2.2 Potion of Youth


Nothing lasts forever.

This happiness, this life. And following a visit from the Grim Reaper, I was suddenly brought face-to-face with my own mortality. For the first time, it terrified me.

Grim Reapers hated alchemists for the same reason they constantly haunted us: our ability to escape death. I dredged up the old journals I had tucked away in a corner. It seemed like an eternity ago when I had sat with Yuki in the coffeehouse, pouring over these very volumes.

Simpler days.

I searched the journals until I found the page I was looking for: the potion of youth. It does not reverse ageing, it merely prevents it. If continuously taken, one can live forever. It was a subject of mild interest among rich folk and a myth among commoners, and in my hands was the recipe.

Libra ran up to me. “What are you reading?”

“I’ll tell you when you’re older,” I said, patting her head.

“How much older?”

“Say, in another ten years. How old are you in ten years?”



She wrinkled her nose. “I’ll neeeever be fifteen.”

You will be, sooner than you think.

“Don’t worry honey. I’ll be telling you before you know it.”

I watched her run outside. She was never still for long.

I sat for a minute, locked in a staring contest with the piece of armor that still occupied the corner, reminding me that it will still be here when I am long gone. But I lost, of course. The mortal always loses.

I carefully replaced the journal on the top of the box. To make the potion of youth, I needed the ingredients, of course. They were relatively easy to get. And I also needed…

“Yuki?” I called.

Yuki poked her head out from around the corner. “Yes?”

“What do you say about expanding the house?”


Ok. Ok. I’m gonna suck it up and ask people to read this.

I’m terrified.

I kinda feel sick.

But if I don’t, nothing’s ever gonna change.

It’ll be ok. It’s not like there’ll be lots of people.

I still feel sick.

Here I go.

18 thoughts on “2.2 Potion of Youth

  1. Okay, this is AWESOME!!!!!!

    I am very glad you linked it, because my life is better for having read it, and Ivdo hope you share more.

    Also you are not a beginner writer. Been doing this a while, I think. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment, my stomach has been tying itself into knots, and somehow this made me feel better xD
      Thank you also for giving my story a chance. I’m very glad you’ve enjoyed it so far.
      Writing is my hobby and I really enjoy it but I haven’t been doing it that long, unless you count my dissertation this year… haha. Hope to see you round again. Once again, thank you.

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  2. Oooh! I love how you portrayed the different “Grim”‘s, as well as their relationships with alchemists. I feel like there might have been some foul-play involved between the two reapers we’ve heard about, though… can a reaper die? Hmm….

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      1. You would? I… hate to self-advert and I fear I accidentally just did… Oh my. Well all you need to do is poke my name tag I think – the Reaper is in one of the earlier chapters of Firecalls.

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  4. Was that your Author’s notes at the bottom?

    I’m glad you decided to share your story though. Well, technically I just sorta clicked onto it but I’m glad I found it anyway! My comment is probably heaps late, but I really adore your writing. It reminds me of quiet afternoons with a drink on hand and a good book and soft rain outside. Yeah. I love it. I’m using your story as my carrot now so I can keep writing. ❤ It's that lovely. I hope you continue writing ❤ I'm invested in Winter and their Winterstead! Sorry reaper I you seem cool, but I like Wintersalive! Wait that looks hella weird. 😂

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    1. Haha yup they were. Kinda embarrassing now. Man I was so scared to share my writing! My skin has gotten much thicker over the years but I’m still sometimes terrified to show stuff I’ve done. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive community.
      As always, thank you so much for reading. I wouldn’t have continued writing if I didn’t have my readers ❤ (And yes, the Winter’s arenn’t going anywhere anytime soon!)

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