A New life
"A cornered rat will bite the cat"
Several years later, after that fateful night………..
Garret was taken in by Salazar, a villager who found him lying at the grass field. After spending a year only inside his room looking at the villagers out of fear, he began to notice their strange habits. Once every month, when the full moon rises, they will organize a festival and pray to the full moon up in the sky.
At first, Garret thought it was impractical to believe in such things as the moon lady when Neil Armstrong proved that there’s no such thing up there but gray space rocks, and he's in the company of madmen and cultists. However, after he took a closer look at the villager's behavioral patterns, how they speak, how they live their life, that he understood that all these was just a ruse. After that point of realization, and having thrown away his prejudice, Garret found the courage to speak to them.
To his surprise, the villagers he was afraid to meet at first were all friendly to him,. They all welcomed him with open arms and smiling face, as if he was their long-lost family member returning from war. Garret learned many things from them, from primitive hunting skills to advanced mathematics. Garret was astonished at the level of intelligence the villagers possess, and began to think that what he thought from the very beginning was all wrong. He eventually went to find answers from Salazar, who told him that some of these villagers came from very different places. Some were scientists, war veterans, even some were criminals who wanted to redeem themselves. And that in order to remain undetected by the men in suits, the same ones that destroyed Garret's home, they had to pose themselves as a community of Moon-worshipping cultist that no one dared tread around.
As time passed, Garret became one of the most promising members of the village; he was proficient in hunting as much as using his wits, and after he single handedly defeated a wild jaguar that tried to eat a little boy with only stones and carved spear, he was hailed as a hero by everyone in the village.
The peace and company he experienced through the years changed how he saw the world, little by little, he began to lost the hatred and thirst for vengeance. Eventually, Garret found himself drown in the pleasure of peace and all he wanted to do was protecting his newfound family rather than going after the murderers who destroyed his home.....until that day.
It was a quiet and rainy day when Garret and his team of hunters went on a skirmish. He and his fellow hunters had planned a trap for a big wild boar that has been sighted around the nearby pine forest. Garret was meant to be the leader of the hunt, the coordinator between the trap groups and kill team. But he decided to help with the trap group instead and let the others take charge. He was coupled with another girl who would place the traps while others keep any troublesome predators out of the vicinity.
“Hey, you finished with the trap yet?”
Garret asked his partner, who has been fidgeting around her specially designed trap for quite some time.
“Need a few minutes, don’t worry, if there’s anything coming this way I’ll know it.”
“Sure hope so…..hey, you know anything about the boar we’re looking for?”
“Well, he’s warm-blooded, big, looks like a pig with messy fur, and would be as delicious as his kin”
She said in a sarcastic tone and smiled at him.
“Hah, just kidding. Well, he’s big….bigger than ordinary boar. Salazar told me that this big boy would be able to feed us for a whole week or something.”
“We could just trap a bear instead. I heard that they’re delicious.”
“With carved spears and primitive traps? Nope, we wouldn’t be able to scratch anything bigger than a jaguar, excluding the one that you killed ever so heroically of course. Actually, I’m having a hard time thinking how we would bring this giant boar down with this toy weapon, when we have a big ass armory that housed everything from a handgun to a rocket launcher sitting around unused.”
His partner said in an annoyed voice while trying to set the trap properly.
“Sometimes I wonder that myself……wouldn't we be better off being something else than a moon-worshiping cult? I mean it’s like 2025 now, at least we could at least be something like traders or mercenaries or something else. That way our quality of life would be better, right?”
“Yup, but that would draw even more attention to us and that would fail our main objective right? I personally think this untouchable moon-worshiping cultist gig is working out quite fine, since nobody wanted to come close to us at all."
"Well, that's the problem isn't it? if we could establish a trade route with the city nearby, we wouldn't have to be out here, in the rain, hunting for a wild boar..."
"Hey.....don't you remember that Salazar told us that we need to remain undetected all the time? That is, if we don't want the men in suits to find and kill us all.”
Even though 3 years has passed, Garret couldn't forget what happened that night, he can still hear the screams and see the bloodshed clearly everytime he closes his eyes. But he made up his mind not to live in the past, he was given a new chance at life by his friends at the village, and what he wanted to do was keep them safe. He noticed his partner has finished setting up her trap and decided to learn more about her.
"I'm Garret by the way, what's your name?"
"Oh come on, that's how you introduce yourself? you say it as if no one in the village know you. Look, after that fiasco with the jaguar, everyone know who you are."
"Well......thanks? but you still didn't answer my question, Wisecracker"
His partner let out a short laugh
"Wisecracker? that's the best you could come up with? really?"
"Well....yeah, but come on, don't leave me in suspense, tell me you name"
"Alright, alright. My name is....wait, here he comes, let's get outta here before he see us"
"Who? Who's coming, I don't see anyone."
Garret was confused, he was wondering if she had hit her head when she was born, or if this is just another joke.
"The boar!! He's on his way here!!, come on you slowpoke, get out of the range!!"
"What, how did you...."
"Just move, come on!"
The trap was set, Garret believed in the girl's word even though he was skeptical of how she claim to have seen their prey through all the trees, but all his doubts were dissolved after he heard a loud squeal coming from the trap site.
"Hah, I told you he's coming that way, come on, let's get him"
The girl speaks joyfully, her yellow eyes were sparkling.
"How.....I couldn't even see him"
"Hey, I may not be able to kill a jaguar by myself, but I have other talents, come on!"
They got to the trap site and signaled the kill team, Garret was in awe of the size of the boar, it was huge and covered in fur. The boar was bleeding from having its leg snapped in half from the trap, Garret could feel its pain and decided to end its suffering before the kill team could get into place.
"Nice job Wisecracker, your trap worked perfectly"
"Told ya I have other talents. Alright, enough with me being wise cracker, my name is....."
Before the girl could utter anymore words, a tree branch beside them broke down and revealed giant grizzly bear growling at them. Garret and his partner was startled and started to back away from the bear. They kept their carved spear infront of them just in case.
"Hey, maybe we could play dead? he wouldn't see us right?" The girl whispers to Garret while trying to find a way out.
"I thought you said you would know if anything comes into our way, how did you not see this giant, angry, grizzly bear sitting on its ass right beside us all this time?"
"Hey, I didn't say I could see everything right? and I didn't even bother to look because I thought the kill team would drive it away already.....hey what the hell is he doing to our dinner!!!?"
The bear ignored them and moved on to the dead boar, it was about to have a feast when the girl threw her carved spear at it. The spear fell off its skin like paper, not even a scratch could be seen on it. But the girl kept throwing rock and stone at the bear until suddenly, it stopped moving toward the dead boar and started to growl at them.
"Uh....he looks angry."
"Of course he is, how would you feel if people throw rocks at you dammit!"
"What? are you going to let this thing eat our dinner? I spent a lot of time designing that trap and I wasn't about to let this lazy furball eat all of my prey"
The bear started to approach them, Garret and his partner stopped bickering as soon as the bear let out a loud roar to their face.
“Holy shit!!! Run!!!”
“Dammit, now you pissed him off, where's the kill team ,did you even signal them?”
“Shut up! Just run!!”
They were forced to flee, and theyran as fast as they could toward the rendezvous point, until the girl tripped on a tree root. The bear was closing in, and there's no time to call for help, Garret rushed in to her help with only a carved spear, he stood between the giant bear and his friend.
"Go back, go back!! I'll give you the boar, just go back!!"
Garret tried to drive the bear back with the spear, but it kept coming closer.
"You know he couldn't understand you right?"
"Can't you keep quiet even for a minute? just run you idiot!!"
"Ow.....touche. Hey!! look out!!" she screamed as the bear ran on its four legs at Garret.
The bear charged at Garret with its full force. It's sheer brute strength broke his carved spear…..and half of his ribs in one strike; Garret fell right beside his friend. The girl threw her more rocks at the bear, hoping the pain will force it to run away, but all she managed to do was anger it even more.
"Stop throwing rocks dammit!! *cough* it will just anger it even more"
"Oh and you have a better idea? please oh please, enlighten me.....wait, is that blood comng from your mouth?"
"I'll be fine, I just need to...get *cough* up"
"Stay down, you'll make it worse!!"
Garret realized his body was once again unresponsive, he can feel his lungs being punctured deeper and deeper with every breath he takes. His vision began to haze, and before he knew it, the bear was already standing right before him and his friend. The girl tried to drag him away, but the bear caught up to them and ram them into the nearby tree. The bear walks toward them and was about the deliver the final blow to the girl.
"Wisecracker!! Hey!! Wake up, he's on to you!!!"
Garret yelled at his partner, who seemed to be enjoying her sleep. The bear was getting closer and closer. He had no choice but to draw its attention way from his friend. He threw a nearby rock at the bear, the diversion worked and the bear walked toward him. As it approaches his bloodied body, the bear raises its huge paws and claws, ready to strike him down once and for all. Garret panicked and tried to run, only to realize that his body was still paralyzed by the last attack.
"Oh shit.....no...go away!! go away!!"
Garret could only held out his hand in fear , but suddenly, he felt a strange sensation coming from the inside, he felt his lungs and ribcages relocated to the original places. He felt a tingling sensation of electricity coursing throughout his body, and in a swift motion, his hand let out a sphere of electric pulse to the bear in front of him. Garret was shocked, he sat there in disbelief, as the bear that would've killed him was sent flying through the forest.
After he regained the ability to move, Garret crawled his way to his partner, who's still recovering from the concussion, as he made his way to her, he noticed his eyesight was failing yet again, and everything fades to black. The last thing he heard was the yelling from the kill team and his new friend Wisecracker, and then there was only silence.
Let the forbidden flame of old times, burn the ignorant to cinder. Let those who were forgotten, rise up again in number. Those who wronged us shall remember, that the light they worship is just an illusion. For that we who lurks in the dark, shall be the torches that brings their annihilation!