The character of this story may be named Brett but he has no relation to the Brett from my other stories but I hope you all like this as much as my other stories. I plan t0 have it combine romance, action and intrigue so wait for the coming chapters because they should be at least sort of entertaining. Chapter 1 Ã¢â‚¬Å“The CallÃ¢â‚¬Â As Brett walked down the halls of his high school he reminisced about his first year there and his heart began to beat faster because he thought about not being here very soon. In a short two weeks he was going to be graduating and he would move on to college. He had a very low key social life during high school. He had a small group of close friends and he had a girlfriend for a short while. The one thing that stuck in his head was the girl that got away. She was everything he hoped for; beautiful, smart and kind. He asked her out three times and all three times he got rejected and told the same thing Ã¢â‚¬Å“I only see you as a friendÃ¢â‚¬Â. Those words burned in BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ears and he as a result became shut out to whatever girl liked him. Regardless of that he enjoyed his time there and was sad to leave. He pulled his car keys out of his pocket and made his way out of the building and walked toward his car. Out of no where someone walked up behind him and pulled his long brown hair. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hey Brett whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up!Ã¢â‚¬Â He turned around to see that it was his friend Kate. She was the girl he had liked and despite his affections for her she still always seemed to want to hang out with him. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kate I told you not to pull my hair! I have been trying to take care of it and not to mention that it hurts when you pull it.Ã¢â‚¬Â She laughed and hit him on the back Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get so riled up! So are we going to hang out this weekend? I was thinking we could go see a movie with Frank and MattÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett nodded and waved goodbye and proceeded to get into his car. On his drive home he listened to his Breaking Benjamin CD and was getting pumped because tonight was Friday night and it was time to party. When he got home he saw that there was a message on the answering machine when he clicked it all he heard was static and the words Ã¢â‚¬Å“FateÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DarknessÃ¢â‚¬Â. Brett shrugged it off and continued to get ready to go out for the night. While he was in the shower the phone rang and Brett had to jump out of the shower to get it because nobody else was home. When he answered it he heard the same noise he heard on the answering machine and recognized the voice of a man saying something but still all that Brett could make out was Ã¢â‚¬Å“FateÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DarknessÃ¢â‚¬Â. Brett was freaked out but he thought to himself that he lived in a small town and it was probably just a prank from some kids. The time had finally come and it was time for Brett to head out to meet up with his friends. Earlier in the week he had made arrangements to go out with Dan, Rachel and RachelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boyfriend Rich. They met up at the food court in the mall and before they went to the dance club they decided to do some shopping. Brett sat outside each store and constantly thought of the weird phone calls and what they could mean. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t dare bring it up with his friends because they would just call him crazy or paranoid. At the dance club the music was great and everyone was having an awesome time. As Dan walked off with some girl and Rachel and Rich made out BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cell phone began to vibrate. He looked at the number and it was random characters and not numbers that were on the screen. He answered it and his heart began pulsing uncontrollably because it was the static again and this time he could make out more of the message this time he heard Ã¢â‚¬Å“Your FateÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Darkness of theÃ¢â‚¬Â and then the other line went dead again. Brett was shaken up and decided he would go home and try to sleep it off. He went straight to bed when he got home and all of the sudden all the phones in the house began to ring and they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stopping. Even BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cell phone was going crazy but nobody besides Brett could hear it or they were just sleeping through it. Brett picked up his cell phone and the same odd characters were on the phone again and Brett threw at the wall but the phone continued to ring. The phones wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop they all continued to ring and ring and it seemed like they were getting louder but still nobody in his house was waking up. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What the hell is going on?!Ã¢â‚¬Â BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand began to shake as he reached for the phone in his room and immediately after he picked up the ringing ceased. BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s began to sweat and his heart raced as he heard the static and this time the message was even clearer Ã¢â‚¬Å“Your Fate isÃ¢â‚¬Â and also he could hear Ã¢â‚¬Å“power of the darkness of theÃ¢â‚¬Â. The line once again went dead and Brett passed out from fear. Chapter 2 Ã¢â‚¬Å“Things changeÃ¢â‚¬Â After that terrible night Brett woke up where he had passed out which was on his bedroom floor. During the entire morning he would freak out every time the phone would ring. Despite his fear he still managed to get ready to go out with Kate, Frank and Matt. As he was getting dressed the doorbell rang and when Brett emerged from his room he saw that it was the UPS guy. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hello sir I have a package for Mr. Brett Henry. Please sign on the dotted lineÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett signed the clipboard and said goodbye to the UPS guy and made his way back into his room. He pried open the package with curiosity rising he thought Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why would I receive a package? All my family is coming up for my graduation so why would I receive a package?Ã¢â‚¬Â When he opened it he saw that it was a small blue circular crystal that was about as big as a marble. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a weird gift. I wonder who this is fromÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett reached for the packaging it had come it and was shocked to see that the name on it was his own. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What the hell? How could I have sent this to myself? I bet it was just someone who hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sent a lot of packages so they put my name on the return to sender line.Ã¢â‚¬Â Brett chucked the stone on the floor of his room with the other assorted items that were there and continued to get ready to go to the movies. When he got to the movies he saw that Katie and Frank were there to meet him but Matt was nowhere to be seen Ã¢â‚¬Å“So whereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MattÃ¢â‚¬Â Kate and Frank looked confused Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who is Matt?Ã¢â‚¬Â they said at the same time. Brett chuckled Ã¢â‚¬Å“You know Matt one of our best friends?Ã¢â‚¬Â They looked even more puzzled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Brett are you feeling alright?Ã¢â‚¬Â Brett nodded and dropped the subject. The absence of Matt was constantly on BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mind throughout the entire movie. When the movie had ended and the lights went up Brett looked around and saw that he was only sitting next to Kate and not Frank he looked at Kate Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hey Katie where is Frank?Ã¢â‚¬Â Kate looked at him skeptically Ã¢â‚¬Å“What are you talking about I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know any Frank. Man Brett you are sure acting strange tonightÃ¢â‚¬Â she stood up and walked out of the theater very calmly. Brett followed her and began to laugh Ã¢â‚¬Å“You almost had me Katie with the whole I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know any Frank or Matt that was really funnyÃ¢â‚¬Â This time she looked at him with a look of utter fear Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who are you get away from me! I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know you!Ã¢â‚¬Â Kate rushed out of the theater leaving Brett alone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What the hell is going on today itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like something out of the twilight zone!Ã¢â‚¬Â Brett rushed home and decided that he would get some sleep because maybe he was just misunderstanding things because of the bizarre night he had last night. The next morning Brett decided to sleep in and not do anything all day besides play video games and do his homework for Monday. The day went very smoothly and Brett was finally relaxed after the two stressful days. At three oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock that night the phone began to ring and soon all the phones in the house started to ring and Brett knew what was on the other line. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Damn it!Ã¢â‚¬Â Brett rushed into his parentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s room but found them dead asleep and no matter how much Brett yelled they wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wake up. Furious Brett decided he would fight back against the voice on the phone. He stamped over to the phone picked up and this time there was no static Ã¢â‚¬Å“You must help us! There is not time it is your fate to stop the power of the darkness of the shadows before it is too late!Ã¢â‚¬Â The phone went dead again and BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heart raced faster than it ever had. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is going on? Is that message for me? Is that why I am the only one that can hear the ringing? Forget this I am going to bed and this must all be a dream. He kicked the stone he had received in the mail and then went back to sleep. When he woke up he looked at the palm of hand and the red crystal was laying in it. He threw the stone across the room and it ricocheted off the bookcase and landed in the middle of the room. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a weird dream!Ã¢â‚¬Â Brett got ready and got in his car to go to school but something weird hit him. Why werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t his parents up yet? Normally they are all getting ready at the same time but today he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see them. Ignoring that odd fact Brett left for school. When he arrived he got an odd feeling he looked around and it seemed like a lot of people were missing from school. He looked at the absentee list and nobody was absent but none of his friends were in school. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maybe the absentee list is wrong because they always manage to mess up.Ã¢â‚¬Â He went to his first class and everything seemed normal but one extremely weird thing stuck out. So many people were absent and even some of his teachers were absent but nobody even said a word. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like nobody notices the vast number of people absentÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett went to his AP Spanish class that consisted of his and 8 other kids and found that nobody was there not even the teacher. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What the hell is this? Are people just dropping out or is something else happeningÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett left because none of his teachers were left in school and he returned to what he thought was his home. When he arrived to where his house was all he found was a patch of grass that used to be his house. He did see one thing that remained and that was the red crystal that he had received in the mail. It was the only thing that was left of his house. He then looked around and it seemed that not a single person was out on the roads and houses that were there before werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t there anymore. Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is going on here!?!?!Ã¢â‚¬Â Chapter 3 Ã¢â‚¬Å“WorldÃ¢â‚¬Â Brett stood in a forest of trees that used to be the town he lived in and before his very eyes houses began to disappear and people faded away as well. He turned around and his car disappeared as well. Brett ran for what felt like miles and it seemed as he ran just ahead of him every trace of civilization was fading away. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Did someone slip me some drugs and am I hallucinating or is this all real?Ã¢â‚¬Â He hoped for an answer but there was nobody around to answer him. He wandered for hours and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t encounter a single human or animal. The only things that hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t disappeared were the trees and grass. Brett collapsed breathless on the ground and as hard as he tried he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wake up or at least he felt he needed to wake up to undo this trance like state. The only thing he knew was that this world couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the one he was used to because his world was filled with humans and cars and animals. Every one he loved was gone and he felt he had nothing to live for. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This place is mocking me!Ã¢â‚¬Â The hours slipped by as Brett lay on the ground semiconscious. He closed his blue eyes and clutched the only remnant of his world which was the red crystal. When he opened his eyes his heart pounded loudly as he looked up and saw a giant hole in the sky that was pulling trees and gigantic fragments of land into the sky. Right before the pieces of earth or trees would enter they would completely disintegrate and then they would enter the hole. Brett was frightened and began to run but everywhere he went the hole would suck up the land around him until he had no way to continue. He stared at the black hole and realized that it was his fate to go into it and he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t escape it. More than likely his family and friends were in there so it would only be natural for him to be there with him. Regardless something in him drove him to resist the power of the hole. The strange thing was that giant pieces of earth were being pulled into the hole yet a 6Ã¢â‚¬â„¢3Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ 150 pound kid could resist the power of the hole. The earth finally gave way and shattered into tiny pieces and Brett struggled to stay on the little piece of land that he was on. As the hole began to grow and suck up more pieces the force of it began to multiply and soon what was left of the earth besides the little piece of land Brett stood on was all gone. Brett looked at his pocket and saw a bright glow coming from it and when he took the red crystal out of his pocket he saw that it was the source of the shining. The hole sucked BrettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mass of land closer and closer to it but just before it entered the hole Brett disappeared. The last piece was shattered into thousands of pieces and sucked in. The hole pulsated for a while and then vanished into thin air and taking with it all of the people and land of earth. The only remnant of earth that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in the hole was Brett who had become earthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last survivor.