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“Quickly ! Wake up ! You are in danger my friend. He is searching for you.” The furry paw shakes your arm hurriedly.
A small furry face, black and white stares down at you. A perpetual grey surrounds the sky and land around you
“Don’t worry Mako, he hasn’t found you yet. He can feel your prescence though”
“you probably don’t know me” the badger says as he helps you up. His silken clothes grey and dusty, “You could say I am a old family friend. My name is Badger, Charming Badger”
“Charming badger? Wait you helped my great grandfather some time ago. What are you doing in meido?”
“Yes i did. We were fast friends back in the day.” He rambles off quickly as he notes you stating your great grandfather"…… Has it been THAT long ! Curse this timeless realm." Kicking the grey grass beneath his feet his stout little body sighs, “I was stuck here trying to help another friend of your honoured forefather. The details are unimportant, suffice it to say everyone else made it safely to where they needed to be.”
“Someone had to stay to keep the portal open, and then close it though….” A look of sadness creeps onto the badgers face.
“I’m sorry you had to do that friend but I thank you for it. So what’s the next step how do I get out of here? Usually I come back quickly but this feels stronger.”
“Yes, you are quite right. I have seen you here before. So has he…” Badger raises a paw to a glowing light on a far hill in the distance. Standing over the light is the large spiderlike man you’ve seen before. His glowing red eyes fill you with a dull pain. Each of his stiffly haired legs pulls upon red web like ribbons, dragging half tranlucent people into the glowing light. “You, young man, have escaped his graps more than a few times, and of course there is your great grandfathers history with him.”
“He wants to drag you through the portal. It is his only duty and task in this realm and he guards his duty jealously”
“Something traumatic must have happened to you. It’s hard to tell as in this realm you are always how you remember yourself to be”
feels his face, grasps his hair he looks and feels young
He grabs your hand with his paws and you feel a dull ache. “I must ask did Young Sang Woo successful ? Did he make it?”
“Yes, I believe he did. It took him many years and I think perhaps his sanity but he was successful.”
“Good. A task left unfinished is a terrible thing.” He walks you down the hill, holding your dully aching right hand. “Look over here,” stopping to point his furry little paw, “Darkness….. Darkness surrounds the portal to Ningen-Do. I feel something is happening in the mortal world, something tainted by evil.”
" I feel the same, I have come in contact with an evil necromancer who is doing terrible things."
" A Necromancer……" Badger seems shocked. He looks up into your eyes. His soft and watery red eyes. “Is his name Bai Bon Wei….?” The name softly rolls of his tongue, with an almost fearfully giddy utterance.
“It is” mako says with fear and confusion wondering how badger knows of this man
“Your bloodline, your family, all those of Dong. Too often has they touched and been touched by the Spirit Realms. Meido more often than some others. The destiny of your people has somehow become inextricably bound to Meido. Be this a future destiny yet to be fulfilled, or something from the past already commited to. Simply look at the ribbon, a web of your bloodlines fate to see for yourself.” He squeezes your painfully aching hand as he points to your ribbon. Red like flowing blood, sticky like a web, running towards the hulking Emma-O. The ribbon tapers off and connects to others in the grey and faceless steppes filled with waiting and wandering souls. And connects through the dark portal to Ningen-Do.
“If you could see this ribbon, this web in the mortal realm you’d find it connects to all your family, and to that dark necromancer himself….” Badger’s orange eyes well up with tears.
" is he an ancestor of dong too?"
“No, not an ancestor silly boy…..a descendant, like yourself.” Bagder chuckles in a almost sinister manner,“look to the name, think on your history. What is the same my boy ?”
“Wei ? As in Wei-Kim ?”
“The very same blood. The very same…..” Your conversation is interrupted by a thunderous roar from off in the distance. “MMMAAAKKKOOO, I CAN TASTE YOUR SOUL…………” Emma-O, he knows you are here ! “where are you BOY!” You can hear the thunderous boom of the last utterance in your painfully aching hand.
The red ribbon, the red web, tightens very slightly around you as if some great lob was walking on it towards it’s victim.
Mako startled panics and starts looking around hastily.“How do I leave.” Mako yells and tries to wake up.“you already took her from me isn’t that enough.” He whimpers as he closes his eyes.
“ALL YOUR BLOODLINE MUST PAY FOR YOUR SLIGHT AGAINST ME !” The booming voice says. Badger grabs your hand and squeeze. The pain increases, “Hurry Boy ! We must run towards the portal, it is your only hope!”
You push past the spirits of the dead and rush towards the portal, the dark clouds hovering over it.
Mako runs with badger never looking behind him
As you reach the portal, you can feel Emma-O behind you, far enough away, but still present.
I jump through
Thundering eight legged footsteps can be heard on the hilltop. Your web tightens. Your right hand begins to flicker, as if it is and is not there.
Mako keeps running looking for Badger.
Badger is still there. “No boy, don’t run. There is still time.” His hackles raised his fur stands on end like a frightened cat. “Open the portal boy. Use your magic !”
Mako turns around runs back to the portal and begins to attune himself with his surrounding, and then attempts to open the portal
It doesn’t seem to work. The pervading sense of doom in your heart, the loss of your wife, the threat of emma-o, the pain coming from your ghostly hand. You don’t think you can do it……. Badger looks at you with his stern amber eyes, “Your blood must be too weak…………your will not strong enough…….” Emma-O’s booming laugh fills the hills. Blood trickles down from your eyes, your tears are blood.
“Do you want to go home ?” Badger’s voice is calm and blocks out the rest of the sound as if you can only hear him.
“Yes” Mako says clearly.
“I can help you….but it will hurt, it may kill us both…..” His little claw like hands grab yours. Faceless spirits walk by you through where the portal is. Blood trickles down from your nose. “If we survive Emma-O will still hunt you. If we survive a price may need to be paid. If you open the portal and leave your mind will be affected by this soul magic and you’ll forget all of this for a time, until you cross a spiritual barrier again….”
“Do you want to do this….. To go home ?”
“Yes I do. Please help !”
He smiles and grabs your hands.
The winds die down, the thundering booming voice of Emma-O becomes distant. The spirits fly away. Badger chuckles and plunges his hands into your palms and starts to tear, swim almost his way into your body. His colouring changing eyes shimmering with glee.
If you could resist you would, but he has ridden your desire and fear to return home and pulled himself into your soul.
Your heart sinks and twists. You feel only anguish and pain, reliving the first moment you reflected upon the loss of your true love.
In your pain you claw out, gurgling a scream. Your pitiful motions claw open the portal and you fall through.
Everthing goes black.
Your right hand……..hurts.
Something is shaking your body. Small hands…..“Is he alive ?” The womans voice says.
“Yes m’lady. His hand is gone though….” The mans voice says, “and he is bleeding from the eyes, nose, and ears…. He must have receieved some head trauma….”
The voice is familiar, a friend from your village ?
He cleans the blood from your face, washes your red tears away. As he does so you feel as if a weight is lifted from your soul. Each bloodshed tear pulls away some dull ache. You feel……free.
But free from what ?
The man healing you smiles down, “You’ll be okay Mako ! Your in good hands at the temple.”
He lets out a chuckle, and a tear of blood rolls down his cheek.+