a day in eclipse's lifeone autumn evening i snuck out of the library where
i was temporarily living to visit the nearby river.
it's just north of here. as i walked a tear rolled down my face.
it won't be the same without him. my soulmate.
i've always wanted to go places like this on
the island of lonn with him. but i never will,
now that he's gone. ever since the gate to
our worlds closed, i haven't seen him, or anyone
from the other side of the gate into places
like the random world or atlantis or robator island.
time here has skipped and changed. it's
gone back a few years, and forward too!
if i have been keeping track of lonn's shifting
time right, i have not seen jay in almost fifteen years.
which is nothing in sylph years. only about three.
but it's still a long time to be without him.
i wonder how long it's been out on his side.
i sat down by the edge of the river and
i listened to the calm sounds of rushing water
in the river and started to doze off.
then, i was awoken by the shrill call of a bluejay.
riala's past IIriala was suddenly woken by a loud crash.
one of the sprites must have goofed up again.
on her lap was the shape of where eclipse had been sleeping.
she stood up and patted the dust off her and headed
for the north wing. this was a library, but riala lived here.
she hads modified the north wing into a living space.
but it still held an incredible amount of books. there
were no windows in this library. because it was built
underground where the weather did not affect it.
the teprature stayed comfortable all year, and it never got humid.
and it was dark. very dark. this was to preserve the
books and keep them in best condition. a sprite swung
down from a rafter and hung upside down in front of riala.
it said, "can you read more tonight, please?
you're a really great story story teller!" riala gave a warm smile
hugged the sprite tightly and said "sure i will. let's gather the
same time we did last night." riala kept walking. jashi crossed
her path in the astrology wing. hi
riala's past Iriala started to tell the story. all was hush.
her voice echoed through the library.
"way back in my day lonn wasn't always
the way it is. it used to be home to thousands of
sylphs. they called themselves the sylphaen empire.
to the north were the peasants. to the south were the
rich, or the inventors. in the middle of lonn was the royal
city of birch. i lived in birch. at the palace. i was one
of the royal family. i honestly did not like it. i just wanted
to be like normal kids and go to normal schools and live in
a normal house. i was treated like a princess always.
because i was one. but one summer my aunt decided to
grant me my wish and sent me off to the north to live on
a farm for a year. she thought it would teach me to be careful
what i wished for and i'd come running back. my aunt gave
me a journal to record my stay there. i was so exited i packed
quickly. making sure to hide my silver hairpin so i didn't have to
wear it and let it give me away. in those days lesser royalty
riala's past introriala paced through the library halls deep in thought.
just then a spell sprite zoomed by and knocked her
into a bookshelf sending several books in the air and one fell over
riala's face. the spell sprite tumbled and fell in a large green vase
a few rows down the hall. "who goes there?!"
riala shouted out as she pulled the book off her face.
she stood up then looked at the book at the page that
it opened to when it fell on her. this book was a jornal
she had written when she was sent by her parents
off to the north to live in the country to live for a year.
all the memories slowly came back to her with every
turn of a page. then a green vase came rolling down
the hall and stopped when it bumped into riala's thick leater boot.
the sprite crawled out and shyly looked up to
it's master in fear. it's thin whispy body floated just
barely off the ground while the pendand swinging from it's
collar swung back and forth. it's eyes shifting from one
color to the n