...The Darkness...

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short story about a downfall of a protector. Written in first person.

Submitted: July 30, 2008

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As an elite hero, the Protector, I have killed many monsters that posed a threat to my village. After 4 years of the monsters' rampage we finally succeeded in locating their leader. Its an old satyr, he is hiding north of our village, in the woods. We decided to end this tonight.

The Spartan captain that was sent to protect us will attack the monsters' fort from the front while me and three other experienced soldiers sneak in from behind, assassinate the leader satyr and raise the red flag as a signal so the Spartan captain can save some lives. None of us were nervous, we couldn't wait to get rid of the monsters and continue the life we use to live. Also, the Spartans have defended us for a long time and they miss their families.

The sun sets, the time for action is now. Our weapons are sharp and our armor polished. We have entered the woods on the north and after hours of sneaking through trees we finally spotted the fort. The Spartan captain led the frontal assault while me and the other three guys sneaked around the walls. We climbed the walls and got over. The leader satyr's tent was near and so was our freedom.

We sneaked up to the leader satyr's tent, entered it and silently moved toward his bed. I stayed at the entrance of the tent to watch for hostiles while the other three soldiers were assassinating him. A minute later I heard a mighty roar and one of the soldiers yelling. It appears that the soldier that killed the satyr was killed by the satyr also... irony.

The other two ran out and told me to raise the flag. They seemed scared, like they are hiding something. I have no time to think about it so I ran towards the flag to raise it but I heard something huge walking behind me... I turned around and saw a satyr brute. I looked around and found out that those two Spartans had left me. I was on my own. The brute swung with his axe and I tried to block the attack but one of my swords broke and the other one seemed too heavy. My hand hurts, is it broken? I managed to step away but the brute charged at me and knocked me off balance. He hit me so hard that I flew couple meters and hit an Oblivion Shard that stuck out of the ground in the centre of the camp.

Next thing I know, I am surrounded by some kind of light, I can see some balls of light around my body but I can't feel them. My vision is becoming blurry... its getting darker, darker....

I woke up in the morning. The brute satyr that killed me lied right next to me, dead. I saw those two that left me behind. They were looking for me. I tried to call for them but I couldn't speak. Soon, they saw me and approached. They were terrified but I don't know why. One of them said "Kill it!" while the other one turned around and ran away... Soon after, the first one did the same. My vision is blurry again; I am going to lose it again...

I woke up, again, same place. It was morning. I could stand up and move my head and tongue now. I looked at broken arm and found out that there is nothing wrong with it... The only different thing is that... it’s freaking black!!! What has happen to me, why did my skin colour change? I looked towards the sky and asked Zeus for help. The sky turned red and a godlike man with red robe came to me. "Zeus?" I asked. It laughed and said:

"No, I am not Zeus. I'm close though. My name is Harmenthyus, one of the Hades' generals. You were selected many years ago to become one of us, one of the Dark Generals. You see, this "Monsters' Invasion" is just a diversion to collect the worlds most brilliant men and turn them to the dark side. With powers Hades gave you, you will aid us in the battle for the Olymph. I will take you to Hades' chambers now."

Strange blue light surrounded us and we teleported to Hades' chambers. Hades spoke to me:

"Ha, you have arrived. You probably know me already so I'll cut the story short. You are here because you have just become one of my assassins. Your job will be to assassinate Aphrodite, the goddess of love. She isn't powerful but she can turn Persephone against me which would be bad... for her and our love. So, to protect my interests you will take these poisonous swords I just made for you and kill Aphrodite. The swords are very powerful so watch it. Go now and do not fail"

And I was teleported again. This time in the beautiful gardens, somewhere... I proceeded towards the center where one woman set and drank wine. She was beautiful, she looked at me and, even though I am disgusting, dark and evil, she was not scared. When I came close and asked for Aphrodite she said:

"Hello stranger. I am the one you are looking for; I am the one that will change you. My name is Aphrodite, the goddess of love. You seek to kill me? I know. I know a lot about you. When you were young you dreamed about me, many times. I can't say that I didn't interfere in that but..."

"So it was you, the woman that I dreamed of? You are the one to design my dreams?"

"Yes. This is all part of the divine plan to save the world. You see, I knew you would come today, I have known it since you were born. I have watched you grow up, learn, lose, win. Isn't it strange to you that you have never fallen in love? Yes. I have saved you for myself. I can't resist you. That is why I made this wine. It will cure you; kill every piece of darkness within you. Drink it and you can stay here with me to the rest of your life. Please, drink it."

I looked into her eyes and the spell started to work. My hand felt strange, I couldn't hold my swords, and yet I feel like I can move a mountain. I dropped my swords and walked towards the table with the wine. I felt like I was flying. I tried to get rid of this feeling and looked somewhere else but I couldn't make my eyes look anywhere else but into her. I drank the wine and what she said became truth.

A couple of months later I heard of the battle among the gods and a hero that managed to kill Typhon and enter the Hades Palace alive. Hades has laid siege on the Olymph and Persephone has been imprisoned in his palace.

One morning, I woke up in the bed alone, Aphrodite was not there. I looked trough the window and I couldn't see her in the gardens. I went back to bed and looked at the floor. I saw a shadow of a man coming to the bedroom so I stood up and asked who is coming.

As it approached the room in silence I felt scared. It was Harmenthyus.

"Good job. Really good job. Now your destiny can be completed. After the heroboy kills Hades I will take over the underworld and the immortal life will be granted to me. I will kill you know and make sure you have a nice, warm place in Hades as I hate men who betray."

He looked in my eyes and my body slowly turned black again. It was cold and I couldn't resist it. I stood and didn't move. It went up slowly and it reached my heart. Suddenly my love towards Aphrodite turned into hate. I started hating my parents, friends, people, Greece, everything that was alive. It’s getting blurry again...


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