A sea of people in black stood
before me. Each and every one looked exhausted and disapproving.
Their eyes were narrowed and hungry for signs of weakness. I
wasn't going to give them the satisfaction. Theodore, standing
tall, and intimidating some might think, smirked. He didn't scare
me he just entertained me. He thought himself so grand.
"So stubborn aren't you Miranda?
Some may think it a talent. Sometimes it may be, but right now it
is merely an irritating habit. You could amount to so much if
only you matured a little. It's such a pity"
"Making ones own decisions is a sign
of maturity. And my stubbornness as you call it is only a
reluctance to be forced into this organisation. I don't believe
in what you stand for"
"Miranda you have no choice. I'm
He wasn't. That evil twisted face
could not show any signs of being sorry. It had been manipulated
and brainwashed. He wasn't the man he used to be- the kind
gentleman that believed in people's rights. He claimed he now
knew better and he had been clueless back then. They took him
away from us. The very few who knew what the organisation was,
who were aware of their intentions. And now they wanted
"What happened to you Theodore? What
man has changed that familiar character who once despised the
organisation and everything it did?"
"Miranda I simply changed. It's a
part of life"
"You did not change for the better
old man. Go back to what you used to be before it's too
He shook his head and walked slowly
away. The supposedly powerful elderly man couldn't even look me
in the eye.
I let out a 'pah' of bitter
amusement. The woman by his side with long black hair eyed me
scornfully. It rippled like a waterfall the colour of a raven's
wing way past her shoulders to her back.
"What is it Violet? There is
something that tells me you hate me more than the rest of the
organisation. They want me but it seems you don't. Is it
She scowled at my teasing tone. I
loved toying with her. It was so easy, effortless. She tried to
compose herself, replacing her scowl with a strained smile. It
did not reach those cold black eyes.
"Ah Miranda nothing would please me
more than to have another dear sister to help us on our quest. I
have nothing against you apart from the fact you are being so
stubborn. Come dear child and join us"
I laughed. Not really amused but
amazed. The poor woman was on the edge of madness. She loathed me
but knew what I could bring to the organisation. It was cruel
It was then I heard a growl of
irritation from behind the crowd. Everyone turned to see Dreg
almost pulling his hair out in anger.
"Dreg please be patient. We know
what has been said about this child. But no one said it was going
to be easy" Theodore said gravely.
"Honestly what is it that makes you
people think that what you're doing is right? You don't deserve
to be called people. You can't just take over everyone's rights
and force them to work for you. You've killed those who have
refused don't deny it! And for what? For what?! Nothing!"
They just looked at me in a way that
said they thought me a child. A pathetic clueless child who
didn't know what was best for me. Well they didn't know what I
could do- what I was going to do. I was going to destroy the
organisation- just like they destroyed my family.
"Ah Miranda dear this is getting a
little silly. Let us proceed into the next room" Dreg
It was time.
The doors were tall grey and steel.
The ornately carved knocker, rusty with age looked as though it
had never been used. Violet took hold of my elbow and attempted
to steer me into the room. I ripped my arm away from her as
though burned. Her touch was cold and firm.
"Miranda do not be childish"
"You witnessed the murder of my
parents' old woman. I wish I didn't have to be in the same room
as you never mind that close"
Her fury at being called old was
obvious, drawn so ugly on what should be a pretty face. Hate had
taken its toll. She was only in her thirties so was of course
sensitive to any remark of that nature. She threw herself at me
as I had expected. Her nails dug deep into my neck.
"Violet! Calm your self woman" cried
"She provoked me unless you chose to
go temporarily deaf at that exact moment" she hissed removing her
nails from my neck.
"She provoked you...oh well that
changes things" he said with impatience. "Get a grip lady and
compose your self. Smile a little" he said in a strange tone. It
was a cross between sarcasm and hysteria though neither made
"Theodore be gentle with Violet. She
could go off at any second. She's not exactly what you would call
"Miranda darling I am as stable as
the next woman" she laughed.
"The woman next to you is Pauline
who dated a man who was actually a murderer paid to take her out
by her ex husband" I pointed out savouring both her and Pauline's
looks of fury.
"You are women of importance serving
the organisation and you will not sabotage our chances of gaining
someone such as Miranda Stateborough because of her tendency to
get on your last nerves, and your tendency to overreact" boomed
Theodore with such fierceness and authority it bounced off of the
walls and back.
"Her games surely tell you there is
no point in attempting to steer her in the right direction
master" she said with such falseness it made me wonder how he did
not see through her. She had no respect for him she was just with
him because of her thirst for power. Now he wanted me by his side
because of the prophecy made about me and she would no longer
rule with him. She had every reason to hate me. He did not care
for her at all. He knew she wouldn't abandon the organisation so
he had no reason to keep her sweet. But it was quite an unwise
move if you ask me. Violet could turn on him if ever a more
powerful person came into the picture. The evil he now represents
has clouded his vision.
The room was dark, and lit only by
eight candles in intricate dark metal candlesticks, the
twisting and plaiting shapes casting faint shadows like thick
vines on the walls. The candles were placed so that they formed
a large circle. Inside the circle were the dark figures of
members of the organisation. A tall mahogany altar stood in
front of the circle of silhouettes and Theodore moved swiftly
behind it with Violet following closely behind as though on a
leash- her movements were indeed feline enough for her to be
compared to an animal. A catlike smile played around her full
lips right now as she stood looking quite beautiful it must be
said next to her master- she was wild though, not a pet no
matter how well she played the part. Unlike the others who wore
thick woollen cloaks she wore a beautiful gown, the metallic
material shimmered and moved with her body like a rippling
satin waterfall. Her smile was directed at me and she was
clearly saying I am superior to you, which is why you stand in
the middle of the circle- below me. I looked up at her with an
expressionless face. The people surrounding me were still. I
had never felt so claustrophobic. The layout was obviously
carefully thought out, but I would not let them intimidate me.
Theodore cleared his throat deliberately before greeting the
"Brave men do you vow to lay down
your lives to serve me in knowledge that you will be rewarded
and your actions will help us reach our goal?" he asked though
the tone in his voice rang like a demand.
"We do" the men answered in
"Women that have been granted the
honour of joining the circle and the privilege of standing
amongst fearlessly loyal men do you vow to remain as loyal as
they and serve in as many ways as a woman can?" he questioned
and every pair of female eyes locked with his. The tone he
used, the way he emphasized certain words made it clear to
everyone how Theodore doubted very much their ability to be of
any use to the organisation. His sexist attitude had given
every woman in that room the same look of disgust on her face-
all but Violet of course preening proudly at the altar.
"We do" said the women
"I am very happy my friends that I
have been assured once again. No one has changed their minds
this week it seems. We are gathered here to request that
another join us. Please state your name" he spoke the words so
practised his eyes boring into mine.
"Miranda Jane Stateborough" My
eyes did exactly the same.
"Miranda Jane Stateborough will
you join these men and women, brothers and sisters on their
quest? Better still will you reign by my side and stand with me
against and for, fighting and defending?"
Violet's smile was practically
slapped off of her face and her fists clenched so tightly her
knuckles were white. She lifted the corners of her mouth once
again trying to keep composure though her fists clenched even
tighter. She followed my gaze and realised this at once putting
them behind her back. How I would have loved to have said yes,
to see the look on her face but I could not- I would
"No Theodore I will not join the
unfortunates that surround me. I will not twist wrong and
right, have free will taken away from me and take it from other
innocents as well and never will I reign next to you unless you
are willing to go back to what you were to those people- what
you were to me"
"Very well" he replied as I turned
on my heels to leave. The darkness was no more as I was
embraced by the light.