Beginning's End

"A new journey, another story."

Three Years Later...

A grey coyote walked along the shores of an isolated beach. He was by himself, smoking a cigarette as he seemed to mind his own business. As he moved down the beach, he would direct his gaze to either the calm water, the grey skies above, or the cool sand beneath him. He exhaled a puff of smoke and watched it fly away as the wind guided it towards another direction.

He sighed and he took another intake of nicotine. Based on the weather around him, he could tell it was going to rain any second. He didn't care if it was going to be a light drizzle or loads of heavy rain. He wasn't looking for shelter, but he was looking for a place. He felt strange that he was led here. Not by a guide, nor was he told to travel to his current destination, but rather an instinct. He did feel guided however. In his dreams, a voice, whose owner was never seen, had led him to where he was now.

It was a bit odd that he felt that he knew who the owner of the voice was. It wasn't like any other voice he heard and neither had the coyote ever heard the voice in his lifetime, but it was strangely familiar. He chuckled to himself when he decided to name the owner.

Fate.

In his life, he always felt that whenever something happened, it was either fate, or its other known aliases; Destiny or coincidence. It didn't bother him either way. If it happens, it happens, he figured. After walking for an hour, the coyote believed to have finally find his destination. A couple of feet from where he was standing on the beach, in the distance there was a hut. From his view, he could see three bandicoots picking up items and heading back inside to protect themselves from the incoming storm.

There was a female and two males, and based on how they interacted with each other, the coyote could tell they were all a family. One of the males, a tall and muscular burgundy bandicoot, opened the door for his siblings. The orange female appeared to be the youngest, since she seemed smaller than the other two. The other male, who was also orange, was considered to be the middle child based on how he was taller than the female, but smaller than the burgundy bandicoot.

The coyote watched them as they entered the hut and closed the door. He had a feeling of interest in the family, especially the middle child of the three for reasons unknown. Just before he started walking towards them, he heard thunder booming above and looked to see drops of rain falling from the clouds. Feeling a few drops landing on his muzzle, the coyote smiled. It had been a while since he witnessed the rain falling, and he seemed glad that it was pouring.

Looking straight ahead, the coyote could see through the window that the fireplace was lit and that the bandicoots sat down close to warm themselves. He gazed with the feeling of nostalgia creeping up on him. Seeing the bandicoots together reminded him of the family he once had. The coyote shook his head as the sound of thunder broke him out of his thoughts. Feeling prepared, the coyote sighed and walked towards the house. He took one last drag of the cigarette before tossing it behind him. Exhaling the smoke, he muttered something.

"So it begins..."

(Fade to black with the sound of thunder)

I've tasted fire
I'm ready to come alive
I can't just shut it up
And fake that I'm alright

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife

I'll let it burn the way
The sunlight burns my skin
The way I feel inside,
The way the day begins

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the other side
I'm ready now,
I'm ready now

'Cause everyday
The world is made
A chance to change
But I feel the same

And I wonder
Why would I wait 'till I die
To come alive?

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife
Yeah

I still believe we could live forever
You and I we begin forever now
Forever now
Forever

I still believe in us together
You and I, we're here together now
Forever now
Forever now
Or never now

'Cause everyday
The world is made
A chance to change
But I feel the same

And I wonder
Why would I wait 'till I die
To come alive?

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife

Everyday
A choice is made
Everyday
I choose my fate

And I wonder
Why would I wait 'till I die
To come alive?
To come alive?

Everyday
Everyday
Everyday

I still feel the same
And I wonder why would I wait
'Till I die
To come alive?

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife

I'm ready now
I'm ready now
I'm ready now
I'm ready

I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife

Yeah
Yeah
Yeah!

The End


Song: Afterlife
Artist: Switchfoot