[II.IV] Let me show you.

Hraeth's picture





They come and go. They come with questions whose answers only he knows. From his stony throne, he looks them over one by one. And from his elevated stones, his icy graves, he drops each commuter a small hint that only teases and worsens their hunger. Oh, he does this smiling every time and it is no doubt that he takes pleasure from their curiosity and his secrets. Yes, he prides himself on his infamous tale that was written in blood over a year ago and is remembered in scars on the hides of so many. Perhaps his misfortunes with a certain doe were blessings in disguise for, surely, his pride had not been wounded irreparably when he was laid to rest beside the boulder tombstones and was forced to leave his host.

Host? Host indeed for love there was not. Nay, he held none for who the doe was, only for what she provided. And what was it she provided? Nothing he could not find anywhere else. The loss of her was a little thing, but he held his grudge nonetheless - she had been the only one to expel him and he did not take well to evictions. But, personal vendettas had no place in this hour. Such matters required finer details and privacy.

The beast smiled to himself and to the navy doe that now approached him. His pin-light eyes traced her features, noted the way her emerald feathers framed her face and how a thin glow hovered just around the rim of her left eye. There was a scar across her throat and an array of others elsewhere - pink scars that littered her hide and told of her past silently. A thoughtful bubbling sounded from somewhere within Akuji's seeping body and when the feathered doe stopped before him, he waited for her to speak with impatience. He knew what she would ask.




His white trimmed grin widened into an open smirk that very nearly threatened to decapitate him. He answered in his burly, slick voice, between gurgling breaths, while in the back of his mind he wondered, 'Why this one? Why should this one be the end of the line?' And as he leaned closer, he saw her plague written in the blue smoke that trailed from her peculiar seeing orb. 'Why,' he cackled in the quiet of his secret mind, 'She has already seen the end of the line and may see it yet again.'


“But have you not heard? I am a parasite through and through.
I feed on your feelings and nightmares; I make them come true.
It is I who might infest the darkest corners of your mind,
I'll find all of your fears and, in time, unlock each one of their binds.

Step closer now, I will tell you all;
I will tell you I like to watch all fall.
I have learned a secret, see:
Love can cause weeping cacophony.
And I am a master of puppet strings,
it is easy for me to cause sufferings.”


And then he leaned back and crossed his front limbs which promptly melded together, leaked into one another and made a spattered mess of each other on the gray sediment upon which he laid. His smile, though still very plain beneath his stark, white mask had dimmed somehow and lost its smug distinction. There was a very serious edge about him now.


“Watch closely, lass, to spy this treason.
For is it not in this autumnal season
when the stuff of nightmares goes a'creeping?
You will get the best for eye feasting.”


There was no physical law that could explain just how the monster rose from his couchant pose, but the thick tar that made up his body formed thin-tipped legs and lifted the most of him from where he was. And just like the trickles that slowly flowed from him, he flowed effortlessly from the pinnacle of his perch and began to circle the last individual that would ask him such a question. But, before that circle was completed, he turned from the path and began to stride toward the shadows of the First Forest where, no doubt, he planned to execute the example he promised. That curling grin was shown to the scarred one from over his shoulder while he was still near and, for the last time during this meeting, he graced her with another verse:



“Sweet dreams some will sorely miss.
Spread the word, will you grant me this?
Have them stoop and guard their closest;
infections often go unnoticed.”





A greasy dark voice curled from his own as the very essence of
the creature rose like a snake and curled around her.
She was never willing to be a pawn; a piece to play in
others games or fates. But the does own fates would beg to differ.

"He knows." Ravenflight mused. He could see something
within her that she would rather forget; The end of the line.
Unavoidable destiny bound with tar.

"..."

She watched as tar-beast made his way towards the first forest.
She would warn them, those foolish enough to be lured by him.

-Writing and artwork by Parrotsnpineapple
















They are dead.

You stood there and watched it happen-
watched the life drain out of them
along with their blood.


Traitor.
Coward.
Murderer.






Their ghosts lead the others to you, Kody.
They know what you did and they want their revenge.

They will come with chains to hold you down
and sharp, steely knives to cut you open.
They will bleed you, pain you, make you suffer.



Nothing and no one can help you now.













Shineri, Umay
splinter






Wake. Run.
Quick, before they shackle you and hold you down.
There is no love for you, now.







Shineri, Umay, Cay Lynn, Dampir
splinter






Wake. Run.
Swift, before they make a sieve of your flesh.
They want your heart for a trophy.







Shineri, Umay, Cay Lynn, Leviathann, Zacharias
FRACTURE






Haha!
Well done, but we've only begun.
Be free, Kody. I enjoyed the fun.

























He has another.

She is delicate and long-legged
Graceful and beautiful.
It's no wonder he prefers her
when she has a face like that.





She is always at his side.
You are abandoned.





The rest are crazed.
Your mate won't save you.

Their hooves are ready.
Their tines are lowered.



They know you are weak.


They will drive you until you can run no more.
You are not wanted any longer.















Umay, Kody, Pandora, Corell
splinter






Rise. Run.
They are only here to skewer your heart.
They are sickened by your feelings.







Umay, Kody, Pandora, Corell, Cay Lynn, Crucio
splinter






Rise. Run.
They call you 'mistake'.
They will erase you from their history.







Umay, Kody, Pandora, Corell, Cay Lynn, Crucio, Windsor
FRACTURE






Encore!
Have back your darling Shineri.
I'll take another for my fee.

























They are maimed.

They should be dead
but through their torn flesh
and broken ribs their hearts are


pounding
pounding
pounding.

You can't escape the sound
or the rasping chill of their breath.
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Look to your feet now.
The water rises.



The pond- it has become a spring.
The water has nowhere to go but
up.




You will drown.














Shineri, Kody, Benjimin, Kaoori, Crucio, Leviathann
splinter






Rouse. Run.
The living corpses have surrounded you.
Bowels and bones float on the water.







Shineri, Kody, Benjimin, Lume, Kaoori, Leviathann, Illrose
splinter






Rouse. Run.
Liquid is creeping into your lungs.
Rotting blood and putrid vomit pollute sour your tongue.







Sineri, Kody, Illrose, Corell, Leviathann, LittleNo
FRACTURE






Excellent!
Breathe fresh, dry air Umay.
There's one more mind I'd like to flay.

























You are forgotten.

A fog has rolled in and just as it clouds the air, it clouds their minds
and they don't remember you and all you've done for them.

They greet you cordially
and smile, but the question
is clear in their eyes:


'Who are you?'



But wait...       
This one knows you
and you know her.
She is very dear.

You go to her,
hopeful
and in need.



She steps away from you.
Her expression becomes disgusted.
She turns her back on you.


You have been rejected.














Umay, Lume, Pandora, Crucio, Kaoori, Fay, Ryuu
splinter






Stir. Run.
They crowd around you with curious stares.
You are a sideshow on display.







Crucio, Kody, Jorogumo, Kaoori, Henna, Tieff
splinter






Stir. Run.
They look down their noses and sneer.
They whisper cruel gossip and lies.




...you are not running...






Crucio, Kody, Jorogumo, Kaoori, Henna, Tieff, Jokerman, Harley
FRACTURE






Enough!
Ahha-ha..!




It's good to know the denizens of this forest still have their strength and wits!
I've not had so much fun for a very long time...







So now you know what I am.

You have seen first hand what I can do.

Of course, nightmares are not my only speciality...






...But there was no better way to wish you all a


Happy Halloween!







Take your rest now, dear friends... I know you need it.



Thank you!
To my editor, Fincayra: She helped me work out the kinks throughout this so that it looks as smooth as it does. This 'events' existence is all thanks to her, really. She's the one that suggested it! ♥

To my victims - StarBright5000, Pinkpaws40, Nirwana, Selruil: You were all a blast to work with throughout this and obviously, this thing wouldn't have had roots without you. Thank you for letting me torture your characters. 8'D

And, probably most important, a thank you to everyone who took part in this. The fights were fantastic and obviously this wouldn't have gotten anywhere without you. Your willingness and eagerness to get in on it really means more than I can say and makes me want to keep going with this story line. Not to mention all the kind words even if you haven't had a chance to participate yet. It makes the effort worth it.

Akuji will be giving everyone a rest for a while so the holidays can be had without his drama, but it's not the last you've seen of him, yet!


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Fincayra's picture

FIRST I love your css. So

FIRST

I love your css. So much. ;;
And thanks a bunch for likely giving me a nightmare tonight, Akuji.
Mr.Sanguine's picture

ohmygoshIseeaMr.Sanguine The

ohmygoshIseeaMr.Sanguine

The images and writing are delicious. Argh I'm on the edge of my seat~~

Gorgeous~ I love the writing

Gorgeous~
I love the writing and artwork so very much.
Kaoori's picture

creeper. :v You're an

creeper. :v

You're an excellent storyteller. And that last picture.. sndgd
parrotsnpineapple's picture

A greasy dark voice curled



A greasy dark voice curled from his own as the very essence of
the creature rose like a snake and curled around her.
She was never willing to be a pawn; a piece to play in
others games or fates. But the does own fates would beg to differ.


"He knows." Ravenflight mused. He could see something
within her that she would rather forget; The end of the line.
Unavoidable destiny bound with tar.

"..."

She watched as tar-beast made his way towards the first forest.
She would warn them, those foolish enough to be lured by him.




Hraeth's picture

Fin; -snort- Thank you. :'D

Fin; -snort- Thank you. :'D And for all the help with this, too. Aku says 'welcome'.

Mr. Sanguine: Youdo~! It was a lot of fun to draw him. C: Thank you for the kind words; I'm not confident in my writing skills at all, so it's really nice to hear from someone who has a way with words like you do.

Ammy: ;u; Thank you! That mean a lot.

Kimi: Hah, thanks, Kimeeps. <3

Parrots: Fuuu, you're such an amazing artist. I wasn't expecting anything of the sort- what a wonderful surprise. ;3; Ravenflight's so pretty. I think you draw Aku' better than I do and the atmosphere, the simple shading, the little details... Gah, they're all perfect.

ffff, this is awesome. ;; I

ffff, this is awesome. ;;
I really like the css and artwork. <3
Starr's picture

I really loved reading


I really loved reading through this <3
Those pictures and css are awesome, I really love Ryuu's position :'D

Icon by Hraeth. Sig by Nirwana.

This had me addicted! I

This had me addicted! I really couldn't stop reading >w<
The rhymes I like best, though, but just because I am a sucker for poems~

Love the character too Eye

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<3
yesyesyes.

Ohhhhh, I love thiiiiiis.

Ohhhhh, I love thiiiiiis. <3

Tracking!! I like your classy

Tracking!! I like your classy british ((:
Iaurdagnire's picture

Scaryfacescaryfacescaryface

Scaryfacescaryfacescaryface ;;
Scythe's picture

Ah, Akuji, creepy as

Ah, Akuji, creepy as always.

Lovely work as always, too. I really liked the storytelling aspect of this one.
Kaoori's picture

edit: didin't want to ruin

edit: didin't want to ruin the serioussness of this page, so I'll link it instead.

I think Akuji wants to show you these.
Apeldille's picture

This is amazing. And that

This is amazing. And that little picture of Eph, eee! <3

Hraeth's picture

Thank you, all of you.

Thank you, all of you. <3 I'm glad it was enjoyable. And creepy.
OkamiLugia's picture

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Hraeth's picture

Updated with the 'event' part

Updated with the 'event' part of this entry. A total of four victims to go through. 'Cures' and 'infections' will be updated as they happen in game.
shaku's picture

Omg... /shivers Have them

Omg... /shivers

Have them stoop and guard their closest;
infections often go unnoticed.


That... so powerful. ♥ Ugh I love this.

OkamiLugia's picture

Holycrap ;;

Holycrap ;;
Kaoori's picture

keep it comin'.

keep it comin'.
Starr's picture

That music is creepy, it goes


That music is creepy, it goes so well <3

Icon by Hraeth. Sig by Nirwana.

Wow, the artwork is really

Wow, the artwork is really awesome o: ♥

I love how this is turning

I love how this is turning out, especially the artwork. (8

/ pees pants at update

/ pees pants at update

z.m123's picture

I really love disss.

I really love disss. ♥

Btw, Hreath, the DoTD doe that Akuji met when he approached Kody was my doe. c: Cay Lynn.
And she's kinda trying to help Umay and Shineri. (I had no idea it was Akuji LOL) Just so you know. C:

Hraeth's picture

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<3! Thank you~..

Z.m-
I thought that was her! I just wasn't sure. Aku doesn't usually attack as long as whoever's around doesn't act aggressively, so that's why he was pretty relaxed around her at first, but it was awesome to see Cay Lynn blow up at him. >D
Pandoras's picture

/froths in excitement I'm

/froths in excitement

I'm always away when the fun stuff happens hehe~
Can't wait to see more of this. It's epic.
Xemi's picture

Omg, this is so juicy..~ I

Omg, this is so juicy..~
I love this plot. Hnnh~ <3
z.m123's picture

Rofl, she managed to stay

Rofl, she managed to stay calm until Umay and Shin came. 8D
But later again, this goo freaked her out LOL.
But she's gonna fight anyway. cB

Stop making me change my

Stop making me change my boxers with each update. :v

jk jk. Gooood I love this so much. ;o;
&#039;snow's picture

Meh, why haven't I kept a

Meh, why haven't I kept a closer look on this plot? ._.
Well, I'll try to do so from now on. ♥
Fincayra's picture

Woah. I adore what you did

Woah. I adore what you did there with the pictograms. And now that I think of it, Aku's picto is perfect for his character. Just like a cage. Also, love the new picture. ♥
Starr's picture

;__; That picture is so


;__;

That picture is so awesome but freaky. <3

Icon by Hraeth. Sig by Nirwana.
MrsMorbid's picture

I thought I was tracking

I thought I was tracking this. :U
z.m123's picture

;___;

;___;

@ n @ Lev's gonna exhaust

@ n @
Lev's gonna exhaust herself trying to keep up with Akuji. Holy fishsticks.



butgodi'msofriggin'excitedfortherestofthisplot. <3
moremoremore.
Iaurdagnire's picture

Buuh I'm late for things

Buuh I'm late for things again.

So Aku turned into Kody? Or had just "captured" Kody, and then fighting Aku him set him free? And now he's taken Umay?

I don't know what's going on ;; could you explain please?

^ Aku possessed Kody,

^
Aku possessed Kody, defeating him freed Kody, and now Aku's after Shineri. (:
Iaurdagnire's picture

*Shineri I meant, not Umay |D

*Shineri I meant, not Umay |D I always get those two mixed up.
Thanks (: I'll try and keep track of this better.
Hraeth's picture

Aku infects a host and

Aku infects a host and whoever's infected suffers waking nightmares. Their worst fears haunt them and they become delusional. Kody, for instance, believed Umay and Shin were dead and that everyone else was out to get him because he didn't save them.
Probably could've stood to explain that a bit better, sorry! 8D
Annnd, yes. Now Aku's got a hold of Shin, I'm just not done with her nightmare yet. :v

And thank you for all the kind words, everyone. ;u;

[e] So many typos. /unfocued.

LOL. no worries. c: /shuffles

LOL. no worries. c:
/shuffles off
GingerNut's picture

Just wanted to pop in and say

Just wanted to pop in and say that this writing, this css, this art, the screenshot edits... All of it is absolutely gorgeous c':
OkamiLugia's picture

THAT FACE ADFIHSGFK ;;

THAT FACE ADFIHSGFK ;;

Really love what you've done

Really love what you've done with the last screeny. I love them all. <3
I adore the drawing of Shineri too, and Aku looks uber creepy. ;;
Apparanza's picture

This is amazing. @o@

This is amazing. @o@
Pandoras's picture

God I adore your art style.

God I adore your art style. Moremoremore -bangs fork and knife-
OkamiLugia's picture

I can't help but comment at

I can't help but comment at every update. Once again... holycrap.
Graveyard's picture

Bah you always do these

Bah you always do these things when I'm offline Sad Baw! hahaha

Love these updates though <3

"Your efforts are insignificant! I carry you to your deaths!"