Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A Long Way Down
Today's muse: Daily Writing Practice
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A Long Way Down
The Locator stood before him, an imposing man of some several thousand years, a tightly rolled scroll held reverently in his hands.
“Do you know why you are here today, Thelanon?”
His eyes downcast, the boy nodded mutely. The Locator nodded, allowing the mere hint of a smile. “Very well, then.”
The golden flecks embedded in the parchment glinted as the Locator unfurled the scroll and read the Decree.
“It has come to pass that the spirit named Thelanon shall make The Voyage and be one with a Being, acting as Spirit Guide and Moral Counsellor, until such time his journey shall end. And so it shall be.”
“And so it shall be,” repeated Thelanon, his eyes glowing with excitement.
The Locator unsheathed his jewel-encrusted sword—a ceremonial blade passed down through generations—and tapped Thelanon’s shoulders. As he chanted the age-old words that would complete the transformation, a golden dome glowed around the boy, enveloping him like a shield, pulsing with energy. Thelanon could feel the power fill him, spread through every part of his being, like a great tidal wave. He had waited his entire life for this moment.
When the ceremony was complete, he raised himself, standing tall, his young back erect and strong. He slowly raised his eyes to The Locator, surprised to see the elder grinning at him. Thelanon grinned back, then rushed forward to be enveloped in the open arms.
“I will miss you, uncle.” His voice was muffled against the old man’s tunic.
“I will watch over you, Thelanon. You may not always feel me. It is, after all, a long way down, but know that I will watch over you as you, in turn, will Guard your Being.”
With one final embrace, Thelanon stepped back and looked into the wise grey eyes that had watched over him these many years. He offered a smile to demonstrate his courage, then he was suddenly gone.
The Locator smiled quietly to himself, a little envious of the adventure on which Thelanon was about to embark.