It was dark and musty in the old basement that me and the other kids in the village hid in. we were all huddled together while the adults were outside fighting for their lives against the creature we call Creep Huggers..
“D-do you think he’ll be okay Toby?” I asked my friend who was sitting next to me. I couldn’t really see him,but i could tell he was fiddling with the strings on his. black hoodie.
“I don’t know Alex. I don’t know…” he said with a scared voice. My best friend and his brother, Martyn, was outside with the other adults. he had just became old enough to fight a few weeks ago and this was his first time out. eventually the sound of fighting subsided and one of the adult villagers came down and told us it was safe to come out. Toby and I rushed past the other villager kids, hoping for the best.
when we got outside the village was in ruins. there were holes in buildings and some were even missing. we looked around frantically for our friend. after a few minutes we started to get really worried, but luckily we saw a boy with blond hair held back with a black bandana and wearing a green shirt approach us.
“MARTYN!” Toby and I yelled together and ran over to the boy giving him a huge hug. Martyn laughed and shook us off.
“common guys you know i don’t like hugs.” he said smiling. I smiled back. Martyn was like my big brother. after my village had been destroyed he found me hiding up in a tree. he then took me here where him and his brother, Toby, had lived for the past 5 years. it was just the three of us. we had no parents. Martyn took care of Toby and I all by himself. the testificate villagers didn’t take very kindly to us because we were not of their kind, two humans and one enderborn. The village here was crap. the testificates were mean and there were creep hugger attacks frequently. All Martyn, Toby and I wanted was to leave, but the tickets for the train out were so expensive… and Martyn only got a few emeralds a week for his job. he worked at a nearby orchard taking care of the trees. He always had a way with plants. Soon Toby and i’ll will be able to work, then we can leave.
Martyn looked back up at the wreckage, then back down at me and Toby.
“C'mon.” he said with a smile. he took both our hands, “lets see if our house is still standing.”
3 years later
“C’mon Toby!” I said as we walked down the mine. “Mr. Shoski will be angry if we don’t get our work done.”
“Whats the point?” Toby said. we’re never getting out of here. he sat down and crossed his arms. I sighed and turned to look at him.
“we will never get out of here if you don’t stop not doing your work. It’s no wonder Mr. Shoski only gives you 1 emerald a week.” Toby got up and huffed.
“There’s no bloody point!” he yelled, then turned around and started heading back up to the surface.
“H-hey! where are you going?!” I yelled as he walked away.
“I’m getting out of this Notch forsaken village.” he said still walking.
“How?!” i asked. “you don’t have a train ticket.”
“i’ll walk the tracks to wherever suits me” he said, still not stopping.
“But what about Martyn?” i yelled. Toby stopped and turned around. He walked right up to me and said,
“He never cared about me! he was always spending time with you! making sure YOU were happy! he’d rather spend time with someone he found in a tree then his own brother!” I took a step back. Shocked and hurt at what Toby had just said.
“Y-you can’t possibly believe that…” I nearly whispered, tears starting to form in my eyes.
“I do believe it.” and with that he turned around a left. I didn’t try to stop him this time. I sat against the wall of the mine and cried for hours. Once i heard the hiss of a creep hugger i got out and ran back home. When i got home i found Martyn standing and holding a note. Toby was no where to be seen.
1 year later
they day Toby left Martyn decided they would get enough money to buy himself a ticket so that he could go look for Toby. through out the past year we both worked non stop till we now finally had the money for him to go. We were both now at the train station to say goodbye. I looked at Martyn tears in my eyes as he got ready to go.
“don’t worry.” he said to me wiping away my tears. “i’ll be back soon. okay? soon.” He said “soon” in the funny way i used to say it when i was much littler. I smiled.
“alright.” i said.
“i’ll just go out find Toby and be back before you know it. And who knows? i may be back by tomorrow.” i smiled some more at the thought of him being back so soon.
“okay!” i said. He then got on the train, and waved as it started to leave. I waved back.
He’ll be back soon. I thought to myself and the next day after working I went back upp to the train station and waited, but he never came.
6 years later.
It had been 6 years since Martyn left. and he still hadn't come back. During that time i had been recruited to help fight the even more frequent creep hugger attacks that had been happening. I was such a good fighter that they assigned me to help guard the village with the other top fighters. So i got to quit my horrible job in the mines and got a much better pay of 100 emeralds a week. I had more then enough money to leave, but now that i was entrusted with keeping everyone safe i felt obligated to stay. Also any day Martyn could come back. I still go up to the train station after every patrol and wait for him. I don’t know why i still did it. it had been six years he’ll probably never come back, But a part of me still had hope…
1 year later.
I was at the train station waiting once again for Martyn to return. It was nearing night and Kevin, the villager that runs the station who over the years i have become friends with, was getting ready to close.
“No luck?” Kevin asked as he swept the floors. I sighed.
“nope.” i looked up and Kevin. “He’s never coming back is he?” I asked. I had asked this question many times and Kevin still answered the same,
“I wouldn't give up hope. He may come back any day.” I sighed again.
“I know. but I think i’ve lost that hope.” I told him. He smiled.
“then why are you still here?” He asked. I froze. His question had caught me off guard.
“I-I don’t know…” I answered.
“Exactly.” he said then went into the other room to sweep. “Oh and please leave soon you know how dangerous it gets after dark.”
“alright. just give me a few more minutes.” i said.
“okay.” he said then went into the other room. Suddenly there was the sound of a train pulling into the station. Kevin came back into the waiting room.
“Thats odd.” he said. “I never get trains in this late.” He went into the boarding room to investigate. then came back smiling. I looked at him confused.
“what is it?” Just then a tall man with blond hair held back by a black bandana and wearing a green shirt walked in. My eyes widened. i was so shocked i couldn't speak. I stood. my eyes started to water. he walked up to me and gave me a hug. I started to cry.
“shhh.” Martyn said calmly. “It’s ok. I’m back now.” We stood there holding eachother for i don’t know how long. I didn't care my brother was back.