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10-27-2011, 06:27 PM
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[Fan] "The Open Gate" (T)
Originally written April 3, 2011.
Originally published on ZU July 4, 2011.
688 words. 15th story written consecutively.
Rated T (Teen)
for disturbing situations.
An Ultimalia-Zelda Universe Creativity Corner Original Short Story
“The Open Gate”
It started yesterday. I had been walking down the sidewalk near school after a long, hard, stressful day in that oppressive building when I noticed an open gate across the street to my left. Okay, that’s nothing really special. But it was a very special gate. Why? Because nobody makes a gate that’s studded with hundreds of tiny gemstones and that is otherwise made out of pure gold. Not even for the Queen.
I crossed the street and walked through the open, black gate, drops of water on the iron causing it to shine. I found myself on a driveway. But not one leading up to a house. The driveway was leading me nowhere.
For hours, I walked through a wood so thick that the sun shied away from it, not even trying to light it up. The entire time, I felt the brick road beneath my feet, leading me through the forest and across plains covered in flowers until I would finally reach the Emerald City that awaited me. Or so I fantasized.
The road soon took me out of the forest. I was walking over a highway. Cars roared, exhaust fumes gushing out of the pipes under each one. The smell became almost unbearable. I felt my throat close up. I had to turn back.
And as soon as that thought crossed my mind, the smell went away. Weird. I decided to continue on. But before I did, I took out my cell phone so I could call my mother and tell her I’d be getting home a little late; in my mind, only a half-hour or so had passed. I looked at the screen, which read, “No Service.” Oh, well. My mom would understand.
The road continued onwards. I began to get a bit hungry. A sign in front of me indicated that a rest stop is located five minutes away. Five minutes later, I turned off of the road and walked into the empty parking lot of a rest area. I walked in and went up to the counter of a Sbarro pizzeria. No one was there. But there was pizza behind the glass heater. Since nobody else was there, I decided not to let the cheese pizza go to waste. So I climbed over the counter and proceeded to eat a couple slices. Then I left the building. It didn’t occur to me until I’d already made it back to the road and walked about ten minutes that rest areas tend to have road maps. Oh, well. Maybe I’ll find another rest area.
However, the road soon left the highway environment, and I found myself walking through a scorching desert. It wasn’t long before I was so thirsty that I could feel my tongue swelling up and I could hardly salivate. I had no choice but to turn around. But wait; how convenient! An oasis with the clearest water you could ever imagine rested at the bottom of the dune I was currently crossing, just off of the road. I pushed myself to get to it, and when I did, I spent a couple hours wading in the cool water and slurping it up until it was gone.
I returned to the road and just kept walking. And walking. And walking. And whenever I had the thought of turning back, something would always conveniently appear that would satisfy my needs. And I would keep walking.
A day later, I am still walking. In fact, it only seems like a day to me, but I am sure that it has been much longer; my watch, unlike my phone, says it is a week after I first left. I can only imagine what my mom is going through.
Being conscious that I am trapped, forever walking on an endless road and taking breaks only when a seat or bed appears (which tends to happen only when I am about to collapse), I don’t know why I don’t just turn around and run back home. All I know is that I stepped through an impossible, open gate and was lost for all of eternity.
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