Rising Realities

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‘Fallen Fantasies’ was once about a group who found themselves somewhere out of the ordinary. They fell from that plane and landed in what appeared to be a fantasy like world. But in this second tale, ‘Fallen Fantasies’ made the transformation into what shall be known as ‘Rising Realities’. Everything becomes real. It is no longer just a fantasy. It is reality…

Submitted: February 25, 2016

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Rising Realities

Agony and pain was evident as life had taken a turn for the worse. The screams that day were unmistakeable and unforgettable. When that plane fell from the sky, all seemed hopeless; however, more was to come. The chase was on, and ‘The End’ was near. ‘The Reaper’ stalked them to the town, determined to reach its prey. Everywhere it went, death followed. People fled into the safety of their homes when they spotted it pacing down the street, but there was no escaping it. All seemed lost, but there was hope for the family of five as their new friend showed them to safety. Within the Snowy Mountains, it dared not go…

‘Fallen Fantasies’ was once about a group who found themselves somewhere out of the ordinary. They fell from that plane and landed in what appeared to be a fantasy like world. But in this second tale, ‘Fallen Fantasies’ made the transformation into what shall be known as ‘Rising Realities’. Everything becomes real. It is no longer just a fantasy. It is reality…

Two hauntingly white orbs glowed in the darkness. They were narrowed in anger as they searched for their prey. The sounds of sharp claws were silenced by the overgrown grass, and those razor-like teeth were prepared for the attack that it planned. The menacing creature sped through the long weeds, and its ghostly eyes were focused on the mountains ahead. It feared that its prey would reach their destination before it could catch up with them. Its powerful legs were built for speed, but even though it was quick, its prey was still a mile away.

The creature suddenly shrieked in fury when it felt the cold brush against its fur. The high pitched noise echoed around its surroundings. It sent its message, letting its prey know that it wasn’t giving up so easily. It stopped running when snow began to descend from above. It squinted in the icy wind. A blanket of white covered the ground before it. It slowly backed away before releasing another ear piercing screech as it watched the group begin to climb up the mountains. It snarled, baring its teeth in frustration, but didn’t continue to chase its prey. Instead, it turned around and walked away. While it didn’t intend on following them any longer, it was not giving up so easily. It went to search for another way to reach them, a way where it would have the full advantage.

Its prey climbed up the mountains with surprising ease. The familiar family of five were quite happy to see the beast leave, but they knew they weren’t completely out of trouble so soon. Continuing their hike up the mountainy terrain, Shada’s brother exclaimed, “yes!” He gave the whole family a fright with his sudden outburst. “I beat another level!” They simply all looked at him in alarm. The shock on their faces was unmistakeable. If the beast didn’t kill them, surely Aspire’s gaming would. His eyes were firmly set on his iPod as he began to play the next level. He even stumbled a little on his way up the steep slope.

Shada rolled her eyes at her brother and sighed. She watched the cloud of air in front of her disappear. That was when she realised something strange. The cold wasn’t even bothering her in the slightest. She was actually surprisingly warm, almost like she had a fur coat on. The surprises, however, would be plenty in numbers as they reached the top of the mountain.

Shada stopped as she gazed down, right into the centre of the mountain. Down below, she could easily see the red of molten lava. They weren’t standing on a simple mountain. They were all standing on what appeared to be a volcano, with a few hints of magic. Despite the lava down below, the snow didn’t melt and heat didn’t rise. That plane that fell from the sky was merely the first step to becoming what they were destined to become. That trip to the mountains was the second, but, the third step comes later on, when they make the full transformation.

It was a few days after that incident with ‘The Reaper’. That beast was persistent on getting to them before ‘The Change’. It failed its mission, and after the family of five settle into a cave they found on a nearby mountain, a slight distance away from the strange volcano, they began the change. They weren’t aware of it, but they were almost completely different people. They were not who they once were, and after a few days, it was obvious to all apart from them…

Shada, the oldest child in the family of five, often stayed up late at night lost in her thoughts, when she used to go to bed at 7. She became the sort of person who never missed a night of the starry sky. She was outside on one of those nights, doing her usual thinking. She glanced down at the space black iPod in her hands. The little things about the family had grown drastically. Her brother, Aspire, used to play on his iPod all the time, but he developed in a way where he no longer needed to play on something so small. The whole family were stronger, emotionally and physically. The little things they did became something great. Their hobbies became their strengths and sometime in the future, it would surprise them all.

Shada ran a hand along the shiny surface of her brother’s iPod. A strong gust of wind blew, causing Shada’s hair to flap behind her like a cape. Since she had been living in the ‘Snowy Mountains’ as the townspeople called them, her hair had not only grown very long in those few days, but it also changed colour. It was no longer the same auburn brown hair she used to have. Over the short time span of a couple of days, her hair had darkened to the point it was completely black, unless in the light.

Shada’s hair had a slight tinge of brown still left in it. On both sides of her head, was a purple streak, which matched her eyes that glowed brilliantly in the night sky. She glanced up from the iPod in her hands. The air felt strange to her. She smelt something. Her eyes skimmed across the tops of the mountains until they found the tallest mountain in sight.

Smoke was rising, and the smell of it surrounded Shada. It choked her more than it would have, if she didn’t have the senses of a wolf. Her eyes were trained on the area where the smoke was coming from, the place they headed to when they were being chased by ‘The Reaper’, a few days ago. Concern crossed her face. The snow covered volcano had never smoked up until that point. Sure, it was active, but it never smoked. She spoke to a few people in the town, asking questions and studying up on her new surroundings. Her instinct told her something was wrong. She slipped her brother’s iPod into the pocket of her black jacket before taking off in a burst of speed.

Shada swiftly ran across the mountain peak. Her eyes were set on the town in the distance as she quickly climbed to the highest point. When she reached the top, she sprinted towards to edge and jumped. She spread out her black, red tipped wings. While still airborne, she slowly changed her form, gaining the body of a wolf with long black fur. She almost completely blended in with the darkness that surrounded her. Her feathery wings helped her soar through the sky with ease.

Shada was in search of a certain brother of hers, Aspire. She knew exactly where he was and knew he wouldn’t be hard to find. It wasn’t long until she landed on the ground. She let out a howl directed towards the moon that shone down on her. She was giving her brother a pre-warning, letting her brother know of her arrival. She began to walk forward as she changed back to her other form. She stood up and continued to stroll through the streets. The citizens all watched as she made her way to the centre of the town. She stopped suddenly, when she heard a noise from behind. She spun around to witness her brother, Aspire, standing before her with his arms folded.

“Brother,” Shada greeted him.

Her brother grinned at her. “I’ve created a new game,” he told her. “Want to see?”

Shada shook her head in reply. “Not today, Aspire.” She glanced back at the mountains in the distance. “We have to get going.” She couldn’t shake the feeling something terrible was happening below their very feet. They were left unaware of the true extent of what may follow the smoke that rose from the volcano, and she didn’t like that at all. She was in a hurry to find her family, but she knew where her other brother, Zander would be, and her parents wouldn’t be far from there.

Shada spread out her wings and flapped them, causing the wind to stir. She took to the skies, and Aspire lifted his dragon like wings in response. He quickly lifted off the ground and followed behind her. His dark, blood red eyes watched as his sister looked back, checking to see if he was behind her. When she confirmed that he was, she then took off at an incredible pace. Aspire sped up, just so he didn’t lose sight of her.

Shada headed straight for the forest that was not too far from the town, so she wasn’t flying for long. She landed by the forest and turned to see her brother land beside her. She then entered the dark forest. Her amethyst eyes searched the trees. “Zander!” she called. Almost immediately, Shada’s call was answered by the shadows. She saw movement and a glow in the never-ending darkness.

It was Zander. He was like a mass of darkness in the form of a cat, but he glowed in the dark. His pointed ears were arched upwards, listening to all sounds. His fluffy tails swooshed from side to side as he approached his sister. His odd coloured eyes searched her. He then changed into his humanoid form and stretched out his black and white wings. He smiled at his sister. “Welcome, Shada,” he greeted.

Shada turned away from him, worry all over her face. “Something big is happening,” she said, “and I don’t know what.” She looked back at her brother. “I need to gather everyone,” she added. “Something is very wrong; I can feel it in the air.”

Zander nodded in understanding. “Okay.” His white and black eyes studied her. He didn’t like the look she had. She felt something, and it clearly scared her. He gestured for his sister and twin brother to follow him, and then he slowly began the walk through the large forest. Shada had gone quite, lost in her thoughts, while Aspire was observing his surroundings closely. He was most likely planning something in his mind related to his recent game he created.

The small group continued on until the sun began to shine through the trees. It penetrated the darkness and sent down a mild heat. The only smell around them was the leaves and rain, causing a very rain forest feel. Shada knew that her parents wouldn’t be far from that spot, just because of the warmth that surrounded them. Her mother loved the heat most of all, and when the group came to a clearing in the dense trees, her suspicion was proven correct.

Shada saw her father in his wolf like form, lying down in the tall grass. His dragon wings were stretched out as he relaxed in the light that shone down. Her mother was beside him in her cat form. Her tail was weaved around her as she slept. When their daughter approached them, her father instantly lifted his head. His large wolf ears angled backwards when he heard her. He gave the mother a nudge with his snout before he turned his head in his children’s direction. He changed to his humanoid self. His dark, almost navy blue eyes looked at them in confusion.

Their mother lifted her head and her baby blue eyes darted over to her children. Her tail unravelled as she changed to her other form as well. She, along with their father, then stood up. “What’s going on?” the father asked.

Shada simply pointed through the trees in the direction of the volcano. “It’s smoking,” she told them. “Something is going on in there.”

Everyone looked at her in disbelieve. “It’s an active volcano,” her father replied.

“Yeah,” Shada answered, “but I know something is wrong. I can feel it.” She turned around. “I am going to check it out,” she told them, “with or without you.” She threw her hair back and then walked her way out of the forest. Her family decided to follow behind, all the way to the volcano. Together, they all hiked up the snow covered volcano. The white substance was beginning to melt, and it felt slushy beneath their feet. They almost slipped a few times due to the slippery surface, but eventually, they made it to the top safely.

Shada was panting as she slowly made her way over to the hole in the volcano. She tried to look down into its depths, but the rising smoke made it hard to see anything. She spread her wings and jumped. She shortly landed on rocky, uneven ground that stuck out from the inside of the volcano. Darkness instantly engulfed her, and the smoke practically blinded her. She looked up at where her family still was. “Come on!” she called to them. In response, they jumped down, one by one. The ledge was only just big enough for them all to stand on.

Shada’s eyes scanned her surroundings as she tried to look through the smoke. She could see nothing apart from her family right next to her, and it would be dangerous to continue on in the dark. She had a plan though. She slipped her hand into her jacket's pocket and took out Aspire’s iPod. She silently handed it to him before putting her hand back into her pocket to search for something else. She then pulled out a notepad and pencil. With her eyes on the pad, she wrote down, ‘the smoke vanished’. With those words down on paper, the smoke surrounding her slowly faded away.

With the smoke gone, Shada then had a proper look around. Nothing stood out to her. All was quiet, and there was visibly no way for them to carry on their search through the volcano. She peered down in thought. Her amethyst eyes spotted something. A larger ledge was poking out from the side. That was her destination, but one question remained. How would she reach it?

Shada’s eyes drifted back to her pad of paper as she thought of a plan. Her pencil swiftly traced the notepad in her hands. She created lines with the led and jotted down a few words. ‘A staircase led down to the ledge below’. Her eyes moved away from her pad and darted back down to the ledge. She watched as a magical staircase began to form in the air.

Shada stepped onto the newly made path and began to walk down to the ledge. Her family slowly followed behind and all went quiet. The eerie silence surrounding them was unnatural. The only noise was the family as they walked across the rocky ground. Not even the lava below them made a sound. The heat was intense though, and it was only getting stronger.

Shada suddenly stopped in the middle of the path. She glanced down the volcano and into the depths of the lava. She had heard something, something strange. There were five of them, but she was sure there was someone else. She stayed frozen on the spot as she listened intensely. Her keen hearing picked up two other sets of footsteps. She spun around when the pace of the mysterious sounds increased.

Alarm suddenly struck Shada when she heard a familiar shriek. Her family all jumped back and when they were behind her, it was too late for her to fully react. She only just managed to make out a blurry white figure before the four legged creature pounced at her. She raised her arms in reflex, turning her head away, but then there was a blinding flash.

Shada tightly closed her eyes. The ground beneath her moved and she was beginning to feel dizzy. Her surroundings were continuing to spin, and her legs were about to give way on her. She had no clue what was going on around her. A strong rush of wind blew her hair off her face. Her eyes opened and quickly darted downwards. She spread her wings and flapped them when she realized that there was no ground. She eyed the blue ocean below her and watched as her family fell from the sky. They all landed into the deep waters with a splash. An ear piercing scream was soon to follow.

Shada knew the creature that attacked her had also landed in the water, so her eyes began to search the ocean for it. Eventually, she caught sight of the beast. Its ghostly pale eyes were scanning the seas for a quick escape. It was battling against the harsh waves with all its strength. Its short fur stuck to its body as it tried to swim to the shore not too far away.

The beast slowly climbed over a few rocks and onto the beach. It shook its fur and glanced back at Shada who was still airborne. She looked away from its angry glare. Instead, her eyes skimmed her surroundings. She wondered where she was, so she searched for a familiar landmark. Her eyes soon concentrated on the island, but then she realised something shocking. It wasn’t just an island, it was a whole continent. She was up so high in the sky, that she could even see the shape of it. What surprised her was that she recognized it. It was Australia, the neighbouring country to New Zealand.

Shada’s eyes drifted back to the creature on the shore. Without knowing how, she somehow managed to transport her and her family back through the dimensions and into one she recognized, her home world. The part that she was most worried about, however, was that she had also brought back a beast from the other realm with them. “What have I done?” she asked herself in horror.

‘The Reaper’, however, knew exactly what she had done. It bared its teeth in a sly grin at her as it then turned and wandered off into the vast country. It was finally in a place where it had the advantage. That world may have originally been the family’s territory, but at that moment, they had nothing against it. It would soon get exactly what it wanted, and nothing could stop it, nothing at all, or so ‘The Reaper’ would assume…

 

 

To be continued ;)

Word Count: 3,218 with title.


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