Trigger warning ⚠ : mentions of gore, assault, decayed limbs, death and horror. Proceed at your own risk.
You remember that day of summer quite meticulously. Humid winds hustling in the air , bees and insects buzzing their way to collect nectar of flowers hiding between the green blades in the backyard and the mango tree standing straight with the juiciest yellow mango dangling through the branches while you miserably tried to point a palm-sized heavy stone at one in hopes you'd have the luck to bless your tongue.
Tossing it over your head ,the stone barely reached the height and instead made it to the neighbour's yard.
“Oh good heavens”, an elderly voice spoke from behind and your little eight years old self turned to find the wrinkled lady looking at you with soft eyes. Nevertheless ,your eyes immediately glinted with joy “Grandma! You're awake!”
The lady chuckled a little while your little self sprinted towards her and wrapped hands around her waist. You looked at her with admirable eyes glinting with pure innocence and a smile tugged over your lips “Grandma I wish to eat those mangoes , could you get me one?” you asked keenly to which the women shot off a broken smile.
“Age doesn't allow me to perform tasks like that , little Y/N” she spoke ,an immediate frown and pout masking your face.
“But I really want to eat it……,” you insisted in hopes she'd do something regarding it and you'll have the pleasure to get a taste of the delicious fruit.
The woman spoke no words and instead took your small soft little palm in hers“Let's tell Daddy to do it , shall we?”
You tentatively nodded and the woman guided you back indoors with her warm wrinkled hand. It was really odd how comfortable you were with her than you were with your mother and father. After guiding through the hallways, the two of you reached the kitchen right when your dad bursted out of the room while your mom was at her heels.
“Fuck you too! I'm done with you!”the man spat “I hope your home burn to shreds and you live like poor wench in my absence ” he cursed
“Hah!Bold of you to assume I'd become a helpless whore. I'd be making more money than your corrupted cheater ass ever could!” your mom scoffed , raising her voice while your dad seemingly fleed.
“Mom?” you asked meekly “Where did dad go…?” you drawled in your melodious voice “ I wanted to eat some mangoes…..”
Your mother turned slamming the door shut “That bastard left and you're asking for mangoes..-!” your mom yelled before briefly pausing and sighing “ That man isn't your dad anymore. ”the woman replied curtly, obvious anger and irritation still lingering in her tone “And he's gone somewhere far out of our reach. Gone to someone he thinks more of a family than us. Insolent bastard even cursed us to end up on the streets! Ugh that-!” Your mom muttered a variety of curses out loud and your grandma immediately intervened.
“That's enough [Mother's name] ” she scolded “Y/N is a child! Don't speak such words in front of a child!”
Your mother glanced a wondering look before scoffing “Ugh ,what a pain in the ass”
She strode back to her room and came out with some files and keys “I have some work to do.Take care of Y/N till then. It won't take long.”
Devastating accident occurred at Helm Street where a head-on collision occurred between two cars. Reports say both the drivers died in the explosion. One of the victims was a recent divorcee L/N while the other belonged to….
A snap of fingers brought you out of the reverie “Still daydreaming during work hours ? How many times do I have to tell you to pay attention to your work ! Don't miss anything! Don't skip anything! Because of your fucking daydreaming you forgot to put the fucking salt in table number five's salad and sauce in table nine's pasta!” Your boss seemingly scolded you non stop but you couldn't really blame him for you were a forgetful piece of shit whenever you were in your reverie.
“Forgive me boss. It won't happen again.”
“Ohh no , no , no. There won't be next time because you're fired. Now take off the uniform and scram with your things and get the hell out of my kitchen. Out! RIGHT NOW! I don't want to see your ugly face the second time,” the man seethed and pushed you to the lockers before scrambling your things and handing it to you and kicking you out of the place.
You stumbled , squeaking as you were almost going to trip with the things in your hand. You squinted as the man who then slammed the doorway with a loud thud , making you flinch and a few things dropped on the ground.
You sighed, releasing a huge breath before crouching and picking things up “ Ahhh. Me and my bad luck ”
That's right. Luck was never with you ever since the moment you were born. Financial struggles, losing and suffering was etched onto your forehead all your life and no matter how hard you tried to improve, the way of life never seemed to change. Guess your father's curse passed over you ever since your mother was deceased.
Growing up , you always felt the absence of your father and your long gone mother. However, they still weren't the people for whom you had grieved the most. Your grandmother always remained at the top of the list. Always .She had taken care of you after your supposed dad had left you after all...and raised you as best as she could despite the old age. Although you were still in your teenage years when she had taken her last breath , she still managed to teach you the basics of life otherwise you surely would have been lying in a gutter somewhere. Could have been dead ,even . But you weren't. You were alive and you were persevering despite the failures on your path all because of her decade of preaching and you were grateful for that. You really were.
You entered your apartment placing things on the table and plopping on the sofa. Immediately bringing your forearm to mask your eyes in order to calm your nerves and emotions from the recent firing sessions. The buzzing of your phone pulled you out of your misery and you answered the call by swiping your fingers across the broken screen “Hello?” you asked , recomposing yourself.
“Y/N! I have good news ! I got the job you were looking for and they're recruiting me today…” you ended the call.
Ugh ,it was that salty sadistic bitch again. Taking pleasure in your firing sessions and ending up getting accepted for the ideal jobs you were looking for. Honestly you hated her for being so artificial , having no conscience to follow her heart.
Another call vibrated your phone riling you to pick it up “Y/N ! Do you know I'm going on a really expensive holiday with my boyfriend! I want to show you what I'm going to wear-” you ended the call again pressing your lips into a thin line.
Ugh , now it was that rich brat who'd always show off her riches in front of you like a gold digger instead of giving you a helping hand finding good jobs. Some people are just born with a golden spoon in the mouth, aren't they? While people like you suffer and play tooth and nail even for a penny.
The third time your phone buzzed you almost declined it in your spite “WHAT?” you spat
A chuckling and shuffling of pages could be heard at the other end “Haah , what's up with the 'what' huh?Are you okay Y/N?”
You released a huge breath. It was only Caelum “I don't know...I just got fired from the job again ”
“Geez again?” the voice was unsurprised “That's unfortunate ….. Well it doesn't matter because I have good news!”
You scrunch your nose“Please don't rant about how you got a job or how well your day is going when I'm having my worst”
“ Um ..well ..sorry haha… sorry,” the male fumbled as if finding words to speak “.... It may or may not be related to … work? ” he faltered.
You sat there with a poker face “Fine… just be on with it ”
“You sure? ” the male asked and you automatically imagined him raising a brow with a lopsided grin.
“Well, spill it out before I change my mind!”
“Alright haha..so I think I passed my first interview!”
“You did?! ” you gasped almost in disbelief“Are YOU SERIOUS? THAT'S SERIOUSLY AWESOME! You wouldn't have to worry about the jobs anymore! ”
“I know right!! I didn't believe it when they announced the name myself!” Caelum exhaled, trying to find air to calm down his excitement “Ha.. Well.. All thanks goes to you since you were the one to help me with it Y/N. I really owe you a lot. You mean a lot to me- ”
You furrowed your brows in confusion “Wha.. ”
“—to my success! I am seriously so grateful to have a best friend like you by my side.” he smooched through the phone and your face burned.
“Stop it you smooch head” you scolded, small butterflies dancing in your belly while your heart raced.
“Oh well, I can't ~” the idiot teased “And you know it very well too my smo—”
You ended the call. Not because you were annoyed ( well you kind of were) but because you almost thought your heart was going to explode out because of your best friend's banterings.
Yup, you were totally handling your secret crush on him like an expert.
A coy smile tugged your lips at the thought of him as you dreamily imagined the expressions the brunette would wear after you abruptly disconnected the call.
A frown? Nah.. He was most probably chuckling.
Finally, life was giving him the things that he deserves. He wouldn't have to sprawl his hands in front of anyone anymore which was relishing however a part of you hoped he wouldn't flee away from the close bond you two held with each other and stray away from your lifelong friendship. He's been through a lot, just like you his life was insufferable and harsh with every single person he loved taken away from him leaving him with nothing but dust.
You still remembered the day your eyes had laid on him...how his thick jet black hair flawlessly framed his pale face perfectly matching with his buttered chocolate eyes when you bumped into him on a desparate search for a job. It was a miracle you two met on the same path, related to each other's lives and got along as if you had been friends for centuries. You two worked together to scramble money so that you would at least own a place you could call a home. He was the only one whom you could call your only family , your only person to return to and there was no doubt you had fallen for him at some point. If not for him,then for his kind heart and his million dollar smile for whom you'd even spell a kidney to receive. It was enough to make you forget all your worries in the world.
Perhaps the fact that you couldn't disclose how much you loved him, peeved you off. It wasn't like he was going to return your feelings. Soon he would move out and go to the company's apartment at the hotel for his stay. He'd work dedicatedly for a couple of days until it wore him off and finally settled in the environment. Your bond would slowly fade away and then he'll then meet a beautiful girl from a good family and then fall for her , creating a different home and parting with you in the process. You felt desolated at the thought but you knew,success and money changes any man and after they get a taste for it they forget who brought them there in the first place. Your father was a perfect example of that. You shook your head trying to get rid of the depressing and offensive thoughts and convince yourself you were happy for his improvement.
But you couldn't help but feel how everyone was seemingly having the greatest time of their lives, improving with only a fraction of effort you were putting in and yet your ride never seemed to accelerate its speed or change its direction. You really must be born with rotten luck.
Sighing , you pulled yourself off the couch to end your anxiety express , you grabbed the bundle of newspapers you were now accustomed to since you lost your job every once in a while.
If I try hard enough maybe I can change how things are.
After going through tons and tons of advertisements you finally settled on a certain job. While you were typing the number , mistakenly you opened google and since curiosity got the best of you, you used the google lens and found a link linked to a certain content on the paper.
“What could it be? ” you wondered and touched the link which took you to a website.
Do you wish to gain enough money to live your life with ease? Give the quiz to find out!
So it was seemingly one of the normal quizzes you see in advertisements after articles.You didn't usually attempt such quizzes but this time you happened to be so desperate maybe in the results it would give you some advice which job would suit you? Nevertheless , you attempted the quiz which loaded for a couple of minutes before displaying :
Congratulations, your response has been submitted! You will receive a mail on your number within 24 hours.
There was something more written down in some unknown language which you couldn't decipher nonetheless you would at least receive some job advice. Just when you were about to place the phone back on the table, you instantly received a mail from an unknown number.
𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖘𝖚𝖇𝖒𝖎𝖙𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖗𝖊𝖘𝖕𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖊! 𝕴'𝖛𝖊 𝖘𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝖞𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖌𝖔𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖗𝖔𝖚𝖌𝖍 𝖆 𝖗𝖔𝖚𝖌𝖍 𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖘𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖑𝖎𝖋𝖊 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖊𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖊 𝕴'𝖑𝖑 𝖕𝖗𝖔𝖕𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖑 𝖔𝖋𝖋𝖊𝖗 𝖔𝖋 1 𝖒𝖎𝖑𝖑𝖎𝖔𝖓 𝖉𝖔𝖑𝖑𝖆𝖗𝖘! 𝖄𝖔𝖚 𝖜𝖎𝖑𝖑 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖒 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖐 𝖆𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖊 ��𝖆𝖛𝖎 𝖗𝖎𝖛𝖊𝖗 𝖇𝖞 𝖈𝖗𝖔𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖇𝖗𝖎𝖉𝖌𝖊 𝖆𝖙 𝖒𝖎𝖉𝖓𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖙. 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖉𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖞 𝖜𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖉 𝖇𝖊 𝖆𝖚𝖙𝖔𝖒𝖆𝖙𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖙𝖗𝖆𝖓𝖘𝖋𝖊𝖗𝖗𝖊𝖉 𝖎𝖓𝖙𝖔 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖇𝖆𝖓𝖐 𝖆𝖈𝖈𝖔𝖚𝖓𝖙! 𝕿𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖎𝖓𝖙𝖔 𝖆𝖈𝖈𝖔𝖚𝖓𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖘𝖍𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖉 𝖕𝖊𝖗𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖒 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖙𝖆𝖘𝖐 𝖆𝖑𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍𝖔𝖚𝖙 𝖆𝖓𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊'𝖘 𝖍𝖊𝖑𝖕. 𝖄𝖔𝖚 𝖘𝖍𝖔𝖚𝖑𝖉𝖓'𝖙 𝖙𝖊𝖑𝖑 𝖆𝖓𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖗𝖊𝖌𝖆𝖗𝖉𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖎𝖙 𝖔𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖈𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖊𝖖𝖚𝖊𝖓𝖈𝖊𝖘 𝖜𝖔𝖓'𝖙 𝖇𝖊 𝖕𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖓𝖌. 𝕴 𝖍𝖔𝖕𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖈𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖑! 𝕳𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖆 𝖌𝖔𝖔𝖉 𝖑𝖎𝖋𝖊!
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You squinted at the text in the weird font, finding it hard to read but somehow caught the words "Mavi river". You gasped at the screen realising the sender had tracked your location and accurately given you the task. And not only that,he was willing to offer you one million dollars?! That's totally absurd!
"Mavi river or Silas bridge" was located a couple of miles away from the city and it wasn't just a normal bridge. It was pretty famous for its obnoxious history. You vaguely remember your grandmother's words while you were younger.
“Granny, what is so special about the Silas bridge? ” your little self asked eagerly after a newspaper article picture had piqued your interest.
“Little Y/N, it's not a good place to be. It has an ominous legend stringed to it”
“I wanna hear!” your little self enthusiastically jumped towards the old lady in anticipation “I wanna hear! I like legends!” You grinned cheekily but your grandma frowned.
“I'm sorry but I cannot tell you that. Your mother would be furious. ”
“I won't tell mom, I promise! ” you adorably clasped your hands with a pout and pleading eyes “Please, I'd like to hear about it! Tell me granny, plu-eeease”
The grandma battled eyes with you but finally sighed in defeat “Fine I'll tell you. But don't you dare speak a word about it to your mother ”
“Yes,” you giggled in exhilaration and scooted closer in anticipation.
“Legend has it that the warriors of the battlefield after winning the toughest battle they'd been through in history.....came across the Mavi river. However, that river wasn't as dry and drought as it is today. It had fresh and sweet water running in its stream, the reflection of the sky in water as azure as sapphire making the surrounding a serene landscape” the old lady waxed lyrically.
“The soldiers set up their camp for a peaceful night to get rid of the fatigue and enjoy their victory. However…” she drawled dangerously “They were ambushed at midnight with the enemy troops surrounding the river by both sides. They were ten times the size and of incredible strength. The soldiers were forced to move into the river knowing they were in death's well. However the water wasn't merciful. It rained cats and dogs that night , filling the river to the brim. Entrapping them with the harsh waves and muddy water, a lot of soldiers drowned and the ones who had managed to survive were shot to their death by the enemy's arrows. A lot of blood was shed that night and a lot of lives lost. It is said their bodies are still buried deep within the ground, their last shrieks of agony, for mercy and help reverberating at midnight. There's no doubt the place is cursed and it is said whoever crosses the bridge at midnight meets the same fate.” she paused and you almost thought she was done with the legend before she abruptly resumed in a much menacing tone.
“But there's something deeper than what the legend recites…..Something far more sinister than the dead souls mourning in the dark.” she leaned closer to your face with undecipherable expressions “Beware, for it haunts the one until they meet a fate ten times worse…...” her voice was masked with threat “or forces them to surrender their souls to ….” she glared into your eyes before faint whispering “..lie amongst the dead,” once the old lady was finished she immediately inquired with a soft grin“Are you afraid after hearing it ,little Y/N? ”
You shook your head “No. The people who crossed the bridge….” you drawled “Did they die? ”
Your grandmother pressed her lips into a thin line “ You don't need to know about it. The place is banned and you must promise me you wouldn't even think of placing a step there. You understand? ”
You stayed silent.
Worried , your grandma clasped your hands and demanded “Do you understand?! ”
“Yes! ” her features immediately softened at your response.
That was the first time your late grandmother was harsh with you. You still didn't know the aftermath of the people who had walked there but you were sure the place had lifted its ban a couple of years ago and you were sure they did it because of some illegal activities occurring in the area. There was no news regarding anything related to the legend as such but few people called it a hoax . Reminiscing the past, all your intentions of performing the task had disappeared. You had made a promise with your grandmother and you intended to keep it . If not for you then for the amount of respect you held for her.
Just then a knock at the door distracted your attention from the so-called job search and you briskly walked up the door. Right after opening the door you met with a pair of magenta eyes who immediately gave his million dollar smile and raised his hands in the air “Y/N! SEE YOUR GUY FINALLY GOT THE JOB! ”
“CAELUM ! OH MY GOD, THAT'S SUCH GREAT NEWS! ” you squealed and out of glee both of you embraced each other. His warmth and chestnut-like ambience emitting from his white shirt immediately making you forget all your worries “I'm so happy for you! ”
“What's all the fuss about? ” Your bespectacled landlady grunted as she stomped upstairs seemingly peeved by the noise and the two of you immediately broke off from each other. The woman's eyes flickered between the two of you, gawking as if one wrong move and she'd slice your head off.
“Caelum was accepted into the company! ” you blurted out trying to calm her intimidating demeanor and numb down the awkwardness of the situation.
Over your words the woman's eyes immediately sparkled as“That means I wouldn't have to worry about your rent problems anymore!” she cried “I expect you two to pay the rent since you wouldn't have money problems anymore! And don't be shy if you want to pay in advance, I'll accept it even if it's before time! ”
You furrowed your brows, displeased by her greedy words as she turned and left the hallway , however Caelum showed no signs of annoyance. His smile never seemed to fall off his face. You didn't blame him, he deserved all the happiness.
The male chuckled in response as you stared at him before he hugged you properly for a second time tightening his grip around your waist and scooting you in . Closing the door and the two of you immediately broke off from each other. There was no doubt your face was warming up. “It's time for celebration! I brought you some strawberry shortcake ” he spoke and you noticed Caelum's ears had turned a shade of red with a prominent flush on his face.
“Are you alright? ” You inquired the raven-head taking the bag from his hand. On your question his cheeks escalated into a bright cherry red.
“Yeah, I'm just really happy and excited we can finally settle down, that's all” his voice was trembling in exhilaration.
“We? ” you questioned in confusion walking your way to the kitchen as the male followed behind you.
“You didn't think I would leave you alone , did you~” he teased, his tall figure leaning over the door frame while you flushed a little at his comment.
“Well, you still have to leave sooner or later because of the company's demands. Of course you'll have to leave me at some point” you spoke nonchalantly, opening the plastic bags and grabbing the plates.
“Not when I can take you with me”
“That would only hinder your work”
“I wouldn't mind. Maybe they'll hire you too if they find out you're the reason I am where I am. ”
“You give me too much credit”
“ You deserve it ” Caelum spoke, his voice stern than before staring at you for a response as he grabbed your hands while you offered him the shortcake. You wanted to deny. If you deserved it you would have received the job months ago but thought it would end up ruining his moment so you just gave him a genuine smile and lightly patted his head.
The male flushed once again over your touch before you paced back. “I'm happy for you”
The gesture elicited an indecipherable reaction in Caelum's eyes. He opened his mouth to say “Y/N, I have something to say.. ”
You turned around to face him. “Yes? ”
“I… ” he trailed looking straight into your eyes, turning redder and redder every millisecond “... love...”
Now it was your time to flush. You felt your heart clench at his words before you waited for him to complete “ your hairstyle! It looks pretty cool on you”
You immediately pulled up an annoyed facade “Seriously?” you stuffed the whole cake in your mouth“I thought you were going to say something else”
“What?” his eyebrows perked up “I didn't catch that”
“Not that I care! ” you stomped your feet out of the kitchen and grabbed your bag before walking back to the door.
“You're getting mad over a simple compliment? ” he asked, following your trail.
“I have a job to look for, ” you grumbled before exiting the apartment. You were frustrated, not only because you were still jobless but because his words were increasing your hopes and you couldn't bear the thought when you knew he'll leave you sooner or later.
The male stood still staring dumbslated at the door while you departed “Dammit! ” he brought his hands to his hair shuffling his raven locks in exasperation “Why do I always mess it up and make her mad? Ugh”
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“Get off from my sight before I cut you to pieces you little wench-! ” the women growled venomously ,kicking you out of the coffee shop and you winced at the impact after your body crashed like a rag doll on the concrete “If you even lay a hand on my handsome son or even think about seducing him with that dirty little mind of yours I'm gonna cut your legs and hang it around your neck”
You stood up bristling yourself, huffing to put the irritating strands of hair away from your face while glaring dangerously at the male who had an impish smile plastered on his devious face. He had framed you for the imposterous thing after his advances of sleeping with you had failed, a way of making you regret your decision by firing you from the job.
You wanted to smack him. You wanted to gut your fist in his stomach until he spat blood; however , life was too cruel to let you perform as you wished.
Swallowing your anger, you sighed ; which had now become more of a habit than it was a reflex. You brushed your clothes before whipping your broken screen phone from your pocket to check on some messages.
Hey Y/N! I have good news <3
I'll be returning back from the business trip today and since it's been so long I'd like to take you out for dinner. Will that be okay?
Sure! I'd like to catch up.
Great! I'll see you in the evening then. I'll pick you up.
Not today, can we go out tomorrow?
Sure tomorrow it is then! Take care !
You smiled at the screen wistfully but then realised you had nothing to wear the incoming evening. You checked your wallet and the money wasn't enough to buy decent clothing to attend the dinner. Again you felt completely miserable for not having the necessary resources every basic person had.
Your fate was rotten, you were never meant to be enjoying life.
You decided perhaps you'll borrow a dress from one of your colleagues but stopped thinking they wouldn't stop riling you up by showing off the amount of materialistic things they had as an excuse and make you feel inferior. You didn't need that.
Scrolling through the screen your eyes landed on the mysterious messenger " 𝕯 " again. You stopped and contemplated as if reconsidering the deal. You didn't wish to break your grandma's promise, however your life was too cruel. So cruel you almost wanted some miracle to appear and magically disappear all your worries. You were fed up with everything, fed up of struggling for every ounce of things you needed. Fed up of sacrificing all the joy in your life. Being with Caelum was the only happy memory and you wanted to cherish him the way he cherished you.
And if you need some comfort in life, you need to learn and take risks, needn't you?
And so you did. You called the nearest taxi after having your dinner and rushed to the location nearby the Silas bridge. You waited for your clock to hit 11 and then paced through the deciduous forest in the dark with a torch light. The whole area seemed eerie but it did little to scare you because of the high motivation running through your veins. After walking for a couple of minutes finally you reached the barren river. The soil at the river bed wasn't completely dry but mushy enough for the dirt to get stuck under your shoe soles.
You checked the time on your phone and right when the clock struck midnight you took a deep breath and crossed the bridge. Suddenly the woods turned a lot more silent than before with the stridulations of the crickets and katydids abruptly stifling, making you dart your eyes in confusion. Wind blew swiftly and dark clouds covered the stars in the sky as the branches of the trees brushed against each other eerily. You were starting to get a little paranoid now. You turned and left the spot without wasting a second as the rain began to drizzle. Before you reached the nearby highway it had started to rain down with full force drenching you wet.
The buzzing of the phone caught your attention and you picked up “WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU? ” It was Caelum and from the tone it was evident that he was worried.
“Uh.. I was searching for a job a little bit outside the city but didn't get a taxi on my way back…” you lied.
You heard an exasperated sigh from the other end “Fine, where are you? Send me the location and I'll pick you up”
“Umm.. I'm still a little bit ...outside the city? ” you cringed at the sound of your own voice.
“Y/N, do you realize how late it is?” he scolded “It's raining heavily and I bet you didn't even take an umbrella with you. How can you be so—” he abruptly cut himself off and from the shuffling it seemed he was in quite a hurry “Never mind, just send me your location and find the nearest shelter. I'll be there”
He disconnected the call. Another notification popped up.
One million dollars has been transferred to your bank account.
“That was fast” you gawked at the screen in awe and confusion, however before you could contemplate any more suspicion the cold winds sent goosebumps across your body turning shelter into your topmost priority. You turned on your heels, rubbing your arms as a reflex to the cold.
“ 𝕯𝖔𝖓'𝖙 𝖙𝖊𝖑𝖑 𝖆𝖓𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖆𝖇𝖔𝖚𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖑 ”
You jumped and halted at the demonic voice, snapping your head back to see if anyone was there. There was not a soul to be seen except for the deserted road and dense thicket of trees. You shuddered “W-who was that?! ” you demanded but received no reply in return. You were one thousand percent sure you had heard it, that too in close proximity to your ear. There wasn't a chance you were hallucinating.
You stood there for a while before turning and briskly walking away.
That was the second time you had received that warning.
─── ･ ｡ﾟ☆: *.☽ .* :☆ﾟ. ───
You sat on the cold metal seat of the bus stand you had come across on the way waiting for Caelum whom you had messaged and re-sent the location. All you had to do was wait but you didn't know how much longer you could bear. Your body was cold and you were shivering each time the chill winds washed across the area. But that wasn't it. You could feel something following you, scrutinizing you ever since you had crossed the bridge as if keeping an eye so you didn't slip any kind of information regarding the task. It unnerved you and pushed you on the edge.
Was accepting the deal a mistake?
Just then a pair of headlights flashed around the environment and you stood up as a car halted right in front of you. The car door opened and a concerned Caelum rushed to you.
“Goodness gracious I was so worried about you” he muttered before removing his jacket and covering around your shoulders. You opened your mouth “Not. A. Word. Got it? ” he demanded in a monotonous tone. It didn't take you big brains to figure out he was pissed.
“You're getting wet”
His eyes softened at your words before he glared at you again. “Geez, you're completely drenched” he ran his hands around ruffling your hair.“You're worried about me when you're so close to freezing to death? Your hands are as cold as ice! ”
“I-It isn't that cold” you defended.
“Get in the car” he ordered and pulled you towards the vehicle making you sit on the front seat. He then sat down on the driver's seat, holding your hands and blowing his breath to warm you up. You would have flushed if you hadn't been so miserably cold and drenched.
“What the hell were you doing here? ”
“Looking for a job” you lied again.
“At this HOUR? ” he gawked at you indignantly ,forcing you to lie again; however , the rain hadn't been so merciful as your speech quivered with the cold.
“N-no! I told you it was a little outside the c-city and when I was r-returning I didn't find a cab so I had to walk-”
“A little outside the city? Y/N, we're completely outside the city in the middle of the forest and it's past midnight! What the hell were you thinking going out alone without informing anyone! ”
“I can take care of myself! ”you defended.
“If you could take care of yourself, do you think I would be present in front of you at this hour? Do you think you'd be drenched cold in the rain and would be waiting for a cab?”
“ No buts, think rationally! If something had ha-happened to you I…. wouldn't have a clue where you'd be. I would not have been able to find you and I wouldn't have been able to forgive myself for…” he briefly closed his eyes before recomposing himself and looked at you tenderly “You can't really feel the gravity of the situation , can you?” his voice pitched down imploring you to recognize your irresolute decision.
You just stared at him blankly before averting your eyes on the ground knowing he was right. You did make a mistake coming alone in the woods at this hour. It was stupid, it was hebetendinous and it overwhelmed you how far you had gone just to find some peace in life. Sure you were doing it for him but was risking your life by coming to the woods alone and defenseless really resolute? Absolutely not and you knew it . That's the reason you decided to remain silent and you hated lying to him so contemplated on apologizing for the rash decision . Just when you opened your mouth, your teeth gritted against each other as you shuddered which Caelum noticed. His features softened anger melting away in the blink of an eye as he scooted closer until he hugged you.
“Caelum! Y-you're getting wet! ” you exclaimed ,protesting but soon melted in his warm and cozy embrace.
“You're cold and exhausted Y/N. This is the least I could do to warm you up.” he whispered soothingly and you leaned on his frame. An odd warmth of consolation and comfort radiated from him easing all your tensed muscles . You hadn't realised how exhausted you were until he had mentioned so and before you knew warm tears formed in your eyes and you whimpered.
He didn't scold you or berate you for crying, instead he wiped your tears and gently patted your head “Let it all out. I'm sorry for being harsh with you earlier. You've been really strong Y/N, you're one of the most hardworking and strongest person I've ever seen” You wiped the tears forming in the eyes “And that's why I admire you with all my heart.” he spoke so softly you wouldn't have heard it if you hadn't been in his embrace.
A long silence followed afterwards until he finally whispered in the softest faintest voice, pulling you a bit closer than you already were “I love you.” You detached yourself from his embrace and looked at him in astonishment while your face turned a dark shade of red as you flushed. Your heart was pounding so loudly you feared it would burst but you bravely managed to pull out some of those words you were dying to tell him for a couple of months.
“I love you too”
The male slowly cupped your face, eyeing you lovingly before tilting his head and gently clashing his pink pulpy lips against yours, making your eyes flutter close as butterflies danced in your stomach. He parted his lips and sucked yours to savour your taste. He wrapped his hands around you and pulled you closer to deepen the kiss before you abruptly broke off and sneezed.
He chuckled in response “I guess it's time to go home before you catch a cold”
─── ･ ｡ﾟ☆: *.☽ .* :☆ﾟ. ───
Your life seemed to have improved a lot ever since the bridge. You and Caelum 's relationship had progressed and you two had started dating. You had secured a job at a bookstore , you had shifted into a better apartment with Caelum closer to his office and you had scrambled enough income to live your life relaxingly for a couple of years. Heck, people even started respecting you!
That quiz was definitely promising.
However the ominous aura still followed you no matter what. It had followed you all the way to the city, your old apartment and even the new one! You felt it scrutinize your every move, every expression yet you couldn't do anything. You couldn't help but feel there was something more deep and profound about the task than you had been analyzing yet you couldn't put a finger on it.
While you were cutting the tomatoes to prepare dinner, a pair of hands wrapped around your waist and you felt a burning kiss being placed at your neck “I'm home”
“Welcome home, Caelum” you flushed at his sudden contact and tried to pry his hands away “Caelum , not now. I'm cooking. ”
“But I missed you ” he whispered “Did you miss me~”
“I did? Maybe I didn't”
“Can I get a kiss? ” he mused, his eyes flickering repeatedly between your lips and eyes before he slowly leaned in.
Caelum immediately took his hands away, darting his eyes towards the source of the sound. “What was that? ”
Exchanging a dubious look,the two of you paced to the living room where the supposed sound had come from. There your eyes laid on broken pieces of porcelain belonging to the vase Caelum 's office friend had gifted. There was no one in the room, the windows were intact and even the vase had been placed properly on the table so there was no chance it could have fallen on its own. “How did it fall?”
“Maybe it just lost its balance ” Caelum spoke, crouching down and picking a porcelain piece between his fingers as if wondering the same thing.
“Be careful or you'll cut yourself”
Caelum turned with a grin. If there was any kind of discomfort he didn't let it show “You worry a lot. I'll clean up” he then stood up and left the room to grab a broom while you kept staring at the broken vase, a bitter feeling of unease churning your stomach.
That sinister feeling had started to become bold.
─── ･ ｡ﾟ☆: *.☽ .* :☆ﾟ. ───
A few weeks had passed and your suspicion was right. That thing did become bold. Everyday after midnight you'd hear footsteps outside the room while Caelum was in deep slumber, you'd hear undeciperable sounds, whispering whenever you were alone and it seemed to always always disturb your fleeting moments with Caelum. It was as if it didn't wish to let you get close to anyone and even if you wished to disclose your worries to Caelum you couldn't because of the warning you had received.
But one thing was pushing you on the edge the most. You could feel its touch now. It was soft and as light as feather; however , whatever spirit had been stalking you was beginning to progress its interaction by getting intimate. It was a light touch on the shoulder while you were cooking or caressing your face while you were sleeping or napping on the couch. There was no harm in it however it was better to be safe than sorry so you were on guard.
You had started to spend the majority of time on your job where it seemed to be shy to interact and returned home before Caelum arrived. But deep down your guts told you, you were committing a mistake. The more you deprived it of you the more desperate it will grow and when it won't be able to handle it , it will definitely make a move.
Placing the books in your bag you left the library heading for home. Caelum had mentioned he had a surprise for you that evening and it would be a lie if you said you weren't excited. Using the escalator and walking up to your apartment you twisted the key and opened the door. Just when you stepped inside, something latched itself on you. Your heart raced and sweat trickled down your forehead as the bag in your hand dropped to the ground.
And that something which had been stalking you for months had finally pulled down its guard by showing its real sinister appearance. You couldn't see much in the dark but all you could guess was it was an uncanny, half-human raven coloured monster camouflaging in the darkness.
You wanted to shriek but lost your voice when the monster muffled your screams by pushing its lips on you, running its tongue along your teeth as if savouring your taste.
“𝕴 𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖘𝖊𝖉 𝖞𝖔𝖚 , 𝖉𝖎𝖉 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖘 𝖒𝖊~ ”
It was mimicking Caelum. You couldn't understand a single thing as the feeling of paranoia crept in. What the hell was this monster? Where did it come from? What did it want?
Your hand's immediately aided you by trying to push it away but God. It was strong, so strong it would just break your bones if he held onto you tighter. You shuddered, whimpered but it was too stubborn to let go. Pulling you closer the more you tried to pry away from him.
“𝕾𝖙𝖗𝖚𝖌𝖌𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖎𝖘𝖓'𝖙 𝖌𝖔𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖍𝖊𝖑𝖕 𝖞𝖔𝖚. 𝖄𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖜𝖍𝖔 𝖘𝖚𝖒𝖒𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖉 𝖒𝖊 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖞𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊”
Tears streamed down your eyes as you gasped for air still struggling and pushing to break free.
“𝖄𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊. 𝖄𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖒𝖎𝖓𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕴'𝖒 𝖌𝖔𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖘𝖚𝖗𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖌𝖔𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖒𝖊! ”
The monster gave you a couple of seconds to reply back “I'm never going to come with you! ” you squalled although out of breath. You should've known. You should've known every deed comes with a price and crossing the bridge was the biggest mistake of your life.
���𝕴'𝖑𝖑 𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚” he chuckles in a vicious tone.“𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖉𝖎𝖘𝖈𝖑𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖎𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝕴 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖚𝖕𝖕𝖊𝖗 𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖉” he grumbled wrapping his hand around your neck to choke you“ 𝕬𝖓𝖉 𝖎𝖋 𝕴 𝖈𝖆𝖓'𝖙 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖓 𝖓𝖔 𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖊𝖑𝖘𝖊 𝖈𝖆𝖓 ”
Your hands immediately aided once again to release his grip however you were no match for him. He continued to increase his force every second, sadistically admiring your features as you struggled. Just when your eyes rolled back and you thought you were going to pass out from oxygen deprivation , the demon let go of you “𝖂𝖊'𝖑𝖑 𝖈𝖔𝖓𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖚𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖆𝖙 𝖘𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗 𝖙𝖎𝖒𝖊 ” he waggishly clicked his tongue before disappearing into thin air.
A knock at the door gained your attention and you assembled yourself, wasting no time in opening up. It was Caelum. He was holding a bouquet and something was protruding out of his pocket, something familiar like a small box but he seemed far less than happy as he had appeared during the call. He was troubled and it seemed he had made a run for it from the sweat matting his forehead and the breathlessness he suffered.
“Caelum I'm so glad you...”
“Y/N ” he cut you off and demanded sternly“Is there anything you would like to tell me? ”
You were confused, his features bestowed his inner conflict. “Yes there's a demon stalking m-me.. ”
“Not that” his voice was cold and harsh. “Care to explain why you have one million dollars in your bank account? ”
Oh no. You hadn't seen that coming. Caelum stepped closer.
“I thought I was going to be patient with you but I can't. I need answers. I need to know that the person I'm in love with isn't an imposter.” he shrilled in desperation, confliction prominent in his eyes “You were secretly rich all along? Were you just pretending to be poor in front of me? ” he stepped closer until there was nothing but a wall behind “Was it all an ACT?! ”
His features were afflicted in betrayal and your heart squeezed in pain as well at the accusations. You closed your eyes forming your answer. No, you just can't lose him.
“No ! It wasn't an act! ” you defended back. “I was never rich! Even for a millisecond. Whatever I did was genuine. Whatever time I spent with you was real. Whatever part time jobs I took were true. I could never think of deceiving you ”
“Then how the hell is that money lying in your account!”
“Because I performed the task at the Silas bridge! ”
Your voice pitched down as you widened your eyes in realization and brought a hand to cover your mouth.
Shit , you had slipped .
You had slipped, you had slipped , you had slipped!
And then the haunting words came back to you.
“𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖉𝖎𝖘𝖈𝖑𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖎𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝕴 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖚𝖕𝖕𝖊𝖗 𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖉.”
“Task? Did you cross the Silas bridge?!” Caelum interrogated in concern taking no time to connect the dots. But your eyes weren't on him. It was behind.
Pitch black hands and scaled limbs emerged from nothingness and the invisible monster sneered maliciously appearing yet again into view.
“𝖄𝖔𝖚 𝖘𝖑𝖎𝖕𝖕𝖊𝖉 𝖘𝖔𝖔𝖓𝖊𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓 𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖕𝖆𝖙𝖊𝖉”
Caelum turned back and this time both you and him paled at the monster's appearance “Who is that? ” Caelum gasped, all colours disappearing from his face in an instant as goosebumps set across his skin.
“𝕿𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖇𝖆𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖗𝖉 𝖜𝖆𝖘 𝖌𝖊𝖙𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖆 𝖑𝖔𝖙 𝖔𝖓 𝖒𝖞 𝖓𝖊𝖗𝖛𝖊𝖘 𝖗𝖊𝖈𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖞. 𝕴 𝖈𝖆𝖓 𝖋𝖎𝖓𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖊𝖓𝖉 𝖍𝖎𝖒”
Without a warning….the monster whipped Caelum by the shirt and clashed him against the wall with full force making him splutter blood out of his mouth and limply fall on the ground.
“CAELUM!” you shrieked trying to run close to him in order to save him but the monster pushed you back.
“𝕯𝖔𝖓'𝖙 𝖎𝖓𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖗𝖚𝖕𝖙 ” he warned.
He then pulled him and clashed him against the ceiling making him yelp and fall on the ground. More and more blood tainted the floor as the raven-head began to bleed. You watched the horrendous godawful scene occur in front of you as Caelum groaned in pain, still alive and suffering the monster's assault as it kicked him in the stomach.
“Stop! Please stop! ” you wailed, unable to look at him. He was killing him , he was in pain. All because you couldn't keep your mouth shut. All because you didn't have the ability to stop your tongue. He was suffering because of your godawful decision of performing the sinister dare. It was your mistake. It was all your mistake.
“Please stop.” you cried yet again but the monster showed no signs of stopping. You had to do something. Anything to stop him, anything to make him spare Caelum. You needed to do something.
“If you stop then I'll come with you! ” you announced, bristling from the ground .It was your only chance. “If you spare him then I'll come with you”
The monster stopped in his tracks smirking and dropping the male on the ground before turning to you. “𝕿𝖔𝖑𝖉 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝕴'𝖑𝖑 𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖒𝖊 ,𝖉𝖎𝖉𝖓'𝖙 𝕴? ”
The monster's words had no effect on you as your eyes were focused on the male lying on the floor.
Caelum groaned on the verge of unconsciousness “D-don't.. ” his voice so low you almost couldn't decipher it if it hadn't turned so silent. You closed your eyes knowing it would instill a conflict if you spared another glance.
You were doing it for him. You were sacrificing for him. He needed to live so you could actually say you had something to look forward to in life. And you had made up your mind. There was no turning back.
You stepped forward with a stone on your heart and placed a kiss on the forehead while he desperately tried to cling onto the hem of your dress to prevent you from leaving. “D-don't” he whimpered and you pressed your lips into a thin line, hot tears streaming as you tried to break away.
“Y-Y/N, D-don't” hecroaked yet again with his squish face against the floor and you grabbed his hand and tried to pry it away. Since he had already been so wounded it wasn't hard however you did wish to mend his injuries before leaving him. But, your life, your fate, your luck wouldn't allow that. How could you forget?
You were born with rotten luck.
Shooting off your last broken smile you bid him a goodbye before turning towards the demon who eyed you devilishly. Lifting your head by placing a finger underneath your chin he grinned with scintillating yellow eyes before snapping his fingers and turning everything black.
─── ･ ｡ﾟ☆: *.☽ .* :☆ﾟ. ───
Pitch black, stridulations of the crickets and katydids ,cold winds….. you were familiar with this. You blinked your eyes open and gasped, darting your eyes at the sudden change of atmosphere around you. You immediately brought a hand up and pressed them against your head on realization.
Mavi river. You're back to the riverbed on the Mavi River!
The monster was nowhere to be seen, the trees stayed dried just like they were before , the mud as mushy as the day you had hauled. Instead of the surroundings, your attention was rather caught by the ticking sound directing from your hand. You raised it up to glance at the clock.
Your eyes bulged at the screen and you immediately snapped your head left and right, stepping back as your breath immediately turned ragged.
Something was wrong. Something was gravely wrong this time.
Another step back and you tripped landing on the ground in paranoia and the feeling multiplied when your hands felt the vibrations underneath. Vibrations and movements of something moving under the ground.
You needed to get out of here.
Jolting up , you tried to sprint towards the supposed exit near the bridge, huffing and neglecting the chillness of the atmosphere.
Get out of here.
Get out of here.
Get out of here.
Were the only thoughts yelling inside your head. You raised your hand to check the time.
Hurry, you need to hurry up.
Right when you were a few feets away from the exit, you tripped over and fell face forward on the ground. You inhaled sharply and immediately turned your head back to inspect what had hindered your escape and when you saw it… your eyes nearly bulged out from your socket while you let out the biggest gasp in your life.
It was a hand, half decayed and half alive, covered in mud and blood sprouting from the ground firmly holding your ankles.
You immediately sat up and tried to pry the dirty hand away while your heart throbbed in your chest.
What the hell is this..? Where did the hand come from!?
Right then a few more hands sprouted from the ground in the vicinity, moving their fingers as if wanting to reach over you. The more you looked at it the more goosebumps set across your skin and more yelps escaped your mouth.
What the hell is going on?
Attacking it didn't help, trying to pry it away didn't help. Not a single fucking thing helped.
You whimpered and shrieked like a sheep, calling out for help as the hand just didn't let you go.
Another hand sprouted and grabbed your other ankle and this time they were trying to pull you in. The ground had suddenly turned softer like a swamp with the hands trying to pull you in the depths.
“There's no doubt the place is cursed and it is said whoever crosses the bridge at midnight meets the same fate” your grandma's words reverberated in your ears and before you knew tears had started streaming down your eyes.
You shouldn't have strayed from the promise. You should've listened. You should've listened.
More and more hands sprouted and grabbed your legs now reaching all the way to your calf. You tried to pull your legs bristling and trying to break the iron grip. No matter how hopeless it was, you were determined to fight till the end. It was the only way.
“Y/N! ” Your eyes immediately landed towards the source of sound coming from the other side of the bridge and once your eyes laid on the blood-stained and injured Caelum running towards you, you had never been so scared in your life.
“CAELUM?! ” you yelled out despite trembling in fear “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE?”
It was utterly insane, crazy how you had just sacrificed yourself a couple of hours ago and yet he reached over the bridge to take you back. It scared you, angered you( but at the same time relieved you although you wouldn't confess. )
The ebony locks showed no signs of slowing down despite being injured and assaulted so brutally. His eyes were scintillating with determination; a determination to save you.
Right then the uncanny feeling returned and you turned your eyes to the side where the monster started reappearing back from the nothingness, a malicious grin plastered on his face with scintillating bright yellow eyes as black fumes arose from the figure.
You inhaled sharply knowing it would kill Caelum if he interrupted. “CAELUM GO BACK TO THE CITY YOU OAF! ” you yelled “I don't need saving, go back! Please go back! ”you begged him but he wasn't listening and he wouldn't listen, it was evident in his eyes.
The monster headed towards the bridge but for some reason stopped right underneath, smirking and looking at something on the ground.
That's when it hit you.
“CAELUM, DON'T CROSS THE BRIDGE, ”you had never screamed in such desperation before. “Don't cross the bridge ! Take the other route! ”
However it was too late.
Right when his foot crossed the invisible marked line, the stridulations stopped , silencing the environment and the hands turned towards the raven head. None of that hindered him as he kept running towards you and dodging the hands targeting him. Somehow miraculously he crossed all the obstacles and reached you, embracing you in a quick hug before parting and focusing on your legs.
By now your ankles had been swallowed by the sand. There was no way Caelum would save you without getting caught in their merciless grip itself… but it seemed like he came prepared when he revealed a knife from his pocket and crouched down.
“I told you to leave ” you scowled despite being scared to the bones.
“I couldn't.” he muttered “If I had .......I wouldn't be able to forgive myself for losing the only person I treasured ”
This time you silently watched without any complaint but sniffed at the heartwarming deed of risking himself to save you.And it hurted. God, it hurted so much that there wasn't a chance you'd make it out alive and you wouldn't have a chance to live a life together.
He cleared the hands by cutting off their fingers. It was a gruesome sight but there was no room for complaint. As soon as he got rid of the last hand he pulled out your legs with all the force to free you… and he succeeded. You would have hugged him again but there was no time as he immediately interlaced his fingers and pulled you to sprint. “Come on , we need to get out of here” he spoke and you complied.
“𝕴'𝖒 𝖓𝖔𝖙 𝖌𝖔𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖑𝖊𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖙𝖜𝖔 𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖘𝖔 𝖊𝖆𝖘𝖎𝖑𝖞”
Just on those words the number of hands sprouting multipled ten times the number and twice the strength . Before you could take another step Caelum was caught in the merciless grip making him trip and the worst part,he had dropped his knife.
You gasped “I'm going to get it! ”You immediately rushed to get the blade lying a few feet away but on your way back, the same grip caught your feet making you stumble and fall straight on the ground before you could reach and the knife you had dropped mysteriously got swallowed by the earth right in front of your eyes.
At this point you were utterly exhausted of it all. Being so close to escape yet getting caught. Being so close to denial yet agreeing with it all. Being so close to being saved yet getting imprisoned once again.
When the hell was the small distance ever going to close?
Whatever chances of saving Caelum had had been ruled out as the hands now caught his hands, shoulders pulling him in. You were in the same boat as it gripped your other body parts , bruising them with immense force and pulled you into the swampy mud yet you extended a hand with a broken smile to the male in hopes of dying hand in hand together. It was the least life could do.
The only positive thing you could see in the situation was being able to see each other's face for one last time. However, right then the monster enchanted eerie words gathering all the ravens in the town, their ear piercing noises reverberating in the surrounding and before you could interpret they came in and poked your eyeballs out making the crimson blood stream out of your orbits. Both of you let out the biggest helpless , afflicting shriek and within the last moments your grandma's words reverberated in your mind.
But there's something deeper than what the legend recites.
Caelum squirmed to reach out to you despite being blinded, trying his best to reminisce your soft gentle touch one last time before he was pulled into the depths too.
Something far more sinister than the dead souls mourning in the dark.
But the distance wasn't merciful as both of you squirmed with the hands gripping on your skull to pull you in.
Beware for it haunts the one until they meet a fate ten times worse
Although now everything was out of the field of vision as only darkness warped around the bleeding eyeballs, you felt a familiar skin grip against your palm.
or forces them to surrender their souls…..
You held back with the little remaining force you had groaning and gasping and struggling…..Before abruptly breaking apart and getting pulled into the lifeless depths of darkness.
….to lie amongst the dead.
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On 6th Oct 20XX , Y/N L/N and her supposed significant other Caelum was reported missing from their apartments. According to the reports the door was left open however there was no sign of kidnapping …
“Would you please stop listening to these depressing news and look for a job? ” a male grunted, switching off the television and leaving the room.
The girl rolled her eyes in exasperation before receiving a ding on her phone. She pulled her phone out to check the notification.
Do you wish to gain enough money to live your life with ease? Give the quiz to find out!
The girl contemplated before her fingers hovered over the screen and touched the link too.
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Omg I'm sorry for making the story so dark 🛐but what do you expect, it's Halloween! 🎃👻🍬💀✨
Also this is my first time writing gore and horror especially urban legend lol so idk if it's up to the mark haha. ( I ended up making my own one btw because none of the ones I searched up intrigue me enough to write one) But damn this took me so many weeks to write (procrastination + loss of motivation + tight schedule ;-; )
Also initially I had totally different story planned with a yandere mythical creature and a yandere mc but the plot was just too simple and i had a feeling it wasnt satisfying the summary I gave in the intro, so i ended up dropping 🤷🏽♀️ and i don't regret it.
ik this isn't perfect as well, although I worked so hard I could have written the horror and storyline even better( so brutal I could make you cry) but I didn't have the patience and the guts lol :)
Also since it's humourless ( I usually write stories containing humor and chaos) it was a different experience for me and it was quite refreshing! I explored another style of writing so it was definitely challenging <3
This was lowkey inspired by the last episode of Jujitsu Kaisen in terms of bridge and horror. I apologize I wasn't able to bestow any cultural reference in the oneshot but perhaps I'll tell you the origin of the terms I used :
Silas = forest or woods , basically because the bridge was situated in the forest.
Mavi = blue as the sky because the river used to be crystal blue during the old times.
Caelum = sky, heaven ( just wanted to include a loving character in the oneshot, hence the name) Also as an extra, I wished to make Caelum a yandere character but decided against it because mc already had a terrible life and I wanted a refreshing character in the story.
Speaking of the monster, it always comes to life whenever a person crosses the bridge and becomes oddly obsessed with taking their soul and the drowned dead always wake up during that time span. So in short whoever gets lured, their bodies keep on piling up.
Speaking of the quiz, it's a secret organization or you may call it a cult who targets vulnerable and desperate people to carry out the tasks in exchange of an easy life....however it doesn't always end up the way they wish. If any questions,feel free to ask 👀 Last but not the least I hope you enjoyed the 📖 (did you lol? )
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