I opened my eyes, in a daze. i was in a white room like space, with doors in many places, some spinning, some sliding, some stationary. This looks like something out of a halfway decent inception spin off, minus its trademark BWOOONG noise. You make the noise in your head too? so did i, thinking that out.
after sitting up and took a better look at my surroundings, only to see nothing but whiteness. what was i doing before this happened? i can barely remember anything. i remember my name, my schooling, my skills, and that guitars are awesome.
I sighed and looked at my body, seeing what i was wearing. well in this case, i was lacking modesty, if you catch my drift.
Taking a deep breath, i was thinking about what i wish i had, and i suddenly felt warmer. i looked down to find myself now clothed. i could feel underwear and socks, i could see my shoes on, my best pair of blue jeans and my favorite shirt. what was this place?
Just as i thought that, a small white column pedestal appeared in front of me with a note. i grabbed the note and began to read.
"To whom it may concern,
You are dead. Sorry. However, you have a chance to start a new life somewhere else! don't worry about how you died, it doesn't matter anymore, since you are dead. Anyway, since you have no memories of the stories you yourself created while alive, you in your transitive state, opted to go into one of those worlds, instead of be reborn. Believe it or not, you've actually already made up your mind as to where you're going, who you'll meet, everything. Once you finish reading this letter, your past selves will appear before you and give you a gift to take along your trip. This will test every bit of everything your soul has gone through, be careful and be safe!
Excuse the what now? I'm dead? seriously?
i groaned in annoyance, looking in front of me after that. Three people stood in front of me, two from an era from earth's past, the third one was way before but way after anything earth has gotten to.
"Step forward," The first person said, wearing fur clothing with chain mail under, looking like a Germanic nobleman.
I took a step forward, scared and confused now.
"My friend, my brother, my comrade, it has come time for you to receive your gifts, to live out a dream of yours and let your soul come to peace," the noble told me, holding out a small note pad and a pencil.
I took the gift gingerly and imagined myself up my leather jacket i own and put them in my pocket.
"thank you, sir," i told him, bowing respectfully. i rose up a moment later, feeling a rush of air go by. he was gone. the soldier then stepped forward, being from the world war 2 era of earth history.
"Here i have for you, is a box of matches," he said, offering it to me, "doesn't seem like much, but you'll thank me later bud."
I nodded and took the box of matches, putting them in my other jacket pocket. I saw the soldier disappear, disintegrating into nothingness.
The futuristic looking man stepped in front of me and held out his hand, not saying a word, letting his eyes talk instead of his mouth. He wore a military officer's uniform, it being indigo blue and having many medals pinned to his chest, the name was in a language i did not understand, but something told me he was a ship captain from another world. A space ship maybe?
he withdrew his hand slowly, having left a multi-tool in my hand. he nodded and backed up quickly, disintegrating slowly. he did a salute and fell back into nothingness. i heard an all too familiar growl after that, from behind.
i turned around quickly, seeing myself, but younger and smaller, by about 4 inches.
"Erm, what's...going on?" i asked, backing up a bit.
he was silent, getting paler with his eyes turning black, looking like a monster after a few moments. i realized what this younger version of myself was meant to symbolize. my inner demons.
I smirked and turned my back to him, hearing his growls get more throaty and demonic, but he could not run, or walk, not even crawl. he just stood there, waving his hands around trying to get to me.
I walked up to a door and opened it, smelling the lush forest awaiting me. i dont know what im getting into, but im thinking im going to love it, hate it, regret it, and appreciate it, all at the same time...
I looked around as i stepped through the door, immersing myself in this surreal experience. the door behind me was gone, and i had no-where left to go but forward. what will happen? what will become of me? i do not know.
After taking stock and listening to the sound of my surroundings, i began my trek through the forest via game path. i didnt see any buildings or smoke so i wasnt sure about any civilization nearby. The sky was clear and unassuming, the birds were chirping and squirrels playing, butterflies doing butterfly things. this was like a hike without the luxuries of earth materials, aside from my clothing that is.
after about 5 minutes of travel, i happened upon a simple, small, shrine. This world had some form of technology, at least. I approached the shrine and noticed it was of japanese origin, or at least looked earth-asian. it had a note written in english saying as follows.
"wear this necklace like dog tags, young one, and you shall find she who will repair your soul and set you free."
Well, thats isnt even the slightest comforting or creepy. was this for me? i could feel a tingle in my senses by being near the shrine, which means, to my most previous earth life's knowledge, that this place has a form of mana or spiritual energy. Either that or gives off massive electromagnetic waves that follows a polar shift, or something like that.
If this would be considered earth fantasy, ill have magic, if my hypothesis on magical energy is correct then ill be able to produce some form of energy using spiritual energy nicknamed mana. maybe this necklace will be like a catalyst? i reached out and touched the pendant, examining it within its dark box. it felt smooth, oddly soft. it was in the shape of half a heart with the split off part looking like it was physically broken in half from its counterpart. i almost didnt notice the smile on my face. i felt happy at the touch of this, the knowledge of what it was. did my soul know something that my consciousness didnt? as per my probable instructions, i took the necklace and put it on. i took a deep breath, relaxing a bit, and tucked the necklace pendant between my jacket and shirt and reviewed the area again.
Nothing had changed, thankfully, however there was a split path. assuming the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, they head east or west, because the sun had shifted to the west a bit from when i arrived in this new world. picturing my options in my head, i looked at the tree tops to see any mountains or cloud directions. there were no clouds in the sky, nor were there mountains within view, it was flat as far as i knew. i didnt have any coins, so i decided to use my pencil instead. if it landed on the writing part, id go east, the eraser means west. i did a light toss into the air and watched it drop to the ground. it landed on the pencil tip. i head east from here.
i put my pencil away, it miraculously having not broken the tip from the toss, and began my journey east. As i walked i noticed how free i felt, instead of what i could only assume, was the constraints of the earth modern life. i guess, from the feel of the air, that this society was around the medieval ages, or was just really eco-friendly.
Moments later, i heard humming. human vocal humming. i wasnt alone! human? elf maybe? the voice was angelic, making my heart flutter. it went from humming to singing. almost like out of a cartoon. it was coming from up ahead. the voice felt familiar, like i knew who was singing it. the singing was eminating from off the path, which was a bit disconcerning, but i walked off the path anyway and walked towards where it was coming from. eventually i reached a meadow where a woman in a red dress of sorts was sitting on a solitary rock in the middle of this meadow, singing to a family of what looked like foxes.
Once i set foot in the clearing, she halted mid song, speaking a language i did not understand, and looked at me. She was human in feature in all ways, however she had a few additions that struck me as humanoid, but not human.
She had fox ears and a fox tail.