Author's Note:

Hello! Welcome to my story!

I'll try to make this brief:

This is a NaNoWriMo winner, but it needs a lot of editing. I want to update it once a week, but there's a 100% chance that that won't happen. I'll do my best to update frequently though.

This is the shortest chapter of the story (if it were any shorter it would be non-existent). The longest is about 2500 words and the shortest is probably just over 1000 words, as a frame of reference. I wrote a chapter a day, and that's just how it worked out.

If at any time you have a question or constructive criticism, I'd love to hear it! I won't bite. You can also tell me to shut up, and I won't take offense. I said this would be brief and it is not. So without further ado, I give you the prologue!

Prologue:

I clamped my eyes shut, refusing to believe that what had just happened was real. If I closed my eyes, it would all go away. At least, that's what I told myself. In reality, every muscle in my body was clenched in preparation for what was about to come.

Rough hands grabbed me and dragged me out onto the stage.

The roar of the crowd was deafening in my ears as the noose was tied around my neck.

Our representative just needed the chance to explain our situation more. Our lives depended on it. Heck, the world depended on it. She hadn't gotten halfway through her explanation before the crowd had decided that we were guilty. Yes, we had virtually killed a deity, but it was truly for the best. They would not listen to us though. They might never believe us, even when they have the full story.

"I would like to say something!" The woman who stood directly to my right amplified her voice to be heard over the outraged shouts. Nobody listened to her.

"You five have been found guilty for permanently banishing a beloved deity. Your sentence is death," a voice boomed. Suddenly, the crowd became so silent that you could hear a pin drop in the large auditorium.

The woman to my right tried to speak up again, but the noose around her neck was tied too tightly for her to get the words out. The only thing that crossed her lips was a series of gargles and choked coughing.

This is truly it then, I realized with sudden clarity. This is the moment I will die.

In the last moments of my life, the events of the past few months flashed through my mind in a rapid slide show of images and sounds. I guess what they say is true, that your life flashes before your eyes when you are on the brink of death.

You must be wondering about the chain of events that led me here. Since my story was never shared, I feel responsible for telling you in the only way I know how. Some parts of the story might be a little confusing, and some of what I will tell you is not my story to tell. Nevertheless, I promise to give you an unbiased and unchanged account.

Now, let's see. I believe the best place to start is the day my life changed forever.