Chapter 21:

Final Act - Part 2

The Garden Of Dreams

Nate opened his eyes, he got up on his knees and looked around. All he saw around him was burnt corpses. 

"I'm not strong enough!" He shouted as tears started flowing down his eyes.

"I lost! Once again!" he shouted once again.

He heard some footsteps coming towards him, he turned back and saw that it was the leader. 

"You are strong Nathan, you shouldn't blame yourself."

"You bastard! Shut up! You're the one who killed them all! I'll kill you, I'll f*cking kill you!" Nate got up and shouted.

He ran towards the leader and threw his hands around in an effort to punch him, but he dodged all of them. Nate was too exhausted, he was badly beat up too.

"Calm yourself Nathan, you shouldn't weep over the weak."

"Shut up! shut up! Just shut your f*cking mouth!" Nathan shouted while he was still making an effort to hit him. 

"I thought that I should let you know, you are one of the strongest opponents I've ever faced. You're not weak, you're very strong. I'll let you live, so that one day you can see the world I will have created. That day, you'll understand me Nathan, you'll understand what my words meant."

"I'll kill you. I'll kill you. I'll kill you" Nathan kept on repeating these lines, he wasn't actually listening to him. He was lost in his thoughts.

"Goodbye Nathan." the leader said as he walked away. 

Time stopped once again, as Nathan's eyes flashed brightly. He was slowly becoming one with the Garden.

He back to his senses with a loud gasp. He saw the leader walking away.

"You're weak." Nathan said.

"What did you say?"

"You're weak. You maybe thinking that you're too strong but in reality, you're very weak."

"Is that so?"

"Yes, you couldn't have done any of this if it weren't for the Garden of Dreams. You cheated, you stole this power."

"I spent all of my life trying to obtain this power, I gave up everything. And you have the guts to say that I stole it?"

"Yes, because you did steal it."

"No, I did not steal it, I just took what I deserved. This power should have always been mine, because I'm the only one who could have possibly put it to good use."

"Good use? You call incinerating hundreds of innocent officers good use?"

"You are too naïve to understand Nathan, you disappoint me."

"Just like you disappointed your father, Thomas?"

"What the hell did you say? How do you know my name?" The leader said after he grabbed Nate's neck.

"I know everything about you. I know everything about your life, I saw it when we met in the void. How you were born with a disfigured face, how your father used to beat you and your mom, how you were rejected by the other children of your age, how you grew to hate your own face, how you failed in killing your father, and how you killed your own mother who loved and cared for you."

"Shut up! You don't know anything."

"You were born a monster Thomas, that's why your face was like that of the devil's, that's why your father never accepted you, and that's why you never made any friends."

"Shut the f*ck up!" He shouted and punched Nathan in the face.

"Hit me all you want , but you can't run away from the fact that you're still the little kid that feared his father, that hated his face, that killed his own mother because he was too weak to kill his father. You haven't changed a bit since that day, and you never will. You'll always be the weak and timid Thomas Carter."

"You're lying. That's not true, I'm a strong man, I'm the strongest." 

"No, you're a fake bastard, with fake ideals, and fake strength. You're a pretentious man with borrowed ideologies and twisted concepts. You're not even close to being the strongest, you're the weakest person I've ever met Tommy, the weakest!"


He let go of Nathan's neck and fell down on his knees. 

He smiled as tears fell down his eyes, "My mom used to call me Tommy."

"She loved you, didn't she?"

"She did."

"And you killed her...?"

"Yes, I killed her."

"Tell me, do you think you deserve to live?"

He didn't say anything.

"I sympathize with your past self, what happened to you was not fair. But you've done some unforgivable things. I can't let you off the hook so easily."

"But I didn't do anything wrong." The leader was still foolish and persistent, he hadn't realized his wrong.

Nathan didn't say anything, he just looked at him with pity. He just grabbed the leader by his collar and disappeared. 

The leader found himself in a dark room with Nathan.

"Where the hell are we?"

"We're in my domain now. I'm the one who's in control here."

"What are you going to do to me?"

"I'll give you the worst punishment possible. I'll make you suffer, I'll make you scream, I'll make sure that you repent."

"What? What the hell do you mean? What are you planning on doing you as*hole!?"

"I'll create the worst possible world for you, you'll suffer every day. You'll wish to die but you wouldn't. And then You'd be killed when you're least expecting it. After your death, your life will begin again and you will keep on suffering like this for eternity."

"You can't do that to me-

Nathan snapped his fingers, and the leader vanished. He was sent in a dream world full of suffering. He was going to suffer exactly as Nathan had described. 

Nathan never could've imagined to do something so cruel to someone, but time had changed him. 

Nate had become the Garden of Dreams...