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Mathew Babaoye
Apr 3, 2016
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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 protection137PENANAGzvMwo0lhl

No answer.copyright protection137PENANABOaCme6NUH

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 protection137PENANABH1f29NV4L

No answer.copyright protection137PENANArKkWwRkxdC

The blonde immortal one blew aside a few strands of long blonde hair fallen across her pale face. “Phoey.”copyright protection137PENANATPq3sNiyAd

A feelingYou don’t listen.copyright protection137PENANAgbUhrWrfSv

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 protection137PENANA0jflgMdBkr

A feeling of disappointment.copyright protection137PENANAdegEiJsBh2

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 protection137PENANAOxeJPGFgVy

True enough. And you are clever. Inventive. Which is what makes this all the more frustrating…copyright protection137PENANAMWS2i8OvK9

She turned back, snarling: “why do you always lecture me so?”copyright protection137PENANAXXodCGW4he

No answer.copyright protection137PENANA76LlPA2vRX

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 protection137PENANA3DUVFc4uHO

Open the cage and find out...copyright protection137PENANAEEM2SpIPt0

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 protection137PENANA3A6PWWqYri

Silence.copyright protection137PENANAWuVQqB2v6K

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 protection137PENANAkKp7Miwv70

A feeling of uneaseTake us back to the Black Well.copyright protection137PENANAwbBD1xzrw0

She startled with an unladylike snort, caught daydreaming of another life. “But we have–”copyright protection137PENANAJtvFjWhmsn

Now, fool!copyright protection137PENANA6M7wTUOqqV

The Queen of Night turned furiously back around towards the cage again, and paused: its glow was fading…copyright protection137PENANAqW71z8z9A6

!!!copyright protection137PENANAajzFZTCgg4

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 protection137PENANAEmQLTKGHa6

A feeling.copyright protection137PENANADB2KDCSdLt

… 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 protection137PENANAjVNTBMNd33

Thank you.copyright protection137PENANAiHq9tjT904

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 protection137PENANAfDGiojUhxF

A feeling of calmYou do not understand.copyright protection137PENANAKQBxKcjxqn

“Fine. Educate me.”copyright protection137PENANABI41RxlLHl

If you insist.copyright protection137PENANAQXZwfnQaEn

A pause.copyright protection137PENANAQoerWYDgw3

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 protection137PENANAD7MI9DguoX

First lesson.copyright protection137PENANAQeUQLadBlS

… breathing in deeply…copyright protection137PENANAYbhdDdbgtI

You have a misapprehension about what lies inside the cage.copyright protection137PENANAk7Q6PZK5u8

What?! She exhaled explosively, opened her eyes blindly and hissed: “I know what was captured! You. My Glory.”copyright protection137PENANA2lnXb98oKt

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 protection137PENANAhJFyWiM8zg

“Is that a threat?”copyright protection137PENANAQUnG1cGLha

No. A promise.copyright protection137PENANAUkwihHrq6b

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 protection137PENANAUnVAWRTI0t

No answer.copyright protection137PENANAYQnmwpydaQ

She was not surprised at this. Not truly. Unanswered questions had become all too common in her life.copyright protection137PENANAo5aUnsBPSH

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