Eternal darkness, torment… it hurts… why does it hurt so much? I… I can see people… dying… I'm killing them? Why am I killing them…? I don’t want to kill them! It hurts… it hurts! Stop it! Stop! Please! STOP!
“Are you ok?” I heard a soft voice say to me. I opened my eyes briefly, I can see light. I can see things. I'm breathing. I see a woman with light blue eyes. She’s wearing something… she has brown hair… am I in the air…?
“What happened here?!” Somebody yelled. I can barely understand them.
“He’s hurt bad, please help him” I heard that same softer voice say.
“The supers are annoyed with you, Ally. You’re new to this, you shouldn’t have challenged their decision” I woke up to hear somebody say.
“I couldn’t just let them kill him!” I heard the voice again.
“Remarkable, all wounds have vanished… and he seems to be reducing in age” a man said.
“Where do you think his age will stop?” Another said.
“I have no idea” the first one said.
“Ally, get some rest. The only time you’ve left his side is to go save somebody else” I hear once again.
“I can’t leave him. I won’t” that voice came again.
“He’s in a coma, he was like that when you brought him in a month ago, and he’ll still be like that in a month I'm guessing. The creature inside him, it’s malfunctioning his cognitive abilities. He won’t wake up until we can perform successful surgery” somebody said.
“How many surgeries have you tried?” The woman said.
“Eight, each time it latches itself onto his heart. It’s a bio organism, a parasite. It needs a host” a man said.
“I’d say he has the body of an eighteen year old now” somebody woke me up.
“How old was he when they brought him?” Another said.
“Well into his sixties, that thing attached to his heart. Not only has it reduced ageing, it’s reversed it. Back to when the body was at its peak physical performance I think” he explained.
“Sir! Sir! Call Elementa!” Somebody came in yelling.
“What is it?!” Somebody yelled back.
“Blue Dragon is here! He’s come to kill him!” He said in a panic.
“Please wake up… please…” the female voice said.
“I don’t get it; this guy must be a vegetable by now. None of our systems work because there are two life forms on that bed and none of them are responding to the medications” I was woken up again.
“Hey, the media has been given the information by Blue Dragon after that argument with Elementa, did you hear about it?” Said somebody nervously.
“No, what was it?” Another said.
“This guy killed loads of people. He was that monster on the news a few months ago. Apparently he’s spent decades killing people” he whispered.
“And we’re keeping him alive…?”
“This is not up for negotiation, he is military property and we will retrieve him” some said sternly.
“I don’t care! He’s a person, he doesn’t belong to anyone!” That woman’s voice came again.
“Not him, that creature he possesses. But that’s tier one classified, Elementa. I'm allowed to take him with me” he argued.
“I won’t let you” She said defiantly.
“Please… wake up… please… just wake up…”
I woke up; it felt like I hadn’t used my eyes in years. I was alert, responsive, and everything was numb. I rose up; I was in a bed wearing some sort of blue robe? There was all kinds of equipment around I had never seen before. I tried to move my legs but they wouldn’t respond. I focused on them, focused on moving my feet on the bed, it took me a few minutes to do but I did it.
Standing up was harder, but I balanced on things to help myself. I had no idea where I was or what had happened. Actually… I couldn’t remember anything? Was I just born? Why can’t I remember anything?
I stumbled over to the wall and found a mirror there. I looked at my reflection but I didn’t recognise who was there. I can’t remember what I used to look like, but I could tell I never had pitch black eyes, or spiky black hair with red streaks. I had pale skin, with boyish looks, and hands as white as chalk. Something was so different about me.
Ouch! Something hurt my chest! Ow! It’s very painful, like something is in there. I bit my lip and dealt with the pain, I had to find a way out of here. Find out what’s going on… I stumbled over to the door and it opened without me having to push anything or do anything! I went through that door and came across a dark blue corridor.
I limped down it, trying to make sense of my surroundings. I had no idea who I was or where I was, all I knew what that I had to get out of there. Quickly. I could hear things; I didn’t know what they were. I just had to keep moving.
I turned a corner and I walked into somebody. We both fell backwards. I looked at them and saw the woman I saw when I woke up. It was her voice. She was wearing strange clothes, clothes I had never seen before. She had brown hair but her eyes were no longer light blue for some reason. We looked at each other and I remained silent.
That was when a bunch of other people in long white coats came; they reminded me of something… doctors? Scientists? Didn’t matter. I panicked; I jumped to my feet and grabbed her to use her as a shield. She didn’t try to resist, the men in white coats began yelling but I backed away. I had no idea where I was going; I just kept my arm around her neck and my other arm across her waist.
I backed up to a point where I hit a wall. I looked around; I was in a dead end. There was no way out. I began to breathe heavily, fear consumed me. What was going to happen? That was when I heard her speak again, and it was a voice I knew all too well.
“I know you’re scared. We’re not going to hurt you” she said softly.
I didn’t know how to respond, by my grip loosened. She wiggled away and turned to face me with a smile. I fell to the floor and hugged my knees. What was going to happen now?
“What’s your name?” She asked me.
I tried to speak, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know how… I had forgotten how to say words!
“Mines Allerinda, but you can just call me Ally” she smiled.
I struggled to find words. I looked around me, trying to remember the names of things. I think she understood this. I meekly pointed at the wall and tried to speak but only incoherent gurgles came out.
“Yes, wall. This is a wall” she said softly and nodding at it.
I pointed at her brown hair next, edging closer so I nearly touched it.
“Hair. H-A-I-R” she explained.
She went on to point at many things and gave them names; I looked down at my feet until she stood over me. The ground around went dark as the light was blocked out by her. She bent down to point at the darkness.
“Do you know what this is?” She asked.
“…S…Sh…Sha…dow…Shadow” I responded.
I woke up on the bed again, and I was surrounded by doctors and Ally. I was no longer in what Ally called ‘hospital clothes’ anymore. I was in blue trousers and a black shirt. I rubbed my head in confusion, like everything I knew was one big dream.
“How are you feeling?” Ally asked me.
“Terrible” I responded.
“It’s good to see you talking finally” she smiled.
“It took me a while to… to remember things… like talking” I explained.
“Boy, we have to ask you a few questions” one of the doctors spoke up.
“What is it?” I replied.
“Can you tell us anything about you? Anything at all?” He asked.
“No… I can’t remember anything… I can’t remember my name or where I came from… I just know I was in darkness… pain… for a long, long time” I answered.
“Do you know how long you were unconscious?” Ally asked.
“No…” I said with a shake of my head.
“Six months. You were brought here six months ago. Elementa here has barely left your side” another doctor spoke.
“Elementa?” I repeated.
“Oh, that’s me” Ally smiled.
“When you were brought here, you had the body of a sixty year old man. Over time you reversed in age. Do you know why that is?” The head doctor asked.
“What?” I asked confused.
“I understand this is pretty overwhelming, let me try to explain in simpler terms. When you were unconscious, you became younger. I was hoping you could tell us why that happened?” He said with a softer tone.
“No… I don’t know anything… I just have this pain… in my chest… my heart” I said, clutching my chest.
“That’s because something is inside you. A few months ago you were something else… how do I explain this? There is a small creature living in your heart, living off of you. A parasite. That darkness you described, that was when you were this creature. I have been able to ascertain that you share a dual life with this creature. When one is active, the other lives inside their heart as a small organism. I have no idea how this is biologically possible. It defies everything I know. We tried to remove it in surgery, but the thing showed us it would take you with it. We weren’t going to let you die, not when you were the medical mystery of the century” the doctor explained, it was a lot of information.
“I… don’t know what you’re talking about… deaths! I remember seeing a lot of death!” I suddenly remembered.
“That was the creature. We followed the trace it left behind. I'm sorry to say boy but that creature has caused the deaths of nine hundred and eleven people as far back as the 1960s. The deaths you remember was probably them” he explained.
I froze… this creature that lives in me… killed all those people? How can this be? I felt like it was my fault… somehow… someway… what am I supposed to do?
“What should we call you?” Ally intervened.
I racked my brains for an answer. I tried to remember my name, but no luck. I searched hard, and something did come to mind. Somehow I knew about an old culture that would name people after the first thing they see. I thought back, I remembered my first word.
“Shadow” I answered.