“Where am I?” I whispered in awe, staring up at the strange sky as the purple stars glistened and pulsed brightly with light.
I glanced down at my body to see that I was dressed in a plain white dress that snuggled with my chest then flared out at my waist and ended just a little above my knees. My feet were bare as they stood on nothing in particular.
Nothing in particular...
My eyes widened as I realized that I was standing on air even though beneath me felt solid. I bent over slightly to look beneath me, seeing the same blank canvas that glittered with stars. It was everywhere, surrounding me.... calling to me...
I looked ahead of me and took a cautious step forward, my stomach dropping at the thought of falling through mid air. My feet landed on solid ground and a sigh of relief escaped my lips.
What was this place?
I stretched out my hands towards the stars but they were so far away from me. Every step that I took didn’t seem to be closing the distance between us.
I froze as I suddenly felt like I was being watched. My skin crawled as the feeling of foreshadowing washed over me. My stomach dropped and I closed my eyes tightly, praying that what I was thinking wasn’t actually true.
There was something behind me...
I slowly turned around, my eyes still tightly closed, afraid to face whatever it was that dragged me into this weird illusion.
I winced as light brightly flashed before me, causing my eyes to snap open on impulse. A star...
A large star...
Shooting right at me!?
Before I had time to react, a large purple star flashed with strange images as it sped towards me and collided with my body.
My vision got blinded for a split second before I found myself standing in the middle of a forest. The area looked familiar... maybe a few paces away from the entrance of the cave that lead to the garden.
I furrowed my brows in confusion as I looked around.
“What am I doing here?”
A whimper of pain caught my attention as I quickly snapped my head to the side, my eyes immediately gravitating towards the curled up bundle that laid beneath a tree, trembling in pain.
“Oh my god!”
I immediately ran up to the kid and knelt down, reaching out a hand to turn him around only for my hand to slip right through him.
I stared at my hands in astonishment.
Was this a dream?
Or... was this what mama told me about?
My eyes strayed from my hands and back to the kid as he suddenly started to scream in pain as he convulsed on the ground. It was scaring the crap out of me and I had no idea what to do!
I caught a glimpse of the kid’s face and gasped in surprise.
Ain’t that our neighbors kid? He’s only nine!
What the hell was happening!?
“Kai!” I called out his name anxiously, reaching out a hand to hold him only to be blinded once more by a bright purple light.
Darkness quickly blanketed me.
A groan escaped my lips as my head throbbed painfully. I clutched my forehead as my disoriented mind slowly started to clear up, the images of what I just saw rotating behind my lids as if urging me to remember them.
I opened my eyes and sat up from my laying position, only to smack my already pulsing head on something hard.
I hissed and blinked my eyes up above me at a pair of light brown eyes that blinked down at me worriedly.
My eyes widened in surprise as I quickly scrambled away from his face that was looming over mine. I was on our living room couch.
“What the hell are you doing!?”
Axil straightened up and cleared his throat, awkwardly rubbing at the back of his neck, “I heard you groan so I came to check and see if you were in pain... Are you okay?”
Besides the freaking heart attack you almost gave me!? I huffed and ran an exasperated hand down my face, “I’m fine, just a little disoriented.”
“What happened? Are you not eating enough?”
I furrowed my eyebrows, “what? I look perfectly healthy. Why would you ask that? Where’s Liza anyway?”
“healthy? is this how skinny every healthy human is?”
I shot him a glare, offended, “skinny!? I’m 131 pounds and there’s a bit of fat on me!”
I tried to defend myself. Was it that he liked thicker women?
What was I even thinking?
I shook my head to get rid of the thoughts and frowned, “forget it, where’s Liza?”
“Did someone ask for me?”
Liza popped through the doorway with a lollipop hanging from the side of her mouth.
I sat up on the couch and ignored the dull ache in my head. It was slowly ebbing away.
“What happened?” I asked.
“I’m supposed to be asking you that. Your eyes flashed a bright purple just before you fainted, you were out for a whole 5 hours.”
I pursed my lips, “oh, so that’s what happened.”
“What happened to you anyway?” Liza came to sit on the couch next to me, curling her legs under her.
I glanced at Axil who just stood there with his arms crossed and shrugged, “I got a vision... or what I assume is a vision...”
Liza’s eyes sparkled as she turned to me excitedly, “witches get premonitions!?”
I frowned, “not necessarily, only a select few manage to have premonitions. I’ve never been one of them before though, so this is the first...” I altered the truth slightly as I avoided facing what I knew happened.
“So what’d you see?” Axil asked me, staring at me intensely... as if he could see through the lies that I’ve built up around myself.
I fidgeted anxiously and avoided his gaze, “I saw Kai lying in the forest alone... crying out in pain.”
Liza furrowed her brows and took the lollipop out of her mouth, “Kai, the neighbor’s kid?”
I nodded, “that’s all I could make out. It looked like he was close to the entrance of the cave and he was alone out there suffering...”
A contemplative look crossed Liza’s face, “if it’s a vision, then is it the past, present or future?”
I shrugged and leaned back into the couch, “I have no idea, these things aren’t always so easy to decipher.”
“But why are you seeing Kai of all people anyway?”
“No idea. I’ve only seen that kid from afar.”
“Alright then, you probably got that vision for a reason. I’ll go next door and check up on them. It won’t be suspicious at all since his older sister is in my class.” I watched as Liza got up and placed the lollipop in her mouth, “I’ll be back.”
“Alright,” I muttered, my eyes trained to her until she disappeared from my view.
As soon as she left, I stood up and glanced at Axil awkwardly, “I have to go cast a spell and inquire about the magical situation in this town. Are you alright on your own?”
Axil nodded and watched me as I left and headed for the stairs.
Just before my feet managed to touch the first step, he spoke up.
“That barrier... outside of your house... it’s blood magic, isn’t it?
I tensed up slightly and refused to turn around to face him.
“And what if it is?”
There was a slight hesitation before his cautious voice sounded, “From what I’ve heard... only dark witches utilizes blood magic...”
I sighed as I glanced over my shoulder, meeting his steady gaze that watched me warily... unsure of himself... and me.
I smiled slightly, “do I look like I’ve succumbed to the darkness?”
Axil clenched his fists at his sides and hardened his gaze, “Are you a fallen witch or not?”
I pursed my lips and turned away, leaving him with a simple yet confusing answer.
When I entered my bedroom, I locked the door and went towards the closet. I glimpsed something silver on my dresser and saw my phone laying there face down. I scowled. Liza just remembered she had my damned phone?
I ignored it... for the first time ever and went into the closet to pull out my bag that had my crystal residing within.
I clutched the cold stone like structure in my hand and closed my eyes. I felt around for the energy that resided within me and urged it forward, pouring it into the crystal, causing it to emit a faint purple glow.
“Find the object of my unease
Find the hidden magic I cannot see
Travel the miles and pass the trees
Show me what isn’t meant to be seen.”
My eyes glazed over slightly as a blank canvas appeared before me. I frowned. Needed more power.
I poured more of my energy into the crystal, wincing at the slight pounding as my head began to ache again. It’s been a while since I’ve used this much magic... I’m too rusty.
A slight image began to flicker before my lids, alerting me that there was actually hidden magic in town. In order to get a clearer image, I repeated the spell once more.
The image flickered again as an outline began to form before my lids. I waited with baited breath as the image got clearer and clearer.
Suddenly, a strange mental energy slammed into me, startling me and causing a yelp to escape my lips. Just as a pair of pure black eyes blinked at me, my eyes snapped open and my hand clutched my chest as my breathes came out fast and unsteady.
Who the hell was that?
I clutched my throbbing head and groaned. I felt so weak all of a sudden... my limbs were just about ready to collapse on me.
Whoever that person was... they were powerful as hell and they happen to have caught me peering in on them.
I’m in trouble.
I grimaced and got up from off the floor. Why oh why did I decide to help a damn stranger? It’s ridiculous!
I needed some rest.
After putting everything away, I unlocked my door.
“Axil!” I shouted.
It only took a mere minute before Axil opened my bedroom door and peered in, his eyes immediately straying towards my hand that clutched at my chest.
I grimaced, “I’m fine. When Liza comes back, tell her I sent out a magic beacon that indeed detected magic being used in town.”
Axil asked tensely, “Tiana?”
I frowned as the pair of black eyes flashed in my mind, “I don’t know. This might sound weird but, what was Tiana’s eye color?”
Axil frowned and thought back for a bit before replying, “her eyes were blue, why?”
I shook my head and waved a dismissive hand, “nothing important. I need to rest and regain my strength.”
Axil nodded in understanding, “I’ll keep watch while you rest. I’m still a bit uneasy after what happened earlier.”
I forced a smile, “thanks, the extra security is very helpful.”
He closed the door then left.
I went to my bed and collapsed, stretching out my hand to check the time on my phone. It was a little after four pm. I sighed and laid back on my pillow, closing my eyes.
I gave in to sleep immediately.