Light Up The Darkness

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Isabella ventured into the woods until she found a clearing. Standing in the gleaming sun, the red-haired sorceress conjured a cool fog as a mystical globe levitated between her palms. While the mist dampened the skirts of her velvet green gown, it also shielded her hands from the intense temperature of the ball.She laughed to herself, knowing that if anyone should happen upon this scene, they would immediately assume it was a crystal ball. Indeed, she could see things inside of it. But, in truth, it could be more accurately described as a gelatinous sphere that glowed while radiating light and heat.She looked deep into the globe and saw a most troublesome sight. It caused her stomach to tighten as she knew that danger was imminent. She’d need to keep this to herself as her village would surely either run or stay and react violently. If she wanted to save her people, she needed them to do neither. So, she’d keep the vision a well-guarded secret until it was time. She’d find a way to keep things peaceful and make everything right. After all, she’d been doing so for hundreds of years.Isabella came from a long line of witches, wizards, and sorcerers, but she’d long since exiled them from her life. She saw a darkness in them that frightened her. Using power for evil or for self-serving purposes had become a way of existence for many of them. She couldn’t abide by such treacherous behavior, so she left the whole ugly lot of them behind and traveled far and wide before she found the Village of Green Forest.It was here that she’d met and trained under the mighty sorcerer, Cheval. He’d recognized her gift immediately and had taken her under his wing as an apprentice to hone her powers. He’d been delighted with Izzy, as he called her, for she had such incredibly strong metaphysical energy.Over the years, many villagers began to doubt the powerful magic of Cheval and Isabella. This had made Cheval quite cross and he became a bit of a hermit. While he would occasionally allow Izzy to come into his garden to drink tea, he no longer interacted with the rest of the villagers.Today was one of those occasions. As Isabella poured them each some tea, Cheval commented gruffly, “You know, Izzy, it’s times like these that one could almost understand your family’s penchant for evil. I grow tired of the foolishness of the folks here, my girl. There are times I believe they don’t deserve your protection.”“They need me now more than ever, Cheval,” she said, her voice barely above a whisper.He paused with his cup in midair, “What makes you think this, my dear?”She took a deep breath and sighed, “I went into the clearing beyond the woods today. I’ve had troublesome dreams and needed to see for myself. The mystical sphere appeared between my hands before I even called for it.”“You must have summoned it subconsciously,” Cheval chided. “Foolish girl! The sphere could have burned you!”“I’m not a child!” Isabella protested. “I conjured a cool mist the instant I realized its presence.”He chuckled softly as she glared at him. “No,” he said with a sad smile, “you’re not a child by any stretch of the imagination. But you’ll forgive an old man for worrying about you.”“Aren’t you the one who told me that I’m the most powerful sorceress bonus veren siteler you’ve ever met?” she asked.“I haven’t met many sorceresses, so that may not be the compliment you think it is,” Cheval said, trying to keep things light between them.“Keep it up, old man, and I will be the last sorceress you ever meet!” she teased back. “Your powers grow weak at their lack of use.”He raised an eyebrow, “What did you see in the milky orb, Izzy?”“Darkness. Total and complete darkness. A shroud so powerful and dangerous that the sun won’t be able to penetrate it. I’m afraid, Cheval. I want to protect the village, but I worry that they will either panic and lose their lives in revolt or, worse, not take me seriously and perish anyway,” she explained.He nodded grimly but said nothing.She felt frustration bubbling inside her gut, “I could use your help, you know.”“As you were quick to point out, it’s been years since I have so much as levitated, let alone practiced the kind of magic you are asking for,” Cheval said, sipping his tea.“We have a bit of time,” she replied. “You could…”Cheval interrupted, “I could what? I spent years protecting these people and their lands. And then…”He stopped. They both knew the reason he’d shut himself away. He’d allowed himself to fall in love but had his heart shattered when the woman he’d given it to, tossed it away carelessly.Isabella sighed, touching his hand gently. “Still, don’t you think you’ve wallowed long enough?”Cheval glowered, “You dare speak of this? You have no idea what love is, you’ve never allowed yourself to be so vulnerable. Be gone! I’m done with you now!”Isabella felt hurt beyond belief, “I may not know what romantic love is, but I know I’ve loved you like a father for years, and ever since you let that woman break your heart, you’ve barely spoken to me. I’m done trying to reach you! If you wish to see me again, you know where to find me! I’m done with you right now as well!”Before he could stop her, Isabella turned and left. He felt remorse at causing her sadness. But it would make her stronger, and she needed that strength if she were to overcome the darkness coming her way.She slept poorly that night, as darkness continued to invade her dreams. Once the sun was up, she went down to the river to sit at the water’s edge and think. It was there she saw Liam.“Hey, Red, what’s a pretty girl like you doing sitting all alone on a gorgeous sunny morning?” he asked playfully.She felt herself blush. She hoped it wasn’t too obvious.“Hello, Liam. I just came to think. I do my best thinking here on the banks of the river,” she said, hoping she sounded nonchalant.“Mind if I join you?” he asked as he sat down, not waiting for a reply.“Well, I, uh…” Isabella stammered.Liam’s face fell, “Look if you don’t want me to keep making an effort, tell me to stop, and I will leave you alone. I don’t understand why you keep avoiding me, but if you don’t wish to be friends anymore just say so.”She winced, “It’s not that at all, Liam. I do want to be friends. I’ve just had a lot on my mind lately. I’m sorry if I’ve been rude.”Liam managed half a smile, “I get it if you don’t have romantic feelings for me, okay? But I value our friendship bedava bahis too, you know.”“Thank you, Liam. I value our friendship as well,” she answered softly.He looked at her, frustrated, “But not enough to trust me with whatever has you so distant lately, I guess.”“Liam, I’d give anything to be able to unburden myself to you right now, but I can’t,” she sighed.“Can’t or won’t, Isabella?” he asked pointedly.Isabella took a deep breath and said, “Look, if I tell you, you’ll think I’ve gone mad. You’re my only friend, besides Cheval, and I don’t wish to spoil that.”“Isabella, I’m quite aware that you have magical powers. I’ve seen you move things with your eyes. I don’t care that you’re different, if that’s what you’re worried about, I just care about you,” Liam said sharply.Isabella had never seen Liam so cross. She was silly to think he hadn’t noticed her power. He was a very intuitive man. Maybe she was being foolish to not share what was going on with the impending doom of darkness. While he wasn’t magical, he was level-headed, and it might help to have someone to be a sounding board.“Very well, Liam, I will tell you everything. Maybe you can help me find a viable solution with your wisdom and strength,” she said, resigned to the fact that she’d either gain an ally or lose a friend.Liam sat down and took Isabella’s hand in his, “I’m here to listen, to help, or to do whatever you need.”She nodded, “Okay, well, it’s a whole lot more complicated than me just being magical.”He smiled, “Well, then it’s a good thing I’m sitting down.”“I’m not a witch, Liam. I’m something far more powerful than that. I am a sorceress. Although I do chant, I don’t need intricate spells like a witch, nor do I need a wand like a wizard. I can simply make things happen, or not happen, with my mind. I can sometimes even see what the future holds. What I’ve seen lately in my dreams was confirmed yesterday when I looked into the sphere of light.”Liam raised an eyebrow, “You have a crystal ball?”She laughed, “It’s not made of crystal, and it’s not technically mine.”He held her hands, “What did you see that has you so spooked, Red?”Isabella sighed, “Darkness, complete and utter darkness. It won’t just be like night, Liam. It will be like being blind.”He wanted, more than anything right now, to take her into his arms and comfort her, even at the risk of annoying her. Instead, he said, “How can I help?”“I don’t know yet, but I know that I can’t tell the people of our village until I have a plan. I can’t get a clear idea of when to expect this darkness to settle over us. I can’t see what will cause it or how to stop it. So, it’s best to keep this quiet until I have an idea of how to fight it,” she explained.Liam nodded, “I agree. For now, anyway. Maybe some of them could be of help?”“Possibly,” she said anxiously. “Although many in the village see magic as a kind of evil all its own. But, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to try.”“Does Cheval have powers? My grandfather used to talk about a man who lived in the woods who could make things move.”“Yes, he does. At one time I would have said that his were stronger than mine. I trained under him for many years. But as of late, he has no interest in magic, and I fear deneme bonus he will be of no help to me,” she said woefully.She looked away, afraid that he would see tears threatening to form in her eyes. But he took her chin gently in his hand and look deeply into her eyes.“I may not possess magic, Isabella, but I will do everything in my power to help you however I can,” he said firmly.He wanted to kiss her, even suspected she wanted him to do so, but he hesitated too long, and she pulled away.“Maybe you can help by finding others willing to do what they can to help. Perhaps once we figure out who’s with us, I will have come up with a plan,” she said hopefully.“I can do that, Red,” he agreed. “Should I meet you here tomorrow?”“No, come to my cottage. I’ll meet you there after I’ve gone back into the clearing to see if I can ascertain how long we have before the darkness befalls us,” she answered.He nodded and left her to her thoughts.She headed home to meditate. There had to be a way to stop this plague. She just needed to draw upon more power than she ever had before.Liam spent the rest of the day rounding up as many supporters as he could in the village. He was excited to tell her and didn’t want to wait until morning, so he hurried to her cottage to let her know she wasn’t in this fight alone.When he got there, her cottage was empty. He saw a faint glow beyond the forest and followed a path to the light. When he cleared the trees, he saw her standing there, surrounded by a fog with the sphere hovering between her hands, emanating a great deal of light and heat. Worried that he would startle her if he called out her name, he said nothing. He just continued to watch in amazement as she peered into the globe. As she chanted in a language he didn’t recognize, the light became so bright he had to look away, lest it blind him. Then suddenly, the light faded, then disappeared, and Isabella fainted.“Red!” Liam screamed as he ran to her and took her into his arms. He carried her back to her cottage, setting her down gently on her bed. He sat next to her holding her hand as she came to.“Liam?” she asked, confused. “What are you doing here? How did I get here?”He explained all that had transpired to her as she regained her strength and sat up. She hugged him tight and said, “Thank you for being so kind, Liam. I’m sorry you had to carry me home.”He smiled, “It was certainly no hardship to hold you in my arms, Red. In fact, if I’m being honest, I rather enjoyed it once I was sure you were breathing.”She smiled shyly. She felt her heartbeat quicken as he brushed his lips against hers, but she pulled away.“Isabella, we’re not children. I want you; I have for some time now. If you can look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t want me, too, I will leave you now and come back in the morning to formulate our plan to conquer the darkness. But, if you feel the way I do, I’d like very much to spend the night with you,” Liam said.She started to say that she didn’t feel the same way, but that was a lie. She wanted him, too. But she could ill afford to be distracted. Still…“Isabella,” he said softly, “let me lie with you tonight. Let me show you how much I want you and need you.”She noticed he spoke of want and need, but not of love. She sighed. Still, she had denied herself this bodily pleasure for several lifetimes now. Wasn’t it time that she allowed herself to experience what it felt like to be desired by a man?“Yes,” she agreed quietly. “Please stay with me, Liam.”

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