Calling of Destiny
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. In fact, it had been a plain, long ago before any of us had even been born. It had been a different time back when the Earth was young. Over time, the world and its inhabitants changed, transforming throughout the ages.
The world back then would have been unrecognizable for me, but, then again, the same could be said about the me I am today. I was a different person before the incident. Everything changed that day, and nothing would ever been the same. I had been an ordinary girl before it happened, but life was full of surprises.
It had been an ordinary day, same as all that came before. I went to school, spent time with my friends, shared a meal with my family, completed homework, and went to bed. Nothing of note to report. How was I to know what was to come?
As the clock struck midnight, energy began to stir. It was palpable in the air. Unexpectedly, I was roused from my slumber with a jolt. The vestiges of sleep had no chance of clinging to me as my mind was on high alert. Confused, I glanced around my surroundings, trying to determine what unceremoniously yanked me from the realm of sleep.
My eyes widened by what I witnessed. I rubbed them and tried to confirm that I wasn’t still dreaming. A green light was floating over the foot of my bed.
"What is that?" I whispered in awe.
It was mystifying and awe-inspiring yet a complete enigma. Since when did floating orbs of soft, green light sporadically appear in your home--or anywhere for that matter? Despite feeling wide awake, I still doubted whether what I was witnessing was, in fact, reality. It was too surreal to believe.
"Approach, child. Come face your destiny," the orb called out.
Since when did lights speak? Wait, did it actually speak? While I had definitely heard it, it seemed to be a mental awareness more than physically hearing the words with my ears. Another anomaly to puzzle over. It was so bizarre that I tried to convince myself that I must be dreaming.
"What's my destiny?” I asked, taken aback by the declaration's severity.
The green orb seemed to flutter before what sounded like, “You will see,” was whispered.
Maybe I was still dreaming? This was so unreal; I had a hard time believing it. There was no way this could be real life. Nothing like this ever happened to people; it was just something that happened in books, shows, and movies. Maybe it would happen in a dream but never real life.
I had to pinch myself to assure myself that I was, indeed, awake. Reassured that I was genuinely awake, I blinked, wide-eyed, at the orb. I couldn't make heads or tails of the thing, but it didn't seem to be harmful or dangerous.
Suddenly, everything went black.
Next thing I knew, I was waking up, stranded in the middle of a forest. I had no idea how I arrived there. I glanced around, hoping to receive answers. A shiver wracked my body. I felt like I was being watched. It felt almost like... I was being tested, judged, but I had no idea why or on what.
This had to be a dream, I surmised. People didn’t just teleport. Talking orbs didn’t just appear at people’s bedsides, making proclamations about destiny, either. There was no reason to be tested or judged; I was just an ordinary girl, dreaming. That had to be it.
Even so, I instinctively felt an urgency to get a grip and learn about my new surroundings. The sun was high in the sky, and mysterious noises, sights, and scents bombarded my senses. All alone, in a strange, unfamiliar place, unease began to gnaw at my belly. What was that green light, and what did this have to do with destiny? What was the purpose of all of this? Why did I have to have such a strange dream?
Was it really a dream, though? Everything felt so real. Too real to be a mere dream. It made no sense, but my gut was screaming at me to not write this experience off as sleep adventures.
I still lacked answers, but I felt a distinct certainty there was no turning back. One way or another, I had to get back home, wherever that was. I had a long journey ahead of me, and life would forever change from here on out. First things first, I had to find a way to survive in this strange, new land.
About the author
I've always enjoyed creating, whether it be art or stories. I've enjoyed creating art from a young age and have worked in a variety of schools. I adore anime & cats. Over the summer we adopted baby Tsuki/Tsukihime, my moon princess kitten.