“Do you think you can control her, boy?” My
Captain, Nick, said as I adjusted my earpiece.
“I’m not trying to control her, that’s what
got us into this mess in the first place. I’m going
to talk to her and see where she’s coming from; I’m
going to listen to her.” Although Nick is a decent
guy at heart, he’s tough. The years in service have
hardened him, and sometimes he's a bit too harsh.
I shook my head and began to turn away until
he grabbed my arm, “Jack, wait”, he said sincerely,
“I know you have a past with this girl, but you’ve
gotta keep a clear head, don’t get caught up...take
a second and look around at your city, this is
Taking his advice, I took in my surroundings.
Buildings on fire, police cars surrounding the area,
families’ panicking-- the city’s in chaos. After a
second of silence, I nodded my head curtly before
turning around and running towards the building she
was in. I kept thinking of my past with Shiva, just
as Nick said. Even though I’m quickly approaching
the building, my body continues to move in autopilot
as I concentrate on one specific memory…
"Most people don't remember this, but there
was once a time, long ago, where the planet lived in
peace. There was no such thing as war, hate,
corruption, or greed. Every person simply took what
they needed, and in respect to the planet for giving
them the resources to live, humans worked together
to worship and take care of the Earth just as it
took care of them. They communicated with one
another, just as we do today."
"But how is that possible? It's not like the
Earth can just start talking... how do you hear it?"
I responded, sipping my coffee.
"Oh Jack, I don't know how to tell you! It's
hard to explain but... it's more of a feeling within
my body. It's not so much that the planet is
literally speaking to me, it's more like it's
communicating with me. The planet created each and
every one of us Jack, so there's a piece of it
inside all of us. You have a piece inside of you as
well, the planet just didn't choose you. Every
generation someone is chosen, and for ours it was
Leaning back into my chair I pouted slightly
and started to complain, "That's not fair! I want to
know everything you know! I mean why didn't the
planet choose me? What makes you so special?"
Sighing while placing a long black strand of
hair behind her ear, she responded "Stop acting like
a child. You know I have no clue, it hasn't told me.
It's not like I have daily conversations with it, it
just tells me what it needs to. Otherwise, I'm
exactly the same as everyone else. I just...know a
different language, kinda."
"If you say so. At least we finally get to
work together, I feel like I haven't gotten to see
you in years."
"We just celebrated my 26th birthday three
months ago! But I know what you mean, it's weird
being apart after growing up so close together.
Anyway, the government's training has really helped,
and you were right. At first I was skeptical; I
didn't want to involve them in my life at all. It's
the government who created wars in the first place
and hurting our planet."
"Well yeah, but how is mankind to fix it if
we don't know what it wants? We just need you to
become better at understanding what it's trying to
tell you so that we can make things right
Picking up her coffee from the table and
standing, she nodded her agreement. "I'm starting to
get that now. I hope this works, I've been extremely
cooperative, especially with all their experiments,
and I just don't know what they want from me
"You just think too much, I'm sure everything
is fine. Ask some questions and you'll get some
answers!" Pushing my chair back, I got up as well
and followed her to the garbage cans. We had a long
day of work ahead of us, and we didn't want to be
"If you say so Jack..."
"Jack...? Jack! What is your
Snapping out of my memories, I quickly
touched my earpiece to usher a response while
continuing to run as fast as my legs would take me,
"Captain, third flight of stairs, east wing. Closing
in on the target."
"Keep her calm Jack, we're counting on you!
She's climbing onto the ledge right now man, you
better move your ass!" Not bothering to respond to
my boss screaming Intel at me through my headpiece,
I ran even faster up the stairs. Clutching my
handgun so hard that my palms started to sweat, I
rounded the fourth flight of stairs, one more and I
would be at the roof. I quickly put my gun away,
thinking it would be a stupid approach of calming
someone down if I pointed a gun to their face.
Pushing against the dark and damp brick wall with my
left hand, I quickly approached the landing. Coming
to an abrupt halt, I forced myself to calm down for
a moment and think. It’s been four years since
I’ve last talked to Shiva and a lot has happened
since then… what if she hates me? What if she’s
completely different? Suppressing my nerves, I
slowly turn the handle and open the door.
"Shiva... Shiva are you up here?", I
hesitantly asked while walking onto the roof.
Squinting in the dark, I started to scan the area.
With no response, I continued walking straight until
I was finally able to see her, standing on the
ledge, looking straight ahead with her arms flat
against her sides. I was briefly caught by her
ancient magic, suddenly enamored by the way her
light blue dress swayed with the wind in the exact
same direction her long black hair did. Shaking my
head and snapping out of her trance, her head turned
towards me, her body staying still.
"Give it up, Jack. You know deep down inside
that there's nothing you can do about it. Absolutely
nothing." Her bright green eyes seemed to grow
brighter with every word she spoke while her face
was calm, but assertive. Her words were cold and
harsh, completely detached; This wasn’t the same
girl I grew up with, she had completely changed in
such a short time. Turning her head back towards the
street, she looked up into the sky. She was
obviously confident that everything she was saying
was the one and only truth.
"You're right, there is nothing I can do to
make this go away, but you can! You can stop this,
we both know it. All you have to do is say the
words, please. Nobody deserves to suffer like this".
I pleaded, taking a single step towards her and
reaching out my hand, "Just come back with me, we'll
make everything right together".
Suddenly furious, she turned her entire body
around, facing me and screaming, "Nobody deserves to
suffer like this!? Who are you to judge that, hmm
Jack? What makes you so bloody special? Where were
you while I was being kept captive and experimented
on for six months? All they want is my connection
with nature. They fear me, so they attempt to
control me. I can't be controlled Jack, you and your
people will learn that soon..." A bright purple aura
began to radiate off her body in intense waves. I
could practically feel her magic crawling up the
skin on my body with immense heat. Clenching my
fists in attempt to keep control, I slowly start to
walk closer to her.
“They lied to me. They promised that they
wanted to help me become stronger so that they could
use my powers to help the planet, not help destroy
it. I'm not a weapon to be fired at a different
country! All they really want is another weapon for
their next war. You know what they said to me? They
said, ‘Why waste a power we could manipulate to use
in the future’? They underestimated my strength, and
now I'll show them just how strong I've become.
Watch your city burn Jack, and let it remind you of
your mistakes. If you humans can't learn to live in
peace and continue to strive on violence, then
that's exactly what I'll give you." Turning towards
the street once more, she brings her feet as close
to the edge as possible and slowly starts to raise
her arms towards the sky.
All of a sudden my ears are flooded with the
piercing screams from people below. Rushing to the
ledge, I look over the edge and immediately wish I
hadn’t. The entire city is rapidly being engulfed in
flames, smoke clouding the air so much that it
becomes difficult to see clearly. I turn towards
Shiva just in time to see her developing a massive
red ball that’s pulsating with energy. Adrenaline
taking control, I dash towards her as fast as my
legs will take me before diving with my arms
outstretched, tackling her to the ground. Our tumble
comes to an abrupt stop as she quickly stands up.
Doing the same, I face her with my back to the
ledge. Knowing that everyone’s life is on the line,
I take drastic measures and quickly attempt to draw
my gun. No sooner than my hand is on my holster,
Shiva quickly closes the difference between us and
clutches my throat with one hand. Squeezing and
lifting, my air supply is rapidly being cut off as
my feet leave the ground. Raising my hands to my
throat, in an attempt to dislodge her, I start to
“Shiva….please… no….”, with one last plea,
tears begin to well up in my eyes and my head
becomes hazy. The edges of my vision become black
and I focus the rest of my remaining strength on
keeping my eyes open. Desperately clinging onto
consciousness, my hands drop from my throat and my
body goes limp. As the rest of my vision goes black,
the last thing I hear are the screams of the town as
my eyes finally drift shut and my mind goes blank...
“It’s such a pity… humans never learn…” Shiva
said, not really feeling any remorse while looking
curiously down at Jack’s dead body. Moving past Jack
and stepping onto the ledge of the roof, she gazed
down and studied her work. Absolutely everything was
torn apart besides the sole building she stood upon.
Feeling satisfied, she closed her eyes, letting the
planet fill her body, and started to build once