As Christmas approaches I’d like to thank everyone who has followed my blog and particularly The Nolavia Curse. I will be taking a break until New Year and then will start Part two of The Nolavia Chronicles, Nolavia’s Shadow. May you all have a blessed Christmas and that Joy and Love flows abundantly into your lives.
With twenty minutes to spare I walked out of my front door. Anaira was draped over the back of the white unicorn. The sun shone brightly as though it were just another day not the defining moment that my heart said it was. Anaira slid off the unicorn’s back and it moved away. She glided snake-like towards me, unsmiling. The Dragons and Snilboglins were still squatting on top of the roofs and charred bodies of snoobabs and humans littered the ground. I waited for her to come to me without moving.
Davalast and the others were to await my signal but I could feel the shield pulsing around me. She stopped about two feet from me. A light breeze blew her hair over her face and she brushed it away.
“You’ve tied your hair back. I liked it loose.” She said. I said nothing keeping my eyes on her face. “I thought you were dead.” Her voice was flat.
“It will take more than that to kill me, Anaira.” I said.
“Yes.” She bit her bottom lip distractedly. Something was different. The bravado was gone and she looked fragile. “Well I suppose we should continue, you’ve kept me waiting long enough. Are you alone again?”
“No, not this time.” I said and raised my hand. Doors opened immediately and people filed quietly out of their houses. Anaira backed away and flicked her hand. Dragons and Snilboglins stood to attention. Vulcanas pawed the ground and snorted. Snoobabs chattered in shrill agitation. Two circles formed while Anaira stared. She seemed undecided and it gave us valuable time to settle. Yroyve slipped his hand into mine and I bent to kiss his forehead. Anaira gave a strangled cry and flicked her hand. Everything moved at once and the cacophony was deafening.
“Close your eyes if you need to but remain firm in your resolve to Love, only Love!” I yelled above the noise. The shield surrounded us all and it pulsed in the rhythm of our breath. Yroyve started to chant and we all fell in with him. “Love, Love, Love” we muttered and the chanting grew louder until it drowned out the flapping of wings and the thudding footfalls.
The winds twirled and twisted at our cloaks. I held onto Yroyve on the one side and Davalast on the other. Black clouds converged in the sky dousing the sun until we were enveloped by darkness more profound than any night. The wind whistled and whipped about us but we kept chanting. It felt like we were the wind itself buffeting and adding to the energy of the shield. Time expanded limitlessly and I could have continued forever. I was no longer an individual, the collective breath moved through me filling me with indescribable joy. We were one.
Then the wind died abruptly. Still swathed in blackness we could see nothing but we continued to chant and breath in unison. Gradually the darkness lifted and the sun poured down its buttery light. We kept our shield up but our chanting slowed and stopped.
Anaira was alone except for the Unicorn who stood untethered by her side. The other creatures had fled. She lay on the ground her shoulders heaving. I walked out of the circle and through the shield and knelt on the ground next to her. I stroked her hair. It was no longer white but golden as though the sun had touched her with its light. She was weeping the tears of a child, great gulping sobs. I gathered her into my arms and she clung to me burying her damp face into my neck.
End of Part One