I Promise

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Luithia doesn't want to leave the one thing she cherishes the most, but she doesn't want to give up on the dream she has had since she was very small. So she makes a promise can she keep it?

Submitted: June 18, 2014

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A small pond shimmered from the sun above and the breeze that flowed through birch trees that surround it, a couple of miles away from any civilization. A young girl with straight silvery hair had propped herself against a lone standing cherry blossom tree that was very close to the waters edge. Even with the weather so beautiful she was engulfed in sadness. Sadness that which made her want to cry, but crying would be foolish, because it cannot change what will happen today.
Footfalls from the ground in front of her brought the girl out of her thoughts. Standing before her was a girl with wavy black hair that was tied into a tight ponytail and piercing blue eyes. The girl against the tree grimaced in her mind at what the girl was wearing: a shimmering silver t-shirt, black knee length sporting pants that hugged the black haired girls legs tightly, tall black combat boots, and a bow and arrow set was in the center of her back.
The silver haired girl fought back tears that were threatening to burst from her eyes at any moment, but she needed to keep her composer, she needed to support her best friends decision even if it meant that they will probably never see each other again. The black haired girl knelt before the silvered haired one and wrapped her in a tight hug and whispered softly into her ear, “ I am sorry Risa, I am sorry if I am hurting you by leaving, but this has been my dream since I was little you know that right?”
Risa pulled away from her friends tight embrace, now trying even harder to keep the tears at bay as she tried to speak, “ I k-know Luithia. I understand and I am truly happy for you, but I just wish we could be together just a little bit longer,” she bit her lip, “ at least until my thirteenth birthday,” she whispered the last of her request to were Luithia had to lean in to hear.
Luithia’s eyes held the sad truth, but Risa knew that it was an empty hope that would never come true. “ I’m truly sorry Risa, but you know I cannot,but..” Luithia moved away from Risa and moved her hands around her own neck, releasing a clasp of a neckless that lay below her shirt. Risa’s eyes widened as Luithia grabbed her hand lightly and placed the necklace into her small palm, “ The least I can do is give you your birthday present though it is two days early,” Luithia smiled hoping that the gift would lift the girls spirits a bit. To her surprise tears began to fall from her friends eyes and she was worried that she had made the girl feel even more miserable.
That is until Risa lunged at her sobbing, “ Oh Lu I love it, I absolutely love it!” She sobbed profusely into her shoulder and Luithia at that moment wanted nothing more than to have this moment last forever, she cried and rocked the sobbing girl in her arms. She kissed the top of Risa’s head and whispered again into her ear.
“ I promise Risa that I will come again by your fifteenth birthday how does that sound?” The girls head bobbed up and down in response, unable to find any words for her throat hurt from all of the crying.
Soon after about an hour or so of holding each other, the younger girl fell asleep in Luithia’s arms. Luithia picked the girl up carefully and walked back through the forest trail to Risa’s house where the other members of Luithia’s new group awaited her arrival.
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“ Did you find her Luithia?” A tall brown headed woman answered the door and didn’t notice Risa in Luithia’s arms.
“ Yes Miss. Harrington she is right here,” Miss. Harrington looked down to where Luithia had gestured and nodded opening the door wide to allow Luithia to pass through.
Once inside Luithia made her way through the living room and set Risa on the leather coach that faced the fireplace.
“ She really gave us all a scare when she disappeared, Miss. Harrington brushed the back of her hand a crossed Risa’s cheek causing the girl to stir a bit in her sleep.
“ I apologize for her disappearance Miss. Harrington, it was my fault,” Luithia hung her head in shame for letting Risa run out of the house that morning when Luithia had told her that she was leaving that night to achieve her long lasting dream.
“ Nonsense child, it wasn’t your fault, Risa just had a hard time believing that her best friend was leaving and joining the Huntresses of Artemis.” Luithia gave the woman a smile of relief.
Luithia’s gaze wandered all over the living room: the stone slabbed fireplace, oak floors, the comfy leather couch that Risa occupied, and the crystal chandelier that hung lowly above her head. She was going to miss it all. With a sigh Luithia rose from the arm of the couch and made her way back to the front door, giving Miss. Harrington a hug goodbye she opened the front door, “ Oh, I almost forgot.” She dug into her pocket and walked back over to Risa.
Raising the sleeping girls head carefully, she clasped the hooks together and pulled the rest of the chain forward so it lay on the girls chest, “ I promise I will see you soon,” She whispered into the girls hair as she planted a final kiss upon her forehead. Walking to the door again she gave one last glance to the two women who meant the world to her. Then vanished into the rising darkness, and the necklace that was shaped like a pair of angel wings, was the only part of her self that she was able to leave behind.
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“ Don’t let it escape back into its hideout!” Silvia shouted as she and four of her other fellow huntresses pursued a Vrykolakas deep in the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado. The air was hot even though it was in the middle of the night in November, but Silvia and her sisters had a job to do, they had to kill the Vrykolakas before it caused anymore trouble to the mortal world. Silvia prayed that the others ahead were ready for what was about to come because nothing was more dangerous than an injured monster that was cornered. The creature lunged its way rather quickly through the forest despite having its wings torn to tatters and its back full of the huntresses arrow heads made of Celestial bronze.
It made a sharp right and let out a startled cry when its body was suddenly flung into the air, were it was stuck. The five huntresses walked calmly to the flailing creature that hang suspend in a netting trap, “ Clare and Luithia you know what to do,” both of the girls nodded and raised their bows slowly towards the helpless monster.
“ Merccccy! Pleasssssy ssspare me I will tell you anything you wish to know,” the monster begged Silvia.
“ And what would it be that I wish to know foul creature?” Silvia was really starting to get annoyed with all of the monsters that they had recently been hunting lately, they all seemed to have some sort of information they are willing to give. In order to live just a couple minutes longer.
“ My Master is building an army, an army in which will destroy -,” the Vrykolakas never completed what it was going to say, for a large, glowing, arrow shaft protruded itself from the monsters neck, which immediately turned it to dust. Silvia spun around to locate the shooter only to find the leader of the Huntresses herself perched on an outcrop of large stones.
“ Lady Artemis why did you kill it? It could have given us more information.” The goddess jumped down from her perch and walked toward the empty net.
“ Because Silvia, no more needed to be hear. He gave us enough to confirm my fears.” The goddess spook in a low and dangerous tone.
“ What does it mean Lady Artemis? Silvia was very concerned and began to replay the monsters words in her head “ My Master is building an army…”  Silvia gasped and grasped the woman's wrist forcing the goddess to face her, “ You don’t mean-,”  “ Yes Silvia,” Lady Artemis placed her hand on the girls shoulder, “ War is on the horizon.”  The fourteen other Huntresses had gathered around to here the grim news. Murmurs of concern, question, and fear were mixed together in the voices.
“ Surely it is nothing that is of major concern to the gods, right Lady Artemis?” The newest member, Luithia, had spoken up in hope of easing her other sisters minds.
Lady Artemis gave a grim smile, “ I do not no for certain Luithia, but if it is an army, even the mightiest of all kings has to have some fear of damage.” Luithia grimaced at the not so good news, but what did she expect? For everything to go smoothly?
“ Alright girls,” Lady Artemis exclaimed trying to ease her fellow hunts women’s minds, “ We are heading back to a village we visited a while ago.” The girls listened, their eyes full of curiosity, “ There has been a large number of monsters in a forest near the town of Spokeforth, Carolina,” the murmurs rose and one particular huntresses expression was in utter surprise. Lady Artemis raised a hand to hush the girls, “ Luithia do you think that you mother would be willing to house us for a night or two? If not we can always-,” the girl shook her head violently.
“ No, no Lady Artemis, my mother said that you are all very welcome to come and stay whenever you’d like!” The girls eyes shown with the most brilliant light that Lady Artemis had to beat down a chuckle that was threatening to release itself, “ Very well then, everyone return to camp! We break and leave at first light!” Everyone hurried back to the camp to prepare for the departure in the early morning anxious to leave the gloomy forest they had been in for almost two weeks.
Luithia was in a daze for the remainder of the night as she daydreamed of the town she had left so long ago. What has changed? Who was still there? Who was new? Who had gone? But the one question that excited her the most and most terrified her of all was: How much had Risa changed?
 


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