I suddenly smell smoke. A huge humidity hits me, and I wake up to
the sound of my mother shaking me awake, with an anxious worried
I ask, "Mother, what is wrong?" I cough because of the thick smoke
that fills my lungs.
She tries to smile, but I see a look of fear on her pale face.
"Get your sister and go out the back of the house. You need to
leave, quickly. Leave everything behind."
I can't tell what's going on at all, but I nod yes to her.
Satisfied she turns her head away from me and rushes out of my room
through the open sliding door. Embers start to fall upon the floor,
making the boards flicker once and catch fire. More smoke pours
into the room. I try to hurry out while spluttering and wheezing,
attempting to rid myself of the terrible smoke in my tiny lungs.
My sister's room isn't too far. I can probably get her out of here
quickly before the whole house comes falling down on top of us. The
house's burning fills my nose with the scent of seared twigs. It
makes my eyes water and my nose stuffy. I crawl slowly across the
unburnt pieces of floorboards to the room my sister is sleeping. I
couldn't imagine the terrified face of my sister as she realizes
she is alone in the burning house.
No. I could not allow that to happen. That innocence that I always
see in my sister's eyes. I don't want that to fade. I crawl faster
along the ground avoiding the fallen flaming planks. Finally I
reach her room. I slide open her door and notice that she is still
asleep even through this harsh humidity. I hear crackling from
above, coming from the ceiling. I rush over to my little sister. I
slightly shake her.
"Imouto, wake up. We need to get out of here." No response. Only
the soft sounds of her breathing reach my ears.
"Hey Aki. Please wake up."
I look around anxiously, wondering what's going on outside the
"Aki, you need to awake."
I think for a little bit.
Aki opens her eyes staring into mine.
"Banana?" Aki sleepily replies.
"Yes banana. All you have to do is follow me." I say in a slightly
quieter, soothing voice.
"Okay." Huaauh! Aki moans aloud as she stretches.
"Quick we need to leave," I say anxiously noticing that the wood is
creaking more fiercely.
I grab her hand and lift her up to her feet. She coughs.
"Why is it so musty?"she inquired.
"Um, no reason. Come on, let's go."
I lead her out of her room into the hallway. I turn left and go
around the next corner. The stairs peak over in the middle of the
floor. We climb down them. Instead of going straight out the front,
we head toward the back, but not without seeing a nightmare in
front of the house.
A full-size demon, red with boiling scars all over its body stares
right at me. I instantly cover my sister's eyes, preventing her
from seeing it. She provides some resistance by trying to take my
hand off from covering her eyes. I pull my sister slowly away from
that malicious demon, afraid that if we did any sudden movements,
it would give chase.
Slowly inch by inch, we back away from that demon in front of the
house. It bares its fangs at me. Probably wondering if I am a
threat or prey.
Looking behind me, I see the door is just inches from me. 'Running
now would only provoke it.' I move my sister through the door
first. I look back to the demon, it hasn't moved yet, but it looked
like it was about to jump forward and catch me in its twisted jaw.
I quickly but steadily go through the doorway and shut the door
behind me with a slight but noticeable doon.
I look at my little sister, and see that she's looking at
something. Her eyes are unblinking and shuddering. I look outside,
there are more demons surrounding the house. A boom at the door
signifies that the first demon is after us. I grab my sister's hand
again and run, her hand in mine.