I cough and pant, sweating profusely.. My right shoulder.. Injured badly.. My left arm.. Broken.. My left leg.. Barely functional.. I don't know how I've managed to drag myself here. The blood trail behind me is as obvious as day. I don't wanna die here.. why do I have to die here?.. And now?.. Am I really that weak?.. Am I really going to die.. in this forest?..
I lay on the soft grass, the inside of my body feels cold, my hands are shaking, legs are trembling. I look up at the night sky, the pain eases a little.. The beautiful crescent moon looms above, a full blanket of stars accompany it, so many of them.. Am I really going to die alone like this?..
I'm not an adventurer anymore, I can't move much now. My eyes are slowly closing and the pain is fading away. My memories flash before my eyes. All my friends.. family.. teammates.. everyone I had and depended on.. I didn't do it.. I couldn't do it.. I'm so sorry for being weak.. I'm so sorry.. I'm really sorry..
My eyes are closed.
The moment I took my last breath, a light is coming from my right. It's blinding, the pain.. is still here, but I can move my body better.. I look towards the light.. Start crawling to it.. Trying to reach it with all my strength.. But before I could reach the light.. Something else appeared in front of me.. I look at it.. It's shiny.. rectangular.. floating.. not humanoid.. weird..
I reach out my hand, trying to touch it, but suddenly transforms into a giant.. eye?.. It opens, and inside, there's a.. portal? I can see an ocean on the other side.. It looks so beautiful.. I reach out my hand, and the moment my hand touches the sea water.. My whole body get sucked into the portal. I can't resist it.. The portal is pulling me.. Like a black hole.. Into the abyss.. Past the event horizon.. And then.. Everything disappears..
I open my eyes.. laying on a beach.. by the ocean.. Similar to what I saw through the portal.. I look at my body.. It's fixed? I stand up and look around.. This place is.. different.. There's no forest.. no tall trees.. no mountains.. The sound of the waves crashing onto the beach.. the wind blowing softly..
"Where is this?" I mutter to myself.
My eyes dart around, trying to find answers. I see a city not far from here. It looks weird. I try walking off the beach, trying to get a better look of the city, but I crash into an invisible barrier. I try forcing myself through, but I can't. I'm stuck on this beach. I sigh in frustration. I look behind me and the same giant eye looks at me, floating above the ocean. I feel a slight discomfort by the sight of seeing such a huge eye staring at me. I avoid looking at it and I look back at the city.
I can see people walking around, living their lives. They seem happy. They have families.. friends.. everything that I used to have.. but now it's all gone. I start to walk along the beach, following the shore, Ignoring the eye and trying to distract myself.
After walking for a good while, I feel myself getting dragged back, like if I'm being vacuumed, I try my hardest to move forward, but as I watch all the sand and water getting sucked back, I feel myself getting sucked back with it. I turn around only to see a huge black hole pulling everything towards it. I feel my body getting pulled into the air, towards the black hole. I close my eyes in fear of what is going to happen. Will I finally die now?
By the time I enter the black hole, a bright light greets my eyes again. I open my eyes and I take a good look around me. This place is different.. It looks.. familiar.. I'm in a room.. and I'm standing on grass.. but it doesn't feel like grass.. It's very dry, thin, and uncomfortable to the touch.. I stare up at the white ceiling. Trying to figure out what's going on. I take another good look around the room, trying to make sense of this situation.. This room is something I've never seen before. It looks way too foreign.. Something that would've belonged in the city I saw by the beach earlier.
After taking a good look around the room for the last time, I see a door. I start walking towards it, but suddenly I stop, unable to walk. I feel a tugging force trying to pull me back. I look behind me, and I see the giant eye staring at me again. With no hesitation, I turn around, staring right at it.
"What do you want from me?!" I shout angrily towards the eye, but no response back.
"ANSWER ME!!" I yell at the eye with all my might.
Before I could do anything else. The eye creates a huge shockwave, knocking me over and destroying the whole room, wiping everything away. I look around, but I only see darkness. The room is gone, everything is gone, It's like reality has been deleted. I look at the eye again and this time it makes a very impactful, powerful sound similar to The Seventh Trumpet for Judgement Day.
"SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.." I hear in my head, multiple times.
I feel another huge impact hitting me straight in the chest, like lightning striking me. I fall backwards, but before I hit the floor, I feel my body getting pulled by something. However this time I can't see what I'm being pulled into.
Suddenly everything comes back, reality is back, everything is back within a split second. I feel myself panicking. I look around multiple times, feeling more and more insane by the minute. I close my eyes, trying to calm myself. Trying to get rid of these thoughts that are slowly driving me crazy.
"You okay?" A voice calls out to me.
I turn around and this time I see a humanoid figure standing a few meters away from me. It looks very humanlike, but it's not. I take a few steps back, trying to get a good look at this being.. but it shines too brightly for me to see.
"W-WHO ARE YOU?! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME!?!" I yell at it with distress and anger.
"Calm down." It says in a calm tone, "My name is.. well.. you can call me God."
God? is this God? This can't be real. There is no way.. I look around me again, finally realising that I'm in a white, open void filled with nothingness. I'm all alone with this.. god? Is he really talking right now?? My mind cannot handle any other thoughts than: No Way! That couldn't possibly happen!!
"Are you really God?" I ask nervously.
"Yes." Says God.
I try to calm myself down.. I look at God and ask, "So.. If you are God.. Tell me about the giant eye.. Why do I keep seeing it and why does it send me to these.. places?"
"The giant eye?" God responds, "Well.. you could call it a God as well.. Because it knows everything. Everything about anything. Everything that has ever existed or will exist. Everything that will ever happen. Everything that has happened or could happen. It knows everything. Absolutely everything."
I can feel my heart racing faster and faster, trying to make sense of everything that has happened. But I can't. It feels like my brain has short circuited. I feel my body going numb as I start to lose consciousness, falling backwards again, but the moment I touch the floor, I'm suddenly standing upright again, but God is gone.
"Are you okay?" Another voice asks.
I turn around, only to see the giant eye staring at me. I don't know how long I've been here in this white void, but I feel my sanity slipping away.
"This feels like a fever dream.." I say, feeling completely exhausted.
I sit down, trying to regain my composure. This is all just too much. I look at the giant eye, staring at it for a good minute, before I break the silence.
"Is this real?" I ask the eye.
"Yes." The eye responds confidently.
I look down, trying to process all this new information. I don't know how I can understand this God.. It's language is so weird, harsh and fragmented, but I can somehow understand it..
"So.. what now?" I ask again, feeling defeated by the situation.
"Whatever you want." The eye replies.
I stand up again, trying to walk closer to the giant eye, but no matter how far I walk, I'm not getting any closer. I stop and look at the center of the eye. I feel rage growing inside me, I grit my teeth.
"I want to go back. I want to go back before I died. I WANT TO GO BACK!! YOU ARE A GOD AREN'T YOU?! LET ME GO BACK!!" I scream at the eye with anger and sadness.
The giant eye looks at me silently, before it speaks again, "I'm sorry, but I can't do that."
"WHY?!" I scream again.
"Because you're dead." The eye responds calmly, "There's no way to go back to your old life."
I clench my fist and looks down while my eyes starts to tear up. I don't want this.. I just wanna go back..
"Well.. There is something I can do" The eye says calmly.
"W-what? what can you do?" I ask with a bit of hope.
"You can go back to how it was before. However it's not going to be the same like you've always known it. The world will be different, but you'll keep your body.. And everyone you know and love will also come back, but slightly different. I can regress you to your younger self, but also progress you to a more modern reality." The eye explains.
I look at the eye with hope, but also a bit of hesitation. What does it mean? Modern reality? Regress, but progress me? I don't know what it means.. but I feel like if I don't take this chance.. I'll regret it forever..
"So what do you say?" The eye asks.
"Okay.. Do what you need to do.. But I have a question.." I say with a hint of hesitation.
"What is it?" The eye asks.
"What do you mean about a more modern reality? and regress, but progress me?" I ask curiously.
"Well.. you'll find out eventually." The eye responds calmly.
The eye starts to shine brighter than ever before. I cover my eyes with my hands, trying to block the brightness, but it's no use. I feel myself getting engulfed by the light. My body feels like it's floating. The light is slowly dimming. I start to see stars appearing in front of me. It's getting darker, and more and more stars are appearing. I feel my body getting dragged into the darkness, towards the stars. I look back and see the white void getting smaller while the darkness along with it's stars are getting bigger. It seems like I'm about to go through a portal again. I close my eyes and hope for the best.
My eyes are remaining closed as I feel my body adjusting itself when I go through the portal. I open my eyes and in front of me is a giant white star. I get pulled towards it. I see planets orbiting the stars, and the heat and energy which the star is producing feels like it's cutting my skin open. It hurts a lot, but I'm unable to scream.
Suddenly I stop moving, floating in space, not moving at all. I'm just stuck, floating around by the star. I try moving, but I can't. I look to both my sides and on my left, I see something weird.. Something warped.. It's moving closer to me, faster and faster. I can feel my body getting pulled towards it. My body is accelerating fast.. It seems like the fabric of space is being warped around this.. circular thing.. like a black hole.. but.. I can see through it.. I see other stars.. and planets.. but stretched and bent..
As I get closer to this thing, I feel myself wanting to reach it. I reach out my hand, and before I could react, I enter it. It feels so weird, like I don't belong here at all. I'm passing by stars, planets, black holes, nebulas, everything space has to offer. Everything is warped, distorted and bent. I feel myself getting tired. My energy is getting drained. My eyes are starting to close, my body is getting cold. I pass out.
My eyes slowly open, I feel my body resting on a soft surface. I look around, everything is blurry. I try to move, but I can't. My body feels weak.. but.. I feel safe.. I feel the wind blowing against me.. I can smell my surroundings.. I can hear birds chirping and trees moving.. It's so peaceful..
After some time I finally regain my vision and I look up at the sky.. a bright blue sky.. a clear blue sky.. I love it.. I start to cry.. Tears running down my face.. I've never felt so happy.. I'm back.. No more of that nightmare.. I can finally calm my mind..
Hours go by and I can finally move my body. I still feel sore and weak, but I can walk again. My body seems to be completely fine too. The injures before I died is gone, My burnt skin from almost being cooked alive by the star is gone, everything is gone. I'm completely back to normal.. but.. I'm a child? What happened?.. Why?.. Am I a child?.. Have I missed out on something?..
After walking around in the forest for around 30 minutes, before I finally remembered the reason as to why I came back as a child.. The giant eye.. said.. that I would regress to my younger self.. but progress to a modern reality.. I don't know what the eye fully meant.. but.. All I know is that.. I'm back.. Back as my younger self.. But I still have more questions than answers.. However that's something I shouldn't worry about now..