Usually I fall asleep with the night sky and stars above me, but last night was different. Last night I slept in the church, broken and bloodied, like so many of us in town. My mother lay across from me, leg in a splint and covered in bruises. Last night reminded me why I need to get out of this place, and into the sky.
I’m actually very surprised I slept, all things considered, but when I woke up I thought I was dreaming. I felt fantastic, rested and healed of my wounds. It was unreal! There was something else though; that strange feeling I had during the fight with the dragon men was back. Some deep welled up feeling building inside me. At the time I knew I was too scared to be horny. And in a church across from my mother, I definitely knew I was too sad to be horny. What was it?
I kept my bandages on to avoid suspicion. Well… to avoid further suspicion.
The townspeople have been acting pretty suspicious, and with good cause, about the lights in the ruins, followed by several disasters, followed by the emergence of a man with moving crystals in a staff he insists you touch (no pun in tended) to speak with him. This is the same man we now call friend. He is a man with crystals in his head that can do some type of magic called “psionics”. Wherever he comes from, I don’t think they know what tact is. He seems like he has good intentions, but kind of socially inept. I’m trying to help him as much as I can.
So after checking the wounds under my bandages, where there are no scars or indication I was wounded, I went over to my mom and kissed her sleeping head. She’s going to be okay, but it is hard to do anything when I know she’s hurt, and when we don’t know where my father went.
Vindral came in just as I was stepping away from my mom. We exchanged some quick conversation regarding our families – status reports – and ended up asking one of the girls in the church where his mother (Anabelle) was resting.
The girl ended up taking us to a separate room. Apparently Vindral’s mom wasn’t doing very well. I went with him, partly as a result of his implied request, but mostly because I think he’s one of the nice people around here, and he’s pretty skilled with a blade (based on what I know).
When we got to the room, we both said our hellos, and Vindral obviously talked to her at length to help comfort her. For my part, I ended up singing a story about sleeping amongst the comforting wool of the sheep on a farm. I think I did okay because his mom was asleep by the end of it, and the girl with us wiped some tears from her eyes. I hope I didn’t upset her.
Vindral was grateful for my song, which was nice to hear considering it’s a rarity at home. Once we left the church we decided to ask where my sister, Arius, and Jayden were. We asked the guards and they didn’t really have any information, so we tried the triangle. Apparently Vindral let Arius sleep at the triangle. Nice guy, but another one who might need some social instruction.
On our way to the Terren house we found the sheriff, my sister, Arius, and some guards walking back towards town with Arius in chains. After exchanging some choice words with the sheriff, Vindral and I headed with them to the prison.
Vindral, Jayden, and I went to see Skark’s body, and found that the dragon man with him died from a meteor, where Skark likely died as a result of ambush.
After several conversations with the guards, the leader, the sheriff, Jayden and so on, it was decided that Arius would be released into Jayden and Vindral’s custody (ouch – my pride). The main release for the release was to find the Speaker, who was likely kidnapped by the dragon men.
We followed the trail left by said dragon men and ended up finding them. The fight began as I’ve gotten used to… everyone doing something while I try to do something. I threw two separate daggers Vindral let me borrow; neither of them came close. I’mm pretty sure one of the dragon men laughed at me. Ouch – my pride.
And I forgot to mention, during our travels to find the dragon men, a very large branch fell down on my midsection. Then I tried getting over the fallen branch, injured, to no avail. The guys had to help me. Ouch – my pride.
Anyway, after I threw that second dagger and missed I took out my mysterious book that Arius insists is magical (after trying some rainbow trick). The book made that energy inside me well up even stronger to the point where I could bring it out. So I did, and I’ll never forget anything about it.
It was a silver and night blue color that burst from me and put a hole right through one of the dragon men. I’ve never felt so strong. Unfortunately, I figured it out too late and Vindral got so injured he passed out. We killed the remaining dragon men. Me, with my starfire, Jayden with his sling, and Arius with his psionic fire, but we were too late. The Speaker’s throat was cut and he died. Damn it.
Fortunately for the rest of us, my book also unlocked some kind of healing power, like Fweri’s, so I woke Vindral up with some healing and used it on the rest of us. The ability to heal another’s wounds in a matter of seconds is a god-like feeling I can’t even describe. It’s… well, it’s magical. I never want to lose it.
We returned to town, saddened by the loss of yet another member of our town, reported the bad news and then split up again. Vindral wanted my help with his mother, considering my new found healing powers, and I agreed without hesitation.
As fate would have it, we were too late… again. Vindral’s mother passed away and though she may have been sleeping when she passed (she looked peaceful), she was alone. No one should be alone when they die Let it be said now that even if it’s one of those dragon men hovering over me, I don’t want to die alone.
I wasn’t really sure what to do so I just did what comes naturally and started singing a song about a long restful sleep after a long hard journey. Vindral broke down crying and grabbed onto me for a hug. It was an honor. It’s an odd thing to consider, using my voice and charm to help make people feel better, rather than just getting my way or into a girl’s bed. I want to do meaningful things with my music more often, though not for such sad reasons.
To add to the bad news, we learned that the town planned on detaining Arius indefinitely, so I walked through the woods with him to the hills I know Fweri usually stays. She agreed to let him stay once we explained some of our days pursuits.
On my way back I kept remembering the voice and figure I saw by the stone pillar in the triangle – Seesha. She said I could make any wish and she would grant it. At first I was against it, but with so much tragedy I had to consider it and she seemed to enjoy talking with me, so I went to the triangle.
Without any provocation, she started talking and saying the same things as she said before. Let me out. I’m trapped. I don’t know why. I’m a water spirit. Make a wish and I’ll grant it.
I needed some more time to learn about her, so while asking her questions I told several stories about the sea and sailors. She loved it, and I think was growing quite fond of me. I finally decided to let her out and make my wish. After several hits with an ax and several blasts of starfire, she emerged – beautiful, blue, flowing, and huge.
I needed more time to word my wish, so I kept asking her for advice, then she said something that really intrigued me. She said she could take us back, but I would have to let her out again. While that didn’t make sense to me at first, the more I thought about it and the more she talked about it the more I understood. She was some kind of spirit that could use the power of water and the triangle to go back in time. I’m in.
“I wish the rock Arius landed in struck only the dais in town, breaking it and harming no people, releasing Seeshi in time for her to save the town from the tidal waves and present Arius as a GOOD omen.”
Her response: “That could work! Remember this: Alleua Amer.”
And then the next thing I knew I was in the ruins with Jayden and Vindral, rested, healed, and safely in a NOT destroyed glowing building.
I very quickly explained my wish, and then said, “Alleau amer”, when suddenly a weird magical window opened to the town…