{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Phoebe Cao would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Second Star to the Right, then Straight on 'til Morning

By Phoebe Cao

Fantasy / Horror

Chapter 1

He is watching you.

Looming and bloodthirsty, the god of Never perches behind you like a vulture. Wherever you go, he always follows you, cunningly disguised as your shadow. When you turn off the lights and become enveloped in darkness, the god of Never cautiously starts to wrap you in his embrace. But, as soon as lights flicker on again, he instantly fades away, becoming your harmless little shadow again.

Listen to our voices. We can’t stand it if it happens again.

The younger children are always the most observant. Although older people scold these youngsters for being so “cowardly,” they always seem to sense his presence. The god of Never is especially fond of those that can see, hear, or even feel him. That only makes his job easier.

Tonight, when you start to drift off to sleep, abruptly shake yourself awake and open your eyes as wide as you can. In the semi-darkness of your cozy bedroom, you will manage to make out a pair of beady eyes staring at you. If you’re lucky, the god of Never will decide to spare you, temporarily. But if you’re not...he will take you to Neverland, along with the rest of us.

However, you probably would forget about our warnings, and fall fast asleep. You will slip into the soft, pleasant dreams of pleasant memories and fancies of little children. That, however, would greatly anger him. Like he did to us, the god of Never would forcefully wrench you out of your dreams and carry you to Neverland. If he is calm by then, he would decide to play with you for a bit before your time comes.

When you arrive at Neverland, do not be fooled by the pretty sights, delicious food, and boisterous games. Neverland is an illusion; it is but a land of nightmares in which the god of Never is the king. Immediately after he helps you onto your feet after landing, you must run away at once. We will try to guide you. Although we have no bodies anymore, our dismembered souls should appear to be like little specks of light to you, like fireflies, or perhaps fairies. Most of us, if not all, will be devoured by the god of Never’s wrath, but we will do whatever we can to save you.

Say that you are fooled by Neverland’s illusion. Say that, heaven forbid, you are mesmerized by the land’s exotic, colorful flowers and its twinkling night-sky. There will be bright scarlet campfires with little boys and girls dancing around them, singing and playing fun games. There will be juicy ribs for supper, adorable little tents, and vast treasures chests filled to the brim with shining jewels. But, we beg of you, do not be fooled by these sights. We know what they are.

When we were at Neverland, we had no one to warn us. We were all alone with the god of Never, who was disguised as a simple, kind little boy. We thought he was just one of us, but we were wrong. And that cost us our lives.

“Don’t grow up,” he said cheerfully. “It’s a trap.”

And so, we never did.

He played his reed pipes, and beautiful, unearthly music entered our ears. The golden campfire dimmed in front of our eyes, and we fell asleep, only to wake up...never. We could’ve survived...but we didn’t have the slightest clue of what was going on. Unlike you, we had no clever pixies to point our way.

The campfires have glowed blood red ever since. The juicy ribs taste odd now, too. They’re oddly shaped like human limbs…

We no longer have our bodies, but they still move. They still dance and sing and play, just without us. The god of Never owns them, and he uses them to fool other children like you into playing games with him. Unless you escape right now, your body will join them, too. This is your last chance.

When he plays his music to you, plug your ears and look up towards the sky. Instead of twinkling with millions of lights, it will be pitch black, with just one gleaming star. That star will be your only hope. If you somehow manage to escape the god of Never and his army of undead little boys and girls, you must follow that star to the edge of Neverland. While running there, you may hear voices or feel cold hands on back, but whatever happens, do not look back, we beg of you. Just sprint with all your might to the mist-covered beach, and ignore anything or anyone that tries to distract you.

Once there, you will see a ghostly pirate ship, glowing pale golden in contrast to the suffocating darkness of Neverland. At the front of the ship, a large man clad in bright, showy pirate clothes will turn his head towards you. We do not know how’ll you see him; a handsome face with a gentle smile, a faceless monster, or a deformed man with one eye. But, regardless of what you might see in the face of the pirate, you must make a decision in a split second between choosing to escape with him or to die at the hands of the god of Never.

The pirate will save you, but only at a cost that you’ll regret much, much later in life. When the time comes, you will remember. You will bitterly curse us for lying to you, but we will be long gone.

As soon as you step on the pirate ship, you will be whisked away from Neverland. The ship will fly on and on and on, until the sky is full of twinkling stars again. Having escaped the god of Never, you will fall fast asleep in your warm, cozy, bed, and eagerly dive back into your pleasant dreams of childish fancies.

You may forget about the god of Never for now. We won’t say anything more; our job is done. Finally, he has reluctantly given up on you, so you’re safe. Very, very safe.

Until tomorrow.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Phoebe Cao
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...

NancyRichFoster: This second book of the Anmah Series was as awesome as the first story, I disagree with spare runner. The names were ordinary names with different spellings, which I for one loved. I am now going to read the third book in this amazingly awesome story!

Kevin Brand: My overall rating: 4.8/5 starsLoved. Every. Second. Everytime I came back to continue reading I got this overwhelming feeling of getting hooked on the first sentence... Over and over and again!The only things that were missing for me include more descriptions on what happens when Reuben touches s...

minallie: One word, brilliant

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

NancyRichFoster: This story had me mesmerized from the first word! I am now going to read book two, with the hopes that book three will be finished by the time I finish reading it, so I will not have to wonder how the story ends! Kudos for a fascinating story!

Olivia N J Hamel: I want this book. I love it so much. It is so enjoyable to read and to have a copy of this always, I would be very happy, to always be able to come back and look at it again.

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...

More Recommendations

makaylakay: I love love this story! It's written incredibly and well thought-out plot! I love how it's a different twist in fantasy fiction, other then the usual vampire or werewolves. Love the romantics and drawn to the two characters so much already! This book will draw you in within the first chapter and ...

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

izzymerchant: This book is truly special. The plot, the characters and the way the story flows is so engrossing and magical that I found it virtually impossible to put down. The character relationships were particularly fascinating and Melenthia's character was fascinating. Cannot wait to see what happens next!

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.