Author's note: Personally, this is the start where most of the remaining chapters got changed for the past months. and I've gone a bit daring here. But this chapter is quite long in some sort of way.
What I'm using right now in MS word is size 11 Calibri Body. Most of my chapters right now last up to 4-6 pages. So, do you want me to split each chapter that I'll be posting onwards?
Now, welcome to the modified Chapter 9. Beware of that disturbing content from Earthbound.
Serious Warning: This chapter contains scenes involving abortion, dead fetuses, voodoo tattoo references, and near death illnesses. This chapter is officially Rated SPG.
Chapter 9: Fever Blister (Part A)
Here I am. Feli’s light. Your wish … shall be done.
“Langit Lunggati” (Heaven Desire)
“Mmhh… huuhh? … where … am I?” This place … is so … gray … and dark. “Jireh? Jireh! Where are you?!” Wait! What happened to my baby? “Wait – what’s this place? It feel’s … empty,” Walking as much distance as I could, I’m completely nowhere. Until, breathing and dripping tears echo all around me, stopping my tracks. “Jireh? Is that you my baby?”
“Huh?” Is that … a voice?
Huh what? I have no name. Why are you here?
”Who’s there?” everywhere I look, nothing comes out. It’s as if I’m inside someplace I never know.
Who’s … there? I am nothing. Even if there is that something you’re looking for, I’m still nothing. Why are you here?! Don’t you dare find me! I am not a part of you or what you seek. Get out now!!
“What makes you think that I am part of you when I don’t even know who you are? Just … just where am I? Who are you!? I just want to find my baby child!” the confusion hits me so hard as I panic around with fear.
… Child … baby … child. What is … a baby … child?
That question leaves me stumped. I have not much of a choice, “It’s … something … that a father … and a mother create … to make a new life. But why ask me this?” faint echoes of children play around me around me; fear embraces my paling skin as this world slowly turns blue. Slowly, the voices fade.
… … You hear something over there? Something … faint?
“Now this one’s … a girl?” on the distance, I hear faint screams getting close to me. On the right side are voices of revolt while on the left, voices of threats opposes the voices on the other side.
MOMMY! SAVE ME! HEEEELLPP!
“Someone’s in trouble!” gasping, I find myself in an unknown pit sinking not just me. I found a child closer to the deepest part of this sinking thing. Everywhere I look at this swirling pit, cloudy lines and figures glide around the vortex. Through the clashing voices, seeing figures of tivanians during their growth stage inside a mother’s body in the form of clouds leaves me shivering all over. The deeper I go, the baby figure slowly turns back to a fetus. Until … it turns back to a separated egg cell. But the bottom of it is an empty blue void eating the cloud figured egg. Amidst the danger I’m in now, determination kicks in as I dive deeper to save the falling child.
“Hold on Child! I’m coming!” try as I might, I feel myself being pulled away from that child. Through the upward tug of war, cloud figures of pointed sticks and other mysterious pointed objects collide with the fetus figures. Those children cries lave me very broken inside. In every cloud fetus that get struck, I scream out in pain as if my womb is struck by those things before I feel like my son’s previous home being ripped out of me from the inside.
“Celena! Jireh!” running swiftly with a bucket of warm water from the springs, I place it on the floor while Mien Rin attempts to shake them up awake yet failing.
“Lemme go! I have to save him! Lemme GO!” Celena’s screaming combined with my child’s endless wailing, I’m in a difficult position by something I cannot comprehend. Their eyes are shut tightly by the nightmarish experience both are having now. Telling my best friend to stand back, I grab the bucket ready to make a really humiliating action if it turns out to be a false alarm from my wife.
“Jireh! Sweetheart! Wake up! Wake up!” my heart is pounding out of fear for her and my child as I swing the bucket on my back and forward the water towards them, washing them away with the hot spring water. In a snap, the warm liquid washes their fears and screams out with life. After a while, they regain their senses. But my baby is shivering despite being wrapped up in a warm towel. I guess that is the aftermath of whatever they experienced. I bet Mien Rin felt it too until now. I just can’t bear it.
“I’m sorry about that. But sweetheart, what happened?” even if I ask, she gives me one answer. I still find it as no response. All I could see is a tearful face from both of them. I did what I can to comfort them with a loving hug. I pity them both now.
“It’s okay. Daddy’s here for both of you.” I caringly speak while I wipe off the flowing tears from their shocked eyes.
“It’s okay sister. I’m here for both of you too.” Mien Rin joins along easing the pain both of them are having as she wraps around her blanket.
“EVERYONE! WE GOT SOME BAD NEWS BEARS! MY SISTER IS SICK!” seeing Johanna panting with fear, the rest of us follow where she’s running.
Just walking up moments ago, my wife and child weren’t the only ones screaming. Avea was also involved.
“Just how sick is Avea? Johanna? Are you listening?” seems that she misses my quick question. I head back to Celena and tell them my instructions. “You two just stay here okay? I’ll help our friend.” I pet my child and kiss Celena to reassure them. With a nod from Mien Rin, we pursue Johanna.
When we arrive on her room, behind Zoxi is Avea being desperately treated, shot me in the back of my mind.
“What happened to her?” It gasps me to ask.
“Simple! WE DON’T KNOW HOW AT ALL! OR WHAT COSTED IT!” Seeing my uncle figure serious is a once in a blue moon. “Just look at her.”
Poor Avea. It seems she is seriously burning up on skin color. She has quite an orange tone on her skin as she winces in pain. She couldn’t even open her eyes. Plus, she has unusual scars wrapped all over her body, chained with this unknown sickness. The rest of us just stared in horror. The sight of her only made Johanna cry a lot harder. Her breathing is raspy like a tired athlete.
“I tried what I could. But it isn’t working!” it makes me feel sorry to Johanna. My wife catches up with the inevitable look of shock to her before she closed our child’s eyes not wanting to see another scary thing with its naïve eyes. Her forehead has a towel with a bag of ice already melted to water.
“This is not just a fever or any kind of anomaly. This is something grave. No tivanian ever gets a fever in my homeland. Everyone, gather your stuff! We are now leaving to reach the capital,” Then he just immediately ran off to the gate. I guess he’s preparing the horses. As everyone else left, he calls me back. “Lucas! Bring Avea with me over here!”
I’m a bit hesitant at first. But Celena gives me the nod. Thus she let me carry her to the carriage. Arriving there, I can see that he is feeding his horses a little bit more. I’m sure of what he is talking about. Hivanis Keep the Hivanian Capital.
A few minutes later, everyone and everything is set for our emergency run, “Just what is going on now?” I ask myself.
Part B coming right now.