As of every morning my alarm rang. I woke up to switch it off but I couldn’t and after a few seconds it stopped. It was 6 am and I woke up after a long sleep but still laid on my bed. It was time I got ready to my college. My mom came to me and said “Wake up son it is too late and get ready to your college.” I walked into my living room and breakfast was already served. Around 7 am I reached my bus stop. After sometime I got into my bus and I sat in my spot.
All my friends were enjoying amongst themselves and as usual I stayed calm. At 8 am I reached my college. I went to my class and sat in my place beside Rohan my best friend. Classes started and Rohan just sat beside me and to my surprise he did not even greet me and I was waiting for him to talk. At 3 pm classes were over and we both traveled back and he still did not speak. This continued for two days.
I could observe some changes in these two days which I never experienced before in my life. No one in my family was responding to me. My mom only said me one thing every day and that was “Wake up son it is too late and get ready to your college.” My dad read a document all day and he did not even talk to me. Another surprise was my younger brother stood before our house every evening and cried for few minutes. Later he went to my uncle’s house which was just beside ours. I’m totally confused about what is happening in my life. I could not understand why my family was behaving differently.
The next day I saw the date-card and it was 14th February 2015. As the present date was 17th February, I tried changing it but I was unable to. I don’t know why but to that mix my parents weren’t even present at home. I thought of going to Rohan’s house to talk to him.
I walked and reached his house which was just in the next lane. I could see him speaking to our classmates. I walked near to them and I could hear what he was saying. Rohan gathered all our friends to tell them that “Three days ago while Vimal was traveling to visit Hill Top to attend our meet he met with an accident and was dead. I got to know about it from his younger brother.”
He continued saying that “His father and mother who were visiting an advocate were also dead hit by a truck and it was his younger brother who is still alive he is been taken care by his uncle.” After all that I heard I got to know many answers.
The saddest part was I could not even cry.
I went back to my house after knowing hard reality. My parents were acting usual not knowing what happened and I wanted to let them know about the truth. However, I saw my uncle coming into my house. For the first time in my life I felt very grateful for him as he was taking care of my brother.
He walked into our house and looking around he smiled. I was curious of why he was smiling. Foolishly he shouted “Soon I would become rich and no one would ever dare insult me as the whole property my brother owns would be mine soon.” After listening to my uncle I was stunned. Not even for a minute I believed that he killed us. My father for the first time apart from reading the document stood up and wanted to hit my uncle and now he knew he couldn't.
After my uncle left I and my father told my mother how all the three of us were killed by our uncle. We knew that our brother will also be killed when he becomes an adult. As he planned my uncle shifted his family members along with my younger brother to our house. To my surprise my uncle and aunty were taking too much care and were showering too much love towards my brother.
After two days my uncle and aunty for some reason started quarrelling and as I heard I got to know it was because of my brother. My aunty was questioning about the burden of raising another kid in the house and she straight forwardly said can't afford her love to another one besides of her own ones. My uncle then revealed to her why he was taking care of boy as it was the boy who owned all the estates. He assured his wife that the burden would only be for few months. On be asked by his wife of what he is going to do, my uncle just smiled.
We tried so much to communicate with my brother but our efforts failed. I could observe that my brother changed so much after our death. As he started learning more and more about souls and devils as he was also in desperate effort to communicate with us. Though both of us lived the same room all the time, we couldn’t talk. One day I found him reading a book “Dark Shade” and it was reputed as the best book to find answers regarding souls and after life. After completing the preface I started reading along with my brother and the chapter was named "Lucifer: The Ultimate Master".
The chapter said according to ancient mythology Lucifer was son of deity Nature and was representative of demons. He’s responsibility was to send away all those souls with desires to hell for proper judgment. Living in every Graveyard Lucifer waits for people to be either cremated or burnt and seeks their souls. However the chapter concluded saying that Lucifer was also tempted with desire and has given up his duties and stop serving his purpose.
I completed reading and assumed that Lucifer could be of help. So around 7 pm in the evening I and my parents went to graveyard. Before we walked in we were requested by many other souls to leave and not to enter. These souls were as bright as sun and we couldn’t stand near them. We went inside without heeding their words.
As we entered we could see many black souls waiting around burnt bodies. As we walked in between them we could see a young boy flying about the flames of burning bodies. Noticing all the souls round us we could understand that the boy was Lucifer. So I walked towards him and while I was about to talk he said "I am going to help you but you should in return do me the favour". I immediately asked "What is the favour?" to which Lucifer smiled. He said “I want all the three souls to be my slaves” and without any second thought we said that yes.
All souls cheered at once to our answer. I was astonished to see them rejoice. Now Lucifer gave us two wishes and the first one being the power to talk and the second one to generate fire. I took the power of the voice and my Father took the power of fire. Before we left Lucifer touched us once and he was ice cold. His touch marked our bodies at the point of contact. Then he asked us to come to the same place after our work was done.
As we returned to our house, I immediately reached my brothers room and while he was sleeping I whispered to him to follow me. He woke up feeling shocked and switched on the lights and could not see the source of the sound. Immediately he started chanting hexes to invoke the great Impala’s guards. I shouted fearing if the guards would really come and that is when my brother recognised my voice. I asked him to follow me. He trusted my voice for some reason and I asked him to follow him. Both of us reached the hill top the exact same place I was visiting when I met with an accident.
After around fifteen minutes, my aunty and her daughter went to a party. My parents went to my house and my father waited for my uncle and when he came in my father burnt the whole house. Unable to escape my uncle died.
I was about to return informing my brother that I had to leave. My brother enquired of me the whole story of what exactly happened? And I told him how Lucifer gave us the powers. Listening to my words, my brother was shocked as Lucifer did exist and after a minute he shouted in disappointment as he knew how Lucifer lures everyone into his trap. He asked me to stay back immediately and started reading the book to complete it.
Meanwhile my parents wanted to leave the house and while they were leaving, a cage formed exactly in the shape of the house. When they touched the cage they experienced the pain of their soul ripped into two halves. They could see Lucifer standing out of the cage saying "Stay there my friends! Stay there! Counting you in, I am getting very near to my goal”.
It was a full moon night, the light was carcassing Mr. Schindler’s bedroom when suddenly an axe clips off his head. I was reading The Daily sitting back in my lounge when Luke entered with almost half breath and asked me “Have you read the news?”
Luke is my assistant. He was actually doing his internship so that he could pass as a legal prosecutor from his renowned Nottingham University.
“So what’s the plan? When should I start my......”
“Wait! Luke, I don’t have any paperwork to do. So I am going to take over this case as it’s a very complicated and sensitive one.” Immediately my phone buzzed and it was Inspector Alfred, the officer in charge of Mr. Schindler’s case and an old friend of mine.
Luke and I rushed to the crime scene and Inspector Alfred was as usual standing as a fully loaded gun and is inspecting the crime scene curiously and anxiously. We exchanged looks to the astonishment at the crime scene. Mrs. Schindler was crying at one corner of the room while their servants carried an astonished and baffled look on their faces. I thought that’s because of sudden demise of their employer but as moved my eyes towards the bed I could see Mr. Schindler’s body lying on his bed and the surprised look of all the people was justified when his head was nowhere to be seen. It was missing from the crime scene.
Suddenly from nowhere a hand with a cup of tea appeared in front of me. It was brought by one of the servants of Schindler family. Strange servant but didn’t bothered to observe him much I accepted his offering and continued observing the body. I could judge from the situation that he was killed by an axe since the cut around the neck was clean and swift as if the axe was hit with great force and strength. Probably, Mr. Schindler didn't even get to know what’s going on before he was killed. I guarantee that whosoever the person may be he was either very strong or he knew how to use an axe for such a cut. But the biggest question which was storming my brain was where his head was. I could also see that there were no blood stains in any other part of the room. Probably cleaned? If cleaned when did he/she had time to do so much before anyone could notice, only possible when everyone is fast asleep but where was his wife while all this happened or is she the one who killed him. “Where were you last night ma’am?” asked her and I shifted my gaze towards her well she was filled with sorrow and no sign of any guilt as well as she still wears her wedding ring and recently cleaned so she is not the one, then who?
“I went to my daughter’s place and arrived soon as I got the message…”she said still sobbing but now louder an annoying emotion.
Anyone from outside well the room was totally closed it seems and not even a single trace of someone coming through the balcony could be seen and so this concludes that the murderer entered from the main entrance. Where is the head then? How did he carry? What was his purpose? And if he entered from the main door, then how could not anyone notice him?
“Who was the last one to enter this room?” I asked inspector Alfred.
“Only one servant that too when Mr.Schindler was not in this room in the evening for cleaning that’s it.” he replied showing me the statements he recorded during enquiry.
We were back to the office and my Rubik’s cube was lying in middle of all the papers still unsolved. I picked it up and with each flip of the cube, thoughts were rotating my head while I could listen to Luke giving me the Intel about the inquiry to Mrs. Schindler. My hands stopped as he said that one of the servants named Steve was from the native of Mr. Schindler and was hired just an year ago. I immediately directed Luke to Mr. Schindler’s native and asked him to find out each and every thing about Steve and Mr. Schindler.
I was invited for Mr. Schindler’s funeral the next day but my mind was still storming with the obvious question “Where was his head?” As soon as I reached the burial ground, all those rituals annoyed me. I could see Steve standing beside me and looking at the proceedings with great pity. He smiled looking at me and asked “Like me are you also an aesthetic?” I surprisingly nodded my head confirming his guess.
“I could see that you are bugged up with the proceedings” he continued.
“Yes… I don’t much believe in god and I am searching for answers, so...”
“Don’t worry, come I will take you to my house it’s just a few blocks ahead.”
“No thanks. I am fine.”
“This crematory usually annoys me too.” saying so he left.
After the funeral, I called Inspector Alfred to search the crematory. He was surprised but I assured him that I found the murderer and he would get Mr. Schindler’s head at his burial itself.
The next day I made to assemble each and every person of the house to the living room. The police finally found the head.
“What is going on here detective can you tell me?” Mrs. Schindler asked me curiously .
“Please be patient madam. As I assured you, I have figured out who the murderer is. To your surprise he is in this very room right now.” I said.
Police arrived as I completed my statement with Mr. Schindler’s head and Inspector Alfred questioned me “So, Who was it?”
“Mr. Steve please proceed. I don’t like to waste my energy.”
“Wh..whh…what do you think of me I…I… was not the one who buried the head there…”
“Ahh…. Then tell me Steve how did you knew Mr.Schindler. ”
“Leave it Steve, I will tell what happened. Mrs. Schindler your servant here Mr. Steve is also from your in-law’s place as you said during our inquiry. I had a doubt on him when he offered me tea that very day as to how could a person working whole day in the house have such dirty nails containing mud which usually is the case with gardeners. Then I sent Luke to your native place to inquire about his past. From there, I learned that your husband and Steve are relatives. Your husband was son-in-law to Steve. It was like Steve had a daughter and she was molested and cheated by your husband. While he was marrying you, she tried to oppose but Mr. Schindler’s father covered it all and insulted and harassed her badly. Poor woman couldn't take all that and decided to commit suicide. And Steve or I should say Mr. Damon met your husband as a poor guy and entered your house. And yes, Mr. Damon has a timber business and from his childhood he knows how to use an axe excellently. Am I right Mr. Damon or am I wrong?”
“Yes, yes, I did it I killed that bastard since he ruined my girl’s life. I purposely buried my girl’s body in this very city and vowed to her soul to kill him…”pleased he continued “and as promised I buried his head near her tomb as an offering. I thought if the head is missing, it would be impossible to solve the case and I would be living freely until my last days. But I am curious to know how you knew it was buried?”
“Mr. Damon as I told I had a doubt on you when I saw mud stuck in your nails and I confirmed it by your nativity and business. I was surprised to see that why would a servant attend his employer’s funeral until and unless he is very close to that person and my mind started ticking when you said crematory annoys you. So I just tried a blind shot and told Inspector Alfred to search the crematory and rest happened as you know.”
“You…”Mrs. Schindler shouted holding collar of Mr. Damon “take this man out of my sight. No matter what my husband has done. He is still a killer” Mrs. Schindler cried and started weeping.
“As said there is a reason behind every action we do in this world. Mr. Damon you could have approached legally to this situation but you took a path that might end up with your own life.”
Lions of Carvern Stone believed that beyond the hills of sky there was a lake that had
Long ago in a forest named Charisma there lived animals of every kind. Charisma is a habitat covered by dense forest to its left and right while to the north and south there are two hills. In the center there is a big hole that collected fresh water for all the animals. Enriched with rich habitat Charisma is ruled by a jackal named Elon.
Elon lived with lion Leo and eagle Lasher. Years back they all travelled to Charisma and over time Elon along with others shaped it to the habitat it is today. Elon formed an alliance with Wolves of Werno and the best of them would protect all members of habitat under the command of Elon in return he offered them portion of Longevity that would prevent sudden death of Cursed Wolves.
Long ago five animalsUnder his cherbivorous and with the help of elephants he made a clear patch in the center of forest and every night all animals would gather and sing songs and rejoice with happiness. Covered on two sides densely with forest and with vast water basin that remained with fresh water anytime the year Charisma was the most envied habitat of all the five habitats.
Elon himself named the forest as Charisma at his arrival and as days passed by many animals joined them and the forest was becoming rich of habitats. Everyone adored Elon and Leo. They all called Elon the King of Charisma.
One day Elon's friend unicorn named Fren visited him. That afternoon after both of them had lunch both of them sat beside the water basin and Fren smilingly said "Elon, I am proud of you but don't get me the wrong way. In my opinion their is a huge difference between a minister and a king. If either of them think otherwise they are either underestimating or overestimating themselves. A minister is always a minister irrespective of what his people call him."
Elon never thought Fren was about to talk about him being called the king and so he thought for a moment and said "King? Let them title me with whatever they want. I never asked them nor would ever conside myself as one." Fren smiled again and replied "Think about what I said my friend. A rich habitat is always a target.”
That evening Leo went out of Charisma as he did everyday and visited the Ferocious Cave to meet the other Lions. They had a common target and it was overthrowing Elon and take command of Charisma. As soon as Leo entered Lion Jarin who managed the pride walked toward Leo. He asked “So, when do we strike?” Leo wanting to let everyone know about the plan shouted "Brothers! the moment for our strike has arrived. Tomorrow we all shall attack Charisma after the sunset and achieve our dream.” All the lions roared at once and they all shouted "King’s are the ultimate masters!”
The next morning after Leo left to reach back Charisma Jarin’s friend named Uproar asked “Jarin, do you trust Leo?” Jarin knew many in the pride had the same doubt but he was one of the few who knew who Leo was exactly. He replied “Leo, isn’t an lion who was sent on exile like us after he committed sins. He is more than everyone of us and he is a royal member. To be frank, I don’t trust him completely but I believe he would never betray his race for his friends.” Uproar did not speak another word. For Lions there was nothing more convincing than serving their race beyond anything.
Elon saw Leo coming into Charisma and went to him and asked “Leo, where have you been? Is everything alright?” Leo thought for a moment and said “Yes. Everything would be from this day.” That evening when everyone in Charisma were sleeping Leo along with twenty five Lions started running towards Charisma habitat center from Frecious Cave. They planned to overtake by just killing Elon as they held him to be the key to Charisma.
Everyone followed Leo as he led the pride. They all ran fast and Leo was taking steep turnings and many Lions could not keep up the pace. Every time they missed taking a turning correctly they all paced more fast and at one point Leo took a steep turning and jumped above a huge pit. Betrayed by trust that they would conquer Charisma that very night most Lions unprepared did not jump after the steep turning and fell in the pit that was very deep. The few others who did not fall where hit by elephant trunks making them fall into the pit. After everyone fell down lighting bees came all across and Elon walked near to the pit.
He said "Don't you fools think I know a rich habitat always has enemies? That is why I asked my friend Leo to set out the word to fight against me and that is how you all got together. I still don't understand how did you believe he would betray me?"
Saying this he turned to Lasher the Eagle and said "You know what to do."
Lasher made elephants pull a huge stone and that crushed most of the Lions. That night Leo saw Elon’s back raised. He hasn’t seen that anytime before. Next morning Leo and Elon sat near the water basin and Leo said “Elon killing these lions would provoke the great lioness. She would not leave you nor this habitat.”
Elon smiled and replied “I am deeply hurt because you take me for a fool. I have already sent a message to Queen Lenore and she gave me full permission and promised me full amnesty as the pride was sent to exiled long time ago.”
Uproared suspected danger and so he ran last in the pride. When he saw the lions fall he ran back. By the next morning he reached Carvan Rock which was the second biggest pride headed by Lion Vigor. Uproar reached Vigor and told him everything. Vigor smiled and replied “My friend, the game has just begun. Let’s see how intelligent the great jackal Elon is.”
A week after Elon killed the Ferocious Pride with his tricks Queen Lenora of the cat family died. Since her son was too young next in the chain of succession was Lion Vigor of Carvan Rock as so he took her place. Vigor was very concerned about his pride and he would not let anything go unnoticed. As days passed the topic of discussion has come of how crooked jackal Elon burnt all those who attacked them from Lion Uproar the only survivor after that attack. Vigor was a blunt person and so he ordered to send a message saying Elon should submit himself before the him as soon as possible. Vigor sent two messengers to spread the word.
In the next day they reached from Qurion Rock the main cave of cat family and on their way they saw thousands of reindeers and they also saw the richness of the habitat. Finally after a long travel they reached Elon and passed the message of how Vigor summoned him to answer for his killings. Wanting no problem Elon passed his responsibility to Leo to take care of the habitat in his absence he started his journey along with a pack of wolves to guard him.
When he reached Qurion Rock Elon was made to stand in the centerhe reached he was made to stand in the center surrounded by Lions, Tigers and leopards. Irfi asked if Elon ordered the trap and without fear Elon said Yes. Irfi now warned Elon saying they would all attack on Grey Wood to avenge their brother's who were burned
Elon waited as he knew how this all goes. Now Irfi acted as if he thought for a moment and said I would give you a choice. We either attack you or you pay us tribune. Elon knew that would be the deal as all others were out of food. Elon smiled and replied Wise King Irfi you are generous in your offer but I cannot sell my brothers for the cause of no attack.
Irfi roared and all other members stood all at once. He looked at Elon and said killing a few animals for others is not a bad thing. Elon said "Oh King do you know what makes a habitat? Every animals has its role and since no one properly managed your habitats are now starving. Saying this Elon left.
After Elon left the messengers who went to Grey Wood and described how much food is available. Irfi all at once ordered all members to get ready for a strike. Though his ministers adviced him not to Irfi was confident. Elon reached back and talked to everyone and planned in such a way that the north would have elephants guarding. To the south bulls would be guarding. To the left and right as there are forests to the left he assigned Snakes and to the right he ordered the Lions and others to guard.
The next day as expected all members of Cat Family attacked. Elon ordered Lasher to see how they were coming. It informed him they were forming a circle around the forest. Elon smiled and sent Leo to the left side forest. As Elon expected all the cats came left forest he knew that Leo would not stop them as Leo was the son of Irfi who himself the attack.
That is why he kept majority of Snakes at the center to protect the herbivores. Thanks to Leo he and his father came at the center to attack. Elon could not kill his best friend and that is why he asked Ceceli to bite him. Leo and Irfi had come towards Elon crossing many snakes and both of them wanted to corner Elon and all of sudden Ceceli jumped and bite on Leos forehead. Seeing his son Irfi lost his focus and that is when Elon jumped and pierced his poison nail on his left leg. Irfi stood for two seconds and fell down.
Elon with the help of bulls and elephants threw out all others. Next day Elon assembled everyone and told them how Leo for the cause of helping his father has tried to build trust by killing other lions earlier in the pit. Later when the other habitats were suffering out of food Irfi conspired against their queen and killed her for the cause of attacking us and that is how Leo betrayed us. Saying this Elon said "I promise to you that we all will be safe only when everyone of us trusts one another"