Was there ever a time without suffering? There was once. During the
Gold Age, there was prosperity and hope. But after the Gold age, for the
next hundred years, there was nothing but poverty and agony. Collapse of
the noble and just Gruine race and the end of the free world as we know it
is drawing near. I can feel it in the brisk wind. Doomsday, Destruction,
and Death are all upon us. Help us almighty Elaina great goddess of the
mysterious. Prevent the Eclipse.
Depressing isn't it? This is just hearing about it. I lived it. This
nightmare was a routine. Among the city's streets, newspapers littered the
deserted road proclaiming what I have told you now. A baby's cry echoes
throughout the neighborhood. No doubt it is an orphan. Since I had a big
heart, and I could take care of it, I ran in the direction of the
screeching sound. An alley over from where I was is where the reverberation
of the whimper came from. I came to a glass door. It was locked. Cringing,
I punched through the glass door. Not a scratch on my hand. Saving this
baby must be my destiny is what I thought. I found it lying on the floor
unharmed. Its parents were lying in pools of their own blood, victims of
violent death. The soldiers must have gotten to them. Such a shame about
the innocent lives. I took the baby and a diaper bag I found in a cabinet.
From there I ran to where I work, the hospital.
I burst through the door, my long dark greenish hair following me. I
put the baby on a table in my office. I realize it is a girl by her eyes.
Baby boys were blue, the girls were brown or green if they were of the
common Welif race. The eyes were purplish gray. She has Vernonian blood in
her. No wonder her parents were slaughtered. Then I heard my name.
"Marizo!" Called my assistant Terria.
"What wrong Terria?" I responded.
"We've already lost twelve lives today, Where were you?"
"I was saving this baby."
"She is beautiful, like an angel. Isn't she so cute....." Terria
gasped, "She's Vernonian!! What the hell are you trying to do, kill us?"
"Shut the door now." I told Terria.
"What are you doing? If the soldiers find her it's the end for the
"Well I just couldn't leave her there."
"Yes, you could've"
"Well it doesn't matter anyway, I am leaving tomorrow to leave this
depressing place. I am going to my native Welifo. She will be safe
there. Do you want to come with me?"
"No thanks. Well when the transport leaves. Bring your stun gun."
"What?" I exclaimed.
"People everywhere are trying to get out of this desolate place. Be
"I will, I came here anyway to get my paycheck."
"Don't expect a big one."
"Are the budgets that bankrupt?"
"Worse, we have to get all our patients healed or they will kill them
"They can't do that. Don't we have enough money for life support?"
"No because there isn't any money anywhere. They can kill the
patients, they're the government remember. They've already killed ninety
"Life is such a horrible tragedy. If I don't leave now I will be
late for the transport."
"Goodbye and Good luck."
She gave me a hug. That would be the last time I would ever see my
I hugged the baby close to my chest as I rushed with my suitcase and
handbag, plus the heavy diaper bag, down the dilapidated streets to the
aerostation. I checked in and I ran to my seat before anyone would claim to
be me. These days anyone could be anyone else. I decided I wouldn't show
anyone the baby for fear that we both would be killed.
The pilot spoke over the intercom. "Good evening folks, we are going
to leave as soon as possible but there seems to be a riot on the runway."
People groaned all around me. I looked out the window and to my
surprise there was a man running to the transport. He had a crowbar in his
hand. No doubt he was going to try to break the window to get in. Before he
could raise the weapon he was shot dead in his tracks. The solider then
smiled at me and tipped his hat as if he were doing a good deed. I felt
sick from then to the entire ride.
When we were ready to have lift off I felt as if I were being
watched. I looked all around me until I spotted a shady man a few rows
ahead that was peering at me. He just sat there all squinty eyed and I
started to get my registered Useo, a gun that could kill five people with
one blast in three different parts of the room, out of my handbag. The he
walked toward me. I held the baby even closer, I was her only chance now
for survival. Damn fate. Damn evil.
He sat down next to me. He had piercing dark eyes and cropped orange
hair. He then alas spoke in a soothing voice. "Greetings. I'm Raai of the
Queon race. I can see by your beautiful bright green eyes and long soft
forest green hair you are of the pure Welif clan. I am honored to be in
your presence." Then he kissed my hand.
"Greetings." I then quickly jerked my hand away.
"Feisty, me like."
"Please don't talk to me in that manner. I'm not that kind of a
"Well you could've fooled me Taki."
"Taki??!! I'm not a whore!"
"All women to me are Takis." He then put his hand on my thigh and
started to kiss my neck.
"Get away from me you pervert!"
"Fine suit yourself. You don't know what you are missing."
Then he got up. Thank the gods. I watched him go back to his seat.
There was a solider who was near the door that came up to me and said, "If
anyone else give you any trouble on this aircraft you let me know." He put
his hand on my chin. "You understand. I don't like scum like that bastard
treating mothers that way." I told him that I understood what he was
saying. I could not believe what he did next. He sat down beside me. I was
"Could I see your baby, Miss." I was about to panic. Then I
remembered that the soldiers could smell fear. The government created super
"Sure go right ahead, don't wake her up she is sleeping."
"I won't bother her. I was a dad once. My wife and children were
victims of a robbery/murder. I joined the army to take revenge on the sick
bastards who murdered their mother in front of her own children."
"I will have my revenge one day."
"Well it has been nice chatting with you."
"Do you want me to leave so soon?"
"Well you have work to do and that man is bothering another young
woman up there."
"Oh well goodbye." The robotic solider got up on queue and hassled
He then went about his business and the transport had reached Welifo.
Home at last. Home at last.
"Marizo!!! Welcome home dear." My mother greeted me at the front door
of the house. The house was pretty big with spacious rooms and fresh
fragrant flowers in every one.
"I'm so glad you are home. Alleo says hello. He's still available you
"Yeah nice to see you to Ma. Just throw another relationship in my
face that won't work out anyway because most races are intimidated by
"My Little Flower still a pessimist I presume."
"To the fullest Ma to the fullest."
The baby then woke up. She started crying and screaming.
"Well what do we have here. A baby??? MARIZO!! How many lectures did I
put you through to learn that you should be married to have a baby?"
"A lot Ma. The baby isn't mine. I rescued it from a slum which it was
orphaned from the murder from her parents."
"Oh.. whew that was a close one. I knew you weren't that stupid. Well
I'll take care of it for you for a while. Its really hungry."
"Thanks you are the best." I was always used to my mother's odd
After seeing my mother for the first time in five years can really put
some wrinkles on the face of old age. I knew that I am only three hundred
but my mom is about a millennium. I now see my fate. It was completely
different than I expected. I remember my thoughts to this day. I have to
say hello to an old friend now. Alleo hope you are as handsome as you were
the last time I visited. Maybe I never found the right guy because you are
my destiny. Well Zela is a tricky goddess of love I can tell you that much.
As soon as I got to Alleo's house by a taxi, I was shaking I was so
nervous. I knocked on the door and he opened it. His broad frame, sparkling
blue eyes, and cropped forest green hair all looked down at my petite
structure and he said, "Marizo! How nice to see you. Come on in." I walked
in the house.
"How have you been?" he asked as he hugged me.
"Fine you?" I replied.
"That's awesome, I've been good too. I have to change clothes
now for a meeting of an association I'm in. Could you wait? I would like
you to be the first to see me in this alright?"
"Sure I'll wait."
I waited for about ten minutes. He came out of his bedroom. I could
not believe my eyes. I prayed it was all a nightmare, a horror, and even a
joke. He was dressed in a damned Yersee Solider uniform.
"What the hell has happened to you?"
"What the hell is that supposed to mean? Do I have an ugly scar or
"You belong to a blood thirsty organization of mass murder. That is
like an revolting disfigurement on a pure soul."
"Big deal. I'm proud to be part of the Yersees."
"What has happened to the Alleo I've known all my life? The one who
was liberal. the one who was compassionate and considerate? Now look at
you! You're nothing but an evil son-of-a-bitch that kills for the sensation
of power. I never want to see you again!"
I then stormed out of the house crying. He chased after me.
"Please don't go.I love you."
"Get away from me! You don't love with a heart of icy stone. You also
don't love by massacring innocent victims."
I hailed a taxi home. I will never go back to him. Never. Such a shame
on what we could have had. I prayed to Zela for love for so many nights.
She must have had something else in mind. She did too.
I went home and told my mother everything that happened. She told me
that she would always be here for me and that another even better love will
come along. I hope she's right. Like a mother she always was.
The following weeks I learned to care for the baby. I had not decided
on a name. My mother thought that Pennsiana is an appropriate name. It
means Stray Angel. I thought Deenane is an easy to pronounce name. Deenane
means Graceful Deity. I took care of her as my own. I can give her
everything except a father. That is what I regret the most at this point.
Since I would be living on Welifo I needed a job. I took my handbag
and left the house. I walked into a private medical practice. I opened the
door and walked to the receptionist's area.
"Hello I would like to speak to the doctor.Doctor Neo."
"Do you have an appointment?"
"No I want to see if he's hiring at this point."
"No he isn't I can tell you that much.besides if he was he wouldn't
hire the likes of you."
"Why wouldn't he?"
"You're a woman. He only hires men as doctors."
"Oh I see. Well goodbye then."
I went from there to at least seven different practices. No was the
answer to all of them. All because of me being a woman. I then went into a
café to have lunch. I ordered and waited patiently for my food. There was
an elderly couple sitting at a table near me. I eavesdropped on their
conversation. I had nothing else to do.
"I can't believe how short staffed they are at the hospital."
"They need to hire more doctors."
"They're desperate enough that they could even hire women."
"Yes I agree. Did you hear about the planet Urea?? The soldiers blew
it up. And there were no more transports out of the area since a few days
I nearly spilled my coffee. Next my eyes started to water. I started
to cry. Poor Terria. Of all the planets in the whole damned universe they
just had to blow up Urea. I started to tear up, and contemplate how lucky I
actually was. I left the correct amount of change on the table and walked
out of the café sobbing.
I marched to the hospital. I was all dried up. No tears for the
millions of death, which I had so much wept for in the past. How? I had no
idea. I was crying and carrying on and the next thing you know it I was
silent. What is happening to me? I thought to my self. I'm changing. But
why? I now know it was the oncoming eclipse.
I walked over to the receptionist's area. The nurse looked back at me.
"Hi how may I help you?"
"I would like to apply for a job here."
"Ok all I need is for you to answer a few oral questions and you can
start working here if you answer is acceptable."
"Ok fire away."
"What is your name?"
"What age are you?"
"I am three hundred years old."
"Where did you go to medical school?"
"The School of the Art of Medicine and Healing."
"You graduated form there???" she sounded surprised.
"Yes I did. I was valedictorian of my graduating class of 3620."
"You don't need to answer anymore questions."
"The last one is extremely acceptable."
I had a job at last. I was working at a job I love too even if not all
the patients love me.
"What the hell is she doing here?????" said Gene, an elderly patient.
"She will be your doctor to draw your blood for tests. She is very
qualified." Said Dr. Welen.
"But it's a she. no doubt she will cry at the sight of blood."
"I don't. I've done it literally a few thousand times sir." I told
"I don't like women doctors they are too ditzy and no doubt they will
mess it all up."
"I won't I promise."
"I don't trust you."
"Marizo has a lot more experience than me Gene."
"I still won't let her touch me."
"Fine I will do it. sorry Marizo but he has the choice. Hope you are
not offended on your first day here."
"It's your first day too? I thought my wife wanted me dead and this is
proof. You all are in a huge conspiracy. I oughta sue!" Gene says.
"No your wife does not want you dead. I'll go outside now and let Dr.
Welen do his job." I then walked out of the room.
A little while later the heavenly handsome Dr. Welen came to talk to
me. He was tall and he had purplish gray eyes. He also had black hair. Pure
"Sorry about Gene earlier."
"It's okay I am quite used to prejudice against women. I got it all
the time at the hospital I used to work at."
"Oh where did you work?"
"A small hospital on Urea."
"Oh.I heard the soldiers blew it up."
"It's so sad. My best friend for two hundred and fifty years was on
"I understand my brother, his wife, and their new baby were on the
"Oh I'm sorry."
"The baby was a month old. It was a girl. They lived in a ghetto near
a rich complex."
I could not believe it. Could it be?? The baby I saved. is it his
"Are you okay? You look about you are about to faint."
"Oh well I saved a baby that was a girl and Vernonion. My mom and I
are taking care of it."
His face lit up. "Could I take a look at it? I mean to see if it's
"Sure. You could come to my house tonight."
"Really? That would be great."
"See you then."
"Thank you Marizo. you're a lifesaver. And I mean it."
That was excellent. Finally a relative of the baby is still alive.
That is remarkable news. That was my thought before a tragedy befell us.
It was seven o'clock. He rang the doorbell. I answered it.
"Hi so where is she?"
He followed me down the hall to the kitchen. The baby was in her
"That's her. Trista. The girls name is Trista."
"Trista.what kind of name is that?"
"I don't know. That's why I remembered it."
"Okay well do you want to take care of her?"
"She's better off with you. I know nothing about taking care of a
"That's fine I'm ready to sign the adoption papers."
"Well not tonight. Do you want to get something to eat?"
"Sure I guess."
We decided to have dinner at a cozy café on Main Street.
"This is a really nice place." He told me.
"I thought so too."
"What are you going to have?"
I checked the menu. "I think the salad sounds delicious."
"I like the Jecas burger."
"You have a strange taste for meat."
"Hey eating a type of elephant isn't so bad."
We talked for hours getting to know about each other. When we were
about to leave I felt the presence of something evil. It came upon me like
a bolt of lightning.
"EVERYONE GET DOWN!!!!!" I yelled at everyone in the café.
Showers of steel bullets inundated the restaurant. Glass went flying
all over the place. People were screaming. Others collapsed in their meals.
Blood was everywhere. Death was all around us. I have a scar on my left arm
because of the glass. This went on for at least five minutes.
Welen and I were hiding underneath the table. We both were trembling.
My left arm was bleeding badly. Then, I heard a boot cracking and crunching
demolished glass. The crunching came toward us. I recognized the Yersee
emblem on the boots when they came into sight.
Next thing I knew a face peeked at both of us underneath the table. It
was Alleo. He was holding an extremely large gun.
"BOO!!!" he screamed.
I screamed. Welen was practically on top of protecting me.
"Do whatever you want to me but don't touch her." He said
"I wouldn't touch my precious Little Flower." Alleo then said.
"Marizo do you know him?"
"Yes I do." I said. "He was my friend for the longest time."
"Was.well anyway you two get out from there or you both will be
We got out from underneath the table. Alleo pointed the gun toward us.
"Why are you doing this Alleo?"
"To help the eclipse."
"Eclipse? What's that?" I asked.
"Its like this. You know how an Eclipse last temporally and it only
happens for a while. well it's the same here. All races hate that one race
we choose to annihilate. How? We use force. Weapons and threats too. It's
all to fulfill a dream. We wipe out a race and after that everything is as
before and the cycle continues until the ideal society. Only with a short
conversion of mood in the middle." Alleo explained. "And as before I have
had hidden plans to marry you."
"But why would you harm innocent people? Besides I don't want to marry
"People are afraid of our powers." Welen answered.
"Yes tell me about your powers." added Alleo.
"Well all the decedents of Vernon, the god of mystics, and a human by
the name of Delah, the mother of our ancestors, have magical powers." Welen
"Your ancestral father is a god?"
"Yes. He and the human fell in love and had twenty children. From
there came the largest race in the entire galaxy."
"How interesting." Said Alleo sarcastically.
"We all have powers superior to all the other races. Others all are
"Okay how can everyone hate that one race.but I am not affected?"
"You are a brave rebel Marizo. You see the good in everyone. You are
Welif. I'm not who I appear to be. I'm really of the Queon race. I am
wearing a wig and colored contacts. Goodness and purity of a races are the
true enemies of the universe." Alleo said.
"Love and purity are the true enemies of the universe. Yeah right.
Evil is the true enemy."
"Well enough with the Smalltalk. In order to follow out the eclipse I
have to kill both of you." Alleo said.
"Why? I don't have Vernonion blood." I told him.
"You are Welif and immune. Also you know the secret behind the
Alleo started to aim the machine gun and pull the trigger. "Nice
knowing you. See you my Little Flower in heaven." He then blew me a kiss.
"Well I see you in hell." Welen snapped."
When he was about to pull the trigger, a single bullet shot out of a
nearby gun and it went right through his heart. He fell to his knees then
to the ground. Behind him was the woman who shot the seven-foot tall man
and brought him to his knees in death.
"Sur-prise Sur-prise." She said after shooting Alleo.
"TERRIA??!! I thought you were blown up because all the transports
"Well I'm here tonight aren't I?"
"I am glad everything's going to be alright." I said as I walked
toward her Welen following me.
"Don't move." She pointed the gun at us. Welen and I froze.
"Terria. what the hell are you doing?"
"Oh nothing just carrying out the orders of my captain."
"You are part of the eclipse? That's betrayal."
"Yeah I know. I've felt that way since forever."
"My mother hated me and tried to kill me at least one hundred times.
Here are my scars." She showed me these infected and diseased incisions on
her arms that were covered up by her long sleeves that she always wore.
"and my father told me when I was young that I couldn't be anybody but I
was born to hate like all my forefathers. My name Terria in the Rewi race
means Corrupt Hate. So fulfills the prophecy of my life given to me at
birth: 'All the pain that I will hold deep inside my heart and soul could
never be prepared, for all the dreams shattered and all my future hopes
trampled, love is no longer with me. Hate and evil is in its place and for
all eternity I shall cry sorrowful tears in rage."
"Why didn't you tell me? I could've helped."
"No you couldn't. It's fate. Cruel fate."
"Why couldn't I help?"
"It is my destiny."
"To hate. that's terrible."
"I was born to hate.as you both are born to die together."
She shot a round of bullets at both Welen and me. Not one hurt us.
"Why the hell aren't you dead yet. Shit. These bullets bounced off you
both. Is there a shield protecting you?"
I looked at Welen. He held his hand out in front of us. A symbol was
on his hand. It was the symbol of Vernon. He was straining to keep the
shield in front of us.
"What do you think you are doing?" Terria yelled at Welen.
"The powers.are forbidden.we are not. allowed to.use them.unless the
most.desperate situation.shall come upon us." He struggled to speak.
"Well what will happen to you now?" She responded in snobbish way.
"I shall die."
"No!!!" I screamed.
"Thanks that my made my work much easier." She put her gun back in her
Suddenly a bright white beam shot out of Welen's hand. It hit Terria
as she turned around to run away. All that was left of her was a pile of
ashes. Next to me Welen collapsed.
"WELEN!!" I knelt down beside him.
"Relax Little Flower.this is my punishment for using the forbidden
I started to sob. "Why did you do that? Now the eclipse has been
achieved. Evil is triumphant."
"No it hasn't. You have saved the baby. She is pure Vernonion. You
have shattered the Eclipse."
"The baby. I forgot. I don't know how to raise a child."
"You will make a great mother I know it. Trust me. I'm sorry I can't
"Yes, I'm sorry too."
"I love you. Don't forget me Marizo."
"How could I do that?"
"I don't know. But please don't. I love you." He then died.
I still haven't forgotten Welen. He was right for I did make a good
mother. Trista is in law school right now. My mother has been long gone
since that time. I was able to give Trista a father, however he passed on
about fifty years ago. I was honored for my heroic actions for smashing the
Eclipse. It still took me two hundred years to find my dearest love. I
broke a lot of hearts in those years. I shattered a lot of dreams. One was