All good things must come to an end.
-There's been a long way to get here. Coming up from the bottom. No free rides, no advantages. Now that I’m on the top, I’m leaving my past behind me. Now that I can smile just like I saw the other kids do back in the day. Now I can live the life that I always wanted to have. Now that I can breathe the air I never had, see the light I never saw, hear the sounds of joy instead of misery. I utilize every moment of my life, to make up for all those years that I didn’t have that opportunity. Whoever could have imagined that this would be the faith of me, Ángel. There was never any hope for me, I was the kid who wasn't supposed to make it. I was never mean't to have a chance. But somehow, in some way I managed to win my life back. And that’s what it’s all about tonight. Overcoming obstacles is nothing new to me.. So feel free to let my smile and happiness fool you.. While I show what’s really inside of me.
“Choices made, whether bad or good, follow you forever and affect everyone in their path one way or another.”
― J.E.B. Spredemann
A DREAM? OR REALITY?
He had no recollection of how he arrived at this point. All Xander Black remembered was his name and where he was. He was deep underground, underneath a temple of sorts. He rubbed his eyes as he lay on the damp mud beneath him. It took a few seconds for his eyes to adjust. He was on a small pathway, inside what appeared to be a cave. The walls were lighted by small candles which illuminated the path in which he was facing, sitting up – and the one behind him.
He couldn’t see all the way down them, his face contorted and he glanced at the potential directions repeatedly. Thought after thought ran through his mind, wondering how he got there and who would put him there. He had a troubled childhood, filled with strange occurrences, but this was taking the cake.
Xander Black pushed off the ground and stood up. He had to duck his head to avoid clashing on the top of the small cave. He looked from side to side, debating the best way out.
“Right or left?” He mused aloud to no one but himself.
After much deliberation, Xander swiped his long black hair out of his face and placed it behind his ears and began walking right. His hands were left with a moist texture; he dried them off with the fabric of his blue shirt that sat nicely around his muscular chest and stomach.
He walked down the path, squinting at the candle light. Mud squelched and rocks crunched under his feet, but all that came to a stop when he walked into some kind of barrier.
Xander stumbled back and felt his forehead. Pain seared through and he could already feel a headache coming on. After a moment, he realized what had just happened. He stood up and walked slowly again with his hand held out. After a couple of steps, his hand hit an invisible wall.
His eye brows pinched as he moved his hand up and down the barrier. He looked beyond but couldn’t see anything apart from the darkness that was beyond. He turned around and faced the other direction. He shrugged his shoulders and sighed loudly, which was echoed as it hit off the walls, then he began walking in that direction.
No barrier blocked him this time as he followed the narrow path through the cave, the candles lighting his way. He had begun to sweat and his shirt had started to stain. He put the uncomfortable feeling to the back of his mind and continued forward, taking extra care not to trip on rocks or slip on loose patches of mud.
Five minutes had passed by and Xander began to wonder if he would ever get out of this cave, but then he reached a turn in the path. He followed it, going right, but when he turned he had to shield his eyes as the blinding light shone into his eyes.
He shielded them and allowed them to adjust to the abnormally bright lantern hanging over an arch. Beyond the arch was an oval room, that was laced with gold walls, rubies and sapphires and emeralds lining them. In the middle of the room was a platform, that had three levels with stairs running up the front. On top of the platform was a coffin shaped box.
Looking around the room, Xander stepped off the muddy cave floor onto the golden path below his feet. What is this place and how the hell did I get here. He walked slowly towards the platform, taking in the sights of this place. He noticed it was eerily quiet, it was almost unnerving. He felt the pendant around his neck for reassurance. He had no idea where he got a pendant from, but he knew it was important.
He climbed up the stairs and stood at the top of the platform. He noticed there was another cave beyond the platform, opposite the one that he came through.
Strangely the air in began to drop in temperature, which was a welcome sensation after walking through a dark and hot cave. He placed his hands on the golden coffin-like box and rubbed his hands along it, feeling the indents and the diamonds laced through it. He felt the top of the box move under his hands, he took a deep breath and shook his head.
"What the hell am I doing?"
Something in the back of his mind urged him to continue moving it. He used all his strength and lifted the lid off the box and let it drop to the floor. He looked inside and his eyes widened, he fell back, stumbling in horror.
Breathing heavily, he stood up and looked again. He knew that face. That was his Mother. His dead Mother. Her body lying in this coffin.
What the hell is this? Where am I?
He attempted to grab the pendant again, but when he felt his neck there was nothing to grab. The only thing he could feel was sweat.
His head darted around, his body following as he heard an inhuman shriek, that made his blood turn cold. It sounded demonic and it came from the cave entrance from where he entered. He stood there, frozen in place.
Or maybe not...The scene appears to fade out, only to fade back in a moment later with a very different scene. Instead of being in a park, we're now in an alley between two buildings that has 5 boys in it, none of them look to be any older than 16 or 17 as they huddle in close together and the one who appears to be the leader, wearing a long grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans and black sneakers speaks up.
Alright guys, when we get there we all split up. Grab as much food as you can without being caught and if you hear the code word, run as fast you can out of there and go to the hideout. It's every man for himself in there so don't fuck up! Got it?
The leader looks around, seeing if anybody objects and while nobody says anything, he notices one of his buddies has a worried look on his face so he takes a step forward, getting in his face.
What's your problem Austin?
I just don't know why we have to take the food Matt, I mean there has to be a better option...right?
Matt, as we now know the leader's name is shakes his head in annoyance before looking back at Austin.
How many times do we have to go over this? We have no money to buy food, so we have to take it to survive! God damn stop being such a fucking pussy.
Matt spits on the ground in both anger and frustration as Austin sighs before nodding in agreement with what Matt is saying as the group walks out of the alley and to the left, at what appears to be a grocery store entrance. Two of the guys put on baseball caps and pull them down low to hide their eyes as the other three slide the hoods of their sweatshirts up over their heads. The 5 now enter the store and right away, all 5 go their separate ways. The cameras follow Austin and Matt as they both head in the same direction before going down different isles. A few minutes go by before a store clerk and a couple of managers seem suspicious and go looking for the 5 teens. Upon discovering this, we hear an unfamiliar voice yell "OMEGA!" and upon hearing that, all 5 teens stop what their doing and run as fast as they can towards the store exit with employees chasing them, 4 easily escape including Matt and Austin but one of them has his shirt grabbed by a manager as the other 4 look around outside and realize they're short one.
He must've been caught! We have to save him!
NO! I said before we went in there it was every man for himself so he can find a way out himself. I'm not going back for him.
Matt, the last person to speak starts walking away but stops when he realizes nobody is behind him. He turns around to yell at his friends but by time he turns around, they're already walking through the store entrance with all the food they stole on the ground outside as the scene fades out.
Well McEfoy asked for an extension and he's in the Battle Royal so you get one too. Tuesday could be a bit late, can you try getting it in by Sunday 11:59pm GMT?Hey guys really sorry to do this but could I grab an extension. Just finished my first week of Uni so haven't even thought about writing a RP. If I could have until Tuesday or whatever that would be brilliant because I really don't want to no show.
EDIT: just read the OP again, if I cannot get an extension then just eliminate me early or whatever.
Ten minutes to ten. In the rainy night, Ángel takes his final steps on the highway shoulder line. It’s still rainy in Benespera as the lights go out one by one in the few households in the area. While they go to bed, Ángel is just about to start his day. Going to the gym, for him, is like waking up. The two hour walk from Guarda to Benespera... That’s his sleep. That’s when he can clear his mind…-There's been a long way to get here. Coming up from the bottom. No free rides, no advantages. Now that I’m on the top, I’m leaving my past behind me. Now that I can smile just like I saw the other kids do back in the day. Now I can live the life that I always wanted to have. Now that I can breathe the air I never had, see the light I never saw, hear the sounds of joy instead of misery. I utilize every moment of my life, to make up for all those years that I didn’t have that opportunity.
Whoever could have imagined that this would be the faith of me, Ángel? There was never any hope for me; I was the kid who wasn't supposed to make it. I was never meant to have a chance. But somehow, in some way I managed to win my life back. How? I will show you tonight. I made a leap into the unknown. I let go of everything that was holding me back. And that’s what it’s all about tonight. Overcoming obstacles is nothing new to me... So feel free to let my smile and happiness fool you... Tonight, I will bring what’s really inside of me, to this battle.