Fictions are interesting, aren’t they? Yes, because they are an escape for us, escape to a fantasy. This was my little effort in my escape from the world.
This story is about a village in South Africa. Unknown to many, Leboa is one of the most remote villages of South Africa. The people here led a simple life, mostly driven by farming and livestock, and businessmen were considered a luxurious class of people by the Leboans. They were happy with what they had and never complained to anyone, not even God, for their poverty or livelihood. They believed in the fact that if God has given you life, then you are no one to decide that what will be course in the coming time. Leading a luxurious life, was not in your hands. It was God’s mercy that they were still alive.
Usually a tribe has a leader, but since the village was itself the size of a tribe, they had a brave and an intelligent leader or rather the one, who people believed in. He went by the name, William. He was the bravest of all Leboans. He was believed to have killed tigers with his bare hands. He did everything he could to save his village from the wrath of the predators, and any other unknown threat. The most common of threat was wild animals, which was taken care of by William.
The years passed by and the Leboans were leading a peaceful life, until the day, things changed.
Since it was Africa, availability of water was a common problem which was met by rivers and the seasonal rains. This was being followed since ages but everyone knew that one day, these sources would be exhausted and they couldn’t do anything about it. And that day came, when all the rivers located in Leboa ran out of water. The livestock and farms of the people were all devastated. They couldn’t think of a substitute source. They talked to William about it. He said that they would have to pray to God for blessing them with water. Many Leboans protested against violating the ritual of not praying to God, which was being practiced since ages. But the well-wishers of the village thought that it was the best and the only option they were left with. They started gathering around the tallest mountain in the village and started worshipping God to bless them with rain and bring their livestock and farms back to life. William also prayed to God for blessing the village and their long life. They prayed for days in the hope that they would get what they want. After a span of two weeks, when it seemed as if their prayers were worthless, it began to rain. It rained cats and dogs that morning and the whole village seemed refreshed as if God himself decorated that beautiful place. The Leboans started dancing and singing in rejoice, but something interrupted their celebrations. They noticed a mysterious figure, on the top of the mountain. It looked as if God had descended on the earth itself but William knew that it wasn’t what the people thought. He came forward and asked
“Who are you?”
He answered ”I am the Rainmaker”.
William asked “What are you here for?”
He said ”God has sent me to help your people. I know who you are, William, and that you love the people of your village. I am here for the same. I mean to help them.”
William was still in a dilemma but since it seemed to benefit the people, he didn’t protest. The people were very joyful and started worshipping the Rainmaker. He stayed on the top of the mountain and didn’t come near the village. He wore robes and hoods that covered his body, and his face. The people didn’t know who he was or how did he look, but they knew one thing that the Rainmaker could solve all their problems. He could heal people, bring them to life, provide them food, save them from wild animals and what not, from the top of the mountain itself. As the days passed by, the people started consulting the Rainmaker for everything, and no one cared about William anymore. They believed that the rainmaker was the solution to all their problems. William was not jealous or anything of the Rainmaker, neither did he envy him, it was just that he believed something wasn’t right. He had questions regarding the Rainmaker’s identity and was he really what he said. He needed to do something, and the he had only one option left. He had to journey to the Rainmaker’s den.
He set off the next morning and was very careful that no one, not even the Rainmaker notices him. He reached the top in a few hours and stealthily entered the Rainmaker’s den. He noticed very unusual things, skulls, pendants, red lights in the den, axes, saw, spears, that made William scared. He had to do something. So, he hid in the cave and waited for the Rainmaker to come. After an hour or so, the Rainmaker came back to his cave and started disrobing. William quickly jumped and grabbed the Rainmaker’s arms with a spear in his hands, pointing to his throat.
William asked”Who are you, and I want the truth this time.”
“You really want to know who I am?”
“What if I told you I was God?”
“I know that you lied to my people. But you can’t fool me. These things in your den indicate something evil.”
“OK. Let’s say I am something evil, but what will you do? You can’t harm me.”
“Whatever you are, but you are in human form right now. I can do whatever I want, so don’t make me.”
And the Rainmaker removes his hood. William was closely observing, and what he saw was something he couldn’t imagine.
He had a red skull. It was bloody red as if it had been crystallized out of blood itself. It was something he had never seen before. And the Rainmaker turned towards William. He had a carved, hideous red face, empty eye sockets, teeth visible from his mouth and a slightly bent, curved inwards nose. William was frightened and shocked. He called out “Devil”.
The Rainmaker freed himself of his grasp, but didn’t run away. William asked him “Who are you and why are you here?”, still holding the spear in his hands.
The Rainmaker answered “I am the son of the Satan, the son of the devil himself.”
“Why are you here, and what do you want with my people?”
“The reason is simple. I help them, provide services, heal them and what not. And in return, I want their souls.”
“What the hell are you talking about?”
“You see William. My father, the almighty of hell itself, exiled me from hell for my mischief and ordered me that I couldn’t return to hell until I have acquired a thousand souls of the innocent and fed upon them.”
“Why my village?”
“I was descended here. It was not my choice. You would have noticed that the number of people in your village have declined and if you have not then I am telling you. You see, I go out at night, grab a hold of handful of your people, rip their bodies apart, bathe in their blood, feed upon their souls, and my devil, that pleasure, the best in the freakin world.” And the Rainmaker started laughing in a devilish manner.
William was feeling guilty and angry at the same time. The Rainmaker continued,
“I am done with 500 of your people, and if you will excuse me, I have to buy my way to hell. (Again bursting into laughter)You see I am humorous as well.”
“That is so evil of you.”
“Oh poor William, Evil is what I am. After all, I am the son of the devil.”He pushed William aside and picked up a pendant. He murmered something and suddenly vanished. William was gobsmacked. There was nothing he could do. He couldn’t even follow him. He went back to the village and tried to inform the people about him and his ugly motives.But he had acquired control of the deepest thoughts of the people. They were not ready to believe William and criticized him for saying ill about the Rainmaker.
Meanwhile, the Rainmaker was busy with his cause. He went place to place,house to house, and killed everyone there, fed upon their souls, and teleported to another place, leaving no clue behind. He took the body of his victims with him, and hid them in his den. No one knew about him, and they worshipped the son of the devil as their deity, their God.Wiliiam had to do something. He had to save his people.
The next evening, he went to the Rainmaker’s crib and waited there for him. As he came back, he performed a worship that was meant for replenishing his powers, by the means of those pendants and that skull, which had to be sacrificed in a fire in order to complete the ritual. William had no other option left. When the Rainmaker was in the middle of his act, he revealed himself and quickly jumped in the fire. He started groaning loudly as the flames covered his entire body.
“Ahhhhh,.,,,… What’s happening to me?”
The Rainmaker was horrified and shouted”What have you done, you filthy earthling?”
William was in intense pain and the Rainmaker was growing more and more red in colour.
“Help me, somebody, anybody, please. Ahhhhhh…….”
The Rainmaker started enlarging in size and it seemed as if he was evolving, changing to his devil form. His hands started turning to claws, eyes bulging out, his teeth so vicious. But suddenly, the fire extinguished itself. William jumped out of the flame and grabbed the Rainmaker. Suddenly the Rainmaker started coming in his original form and he did. But something strange happened. William had turned himself into something that he could never think of. He had acquired all the powers of the Rainmaker, leaving him powerless.
Rainmaker moaned loudly “No…….. What have you done,you fool.”
William had never experienced that power before, it was all so new for him, but he was scared.He grabbed the Rainmaker and and started choking him.
“What has happened to me?”
“You brought this upon yourself.You took all my freaking powers.”
“What does it mean?”
He shouted “It means you are me now.You are the Son of the Devil.”
William was terrified.”It means…….. I….I….”
He let go off the Rainmaker and noticed himself carefully.His eye sockets were empty, vicious teeth, same red skull. He was going crazy. He asked the Rainmaker,
“How can I reverse it?”
“You can’t. You will have to carry this curse for the rest of your life.”
But before he could do something, the Rainmaker took a spear and killed himself.William couldn’t ask him anything and he was left with another question that why did the Rainmaker kill himself? Before he could do something, all the answers to his questions flashed in front of his eyes.He had to complete the task that was assigned to the Rainmaker before he could let go the curse upon him. But how could he kill his own people, he was their saviour.He could do nothing about it. With that curse, he left that cave. He went outside, and saw that the whole village was worshipping him, unknown of the fact that although he was William but now he was the Devil.He ignored all of them, and went back to his cave. People waited for him for days, but he didn’t come back. He couldn’t tell them the truth. After a few weeks, the people started believing that the Rainmaker went away exactly the same way he came, anonymously and strangely. They soon forgot him and never noticed that their well-wisher William went away to a place from where he could never return.
The End, Is it?