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There are times in ones life where one feels unsafe. Insecurity permeates their being, and despite their best efforts they cannot quell the fear that builds within them. They seek some form of solace; a refuge against the tumultuous and unpredictable storms that seek to overwhelm them. Some weather the storm stoically, holding to some deep-rooted faith, divine or otherwise, that this moment will pass. Others lose what vestiges of their sanity remain, their paranoia evolving into madness…a thunder of sorts to match the lightning of this overpowering gale. But there is a third option, one known to only a few. The Taiwanese call it the Ritual of Gai Kao.

To engage in this age-old rite, you must first be riding the waves of sadness driven before this chaotic storm. When you feel you are at your most desperate, seek out a place that is often frequented by many people at once. The patio of a coffee shop, a bowling alley, an RV park…any place where the traffic of humanity has left the residue of souls. These are places of great power, and will aid greatly in your efforts. It is also easier to do just prior to 8:24 PM on October the 26th, as that is when the Kao is at his greatest strength.

Once there, sit calmly and engage in a mundane activity. Reading the newspaper, stirring your coffee, something like this. Do NOT speak to anyone, or your efforts will be in vain. You must be in a meditative state, engaging in only such mindless activities so that your mind can focus on the worry at hand.

Soon you will become keenly aware that the sounds of the world have dulled. The crappy coffee shop music is gone, the sound of crashing pins has faded, the engines of vehicles lost in the void. At this point you MUST look down. This symbolizes the approach of Gai Kao, the spirit of security, and to not show your reverence by averting your gaze will result in the most dire of consequences. From this point on you must do EXACTLY what I say. Do not deviate; I will tell you what will happen later if you do.

After a few moments, you’ll hear a heavily-accented voice bid you to raise you eyes. When you do, you will be looking straight into yellow, slitted reptillian eyes. Everyone else who was in the room will be gone; you will be the only one who can see this creature. Do NOT gasp in fear, and do NOT speak. The creature will have a yellowish-green, scaly hide and speak around a gross, oversized tongue in its mouth.

The creature will engage you in a few lines of small talk. Do not speak unless you are answering a question. If he deems you worthy, he will then tell you the remedy to all of your current problems. He will know you as well as you know yourself, though whether he is reading you thoughts or not is unclear. Feel free to ask clarifying questions during this time, but always begin your statment with “Great Kao”. NEVER, EVER thank him for his answers, or he will depart.

After he has addressed your every worry, he will begin to speak of nonsequitur events once more. This is important: DO NOT LISTEN. He will talk of things that interest you, offer to discuss real-life events, anything to get your attention. Instead, avert your eyes as before and wait for the noise of the room to return. Once this occurs, you may look up to find the room just as it was and no time will have passed. You may then go forth, and feel comforted.

But be warned! Should you in ANY way deviate from this process, and the Kao will put upon you a curse. This is a curse of degeneration; you will slowly regress the evolutionary path. You will sprout hair from your knuckles and brow. Your teeth will go awry as your jaw reforms and your forehead takes a neanderthal-like appearance. This is an insult from the Kao; a cut at your humanity and an insult to your intelligence.

If done correctly, your every care will be comforted and you will once again feel joy. However, from that day on you will feel the Kao’s presence upon you. He will observe you to note your contentment. You will never shake his gaze. The gaze of those large eyes. It will always feel like somebody’s watching you…and you get no privacy…

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  • http://myspace.com/darkwolf4ever Mador Maero

    All this hardwork for just an even bigger problem…
    This was good but it seems pointless.

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  • Gegner

    I like the idea behind this “ever-staring being” at the end much, much better than ‘The Eye’ from a previous story. Interesting concept behind the Kao as well.

    And bonus points for not trying to guess what the reader was doing.

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  • Feaster of Fear

    I suppose this pasta was….adequate. It would have been far more delectable had a consequence been offered for listening to this “Kao’s” second verse of mundane speech. Perhaps the writer was implying the same consequence for any and all deviations from the ritual. If so, then I am saddened at the cheapening of such a potentially scrumptious morsel…….

    ……I await my next meal.

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  • Scaremonger

    I’d agree with you Feaster…there was definitely more possibilities as far as the consequence of deviation went. I think you’re right about that one consequence occuring in each situation.

    Overall, it seems like a decent creepypasta…probably homegrown.

    To the writer: keep at it. Do a little more research on the types of consequences and descriptions that other popular pastas have. You seem to have potential.

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  • S

    Creepy…Loved it.

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  • Bricks

    Seems like a good pasta. Not really my kind of thing though.

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  • Shuriken

    I’m with bricks. I don’t particularly care for the go do this and get free shit pasta personally. I could take some lizard thing. srsly.

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  • RemickZeroLight

    Didn’t really find it all that terrifying. The only thing vaguely creepy was how Gai Kao will give you no privacy if you do the ritual correctly.

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  • RemickZeroLight

    Gai Kao is watching you masturbate.

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  • He’s Dead Jim

    Not creepy per se, however it feels like a good story and fits in well to the Rituals category.

    Also who, Gai Kao, Etc.

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  • akatz

    sounds like the cigarrette in the bathroom story

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  • Sigma

    Brrr. Good pasta!

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  • Polly the Staring Dolly

    I loved the last line because I think these ritual pastas are all retarded.

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  • WHO WAS PHONEY?

    Is Gai Kao Chinese or Japanese?

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com A Worried Person

    D: But what if Gai Kao doesn’t exist?

    A Worried Persons last blog post..Subterra

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  • Nathara

    No privacy … not even when I’m using the toilet.

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  • Poizn

    Shoulda used a different name. The whole story I couldn’t help but giggle at the name “Great Cow.”

    You used you instead of your twice.

    Also, I was a little confused as to why he would turn you into a cave man for answering him wrong or whatnot, but ignoring him and avoiding looking at him causes no reprimand.

    Also why does talking to this guy make you happy?

    Ritual pastas are hard to write. I suppose this wasn’t terrible, but it was by no means great, and not in the least bit creepy.

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  • LMLYUT

    Haha. I got the song reference at the end. Rockwell, Somebody’s Watching Me.

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  • R’lyeh

    Gai Ko= Geico. Neanderthal-like appearance= cavemen in Geico commercials.

    heavily-accented voice= British accent. The Geico gecko speaks in a British accent.

    Pasta was about Geico. Not too hard to figure out.

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    • Blkkity

      I was reading through the comments like “does nobody realize that this is about the insurance????”

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    • Jandlecack

      How happy are people who consult Gai Kao and become 15% happier or more?
      Happier than a strange reptilian being turning innocent people into cavemen.

      Oh, and Gay Cow.

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  • Doomian

    The problem about Ritual pastas is that there are a lot of “what ifs” involved. You can avert from the path, and the consequences are only briefly mentioned. Pastas become creepier when there is a definate plot and outcome. Or, at least in my opinion.

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  • Terra Obscurum

    THEN WHO WAS GAI KAO?

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  • Comment Leaver

    I have to say I hate ritual pastas. All in all it was decent. But not liked by me, it’s just the type that’s all.

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  • TheDude

    @ Mador Maero:

    I could be wrong, but the way I read it that was kind of the point. It seemed like only the desperate would seek out the ‘Kao’, and so would be choosing to do this, but at a terrible price.

    Seems like whichever way the person in the ritual chooses, once the Kao appears there’s no going back without something bad happening.

    Only mildly creepy, though. Writer could use some work on creepy consequences.

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  • lolol

    This has too much of a chance for inocent people to be caught in its path. What is some guy was just sitting in a coffee shop on Oct. 26 reading a book and the Kao comes to him? He didn’t wish to enact the ritual, but he ges it anyway? That seems a tad unfair.

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  • Invisible

    Why does it seem that these rituals meant to bring you peace always have some dire consequence if done wrong in any way?

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