by Shade ©1995
He chuckled merrily for the first time since she had landed upon the shore. "Pray you need never find out, M'Lady, for there will be blood spilt above us if that time comes once more."
Her curiousity aroused, she brushed past him, fingers lightly testing the strength of the walls outline. "Come, Robert. Show me. You have turned me into a child again, delighted with your mystery."
The two of them joined on the other side. She lifted the tallow candle to see into the recesses of the darkness as the hidden door groaned shut behind. "I would not know how to leave this place." She said while rising up on an elbow.
"I thought you
would like to refresh yourself, M'Lady. There is a steaming hot tub yonder
and fresh clothing from your bag. I will wait above." He watched her closely
as he leaned up and twisted the handle's partner to the way into the secret
room. She nodded, now sure of herself.
The aura of the
room almost overwhelmed her as she entered. So much strength here, and so
much fear. But the thing most recognizable was the hope. She felt as much
awe for the ones around her as they felt for her. With every beat of her
heart, every surge of blood through her veins, she wanted to help them find
the answers. These were her people, a part of her, and she of them. Life
must be changed for the children who would join the clan. Life must be changed
for all .... and her part in it would be to use and direct the gifts with
which she'd been endowed.
She could feel Robert's strength behind her, and the pleasure flooding him at the exchange. She would feed off that strength, needing every ounce he had to give, because she herself was only one...and if they were to succeed in driving away the evil that was threatening to engulf them, it would take all of them. And more...it would take the help of the otherworld. And that was why she was here.
"Oh, my clan, my family. 'Tis courage we must find this day. I see the hope in your eyes, glowing like the sun above. Feel the strength of the earth beneath us, and the sound of the sea not far away. The wind blows from the west, from the spirit realms and the Ever Living Lady shines her light in our hearts. Let not despair come near by, for we will find the way ... yes we shall!"
She began by walking through the room, embracing each one as she went, touching the hands and fingers of all, leaning into their necks for a moment, feeling the gratitude and hope growing ever stonger.
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