"P-please help me." cried the girl he remembered to be the first to arrive in Mount Balatukan. She was the schoolgirl from before who was pushed to the rock by her friend.
Ley only blanked out for a few seconds before he decided to help. He was neither a saint nor a lawbreaker. However, he was not that heartless to ignore a helpless girl's plea and let her fend by herself.
He squatted down to carry the girl, then he asked, "Would it be alright if we jump down the cliff? I'm afraid it’s the only way to reach the forest faster."
He saw the little girl hesitated. It was a normal reaction considering that most people hate the pain and fear heights. Ley tried to explain further. "Don't worry, I won't abandon you. If we jump, we would surely get hurt. But at least we would be able to escape from here. The goddesses are both fierce and merciless. They don't care how many people will be caught in their battle. We have no time to dilly-dally. I'll carry
***Skyworld. In a brightly lit palace on one of the highest mountain peaks of the Great West Empire.A woman whose head was adorned with an exaggeratedly decorated crown gazed at the person who requested an audience with her."Your Highness," greeted the man whose features resembled an elf. In the Skyworld, people like him were called Forest Fairies. He had a natural good-looking face and tall built, his ears long and pointed. The visit of this forest fairy happened a day after the battle between Mayari of the Skyworld and Anda of the Underworld."You came to remind me of your goddess' condition?" The beautiful, ethereal-looking woman seated on the throne had an intelligent pair of eyes that could glimpse into a person's intention before they could even voice out.Watching the slight shock on the visitor's face, she indifferently said, "Just a reminder. I've already won the bet so the Authority of Light is now mine.
***Leyte could still remember the uncomfortable feeling and the suffocating fear that swallowed his whole person as he fell from a high place. It was simply awful. Terrible…. For he knew not if there was something to fall to… or if he would still be in one piece once he landed at the bottom.Now he wanted to question his decision, whether jumping off a cliff was really a good idea. It was simply one of the most horrific experiences he had had where he could not even control his own imagination. Never did he expect that closing his eyes would not help at all.The most damnable part was how his imagination almost never left the negative side!‘I’m in a soul state, I won’t die…. Right?’ Even he had begun to doubt his own survival due to the unending jump.Then when he felt like his body would be finally reaching the ground, his consciousness suddenly slipped into the darkness… as if he was being forced to sleep or fall into brief oblivion. This seemed to be proving his conjecture about h
***Several minutes later, Hana returned and stood in front of him with her hands behind her back. "Grandpa Fernando is right next door. And I have many more things to explain to the two of you. Since he had also woken up and it would be more convenient if you two are in the same space when I explained, can you please come with me to his quarters?"Leyte nodded his head gently and said, "No objections here. I had many questions in my mind that need to be clarified.”He first drank the glass of water to quench his thirst. Then he finally agreed to her request and let Hana support him as they walked next door. During the short but laborious walk, he tried to ask some stuff, “Earlier, you mentioned Earth. I just would like to know, you mean our Earth, right?"“Yes.” She nodded and glanced at him. “It’s the one we are more used to.”“I see,” he said.‘So from spirits briefly staying in the Underworld, we got upgraded to Earth’s wandering ghost.’He went quiet for a moment as he contempla
...To be honest, while he seemed like he believed everything Hana said, the opposite was actually true. Not knowing that his intellectual abilities improved greatly, he subconsciously noted the several dubious points that he picked up from Hana's words. There was the unanswered question, why turned them into whatever Anitos? Why not humans?The other souls were escorted into Great Underworld Chief Deity Sitan’s dwelling place. Why were the three of them turned away?The matter about the internet and the language of the human villagers which she said they would have no problem understanding could be excused somewhat. It was not as important. But Hanan?The suspicion only turned stronger when he heard the name. The girl was correct. In the records, ‘Hanan’ was the Goddess of the Sun, eldest daughter of the Great Creator Bathala, said to be one of the most powerful second-generation gods.Ley who had even known about the nearly lost knowledge of the local ancient Underworld rituals co
...He turned into a 'higher being' but knew nothing about them. Ley asked himself, 'Are goddesses so whimsical? Some are violent to the extreme and some beyond generous?’"Julia, I wish to know. Is everyone on the island aware what this place is? Are they also Anitos or supernatural beings?"The maid replied, "Young master. Most of the villagers are people with pure hearts or supernatural abilities. But everyone excluding the three masters of the governing mansion is merely human."It felt like he had asked something already answered before. He shook his head and sought out Hana and old man Fernando.“Hello, I plan to check out the village and sightsee. Old man, you coming?”Hana raised a hand. “I’ll go. I want to try out my abilities at the village.”The girl was being generous for offering a real demonstration of what she had learned so far.She added. "You know, before the goddess left fo
...When the three returned to the mansion, dinner was already served on the table. The two men who were not used to the insane efficiency of the servants that bordered an ESP exchanged glances."The food smells good." Old man Fernando could only say to diffuse the awkward silence.The two others nodded. Anyway, the dishes indeed looked and smelled appetizing, if they would focus on it and not mind the number of people surrounding them, that was.When they sat at the long table, Ley could not help but peek at Hana. He could not help but wonder if, for the past sixth months, she ate by herself watched by more than five pairs of eyes. When he imagined himself taking her place, the resulting scene made him never want to consider the idea again."Please enjoy." He heard the old man's butler spoke.Like she had rehearsed it a thousand times, Hana elegantly picked up her utensils and filled up her plate with the dishes she wanted
...-Inside a luxury cafe, Eastwood City, QC, Metro Manila-Aurora 'Aura' Miller had always been a failure of a writer. She would have long starved if her late parents did not leave her a few rental units as an inheritance.Her editor friend, Lucy Roces, was aware of it and this was the reason why even though their friendship was quite deep, the other party never brought up publishing Aura's book through their publishing house.Now the two met since the female author offered to treat the other as a celebration for her new work."I say, Lucy, I'm pretty sure I'm almost there. My book is already half-way done, and I only need another burst of inspiration to finish it. I can feel that this new one will become a colossal hit, so I'm treating you in advance." Her eyes brimming with excitement, the author said passionately before taking a sip from the cup of coffee in her hands."Are you still working on that same horror story? T
..."Let's not talk about her." Nathan once again opened the small gate and allowed Lucy, his editor, to enter. "What brought you here?"Lucy smiled and raised the fried chicken and veggies that she bought. "Let's celebrate. Your stories sold so well and my cheap boss gave me a raise plus a delightful bonus."The man also smiled and unceremoniously snatched the food from her hand. Nathan invited her in - for the very first time. Before, she could only see the guy from the gate.Once inside the house, Lucy roamed her eyes again and couldn't help but feel like the house really has a rather heavy atmosphere. From the outside, it could already be sensed. The feeling only grew stronger when she entered. She took a seat, shrugged, and mused, 'Probably the fault of the gloomy ghostwriter.'From the kitchen, the man brought out dishes onto the table and prepared the plates and utensils for both of them.Watching him, she spoke up."Hey,