Obscurity

By @CollisionOfFates
Obscurity

The world is dark. Zitha and Kenzo live in a world with two sides: Illuminance and Obscurity. Every day, they are released into the open with the other strongest members of Illuminance, fighting for their freedom- and their lives. In this brand-new, first-person action story, the world will test the strength of the light- and the power of the dark.

Chapter 1

- Chapter One -

The world is dark.

It has been for a while now. Ever since Obscurity took over, things haven’t been the same. We were forced into hiding, snuffing out our dreams, our plans, our goals. A select number of soldiers are granted the mercy to be let out of the cold, stifling air, into the pale color outside that barely counts as light. 

I am one of those few, though I wouldn’t call myself grateful.

I strap my sword onto my side, feeling the familiar weight of the sharp, silver-hilted weapon. I stare out the 8-feet-tall window, the image of which has been permanently engraved in my mind, and a shiver runs down my spine. 

I must have walked through this glass frame several hundred times, and yet, every time, it gets to me.

My life against theirs. 

Illuminance versus Obscurity.

Two opposite titles, more alike than different.

Light pressure on my arm snaps me back into the present. I glance over to my left, where my comrade and closest friend, Kenzo, stands. 

“You ready for another day of madness?” He manages a sad smile as he says it, but we both know the toll that war can take on a person.

“No. But here we are anyway.” I don’t know why my voice sounds so cold. It’s not like this is new. Not like we have a choice, or ever had one. 

I automatically grip the hilt of my sword as the wave of memories engulfs my mind: the day General Arwin Carelli, leader of Obscurity, finally breached the security systems of Illuminance; the months where our entire group was herded underground, where hundreds of us soon died of starvation and sickness; the way our own general fought so hard to keep us safe before he passed, leaving his son, David Chesler, in charge. 

Since then, our strongest members have fought for the survival of Illuminance, attempting to eliminate every member of Obscurity that we can in a fight to grasp our freedom again. We steal whatever supplies are available from their camps, taking the weapons that were meant to destroy us.

It’s a miracle we’ve lasted as long as we have. 

I glance down, realizing that my knuckles have turned white from their death grip on my sword. I release the tension and drop my hand, inhaling a shaky breath. 

“Zitha.”

I turn to Kenzo. “Yes?” I ask, keeping my eyes trained on the floor.

“You know what I’ve told you before,” he prompts. 

“I know.”

“You can’t keep doing this to yourself. Focusing on the deaths will only break you.” He glances around at the fifty-eight other people, talking among themselves as we are. “We fight because we have to, Zitha. Not by choice, but because we’ll die if we don’t.” 

“It’s not right,” I protest. “The people of Obscurity-” I break off as the warning alarm blares. Ten seconds until we must charge our way outside, pillaging for anything we can get our hands on. 

“We’ll talk later,” Kenzo promises. 

I unsheathe my sword as the door opens.

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  1. CynthiaThompson

    Now I want to get to the University of Nevada, if only because of this. I think I should prepare in advance with my homework and my friend recommended me to https://edubirdie.com/finance-homework-help and check the best quality of academic writing. Something equally cool and inspirational for persuasive speech topics would not hurt me. But thanks anyway for the info.

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  2. IsaiahDurrin

    First off, cool story! I can’t finish it rn but I certainly will soon!

    Sooo I was wonderinggg ifff you’d wantttt toooo beeeeee writing buddies? I understand totally if not, but I just really need someone to talk to about this stuff, and someone who can motivate me to just shut up and write 😛 It’s been like two weeks, yes *two weeks* since I wrote like anything. I just can’t make myself. And I figured we could share ideas with each-other and stuffffff, but again I get it if you don’t want to. 🙂

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    1. CollisionOfFates

      Duuuuude, yessss, that would actually be awesome! I can definitely do that. Shall I practice? Hmm..

      *Coughs* ISAIAH, YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO WRITE 25 MINUTES AGO! GO SIT AND GET IT DONE!*

      Wow, ok, I would never do that, bro. But I can definitely encourage you to write if you need me too! 😛
      I can’t use email or anything for Underlined- big oof- so would commenting on Underlined be oki?

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      1. IsaiahDurrin

        Yeah, haha that would work.

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        1. CollisionOfFates

          Awesomeness! 🙂
          Woot, this is exciting because I’ve been trying to find someone to seek advice from for my writing. Why don’t more people at my high school write? Ehhh.

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          1. IsaiahDurrin

            Haha, yes! It is! Oh my gosh… it’s been two weeks now? I’m sorry, I thought it had been like five days… legitimately. Time is flying. I’m going to be 15 on the 4th, so that’s pretty cool. XD
            Anyway, I will try to be on every day from now on. Maybe I’ll request feedback on something, or advice, and then you’ll answer, and request something from me. A system like that, maybe? Not sure. Comments on underlined really aren’t preferable in the slightest but it works, I guess.

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    2. CollisionOfFates

      Sorry, it wouldn’t let me reply to your last comment underneath it! Don’t worry, it actually has been only five days. Evidently Underlined is still working through some stuff, because it’s saying every comment is from August 8th. Odd.
      Hey, happy early birthday! I guess that means we’re only about a month a month apart. I’m a July person.
      Yeah, having a system sounds good! Oof, and I get what you mean about the comments. Maybe one of us can create a story on here exclusively for us to give advice and stuff? I would totally use email, but I can’t give mine out. Oofie.

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      1. IsaiahDurrin

        Oh, wow. That’s weird. Now it says your comment is from Sep 9th… da future. *techno music plays*

        Oh, that’s cool. Happy early birthday to you as well!

        Yes. Yeah, haha. I’m not sure what you mean. Would you mind elaborating? I mean I can give you mine if you’re allowed to actually *use* email (with me). I don’t see why not. I mean, talking is talking, email or underlined. *shrug* I’ll just delete the comment once you’ve seen it. I don’t care much if a couple random people email me along the way. I’ll just block them. XD

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        1. CollisionOfFates

          Yas… back to the future. XD
          (I’m a hypocrite. I still haven’t seen the movies.)
          Thanks! 😀

          Oof. So I have an email and everything, but I’m not allowed to give it out to people unless I know them from school or something like that. However, I can probably ask my parents if I can email you anyway. We’ll see what they say. XD

          Ha, yeah, I can imagine a bunch of random people being like, ‘Let’s spam this dude with emails and be salty…’ because people will be people.
          XP
          Aaaanyways. If we can’t send stuff through email, I’ll just make a story on here to use as a comment section between the two of us, I guess. I wish there were a more efficient way than that if email doesn’t work. Again, I’ll ask them, though.
          😀 😀
          -*Alannaaaaa*

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          1. IsaiahDurrin

            I’ve never seen Back to the Future either, haha.

            Oh, ok. Yeah, sure, if you wanna risk it.

            True true. XD

            Yeah, sounds like a plan! 😀 Just LMK what your parents say. 🙂

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          2. CollisionOfFates

            Awesomeness! I sent you an email. Thanks bro!

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        2. CollisionOfFates

          Hello again!
          So I’m able to use my email! Woohoo! Sorry to ask, but do you mind posting yours here just because I don’t want a ton of random people emailing me? We can delete it after.
          Thanks in advance dude!
          So excitedddd!
          😀

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  3. luvbooks4evr

    Okayyyy…I’m a little confused. When a story is set in another world or in a place where things are different to real life I always am. Could you write more? Also, is Zitha a girl?

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    1. CollisionOfFates

      Hello!
      Don’t worry, it should make more sense later. I will try!! Yes, Zitha is a girl. 🙂

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