|Re: Fallen Star - Stella's Fight in her Darkness (Chap 2 - Trust)|
Subject: Re: Fallen Star - Stella's Fight in her Darkness (Chap 2 - Trust)
by Kirroha on 2009/9/9 23:55:47
~ CHAPTER TWO ~
The sky was so dark, so cold, so cold... Even the moon was covered, and the tiny little blinking stars barely provided much light...
I'm scared... Mommy, I'm scared... Please, take me back... I don't want to be here! I'm sorry, so please... let me go back to Naylith again!
I looked forth into the even darker cave, and I cried. It just seems so... monstrous. Maybe they were lying... there was no orb in here, just ferocious, starving vampires ready to rip me apart and drink me dry...
I'm scared... How I wish... that someone would just hold me right now...
"Hey, little girl, are you alright?" The voice, however, wasn't that of kindness. It was of impatience, annoyance...
I covered my head with my hands, afraid. Who knows what's going to happen... But maybe it's a kind human who is just a bit gruff, who's willing to take me to a happy place, with grass and flowers just like Naylith, little sweet homes atop a hill-
"Move aside already, sunwalker." That voice sounded deeply annoyed now, almost angry.
What's 'sunwalker'? Mother never taught me that before... I looked up at the speaker, to see-
"Yaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" I screamed, seeing those blood red and hostile eyes. I ran, frightened, afraid... I didn't want to die...! But before I could run at least far enough, my leg got caught up in some brambles and I tripped - again.
"Thank you for moving aside," said the tall man again, completely ignoring my plight and moving into the cave.
"Hey master, can we
"No need to get distracted," the man replied. "Don't stray from the given course. And anyway, she's quite a cute girl."
Hey, wait... Mother once taught me a word... what was that...? Hmm... Oh! I remember!
"Pe-do-phile," I said, pointing my finger at him and pronouncing every syllable loudly.
He stared back, a look of utter horror on his face. Then he closed his eyes and looked away, apparently irritated.
"Okay, boys, you can eat her."
W-W-Wait! Did I say something wrong?!
"Geez! That was scary!" I complained.
"Stop following me!"
"B-But there are lots of magical monsters here! I'll be killed by myself!" I cried.
"Suit yourself. I'll be killing you later anyway, so this matters naught to me."
And then, the apparently endless tunnel... ended. With a tiny chamber, and I see no orb.
They lied... They told me there was a magical orb here, and they wanted me to guard it... but all they wanted was for me to be killed by these monsters...!
How could they be so cruel... My mom said they were happy people! Why can't I be happy... too?
I felt the tears welling up my eyes, and I tried blinking them away... but they just... kept on coming...
"Hey, girl, if you want to tag along, at least be of some use. You're from Naylith, aren't you? Where is the orb? Speak!"
"If it was the Naylithians who told you about the orb..." I whispered, my head bowed, "There is no orb. They sent me here to get me killed. That's all."
I feel the tears on my cheeks now, as I wept. He came closer, and put his hand on my head, and-
"I'm not such an idiot, you airhead!" he yelled, grabbed my hair and shook it roughly. "I know there's an orb - you're not going to lie and get away with it. Now where is it? And why did they send you here? What is it you want?!"
"There is no orb." I replied in a monotone. "They apparently sent me here to guard the nonexistent orb, but I don't what to believe in anymore..."
He stared at me strangely, and burst out laughing. "Guard the orb? Haha! So they've sent a guardian now? A little girl? Well, looks like I have to kill you, after all. The orb has to be destroyed. "
Wait... if there really is an orb, and this man isn't lying... Does that mean I have to protect it at the extent of my life?
"I will not let you destroy it!" I yelled, preparing myself in a battle position that I used to read from some strange looking panel thingies. "Prepare for my deadly attack! Um-"
He sighed. "You just don't learn, do you?" He waved a finger, and the next moment the hem of my skirt caught on fire.
"Yaaaaaaaaa!!!" I ran towards the water as fast as I could. As I quenched the fire, I sighed loudly - tripping yet again and landing right on a wall.
"A- A door!" I cried, without thinking. Okay, that was a stupid thing to do, because immediately as I said that, the black-haired man and his two lackeys turned towards my direction.
"Say, girl," he smirked. "Maybe you aren't so useless after all."
Okay, that was a stupid thing to do.
I've never seen an orb as magnificent as this one. Actually, I've never seen any orbs, but this one, encircled with crystal, and filled with an unknown bright substance, lit up the cave. I watched it, fascinated...
Then I looked behind and see all those three standing far, far away, staring at me in irritation.
Oooh, so they aren't coming near, huh...
Well, since I'm going to become the guardian of this thing, maybe I should take it and keep it in a bagpack or something. That way, no vampires will come near me again, including those three weirdos, haha... I touched it.
It won't budge.
"Look, girl, are you having strange thoughts again? If that orb could be moved, I would have just smashed it a long time ago," said the man.
I stopped pushing it, but continued to stare, fixated, at the swirling light...
He tried to come closer, too, without getting scorched. "The Orb of Light, huh..." I could here him whispering.
"So it's true, then," he said. "I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes. But there being an Orb of Light, there should be one of an opposite force as well..."
I could hear the glee in his voice this time. "So that's what we're looking for, eh?" he laughed softly.
Wait... they came all the way here and couldn't destroy the orb, and yet they're so happy?
Well- since the orb can't be moved, I shouldn't worry that much anymore, then. I guess I should just leave, go back to Naylith, and tell them-
"But we can't give up on destroying this thing yet. A descendant of the human sorcerer - worse yet, a mage, can still move it and use it on us."
... Okay, looks like I won't be returning anytime soon.
As the three left, I poked my head through the door to see them leave.
And he turned back to me.
"We should kill her now."
I widened my eyes, and then closed them. I wasn't surprised. After all, it might even be a blessing. I don't want to spend my life guarding some unknown orb without knowing its properties, all alone in a forsaken dungeon, with nobody to visit me but three bloodthirsty vampires who want nothing but to smash the thing I'm supposed to guard, and I won't be strong enough to stop them...
"It's alright," I whispered. "Kill me, then."
I looked up, and I could feel the tears back again, streaming faster than ever before.
"Because... Because... Because Stella doesn't want to live anymore, anyways... Forsaken by everyone she's known, doomed to have nothing but a dark, dark future... So kill Stella, okay...? Because you'll... you'd be doing Stella a favor..."
I sobbed, and looked away.
He looked at me. And then he looked away.
And left. I saw him slowly disappear from the end of the tunnel, away...