Theme: Never Lose Hope/Faith
Pleas for life were silenced. Cries for help were extinguished. Bodies remained unmoving. The city was quiet. It all started to make sense. We never stood a chance. We were fighting a ninety degree uphill battle, and this would be it. This would be the end.
Its words echoed in my mind,” Come to me boy. Accept your faith, or watch everything crumble. Every single thing.”“It” was the personification of all evil. “It” was waiting for me.
The fate of the world was on my shoulders, and it seemed to press down on me with every step I took. My power was fading. I was Earth’s last resort, and when my power runs out, there would be no chance of defeating “it”. I was the only thing that stood in between Earth’s destruction, but to me it seemed as if nothing was there to stop it from happening.
Four days ago, I ran out of patience. To many people had given themselves to our cause. To many had died. I was going to end it once in for all. Or at least try to. That was my intention. It threatened me multiple times, but this time I was struck hard. I traversed the barren streets, and marched to my impending doom.
Moments passed, and before me stood the Empire State Building, covered in a blanket of pitch black darkness. It almost paralyzed me to think about what was to come. The universe’s only threat stood at the top of the building, waiting for me to face him. He could wait. I seated myself on the bottom step, and silently thought to myself, about everyone and everything. “What was I going to do?,” I thought. “How does a former seventeen year old delinquent compare to the destructive might of the Devil. When did I ever think this would be possible?
I thought about all my friends who I would never see again. I had to reflect upon the tough chapters.
When I was twelve, I met Kiko. He was my best friend. He always had my back, and I always had his, but one day, I wasn’t there to protect him. He, along with 2 others, died on a failed mission attempt.
My childhood friend, Ayori. She was there to comfort me when he died. It was so tragic. I lost sight of everything, but she picked me back up. She raised me from the deep darkness and despair which I had fell into. It would be hard to never see her again. She was at the camp, awaiting the return of a hero who I knew was never going to come back.
The last time we talked, I remember her singing me a song. It almost made me cry. One verse stood out to me:
“Seek praise by appraising every lesson ever learned, as the warm summer breath comes caressing every word. The trail’s full of hurt. Though progression is uncertain…” I couldn’t help but letting a smile creep upon my face. “Have faith. He’s directing every turn.” I looked up. God was directing everything. I know he’ll guide me. He’s done so this far. He gave me this power for a reason, and I intended to use it to do so.
My attitude changed completely. I wasn’t going to let this stand in my way. I stood in the way of Earth’s destruction. The devil stood in the way of its salvation. My comrades shouldn’t die in vain. I should give them a reason for doing so. I was not going to succumb to despair. I will defeat him, or die trying. I am going to end it, and get my ass back home to Ayori. I will do it.
We were fighting a ninety degree uphill battle, but everyone knows angels fly. This would be it, but this wouldn’t be the end. Not for me.
I prayed, got up, and ascended the stairs to face the challenges God set out for me.