Sugar Dark - Chapter Prologue

Published at 15th of March 2016 07:35:58 AM

Chapter Prologue


The stars had already disappeared .
Far off in the distance, the eastern sky was brightening and the trees,
concealed by the black of night, were finally regaining their color .
He was out of time .
On the ground a boy was fighting against a strange-looking monster . The
creature stood on one side, shaped like a long, giant serpent, although its
body was composed entirely of blades . And the boy stood on the other side,

his whole body drenched with his blood .
But the snake-like creature was the only one on the verge of death .
The boy carelessly stepped forward and the monster, barely able to move
and dying, pierced one of its blades through his chest . That was its final act of
resistance .
To the side of the creature’s still corpse, the boy heaved a ragged breath as
an excruciating pain raged through his body . Fighting that

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monster couldn’t really be called a fight . He had only done it in her place, to
make himself feel better .
But this was no time for rest .
Once he put on the coat he had hidden under the ground, he grabbed his
shovel . The familiar grip filled him with courage, like an old partner offering

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reassurance .
Leaving red footprints on the ground, he hurried towards the grave . His feet
felt heavy, as if they were being dragged down to the earth . He cursed his
sluggishness .
Struggling against the pain, he finally managed to reach the side of the grave .
He came to a stop and thrust the shovel into the ground . But after only a few
scoops, he threw down the shovel, dropped to his knees, and like a mole,

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used his hands to remove the earth .
Underneath the dirt, his fingers eventually coiled around some strands of
reddish-brown hair . In the grave he saw his beloved, sleeping so silently as if
she were dead, with streaks of tears on her cheeks .
It was only natural . After all, what he had done to her was terribly cruel . Yet
now he was going to do something even worse .
Selfishly, the boy prayed, “I hope she’ll forgive me . ”