Of Darkness and Survivors (Dictionary, Chapter 3)

Between Life and Death, there's something we call Survival. That's what I'm trying to do now.


It was getting darker by the minute, if it was even possible, since it's half past 6 and the sun has already set. And you could see the night sky and the twinkling stars clearly, considering the fact that the train cart's roof was busted and torn apart like the other carts'.

"Hey kiddo." Dominik said in a hushed tone. "Stop trembling like a kitten and man up. They'll be coming soon."

'Coming soon'. Somehow, I wasn't as excited when I heard those words like before.'Coming Soon' was used for movies, for anticipated albums of your favorite music icons, or the release of a new issue of a magazine, not for Doomsday. Okay, maybe it is but I still refrain from using it like that.

"W-what do you mean? I'm really gonna fight those beasts?" I shouted hysterically.

Wow. In a span of two hours I'm already a teenage monster-buster. Did I mention my fighting skills can be compared with a rabbit on booze? I suck at fighting.

"Of course." Dominik, the ever so sadistic blonde said. "What did you think we were gonna do with them? Play cards?"

"Yeah, very funny." I said, sarcasm dripping from every syllable that came out of my mouth.

"You do know how to fight, don't you?" He gave me a grin, a wide one.

I was hesitating to answer that question, but my man pride resurfaced.

"A little. How many do you think are coming anyway?" I said, changing the topic.

He scratched his head and thought about it. Good, he was starting to get diverted away from further knowing about the epic failure that is my fighting skill.

"I don't know. About five or so?" He said, almost as if he could handle much more than five monsters in one night.

"Oh." I paused and looked at the book in my hand.

I'm gonna die in less than four minutes.

Yeah, four minutes.

And then Madonna and Justin Timberlake's song started playing in my head.

'I'm outta time and all I got is four minutes, frickin', frickin four minutes.'

In a way, that was kinda weird, cause I only do have four minutes to save the world... and my own butt in the process. Now, it won't stop repeating itself over and over.

As expected, there was bound to be something that gave in the presence of those horrible abominations. A piercing scream echoed throughout the mysterious ruin in motion, a.k.a. the weird train.

"They're here. Keep your guard up, kiddo." Dominik said, his expression suddenly turned serious as he drew out his pair of pistols once again.

We started walking to where we heard the scream and continued until we heard muffled cries from a girl hiding under one of the seats. She was one of the survivors, the one who ran away when the first monster ransacked the place. Speaking of survivors, I wonder where the other boy disappeared to?

I was about to approach her when Dominik mouthed a 'No'. I just nodded and took his word. She might turn out to be a monster you know.

But in a blink of an eye, a large, black figure with long arms, red eyes and a very huge row of teeth loomed over the ceiling and propelled itself onto Dominik, who, with ever quick reflexes, shot the monster down in an endless fusillade of bullets.

"Kiddo, look out!" He shouted.

Stupid me. I should've asked how to use this book first. However, with the aid of my newly developed light-speed reflexes, I shielded myself with the book and shouted at the top of my lungs.


I was dead. Dead, dead, dead. For sure. But when I opened my eyes and touched myself, I was alive. Alive. Would you believe it? I certainly couldn't either. The monster was frozen up in mid air and I hit it with the book numerous times, gloating at my unexpected victory.

"Don't be so cocky. There are three more where that came from." says Mr. Professional Monster Hunter.

The muffled cries were now becoming loud sobs as the girl came out from under the seat and gripped my sleeve tight.

"P-Please... Save me. Get me away from here." She cried, tears ran down her face like a roaring river.

"You sure you're not a monster?" I asked, she shook her head and sniffed. "What's your name?"

"Yoshino." She said and then looked up at me with her dark brown orbs filled with tears.

As fast as the previous ones came, three monsters appeared right in front of us, each with different features, but they all had one similar factor... They were all indescribably ugly.

They were running and trudging like mad tanks and they were headed straight for us!! I would've ran like a sissy girl but I was frozen in fear. Dominik was firing all over the place but it only slowed the monsters. Yoshino hid behind me and started crying again.

"Heads up!" a voice from behind me shouted and a metal bar came plunging through straight into one of the monster's eyes.

It rampaged around and dragged it's body and fell down. The other two beasts growled in anger and was gonna ram us to death when Dominik fired a shot into both of the monster's eyes.

"Damn. That was too close." The boy said and smiled at me. So, the other survivor was alive after all.

"Thanks, I owe you one." I said and did a fist bump with him. "I'm Kyoshiro."

"Kan." He said. "I'm the one who should thank you. You saved my sister."

With that said, Yoshino came running towards her big brother and cried her heart out.... again.

Dominik just stayed silent and rolled his eyes at the conversation and went to pick up Hal's cold, lifeless body.

I went up to him and patted his back as a sign of comforting and then asked.

"Why is your daughter's name Hal, anyway? Is she a tomboy or something?"

"You're supposed to respect the dead, kiddo." He said with a lot of scorn and then hit me on the head.

"Well, how was I supposed to know?! Not my fault she has a boy's name... and stop calling me kiddo!" I shouted at his face as I rubbed the sore spot on my head.

"Her mother gave her that name. Haldis. It means weapon of the goddess in Norse." He explained.

"Hey, I thought you were Russian? And how come you can speak Japanese?" I furrowed my brows.

"Just. Chill, kiddo." He smirked. "Stop asking me too much questions." he said as he turned around and walked off.

Yeah, I bet he's going for the dramatic hero-guy exit. And he pulled it off pretty well. It almost looked like he came out from an action movie.

"Hey, Kyo." Kan tapped my shoulder.

I faced him and blinked.

"Your friend is so cool." He grinned. UGH. I mentally slapped myself at hearing such a statement.

I need to go home and eat this out. Scratch that. Go home, take a bath and then eat this out, and maybe pay a visit to the friendly neighborhood Sigmund Freud while I'm at it.

The End

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