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My head feels foggy, my eyes heavy and my body stiff, I can’t bring my eyes to open, where am I? The last thing I remember is being dragged into that dark alley, bound and gagged. I remember the sound of a gunshot ringing out, white hot searing pain in my skin as the bullet pierced my skin. I don’t think this is a hospital.
Something about this feels surreal, strange and weird, very weird. Forcing my eyes to open I take in a deep breath, and stand slowly and to take in my new surroundings. My stomach twists as I take in my unsettling surroundings; where the heck am I?
My surroundings are dark, silent and eerie, even the slightest noise could shatter the silence. It’s cold, and I’m confident I’d see my breath if I could see, even if my hands lack the sting of the cold. Taking a deep breath and releasing it slowly, I close my eyes and count to ten. When I open them again, I jump upon seeing a pair of glowing crimson eyes.
A deep chuckle sounds from all around me, my heart skips as the abyss lights up in blinding white light, my eyes burn. As the light finally dies down, I wipe the water from my eyes and look at my dimly lit surroundings.
I’m in a small room, it’s dark, it’s damp, it’s empty and it’s made of old bricks. The walls are lined with chains and torches. This place is a dungeon. The figure with the eyes of blood stands there less than a foot between us.
The figure stands just a few inches above six feet; he’s dress entirely in a black cloak, the hood covers his head, shadowing all but his eyes. His left hand is all that shows as it’s gripped tightly around a spirally staff. The hand isn’t flesh, and it’s not bone, it’s like the skin is water, and you can see everything that lies beneath. He laughs forcing a shiver to run up my spine, his grip tightens and if he had flesh, his hand would be white from lack of circulation.
“What…what are you?” My throat is dry when I finally find words to speak; my voice comes out quite and broken. The laugh sounds again, less of a laugh and more a violent cackle. It stops suddenly and briefly before starting again, but rather being eerie and gut wrenching, the sound of the laugh is melodic and serene. I feel as my body seems to immediately relax, but my mind goes on edge.
“They have called me many things, many names over the years, Mors, Thanatos, the Grim Reaper, but most commonly, they refer to me as Death.” His voice is soft and gentle, as though he’s trying to relax me, but the shiver running up my spine contradicts this; as does the blade appearing on the staff, turning it into a scythe.
This room has no doors, no windows, no escape; I’m trapped in this dungeon, alone with only Death for company. A single thought runs through my mind, am I dead?
ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?
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Usagi Kita: This story is emotional from beginning to end. You get to watch the characters struggle and grow, maturing in different ways so that they come to be the people they are meant to be. Inea is insanely adorable, and his antics made me laugh more than once, and Kaedon is perfect for him in so many wa...
Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...
summerstone: Seriously this is one of the best books I've ever read. The plot is intriguing, I love the narrative style. Its very descriptive and unique, with minimal cliches. It makes for a great read and the sequels are amazing. Totally worth reading. ^^ That's me trying to be professional. But in all hones...
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Steve Lang: I thought this story was imaginative, and well thought out. I also think it was an original piece, and not a rehash of previous scifi stories I've read in the past.Thank you for the effort put into this tale, and I look forward to reading more of your work!
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