They said that human fears for many
things. Fear for what they did not know, what they did not used to and what
they did not want to admit. For me, it seems like time makes me fear none.
Today is the great proof. When men hide their faces in the corners of their households, the dark creature moves. I can feel it in the air. The fault smell which is carried by the breeze from the east. I can feel the illness which is infecting the trees when they walk pass slowly and willfully- to kill.
The black clouds conceal the sights of mortals, but I can see it clearly-very clearly-even from afar. All in black, the color of gloom, the large group of women wearing the pointy hats is marching to the village at the far west. Some hold wands, and some grimy-looked staffs. The smirks on their faces knowing and ready to burst out the evil laughing in front of their falling preys. The dark demonic aura radiates, the intention to shed blood is obvious as it shines bright in their crimson eyes. Like there will be no life to grow, no hope to hope. It is so dark out there. Only the fade light remains.
Poor humans, people knew this story, but unprepared. They thought it was just an old tale, and never thought that they have to face it today. When the hundred-year-full moon comes, and there is no time to spare. It is their tradition to enjoy the long-awaited festival!
And tonight, the witches will hunt!...
“ “ahhhhhh ahhhahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!””
“aiya heromenditch!” (I can hear them screaming.) My younger sister whispered. Now I am doing none, but stare out of the window to the forest, to the village. “nehan thy pogget sleec” (They are slayed like pigs.)
“nehan ya” (They do.) I said, wondering when those voices of desperation would be ended. It either matters to me and none. First of all, it bothers me to witness this massacre, but it is none of my business in the second. “thioy dor itz sannahante thiz yeran” (They make quite the grand scene this year.)
“ai wrostroras evar!” (Yes, and the worst ever!) My sister stepped out to a balcony and gestured me to follow. I stand next to her, my eyes focusing the area. The thick smell of blood is everywhere. The bodies and the remains scattered like the rain. Can find no clues of who is the owner! Now, the witches are bathed with their preys’ blood tainted their dark clothes into dark crimson color. They laugh. Like the blood poison them to go insane. And then it stops, all that happened so fast just like the blink of the eyes. The village is dead. And the witches gained what they want.
“En nera” (So, it’s ended.) I said, walking back to my chamber. I hear many footsteps retreating back from the dead village. They are going back? It is hardly normal for them to head back home after running wild slaying just one village and feeling satisfied. They have waited for the opportunity for hundred years to release their madness. Why they turn back now? With my curiosity, I walk back to the balcony. Yes, they are heading back to the east.
I, after those mad hours, feeling just having an appetizer. Ha, I am so young though. The festival barely fulfills my hunger. I want more, but humans are weak. I had no difficulty dealing with them. So pathetic, so foolish and fragile, humans. I can hardly conceal my deadly intention, but I do no want the others to know for they might think I am a trouble maker. But it is understandable that someone with the exceptional skills like me would crave for something more, no for killing, but the real fight. The battle which push you on edge. The battle that you are no sure if you can win! It is no my thing to just kill people for fun. It is the rule and the belief which make us move tonight. Such a stupid belief! How could the mortal blood prolongs your life? We are definitely immortal ourselves!!! Idiots!!!..........Whatever! What is done can no be undone. Truthfully, those humans have my condolences.
As we are marching pass the South-West wood realm, the ancient forest that we, the young generation was told no to invade there. I do no know the reason, but I have no care anyway. Then, my heart is racing! There is something in the wood! Something mysterious and…powerful! I can feel it! My unique sense tells me no wrong…the ancient spell is calling me!
Then I decide…to leave the group quietly. I have to see it for myself.
I stop at the edge of the South-West wood. Staring deep into the old forest, and deep in thought. The green, gray and brown leafs are flied around me like butterflies in the slow winds. The old mythical song is faded, yet vivid in my inner ears. There is an intuitive pull which invites and lures me to step in. But when I step front, I am pushed back. The force is light, yet meaningful. Strangely, I just want to have another try. But that can change no result. So, I stand still at the very same spot. A red-stoned ring on my middle finger on my right hand is shining.
“The barrier!” Yes, that is all it could mean. If this is the case, I have just to destroy it!
I have high level of confidence for my magical skills. I am one of the top of my people. And this easy trick would be no difficult to me.
“Errr!!!!!” But as I try to push my magical energy to break down the invisible barrier, the hit of the powerful energy wave caught me out of guard! My hand is on fire, but there is no real flame coming out. It just the feeling. Like you burn your hand with the blue fire! I pull my hand back, searching for the reason. And there! I sense a presence at the other side of the barrier. So white, so beautiful, yet dreadful! I can be no certain that it is human or animal or demon. All I know is that it willfully and fiercely protects this place. Oh! I can tell right the way how the reaction of my people would be, if I tell this to them. We love killing the weaklings, but more than eager to hunt down the strong opponent, dead or alive! I can no let my excitement low. I have to do something to lure this creature out of its cave!
However, while I am pondering about the plan to deceive the creature. Suddenly, the intense energy wave overwhelms me! It hits me like a huge gigantic ocean wave which will collapse everything that is in their way. As my knees sink deep on the ground, my head is lifted by the invisible force. The pair of blue eyes captivate me to look into its depth. The round and sweet, but full of authority voice speaks to me in an ancient words. I can understand it nevertheless.
“Do no challenge me, little brat!” The voice hissed softly. “For it would be unwise and centuries early for you.”
My bravery self wants to speak back, but my tongue is frozen. This is no good! For me to have this much fear for this formless creature! This is definitely no good!!!
“You will be perished by your ignorance.” It said. “Go back to your realm, you are no match for me!”
I need no another confirmation to leave. When everything is turn back to normal, I run. Swiftly and as fast as my legs will allow, I run for my life! It is the first time in my life that I can enlighten how those mortals that I slayed might have felt. For the first time in my life that I was desperate. I was defeated! And it is shameful that I can no reject the creature’s powerful influences and its’ ultimate superior!
I reach home faster than I expected. I go to my room and locked myself up wanting to tell no one about this! I am too young to learn my mistake! Thinking that my people is the most fearful and powerful creature in this country, but the truth is revealed itself now!...
That foolish and ignorance brat pissed me! She crosses the boundary wishing to easily enter my land! Who do she think she is? A high witch? Ha! It is true that she is exceptional, but it would make her more than thousand years to reach that level. I have guard this part of the land for centuries, and never being unwise no to polish my skills! I can perish her in a light swift! But her reaction is worth for my wrath, those terrified eyes and the way she flies off ease my anger little bit. But there is no chance for her in the next! As if she will get it. Some of her people must aware of our existence, might be the very old one. Now, they would know that they are no on the top of this world. And that witch brat learned it in the hard way which is very please me. …
“Old mother, can I requite your attention?” The next day, I approach an old witch. She is the oldest and wisest witch alive in our era. She knows everything about this country.
“Aye, what do you want to consult me, youngling?” I step inside her hut, and sit in front of her. “How was the festival? I heard that it is quite handful for those mortals.”
“Yes, it is. And I enjoy myself.”
“Aye…but what was bothering you?” Old mother seems to concern. She may know it already. The reason I come.
“Tell me, Old mother…is there something…or someone in the South-West wood realm?” Old mother closes her eyes, takes deep breaths then opens it again. She stares at me, and I feel uncomfortable.
“What did you found, youngling?” She asked. “What did you faced? Tell me!”
“I…found the barrier in the edge of the wood…and… ”
“Did you try to enter the land?” She raised her voice a bit.
“Is there another land?” Hell, I never know it before!
“Answer me, you brat?” Old mother shouted. “Did you…challenge her for a fight?...” And I know that the creature is female.
“I…tried to break the barrier, and planned to lure her out.”
“……………” Old mother said none, and that make me feel worse.
“I just try to, but I can do none!”
“Sure, you cannot.” She said. “Do you have any thought that you are so lucky to still alive, child?” I swallow hard.
“What is she?” Old mother looks down to her long-loss left arm.
“Is she responsible for your arm?” I asked. Old mother only gave a nod. I know, right then that I am a very lucky one.
“They are an ancient tribe, the noble one who live longer than our ancestors.”
“Are they human?”
“They are no human. They are immortal.”
“No, child, they are far more superior to us.” Old mother said and then continue. “They have ruled over the South-West wood realm for very long time that we can no fathom, but they did no involvement to neither with human or demon. They just protect what are theirs.”
“How can they live like that?” I asked. “Even those blood thirsty can no conceal themselves that best.”
“You already knew the answer, child.” Old mother said. “Their people have the very powerful and deadly ancient magic. And it is lucky that they did no influence in our business with humans. They used to protect them.”
“Why they did no now?”
“Mankind is too greedy and cunning, they betray the nobles. And that is why.”
“Human is too weak.” I said.
“Yes and no…I foresee that the time of mankind will come, child. And we will be only the old story for them…”…
So, the time for mankind is come. As I walk down the night street thinking about the very old story, the story of ours. It’s a very extremely long story. It hardly convinces me that centuries have passed. Yesterday, I read an article about the witch hunting period in Europe in the middle age era.
In fact, I don’t have to read it for I was there when my people were burned alive! Or they were hunted down till they were dead. Throwing rocks or burning us, these are few options human gave us to choose how we would die. It’s funny how two or three centuries before we were after human blood like our lives depend on it. But there is the time when we had to hide in the dark of the forest like the low level wild animals. How pathetic! And I have passed it. To remember all of those moments of my life, it’s very very long, but those memories will never fade. Not until my time comes- which is not today! Ha ha!
I have adapted my life to this new world. Oh! I watched The Fantastic Beats and Where to Find them Last Night. It’s a good story! Seems like the movie tries to suggest us how to live in this No-Mage world! And I love Harry Potter, I do! But if I have time, I’ll write to J.K. Rowling, to tell her how the real magical world is. Ha ha. Kidding though! I bet she gonna freak out for sure! Ha ha ha! I better keep it to myself then.
Even I can live my new life greatly, there’s something missing. I lack a fire to fight. I mean real fighting. Using magic or bare-handed both would do, it’s the only way to remain me who I really am. And…that noble, as mysterious as she is. For many years, nope-centuries, I have been tried to find her, but fail. I gained nothing at all, not even her people story. They might be perished as the world changing. And this makes me feel empty for she is the only existence who knows me, my real self. I can’t help feeling connected to her, wanting to fight her or not. I can say we are in the same situation now. If I find her, the first thing that I will do is giving her a bear hug!
So, the time for mankind is come. As I walk down the night street thinking about the very old story, the story of ours. It’s a very extremely long story. The passed centuries hardly convinces me that everything is changed. Yesterday, I read an article about the witch hunting period in Europe in the middle age era.
In fact, I do not have to read it for I was there when those witches were burned alive. Or how they were hunted down till dead. Being thrown with rocks or burned with fire, these are few options human gave them to choose how they would die. It is funny how two or three centuries before the witches were after human blood like their lives depend on it. But now human make them hide in the dark of the forest like the low level wild animals. I just learned that human could be this cruel. But what comes around goes around. Speaking of hiding, I have been hidden myself for centuries. And I have passed it. To remember all of those moments of my life, it’s very - very long, but those memories will never fade. No, until my time comes-which is not very soon.
I have adapted my life to this new world quite greatly successfully. I watched The Lord of the Rings, all three parts yesterday. It is a very good story. If I have time, I will write to Peter Jackson, to tell him how the real Middle Earth is. I bet he would terrify to dead! So,…I better keep it to myself then.
Even I can live my new life greatly, there is something missing. I lack a fire to fight. I am no fool to lack of practice my magical skills, but then again I lack of the memorable opponents. And I bet there is none. Ah…that little witch brat! I have no clue how she is. For many years, nope-centuries, I have never seen her ever again. She might be perished along with her people. I feel so sorry for her, but at least she is with her people - in hell maybe. But if she is still alive, I might consider her as one of my friends. I can no help feeling connected to her for we are in the same situation now. If I find her, I will see what I would do to her.
As I didn’t look at where I’m going, I step on a woman.
“Sorry!” I said then look up at her.
She is tall and…stunning! Her long silky blond hair is tied up into high pony tail. Fair skins, and her facial structure is sharp but at the same time tender. However, when the pair of blue eyes looks down at me, I would rather swallow my compliment than saying it out loud.
Her eyes are so cold. Her facial expression is also stoic. She holds herself high, and her face reveals all of her attitudes. Like she doesn’t want to care at all. I don’t want to make a mess here, so I will go on my way, but the way she keep staring at my face is unnerve me. I step back, and then trying to steady myself. She still stares at me, but this time deeper into my eyes-my soul!
…I am invaded!!!
Then I feel the long loss sensation. The mystical and powerful energy wave which is emitting from her body. It either convinces me to run away or lures me to stay. So,……. I know right the way……this is her!!!
I did not look at where I am going, so I am stepped on by a lean woman.
“Sorry!” She said then looked up at me.
She is five inches shorter than me. Her long wavy black hair is tied into a high ban. Fair skins, and her facial structure is sharp. And when the pair of dark green eyes looks up at me, I remember right then who she is!
Her facial expression is showing irritation. Like she does not like the way I look at her. I smile inwardly knowing that she is still the same. So confident, but so foolish. Therefore, when she steps back, I decide that I will let myself known to her. I will remind her of her fear!
“So,…is it you?...in the South-West wood realm?” She whispered at last.
“What do you think?” I asked back.
She asked me back? How she got a nerve to do that!!! I swear that she could read me completely! So, now she is toying with me? Such an imprudent woman!!! Right, I’ll show her then that she should better not underestimated me! I have been polishing my magical skills for this! I have been waiting for so long-nearly my haft life-for this opportunity! I’m not the youngling anymore. I have experienced many things! And I know that I never be more ready than this in my entire life! I’ll pay her back what she gave me at those time!!!
I can see it. She is more than pissed now. Great! I never thought that heaven is on my side today! I decide to put more fuels onto the flame.
“I like your eyes.” I said louder than whispering. “It reminds me of how we met many centuries ago.”
“Look! I didn’t lay low in these passed years to let you insult me!” She snapped back.
Ah, I got her! The anger flames her eyes and whole body. I never thought it would be this good. That I have no such the encounter for centuries. And I fear that my skills would be blunted. This new friend of mine will be the good fighting material! Can find no better one!!!
I adjust my posture, and give her a small smile.
“Bring it on then!”…
And then the ritual to found our new friendship is begun!