Time and the ocean, they're similar aren't they? They both give and they both take. They are life and death in one. Time, it eats away at one's memories turning them into nothing but blots of colors and smudges here and there, erasing what had once mattered and altering it into nothing but a haze of questions and uncertainty. The waves are all too similar, they crash against the shore, eating at the sand and pulling them under, never again to resurface. Lost beneath the tides, beneath the lies...forgotten, just like us.
Chapter one: The Midnight Train
His shoes went clack on the marble floor each time he took a step. Twenty paces away, then fifteen. The queen sat not too far from him with her legs crossed and hands folded on her lap, just as pristine and perfect as always. He was ten paces away now, her throne of white clear before him. Schizophrenia fell onto one knee and lowered his head, whispering incoherently at his shadow and telling it to behave in the queen's presence. He twiddled his thumbs and cleared his throat. "Greetings your majesty," annoyance flickered in his blood red eyes as it focused on the shadow beneath his feet. "Shadow here gives you his greetings as well...the noisy brat. O-Oh uh, I didn't mean to stray, my apologies, queen." Slowly, he raised his head. "It's that time of year again your highness, are you excited? The bunnies and I have prepared the decorations, but would need extra stars to order that flying red carpet you asked for."
"Of course, I am looking forward to meeting the new arrivals, Skitz. I always am, after all we only get human guests once a year." The queen raised her hand and waved it dismissively. "Take all the stars you and the bunnies need. I want everything to be perfect, so prepare the guest hall and bring in the finest of wine and food. I'll be calling for them when they get here and I believe that will be rather soon." The queen of Delirium smiled as she leaned back into her throne and nodded at Schizophrenia.
"Yes your highness, I'll call for your loyal bunnies and we'll get things prepared." He tightened his jaw in determination, whispered a few reprimands at his shadow then got to his feet.
"Excellent. Now, now, hurry and don't dilly-dally with that shadow of yours. I want everything to be perfect." The queen smiled calmly and Skitz couldn't help but look away, feeling as if he didn't deserve such a smile.
"As you wish, Queen of Delirium."
The Station: January 1, 2013
The clock struck twelve. And January of 2013 officially arrived. It was a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate.
Colors exploded in the night sky. Painting it a myriad of blues, purples, yellows and reds. It was New Year's eve and people were celebrating. Maybe they were bundled up in sweaters and talking away with their families. Maybe they were partying with their friends, exchanging gifts, saying thank yous, hugging and passing the night away with the heater on full and DVDs playing movies nonstop. Maybe they were toasting glasses of wine and snuggling with their lovers in the snow as they watched the fireworks or maybe they weren't celebrating at all.
Well, maybe they were like you. The constant questions and what ifs made you smile because what if they were tossing logic to the wind and waiting for a train of neon lights and fleeting stars just like you were, but then again maybe they weren't. You shook your head and decided to stop, it would be of no use asking questions that had no answers anyways. You waited, anticipating something that was probably nothing but a myth. Time marched on and in disappointment you glanced down at your phone, or perhaps your watch. It didn't matter, what mattered were the neon numbers that read 12:01 am. There was no train and you prepared to leave, disappointed and maybe even sad.
You turned around, but before you could walk away you heard a soft hum that grew louder by the second. You waited and slowly lights of various colors illuminated the station, followed by the arrival of the rumored train to nowhere. It made you freeze in place and you watched as the double doors glided open, revealing an entire world of possibilities and the one thing you had always wanted. It was the desire of your heart, the ice cream to your warm summer day. That was all you noticed and before you could think twice you rushed inside, only to be greeted by a quirky cast of unbelievable things as your wish faded away. Slowly, the doors closed and static filled the lively train.
"Next stop, Nowhere. Thank you for hopping on board the midnight train."
The hum of the engine made its way into your ears as the train shot forward at an incredible speed. You lost your balance, crashing into the glass window, your face pressed against it and eyes glancing once more at the station. The train rocketed forward, as you stood helpless, bidding the world you knew goodbye.