It was a still night with few people walking outside. The moon was full and the stars adorned the darkness around it. Flagston, a small town on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, was quite a peaceful place where nothing out of the ordinary happened. Although, on this night something very extraordinary would take place, and the town would never be the same again. Carl, a teacher at the local community college, was walking home from a long day at work. As he began to pass by an alley, he saw a brilliant light illuminating from the usually dark passageway.
He slowly walked down the alley towards the light unable to look away, as if something was pulling him closer, hypnotizing him. As he approached the light he began to see something. It looked as if there was a hand reaching out to him. Carl stopped about a foot in front of the light with his eyes still locked onto it. The light expanded and a dark figure appeared on the ground bathed in blood. The figure was a woman with long, black hair and grey eyes, although her skin tone could not be seen due to the blood on her skin.
She looked up at Carl with such a pitiful expression, as if lost and alone. He knelt down beside the woman to examine her for wounds but, to his surprise, there few lacerations that could be seen; the light had vanished. The woman started to stand and as she did this she began to observe the area.
“Where… am I?” she asked in a soft, almost angelic tone.
“You’re in Flagston.” Carl responded in a somewhat confused manner. “What was that bright light you just came out of?”
The woman continued to observe the area but gave no response to Carl’s question. She stood about five feet and ten inches tall, only two inches shorter than Carl. Carl was an olive toned with brown, short-cropped hair. A the moment his were emerald green but they often changed colors. The woman looked at him as if the sight of him was a mystery. She walked to the opening of the alley and after a few moments she spoke.
“What world is this?” she asked, ignoring Carl’s previous question.
“What do you mean,” he began completely caught off guard by the question “this is Earth.”
“Earth,” she began “I suppose I made it. I must find the human named Carl Thompson. Can you direct me to him?” she spoke with a sense of urgency.
“I am Carl but who are you?” he couldn’t understand why she referred to him as human. If she isn’t human, then what is she? Is she some kind of alien and if so what did she want with him?
“My name is Sunai. I come from the world of Adonia. We must leave this place immediately, before the Hidoneon who attacked me arrives.” Carl stood trying to comprehend the situation. Her explanation didn’t give him much clarity but it would suffice for now. He walked towards her at the opening of the alley. Now, they were standing in the light of the lamp posts that were positioned all along the sides of the street. Sunai was staring aimlessly out into the city, while Carl was observing her under the new light. She was wearing black, silk clothes that hang low due to the blood that they were soaked in.
She had a long scar on her left cheek, as if she was cut by a knife . Now that she was standing, the blood on her body slowly flowed to the ground revealing her skin. It was, oddly enough, of a crimson tone almost identical to the blood that had recently left her face. After a moment of silence she continued to speak. “Take me to your place of residence so that we may have shelter for the night.”
“Follow me,” Carl responded “are you going to tell me exactly why you’re here when we get there?” he continued
“Yes, of course, but for the moment I am simply taking all safety precautions.” They began walking, Carl leading and Sunai closely behind him, down the long road that would lead them to his apartment. As they walked there was silence for quite a while, which left Carl with time to contemplate the situation in its entirety. He began to wonder where, exactly, Adonia is and what was this Hidoneon Sunai spoke of? They were coming to the end of the street and would soon enter his apartment building. Suddenly, there was a hole of darkness ahead and Sunai pulled Carl towards her.
She stood with her eyes fixed on the black hole, ready for combat; she had no weapon. There was a flash and a man was left standing where the hole was which was similar to how Sunai came to this world. His skin was white and there were black markings on him. His hair was short-cropped, as Carl’s was, and it was orange. He stood about eight feet tall but where there would be legs he had thick tentacles. There was a scythe in his hand with a long, sharp black blade which gave him the appearance of the grim reaper.
“Did you really think that you could get away from me?” the man spoke in a dark tone. He lowered himself on his five tentacles, which put him at about six feet tall now. “Is this the human you were trying so hard to keep me from?”
“I will not let you harm him! Even if it cost me my life, I will not fail!” she yelled, her voice no longer soft and gentle. Carl could not understand why she was so determined. He had only just met her and they knew nothing about each other. Before Carl had time to think about anything else, the man jumped at Sunai read to strike with his scythe.
Carl was caught by surprise but Sunai did not flinch. She snapped her fingers and a black sword appeared in her hands. The blades of the two weapons collided with incredible force. They continued to swing their blades, sparks flying with each collision. Then, Sunai took a step back and thrust her sword at the man, but he dodged it and slapped the broad side of his scythe up against her body. She was sent flying into the wall of the nearby coffee shop and the man now set his sights on Carl.
Sunai was desperately trying to get to her feet while Carl was standing alone, frightened. The man stood holding his scythe straight out in front of him and the black markings on his body began to glow red. A red ball of light began to form at the end of the scythe and continued to grow. Carl was unsure of what was happening but he knew it was dangerous. He could do nothing nut fear for his life while the only protection he had was currently incapacitated. The markings on the man stopped glowing and the ball no longer grew in size.
“Desprantz o kueru.” the man spoke in a language Carl could not understand. After he spoke, the ball launched from the scythe and Carl’s eyes widened in fear. He closed his eyes as the ball made contact with his body; silence filled the air. He felt the force of the impact but, strangely enough, he felt no pain. He opened his eyes to see the man with a shocked expression on his face, Carl looked down at his hands in disbelief, they were covered in what looked like metal. “ Hmm, unexpected.” the man said before he disappeared in a flash of light.
Carl, still in shock, walked over to see if Sunai was alright. She looked pleased with what had taken place as he helped her to his feet.
“Who was that man?” Carl asked.
“His name is Soko, he is from the world of Hideon and he is also the Hidoneon I mentioned earlier.” the pain from the impact still noticeable in her voice. “I am fine now that I have had time to recover but I see you have unleashed your abilities on impulse, although I am sure there is more to this.” she spoke as if it were all so simple and ordinary.
“Well, let’s hurry to my apartment before something else happens.” they resumed walking but at a faster pace. “So, who is exactly is Soko and what is a Hidoneon?” he asked in a calmer tone than you would think given the situation.
“I suppose a more detailed explanation is necessary,” she began “Adonia and Hideon are worlds no human can ever reach. It cannot be reached by foot, plane, car or any other means of transportation you may use, unless accompanied by one of us. Hidoneons are the result of a thousand year old rebellion led by their leader, Kenreu. Oddly enough, he is the brother of our leader, Tatsukuya, and he rebelled against the previous rulers of Adonia, their parents. He despised their parents for the affection they had shown Tatsukuya. He tried to gain the favor of his parents, but to no avail. In truth, they loathed Kenreu due to his grotesque appearance which was contrary to the rest of Adonia.” they had arrived at Carl’s apartment. It was a small place, perfect for one person to live in, and it was painfully obvious that he lived alone.
There were only enough dishes and silverware for one person to eat and then wash them for later use. The two of them sat down on the small, blue couch in the living room.
“Kenreu’s followers, however, have not always been so hideous. The dark power they acquired has corrupted them and altered their appearance.
“Where do I come into the picture?” Carl asked, beginning to understand more of the situation.
“You are a potential. You are in the process of becoming an Adonian.”
“But, I thought you said-”
“I am aware of what I said, and what I said was that humans can not reach Adonia or Hideon. However, you are not a human, Carl, not entirely.” Carl was now fully aware of what she meant. He started to piece together his life, and where things were unclear they now made perfect sense. He had never heard anything about his mother and he always excelled in academics and athletics. “Your mother was Adonian and your father was a human. I will be taking you to Adonia when the sun rises but for now we must rest.
Carl was now sleeping on the couch while Sunai was sitting on his bed in the next room. She stood up and walked into the living room, staring at Carl as he slept. She went and sat on the arm of the couch as she began to sing.
“A-she to-me fu-ka-ku
Ame takai shiene
Rashen o kurei doku
Ino em ashu
Tantz aku noe” she sang in a soft tone as if it were a lullaby. She leaned over and gave Carl a soft kiss on his forehead, she stroked his hair with her hand as she watched him sleep, then returned to the bedroom and fell asleep.
The next day, Carl awoke and saw Sunai staring out of the window. She looked as if astonished by everything that she saw. The sun gave her grey eyes a dull sparkle and her face under the sunlight had the appearance of red clay. Carl, now sitting upright with the sun now shining on him as well, looked like a bronze statue. His eyes, now cerulean, reflected the sun like pools of untroubled water. He stood up and sauntered to the window joining Sunai in her gaze.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?” Carl asked.
“Indeed it is a marvelous sight to behold the world under the radiance of the sun.” she responded, the astonishment now apparent in her voice.
“You speak as if the sun doesn’t shine every day.”
“There is no sun in Adonia. There is only a moon, and although it is magnificent, I grow tired of its endless illumination.” she spoke with a sense of disdain. “In any case, we must depart from this world now so that you may be more adequately protected.” as she finished speaking she placed her hand on the window. The window began to illuminate like the light from the alley.
“So, do we just jump through or something?” he asked in anxiety.
“Yes, this will take us to a chasm that acts as a bridge between Adonia and Hideon. Follow behind me.” she jumped through and Carl jumped in after her. Inside the light was like a tunnel with the exit being obvious because the light ended abruptly with darkness. It took a couple of minutes but they came out in a chasm as Sunai had said. The light tunnel closed immediately behind them leaving nothing but the blinding darkness. They were about fifteen feet down between two smooth walls of the planet.
The darkness seemed as if it went on for miles but Carl could not be certain. He could only see what was directly in front of him which, at this time, was Sunai. He continued to follow her straight ahead to their destination, albeit unknown to him. The ground felt coarse and unwelcoming to any visitors. The sky, as Sunai said, was dimly lit with the moon which looked lonely without the company of stars. There was a brief flash a few feet ahead that looked the same as when th man, Soko, appeared the night before.
He couldn’t tell whether or not someone had appeared but given how quickly Sunai had stopped, he assumed someone was there. It was quiet, all that could be heard was the brief gust of wind that blew through the chasm every few seconds. Sunai began to glow fluorescently revealing three men standing where the flash had occurred. One of them was Soko hoisted on his tentacles with his scythe in hand, the other men were on either side of him. The man to his left had skin as black as tar and wings that resembled those of bats which wee pointed, as if sharpened, at the bottom. His skin was covered in reptilian scales and his feet looked like bird’s. His hands were more of claws which made it obvious what his weapon of choice was.
The man on the right had the body of a green snake, although he retained his natural arms. He also had fangs that extended half way down to his chin. His body was twisted like a spring to keep him up. He had no weapon in his hands but shadows swirled around him, as if to act as protection. Each of the three men stood with sinister grins on their faces. Carl felt his body getting cold as he realized that the metallic shield was beginning to cover him. He didn’t know why, but perhaps it was due to the fear he felt at the moment that was causing his heart to race. Although, this time there were sharp, scythe-like blades that extended from the sides of his arms.
“Release.” Sunai spoke and everything within a mile of her was bathed in her crimson glow.
“I’ll take the girl,” Soko began to speak, “you two can have the human insect.” he charged at Sunai fiercely swinging his scythe, the most likely motive being to distract her from guarding Carl. The other two men stood glaring indecisively at Carl.
“So, you wanna go first, Shuko?” the man with the wings asked.
“Yeah, he looks interesting enough, maybe even a challenge. If I get bored you can have ‘em, Kai.” as he spoke Carl took a defensive stance. His eyes, now ruby, let off a flash and he lunged at the snake man, apparently named Shuko, making use of the blades on his arms. Shuko was caught off guard and motioned his hands in front of him, calling the shadows around him to block the incoming barrage of attacks. “Hahaha, this really is gonna be fun after all. I guess you’re not getting a turn Kai.” Carl’s eyes gave off another flash and he leaped in the air holding his hands out in front of him facing Shuko.
“Doku eto nakai.” Carl spoke as if it were his native tongue. Red balls of light shot from his hands that resembled miniature versions what Soko had done the night before. Shuko called for his shadows to shield him again but the balls broke through and made contact. They created flames that engulfed Shuko’s body causing him to scream in agony. The flames vanished leaving his skin scorched with wisps of smoke rising from him. Carl landed back on the ground, his eyes filled with ferocity that you would expect from a feral animal; he was not himself. The winged man grimaced from the results of their battle.
He vanished for a few seconds and reappeared behind Carl with his hand in the air ready to strike down. Before he could attack, Carl swung his arm around, it ground up against the scales on Kai’s arm. Kai began to throw a series of punches and, although Carl dodged the majority of them, the last few connected. The very last one hit him in the face and knocked him to the ground. The blades on his arms disappeared but two sharp, long tentacles formed on his shoulders. The tentacles reached out and wrapped around each of Kai’s arms and slammed him to the ground. Carl stood up, released on of the tentacles from Kai’s arm and used it to impale him through the chest.
Carl’s eyes flashed and turned brown, bringing him back to his senses and causing his shield and tentacles to vanish. Meanwhile, Sunai was still in battle with Soko. She had given him a few slashes across his chest and he had given her quite a few bruises a slashes. Soko swung his scythe horizontally giving her a large gash across her abdomen. She jumped back towards Carl, leaning on his shoulder to maintain her balance. Kai started to stand, blood flowing from the hole in his chest, and walked over to Shuko to make sure he was still alive. He was indeed alive, though he was in excruciating pain from the burns that covered his body. Soko joined them, still watching Sunai and Carl to make sure he wasn’t caught off guard by a surprise attack.
There was the sound of slow footsteps approaching. Soko began to grin, perhaps he knew who the footsteps belonged to. The unknown person slowly came into view causing Sunai to wear a frightened expression, that of which Carl wished never to see. He felt that fear took away from her subtle beauty, albeit a new thought for him. The approaching person was truly deserving of the fear that filled Sunai. His hair was black and stood up like long spikes. His skin was grey like clay and his eyes were similar to those of a feline. His teeth were sharp and jagged as if designed to tear the flesh off of humans. He wore what seemed to be the skull of a gazelle on his face, the horns freshly sharpened.
The bottom half of his body was that of a lion, although it was grey like his skin. He was surrounded by a black aura that filled the chasm with the feeling of death and despair. There was someone else approaching from behind him who was also deserving of much fear. It was a woman with crimson skin like Sunai’s. She had grey, shoulder length hair and there was an hour glass shape on her abdomen. The bottom half of her body was the body of a black widow and her eyes were black like the midnight sky.
Soko dropped down on his left knee as a peasant would to royalty. “Lord Kenreu, Lady Tsune, we’ve been awaiting your arrival.”