Tag: Gate Keepers

Liyanna I, Part 3: Liyanna | Chapter 23

Reno

Displeasure was an understatement of how the Elders reacted to his blatant disregard of their orders. The looks they gave him at Dur na Valed were marked with disappointment, exasperation, and anger. Sola and Sara, Merleina’s representatives in the Council, did not come to his defense.

The high priestess did not confront him. Her son did. Sola had stalked to his office the afternoon of that same day. Reno’s apprentice had been apprehensive when the latter announced the visitor, whose anger rolled off him in waves. Arturion had never caused his foster family grief. The Gate Keepers were also relatively easier to manage than the Black Guards. The glow globes flickered unnaturally. Sola was on the brink of unleashing something unpleasant. (more…)

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Liyanna I, Part 3: Liyanna | Chapter 22

Liyanna

The girl in the mirror was a stranger to her. The pale yellow hair was styled like a crown on her head. A few strands were artfully left loose to frame her face. It gave emphasis to her somber gray eyes. Her feet were shod in flimsy sandals with straps that crisscrossed up to her knees. The silver gown the dryad Theona had assisted her in wearing showed more skin than Liyanna liked: the shoulders and arms were bare; the front hung dangerously low, and the slits of the skirt came up to the thighs. It was a gift Kelor-dan had given as a present to match Liyanna’s silver eyes. She decided to accept; to refuse a gift personally chosen by the Devarian Prince – her host, would be inappropriate. (more…)

Liyanna I, Part 3: Liyanna | Chapter 21

Reno

The activities in Sinta Lake had drawn him away from his troubles. The atmosphere in the area was thick with the water spirits’ Glamour. They flitted about, diving and resurfacing from the water; creating mini rainbows, ice statues, and music while they performed a common Devarian court dance. Merleinans in the audience swayed on their feet following the rhythm of the melody. Several Forest Folk danced at the shore. Others were more daring as they asked Merleinans to be their dance partners. There was a loosening of inhibitions from both races. They were genuinely enjoying themselves; such a thing had never occurred in his lifetime until now. (more…)

Liyanna I, Part 2: Karina | Chapter 19

Reno

Mindy’s solemn response bode well. In Merleina, the neighbors treated each other as an extension of one’s direct family; but the girl was the little sister he never had.

She has been spending more time at the main office of her father’s company. Still, it cannot be discounted that Mindy and Karina had been friends most of their lives. Exposure to the latter made it possible for Mindy to raise her frequency and eventually acquire the ascension symptoms. A case he was working on with Sola’s Gate Keepers came to mind. If she did have the symptoms, will another Zertan drone come after his niece? Two of his Guards took shifts watching over Mindy and would alert him if a Keeper notices her or when danger is close by. (more…)

Liyanna I, Part 2: Karina | Chapter 18

Mindy

If Kristina was still alive, Mindy would have asked her to be her shopping companion. Her friend had needed a break from being a struggling writer. Moreover, the exercise would have done her a lot of good. Kristina had never been ill when they were in high school and college. Her decline in health could be attributed to stress after months of looking after her mother, Aunt Ana.

The findings from the investigation had concluded that the source of the fire was a gas leak. Kristina’s death was a huge blow to their batch and a rude awakening for Mindy. Her whole outlook changed as she realized how short life is. One could never know when someone will die; so, she determined to live to the fullest. Mindy missed her friend terribly in the days that followed after the funeral. Four months had passed and the loss eased gradually to a dull ache. (more…)

Liyanna I, Part 2: Karina | Chapter 17

Arturion

The average number of times Merkaba is used in a month was one to two at the most. To go beyond the norm was allowed only when the situation called for immediate attention. Arturion couldn’t stay away from Merleina. Karina was far too important to his people, the Devatas, and him. He had readily agreed to the plan to visit her weekly to ensure that her energies are balanced. Sara had given him a pálon to keep the fatigue of travel at bay. (more…)

Liyanna I, Part 2: Karina | Chapter 16

Karina

“Again,” Reno’s voice rang from the other side of the training area.

The morning exercises immediately start after the Dawn greeting. A series of slow fluid movements and breathing techniques, the Indariki was designed for practitioners to maintain the optimum balance of the human body, mind, and emotion. The purpose of the art has changed through the years. (more…)