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An Endless Dream...
- A Life of Steve -

Chapter 0
Like almost all, this story starts with a boy, girl, woman or man who looks and smells just like everyone else. Yet, there's always this one thing about him/her that is different, this can be something like a superpower or just a curious mind but that's beside the point.

Like how these characters are a bit special, this story is one of a kind as well.

You might ask: "Why? Why is this story so special?". There are multiple reasons. But one of them is that this story doesn't start with an epic scene or something impressive, this story starts on a toilet.

Chapter 1 | 29 hours left
Steve sat on the toilet seat. He didn't have to.. you know.. do his business or something, he just sat there, staring at his watch. He was on the 5th floor of a huge skyscraper and was supposed to be at a meeting right now. While watching the time tick by he realised that if he went there now, he might be just in time to do his part of the presentation.

But no... he just couldn't, so he stayed there. "I have had enough of that project...", he whispered, "I'm done with it!".
Suddenly he heard the door from the hallway to the toilets being opened, followed by someone breathing heavily... like if this person had been running for his life just a moment ago.

After a while the toilet room became silent again and Steve returned to staring at his watch. Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick, - so relaxing - Tick, Tick - like counting sheep - Tick, Tick, Tick....

"BAM!". Steve woke up and tried to stand up. But since he was just half awake, he tripped immediately and slammed his face against the stall door. The others in the room would have clearly heard it, if it wasn't for the fact that they seemed to have something else on their minds.

A loud scream made its way into Steve's ears, but was abruptly cut off and if that wasn't enough he heard a body hitting the floor (how did he know it was a body? He had no clue...). Now you must know that Steve wasn't very brave or adventurous, he was a normal human being like you and me. He did however had a very curious mind. So, after gathering all his courage, he slowly opened his stall and peeked through the small gap to only see the door leading to the hallway close...

Chapter 2 | 11 hours left
A bowl of cereal and some bacon. That's what Steve was eating for breakfast this Saturday morning.
After that rather horrifying happening the other day he just went straight home, found out it was already 11pm, went to his room and fell asleep the moment his head touched the pillow.

"What do I have to do now..?", he thought by himself, "Go to the police? And then.. I don't even know what I saw. Maybe report it to the security staff of the skyscraper..? No, I don't want to get involved into this business! I just want a quiet, calm life!". He yelled this so hard in his mind it wouldn't have surprised him if his neighbours could have heard it.
So he decided to ignore and forget everything that happened that evening. Unfortunately for him, that evening didn't forget him.

Chapter 3 | 5 hours left
"Knock Knock". "That is weird", Steve thought, "I wasn't expecting someone..?". He started walking towards to door. "KNOCK KNOCK". "They must be in a hurry", said Steve to himself. "KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK".

At this moment, somewhere in the back of Steve's head, a tiny alarm sounded. But it was too quiet and Steve didn't hear it. "Yes yes, I'm coming!", He yelled. He opened the door and had to look up, a man the size of a bear and in a black suit stood in front of his house. "Hello there, what ca...". Darkness.

Chapter 4 | 12 minutes left
A slap in his face is what brought Steve back to consciousness. His head hurt badly and something was around his wrists, painfully rubbing against his skin. When he opened his eyes, he saw nothing. Just pitch black darkness all around him. He was sitting on a chair, that was all he knew.

After waiting a while a faint voice reached his ears: "Steve, Steve.... You weren't at the place you were supposed to be yesterday...". Steve's heart started beating faster and faster. It already was going pretty crazy, but now he almost couldn't hear himself thinking anymore. Paralysed by fear he waited, he knew what was coming. It was his turn now.

~It all started around 3 months ago. Steve was in need for money, badly. So he searched and he searched and eventually came across something interesting. "Getting paid for doing almost nothing!" was the title, it was about undergoing some small experiments and getting paid for it. Steve was a smart guy though, he knew that this might be a big big scam. But he almost spent all his savings already... So he signed up.

The first 2 months were really do-able. Every day a small experiment, like testing some newly developed pills or just answering some questions. But this last month was horrifying... It was still "just" testing pills, but illusions and total pass-outs were the results most of the time. And to make it worse, rumors of these test subjects disappearing reached Steve.

So yesterday he decided to quit. Right after the pills and right before the "presentation", where the test subjects will have to answer questions regarding the effects of before mentioned pills.~

"You will need to get punished Steve", said this faint voice again, "An extra test to make up for it...". A hand grabbed his head from behind, he opened his mouth to scream... A mistake. He felt the pill being thrown into his throat and tried to resist the urge to swallow. But the hand stroke his throat and his body stopped listening to its brain for a second and swallowed the pill...
A warm feeling took over his whole body, adrenaline and drowsiness were fighting. But eventually the pill won and he fell asleep to never wake up again.

Chapter 5 | 1 minute after
Steve opened his eyes to find himself in a forest full of oak trees with pigs and chickens around him. And when he looked up a bit he could see mountains in the distance. He knew this was just a dream, but he didn't care. Finally a quiet and calm life, nobody else.. just him.

{Bonus} Chapter 6 | 27 weeks after
After a long journey with many adventures in this new world, Steve finally settled down. He did everything there was to do and got everything he ever wanted, he should be happy... right? But Steve was bored and he became more bored every single day. He needed something new, something fresh to do. Then he realised something: "I can control this world... it's all just part of me"

So Steve added more and more things into his little game: New items to experiment with, new blocks to build many great project and new worlds to discover. The only limit being his imagination.

- Pepijn

Thanks for reading! Since this is a contest entry I would really appreciate a diamond if you enjoyed the story, it will help me to get into the finalist! Anyway, say what you think down below VVV, I enjoy reading your thoughts!
Have a great day. Bye bye.

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  • Pixel
  • Level 40
  • Master Mage
  • October 22, 2014, 10:24 pm
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 22, 2014, 10:29 pm
Thanks! :D
  • BSnugglepup
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • October 10, 2014, 1:31 am
You have quite a way of writing. Im impressed :) You give the setting with great dramatic effect :) It is critical to embed the reader and you did just that :) Keep it up ! +1 Diamond
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 22, 2014, 10:29 pm
Thank you! Means a lot.
  • Sir_Snape
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Network
  • October 9, 2014, 1:15 am
Great Story!
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 9, 2014, 1:16 am
Thanks :D. Means a lot!
  • Rave-
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • October 4, 2014, 6:46 am
That was great! I like your times after the chapter headings:)
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 4, 2014, 6:47 am
Thanks :D!
  • Elderhon
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Archer
  • October 4, 2014, 4:42 am
A very creative tale, Pepjin :) Well done. So much better than my own entry.
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 4, 2014, 4:44 am
Thanks :D. But yours is pretty damn good, don't really think this one is better :P
  • Elderhon
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Archer
  • October 4, 2014, 4:45 am
Ahah, thanks for the vote of confidence. But this one was so much more creative. Anyways, best of luck.
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 4, 2014, 4:46 am
You can always update it if you feel like you can do better of course :P. Anyway, good luck aswell!

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