Chapter 3: Lies (Part 5)

I looked back and forth between Harold and the two rabbit-like creatures. Despite all of the terror and anger I had felt just moments ago, it didn’t seem like I was in any danger, plus the blue things in front of me were kind of cute. Of course, that didn’t solve the problem of the Church of Me.

“Ok, I’m sorry,” I said. “I just woke up, so I might be hearing things wrong, but did you just say I’m going to save you?”

“Yes!” cried one of the creatures. “You are the one who will clean this world of corruption and bring unity to our land!”

I looked around at the bright blue sky and peaceful meadows. “Honestly, it doesn’t look like you need any saving right now. And even if you did, I really don’t think I’m who you’re looking for.”

“Eden,” said Harold. “You’ve seen the inside of that building. That can’t just be a coincidence.”

The thought of the multiple lifeless statue eyes staring at me…me eyes…Ugh. “All it tells me is that someone has too much time on their hands and an unnatural fetish that I don’t want to be a part of.”

“It’s true though,” said the other creature. “The prophecy tells of two gods, the God of Light and the God of Darkness, who will soon go to war with each other. The God of Darkness will destroy the land in his bid for control, but the God of Light will prevail and purify this realm. And you…are the God of Light.”

A weighty silence filled the air. For such a small creature, he managed to convey a fairly large sense of gravitas.

But still…

“That’s the most cliché thing I’ve ever heard,” I said. The two creatures practically bristled. “God of Light and God of Darkness? Can you try to be a bit more creative?”

“Eden…” said Harold.

I waved him off. “No, it’s bullshit. This whole universe is aggravating. First it’s a magical forest with a deadly beast, then some silly prophesy about Light and Darkness and a true savior. I mean, look at you guys-“ I pointed at the two blue rabbit-cubes. “Talking cutesy animals? I can’t even take you seriously. This is literally why I’m not into the whole fantasy thing.”

All three of them stared at me as if I had lost it. Well, might as well hammer the point home.

“Look, I’m not a savior. I’m a normal teenage girl, and I didn’t even want to come here in the first place.”

“But your powers-!” said Harold.

“Some trees moved…in a magic forest,” I said. “There’s no guarantee that had anything to do with me.”

The three of them shared a glance again. Did they know something I didn’t?

“We should probably tell her,” said one of the creatures.

“No, she’s not ready,” said the other.

I threw my hands up in the air. “Oh come on! That’s like the most overused line ever. If you’re going to be like this, then I’m not sticking around. Good luck with your prophecy.”

I began marching away (not that I had any plan for where I would go next). Harold seemed torn between following or stopping me, but he remained in place, hesitant to come near.

“Harold, you don’t actually believe I have magic powers, do you?” I asked. He looked down at the ground.

He wasn’t going to be any help, and I was still kind of annoyed he “saved” me by giving me to the two psycho bunnies. I would have to figure this out on my own. I turned and walked forward, heading back towards where I had passed out earlier. As I crested a hill, I came across a sight that stopped me dead in my tracks.

We weren’t too far away from the forest’s exit. In fact, I could even see where I had fallen conscious. Now, I may have been a bit out of it when that happened, but I still remembered passing out in an empty field of grass. Now though…

The entire area was overrun with vegetation. Trees and flowers had sprouted from the ground, as if they had been there for years. Vines snaked around the trees, and I could see a variety of fruit hanging from the various branches. It was a wild garden, overgrown and frenzied, yet it only extended out a few feet from the origin, an island of plants in a sea of normal grass.

I could have probably gone and checked to see if the center was the same area I had laid down the day before, but I had a feeling I already knew the answer.

Harold and the two creatures had come up behind me and were waiting for my reaction. Harold still wouldn’t look my way.

“So…” I said, trying to look like I wasn’t going to completely freak out. “You were saying something about a prophecy?”


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