Join Darrion in Episode 1 of his 8-bit Role-Playing adventure as his everyday challenges and anxieties come to life and he is forced to battle against powerful enemies known as the “Mundanities”.
Sleep in peace, brave warrior.
Lay your weapons and burdens aside.
Accept peace and remain in it, knowing you fought well.
Against impossible enemies. Against fate.
You protected me. Loved me.
Now it’s time to become one with me. Become me.
And I promise you.
You will never know death In my embrace. Only eternal life.
As you sleep you will exist as the flowers.
As the pollen in the air.
As rain, hydrating the soil. Fueling and resurrecting life.
And one day –whence this planet dissolves– as the dust scattered among the stars.
Sleep well. My love.
(Sleep in Peace My Dear Sister, Rhea)
He sighed. Carved the webbing from the door along with the petrified corpse of his eight-legged friend Miles.
Miles was amazing. A solid friend who kept flies out of his basement and away from where he practiced his turntables every Sunday. And in return, he allowed Miles to use the real estate at the top corner of his basement door. To grow his web-condominium. Shelter from the unpredictable autumn elements.
He used the plastic knife to scrape webbing into a paper towel.
His dog licked his hand. Woof.
He softly pinched his dog’s ear. “I’ll miss him too.”
He found nothing about life funny. Or beautiful. Or remotely enjoyable.
He sank lower in his seat.
Well, there was his wife, and his many unpublished writings. That’s Beautiful. Enjoyable.
My writings suck.
“Then you have negative fourteen to the…” His algebra professor droned while slowly fading out of existence.
Can’t be me anymore. Must be better.
He slapped his nose.
It was a nasty habit. An indication that anxiety was about to overtake his already turbulent mind. Like a spider-sense but for obsessive compulsive writers who lack charisma and self-confidence.
He checked the time.
He sank lower.
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My hallowed sword. Clear as ice. Invisible to mortal eyes. Her’s was the red dagger. Black edges. Boisterous. Hellish. Magma. My off-hand weapon.
I stalked her.
Her dagger-like nails. She swiftly peeled through my sanctified steel.
I flung Ice at her eye. Cleaved down on her wings with Magma.
Unholy rage. Desperation. Love.
Ice shattered like glass on impact. Magma snapped in threes.
She cackled. “Hopeless boy…”
I scrambled for the shattered weapons.
Useless weapons! Lying old shaman!
Wings sliced over my head. Clipped my knotted mane.
“Enough!” I pleaded.
E’lees… save her.
I retrieved pieces of Magma in stealth.
Enchanted weapons were her last hope to retrieve what’s left . Of her.
She summoned machines. Slicing. Crushing. Machines.
I screamed. “Stop!”
She took flight. Whipped her wings. Summoned gusts of wind which pinned me against a crumbling column.
My despair dissolved to acceptance.
I braced my body for a pain worse than death.
She caressed my cheek. “Oh, Iku…”
Pity in her demonic tone. Pity for me.
I opened my teary eyes.
Wings. Leathery skin. All vanished in favor of her angelic flesh.
“Stop fighting.” She cuffed my cheek.
I looked away.
You wear her flesh. But you are not her.
I unearthed her broken Magma.
“Be with me,” She pleaded.
I drove Magma into my chest.
To be with her. In oblivion.
Her wings sprouted. Form shifted from flesh to scales.
“Iku!” She shrieked and collapsed the temple on top of us.
Leaving the X-men was the right call.
Until I figure out what I am.
I cannot with good conscience continue the path of a hero.
Do not send Logan after me.
I will not greet him, nor any of you with kindness.
She’s more interested in war than peace. And by now… So. Am. I.
She’s in the living room. Morning exercise. Smirking like our disagreement is her improv skit.
“Sure… you’re above it all.” I climb the stairs.
“Your tone,” She snipes.
Riiight. Play innocent.
I return. “Don’t dictate how I respond.”
She snickers. “Wow.”
“Wipe your mouth before you argue.”
I scrape my lip-corners. “Always agitating.”
She judges. Points fingers. Ignites conflict like an emotional arsonist. Never concedes or compromises! Yet… my tone?!
“I’m done,” I ascend the stairs.
They summoned me early…
Humans gathered in the city square. Visibly frightened but with an unmistakable resolve in their eyes.
They offered me no praise, nor sacrifices they’ve owed me.
“You no longer want immortality,” I concluded.
I wasn’t the creator, but I protected them as such. And unlike my mother– the creator, I was conflicted. Caught between virtuous duties as a cosmic being, and obligations I bestowed upon myself when I shielded them from extinction.
“We’re grateful,” The Governor declared. “But we can no longer offer you our children.”
I was not mother. My power required Life for life. An expensive, but unavoidable cost. Draining my own cosmic well could be catastrophic for all realities.
“You’ll be erased,” I warned.
Governor wiped tears. “We understand.”
They chose offspring over immortality. Perplexing.
“Are you certain?” I asked.
I summoned swords. “Worship me.”
“Okay…” Governor’s face ashened. “Michaela.”
‘Michaela”… the embodiment of mother’s wrath. The sword with dreams of being a shield.
My protective seal appeared above the city.
I wished to give, not take life. But they left me no choice.
I raised a sword to the exosphere. Let it simmer in the hellish heat before cleaving the seal with angry force
My seal shattered on impact. Mother can see them now. The city and everything in it, turned to dust.
Damn you, mother.
I felt rage. Sadness. Guilt.
Brother was right to rebel.
“Mother!” I slashed gashes in reality. “Show yourself!”
I leveled my swords at Heaven.
It scorched layers off his Lingual Papillae.
A mere thirty seconds for the microwave to bubble his mac and cheese into molten lava.
He gulped water.
Efforts… futile. Tongue screaming.
“You okay?” She smirked.
“Hot,” He replied.
“Want milk, baby tongue?”
He had warm cranberry juice. No need for milk, ice, or her debilitating jabs.
He blew on his bowl before eating another forkful of her macaroni.
“Tasty?” She asked.
Nicely crusted…. perfectly seasoned parade of cheeses. Brilliance in a bowl.
The best he’d ever tasted.
“Its okay,” He answered. “I’ve had better.”