My teenage years, an important part of my life, had almost ended. Almost a month had passed since I turned seventeen. Since my birthday I had been having strange dreams, visions and nightmares that words cannot describe. Two nights in a row I felt someone standing, heavily breathing and sometimes walking in front of my bed, but no one was there, though the feeling of someone’s presence did not disappear. It was frightening, but sometimes amazingly breathtaking as I wanted to discover what stands behind those nightmares and put an end to this madness once and for all. Little I did know they would change my life forever.
I remembered that I had experienced similar feelings ten years ago, when I saw strange lights in my room one evening while getting out from the kitchen, but I was too afraid to check. I was a mere child, who was frightened from the slightest sound of unknown nature, but those lights completely demoralized me. They instantly disappeared when I blinked.
My apartment had three rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. Those paranormal activities occurred only in my bedroom and the corridor leading to it from the kitchen and this created series of unanswered questions.
For too long I lived with my irrational fear without ever facing it. I thought that it was a childhood fantasy and it’ll disappear. Alas, I was proven wrong: those only for five years and returned once again. I decided to face my fear on the third night. Instead something impossible and unimaginable happened.
I was sitting on my bed watching everything around me. I was dark, but everything was visible. At first a strange feeling filled my heart, it was not fear, and it was something else, something worse. I felt like I was going to lose my consciousness any minute and never wake up. It was almost like a near-death experience. Suddenly I heard someone breathing, my heart froze. No one was home and I had no neighbors, I could not find a rational explanation. Still, I tried to stay calm, but it didn’t last long when I saw the same lights that I had seen ten years ago. It was more intense than the last time I saw it. Three flying gloving spheres stood before my eyes. Slowly they merged and began to morph in to a human-like figure. I was speechless when I saw a girl approximately my age appearing out of thin air. Her orange hair was glowing with a strange light that filled the whole room. Her blue eyes were lifeless. She wore a black dress and black shoes in fashion of the XIX century.
Her beauty was unimaginable; she was like a flower blooming in front of my eyes despite the fact that I had been frightened to death. She looked at me and a smile appeared on her face.
“Hello, my chosen friend, finally we’ve met. I’ve been watching you since you were born; I lived in this house for seventeen years and I know everything about you. You have no friends; you are misunderstood and bullied by everyone…In other words you are the person I’m looking for”. She said solemnly with her melodic voice. I almost lost my consciousness, but for some reason I did not. This was something I had expected, but it was also something that I had feared for all these years.
“Who are you?” I asked with a shaking voice. The feelings that I experienced could not be described even by the greatest writers
“Oh, how silly of me!” She laughed hysterically frightening me even more “I haven’t introduced myself yet. Well, let me give you a hint, my twin brother takes souls to the Underworld where they are judged”.
“Death is your twin brother?” I asked and my eyes widened from the horror I experienced.
“Yes, I am the twin sister of Grim Reaper himself! Worry not; I do not have the power to take lives. I have my own abilities and my own connection to the Underworld…I return the dead back to life or just bring some ghosts back to the human world, sometimes substitute my brother during courts in the Underworld and much much more. I decided to share my abilities with someone and give that person immortality because flying around alone has become boring and I chose you because you have nothing to lose, you have no one in this World, you are forgotten by life itself!”
“You are planning to make me your servant?” I asked yelling and standing up preparing to run, though there was no way to go. My room had only two exits. One was to the corridor that leads to the exit from my apartment, but it would have taken me long to open the wooden and the metal door. The other was to a balcony, of course, I did not want my life to end.
“I want you to join me not as my servant but as my eternal friend, the job I’m doing is not important. I just want someone to talk and open up to. You see I hadn’t had any friends since I was “born””. She answered and calmed me down for the first time in my life.
I thought it was all just a strange dream, nothing seemed possible. How can a human be immortal and how come Death has a twin sister? I tried to wake up, but it was not a dream, it was really happening. The girl created a sphere filled with green light and threw it at me. I felt a power surge all over my body:
“Now you are gifted with immortality and many other abilities, I will demonstrate how to use them all. Now follow me, we are going to my quarters in the Underworld”. She announced and opened a large velvet portal on my wall.
She went into the portal and I followed her, not aware of what awaited me on the other side.We appeared in a large hall built from river rocks. It was strange that there was nothing else in this place.
“Welcome to my training hall, here I shall teach you how to use your powers. After three days you’ll fully master all your abilities. Do not worry: three days in this dimension are equal to three seconds in yours”. The girl explained energetically, but behind this energetic and cheerful voice was something sad.
“I still cannot understand the situation I am in, though I’m willing to learn. We shall discuss our next actions after the training is done” I murmured. This was a lifetime opportunity for me. I was finally free from all the boundaries, nonetheless I felt something horrible was about to happen. I felt like Death had been betrayed by his own twin sister and will soon seek revenge.
“Good, good…I think we will get along quite well”. The girl commented rolling her eyes.
“What about your brother? Won’t he be angry when he learns about that you have granted me immortality?” I asked suddenly for her. The girl looked away, but still she explained:
“No, my brother has his own major plans that will change your World forever. I wanted prevent him of fulfilling his schemes, but I failed…He promised me…”She stopped unable to continue. I noticed that she became teary-eyed.
“Are you hiding something?” I questioned trying to see her face and figure out what was happening. She instantly hid it with her small hands.
“I will tell you everything after we finish your training”. For the first time she said something seriously. It was obvious that dark days were approaching.
To be continued…