The Night's Parade

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A brand new story based on the Hawaiian Urban Legend of the Night Marchers, apparitions of old native warriors haunting roads at night. Filled with intense emotions, vivid imagery and descriptions of the supernatural, it is sure to entice you and offer a pleasurable read.

Submitted: May 12, 2016

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The Night's Parade
Another rather dull day had passed in Maui, Hawaii, on the village of Rajo-Mo. It was a small, rustic place off the coast of Eastern Maui, essentially a tiny island on its own. It mainly consisted of about five hundred or so denizens, and the landscape was not too complex either. The houses were built on a small valley, and the most part of the island was bordered by a mountain, which used to have an ancient, old erupt volcano. A lush, dark green forest was surrounding it, extending all the way to some of the houses, down the hills and pathways which led up there.
There was a small radio station on the top of the Mountain. Not too many people wondered up there, mainly dainted by the notion of having to trudge through the zillion , squiggly little paths of the forest to ascend. 
But that was not the case for Jason. He had been living there for approximately 10 years, after his old job as a college professor in California did not pay off. His grandparents used to own a pretty big house in Hawaii, since his older relatives had originated there. He had thus moved to Hawaii, where he was working in the small village's town hall and school, which was, ironically paying way better than his old workplace. The truth, however, was that he had also moved there to eventually rid himself of the hustle and bustle of the city. He reveled in the serenity and tranquility of this place, though. The people were also way more open about themselves and friendlier. There was a sense of familiarity Jason always appreciated.
Something was clearly threatening his serenity though, as of the past month. It was clinging on his mind, and would not let him go. The image was as if etched on his memory, despite him never having seen it. He was apprised about this in the café at the main square....
  Jason was enjoying his quiet afternoon with his good friend, Amanda. She was also working in Rajo-mo, at the bar on the upper west side of the village. She had met him about two months ago, and the two would spend quite a lot of time together. Though no romantic move was initiated, Amanda could see that he was most probably feeling something more about her. And, searching inside her, she realized she did, too. But she was afraid of voicing anything, lest she had been wrong about Jason's side.
In any case, there they were, discussing how their day had been, when they heard two men quarrelling over whether they should visit the radio station on top of the mountain or not. In actuality, because the station was old and deserted, its only use would be that of the metallic antenna on the top. However, the machine had been broken two years now, and no one had been up there to fix it. Yet the two men claimed they had witnessed a blue beackon on top of it flashing brightly the late night hours. What was even more upsetting, was that Jason saw it himself too that very night.
Amanda told him it must have been some sort of  mechanism wearing out or something. Devices used to emit such signals randomly before shutting down completely. Though the light was, indeed, very bright. And the dirt roads to the top Antenna were definitely closed off by the untrimmed brushwood and vegetation in the forest on the mountainside.
Jason also had a thing for the mysterious element. He enjoyed spending his nights on his porch, drinking scotch and reading supernatural stories. And, although he liked the calmness of the place, he would never say no to such a challenge. What could this light be? That afternoon following, he had visited the village's records and had indeed not found any reports of repairs to the station, not for at least 15 years. 
And so he had spent the better part of the month watching the bright light flashing whenever he woke at night, and then vanishing shortly before daylight.

  'It's just the machines'Amanda kept telling him when she had come over for coffee. 
'Maybe. But come on, you can't tell me it doesn't at least seem weird. I mean, if the signals were wearing out, they wouldn't be that bright. Nor would they vanish so quickly.'
'Well, who knows. You have got yourself pretty stressed out about this, though.'
'Just a little bit' Jason replied, smirking lightly. He looked into her deep blue eyes, they were truly beautiful. He then looked as if he just thought of something. He smiled. 'I believe only one thing would make me let go of it. '
'And, what would that be?' she asked, as she saw him getting closer.
'Going up there and checking it out for myself' he retorted, chuckling. Talk about getting bummed, Amanda thought.
'Seriously? The place is like, closed off by the trees. It's like in the middle of nowhere. Plus this..light thing or whatever only shows at night'
'Even better' said Jason. 'We could drive all the way to the part where the road ends, starting early at noon and then walk up there to make it to the top by night.'
'We? ' 
Jason looked a bit shocked. 'Well..yeah..'he said contently 'Come on. I know you have a bone for adventure too. '
'Yeah,  for adventure in general, not a suicide mission in the woods at night looking for something we don't even know of'
'Suicide mission, come on?!' Jason said, laughing. 'Let's just say it is a..small trip we're taking...As a..break from work or whatever...'
Amanda looked at him. She wouldn't mind spending some more time with him, she thought. But the whole mountain-at-night thing still kind of freaked her out.
'So say we reach the top, how the heck are we gonna get down in the dark.?And you clearly haven't thought of the murders and disappearances of the people in the villages nearby'
That was true.Of late, the nearby areas were stricken by mysterious murders at nights. There were also a few families which had completely disappeared. The police were already on it, and had informed the people of a potential bunch of marauders who were known for kidnapping their victims and killing them , having returned. When they had eventually caught two of those guys like a week ago though, they had admitted they were only kidnapping them for ransom and had murdered no one. Regardless, things were a bit hazy.
'Well, firstly, that happened in the villages on the other side of Maui, and also, by the time we see the light, daylight will have found us..I mean..I know it sounds kind of crazy...But come on, let's do this! Let's find out what this is.....And, I mean, I got my hunting knife in case we are attacked by any wild animals or whatever' he japed, while Amanda glared at him, hands crossed. 'Sorry' he said, smiling.'Just joking.The only creatures living up there are small hares and turtles. We'll be fine' he said, ruffling her hair, as he poured himself another cup of coffee. 'Want some more to get you in the mood of excitement?' he asked her. 
  Amanda smiled, eventually. 'Fine, fine'.....

Sunday morning had come and so they had both woken up early and met at the main square, equipped with bags with sandwiches, bottles of waters and an extra pair of clothes. They would follow the road to Keeki-Lao, the ancient temple at the edge of the village and the graveyard, shortly before the mountainside. The two big tikis at the entrance were positioned in such a way, to lead away from the temple at the visitor's exit, and into the beginning of the dirt road to the mountainside, where,  a few feet later, they would leave the car.
Jason came with his,  since Amanda lived close-by, and so she got in and they began.
'So, ' Jason said, 'We're doing this! '
'Yeah yeah' she said, rolling her eyes. But she was happy they were together, in any case. She hoped he was too, although he literally almost begged her to come, so why wouldn't he? 
'So, uhm, ' he then said. 'You know, I have a theory about what this light could be...'
'Oh god, what is it this time' she said,  knowing his supernatural-themed theories he had come up with over the past month.
'Well,look, the Hawaiians here have this urban...myth or whatever...You know, about the ghosts of old native warriors roaming the place...'
'The Night Marchers, you mean?' 
'Exactly. Well, what if..those apparitions of their parade, as the legend says, somehow, appear up on that station..for some reason...I mean they are known to mess with locations like those..You know...slightly creepy...'
'Oh come on, that's completely ridiculous...The night marchers are just a myth........'
'Maybe...'Jason replied, as the car approached the temple 'or we are about to find out they aren't after all' he smirked.
'Okay, if you could stop freaking me out with those, get-ready-for-adventure looks and words, I would feel much better...' she said, staring out the window, her second thoughts about this whole trip returning. Of course she was not upset about the legend. She was never superstitious, despite having lived here for most of her life. But this excursion was still not without its cons.
As they reached the temple, they noticed a small group of people escorting a hearse to the cemetery next to it.
'Must be what the people at the square were talking about earlier' Amanda said. Mr.Hulu , one of Rajo-Mo's oldest residents had passed away. They never knew him personally, but the whole thing was rather sad.
'Well, may he rest in peace. He was an old soul, but the people here respected him'Jason stated.
'Yeah, I think he was also a priest here at the temple' . Due to the fact that Amanda was also an immigrant here, though from an early age, she never truly mixed in with the native religion. She was mostly a Christian, as she thought.
Eventually, they passed the two tikis and parked the car at a small glade a bit upper there. As they got out to get their rucksacks from the trunk, they enjoyed the view from the mountainside. It was stretching all the way to the ocean, on the other side of  Maui as well. The waters were translucid with a deep blue color. And the huge volcanoes from the rest of the islands stood gloriously in the offing.
'Ready for some pretty long walking?'Jason asked, locking the car.
'Well, as long as we have water and some food, let's hope we're gonna be alright.'
'We are' Jason said, hugging her, impulsively. They both blushed afterwards. Jason slightly shook his head and nodded forward. Amanda smiled.
Following the dirt trails through the woods, they saw for themselves how messed up the place up there could be. Fortunately the GPS on their cell phones was doing the job, though. The station was still included as a location so they had a lead. Once the sun was about to set, they paused at a small cairn of rocks to eat the sandwiches they had brought.
'You gotta admit'Jason said, while drinking some water, 'it already feels exciting'
'It does, truth is... And we must have walked quite some distance. You can already see the Antenna up there' she said, nodding to the top which was not that near, but not at all as far as it was back where they had left the car.
'Ok, we should slowly be going then'.
And so they continued up ahead. The hours passed and they were now just a few balks and logs away from the final trail. They both pushed them out of the way to free the path and kept going up. Jason had obviated to bring two extra flashlights he had, and so there would be no problem turning the first one on.
'Good call' Amanda said. 'It's slowly getting darker.' 
Finally, they could see the ground beneath them flattening out, as the ascention led them to the top. Stepping on some boulders , where the Old road was totally ruined now, Jason helped Amanda to jump over to the station.
 'Wow, we've made it' she said. 
'Yeah we did'Jason replied, smiling.
The station  was not big, but it included some rusty containers and high voltage signs on the inner walls. Surrounding the antenna, was barbed wire, at the base. There was no other form of protection from, or for the wildlife. Staring at the machine, they saw how tall it was from up close. Jason tried to peek at the top, where the light would show. He could distinguish the light radar, but it was, indeed, broken. What on earth could this light be coming from, then?
'Well, there you have it.The thing is broken down'Amanda said.
'Well, maybe. But this only adds to the question..'
'Yeah..In any case, it's really dark up here so...We have to find some place to stay until the light comes on.'
From what they realized, time had passed rather fast. The light was supposed to come out in less than like 2 hours. 
'The old control room on the right of the antenna..'Jason said, as he went closer.'See?The entrance is broken.We could just close the outter fence with a stick or something and we'll be fine.'
'Alright let's do it'. And so they found their accommodation for the next few hours. There was a large glass window in the room, with a view of the village. The lights from the square and the small towns nearby formed a spectacular image.
As they relaxed in the old wooden table in there, they both actually felt a bit weird. They were practically , as Amanda had stated, on top of a mountain late at night, for a crazy cause. But the two had some sort of comfort whenever they were together.
'So, should we just..wait here?' she asked.
'It won't be long now...I think so at least..' Jason stated, staring at the view....He then took a contemplative look on his face...He cast his sight at Amanda.
'Look, Amanda..'he said in a serious tone, sitting next to her chair.'It's probably like, one of the weirdest places to say that..but, you know.....I have been feeling lately.....Like..you know, whenever I am with you....It's...nuh, it's stupid...Just..just forget I said anything...'
Amanda knew from the months they had met that Jason was not the easiest person to open up.
'It's okay'she told him, cupping his shoulder 'you can tell me...what is it?'
Jason hesitated for a moment, but then he spoke. 'Well, I...' he said taking a deep breath'I think...I might..like you..as more than a friend...And, I think you are really awesome and beautiful despite being all realistic sometimes and turning down my awesome theories' he said really fast, and then turning around to look at the window.
Amanda smiled, blushing. 'Well, mister, you can turn around....I won't bite..' she said. Jason did, and tilted his head down, akwardly.
'I think...I might like you too, despite your theories'she told him, chuckling, leaning in to give him a little wet kiss on the chick. 
He smiled, in a way Amanda really loved, and the two enjoyed the view together. Then, Amanda calmly said 'Well, you COULD have told me in a place other than some creepy abandoned radio station somewhere on a mountain, but I mean-'
Jason jocularly poked her, both laughing. And so, eventually, time passed, and they were almost getting sleepy in there, when a weird, rattling sound was heard outside the fence. Their ears caught the sound rather quickly. Jason slowly went outside to take a look.Amanda followed.
'Let's be careful'she said  as they went closer to the fence. Jason crouched to check on the door.
'Hmm, must have been a small racoon or something'
  But Amanda had a shocked expression on her face just then.
'What is it?' Jason asked.
'Look' she said, pointing at the antenna.
The beckon was still broken and out of use, but it was revealed that the weird light was there. 
'What the-?' Jason said. 'Check it out. It's not coming from the lamp or the radar. It's emitted from somewhere on the antennae, but not the radar' he said, as he opened the fence to go closer.
'Watch out,Jason!We don't know what that is!' 
'No worries. I just wanna see what the hell is making it' 
And then it all happened too fast. As soon as they managed to see that the light was actually radiating from all around the antenna and not the top, they felt a really strong wave of energy striking them. They both fell on the ground some twenty feet away.
'Oh my god, what the hell was that..Are you okay?' Jason said when he got up, helping Amanda up too.
'I'm fine, but what was it?!' 
  Then, as in a nightmare, they were literally paralyzed , in shock of what they were seeing. 
The light was actually a combination of various spirit-like creatures moving and vaccilating closely together in a ruccus. They looked like they had the bodies of men but, with fierce, scary, electrifying faces with teeth. They were making the loud rattling sound, as they seemed to be clanking some conch drums they were carrying. No sound might have been heard from the village, but now that they were up there, the hellish parade was making all sorts of creepy noises......
'Oh my god..'Amanda said....
'Are those really the...the Night Marchers?'
'I never thought I would say this, but..They freaking do match the descriptions....Almost exactly' she said, panicked.
Jason and Amanda thought fast. They had both heard the stories, and they had also heard that supposedly, if you had not been spotted by them, you could fall down, facing the ground, as if worshipping them. Were you lucky, they would not hurt you. The wave they received must have been because of the close impact, but the ghostly apparitions themselves did not seem to have noticed them yet.
Instinctively, they both fell down at once, close together, shivering. Amanda was about to whimper from all she was seeing. Jason held her hand and nodded at her to try to stay silent, and let them pass by, or do the circle of the station or whatever the hell they were supposed to. 
Amanda stayed silent, as the creatures circled around them, slamming their drums and rotating their hands up and down, in their terrifying blue aura. 
Jason spotted the boulders they had come from, and figured they could reach them, as long as they crawled there face down.Else, they would have to stay in this paralyzing circle for at least till dawn.And now, time was not passing faster, of course. Amanda understood what Jason was planning, but it was too risky. What if they noticed them?The stories only told of instant execution on sight.....But what else could they do? 
Clutching Jason's hand really tight, they both crawled like insects , slowly but steadily to the boulders. But now they would have to risk it. They had to stand up and climb. Taking a deep breath, they got up and went for it.
Instantaneously, a petrifying growl from one of the Marchers was heard, as they spotted them and started parading towards them.
'Jump over,Amanda!And Run!' Jason shouted, following her as well.
The electrifying sounds were now louder than ever, along with the drumming and the rattling, as the spirits brought down the iron fence. Unfortunately, their flashlights were still in the station, so they had to run down the mountainside with the moon as their only source of light.
As they landed with force on the other side, Jason looked at Amanda, who was trembling.
'Amanda, look at me, look at me!We can't stop here. I want you to grab my hand as tightly as you can, and just don't look back...and don't stop running. Okay??' 
Tears in her eyes, she nodded and grabbed his hand, as they literally jumped down the mountainside and the fallen logs and dirt. The spirits crushed the boulders to smithereens as soon as their blue aura touched it. Was that what they would do to them too, if they caught them?Amanda thought, but then tried to focus on the running, as her feet pained her immensely, stepping on the rocks and branches.
Shortly afterwards, though, they both stumbled on the very rocks they had stopped for food earlier, falling down, in the dark. They were dizzy from the tripping, as they heard the rattling of the Night Marchers coming closer. Jason tried to get up, but he was too disorientated. He looked out for Amanda, who was also trying to catch a breath after the fall.
And then, as the Marchers were less than 10 feet away, they held hands in terror, ready to accept what was coming, when a loud bang was heard, and the spirits suddenly went even crazier, freezing at their feet. They turned to each other at first, making all sorts of demonic sounds, as their drums kept slamming incessantly, but then they vanished back into the woods in a sparkle..
They opened their eyes, sighing in tremendous relief, as they stood there, shocked and frightened. 
'Oh my...Thank god you're okay' Jason told Amanda, hugging her and kissing her forehead.
'I am so glad you'e okay too' she replied, holding him in her arms. 'What the hell happened to them?'
'Think they must have found some...balk or something...'
But then, as Amanda looked around the place, she noticed they were right beyond the road covered in lava. The volcano nearby, when it had erupted, covered most of the top in dark lava, leaving the road charred. But it ended around the spot they were on.
She remembered that legend had it that no Night Marcher could touch you on ground not affected by Lava from the volcano. She told Jason about it and they were glad they were saved, as they kept descending, trying to stay on the Moon's pathways.
And after what seemed like ages, they eventually found the car and the temple, but they were exhausted, and felt trully worn out. As the moon slowly took a bow for the Sun to arise, they closed their eyes, having collapsed on the road.........


Jason snapped his eyes open, realizing he was on a hospital bed back at the village. He scanned the place for Amanda, who walked in shortly later, with the nurse. She had woken up a bit earlier and they told her some monks from the temple had found them earlier that morning on the road and brought them here. 
'Hey, bud, it's okay...' she told Jason, hugging him. She told him what had happened.
'You two were lucky' the nurse said, checking Jason's pulse. 'What were you doing up there at night, anyway?' she asked.
  They looked at each other, startled.Amanda spoke.'Uhm, our car had broken down...We tried to call but there was no signal. We tripped up there and..yeah..you know...' It was some form of excuse, at least.
  The nurse leaned in closer to Jason, to help him get up from the bed. He was fine in general, save for a few bruises on his legs. 
'Yeah, I know. Be careful, though. The mountain can be perilous at nights. Anyway, you are both fine, just passed out as it seems. You are good to go'
'Thank you'Amanda said, as she helped Jason change his clothes too. They then left the hospital, to go get the car, although the place still crept them out.

When they reached it, they drove back to Amanda's house. Jason went close to her.
'I'm so sorry..I...I don't even know how..whatever those things were.....exist, but we wouldn't have gone through all this had I listened to you from the beginning and not dragged you up there with me-'
'Jason, no..Don't blame yourself..We both agreed to this...It's fine...We should be glad we are here..'
She told him to come in, and maybe drink something to try to understand what on earth had happened. They sat on her couch, trying to talk about it.
'Okay....'she said..'Clearly, your theories were right..I mean...I still can't believe this but I can't unsee what I saw...'
'I know, it's crazy....And not at all as exciting as I thought it to be..,I mean...what the hell..we could have been murdered up there..But how can those things even exist?'
'Well, the people here have always come to the police reporting sightings, but I guess no one took them seriously. This is why they would not believe us either..But now....'
'I see....Well, what if we just....didn't see well..I mean we were tired....'
'As much I would like to believe that..It wouldn't add up..How do you explain the energy wave?Or the clanking, or the lava limit and all...It's exactly as in the tales.....' Amanda said, baffled.
Eventually, they could not do otherwise but accept that the legend was not actually a legend..It was the truth....They both agreed to remain silent for the time being, and meet up soon to see what they would do...
As Jason drove back to his place, he saw he had something in his pocket. It was a piece of paper. He opened it, and read the message written on it. 'Come at the radio station in one week time..We will explain everything..Be not afraid....' 
Confused and pretty crept out, he looked outside the window.Who had put it there? Then he remembered the hospital..He had changed his clothes..But his trousers were not removed..Only the shirt....Someone must have slipped it in .....And then he recalled how the nurse leaned close to him..To supposedly help him get up....She must have done it, because Amanda was in the room the whole rest of the time and she had woken up way earlier....Question was.....why would the nurse do that, and what did she know????

The following week had passed really akwardly for Amanda. She went to work disorientated and contemplative. How could those people be real?They were rumored to be ancient Hawaiian warriors..Or what had remained of them..But even if they were, why would they seek to kill everyone at sight?And why were they confined to the volcano and its nearby areas? Jason had been pretty distant too for the past week, and when she finally tried calling him, he would not reply.  In the end, she returned home, only to see a letter in her mailbox, from Jason himself. She read it.'' Forgive me for what I am about to do. And for not telling you to do it with me, but I knew you would not agree and would ry to prevent me from doing it. Katherine, the nurse at the hospital, must have slipped a note in my pocket telling me to go to the station again,  to supposedly explain everything...At first I was hesitant..But the anxiety was killing me...She said I should not be afraid...But this time I have brought my hunting gun with me, and also the one thing that I have heard that could end the parade of those spirits. Having looked into those stories, I found some of my distant relatives here the past week and asked them about the phenomenon.Had to tell them about us though, but worry not. They told me that tradition has it the parade can be broken using the wood from a tree native to Hawaii, the Kau-Lai, used in ancient times to make tikis to protect the natives' temples from bad spirits. I went to the temple we found and asked them about the wood. They told me they had a stock of ancient tikis, and so I got one and crafted a sword from it. Apparently if you stab one of these creatures with the Kau-lai, they all fall with it. I know not what Katherine will tell me, but I have to be prepared. I know I am putting you in anxiety here, but please do not follow me. I have realized I am in love with you.And I could not bare it if something happened to you.I shall be back by the end of this night . If I am not, go to the temple and tell them everything.They shall immediately understand why I went there at first place, and will help you find me up here. This is all. I will be going back to the mountain tonight. Love, Jason. Fri.,May 3''
Amanda could barely believe all that was going on. She only knew one thing, looking at the clock. That dusk was already on and she was too late to stop Jason. But what could she do?Wait there cross-handed?She had to find him, What could this woman want?And what if the stories were not right about everything?What if this, Kau-Lai wood was not able to end the Night Marchers? She had to know. She had to go to the temple and tell them the whole story. Jason was right. The monks there were experts in those tales. They would know. They HAD to know. 
She grabbed her jacket and took her car to the temple, as night was closing in all around the village......


Jason was surprised at how quickly he had gone back to top. He had started very early on and had taken the car till higher up than before, crashing through some logs. He had hidden the wooden sword of Kau-Lai in his jacket, and his shotgun was on the nearby seat. He had then gotten out of the car and taken the now known road to the top. Night was slowly coming again and he now felt strengthened and more powerful. His relatives were actually some cousins of him, who had been born and had lived in Hawaii, so they were happy to fill him in  on everything he wanted about the Night Watchers. Just like the monks at the temple. It seemed that those warriors were of the very first civilizations in Hawaii, and had all had some form of tragic death. Either in battles which led to bloodbaths, or in massacres leaving their bodies unburied and not the chance to get sanctified. Their souls were thus rumored to have been roaming around the island gaining psychic power from their victims, in hope they could once re-materialize in their old bodies and get a proper entombing or maybe even a Second chance in life. When he mentioned Katherine , the monks told him she was from one of the most ancient families in Rajo-Mo,  and so was occupying herself with those tales on her free time. They did not know however, what exactly she could want , but when Jason informed them of what he had been through with Amanda, they agreed he should be very careful, and had prompted him to call for help at once if he found trouble. They had no problem believing him, because they had always known there was truth in every legend. They told him to light a fire with a flare weapon they gave him at the cairns of rocks and brushwood in the glades on the road. They would get it as a signal. 
It was pretty much of a plan, and so he welcomed the challenge when he could feel the energy of the spirits coming alive again. The moon rose gloriously as they came out. Initially, he fell face down behind the station,  watching. They seemed more upset tonight.As if they had been rattled by what had happened those days.  Soon, he saw Katherine standing in the room. He carefully crawled in, closing the fence door. She smiled.
'Don't worry. They shall not hurt you.'
'You kidding?They tried to kill me and my friend the other week..'
'No..Just your friend..They were not after you...The parade always gets rustled when others interfere..But it was only ..Amanda whom they were after....'
'What?Why? What do they want with her...'
'The Night Marchers shall kill everyone messing with the parade..It is their way of-
'Powering up'Jason said, disgusted.'Yeah I know.....But why not me too?'
Katherine smirked,coming closer.Her long, dark red hair glimmered in the moon's light. Jason took a step back, feeling the Kau-Lai inside his pocket.
'It is time you found out who you truly are, Jason, ' she said, as the blue aura of their parade was jiggering and slamming their drums outside.
'What do you mean?'
'I mean...that they would not hurt you, Jason...Not YOU...Because, you are just like me.....And just like them........We are their descendants....'
Jason was left with his mouth open, as the Night Marcher's parade was triumphantly sparkling up the Night sky , bringing waves of wind as well, and also what seemed like drops of water coming down from the sky.........A form of cold mist dominated the place around them, as Jason stood there, trying to grasp all that information.....

The monks in the temple explained to Amanda all about Jason and how he had gone up there. They also told her about the creatures, but when she arrived it seemed they had also found something else. They had been looking into the whole case of the creatures the past week, after Jason visited them, and, cross-referencing it with what the police had found about the murders in the other villages, they realized this gang of 'criminals' was indeed led by people like Katherine.
'You see' one of the monks told a shocked Amanda' all the bodies discovered..We found some of them and took them to the police..They did not believe our theories of course, but before they take them to the morgue, we saw that there were..unusual punctures on them...Bites, and all sorts of marks of ancient weaponry...Things which all correspond to the tale.....'
'It's true' another monk said, 'and these two guys they found..must have been members...who took the bodies to their leader, Katherine most probably, who then gave them to her wicked friends....'
'How do we know it is her, though?'Amanda asked.
'After Jason came to us, we knew.....We pieced it all together...'the head monk said.
'What...what do you mean?'
He took a rather melancholic expression on. 'Well, Katherine had no reason to leave Jason this note..And only him..,.We looked into his family records when he left the temple, and we saw his great grandparents were also members of the Halualo family, Katherine's one...This family was, historically, of the strongest one back in the days, and they were involved in many battles. A lot of innocent men of them were signed up for the massacre in Pearl Harbor, later on. We all know how that ended. Thousands of spirits were left untamed and amongst them the Halualos as well. Now, we are not 100% sure about this, but we think Katherine knew of Jason's origins...And she must have called him up there to reveal to him what she has discovered......'
  Amanda sat down. This was all too much.
'But..why would they wanna kill all of them?I mean..there are so many inconsistencies....Even if they gain this,..power from the murders, even if they like.....materialize eventually, how will they be strong again?They cannot even cross anything not drenched in Lava...'
'Not if they manage to materialize once more. Their curse is inflicted upon them while in Spirit form. If they manage to come back.....'
'Well, how many people have to be killed before they get what they want?'
The monks looked at each other.
'Tell me, what is it?' she asked, scared.
'You....If they kill you they can get very close..They will only need a handful more deaths after you..Something Katherine has handled, I guess, judging from all the disappearing families...And you..Amanda...You are of the newest blood of the purebred Hawaiian families....'
'I don't...I don't get it..Why just me?'
'Because your family was their rival one......Your ancestors were from Honolulu, as you probably know, and when they came here, even before the massacre in Pearl Harbor, they were fought from the Halualos for the native lands...The on-going vendetta was fading away in the recent years..But the spirits are ancient...-'
'They never forget...'Amanda affirmed.
'Exactly.Which means your blood will grant them most of the power they need. We knew at once that Katherine wanted Jason to probably tell him to trick you..Into going to them to...She could not bring you up there and you would have to die by them.....'
'What?Why not just take me then?All these years?'
'She did not know..She must have spotted you as soon as you started interacting with her closest relative, Jason....'
Amanda put her face in her hands, dejected and not knowing what to do.
'Well, what the hell do we do now?Why are we not going up there right now?'
'They can kill us all at once if we enter their blue aura. We tried to stop Jason from going, but we had not figured out the whole story until earlier today, and he was already gone.'
'Well, how about the Kau-Lai? Will it kill them?'
'Kill them...I know not...But we do know that its wood has various.....Magical properties....If we are lucky, it will end their parade and they shall burst into nothingness.....If we are not....well.....'
'I am going ....I can't stay here' she said. 
'Amanda, it is too dang-'
'I don't care!Don't you get it? In the course of barely one week we discover some centuries old vendetta is threatening our lives, via some crazy ass spirits which, by the way, so conveniently exist, and the person I love is , as we speak, confronting a potential murderer who is helping them! I have to go find him! If you want, follow me.If not, stay out of my way, please' she said, heading to the car.There was no time for walking.She would slam it and accelerate all the way up.
But before she entered her car, she saw the three monks behind her, all holding stakes and swords of the Kau-Lai remaining, throwing one at her.
'Well, we're not going to just let a fellow Hawaiian go like that'they smiled.'Let's go save your friend' they said. She nodded, they all got into the car, and they stirred all the way upwards...


Katherine had meanwhile explained everything to Jason, and he was truly disgusted. How could he be relatives with such a monster, and with those freakish warriors?And now, they wanted him to bring them Amanda?The only person he truly loved? 
He shot a flare to the nearby cairns spontaneously, lighting up a huge fire, as it came to contact with the dry leaves. 
'What the hell?' Katherine said, as the sound of the fire burning messed with the incessant parade. There was a huge mess going on at the top.
Jason ran outside the fence.
'Jason!' Katherine shouted.
'Don't! You bring  me here, telling me tons of unbelievable shit, and claiming to be my relative...You are all monsters...And there is no way in hell I would ever hurt Amanda, or help you get through with your wicked plans to bring back hundreds of ancient warriors...They're murder
rers...And you are too..All those people kidnapped..Those FAMILIES! Gosh, I can't believe you actually treated me back at the hospital!' 
'You cannot deny who you are, Jason! We are their descendants! We have to help them!'
'No...not if we mecome murderers in the way...' he said, as he slowly took the Kau-Lai stake out of his pocket. 
As soon as the parade of Night Watchers even glimpsed at the stake, they paused. A very weird, clattering sound was heard, as they almost attacked each other. It was driving them crazy, and the blue aura now got entangled with the wind and the trees, fuelling the fire even more.
'Your games are done, Katherine' he said, as he went to one of the disoriented Marcher to end him with the Kau-Lai. But Katherine, as soon as she saw the wood, jumped onto him and threw him down. The stake fell to the ground, and the Marchers were too afraid to even go near it. 
  At that very moment, the monks and Amanda arrived, seeing the fire, and understanding that the wood had an effect on them.
'Jason!'Amanda screamed.'Get away from him!' 
But then, Katherine,  threw Jason in the blue aura, and though the Spirits would not hurt him, she knew she now would. Jason screamed from the pain, as the aura paralyzed him and gave Katherine immense power. They were their descendants and should only be strengthened by it, but Katherine was wise enough to have removed the power of his Halualu blood. Back in the hospital, before Jason woke up, she had performed an old ritual of the Spirits, taking a hold of his family power. She planned to give it back, but not before he would agree to it.
It did not take long for the expert monks to figure this out and so they prompted Amanda to help them go to the rest of the creatures and stab them with the stakes before the aura got to them, or Katherine got to Jason.
But Katherine was already there. What they saw next, was horrendous. The merciless woman, using the power of the Aura as a descendant, shoved her hand with inhuman strength in Jason's chest, and, with a swift movement of her hand, Katherine ripped his heart out.
Amanda and the monks could not even believe what was happening, while Jason was staring at Katherine's bloody hands, holding his red heart, with the vessels and ventricles still pumping blood for a second. And then, before the monks, the Night Marchers, Katherine and Amanda's teary eyes, Jason glanced at his love for one last time, before he collapsed dead to the ground. Katherine let his heart fall down and then  turned to the rest of them.
'I did not want to kill one of ours..But it had to happen...And now it is your turn, Amanda....'
But, Tito, the head monk, had tried to keep his cool and head to the antenna. He had picked up the Kau-Lai stakes but for Jason's one, and placed them at the base of the antenna, where the wires of the station covered the whole top, the Night Marchers included. And then, he let the crazy, unstable aura, do its job, as it engulfed the stakes at the center of the antenna, where the hub of the parade was, and smashed all of them. Everyone thought it was a stupid move, until the splinters of the Kau-Lai stakes met with the Spirits. And then, in a loud bang, all of them burst into forceful explosions, vanishing in thin air, along with the aura, and bringing the antenna and the station down. Only Katherine was left with it, who was away from the hub, above Jason'dead body.
Amanda knew what to do, as she grabbed the one remaining Stake from her deceased boyfriend, and headed for the startled from the explosion, Katherine.
Amanda had never been colder. She grabbed Katherine's staggering body, and stabbed her with the stake, all the way through her abdomen. And then, as she reached for Amanda's shoulders, the last remaining aura in her turned to ash, along with her whole body..........Amanda dropped the Kau-Lai....
It was over....The Night Marchers were all gone, along with Katherine......But unfortunately, Jason was not amongst the survivors.......


Of course the events became known to the whole village, and in Maui nearby. The police found the remaining families in a warehouse at the main square.It was discoveed Katherine was taking them to the mountains, ending them up there at night ,when the marchers appeared. . The people would never dismiss the urban legends anymore..Just like the tale had it, these Marchers would appear frequently before someone died, and Amanda remembered how Mr.Hulu had also died, along with all those families..It had all made sense,after all...

And years passed, but Amanda would never forgive herself.....Because, after the events of that night, the top of the mountain was ruined along with the station and the antenna right after the explosions. They had never found Jason's body amongst the remains, and the police forces who had been called on sight had closed off the place for good.......

It was a chilly, August night, approximately two years after the incident.... Amanda was looking outside her window, at the now empty peak of the mountain up there...Where her true love had gone, in the hands of murderers and ancient spirits.....She was about to head back to her lonely, cold bed, when she suddenly felt it......Again...That vibe...This energy vibe only the Night Marchers could make...But no...they were all gone....How could this be?
As she looked outside at her porch, she could see some form of spirit with a blue aura marching towards her door....It was malfigured, more like an empty body with a sorrowful, scarred head...And a hole for a heart...As she went closer to the door, she had a very unquiet hunch. But something was just drawing her out.
She opened the door, and then she remembered. He had never been discovered..His body was not buried...And he was of the same family as them..... Could this...could this be the last remaining one?
As the creature approached her, weirdly enough, it did not harm her. The aura engulfed her like a cold, but hypnotizing voice, soothing her every concern. She stared into its eyes, and she knew......It was Jason.

 

THE END


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