The End of Humanity
The world has ended. There have been speculations for centuries for how it would end: fire, water, explosions, war. However, humankind never expected it to end so soon. Nobody expected that in 2020, the last of humankind would be fighting to survive, and that they would have ever lost so much.
Caleb could see Sage's mind whirling and twisting with the snake of confusion and a silk strand of fragile hope. Philip was alive. But how? And why didn't he find Sage? Caleb knew all was not what it seemed.
"Not dead?" Sage asked with a husky voice. "What do you mean?"
"I mean he isn't dead," Felicity said shortly. "Though it might be better if he was."
"Explain," Caleb said in a tone as short as Felicity's.
"I can't release that kind of informa-"
Caleb lost his temper and had grabbed Felicity by the throat and pinned her against the pole in the middle of the tent. "I suggest you reevaluate," he warned. "My sister lost her fiancÃ©, and you give her hope only to retreat? Bullshit."
"Let go," Felicity gasped, turning from red to purple.
Caleb considered saying something real clever and rebellious, something like no.
"Oh, let her go,â€ Sage commanded. â€œYou canâ€™t just strangle someone to death.â€
â€œSheâ€™s insufferable,â€ Caleb growled.
â€œThatâ€™s not a good reason,â€ Sage said unblinkingly. â€œLet go.â€
â€œNot until she tells me what she knows about Philip!â€ Caleb broke out. â€œIâ€™m doing this for you!â€
â€œOh, Caleb,â€ Sage sighed, â€œhow is she supposed to give you any information when she canâ€™t speak? Let her go already.â€
Caleb hated to admit it, but Sage made a reasonable argument for letting that intolerable woman go--at least, for as long as it took her to answer his questions. â€œFine,â€ he snapped as he let Felicity go and her coloring started to return back to a pale flesh color. â€œStart talking.â€
â€œHave either of you heard of the organization called Prometheus,â€ Felicity asked, rubbing her neck.
â€œYou mean that ancient myth about stealing fire?â€ Caleb narrowed his eyes. â€œThis isnâ€™t relevant.â€
â€œHave you heard of the organization Prometheus?â€ Felicity repeated, â€œnot the myth. And trust me, itâ€™s relevant.â€
It doesnâ€™t seem relevant so move on with it, Caleb thought. It seems like you are just stalling. Hell, you probably are. You are just screwing around with my sisterâ€™s head, and if you hurt her anymore I will personally make sure you suffer for it. Caleb opened his mouth to tell Felicity this.
â€œNo,â€ Sage broke in before Caleb could voice his thoughts out loud. â€œWe havenâ€™t heard of it. What is Prometheus?â€
â€œA terrorist organization,â€ Felicity said crisply.
â€œAgain,â€ Caleb sighed, his temper flaring, â€œhow is this relevant?â€
â€œPatience,â€ Felicity chidded. â€œItâ€™s a virtue.â€
â€œA virtue I donâ€™t have,â€ Caleb countered, â€œso hurry up.â€
Felicity ignored Caleb and turned towards Sage. â€œSage, this may be hard to hear,â€ she said softly, as if talking to a glass doll, â€œbut Philip kept secrets from you. Dangerous ones. He was working for Prometheus.â€
Sage recoiled as if she had been slapped. â€œNo,â€ she gasped, â€œit canâ€™t be. Philip wouldnâ€™tâ€¦â€
â€œHow well do you really know him, Sage?â€ Felicity looked at Sage with worn hazel eyes. â€œDid you even know him at all?â€
â€œOf course,â€ Sageâ€™s voice shook. â€œOf course I did. You just...you must...this is wrong.â€
â€œHow do you even know this?â€ Caleb demanded of Felicity. â€œYou better not be lying.â€
â€œI have my methods,â€ Felicity said cryptically. â€œI just donâ€™t have to share them with anybody who asks though.â€
â€œThis,â€ Caleb pointed towards Sage angrily, â€œisnâ€™t some random person. This is Philipâ€™s fiance. She deserves to know!â€
â€œWell we donâ€™t always get what we deserve do we?â€ Felicity hissed with bitter undertones. â€œItâ€™s time to accept that.â€
â€œWho are you to force that on us?â€ Cale felt his anger bubbling to the surface uncontrollably. â€œWho gave you that right?â€
â€œIâ€™m only trying to help.â€
â€œStop then,â€ Caleb said harshly. â€œItâ€™s not working for you.â€
â€œYou might do well to let some of your hatred and anger go, Caleb,â€ Felicity said cooly. â€œIt might cause trouble for you one day.â€
â€œAnd I suppose you might be the one causing this trouble, eh?â€ Caleb sneered. â€œI guess Iâ€™m supposed to be scared, or something? Well, Iâ€™m not.â€
â€œNo,â€ Felicity clasped her hands together, â€œI wonâ€™t. It was just some friendly advice.â€
â€œWell, keep your â€˜friendly adviceâ€™ to yourself,â€ Caleb snapped. â€œIt is probably gonna be taken the wrong way.â€ Caleb turned sharply on his heel and walked a few steps. â€œJust some friendly advice,â€ he called back. â€œCome on, Sage.â€
There was silence and then there was a soft â€œnoâ€. Caleb could scarcely believe his ears.
â€œWhat?â€ he asked Sage. â€œYou actually want to stay here? With her?â€
â€œYes,â€ Sage breathed, her eyes wide. â€œI need to know Caleb. I need to understand what happened to him. I deserve that, wouldnâ€™t you agree?â€
â€œSometimes itâ€™s better to not know,â€ Felicity said calmly. â€œSometimes itâ€™s better to hold onto innocent fantasies, and make them your reality.â€
â€œBut thatâ€™s not wise,â€ Caleb shouted. â€œItâ€™s only going to hurt you more!â€
â€œIt is human to feel pain,â€ Felicity didnâ€™t blink. â€œTo deprive yourself of that would be a sin.â€
â€œThen Iâ€™ll be a sinner,â€ Caleb retorted. â€œAnd so will Sage. But if you think that I am going to let you break her even more, well Lady you are delusional as well as-â€
â€œStop,â€ Sageâ€™s voice shook but it was firm. â€œThis is my choice, Caleb. My choice. Not yours. Not hers. Not anybody elses.â€
â€œYouâ€™ve already went through so much pain though,â€ Caleb protested. â€œPlease donâ€™t do this to yourself.â€
â€œPain canâ€™t be compared or measured,â€ Felicity stayed unblinking. â€œSage has made her choice. And you would do well to listen to her,â€ Felicity said. â€œSheâ€™s wise.â€
â€œYou mean she gives into you!â€ Calebâ€™s eyes flashed dangerously. â€œThere is a difference Lady between wisdom and compliance. Sage,â€ Caleb whirled furiously to face his sister, â€œyou need to grow a backbone and stand up for yourself.â€
Almost immediately, Caleb regretted his choice of saying that. He didnâ€™t want to hurt Sage, he only wanted to make her see reason.
â€œFine,â€ Sage practically snarled, â€œI will.â€ She turned to face Felicity. â€œTell me what you know about Philip or I will go to Prometheus myself. And if the torture me...well I have information to give now, now donâ€™t I?â€
Felicityâ€™s eyes turned even harsher and colder than they were before. â€œYou wouldnâ€™t have the nerve.â€
â€œOh yeah,â€ Sage gave off a maniacal sounding laugh. â€œWatch me. Now what happened to Philip? And how do you know? Better yet,â€ Caleb saw Sage take a deep breath as if steadying herself, â€œwho are you to him?â€
â€œIâ€™m his mother,â€ Felicity said impassively, never sounding less maternal. Sage recoiled and Caleb could practically see the gears turning in her head as her thoughts reeled. â€œSo,â€ Felicity continued, â€œif you even begin to think your pain can match mine-â€
â€œâ€˜Pain canâ€™t be compared or measuredâ€™,â€ Caleb quoted in a falsetto. â€œIsnâ€™t that what you said? Or does that just not apply to you, O Mighty One?â€
â€œDo not mock me,â€ Felicity hissed, red in the face.
â€œWhat are you going to do? Kill us?â€ Caleb sneered. â€œIâ€™d like to see you try.â€
â€œNo, just make you get out of my camp.â€
â€œThat is a death sentence though,â€ Sage protested from behind Caleb. â€œPleaseâ€¦â€
â€œIf you want to stay, get out of my sight and shut your brotherâ€™s big mouth.â€
Sage walked away, dejected and Caleb couldnâ€™t believe she was actually in compliance with this after how hard she had fought. ShÃt! If she wasnâ€™t going to fight, well he was about to unleash hell over this because it was worth it. Nobody hurt Sage and got away with it. Nobody.
However, Caleb didnâ€™t have to do this because Sage turned around suddenly and faced Felicity with a glare. â€œNo.â€
â€œYou heard me. No. You are going to tell us about Philip.â€
â€œOr what? You arenâ€™t going to do anything.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what you know.â€
â€œYou arenâ€™t going to do anything,â€ Felicity scoffed. And with that, Caleb lost his temper. He rushed at Felicity and held her in a headlock.
â€œTell us!â€ He commanded heavily. â€œOr I snap your neck.â€
Felicity gasped for air. â€œFine,â€ she said tersely. â€œIâ€™ll tell you what happened and how I know. Sit down,â€ she ordered. â€œThis is going to take a while.â€
Caleb looked at Felicity in surprise, convinced that it would have taken her longer to comply. She seemed exceptionally hardheaded and tenacious in his opinion.
â€œWe arenâ€™t going to sit down,â€ Sage said calmly. â€œYou are. Caleb, let go of her. Felicity sit down.â€
â€œAnd if I-â€ Felicity started causing Caleb to glare threateningly at her. â€œOkay,â€ she revised. Caleb, against his instincts, which was screaming at him to not trust Felicity, let go of her neck.
Felicity smirked. â€œNo.â€ And then she began to scream.