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The Box Of Destruction

Summary

 

the life of a  teenage boy who is living a regular life,  becomes totally different after he comes across a incident in the city he came to study
 

Chapter-1

Hey you! Yes You only, the one reading this story.

Before entering into the story let me ask you a question and keep in mind buddy please think of some answer and a reason to justify it since this story is a very twisted one. Yup you are thinking right more twisted than the earphones in your pockets.

            So, the question is do you believe in realms yup, what you are thinking is correct its different worlds, with various tribes of people, animals and even monsters may also be there. Now going into the story

           

            I am sri , just an average 20 year Indian boy with no special achievements or qualities to discuss as required by many typical Indian parents so many times I have been ignored by others. My life is going on and on and on just like everyone else …….

            May be god has pitied on me or got bored himself or whatsoever my life has changed drastically. This all began in last year summer vacation.

            Since I have completed my exams and a vacation of two months is expected by all of the students I have booked tickets to my home town Vijayawada where I have planned to spend my entire vacation by dozing off and be as lazy as possible. I have left vizag and reached Vijayawada and every thing is going as smoothly as I have planned to spend the vacation.

            But, everything doesn’t go as we planned right guys. I have got a call from my friends that answer scripts for one of the subjects we have written for our final exam are missing so we have to take a re-examination and it will be held in next week on 7th May. So everyone should attend it or else the student who fails to attend will be considered as absent and will be failed. It’s the news I have got so what else can I do I must have to go so, I went and written the exam and planning to head back by the same day but to my bad luck I have not able to get any means of transportation to travel back so I have to stay and check again tomorrow if there are any vacancies available in trains or not. By thinking like that and surfing my face-book I am walking suddenly everything around me became so silent and to my surprise I have been in a new street that I have never entered, I have frightened by this and cursed myself for not seeing which way I am going and looked around to see from which way I came from and to trace back the previous position but to my surprise every way out is looking same there are no traces of my footmarks or any others on the road it freaked me a little I say.

            While I am thinking from which way I have came I heard a low voice calling for me and by hearing suddenly like that it sent chills down my spine even though I am being terrified by chanting the gods name and mustering all my courage I have turned in the direction from which the voice came and as time continues it is getting more weirder and darker in that street I just want to run away from it oh god! please help me help me. I begged the god like it is going to be the end of my life.

            There is light coming from one of the corner of the street and the voice is also getting a bit louder while going towards it so I have conformed a little that there might be person there and he may help me to get out of this frightening place. As I approached closer I didn’t see a person but to my surprise there is a wooden door attached to the brick wall.

            The door is different from all the doors I have ever seen, the light is from a lamp post that is beside the door and the voice is still coming so I thought that it may be coming from inside the door. In first look the door looked like a normal door but after a while it seemed different although as itself is glowing like a self-luminous light and some sort of strange carvings can be seen on the door but I do recognise a carving on it. The carving I recognised is almost like the “om” symbol which can be seen craved on many temples and many more old manuscripts. The “om” symbol almost looks like number three(3) with a downward curve emerging from the joint in the number a small moon like structure with a dot in it is placed on the right hand side.

            As the time went on my curiosity also increased to know who or what is behind the door from which i am hearing the voice so, it piqued my interest even though I am frightened as hell, I want to take a small peek at least so I opened the door a little and tried to take peek inside but to my surprise I am not able to see anything so I opened the door a little more and as if some one has pushed me from the back I stumbled inside the room and its totally dark but I am constantly hearing the voice I have been heard before for help and I just keep moving forward into the darkness.

            As I keep moving forward towards the voice, I have covered a distance  around half a mile. the voice is seeming to be close enough but while I am trying to reach it, I can’t able to reach it so I got vexed and started to think it is a mistake from the beginning that I came into the door, but I haven’t entered through the door by complete will but someone has pushed me but when I saw around who is the one that pushed me?

            After some time I began to walk a bit more and the place began to lit up a bit its not a room but a cave !!!! I am inside a cave!!

 

Chapter-2

Wow it’s really a huge cave!! Wait a minute how can a cave be inside a city? is it real or dream? I cant able to tell the difference. As I am thinking like that the cave seemed way bigger than before, i haven’t seen anything like this in my entire life. Everything is very beautiful, the inside of the cave is huge literally it’s a humongous cave, even though it’s a cave its not cold at all.

            As I moved further in the darkness in the cave is vanishing and it is getting brighter minute by minute after five more minutes of walk the cave is totally lit up and it became warmer also. To my astonishment the inside of the cave has its own environment it has sky clouds and even its own sun…. how can this be possible?

            But the scenic beauty around me is more beautiful I don’t even care even if its real or dream it is so beautiful around , there some unique trees and flowers, what piqued my interest more is the scarlet coloured flowers, as I am seeing around there are more number of them that are fallen on the ground. since they are very beautiful I picked one, the petals are almost like a crystal I slipped one in my pocket and moved on. Now as I have seen the path I am walking for a while it’s a stoned path almost like a pavement placed in the middle to go to some specific place I guessed.

            A very nice smell is coming from the flowers, not only from the flowers even the trees are also giving of some nice scents, by following the scent I got to a near by tree, the leaves are of different sizes almost as if the leaves are from different trees but not from a single one. The aroma in the air is sweet it engulfed me completely that I have totally forgotten why I have came here in the first place.

            I haven’t seen a single person or animal anywhere around me it didn’t even bothered me. I just sat down by a near tree which is beside a small pond. Due to thirst I have drank some water from the pond as the water seemed clean and a bit hygienic to drink , so I drank a few gulps of water, and tried to enjoy the beautiful scenery that is in front of me. I tried to see my reflection in the water but  my reflection is not there, i am able to see the reflection of the tree I am sitting under but not me?? How is this possible?

            I started to get worried and frightened so I tried to remember why I am here and what am I doing here, I forgot it. but there is a feeling that this is not the place I used to live so I tried to get out from there, I wandered for a while and stepped on a stone path, then it has struct to me that I have came in hearing a voice that’s calling my name for help I frightened so I just tried to go back to the entrance to the door which brought me here.

            I have walked and walked and walked but after every ten minutes of walking I am coming back to the same place it really frightened me, my heart is pounding harder and harder due to the fear, I shouted for help , I prayed to god that there must be someone around to help me but no response. No one is responding no one is there in the first place to respond. Then I wondered how the hell I have heard some one to call my name and how am I foolishly dragged myself here. It brought tears to my eyes, I just collapsed on the way looking into the sky and thinking if someone might help me to get out of here.

            After a while a glimpse of movement caught my eye, it brought a little hope that there might be some person there that can help me to get out of the place and there is also some fear that it may be an animal that might kill me, I hoped for good and ran towards it all the while not straying away from the stone path. After running for a while I have reached the place where I have seen the movement there is no movement at all.

            With mustering all my courage I stepped out of the stone path and looked there is tall grass around, there seems to be no one in the eyesight but when I looked down there is a person lying down.

Chapter-3

The person who is lying down is not at all moving, I thought he was dead because there is blood around him. Just by the looks of him it shook me off balance and I fell down due to the terrifying scene in front of me and fell on the ground, I tried to shout out loud due to the fear that caused me by looking at the scene but something tells me that I should raise my voice.

            I don’t know why but something in tells me that what I see is not true and I should check again to confirm what I see. Some sort of voice inside my head is telling me turn him over, I don’t know why but I just followed what the voice has said to me. I turned him over and he is on his back.

            Oh my god! He is breathing, he is still alive!! But why is he not moving at all why?? I took a closer look he is just unconscious. He is a fair looking young man and is a year or two older than me. He is attire is weird almost like something from the medieval time, he has a breast plate that warriors wear, and hand gauntlets, metal like boots almost as if he came from a battle ground. His skin tone is almost like brownish and can be said more closer to almond color. He is struggling to open his eyes and muttering something and I am not able to hear it so I leaned a bit closer to the side of his face and tries to listen what he is saying.

            He is asking for water. I looked around and saw a pond and thought to bring some water from it and looked for a vessel type thing or even a big leaf, but I haven’t found anything near me. While I am looking for them I moved forward towards the pond, beside it there are some fallen leaves there is almost like a pile of them and it seemed to be someone has swept them over. But when I saw before there is no-one around the area , it almost looked like I predicted wrong before. Whatever I searched the pile of leaves and took a good looking one, the leaf is very smooth. I folded it into a cone and filled it with water and headed back to the place where the person is lying.

            When I got back to the place I lifted his head a little and helped him to drink the water, he took a few gulps from it and coughed up a little. Then again he collapsed, I didn’t know what to do so I just sat beside him thinking he might help me to get back.

            While looking at him he doesn’t seem like a bad person. I have been hearing these strange noises almost like someone is yelling from a long distance. I raised my head a little and tried to see but nothing is around the line of sight, I turned back my head towards the person lying and almost I frightened by the sight I have looked, he is not a man but a woman!!! How is that possible I just saw that the person was a man.

            Now the person I am looking is a very beautiful woman with the same attire as before. She has a long hair a very beautiful face almost as if a master sculpture has sculptured the face of a beautiful princess, I cant even believe my eyes of what I am seeing. It is getting very weird and the yelling I am hearing for a while is getting louder and louder minute by minute. I am not able to say what is going to happen to me anymore.

            She tried to wake up so i helped her and when she opened her eyes and looked towards me then for the first time have looked into her eyes they are so beautiful but I am able to see fear in them and she pushed me away and looked around her as if searching for someone. I tried to speak to her, she didn’t even bothered to look towards me I thought something really important has to be fallen so I started to look around with her.

            There I have found a leather bag, the bag has also some carvings on it and they are almost the same carvings that I have found on the door that lead me here. I showed the bag to her and without any waste of time she took it from my head and searched it as if checking if the item she is looking for is there or not, after a while she gasped and took out a box like thing.

            Before I get a good look at it she quickly put it away and tied the loose ends of her hair into a pony tail. While I am just gazing at her beauty the yelling’s I heard from earlier are near and I saw a group of people riding on horses, the girl saw them and grabbed my hand and started running away from them and they saw us and started chasing us.

            They group consists of almost 5-10 members, all are riding on horses some are waving swords and some are even throwing spears, we were running alongside the stone path. She is running before me while not letting go of my hand and she tied the leather bag to her waist and she pulled a sword from the bag. Wait how can there be a sword in that bag?? Who are these people that are chasing us?? And who is she?? Why is she running away from the?? What is that box I saw before??

 

Chapter-4

Chapter-4

We ran for a while along the stone path until it ended before some huge space. This space is seemed to be an entrance to some place , she didn’t entered into it and instead she began to look around for something else. There she found a bunch of trees, then she pulled me into the back of them.

            The pursuers didn’t saw this and are still looking for us, I thought it is a good time to know what the hell is happening? I looked at her and asked who are you and why are they chasing you. She started to reply but I am not able understand anything, it is all like gibberish and I tried hard to understand it but cant even understood a single word is she said.

            I think she has understood my situation and picked a scarlet crystal flower that is there on the ground and sighed towards me to eat it, I looked at her and thought that am I looking that stupid to you? Really?

            She insisted to eat it, when I refused she took it from my hand and  forced it into my mouth. I stumbled by the sudden move done by her, it made me choke.

Then I felt like my head is spinning , a burning sensation started in my throat, she said for the first time it will be like that only. Wait how am I able to understand you ?

            She said the flower allows the others to able to understand what they are trying to say. I asked what do you mean by others, are you not the same as me?

She: NO!! we are not like you people from above

Me: what do u mean by above people. First of all who are you ? what’s your name? who are the people that are chasing you and why?

She: I myself called as “mouni”. I am not a human like you from above. I am a human being living in “ATALA LOKH”, the people chasing me are bad, while I am travelling to “BHU LOKH”. They tried to kill me to steal something important from me.

Me: what do u mean by atala lokh? And when I first saw you, you are man and now you are a woman how is that possible.

Mouni: yes, we people can change our appearances to conceal over selves when we travel. It will help us to mingle with the people of other LOKHAS. Haven’t you heard of the 14 realms that are above and below your lokha.

Me: I just thought those are lies. Many of us didn’t even believe them. So are you saying this is ATHALA LOKH. So if what you are saying is true then the other realms are also true.

            While we are talking like this suddenly a shower of spears are falling on us. Mouni said we have to leave and offered me help to get back to my lokha we tried to slip away from them using the trees as a blockade between them and us but those people are very strong even their weapons are dead sharp every swing from those blades are cutting down the trees like paper.

            We ran along the trees and hoped they will cover us sometime by being an obstacle to the pursuers the attempt we made is futile and the idea was demolished like a castle build using a deck of cards.

            I haven’t noticed before but one of the spear fallen earlier has wounded mouni and it struck badly in her back. I tried to talk to her about the wound and tried to help her close  the wound but she refused and told me to run as fast as possible. the pursuers has rounded us from all sides and we have no place to run from them. She then took a box like thing from her pouch and shifted the sword from one hand to another and gave the box to me.

            I gave a look like what should I do with it, she then smiled and took a purple colored crystal flower from the bag and smashed it on the box that’s in my hand.

            Sand and leaves around me started swirling around my back almost like a portal, I am not getting what is happening, then she suddenly pushed me into it while yelling “DO NOT OPEN THE BOX AT ALL” and jumped towards the pursuers and attacked them with the sword.

            Everything went blank and I tried to open my eyes and when I opened I saw the ceiling of my room, I suddenly jumped from my bed and looked around and everything is same in my room. I thought it is just a dream and a very weird one at that, for some reason my head is spinning like I just took ride in roller coaster.

           
While trying to balance myself I walked towards the table in my room to drink the water from the bottle, after I took a sip of water and looked at my study table properly there is the same box that I saw in my dream. The one the girl Mouni gave to me is there. How is that possible? So its not a dream? Everything that happened is real

Chapter-5

While I am struggling to understand what’s real and what is not, some one is banging in my door, I went and opened it, even before opening completely my friend just entered the room by pushing the door and sat on the bed.

            My friend sandy, he is my roommate for the past two years, he is around 5’10’’ and not bulky or like that but with an average physic, with a stylish looking hair almost like spikes. He is very good at communicating with others or strangers with ease almost like the others talk to him as though he is their family member.

            He asked, what the hell have you been doing by locking yourself in the room, do you know from how much time I am calling your name and pounding my hand against the door to make you wake, you’re didn’t even answer your mobile, what the hell has happened to you.

            I said, uh nothing bro actually I am feeling a little sick and slept, so may be that’s why I didn’t hear when you said you called me earlier.

Sandy said , are you kidding me man I have been shouting your name and banging the door from the past 1 hour and you are saying u slept and didn’t hear a thing. And the people in other rooms had hurried towards me thinking something has happened, it took a great feat to scatter them all.

            I said, cool buddy don’t brag it, what’s the issue that you came this early to the room naturally at this time you will be at your study circle right, while saying this I winked at him.

            His face was blushed since, at this time daily he will be meeting his girlfriend supriya. She is in the same college ad these two are in relation for the past year.

            So, I asked him bro what happened to the ticket I asked for,have you got any ticket to Vijayawada.

            He said , yes through my uncles help I have able to secure a seat in the train that is going to depart by 10:30PM.

            While I took a glance at my watch its already 9:20PM and I didn’t even packed my luggage, so in a hurry I picked a shoulder bag and stuffed some of the clothes that I brought, then it suddenly struct to me and I asked sandy that what do you think of the box that’s on the study table.

            He looked back and said what box? There is nothing on the table stop wasting time and pack fast we have to leave early if we want to catch the train. I don’t know why but I left the box right their on the table and left the room to catch the train.

            I reached the station, boarded the train, when I opened my bag to take the earphones there it is THE BOX, and in shock I dropped my bag onto the floor it. how come its in my bag? I checked my pockets and their I found the scarlet crystal flower not one but TWO. How man? What is going on?     

 

Chapter-6

In the same confusion I have reached my destination my home town Vijayawada, and came to my house around morning 9:00 AM and went sleep due to all the crazy things that has happened.

I have woken up with a phone call, it rang a for a few times and got disconnected,  and few message notification had popped up,  I checked them and hurriedly I woken and got dressed properly and went out, the message came from my best friend  and it says meet me urgently ASAP.

Its still evening and since its summer the sun is still up and it is as bright as a day,  I went to my friends house but he is not there,  while I am wondering where he might have gone while asking me to come to his house ASAP, I don’t know why but he has not answered any of my calls or replayed to my messages, it has felt some what strange to me.

After waiting for a while I got irritated, in the mean time I got a call from my parents that my cousins i.e., my sisters and brothers has come to our house for summer vacation. I forgot to say but my family is not a small joint family but a giant one at that, it consists of many uncles, aunts, all are very close relatives.

 

 let me first describe some of my cousins are

SUCHI: she is one of my sister, she is around 15 years,  in terms of height she is pretty short even among her classmates, coming t her personality she is pretty short tempered,  a bit arrogant , but a good girl ultimately.

DEEPU: she is also my sister, she is around 12 years,  she is of average height, a very hyperactive girl,  and a very curious one that likes to know much more about the world.

KEERTHI: she is also my sister,  she is around 14 years, she is a bit timid and shy when compared to her sister DEEPU, she and deepu are blood siblings with same parents. We can say keerthi is much more innocent when compared to all the other children in the family.

VIJAY: he is my cousin brother, he is around 19 years old, even though he is younger than me, when we walk side by side, he looks like my older brother. He is a bit foolish, with his muscular body he almost looks like a giant than a normal human being.

 

While I am coming back to my house the sky almost went dark, there are no people on the roads even though it’s still beginning of the summer,the sky look a lot like  the one that comes along with the heavy rainstorm or even a cyclone.

The nature is so silent that it brings fear to anyone, not even a single sound is being heard, there are not even any vehicles on the roads, it almost looks like every living creature in the vicinity went to their shelters, there are not even any street dogs on the roads.

The sand is swirling on the roads along with the wind, with the looks of it I increased the pace of my walking and reached home, while I am entering into the house their was a power break down, and the sky was even darker, while the situation is like that I heard some laughs, they are increasing in front of me as the laughs are increasing in front of me, the uneasiness and fear in me has also increased with it, with a trembling hand I picked my phone from my pocket and switched on the light.

The people that are laughing in front of me are my aunts and my mother, by looking at them I got a relief and I waved at them, suddenly they all started laughing and almost in an unison all turned towards me and started walking towards me, the atmosphere around again became silent.

They all went pass by me and ignored me almost like I am not there in front of them. until they have passed by me I don’t know why but I just stood there in a frozen state, I thought its best for now. After all the women has passed me I turned and there was NO ONE!!!!!

Almost like everyone has vanished. This incident increased the fear in me at this moment the only sound that is audible in the area the pounding of my heart due to fear.

I turned towards the main door of the house while convincing me that its all just a dream but nothing more I just have to wake up from this bad dream that’s all.

I turned the knob of the door to unlock it and opened the door and entered the house, after I came in a huge wind has came by and the door was shut down, everything was dark in the house, I don’t know how but the next moment when I blinked my eye I was being pinned down to the ground by two sets of hands and some one is stomping on me and I cant even able to lift my head, I struggled to even see who are those people.

Now, luckily my eyes have adjusted to the darkness, and a little light reflected from my phone screen that is facing the ceiling of the house and the people that pinned down me to the ground were KEERTHI, DEEPU and the one that is pressing me to the floor by keeping her leg on me was SUCHI???

Chapter-7

While the three of them are pinning me on the ground, I have observed a shadow steadily approaching while laughing silently, this laugh made the three of them startled, for a fraction of second the pressure that is pinning me down has reduced but again they got back to their senses and pushed me harder towards the ground.

With a lot of struggle I tried to see, from whom the laugh came, the person came from the dark almost like a rabbit coming from its burrow but making a lot of noise.

The person is yelling while coming towards us like, haven’t you people stopped playing games yet, don’t you see that the power is out and the generator is still not kicked in, from the voice I recognised that he was vijay.

After that I shouted, hey brother come and save me, and with a cynical laugh he said what brother aren’t you also mocking me, do I look that dumb to be fooled and to play in your silly games.

I said, Hey its not a game I cant get rid of them please call them to your side man its hurting to be pinned down to the floor and is much more humiliating.

 Vijay said, don’t worry brother those are our sweet little sisters why are you blaming them, when in the first place you have only encouraged them to play and now you are only complaining its not fair bro not at all fair. Any ways hey!!

He shouted their names like almost thrice but none of them even gave a glance towards him, and are ignoring him, this made him really pissed and he made a brisk walk towards me and grabbed the hand of deepu. And yelled yet at all three by looking at them angrily, while grabbing the fist of deepu with more strength and tried make them understand who is the boss.

Then deepu shifted her gaze from me to him and twisted her wrist in a 360 degree and grab hold of his hand with a greater grip and tossed him aside like a ball while not leaving his hand, with the sudden unexpected reaction from her both vijay and me are in shock, then keerthi also joined along with her and tossed vijay like a doll from one to one and played catch-catch with vijay as a ball, I just watched all this and its like seeing a VFX in live. After some time they tossed him aside from the hall, and he was flown away from the house . with a little smile on the faces of both, the girls turned towards me and started laughing like maniacs.

Even with all the commotion happening around suchi didn’t even flinch a little and I hadnt got any chance to move, then I heard a voice coming from her saying “WE ARE FINALLY FREE!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW “ and started laughing very loudly, their laughs are echoing in the house and all the three girls are laughing in an unison.

Then keerthi, deepu came towards suchi and all three of them stomped on my back and kicked me in the ribs like a football, their kicks were very powerful, that I coughed blood and they kicked me with enough force, that I flew like a ball and dropped at the entrance of the house.

All three of them ran towards me and kicked again in the same place and the power of their kicks has even increased, it almost made my head spin and like a ball flying from a powerful kick of a soccer player ,I flew away from the house and fallen on the road, I thought I was going to die and suddenly I stopped from a few inches before hitting the ground and stick to the road like a sticker and be dead, I don’t know how but I stopped suddenly , even when I tried hard ,I can’t even able keep my eyes open for even a minute and I closed.

                                               

Chapter-8

I don’t know for how much time I was unconscious, but when I opened my eyes I was still suspending above the ground. I tried to stand properly , after struggling for a while I fell on the ground and my knees were hurt.

I dusted off my pants and stood properly , then thought about what the hell has happened up there, is it not a dream? To confirm my suspicion, I pinched my right hand oh god it hurts. Then I realised the pain I am feeling due to their kicking me like a rag doll.

Oh god! What the hell has happened to them? are those really my sisters? If they are real then why are the behaving like that ? why did suchi said that they are free, how come they have that much strength that they are able to play with vijay like ball.

Like these many thoughts are coming into my head, many questions are arising but none of them had answers. By rubbing on my left side of the abdomen I looked around the road, there I found vijay laying down.

Then I rushed towards him while shouting VIJAY! VIJAY! And reached him, there was a hole in the road, the depth of the hole was around 1 feet, and in the middle viajy was lying in the middle of the hole bleeding a lot.

I tried to go near him but when I tried ,I was just pushed back ,like someone or something is not allowing me to go near him, I don’t know what to do, there in front of my eyes my brother was bleeding and if it takes much longer he is going to bleed to death.

Then I concentrated all my energy into my legs and ran towards him as fast as I can, but when I reached the hole I cant even able to move a bit and stuck there in the air like a poster on the wall.

Then suddenly with a great force I was flown back and fell on the ground, my head was hurt, by rubbing my head with my head I looked towards him, then their I witnessed an unbelievable scene, many people are running from one end to another by muttering something and since all are talking at the same time it made a huge noise.

I covered my ears with both my hands to reduce the noise and many people are just passing by vijay but no one is stopping or even slowing down I tried to move but due to the heavy noise and some external force I cant even able to move even a inch.

The crowd has been moving from one end and to other end of the street, I didn’t get from where all these people are coming until a few moments ago there is not even a single soul on the street from where all these people are coming.

The crowd of people are moving like a non-stop train, I didn’t realise earlier but there is a person standing beside vijay. He looks like a small boy not even a teenager, he is wearing a saffron coloured dress, to be precise about his attire it doesn’t look like a proper dress but almost like a dhoti, he didn’t wear any shirt but instead he wrapped a cloth around his neck, in his left hand there is a chain of beads and in another he is carrying a bunch of books. One of the books has same symbols that I have seen on the door.

He almost looked like a monk, he kneeled down and patted on vijay’s head and all the blood around him started to disappear. Wait!! How is he able to approach vijay easily, when I tried I cant even able to go near him.

Then he got up and started to move towards me, I wondered is he a friend or a foe ?

He then approached me and asked me to get up , I thought am I looking like I am giving a pose for a photo shoot I am struggling to get up but not able to do so cant he see.

Then he asked me again to get up then almost in a sync , before he completed his words I was back on my feet, then he looked towards the group of people that are running and shouted to stop, then everyone that is running ,stopped and all the people vanished, then he turned towards me.

Since, he is closer now I am able to say his height was around 4 feet, then he said, you have failed to safe keep, now the calamity is outbroke no one can stop the destruction, you have failed to keep your promise.

I thought, “ promise? What promise? Which promise? To whom I have given a promise I have no memory of giving anyone a promise”

He continued, the humanity must survive and it is vital to the stability of all, this must require a sacrifice. And stopped talking and looked into my eyes.

This gesture of him and the word sacrifice made me so terrified that my legs are trembling with fear what he might do next, did sacrifice mean a human sacrifice, and why is he looking at me.

Then again he said, something which looked like a prophecy, it is like this

“ Wander Seven,

   Gather Six,

   Succeed Five,

   Ally Four,

   Collect Three,

   Connect Two,

   Destroy One ”

This is the phrase he said, he repeated it three times, then placed his books on the ground, shifted the chain to the left hand.

Then he kept his right hand thumb on my fore head, and the beads on his other hand are started to fall off onto the ground a huge light engulfed us, he started to disappear, before he disappeared he said, “ Don’t be fooled with what you see at first sight ”. then the intensity of the light increased and I closed my eyes.

When I opened my eyes I was on my bed, their my mobile is ringing and a message notifications are popping up. I sat on the bed a looked at the messages. While looking at the message on the phone screen, my hands are shivering and I became all sweaty. The message came from my best friend saying to meet his ASAP. In fear I dropped the phone on the ground, there beside my bed there is a bead, the same one that the young monk is carrying. And in a daze I looked at the time in the phone its still evening four.

Wait then it was all a dream? If so, how come I got this bead? Then monk is real? All of that has happened?

Chapter-9

In the dilemma of what happened is whether real or dream?  I just sat on my bed immobilised. After some time my mobile rang when I checked, it was from my best friend with trembling hands I attended the call.

My friend is asking me to meet him as soon as possible, if time permits he asked me to meet him in the next 15 minutes, I recalled all the things that happened before when I left the house to meet him. I don’t know if what I have experienced is a dream or something that I went through and came back again due to the monk.

So, in fear of anything bad might if I leave again I gave a reply to my friend that “ I can’t meet him today and tomorrow I will meet. ”

He repeated the same words again and again even though I answered, he is constantly repeating the same words as if the words are recorded and kept in a loop. But there is strange thing for every time his voicing is getting more angrier, I ignored and cut off the call.

Still thinking of what is real ? and If it happened how come I am at the situation where it began, while I am thinking about these my mother came into my room and said today all my uncle’s families are going to arrive to our home and I should make my room tidy since all my cousins are going to sleep in the room.

If what I remembered correctly except vijay all the others have behaved weirdly, when I came back from the outside, I don’t know if whether this is related to the box (that mysteriously got into my bag even though I left it at my hostel room ) or not.

But to be careful I raised from my bed went to my bag and looked for the box, HOLY JINX!!!! The box is not there in the bag, I searched all my bags ,it’s not there, I don’t know why but my fear is increasing rapidly.

In confusion I looked at my bed, there it is THE BOX , how the hell? Did it got on the bed, when I was on it its not there, what really is this box?

In my head I keep hearing some words as if some sort of audio clip is playing. It is constantly rehearsing the phrase thing the monk has told before he disappeared,

“ Wander Seven,

   Gather Six,

   Succeed Five,

   Ally Four,

   Collect Three,

   Connect Two,

   Destroy One ”

I thought it’s some sort of riddle that is to be solved, and started to recap all the things that has occurred before I came to Vijayawada.

While I am thinking like that I heard the door bell sound, when I went into hall to see who came all my relatives are coming one by one, when I saw them all the things that are on my mind are kept aside and I greeted them with a smile.

My cousins came to my room, then hurriedly I kept the box in one of my shelves and we sat in the room and chit chatted for a while, then my mom called us for dinner I think its around 8:30 PM,  we all went to eat dinner during dinner keerthi was so excited I don’t know why, so I asked her what’s the matter that you are so excited.

She said that our grand father is going to say a good story before we sleep, it’s been a long time since we all gathered at one place like this so, that’s why I am so happy.

After we completed our dinner, we went back to our rooms, I think its around 10:00PM our grand father has called us, keerthi ran towards grand father room as soon as she heard the summons for the story, we people didn’t go, after some while, she came back to our room, grabbed my hand and dragged me towards the grandparents room, I said wait I don’t want to hear any stories, let me go and I am so tired, I have to go to sleep.

But she is not listening to me at all, instead she started to utter some words, those words are like” U LISTEN, ANSWER COME, HELP LIFE”

These are the words that she is repeating, while is uttering these words her body language is different than usual.

I don’t know what those words mean, so I just followed her, there after we sat our grand father started to tell the story, I didn’t care to listen first but after sometime the story became interesting and I often heard the word “lokhas”, when this word is heard the smile on keerthi’s face is getting wider as if she is waiting to listen those words, I am not getting why she is behaving like that.

I asked my grand father what is meant by lokhas, then he began to say that there are 14 Lokhas other than bhu lokh that we are living, there are 7 lokhas above and 7 lokhas below us.

The lokhas below us are the

“ATHALA, VITALA,SUTALA,TALATALA,MAHATALA,RASATALA and PATALA LOKHAS” when I heard those name I remembered the conversation I had with mouni in that place, she said that that place’s name is athala loka.

This raised a question in me, so I asked my grand father that , can one can travel to these lokhas as he likes?

He smiled and said, yes one can travel it.

I asked then why many people say that all these are made-up stories and there is no proof for them.

He answered, there may not be a scientific proof for you people to believe, but in many of the epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata there are many evidences that all these lokhas are present, now-a-days no on has travelled to other lokhas, but I have read some articles in newspaper saying that some adventures attempted to travel to below lokhas and went but even after a long time of there departure there is no word saying that they came back, anyways lets continue the story and he continued it.

With the information he gave to me, something that I have been wondering is clarified, that there are really different lokhas other than us ,so the words in the phrase that the monk said WANDER 7, does it mean to travel 7 lokhas while I am thinking like that I saw towards keerthi her face is brimming with joy and she yelled you got it, keep it up, you should survive and place the box at a the right place, after she said these words she collapsed on to ground.

Our relatives came to the room in a rush made some room on the bed and placed her on it, then sprinkled some water on her face, after some time she got back to her senses and asked what happened to me, I thought grandpa has asked us to come to his room since he if going to narrate a story, when I entered the room , I don’t know what happened my head got all dizzy, by saying these words she grabbed her head with her hand and trying to massage it.

Wait, doesn’t she remember dragging me to this room? How come she forget what happened? If so who is the person that talked to us?

Chapter-10

With the confusion of what is happening around and what’s going to happen again my brain has wandered into its own search of answers. When I entered the hall something caught my eyes.

There is something glowing at a distance from our house, I got really eager to know what is there so I entered the balcony in my house, from there the view is much better, when I am looking at it, there is a voice in my head saying go there, you will find a answer to one of your questions.

I looked at the clock it’s almost 11:30PM I yelled “Mom I am going out for a stroll “, surprisingly she accepted right away, its strange since she won’t allow us to go after 11:00.

I thought again may be something like before might happen so it brought a thought to my brain, and I dropped the idea to go there.

While thinking like that I just stayed in the balcony and looked at the light, I don’t know what happened as if in  trance my body just started on its own, when  tried to stop, I can’t even stop myself when I tried to stop my legs are just increasing speed, so I just dropped the idea of stopping and continued with the flow.

I don’t get how my body is moving on its own, the fear is increasing in me, but the voice in my head saying almost it feels like a person soothing me, it says don’t worry nothing happens.

Still I don’t get how am I able to hear the voice in my head, whose voice is it, am I going crazy.

When I reached the place where I have seen the light, I stopped moving, the light is on top of a building. when I stopped at the bottom of the building, the light just started descending from the top, strangely I am not frightened while looking at this scene that is happening before me.

The light has stopped right before me and it is gradually taking a form of a human, to be precise it’s the form of a woman which has a long hair which is loose free. The structure seemed to be wrapped in the light or a light that is in the form of it I don’t know actually but as I can see the light wrapped itself around the structure in the form of a saree, the hands are looking very smooth and delicate embedded with many jewels, just by looking at it one can say its almost like an angle that has descended.

Strangely I can’t able to see the face it’s just white light, it just started to speak “ what you think you have found is not what to be found gather one other from bhu lokh and wander to the depths, along the way prove your worthiness, don’t waste the sacrifice, call my name in true distress then help will be given only if you are worthy”

With being it said she again started to disform back into light and started ascending, while ascending she said “ time is ticking down ” .

After that I thought who is she?

If what she is saying should I go to the other world’s? if so how can I go there? Am I really going do this? Why did she say time is ticking? Time is always ticking right. Is there a count down or a time limit? She said to find another one? How am I able to find him/her? Should I believe her?

With these many questions hurling in my head I started to head back, while I am heading back I found someone is watching me, right before I reached home the person jumped on to me, I fell on the ground and he climbed on top of me  and put a dagger to my throat and yelled

“ PLEASE SAVE ME BEFORE IT MAKE’S ME KILL YOU” with tears rolling down his eyes.

Chapter-11

In the lights of the street lamp I am able to identify the face of the person, his face is resembling more like a familiar one, I have definitely seen this face, I tried to move under the light to see who is that person by still trying to stop him, his grip on the dagger not so strong he is not familiar with this kind of weapon and he has no idea of how to use it, when I moved a little under the light, I immediately recognised the face he is none other than my best friend Nagesh.

I don’t know what to do. Why did he attack me in the first place, he is behaving like keerthi, NO he is still conscious , I pushed him back, the voice in my head told me to take out the bead from my pocket.

Wait how can the bead be in my pocket, I didn’t get any thing from the house i didn’t even wear my slippers or even my mobile, I just moved involuntarily, then how can I have this bead, anyway lets do what the voice says and think about the consequences later.

Then I have taken out the bead now I looked at it a bit closer I don’t know why I did like that but I did, there I have seen two particular symbol’s one is the ‘’om” symbol and the other is the swasthik symbol.

The voice in my head just asked me to use the bead, but how do I use this, he started approaching me again then I have just thrown the bead at him, it precisely struck him in the forehead, then he suddenly stopped the movement, his had lost the grip on the dagger and it fell on the ground.

He just kneeled down on the ground and look’s a person who got an electric shock he is not moving, he hasn’t made any movement, he just kneeled down and facing the ground. When I tried to approach him the voice in my head said “Don’t go near him”, he is my best friend how can I leave him like that, I ignored the voice and started to move towards him. when I approached him suddenly like someone pulled me back I jumped back from him, then

Suddenly he faced towards the sky and started shouting, he began to elevate from the ground still his body is hanging, a black smoke began to come out of his body, the scene in front of me looks like a clip from the movie “ THE EXORCIST”. All the black smoke that came out of him again tried to enter but, something is stopping it, it began to wrap around him and tried to squeeze him in it, but when it tried a bright light came from his head. When the light hit the black smoke then all the black smoke around him just vanished into thin air, revealing the body of Nagesh.

After a few minutes the light also began to vanish, while the light is vanishing Nagesh began to slowly descend from the air, after the light completely vanished he is just lying on the ground unconsciously.

With everything that has happened my fear came back to me, which I thought I overcame due to everything that happened. I silently moved towards him he is still unconscious, when I touched his body to wake him, the bead that attached to his forehead fallen on the ground, I picked it and placed it my pocket. I shook him violently to wake but there is no response, I looked for water around, I found a tap nearby and went there to fetch some water. There is a empty plastic bottle nearby so I took it and cleansed it and filled it up with the water and started to go back.

When I came near him and while opening the cap of the bottle he suddenly sat straight and shouted “DIE” this startled me and in a reflex I squeezed the bottle all the water in it started to pour out like a fountain and fell on his head, with a sudden turn of is face towards me he shouted ”WHAT THE ……..” after seeing me with a surprise look he asked me what are you doing here? Why am I lying on the ground? Did it leave me then?

I said Wait! Wait! What do you mean did it leave you, do you remember what have you done.

With a slight node he said only a glimpses.

I don’t know why but I thought it’s not the right place to talk anything, so I helped him to get up from the ground and asked him to come into the house.

When I entered the house and rang the doorbell, Deepu came and opened the door, when she opened the door she is looking at Nagesh and said with a surprise tone “oh!! You are still alive, as I thought you failed to destroy him”, with saying this she raised a finger at me, turned her back and started walking back.

“ Any way, you can’t succeed, try your luck “ after saying these she started laughing and moved away.

This confused me because deepu has never seen Nagesh, but why she talked to him like that.

With the same confused expression I looked towards Nagesh, he said let’s go inside to your room, there I will explain everything that happened.    

chapter - 12

We entered my room in one bed vijay is sleeping, on the other we sat facing each other. My face is full of questions and I turned towards him eagerly to know what is happening, Nagesh has looked towards me and said don’t worry many of your questions will be answered.

Nagesh is my best friend, he is around the height of 5’7’’, to say frankly he doesn’t have a muscular body, but his body is well built, not only that he is very intelligent and very enthusiastic to learn new things, he has very good looks too.  Almost he is a like complete package of a perfect human and a dream boy to many girls.

As he said that he, looked towards me and said, “ today morning aunty called me and asked to come home once immediately in a trembling voice, I don’t know why but I have observed some fear in her voice, so I hurried to your house, when I entered the house she said you are acting strangely and didn’t even speak to anyone and went straight to your room and locked the room.

I walked to the door and turned the knob it is locked from the inside, we shouted for a while but you didn’t respond, we thought you are in some kind of trouble, I began to kick the door, since the door was very sturdy it didn’t even budge, I asked aunty not to worry and went out side to bring someone to help, strangely no one came to help and thought it’s a prank and by cursing them I came back and tried to open the door once again, then it has opened and when we entered the room you are sleeping like a log in your bed, we tried to wake you but you didn’t even respond, I looked at aunty and asked her to brig a jug of water, I splashed the water at your face even then you didn’t wake up. We thought you might have felt sick or strained yourself more, so I asked aunty not to worry, we will wait till noon until then if he doesn’t wake up we will inform uncle and let’s move him to the hospital.

I will wait here only aunty so don’t worry and do your work, if anything happens I will call you, she insisted to stay right beside and looking all gloomy so I asked her to go and prepare lunch and said if you wake up for lunch as we know you will make ruckus. She left then to prepare the lunch.

I opened your bag since you said you will be bringing some new manga to read, I hope to pass the time till you are awake, but instead of manga I have found a strange box, I have taken it out and looked around it , as you know me it piqued my interest and I looked around the box, there many symbols on it, I had barely recognised a few and one of the symbol is “om” I don’t know why but the box has suddenly got heavier, and from one side of the box and suddenly the light grew intense and I was struck by it.

To my surprise when I opened my eyes I was in my room, I looked at the time it is around 9:00AM it is an hour before your mom called, I checked my mobile, but I haven’t   seen her call, so all that happened is it a dream? “

When Nagesh said that word I busted out laughing, he gave a serious look towards me, I said Sorry Sorry continue…

Again Nagesh said,” then I don’t know what happened but suddenly my body began to get heavier and due to the heaviness I fell on the ground, as though sleep took over me, my eyelids began to get heavy started to shut by themselves.

When I thought I was asleep I got a dream in it everything is dark, there is a middle aged person in it, I haven’t seen him before in my entire life and he is wearing some funny costumes I don’t know why but I approached him, when I came near him, he was looking the other side. He said with a heavy tone ”you must kill the one and retrieve what must set loose” and again in a different tone ”don’t do that, it will destroy everything” again in a heavy tone ”shut up you moron, hey you if you can’t destroy him I will destroy you” in different tone ”you must help him succeed and I will try to stop him till then”, he stopped in the middle of the sentence and started punching himself.

I don’t know what is happening is he practicing for a drama? Or doing a mono-action? Then the person tuned towards me and punched me in the heart with that single punch I have fallen back many steps and fell on the ground and began to loose conscious. The in a heavy tone he said “ now freely I can take control of your body” and started laughing like a maniac.

After that I don’t know what happened but I only have a memory of very short period of time, one when searching for your contact in my mobile, two I was like following you and it is all dark, three when I was on top of you, I don’t know why my eyes are wet.

Then when the white light struck, I went back to the dark place there again is the weird person he is on his knees and he is bleeding, I hurried towards him, and asked what is this and what’s happening? Why are you bleeding?

Then the person said “ I am YOGI one of the keepers of the box, I am from Mahatala lokam, when you touched the box you were chosen to guide so I entered into you, while I am entering you, the demons started to interfere and due to this my merged soul has again separated into yin and yang, in your words light and dark, with the help from the demons the darker me has increased in strength and overwhelmed me and consumed your body and tried to destroy your friend and take the box, but suddenly a godly force came and weakened my darker self greatly, even though his strength has decreased it took a great feat for me to isolate him, I need some time to recuperate and we will be residing in your body till we complete the mission” by saying this he began to vanish into white light, and then when I opened my eyes you are there standing beside me.

I asked then why did DEEPU talked to you like that. Nagesh replied as “ oh that I remember talking to a her when the darker yogi took over me, so to not raise any suspicion I lowered my head and didn’t even replied to her then, I thought she might be one of the demons that the yogi said.”

Then suddenly Nagesh has fallen on the bed and I heard some foot steps approaching from the hall.

Who might be still awake at this time? Is it deepu? Is she really a demon like Nagesh said?

chapter-13

In the lights of the street lamp I am able to identify the face of the person, his face is resembling more like a familiar one, I have definitely seen this face, I tried to move under the light to see who is that person by still trying to stop him, his grip on the dagger not so strong he is not familiar with this kind of weapon and he has no idea of how to use it, when I moved a little under the light, I immediately recognized the face he is none other than my best friend Nagesh.

I don’t know what to do. Why did he attack me in the first place, he is behaving like Keerthi, NO he is still conscious, I pushed him back, the voice in my head told me to take out the bead from my pocket.

Wait how can the bead be in my pocket, I didn’t get anything from the house I didn’t even wear my slippers or even my mobile, I just moved involuntarily, then how can I have this bead, anyway let's do what the voice says and think about the consequences later.

Then I have taken out the bead now I looked at it a bit closer I don’t know why I did like that but I did, there I have seen two particular symbols' one is the ‘’om” symbol and the other is the swasthik symbol.

The voice in my head just asked me to use the bead, but how do I use this, he started approaching me again then I have just thrown the bead at him, it precisely struck him in the forehead, then he suddenly stopped the movement, his had lost the grip on the dagger and it fell on the ground.

He just kneeled down on the ground and looks a person who got an electric shock he is not moving, he hasn’t made any movement, he just kneeled down and facing the ground. When I tried to approach him the voice in my head said “Don’t go near him”, he is my best friend how can I leave him like that, I ignored the voice and started to move towards him. when I approached him suddenly as someone pulled me back I jumped back from him, then

Suddenly he faced towards the sky and started shouting, he began to elevate from the ground still his body is hanging, a cloud of black smoke began to come out of his body, the scene in front of me looks like a clip from the movie “ THE EXORCIST”. All the black smoke that came out of him again tried to enter but, something is stopping it, it began to wrap around him and tried to squeeze him in it, but when it tried a bright light came from his head. When the light hit the black smoke then all the black smoke around him just vanished into thin air, revealing the body of Nagesh.

After a few minutes, the light also began to vanish, while the light is vanishing Nagesh began to slowly descend from the air after the light completely vanished he is just lying on the ground unconsciously.

With everything that has happened my fear came back to me, which I thought I overcame due to everything that happened. I silently moved towards him he is still unconscious, when I touched his body to wake him, the bead that attached to his forehead fallen on the ground, I picked it and placed in my pocket. I shook him violently to wake but there is no response, I looked for water around, I found a tap nearby and went there to fetch some water. There is an empty plastic bottle nearby so I took it and cleaned it and filled it up with the water and started to go back.

When I came to him and while opening the cap of the bottle he suddenly sat straight and shouted “DIE” this startled me and in a reflex I squeezed the bottle all the water in it started to pour out like a fountain and fell on his head, with a sudden turn of his face towards me he shouted ”WHAT THE ……..” after seeing me with a surprising look he asked me what are you doing here? Why am I lying on the ground? Did it leave me then?

I said Wait! Wait! What do you mean did it leave you, do you remember what have you done.

With a slight nod, he said only glimpses.

I don’t know why but I thought it’s not the right place to talk anything, so I helped him to get up from the ground and asked him to come into the house.

When I entered the house and rang the doorbell, Deepu came and opened the door, when she opened the door she is looking at Nagesh and said with a surprised tone “oh!! You are still alive, as I thought you failed to destroy him”, with saying this she raised a finger at me, turned her back and started walking back.

“Anyway, you can’t succeed, try your luck “ after saying these she started laughing and moved away.

This confused me because Deepu has never seen Nagesh, but why she talked to him like that.

With the same confused expression I looked towards Nagesh, he said let’s go inside to your room, there I will explain everything that happened.    

Chapter-15 (new)

We struggled and said in unison “get off”, suddenly Nagesh’s voice changed, he started to say something but the language is quite different from what I have heard in Atala lokha, then weight that is weighing on us is gradually decreased.

Since the voice, way of speaking, and the language had changed I thought that it was Yogi who took over him, the way he is uttering those words, seemed like chanting of some mantras.

After he completed talking, the person who is standing on us moved away and helped us to stand.

The man who is standing in front of us is a middle-aged man, he has a very masculine body, in the first look, I thought he came from a WWE tournament. As in the old traditional style in India, he is just wearing a white dhoti. He is carrying a wooden stick in one of his hands, his hair weird, the color if it is changing almost like for every minute, he isn’t wearing any shirt but instead he tied an orange color scarf to his waist.  

He looked at me furiously as though I have made some grave mistake, then he looked towards Nagesh with a smile on his face and talked something, the way they are speaking looked like some sort of business deal. Then Nagesh looked towards me and asked to show the box to him, I didn’t ask why but I got it out of my bag and showed it to him.

By looking at the box he was shocked, as though he didn’t believe what he was seeing, he tried to grab the box, but Nagesh looked towards me and sighed to keep the box away from him, immediately I kept the box in the bag, then he seemed confused.

He then started to speak so formally almost like announcing something, this time I understood what he is saying, he said: “those who wish to pass through the gate must prove their courage, I Vinooth of Vitala lokha the gatekeeper hereby start the test now.” By saying this he pointed his staff (wooden stick) towards the sky. Suddenly, the entire atmosphere changed everything became cloudy then one of the trees has collapsed to the ground, two of its large branches started to rise into the air, the sand o the ground started to swirl around them, then out of nowhere suddenly two rocks flew towards it and stuck to them, then with a huge sound and fog surrounding them, they have stuck to the ground.

When the fog started to wear off, Yogi (the one possessing Nagesh) shouted to run into it and grab hold of what ever that was stuck to the ground and told to pull it out and defend.

What from what should I defend myself from? There is nothing here.

Then suddenly I heard huge footsteps coming from the back of me, I turned around to look at it, it is a huge golem made of rock (the puppet made by magicians from clay/rock/trees, etc) I cried and ran towards the fog.

There in the fog, though not clear something like a sword is stuck to the ground, I ran towards it, I tried to pick it up, but it really is stuck in the ground, I kept hearing screams and clashes almost like someone is fighting, I think its Nagesh, I can’t able to see due to the fog, so I am not able to say whether who is fighting, is it Nagesh? or Yogi?, anyways first I have to succeed if I can’t fight then I may very well be as good as dead in the hands of the golem that is approaching.

I tried really hard to pull out the thing that is stuck to it, the fog has disappeared completely then I saw what I am trying to pull out from the ground, it almost resembles like a katana (traditional Japanese swords).

The golem has approached me and swung one of its arms towards me I barely escaped, it started to chase me even though its size is huge, it almost tried to kill me, while escaping from it I stumbled on something and fell on the ground, while I am trying to get up Vinooth came out of nowhere and started laughing at me and said “ you, who can’t even lift the sword is trying to save” and started laughing on my face, then sudden with a change in voice he said ”you will definitely be killed by the hands of the golem here since I made it more powerful than the other. After it kills you, I will take the box from your carcass (dead body), take it to the king to regain my noble status Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!” then he kicked me in the ribs and vanished.

The voice in my head just said: “ you must succeed in this test at any cost or else you will be dead ”. I thought yeah I know even though you didn’t say before I got what my situation is from what is happening around me.

I got up, ran towards the golem blindly, it spread its hands widely like when we try to squash a mosquito, just before it joined both the hands I slide in between its legs, due to its huge size I thought it may work, and ran towards the katana, with all my strength putting together on the hands and sticking my legs firmly to the ground I tried to pull the katana, it didn’t come out but again I tried this time it moved a bit.

Oh man my back hurts, since I don’t do any sort of workouts, it’s not the time to think man, by saying this to myself, I pulled extra harder this time the katana came out of the ground, due to the force I used on the katana to pull out I fell on my back.

Yeah! I shouted, the golem turned around and came towards me running, with the katana in my hand I firmed my grip on the handle and took a slash at the belly of the golem that is approaching, it didn’t even scratch it I just flew from the force that the collision exerted from it, and fell on the ground.

When I was flown in the air due to the force, I noticed a crystal-like thing at the heart of the golem, I got up tightened my grip on the katana with two hands and started to run towards it while running, the golem suddenly increased its speed, I just didn’t bother with it, I thought it may be the best and last idea I get to destroy the golem if it was its weak point and with all my strength I stabbed the golem at the center of the heart, the golem just punched me and I fell on the ground, the katana was stuck to it, it raised its leg to stomp on me, I thought it was the end for me, then suddenly it stopped moving and with a large sound it fell on its back.

I hesitatingly went over it and pulled the katana out of its chest, when I pulled out one of its eyes started to glitter and it started to crumble to dust, even the katana in my had crumbled, after everything that happened it’s just dust.

In the pile of dust from the golem there is something that is glittering, I took it out and it is a green rock almost looked like an emerald, I put it in my pocket and stood, everything around me became normal, there on one of the temple steps Nagesh is sitting, still with the katana in his hand.

When I approached Nagesh, Vinooth came out of nowhere, oh you also have passed the test it seems and said with a disappointed look in his eyes.

Since you have completed the primary test, you are eligible to go and disappeared. I looked towards Nagesh; he suddenly fell asleep on the steps. There on one of the steps saw something, it is as follows “The first of first is first, the last of last is last and the middle is always whole “ and below it there is another script “ those who read the above one cant able to solve it within 3 hours will be killed by the guardian of the temple, if it is solved it will be helpful, the answer is around you.”

What?? Am I  going to die if I don’t solve this ridiculous riddle?

With panic, I tried to wake Nagesh? But he is not moving at all. What should I do now? Why did I even read it?