The Life of Little Cassiel
This is the story of a young girl by the name of Cassiel who fights nightmares. Every time someone in her small town has a nightmare the negative energy is thrown out and manifests into the real world. Little Cassiel is the only one who sees the manifestations of the nightmares. When she was littler she was scared, now they are just apart of her life. Until one day a messenger comes to her telling her it is her destiny to eradicate to manifestations. She then spends most of her time fighting nightmares, until one day a night terror manifests and threatens her brother’s life.
The story will start with Cassiel retelling her first experience with manifestations.
I recall the first time I encountered a Dream. It was around the time I was five, I was playing with some of my dolls when out of the corner of my eye I saw something moving. I stopped brushing my doll’s hair to investigate what had caught my eye. I slowly walked over to my toy chest where I thought I saw it. I looked around that general area not noticing anything, yet not knowing what I was looking for. I started to doubt myself and chalked it up to mind tricks when I saw it. It was a small bunny. It’s easier to describe now that I know what it is. It had a presences and a glow to it. I could see almost sparkles coming off of it. It wasn't solid it was almost transparent and had a smoke quality to it. It was faceless yet I just knew it was a bunny. I was so entranced by it that I didn't expect it to just vanish after the hardcore stare down we had. It’s one of the best memories I’ve had with these beings since. I also remember my first time I encountered one of those, those things. Its come to my attention recently that they are called Nightmares. It seems…..fitting. I was at a store later the same week as my first dream encounter, with my mother. It was one of the new department stores that had opened in town if I can recall correctly. I was holding onto my mother’s hand walking down one of the isles when I saw it. It was attached to an old man. It was a dark smoky figure of a deformed wolf. It was terrifying I couldn't take my eyes off of it though. The nightmare must have sensed me staring at it and looked my way. When he finally spotted me watching, he just stared awhile and smiled. Not one of those nice smiles grandmas, and older people give you but one of pure evil. It was a terrifying, one that spoke of malicious intent, and even death. I didn't even realize I had been holding my breath until the wolf had broken our stare. I ended up crying right after that.
Then continue on to her present day where she just passes on through life dealing with them.
I saw them everywhere I went after that day. They were in my neighbor’s yards, at school, at the grocery store, and even old man Jensen’s bakery. It was a normal occurrence from then on out to see these, these creatures attached to people or just roaming waiting for a host to come into contact with them. Whenever I saw any detached Nightmares I made sure to steer my younger brother clear of them. At first it was hard to explain to him exactly why I moved him around at random times but after I explained them to him he took it as a game. I went with it, only wanting to keep my brother safe. Other times when I saw Dreams wondering around I would call them over and either direct them to people who had nightmares attached or allow them to stay close to my brother and I. There was always a difference when a Dream was around. You could see a definite change of mood. My younger brother Gabriel was always happier and full of energy, and seeing him like that always seemed to put me into better spirits also.
She tries explaining them to her family but her parents won’t listen. The only one who seems to be entertained by her wild ‘imagination’ is her younger brother. She ends up telling him stories of different manifestations she sees throughout the day. She sticks to telling him about the positive ones that come from dreams, not nightmares. She later notices however how the negative manifestations will latch on to others and suck the life energy out of the host. She also notices how the positive manifestation, also known as dreams, help out or give more energy to the hosts those latch onto. She tries at times to lure positive energy to those affects by the negative ones. Realizing a while ago that the manifestations seem to notice her and interact with her. One day she is visited by a positive manifestation claiming she is the one to protect her town from the Nightmares.
I recall waking up that night, but not why I did. Maybe it was my instincts telling me something big was about to happen. I sat up in my bed and climbed out of bed. I shared bunk beds with Gabriel, but I slept on the bottom seeing as Gabriel wanted the top. I stood in the middle of the room looking out the window expecting something, anything to happen. But nothing came from the window instead I saw movement in my own bed I was scared. I tried to stay quite as to not wake my brother but I did let out a squeak. After years of seeing horrible sights, I was terrified it would be a nightmare. I’ve had a few Dreams show up inside of our house, but never a Nightmare. Whatever was in my covers finally found its way out and I was relieved. It was a tiny kitten. It had its white glow and its signature smoky look and I was happy. It looked over at me and smiled. Well I didn't see it smile but I got the sense that it did. Then for the first time I heard a Dream talk. It said my name. ‘Cassiel!’ I just looked at it.
‘Don't be scared! I’ve come with important news and wont take much of your time! You have been chosen!’ it jumped down to the carpeted ground and walked over to me.
‘Chosen?’ I asked.
‘Yes chosen!’ you are chosen as a Nightreaper!’ It began weaving through my legs calming me down with its contact.
‘What’s that?’ I ask confused.
‘Ones who get rid of Nightmares. They are the protectors of there town.’ The small cat then proceeded to tell my how only a few are chosen to this extraordinary task. It’s funny how when you look back you can pinpoint certain moments in where you life changed.
The manifestation, shaped as a small cat, explains to her how she can harness positive dream energy and shape them as weapons to slay the nightmares. That all she has to do it imagine what shape weapon of choice she wants and believes. The nearest positive energies are then brought towards her and are shaped as she imagined. She ends up trying it out the next day on her way home from school on a smaller nightmare wondering about.
I was walking home alone the next day after my weird encounter with the Dream. My brother stayed home sick, poor thing. I had been debating all day whether the encounter itself was just a dream or if I had imagined it all, but what the heck it wouldn't hurt to try right? I ran into a Nightmare walking crawling around alone on my way home from school. It was in an alley by old man Jensen’s bakery. It had red eyes and was quite small. It looked like a small rat mixed with some sort of possum. I stared at it awhile debating what to do when I finally closed my eyes and just imagined. I went through a few different weapons to use mostly large rat traps but settled on a small wand. When I opened my eyes I thought it hadn’t worked cause I didn't feel any different or seen anything but when I brought up my arm I saw the small white, glowing, Smokey wand in my hand. I was delighted! It had worked! I aimed it at the Nightmare and with one word ‘Boom!’ was able to blow it away with a powerful light. The air gushed around my ruffling my clothing and sending my hair every witch way. It was exhilarating.
She then continues on fighting bigger nightmares till one night her smaller brother has a night terror. It's the biggest enemy she has encountered to date. And it seems to know and mock her because of her close relationship with the Night terror’s creator.
I had just returned from one of my late night hunts when I saw it, a dark presence looming over my house. It was huge and seemed to cast a large shadow over everything. I knew something was wrong. I quickly made my way inside only to find out everything was warped and different. I wasn't in my house I was in a darker version of my house. I ran to my room looking for my brother hoping he was ok but upon entering I realized the whole negative energy was coming from. I saw the hideous Nightmare attached to him but it was different from the others. It looked like there was blood dripping from its open mouth and the eyes were black holes. I froze. I didn't know what to do.
‘Hello little girl’ it greeted me in its distorted voice. ‘How nice to see you my name is Bullbi, I was hoping I could finish my dinner before you came back but it looks like I might have to take a short break.’ It chuckled at me like it had said something funny.
‘Get off my brother!’ I yelled at him
‘Oh dear! Right away right away’ it laughed at me and then was right up in my face. Staring into those dark soulless orbs I was paralyzed with fear. It wasn't like anything I had fought in the past I didn't know what to do. It started to wrap around me and slowly squeeze the life out of my just like a snake would do. I remember blacking out for a few before I regained conscious last minute and manifested a rapier. I stabbed the side of the beast which seem to have be taken by surprise and let me go. Once it realized what I had done it threw me out the window out onto the street. My weapon had vanished so I called another. It was a nice white machine gun. I started shooting at the beast but it didn't seem affected. After destruction of multiple houses and the depleting Dreams to harness energy from it seemed all hope was lost. I was on a timer. I had to save my brother. So in a last ditch effort I gather what strength and Dreams were left and created a portal. It was triangle shaped and glowed in a deep purple. Kind of like the universe pictures ive seen in class. I grabbed Bullbi and threw us both into the portal hoping to whatever power that it would save my brother. That's the last thing I remember.
The night terror laches on to her younger brother and starts to take the energy and life force from him. She then starts the epic battle against, Bullbi, the night terror. After going through most of the positive energy in the small town trying different weapons to defeat Bullbi she takes what little left of dream energy and forms a giant triangle portal grabs hold of Bullbi and jumps into the portal, sacrificing herself to save her brother.
The story is told by Cassiel as she describes scenes through her eyes and how she experienced them so while she is describing and telling you her experiences you will see everything unfold just as told. She tells everything is a past tense. Like she’s retelling a story. Cassiel is around 10 years of age when she discovers about her role. Her younger brother is about 5 years younger. She is about 4’5 with long black hair.