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Mathew Babaoye
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The wild, gloomy, beautiful castle gardens of Caer Nocht were bright with sunlight. A squirrel chittered and birds chirped, although none near the sphere of dark Essence, emitted from her Midnight Lamp hooked to the branch of an old oak tree, blotting out the day there at center. Her slender form clad in a simple black shift, with her long blonde hair spread across the ground above her, Goldenslaughter still lay within it, upon the dark-patterned leaves. “Is it not a wonder, my pretty?” she cooed…copyright protection76PENANAm1cJ9BKnCt

No answer.copyright protection76PENANAzJ0iocdzXc

Is it ignoring me again?! Goldenslaughter suddenly rolled over, rising up onto one arm and glaring over at the still weakly glowing silver cage sitting nearby. “I brought you outside!” she whined. “Just as promised.”copyright protection76PENANANOeCPlj7tt

No answer.copyright protection76PENANAJQvWzEyk2a

The blonde immortal one blew aside a few strands of long blonde hair fallen across her pale face. “Phoey.”copyright protection76PENANANCUNVi08SY

A feelingYou don’t listen.copyright protection76PENANAkFMzhCUAJn

Finally sitting back up again, she pouted. “But I do! We are safe from the Daybringer’s bright corrosion while inside the Midnight Lamp’s protection.”copyright protection76PENANA4tdzpNeX8h

A feeling of disappointment.copyright protection76PENANA8WU2JPlKYd

Goldenslaughter angrily turned away from it again, shaking out her long blonde hair before tying it into a long ponytail. “Power is what we make of it,” she growled. “What I make of it.”copyright protection76PENANAJiTwSb8MMS

True enough. And you are clever. Inventive. Which is what makes this all the more frustrating…copyright protection76PENANAaRlnqKbFIj

She turned back, snarling: “why do you always lecture me so?”copyright protection76PENANAWQfQTZGfKE

No answer.copyright protection76PENANAttXm0Py8Bk

Pah! How dare it! I am a great Power, a feared sorceress and the immortal Queen of this Realm! Grumbling again, she abandoned the debate anyway and plopped over onto her stomach, resting her chin upon her pale, crossed arms while staring out beyond the dark sphere. The afternoon gardens were filtered softly luminescent by the Midnight Lamp, all the way out to the distant, tall dark walls above which loomed the East Keep’s dark peaked roof, with the filtered sun only a pale disc in the muted sky. It looks safe. It feels safe. So what is wrong? She finally groaned, screwing her eyes shut again. “Why can’t I do this right?”copyright protection76PENANA0Lbm9C7liP

Open the cage and find out...copyright protection76PENANAEfGU6AUMPF

Open the cage? Giving a little huff of surprise, she then opened her eyes and snickered shrilly. “Or not. But at least you are always honest with me.”copyright protection76PENANAqj9oF9dehP

Silence.copyright protection76PENANAziBKEKnM5F

The only constant is its unpredictability. Ignore it for now, and let it come to you for once. Goldenslaughter groaned, but stared out upon the filtered dream world of the day. Her thoughts drifting: she didn’t notice the cage’s weak glow flicker…copyright protection76PENANABKUiF0TzNI

A feeling of uneaseTake us back to the Black Well.copyright protection76PENANAfd1oCHxQWP

She startled with an unladylike snort, caught daydreaming of another life. “But we have–”copyright protection76PENANAFv8gfM1Dz6

Now, fool!copyright protection76PENANAibRdtwem61

The Queen of Night turned furiously back around towards the cage again, and paused: its glow was fading…copyright protection76PENANA5lf7KRPiHL

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Immediately: Goldenslaughter leapt up, reaching her left arm aside, and using her monolithic Will, to send her own ensorcelled shadow hurtling along the ground, then up the tree to unhook the Midnight Lamp and draw it quickly back into her pale hand while her other grabbed the fading cage’s handle, whereupon she sprinted away, inhumanly fast, through her castle gardens. SHIT! How could this be? We were under the Midnight Lamp’s protection! Finally rushing into the nearest castle wall’s shadows, she skidded to a halt among the underbrush, wrenched open a door hidden in the ivy and darted inside before SLAMMING the door shut behind her and racing down a dark hallway hung with faded tapestries, rushing down a twisting staircase, racing down another hall, darker and cooler, and rushing down another twisting staircase to finally slow again down at the cold, black bottom. She pressed her hand to the glinting lock, sent her ensorcelled shadow slithering inside, twisting until the lock *clicked* and the door swung silently open, slowly roiling living darkness then beginning to coil outwards, coldest. Darting inside, she closed the door firmly…copyright protection76PENANAKsNCFg9TDf

A feeling.copyright protection76PENANAUIB9Qm1FEI

… and breathed a sudden sigh of relief. Within slowly coiling darkness now, the silver cage kindled back to fitful, glowing life in her arms as she glided through, before placing it beside the unseen Black Well. An ancient Source once used to fuel only her grandest works of sorcery, the Well had remained unsealed through the long centuries, still constantly churning out infinite darkness. She sat beside the cage unseen amidst it all, then leaned back against the Well’s cold, smooth circular surface…copyright protection76PENANAqM5G2Id5mm

Thank you.copyright protection76PENANAH7PuKuKToo

Thank the Pantheon, absent or not. “The clime is safest here,” she finally admitted, “but how were you diminished? My works are well: the Lamp removes the Essence of Day, so you should have been safe.”copyright protection76PENANA9j7KtX7uCL

A feeling of calmYou do not understand.copyright protection76PENANAd3xiKA1XFo

“Fine. Educate me.”copyright protection76PENANAkmw9QgEB93

If you insist.copyright protection76PENANA0im73Q4alH

A pause.copyright protection76PENANAVyLtRv3TtJ

In the sudden silence: Goldenslaughter was suddenly frustrated. Why doesn’t it just say it? That I failed again. That not only are my dark Powers still weakening, but now even a simple Tool must have somehow been corrupted. Finally screwing shut her eyes, she deeply breathed in the darkness to calm herself, before exhaling it back out, the same…copyright protection76PENANAhN5OWW4Byd

First lesson.copyright protection76PENANAEyw1GzRLJc

… breathing in deeply…copyright protection76PENANAtFLe9DJdxc

You have a misapprehension about what lies inside the cage.copyright protection76PENANAWP02DXZHyy

What?! She exhaled explosively, opened her eyes blindly and hissed: “I know what was captured! You. My Glory.”copyright protection76PENANAVc6reN05yK

HesitationA Glory is more a concept than a creature. Whereas you are more of a creature than a concept. To misunderstand either truth invites ruin.copyright protection76PENANAi1q4fzIZNf

“Is that a threat?”copyright protection76PENANAcJ4cMHaLpI

No. A promise.copyright protection76PENANAjkVqL9dMfM

Goldenslaughter remained silent, and still, amidst the slowly coiling darkness, before abruptly breathing it in deeply, wrapping her pale, unseen arms about herself and then breathing it out yet again. It always makes me break the soft promise of silence. Unfair. My whole WORLD has become unfair. “I only want what is mine by right,” she eventually insisted, but in a voice gone quiet.copyright protection76PENANAxxNXC3xk3k

No answer.copyright protection76PENANAzf4DsRlCDK

She was not surprised at this. Not truly. Unanswered questions had become all too common in her life.copyright protection76PENANAlX4goQqBCF

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