A book in the Blurred Lines series
There weren't always dragons in the valley. They didn't always flourish and have a common presence like they do now. At least, not like they did in the ancient days. Now days, they were very much alive and breathing. But alas, I'm getting ahead of myself. My name is Orion Matthews. I am 16 years old and I live outside of a town called Lancaster. For the most part, i'm your typical 16 year old guy. I go to a normal high school, have normal friends and do normal things. That's me..Mr. Predicable and normal. Nothing extraordinary had ever happened to me a day in my life. That was....until I turned 17. I need to start at the beginning to try to explain everything. Even then, you probably won't even believe me. That's ok though, you will eventually.
Today started just like any other day, with the one exception....it was my 17th birthday. I still had school, and after I was supposed to come home for a party my parents were throwing for me. Luckily, my birthday landed on a Friday this year, so my parents were allowing my best friend Merrick to stay the night. As I walked through the halls to my first class of the day, Merrick joined my side. We always met up like this and walked to class together. What I didn't know, was that this would be the last time I would ever see his face. During first period, my stomach started to hurt. It was almost as if a slow burning fire was starting to bubble up in my stomach, reaching up to my throat. I raised my hand and asked to be excused. The teacher handed me a hall pass, and I headed towards the nearest boys bathroom. Halfway there, I doubled over as a singeing, fireball of a cramp hit me dead center of my stomach. What was going on here? I knew I hadn't eaten anything to cause this, and I knew I wasn't sick. Healthy as all get out, so what gives? I slowly stood back up, and started walking a bit faster to the bathroom. When i reached the bathroom, the fiery feeling suddenly took over and began to overwhelm me. I screamed out in pain. I tried to look somewhere for something to relieve it, but there was nothing...no one. I tried turning on the faucet to put some cold water on my face, but the second i touched the handle, it started to glow a bright red. I immediately removed my hand in shock. Really, what was going on here, I tried to think through the searing pain, my tears now inevitably coming out in a steady flow. The pain was too much. I took one step forward, and fell like a ton of bricks. My whole world went dark after that, as I blacked out into a world of fire and brimstone.
When I woke up, I noticed that I was no longer on the boys bathroom floor at school. Somehow, I was in my bed at home. I had no idea of how I had gotten there. I also noticed, the house was extremely quiet and it was dark outside. What happened? How did I get here? I slowly sat up in my bed, pulled the covers back and gasped when I saw my legs. There were really weird markings all over them. They looked like they were burnt into my skin with a branding iron, or even tattooed there. They were all red and puffy and my legs hurt like hell. I slowly stood up, and my legs burned a little more with every step I took. I couldn't wrap my head around this. How could any of this be happening? Where were my parents? Where was my little sister? Did I miss my birthday party? Was I simply just dreaming? All of a sudden, I heard a noise in the hallway, right outside my bedroom. I slowly creeped to the hallway and peeked around the corner to see what it was. There was a strange man, tall with dark black hair standing there looking at me with amusement. Scared, I began to back up. He started to raise his hands in defense, as if to say he meant no harm. Me, still being startled at a stranger in our house, tried to scream...but nothing came out. I wasn't paying attention, and started to trip on my bookbag that was on my bedroom floor right next to my bedroom door. The man must have sensed that this was going to happen, because the next thing I knew, his hands were around me pulling me in and safely placing me on my bed. He looked at me with care in his eyes, even though we definitely didn't know one another. He ran his fingers through his black hair and said "I know you don't know me, but trust me...you're ok" he paused; "I am here to help you with the changes your going through that started suddenly today" he finished with a reassuring smile. I looked at him in bewilderment and replied "where is everyone? Did I miss my birthday? what in the world is going on?" I finished almost in a panic. He looked at me, sat in the chair at my desk and folded his hands on his lap. "This is not going to be an easy explanation I'm afraid" he started, "When you were at school today, your body started the process of the change" he explained." The change is when an individual, such as yourself starts the process of changing into the supernatural being they are to become the rest of their lives" he added. I looked at him in bewilderment. Supernatural being? Me? No way!!! I rolled my eyes at him in disbelief, and just as I did, I felt another wave of heat start to course through my body. It started at my feet and creeped its way all the way up to the hair follicles in my head. Either I was seriously on fire, or something else was happening to me. I cried out in surprise and pain at the same time. The man looked at me in sympathy and said "I'm sorry Orion, but this is only the beginning of things for you" he finished with apology in his eyes. He could see the pain it was causing me and hurriedly finished "this is absolutely why you can no longer stay here, I need to take you with me to the Academy. Please trust me. My name is Zuma, Zuma Zane and I'm promised to be your Mentor and teacher" he finished hastily. He took my bookbag and emptied it, he threw a couple changes of clothes in, went to the bathroom and grabbed a few things and returned quickly. "We need to leave now" he said, "this will only get worse if we don't" he urged. "The sooner we get you to the Academy, the sooner your element will cool and dissipate. Then you can get a little bit of rest before the final commencement takes place" he explained. All I knew in that moment, is that this man was a complete stranger, but somehow I trusted him. I was indeed going to leave with him and trust him from hereon out with my life. Crazy or not, it was my only option. I didn't know if I would ever see my bedroom again, my family, or my friends and school. All I knew instinctively is if I chose to stay here, I would surely die.
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I’m 41, happily married and have two boys& a step daughter. I love to write, spend time With family, travel & meet new people. I love animals. The beach is my favorite place in the world.
Very well written. Keep up the good work!
Heartfelt and relatable
The story invoked strong personal emotions