Here's a little story I wrote to describe the origin of Rust and Kurloz, my two newest OCs, who live inside Dan's soul. It's my first written work I've actually published. Hope you guys like it!
Dan McCloud was sitting in front of his computer, researching marine biology and engineering, his two main subjects for college. He pondered whether to go to bed, or to research for another hour. He rested his head upon his arms, planted on the desk he sat behind. "I think I'm gonna close down for the night... I can't spend too much time researching. I need sleep anyways." He said to himself, as he slowly wandered over to his bed. He then turned around and fell onto the bed, not even bothering to cover himself up with the blankets placed in a pile near the edge of it. "Good night to the world... May all of its inhabitants rest peacefully until morning." He added, before closing his eyes and drifting away into dreamland.
Except that didn't happen.
Right as Dan was closing his eyes, he heard a loud crash coming from the kitchen. "Geez... Did I leave the door open again? I hope that isn't some raccoon stealing my food..." Dan stood up, grabbed a flashlight and headed to the kitchen. He was relieved to see that the door was shut, but he still suspected that someone was there. He heard nothing, but still decided to tip-toe towards the cabinets, only to see nothing there. Then he heard a voice from behind him.
"Hello there." The voice said, startling Dan. Dan jumped slightly, then instinctively turned around on one foot, only to slip and fall, crashing to the floor. Dan shined the flashlight in the direction of the voice, only to see a white fox skeleton standing in front of him, with gray pants and a bright red jacket. "Sorry about that... I didn't mean to startle you." The skele-fox apologized. Dan, with a confused face, asked the skeleton, "Who are you? And why don't ya have any fur?" Another crash was heard, along with another voice that wasn't the skeleton's, that said, "Oh come on! Doesn't this guy at least have cookies or something!?" The voice had this deep, ghastly sound to it, but it was still understandable.
"And who's your friend, rummaging through my drawers?" Dan further asked the skeleton. Eventually, the skeleton answered. "Allow me to explain." He said, then he yelled in the direction of the other voice, "Kurloz! Get out of Dan's drawers!" The ghastly voice revealed himself, appearing to be a crimson fox with a black coat and legs of burned ash and cinders, with faint flames complementing the burnt rock. His mouth was jagged, similar to that of a demon.
The skeleton then told Dan, "I know this may sound weird but... We are your emotional spirits. Ghosts that embody your feelings. My name is Rust, and the demon you see beside me is Kurloz. I represent your calmer feelings," Kurloz interrupted Rust, saying, "And I represent your more intense emotions." Rust then continued, "Depending on where your current emotions lie on the emotional spectrum, one of us will feel what you feel, as long as we're inside your soul."
Dan had many questions about the two spirits. "How do you guys even exist?" He asked, now slightly more comfortable. Rust told Dan, "I was hoping you'd ask that. You know that amulet around your neck?" Dan clenched his hand around the amulet, then said, "Yeah... My dad gave it to me. Earlier I saw that it was glowing. Well, this girl did anyways."
Rust closed his eyes then said, "Your dad knew you were special. You had this affinity for reassuring others that it wasn't the end of the world, that there was still hope. You're different from other people. You are a Caster. A special person who uses magic to heal others physically, emotionally or spiritually. You have such a great understanding of emotions, and how to make others feel better. That is why Kurloz and I are standing in front of you right now."
"Everyone has emotional spirits like us, but your understanding of emotions is what allows you to know that we're here, and it allows us to be sentient." Kurloz further added. Dan understood all that they said, and most of his questions were answered, except for two. He asked the spirits, "Alright. I have two more questions. One, if you're spirits, how can you affect the physical plane, and two, is it possible to return to my soul?"
Kurloz, enthusiastic to answer, said, "We may be spirits, except we have the ability to become corporeal due to your skills of understanding emotion. When we are outside of your soul, we won't feel what you feel, but we are still a part of you. If you die, then we leave your soul forever. Then we inhabit a newborn soul, and the cycle continues."
Rust then added, "As for your second question... We automatically return to your soul when you sleep, but it's up to you as to when you want us to return to your soul. If you wish for us to return to your soul, just repeat after me." Rust began an incantation, saying "Until I die," Dan soon followed, saying, "Until I die,"
"Neither soul shall be left behind."
"Neither soul shall be left behind."
Rust then said, "Now, say both parts." Dan then closed his eyes. "Until I die, neither soul shall be left behind." He uttered, sending the two spirits to his soul. He opened his eyes to see that Rust and Kurloz disappeared, only to hear from Rust, "We are now in your soul, Dan. Now you can talk to us just by thinking what you want to say." Dan was confused, but then thought, Hey, can you guys hear me? Kurloz answered, "Loud and clear, bud. Now go to bed. You need some rest." Dan walked back into his bedroom, before laying down and bundling up with the bedsheets. He once again said, "Good night to the world... May all of its inhabitants rest peacefully until morning." He then thought, Good night, you two. Rust then said, "Until morning, Dan." Dan then closed his eyes and drifted away into dreamland.