The Emerald Song, Act I: Red

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Intermission

Act I: Red

Chapter 15: Intermission


Where am I?

Why can’t I see anything?

What is this feeling?

I feel…

Happy.

And afraid.

“Would you like me to tell you a story?”

Someone is speaking.

I can hear them.

Who is it?

“I can see that you’re coming to. Don’t worry, the confusion will pass. Soon you’ll be dreaming and you won’t remember a thing.”

Dreaming?
Aren’t I dreaming now?

Who am I?

Why can’t I remember anything?
I feel…

“In the meantime, I’ll tell you a story. It’ a short story about three children, told in a format meant to build up to the right way of solving a particular problem. Biased as it may be, I am quite fond of it.”

A story?

Do I enjoy stories?

Who is telling this one?

“Three children lived on a farm with their dog. One day, it rains so hard that the dog is swept away and is unable to swim to safety. The children, feisty as they were, decide to find their dog and rescue it. After two days of searching, the three children return home.”

Home…

Where was my home?

Do I have a home?

Why can’t I remember?

“When the first child was asked what happened to the dog, they happily replied: ‘We rescued it. It followed us home and is safe now.’”

Safe…

Wait…

Was this person telling me my own story?

Trying to get me to remember?

“When the second child was asked the same question, they answered similarly: ‘It’s right here!’ they exclaimed with glee. ‘We saved it!’”

I need to listen.

It must be important.

“The third child did not wait to be asked. Instead, she was confused at her siblings’ responses. With a forceful gesture and a saddened face, she replied: ‘We did not save our dog, we found him in the river, drowned. He is dead.’”

…?

“I’m sure there is a moral to this story, as only the good ones have them. But as I said, it could also be biased. Such a story could be twisted in order to trick a yearning listener.”

Trick?

Have I been tricked?

“But that listener is not you.”

Me?

“I would not trick one with a knife around her neck.”

Can he see me?

I need to open my eyes.

I need to see.

But I am happy.

But also afraid.

I need to open my eyes.

“Now that I have told you the story, it is time for you to dream.”

I am happy as I am.

“Dream.”

I am afraid to change it.

“Dream.”

But I need to see.

“Dream.”

I need to open my eyes.

DREAM.

“I need to wake up.”


She saw a man donning a fur coat.

And then she dreamt.


Glossary - Night 8

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- The Stranger / Race: Human / Status: Active

- Sakiya / Race: Human / Status: Dormant

- Thaia / Race: Fae (Sylph) / Status: Active

- Zhei / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- Akulien / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- Maelomi / Race: Unknown / Status: Active, Tavern Mistress

- Vairnlor / Race: Lich / Status: Active

- The Father / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- ? / Race: ? / Status: Dreaming

THE FAE COURT

- Avelia / Race: Fae (Fairy) / Status: Active, Fae Queen

- Kael / Race: Fae (Kelpie) / Status: Active

- Dimitri / Race: Fae (Faun) / Status: Active

THE LEGION

- Garren Myzen / Race: Lich / Status: Active, Legion Tyrant

- Sirena / Race: Elf / Status: Active

THE FELINE ROGUES

- Zephryne / Race: Feline / Status: Active, Rogue Leader

- ? / Race: Feline / Status: Active

TERMS

- Tylarus: Name of land.

- The Tavern: Establishment in between the Fae Forest and Rogue Woods, south of the Graveyard and Basin.

- The Basin: Southern end of both rivers located north of the Tavern.

- The Corrupted Tree: Black, deadened tree located in the Graveyard.

- The Graveyard: Plot of land between two rivers and in the center of the land.

- The Fae Forest: Eastern forests, surface world of the Fae Court.

- The Wastelands: Northern plains, home to the Legion.

- The City: Capitol of the Wastelands.

- The Rogue Woods: Western woods, home to the Feline Rogues.

- The Raven: ?

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