Merely a Shadow

Merely a Shadow

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In a world full of suicide, shadow guardians from the other world come to protect children from their dark future.
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Summary

In a world full of suicide, shadow guardians from the other world come to protect children from their dark future.

Chapter1 (v.1) - I

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: April 29, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: April 29, 2017

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The glass doors slid open for the young girl to pass. She had a big paper bag with a pink rose pattern on it, the two circular ears of a teddy bear slightly picking out of it. The girl walked down the light green carpet straight to the reception desk which had a big glowing sign saying "White Snake Hospital." The brunette at the reception was having a casual conversation on her phone, but immediately put it away at the sight of the girl getting closer. The girl walked with long, casual strides, her hand slightly swinging the pink paper bag.

"Good evening, Ms. Melissa." the brunette said, smiling at the girl. The girl smiled back, unintentionally hiding the paper back behind her back. The brunette adjusted her black glasses and gave another smile, examining the girl for a second before continuing. 

"Would you like to know where Mr. Wilson is?" she said in a formal tone. The girl nodded, her blond hair swinging a bit.

 "Mr. Wilson is currently in his office, he already informed everyone that he will be leaving early." the brunette said keeping the tone formal even though she was talking to a high school student. As she finished the sentence, the smart phone next to her started vibrating. Hesitantly she glanced at the girl, the girl gave her a nod of approval and swung on her heel leaving the lady to her conversation.

"Thanks" the girl finally spoke glancing back at the already busy lady. The room she was leaving was finally empty after a long work day. If she came a bit earlier, she would have seen the noisy grandma, the impatient little boy, the worried soon-to-be father, and many more people who had their own story at that hospital, at the blond girl's second home. 

The girl knew every corner of the gigantic building and could walk to any part of it with her eyes closed. She walked through the bright corridor at a leisurely pace looking at the same paintings of nature that were decorating all the corridors. Even after seeing them for the millionth time, she still managed to appreciate them spending a few seconds looking at each painting, staring deep into the message and meaning of each tree and flower painted. 

After going though all of them she continued her path to the elevator, slightly speeding up her pace. She stopped at the glass doors of the elevator and pressed the large button on the wall. It didn't take long for the glass doors to slide open letting the girl in. 

The girl reached out to press sixth floor, after lightly pressing the button, the words "please place your finger here" came up on the small screen right under the all the floor numbers. Switching hands to hold the paper bag, she lightly pressed on the screen with her right thumb. The screen gave off a light green glow and the elevator finally moved, silently sliding up. The upper screen of the elevator lit up with a 6 on it, making a short tun sound and sliding it's glass doors open. 

Walking out of the elevator, the girl continued at a steady pace stopping at the door at the very end of the corridor. The label on the door said "Main Cardiologist Doctor Wilson". She knocked on the door and entered without any hesitation. 

"Dad?" the girl said stepping in and closing the door with a silent click noise. There was a man sitting at a desk in the corner of the big office, full of posters of the human body and diagrams explaining the human heart. The man was wearing a doctor's gown, completely in his world of diagrams, analysis, and data, staring at the computer screen he didn't notice how the girl walked in. The man had the same beautiful blond hair color but his eyes weren't like the girl's pure, sky blue peepers. His were green, forest green, wild and refreshing but still no match for the girl's. The man continued typing and staring at the screen as the girl quietly tiptoed closer. 

The man sighed, took off his glasses, and leaned back, closing his eyes, and rubbing them with his hands. At that point the girl was standing about a meter away from his desk. She was almost holding her breath, trying hard not to destroy the perfect moment for a jump scare. 

"Boo!" the girl shouted as she jumped right behind the monitor. The man's chair slid under the table and he landed on his back with a loud thump, the whole floor heard it. He was lucky not to hit his head on the windowsill right behind him. 

"Dad! Are you ok?!" the girl screamed, getting closer to the man. She dropped the paper bag behind her and bend down to see how he was doing. 

"Aw, that hurt..." the man groaned in pain and slowly got up, rubbing the back of his head. "Melissa why did you do that?" he looked at the girl, his hand still on the back of his head. 

"Sorry?" the girl putting on an awkward smile and getting the man's chair up. Melissa slowly backed away and picked up the bag she left on the ground. 

"Wait, if you are already here, what time is it?" the man said, more to himself than to his daughter. He glanced at the corner of the computer. His green eyes squinted a bit, his glasses were still on the table. The girl picked up and handed the glasses to the man. The man grabbed them and put them on still staring at the corner. His green eyes widened, "It's already 5!?"

"Yeah, dad, mom will be were mad if we are late" the girl said, her tone slightly cheeky. "Oh, and i've got the present." she said, showing him the pink bag with the teddy bear. "The card is in it", those words seemed to calm him down a bit. 

"Ok, at least we have that ready", the man responded, cleaning up his table in a rush. He closed the laptop and shoved it into his grey briefcase. He rushed to put on his jacket but half way through realized he was still wearing the white doctor's gown. In a minute, the two could finally leave. At least, they thought so. 

Right when they were going to the parking lot, an ambulance rushed in front of the hospital. The people got out of the car and rushed through the hospital doors. Melissa glanced at the patient on the cot bed but couldn't see much, it was just a very pale teenage boy. 

"Another one..." her father said, his hand covering his mouth and his voice was deep, with a noticeable touch of melancholy. Melissa knew what he was talking about, but hoped she was mistaken.

***

Melissa and her father finally arrived at their mansion which was already surrounded by the festive spirit. Melissa's mother already had the balloons and other decorations up. There were many unicorns in the mansion, paper flowers on the curtains, confetti on the floor and couch. Although, the kitchen got the most attention. Melissa's mother had made a masterpiece, of course with some help from the internet. The three floor sugar goodness mesmerized any sugar consumer, the bottom vanilla layer surrounded by marzipan unicorns, the chocolate layer was decorated with roses and other delicate sugar flowers, the top layer was strawberry flavored. The strawberry layer was the most special one, it was shaped like a long white dragon that has wrapped its body around the cake. On top of that dragon was the hero of the day, little July in a knight's armor. Indeed, Melissa's sister never really wanted to be a princess, she dressed up in shiny costumes, she liked fencing with any sword-like object, and followed the chivalric code. To be an authentic knight riding a unicorn, that was her cute dream.

That child didn't need a prince to save her, she didn't need to even defeat the dragon, neither she wanted to gain fame and money. She simply wanted to help people while sword fighting and riding a unicorn. That's why she instead of waiting for the prince to defeat her dragon, she befriended the giant lizard. At least, that's what she said when she carried around her stuffed dragon toy.

Melissa took some time walking around the house admiring her mother's hard work with the decorations. She took one small glance at the cake, if she'd stare for longer, a part of it would be gone. Then she rushed to her room to change into some more party appropriate clothes. She threw the bag with the bear onto her soft, white armchair. 

She slipped on one of the white blouses she designed herself and a layered black skirt. Looking in the mirror she noticed how her wavy hair made its way over her shoulders, she didn't need to style it, not this time. Melissa always looked in the mirror with a smile, she admired the beauty of her clothing, most of it was enhanced by her. The simple details she added made the blouse look like one of the fanciest pieces from a Paris boutique. 

While looking in the mirror, Melissa noticed something move behind her back. She immediately turned to look but there was noting, a chill went down her spine. I am just imagining it. Still, the bitter feeling didn't go away. Melissa grabbed her paper bag and rushed downstairs, glancing back as she walked down the corridor. She sighed, releasing the tension in her body. Yet there was another movement in the shadowy part of the corridor, it was slight but noticeable. This caused the girl to speed up almost falling down the stairs with her paper bag. 

"What's wrong?" her mother said glancing at her slightly pale daughter. Melissa turned her head for a second, slowly examining everything behind her and on the stairs. 

"An, it's nothing." she said quietly turning back to look at her mother. The eerie feeling was finally gone. Just the lights, or my eyes playing tricks. It was nothing. Her grip on the paper bag tightened. Noticing her tight grip, she loosened it and staggered after her mother who was preparing the festive meal.

***

July had a few of her friends come over for the party. The three seven year olds made quite a bit of noise running around, exploring the mansion and July's play room. When the group calmed down, they were invited to the dining room to enjoy some of the yummy dishes Ms. Wilson prepared for the special day. Then came the grand finale, the birthday cake. Mr. Wilson brought it out with several colorful sparklers. July's eyes almost popped out when the cake came into her vision. She blew the candles that surrounded her marzipan figure and bit off the head of one of the unicorns. Everyone moaned enjoying their gigantic pieces of the castle cake and drank some tea. By that time it was already 8 so the kids parents came to pick them up. There was some hide and seeking and lots of "Just 5 more minutes." but by 9 all the children were gone. July was overjoyed but exhausted so she grabbed her favorite dragon and the new stuffed bear and went straight to bed. 

Melissa and her parents also gained some of the energy from the cute monkeys but it lasted only for another cup of tea or wine. Melissa completely forgot that eerie feeling she had a few hours ago. She strolled to her room and fell onto her bed barely taking off her clothes. She got under the soft and warm covers and instantly fell into the deepest sleep. 

Just as the girl's eyes closed, a shadow lurked under the door and onto the wall opposite of the window. The gloomy  silhouette on the wall was well defined by the moonlight. It was a boyish figure, with some spikes as the hair, and two hefty wings on each side. The last element was also precent, a small circular object above the figure, the halo. For a second the shadow moved closer to the girl's bed, towering over the girl. It's hand lightly touching the girl's cheek. The touch of a shadow only appears to be there, it could never be felt. The next second his hand disappeared under the girl's pillow and he faded into the darkness as suddenly as he appeared, leaving no trace of his existence behind.


***

Melissa woke up in cold sweat but she didn't remember anything scary about her dream. She didn't remember her dream at all. Trying to recollect what happened, she splashed her face with cold water. Looking up at the mirror, Melissa's eyes widened. For a split second, the eyes staring back at her weren't hers. Her clear, baby blue eyes were replaced by golden, sparkling orbs that seemed somewhat familiar. The eyes made her remember something, or someone, but everything felt blurry. Ok, this time it was too realistic. What is happening to me?! what's up with my head?... A phantom headache stopped her from remembering anything. She gave up, clearing her mind stopped the headache. Taking a towel and wiping her wet face, she glanced again but it was the normal, familiar face staring back, her face. Maybe I am still dreaming? Is this some weird trick? Melissa continued her daily procedures in the bathroom, the mysterious eyes or shadows didn't capture her attention for the rest of the morning. Although, that one event was enough for her to tangle her mind around the rest of the day. 

Going through the day she thought of the appearance that morning but kept it at the back of her mind. Her absentmindedness that day got her in trouble with the math and literature teachers but she managed to get through the day. Getting home she went straight to her room. With full determination, Melissa sat down on the edge of her bed and in a meditation-like manner focused all her mind power on that one image she saw in the morning, the golden eyes. The phantom headache kept appearing every time the image of the golden eyes appeared in her mind but she kept breaking through the pain till she recollected her dream. Or at least an element of the dream. 

Falling backwards onto her bed, her eyes were still open but the vision occurred right in front of her, yet it was all in her head, her mind space. First a dark human figure formed in the distance, it slowly crept closer to her. When Melissa felt like she could reach out with her slightly shaking hand and touch the manlike figure, it froze on the spot and lifted its silhouette of a head. Two sparks appeared on his face, mingling for a moment they formed into eyes. Those same eyes she saw in the morning, glowing, golden, familiar and yet they made her shiver. Their familiarity didn't stop her from shivering when she realized the figure's gaze was straight at her, looking deep into her soul through her eyes. She was a prey captured by a predator and there was no escape for her. If only the figure was a predator. The second feature appeared on the silhouette's face, the gracious smile. It reminded of the smile of an older brother, protective, playful, and warm. Melissa never had a brother but the message was clear, whoever he was, he wasn't a predator. Several other features brought even more color to the figure. The blonde, spiky hair, boyish outfit which was composed of a red t-shirt, covered by a black jacked, and jeans. The figure now looked like any good-looking teenage boy but the transformation hasn't yet ended. A bright light appeared at the boy's back and above his head. If only Melissa could, she would have covered her eyes before going half blind but her body was completely frozen, her gaze captured by whatever was happening in front of her. The light started to fade, leaving behind two glorious, pure, white wings, and a slightly glowing halo right above his head. 

All Melissa's thoughts went silent, her head was completely empty. The boy in front of her opened his mouth and spoke in a crystal clear tone "I am your guardian shadow, Leo. Dear friend, reach out your hand so we could complete this contract." He smiled at her again, stretching out his hand. Melissa gained control over her body, smiling at his words, she slowly reached out her hand, lightly touching his, their fingers tangling together. Electricity rushed through their bodies and light surrounded them. The next moment Melissa was back to her room, lying on her back, staring at the ceiling.


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