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The Last Flame

A Journey to Illuminate the World's Destiny

By Oluwatobi SamuelPublished about a month ago 4 min read
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The Last Flame
Photo by Jayesh Patil on Unsplash

In a world engulfed by darkness, where the sun had long ceased to rise and the moon had vanished from the sky, there existed a tiny village nestled amidst the desolation. Here, the people clung to the last flicker of hope, embodied in the form of a sacred flame that burned perpetually in the heart of their village square.

Legend had it that this flame was the last remnant of the ancient sun, a gift from the gods to guide humanity through the eternal night that had descended upon the world. It was said that as long as the flame burned, there was still a glimmer of hope for the world to be reborn from the ashes of darkness.

The responsibility of tending to the sacred flame fell upon a young girl named Lila. From the moment she could walk, Lila had been chosen by the village elders to be the guardian of the flame. It was a duty she took with utmost seriousness, knowing that the fate of her people rested in her hands.

Every day, Lila would wake before dawn to perform the sacred rituals required to keep the flame burning bright. She would offer prayers to the gods, feed the fire with the last of the precious wood that they had managed to scavenge from the surrounding forest, and shield it from the bitter cold that threatened to extinguish its light.

Despite her dedication, Lila could not shake the feeling of despair that gnawed at her heart. She had grown up hearing stories of a world bathed in sunlight, where fields stretched as far as the eye could see and laughter filled the air. But now, all she knew was darkness and silence.

One fateful night, as Lila sat by the dying embers of the sacred flame, a voice echoed in her mind. It was soft and gentle, yet filled with a sense of urgency.

"Lila," the voice whispered, "you are the chosen one, the keeper of the last flame. But your destiny is greater than you know. Seek out the lost temple of the sun, and there you will find the key to restoring light to the world."

At first, Lila thought she was dreaming. But as the voice continued to speak, she knew that it was real. With newfound determination burning in her heart, she vowed to embark on a journey to find the lost temple of the sun and fulfill her destiny.

Gathering what little supplies she could carry, Lila set out into the darkness, guided only by the faint memory of the stories her grandmother had told her of the world that once was. For days, she journeyed through the desolate landscape, facing countless dangers and obstacles along the way.

But just as she was beginning to lose hope, Lila stumbled upon a hidden path leading deep into the heart of the forest. Following her instincts, she pressed on, until at last, she came upon a magnificent structure hidden amidst the trees - the lost temple of the sun.

With trembling hands, Lila pushed open the doors of the temple and stepped inside. What she found took her breath away. The walls were adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes of sunlight and life, a stark contrast to the darkness that had consumed the world outside.

At the center of the temple stood a pedestal bathed in a soft golden light. And upon it rested a single, glowing ember - the last remaining spark of the ancient sun.

With tears in her eyes, Lila reached out and touched the ember, feeling its warmth seep into her very soul. In that moment, she knew what she had to do.

Gathering all of her strength, Lila took the ember in her hands and began the long journey back to her village. The path was treacherous, and more than once she was tempted to give up. But she refused to let despair consume her, for she knew that the fate of the world depended on her success.

Finally, after what felt like an eternity, Lila emerged from the darkness and returned to her village. The people gathered around in awe as she approached the sacred flame, the ember glowing brightly in her hands.

With a trembling breath, Lila gently placed the ember into the heart of the flame. And as it touched the flickering flames, a miracle occurred.

A brilliant light erupted from the sacred flame, piercing through the darkness and illuminating the sky with hues of orange and gold. The villagers watched in wonder as the world around them began to awaken from its long slumber, the sun rising once more on the horizon.

In that moment, Lila knew that her journey was complete. The last flame had been extinguished, but in its place, a new dawn had begun. And as the first rays of sunlight touched her face, she smiled, knowing that hope had returned to the world at last.

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Oluwatobi Samuel

I am Oluwatobiloba Samuel, I'm a graphics designer, a content creator, i Love Art

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  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Wow! Fantastic!

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