“Ugh. I have a bad feeling about this case, George.”
Payton steered the wheel to make a left turn. “Shit, man. I’m gonna have nightmares after watching the thing.”
I would too. The CCTV camera in the Dennings’ backyard caught six-year-old Jessica last night hovering mid-air. Hovering. At first, her back was facing the camera. Then her head turned. 180 degrees. But her body didn’t move. Only her head. There was no audio but you can see in her face that she was in agony. Then she started moving away, still hovering. Her head still turned to the camera. Her mouth still seemingly screaming out of pain.
“Do you think we’ll find her there? I don’t even think she’s still alive.”
I didn’t think either. The parents too. I asked Payton what he thought about them. He shook his head.
“They sound crazy they might even be our suspects.”
Mrs. Dennings was red-eyed this morning when she opened the door for us. She must have been crying after watching the CCTV footage. She told us that Jessica was their only child and before she was born, they’ve been trying to have a child for thirteen years. I empathized with her.
“Can you believe what that woman said to us? She said she regretted giving birth to the girl! What the actual fuck! They’ve been trying to have children and when this happened, they regret it. Irresponsible. You know? I bet they edited the video to get away with murder.”
Mr. Dennings joined us shortly after Mrs. Dennings shared her regret. He told us that they think their daughter is dead and they simply want her body back to give her a proper funeral. Mrs. Dennings murmured something in which her husband said,
It’s not like they didn’t warn us.
I asked him what he meant but he looked away, unwilling to answer. Mrs. Dennings, however, responded to the question.
“Who would believe their story? Aborted children get second chance? It’s ridiculous. Just.. fucking ridiculous.” Payton shook his head again.
Mrs. Dennings’ testimony was indeed ridiculous. She told us that they found a temple of ‘monks’ up north who claimed that they could help Mrs. Dennings give birth. They needed only an aborted fetus. She said it was a peculiar request but she was desperate so she stole one from an abortion clinic. Two months later, the test showed she’s expecting.
Payton pulled over. “Wow. How do you know? A temple does exist here. It looks abandoned though. You think they ac-“
I hushed Payton. The radio was getting something. At first it was static, then..
Payton looked at me.
… ahh.. Je.. they’re… here… for Jessica…
I opened the car door and got out, hand on my pistol. I shouted a warning. No response. There was only static on the radio. Payton got out of the car too and we slowly entered the temple. There was a foul smell coming from the inside.
“Fuck! What the fuck is that! That’s.. fuck.. I’m gonna throw up.”
On the floor were what seemed like mangled body parts of a small human being. The blue dress Jessica was wearing on the CCTV was torn to pieces, covered with crimson red.
Forensics identified the parts belonged to Jessica Dennings. Her body was most likely torn with medical scissors. The Dennings were questioned afterwards. There were no monks, not a single soul in the abandoned temple or nearby places.
Payton and I were dismissed that night. “Fuck, I hope I didn’t get Risa pregnant. That last transmission was flat-out scary.”
It was. It really was. Back in the temple, after requesting back-up to gather the remains, the radio started acting up again.
…look… it’s.. the.. father of.. the next… one…
I went home after drinking a couple of beers with Payton. My wife Karen was waiting for me in the living room. Her face was painted with joy as she showed me the white tube with two red marks on it.
I apologize for the crude language. It was necessary to establish Payton’s character. This won’t be the last you’ll hear from him.
If you’re confused about the story, read the title again and I hope you’ll get the connection.
Hope you enjoyed this story!
It starts with a pause
A glitter in one’s eyes
Wonders around us
Take us to the best of our lives
But I rather see your smiling face
After looking through such sight
It won’t stay long, I know
But so is your delight
A smile from a stranger’s lips
A hi from a friend’s words
Small things will not matter now
But without them, big things also won’t
Take me to where you find happiness
‘Cause everyone else would go there soon
But I’d stay here now, beside you
Like the earth’s revolving moon
I would want to take your hand
But I’d also want to keep it distant
I want to see you fly
And be there to catch you when you land
How much happiness? That, I don’t know
As long as I’m happy, I won’t have to weigh or measure
‘Cause who would take the time to count
Once you find your greatest treasure?
Everywhere is a mystery
Waiting to be discovered
Dream no matter
Reach out higher
Everyone is alone now
If he doesn’t wander
I once dreamt that I was a lighthouse
But in the dream I didn’t think I was
In my rigid stature, I imagined myself
As a star that shines till dawn from dusk
In my dream I fell for a human being
I guided his path as he walked along the shore
He was always a few meters away from me
But in that distance I grew to love him more
But he always looked up in the night sky
I was never the star he wanted to watch
He thanked God for the light they bring in the dark
But never for the light I have
That’s when I realized I was never a star
That’s when I realized he would never see me as such
But still I guided his way to the beach
So he could see the stars he adores so much
When I accepted the truth that I wasn’t his star
I shone my light to the open sea
I knew that even if I look away from him
His stars would guide him for me
Then slowly I noticed as I face the raging sea
I became the light that sailors in the night needed
They knew I wasn’t a star that shines brightly
But they’d look up for me to be guided
So I woke up from my dream and thought
I don’t have to be the person people would adore
I just have to be adored by people who could see me
And be with people who need me more
I made this poem for someone I loved dearly. For a moment, I thought I’d be happy with him but he could never see me as me. After a while, I decided that I can’t keep up with his expectations and left to find people who would accept me as I am.
The grim reaper, whose eyes I can’t see but I dare not imagine, stood on my bed side.
“You’re telling me that I get seven days to live? Why do I get to know when I will die? Is this some sort of a special privilege?” I asked, a little vexed.
The dark figure only stood in silence. I clenched my fist in anger, blood rising through my IV tube.
“You might as well kill me now! What difference would it make if I die today or a week after?!”
The figure spoke in a deathly whisper, “Live in seven days,” and disappeared into ghastly smoke.
Live? What do I do with seven days?! There’s nothing left for me. It’s better to be dead.
I hastily pulled the tube from my arm and walked to the nearest window. Seventeen floors.
I dare you Death!
I jumped out of the window and as I was free falling to my anticipated death, a truck of styroballs parked in my supposed landing area.
The next day, I stole the nurse’s scissors and slit my throat. I woke up in the intensive care unit, my hands and legs bond.
Five days before my presumed end, I tried biting my tongue off to bleed to death. The nurse caught wind of my intention and my mouth got restrained.
Four days. I stopped my breathing. How idiotic of me. I’m in the hospital. Of course the alarm would go off.
Three days. I asked the nurse for a phone, lying that I would call my mom. I hired a killer.
Two days. I waited for my death-bringer. The hospital was thrown into chaos. A wanted criminal entered the premise, about to open my door.
One day left and I stared at the ceiling, feeling lost. The days have gone by after I challenged Death with his due date.
You win, Death.
On my supposed last day, I was counting the seconds pass by when somebody opened the door. She was in a wheelchair, her right arm in a cast and her forehead covered with bandage. She looked at me, tears filling her eyes. Her beautiful face, even though bruised, glowed, and her voice, soft like a whisper, was soothing as always.
“I’m here Jake. It’s alright. I survived the plane crash. You don’t need to die. I’m here.”
My tears ran on my cheeks, down to my pillow, soaking it wet. My mouth was still gagged and I couldn’t tell her I’m sorry.
I’m sorry I thought you died.
I’m sorry I couldn’t imagine living without you.
I’m sorry I tried killing myself.
I’m sorry I bribed the nurse to inject me a lethal dose.
I’m sorry, my love, but the grim reaper is now pointing his scythe on my head.
I hope you enjoyed this story. It’s tragic, and it won’t be the only one. As a matter of fact, most of my stories end tragically. I’m not a masochist. I just like the beauty of sad stories because it makes you think of how you live your life.
They are realities of life and no matter how much we avoid them, we will always end up meeting them.
What does faith have to offer?
Why have faith when all is pointing to doubt?
What’s the use of looking for the unseen
When the evidence of it is not out?
How does one prove the existence
Of something that senses can’t reach?
How can you explain to the people
The assurance of what you preach?
For it seems that faith has become a foolish attribute
The world see it as a childish reason
When you tell them that faith can make things possible
They seem to have mocking opinions
Now if you ask a faithful what faith can do
The faithful will smile and say, it changes you
And when change begins from your deepest soul
Your faith can make all things possible
When you rest your heart that Someone’s greater
Your fear subsides and soon you are able
To take the risk that the world considers impossible
But since you have that Someone, then you become courageous
Was it not through faith that France succeeded?
If a young farm girl ignored what God commanded
Would the French army have the guts to fight though they’re losing?
But impossible to that era, it was a girl that changed history
Was it not through faith that a young dreamer saved Egypt?
He faced the Pharaoh and relied to his God
He interpreted a dream to warn about a famine
It was through him that Egypt didn’t suffer a lot
Was it not through faith that people are capable of sacrifice?
Was it not through faith that people could be selfless?
Was it not through faith that a young Nazarene should die
Just to show the world that God’s love is boundless?
But indeed it is, but only the faithful ones could know
For the foolishness of their faith the world can’t imagine
They seek out for these promised miracles
When the miracle starts when faith is planted
Like a mustard seed, Jesus said
Let your faith grow as large as its tree
Don’t let the thorns choke you
But be the living proof that God is mighty
There are those who can make the world easy
But there are only few who can make it beautiful
And let me tell you what faith can offer
It fills the world with love because you are faithful
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
– Hebrews 11:1