Before this humble narrator proceeds with the conclusion of this part of the story of Michael and his flaming sword, I must set the scene a bit before it unfolds. From the Smoke Mansion where Michael and Lilith had proven victorious, there leads a path. The path is a flat plane the color and pattern of heavily laden rain clouds. It leads to a similarly colored stair, which in turn leads up to a once beautiful citadel, now in ruins.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Even Almighty Zeus could do nothing for me; even as I prayed,
“I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope,
My dream home. Where do I begin? I could lie and tell you all about the lovely house with modern furnishings I desperately long for.
“Thus, it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won. Whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”
What nasty weather! Of course, I picked the short straw to walk the dog. I sighed. The cold autumn wind blew in my face and with it some brown, wrinkled leaves and wet mist. Although I knew the wood behind our house like the inside of my pockets, I felt a little bit lost in this dreich weather.
In the beginning, there was Chaos; a great source of energy with the Universe. Chaos had a younger sister, Order. Together they formed the deities that shaped the stars. The deities were known as Primordials. These were Erebus, Nyx, Eros, Gaia, and Tartarus. Erebus and Nyx gave birth to Aether, atmosphere, and Hemera, daylight. Gaia and Tartarus gave birth to the creatures of Gaia; beasts of sky, earth, and sea. The primordials were in charge of the order of the Realm and were entrusted to Sister Chaos by Sister Order. Sister Order would return to the Realm beyond the Third Plane to forge the Afterlife.
Colorful gems and shards filled the spacious cavern with rainbow lights. There were less at the entrance and more deeper in, but that’s where problems would arise.
My friends and I were taken to a place that we thought was impossible. We gained the ability to manipulate what is called Aether, or as some people would call it, magic. When we came back to our own world from our adventure in a fantasy world, we accidentally unlocked the aether in our world. When we did that our world started to change showing the balance from reality to fantasy started to fade revealing things that should have stayed hidden. My friends started up a business that allows us to investigate these fades in reality. One case brought us to a place in Europe, a small remote town where witnesses state that they have seen a castle appear out of thin air.