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Hello, and welcome to my little writing corner! I have quite a few ideas to write so I decided to make a thread where I will post all my stories instead of making a new one each time! Please feel free to alert me to any mistakes or leave some helpful ideas and critiques.
The stars were shining brightly on the warm summer’s night. A gentle breeze blew through the thickly spread wood, the only sound breaking the stillness of the night. An owl flew silently by, looking for prey as the silver moon broke through cracks where trees hadn’t grown. All was quiet.
Suddenly a sound was heard like a gunshot through the wood, shattering the silence. Footsteps rang, cracking twigs and brushing branches as they went. A hooded figure ran through the wood, breathing heavily as they went. They finally came to a large tree, surrounded by flowers as blue as the sky and roots running deep with age. They raised their hands, removing their hood to show the face of a woman.
Kneeling down at the tree’s roots, the woman stared at the tree with shining eyes. “Please...” She begged, her arms outstretched. “Please help us.” She lowered her eyes, shadow covering her face as she folded her hands. “I’ve travelled far from my town to beg you. My child...my dear girl...she’s dying. She’s only a babe, born yesterday. I can’t lose another. Not after my husband. Please, I beg of you, Mother.” The woman began to cry, her tears falling on the root in front of her. “Please...she hasn’t even been named. She has no guardian. Please Mother, save her.”
A creak was heard, echoing through the wood. Whispering voices surrounded the woman as she lifted her head. A light burst from the tree, so bright the woman had to cover her eyes. But as she uncovered them, she saw a beautiful lady with green curls step out. Her eyes were deep blue with light from the stars reflecting wisdom of many years behind them. Her deep brown skin showed no signs of age, yet she commanded power in her every move. She looked down at the astonished woman before her and smiled.
“Hello child,” the strange lady said. Her voice rang with power, yet was soothing to the ear. “Do not be afraid. I am here because you called me.” The woman stared at the lady before her, shock slowly leaving her eyes. “I have seen the kindness and bravery in your heart, and it shall be rewarded with more than you ask. Your daughter will live, and all those you have shall receive gifts for your faith.”
The woman looked relieved, and cried with tears in her eyes, “Oh thank you Mother, thank you!” “But I must warn you; I see great danger ahead for them. The world as you know it will crumble, and the future will hang in the balance.” The woman’s smile faded to worry, the idea of her children in danger frightening her. Mother continued, “Their path is uncertain, but the gifts I give each will help them in their path. Raise them well, and teach them to be honest, good people. I do not know what lies ahead, but if they are brave and remain strong, I see greatness in their futures.” Mother looked down at the woman before her. She gently lifted the woman’s chin up. “My child, I will always watch over you and your family. Now go, your child needs you.”
As she spoke, Mother melted into the tree, the last thing to vanish being her eyes. The woman now alone, looked at the spot where Mother had been. “Thank you. I will do my best to meet your expectations.” She stood up, replacing her hood, and began running back into the wood where she had come, leaving silence once again undisturbed.
Hello! Here's the first chapter of my story, sorry for the delay!
The dragon roared as the princess raised her mighty sword. She stuck it into the dragon’s mouth, its silver blood leaking everywhere as she ran to the fallen knight. But just as she was helping him up, the dragon spat out the now melted sword and lunged at them. Its jaws opened wide, and a bright flame glowed, ready to burst out. The princess readied herself for death and-
Eudora, a short girl of fifteen, looked up annoyed from her book. She pushed her long brown hair out of her face and adjusted her glasses, which had slipped down her nose a bit. “What is it Adalgisa? I‘m just getting to the best part, where the princess is saving Sir Robert and-” Adalgisa, a tall girl of sixteen in a tomboyish outfit, strode up to Eudora. “Well I’m sorry I interrupted the book you’ve read six times within the past month.” She pushed away some of the golden hair that had been blown in her face and put her hand on her hip. “Why didn’t you tell anyone you would be here?” Eudora rolled her eyes. Of course she wouldn’t talk to me like anything but a little kid. “I don’t know, maybe I wanted to be alone?” She responded in an frustrated tone of voice.
Adalgisa looked irritated. “I know you wanted to be alone, but couldn’t you just go to your loft? We aren’t supposed to be out alone and you know it.” Eudora ignored her and turned her eyes back to the book, planning to continue reading. But before she could even read a sentence, Adalgisa snatched it from her grasp roughly. Eudora glared at her sister. “What was that for?” Adalgisa slipped the book into the messenger bag hanging at her side and closed it as she responded in a tone of strained patience, “Because you would never listen if I didn’t take it. You were supposed to be home three hours ago, and Mom is worried sick. Do you really want to upset her this close to the baby?” Eudora sighed. “All right, I’ll go. Just give me back my book!” “Not until we get home.”
The two walked along the beach not speaking until they reached a little house in the middle of some trees. It had a stream nearby with a pretty little waterfall and wildflowers of all kinds and colors spread about in the bright green grass. The house itself had a comforting feel, each window while simple decorated with colorful curtains. The old wooden door had a carving of a heart on it, a gift from the girl’s late father to their mother on their wedding day. The walls were an off white, but age seemed only to make it prettier.
As they entered their cozy home, they were welcomed by a cry of relief and a hug. “Eudora, I was so scared! You need to tell me when you go somewhere. You could have been hurt and I would never know!” Eudora hugged her mother in return while saying, “I know Mom, I’m sorry.” Her mother pulled away from the hug and looked her daughter in the face. “You really need to be more responsible. It’s not safe to be out alone, especially at sunset! You never know when we may be attacked...” Eudora lowered her eyes, realizing the worry she’d caused. “I know Mom...” Her mother turned to Adalgisa. “And thank you for going to get her dear. I would rather you stay home this time too, but at least I’d know you aren’t alone.” “No problem Mom. Do you need anything before I go to bed?” “Actually, if you could get my medicine that would be great, dear.” Adalgisa left the room, pausing at where her sister stood. She hesitated, seeming like she had something to say, but left without a word.
Eudora hugged her mom asking, “Are you sure there’s nothing you need?” Her mother smiled. “No dear, just...promise me you’ll be more careful, ok? After all that’s happened this year...” She frowned, a sad look coming over her. “After Ziph you mean,” Adalgisa growled, reappearing with a mug of hot tea and some pink powder in a dish. “Yes...After Ziph,” their mother murmured, her eyes glossing over as she shakily grabbed the dish and a spoon to mix her drink. She stirred her tea slowly, gazing with a troubled gaze into the reflection looking back from the steaming drink. “I can’t believe that loser left once he found out you were pregnant,” spat Adalgisa, staring out the window. “I should have seen it before it was too late,” whispered their mother, a tear falling down her pale cheek. Eudora stood up and began pulling her mother’s dark brown hair back, trying to comfort and distract her. “We were all fooled Mom. He really seemed like a good guy.” Adalgisa nodded in agreement. “The whole town thought so. If everyone was so convinced I don’t know how you could tell.”
The heavily pregnant woman sipped her tea, breathing in the scent of the steaming drink. She took a deep breath, then smiled and opened her eyes to look at her daughters. “I suppose you’re right. There’s no good in looking to the past.” She pulled Eudora and Adalgisa close, wrapping her arms around them. “Mother will watch over us and guide us, no matter what happens.” Eudora squeezed her mother tight. “I love you Mom.” Her mother gently stroked her hair while responding, “I love you too dear. I love both of you more than I can possibly say.” She moved her tea to a nearby stool and shifted her hand to the place where her unborn child lay. “I love you all so much.” Suddenly she gasped, knocking over her tea as she cried out in pain. “It’s coming!” Adalgisa sprang up. “Now?” Eudora backed up, her eyes widening. Oh god, not after sunset!
“Eudora! Stay with Mom, I’m going to get a doctor!” Eudora snapped her head over to her sister, panic growing on her face. “But it’s not safe! It’s after dark. What if they come?” Their mother cried out in pain, her body shaking. Adalgisa grabbed a dagger and cloak, hurriedly putting them on. “We can’t wait, Mom needs help now! I’ll be back as fast as I can.” She opened the bolt and ran into the darkness, slamming the door behind her. Eudora turned to her mother, trying desperately to calm herself. Oh god, I have no idea what to do! “It’ll be ok Mom, just take deep breathes...Uh...” Stay calm Eudora, everything will be fine... “Towels, get towels!” Panting, her mother looked over at her. “Eudora you need to calm down, everything will-Ugh!” Her sentence was cut off by another cry of pain.
“Ok, ok...uh...You should lay down Mom! That’ll help, right?” She grabbed her mom’s arm intending to support her, but instead falling as her mother collapsed onto the floor. “I can’t walk to the bed dear, we’ll have to stay here!” How is Mom not shouting at me right now? She’s giving birth and I can’t do anything right! Her mother gasped in pain, turning to her and crying, “Eudora, the doctor won’t be here in time. You’re going to have to deliver the baby!” “What?!” “You’re going to have to stay calm and help me. Now, get some towels and be ready to grab it!” Eudora rushed to follow her mom’s orders, running back with handfuls of towels. She pushed one under her mom and took a deep breath.
Not long after, the door slammed open and Adalgisa rushed in, followed closely by a doctor. “How is she doing?” Adalgisa asked rushing to the room where her mother lay. “We’re doing fine dear. Meet your sister, Alina.” Eudora looked at the sleeping bundle she held. I can’t believe I just helped her be born...little Alina. “Alina...” Adalgisa looked at the tiny baby lovingly. “Welcome to your family.” The two smiled down at their new sister as the doctor checked their mother then sister to give them a clean bill of health. “Will you be all right going home Doctor? I can send Adalgisa with you,” Mom called as the doctor began putting his hat on. “The moon’s bright tonight, I will be just fine ma’am. Just rest, you’ve had a tough night.”
After the doctor left, the girl’s mother held her baby close. “I can’t wait for your Guardian Ceremony tomorrow. Mother will love you as much as I do, I’m sure of it.” She looked at her daughters. “I think it might be time to get some sleep. Why don’t you go to bed? We have plenty of time to love this sweet girl.” Eudora gently stroked her little sister’s hair. “I can’t wait.” As she left for bed, her mother’s voice could be heard singing a gentle lullaby. “Follow the path from your little bed
Don’t worry your sweet head
No matter what starry choice you make
The land of dreams will keep you safe...” Eudora snuggled into the covers.
“And I will be here when you wake.”
After much thought, I've decided to reopen this and continue posting my stories here as well as on Deviant! I don't know if anyone else cares, but I do, so here's Guardian Part 2!
The family awoke before the sun rose. There was Alina to dress in the traditional outfit, which was carefully made for each baby individually and kept secret until their ceremony. After that each girl had to get ready themselves, dressing in their best clothes. After putting on the purple dress her mother had made for her Eudora sat at the mirror, trying to pin her hair up in an elaborate style. After once again failing to keep her hair organized, she gave up and simply pulled her hair into a bun. She turned to look at Adalgisa, who was putting a set of dark feathers in her hair. She looked rather boyish, a dark brown jacket on over a green shirt and matching brown pants. “Aren’t you gonna wear a dress for once? You haven’t worn your nice one once!” Eudora scolded her sister as she pinned a simple wreath of flowers into her hair. Adalgisa didn’t respond, simply putting on her shoes. Eudora sighed. If she wasn’t gonna wear the dress, there wasn’t a point in fighting.
Their mother stepped in, her golden hair pulled into a simple yet elegant bun with curls gently framing her face. She wore a light green dress embroidered with flowers, much like the purple one Eudora wore. “Mom, you look amazing!” Adalgisa exclaimed. “Thank you dear, you both look stunning.” She smiled sweetly. “I can’t believe you’ve grown into such fine young women. It seems like just yesterday I was holding Eudora, getting her ready for her Guardian Ceremony.” She pulled her daughters into a hug, tearing up slightly as she did. “And this time one of you can be Alina’s Guardian.” Adalgisa grinned. “I can’t wait! I wasn’t old enough to be Eudora’s, but now I can finally be that for Alina!” I remember how excited she was when she found out she could be a guardian. Eudora grabbed her golden locket, looking at the name of her guardian engraved on it. I wonder if I’ll ever get to be one too?
“Hey, Eudora! Over here!” A tall, thin boy waved to her as she entered, gesturing to her to come sit with him. She slid next to him, carefully pulling her dress away so she wouldn’t trip. His big brown eyes turned to look at her curiously. “You ready?” “I guess, but I’m not the one who needs to be nervous. I won’t be doing much here.” “Yeah, nobody would trust you to do anything. You’d probably drop her.” He elbowed her lightly, a playful grin on his face. Eudora pushed him aside, pretending to glare at him at him. “If you’re not gonna take this seriously I don’t know why I’m sitting over here.” He snorted, “Oh whatever Eudora.” Eudora chuckled. Alden had been her friend for a long time, almost a brother. He was so close that if Alina had been a boy, he could have potentially been chosen for guardian himself. It would have been unusual, but far from the first time it had happened. After all, her own guardian had been a family friend. Eudora clutched her locket. I hope Alina never has to lose hers too.
“Has your mom said anything about which of you will be picked?” Eudora shook her head. “She hasn’t. But Adalgisa’s the pretty obvious choice. She’s older and honestly a much better fit for it than me. Besides, she’s been so excited about it. I’d hate to see her miss out on another chance.” “That’s right, she wasn’t old enough to be yours, was she? Well I’m sure she’ll do ok.” “I think she’ll do great.” He raised an eyebrow. “Ehhh if you say so.” “You jerk!” “Yup!” Alden grinned at the remark, moving away from Eudora’s swipe. Just as she was about to say something, someone shushed as the ceremony began.
“Dearest Mother, we come to you today to show you the newest addition to our village family. This child, daughter of Ziph Adar and Alta Clymena, your own devoted daughter of many generations.” The Head of Ceremonies stood before a large wooden statue depicting Mother, a powerful nymph who had been chosen by the gods to be the protector of humans. Her beautiful womanly form had been carefully carved into a tree, the same type of tree where she was said to live herself. The Guardian Ceremony had been held in places like this since Mother herself had shown the humans their way of life so long ago. Nobody knew what had happened to her after, but legends said if a person could find her sleeping place she would give them all sorts of blessings. But nobody knows where that is, or if she’s even still around.
The Head of Ceremonies held Alina up, removing the blanket that had covered her to reveal the baby clothed in a shimmering blue gown gently sprinkled with a light glitter. She opened her big blue eyes and stared at the statue curiously. She cooed and reached for the statue, grinning as she stretched her tiny arms. How is she doing that after she was just born? She really is a special baby. “And now as you asked hundreds of years before, the child will be given a guardian of her closest family. She will protect and guide this child, caring for her well being until her death. She must be no older than twenty-five and no younger than fourteen, for this is the age where the woman has grown but is not too distant from the world of the child. Alta, who shall be trusted with this sacred duty?”
Alta stood, moving from the bench where she had been. She carried a small box that she handed to the man. Eudora looked at her sister as the box was unlocked with a special key that was made for their family. Adalgisa stared at it, an excited yet nervous look on her face. Everyone held their breath as the Head of Ceremonies opened the wooden box, pulling a golden chain out. The locket on the end glittered bright in the sun, as if it knew how special the name engraved on it was. Eudora clutched her own locket close. This is it! The crowd was completely silent. “The one who shall guide and protect this child from her naming to her death shall be...Eudora!”
Eudora froze. What? She slowly stood up and walked to the center as she felt the entire village watching her. “Eudora, will you care for this child with your life and love her with a mother’s love?” “I...” She gulped nervously. “I will.” She managed to choke out the reply, nervously glancing to where her older sister sat. She looked distressed, on the verge of tears. But seeing her sister so nervous, Adalgisa smiled, attempting to encourage Eudora. “Do you promise to give even your life to protect this child?” “I do.” The Head of Ceremonies gently placed the locket on Alina’s neck and held her out to Eudora. “Eudora, please take the child and tell us all her name!” “Mother, please accept into our family Alina, my sister and treasure.” She lifted her up for the town to see and they applauded. Eudora looked up into Alina’s eyes. Alina looked back, trusting and almost wise despite having literally been born yesterday. “I’ll do my best,” Eudora whispered as she brought her back into a cradled position. I have to.
Eudora’s face hurt from smiling. They were half real, part of her being excited to have such an honor given to her. Another half wanted to shrink from the crowd. I like people, but this many at once is seriously tiring me out...The entire town came to congratulate her and her mother, floods of people all smiling and wanting smiles back. But one person didn’t smile. Adalgisa forced a small look of congratulations, but her eyes shone with the pain of disappointment. Disappointment and anger.
Eudora ran after her older sister as she ran to the woods, still holding the baby. “Adalgisa! Please, don’t be angry.” They ran for a while, until finally Adalgisa stopped at a small circle of rocks, where there was a set of sticks with ‘A + E forever’ was spelled. “Adalgisa?” Eudora caught up to her sister and stood next to her. She was crying, staring down at the sticks. “Are you ok Adalgisa?” “I just don’t get it. I did everything right. I always helped when she asked. I went out of my way to help in every way. Why did I not get to be a guardian? Why?” She sat down, staring at the ground. Eudora sat next to her. “I don’t know. I don’t think I’m good enough either.” “No, you’re great. You will be a great guardian, much better than I could be.” “I guess we both don’t think ourselves very good.” “Yeah, I guess so.” Adalgisa gestured to the sticks. “Do you remember this?” “Yeah, this was when we found out Mom would have to have the baby alone.” “We promised to always support each other and take care of each other for her when she couldn’t.” Adalgisa looked at Eudora. “Can we still do that?” Eudora smiled. “Only if you’ll help me take care of Alina.” “Deal.” The two sisters hugged, smiling at their sleeping baby sister as the sun shone through the trees.
Suddenly, there was a crash and a rising column of smoke. Screaming was heard, and the girls started. They stared at each other. “Mom!” Adalgisa cried, starting up. She began running back to the town, Eudora on her heels. Please be ok! They ran as fast as they could, nothing tiring them until they reached their destination. “No...” Adalgisa whispered, staring at their home. The town was destroyed. Buildings were burning and windows were shattered. Men, women, and even children were slaughtered. Many had arrows sticking out of them, while others were pale with the loss of blood. Those that hadn’t been drained lay in pools of red, the dirt turned to mud beneath them. The girls stood shocked at the chaos, then Eudora saw something she dreaded. The tree lay on the ground, and a woman in a green dress was trapped under a large branch, unmoving. “Mom!”
She ran to her mother, struggling to move the branch after putting Alina down on the ground. Adalgisa joined her, and together they were able to lift it off. “Mom, please! Don’t be dead...” Eudora grabbed her mother’s hand, tears streaking down her cheeks. “...Children?” Their mother opened her eyes. “Thank gods, Mom! We’ll get you out of here!” “Who did this?” Adalgisa cried. “The Vampira...” “But how? The sun is up! They can’t move in the sun!” “They...they had magic.” Adalgisa started. “What? But how? They were cursed never to have magic of their own!” Alta tried to reply, but began to cough furiously. “I-I’m not going to make it dears.” “No, no no no! Mom, you’re gonna be fine! Just hang in there! I’ll go get something to help you!” Adalgisa jumped up, running around to grab some herbs that grew around the tree. Eudora began to get up to help, but her mother stopped her.
“The Vampira were looking for you and your sisters.” “What? Why would they care about us?” “I can’t tell you, but Mother can. Take your sisters and find Mother.” “Mother? But how? Nobody knows where she is!” “The fairy will show you the way...Find her at the silver river. “Fairy? Silver river? Mom, what do you mean?” “I love you all so much...” Alta closed her eyes, and her breath stopped. “Mom? Mom please no!” Alina began to cry, reaching for her mother. Adalgisa ran back, then saw her mother. “No! No please Mom!”
“I heard something!” A young man’s voice was heard. “We need to hide!” Eudora whispered. She looked around and spotted a place under the benches surrounding the area. The three ran and crouched under the benches in the shadows, trying to sooth their sister. She stopped crying, staring scared at her sisters. “I heard it over here!” An older man’s voice was heard this time. Eudora peaked out, making sure to stay hidden. No... Alden stood there, accompanied by a Vampira man. He was wearing the cape of a wealthy Vampira and carried a knife. No. No it can’t be! Why would he do this?
“You check under the benches, I’ll check around the tree.” The older man said. Eudora snuck back, terrified. Her own friend was with the enemy. He had betrayed the town, lied about who he was, deceived her family for years...he had killed her mother. She heard him coming closer. Closer again. Then she saw him, and he saw her. She ducked her head, feeling her sister draw her close as they shielded Alina under them, braced for the worst. But nothing happened. She looked over at her former friend, still staring at them. “Go.” She looked at him in shock. “I’ll distract them by saying I saw you went to your house. Now get out of here, you don’t have much time!” Alden whispered. He disappeared, calling out to the older Vampira. “Look over there! I think I saw them!” Eudora heard running and then silence. She crawled out of the bench, then ran to the woods followed close by Adalgisa. Once in the trees she looked back at the ruined town. Adalgisa pulled on her arm and they ran away from he only home they had known into the darkness of the woods.
I have been reviewing Guardian, and I'm really unhappy with how it's coming out, so I'm going to be rewriting the few bits I've posted. I'll keep these up for comparison, but I'm going to redo it and post the new one!