It took me a moment to be able to see again, and once I was able to see again, I could tell that I was back on the Final Destination level. I wasn’t sure how I was teleported, but I was pretty sure it had something to do with those kids. Whoever they are, they’re good.
I walked to the middle of the arena and sat down. ‘I was once here,’ I thought as I relaxed my body. ‘I’m not sure what those kids are up too, but they seem to know something I don’t. I wonder if they’re behind all of this. I’ve never met the kids before, yet they seem to be able to keep pushing me to my limit with constant battles.’
I listened to the area around me as I tried to understand what the kids were doing to me.
‘I wonder if they are trying to get me to realize something,’ I continued. ‘If they are, just what is it are they after?’
I sat there meditating trying to figure out if Lucas and Ness were trying to torture me or if they were trying to help me.
It was long when I began to smell that familiar smell.
‘It’s here,’ I thought. ‘Hopefully this is the final fight and everything will go back to normal.’
I stood up and got ready to fight. Even after everything I had gone through, the smell was still gut wrenching.
‘I’m not sure if I’m for ready another fight. The last one took a lot out of me,’ I thought. ‘I’m not even sure how long it was before I last ate or slept. I just hope I have enough strength to manage one last fight.’
I waited until the creature appeared. It confirmed what I smelled just moments before as well as it being just as dangerous.
The creature looked its usual self from when I last saw it.
‘I wonder if it bound to this place,’ I thought. ‘If so, what is it with me coming here and fighting it? Do they want me to beat it?’
This time the creature dropped from the sky thus causing me to jump back as to not get hit.
The smell itself was still overwhelming which caused me to drop down to one knee.
‘I have to push through this one,’ I thought. ‘Even if it kills me.’ I knew that it would be a tough battle especially in my weakened condition. I just wasn’t sure if I could last long enough to see daylight yet along some fresh air…or even something to eat. ‘Why would they do this to me? And what are their motives behind this? I don’t understand.’
It took me a moment to regain some strength to stand up and face the enemy.
‘This will be tough,’ I thought. ‘I don’t have any weapons to use against this thing.’
I began to charge the foe which in return raised its arm to attack me. I then dodged it and went around it to its back. I’m not quite sure if it was intentionally placed, but there was the pipe that I had used sometime back. I then ran towards its back and jumped up on it and grabbed the pipe.
‘This might be my only chance,’ I thought as I pulled the pipe out of its back. ‘Let’s hope this works.’ I rammed the pipe into the cavity it was sitting in which then caused the creature to faultier then it tried to grab me.
I quickly pulled the pipe out of its back and then jumped off of its back and landed on the ground. It was then that I realized this creature was weaker than the rest of the creatures that I had fought especially since I knew where its weak point was.
It slowly turned around, which gave me some time to take a breather and to regain my strength for another attack. Once it was facing me again, I charged again and dodged as it raised its arm and brought it down. I knew what I was doing, but the stench always slowed me down just enough to where I couldn’t do as much damage as I wanted to do. Either way, I still did my best to take care of the creature.
As the fight went on, I slowly lost my strength to the stench from the creature. I knew I couldn’t last much longer.
‘This has to end soon,’ I thought panting. ‘It has to be weakening at this point. I’ve hit it enough times that it should be dead.’ At this point I knelt down to be able to conserve what strength I had as well as to regain some strength back. ‘Hopefully this last hit will do it, if not, I’m done for.’
I slowly stood up getting ready to attack. The creature on the other hand.charged at me and only had a split second to react. I jumped to the side and watched it charge to the edge of the map, then took the chance to run and jump onto its back and ram the pipe into the cavity. Even with the stench, I did my best to attack it with what strength I had left.
It then proceeded to grab me and it nearly did if I hadn’t ducked close to its body. Holding onto the pipe, I waited until I had the chance to jump off its back, and when I did, I landed hard on the ground panting with the pipe landing just feet away from me.
Opening my eyes, I could still see the creature standing there. Turning my head over my shoulder, I could see the edge of the arena.
‘This gives me an idea,’ I thought as I rolled onto my hands and knees. I then grabbed the pipe and used it to help me get up. ‘Hopefully this thing falls for it.’
As it turned around, I slowly backed up to where I could grab the edge of the map and I waited for the creature to make the next move. In doing so it gave me the chance to flesh out the rest of the idea and how I was going to execute it.
Then it made its move.
‘Just a little closer,’ I thought.
By now it was at the middle of the arena and it only seemed to remain at the same speed.
As it neared me, I took the last step to where I would fall off the map and I grabbed the edge of the arena and swung forward to where my feet were on the walkway of the arena. Tilting my head back, I watched the creature flail as it fell from the arena. All I could do was watch it continue to fall from the arena and then climb back up to the arena.
I took a couple of steps and just collapsed from exhaustion.
The next thing I remember was waking up with a blinding white light in my eyes. I wasn’t sure if I was back in the arena or if I had finally woken up in the real world.
“Nurse! Nurse! He’s awake!” I heard someone call out.
My eyes finally adjusted to the light and I could tell I was in the hospital. I could hear the intercom from the hallway as well as what sounded like doctors talking to the desk clerk.
It wasn’t long before the doctor came into the room. He did the usual routine of checking my pulse, my eyes and any miscellaneous items to make sure I didn’t suffer from anything.
“He seems to be alright,” the doctor said. He then proceeded to talk with my parents.
While he was busy, David came over and put his hand on my arm and said, “Tristain?”
Taking my eyes of the ceiling and over to him, I couldn’t help but smile.
“Hey,” I said weakly with the oxygen mask covering my mouth and nose. “How long was I out?”
“About two weeks,” he replied
“Two weeks, huh?” I said aloud looking back up at the ceiling and closing my eyes. “I can’t believe it’s been that long.”
“I’m just glad you’re ok,” he said as he put his head on my chest.
I had enough strength to pull my arm out from underneath him to around his shoulders. I knew it was hard on him to see me in this kind of condition especially with him being a kid.
I took a few deep breaths from the fresh oxygen mask and relaxed.
I wasn’t sure if the whole ordeal I went through was a dream or if I was living through somebody else’s eyes, as for those kids, I just I don’t have to deal with them anymore.
The doctor came over and interrupted my thoughts.
“It’ll be about another month before you are released from the hospital,” he started. “You had been in a coma for the last two weeks and your parents have agreed that rehabilitation would be the best method to help you regain the lost muscle and body strength you have lost.”
“Ok,” was the only thing I could say. I knew he was right, I felt weak from not having meals as well as being in a coma for two weeks took a huge toll on my body. I knew I had lost quite a bit of weight but it wasn’t enough to kill me, which was thanks to the IV line that the nurse had inserted into my arm.
I was told that it would be a couple of days before I would start rehab as the doctors wanted me to regain some strength from eating some high nutrition foods. That’s all my meals consisted of was meats, rice, dairy products and various other protein, vitamin and mineral enriched foods.
After about three and a half days they started the rehab process, which they told me if everything goes well, I could be out of the hospital in just under a month.
It was only a few days in when I looked over and saw what looked like to be Lucas and Ness in the rehab room.
It wasn’t long before one of them noticed I was looking at them. He smiled and mouthed at me You passed. I blinked and looked away and looked back and they were gone.
‘That didn’t happened,’ I thought looking back at my trainer.
“That should be good enough for the day,” she said. “It seems you are ahead of schedule and should be out of the hospital by the middle of next week.”
Over the course of the next week, it was the same routine of getting up early every morning, getting dressed, and waiting for my trainer to arrive so we could head out to the rehab room. Since the start of the rehab, I had gained back about a tenth of my lost weight and was told it would take another month or two to regain the rest of it. The downside was, I needed to use a cane to get around, since I hadn’t regained the strength in my legs.
It was early evening when the rehab came to an end and my parents picked me up from the hospital and drove me home. I knew it would be an hour before I arrived home and used the time to get some rest from the labor intensive day.
I was woken up by my mother once we arrived home. I used the side of the house to help get up the three steps to the front door. What I wasn’t expecting was that there was a welcome back party waiting for me inside and the first person that gave me a hug was my friend David. I knew that I was like an older brother to him and he had missed me deeply while I was in the hospital. I let go of the cane and stumbled back and used the wall by the front door as a support while David hugged me.
As the night went on, I didn’t talk much because of my voice still being hoarse after not having using it as much. All I could do was listen to everyone else talking. David leaned up against me as he want to be able to help me if needed and every now and then. he would ask me a question about what something meant and I did my best to answer it.
People slowly left as the night went on and eventually went to bed for the night. I could still hear the laughter of some of the people that were still there.