The true soul of a monster

She had made it to the place where the many others that came before her had stood and lost themselves in the black madness that was practically trying to claw it way out of that gave and into her mind. Come my darling little doe and see for yourself why those who speak my name tremble in fear. She knew that voice would be one of silk but she was not ready for the smooth husky tone that filled her ears like the call of a siren and the scent of lavender and jasmine mixed with the smell of firewood on a snowy night filled her nose. She shuddered at the sound and smell that took over all her other senses. I know why you came my darling. I know what you wish to take from me. Just know that no one has ever walked away from here alive or at least with their minds still intact. 

She scoffed at the arrogance that radiated from within the cave from the voice that spoke not from inside the cave but from inside her head. It did not matter to her she had to do this she had to face this monster that lurked within the cave for the sake of her sister who was lying on the cot at their tiny home fighting off the fever that was so fiercely claiming every part of her body and would soon claim her life, she needed the stone that lay within the cave what could heal anything or bring back loved ones, it was why so many people sought out this cave but none have ever been known to take the stone.

Come now darling doe I grow tired of waiting do you wish to take the stone or not! She would take that stone or die trying no matter what without her sister that one who had raised her all those years after their mother and father had passed away she would do this for her to repay her, for if her sister died she would have no reason to live. She braced her hands on the two daggers that were buckled to both sides of her hips as she slowly pulled them free and gripped the golden hilts so tight her finger turned white. She whispered a small prayer up to the mother above as she stalked into the cave, she was not scared of the death that lurked before her, as it welcomed her with open arms into the black abyss, no, she was most frightened of the afterlife if she were to end up damned for eternity or if she would find that peaceful bliss of nothingness and just be done with everything no longer existing.

Silly little girl you think those tiny blades can hurt me, you must be far more foolish than any other mortal that has come here to try and take the stone yet. 

“I do not care what you think about be demon, I will retrieve that stone and I will leave her with my life and save my sister.”  She snarled into the darkness

There was no light in the cave nor was there darkness it was just black. The color black it’s self is what lie before her and she glided both her blades across the walls until she had to choose left or right. She chose to stick to the left due to the fact that her right were her stronger fighting hand. She felt the presence then of death itself breathing down her neck, she felt the shiver shoot down her back could hear nothing but her beating heart pounding in her ears at the silence. So tell me girl do I frighten you yet. Do you realize you stand before a god were as you are nothing more than a bug waiting to be squashed. 

” You do not scare me. I am my own fear. I am the only person who can decided whether I live or die. Not you.” She tried to sound certain and unafraid but her voice had failed her as she cracked at the end.

She felt the laughter ripple around her as it filled her mind and the air around her like a damn of water had just exploded and was now pouring out to drown out everything in its path. So loud, the noise that filled her ears as the ringing filled her head then the blue light sparked to life. It floated around like a spirit in the night dancing on the wind that carried it. She lost the power to breath as she spotted the claw of black that was inches away from her its talons dripping with blood of a crimson red. The smell of iron and decaying flesh slammed into her noise she could not stop the heaving that started as she emptied the contents of her stomach all over the cave floor. Another blue spirit appeared and she seen the tail that was shaped like a dagger but it was bent at a weird angle like someone had broken it.

The two spirits danced around snaking their way up the beast body that stood a few couple of feet from her. Its fur was in clumps and patches and what wasn’t covered in fur was black and looked to be made like leather covered in scars and cuts. The monster’s chest was something out of a comic book or a nightmare it was a skeleton hollow and empty she could see straight through to the red unskin of the back the blue and purple vessels that did not pulse of beat nothing moved inside this monster. It was like its chest was a cage a prison it kept you in until you slowly died from only the mother knows what. She tried to rip her eyes away from the beast before she could see its head but it was too late. She could not look away it was like she was frozen in fear as the spirits danced high above her head showing her the face of the enemy she would die to tonight.

Its face was half fur and half leather on one side the face had a smile cut and stitched into a smile while the other half bared razor sharp teeth that were just piled in side its mouth like it all just came in at once. One eye held nothing but blackness and death but the other was of sky blue filled with what looked like sadness and regrets. She started into that one eye ignoring the blood that dripped from the black eye and the smile made of shards of razors, and the horns on top the demon’s head that were spiraled and bent at wrong angles, the ears that were missing parts. She started into that eye of sky blue and felt the crushing weight that hit her as she knew the color and the way that eye looked.

That eye was just like the pair her mother had the sky blue color that was as bright and beautiful as the summer sun on a hot day shredding away the chill of the spring and winter and the rain that covered the ground spreading joy and life throughout the land. She knew that eye because she stared into that eye every single day of her life. She felt it then the slip into madness and darkness that pulled her under in the sea of black. She looked at that smile again that was forced upon the beast just as she forced herself to smile every day since her parents death. The eye that was nothing but blackness were the eyes she stared out of every day not seeing the beauty that was lying around her. The flowers that her sister would always tend. The smile of the boy that she had yet to tell how she truly felt about him. The sky that she would never see again. Her eyes drifted to the chest that was hollow and held nothing inside, it was her chest where she no longer let her heart love she had casted everything out and would not let anything into her heart again nothing would make her feel that pain of losing a loved on again. The claws that dripped with blood were her own claws that she used to shred anything or anyone who tried to get near her.

This beast, this monster before her, the thing that was going to end her life was herself. She could not think or breathe, the screaming in her head had gone silent everything around her faded away into blackness as she once again was floating in that sea of nothingness.

 

I will finish this story in a second part until then stay tuned and check out some of the other post!

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The Demon and Her Heart: Eliya and the Orb the End

The eyes of the fire demon were just as she remembered she dreamed about herself falling into those eyes and being surrounded by pure black dark with no way out. She looked to Graven and Rydan to see that their faces showed no fear but she knew that at least some small part of them should be a little scared but they showed nothing she seen the look on their faces the look of a warrior who looks death in the face and does not shy away from their demons. She too would face this demon and if she were to die today then so be it. The demon showed its teeth that were bathed in the blood of their brothers and sisters of the land and it only fueled her rage just as she was about to go for a full scale attack she heard the voice in her head a quite calming ancient voice that spoke softly but clearly.

“I am Azeon do not be alarmed but I have temporarily mind linked Graven, you and the glowering brute who could use a hair cut, I have come up with a plan for you three if you can all use your powers together you might just be able to make this work or at least your death will be painless.”

“umm thanks I guess.” Eliya was listen to the voice and heard the low warning growl that came from Rydan about Azeon’s remark about his hair.

“Now listen kids, Eliya you will need to use your water magic every second you can we are not looking for hard hits here we just need you to try and put as much of the fire out as you can. Brute boy you will use that dirty magic of yours and try to hold that beast in one spot as best as you can, you don’t want little miss water drop here getting all dried up from one hit by that demon now would you and lastly Graven you will use you sky magic to lock the air around the demon in small spots just like we practiced you can now withstand many air locks being held at once so were Eliya spray them you keep them from flaming back up.”

Eliya was thinking about everything the ancient voice was saying as she was running to the nearest puddle of water earlier today Rydan had created a hole in the earth so she could summon the water from a well that was running underground. She summoned the water fast and hard she started slinging the water in fluid motions while trying to keep moving lucky for her Rydan had taught her how to keep moving and how to hit a moving target and the demon was not even moving not yet atleast.

She looked the Rydan to see the monster’s feet slowly slipping into the soft muddy ground and then as too giant clamps came up from the ground and grabbed the monster by its waist holding it in place for good but she could see the strain on Rydan’s face and the sweat dripping from his head he was fighting very hard to hold this beast in his trap of earth they would need to act fast if they wanted to win this battle.

Graven was in the sky using his air magic to try and keep the beast attention focused on him as he was sending out air locks to try and keep the flames on the demon’s tail and most of his back from coming back to life. She could see the pained look on his face trying to keep himself in the air guarding all of their ears and keeping all of these air locks in place it had to be tough and all she was doing was throwing water.

Useless she thought how could she be so useless her grandmother used to tell her stories of how her mother used to battle the demons that broke through the wall and it was so easy for her that was why great grandfather had married her. If only she could have learned that power too learned from a true water property elder she could put this demon out in one strike. She would too she summoned the rest of the water from the well to follow her as she ran behind the beast she was trying to summon all her magic that she had stored inside her as she came to a stop right behind a demon she had stopped just for just a second to catch her breath but was cut short when she left a massive wall of heat come slamming into her right side she was sent flying across the ground and landed about ten feet from where she was standing as she laid on the ground trying to get her breath back and trying to find some of her magic to put on her arm that felt like it was burning from the inside out.

“Brute stay where you are we must keep the beast locked in place or else it will kill her if it gets free!”

“I will not stand here and let her die laying on the ground before me!”

“He is right Rydan she will be okay I can see her from where I am she is breathing.”

“I . . . I. . . am. . fine” She was wheezing as she got back to her feet and noticed that from her hip down along the side of her body had been burnt off good thing her undergarments had managed to withstand the hit she thought that the pants had taken most of the heat before the water had made its way to her finally. The beast was now threshing breathing fire everywhere like a wild animal caught in a trap she was sure if the air covering her ears was not around them her eardrums would be busted and bleeding by now.

“Rydan, Graven I need you to follow my plan. Fuse your magic with mine we only have one shot at this.”

Eliya then summoned that water that covered the ground but she first made it soften the earth collecting as much mud as possible with the help of Rydan she lifted the water/mud mixture to the face of the demon and dropped it directly on its face and dripped it down its back that was when Rydan hardened the mud and Graven had sent in a fierce burst of wind to set the rock as if it were a work of art. Eliya ran to the underbelly of the beast and summoned the water from the ground beneath her and sent the water straight up into the heart of the demon Graven was quick to notice her movements and set the air lock into place before she even had time to ask him to then as if out of instinct the giant form of land in the shape of a giant dagger pointed straight at the demon’s heart. She summoned with the lasting power of her magic the water that laid on the ground around the hole where the well was and sent it spinning around the end of the dagger like a giant drill and Graven had sent the biggest gust of wind to make the dagger fly faster than Rydan could push it straight into the damon’s heart Eliya was blow back out from under the demon and dug her nails into the ground to keep from being blown away.

She watched as the monster stilled and fell to the ground where they let it lay for a few minutes.

“Young ones listen now one of you will need to seal the demon in the orb before it awakens from its slumber, but the price of this orb is not a light one. You will need to give you life in order to save the lives of the ones around you.”

Her eyes filled with tears why must everything turn to death. After all they have done to save the rest of their people and the towns around them one of them still must die. Graven released them of their air locks and the sounds of the world returned to her as she watched him slowly walk toward the demon, before he stopped in his tracks with eyes of worry fixed upon the demon. She slid her eyes to the monster that now started to stir she felt her stomach sink and her mouth go dry they were too late, but the monster was not waking it was shrinking or morphing into something else.

She watched as the demon that was made of fire and full of destruction turn into something different. She got to her feet only to fall back to the ground as she crawled her way over to the thing that now laid on the ground before her, she looked into the eyes of someone who had meant the world to her and now this. She seen his dark black raven hair that was alway cut short on one side and went down to his ear on the other where he wore grandmother’s earring. It was Zayden, all these years searching for him and he was taken over by this beast but why, how? He opened his eyes and stared at her with a soft smile on his face he reached a hand to cup her face and wipe her tears that were coming out uncontrollably.

“Hi there little Eli. My how I have missed you and how much you have grown. I am sorry I almost killed you I was not myself but it is a good thing Rydan was there to save you.” He looked over the Rydan who was staring at them with disbelief.

“I cannot stay for long fore I must right the wrong that I placed upon this world. Azeon told me what must be done while I was caged inside the demon. I will give my life to make the orb to seal the monster away forever.”

“No! Zayden please don’t go! I need you! You’re the only thing I have left! Please don’t leave me!” She started to tremble at the thought of losing him again.

“Little Eli if I don’t do this I will still be sealed inside the orb the demon has taken hold of my body I am the demon I can no longer live in this world. I love you but this is what must be done.”

“Then I’ll go too, I will make to orb and give up my life!”

“Little Eli I cannot let you do that Rydan promise you will take care of my sister.” Rydan gave his old friend a soft smile and took hold of Eliya as he drug her away from Zayden’s body. She tried to fight away the hand of Rydan but his grip was not one of hate or hurt but of care and sorrow.

Graven walked over to Zayden’s body and spoke the words of Azeon.

“Hear me dark one and repeat after me. I am the demon who cursed this land although this is not my will. Take this demon and seal my soul with its blood free the world from me and return the life back to this place and may I remain in slumber once again.”

Zayden spoke the words and Eliya screamed and pleaded for him to stop.

“Little Eli you must be strong for me and for our family. You must go on and live for all of us. I love you little Eli.”

Then the bright red light just as she had remembered it from two and a half years ago then everything went dark.

When Eliya awoke Rydan was still holding her to his chest and she had seen the wetness in the edge of his eye. She knew he did not want to hold her back that he wanted to stop Zayden as much as she did but Rydan had always been very bright and he knew just as she did there was no other way. Graven was sitting on the ground next to them staring at the spot where Zayden body used to lay but now there was nothing not even an orb.

“What . .  what happened to the orb?”

“Azeon took control of my body while I was backed out and returned the orb to the mountain from where it had came from but he promised to hide it deeper so no one would ever find it again.”

She felt the grip of Rydan tighten as reassuring her that he was not dumb he knew they were the cause of all the death that had occurred and that he did not blame her. She turned to look into those blue eyes to see no hate just love as she turned to Graven who now sat there as if his life had ended before him. His whole life had led to this moment and now he was once again lost.

“Graven why don’t you join me and Rydan on our journey. I think that we should use our magic to go bring back life to the towns that have been destroyed with my water your and and Rydan’s earth we can do great things. So what do you say will you join us?”

She looked into his purple eyes once again and seen the shock that someone had actually asked him what he would like to do instead of telling him.

“I think I would like that very much that you.”

She looked up to the blue sky as if it were the bluest it has ever been. These boys would be her new family, her new life, and her new strength. She would keep living for her family that were not given the choice and these boys would keep her alive as long as they didn’t kill each other before then.

 

Okay so that is the end let me know what you think about the ending. Were you happy, sad, disappointed. I was kinda upset about the battle with the demon :/ I just did not know how to make the demon fight without killing everyone and make everyone seem to be doing a lot of magic at the same time. Well any ways hope you liked it.

 

 

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