Magic, Heart, and Moon I
"Mama! Mama!" Ten-year-old Niri ran shouting through the streets of her small village Ruby. Chickens bickered and flapped in panic as Niri shoved through them. Loose feathers filled the air, providing entertainment for the smaller children who attempted to snatch them up with their small hands. An old man and his donkey were slowed to a halt as Niri cut in front of them, oblivious to their trek through the main road of Ruby.
"Slow down!" the old man cried, shaking his fist angrily at the young girl. He was not a resident of Ruby and therefore was unfamiliar with the actions of its children. Niri would not be the only kid to run in front of his path that day.
"Mama!" Niri yelled even louder and longer, as if the shout would grant her more speed. Indeed, she could imagine herself racing against the king's fastest horse and winning. Not that it was true, but Niri could still imagine it well. She stop
I scrambled down the street as the putrid scent of blood, evil and death filled my nostrils. I could sense the demons beginning to converge on the single spot and tears filled my eyes, knowing I was too late. Against my better judgment, I continued to run towards the gathering mass of demons.
"Human children are easily manipulated," my mother's words from so long ago rang through my head. I knew what he wanted. I knew what that filthy demon wanted and why Mother and Father had been so careful trying to keep it a secret.
What can you do, Matthew? I asked myself. You're not a Hunter. I shook my head and cleared that thought. I threw myself around the corner of a building. A scream of terror escaped my lips when I saw the bodies of young and old alike lying still in the green park. The soccer ball rolled silently, as if it had just been kicked. Then I spotted the demons. They held guns. Crazy men murder dozens, the newspapers would say. They weren't what concerned me though
We were at school when I first felt that something was wrong. I hadn't really been listening to Matthew because I figured if something was wrong then Mother and Father would sense it to. But this feeling I had deep in my gut was unmistakable. Humans were in danger. I knew that right away. It wasn't just one human. It was a mass and something terribly bad was about to happen. I closed my eyes and concentrated on one heartbeat that I was most familiar with: Lily's. She was hard to detect, especially since she was so far away. There was a soccer game today and our field had been shut down because of a broken pipe or something. Her heartbeat felt fine, as well as those around her, but there was something amiss. A mass of nothing. An area of the nearby park was filled with nothing. Not the heartbeats of humans or even of animals. Just nothing. I wasn't sure what it was but I knew it wasn't right. I sprang out of my seat and ran out of class. The teacher yelled at me as t
I keep trying to tell Mother and Father that something doesn't feel right. It hasn't felt right for days. I can't exactly smell any demons. But I feel like they're near and they're waiting for just the right moment. I can't tell Michael. He says it's just because I'm nervous about the dance. Maybe I am nervous but this is something different. And I have a feeling I know what it is.
Last week Mother and Father detected a big demon. They didn't tell Michael or me about it but I was eavesdropping so I found out anyway. The Hunters couldn't catch him but ever since Mother and Father detected him they've had his scent and he hasn't been able to come close to the town. I think there's something here that he wants. He's not gonna give up until he's inside. And the quickest way inside was to get rid of my Mother and Father. I'm scared. I can't even sleep at night anymore.