Our town never had anything special about it, let alone a chosen one. But now we had two of them. A husband and wife. When they first came into the town no one thought anything of it despite the fact that we all had two new additions to the already huge homeowners association. Steven was your typical average American man. He was tall with light blue eyes and tanned skin, as if he had been a lifeguard and somehow managed to keep his tan throughout the winter. He always had a sort of glow around him that seemed to make his muscles and already chiseled jawline become more and more defined. Most people believed that this was just due to his optimistic outlook, but I knew better. His wife, Su-lin, was of Asian descent. She had silky black hair and stood a little below Steven’s eyes. Unlike Steven she gave off an aura of intensity that was unlike any politician or lawyer that I had ever seen. Me and my wife could only assume that she had a military background and she met Steven at the gym one day (very cliched but we couldn’t figure out how the two had met).
They moved into the house next to ours. Normal cars, normal clothes, completely normal. They invited the neighborhood over once they had everything completely moved in. Normal furniture, normal food, normal party. There wasn’t nothing out of the ordinary except for a large curved sword that hung in the living room just above the couch. Steven explained that blade was a falchion and that his dad had given it to him at a young age. “Just a family heirloom,” he said. They were both very personable and carried themselves with confidence and poise. There were many questions about where they came from and how they met. Nothing believable was revealed. “Oh we just came from our honeymoon!” “We met back in middle school in New York.” “We went to Copenhagen, it was wonderful!” Nothing out of the ordinary. At one point in the party I recall that one of our neighbors, Jessica, accidentally dropped a plate. I didn’t see her move but Su-lin was there in an instant.
“Woah, Su-lin! You’re fast girl!” said Jessica.
“It's really nothing. I just have fast reflexes. And just call me Su.” she responded coldly.
I didn’t think anything about it, i guess she had just been in the right place at the right time. That seemed to be the only thing out of the ordinary about them. Steven worked as a accountant and Su-lin was a journalist who worked for our towns newspaper. They were gone for the day and came home about the same time that I did every day.
One early morning, I saw Steven returning with his falchion clutched in his grasp. I knew something must’ve been up. Also i noticed that he seemed to be very sweaty and almost panting in the cool fall air. He wouldn’t have gone running with the sword so it only led me to believe that something suspicious was afoot. I met him and Su-lin on my way out to my car,
“Hey man. I saw you coming back from your run this morning. Why'd you have the sword with you?”
“Ah it was nothing, just wanted to chase a possum off of the trash cans.”
“Alright man, just watch your cans, those raccoons will get in them too.”
With that, we parted ways for the day. Work was the same as usual. No big projects and the advertising agency that we had employed got our ads to us on time. I got home and storm clouds had started to form around the sky, blotting out the shining sun. I went inside, avoiding the rain by a millisecond. My wife, Thalia, had made us a fine dinner for our upcoming anniversary. Grilled chicken with grilled vegetables and rice. One of the best meals on the planet. We finished our dinner and spread out in front of the TV as the rain pelted down outside of the house. Around 11 o’clock I decided it was time for me to head to bed. I brushed my teeth and washed the grime of the day from my face and then headed to bed. The night was peaceful until about 2 o’clock in the morning. There was a thunderous series of knocks at my front door. I stumbled my way down the stairs and looked through the peephole. Steven and Su-lin were standing outside my door and they were soaking wet. The seemed to be looking behind them frequently and it also looked like they were encased in a golden light. I let them inside and Steven immediately said “Alright Quinn we need to talk.”
They pushed their way passed me and I could see that Steven was holding the falchion. I never noticed before but there were runes engraved on the blade itself and they were glowing a bright gold. Su-lin herself was enough to scare me. Her hair seemed to float about an inch from her shoulders and her eyes glowed a ghostly gold. As they moved passed me into my living room I looked past them to see what they were looking at. In the distance I could see a giant figure quickly moving towards my house. As it passed a street-light I got a good look at what it was. It vaguely resembled a human, if a human had been beaten every day so that they were covered in welts. The skin was bulbous and uneven and the face was barely recognizable atop its shoulders. The creature had a slouched posture but it didn’t stop it from towering over cars as it lumbered past them. It seemed to be carrying a full size oak tree and it sure didn’t look happy.
“Jesus Christ, what the hell is that?” I asked the soaking couple.
”Su-lin nonchalantly looked at me and said “Troll.”
“What is it doing in our neighborhood though? Wait first of all, who are you people and why do you have a glowing sword?”
They sat me down and told me about how they were a part of an old prophecy that explained that there would be two saviors to come and purge the world of an oncoming evil and how they had spent the most of their lives training and trying to be the best that they could be for the human race.
“But wait what if the troll gets into my house?”
“He can’t. Your threshold should protect you from it. The stronger your familial love, the stronger your threshold” said Steven.
“I-I don’t necessarily understand but alright. Let me get this straight. You two, are supposed to save the world. And your living normal lives in the suburbs?”
“Yeah pretty much.”
As soon as he said that, there was a deafening crash against my house. The troll had arrived.
“What do we do, what do we do, what d we do?” I repeated over and over.
“It’ll be ok I can take care of it by myself” said Su-lin.
She went out into the rain and i heard shouts from both Su-lin and the troll, mostly the troll.
There were many flashes of bright light as they fought and about an hour later Su-lin came back into the house, drenched again.
I stood looking at them in both awe and confusion, wondering what I had just witnessed.