Chapter 28 : Apocalyptic Ride to Salvation

 

 

The sky was bleeding at the sunset as Elise and Ice were walking down San Francisco’s hill. She had wondered for days looking for her stone, and finally found it in the form of an emerald stone that she wore as a necklace. Her mind wondered off in the beauty of the moment and she failed to notice Ice getting far away from her; she was finally driven back in reality when she heard her bark.

Elise started running toward her and stopped half way as she noticed that a guy was petting the husky. Elise was surprised as she felt that the dog was not really reacting well with men. She walked toward the two and noticed a small tiger furred kitty hanging on the guy’s shoulder.

“Ice seems to like you, you can even call her Desert and she would respond!”

“I am not really a dog person, but something with Desert stroke me” The dog gently barked at the sound of her name “Raik here can testify.” The kitty purred

“I am Elise by the way! what’s your name?”

“Hey! Sorry, I forgot my manners, I am Knox”

Elise was about to say something when she noticed Knox’s black rock pending at his neck.

“Is this your elemental stone?”

Knox seemed surprise first then answered:

“Yes…And I assume the emerald is yours which means…”

“You’re an angel too!” Elise finished.

Silence felt for a second that seemed like an eternity.

“I guess everything is linked.” Knox said breaking the silence.

“So I’m guessing you’re looking for the Door too. Elise responded.

“I am indeed, but I can’t figure out the third step! Do you happen to have information on that?”

“I am staked at the same step too!”

Knox looked at Elise for a moment; he seemed to be in a profound second stage that the girl couldn’t decipher. After a few seconds, he finally said:

“Would you like to team up?”

Elise started blushing.

“What do you mean by team up?!”

“Maybe the two of us can help each other out to find the door, I think two mind are better than one, plus it would be good to talk to somebody.” He said with a smile.

Elise felt some deception that she couldn’t understood, but she was positive about the whole ordeal and answered:

“Sure, we can do that.”

 

Elise and Knox stayed in San Francisco for six days before having any lead on the third mission. It happened while they were eating at a fast food Middle Eastern joint. Ice and Raik waited outside as the restaurant wasn’t animal friendly. The two were eating when Elise’s coin started moving on its own on the map that she kept next to her food. It finally stopped on a spot. Elise and Knox focused on the event saying nothing. Elise got the coin out of the spot and saw a label:

“Bloody McKenzie Ranch, Death Valley, California.”

“We must wait no more!” Knox said. “As soon as we finish eating…”

“I’m done!” Elise responded. “Let’s go!”

 

The two rented a car and rode toward Death Valley, the journey took them three hours, and 30 more minutes to find the ranch. The ranch seemed big, but it was also old and abandoned, nobody seemed to have live there for years. Ices lead the way followed closely by Elise, Raik and Elise. As they walked past a big rock, Raik got nervous.

“What is it boy?” Knox asked.

“Meeeeow”

Elise and Ice had stopped meanwhile and got back on their steps to see the rock.

“What is it?” Elise asked.

“Not sure.” Knox responded. “But I’m going to try something.”

Knox took off his pendant and holds it tight; he placed his other hand on the rock. After a second, a white pale light started shining from his rock and from the wider rock.

The light started taking shape until two silhouettes became visible, a two young people chained to a rock. A man in a perfectly fit suit appeared and approached them. As he was getting closer, piques took form in front of the two.

Elise knew what was going to happen and closed her eyes; tears leaked as she did. Knox kept them open, feeling all the pain and agony of the moment and accepting it in him as a tribute to the two. He felt sad for the two souls who lost their lives and prayed for the peace of their spirit.

As the light faded away, Knox got closer to Elise and gently stroked her back:

“It’s okay, they are resting in peace.”

“It’s horrible; this man must pay for his crime!”

The Stone started shining again, but not the elementary stone. A spiral of light formed at its center creating a white circle. Images started forming, they saw the two young people smiling toward them and holding hand.

Elise smiled as well drying her tears, and so did Knox. He whispered:

“No fear was needed”

“They are beyond harm…”

“And so will we be… Soon”

He took her hand as the light was fading away, they both new without needing more proofs that they succeeded the third trial, they accepted death as only a transition to a higher peace, that even if cruel, everything happened for a reason and everything felt in place as it was meant to be. The future is filled with light.

 

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Chapter 27 : Fragment of Void

 

 

 

“Don’t make too much noise Rail; we don’t want people noticing us do we?”

“Miaaou!”

The words were exchanged between a boy and a black cat in a back alley of Los Angeles. The boy had black raven hair that he left hidden by a working class hat and dark brown eyes; he was smoking a cigarette during his pause at the retirement house night shift. Rail on the other hand was his pet cat, but not only, he was his Totem animal as it happened to be, the boy who went by the name Knox was a Moon Angel.

He started his journey a long time ago, but failed to find his elemental stone and settled as a nurse in a retirement house in the suburbs of L.A. Knox had left his parent and discovered the truth about his nature by himself, he went through dark places before the moonlight shone upon him opening his eyes to the truth that he had always seen but refused to acknowledge.

“Why couldn’t I find it Rail?” Knox asked the cat sighting.

“Meeo” the cat purred.

“Don’t play all smartass on me Rail, you know that I really tried.”

The cat jumped from the wall it was standing on and came to Knox brushing itself on its leg. Knox threw the cigarette and squatted down to pet the cat.

“You know best my friend.”

A voice came to break that moment.

“Knox! Where the hell are you hiding?!” a women’s voice was screaming.

“I better go, I’ll see you here when I finish, don’t go too far Rail.”

“Miaou!”

After work, Knox came back to the alley, but didn’t notice nor sensed Rail anywhere.

“Rail!” He started crying. “Where are you buddy?”

Knox started feeling panic rising up within him, the most horrible scenarios started turning in his head. He went for his pack of cigarette and needed sometime to find it, when he finally got a cigarette to light, it was all torn and started coughing at the first hit.

“RAIL!” He screamed! “WHERE ARE YOU?”

He walked for a minute before it started raining. The rain was pouring in a very weird diagonal way and went directly into his eyes. Forced, he faced down as he was walking. He noticed a quick rise in water which was pretty weird as it was the middle of august and cold rain was pouring from the sky.

As he walked a bit more, he started seeing shades of grey in the transparent liquid. Blood he thought. All his questions stopped leaving an unbearable silence in his head. As he walked a step, he saw what he already knew and didn’t want to believe, the unanimated body of rail, the source of the blood in the stream of rain water.

Silence started breaking as this time, emotion flooded him, a mix of denial, rage, questioning, depression all at once. Tears started pouring from his eyes, and he grined, but then he felt a shiver going through his back, he took a deep breath and finally smiled. Getting to his knees, he pet the cat one last time.

“Good bye my friend, I will never forget you, I am sorry you had to suffer for me.”

He noticed something shining next to the cat, a weird looking rock with blood stains. He washed the rock into the stream than rise it under the neon light. The stone had a glass feeling to it, and shone many colors reflecting light from its void center.

“Obsidian…” Knox whispered.

Knox raised, looked a last time and went away leaving his job to get back to his journey, he lost his totem animal for the moment, but could finally find his elementary stone.

Chapter 26: Desert Ice

 

« Where the hell am I? »  Elise asked herself.

Elise was a young woman completely lost somewhere between the border that separates Arizona from California. Elise was not any girl though, she was more than human; she was an angel. She didn’t choose to be lost, but her quest for her true world led her astray in the middle of a blazing hot environment.

The young lady was living a peaceful life, she had her own little routine, her selected friend and even some space for wondering, everything was perfectly ordered and set, her future was already decided which was for her a perfect compromise as she had a word to say in the matter and knew that she was doing what she believed should be done.

Then the truth came like a hurricane and took away all of that. Elise discovered why her parents were overly religious, why she led her life serving good and only good all that time, why she wasn’t able to do anything really evil and why she always tried to help out others; she was an angel. Her mother was an angel of Light while her father was an angel of Earth; she was born as a mix of those with some attributes from her grandmother who was an angel of water making her an angel of flora. Even her eyes testified this mixed nature; a circle of golden brown was surrounding her pupil, and surrounding it was a field of green that slightly turned into blue at the end.

Her parents told her that it would change nothing if that was what she desired, but if it wasn’t the case, if she wanted to go to the Angels’ Kingdom, that was possible too.

“You have to go on a journey to get there sweetheart.” Her mother told her. “A test for the winged one to find the way back.”

“It will not be easy, and the Kingdom has been a mess for a long time, that’s why we came here!” her father said trying to convince her to forget about it, but she couldn’t it was already there in her mind; she needed to see with her own eyes how it was.

“What about God?” She asked back then.

“God is beyond all of us, and with us all honey.” Her father explained. “It is as present there as it is here.”

Elise stopped for a moment and saw nothing but dust in every direction. She took a map from her bag and placed it on the ground then got on her knees to study it better. She took a small golden coin attached to a string and put balanced it on top of the map, the coin hovered toward one spot of the map then slightly moved to another. Elise looked deep at the path the coin traced. She put the two objects back in her back then made emerald green wings spread from her back.

Elise flew above the ground until cold started making her shiver. She looked down and took the map once again. She saw a small town in the direction that appeared on her map and started moving that way.

As she was flying, she thought once again about her decision. She had embraced her angelic nature and was so happy to know for sure that her life would be filled with goodness she could give others, but she also knew that she needed to go to the source to learn all that is to learn then come back and truly help.

“The Journey an earthly angel must take is composed of three stages: first you must find your guardian animal, then you must find your elemental stone and finally you should accept that every end is only a beginning to be able to cross to the other side.” Her mother had told her.

She understood perfectly what the two first step would involve, but she didn’t want to think about ends, her journey didn’t even start yet; it was like that idea was cursed and she moved it out from her mind as fast as possible, she didn’t dare to think much about it at that point. After all that time, she started giving it a second thought. She has lost something, but her loss was almost at its end.

After few minutes in the air, she reached the ghost town in the middle of the desert, as she landed, she saw it. A white furred Husky that was staring at her with cold blue eyes. She didn’t choose it, it chose her, and it was waiting for her. She made her wings vanish and moved towards it. She approached and so did the dog, after few steps, they met in the middle.

She noticed that it was a female.

“You are such a beauty, I will call you Desert Ice!”

 

 

 

 

Chapter 25: Heat of the Storm

 

Katara stayed with the Hakuraï for quite a while; he was so similar to Liviano, and yet so different. Everything seemed to go just fine in that multiverse, and little by little she grew strong, so strong that she was contented by staying static in a world where her help was not needed. One faithful day of spring, under the blooming cherry trees, she kissed the Hakuraï a last good bye before jumping into the stream of time. Her journey thought her a very important thing, something caused here hopeless travel and she needed to know what or whom.

Katara landed in a large plain all green with short grass. A gentle wind blew making a wave that passed through the grass carpet and made her shiver. After walking for a little while, she found a dirt path and decided to follow it. As she was walking, she started noticing trees that filled the background. By the time the path stopped, she was already in what appeared to be a forest. At the end of the path she could see a very old well. She moved towards it and after considering the surrounding for a moment, she took the bucket that was laying there to get some water. As soon as she put her hand on the bucket, she immediately took it off to avoid a speeding marble aimed at her.

“Stay away from our well Logan! We don’t like the sorts of you here!”

The source of the voice was a kid three heads less tall than Katara who was aiming marbles with a wooden slingshot. The boy had dark hair and clear crystal eyes.

“I don’t know who is this Logan, kid, but I am not an enemy, I just wanted to drink some water, that’s all.” Katara responded with a smile.

The boy’s expression switched from anger to confusion then he smiled too.

“Logans are mean; you seem more like a Pathel! I can trust you. My name is Abadaï. What is yours?”

“Katara! Nice to meet you Abadaï.”

The boy ended up leading Katara through the woods to the hidden village of his people. The village was formed of small huts suspended in the trees and connected by an intricate system of suspended wooden platform; Katara felt dizzy just by looking at them.

Most people in the village were surprised that Katara could speed their thong as she seemed so different from them, and yet so alike. After some expression of curiosity, she was led to the elder of the village, an old master who goes by the name Sirj Anor.

“You don’t belong to this world, but yet here you are.” The master said when Katara took a sit in his hut. He had very long white hair and beard, and sparkly golden eyes; eyes that seemed familiar to Katara for some reason.

“I am a…”

“Time Traveler, yes, and a good one at that, you can go beyond your own timeline, very impressive indeed.”

“How…?”

“I already know you, or at least I used to, another version of you from this branch. You are as beautiful as I remember”

“Where is your Lys?”

“I gave up Lys to a younger Eternal a long time ago, I am kind of retired nowadays… but you. You are lost right?”

“Yes.”

“I have a mission for you, it might help in the bigger scale of things, but I can’t give you any certitude.”

“What is it?”

“I formed this community around the holy pathos, the emotional essence of the soul, but another community is menacing the existence of this little eco-bubble. I want you to be the Link between our people.”

“Who are those enemies?”

Sirj Anor looked at her and sighted:

“The only enemies there is are the one we create from ourselves. That community is called the Logans, they believe in the higher power of logic and the wonder of the human mind.”

“Take it as solved.” Katara said already leaving the hut.

“Take your time dear, this can’t be solved with a fight.”

Katara left the next day for the city of the Logans. The villagers all came to wish her luck on her Journey, and offered her a ride-a white horse- and food. After three days and many variations in the landscape, she started noticing high voltage cables going toward a mass of skyscrapers. When she got near the first habitable areas, she took the things the villagers offered her and freed the horse. The stallion went back the way it came, probably toward the village.

Katara noticed little drones that were flying here and there, soon enough, they noticed her as well, and one of them came close to her. A little mice voice rose from it:

“Unidentified Person, Please State your First Name and you’re request. We will do our best to help you!”

“Katara, I need to see the leader of the city.”

“Request filed, please wait for a quick response.” The drone extended an antenna, and after few seconds, the little voice came back.

“Credentials agreed, Transportation is on the way. You will be meeting the High Matriarch: Lady Song.”

As the drone finished its message what looked like wheel less flying care came hovering toward them and stopped at the level of Katara. She immediately stepped inside, closely followed by the drone; she found the little flying object very cute in a way she couldn’t grasp.

The hovering car rose in the sky and flew toward the highest level of the highest skyscraper, after a while, they got close and the glasses shifted to let them enter the premise.

“Please follow me; I will lead you to Lady Song.” The droid said.

Katara followed through slick opaque glass corridor until she got near a gold and silver door that seemed bigger than any other she noticed on her way. The door opened on a study that was as large as a tennis court. A desk was placed near one of the glass walls, and a Lady in a business suit was standing next to another glass wall with a dozen or more drones flying around her.

“I was waiting for you, Katara.” The Lady said before turning back and looking toward the time traveler with acid green eyes.

“You too know me! It seems to be a habit those days!”

“You know me too Kate, another version of me at least.”

“Why am I here? What’s the meaning of all of this; Sonata?”

“I don’t know much, but I know that your days of lost are almost over, but if you want your exile to finish, you must become the link, the Ethos that will bring together Pathos and Logos.”

“Why don’t you and Liviano speak? You are still friends right?”

“We are, of course we are, but we need you as well!”

“I followed Liviano, and you let me go, and now you are expecting me to help you get together, this is madness!”

“We are not like that Kate, and you know that, this is exactly what pushed you into this situation!”

“So now, you’re saying that it’s my fault! I love him okay, I didn’t really chose it, it just happened.”

“This is the only way to really prove it…”

“This is bullshit!! Screw your mission.” Katara said exploding and walking out.

“Where are you going?”

“I don’t fucking know, somewhere else than here I suppose.”

The little drone caught up to Katara, but she pushed it away without care. As she went out, she stepped back into the hovering car. Tears started dripping on her cheek.

“Take me away.”

“Please choose a destination.” A deep electronic voice spoke.

“I don’t know, the fucking mountains, I need to chill…”

“Mount silver confirmed.”

After what seemed like an eternity, the car stopped in what appeared to be a frozen plain at the base of a huge mountain. The wind was blowing with force, but Katara didn’t seem to feel any cold, she sobbed and cried and screamed her lungs out, but nothing reduced the pain she was feeling, it was as bad as being stabbed right through the heart.

After a while, the tears were no more, she was calm again, and she started laughing, laughing and laughing. She finally got it, she was wrong all along, it is only by not desiring Liviano, by caring less that she could care more and be cared for, that’s why she needed to find her Liviano, the one she knew and love, but refusing to help this one will be the same as turning her back on the one she loves. She put her jealousy aside, and considered the past, Sonata never showed any real interest to Liviano, she was more like a sister to him, and even if there was something, she should trust him if she really loved him.

As she was realizing all this and more, the pain in her heart started vanishing, replaced by heat, a heat so intense that it grew beyond her and stopped the snow storm melting all the Ice around, she knew what she had to do then.

Katara stepped back into the hovering car and went back to see that multiverse’s Sonata and Liviano and hugged both of them. As they saw her, they both realized that she was on the right track.

As she was about to leave the hidden village, something unexpected happened, a time vortex opened and from it came out…Liviano and Sonata. It only took her one second to know that it was the ones she knew and loved.

“I have waited so long for this…” She barely spoke.

Liviano walked her way; she started walking as well.

“I…” He started.

“Don’t say another word.” She spoke; she got closer to him, and got on her toe to kiss him; he kissed her back and they stayed like that for a moment, a short moment in the life of an eternal, but that moment felt like an eternity.

“Don’t ever leave me…” She said.

“Never; We will be together forever now; The moment is upon us, we can only be happy from now on.” He responded.

“Now and Forever, You are mine and I am yours, the moment is ours…”