Monster Part #2
Back by nobody’s request we have a second part to my Snippet Monster! tbh while nobody really liked the snippet I absolutely love parent/child found family, monster/human sharing a head dynamic, and unfortunate mortals being helped by supernatural entities that break the rules. So at the end of the day this is pure self indulgence for me and I hope you all can enjoy it as much as I do. There will likely be a Part 3 aswell.
I hope you all enjoy!
Content Warning: Mentioned character death, mild panic attack
Word Count: 3616
Three days after the pair wandered back into town, [Protagonist] found himself on the steps of the Willaim's Home for Troubled Youth. He didn't remember walking back to town, only a police officer kneeling in front of them and asking if he was ok. The friendly officer brought him to the station and gave him food, and a warm blanket, two things [Protagonist] was grateful for.
They asked him about what happened, and he told the truth, most of the truth. He didn't mention [Monster] was living in his head, still getting used to the creature's presence. The police investigated and asked more questions, especially when they found his mother's body and [Protagonist] told them almost everything. They didn't believe him about the monsters, but they did seem satisfied he wasn't some kind of crazed murder. Just regular crazy, they decided.
With no living relatives, the focus switched from his mother's body and the strange clawed hand-prints painted in blood to what would happen to the child. None of the orphanages in the area wanted him; they said they couldn't deal with a child with his 'mental issues.' So off he was shipped, off two states away to an orphanage that doubled as an inpatient facility for children.
[Protagonist] tightened their grip on their backpack’s straps as they trudged up the steps to the front door. [Protagonist] noticed there were flower beds along the steps, their blinding colors a stark contrast to the dirt-caked white steps and cracked stone. [Protagonist] hesitated at the heavy double doors, their eyes wandering to the security camera pointed directly at them.
"It's ok [Protagonist]," the police officer gave him a tired smile, "They're going to take good care of you here."
[Protagonist] nodded, not really believing them as they walked inside. The entrance hall was almost entirely empty without a single soul around besides [Protagonist], the police officer, and the receptionist. The whole place was a mix of subtle greys and browns, only a few plants drawing the eye to anything other than the receptionist. The only interesting thing in the room was the strange smell that felt like ice in his nostrils.
"Cleaning chemicals." [Monster] supplied, his voice filling [Protagonist]'s mind. [Protagonist] subtly nodded as they shuffled to the front desk along with the police officer.
"This place seems fun." [Monster] continued sarcastically as the receptionist smiled sugar-sweet at [Protagonist].
"Oh hello there sweetie! What's your name?" the receptionist beamed at [Protagonist], their smile not reaching anywhere near their eyes.
"[Protagonist]," they replied flatly, causing the reception's smile to falter.
"This is the little boy we spoke to you about on the phone. He's very tired from the long car ride; do you think someone can take him to his room so he can rest?" the officer explained, the smile returning to the receptionist's face at full strength.
"I understand," the receptionist said before turning back to [Protagonist], "Don't worry dear, I'll take you to your new room."
"Thanks." [Protagonist] said as the receptionist stepped out from behind the desk and placed a warm hand on his shoulder. He suppressed a shudder as they pulled him along, glancing back at the officer who waved him goodbye as they walked further into the facility.
The walls were grey and stained, and the air was full of footsteps and chatter as they walked. They watched as adults in plain blue clothes and children in soft white clothes milled around, some stopping to look at [Protagonist]. They held their gaze as they walked by, unable to shake the rising unease as the receptionist led them up two flights of stairs.
"You're right to feel uneasy. This place isn't safe, especially for you." [Monster] said. [Protagonist] frowned in confusion, prompting [Monster] to continue. "A bunch of defenseless children locked in a building full of adults that wouldn't believe them in the slightest if they said they saw a monster. This place is a prime hunting ground for things like me."
[Protagonist] tensed as they made their way down another hallway, numbered doors filling the walls.
"Don't worry too much. I'll protect you."
"Here's your room!" the receptionist smiled before unlocking a small plastic box on the wall, removing a key from it, and unlocking the door. The room was as bland as the rest of the building, if not more so. There was a plain wooden desk with a chair opposite the door, two windows with thick iron bars along the opposite wall, and wedged into the corner was an uncomfortable-looking bed. There was also a plain-looking wardrobe bolted into the wall. The walls were white, the floors were white laminate, everything was white except the brown desk.
"This is a kid's room? I've seen livelier rooms in prison. God, this is depressing."
"You just rest now. Someone will come to visit you in a while." the receptionist grinned their false smile as they closed the door behind [Protagonist], the soft click of the lock being the only sound in the empty room.
"We're locked in." [Protagonist] frowned.
[Protagonist] shuffled over to the bed and collapsed, cuddling into the pillow. He was right; the bed was uncomfortable. Yet their body felt so heavy the moment they laid down. Still, their mind wouldn't rest as they felt [Monster] slinking around in their head.
"Do you have to be in my head?"
"If you want to live? Yes."
[Protagonist] frowned as they hugged the pillow to their face.
"Because my kind can feel the cursed blood flowing through you, so as long as you're alive, they can find you. Unless I'm in your head. I can hide my and, by extension, your presence from them. So if you want to live, you're stuck with me I'm afraid kiddo." [Monster] explained.
[Protagonist] buried his head in the pillow. It made sense, but that didn't mean he liked it.
"I already promised not to look through your personal thoughts and memories, only looking into your feelings and sensations, so privacy isn't an issue. And I completely tune out when you're in the bathroom, so you don't have to worry about that. So why are you still so uncomfortable?" [Monster] asked, his voice soft and thoughtful, the opposite of his usual teasing.
"You know everything about me, and you're in my head..." [Protagonist] whined into the pillow, his voice muffled, yet [Monster] heard him clearly.
"Yes..." [Monster] replied, his voice trailing off as he waited for [Protagonist] to continue.
"You're a giant scary thing in my head that knows everything about me, and I don't know anything about you."
[Monster] hummed in understanding, and [Protagonist] thought he could feel a smile on [Monster]'s lips.
"Then ask away."
"Huh?" [Protagonist] lifted their head from the pillow.
"If knowing more about me will make you more comfortable, then ask. I'll answer your questions. I need you to be comfortable with me, so ask me what you want to know."
[Protagonist] let his gaze fall onto the barred window, the sunlight streaming into the room in soft rays. Even though he still knew nothing about the creature in his head, just the fact that [Monster] was willing to tell him about himself eased [Protagonist]'s mind. So much so it took [Protagonist] a while to actually think of anything specific to ask.
"How old are you?" [Protagonist] finally settled on.
"My age cannot be accurately determined by any human calendar. The closest that I can guess is somewhere around several million years."
"Wow..." [Protagonist] breathed, "You're really old."
"Rude." [Monster] laughed.
"Why are you helping me? Don't all your friends want to kill me or something? And why do they wanna kill me so bad?" [Protagonist] asked, unable to stop himself from asking everything on his mind at once now that the dam had broken.
"They aren't my friends, but yes, they do want to kill you. As for why they want to kill you, that's sort of complicated, but I'll try and simplify it." [Monster] said
"Before humans existed, we monsters roamed the Earth. Then, humans evolved and grew, and there was a fight for dominance. Monsters were arrogant and weak from years of being at the top of the food chain, and eventually, they were defeated. However, some of us, such as myself specifically, were too strong to be killed. So they locked us away, deep in the earth, sealed away by seven locks that can only be broken by the willing sacrifice of an accursed human. That's you, by the way."
"Humans guarded this seal for centuries, but eventually, they grew complacent, and eventually, they forgot about us entirely. Now the seals have weakened, and some of us have escaped. They searched for the accursed humans, breaking their spirits and sacrificing them to free the rest."
"You said there were seven locks, and six people have already been sacrificed..." [Protagonist] swallowed hard. "Does that mean that..." his words petered off, dread choking his voice.
"Yes. You are the only thing standing between humanity and the apocalypse."
[Protagonist] shuddered as he curled in on himself, fear and dread washing over him in waves. The room suddenly felt so much smaller than before, the walls so much closer, the light so much dimmer. Everything seemed to spin as [Protagonist] felt his heart beating faster and faster in his chest to the point he feared it would burst.
"I-" [Protagonist] screwed his eyes shut as tears soaked into his pillow- "I can't do this."
"You can [Protagonist]."
"No, I can't! I'm-" [Protagonist] cut himself off with a sob as he trembled.
"You can, and do you know why?" [Monster] insisted as [Protagonist] violently shook his head, "Because you have to willingly sacrifice yourself, you understand? You have to do it willingly. And are you ever going to do that?"
[Protagonist] shook his head.
"Are you ever going to willingly give yourself over to the monsters that have tormented you your entire life?"
"No..." [Protagonist] whimpered.
"Then you're gonna be ok. Because all you need to do is hold onto your desire to live. I can handle the rest. I swear to you I'll protect you, ok?"
"But I still don't even know why you're helping me!" [Protagonist] cried.
"Right, I didn't get to that part, did I?" [Monster] hummed, "Here, I'll tell you why I'm doing this if you promise to calm down, alright?"
[Protagonist] took a few shaking breaths as he wiped at his eyes, nodding slowly after a long moment.
"That's a good boy [Protagonist]. Now, I told you that I'm several million years old, yes?" [Monster] began and [Protagonist] nodded. "Well, 99.9% of my life has been lived before humanity was even in its' infancy. Yet, the .1% of my life I've spent alongside humans has all the memories worth remembering in it. For the longest time, I've either been wandering around the wilderness aimlessly or locked away behind that seal. But ever since I broke out twenty-seven years ago, I've experienced so many new things because of you humans. You all make so much! Art, books, music, movies, theme parks, there is more to do in this world than any human could dream of doing in their whole life!" [Monster] explained.
"It's so dumb and ironic that you humans in your finite lifespan have made eternity worth living. The least I could do to repay that is to save your asses from the idiots I'm forced to share a species with. I mean, really, they do nothing but eat and kill, they don't think about the future, hell they barely think at all! So I'm left having to 'betray them' or whatever in order to not go back to that hideous existence I've had to call life for the past several million years." [Monster] concluded.
[Protagonist] mulled over his words for a moment, letting what [Monster] said wash over him as he processed.
"So... you're bored?" [Protagonist] asked, causing [Monster] to howl with laughter in his head. [Protagonist] flinched at the sudden loud noise as [Monster] continued to laugh.
"Wow! you really have a way with words, kid. Yes, ultimately, I'm doing this because I'm bored or was bored. But it sounds so much worse when you put it like that." [Monster] snickered as he stifled the last of his laughter.
"I guess so," [Protagonist] smiled softly.
"Was that all you wanted to know?" [Monster] asked.
"Two more things," [Protagonist] admitted, listening to [Monster] hum in response, "You said you needed me to be comfortable with you. Why?"
"Because if you're comfortable, I can possess you more efficiently and work towards being able to partially possess you."
"Partially? Why would you wanna do that? And wouldn't that be easier than full possession?" [Protagonist] asked.
"You would think so, but no." [Monster] replied. "Partial possession is harder because it requires your mind and my body to be able to balance myself between in and outside of you. And balancing between two extremes is a lot more difficult than falling to either side. As for why, that's quite simple. If a horrible monster is coming to hurt you, would you rather defend yourself with your weak baby hands-"
"I'm not a baby, and I don't have baby hands!" [Protagonist] huffed.
"You're basically a baby."
"Are too! What are you? Like, five?"
"Whatever. The point stands, would you rather defend yourself with your weak ten-year-old hands or with my giant awesome muscular clawed arm?"
[Protagonist] remained quiet, refusing to answer.
"Hmmmmmm???" [Monster] hummed in his mind, his smirk shining clearly through his voice.
"Your arm." [Protagonist] finally admitted.
"See, that's what I thought." [Monster] said and [Protagonist] could imagine his smirk, "Now, what was the other question?"
"You said before you can make me see things."
"I also said I won't do that to you, but yes, I could."
"Well, could you make me see you?" [Protagonist] asked.
"You mean like a hallucination of myself in the room with you?" [Monster] clarified.
"Because it's weird talking to nobody." [Protagonist] admitted.
"Is this better?" [Monster] asked, and this time [Protagonist] didn't have to imagine the smirk on his face because he could see it. Sat across from him at the desk was [Monster], or the human version of him.
"I figured this would be easier since my true form is a bit... bigger."
"Yeah, it is better." [Protagonist] smiled at the strange man as his exhaustion finally caught up with him.
"Get some rest kiddo, I'll make sure you're safe. Just count on me."
"Okay..." [Protagonist] mumbled as he succumbed to darkness.
[Protagonist] woke up to a quiet knocking at the door. He wiped his bleary eyes as the door quietly opened, a woman in a long white coat stepping into the room.
"I'm sorry for waking you [Protagonist], my name is [Doctor], and I wanted to welcome you to your new home."
"Hi." [Protagonist] said as he sat up.
[Doctor] smiled gently at him as she took the chair at his desk and turned it around to face him. [Protagonist] subtly looked around the room, their eyes landing on [Monster], who was leaning against the wall next to his dresser.
"How are you feeling?" [Doctor] asked.
"Tired." [Protagonist] said, his eyes flicking back to the woman.
"Is that all?" she asked.
"Yeah." [Protagonist] replied.
[Doctor] noted something down in her book as she continued, "You've been through a lot these past few weeks. Is there anything you want to talk about?"
"You said you saw monsters and that they've been following you and your mother since you were born." [Doctor] continued.
"Are there any monsters here?"
"No." [Protagonist] lied, forcing his eyes to remain on [Doctor] and not to flicker over to [Monster].
"Do you feel safe here?"
"Sure." [Protagonist] shrugged.
"That's good. We want you to feel safe and comfortable here, so if you ever feel unsafe, let us know."
"Unless it has something to do with a monster trying to kill you, then we'll just calm you down as it comes to kill you." [Monster] mused sarcastically.
"Okay." [Protagonist] said.
"We're going to have dinner soon. Are you feeling well enough to join the rest of the kids and me?" [Doctor] asked.
"Perfect, I'll come to get you in around fifteen minutes, ok?"
[Protagonist] didn't really want to say 'yeah' 'okay' or 'sure' again, so he just decided to nod instead. [Doctor] smiled at him as she quietly exited the room.
"Wow. You're an encyclopedia, aren't you? I think you said a total of five different words that whole interaction."
"Shut up!" [Protagonist] huffed as he flopped down on the bed, "If she wanted interesting answers, she should have asked interesting questions!"
[Monster] just laughed at him as he pouted, "Well whatever, I bet she's just glad you're not bouncing off the walls or trying to kill her or something."
[Protagonist] rolled onto his side facing the bed.
"I see how it is!" [Monster] smirked as he sat on the bed directly behind [Protagonist], "first, you ask to see me, and now you don't want to. You're so petulant, you know that?"
"I don't know what that means." [Protagonist] grumbled.
"It means you're a brat."
"Yeah, well, you're a jerk-face."
"Oh no! My poor feelings, how will I ever recover from being called a jerk-face." [Monster] lamented through a face-splitting smirk.
"Actually, that's a question. Do you know how to cuss, kid?" [Monster] asked.
"Cuss?" [Protagonist] asked, looking over his shoulder.
"Yeah, like swear words, which do you know?"
"I know suck, stupid, and jerk." [Protagonist] frowned as [Monster]'s eyes gleamed.
"Oh-ho-ho kid, we've got fifteen minutes. I think it's about time to expand your vocabulary." [Monster] grinned down at [Protagonist].
It was an educational fifteen minutes between when [Doctor] left and when she returned. [Protagonist] knew quite a few new words now and only knew what half of them meant as [Monster] would only say 'you're not old enough for that, just know it's bad' with a smirk on his lips.
Now [Protagonist] found himself down in the cafeteria surrounded by children. Most of them seemed well behaved, but some were running around, screaming and covered in food as the adults in blue chased after them.
[Protagonist] quietly ate his food alone, watching the other kids laugh and play. He caught the gazes of a few of the adults sometimes, watching him before darting their gaze away.
"They're sizing you up." [Monster] said, "You're new, so they're trying to figure out how to handle you, not that we'll be staying here long."
[Protagonist] hummed in confusion as he took another bite of his food.
"We're gonna need to break out of here soon if we want to stay ahead of the monsters chasing us. They'll figure out what happened soon and come after us."
[Protagonist] hid his mouth with a napkin, "I thought you said you can make them not be able to sense us."
"Sense us, yes, but that doesn't mean they'll stop looking. They'll check local hospitals and orphanages first, then they'll break into the police station to find any information on you. Then, finally, they'll find your transfer papers over here, and they'll come to find you."
[Protagonist] swallowed hard as he mumbled into his food, "So I basically just trapped myself here by talking about the monsters."
"Not at all. You've actually bought us a lot of time. Two weeks I'd say, so we have a week to plan our escape since we'll want a head start. You did good kid, I can break us out. For now, just keep your head down."
[Protagonist] gave a slight nod.
"Hey!" someone shouted near [Protagonist], but he ignored it, letting it muddle with all the other sounds of the cafeteria.
"Hey, you!" the voice called again, closer this time. [Protagonist] stopped and looked over at the voice, another kid smiling at him.
"You're new, right?" the kid beamed, [Protagonist] nodded.
"I'm [Kid]! What's your name?"
"Nice to meet you [Protagonist]! How old are you?"
"Oh wow! You're adorable for a ten-year-old. I'm fourteen." [Kid] beamed.
"Thanks..." [Protagonist] flushed slightly, unused to the compliment.
"I heard you can see the monsters too."
"I heard the nurses talking about how you said you saw monsters. I can see them too!" the kid whispered conspiratorially.
"You can?" [Protagonist] asked.
"Yeah! There's one living in the building!"
"Where?" [Protagonist] asked warily.
"The vents! I can hear it at night scuttling around, so I always cover the vent in my room, so it won't find me. Everyone does, the last kid who didn't..." [Kid] trailed off.
"What happened to them?" [Protagonist] asked.
"The nurses said they got transferred, but everyone knows what really happened."
"[Kid]..." a warning voice sounded from behind [Protagoinst], causing both children to spin around. A stern-looking nurse stared down at them with their arms crossed.
"What did I tell you about scaring the other kids?"
"It's true!" [Kid] insisted.
The nurse huffed as they began to usher [Kid] away, "I'm sorry, just ignore all of that, ok?"
[Protagonist] nodded as he watched [Kid] get dragged away by the nurse, who began scolding them as soon as their back was turned.
"What do you think [Monster]?"
"You know what I said earlier about this being a prime hunting ground?" [Monster] replied as he looked to the ceiling, "Well, I think we might need to keep our guard up and get out of here as soon as possible, kid."
[Protagonist] nodded as they shoved another bite of food in their mouth, preparing themself for the battle to come.