The rain cascading down from the sky, the rhythmic thump as it hits the ground snapping me out of my dream.
I like rhythm.
It doesn’t change, it’s set in stone.
It will never…crumble.
Oh how I wish that life could be the same.
If life was like that rhythm….then everything wouldn’t have been destroyed, everything wouldn’t have crumbled around us. If everyone else died, why were we left alive?
Is this some pitiful attempt at torture?
Are the gods laughing at us from their golden thrones, high above humanity’s problems?
If they truly are our creators…then why do they let us suffer like this?
The rustling of movement is beside me as I felt the gentle warmth of another being grow closer to my body, small arms wrapping themselves around my chest, a head pressing against the coat wrapped thinly around my scrawny, bony body. A head peeked out, golden orbs staring up at mine in uncertainty yet belief in me, whitish hair cascading around their neck.
Mai, my little sister. The only thing I have left- yet she still continues to believe in me. Standing up, I glanced around- my eyes darting, checking all the places people could be hidden within this ruined building.
Making my way over to the edge, I stood facing outwards, the entire view of the city within my peripheral vision. The side of the building had been removed in the natural disasters that struck the city day after day, a few years ago, rubble still crumbling around the beams of iron, stuck out the side yet bent from the weather.
The day couldn’t get worse, even though I had just woken up. It was cold and we were hungry- if the hunger didn’t get to us, the biting cold would- both ways of passing on were just as painful as each other.
But no matter what…
Mai has to be safe- the cold can kill me…but not her. Making my way over to her, I slipped off the coat, wrapping it around her shoulders with ease, it being rather big but it would keep her warm all the same.
We needed food- we wouldn’t survive without it- and water, too. I had to find a supply, or something. And the monsters in the area would prove a problem if they weren’t defeated, as some of them were more…intelligent than others- growing a more anthropomorphic body and seemingly having a brain- they led monsters in armies.
Going over to the ladder I had hurriedly set up- the elevators in the building no longer worked, as electricity had been cut off when the monsters had attacked and the disasters struck…and the water pipes had been broken, the water seeping into the dirt, rivers and lakes becoming polluted.
The ladder wasn’t exactly the safest thing, yet I heard a voice behind me.
I knew Mai hated it when I did this, but I had to.
“I have to. Big brother will be back, okay? I won’t get hurt. Then everything will be fine.”
Guilt writhed in my heart, it hurt when I had to do this. Because I knew it was a lie. I swore to her on everything under the sun we would be fine…but I knew in my heart that was a promise I could never keep.
She looked slightly worried, sticking out her pinky finger, the tips red as blood pumped through it in a desperate attempt to keep warm.
I walked over, a smile gracing my face. As I crouched, the guilt was deep-rooted in my heart. But the smile stayed as I wrapped my finger, interlocking hers.
I wrapped my arms around her, embracing the young girl in my arms. She was too young..why, of all people, did misfortune have to strike her? Feeling her warmth, she seemed to settle in my arms- as I kissed her forehead gently, drawing away as she snuggled into my coat.
“I love you, Mai. I’ll be back before sundown. If anyone or anything comes….No, I’ll be back before that.”
Sliding down the latter, I took one last look at Mai before she disappeared from sight. My boot touched the ground, and I sighed.
“I’m sorry, Mai….”
The sights of the city were barren, abandoned, lonely- it was empty. Any sign of liveliness had disappeared long since, and were never going to return.
“...Big brother will have to break his promise.”