Chapter 1 – Set for Life at a Cost
Growing up is a process that could take one’s entire life. There’s a certain fear of it especially when it comes to financial concerns. It’s one of the main reasons why people get jobs after all. There is probably not one person in the world who hasn’t wished for a solution to all of their problems to appear to them in a single day. Jorge is a boy who is lucky enough to have a one-million-dollar bill fly straight to him. He then sees another and catches it. Then another then another and another until he has ten million dollars in his hands. Jorge is old enough to know what he can do with all of this money and that he is set for life with it. He runs to find the source of the money and comes across a band of thieves in a gunfight with the cops.
Gunfights in the streets of Hillside City are common since the city is one of the craziest in the world. The cops are trained to know when to shoot first and ask questions later and this is one of those situations. The reason why money is flying through the air appears to be because the case of money the thieves were stealing was shot open by the cops. The thieves are struggling to pick up what they can while retreating. One of them notices Jorge holding some of the money and runs after him.
Jorge runs into the nearby alleyways, which he and his friends repurposed into an obstacle course. It was dangerous work that they could’ve gotten into trouble for, but what kind of adventure doesn’t involve danger. Jorge leaps and crawls through the obstacle course while the thief struggles to keep up with him since the obstacle course was made for kids. The thief then gets caught in the obstacle course and gives up on chasing Jorge this way. Jorge takes the opportunity to quickly head home. Along the way, he periodically looks behind him as he’s anxious. He has the key to an easy life in his hands. He won’t need to worry anymore about going to school, college, or having enough money to survive once he gets this money back home.
Looking back behind him, he can see shadows quickly darting back into the shadows. People who aren’t looking at him appear to grow another face on their face that stares at Jorge when he looks at them. He knows this is more than his imagination. It’s Speculum Humanae or Human mirror, a condition that people have that’s reported to appear in them once they reach a certain point in their lives when everything changes. Jorge doesn’t want to believe he has this, but all the research papers and news reports he’s read point him towards this conclusion. Monsters and other supernatural happenings reflective of your personality are reported to haunt you until you get past this important moment in your life. Jorge hopes that him heading home will “cure” him of this condition before something dangerous happens to him.
Before he knows it, he’s back home and catches his parents leaving for work. He’s relieved to see them, but they’re less so.
“Jorge, what are you doing here?” his father yells.
Before he has the chance to say anything or pull out the money, his mother says, “It’s his lunch time. You know how these kids like heading home to get away from school. We used to go to a cool breakfast place around here, remember?”
“Oh, that’s right. I’m sorry Jorge.”
His mother goes up to him and hands him a twenty for lunch before kissing him on the head and going into their car. His parents then waved goodbye and tell him that they love him as they drive off to work. Jorge waves the money to them, but they’re too far to see it so they just wave back. Even though Jorge has a copy of the key to get inside the house, he left it inside the house because he usually heads home when his parents get back.
Now that his parents have left, Jorge feels unsafe. He can feel people staring at him from all around him. The only thing he can do is head back to school where he can possibly be protected. Since he’s out on the streets, Jorge goes through a series of alleyways to get to school. He feels that the walls around him might offer him protection. It’s then a strange sensation in the back of his head. It feels as if there’s a mouth in the back of his head. Jorge looks into a nearby broken mirror and sure enough, there is.
It speaks to him, “Hello there Jorge.”
Jorge screams as he fiddles with his head to try to get the mouth off.
“I know it’s weird to see a mouth on the back of your head but look at it this way. Would you rather be me, a mouth without a body, or you a boy with a full body?”
Jorge stays quiet and thinks the answer to himself.
“Exactly. Now the reason why I’m here, is because I’m going to help you as you go through this phase in your life. I’ll be telling you what you’re thinking and what we could possibly do, but you’re the one who has to decide. Got it?”
Jorge nods his head.
“Good! You and I are going to have so many adventures together, I can’t wait.”
The mouth then recedes back into Jorge’s head. Jorge thinks things have gotten worse for him. He quickens his pace until he’s back at school just in time as lunchtime has stopped. He quickly heads back to class and sits down in his seat. Class begins again, but Jorge wants to tell his friends what he got. The two of them sit ahead of Jorge and the people ahead of Jorge aren’t exactly friends with him so it’s not like they’ll do him a favor by passing his message to them, so he waits until school ends for the day.
Once the school day ends Jorge takes his stuff and goes to his talk to his friends, he almost catches up to him until the mouth on his head comes back.
“Watch it, kid, we got trouble,” it says as Jorge’s eyes catch the four of the thieves from before heading this way.
They point towards the school as they talk to each other. It seems that the one who was following Jorge managed to follow him to the school. The thought then comes to Jorge’s mind that the one thief also now knows where he lives. This terrifies him beyond belief. The cops, thankfully, find the thieves again and re-engage them in a gunfight. The children of the school scatter to the cars of their parents while others run back home. Jorge runs with his friends back to their house. The thieves catch sight of Jorge running away and send two of their members to get him. They chase after Jorge and his friends as they run through the city streets and into the alleyways that they’ve claimed for themselves. Again, because of their design, Jorge is able to get away from the robbers through the alleyways, however, Jorge’s friends are caught at the end of one alleyway causing him to take another exit.
“That wasn’t nice of you,” the mouth on his head says, “Leaving your friends to criminals like them?”
Jorge shakes off the guilt in his mind. It’s not like his friends won’t tell the thieves what they don’t already know, but then again, you never know what these criminals might do to his friends. Hillside City is home to some of the most dangerous and crazy people. The alleyways that Jorge once knew by heart have now turned into a maze. Arms, eyes, and mouths pop out from the sides. Some of them push him forward while others push him back while telling him to take either action.
“What are you going to choose, Jorge? Hmmm?”
When Jorge looks back, he can see two thieves chasing me, but they’re different. Their mouths are swollen and monstrous and their arms look like they could rip Jorge in two.
“Get me out of here!” Jorge screams.
“It shall be done.”
At the blink of an eye, Jorge remerges from an alleyway on the opposite side of the city. It’s way later in the day now and it’s almost nighttime. Jorge sighs in relief as he makes his way back home. Along the way, he hears two people talking.
“Did you hear about those thieves that stole a briefcase of money from a rich guy in the city? The cops shot the briefcase so the thieves’ priorities would be spilt, and all that money flew into the wind.”
“Really? I wish I was there to catch some.”
“I heard that some people did catch some of it, but as you can expect, they ran off with it before being asked to give it back.”
“What happened to the thieves?”
“Executed. Hillside City style.”
“That’s what you get when you have a mayor that was previously both a police chief and a crime boss.”
“Hey, he had a good reason for being a “criminal”. It’s not like he hurt anyone who didn’t deserve it.”
“Right. It’s just another day in the city then.”
“Yeah, but I heard at least four or more people died because they might’ve had the money that flew away.”
“A bunch of middle-aged people and more importantly, kids.”
“You know what? I take back what I said. Let the major make the police do what he wants. Crime has gone down because of it and those dead criminals don’t breathe the same air as us anymore.”
Jorge’s heart sinks as he pulls out his phone to see the news report. Among the names of the victims, he finds the names of his friends and his parents. It is reported they died after being questioned by the thieves.
The mouth in the back of Jorge’s head says, “Welcome to your new life kid. Hey, don’t be sad. At least you have enough money to survive until you die, right?”
Jorge walks into the alleyway and quietly sobs as the long night begins.
Chapter 2 – Living with Everything and Nothing
“What am I going to do now? I have all of this money but what am I going to spend it on? Can I even deposit the money into a bank account? I don’t have one and I could one, but the bankers would be suspicious of me. The news of people taking the stolen money is still fresh news so they might report me to the police if I give them even a one-million-dollar bill. I could go to Hillfall Town or some other place where the news hasn’t reached yet. But still, a kid like me going into a bank will tons of money would be weird. I could go to jail for life for having this money on me!”
“I guess all that money in your pocket isn’t as valuable as you think, don’t you think? Wouldn’t it be easier to just throw it all away?”
Jorge thinks about it for a second then decides against it.
“All I have to do is find a way to use this money and then I’ll be set for life. I could make it up to my parents and friends by using it for good!”
“But it can’t bring them back to life.”
“I won’t need to, to make them proud of me.”
“Is that what you really think?”
Jorge doesn’t answer the mouth and gets up. The main idea in his head right now is to get to Hillfall Town to deposit his money into a bank account. He’s just old enough to have a bank account but he still needs a guardian that will have to share a joint account with him. Jorge is sure that he can get someone to share his money with him especially if he finds a nice family who will accept him. Not too long ago, a popular author lost his wife and has now lost his daughter. Jorge thinks to himself that he can bring this money to him and be adopted into this author’s family relatively easily, but that’s only one of the thoughts in his head so far.
“Maybe there’s even a poor family in the city that could use the money I have. Yeah, this’ll definitely help them out.”
“You’re such a hero, aren’t you?”
Jorge chuckles while ignoring the mouth’s sarcastic remark. There are much more important things to think about to him. So many more important things to look forward to. He’s on the edge of living an easy life and now it only takes the permission of one adult to get it. With all of this pressure on him, Jorge can feel the stares of everyone, everything, and the nothing around him. Eyes feel like they’re peering at him from all angles as if they’re waiting for him to let go of the money in his pocket. A single slip of the hand could cause them to lunge out from the shadows and take Jorge’s easy pass, so he’s holding tight to it as if his existence depended on it.
“Aren’t you forgetting something, Jorge?”
“No, I don’t think so.”
“Your parents Jorge and your friends. What about them? You just cried about them minutes ago and now you’re completely fine.”
“I’m still sad about them.”
“It doesn’t look like it. You didn’t even think about visiting their houses to pay your respects. You have ten million dollars on you. I’m sure you can give them at least one of those to them as a way of saying sorry for getting them killed. Or wait, is that why you don’t want to see them?”
“That’s not it.”
“Why aren’t you doing anything about it then?”
“There’s nothing I can do that’s going to make it up to them! This money isn’t going to help them feel better!”
“It’s helping you, isn’t it? Maybe it isn’t?”
“Shut up. I’ll just wait for a while to talk to them.”
“Are you sure? I’m sure they’re worried about you too. Are you really going to let your guilt get to you like this?”
“I’m done talking to you.”
“I’m sure you are.”
He hasn’t noticed, but Jorge has walked into a graveyard.
“How did we get here?”
“You weren’t paying attention to where we were going. You don’t even know where you’re going.”
The wind seems to whisper to Jorge. It’s a quiet whisper that whispers Jorge’s guilts to him. It unnerves him to the point where he starts scratching the inside of his ears.
“You heard what they said. What are you going to do about it?”
The unnerving feeling in his ears spreads to the rest of his body until mouths start growing in his ears, on his body, and in it. They keep whispering the words of the wind. Jorge tries to pull off the mouths off his skin but can’t manage to. He rolls around on the ground desperately trying to quiet the whispers until he wakes up inside his room. For some reason, he’s back inside his house.
Jorge looks around and it appears that everything he remembers was just a dream. He no longer has ten million dollars in his pockets. He doesn’t even have the twenty his mom gave him. It’s like today never happened. Jorge smiles as he feels relieved. Everything was a dream and how could it not be with how crazy things were. To make sure he’s truly awake, he quietly walks into his parent’s room to find them sleeping peacefully. He breathes another sigh of relief, but then his eyes catch something strange in the dark. Jorge sees blood dripping from the bed. Panicking, he goes to wake up his parents.
He shakes their shoulder’s while saying, “Mom? Dad?”
They don’t respond and don’t even seem to be breathing anymore.
Again, they don’t respond. Jorge rips the sheets off his parents to find that only their heads are on the bed that is now crimson red.
In denial at what he’s seeing, Jorge runs out of the room and wakes up in his classroom. The bell rings for lunchtime and all of the students get up to get their lunches. Jorge no longer knows what to think and intuitively leaves the school to get lunch at a place that his parents used to go. Along the way he sees money flying through the air, he catches as much money as he can until he has ten million dollars in his hand. He then thinks to himself about what he should do. After a bit of thinking and hearing the gunfire in the distance, he walks away with the money and doesn’t go to get more, however, a thief that’s chasing the flying money sees him and chases him. The same things happen up to the point where Jorge and his friends are running away in the alleyway.
When he is again presented with the choice to save his friends or to run the other way, he again runs the other way. Instead of running into a continuous alley, Jorge runs into a dead end with an open mouth at the end that speaks of Jorge’s guilts.
“You’re going to have to run into it kid if you want to survive.”
Jorge is hesitant, but he runs through the mouth and ends up back where he was in Hillside City and walking towards to some kind of destination.
“What was that? I don’t understand anything that’s happening to me! Why?”
“You saw why. You barely changed your decisions when you went through them again in your head. You might feel guilty for what you did, but you sure aren’t going to change the reason why you got that guilt. That’s for sure.”
“No! That’s not it, I do feel guilty! I am sorry for what I did!”
Wanting to prove himself, Jorge takes five million dollars out of his pocket and throws it into the air, but once the money files out, it appears back in his pockets. He keeps trying to get rid of the money to no avail as it keeps appearing in his pockets.
“Jorge, Jorge! You feel guilty, but you don’t want to get rid of the money. It’d be one thing if you felt like you didn’t want to get rid of it but wanted to, that’s understandable, however, you are the opposite. You feel like you want to get rid of it, but alas, you don’t want to. You want to be rid of the guilt not the reason for it.”
Jorge breathes as if he were running on a treadmill and puts his hands on his knees as he thinks about what he should do. He then goes back to his original plan.
“I want to have a reason to get rid of this.”
“It’s more like you want a good reason that sounds good to you, but sure. Let’s go find a reason.”
He walks off while still gripping the cash in his pockets that also appear to have their thorns in his hand.
Chapter 3 – Not your Typical Angel
As Jorge makes it way to whatever destination he’s thinking of, he comes across a church. He sees that the lights are still open inside. The thought comes to him that he should go inside and confess his sins or seek help from a priest, but he’s not sure if his sins are forgivable so he walks away. A noise draws his eyes to the cross on top of the cathedral. He sees a monster that’s almost indescribable. It appears to be a reaper with a single eye and a long mouth that can split. The monster has four arms in the center of its body and one long arm with an ax and another with a noose. All of its body is cloaked in a black robe and it has two wings that are half clipped with feathers falling off it.
“What is that thing?!” Jorge asks as he slowly backs away.
The monster focuses its eye on Jorge as two hands pray, two other hands are lifted into the air and the ax and noose are lifted into the air.
“You’ve heard of your guardian angel before. Now, behold the Divine Executioner as he cleanses the wicked.”
The executioner screams out as everything, but the church is affected by its screams. It flies down to attack Jorge as he runs away. Jorge moves out of the way of the fast strikes delivered by the heavy ax. He runs into an alleyway thinking that the monster can’t fit into it. The executioner flies over him as it chases him. Trash and other objects in the alleyway start forming themselves into obstacles like the ones Jorge and his friends made. The obstacles form as Jorge approaches him which forces him to quickly react to them. Adding to the danger, the executioner lowers its noose every now and then to try to catch Jorge in it. Fortunately, he manages to get through them, but he gets a few scratches from the sharp objects in the alley.
Unnerving laughter comes from the executioner as it flies down and manages to fit in the alley. The executioner only appears large because of the cloak over its skinny body. It raises its ax in preparation to attack.
“Watch it, kid. The alleyway splits off ahead. One way leads to a mouth that will lead you far away from the execution, but is the least dangerous, while the other is more dangerous, but doesn’t get you too far away from it.”
Seeing as the approaching executioner forces Jorge to choose the least difficult route. He goes through an obstacle course that only has one way to get around it.
“I thought you said this was the least difficult!”
“But I didn’t say that it wasn’t difficult.”
Jorge manages to get through the obstacle course and run through the mouth, but the executioner’s ax manages to slice through Jorge’s bag as if it wasn’t there and cut Jorge’s back. He reels in pain as he tries to keep moving. The mouth has teleported him back to where he left his friends. He goes back to where he left them and sees blood on the ground. It appears that a crime scene was set up here and the bodies have recently been taken away by the authorities.
“Why am here? Haven’t I seen this enough already?”
“Apparently not. I shouldn’t bother you though, right? You’re a big boy now who’s made this important decision not only once but twice.”
Not wanting to deal with this again, Jorge turns away and starts walking again. Suddenly, he hears the laughter and flapping wings of the executioner in the distance. Jorge turns around to see it approaching at a fast rate.
“I thought you said I would be far away from this thing!”
“But I never said you would get away.”
Jorge can’t run so he tries to hide. There’s an abandoned house not too far from the school that his friends used to explore. He finds his way into the house through the basement window and hides in the darkest corner of the basement.
“What’s the plan, Jorge?”
“I’m going to hide here for now.”
“Do you really think that’s going to help? It doesn’t track you by sight you know. You staying here will only give you a few moments of safety.”
As Jorge begins to think about what to do, he hears the executioner land outside. The sound of its robe can be heard gliding across the grass then across the floor upstairs. It phases through doors and through walls and floors to find Jorge.
“It knows where you are. It’s just playing with you to see if you’ll come out to face it.”
“That’s what I’ll do.”
“That’s the spirit, boy.”
Jorge recalls an old rifle in the bedroom that he and his friends found. They fired it once not too long ago and found out that it still works. Thankfully, no one got hurt that day, but right now, Jorge needs it to. Jorge exits the basement through the window then quietly walks up the stairs, which attracts the attention of the executioner. It chases Jorge as he runs into the bedroom with the rifle. He dodges its ax swings as he tries to find it. When he does, he shoots its eye, which makes it scream in pain. The recoil makes Jorge drop the gun. He scrambles to pick it up until the executioner uppercuts him with its ax, which makes Jorge fly out the window and into a giant gaping mouth outside. It transports him back to where he was outside the church. He’s still staring at the cross on top of the holy building.
A priest notices Jorge blankly staring outside, walks outside, and asks, “Are you okay, my son?”
Jorge then focuses on the priest whose entire face is now a mouth who constantly says, “Confess, confess, confess.”
People start gathering around Jorge say things like, “Confess.”
“Give it up.”
Their voices spin Jorge’s head around and around until his left arm falls off then the other. After, his head falls off, and the crowds gather around him and pick up his head and put his head and arms back on his body. They are silent as this happens.
Once Jorge is whole again, his friends and family whisper into his ear, “Confess.”
Again, Jorge is staring blankly at the cross on top of the church.
A priest notices Jorge blankly staring outside, walks outside, and asks, “Are you okay, my son?”
He snaps out of it this time and says, “Y-yes, father.”
“Okay, but you don’t seem to be. Isn’t it a bit late for you to be out by yourself? Do you want me to call your parents to pick you up?”
“Oh, no. I’m fine. I was just heading home.”
“Alright. Good night and bless you.”
Jorge nods his head and walks away from the church.
“Was that really the smart decision to make, Jorge?” the mouth on his head asks.
“No, probably not, but there’s always another way.”
“But you might not get to it. The priest is walking back into the church. It might be embarrassing, but at least your problem will be resolved.”
“Or is that not the way you want it to be resolved?”
“Oh, keep walking if you want, but know that it will get worse if you do.”
Jorge can’t help but keep walking in his directionless quest. It’s too easy for him to keep walking with his aching legs but it’s hard for him to stop and turn around.
“So be it then according to your will.”
Chapter 4 – Wanted by Some, Loved by None
Despite everything that’s happened to him, Jorge remains somewhat unshaken by his decision. All remains quiet for a while as he walks the streets. There aren’t many people out at this hour besides the police, and criminals that live in the shadows. Jorge’s mind makes him feel that people are staring at him in the dark. This makes him walk uneasy and with caution until he sees a woman on the corner. She’s scantily dressed, and Jorge is old enough to know what she is.
“Maybe I can get her out of this life if I offer her the money,” Jorge thinks to himself.
“Maybe or maybe you could make it worse.”
Ignoring the mouth on his head’s advice, he walks up to the woman.
She curiously looks at him and asks, “Is there something you need, kid?”
“Yeah, I can get you out of this job if you take me in.”
Jorge lifts the millions of dollars in his pockets just enough so that she can see it. Her eyes widen, and she smiles a bit.
“Well, aren’t you the sweetest thing in the world. I might even just marry you right now if you asked me.”
“Aww. So shy.”
The woman kisses Jorge’s lips, which makes his face turn red. He rubs off the kiss as the woman giggles.
“What’s your name, kid? My name is Candice.”
“That’s a nice name. Let’s go to my or should I say our home.”
Candice takes Jorge by his hand and he passively allows it. They walk a short distance and enter an unclean looking apartment. Jorge can smell the potent smell of Hillside City depravity in the air around him. Despite holding hands with a stranger, he’d rather have someone near him than no one. Candice unlocks her door and leads Jorge into her apartment room. It’s a mess like the rest of the apartment building, but at least he won’t have to live in it for too long. A young girl walks out of her room in her PJs that look more like would fit in her mom’s closet. She appears to be a little younger than Jorge.
“Natty honey, we have a new man in the family,” Candice says while hugging Jorge from behind.
Natty looks at Jorge funny as he blushes again and tries to keep eye contact. “H-hi Natty. I’m Jorge.”
“This boy, who would be perfect as your husband just saying, has the money we need to live easy lives.”
“Really?” Natty asks with a glimmer of hope sparkly in her eye.
“That’s right. Make him feel welcome while I run a few errands.”
Candice hits Jorge in the butt and winks at him before leaving. Natty leads Jorge to her room then closes the door behind him.
“Nice, Jorge. I’m jealous,” the mouth on the back of his head says.
“So uh, Natty. You got a nice mom.”
“Not really. How much money do you have on you?”
“Uh. Ten million and twenty dollars.”
“Oh wow! No wonder she wants you here. Hey, how did you get all that money? You weren’t at the robbery today, were you?”
“I was actually. I caught all this money.”
“What is it?”
Natty opens the door and eavesdrops on her mother who is talking on the phone outside the room. She puts her finger on her mouth to tell Jorge to be quiet. Once her mother is done talking, Natty hurries Jorge back to her room.
“My mom knows people who ordered those robbers to steal that money you have. They might kill you and take the money you have for themselves.”
“How do you know?”
“Because that’s what we usually do with whoever we bring in.”
Jorge gulps. Only he can hear the mouth on his head laugh. “You really hit the jackpot now didn’t ya Jorge?”
“What should I do?”
“We have to see. I’m not sure what mom is going to do.”
The kids can hear a man enter the room.
“Oh no. He’s here.”
“It doesn’t matter, just hide!”
Natty moves Jorge behind her closet which leads to a hidden escape staircase.
“Wait here for a second.”
Natty moves the closet over the escape route. It sounds like from Jorge’s side that’s she’s opening a window to make it look like he escaped through it. The two adults sound like they enter the room and ask Natty about what happened to Jorge. She tells him her answer and it appears that the man is upset. Candice sounds worried as well, but then it sounds like someone gets pushed up against a wall. Jorge can then hear what sounds like someone biting into bone. Screaming is heard for a while which includes the screams of Natty who sounds like she’s telling Jorge to run, though it sounds like she’s screaming outside the window. Another bone biting sound is heard along with screaming.
More afraid than ever, Jorge runs down the escape stairs while trying to make as less noise as possible. He escapes out a small door in an alleyway. He starts to run but is then stopped by the shadow of a man in the distance. Jorge hides in the shadows as he observes the man. The man is standing in the streets and appears to be wearing a mask of some sorts. The underneath of his mask appears to be oozing blood. He looks around and hastily walks as it appears that he’s the one who’s looking for Jorge. There’s an urban legend about a man who’s known to eat the necks of people in Hillside City. He would offer you your heart’s desire and after you enjoy it, he would eat your neck as payment.
“Come on, Jorge. You have to move. You can’t be frozen in fear. It’s too warm for that,” the mouth on his head says as it urges him forward.
Jorge cautiously walks forward. He peaks out of the alleyway and starts walking when it looks like no one is around.
Someone behind Jorge, says from the shadows, “There he is! Get him!”
Multiple shadow people come out from the darkness and begin to chase Jorge. He runs away and keeps running until he reaches another alleyway, in which he can lose them in and since they’ve always been his escape. A woman who looks similar to Candice catches him.
She looks at him with a smile and says, “Calm down, boy. I’ll keep you safe.”
The woman kisses Jorge as she uses one arm to hold him and the other to take the money in his pockets. He breaks away from her and knees her in her crotch in response. Jorge tries to run away but is caught by another older woman who does the same, but she bites his neck right after. Another woman comes by and bites into the other side of Jorge’s neck and more come to feel his pockets for his money.
“Just take it and leave me alone!” Jorge screams.
A familiar scream is heard as the Divine Executioner comes down from the sky and lands on the ground. The women scatter as the executioner defends Jorge. They try to get around the angel, but they are flattened by its large ax. Jorge, who is still scared out of his mind, runs away further into the alleyway. The executioner chases him as it defends him while trying to catch him. There’s a mouth at the end of this alley. Jorge runs through it and ends up near the edge of Hillside City.
Now that he’s away from the action, he sits at a nearby park bench in front of the famous hills of the city.
“You tried helping people and they ended up getting killed, Jorge. What are you going to do now?”
Jorge reaches into his pocket and he can feel the blood on the money he has. He pulls it out and looks at it. The money is now biting his skin and making him bleed, so he takes all of it out and releases it out into the air.
“What do I do now?”
“The choice is up to you, but at least you’re better off now than before.”
“I hope so.”
Jorge gets up then resumes walking to whatever destination and fate await him.
Chapter 5 – Confession then Absolution
Now more directionless than ever, Jorge walks the streets of Hillside City waiting for something to happen. There is something urging him to go forward in a certain direction. A light that he can barely see ahead of him that’s bright enough for only the soul to notice. The screams of the executioner announce its approach and Jorge is not as afraid to face it this time. It lands in front of him and raises its ax with all four of its hands in a praying position. With nothing left to his life, Jorge closes his eyes and allows the executioner to strike him. Once it does, another body of Jorge’s falls to the ground behind him as the ax phases through him. The old Jorge burns into ashes as the new one lives on.
The Divine Executioner now looks more like an actual angel with its wings back and a more human look to it. It bows before Jorge and he bows in return.
The mouth on Jorge’s head says, “You know, people see angels as devils when they try to tear away their possessions that are causing their souls to decay. They’re trying to free your soul from the vices that lead you to ruin. Thankfully, you were able to be freed.”
“What’s going to happen now? Why do I still see you and the executioner?”
“You’re going to need our help with something that’s coming up.”
“What? When? Or is that a dumb question?”
“Actually, you’re going to need our help right now. Look behind you.”
A group of people is running towards Jorge. They appear to be the same people who were trying to take the ten million dollars off of him. They’re smug since he doesn’t move from where he is. Right now, they can’t see the executioner, but they do once it strikes the ground. They all look up to it and scream in terror. They call the angel a devil, a demon, and a monster as they try to uselessly fight against it. The executioner hangs several people and mercilessly hits them with its ax. They can’t take the sight of their previous body nor can they stand losing the vices that give them so much joy. The ruckus gets the attention of the cops that were looking for these criminals.
A group of officers arrive to find a bunch of people gone mad scraping the ground while Jorge stands above them and is trying to walk around them. The police arrest the many criminals and bring in Jorge who says that his parents were killed, and he needed a place to go. The families of his friends actually called the police after the shooting and are coming to the police station to see Jorge. While he is waiting, Jorge admits to the police that he was one of the people who caught the million dollars that were flying in the air. The chief of police, Harley, talks to him personally in her office.
She asks, “Do you still have the money with you?”
“N-no, I let go of it because having it got my family and friends killed.”
“I don’t know why you had to confess then. Do you still feel guilty?”
“Well, you shouldn’t. You did something that not many people would do.”
“Are you going to arrest me?”
“I don’t see a reason too. That money you had was blood money anyhow held by a person we didn’t exactly like so I’ll give you a pass.”
“Thank you so much.”
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“I uh. I don’t really know yet.”
“That’s fine. Not many kids do at your age. Maybe you should be a police officer when you grow up. We could use officers who can make hard decisions like you do.”
“I’ll think about it.”
“Just keep it in mind. We have a lot of women in the force who like men like you. How did you get in that situation with all those criminals at your feet?”
“It’s complicated to explain.”
“Then make it as simple as possible.”
“It involves the Divine Executioner that hit them with an ax that killed a part of them and there was a mouth on the back of my head that liked to talk a lot and-”
“Okay, stop. Make it less complicated.”
“I don’t know how to.”
“It’s fine. I understand what you went through.”
The families of Jorge’s friends knock on Harley’s door.
The families tell Jorge how thankful they are that he’s alive, but he shakes their hearts when he admits that he was the reason why their children died. They don’t know what to say so they awkwardly tell him again that they’re thankful he’s alive before leaving the room and the police station. The only family that Jorge thought who might’ve accepted him has just left him alone.
Harley puts her hand on Jorge’s shoulder, and says, “I’m sorry Jorge.”
“It’s okay. I forgive them.”
A man enters the room without knocking.
Harley turns around. “Leo, so you decided to show up.”
“That’s right, Harley. I had to see this remarkable young man.”
Leo holds out his hand with a smile and says, “Nice to meet you, Jorge. Do you know who I am?”
Jorge hastily shakes Leo’s hand and says, “Yes, Mr. Mayor.”
“Just call me Leo.”
“Harley told me what you did, and it seems like you don’t have anywhere to go.”
“The families of his friends just left.”
“They did? Idiots. Those people don’t see the potential in you. Why don’t you come with me and live with me at my place? I could help you become a great man.”
Jorge thinks about it then says, “I’ll do that, but you have to promise me that you won’t give me money that I didn’t earn. I want to earn everything I get no matter how small it is.”
“I promise. You’ve actually started becoming a great man with that mindset. You’ll accomplish great things if you keep thinking this way and growing in it.”
“Yes, you’ll see.”
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