Short Story: The Far Beyond

The ground is thirty-feet below. If I mess up this jump, I’ll snap my ankles for sure. The pain won’t be the worst of it, either. They will catch me and lock me away for being a nutcase and believing in worlds their eyes could never see. But I have seen them. I have dreamt of the wildest and most beautiful places this human world could never imagine.

I have longed to go there for years. I’ve searched far and wide, losing those I once held dear because they failed to see the wonders of this place beyond the stars. The land that is far away from time and space, where human life can be transformed into something mystifyingly beautiful. Every day will be an adventure and have a purpose that will only be meant for me.

After ten years, I finally found the portal to the land in the far beyond and I haven’t much time to make the leap.

The tree is dying and it will take the powers of that land straight to the gates of heaven. I will forever lose the opportunity to discover the true meaning of my existence.

How can I go on with my life if that life is dull and relentless?

I need to make this jump and stick the landing with perfection. It is the only way to escape the madness chasing after me through the woods. I hear them shouting my name and ordering me to return. They threaten and curse, claiming me insane for having visions they could never fathom.

They will never understand the dreams I have.

A dog barks; low and terrifying. They’re getting closer by the second. The sunlight casts their shadows over the grass and heavy boots trudge through fallen leaves of an early autumn. Men, women, and even children are hunting down me—the wild girl standing on the highest branch in the tallest tree.

I inch to the edge, nervously clutching the strap to my satchel. I packed only what I may need to survive whatever lives in the land far beyond. Clothes, water, a loaf of bread, and the only photo I have left of my parents. They disappeared when I was seven and left me with dreams of the place I seek. It’s a longshot, but my gut is telling that I will find them there. That they will be waiting with arms wide open for the daughter they love.

I can’t mess this up.

I take a deep breath. The voices grow louder. One of them shouts that they’ve spotted me and startles me. I nearly fall off the branch before I’m ready. The limb wavers and creaks beneath my wobbling legs. I stretch my arms out wide to obtain my balance. Down below, I see them. They’re running toward my tree now. They carry torches and pitchforks as if I am some type of monster. If only they could see the monsters in themselves before destroying the dreams I hold dear.

The tree begins to quake and I glance to the lowest branches. Two, strong men with thick beards and axes are hacking away at the trunk. I shake my head and breathe a faint no.

I’m out of time now. If they succeed and the tree falls, I will die right along with the land I love so much. My heart pounds wildly and I let my right foot dangle over the branch.

This is it; I think with a smile crossing my face, this is the start of something wonderful.

I step over the branch and shrieks of terror erupt from the hunters below. The wind whips through my hair as warmth wraps around my soul. I bask in a light that blinds me and slip into the land of the far beyond.

Eternity

As I’m sitting here listening to my favorite band, Fall Out Boy, I find myself going through some projects I’ve been working on. I have one that’s been finished for a couple months now entitled Eternity. I recently have been reaching out to literary agents with this one and have hit a crossroads. The rejections came back and I find myself moving on to a different novel. However, I can’t simply leave this one to collect dust on my desktop.

I have been contemplating self publishing Eternity for a little while now. I’ve done so in the past with four of my books, so I’m no stranger to the concept. I’ve been playing around with different covers and fonts and exactly what to put for the description on the back of the book. It gets me exciting just thinking about putting my work out there and I have worked so hard on this one. It was a labor of love though.

Eternity is part of a two book series, taking place in the future. It actually begins in one part of the future then gradually fasts forwards through a 300 year journey during the life of main character, Calvin Montague. She is rough around the edges with a heart and mind determined to rule the world. And, after given the tool to help her do so, she takes charge and transforms her country into something terrifyingly memorable.

I think I’ll leave it at that for now since I’m not exactly positive about self publishing this one just yet. This one is much different than my zombie/vampire trilogy known as The Human Race. I’m also going to publish it under a different author name, but I’m going to leave that a secret for now.

That’s it for tonight. Happy trails world!