had been talking to the human on. This hadn't been part of her plans to assist the human boy. In fact, she only began messaging him to ask about his strange screenname. But now that she decided to help, she selected Sollux's name and began to type. Her fingers glided over the keyboard, nails painted green. Her lips curved into a smile and she paused for a moment to pick up a tub of lipstick and lather herself in the deep green lipstick.
-grimAuxiliatrix began pestering twinArmageddons-
TA: Oh iit'2 you. What do you want Maryam?
GA: Could You Track Someone For Me?
TA: Yea II can. But why 2HOULD II?
GA: I Believe I Came In Contact With Another Game Session.
TA: Oh yea?
GA: In All Honesty, I've Been Growing Fascinated By The Humans
GA: Though, I Was Baffled When I Found Another Session Of Living Players.
TA: IIf iit wa2 anyone el2e a2kiing, ii would have told them to pii22 off.
TA: But 2iince iit'2 you,
TA: but iim bu2y
TA: giive me a moment
GA: Of Course. I Shall Abscond For Now. Farewell.
-grimAuxiliatrix ceased pestering twinArmageddons-
Kanaya picked herself up from her computer and gazed out the window. The sun shone high above the sky, burning the planet below. The troll traced her tongue over her teeth, feeling the fangs in between. As a rainbow drinker, she was one of the only trolls on the planet that could even touch the sunlight. But Kanaya wasn't interested right now. For now, she had to wait for Sollux to return before even considering it. Around Kanaya's room was an assortment of fashionable clothes in her open wardrobe. Her recuperacoon was neatly organized with every drop of slime inside. In fact, her whole room was tidy and comfortable. Suddenly her computer went off and Kanaya went to examine the message.
A hand wrapped around the neck of the electric guitar. Painted with blue flames, the hand strummed a few strings, the melodic rhythms sent visible vibrations in all directions. The owner hoist her instrument up and tightened the strap around her chest. The girl's long hair fell over the neck; she flipped it behind her shoulder and set her hands in position. "Can you do it again?" Zara muttered, feeling the strings once again. Could her guitar really be used to fight? "Come on baby." She sucked in a deep breath. The strange monster's stomach rumbled, bubbling up the bile. Only one chance, and if it was just a fluke that her guitar blew up like that, she'd be dead for sure. "What do I play?" The girl bit her lip and sucked in a breath. "My first life was so boring just forget mentioned it." She started to sing, pressing a finger on the instruments neck and using her other hand to flick a cord. Zara recalled a song she had heard by another performer one day while she was on the street corner. " And my second seemed to let me do all of the things my first life didn't..." She sucked in a breath and hit the notes harder. In a flash, the guitar vibrated, visible streaks erupted from the inside. The pressure nearly pushed the girl back but she dug her feet into the inner lining of the beasts stomach.
The white streaks slammed into the side and the beast rumbled, the bile rose and encircled Zara's feet. Time was running out. She had to get out before she starts to digest into mush. She hit a note again, running her fingers down the neck. "Third life was a hateful man all poison to the bone." These were the words she believed. It was getting weaker. Not long now.
"Wet. It's all wet." Mike grumbled. "This isn't the kind of wet I wanted." He hissed, hacking a branch out of the way with the sickle blade. The piece disappeared at his feat in a cluster of plants covering his path. "Alex better respond because I'm getting pissed." The boy continued to mutter, brushing some of his black hair behind his ear. He raised an arm back, ready to hit the next plant in his way. As his arm came down, it sliced clean through the plant but the branch didn't fall. Mike tried again, whipping the blade but again, it fell right though, as if the plant didn't even exist. "What in the..?" The boy retracted the weapon into the duel sword, letting the chain retaliate inside, then hooked it to his pants. Once he was sure the weapon was secure, he waved his arm around the tree, trying to grab anything that he could but his hand disappeared inside. "Glitch." He finally confirmed and prepared to continue when all the trees suddenly vanished in a blink of an eye. Drenched to the bone in jungle water, and now strange sand soaked at his feet, making it stick on and add weight to his legs. Mike looked all around at his new surroundings. Was this teleportation perhaps? It wasn't a forest at all anymore. In fact, it was more like a desert. Soft sand twinkled under a hot sun from above, the glittering gold grains moved with a gentle wind, nearly pushing Mike over. He fell to his knees, using a hand to hold himself up as the sand shifted from under his feet.
"Where do I go from here?" The boy muttered, grabbing a handful of the sand, letting it trickle down his hand and falling back to the ground. "Where am I?"
A strange sound caught his attention and he listened carefully, raising his head and glancing around. It sounded almost like a low groan then in a sudden explosion, a large black beast erupted from the sand. It roared, showing razor sharp teeth, two small eyes glowed ruby red but they didn't seem to lock onto anything. Until the beast charged at him.
Ally glided her hands over the strange objects in Rose's room as the three others spoke in hushed voices. "What is it?" John asked from the other side of the room where a window cast over Rose's small island. The blonde girl crossed her arms. "After I installed the game, my mom went missing and my house was almost destroyed by a fire. I had Jade teleport me, seeing as she's my server player. But after I got here... They showed up." She nodded outside. The two boys followed Rose's gaze into the yard around the back. The ladder that had already begun construction was surrounded with beasts. Strange shadow-looking creatures, drool dripped from their mouths. "Tar Basilisks." Rose explained. "Dangerous to us right now, since we don't exactly have any weapons or armor from the game. Of the Underlings class of monsters, along with Ogres and Giclops."
"We don't need a lesson." Dave scoffed, unsheathing his sword. "I got this." He approached the window, grabbing the seal and popping it open. "That's not a wise move-" Rose began but Dave held up his free hand. "Dude, I got a sword. Watch me fucking shank these asses." He smirked, adjusting his sunglasses and vanishing out the window. John and Rose peered out, spotting Dave running out into the yard, his sword raised and ready to attack. One of the beasts turned, raising the awareness of the others. The largest one charged forward, its mouth agape. The monster looked like a long dog with the face of a flatheaded fish and teeth of a lion. It had short legs with paws and a tail of a salamander. In all, it was a terrifying creature. Ally raised her head, hearing the growling of the beasts and made her way to the window. Rose narrowed her eyes, brushing some short hair from her face. "I cannot see where they went. It's too dark." Which was indeed an issue. Dave had swept around the beast and vanished into the dark corner with then in toe.
John carefully pulled his glasses off his face and lowered them to his shirt to wipe the lenses before putting them back on his face. "I have my pogo-hammer. I could go help!" He grinned which Rose only shook her head in reply. "You don't know how to use it. Besides, it's much too dark."
Ally finally sighed, switching her spear into another hand. "I'll do it." Her voice was quiet but confident.
"Right!" John grinned. "You can do it! You don't need to see to fight."
The blonde female turned skeptical, eyeing Ally before sighing. "In you insist. I haven't seen you in action but at least you have a chance."
Why did I say that? Why did I agree to help him? I didn't know Dave well but I don't know what compelled me to do it. Perhaps, it was all those years ago in the forest. I remember it well, even now. The day I almost died in that tree. The rabbit that saved me was made by Dave's brother. Perhaps I owed him. But whatever it was, I had stepped up to speak. I pulled at the fabric of clothing around my neck. I still couldn't get comfortable in these. My feet pressed against the grass, my toes felt the vibration of the beasts. I was getting closer. I could feel a lighter movement of Dave running around them then it vanished. In a split second, the boy hit the ground beside me, his sword zipped through the air then stabbed into the ground nearby. He let out a painful groan and dragged himself up. "Strong motherfuckers." He shook his head and reached for his sword. "What are you doing down here? It's dangerous." The blond asked in a monotone voice. What could I say? I stayed quiet and raised up the spear side of my weapon. The sounds approaching told me the monsters were coming closer. Wait for it... "Ally, what are you doing?" He asked, backing up. A little more... The monster roared and snapped his jaws together, directed towards me. I jumped at the last possible moment, falling down on the creature's snout. Quickly giving it a sharp stab with my spear. It opened it's mouth again and jerked it's head up, trying to knock me down. I clung to my spear, the beast shaking it's head. I lost my grip and hit the ground. A sharp pain struck my side and my breath was knocked out of me.
"Use your power." A voice muttered in my ear. A man's voice, one I knew well. "Father.." I gasped out reaching an arm into the air. Where was he? "Use it." He repeated. Tears threatened to fall. "What power? What do you mean?"
"Ally!" Dave called out. I could hear the monsters surround him. "Set your hand over your eyelids " The voice of a woman spoke. I didn't recognize her, so, who was she? I didn't have time for questions though. I had to save Dave. Without his sword, he couldn't even fight back. I covered my eyes with my hand, feeling my chilling fingers over my face. "Now open your eyes. Take the stars from yourself." The woman and my father spoke at the same time. How could I even do that?! I opened my mouth to talk but nothing came out. "You're running out of time."
A beast roared from a little ways away, reminding me of what I had to do. I opened my eyes and instantly, something tugged from them. It didn't hurt, thought the feeling was uncomfortable. "Now, lower your hand."
I obeyed and as I did, a white flash overtook the darkness. What was happening? When the light dimmed, I blinked, I could... See. I could really see. I turned my head, observing my surroundings. The ground in this area was stone and rock, a darkness fell over the side of the island, nothing could be seen from beyond. I wish I could see the sky from here. Dave backed away from one of the beasts, it swayed it's tail and licked it's lips, as if it could already taste human in it's mouth. I observed Dave for a moment, taking in the strange looks. His hair was neat and combed, a color of hair I had never seen before. Like a light yellow. And a pair of sunglasses hid his eyes. Father had explained sunglasses before when he was alive but I never found a use for them. He wore a long white shirt with red sleeves, and pants that resembled the ones John had given to me. "Now!" Father quickly ordered. Now that I could see, I looked around quickly to find him but nothing showed father or the woman was here at all. "What do I do?" I nearly stuttered out the words. I wasn't ready for this! Just as I was adjusting to being blind, I have my sight back. But how? What did I really do?
"Control the stars." The woman whispered in a soothing voice. Dave called for help again and a beast snapped it's jaws. He jumped away in time but another one came closer. Control the stars? I looked down to the hand I had used; my heart skipped a beat as I saw what there was.
I was holding the small stars that had been in my eyes.
"Don't forget your promise, okay?" A girl whispered.
"I swear! We pinkie promised, 'member?" A boy held up his hand. "My fingers don't lie."
The children were older than last time, the boy was a young adult and the girl, not far behind. The tree leaves swayed in the wind of the night. The girl smiled, carefully setting herself down in the grass. "This place is so nice." She sighed happily, falling silent to listen to the forest around her. The boy sat himself beside her and nodded. "I wish we could stay here forever, don't you, Ares?"
The girl chuckled, setting a hand over her chest. "I do. But we can't. We have lives back home." She leaned on his shoulder and closed her eyes. "It would be nice though."
He looked away with a frown. "If we didn't have anything to return too, I'd build you a house right here. With my own hands. I'd make a room for the baby too." He nodded confidently. The girl rolled her eyes. "Always ambitious, aren't you?" She lowered her hand to her stomach. "The doctor said it'll be a girl. Aren't you excited?" She turned to examine his face. Ares grinned with a nod. "Of course! Have you chosen a name yet? I'll like whatever you choose."
The girl went silent, then gave a small shrug. "It's too early. A name should fit the person. I think i'll wait until she's born." She explained. The boy sighed in response. "Aww Ally, can't you pick now? I think I'm going to die of anticipation before she's even born." He gave a pout to try and convince her but Ally shook her head quickly. "I can't! It wouldn't be fair to name her before we can even see her!" She playfully pushed against him. "Don't worry though. It won't be long now." She felt the pushing on her stomach. "After all, it's already been seven months."
Ares let out an annoyed groan and fell back into the grass. "Why must we go back again?"
"Something is going wrong." A doctor lowered his head. Ares looked up from his chair quickly. What was that? Wrong? "What is it?" He swallowed back. "Is the baby okay? What about Ally? Are they okay?" The man stood and took a step to the doctor. "The baby is going well, but perhaps you should come in." His voice lowered to a whisper. A scream came from the room a few feet away and a furious anger hit Ares in full blast. "Fix this! You're a doctor, aren't you!?" He grabbed a handful of the doctor's coat. The man grabbed Ares's hand and pushed him away with a frown. "The nurses are with her now. Her body is weak, she's having trouble." The doctor backed away and pushed open the room door.