The Wandering Sibyl

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: November 10, 2017

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The Wandering Sibyl


 

Sasha Alanis arrived to Laiko General Hospital of Athens, she could no longer be kept at home. It would be a short time of her being there. Sasha was dying she had a rare form of cancer. Her mother Calia was by her side. The doctors explained it was only a matter of time, and that she should prepare for her passing and express her goodbyes. Sasha was fifteen years old when she was diagnosed, it was her birthday that day. She knew she was going to die, she was battling cancer for a year now and wanted her mother to read her a story just like she did when she was younger. Calia a drove to the house to fetch the book for her daughter, she stopped for a moment and began to cry. This was the book her husband Leon had given her when they first met. He passed away shortly after Sasha was born. Now she would read it again for the first time since then. Calia got back to the hospital and agreed to read the book until she fell asleep and no longer felt pain. The book was called “ The Wandering Sibyl”.

 

Long ago there was a baby girl that was born of flower and seed. Her name was Caterina, meaning pure. She was created to be the servant of the rulers and those of higher level of importance surrounding the king and queen. Caterina was a wanderer by heart and soul, her mind was filled with imageries of every life lived. She never felt pain, nor experienced the touch of pleasure. Throughout the years, people called her many names, Seer, Gypsy and soothsayer. She was made to serve the gods, and be there voice. She has been given many years of life. The Goddess Selene has been like a mother to her throughout the years never of flesh but in the form of  a wolf, to watch and protect her.

 

Caterina served a Kingdom of Greece for many years, it was the time of King Cassander, the ruler of all the land. He defeated the mad king Valor, and took the kingship for himself. King Cassander had two children, a son Demetri and a beautiful daughter named Svanna. Cassandra's wife Helen died during childbirth when she had Demetri. King Cassander loved his wife, and he hated his son for what he did to her. Demetri turned cold throughout the years, for he favored his daughter more than anything. He threatened to have Svanna as the Queen of Greece when he passed if Demetri could not find a wife in time. King Cassander was very sick and could not walk anymore so he was forced to stay in the castle. Svanna trained to become a great warrior, Demetri was envious of her because of how much time she spent with her father. He banished him on most days refusing to advise him. Demetri had a older brother named Necarios. He was a sneaky snake that took advantage of Cassander being sick and poisoned Demetri’s mind with lies and spoke of treachery. Necarios was the bastard son of the king, he was tasked to be Demetri’s advisor. Svanna wanted to be a warrior like her aunt Miriam was. She became a great fighter and planned to destroy them once he had the crown.  He told Demetri that he should go and sleep with the prophetess, so she would lose her power of sight. So when he planned to kill his father he would not see it coming. He thought it was a good idea, so that he could then marry the prophetess because she never lay with a man. It was said she was as beautiful as the moon,  so he planned to have her rule by his side.

 

Caterina lived in the King's palace, far up in the roof top. The stairs leading there were grand and wrapped around the castle beautifully. Her cottage was filled with egyptian silk and the walls were painted in a beautiful array of colors. Beside her enormous bed was the book of wonders, where she drew a memory of each year she lived. Caterina had a best friend named Alithea, she was a slave girl that was captured in a nearby village. It was said that Caterina was the most beautiful woman in greece, no one could look at her except her high maidens that tended to her. She had long silver hair, and deep blue eyes. It was said that if you looked in them for too long, you would fall into deep sleep. Her skin was very faire, and her lips were the color of fresh blood. She wore a white cloak that covered her entire body and most of her face was hidden with a sheer cloth.

 

The sky turned black and the stars peaked through the clouds. The night was still, Caterina was in her room dreaming with her eyes open. When she was started by a knock at the door, she rose up to find one of the king's guards in her room asking her a question of the war that would soon come to them. She foresaw burning and someone close to him was going to die. She could see nothing more, for the gods only let her see so much into the future. When someone came to her, they have to be warned because with one touch of her hand she could see into a person's soul. He left, and she went back to sleep.

 

The next morning, there was a line of people at her door waiting to hear the wonderful stories she told. The day went by quickly, she sat quietly in her room. Alithea came in, they started to talk of wonders of the world and things she had not yet seen. Alithea spoke to her about the things she had been through and that it was best for Caterina to stay here because there would be no place for a prophetess. People would imprison her and she will never see sun. Caterina was not afraid, she knew she had the gods by her side even though she could not feel them close to her. She knew they were in her mind. For the gods could see her thoughts, and they were who planted the imageries she had. She never heard their voices, she was just all knowing. Caterina saw her own birth, and saw the gods bring her to life. Caterina then went pale, and her eyes rolled back, she hummed softly. She began speaking in an unusual tongue.Speaking the words out to Alithea. Alithea knew she could not be disturbed for that would make the future incomplete. Caterina finally went back to her normal self, she was shaking, she held on to Alithea and said “ I must go my dear friend, for I am in danger” Someone is going to take me. My gift will be no more”. Alithea was envious of Caterina, in secret she was jealous of her. She wanted to be loved like everyone loved her, and wanted to be as beautiful as she was. So Alithea planned to tell the King that Caterina wanted to run away. Hoping he would lock her in the dungeon for planning to leave.

 

Caterina planned her escape early the next day, refusing to listen to the advice of the Gods who told her not to go. The Goddess Selene could not reveal herself in human form. So she took the form of a wolf, transforming herself into a black beast of the night to protect her on her journey. Caterina was not supposed to leave, for she was made and given the gift of sight, for the one purpose of being the servant of the rulers of greek land. Caterina left in the night while the moon was full in the sky. She slipped through the cracks and away from the guards, failing to notice her. She was finally out of the kingdom, leaving her life behind.

Alithea was the only one awake, she pretended to be asleep while the prophetess snuck away, she knew she was leaving. She did not tell the other hand maidens because she had a more sinister plan. Alithea was happy, she thought that she had finally be free of feeling envious. She would no longer serve her, but that was not enough for Alithea. She wanted her dead, she knew that if she was alive she would haunt her dreams if she was still walking this earth. So early the next morning she planned to go tell the king of Caterina’s path. She thought he would be furious of her treacherous ways and he would execute her. Alithea met with Demetri, she asked him for a lot of gold in return. Demetri gave her the gold and she left. Little did Alithea know that Demetri wanted Caterina to become his wife, and not kill her. Demetri quickly gathered ten of his best men to travel with him in search of the prophetess, vowing that he would catch her and save her from anyone who would capture her so she would then want to marry him after becoming her hero.

 

Caterina drew a path in her mind, excited and ready for her journey to a land she had never been before. She did not know where she would travel to, but she dreamt that she would feel safe when she arrived there. Her destination was blocked, so she kept walking until she stopped where the land ended and water stood still. Caterina burned a fire and set up where to sleep. In the forest, she took the dirt and rubbed her hands together with it in hand. Then put her hands up and thanked the gods for her life. She did this so they would bless her travels. She went to sleep, hours later she was startled by a noise. It was a man, he had  yellow teeth and wore a black cloak, his eyes black as night. Two other men appeared beside him. The man’s smile was crooked and sinister. He asked her who she was and to come with them. When she refused, they tried to force her up and began to walk away from the camp. She screamed and scratched the man’s face. The man winced and struck her. Suddenly there was a loud snap, behind a bush appeared a black wolf. It Slowly walked towards the man, they let her go and ran away. Caterina, picked up here things and walked off to find the nearest village.

 

Caterina traveled through a few villages, she avoided many . She gave food to those she met that were poor. She stopped at a village named Fier, she was running out of food. She looked at the small children playing a game, the ball they were playing with rolled over towards her and she picked it up and returned it to a small boy named Kolvi. He had a small patch on his eye. He asked her if she wanted to join them, she nodded her head. His mother called for him, he looked down at her basket and asked her if she was a traveler. She said yes, he ran to his mother and whispered in her ear. He asked if she could come and join them for lunch. His mother first walked over to her and asked her where she was from. The lady noticed that Caterina was traveling for a long time. She seen the basket she carried was almost empty, and she invited her into her home. They sat down in the table, the little boy asked many questions. The mother asked him to be polite, she answered them and the continued eating in silence. They spoke of where she came from and the path she was on. Caterina could not say that she had the gift of sight for, she would not risk the people living there hearing about who she was. The nice woman asked her to stay, Caterina smiled but refused, she could not stay in this place for much longer, so she left and thanked them for their generosity.

 

Caterina traveled for many more days, and she found a dock surround by deep waters. There was an old man sitting on a chair, humming nearby and a small boat. She wondered if he would take her on the boat where she needed to go. Caterina had never been on a boat before, and wondered if  the old man owned  the boat. She approached the old man, he had a straw hat covering his face. When she said hello, he was startled, jumping up from his seat and quickly greeted the young lady. He was a lively man, Caterina asked him if this was his boat and if he would take her away from this place and across to the next land. He said yes but for a price, she was a bit frightened but he then reassured her that all he wanted was silver and the piece of bread she was carrying in her basket. She said yes, and he happily brought her on the boat.

 

Caterina was finally sailing away and excited to start her new life, nervous about what she would see and experience in this new land. She asked the old man, where he was going to take her, what the land was called, he said Italy and laughed. She could not believe how beautiful the ocean was, the blue waters were mesmerizing. She closed her eyes to feel the sun on her skin. Taking in the beauty of the sight. There was an awkward silence at first. On the way there, he finally introduced himself as Arlenos. He never looked her in the eye, always looked down. She could sense he was a good man. It was a day's travel and early day turned into dark of night. They were finally in italy.

 

Arlenos helped her off the boat, and they said their goodbyes, she thanked him and they parted ways. She was finally in Italy; she looked up in the sky and took a deep and calming breathe. Caterina stopped at a town close to the sea where she was dropped off, and wanders into this lively market with so many different people. Merchants yelling, music playing, All kinds of things being sold, like fish jewelry, birds and more. Caterina stopped at a market selling vegetables, picks a tomato up and smells it. Enjoying the scent of it.  She takes an apple and bites it. The merchant nearby yells at her and tells her that she must pay for it. A young man happens to hear the old man yelling, she had a puzzled look on her face so he went to help. He approached the man and paid him for the apple she took. He introduced himself, hoping that she would understand what he was saying. Caterina knew many languages. She responded and greeted him.

 

The young girl seemed different, like no woman he ever met before. He could not tell where she was from. Appreciating the fact that she did not recognize who he was. They walked off and were no longer paying attention to the path ahead of them. They were lost in each other's presence. Talking to each other. He felt like he could tell her anything, so he did. The young man was a prince of Italy. His name was Killian, Killian was the son of King Simeon and Queen Lena. They were in the process of finding him a suitable wife. An arrangement he had been dreading since he was fifteen. He never wanted to marry just anyone. He wanted to find love, so he ran away from the castle and his duties as a Prince; Refusing to let his parents control his marriage. He knew he had to go back soon, but he was happy to make his parents wait to see if they would change their minds. After he finished speaking. Caterina was not surprised, nor any expression on her face. He expected her to be different, either way he was happy that she did not know who he was. He introduced the area to her and offered to provide food and a place to stay if she did not have a place to sleep. It was getting dark out and Killian invited her to stay at the cottage where he was staying. Caterina was tired and hungry, she could tell that Killian was an honest, respectful man. So she went with him.

 

They arrived at Killian's cottage, it was spacious and had two floors. It felt like a warm home to her. They stayed up all night talking, telling each other stories of battles and things they have seen and experienced throughout the years. Killian would just listen to her talk about how much she knew about this life and she shared stories of the God’s she served. Days turned into weeks. Killian began teaching her how to cook and she showed him her book of wonders. They were becoming good friends, surprised how quickly they grew to trust one another. One early morning they were sitting, having a meal together, when they heard a disturbing bang at the door. Killian got up to see who it was. It was a messenger sent by Prince Dimitri. He was going around the village showing a drawing of Caterina. He was getting too close she thought.  Killian opened the door and said he has not seen  a girl with that description and rushed the man out. It was time for her to go elsewhere, she didn't want to leave. He was kind, charming and made her feel safe. Killian knew she held secrets and asked her to share them with him. Caterina told him that she had a gift, and that she was a servant of the gods and to the rulers of a kingdom in greece. She was afraid to tell him of her gift because she did not want to scare him off.

 

Killian asked Caterina what she wanted to do. So she began packing up her things and tried to rush out. Killian stopped her, grabbed her and kissed her. The kiss was long and hard, it felt forbidden but right. She pulled away, her eyes began to water. In a cracked, weakened voice she said she had to go. She did not want to stay there any longer for the fear of Prince Dimitri finding them together and killing him because of her. Killian begged her to stay with him, and promised he would protect her. She was not Demetri’s slave, she was a free woman and he wanted to be with her and protect her so he asked her to come with him.

Killian and Caterina arrived to the castle and he lead her to one of the rooms so he can go speak to his parents. He was sure they had much to say to him, so he wanted to speak to them first without her there. As he approached the throne room he could see his parents waiting for him. With an unpleasant looking on their faces, anxious to see their son. Queen Lena walked up to Killian, gave him a hug and hit him across the face. Then proceeds to lecture him how very irresponsible, childish and dangerous for a Prince to leave by himself, without anyone protecting him. Killian laughs jokingly, brushes off the slap and kisses his mother on the cheek. Reminding her that he is safe and that he is a man and does not need protection. His father simeon looks over at him with a furious expression. Killian stopped his father from saying anything and waved to one of the guards. He began explaining that he met a woman that changed him, and found someone that he would like to marry. Caterina walked in and bows, greets the King and Queen and introduces herself. Killian smiles and his father looks at him and asks who she was and points out that she is not a queen nor a princess but a common girl. Killian snapped back and told his father of their meeting and where she was from. It did not matter to him that she was not a Princess. He loved her, he said it out loud and clear that the room suddenly felt too silent.  Caterina’s eyes grew wide, she hugged him and said she loved him too.

 

The King got up to speak and was interrupted  when a guard came walking in. He was informing the king of a prince from the lands of Greece asking to speak with him. King Simeon had a puzzled look on his face, looked at his son and asked him why the young prince has traveled so far to speak with him. He questioned what kind of trouble he got himself into. Killian explained what they were there for. The King asked the guard to invite the prince in to discuss the price on the girl.

 

The Prince walks in with five of his guards. He looked over at Caterina, surprised she was here, and asked her to go to him. When she refused, he looked over at the King and demanded he give her back to him or he would do it by force. He told him she was important and needed her back in Greece where she belonged. King Simeon demanded to know if she was a slave. When prince Dimitri said “ no she was a servant, but a valuable prophetess. King Simeon was now interested in the girl and wanted to keep her there so she would now serve the King. His son would marry a woman that can see into the future. King Simeon thought about it, shooked his head and refused to send her with him. He offered them gold, for traveling this far. The Prince refused and attempted to grab her himself. Killian drew his sword. The King got up and yelled “you must leave now, with no gold. Live young prince, she cannot leave with you.” Dimetri was furious, he could not do anything, so he swore that one day he would come back for her and left.Caterina thanked the King and apologized to killian for not telling him about who she was. He forgave her and told her he did not care about what kind of gifts she possessed. The King was excited and he wanted them to get married as soon as possible. He arranged the marriage to happen at the end of the month.

 

It was finally their wedding day. The entire kingdom was excited and anxious to put a face to the beautiful foreign woman that would marry the prince. Caterina had on an exquisite long white dress that sparkled. She walked on soft rose petals as she approached her soon to be husband. The ceremony began, and their wrists were wrapped with silk, binding them in marriage until death. The priest blessed them and they shared a kiss. Caterina was now a princess. Soon after they moved into the dining hall, where there was much food and drink. It was a beautiful night lit up with candles and dancing. She was truly happy for the very first time in all her life. The night was finally ending and the King dismissed the married couple to the bedroom where they would consummate the marriage. Little did they know she would no longer see life as before. Her gift would come to an end once she gave herself to someone, she would no longer be pure. Caterina did not care for this, she loved Killian and felt like having that gift was weighing on her. She saw too much and did not want to see anymore. Killian asked her if she was sure and said yes. They entered the bedroom and made love.

 

The next morning she woke up and still could not beleive where she was.She felt different in a good way. She had been truly blessed by the gods, by granting her such happiness. Killian woke up beside her, she told him that she felt her site leaving her. She needed to tell him that she saw one last thing in her dreams. He was worried and asked her if she was okay. She smiled and put her hand on the side of his face. She said” Yes everything is fine, I saw in a dream that we were going to have a baby. On the first night of us being one, we would soon after have a son.” Killian was over joyed with happiness. He took her to visit the city, to teach her more about the land and introduce her to the people. Caterina finally got what she wanted, leaving her old life behind, to start on a beautiful path with a prince. They were truly happy together. She was his wanderer and he her runaway prince.

 

-Kisha Reinoso

 

 

 
 


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