Madgie, what did you do? XXX: The Winter's Blood Red Sky

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Bunny returns to the future after a bloody battle that is apart of a really bloody war. Read to know more

Submitted: August 19, 2013

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Madgie, why can’t you stop? I awoke with blood drops on my face. It was cold and the sky was as red as blood. I found I was lying in snow and I motioned to sit up. In the distance, mixed in with the howling winds, I heard a woman’s pained sobs. I got up and it seemed I was in the aftermath of a battle. The snow had blood and covered bloodied corpses. It was like a horrible scene in one of those WWII I used to watch when I was little kid and it scared me all the same. As I walked, searching for answers and familiar faces, I heard various other pained screams. I was quite afraid, needless to say. It seemed everyone was dead. On wall and in windows, I spotted posters and writings, naming those missing and those dead. What the hell?!

As I walked, in the snow, I spotted a little bracelet, bloodied. I picked it up and nearly broke down in tears. I knew who it belonged to and it belonged to Rayne. In all this mess, I knew her cause of death. I wondered if there was anyone I knew left alive. I continued walking until I spotted a woman, wearing a white dress and hooded cloak, wearing an elegant pearl cross. At first, I mistook her for some sort of nun in white but I found she was someone else. No, not a nun, but she was as pure and as patient as one, she was Doki, Toki’s twin sister to whom the cross was given. She walked over to me, a bewildered but sad look on her face. "Oh, Usagi, we wondered where you were." she said, looking at the blood red sky. With her lacy gloved hands, she took hold of mine and said "Let’s find some shelter, Usagi."

I followed her back to Toki’s dome and we went inside. Once we were inside and after she led me to the parlor, she asked me if there was anything I needed or wanted to know. I sat down and asked where Madgie was. She sat down and said "I don’t know what happened to her and we never saw her again after a battle in a blizzard but we did find her bloodied goggles in the snow. Perhaps a cup of tea, Usagi?" She smiled and blinked her sad eyes before going off and returning with a tray with a teapot and a couple of teacups. We sat in silence, sipping tea, for an hour before I asked if Eglantine was alright. She looked up and said "Yes, Eglantine is alright and she’s missed you."

Another round of silence came about and then I asked what was going on. She looked up and said "Usagi, what is going on is a war, the bloodiest war I’ve ever seen. I’ve witnessed the fighting from afar and, after the first battle, snow started to fall all year around and, not too long after the snow came, I saw the winter sky turn blood red and it remained that color. Due to the winter, several illnesses to which she recovered, and trauma from seeing so much bloodshed, Toki’s hair turned white and she started to wander the bloodied snow covered streets aimlessly." When I had asked where Toki had gone, tears rolled down her cheeks and she said "I don’t know, she wandered out during the recent battle in which no soldiers survived on either side and I haven’t seen her since."

"What about everyone else?"

"Whoever didn’t die of illness, being shot, starvation, or hypothermia is in their rooms, sleeping or resigning themselves to quiet activities."

"How long ago was the recent most battle?"

"I don’t exactly remember but I guess it was less than two or three days ago, as Toki had not been gone for very long."

"I heard screams when I first awoke, I wonder, who could they belong to?"

"I’ve heard them, too, after the recent most battle and I assume those are Toki’s pained screams of sorrow."

"Do you know where the time transport is?"

"Usagi, I do, but I dare not go."

"Why?"

"Like Toki, the screams frighten me and I’ve seen enough death and destruction."

"Doki, I can’t stay here, I have to go back."

"I know you do and I know what you have to do but I dare not go."

"Please!"

"I’ll take you as far as I go but, if it is beyond the blood and death, then I cannot go."

Unlike Toki, who was completely destroyed, Doki was damaged but not as traumatized as her sister, actually, she was cracked but not broken. I walked with her back to the spot where she found me and she said "You go beyond this point and don’t stop walking." Swaying, she walked back home, leaving me behind. I continued walking into the death and destruction, the blood and bodies. I looked up at the blood red sky and it started to snow. As it did, I could have sworn I spotted Madgie’s form in the clouds. Are these your tears, Madgie?

As I walked, I felt myself being torn by loneliness. The pained screams of sorrow alternated between being louder and being softer. I wondered if, like Madgie, Toki was killed. There were loads of bloodied corpses and broken weapons. All looked fresh, even the blood was. This must have been the recent battle Doki spoke of. As walked, looking at the blood red sky, I found myself talking to the both of them. I was alone in the field of death and was talking to their absences. All I heard were pained screams and sobs mixed in with the wind. The wind blew harder and the pained screams had slowed now.

When visibility became blurred, I saw a woman with white hair and bloodstained clothes and then she disappeared. I remembered the small drops of blood on my face and started to wonder where they came from. Wrapping my blanket tighter around myself, I reached my hand out and caught something blowing in the wind. What I caught was a red ribbon, to whom I knew not who it belonged to. I continued walking, walking through the rivers of blood. Under this winter’s blood red sky, so many had lost their lives and I know it not if Toki was spared. My eyelids grew heavy and it seemed I was suffering from the early affects of hypothermia. I continued walking, my steps becoming slower and more labored, as did my breathing and heartbeat.

Just as I heard my heartbeat slow, I felt warmer and my heartbeat went back to normal. It felt as if another blanket had wrapped around me and I was being held in my mother’s warm embrace. I heard my mother’s voice say "Don’t worry, Ethelinda Bernice, everything will be alright." After hearing her voice, I started to feel lighter than air, almost as if I could fly. No longer did the world around me feel cold and I had a sense that everything was going to be alright.

Next thing I knew, after seeing that bloodied white-haired woman again, I had collapsed, falling asleep. As I slept, I wondered if I ever made it to the time transport and I wondered if Toki was killed during that battle. I guess it was her red ribbon that flew in the wind only to be caught by my hand. Still, I was not frightened and I figured if I was going to sleep for a very long time then maybe I should sleep there for awhile, in the snow and calm.

I awoke in my bed, wearing a very short chemise and a thong, laying under a blanket. It was a beautiful morning and time had been reversed. Eglantine was curled up next to me and Madgie was eating cereal. Apparently, I had made to the time transport after all.


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