Hello and welcome!
As I walk out of the office, hungry, tired, and annoyed with those who surround me at work, I hear a soft voice calling to me from above and see a Tantalarian…. Wait, there are two of them. They looks so familiar, they remind me of Kyllan.
“We have come to take you on a short trip.” One explains.
I can’t believe I am hearing this, short trip? How short and by whose standards? Then again I have to question what I have to lose? Tantalarians, and they are dressed in their ceremonial costumes. I have no intention of making this easy on them though, even if I have nowhere better to go. I am also going to be alone in the apartment for hours before my son gets back from his outing with friends.
“I want to know your names.”
“I am Kystan,” one of the winged Tantalarians introduces himself.
“I am Kyran,” the other follows.
“We are here to take you to see some of your friends,” Kystan announces as he holds out a hand to me.
“Past, present, or future?” I tease.
“Anything is possible on certain days of our lives, especially when we have friends with connections,” Kyran snickers.
Oh yes, this could be interesting.
Within seconds we are all air bound and I have to stifle a scream at the speed we are traveling. I can hear Kyran speaking to me in my mind. “You will be safe with us, my lady. We give you our promise. We are only taking you to the mother ship, everything is set up there. It would take too long to go to Tantalus.“
My immediate thought is that Kyllan can’t be at the controls or he would show them what is too long or not, especially if Vasalon is playing the part of second in command.
The moment we arrive, I am whisked away to a large room where there are scenes set up for me to check out. The room smells of pine and starflowers, there are other exotic scents in the air that I cannot place and I wonder what they are. As the thought runs through my mind a dark haired Elf I remember meeting mere days ago walks out of a scene and smiles as he offers me his arm to escort me further into the room. It is Raven, and I am intrigued as he speaks, “There are others who would like to be remembered by you awaiting you beyond.”
I move forward, and it is like walking on a cloud. Raven takes me to the entrance of another scene, and I watch as a blond Elf comes to the opening and holds out his arms to me, “Eniko, you remember me, your very first Elven lover? They say a woman never forgets her first.”
“Marious!” I give a squeal and run into his arms to be embraced. “You are so right, you never forget your first love, and you are still in my heart.“
He moves aside and another blonde Elf takes his place, and I see my one true Emperor of love.
He holds out his arms to catch me and laughs happily then leads me further into the room where there is a fireplace that emits warmth, as well as the scent of burning pinecones. “It seems you do remember me after all. Come, we will talk for a while, and then you will go on to meet others who are waiting to see you.”
“Are you real?” I can’t help but wonder.
“As real as anything in this universe,” Loth answers with an enigmatic grin.
After a short time, another blond Elf walks through the doorway and smiles at me, “It is time to move on. I know I was not one of your favorites, but I don’t mind. I should hope that you do remember me with some fondness though.”
I smile. The silver-blue eyes are dead giveaway. “Gabriel! You did manage to make me fond of you in the end though.” I laugh while I wink at him.
Within moments I am standing before Kyllan and he is wearing his ceremonial garment, Hallelujah! He smiles at me and opens his wings to invite me closer for a Tantalarian hug. Before I emerge from within his embrace, there are others like him, Kystan, Kyran, Vasalon, Trysuil, and … shock of a lifetime, Mitchell! All wearing their ceremonial costumes. We barely have time to share greetings, hugs, a few memories, and I am being taken to another corner of the ship, there I am left alone.
The lights grow dim until there is only the glow of candlelight to lead me forward in the distance. The scent of starflowers saturates the air, and they line the path I follow. There in the opening to an opulent room stands a lone Elf. He smiles, holds out his arms to welcome me in, and I break into a run. “Athiän!” I cry as I am cradled in his arms and he kisses me. “Happy birthday, my one and only. I have made it possible for us to spend time together on this day. For you, nothing is too much to hope for.”
Until next time, happy reading / listening!