Wake up, Liana..
The mist swirled around Liana’s feet as she came to a halt, her hair blowing gently across her face. She turned slightly, glancing behind her, but was met with only the swirling mist. Slowly, she turned and began forward again.
The land in front of her was breathtaking. The grass was lush, green, and swayed gently in the breeze. The trees were old, strong, reaching far into the sky. Father Sun beat down through their leaves, warming her skin as she closed her eyes and smiled.
Liana. You must wake up!
She frowned, refusing to look behind her again at the ever swirling mist. But as it began swirling around her legs, she ran. She flew as quickly as her feet would carry her, away from the every swirling mist that always tried to swallow her here. After a time she stopped, panting hard and clenching her sides as she tried to catch her breath. She had run all the way to the forest edge, which meant the mist would soon envelope her as it always did.
She almost cried out as a soft touch whispered across her right hand. She wrenched it in the opposite direction quickly, stumbling backwards as she did, hand reaching up to stop the cry that desperately tried to pass her lips.
“Please, just leave me in peace. Why must you always torment me!”
Oh, Liana. My wish is not to torment you, but to warn you.
The woman was tall. Her skin was lightly golden, hair the color of ripe wheat. She smiled sadly as she drifted in front of Liana.
‘Curious, she looks more solid than the other spirits here.’ She thought a moment before addressing the spirit. “And I suppose this warning you have will be for your kin in the realm of the living, just as every other spirit? You realize your kin has probably passed from that world just as you have.”
Eventually, my kin will pass as all do, but for now they are among the living.
“And how do you know this? No spirit can leave this place.”
Yes, that is true. But on certain days, when the two worlds are close together, and the bond is alive and strong, we can walk in this world and see the living.
Liana cocked her head, staring suspiciously at the spirit now. Who was she? Most spirits were emotionally locked in their final moments, eternally. If the living knew what kind of torment these poor spirits were experiencing, they might think twice before harming another person.
“Who are you?”
The spirits face brightened slightly as she chuckled and drifted off to one side, forcing Liana to turn slightly back towards the mist.
It’s good to know my sons received their fathers handsome features and not my female beauty. But I can see why one is so attracted to you. Did you know that hair the color of fire is considered a sign of favor among the earthly spirits?
Liana blinked, her mind refusing to believe what the spirit was saying.
“But fire destroys. How can it be lucky?”
But fire cleanses, and if you follow its seemingly destructive path, you will see Mother Earth reborn.
Lianas mouth began to water, jaw tingling as her unconscious mind reacted to the smell of food. The land began to fade, the mist consuming everything around her.
“What message would you have me give your son, Averie?”
Averie crossed her arms, the smile falling as she focused her attention on Liana’s fading form.
Not my son, you. The snake grows angry and threatens to lash out. I cannot say when, time is not always reliable here. Stay vigilant, my daughter. The life that grows ever stronger in your womb depends on it
Her eyes remained closed, but her stomach tried to revolt. What was sure to be a delicious aroma normally, made her disturbingly sick. It took everything in her to fight it down. If Averie knew, then it was something she couldn’t ignore any longer. Soon, sooner than she would like, Mayliah would find out.
Her sightless eyes opened and stared vacantly as the blue and white continued to crackle. The spirit world here was still dying. A clever and deadly trap Father Sun was setting for the land of the living. She sniffed again, turning her head towards the crackling of the fire where the stew was beginning to boil.
“Did everyone venture outside today?” Her skin prickled as she heard a sharp intake of breath and the crunching of leaves.
“Nice of you to wake up. If you’re not careful, Liana, your laziness will anger his family and they will throw you out against my advice.”
“I’m sorry cousin. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately.”
Mayliah snorted her irritation before stirring the stew. “I had to make the meal for today. It should be done soon, but Kain will be the only one returning for it. The others have gone hunting. Mahala and Argus are visiting relatives., they won’t be back for a few days.”
Liana frowned as she sat up. “Is that wise? The weather could turn at any moment this early in spring.”
Mayliah scoffed and threw the stick she used to stir down. “I don’t know. It’s not up to me to make that decision. If they want to risk it then so be it.”
“The food smells delicious. What’s in it?”
“The same as the last time, but with rabbit meat instead of deer meat.”
Liana nodded, “That’s Kain’s favorite. He’ll appreciate that you remembered and made it for him.”
Mayliah just grunted in response and watched with icy daggers as Liana fumbled her way to the fire. The family always kept a pot of tea next to it. It was cold now, they had been gone for a while if it was allowed to cool.
Averie’s warning sounded in her soul as she drank the cold tea and shivered.
Dana is 35 |
Averie is 18 | Arya is 33 | Argus/Ava are 16 | Kain/Luca are 16 | Sparrow is 14 | Liana is 15 | Mayliah is 17
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