Fate and Ebony [Kagekao]
An ominous night, and he awakens within an empty house.
He strides through the rooms, watching, waiting, but there is no one to accompany him, no light to pay him comfort, and no plan to bid his escape. The walls are dusty and bare, and he is unable to recognize them. Photographs remain empty. Scratches cover the faces of who used to exist. An entity has brought him, and it has disappeared as quickly as he begins to hear the ringing. Fragments of the sound illuminate the dark halls.
He visions a masked man, one with pride and boredom, but his imagination runs too wild. The masked man approaches, and his apparition comes to life. He raises a knife above his head.
The man stands behind the creaky door and lights a match, framing the darkness of the hallway. "Why must the noise be so quiet?" he asks. The wind replies with a song. The window is sick of the sound. The masked man conceals an inner smile and whispers to himself. He lowers the knife.
A clock on the wall reverses his memory, and the hour reverts to midnight.
The house is silent.