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The Emperor and the hourglass
Writer Barbara
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  • PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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The Emperor and the hourglass
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Chapter three Capture
Jan 14, 2018
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No Plagiarism!dxUwCHNXZ7bb9HPXjouHposted on PENANA

Over the following weeks Gaylin keeps an eye on the two portals in the emperor’s bedchamber, he notices they expand along with the phases of the moon, when it is almost full he starts to prepare the ingredients with Kage’s help.copyright protection29PENANAdLow1qccVF

They place them in a bowl of water which the Dreamer sets down on the floor close to the desk, he then starts to write an incantation right round the edge of the portal.copyright protection29PENANAS9dMGQtuOt

   “That should work nicely,” comes a deep man’s voice inside his mind.copyright protection29PENANABZELGtI0Sc

“Nightfall. It’s good to see you.”copyright protection29PENANAH6X6CZwOcs

   “You too, my son. I thought I’d better come to make sure nothing happens to you.”copyright protection29PENANAu4BIQiykNm

   “Bless you. But I’ll be all right.”copyright protection29PENANAOpmsa3WS4P

The guardian helps him to rise and replies, “I know, nonetheless, I’m here if you need me.”copyright protection29PENANA5MV3Sy2ome

Gaylin gives him a sharp nod, then turns his attention to the emperor and says, “Right, you need to act like nothing has happened.”copyright protection29PENANAQRjsAaL8vy

   “Of course,” replies Gonijō with a slight bow.copyright protection29PENANAvjXSM7WJ00

The Dragons and Dreamer quickly place themselves behind a screen.copyright protection29PENANAy6Mu9E2c2p

   “Nightfall duck.”copyright protection29PENANArTgKlQV6Zq

The guardian emits a soft laugh as he drops to his knees beside Gaylin.copyright protection29PENANAEvJCovJkeK

The emperor makes sure the gods cannot been seen before he turns the hourglass over and waits for the apparition to appear.copyright protection29PENANAlNQ7h0MjdP

The white woman tries to move towards Gonijō only to find she is frozen to the spot, she looks down to see a glowing incantation with a bowl filled with water and herbs. She looks back to him and asks, “My love, why have you done this to me?”copyright protection29PENANAJFI0q3Ql9Q

   “Because you’re not my wife... You’re something else,” replies the emperor in a demanding voice.copyright protection29PENANALOmvqL0a5f

There are two flashes of lighting and the white lady starts to bend over backwards in pain.copyright protection29PENANAUr2LzkLlEZ

This brings the black one forward and she snaps, “What have you done?!”copyright protection29PENANAbnETn4Wep6

   “What was needed to be done,” replies Gonijō as he takes a step back.copyright protection29PENANA5bUsGldHvj

The black mist woman shifts, the skull face appears and her eyes turn red.copyright protection29PENANAWpKZajkWFY

This brings Gaylin rushing over, he holds out his left hand and starts to mutter.copyright protection29PENANAVQmzKKDGZ3

The emperor’s eyes are drawn to a beautiful beaded bracelet upon the young god’s wrist, which is glowing an odd purple colour and he hears the black mist woman say with fear in her voice, “Dreamer! No stop! Release us!”copyright protection29PENANAN4eIxU3KBy

Gaylin shakes his head and replies, “No, for you both have done enough damage. I return you both to the other realm.”copyright protection29PENANA4yYPy99S5O

The black mist woman slightly raises her right hand in front of her and snaps, “No please, spare us!”copyright protection29PENANAR0FdApYd6X

The Dreamer shakes his head, he moves his left hand so a small glass jar is visible and he says, “Return.”copyright protection29PENANAhT2vCzqFk2

The black mist woman looks over her shoulder to see a portal in to the other realm has appeared behind her and she starts to move towards it.copyright protection29PENANAeoBdd9mm2r

Gaylin waits until she is inches from it, before he releases the white woman and uses the bracelet on his left wrist to mover her over to the portal.copyright protection29PENANAbTrQ72g5gm

Nightfall quickly places himself in front of the young god with his huge double headed axe held out in front of him, which puts out a blinding white light and the two demons vanish along with the portal.copyright protection29PENANA3xg53SEuyZ

   “Nice one,” says Gaylin, looking up at him.copyright protection29PENANAwNn70AhmXj

  “Thank you, my son... Strange the hourglass is still here?”copyright protection29PENANAN8cfZkhfpx

   “Wait, that should have disappeared along with them. Right?” mutters the Dreamer as he starts to check the book.copyright protection29PENANACt4Sy8LdCj

The guardian swings his axe and a few seconds later the glass bulbs start to crack, then shatter spilling the strange sand over the desk.copyright protection29PENANAc96Ah7byt8

The emperor watches in amazement as it all starts to disappear to leave behind a strange crystal in the shape of a Chinese rose. However, the moment he goes to pick it up his hand is stopped by Gaylin who shakes his head and starts to speak in his mother tongue, leaving him wishing he understood the beautiful language.copyright protection29PENANARgh4vhoNxO

Nightfall picks it up, he holds it out towards the Dreamer’s left wrist to see the beads are no longer glowing purple and the sand within the jar is now nice and calm. "Hmm... It looks harmless.”copyright protection29PENANAk9hp2QxN4a

    “It does... But there is noth-no wait,” says Gaylin, turning the page to see the exact some flower has been drawn. “My great grandmother says here, it was found after the hourglass shattered. Interesting, it is completely harmless, it is just as it appears a glass flower,” says Gaylin with a giggle and quickly continues, “Sorry, my great grandmother has written, it casts pretty rainbows.”copyright protection29PENANA7gjeQAl28O

   “Dose it really?” Kage asks as he comes out from behind the screen.copyright protection29PENANAa05s4BJtoh

   “We will have to wait and see,” says Yūichi, walking over to join them.copyright protection29PENANAhJqz9tpHht

Gonijō points his hand at the stunning crystal and asks, “So I can keep it?”copyright protection29PENANARoKbDBMZDV

   “Yes, you may,” replies the Dreamer, placing it into the palm of his hand.copyright protection29PENANAOOVTg0v0tU

The emperor watches the stunning cut petals shimmer from yellow to blue in the glow from the lamps and whispers, “Beautiful.”copyright protection29PENANAhLEIkNbJus

Gaylin places his hand over his mouth to hide his yawn and Nightfall says, “You need to get to bed.”copyright protection29PENANAdmRXyuzkuc

   “I think I will,” replies the Dreamer as he has a stretch.copyright protection29PENANAfi0bchbHhF

   “Yiska, please may I see your Spirit Jar?”copyright protection29PENANACyqggK4suy

   “Of course you can Kage.”copyright protection29PENANAUIVLGtgfNK

The Grey Dragon kneels down in front of him, he gently takes hold of his hand and sees the little jar lies in the middle of eight beads, four cloudy whitish pink and four pale green ones with tiny clear white beads in between.copyright protection29PENANAr33sefJqX0

   “My goodness it is really beautiful,” he says with a smile spreading across his face.copyright protection29PENANA5zzvPQfUiK

Gaylin smiles and replies, “Thanks. I have had a few women ask me where I got it from, and they always seem surprised when I inform them I made it.”copyright protection29PENANAsdsoZ8SfoG

Yūichi tries to look shocked by opening his eyes wide and asks, “When? Sorry it’s just that I have not seen you wearing that until now.”copyright protection29PENANA0PJ3iYj1og

The Dreamer takes a moment to think and replies, “It was about a month before the battle... but I did not start wearing it until I came here as I had forgotten all about it.”copyright protection29PENANA2tQBYGreAK

   “I see. It is amazing, I really like the little flowers you have placed on the end of each chain.”copyright protection29PENANAZ3XrrWAkbY

Gaylin turns his hand over so the little orange flowers with a with a white stripe going across the centre fall on to his palm and replies with a giggle to his voice, “A glass maker made them for me after I helped end his daughter’s nightmare. I think he took a shine to me as he made me lots of them and told me I was welcome to visit them anytime.”copyright protection29PENANA0cOJg6HA86

The Leader of the Japanese Dragon Order places a hand to his chest and says, “That was very kind of him. I think you maybe right about him liking you as they have been made to express that.”copyright protection29PENANAQazHLxndMX

   “I have to agree,” says the emperor with a smile. “They really are stunning craftsmanship.”copyright protection29PENANAXL1UdsRON3

Gaylin again places his hand over his mouth to hide his yawn and replies with a nod.copyright protection29PENANAMNfAxwHf6P

Suddenly he rises around five feet into the air, making Gonijō take a step back in fear.copyright protection29PENANAlX0UELs2Ze

   “Sorry, do not fret, it is my guardian Nightfall who has got me. He’s going to take me to bed.”copyright protection29PENANA0X01SeuJ2h

Kage points his hand to the pearl like feather dangling just past the Dreamer’s ample size booms and asks, “See it glowing?”copyright protection29PENANAMO42pBy7QF

The emperor nods and the Grey Dragon continues, “The guardian gave him that when he helped his spirit return from the other realm, it connects them. Gaylin is able to call him whenever he needs help and it also allows Nightfall to step through into this realm whenever he wishes.”copyright protection29PENANAWcDW6hIzkI

Gonijō starts to relax, he looks at the floating young god and says, “It is just a bit creepy when I am unable to see him.”copyright protection29PENANAOkGOly2Qi5

The Dreamer starts to laugh and says, “Nightfall says, you should be thankful you’re unable to see him as he is a little unnerving with him looking a bit like a grim reaper.”copyright protection29PENANA74Tc7jNGqE

The emperor is shocked to hear this and Yūichi goes on to say, “Nightfall, is one of the ancient guardians, they may sound a bit morbid, but I assure you, they are very kind, caring and above all treat their owners... No that’s the wrong term... their hosts like their own children.”copyright protection29PENANAlnRYkXg3xA

   “Owner?” Gaylin laughs, “We don’t own each other, Nightfall is more like a protector.”copyright protection29PENANALlVrah0d7i

   “Forgive me, that’s the term I was looking for. My deepest apologies Nightfall, Yiska,” says the Leader of the Japanese Dragon Order, performing a deep bow.copyright protection29PENANAiencquveaW

   “Not to worry uncle, we will not take offence,” replies the Dreamer, giving him a hug. “Night everyone.”copyright protection29PENANATwjKuEILHg

Kage and Gonijō say one after the other, “Goodnight.”copyright protection29PENANAmtBhVLyVZF

Yūichi give him a kiss on the cheek and softly says, “Night, my dear boy and any problems awaken me straight away.”copyright protection29PENANAehUBtl5Zzg

   “Will do uncle. But hopefully we all will have a peaceful night,” replies Gaylin, giving him uncle another hug before he is carried out of the room.copyright protection29PENANAVtMfehTX2B

The Dragons makes sure the emperor is all right before they head out into the garden for a smoke whilst they take a slow walk back to the guest quarters to settle down for the night.copyright protection29PENANAdo4PG0BeVA

It is the early hours of the morning when the sky on the horizon is beginning to turn a deep shade of blue, Gaylin is jolted awake with the feeling he has missed something, he sits up pulling the cloth bag from the table, removes the book and lights a lamp before he starts to flick through the pages.copyright protection29PENANAU9SPLmaQlK

When he reads the words, 'Even though I was able to send them back, the poor mortal's life was shortened to five years,' he gasps out loud, “No!”copyright protection29PENANA7hdTwsaqpd

To be continued...copyright protection29PENANA1DC6si63x2

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