|because i think everyone is tired of just looking at Sharky crying.|
"OK boys are you ready?" The tall Zora man asked his two boys. It was a fresh morning. The wind was blowing in from the crisp sea leaving a salty smell in the air.
A lovely Zora lady held a basket with one arm and a knitted blanket with the other.
“I think they are ready dear.” She said. Her fins swayed with the wind. She had many small spots on her back her husband, the tall Zora man, had fewer spots but had one large one that covered almost half of his tail.
“Take care of your brother you hear!” The father told Eppiphoraz, who was just a 14 year old boy at the time. The idea of caring for his five year old little brother seemed annoying.
They had food for their family picnic. Eppiphoraz thought the picnic was a stupid idea. What was the point? Couldn’t they just eat at home? But no his father wanted to make it special and he knew better than to argue with his father.
They walked along a pebble paved path. After about an hour or so of happily chit chatting while walking they stopped.
"See that hill? That’s our spot right there." The father Informed his family as they made their way away from the path and into the grassy hill. There were flowers everywhere. The blanket was placed on the grass and dry salted fish was taken from the basket and shared with the whole family.
The young five year old Zora boy decided to play on the grass. Eppiphoraz was sent to care for his brother. They rolled on the grass and chased butterflies. When they were tired they sat on a boulder and ate green apples.
"We should come here again!" The little boy said. Eppyphoraz had to admit it was not so bad.
“Yeah! We should.” He said and smiled at his little brother.
“We should go back its going to be dark soon.” Eppy said to his little brother.
That is when they heard a scream.
“That’s mom! That’s mom!” The young boy said.
“Let’s go!” Eppiphoraz said taking his brother’s hand and running to where the screaming was. It was only at that time when they realized it had been a mistake. Eppiphoraz lifted his little brother and ran.
“What about mom! What about mom! What about mom!” The young boy shouted.
“Father is fighting those guys OK. We can’t help. I have to keep you safe.” He explained as he ran. He found some bushes and jumped inside. His heart beating like a drum.
“Stay down and be quiet.” Eppy told his little brother. While the young boy startes to cry.
It seemed like eternity. Eppyphoraz hugged his little brother doing his best to muffle his sobbing so they could not be heard. There was not much to do. Part of him wanted to go help his parents. He knew there was nothing he could do he was just a boy. His best bet was to save his brother. Thoughts rushed through his mind. What could be done if they find us? How do I save my brother? And so he made his choice.
“If they come to get us… You hide and I will run so they chase me and you go home OK. Don’t look back and don’t try to help. Got it?” The five year old boy nodded and held on tight to his older brother.
It was not long however when the men that had attacked his parents came upon the patch of bushes the two Zora boys were hidden in.
“Find them.” A voice said.
The two boys looked at each other. Eppiphoras took a deep breath and put a finger to his lips. He suddenly stood and made a run for it. The five men that had attacked his parents were after him. He only hopped his little brother would be safe. He ran as fast as his webbed feet could go. His gills flared open and closed as he gasped for air. Zora feet are not running feet and soon the men had him within grasp.
One punched him in the face knocking him out. There was no fight, there was no struggle, they simply lifted him over a shoulder a took him.
When he opened his eyes he was in a mule pulled cart. His parents were there. His father unconscious , his mother very much awake imidiatly hugged her boy when he awoke.
One thing he was glad about was that his little brother was not in the cart with them. Maybe he could escape, make it home and tell everyone what had happened. Maybe someone could come and save them.
The cart stopped. The pulled the three Zora out of the cart and took them into a large brick building. It looked like someone had started to build a castle but had lost funding to finish the structure.
“Oooh nice catch guys.. That tall one is going to fetch a nice price with that big spot.” A lady said. She had long wavy hair, a long black dress with what looked like roses embroidered at the bottom. Her lips bright and red like the feather that decorated her fancy hat.
Eppiphoraz looked in horror as she inspected his unconscious father. She opened his mouth and inspected his teeth. She raised a brow when she looked straight at him.
"He is spotless! He has not one spot. He is useless no one is going to want him." She shouted slapping the boy as if it were his fault.
"Do we let him go?" One of the men said.
"Don’t be ridiculous if you let him go he will go home and tell everyone about us and market will die out. I have a better idea..we will just keep him." She said caressing his cheek with her crimson tainted nails.
He watched as they took his parents away. His father still unconscious was lifted over the shoulder of one of the men. His mother was dragged away as she struggled to escape her captors. Suddenly he yelped in pain as one of the men lifted him of the ground by his tail. The look of pain on his face turned to horror when he saw the lady in the black dress holding his little brother. How they had captured him,he had no idea.
“Would you look at the designs on his back! This is the most beautiful pattern I’ve ever seen. This little fella is going to fetch us so much money.” She said as she took the small boy.
“Shame you are worthless.” The man said still pulling Eppiphoraz by his tail.
“Why?” He asked.
“You are spotless! No one is going to want your spotless hide boy!” He answered. Eppy didn’t quite grasp what he meant.
They placed him inside an iron cage. There were many cages in that very room they took him to. Each cage was occupied by a Zora just like him. Most he didn’t know but they all looked terrified. There was a couple next to his cage. A hand outstretched awkwardly from the bars of the cage to reach the hand of the other as they exchanged loving words to each other. Across from him was another young Zora bout his age. There was nothing in that Boy’s eyes. They were empty as if he no longer cared that he was in a cage. And next to that very boy was Epiphoraz’s little brother. He was crying and stretching his dark blue hands through the bars of his cage.
"We just got an order bring one !" The lady shouted from the back of the room. Those who were there before Eppiphoraz showed up already knew what that meant. Silence filled the room. The couple next to him held hands tightly. The boy across who had been quiet this whole time started to yell at the men.
“Take me already! Just take me! Kill me and get it over with!” He shouted. Taking his advice, his cage was unlocked and he was dragged out of the cage. He didn’t struggle he just walked. For a few minutes everything was quiet.
Everyone jumped when the silence was broken by the screams of agony in the other room. Sometime later the screaming stopped.
“Why doesn’t anyone look for us?” Someone asked.
“I’m sure they have looked but why would they look here?” A different voice replied. Eppiphoraz only covered his face and cried the rest of the night until he fell asleep.
What he saw the next morning gave him more terror than the agonizing screams of the boy from the previous night.
There hanging to dry was an outstretched skin of light cerulean with indigo spots.
The days turned to weeks. The only food everyone received was cold potato soup. A red haired man with black boots would come into the dark room and throw buckets of water at the caged Zora in the room early In the morning.
Eppiphoraz had not seen his parents in weeks, he at least had a view of his little brother.
The Zora man in the cage next to his seemed to be a friendly fellow. After weeks of being in cages next to each other they seemed to have become friends.
His wife was the Zora lady on the cage next to the man’s cage. He mentioned how he was lucky every morning when he saw her.
“How can you consider yourself lucky?” Eppy asked him. He couldn’t understand how he could be grateful in a place like this.
“I’ve been in here for two years son. I’ve seen many go to that back room. I’m still alive and my wife is next to me. Not many here get family next to them. You are lucky your brother is across for you.” The man explained. Eppy nodded. He had not seen things that way. As long as there were no orders everyone was alive.
The people running this murderous operation however were growing quite frustrated. No orders for weeks meant they were making no profit, and feeding 35 Zora was becoming an expense.
They began to argue over if to kill everyone to save themselves the trouble.
The lady in the black dress yelled at her men. She was apparently in charge of the whole operation.
Everyone in the room stopped talking at the mentions of killing everyone.
“I know you are frustrated. Instead of killing each other why not just take the anger out on one of our little pets.” She said with a grin. There were low mumbles from the Zora in the room.
“QUIET YOU USELESS FISH! ” She shouted at them.
“You should be grateful we are not going to just chop you all up! And I know exactly who we need for this. I knew this was going to come up saved em up just for this! Bring me that spotless kid.” She said.
Eppiphoraz knew that meant him. He saw the look of horror in his little brother’s face. He even saw him word out “Eppy No!”
The Zora man next to him stretched out his hand through the bars. Eppy took his hand. He was shaking.
“May the goddesses save your soul child.” He told him.
“Remember Eppiphoraz you are keeping us all alive. Save your soul.”
The red haired man approached Eppy’s cage, unlocked it and dragged him out by his tail. He tried to hold on to the bars of the cage but it was no use.
No matter how much he kicked and screamed they just dragged him on the floor. He passed by his brother who was pale with fear. He saw his mother, she was crying . Eventually they left the room with the cages behind.
“We are going to have so much fun!” One of the guys said while touching Eppy’s face. He struggled to escape but there was no escape.
“Stop it with the struggling!” One man with a green shirt said. He kicked him on the ribs in hopes to make him stop. It worked.
“Much better!” The red haired guy said.
They tied his hands together and attached him to a wall. His face was against the wall, and his arms were pulled over his head and chained to the wall.
What happened next was nothing more than a blur of pain. They took turns whipping him with ropes and hitting him with sticks. Eventually his back was no longer blue but was raw and red.
He had begged for them to stop but that only resulted in more beatings. The sobbing however could not be stopped. Eventually they stopped. They unchained him and dragged him back to his cage.
“See ya tomorrow!” The red haired man said before he left. Eppiphoraz just curled up in the corner of his cage and whimpered.
“You’re alive kid! Don’t let them break ya. You are stronger than they are. Maybe not physically, but inside.” The zora man in the cage next to his told him. He spoke to him like that until Eppiphoraz just fell asleep having been soothed by the supporting words.
Early in the morning they gave everyone their daily bowl of soup. When the man that handed out food stopped at Eppy’s cage he actually kneeled down to look at him.
“Don’t forget our date tonight. We are going to have so much fun. ” he said walking away and leaving Eppy with a hollow emptiness inside his chest.
That afternoon they took him out again. Only this time they made him face towards them. He squirmed as the whips struck his chest . The only reason his face was safe was because he covered it with his tail.
For the next five days it was the same. And by that time he no longer struggled. He just waited for it to be over.
The next day Eppiphoraz was able to sleep. No one came to torture him. He gave a sigh of relief when the hours passed and they forgot about him.
"I guess you get to rest today." The Zora to his left said.
He was a young fellow with a heart shaped spot on the right shoulder. He was of cobalt blue with lavender spots. Except for the heart, that one was black. In fact it was actually a tattoo and not a spot at all.
"I guess I do." Eppiphoraz said with a smile. I guess it doesn’t matter why they forgot." He said.
" Well I suppose not. Not that I would want to take your place." The zora replied with a low laugh.
"I don’t know..I think this smells like a bad omen." The Zora man to Eppiphoraz’s right said including himself in the conversation.
"Stop being superstitious." The Zora with the tattoo said and shook his head.
Eppiphoraz frowned. Him not being hurt was a bad omen? He thought his friend would be happy to see him not be hurt at least one day. Unfortunately, his friend was right.
The door to where all the Zora were kept opened up. The first thing that came to Eppiphoraz’s mind was. “I suppose they didn’t forget after all.” But no. Truth was they had an order that day. They stopped almost in front of his cage. Instead they opened the cage to his left.
The Zora man we the heart tattoo began to fight back.
He turned to Eppiphoraz.
"Curse you! Curse you!" He shouted. As they pulled him out of his cage.
Eppiphoraz could do nothing but cover his face and cry. He shook and whimpered.
"Eppiphoraz., it is not your fault!" The Zora to his right said. But Eppiphoraz didn’t hear him. All that was in his mind was. "You are a bad omen."
Soon the screams could be heard in the other room. And all Eppiphoraz could do was cover his hears and try not to hear it.
The pattern repeated. If they showed up to take Eppiphoraz away it meant everyone else could sigh in relief. If no one came for him, fear spread across the room.
Even when he returned and was placed in his cage beaten and with blood dripping down his back, the others seemed happy to see him that way. For them it meant life.
This time however they were taking their time. Eppiphoraz didn’t know if to feel happy or sad about it. Either way it was not a good outcome for him. Either be in pain. Or face the hate of people in despair blaming him for their misfortunes. Eventually they showed up.
“You know what buddy.. I think I’m bored of just beating you. Its not fun.” One of the guys that was taking him said. By now Eppiphoraz had stopped struggling. He just walked as they lead him. This time however they walked past the room where they normally chained him. He took in the new scenery.
They made it outside. The sun! The brightness! It was a setting sun but the glow of it gave him awe. He paused to stare at a tree. The sunlight made it seen like it was glowing bright red. For a second he forgot everything and just admired the trees beauty.
"Hey! Who told you to stop!" One of the two men yelled while kicking him.
"Well if you like this one… We will use this one. " with his boot , he kicked Eppiphoraz to the ground. Once on the floor one placed his boot on his head while the other threw the rope over a branch of the tree and made a noose.
Eppiphoraz turned pale with fear thinking they were finally going to end his life.
He struggled as they lifted him up and took him to the tree. Once there however they didn’t put the rope around his neck. They tied the rope around his tail. They tightened it. It was rather painful. Once that was done they pulled on the rope and lifted Eppiphoraz up into the air. They pushed him making him swing about left and right.
They spun him around until the rope began to shred apart the scales from his tail. When the rope was so tight they could no longer make another twist they let go. Eppiphoraz began to spin by his tail at an alarming speed. He could barely take a breath. Blood began to fly in a blur of spinning. It paused only to begin spinning in the opposite direction. After a long while the spinning stopped. Eppiphoraz was unconscious so they simply cut him down. The rope had eaten through half of his tail by the time the spinning had ended and blood began to pool under his head.
When Eppiphoraz woke up he realized he was tied up to a table. He began t struggle but stopped. The pain on his tail was to much and he tried his best not to move it.
“Ah you are awake my lovely.” A voice said. It was the lady with the black dress. She however was wearing a green dress now. She leaned over him and kissed him on his forehead. Eppiphoraz shuddered.
“You are afraid? Well you shouldn’t be! I’m the only reason you are alive tight now. Those brutes would have killed you long ago.” She said while tracing her fingernail over his chest.
“I am going to patch you up. Well, finish patching you up. I was doing that before you woke up. I took the liberty of removing your fins since you don’t need them and they are in the way. ” She explained. A grin spreading across her face.
“I envy you..I envy you all. Elegant flippers, Smooth scales, Streamlined and just enchanting. You can live under water just as well as on land. Your tail is…Was.. magnificent.” she said while she placed her warm blooded palm on his chest and rubbed his belly. He whimpered realizing that there was nothing he could do to get away.
She sat next to him and continued stitching the wound on his arm. Once she was done she walked away.
He tried to move but instead screamed in pain. The open gap on his tail was extremely painful. The lad returned.
“Bye bye tail!” she said and stood behind him. She leaned over him and whispered; “brace yourself lovely , This is going to hurt.”
He felt her blood heated hands on his tail.
“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO!!!!” He shouted.
“can’t fix it.You are loosing to much blood you almost died Soooooooo IM going to CHOP IT.”
“NOOOOO!” He began to struggle.
“Stop moving Idiot I’m going to save your life.”
She pulled on his tail making him scream in pain again.
“SHUT UP!” she shouted in frustration. She pulled out a knife and began to cut the rest of the way around his tail.
She didn’t want him to scream but he couldn’t be stopped. The pain was more than he had ever felt. His chest heaved and his gills flared but nothing could ease the pain. He wanted to pass out. Die even. BUT have the PAIN STOP!
“Well that does it. Now I just need to get rid of this bones”
“ONE! TWO! and …” she didn’t say three she used a hammer to snap the bones that allowed the useless part of Eppiphoraz tail to stay in place. And with that the flukes and part of his tail fell to the floor. and Eppyphoraz fainted from both terror and pain.
Sudden pain awoke Eppiphoraz. A slap to the face to awaken the passed out Zora. His head was bandaged and the area where his fins used to be was stitched.
“You are ready my lovely.” The lady with the green dress said as she untied him from the table.
“Now don’t you worry I won’t let them hurt you.” She said. He wondered why she would protect him at all.
She held his face with both of her hands and rubbed his ears with her thumb and forefinger on each hand.
Eppiphoraz shuddered as she got closer to him.
“What? I’m not that ugly to you am I? Don’t you like me? I just saved you life! Who do you think took care of you when you passed out? Who do you think stopped the bleeding after they played let’s turn the spotless Zora into a spinning top hmmm? THAT’S RIGHT ME! ” she said while was about an inch away from his face.
Eppiphoraz shook in fear as he stared straight into her bright green eyes. She smiled and licked his cheek. Eppiphoraz tried to pull away startled by the lady’s awkward behavior.
“Talk to me!” She whispered .
He couldn’t say a word. He only whimpered. She frowned.
“Don’t you dare deny me!” She shouted at him.
“Fine be that way! Go to your tiny cage and stay there how do you like that!” She said pulling his ear and and placing her hand at his gills and sticking a finger inside.
“MOVE IT!” She shouted as she pushed him to the room with cages.
Everyone stared at him when he walked into the room. Most expected him to be dead.
‘Well what are you waiting for lovely? Get in?” She said pushing him into his cage.
The lady walked away furious.
The room was quiet for about three seconds after she walked out. Everyone started talking about him.
“Did she call him lovely?”
“I thought he was dead for sure!”
“They chopped his tail off the poor dear.”
“They are slowly killing him!”
“Well if he is having a relationship with that witch I hope he dies.!”
“You are lucky you are locked up! I hear you talking about my son that way again I’ll kill you.”
“Spotless is your son?”
“His name is Eppiphoraz! And you all owe him and you know it! We would all be dead right now. So you best show some respect.”
“Suuuure I want to live in a cage for many many years to come.”
He covered his ears but nothing could help. At least he fund out his father was still alive.
I am not an Art student. I do art for fun.|
I like to try different forms of art.
However I mostly use a pencil and paper.
It may not be my strongest point sadly.
I have gone though a pit of depression but i think i got over it quite well.
Here is to changing my future!
Regaining my sense of self.
and my hope for a better future.