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Chapter 8: Sunrise sunset

I watched the sun rise from the ocean that surrounded our castle. I overheard mother and Ira talking about an emergency meeting last night in the main hall. I wonder if this has to do with the accident that happened at the gathering. I was so worried that I couldn’t sleep last night, not that I needed it but it maintained a rhythm in our lives. And I liked the experience of having dreams. But this time my thoughts kept me occupied. An unsettling feeling in my stomach wouldn’t go away ever since we came back from Lord Rahziel’s dimension. A disturbance was happening,  some kind of shift and I really hope it will go back to normal soon. But having an emergency meeting while normally the Oreka was two weeks away? This was serious.

It was already evening and it became livelier in the castle, all kinds of preparations were made. For the first time in almost a century Lord Rahziel was going to attend the Oreka. And it was also  going to take place in our castle instead of in Nihâye, the center of all the dimensions in our constellation.

The skies coloured in all sorts of warm colours blended in together as I was waiting for the stars to show up. The three moons  were already lined up in the sky giving a faint light as the sky became orange and pink as the sun set.

A sudden knock on my door woke me up from my never ending thoughts.

“My Lady its time” said Maya while letting herself in the room.  She walked towards where I was standing on the balcony.

“Your view really is the best in the castle Aelliana” Said Maya while looking at the sunset and the thousands of different shades reflecting on the water.

“I know you’re worried. But don’t be, lets get you dressed. Your mother wants you there with her.” Said Maya, and she put a hand on my shoulder while looking me in the eyes with her hazel eyes.

Maya had given me one of the battle suits to wear, atleast they were more comfortable then a dress. Attending the Oreka the Echluëden dressed with prestige, she had to look powerful and unbeatable. Mother said that the reason for this was because all kinds of powerful creatures attended the Oreka and it was of utmost importance to impress. Normally the heir doesn’t attend the Oreka, but this time mother wanted me there. And that made me  more nervous, at least I was going to see Lord Rahziel again. So it couldn’t be that bad right?

I had pulled my hair in a pony tail and gathered my confidence while looking at my reflection in the mirror. Ok, breathe. You are the heir, don’t get intimidated whatever happens – I repeated this a couple of times as I walked into the main hall where mother was waiting for me.

“Make sure that security is main priority, I want an eye in every corner. ” said mother to Ira.

“Yes my Lady.” Said Ira. She was a strong being but wasn’t much of a talker, everything she said was monotone. Her daughter Maya was the opposite. She was lively and more cheerful, I guess she has it from her fathers side.

Mother saw me walking in and started analyzing me from head to toe.

“It suits you. You have the charisma of your father.” She said with a faint smile.

A sudden pain stung my chest, I missed him. I had the long blonde hair and feminine features from my mother but I had the eyes of my father, golden green. Mother would always say that these eyes radiate a certain power but not power as if ruling over the worlds but the kind of power that ruled the hearts.  After father passed away she struggled with looking me in the eyes for a year. That’s when mother changed.

“Aelliana tonight I want you to come with me to the Oreka, the Counsels have also requested your attendance. Certain things will be discussed that you might not understand. I will explain it to you by Ara if you have any questions. Please don’t interrupt, you are not supposed to talk, don’t forget that! It is possible that some are going to provoke you but don’t go in. When entering some will bow to you some will not, don’t waver and look in front of you. You are just as I am the heir to the Areandria bloodline, a noble and chosen bloodline that is more powerful then any other bloodline that exists, keep that in mind. The most powerful of every dimension will be there, some are followers of the light and some are not. You will notice whom allegiance lies where, with us or with Lord Rahziel.”

Night had already fallen and the gates pulled open for the ones who came by flying and other transportation like carriages, horses, some kind of vehicles with an engine, by portals and so on… One by one they were welcomed by our kind and guided into the castle. Mother and I stood on the first floor looking down onto the main hall which became more vibrant every second that passed by.

“The counsels will arrive any second, they will be the ones to invite everyone into the Oreka.” said mother.

A sudden portal opened at the center of the main hall. Everyone stepped aside as they watched two people with long cloaks and robes walk in followed by two creatures with four feathery wings in long dresses. And lastly one creature with thirteen tails wearing a mask walked in behind them. So these were the Counsels, I never saw them in person. They weren’t like anything I saw in all the dimensions I had visited. Mother told me they were representatives of the Creator. I guess its true, they looked divine.

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