Chapter 8: Invisible Shadow

Justyen fell into a dream, the night everyone was asleep at the stone ring. He drifted away into the shadows of somewhere dark, deep inside his mind. It was a place he's never been before. Like an alternate world, where things are very very different. As the fog clears, a dark island is shown, lonely in the middle of a mass dark ocean. Justyen lay alone on a shadowy coast, the waters crashing the shores silently. His heart filled with sorrow, darkness, pain, and fear... This place was just not right, was this real? Or trapped in another's nightmare, this was nothing Justyen have ever felt. It almost felt like an alternate reality, everyone he knew was gone. Something definitely was not right, it's as though he lost everyone he's ever known, and now trapped on a desolate island...

Justyen could hardly stand up, his heart heavy and something missing from it. He looked around the island, only fog he could see. His body shook as tears suddenly dripped from his eyes, he could not believe what was happening, like his whole world just instantly vanished from his soul. The memories of Stevie and the others were cloudy, he could not remember anything that had happened to them, or if it was actually real. Everyone and everything he knew was... gone...

Justyen crawled towards the silent waters on the shore, leaving a trail through the wet sand behind him. His hands sunk into the ground as the waters flowed around his hands. He looked out into the empty waters with a broken expression. He felt nothing anymore. Slowly, his head turned to one side, he saw a turtle crawl out of the water, slowly making its way up the beach, carrying it's massive shell. The turtle looked Justyen's way, then trudged it's way over to him. It was like watching someone carry many heavy burdens on their shoulders, just wanting to get away from them, but all that darkness and pain just follows you, with no way of getting rid of them. Justyen crawled towards the turtle, meeting it halfway on the shore. He sat back, as the turtle lay in his lap. It looked as though the turtle was feeling a great sorrow, Justyen could feel it... he placed a hand on it's shell and closed his eyes. The turtle was definitely feeling great sorrow. It's been living here by itself for many years, with nothing and nobody else... It was like the end of the world here on this island. Nothing was born, and nothing died... Justyen and the turtle were just invisible, to the rest of whatever existences and worlds are out there.

So, was this really just a dream? Or was it truly the end of the world? It all felt so real, so painful, to be alone like this forever. All Justyen wanted was for someone to see him, be a part of something beautiful. To have a true friend, that wouldn't treat him any less of what he was, to always be there for him, to adventure and have lots of great moments and memories. He just felt completely invisible in this place, with the rest of the world oblivious of his being...

Justyen held this strange turtle and began to cry. All he wanted was just one person to take notice and wake him from this nightmare, this horrible mundane world and show him was life and light was all about... His hands began to shake, as the turtle glowed a faint blue light. The turtle started to vanish from this world, particles danced all around him, as the existence of this creature left this world and into nothingness. Justyen grasped the space in front of him, but caught nothing but air. He fell forwards into the water face down. Water and wet sand splashed his vision, as he lay there lifeless and alone. His sorrow overwhelmed him and couldn't breathe anymore. His life in this world was also vanishing like the turtle... Was he dying? Or was he being sent into another nightmare?

Justyen was now just a shadow of his former self in this world, fading into the fog of the island. It was like this world didn't want him anymore...

"Why are you pushing me away?" Justyen asked... His voice trailed off into the blackness of the island.

"Am I not allowed to be a part of anyone's life?"

Justyen awoke to the sounds of mumbling and dark figures lurking around him, talking in a strange language... He was lying on a table in a strange chamber, it looked as if it was part of a castle... Memories came flooding back to him... he was back in the world of Norrath...

"Stevie?"