The Silent Witness (Published)

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PROLOGUE

Since ancient times, mankind had frequently tried to explain the mystery surrounding the phenomena that occurred unpredictably during the years.

The ancient Greeks, who held one of the greatest schools of all time (The School of Athens), were continually determined to have an explicit answer to everything that happened in man’s day-to-day living. However, concerning the supernatural, the only accepted belief was the work of the gods. For instance, if someone suffered a panic attack, the goat god, Pan, was deemed responsible. The word ’panic’ derives from his name.

One of the most well-known phenomena that the Greeks could not fathom was how the sunflower would turn its face towards the sun. The story began with Apollo, god of the sun, and is described as the most handsome of all the male gods on Olympus. Apollo had a palace in the eastern direction and would ride his chariot of gold and ivory every day in the sky towards the west. In the evening, he would end his journey at the sea on the far western end and would return home, only to bring the sun the following day.

He was admired by one and all and was noticed by a water nymph named Clytie, who fell instantly in love with him. Daily, she would watch him intently as he travelled across the sky. Unfortunately for Clytie, Apollo ignored her pleas of undying love. Eventually, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, felt pity for Clytie’s unrequited love. Since the gods were not allowed to intervene with each other’s powers, Aphrodite decided to turn Clytie into a plant that is now called the sunflower.

Today, whenever the sun moves across our skies, the sunflower still follows its movement in the hopes that Apollo’s unrequited love will ease Clytie’s suffering - her longing for a love that was never meant to be.

This story, however, is not about the gods that were worshipped by the ancient people but speak of gods long forgotten - gods that are not found in history books nor mentioned in both myths and legends.

One of these long-forgotten deities was Sërafinn, goddess of the moon. Her character was a tender and compassionate one, as she sought to bring harmony amongst mortals who were inattentive and caused strife amongst their kind. However, over the millennia, humans grew restless, greedy and decided they did not need the gods, going as far as not believing in their existence. Wars broke out, kings fought against kings and families broke away from each other. With anguish, Sërafinn observed in misery and would mourn for mankind as she knew they had great potential for being better than they made themselves out to be.

Meanwhile, in the mortal world known as Barathorn, Morgan, a troubled young woman is struggling with life and understanding the purpose of it all. Shattered dreams, guilt, personal tragedy, and rash decisions plunge her into deeper misfortune. Will she ever find the peace her heart so long yearns for? Or win the battle that had raged inside her for so long?

Back in the realm of the gods, known as Evertheen, it was a primordial law that the gods were not to use their powers against each other and limit their interactions with mortals. However, a season would eventually rise where mortals became greedy, vengeful, and spiteful towards their creator and forced the hands of the gods to intervene.

As for Sërafinn, she watched and witnessed the mayhem from her silvery throne. Eventually, having seen too much destruction in silence throughout the ages, she sets out to try reinstating peace and harmony that were originally intended for those who lived on Barathorn. She would no longer be The Silent Witness.

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