Don't know if I can post such a story since it lacks plot.


I hated the way we were living. Always had to be surrounded by walls to prevent from being eaten. Always had to watch the walls to keep them out. Always had to be back home before dusk. Always had to hear the hollowed shrieks they make after dusk. Always had to mourn the loss of someone because they couldn't follow the rules. It was always wake up, do chores, watch the wall, eat, attend a funeral, go home, sleep; only to wake up and do it all over again the next day.

I used to find that life boring, so I did what anyone else would have done. I asked if any of my close friends wanted to go out and adventure with me beyond the walls. They looked at me like I was insane and asking for a death wish. They didn't take me seriously. I'm pretty sure they were shocked to see my bed and drawers empty the next morning.

I left in the early hours of the day; when the guards were either too drunk or too tired to care if someone left camp. Luckily, no Clones were near when I departed, and I made a clean getaway. For some reason, the air felt a lot more breathable than when I was inside the walls. It was a lot colder though, and a hell of a lot more beautiful.

The way the old city glistened in the sun, the vines ran up along the skyscrapers and the wildlife on, what used to be crowded streets, were all so magnificent. I couldn't imagine why anyone would ever dare to live their lives inside a mundane wall. Granted, Clones were running rampant, but they were no match for us. Why hide behind walls when we could have fought them back?

From what legend says, the being that started all of this is still running around. The name Erebus floated about when it emerged. We don't know where the name came from or who started calling it that. Supposedly, it has been around since the beginning of time, and it was only asleep until three hundred years ago; when what they call "The First Encounter" happened. They say it can run so fast that it can break the sound barrier and so strong, it can destroy a mountain range. I've never seen it before, but legend says that the moment you stare into its eyes, you're dead. You just drop dead, and you become a Clone.

We don’t know how Erebus creates Clones though. There’s speculation that they’re people that were stupid enough to look into its eyes. Others say that they’re the people it has eaten, and others say it’s a form of vampirism. You know, he bites you and you turn into a Clone kind of thing. No one has a definitive answer though because rarely anyone ever escapes Erebus alive.

There's another legend though. One of a ferocious demon that can fight Erebus. Some say that Erebus created the demon because it was bored of being the only one of its species. Others say that the demon created Erebus and he's just trying to fix his mistake. There are not many speculations about what he is. They say he looks like any other man, except for his amber eyes. Supposedly though, the air gets super cold when he’s around. Again, I’ve never really encountered either of them, so I can’t say what’s fact and what’s legend.

I ran into a few Clones. They're stronger and faster than I assumed they were. I thought they were just mindless creatures, but they know how to hunt. One of them scratched my arm as I was running away. Black ooze is seeping from the wound, and I'm scared. Will I turn into one of those things? Will I die? I don't want to die. I just escaped from Hell disguised as a camp; I don't want to end up in another one.

If I am going to die, this is one hell of a way to go. I climbed a skyscraper and got to the roof. The view is amazing. Mountains on one side, with the ocean on the other. The green forest on the streets mixes well with the tall buildings. I could even see our camp with its semi high walls from here. Once the sun sets, I'm going to jump off and kill myself. I'd prefer that over changing into a Clone. I guess the camp will have to set up a funeral for me too.


She took a quick glance at the date. September 13th, 2307. She closed the book to read "Vincent" scribbled on the front cover again.

“What did you find, Lilith?” he asked.

“Just a kid’s notebook, Drake,” she responded. She looked over the edge of the building to see a small crater on the ground; the body was missing.

"We may have another person to add to our ranks," she said.

“We need to find the kid then. Let's keep moving, pick up Erebus’ scent again, and end this,” he said as he glanced at the front cover of the notebook.

“I know, but we’ve been at it for nearly seven hundred years. Will we really find it again?” Lilith asked.

“We have to try. For them.”

She nodded and put the notebook in her backpack as they jumped down the side of the building.

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