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The Darkness Rising

By Sara-Q

Adventure / Fantasy

Chapter 1

Ice. That's the first thing I remember

Ages past. I stood in the dark suspended in ice for who knows how long

My mind was a vague blur. The numbing cold was fogging my mind and dulling my senses. I was dimly aware of my staff in my hand and if I'd be thinking straight I could have melted the ice without a second thought.

But ice and all things cold were my weakness being the Spirit of Summer and all. So I was stuck there frozen in limbo.

All at once it melted and I was looking at a girl with the wildest hair I've ever seen.

"Are you alright" She said in an accent that sounded scottish.

"Yeah" I said I heated my skin up and instantly dried. I turned back to my rescuer.

She was a girl about 15 or 16 with curly red hair. She was wearing an old fashioned dress with a floor length cloak and a bow at her side.

"Who are you" She asked

"I'm Breeze Fever, Spirit of Summer. Thanks for getting me out of there."

"No trouble" She said "I'm Merida Dunbroch, Spirit of Magic"

I grinned "So they finally replaced Hecate. 'Bout time too, the old hag. She's the reason I was stuck in there.

"Why'd she put you in there"

"I may have unintentionally incurred her wrath." She raised her eyebrows

"Unintentionally" She said in a disbelieving tone

"Yes. It was April Fools Day and in true holiday spirit I pulled pranks on all the spirits I know. She has an unbelievably short temper and I pulled the smallest of pranks on her and she over reacts"

Merida laughed " What on earth did you do"

"I glued the pages of her magic book together. It's not my fault she has no sense of humor.

"I'm glad MIM chose someone close to my age." I said "It gets boring with only adults.

Merida wrinkled her nose "I'm glad you're here too. There's another spirit our age, but he's obnoxious to the 13 power."

"Really" I said "Who is he"

"Frosty-er Jack Frost. He's the Spirit of Winter and the Guardian of Fun.

"Guardian" I exclaimed "Since when did the Guardians accept new members."

"According to Jack, MIM chose him as a guardian 3 years ago to battle Pitch Black. I was made a Spirit 2 years after that."

"Imagine that" I said "The guardians needing help. I can't picture them going for help even if they need it. Especially if Jack is as mischievous as he long was I in there."

Meri told me the date and I froze. "But tha-that's almost 492 years" I said. "I was in there for 492 years. Meri how did you know where I was?"

"The wisps lead me down to Hecate old lair." She said "I found you encased in magic ice."

I stood "Meri it's been lovely talking but I really must go. I have 492 years of pranks and jokes to catch up on so I really must be going.

"Where are you going" she asked

I grinned "To see an old friend of mine."

She grinned as well "Somehow I get the feeling this friend of yours won't be as happy to see you as you are to see them."

"Nope, Probably not" I said. I stepped over to the window. "It's due time I went to visit ol' grey ears again.

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