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#18

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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#15

Chapter 7: Hidden figures

This is not supposed to happen, not with her… If this continues it will surely end in chaos. I walked in circles in my office for the past 48 hours. Trying to cool my head ever since the gathering. After they left it didn’t took me long to calm everyone down. Except for the warm-ones, they became restless and  some of them uncontrollable which I had to eliminate two of them. Anyway it set a good example for the rest. But things will be different from now on, I can feel it. They have tasted a fraction of her scent. It will take a while for everyone to forget.

Because they were ready, to hunt I saw it in their eyes.  Everyone knows the Areandria bloodline is precious. One drop of their blood extends the lifeline for centuries, let alone the tremendous power it comes with. That is why they cover up their skin to not tempt others with their perfume, not everyone is able to resist.

A tall slender man came into the office and gave a little bow.

“My Lord, your guests have arrived.” he said.

His name was Adrian. His family served this castle for decades, a loyal friend and servant. My only companion in this large castle.

“Thank you Adrian, guide them to the conference room, I will be there in a moment.”

I went inside my bedroom and changed. Her perfume still lingered on my clothing. For me its the most beautiful scent ever, but it doesn’t drive me crazy like everyone else. It’s  different, we are creatures of equal but also opposite power. Surely her blood would kill me.

I walked into the conference room and saw Lord Arvian and Lord Khan standing up out of respect to greet me with a bow.

“Gentleman please sit down.”

“Lord Rahziel, we came as soon as possible. Please excuse us if we have let you wait too long” Said Lord Arvien while exchanging eye contact with lord Khan.

“We have something urgent to report” Said Lord Khan.

I could sense something was off. This wasn’t how this conversation  supposed to begin.

“I am listening” I said.

“My Lord, you gave me an order to take care of the matters with the levels. But it seems that they have grown in numbers. For the last month especially and aren’t decreasing whatever we do.” Said Lord Arvien anxiously.

“It seems that they are under orders of someone. Someone who summons them and turn them against us.” Said Lord Khan. He was twitching his fingers. I could tell he was nervous and afraid.

“Do you know who?” I asked, I already had my assumptions but maybe I’m wrong. I hope I am.

“My Lord, we aren’t certain. Especially because this person died centuries ago, but witnesses say they saw himsay. Its…” Said Lord Arvien trembling.

“We think it’s Xian of Velor.” Said Lord Khan.

I wasn’t wrong. If it is really him, it will change the course of everything. Someone must have resurrect the bastard, someone with ancient transcriptions. But such transcriptions are only in possession of the Counsel’s, how did they manage to get their hands on them.  I will have to discuss this with the Counsels as soon as possible. I watched him die 450 years ago by the Echluëden. And I will see him die again! No mistakes this time.

#13

Our losses: between two and eight martyrs each day.
And ten wounded.
And twenty homes.
And fifty olive trees…
Added to this the structural flaw that
Will arrive at the poem, the play, and the unfinished canvas.

A woman told the cloud: cover my beloved
For my clothing is drenched with his blood.

 

-Mahmoud Darwish 

 

My heart bleeds for Syria…

#6

Chapter 3: Equilibrium

I couldn’t move, startled with wide eyes I tried to collect my thoughts. Now I understood why mother was so anxious of going there. Now I understood why I shouldn’t be that calm about this either. That person’s power was equal to ours, he was created that way. To maintain the balance as it is.

I had so many questions, and I had the right to know. Why did mother not tell me anything about this!

“Aelliana, calm down.” Maya put a hand on my shoulder.

” It’s time.”

I looked up at Maya who was already standing before me. I stood up from the floor. Maya gave me a long floor length coat and a purse. I looked up at her.

“Why would I need a purse? If I needed something I could do it by Ara.” – Ara is a kind of telepathy, we could call upon someone we needed. But not everyone of our kind possesses such skill or was skilled enough to learn it. You either have it or not. Some could even speak trough Ara. Maya and I were skilled enough to do that, but it needed a lot of energy. Mother was powerful enough to communicate by Ara all the time.

“You’re right, I suppose you don’t need it.”

We walked down the hallway into the main hall. Mother was already waiting together with Isa, Maya’s mother. Isa was a tall strong women, she always had a focused expression on her face. She thought me martial arts and how to wield a sword for if  I ever needed to. She also became the head commander of the Vestige armies, after what happened to father. In short she’s mother’s right hand.

“Lady Aelliana we will leave shortly. You will leave with me, Lady Luciana will be waiting there for us.”

I turned to look at mother, she was wearing a white gold dress with beautiful sparkly sequences. The front parts of her hair was tied up at the back and on her neck a small yet elegant necklace with the emblem of our bloodline caught my eye. It hanged on a thin gold necklace, the symbol of the Echluëden. That same symbol every heir is born with on her body.

“I’m faster and Isa will lead you because you don’t know the way.” She looked at me with a calm and gentle look in her eyes. Like she was telling me that it’ll be alright.

Isa pulled out her hand and created a portal. Mother smiled at me right before she entered hers and disappeared.

To create a portal you had to know exactly where you were going and in which dimension it resides. By going into the portal you enter some kind black hole, you divide two places in space and time. Its a portal to a different dimension. It can only be opened by one of our kind, only a Nâznean is able to summon that amount of energy from its core. The gift of opening portals is given by the Echluëden to whom she wants to. If wielded wrongly or not closed properly it can distort the balance of the world’s. Or worse our enemies can enter our dimension and destroy everything.

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I saw a faint light on the other side of the river where we stood. The air, the wind, the trees, the water, the grass, the birds, everything. The sounds of this world were different, felt different. A soothing light fell upon me when we walked out of the shadows, night had fallen. Moonlight touched my skin, and felt a different kind of energy flowing into my body. It was different then our moon. It was cold but had a calm feeling to it. I liked it.

To get to the castle we had to walk trough a forest, I heard different sounds. Some sort of faint melodies beaming from everywhere. Every life form had a sound, a sound of its soul. You could only hear it at night, because the sun touched the skin giving warmth and light but the moon touched the soul and the heart. Only mother and I were gifted to hear the inner voice. It was a gift and curse at the same time. Because not every soul was beautiful…

#4

Chapter 2: Unexpected

“Suit your behavior and posture, don’t show your skin, lie if you must and don’t do something that attracts attention to you even more”.- That was all I had to keep in mind tonight. Besides all the names of  the thousands  guests that are going to be there as well. Names of one’s that lived too long in my opinion.

“Very well, you know who we are going to meet tonight?”-  I thought I heard a little tremble in her voice. She was nervous, I could tell. She doesn’t get like that with anything, its just weird. I knew that she went  to this gathering 500 years ago, what was it that made her so restless. When I just wanted to ask her the reason, I sensed someones presence at the door.

“Lady Luciana we are done preparing everything for Lady Aelliana.”

“Very well Maya, we are done here. Aelliana you should go and get dressed. We are leaving soon.”

I sighed, again. Yes I do that a lot, I hate getting dressed up in suffocating fancy dresses. I have to keep my skin hidden except for my face and hands so no one gets appealed by my scent. Yes my scent, because that is what drives this world’s creatures crazy. At least some of them.

I walked out of the room into the hallway, with very tall ceilings. One glass wall that looked upon the gardens and one white wall with doors. We walked by two doors and came in to the dressing room. The room was large with white dressoirs as large as the walls itself. Dresses, purses, shoes, you name it. This was the room that contained fashion of the centuries. I saw a dress on the counter in the middle of the room, everything was already chosen from stockings to shoes.

“I hope you like it my Lady”

“At least wipe that smile away from your face, you’re enjoying this too much.” – She knew very well that this was torture for me. She walked away giggling to the counter to take the dress.

“I can’t wear this, its too tight. Why is it so hard to get in a damn dress!” – Maya didn’t even button up the back of the dress and I already felt claustrophobic.

“It suits your figure quite well my Lady, you look beautiful. I knew this would suit you!” – When I turned around to look in the mirror, I saw Maya staring at me with big sparkly eyes. Of course she chose the dress! She wasn’t much older then me, in fact we were born in the same year a couple months apart. Her mother worked for my mother in the castle and she was always around as long as I could remember.

I looked up at my own reflection, a wine red dress that hugged my figure with a mermaid tail in the back. It felt a little velvety but it wasn’t, the fabric had a nice feeling to it. It complemented my honey blonde hair, I actually looked good. I sat down in front of the mirror.

“Maya will you come with me tonight?”

Maya answered with a faint voice while putting my hair in a bun.

“I can’t my Lady, but mother will be there. So don’t be concerned, if anything goes wrong…, well lets hope it doesn’t! Just stay with them and don’t do something stupid!”

Just when she was picking up some pins I took her hand.

“Tell me what you know, you’re hiding something from me.”

She looked surprised but relieved at the same time. Its not in her nature to keep secrets.

“Aelliana, I heard from mother that the host of the gathering is a Pureblood.”

“So? That isn’t anything odd or special. They are Purebloods, you know  what they fear the most, The Echluëden.”

Maya looked at me with a worried face. “Not just a Pureblood, the very first Pureblood AND Lord of the cold-ones and warm-ones. He was there when the very first Echluëden was chosen. Because he was created first.”

A chill ran down my spine. “The very first one! That would make him…”

“Yes Aelliana, that would make him millions of years old. As old as your bloodline.”

#3

Chapter 1: Soar

A beautiful bird  flying with its large blue wings danced in the air, a beautiful silhouette that melted into the sun while it swirled higher and higher. I always looked up at creatures that could go as high as they wanted when they wanted. As for me I sat in this huge room, embellished with the most fancy and pretty things a human eye could see.

“You will have to attend whether you want or not young Lady!”

As I watched the creature budge in the sky, I envied her more and more. I wonder when I would taste the clouds like that.

“This is the most important gathering every 500 years, I attended and now its your turn!”

I sighed. “I don’t want to go mother, I hate gatherings like that. Same old people, same old conversations and same old glaring.”

I rolled with my eyes, cause that’s what children do when their parents try to make them do what they don’t want, right? With her usual frown on her face she went on with her usual nagging. That frown of hers, it wasn’t always there. I looked away at the window.

“You’ll go, and that’s the last of it! I don’t want to get in trouble with The Councils, you know they won’t leave it alone if you don’t go. I already have enough on my plate as it is, don’t make this any harder for me. Please, Aelliana?”

It was painful for me every time when mother said please, because I knew that she only did that when she was really stuck.

I folded my arms. “I’ll go if you go!”

And that was when my mother gave me the death stare, she opened her mouth to say something but backed out and decided to not say anything after all. Because she knew this was her only change to get me to that lousy party. As I maintained my posture, I gave away a faint smile as she walked out of the room.

#2

 Prologue:  History of balance

The Echluëden

An ancient system of balance trough out time. As long as time existed so did The Echluëden. One chosen bloodline with the most heavy responsibility you can imagine. And with responsibility comes power and with power comes pain.