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Free story for manga artists looking for something to draw.
« on: September 22, 2022, 08:26:54 PM »
I'm a full time writer seeking manga illustrators who can make something out of the stories I write. Not really looking for compensation. Just seeing if what I write is interesting enough to be picked up by someone. If that then makes a collaboration possible, It would be great. If not, feel free to ask for more of this story at least, it's a freebie after all.

If you are an illustrator, I hope this gives you at least some inspiration. I have the whole story written down, so if you wanna draw it, go for it.

That being said, enjoy the reading.



“From A To Z”

by AshenGrey

Chapter 1: From Sadness To Hope

Life goes around by the balance of two absolute forces: love and hate. Both drive people in different directions, trapping them in an unbreakable cycle.

Karu Village, night of the full moon. Both the village of Karu and the neighboring town have been attacked by dark forces. The neighboring town suffered major casualties. In the house of the Village Chief of Karu, the only survivor now rests safely.

Chief: So, only this girl?

Willian: Yes sir. She is the only survivor that Evelyn could find.

Chief: And the village?

William: Completely destroyed. Nothing to salvage.

Chief: It doesn't make sense… Two villages at the same time?

George: Chief, what are we gonna do with her?

Chief: About that… I will take her in.

Willian & George: What?!

Chief: What do you say, Sophie? This little girl is gonna be your sister from now on.

From behind the Chief, trying to hide, a little girl appears.

Sophie: …

Chief: Sophie?

Sophie points at the unconscious girl’s wrist. She has a bracelet with the letter A.

Sophie: Alice. That's her name.

Chief: Alice… that’s a good name. So be it. Now, go and make sure there are no more survivors around the village!

William & George: Yes sir!

George goes out of the house. The Chief holds William for a moment.

Chief: William… How is Evelyn doing?

William: Not so good… She is being treated as we speak but…

Chief: Im sorry. But we should not lose hope. She will be fine.

William: I hope so…

William goes out. In the distance a boy comes running.

Zack: Father!

William: Zack, where have you been?

Zack: Where is mother? Is she okay?

William kneels to look his son to the eyes.

William: Son… your mother was injured. She is being cured right now so…

Zack: So she will be fine in the morning!

William: Yes son… She will.

William hugs Zack while trying not to cry.

That night it began anew, the endless cycle known as fate.

FROM A TO Z

Love. Hate. As one must remain, only his choices can change their destiny.

Fifteen years later, outside of Karu. Zack is training with his father and his best friend Claus.

Zack: Hiya!

Claus: Haaa!

William: Zack, focus! Claus, move faster!

Zack: Yes, father!

Claus: Yes, master!

William disarms Zack and throws him to the ground.

William: At this rate you won’t be able to handle my sword.

Zack: Dammit…

William: You need to train even more if you want to protect the village and Alice.

Zack: Yes father…

Claus: Don’t be too hard on him master. He is really trying.

William: Trying is not enough. You both need to get stronger if you have something to protect.

Zack: But father, there is nothing to fear anymore. We live in a time of peace.

Claus: Are you sure about that?

Zack: Come on, Void vanished fifteen years ago. He is not coming back.

William: Is that so… Still, you must keep training. Do not forget, it is your duty to protect the village against any threat. Understood?

Zack & Claus: Yes sir!

Zack and Claus walk to the plaza while talking about their training.

Zack: Seriously, father just worries too much. Without Void we can finally stop fighting.

Claus: Aren’t you just upset that he is not giving you his precious sword?

Zack: Shut up. I don’t need it.

Claus: Even so, I believe master’s worries are valid. Even if Void is no more, there are things we should worry about. Besides… what if Void is not really…

Zack cuts off Claus.

Zack: Hey look! It’s the girls.

Zack walks towards Alice and Sophie with Claus following.

Alice: Zack! Claus! We were just looking for you. We need your help with some things for the wedding.

Sophie: …

Zack: What? I thought everything was ready.

Claus puts his hand over Zack’s mouth, preventing him from talking anymore.

Claus: No whining. Come on now. You lead the way girls.

Alice: Thank you!

Sophie: …

The Chief sees the scene from the second floor balcony of his home in front of the plaza. William is also there with him.

Chief: They sure grow up fast. Just yesterday they were little kids.

William: I know sir.

Chief: It was a blessing that Evelyn found Alice when she did.

William: Yes, it was…

Chief: I must thank you for all your hard work William. You and Zack took care of her as much as I did.

William: We thank you for blessing the marriage sir.

Chief: Of course. But I must admit… I always thought Sophie would be the one for your boy!

William: Is that so?

Chief: That granddaughter of mine… She shutted her feelings after her parents died and now she has to give away the love of her life.

William: The same could be said of Claus. I'm sure it must not be easy to be happy in this kind of situation.

Chief: Let’s pray for their happiness. Whatever may happen.

The next night the wedding started with full attendance. In the room of the groom.

Claus: Nervous?

Zack: A little. I thought this day would never arrive.

Claus: Me neither…

Zack: What?

Claus: Nothing. Lets go, its time.

Zack: Sure. (I wonder if he is okay)

At the altar. Zack is clearly nervous and excited.

Chief: You look a little worked up. Are you sure you are ready lad?

Zack: Yes sir!

Chief: Good, because there she comes.

Alice makes her entrance and everybody turns around to see her.

Zack: So pretty…

Claus: Pure beauty…

Sophie: …

Alice reaches the altar and stands beside Zack.

Alice: Don't just stare at me, it's kind of embarrassing.

Zack: Yes, of course. Not staring.

Chief: Dearly Beloved…

The Chief starts the ceremony and everything goes smoothly.

Chief: Zack, son of William. Do you take Alice as your wife to protect her and stay by her side?

Zack: I do.

Alice: Alice, my child. Do you take Zack as your husband to protect him and stay by his side?

Alice: I…

Before Alice can finish her answer, a loud noise can be heard, followed by the sound of a deep and creepy voice.

Creepy Voice: SHE DOES NOT.

Chief: What? Who dares to interrupt this sacred ceremony?!

Creepy Voice: DON'T TELL ME YOU FORGOT ABOUT ME, RIGHT CHIEF?

William reacts in shock. The Chief also recognizes the voice and falls backwards.

Chief: No… You are…

William: It can’t be…

Zack reacts violently.

Zack: Who are you?! Show yourself right now!

Creepy Voice: SERIOUSLY, HUMANS CAN BE SO AMUSING. YOU WANT TO SEE ME?

A dark figure appears between Zack and Alice.

Creepy Voice: HERE I AM.

Both are frozen in place by fear and surprise.

Claus: Zack!

Claus reacts quickly and attacks the figure. The figure disappears.

Claus: Dammit…!

William: Zack! Claus! Get Alice and Sophie and get out of here now!

Zack: No father! We can fight!

Claus: Don't be a fool! Think of Alice! We must get out of here!

Creepy Voice: I'M SORRY, BUT I'M AFRAID NO ONE IS LEAVING THIS PLACE TONIGHT.

The mysterious figure uses his powers to seal the main entrance.

Creepy Voice: NOW, DIE FOR ME. RUN FREE SINS OF MINE!

Dark creatures start to rise from the floor, attacking all the people present.

Zack: What are those things…

Claus: What are you doing! We have to escape!

William: Through the back entrance! Make haste! Protect the girls!

Zack regains his composure and takes Alice to run to the exit. Claus does the same with Sophie.

Zack: Are you okay?

Alice: Yes… But we have to help the rest!

They stop briefly before reaching the exit.

Zack: I’m… I'm sorry… But we can't.

Alice: What do you mean? We have to do something!

Zack: That would put you in danger! Now we should focus on getting out of the village.

Alice: But your father… My father…!

Claus: What are you two doing?! Go!

The group gets out of the church. While the dark creatures massacre everyone at the church, all of them get out to see how the village is being ravaged.

Zack: This is not possible…

Alice: This is a nightmare…

Claus: How can this be…

Sophie: Our home… Destroyed…

People run for their lives while a big beast with the head of a bull destroys houses everywhere. Zack reacts and tells them they have to move.

Zack: We have to move, now!

They start running away but they are cut off by the dark figure.

Creepy Voice: WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO KIDS?

Zack: You…!

Claus: No Zack!

Zack rushes towards the dark figure only to be knocked to a side with ease.

Alice: Zack!

Creepy Voice: LITTLE HUMAN… YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHO I AM, DO YOU?

Zack recovers from the heavy hit with difficulty.

Zack: No and I don't care. I only know I will kill you right here!

Creepy Voice: I’M SORRY KID. BUT YOU ARE JUST HUMAN. YOU CANNOT TOUCH ME.

Claus: Zack… He is right…

Zack: What?

Claus helps Zack get up.

Claus: He is what we thought was long gone…

Creepy Voice: AH IT SEEMS YOU DO KNOW ME. STILL, LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF. I AM HATE INCARNATED. A RAVAGING RAGE. THE FURY UNBOUND.

The dark figure approaches the group slowly.

Creepy Voice: BUT I THINK YOU HUMANS CALL ME VOID.

Everybody is in shock.

Zack: That can't be… You are supposed to be…

Void: DEAD? GONE? NO.

Claus: Master was right… You still existed…

Void: I AM NOTHING LESS THAN ETERNAL.

Alice walks towards Void, enraged and in tears.

Alice: Why…? Why are you doing this?!

Void: WHY? THAT'S SILLY. BUT I GUESS I CAN ANSWER.

Void closes the distance to Alice in a second, putting his hand over his head.

Zack & Claus: Alice!

The boys run over to them but Void knocks both of them with ease.

Void: KNOW YOUR PLACE HUMANS. I'M TIRED OF YOU ALREADY.

Void looks Alice straight to the eyes.

Void: THIS IS WHY I EXIST FOR.

Alice passes out and Void picks her up.

Zack: Alice…!

Zack tries but cannot get up.

Void: I COMMEND YOUR ENDURANCE LITTLE HUMAN. BUT THIS IS IT. END HIM.

Someone appears behind Zack to finish him off but Claus intervenes.

Zack: Claus…!

Claus: This is not the time to be on the ground! Alice needs you…!

Zack is losing consciousness slowly while he watches Claus get injured by the creature.

Zack: No…!

Sophie: No! Zack! Help me!

Zack turns around to see how Sophie is being slowly approached by another creature.

Zack: Sophie…!

Zack sees how both girls are being taken away only to pass out immediately after.

That night half of the inhabitants of Karu died. Almost all the village was destroyed and hundreds of people disappeared including the Chief, Claus and Sophie.

Three days later. At the ruins of a residence. Zack lies in bed, all bandaged and still unconscious. He repeats Alice’s name while the image of her being taken away repeats in his mind. He then wakes up violently.

Zack: Alice…!

William: Son, calm down.

Zack: Father… Where am I? Where is everyone? Where is Alice?!

William: Calm yourself. Your wound might open again if you don't. You are at the medic house, or at least what is left of it.

Zack: What…?

Zack looks around and sees the destruction caused by the dark creatures.

William: Alice… She was taken by Void. Claus and Sophie disappeared after the attack. The village was almost completely destroyed and more than half of the residents died.

Zack stands up and starts going away.

Zack: Nonsense…! I must find Claus and Sophie…! We must bring Alice back…!

Zack falls down. William tries to help him.

William: Son… You have been unconscious for three days.

Zack: Three days…? No…

William: I'm sorry Zack… But we don't have the manpower nor the resources to go look for anybody. Right now we must focus on recovering and rebuilding…

Zack: And leave Alice to her fate?! What about Claus and Sophie?!

William: Once we take care of the ones that need us here, we can start looking for them. As for Alice… I'm afraid it is already too…

Zack: Don't say it.

William: I'm sorry son… But there is nothing we can do for her.

Zack: Don't say it!

Zack gets out of there while thinking of Alice. He runs towards her destroyed home to look at the remains. In the rubble he sees some of her stuff.

Zack: I have to do something.

That night he decides to go on his own to rescue Alice. He takes some old weapons and prepares all he needs for the journey. He also finds that Remi, his mother’s horse, is still alive and well.

Zack: Come on Remi, we have to leave now.

William appears to see Zack leave.

William: Zack.

Zack: Please father. Do not try to stop me.

William: Do you even know where you are going?

Zack: I will start searching in the towns near the valley. I will go on from there.

William sees his son's determination and resigns from changing his mind.

William: Mount Fall.

Zack: What?

William: The mountain to the north, beyond the Josmian Plains. If Alice is still alive, Void must have taken her there.

Zack: Mount Fall…

William: It's gonna be a long journey. Take this.

William gives him his sword.

Zack: This is… Your sword…

William: You are not ready…. But you will need it.

Zack: Thank you.

William: Make sure to come back, son.

Zack: I will father. I promise.

Both of them embrace and Zack begins riding to the north towards Mount Fall. After riding for a couple of hours and resting too, he hears the cries for help from someone. It's almost sunrise.

Zack: Somebody is asking for help. Where is it coming from?

Zack starts riding towards the person that was screaming for help finding him running away from something.

Zack: There he is! Let's go Remi!

Zack rides to him as fast as he can.

Zack: Are you okay?

Villager: They are coming…! Those things…!

While the man runs away towards some woods to escape, Zack looks at how dark creatures get closer.

Zack: Those are the same that attacked Karu…

Remi gets scared and starts to react.

Zack: I know, there are too many. Let's just get out of here with that man.

He soon hears the scream of the man. The dark creatures have also appeared through the woods and have killed him.

Zack: Oh no… Come on, we have to move!

Zack rides through an opening, deeper into the woods to escape the creatures. They follow him intensively.

Zack: They are everywhere…!

He arrives at a clear and open area in the middle of the woods. He gets down from Remi and prepares his sword.

Zack: I guess we cannot run anymore. Remi! Go find a safe spot for you!

While Remi runs away the creatures start attacking while Zack tries to defend himself. He realizes his attacks do not affect the creatures.

Zack: What the…! (How am I supposed to harm them…?)

Just when he is about to be overrun by enemies, a great tremor shakes everything while it can be heard how a big creature is rapidly approaching the location, taking down trees in its path.

Zack: Now what…?!

The floor suddenly shatters and Zack falls to the darkness below. While falling he thinks of his friends and resents having failed them. He then hears a voice.

Little Voice: Do not be afraid.

Zack: Huh?!

Zack falls in what appears to be a small underground lake.

Zack: Where am I…?

He swims out of it, trying to catch his breath. In front of him a spot of light starts to glisten.

Little Voice: You… You carry a heavy burden.

Zack: Who are you?

Little Voice: To save what's precious to you, you will need power. I can help you.

Zack: How?

Little Voice: How far would you go for them? What would you give?

Zack thinks of his friends.

Zack: All I have.

Little Voice: Very well. My light is yours then.

A small green spirit becomes clear from the light.

Little Voice: My name is Bell. I will help you fight the darkness.

Zack gets surprised but is unskeptical.

Zack: How can I trust you?

Bell touches his forehead.

Bell: Can you feel that?

Zack feels a warmth that reminds him of a familiar embrace. It fills him with peace.

Bell: My only purpose now is to help you.

Zack’s expression shows confidence. In the forest, the dark creatures welcome the big beast that caused the tremors.

BULLAXE - THE LAND TERROR

Bullaxe: Where did the little human go? Where the hell is he?!

From the hole where Zack fell, a strong light starts to emerge. From it Zack appears back to the ground level.

Zack: I am here!

Bullaxe: HUMAN!

Zack: You! You are the one that destroyed my village!

Bullaxe: HA! A rat got away and now it’s back to die!

Zack: Not this time… You cow!

Bullaxe gets angry and screams so loud that it makes the floor tremble.

Bullaxe: COW?! INSOLENT PEST! KILL HIM NOW!

The dark creatures start to attack Zack.

Bell: Now, do not be afraid to attack.

Zack: Understood!

Zack’s sword starts to faintly glow green. He attacks the creatures, finally being able to hurt them.

Zack: It works!

Bell: I recommend that we use the terrain in our favor. Let's go to the hill east from here.

Zack: Okay!

Bullaxe: Don't let him get away!

Zack goes towards the hill while the creatures go after him.

Zack: We won't have too much room to escape if we keep going!

Bell: Do not worry. We won’t need to.

At the top of the hill Zack is cornered by Bullaxe and his forces.

Zack: Now what Bell?!

Bell: Now we are on the perfect spot to release our full power.

Zack: What power?

Bell: Listen to me. Close your eyes and think of that which fills your heart with joy.

Zack thinks of Alice’s smile.

Bell: With that image on your mind… Focus the power on the blade of your sword!

Zack: Okay…!

Zack starts focusing energy in his sword making it glow brightly.

Bullaxe: What is that?!

Bell: That’s it, focus!

The sword’s glow grows even brighter.

Zack: Alice…!

Bell: Now!

Zack raises his sword and a big flash of light covers the entire woods. Almost all the dark creatures are destroyed.

Bullaxe: It's not possible! You are just a human!

Bullaxe faints while his army vanishes.

Bell: Excellent work.

Zack: That was amazing….!

Zack feels dizzy and has trouble staying up.

Bell: This is a surefire emergency attack. Be sure to use it wisely as it consumes too much power.

Zack kneels from exhaustion.

Bell: You will probably only be able to use it once a day.

Zack: Let’s hope it doesn't come to that…

Zack listens to Remi calling him from the base of the hill.

Zack: Remi!

Bell: Look, in the horizon.

Bell points towards the north horizon, where Mount Fall can be seen far away.

Zack: Mount Fall… That’s where we need to go. I count on you Bell.

Bell: I will be by your side all the way.

Zack: Alice… Wait for me. I will definitely save you!

Zack and Bell look into the distance as their destination looms ominously.

The power to challenge fate lies within him. His journey starts here.

CHAPTER 1: FROM SADNESS TO HOPE … END



If you read all of it, I hope you liked it. If not, that's fine, comments are appreciated. (Yes, I know is your typical shonen, that's the idea. I just covered the basics and believe me, it gets better)