Playing god

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Summary

Harleigh Seigfried was stuck in the middle with her life at risk. She shouldn’t play right into their hands or she will be good as dead. She has 3 choices to show her fear, keep on denying or try to escape from them but this is all will lead her to death. Alin man sa tatlo ang piliin niya still she have to deal with them. They then bowed on her and others too. “No fear! No blood!” ”No fear! No blood!” “No fear! No blood!” They shout in chorus as if praising her and honored to finally meet … THE WRONG ONE.

Genre:
Mystery / Thriller
Author:
xenadreamer
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
2
Rating:
4.0 1 review
Age Rating:
18+

prologue

PLAYING GOD

I am just like another ordinary person trying hard to live longer. That’s why I never tried to leave my comfort zone just to be safe. And because I witnessed something that an ordinary person should not allowed to see this. It changed my life. It turns out far away different from my so-called normal life.


His blood didn’t stop. I can feel my heartbeat loud in my chest and I can’t do anything to ignore it. I’m starting to get panic that I can’t utter any words to say.

“M-man-nong..” When I reached to him, my legs were woobly and I’m afraid that I might passed out infront of him. “Tu--long! Tulungan nyo kami!“, I shout at the top of my lungs. Hinihiling na sana may makarinig sa amin... dito sa madilim at makitid na eskinita. Nang tingnan ko ang kustilyong nakabaon malapit sa puso nya, agad akong namutla. Maybe If I were him, I might not be able to smile widely like he did.

“I-it hurts...” but I can see in his eyes the pain his enduring.

“M-manong.. huwag kang pipikit! Hindi ka pwedeng matu---”

“But I feel sleepy right now...“, he whispered.

“Hindi! Hindi pwede! Look at me.” Dahan dahan kong nakita ang namimigat nyang mga talukap na gustong pumikit na. No! I touched his face and slighty slap him just to wake him up but he shut his eyes down.

“I said look at me!” Walang gana nya akong tiningnan. “Hindi ka pwedeng matulog, okay? H-hingi ako ng tulong!” Paalis na sana ako nang hawakan nya ang laylayan ng damit ko para pigilan. Then He shook his head a bit.

“I-it’s useless”

“No please! Wag kang ma--”

“It’s okay. I expected this, it’s okay”. Marahang siyang pumikit na tila nanghihina na. Agad akong nataranta na siya namang ikinalmado niya. He knew it already! But why is he letting this happen? Wala akong nagawa kundi ang umiyak sa harapan ng estrangherong ito. I can’t do anything to ease his pain!

“I-Im a traitor. I deserve this haha” at nakuha niya pang tumawa kasabay nito ang dugong lumabas sa kanyang bibig na ikinataranta ko. “C-can I ask you a favor?” Bakas sa kanyang mukha na nahihirapan na siya at tila ininda ang sakit. Agad akong tumango,

" A-ano iyon? Gagawin ko!Gagawin ko!” Determinado kong sabi, kahit man lamang sa simpleng pagtupad ng kahilingan nya ay may magawa naman ako sa kaniya.

“P-pull this... it really h-hurts” Nakuha niya pang ngumiti. I immediately shook my head. NO! EXCEPT THAT THING! I will never do that! And that is for sure! Para na akong nakapatay ng isang tao kapag ginawa ko iyon!

“Please..“, he pleaded. It was a fainted whisper that made me unsure not to do it. He ready himself and looked at me!.. No!No! Hindi ko gagawin iyon! He smiled at me as if he knows that I will do it! “I-its going to be alright. I--” he groaned in pain and continued, “I p-promise”

Ayokong gawin iyong bagay na iyon pero hindi ko alam! Hindi ko alam! There’s some part of me that I should trust him on this. Na para bang pagkatapos nito hindi na siya mahihirapan pa, hindi na niya iindahin ang sakit. Na pagkatapos nito iiwanan ko na lang siya na parang walang nangyari! At hindi na ako hahabulin ng konsensya ko. Then I just found myself doing it willingly. With my eyes close and shaky hands, hold the knife and pulled it. ‘This is why life is short because we are surrounded by danger itself.’

Dahan-dahang kong iminulat ang aking mga matang tiningnan siya. And for the last time, he gave me a genuine smile like I did something very good part. His teary eyes were open looking at me and I know by that time he’s not already breathing. Hanggang sa maramdaman ko itong pakiramdam na habang tumatagal unti-unting nagsisi kung bakit ko pa tinupad ang gusto ng lalaki. I shouldn’t pulled it. I shouldn’t! But I did.

Suddenly, may narinig akong may sumisipol at ang mga padyak nito kung saan man. May nakakita ba sa akin?! I was panicking looking around, saan nanggagaling ang tunog na iyon!? Parang may isinasayad! Then I saw a pair of black shoes from a distant slowly walking towards here. Sa pagkataranta ko agad akong tumayo at patakbo na sana nang hindi ko mapigilang lingunin iyon kaya’t bahagyang napaatras ako ng mapako ang tingin ko at marinig ang sinasayad nitong baseball bat sa pader.

I immediately turned may back on him and was about to run as fast as I could. When suddenly a bunch of men jumped from above the wall and blocked my way not to escape. Paanong?! Napatingin ako sa kanila. Are they watching me the whole time?! May narinig akong mahinang hagikgik ng isang babae then I found her sitting above the wall swaying her feet while juggling knives on her hands. Napansin kong lahat sila ay mga naka formal attire tuxedo at may mga hawak na mga armas. KNIVES. GUNS. KATANA. Who the hell are they?! Ang kanilang mapanuring mga matang napadako mula ulo hanggang paa sa akin para bang hindi sila makapaniwala sa nakita nila at saka tumingin sa nakaratay sa sahig na wala nang buhay. Wait, No! No way! Don’t tell me.

“I-I swear to God! I didn’t do anything! I didn’t kill him!” It’s half true! Mamatay parin naman siya kahit hindi ko tanggalin yung kutsilyo sa dibdib niya. And I just grant his wish for pete’s sake! Wow. JUST GREAT. Now I found myself guilty!

“Didn’t kill him huh?” Nilingon ko ang lalaking tinalikuran ko kanina at binigyan niya ako ng isang nakakalokong ngiti sabay hithit sa kanyang sigarilyo. “You sure about that miss? You are holding a knife covered. by. his.blood.” I immediately dropped it when he said that and shook my head. No! It wasn’t me! Mataman niya akong tiningnan saka ibinaling ang tingin at lumapit sa lalaking nakahandusay sa sahig.

“You’re really good in this huh?“, he said with amazement at yumuko para ibuga ang usok sa mukha nito. He lowered himself a bit to close it’s eyes.

“But playing hide and seek is now over...” Ibinato nito sa mukha ng bangkay ang upos ng sigarilyo at saka nagpagpag na tumayo. Lihim ko siyang tiningan then suddenly my breath seems stuck in my throat as he looked at me and said, “because you killed him.” Ang matatalim niyang titig ay sumabay sa kulog at kidlat senyales ng mabibigat na pagbuhos ng ulan.

“It wasn’t me! Hindi ko siya pinatay!” I don’t know where my guts came from to shout him right into his face! It seems like my mind and body doesn’t react to its proper way. Whats wrong with me!?

“tsk. I smell fear.” pailing-iling at tila dismayado sa akin. Ano?! He came closer and lowered his head a bit to me. Sa ikinilos niyang iyon hindi ako nagpatinag at ’di umatras because I remembered papa told me once that I should ‘Never let them see how big is my fear inside of me’

“Ano bang pinagsasabi mo?!” I swear! I was greeting my teeth with annoyance at hindi ko mapigilang tumbasan ang mga titig niyang makakapatay ano mang oras.

“What is our No.1 Rule?” Ano bang pinagsasabi niya! Napakunot noo ko siyang tiningan na ikinawingi naman niya dahil sa hindi ko pagsagot. Instead I excused myself.

“Aalis na ako baka dumating na ang mga pulis”, I said acting cool. Hindi dapat nila makita ang takot ko. I was about to turn my back on him when his strong force grabbed my wrist and pulled it! Sa paglakas ng ulan at ang mabibigat nitong mga patak na ramdaman ko ang malakas na kabog ng puso kong naghuhuramentado sa takot, hinihiling na sana isa lang ito sa mga bangungot.

“I will not let you pass that easy miss”, he whispered in my ears. I tried to loose a grip on him but he is too strong! And by the way he looks at me makes me so weak that it trembled my knees. “If there’s a smell of fear, we spilled their blood and We.Will.Not Hesitate. To Take.It’s.Soul”, he continued. Ano?! of all people na makakasama sa pangyayaring ito, WHY?! WHY WOULD I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS KIND OF PEOPLE! Muli niyang inilapit ang mukha niya sa aking tengga at ramdam ko ang mainit nitong dahan-dahang paghinga,

“don’t let me see fear in you or else.” It gives me shivers back into my spine and I know for sure the corner of his lips went up. Is that their rule? Is that my choice?! How can I avoid it? When all I can feel and the right thing to feel in this moment is to be scared?! I shot him glare at agad binawi ang braso ko sa kaniya.

“You set that rules to us and it’s unfair kung lalabag ka.“, he said crossing his arms against his chest.

“Hindi ko siya pinatay at mas lalong hindi ako iyong tinutukoy niyo!”

“Try harder Miss you can do better than that.” I rolled my eyes at him. This is nonsense! Kung magtatagal pa ako rito mas lalo akong hindi makakaalis dito. Agad ko siyang tinalikuran at hahakbang na sana paalis sa aksidenteng pinasukan ko ng magsalita siya.

“You’re really disappointing me--”

“WALA AKONG PAKE!” lingon ko sa kaniya. Pailing-iling na naman siyang ngumuwi sa akin. What?! What now?!

“I still smell and see fear in your eyes Miss” Na-estatwa ako sa kinatatayuan ko ng ang mabibigat niyang mga hakbang at ang pagsayad niya sa hawak niyang baseball bat na nakaturo sa aking labi ay dumampi. I clenched my fist hardly. Though I look at him straightly kahit na pinipigilan kong may makatakas na butil ng luha sa aking pisngi.

“Aminin mo na, aminin mo nang natatakot ka. Natatakot kang mapalitan ko ang pamumuno mo dahil lang sa---” Muli niyang pinagmasdan ang mukha ko, examining and memorizing every little parts of it at natitgil lang siya ng mapadako ang tingin niya sa labi ko, ’di mapigilang magtiim ng bagang.

“...nakita namin ang mukha mo.“, he continued and I can see amazement on his eyes. They’re barking up the wrong tree and I know for sure the more I denied it, the more it will get worst. but how? How can I have the guts to tell them what really happened when they’re threatening me with guns and sharp knives on their hands.

“Fine! Just this day I’ll give you another choices” Choices?! Tila nabuhayan ako sa sinabi niya. Somehow I felt there’s still hope. “The second one is if you choose to leave” Oo! I want myself to get out of this mess! “You.Are.Dead.“, he bluntly said. Hindi ko mapigilang mapaatras at magsimulang manginig ang tuhod ko. He want me dead. What did I do to deserve this? “The third one If you’ll keep on denying.” Muli siyang lumapit sa akin na ikinaatras ko ulit hanggang sa hindi ko na kinaya’t maupo sa sahig kasabay nang walang tigil sa pag agos ng aking mga luha. “You’re.Also.Dead” Oh please.

“I know” patango- tango niyang bitin at tiningnan ako mula sa pagkakaluhod ko sa lupa. “Im too kind. Three easy choices, you should think wisely and choose the right one my lord” Agad akong napatingala sa kaniya at hindi ko na pinansin ang nakalahad niyang kamay na nakabitin sa ere. I saw his smile. How scary what his smile can hide. There’s a devilment on it but I know there’s something more on it. I can’t figure it out. Ibinalik ko ang tingin ko sa kamay niya. How? How can I choose the right one when all of it will lead me to death! Tell me! Tiningnan ko siya ng masama ’di alintana ang pagbuhos ng ulan pati ang pagpatak nitong dumadampi sa aking mukha. And I think for that at least hindi nila mahahalata ang pagiyak ko. To see my weakness. I am stuck in the middle with my life at risk.

I shouldn’t play right into their hands or I will be good as dead. I was loosing my hope and slowly convinced that this is how my life will end but then suddenly I realized I can make my own choices. FIRST If I take this opportunity, I can deceive them, control them right into my hands so I can live longer. That is the best of all choices he gave. Or SECOND Tell them I am their leader and later on run, escape, and stay away from this mess! I took his hand and slowly leveled to him closely as I stood up. Then I shot him with my devilish glare. Alin man sa dalawa ang piliin ko still I have to deal with them.

He then bowed on me and others too. “No fear! No blood!” “No fear! No blood!” “No fear! No blood!” They shout in chorus as if praising me and honored to finally meet me... THE WRONG ONE.

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