Young Nasir was a good kid. Very bright and energetic, he was a straight-A student, and got along well with other kids growing up. Unfortunately, while still fairly young, his parents died in an automobile accident, and in the wake of such events, he was entrusted to the care of his uncle. Normally, this would seem to be a reasonable decision to make under such circumstances.
These were not normal circumstances, though.
Most people didn’t realize why putting Nasir under the care of his uncle was such a bad decision. On the surface, he seemed alright; he had a stable job, was an amicable neighbor, and was actively involved with the community. Underneath this facade, though, lied deep-seated, psychological issues. Over the years, his grip on reality receded. He became more and more convinced that the real world was an illusion, and that some sort of unknown evil force present around us all, a dark energy perhaps, was gaining strength. To avoid suspicion, he continued to act out his life as normal, all the time growing more and more distant from reality in his mind. He was convinced that this invisible entity was feeding off of the waste and pollution generated by mankind, and that some day soon, it would tear down the very fabric of our very existence unless stopped by the chosen one—the Champion of the Light.
The dementia had already severely taken its toll in Nasir’s uncle by the time of the accident, and he was convinced that Nasir was this “champion” for whom he was waiting. Nasir was still fairly confused and shaken up by the time he moved in with his uncle, as his whole world had just been turned upside-down. With Nasir’s uncertainty of what to make of the events surrounding his parents’ death, this ended up being an open opportunity for him to be dragged into his uncle’s delusion.
Over the course of the next several years, Nasir’s uncle proceeded to teach him of the true “reality” of the world, the events that he believed were about to unfold, and Nasir’s role in the whole situation, which Nasir, in his vulnerable state, quickly grew to accept. One day, after a period of stormy weather, Nasir’s uncle noticed the local pond had become somewhat muddy due to the excess runoff from the nearby hills. No longer possessing a standard level of reasoning or common-sense, he was convinced that this was a sign that the evil forces that had been dormant for some time were beginning to awaken and converge on the human world. Quickly, he informed Nasir, and pushed him out to fight back and save the world.
What followed was a three-week rampage throughout the south-eastern United States, which resulted in the murder of 37 people, including four children, six police officers, and an elderly nun, as well as countless domestic animals, before the police finally shot down Nasir outside a gas station in Decatur. Nasir’s uncle was also arrested and convicted under several accounts of conspiracy to murder, as well as indecent exposure and sexual assault of a kitchen appliance at a diner in Tallahassee. Many suspect he was also somehow involved the death of Nasir’s parents, although such accusations were never proven. He is currently serving multiple life sentences.
Most people were surprised at the events that occurred, but looking back, the evidence was always there. You could see the disconnect in the uncle’s eyes; his thoughts churning away at some logic foreign to most individuals.
It was always there.
In his eyes.