As Promised

“All I ask is for one lifetime to prove you wrong.”

“It will be done,” said the Entity. “But your newfound life is not to go unwarranted. You think you can prove to me Humanity will not be the downfall of their own existence? Then, I grant you one lifetime on Earth, but a lifetime will not be as long as you may think to accomplish this task when you consider the suffering it will bring.”

Then everything before him dispersed into ash and his world soaked into darkness.

When he awakened, Sarun felt the balmy wind of a summer’s morning, a feeling he had not felt in ages, it seemed. It felt so nauseatingly good, he rolled onto his side, brushing his skin against the field. He opened his eyes to find the grass was sprayed with wild blossoms and that he wasn’t alone.

A girl slept close by. Her dark hair spilled loose into the grass, entwining in the blossoms.

“Nerum,” Sarun whispered. The name spun off his tongue so freely, it was as if he had known her for years. He was suddenly wide awake, more awake than he had ever felt before and his heart was coursing adrenaline as if he had just awoken from a terrible dream.

“What?” she sat up, startled.

“Shh, it’s okay. It’s just us,” he said, and just like that, the beauty of the day broke and the memories of reality came rushing back to him. “We shouldn’t stay here much longer.”

“Sarun…,” his sister began, her voice quivering, “I want to go home.”

“The soldiers bordered off our city, remember? We can’t ever go back.”

Then his sister began to cry, and Sarun hated himself for it. How could beauty ever last in this world when suffering was a constant element in living? He knew he couldn’t stop it. All he could do was run.

So he ran, protecting his precious sister, till he spent a lifetime running from the very lives he vowed to justify in the eyes of the Entity.

“You failed,” the Entity said, when they later met again. “I see Humanity will continue to mark their destiny. Their existence will inevitably die along with the world they live in.”

“But you are wrong,” Sarun said. “Even through oppression and suffering, I witnessed true beauty on Earth in the forms of love and nature and that is something that will never die. It will last till Humanity’s final hours, and only then will the Earth die as well. So you see, Humanity will not be the downfall of their own existence, even in its darkest hours, because as long as Earth retains at least a portion of its beauty, they will continue to have a cause to survive. All I ask is that Nature will forgive the mistakes of man.”

And the Entity smiled and said, “It will be done.”

As Promised

Jessica Lovejoy

Pickerington, United States

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Nature made a promise to Humanity, and has kept that promise this day and till the ends of time.

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