The internet is one of humanity’s greatest inventions, second only to QuikTrip’s taquitos. You can find anything you want if you know how to look. Unfortunately, people are too lazy to even use Google nowadays.
I am doing research on the occult and the history of a hidden world of mages. It started off as a school project about the Salem Witch trials and the next thing I knew; I found myself down the rabbit hole of magecraft.
I didn’t believe in any of it, naturally. But I found the subject interesting enough to keep looking into it at eleven after I was done with my school project.
The annoying thing about my hobby is that I have to use a Tor for my “safety”. According to my research, many wealthy families are mages and they can make anybody poking their noses where it doesn’t belong disappear.
It sounds scary, but it’s nothing more than an urban myth.
Anyway, this one website I visit frequently, called Aesop (which is a dumb name), where the owner discusses the politics of the mage world.
Grimm, the owner of the website and an obvious alias, claims that the nobility were close to reaching the Axiom of the Universe, or Axiom for short. One theory claims that the Axiom is the birthplace of the entire universe and whoever reaches it will become a god. Sounds like bullshit to me, but there is validity that there are some people who take this seriously.
Last week, there were bodies found in a park in Italy. It didn’t really gain traction in the news because other tragedies took precedence. Now that I think about it, a lot of strange things have been going on around the world.
According to Grimm, that was a battle between mages and alchemists. The two groups have been at odds with each other for thousands of years. Alchemists believe the mages are arrogant psychopaths. While the mages think the alchemists are cowardly infidels. And I thought they were the same thing. Anyway, the alchemists try to stop the mages from reaching the Axiom for their own selfish needs.
“Are you ready, Mason?” my dad’s voice came from downstairs.
“I’ll be down there in a second!” I yelled back.
I’ve been too busy browsing Aesop that I forgot about today!
I quickly put on my shoes and ran down the stairs.
“Sorry dad!” I said as I caught myself from tripping.
“It’s alright Mason. It’s just Lauren’s state championship game! It’s no big deal, really.”
“Glad we agree.”
“Can it, wise guy.” My mom chimed in.
“Let’s head out. I want to get there before the traffic gets terrible.”
On the drive to the state championship, I continue reading about the incident in the park with my iPhone. Apparently, somebody covered up the cause of deaths, but Grimm had leaked it. Many of the deaths were on the alchemist’s side. If you think about it makes sense mages can beat alchemists in a fight. They are the ones that wield magic after all. I find this story better than his other stories he often posts. But besides these stories, he’s mainly just explains the world of the mages. Which are infinitely interesting than any Creepy Pasta I’ve read in the past.
Eventually I got bored with the mages and alchemist war and began looking into what Grimm had to say about these odd weather patterns that’ve been occurring recently.
Grimm states they are signs of the spirit of the planet being angry at us. Yeah, I think I’ve read enough for one day.
Normally, Aesop’s post was creepy and entertaining. But today all of his posts were just straight up bullshit.
So here I am sitting in an arena full of people mindlessly clapping and cheering at teenage girls dribbling a ball across the court. I hate sports. They’re so boring to me, that if I try watching them at home, I’ll fall asleep. And I hate enormous crowds and not for the reason you’ll probably think of. I hate how easily I can blend into the background if I am in a crowd. I prefer to be alone with my own thoughts. Also, I hate the music that they play. It’s either classic rock, rap, or country. Now that I think about it, I don’t like any genre of music. That’s neither here nor there.
Lauren doesn’t need me here for moral support. If she loses today’s game, that just means that she is superior to her team.
“I have to find the restroom.” I say to my mom. The result of drinking two large cups of Dr. Pepper.
I make my way to the bathroom, leaving behind the noisy arena.
After relieving myself, I make my way back to my parents. But I took my time. Reading the Aesop website always puts me on edge. It’s kind of like those cheap tabloids at the grocery store you read while waiting in line.
In the back of my mind, I sometimes wish that what I read on the website was real. It’ll make this boring world we; re living in a tad bit interesting.
As if responding to my thoughts, the Earth convulsed. Kansas has experienced earthquakes before, but nothing of this magnitude.
It feels like the earth will open up and swallow me whole.
“Shit!” I yell.
I run as fast as my legs allow me to.
Other people fall into the hole.
I can hear their screams as they fall into the abyss.
I don’t look back.
My heart is going a thousand miles per hour as I run. I want to return to my family, but the fissure is forcing me to go one direction.
I somehow out run the earth and make it outside. But I am not out of the clear yet. The arena that I was in collapsed, kicking billows of dust that surrounded me. It gets inside of my lungs, my eyes, nose, and just about every other orifice on my body.
Tears run down my face and I cough violently. I cover my face with my arm to prevent any more debris from entering inside of me. I continue to run for another half an hour.
Man, I really suck. Instead of running towards the danger and looking for my family, I ran away. I have to go back and look for them. But I have to catch my breath first. No, this isn’t the time for me to be sitting here, catching my breath.
Forcing myself onto my feet, I make my way back to the arena.
In the back of my mind, I can’t help but think that this was the doing of the planet’s spirit. What are the odds that something is impossible as a sink hole emerging in the middle of Kansas?
I put that on the back of my mind for now. The most important thing right now is finding my family.
It’s dark outside and all the lights are out, but I can tell the damage to the city is great. For starters, there is a raging fire just down the street from me. The heat is so intense that I can feel it from here.
When I make it back to the arena, I can see people shuffling back and forth in the parking lot. I want to run over and look for my family, but something is telling me I should run the other way. Maybe it’s some sixth sense trying to save my life. Regardless of what it is, I ignored it.
I sneak in closer to get a better look. I hid behind a turned over car and peeked my head out. What am I doing? Why am I acting so scared? And what is that smell? It’s horrible!
It didn’t take me too long to figure out the origins of the smell.