The Monster Boy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Pilot chapter of a mini series that follows a demon hunter named Garrett, who ends up in a small town full of people who don't believe he can help them, and has to help them all with their problems to prove his worth and save the town.

Submitted: August 13, 2015

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Submitted: August 13, 2015

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A small town called Aperta, that was tucked away between two tall mountains and surrounded by many tall trees, sat quietly for many years, the people living in peace with the land around them, until some strange, unexplainable things began to happen, for seemingly no reason. Buildings became haunted, creatures no one even knew what to call came out at night, and the lake people once used to swim in became a place of missing persons and lost boats.People started to live in fear of the town. They would hardly come out during the day unless it was a weekend, and at night they locked all their doors and blocked all their windows. But even though this was all happening, no one moved. As messed up as it had become, it was their home, and no one wanted to abandon it, even though it went on for years, and seemed to only get worse and worse as time went on.The mayor of the town at the time, Sharie, decided it was time to do something about it, but didn’t know what she could do. The mayor before her had tried multiple things before, but had no luck, so what could she possibly do to help? She posted stories online about things that were happening, and pleaded for help, but most people called her crazy, or thought she was just trying to get tourists to visit the town.However, there was one man who saw her plea. He read it while sitting in his office, a dusty old room he used almost like a second home, and decided that someone must be sent at once. He called her, and let her know that someone was coming to help, and that he should be met with open arms, and his help should be accepted, no matter how strange it all seemed.The mayor agreed, and was delighted someone was finally coming to help. Though she had no idea what to expect from the man he was going to send, and was a little worried that it was going to be some sort of scam. Regardless of her worries, she set up a town meeting, and told everyone to come, no matter what, so they could all meet the man who would help them and their families live peacefully, hoping to raise the spirits of the people.The day of the meeting, people were sitting in the town hall, a large building set up like a church built with gray bricks and little decor in or around it, and they were murmuring about the supposed man who would come to save their town.Plenty of rumors went around about how he was going to be some old, hairy, action-movie type guy, and that he wasn’t going to be very nice to look at, or talk to, or that he was going to be some slimeball constantly trying to get money from people to do fake exorcisms, or to buy fake charms.The people were sitting patiently in the hall as they heard a car roll up the poorly paved road. The engine shut off, and everyone went silent, all turning their heads to the door, eagerly waiting to see the mystery man.The large, old door creaked open, and in walked a kid, about twenty years old. A black, leather trench coat that looked filled to the brim with strange gadgets, hung on his small frame loosely, his short, semi-curly brown hair looked fluffy as if it had just been washed, and his round, freckled nose completed his baby-faced look.A few snickers went around as he made his way to the speaking stand, where the mayor was standing, visibly shaken by the look of the guy.As soon as he turned around and saw the faces of the people, his confidence quickly died. They were looking at him with scowls, glares, and mocking stares.His chest filled with heat, as he tried to right himself and stand up straight. He cleared his throat and took a deep breath. “Hello,” his voice cracked. He cleared his throat again and chuckled nervously. “I’m Garrett. I was sent here by the Supernatural Correction Agency, or just the S.C.A. for short.” He looked down at the unimpressed faces and gulped. “We’re not very popular, but we aim to help places like this town, and hope that one day we can keep the paranormal from interfering with people’s lives.”The people still all looked unamused, their faces all still stuck with the same expression.His face felt hot, and he struggled to find the right words to say. “I-I’ll be staying at Domali, the hotel down the street if you need me. I’ll be taking care of problems as they come, so don’t hesitate to ask me for help.” He bit at his bottom lip as he realized that the people of that town were going to be really hard to impress.“What qualifies you to even be here? You going to suck my ghost up in a vacuum?” A voice from the group called out.A few laughs and giggles spread and he felt his palms begin to sweat. “I was trained to fight against many different creatures, and know how to get rid of most anything. Though, this is my first job outside of the academy.” He mentally punched himself for saying that. These people were already doubting him, why would he give them an even bigger reason to?Groans and laughs rippled through the group, and he gulped again. “Well, anyway, I’m going to get settled in and talk with Sharie about what needs to get done. Thank you all for your time.” He smiled a forced smile, and took a deep breath.A girl with gray-purple hair, pale skin that was covered in freckles, and a round face complete with a button nose, clapped for him, smiling warmly hoping to let him see that not everyone thought he was a crook.His smile relaxed when he saw her and he nodded in her direction. Some of his confidence had returned, and it was just enough to talk to the mayor while the hall emptied of people.“So, what’s been going on here?” He crossed his arms and leaned against the podium, hoping it would give him a cooler demeanor.She shook her head, a large frown on her face, causing her already wrinkled skin to wrinkle even more. “You really think you can help this town?” Her voice was strained, and she was clearly upset by whom they had sent.He nodded quickly and pulled out a large, leather book with a strange S circled in red on the front. “This book, and everything up here,” he tapped his temple “will help this town. I promise, no tricks.”She nodded and crossed her arms. “Okay. Then go get settled in, and ask the girl at the hotel about what you need to do. I figured since you were staying there, you might as well have someone who works there help you. Just please, don’t waste my time.”Before he could respond to reassure her, she walked off the stage and out the big doors, into the town where people were locking their doors before sunset.He sighed and put his book back into his coat, and figured he’d better bring his car over to the hotel and settle in there.The hotel was a large, cabin-like building, and was the only building to keep any lights on after sunset. As he walked up to the doors, he looked back at the town. It was so small that the little hill it was on was almost high enough to see the whole thing.Inside, there was a reception desk in front of him, and to his right a large, very cozy looking, lounge area, with three large, blue, couches and a fireplace that had a large flat screen TV hung above it, and a doorway that lead into some sort of dining hall, next to a set of stairs.He let out a low whistle, and looked to see who was at the reception desk.The girl that had clapped for him before was standing there flipping through a book while staring at him.“‘Sup supernatural boy? You ready to see your room and delve into this towns secrets?” She closed the book and walked around the desk.“Uh, sure. And my name’s Garrett, not supernatural boy.” He sounded annoyed and crossed his arms to show he wasn’t amused.“Relax,” she chuckled. “I believe you. I’ve been following this stuff my whole life. My mom said it started a little while before I was born, and ever since I read online about what could be happening, I’ve been obsessed.” She began walking up the stairs and he followed, only carrying a backpack.“So, I take it you’re the one the mayor said would help me?” He adjusted the bag on his shoulder as they stopped at the first door in a long hallway filled with doors on either side.“Yup. This is your room.” She swung open the door and smiled. “Come to the lounge when you’re done putting your stuff in here and we’ll talk about what needs to be done.” She glanced at his bag and gave him a skeptical look. “You might be here for a while, yet you only brought the one big backpack?”He looked into the room, and saw a simple twin sized bed, a dresser that had a TV on it, and a door that he assumed lead to the bathroom. “Yup. These things each have their own bathroom? This hotel is pretty swanky for being in B.F.E.,” he chuckled.She folded her arms over her chest and smirked. “We put a lot of money into this place so what little tourists do come here can see that it’s not just some lame, backwater, town in B.F.E.”He nodded and stepped into the room, tossing his backpack onto the bed. “I’ll set all that up later. Let’s go talk about what needs to be done.” He was determined to show the townspeople that he wasn’t some fraud, and that he could help fix their problem.“Okay then. Here’s your room key. Put it in your wallet or something.” She handed him the key then quickly walked back down the stairs.He fumbled to put the key in his pocket quickly so he could close the door and make his way to the lounge.The girl was sitting on the couch facing away from the reception desk, and had a large yellow piece of paper with scribbles and a large list on it.“Hey, I forgot to ask,” he said as he sat down next to her. “what’s your name?”She gave him an odd look as he sat down, but didn’t mind it. “It’s Ayva. Anyway,” she straightened the yellow paper and cleared her throat. “I went around town and asked every person what was going on with them. This is a complete list of everything in town you’re going to need to identify and take care of.”His eyes widened. “That’s a long list,” he huffed as he ran his fingers through his hair. “Well, what’s the first thing?”She smiled. “This is the first one because everyone complains about it. There are these little things that are almost like moths that cause damage and bad luck where ever they are seen. Most of the time they seem pretty harmless, but when stuff does happen because of them, it’s really bad. People have gotten into car wrecks because they’ve seen them while driving.” She looked away from the list and stared at him for answers.He thought for a moment, and exhaled sharply when he figured out what it was. “Great, my very first job is a Tinea.”“A what?” She tilted her head and folded the list back up and put it in the pocket of her black jacket.“A Tinea. Like you said, moth-like creatures that bring bad luck and break stuff. Luckily though, they’re one of those things that once you kill the queen, you destroy their structure and they either all fly off or just die.”“Cool, then where’s the queen?” She stood up and adjusted her ponytail and short cargo shorts.He chuckled and stood up as well. “Tomorrow we’ll go get her. There’s no way I can fight a queen Tinea while tired. Besides, I have to get some tools ready before we just charge in there.”She groaned and let her shoulders fall. “Fine. Be awake and ready by nine tomorrow. I’ll have breakfast ready, so we’ll eat fast and head out.”An unexpected smile crept onto his face and he nodded. “Yes ma’am,” he chuckled.The sun peaked into Garrett’s window, making him groan. He hadn’t slept at all, since he was busy getting his knife ready to stab the queen. It had to soak in holy water for a few hours, then be dried thoroughly with a silk cloth.“Well, well, someone got up early,” Ayva joked.He shrugged and put the knife down on the table in the dining room. “I didn’t sleep at all. But the knife’s ready, so as soon as I kill her, I can come back and sleep for a few hours before I do another job.”She examined the knife closely as she set down a plate of eggs, sausage and pancakes in front of him. “Eat fast then, and we’ll get it over with. Where is she at anyway?”The food smelled wonderful, and he spoke between bites, wolfing it down quickly so that he could get it over with. “They tend to hang out where a lot of people hang out. You guys got a mall here?”She nodded, her eyes still glued to the knife. “Yeah, but if she were at the mall, then how come no one’s ever seen her?”He gulped down a large bit of food and shook his head. “Normal people can’t see demons unless the demons want to be seen. Lower leveled ones aren’t strong enough to hide themselves, so that’s why you guys can only see those ones.”Looking up from the knife she rested her head on her hand and looked confused. “What do you mean normal people? Can you see them?”He nodded. “I was born that way. Some people are born able to see them, and some others just later in life suddenly get to see them.”“Neat. I wish I could see them. Are there like, some all over the place that we just can’t see?”He put his fork down over his mostly empty plate and shook his head. “Not really. They tend to hide behind or in things when I’m around since they know I can see them. And trust me, you don’t wanna see them. They’re pretty freaky.”She laughed. “Well hurry and finish up so we can start getting rid of them then.”As they walked to the mall, people gave them dirty looks, and some even cursed at him.“I think it may be your trench coat,” she laughed.“Ha, ha,” he mocked. “They all just think I’m some crook. And besides, have you ever tried to carry a ton of weapons, a master book, and bottles of holy water with any other kind of outfit?”“Uhm, no, I’ve never needed to,” she giggled. “Don’t worry. After we kill this queen they’ll realize you aren’t a crook.”He let out a sigh and he slouched. “I hope so. And we?” He stood up straight again and stopped as they reached the doors to the mall.“Uh, yeah, I’ll help you find it, then you tell me what I need to do to help.” She walked into the mall and he followed slowly, knowing that more people meant more nasty glares.The mall was a huge rectangular building, with pillars lining each side and a large fountain in the middle. There were shops of all kinds along the walls, and in the very back there was a round part of the building that was a food court, filled with almost any kind of food you could think of, and tables in the middle filled with people eating and enjoying themselves.“Wow, it’s like this mall and your hotel are the nicest places in town,” he laughed.She shrugged. “You’re not wrong. Like I said, we like to impress tourists, so the hotel and the mall get a lot of love to bring them in. Now where’s this bug queen, and what can I do to help?” She turned to face him and had a huge, lopsided smile spread across her face.“By staying out of the way. I may speak lightly of this job, but these bugs aren’t something to mess around with. You’re going to get hurt if you’re not careful.”She pouted and crossed her arms, then stopped her foot down. “Fine. I’ll stay right here.”He rolled his eyes and walked towards the fountain, where in his eyes, sat a giant, fat moth-like creature that looked like it was relaxing in the largest part of the fountain.“Alright you over grown butterfly,” he mumbled to himself. “Let’s see what you’ve got.”He pulled a bottle of holy water off his belt and poured it into the fountain, causing the creature to screech loudly.The entire mall went silent, and the bug got up from the water, becoming visible to everyone else around them.People continued to be silent for a moment, all staring in awe at the bug-demon.The queen was mad, and Garrett realized right away that he had pissed it off. It knocked him back, into one of the pillars as hard as it could, and soon after hitting it, he fell to the ground, unconscious.Ayva panicked. She ran over to the fountain quickly, pushing past the now screaming and running people, and splashed as much of the water on to the moth as she possibly could.It screeched loudly again then started to fly towards her, but before it could hit her, she flung herself into the water, and waited for it to pass. As soon as she could, she jumped out of the water and ran to Garrett.“Hey, wake up! I don’t know how to fight this thing, get up!” She shook him as hard as she could, and to her relief he opened his eyes.“You’re soaking wet,” he laughed.“No time for being loopy, fight!” She tilted his head to face the queen and his eyes widened.“Oh yeah.” He stood up, and his legs wobbled underneath him, but he pushed himself to stand up straight.A few people were still around, staring in awe, a few whispering about how he didn’t seem fit for the job.“Hey fluffy!” he shouted to get its attention. He pulled out the knife, and held it up ready to rip into it as it flew passed him.It swooped down at him, and he swung at it, but he only managed to cut off one of its legs and tear its wing a little bit.The bug landed and let out a loud cry, that time so loud it shattered some glass and made people have to cover their ears.“At least it’s grounded now,” Ayva laughed nervously. “But really though, stop messing around and kill it.”“I’m trying! This is the first time I’ve fought one of these things.” He charged at it, knife at the ready, but couldn’t dodge its wing as it crashed into him, throwing him into the fountain.The queen lurched forward towards the people nearest to it, ready to attack everything and anything.Ayva rushed to help Garrett back up, but was pushed back by the strong gust of wind caused by the queen trying to fly again. She flew back into the pillar Garrett had been thrown into, and had to sit for a moment before she could pull herself back up.Garrett stood up, his head spinning from being flung around, and saw that the bug was heading right for Ayva, and that people around were either running and screaming, or were just watching him fail horribly in shock.He clenched his fists and held the knife tightly. “I will not let my first job be this big of a failure,” he said to himself.With the queen distracted by Ayva, he found it to be the perfect opportunity to sneak up on it and kill it.Running quickly and quietly, he charged it, then used both of his hands to drive the special knife into the demon.As soon as the knife was dug into its chest, it cried out again, but it slowly faded and the bug went limp. A moment later, it turned to ash, and collapsed, causing a cloud of ash to cover Garrett and Ayva.Coughing and spitting, he made his way out of the cloud and over to Ayva, who was fumbling to get into fresh air.“There,” he coughed. “killed it.”A huge smile spread across her face. “And now it’s time for a shower and well deserved nap. Good job monster boy.”He glared at her, but shrugged it off. “Let’s just get out of here.”After a quick shower, he laid in his bed and tried to get comfortable, but he just couldn’t seem to sleep with the sun still out.“Couldn’t nap?” Ayva was sitting in the lounge and was unfolding the yellow paper.He sat next to her and shrugged. “Nope.”She looked him up and down. “You look really different in street clothes.”He was wearing one of his four pairs of brown cargo shorts, and one of his five plain gray t-shirts, the only other clothes he really had. “Really? I guess the trench coat does make a difference. Besides, those clothes aren’t really comfortable. All of my, ‘street clothes’ are made to be comfortable.”She nodded and pulled a pen from her ponytail. “Time to cross off number one.” She scribbled out the words she had written next to the number one, and smiled at the paper. “Man it feels good to do that.”An older lady, one with long, brown, curly hair, a round face and tall build, walked up to them from behind the reception desk and sat down on the couch across from them. “I heard about the moth thing. Nice to know you’re not some crazy guy trying to stay here and flirt up my daughter,” she laughed.His face turned red and he shook his head. “I’m not flirting her up.”The lady’s laugh deepend. “Anyway, I’m Rachelle, Ayva’s mom. I own this place, so if you need anything, lemme know, ‘kay kid?”He nodded. “So you heard about the Tinea already?”She nodded as well and leaned back into the couch, folding her muscle filled arms. “Word travels fast in little places like this. Keep that stuff up and the grimy looks’ll go away real quick.”A smile spread on his face. “You think so?”“Kid I know so. Just stay away from my daughter, fight monsters, and you’ll do great here.” She stood up and walked back to the reception desk, laughing.He blushed again and turned back to face Ayva, who was smiling at him with her lopsided smile. “What?” He backed away a little and smiled awkwardly.“People are hearing about what you did! The more jobs we do, the more you look more legit!”“Yeah, I guess so,” he laughed.“Anyway, don’t listen to my mom about the whole, stay away from my daughter thing, she’s just teasing. Not like you’re trying to hit on me or anything, but just don’t take her too seriously.”He nodded and leaned back. “I just hope people realize I’m here to help.”She leaned back to and put the list up to his face. “Let’s do more jobs.”“Alright fine, what’s the next job?”“The lake.”“Lake?”“Yeah, you a strong swimmer?”“I guess so.” “Great, you’ll probably survive.”


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