The moon was in the sky when Kara woke up again, the book was lying on the bed next to her. She rolled over until she is lying on her back and blinked; she rubbed her eyes, whipping the tiredness from her body. She got up from the bed; she picked up the book and put it on the side, then walked over to her small window in her room. She looked out, many starts lined the dark night sky, the moon was big and bright, and Kara couldn’t find herself able to take her eyes from it. She had never seen it looking like it was, the moonlight shined down and lit up the world around her garden. She could see everything from where she stood. She didn’t need the light from the sun, light from the moon was all she needed right then.
The time when the witches come out and play, she thought as she opened the door that led to the balcony. She walked out; the soft wind blew on her cheeks, her hair flowing behind her. She took a lungful of night air, letting it out slowly and watching as a white mist covered her sight. A few small stones lay on the floor; she bent down and picked one of them up, thinking of how it could have gotten on her balcony. The stone that was in her hands had come from the garden, from the path that ran the length of it. She frowned down at it before she looked down at the garden. There are many things that Kara loved about the garden, one of which was the flowers. No matter the season there were always flowers growing. It just showed just how powerful her mother was, not many witches could keep something alive, it does not matter what it was. Kara had always wanted to be like her mother- although Kara would never tell her; she is one of the most powerful witches that the Unknown had ever seen. Everyone had said that Kara would one day be like her mother, a powerful Witch with lots of power to do with what she wills.
She lent on the rails and looked down, there was a stone path just under her balcony and someone was standing there, looking up at her. Kara stopped breathing, she stopped moving, her blood and heart stopped. In the faint light Kara could only make out the shape, it was a man, just a bit taller than she was, she thought. She was just about her ask whom it was then the man spoke. “Kara, my dear, it that you?”
Kara lent over more, the light in the room below her was on, and the light had drifted to the man standing below. “Father?” she asked a little panicked and a little relived. The man below was her father, looking up. He had something in his hands which he dropped when Kara called to him. Kara’s heart slowly began to beat again.
“Thank goodness that you have come out, I have been trying to get you for the past fifteen minutes,” he said to her. “Come on down here, I need to tell you something, something that will make you very happy.” He sounded jolly, something Kara was not used to hearing from her father, not since the day everything fell apart for both of them.
Although Kara was still unhappy with her father, she wanted to know what he was so happy about. With a little hesitation she nodded her head, held up her finger to tell him to hold on, and then ran back into her room. She picked up her dressing gown and slipped it around her shoulders, the night is chilly, and she didn’t want to freeze out there. Just as Kara was about to ran out her room she heard her father call her name, she ran back over to the door and out to stand on the balcony. “Yes, Father?” she asked as she looked down at her father. He had moved onto the grass, away from the house, he was looking at her window.
“Get dressed and pack a bag, hurry now. I will meet you at the gates.” With that said, her father ran into the darkness, out of her sight. Kara didn’t have to ask what gates, there was only one lot and they were to leave the town. Kara turned back into her room, someone, while she was sleeping, had put her in her nightdress. She closed her door, slipped off her nightdress and put on the first clothes that came to hand, an old orange jumper and a pair of blue, ripped jeans. The next thing she done was take out her duffle bag and pack whatever clothes she could, she had no idea what she should pack or where she was going, she put in a few pairs of jeans, a few tops and the dark blue jumper she loved more than anything. She shut the bag, breathing a sigh of relief when the bag closed effortlessly. She slung the bag over her shoulder and was about to leave the room when she remembered her Witch Book, no Witch should go anywhere without her Book.
Kara ran over to her desk and picked up the book full of her spells then she ran out of her room, closing the door quietly behind her, casting a small spell so no-one could go in while she was away. She slowly made her way down the hallway, moving past her parent’s room where her mother lay sleeping, moving down the stairs, doing her best not to step on the squeaky floor boards, and out into the pale light of the moon. When the front door was closed behind her she made a run for it, going as fast as her legs will take her to the gates.
Kara ran down her street and turned right when she was at the end, she headed towards the town. The empty stores there were like ghosts in the pale light and it make Kara shiver. She ran past the water fountain that was spraying water, which had been turned silver in the moonlight. She ran past Linnie’s house, she imagined Linnie sleeping in the same room as her little sister, dreaming dreams that were filled with magic and happiness. She smiled at that thought as she ran past. Then she got to his house, the one they weren’t meant to talk about, the one that betrayed them all and cost them a lot, caused them more pain and suffering more than any other person had before him. Another shiver ran up her spine as she ran past that house, she imaged what was in there as she looked up at the window to the bedroom that belonged to him. She saw his bedroom in her mind, his lively bedroom filled with happy, loving memories. She saw the two of them on his bed, him reading to her as she listened his the sound of his voice and the beating of his heart.
Kara shook her head; she hadn’t realized she had stopped running to look up at his house until she came back to herself. I cannot think about that right now, she said in her mind. She shook her head again and began to run again. She didn’t think about anything else until she saw the Gate to Mistly up head.
Her father was waiting there for her when she got there; he gave her a smile and hugged her hard. “Kara, my dear,” he said softly into her ear. When he pulled away from her, he had a tear in his eyes but he whipped it away so she said nothing. Her father took her by her hand and moved her deeper into the tree line, when he let go of her hand, Kara saw another man, around the same age as her, standing just a bit deeper into the trees.
“Father, what is going on?” she asked her father as the man in the trees slowly got closer to them. Kara edged back but her father held on to her arm, making her stand where she was.
Her father looked deep into his daughter’s dark green eyes. “Do not be afraid, my dear.” He said to her, the man came into view of the moonlight, showing his face to Kara. It is a man that Kara had not seen for more than a year, not since the day he was banished from her town. It was him, the one that she had fought so hard to forget. “My dear girl, Kai is going to take you to the Human World,” her father said the last bit quite, Kara was sure she miss heard him. No way was her father going to let her go to the Human World, not after what she had said to him.
“Pardon me, Father, but I just thought you said he,” she said the word with pure hatred, “was going to be taking me to the Human World?” Kara asked, taking Kai in with her eyes. Kai was only a year older than she was, a bit taller in height, had red brown eyes, and he was only of the most evilest men that had ever walked the Unknown. Kai was the kind of person you wouldn’t want to bump into in a dark alley at night.
Her father looked at her, understanding deep in his heart and eyes. “Yes my dear. Kai is the only one that is willing to take you to the Human World, he is willing to give up his time and take you to a world that is nothing but evil,” her father took her by the arm. “Come now, time is running low. It will not be long before someone notices that we are both gone,” he pulled Kara toward the gates, the gates are open and ready for Kara and Kai to run away- because that was what they are doing, no matter what her father said- and there was no one guarding them. “Now, here is everything that you are going to need to get along in the Human world. Kai has been many times before and knows what he is doing.” Her father handed Kara a small bag, it wasn’t heavy, Kara slipped it into her bag then threw it over her shoulder. He gave his daughter a kiss on the forehead. “Be careful, I do not want you to be killed.”
Kara gave her father a hug, holding on to him as this could be the last time she might see him. “I love you, Father. Always remember that,” a small tear ran down her face, her father caught it before it rolled of her chin.
“I love you too, child. Now, be gone.” With that, Kai pulled Kara thought the gates and into the trees. Kara didn’t look back, something was telling her not to look back. They carried on running; Kai was still holding her arm. “Hurry now, we do not have long before the sun comes up,” Kai’s voice was how she once remembered it to be, a warm, soft sound that covered her up. It felt like she had come home after a long time of being away. With a shiver running down her spin, she banished that thought from her mind.
Kara stopped running then slowed to a walk then stopped moving all together. She dropped her bag at her feet and sat on it, her breath coming fast and uneven. “I cannot run anymore,” she told Kai, who was walking around the wooded area they were in, looking to see if anyone was coming after them, she thought. She ran her hand through her long, tangled light brown hair, it was damp with sweet.
“We most move,” he took her by the arm and she shrugged his off. “Look, Kara-” began to say but Kara cut him off, pulling her hand away from him and cupping it close to her body as if he had hurt her.
“Do not say my name. It sounds like dirt on your lips,” she said to him, wrapping her arms around herself, protecting herself from the pain that entered his eyes, protecting herself from the pain that had entered her body.
Kai stopped walking and looked at Kara, understating in his eyes. He knew why she does not want him to speak her name. “I am sorry, truly I am, but we mustn’t stop walking. I have a horse not too far; we will be with her in the next ten minutes if we carry on walking.” He made his way over to Kara, she jumped up out of his reach and stood there looking at him, horror in her dark green eyes. “May I carry your bag; we will get there a lot faster,”
“I will carry my own bag, I do not want you to touch anything of mine,” Kai shook his head and moved away from her. Kara slowly made her way back to her bag, scooped it in her arm. Kai’s eyes never left Kara, when she looked back up his brown eyes with the hint of red was looking at her. He didn’t say anything as he turned around and walked thought the trees. It was dark, the moonlight cannot shine thought the tree tops so Kara had to stay as close to him as she could, staying as close as she dared.
Five minutes later Kai stopped walking, making Kara bump into him and drop her bag. She picked it back up and looked at the horse that stood almost invisible in the dark light. “From now until the Great Gate of the World of Unknown we ride my horse,” Kai held out his hand for Kara’s bag, after a slight hesitation she placed the bag into his hands and watched him tie the bag onto the horse. “Up you go,” he said to her, she just stood, watching the black horse eating the leaves from the tree. She took a step towards the horse; Kai picked her up and throw her onto the horse’s back, getting on just a bit later.
Kara turned around and hit Kai with all of her strength, adding a spell to make her stronger. “You foal beast, you know I am scared of horse and never wish to ride one, not after Peanut.” She screamed at him. Her heart was betting fast and heard in her chest.
Kai shook his head and laughed a warm and welcoming laugh that Kara had missed more than she will never admit, even to herself. “Calm down, I was not going to let you fall, again. And if you have not noticed this horse is not Peanut.” He told her, putting his arms around her and taking the rains. Kai pretended not to notice when Kara shivered at his touch.
“I do not care if this horse is Peanut or not, I still do not like horses, they are evil and the animal of the Ghost,” if there was anything that Kara was scared of more than Kai and a horse it was Ghosts.
“Yes I know, you have told me many times before,” the horse began to move and the world become and bumpy place to live for Kara. “Unlike many other people, I have not forgotten that we were once friends, you and I.”
“I have not forgotten, as much as I have tired,” she admitted after months of denying it, it felt good to be able to say it again. She had missed Kai, no matter what she kept telling herself. She took a deep breath, calming herself. “I have wished many times to have forgotten you and all that you have done but I just cannot, I will not,” she added. She did remember the times that they have sheared, the things they had done together, and the things that he had done. Many people thought it was Kai’s fault that she had lost her ring, and that he was the one that took it but Kara knew the truth. She was the one to lose it. Kai just took the fall for her.
Kai did not say anything to her, his breathing was soft and gentle on her back; she started to remember all of the times they had spent together but pushed them to the back of her mind, she cannot dwell on the past when she was about to enter the Human World, that was what made witches lose their focus. That was what got witches killed.
The horse was galloping at a steady pace, the gentle sound of the horse’s shoes walking was a calming sound, and somehow Kara forgot her fears and drifted off to sleep, leaving Kai and the Unknown behind her, knowing when she reopened her eyes she would be in the Human World.