The second post in the blog challange wich can be found here. The responce was to this prompt. “Prompt #2: Make a list of five things you’re afraid of happening to you. Then write a story in which one of them happens to your character.” My answer was death.

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It seemed like any other day in my coastal village. I walked the trail home with buckets of water from the nearby well. My plain dress ruffled in the breeze. I was an ordinary girl, a farmer’s daughter. I had no spectacular talents and wasn’t an adventure.

I looked up and noticed a dark storm cloud moving fast towards my city. I began to hustle hoping to get the water home before it rained. I realized something odd, the cloud was moving extraordinarily fast and against the wind too. What was this? Was it some form of mage craft? A witches trickery? I began to fear for my life, I might not be special, but I didn’t want to die. I feared death especially before I had even had a chance to make anything of my life. I was a young unwed maiden still. I wanted to at least experience love and a family before death.

The cloud moved quickly across the sky and people from my village began to gather outside their homes and stare up at it. What was this mysterious thing? I could see lighting arcing from the cloud in an odd way out in all directions. A ear piercing roar screeched across the sky as the cloud began to near my village faster and faster.

“What is it?” I heard my neighbors say to each other.

“I don’t know, get back inside!” I heard another say.

It was practically on top of the village and I could hear wing-beats from the electrified cloud.

Suddenly a massive scaly head peeked out of the cloud and screeched deafeningly loud above us.

“DRAGON!”

“RUN HIDE SAVE YOURSELVES!”

I dropped my buckets of water and began to run in the opposite direction as fast as my legs could carry me. My dress was long and I tripped over the hem. The shadow now loomed over the village blackening it as if it were night. I stood up and looked behind myself only to see a massive taloned foot descending upon me. I screamed, but it was to late I was squished like an ant under the dragon’s feet.

 

Everything was dark. I tried to remember where I was. Suddenly I remembered the dragon and being squished by it. Was I dead? So soon? I hadn’t even had my first kiss yet. I began to cry. My body shook in fear.

“Child do not cry, it is all over now. It is time for you to return to the spiritual plane.” A deep voice grumbled.

I looked around the blackness only to see a shrouded figure behind me. He was in black rags and held a tall scythe. He looked up at me and I could see he was nothing more than a skeleton with blue flames for eyes. I shrieked. He walked towards me placing a bony hand on my shoulder. There was nothing else around me so I had nowhere to run.

“I am here to guide you back to the spirit realm. That way you can ascend and transform into energy and be reborn again. Start life anew. Now that isn’t so bad is it? Getting a second chance at life.” The disembodied voice said. I was sure it radiated from the skeleton.

I nodded, I wanted so badly to be alive. Could this really be my second chance?

“Good, take hold of my scythe and all will become clear to you.,” he said as he extended his other hand that held the scythe.

I timidly reached out and touched the staff gripping onto it one finger at a time. The world seemed to drop out from underneath us. My physical form was ripped away from me leaving only pure spiritual energy. We were transported to a bright realm filled with blue lights. The paved ground was white along with the architecture.

I looked at myself and I was nothing more than a giant fog of blue energy about the size I had been in the physical realm. Memories came flooding back to me, all my past lives rolled into one giant knowledge bomb exploding in my mind at once.

I gasped as everything became crystal clear to me. My life had ended exactly as I had planned it, I had faced my life lessons and had a relatively good time on Earth. Now it was time to choose my next life, or take a brief reprieve from it all and let everything sink in.

“I take it you know where to go from here?” Death said.

“Yes,” I replied still a little shaken from the whole ordeal.

“Good, best of luck to your future endeavors then. I must go, I have work to do.” Death said and with a wave of his scythe a portal opened up around him and sucked him inside.

I looked around the wondrous city. Maybe I should take a brief break and explore it, it had been a long time since I had been here last?