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君の闇私の光 (Your Dark My Light) © 2015 Gerald E Nigma

Chapter 10: Kindled

Isaac didn’t feel a presence before the female voice echoed through his ears. Even with his newly heightened senses, it made it hard to distinguish where the voice was coming from. He looked around and saw nothing. Not even his uncle was in sight. Could this be another dream?

“I assure you this is no dream.” said the voice, “You are the only one who can hear this. My name is Faith.”
“How did you know what I was thinking?” Isaac asked.
“We are mentally connected for now, as you and I are the same.” Faith revealed. “But we are not of the same body.”
“Wait a minute! This isn’t making any sense at all!” he said frustratedly, “Just where are you?”
“It is you who can only find me. I know not of my location. I am not like you.” Faith replies.
“I don’t understand. What am I supposed to do?” Isaac inquired. “I don’t even know where I am.”

Just then a familiar voice thundered. “You do not belong here! Go back from which you came!”
It was Lilitu again. Her voice echoed, “You are not worthy! Go now before you are destroyed!”
“There is no going back!” Isaac yelled, “I’m here for answers! Damn it!”
“Truth will destroy you. You will perish along with all that is dear to you!” Lilitu’s voice echoes again.
“I don’t have much left to lose! If I must go through hell to find answers I will!!” Isaac proclaimed.
“This darkness you hold will be your end, but only through this darkness can you find truth.” Lilitu admonished. “I shall grant you the power of awareness. Now be gone.”

~ ~ ~

Isaac awakened from another trance and found himself stuck with nowhere to run. If he turned back now, he would just run into the men who’ve been searching the corridors behind him. He knew his best chance was to get past the man that stood before him. The man swings at Isaac with an intent to injure or worse. Isaac dodges but gets struck by a second incoming blow. “Too slow!” the man exclaimed.
Isaac finally recognizes the man, yet this was no man at all. It was Ripaa, the Quick, in the flesh. Ripaa strikes him again with another blow to the chest. Isaac falls flat on his face, his breathing shallow. He doesn’t seem to be regaining strength. The sound of the men looking for him started getting closer.
“I believe this is where you pass out.” Ripaa told him.

The two men that showed up first were Agost and Vincencio.
“You’ve got some nerve to beat up on a defenseless boy!” Vincencio says angrily.
“Just what do you think you can do about it?” laughs Ripaa.
“Vinny, get Isaac and get the hell out of here! I’ve got this!” Agost exclaims. “Don’t worry. I’ll make sure to make this quick.” he says as he looks in Ripaa’s direction.
“They call me the Quick! There is no one faster than me!” Ripaa shouts. “Yaarrrghhh!”
“We’ll see who’s the quickest!” Agost yells.

~ ~ ~

Vincencio hurried toward the exit. Though Isaac is tough, he is a scrawny twerp in comparison to himself. Yet, Isaac wasn’t the malnourished, rest-lacking wanderer he once was when he found him. He had grown and matured so much since then.

They were being tailed. By whom, he didn’t know. He kept pressing on. Stopping wasn’t an option right now. First, they need to gather more intel on these men that are threatening Isaac’s existance. Are they out to kill him? What are they after? Do they know about the artifacts and seals? Do they know about our legacy?

~ ~ ~

“Wake up! Wake up you!” that female voice echoing in Isaac’s head again. “You’re stronger than this!”
“I don’t know if I am. I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.” Isaac replies softly.
“You are you and you still need to find me. Only you can do this!” Faith shouts. “Now wake up!”

Isaac regains consciousness. He finds himself bedridden. As he looks around, he finds everything to be quaint and peaceful, just like he likes it. Am I dreaming again? Where am I?

Isaac struggles to move. He stretches his legs to the floor just to feel shooting pain rush up to his spine. Ouch! What’s going on here?!

“So you have awaken. Are you ready to find me?” he hears Faith’s voice right in front of him. As Isaac looks up, his eyes begin to focus and he sees a young woman standing and smiling. “I knew you’d find me.” she says as she giggles, “Now let’s get out of here!”

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