Another scream came from the building. It sounded familiar...like a child's scream.
My head started to throb. I slumped to the ground. Catching my breath I inhaled and exhaled multiple times.
“ GET BACK HERE”! The other voice sounded like a man. Maybe older. From what my ears could hear. It sounded like a fight between them. But why a child.
“ No”! The child screamed. I've had enough.
I knocked on the door.
No one answered. There was only silence.
I knocked again.
And still it was quiet.
“ Excuse me”! I yelled out.
“ Is anyone in there-”?
“ WHAT DO YA WANT”!? The voice yelled back. Heh.
“ If you don't mind...would you by chance know a young girl named Hina”?
“ If yes then would you care to tell me where she is”?
“ Are you hiding in there...is Hina with you”?
“ If you don't plan to open the door for me like a normal human being then, I shall take action without hesitation”.
Still no answer...
“ Fine...I would suggest that if anyone is hiding in there and didn't answer my questions be prepared to face punishment”!
I stepped back and straightened my stance.
I ran towards the door and kicked it with my foot. The door slammed to the ground. I walked into the door way. I picked up the nails and took a look at them.
“ These nails seem to have rusted from aging...I guess that explains why the door didn't even feel strong”. I threw the nails on the ground and walked in.
The inside interior looked worse than I had imagined. Looked like an old restaurant. The chairs were stacked in the back of the room and only the tables stood.
The wall paper was curled and torn. A few curtains hung next to the windows.
I heard foot steps upstairs. There was a staircase beside me.
“ Hello”? I asked again.
“Help”! The child's voice rang out.. I ran up the stairs. There were many doors.
“ St-”. The child's voice silenced.
I looked into one of the rooms. Beds lay on the wooden floor. Blankets were folded neatly on top of them.
“ I guess...the child might be...”. The scent of blood and alcohol filled the air.
“ What a nauseating stench”. I followed the scent. Even though my nose felt as if it were going to fall off. My eyes went teary. To normal human senses the smell would not be as bad but, a Moon Phasers smell is three times as detailed.
The trail ended to a door which was located at the end of the hallway. I knocked on it once. There was no answer. When I turned the nob it was unlocked.
I slowly opened the door and peeked through. I heard crying. Was it the child.
I went into the room and closed the door lightly behind me. The room was dark. The windows were boarded up. Leaving little sunlight to shine through the darkened room. A mattress lay on the floor. Dirty. But no blanket.
The crying sounded from the corner of the room. It was dark.
“ You” I said. The crying stopped.
“ Are you alright”? I asked. The sound of shuffling moved to the back of the room.
“ Are you hurt”? I asked. I walked closer.
“ St-...stay away”. The voice sounded familiar. It was a child yes. But it was just like...
“ Hina”? I asked. The child stumbled. I walked up to the small rays of light.
“ Hina...its big sister”. I said. I heard a gasp and more foot steps.
The child stood and yes it was her.
“ B-Big sister”?
“ Yes” Hina ran towards me and collided.
“ Hina...what are”? She was hugging me tightly. She was shaking. She started to cry once more.
“whats-”. There it was again. The scent of blood. It came from Hina. I tugged her away just a little and put her in the sun light. What a horrific sight.
She was covered in bruises. There were cuts on her legs and arms. Her lip was busted and bleeding. Her hair was a mess covered in dirt.
“ Hina...who did this...”? I asked her.
She shook her head.
“ Who did this to you”? I asked her again.
She shook her head.
“ Dammit Hina, who hurt you! What kind of-”!
She was crying. The tears fell on my hands. I might be scaring her even more than now.
I hugged her close to me.
“ Hina...who did this”? I asked calmly.
“ Please tell me...big sister will protect you”. I said.
“ Yu-” Was this the name of the person that hurt her?
“ Who is this Yu”? I asked her.
“ He...He is...my daddies...brother”. So her fathers brother is taking care of her. And to see her this way...I doubt his caring ways.
The scent of tobacco was in the air now. Besides Hina's blood scent the tobacco was much stronger.
“ Hina...you do not like your daddies brother...Yu”? I asked her.
“ I...I hate him...he- he hurts me”.
“ So this isn't the first time”? I asked her.
“ I see”. I should do something. But I need to do it in a clean way. I'll make sure not to show my true nature to Hina or anyone.
“ I'll beat up the man called Yu”.
“Big sister...Yu is scary and very strong”.
“ That doesn't matter...because big sister is the strongest of all people”.
I'll make sure the bastard can never breath through that stupid mouth of his. But leaving that aside. What did Hina want me to see.
“ Hina...you wanted to show something to me”? I asked her.
“ Hum”. She sat on my lap and unwrapped the object which she was holding.
“ look at this big sister”. She held it up to the light. It looked familiar. The object was round and wrapped in white paper that had a small fruit label on it. What was it called...
“ Hina do you know what this is”? I asked her.
“ Big sister...this is called “candy””. Candy?
“ Its sweet and very good. Want it”? She asked me.
I took the candy and looked at it. I smelled it. Certainly it smelt sweet. I've heard of this candy but its been years since I've see one in such good condition.
“ Can I really have this”?
“ Yup”. She smiled below me.
“ Th-Thank you”. I unwrapped it and chewed it. It was the chewy kind. The flavor...was strawberry.
“ Its good”.
“ Yup”. While I was chewing the candy the tobacco scent was closer now.
I got up and walked to the door. I leaned my head against it. Hearing the foot steps getting closer. I went to Hina and asked her exactly what happened.
She told me that when she went to get the candy. Her uncle knew about it and told her not to touch it. Since candy or anything like that was unheard of in this world. He sounded like a selfish man. So for not listening to him he hit her several times. The uncle was drunk so when people get like that they are unable to listen and control their urges.
The cuts on her legs and arms were from falling on top of some broken glass bottle shards that were on the floor in the kitchen.
The uncle brings his friends over at times and gambles with the little money they have. Even thought they have knowledge that money wont really matter that much now. He would make Hina serve his friends the beer they stored in the kitchen fridge.
I hope him and his friends haven't touched her yet...
“ Hina...have you been touched strangely”? I asked her.
Yea, a child like her couldn't understand.
“ Did your uncle ever look at you...weird”.?
“ Weird...”? She was dazed for a moment. She flinched. She was shivering.
“ He...would...glance at me when I...would bathe...he would”. She stopped after saying that much. And it had occurred to me that. This uncle of hers...I should dispose of before this problem progresses.
“ Hina...I want you to hid behind that box in the corner...in the darkness so they wont see you..and I want you to count from 10 to 0”.
“ I'll make that you wont be able to live this life anymore...this life...is not for such a wonderful girl to experience”.
I walked to the door and the foot steps stopped in front. I heard multiple voices...
“ 3...no 7 of them...huh”. To think such an amount.
“ Well, this might actually get interesting”.
I got the curtain that hung from the boarded window and tore it into strips. Tying them around my wrists and hands. I went back to Hina and kissed her forehead.
“ Cover your ears and when I say so...start the count down”.
“Hina”! The door slid open. And her the man in the middle must be her uncle.
“ What the hell! Who the hell are you”!?
The men around him scattered and circled around me.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOIN HERE GET THE HELL OUT YA BRAT”
I could only hear the sounds of the wind. The scent of beer and tobacco filled the room.
I could hear Hina starting the count down.