Running that’s all she had come to know time had lost all meaning there was only the earth beneath her feet and the pounding bursting against her ribs. Her breath stuttered cold and crisp in the darkness, howls sounded behind her growing closer and frantic, NO! She wouldn’t go back she couldn’t the horror’s had taken their toll on her already, mind now restless and burning. A doorway glimmered a sudden apparition in the darkness there was no time to hesitate to wonder if what lay beyond would bring more terror, she burst forth willing herself to press that bit further, the adrenaline served her as she fell forth whirling into sweet oblivion before crashing head first onto the earth below. She sputtered the thick suffocating dust of ash and sulfur filling her mouth and nostrils. Her body shook convulsing with the force of her coughing before settling.
Her eyes stung as she stared around her something cold and heavy dropping in her stomach, she had no recollection of this wasteland. The earth shook beneath her bare feet hot and devoid of life, scorching the tender flesh of her soles. She hissed jumping slightly feeling idiotic, despite the heat beneath the air was thick and cold oppressing in its nature. Shakily she staggered towards a sharp jagged doorway of sorts. Built from rock it felt both cold and hot beneath her palms, rough in texture. Footsteps sounded to her left causing her to whirl frantically, the move was ill advised causing her to stumble and land awkwardly her body no longer able to withstand any movement. A laugh echoed in the dim light maniac and malicious, she squinted eyes stubbornly adjusting “What” she spluttered again the cough catching her by surprise.
Cold fingers gripped her skin roughly, she kicked out screaming and tearing unwilling to be held down. A grunt sounded above her merging with hissing before a voice answered her “Be still out lander” the accent was neither male nor female causing a fissure of fear to tear down her chest. She redoubled her efforts, the hissing continued until a blow stun her rocking her head back with a snap. Pain exploded behind her eyes body becoming limp and useless as she was hauled upwards. Feebly she kicked out feet easily being captured by cold hands. It didn’t take long for her to become aware that there were two, the one whom held her and the one who laughed. “Take her to the master” again the accent was difficult to interpret yet overly female. Her captor hissed back the language something she was at a loss to.
The pain left her nauseous her stomach swirling with rage and sickness as they moved ambling downwards, her eyes saw only darkness now and then bright lights akin to fire, time passed once more meaningless and sure. She prayed for the pain to ease to call upon her gifts but no answer came. She would not bow to death not after all she had withstood; finally they stopped a shrill grinding sound echoing loudly around them. The smell hurt causing her eyes to water, fierce like fire and dark, abruptly she was set down. She stumbled falling to her knees with a thud, a dull ache lingering across her body “Well well what have I got today another little wanderer far from home?” the voice was male rich with a forgotten tongue, her head whipped to the source of the sound, darkness shrouded the figure, creating a silhouette in the dim light.
She blinked “Who are you release me” her voice was rough and hoarse, the tone weaker than she wished it to be. Laughter met her words “Release you? Strange it was you whom entered my kingdom so freely little caster” she stiffened “Reveal yourself” silence time ticked onward, her flesh broke into goosebumps a shiver breaking down her spine “Your heart beats so hard little caster, is it vengeance you seek? Hm you reek of it rage caressing your skin so sweetly tell me caster who do you thirst so desperately for?” She staggered upwards “How do you know of me coward?” anger caused her to hiss eyes frantically fixed on that darkness. A chuckle sounded to her right pushing her to a freeze how had he moved so quickly? “I know everything about you little caster I have been watching you for some time, my you have gotten yourself into a pickle haven’t you all alone with no means to an end pity really”
“Show yourself” the scream tore from her lips before she could prevent it rage and fear quaking her body “I think not little caster you are not worthy of me none of your world is, though I have been before, you have all just forgotten in time you will know again” a shift in the darkness “Your thirst is so strong caster, so hungry let’s play a game shall we, I enjoy games they are one of my great pleasures” “I play no games” her fingers formed fists body turning with the changing course of his voice and yet something slithered through her mind a voice silken and smooth it caused her thoughts to tumble away, a deep need seethed inside her to listen to this beautiful voice to accept whatever it told her.
“No? I guarantee you will enjoy this little game perhaps I should be honest let’s call it a simple deal” her ears perked with interest as her eyes twitched towards that voice “A deal??” Such a perfect thing for you, a chance to hurt those who caused you to burn a chance to claim back your place her eyes lowered body swaying as that voice began to whisper soothing and she found herself agreeing somewhere, in the deep recesses of her mind she knew that something was wrong that she should not listen to this voice and yet she could not resist. “You do understand the term don’t you, I will give you this vengeance you crave so desperately if you do something for me in turn does this not pique your interest?”
Despite her will her heart thrummed with the words Vengeance so sweet and pure take it listen to him he knows, this is a single chance one you must take think of how they will suffer, how you can tear them from their homes and destroy all they hold dear “Yes” the words passed her lips unconsciously “Good now listen carefully, I seek someone they are in youth and so fiery by nature your task will be to obtain this individual and bring them to me intact, should you accomplish this simple task I will grant you your vengeance” She frowned the offer was tempting yet nothing do ideal could be free the price would be damming and yet Agree do it, why do you hesitate? Do you not crave their end to see them suffer at the hands of the one they betrayed “What is it you seek from this youth” her voice was whisper as she fell lulled by that voice “That is of no concern of yours” the tone was final icy and strong it caused a sliver of fear to race down her spine “My apologies” her voice shook as her eyes sought him out stomach churning with the significance of the danger before her, the voice gave no indication as to his acceptance of her words or not
“In a moment I will place you where this individual resides it is a large region and will take many years of searching but you will find them, I shall give you the tools you need beasts in clothing they will serve you and only you, once you have succeeded return them to me and you shall have your reward” the tone had lowered becoming soft almost soothing. She shivered again licking her lips unconsciously her heart begged for completion her mind whispered that this would be unwise, Now take it claim your chance! “Agreed” the words slipped past her lips softly without her consent, her lips fumbled to pull them back but something stopped her, that voice which had been lurking in her mind whispered again Do it. “Good very good caster, there’s just the small action of signing” paper appeared before her eyes glowing faintly humming with the taste of magic “Go ahead caster” slowly she caught it grasping the pen hovering beside it, hesitantly she signed gasping in pain as her skin ripped open in time with the letter, her own blood becoming the ink.
“There is a tiny matter I forgot to mention little caster should you betray me at any point in this time or the next you will be mine, your body is not something I care for it’s what lies beneath which I will take understood” her stomach tightened churning with sickness at the flippant amusement in his voice Her mind screamed to back out that playing with fire would be the end of her but the reward. Stubbornly she added the last letter the paper snapping to a close as soon as the ink dried. “Don’t forget our terms now caster” she hesitated “When will I see you?” the darkness closed in around her abruptly thick suffocating fiery and cool “Soon all of you world will see me” she blinked the words drawing a series of alarms to clamor though her mind but before she could speak she was turning as the room flared with light, for a brief moment she fell into bottomless cold eyes before she was torn backwards until she knew no more.
Innocence died the day of his birth, all whom walked in his shadow knew only death and for a time they were forgotten, but forgotten things often return to haunt us” A scripture from the visions of Diana Volume 2.