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Madalyne is your typical girl until the day she is thrust away from everything that she knows and into not just one world but multiple worlds where she has to adapt or die. What will happen to Madalyne in her travels and can she survive. View table of contents...


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Submitted:Jul 20, 2011    Reads: 12    Comments: 2    Likes: 1   


I stood still, each second that passed felt like eternity. The sharp pain moved from the back of my neck all the way to the front. A small knife, that was what was pressed to my neck. Attached so delicately to the knife was a hand, slender and feminine. I followed that hand as my eyes scanned up the arm until I was looking into hostile eyes. I was stunned as I looked into those inhuman purple eyes that meant my death. I took a deep breath then I spoke.

"Um, Hi. My name is Madalyne. Can you tell me where I am?" I looked at her and tried to seem as harmless as possible.

She looked at me for a few more seconds before her eyes scanned my body. I was scared to look after the damage Culver had inflicted, but curiosity got the better of me. I gasped as I looked down, there was no bruises or cuts anywhere. I was completely healed, I looked up at her in surprise.

"I'm healed, there isn't any pain." I smiled and jumped up and down. She quickly took the knife away so I didn't hurt myself. "I know I asked you this before, but where am I?"

Again she looked at me confused. "Child did you fall and hit your head? How could you not know where you are?"

Her question sounded a bit strange to me. "Well to be honest with you I went to the top of a tall building to kill myself and then I felt your knife against my throat. I have never seen this place before."

The girl looked more than a little confused. "You sound crazy, there haven't been buildings here since the fallout over three thousand years ago. How about I take you to the healer, she will make you better." I turned around and opened my backpack to extract my hat when I remembered my cellphone and I smiled. "What if I could prove to you that I wasn't from here? What would you do then?"

The woman paused for a moment. "I would take you to the elders, I can't guarentee your safety after you see them, but until you do, I won't let anything harm you."

I nodded. "I have to know a few things, can you answer some questions for me?"

She nodded so I continued. "I am going to ask them all at once so I can process it all together. Where am I, what year is it, what is your name and are you an alien? I that that will cover it for now."

She smiled at me. "You are in Avernis, it is the year 6254, I am Kylese and what do you mean by alien?"

I thought for a moment. How would I explain Aliens to someone who had never heard of them. Her eyes scanned my face for a moment as I searched through my bag. I found my MP3 player before my phone and smiled. I grasped my earbuds in my hand before I placed them in my ears. I listened as my favorite song blasted in my ears, in that moment I felt so relaxed. I hopened my eyes to see the confusion on Kylese's face, I smiled at her and took the earbuds out of my ears. "Would you like to listen? I promise it won't hurt you, it just plays music."

She came closer to me and held out her hand hesitantly. Her frightened exression worried me a bit so I helped her out. I turned down the volume before I turned on one of my favorite celtic songs. I figured that would be better than the alternative that I listened to religiously. Her face became a picture as she listened to the soothing words of Nickelcreek.

I am a lighthouse worn by the weather and the waves
I keep my lamp lit to warn the sailors on their way
I'll tell a story, paint you a picture from my past
I was so happy but joy in this life seldom lasts

I had a keeper, he helped me warn the ships at sea
We had grown closer 'til his joy meant everything to me
And he was to marry a girl who shown with beauty and light
They loved each other, and with me watched the sunsets into nights

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

She'd had to leave us; my keeper, he prayed for a safe return
But when the night came, the weather to a raging storm had turned
He watched her ship fight, but in vain against the wild and terrible wind
And me so helpless, as dashed against the rocks she met her end

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

Then on the next day, my keeper found her washed up on the shore
He kissed her cold face, and that they'd be together soon he swore
I saw him crying, watched as he buried her in the sand
Then he climbed my tower, and off the edge of me he ran

And the waves crashing around me
The sand slips out to sea
And the winds that blow remind me
Of what has been and what can never be

I am a lighthouse worn by the weather and the waves
And though I'm empty I still warn the sailors on their way

Her body swayed to the music and made me smile even more. I didn't feel so odd for liking the song. As it ended she had tears in her eyes and I knew why. I hugged her as an unknown pain flowed over her and spilled out of her eyes. She clutched me, her nails dug deep into my shoulder and made me cry out.

She quickly pulled away and composed herself before she checked my shoulder. "I am so sorry, but the music brought back such painful memories of how much we have lost, but I believe you. You are most definately not from around here. Come, I will get your shoulder checked and have you speak with the elders. It is the least I can do for hurting you."

I nodded and put my hand on her shoulder. "Don't worry about the blood, I have had much worse and have come out the other side stronger, though not by much. I come from a life of constant paind and torture. My mother punishes me for no reason, my father left when my baby sister was born and my friend of almost ten years turned into a woman beating sex fiend and I dont even know him anymore. He has been focused on hurting me for over two years now. The pain in my shoulder is just a scratch compared to the pain I have endured for five years now."

She paused and looked at me shocked. Is this why you tried to jump off the tall building, to end your pain?"

I nodded. "If I am dead, they can't hurt me anymore. I haven't ever been able to defend myself and that lets people walk all over me. I am the middle child of three and I have no goals in my life because I don't think I will survive long enough to graduate from school."

Her hand rested gently on my uninjured shoulder. "Maybe that is why you came to us Madalyne. Maybe we are to make you stronger. A lesson or two that we can teach you to aid you in your life, a way to help you survive."

I thought for a moment. "Maybe it is, but I am still unclear as to how I got here in the first place."

Her ready smile made me laugh. "The elders will be able to tell you. They always just seem to know these things."

I smiled a genuine smile for the first time in a long time. "Well at least I will be able to get some answers. How long until we get there?"

She spread her hand wide to show me the expanse of civilization we had just stepped into. "We are here, now do you first want the healer or the elders?"

"The elders. The shoulder isn't bad and will heal on it's own. I really can't wait to get some answers and find out what will happen to me."

Kylese smiled at me. "Very well then follow me and stay close. It is easy to get lost here."

I followed as close as I could without invading her personal space. The more we walked the more scared I got. Everyone was looking at me, following me with their eyes. It was worse then going to a new school. At least there only small groups knew at a time. I felt my cheeks flush red and in that moment I was greatful for the darkness. I sotpped dead in my tracks as I bumped into Kylese which almost sent me sprawling to the floor.

She caught me quickly and helped me to steady myself It took a few minutes but when I got the chance to look around I was awed by the sight in front of me. Four individuals no older than myself sat on a dais in rich cream colored clothing. I bowed my head and went to my knees so taken with the beautiful pure sight in front of me.

"Welcome daughter we have been expecting you." A beautiful voice of bell-like music caused me to look up more than the implications of her words. Her smile was sweeter than sugan and kindness radiated from her every movement.

"Wha- What do you mean? How have you been expecting me?"

Each person on the dais smiled in turn but it was the creature with the musical voice that descended on me. "Come sit with us daughter for there is so much to tell. Let us have our healer look at you as we tell you what it is we know."

I nodded dumbly and took her hand. She led me to the foot of the dais and sat down with me as to protect me from what I might hear. I looked at her with a scared sort of interest. "So, where do we begin?"





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