If you were lost, all you had to do was look for the light you had inside of you all along….
Never were you ever alone.
Stars were falling, shimmering and leaving streaks of their flares in the blue velvet sky. Anyone could be blinded by this anomaly happening due its extreme beauty and light, yet it didn't deter the couple watching in the distance from a clearing.
"It's happening Charlie. Upon the night of falling stars, a new era of heroes will be thrusted into their responsibilities into keeping the veil of mortals and fae apart."
Charlie Craver, a retired soldier in his forties had his palm open, revealing the eye as it swirled around crazily as the stars fell all around them. Charlie's eyes were closed as he focused on seeing the visions of new and upcoming bearers of stars. As his wife spoke, Charlie took a deep breath as he steadied himself to focus on the present where they were. His dark brown eyes looking at her when he had finally focused on the present.
Charlie nodded at his wife, his dark, thick brows knitted together as he peered up at the sky. The falling stars were beautiful, yet he knew whomever the stars chose would bear both a blessing and curse. He could remember receiving his own star in his body, yet his had dimmed with his age while others he knew had died in battle, or were trying to live quietly. It didn't mean he was any less strong than he was before, it just meant his days of glory were less. Something he had appreciated greatly, to have a time of peace.
Charlie was granted the ability to be a Seer. Thousands of scenarios raced like subway trains in his mind, and while he could see the futures, he couldn't see his own. Karen, his wife whom he had met after a nasty fight with a werewolf, healed him. Her ability as a witch soothed his pains and she didn't mind his gruff nature when it came to his healing.
Now in his aging days, Charlie worn scars all over his body as tribute to his glory days. They had no children of their own, just mentors to the youth that would soon surpass them when they were ready. Karen looked over at him, her expression woven together in understanding. She admired him for keeping his mind sound , even when he saw thousands of futures occurring daily in front of him. Seers who could see the future were rare, only those those who could manage the gift were granted it. Madness overcame those who tried to steal the gift. She knew all too well, from people who tried to steal from those whom were granted stars.
Karen possessed magic, as given her heritage as a witch. She could recite spells like the back of her hand and dazzle anyone with her sparks if needed. Her specialty however came with crystals and healing. Karen would often go visit the elderly, giving them small tokens to help ease their ailments. It was Karen who was the more kinder of the pair, Charlie was stern and could come off as an asshole. Despite Charlie's asshole tendencies to be a smartass and harsh, he really did have his heart in the right place.
"Their lives will be changed forever….I can only hope they will embrace their newfound abilities instead of running from them." Charlie took her hand, ready to leave. " I already know the first star given is the new leader, one that had reached the brink after an encounter with her heart." Karen nodded solemnly, knowing that when Charlie saw potential, it equaled a chance of potential of being lost if not handled carefully. They couldn't let it happen, not when there was a darkness in the change that was coming. Charlie and Karen had to make sure the world they valued could be protected in trusted hands, but first those newcomers had to be found.
It was all so quiet….so quiet she could hear how hard her heart was beating in her ears. Maybe it was because her mind was screaming at her.
To get out of the water.
She was sinking in the water, or maybe it was some type of limbo before she succumbed to Death's embrace of her.
Yet she didn't see the point of it. Why live if the only person who had promised her the world snatched it away? Shattered her fragile heart because he could sense her desperation, knew how willing she was to keep him. Hell, she was frantic when she had begged him on her knees to not let her go. If giving up all of her meant that she could keep him as her own, wasn't it worth it?
Raina Artemis Faye had been duped. Played like a sad violin, and now her ex-boyfriend left her all alone in the water after drowning her. What a tragic relationship ending, how gullible and naïve Raina was to his charms. Even after finding out the truth he wasn't mortal, she stayed. That was her flaw, loving a monster and trusting that she wouldn't be hurt.
She should have turned him in, should of stayed safe. Yet in her profession of loving him, he stabbed her in the back. Lured her on a promise and when her back was turned, his fists were around her neck slamming her into the water. She couldn't fight him, not when he had that look of fury in his eyes. As if he was disgusted at her existence. That hurt more than anything, eyes that once looked at her full of love...were now of hate.
Now here she was, staring up at the hazy ripples of water and light intermixing above her. Floating in the water, she wondered if she was dead and this was just her mind replaying her death before the light claimed her….wait the light?
There was a light growing bigger and bigger above her, it seemed to be getting closer. Raina peered at it before realizing it was aimed for her and when she opened her mouth to scream, it hit her in her chest. As if she wasn't already struggling to breathe, the The light was blinding, swallowing her whole, and then her world went black.
Raina woke up gasping for air as she awoke on a grassy shore, coughing and spluttering. It was sunrise, and yet she was alive? Raina looked down at herself, clutching her chest. Her heart was beating erratically, but that had to be a sign that she didn't die, right? Covered in mud and grass, her skin was ice cold with the soaked clothes she was sporting. Struggling to get to her feet. Raina didn't notice that she was being watched by two groups of people.
Karen nudged her husband, "Poor thing. She looks miserable, can we go to her now?" Charlie paused for a moment, debating his options. While it was evident she was chosen, the female looked like she had been through hell. Could he add to that burden she was about to receive? Raina looked so uneasy, as if she was trying to keep it together despite wanting to fall apart at the seams.
"Be gentle. I have been watching Raina, she was teetering on the edge of giving up. We need to be a source of support and not push her so hard right now." He warned. " I can see she has the gift of a siren. Sirens can't be pushed too hard, otherwise they will snap back in waves of anger. "Karen shot a look of empathy for Raina's plight. "Oh Charlie, her gift will be hard to tame. She must be willing to go deep within herself to be at peace. Otherwise, if she can't accept it, she will drown in her own abilities."
Karen muttered softly a spell and conjured a blanket in her hands. "Water is the element most connected with the moon. She is one who will lead yes, but is she ready for it now? Raina obviously needs to recover from the trauma that just occurred, and we need to keep her hidden from the hunters until her star sets in her. " Charlie gave a grunt of approval. " We should go now, while she is alone and not surrounded."
Karen and Charlie stepped out of their shadows, stepping gently to Raina. Raina was shaking as she was trying to walk up the hill to the road. Her knees and hands shaking as she tried to keep her balance going up the hill. Her fingers grasped at the grass, trying to pull herself up. Maybe she could flag down a kind driver to take her to the police station and go home. Raina had no means of communication on her, or if what happened last night was a dream. Her mind was processing her thoughts that she didn't notice the mysterious couple approaching her.
"Raina." She stopped, frozen at the sound.
Her hazel eyes turned to the source, seeing Karen and Charlie for the first time. How odd that they were there, something was off about them, yet her mind was processing too much to really think about why there was something off. Karen's eyes reflected kindness as she was holding out her hand and a blanket. Charlie was staring at her intently and suddenly she felt naked. As if she was ashamed of how she appeared, and before she could open her mouth to speak, the blanket was wrapped around her.
"It's okay. You're safe now." Charlie's firm voice was comfort as they stood in front of her. It was clear that Raina was still in shock over last night's events, and while she had been granted a star, Raina was in no shape to process her new destiny. Charlie took note of her appearance; everything from the bruises, to the smudged makeup on her face, the dyed ends of her hair, the torn clothing soaked in mud, and how despite her broken appearance, there was a resilience he could pick up on her.
If Raina had really been aware of her appearance, she would of picked up the fact her chest was glowing. The place where the star nested instead of her. Fusing itself with her veins, intertwining her blood with magic as her transformation was taking place internally. It would be some time before her star revealed the new person she would become. For now, traces of her old self remained.
"Rest my child." Karen spoke into her ear, her hands glowing as they touched her forehead. Raina slumped forward, held by Karen's arms before Charlie took her into his own. Charlie gave Karen a knowing look of sympathy and acceptance. Raina needed to be taken care of before she was told the truth about what she was now.
"She is the first, there are others. Raina will find her team mates, and we will train them too. " Charlie explained the plan to his wife as they walked up. Thankfully, there was no one around, or so they thought. Karen opened the car and Raina was placed securely on the back seat. They got into the car and began the drive back to their home.
"We'll be ready. First, we need to make sure in giving her all of the training she will need. If she takes after you in any way." Karen murmured. " Especially with your tactician skills and military training, she will be strong."
He could only hope that she would accept her new truth and abilities. That Raina would take on her role as a leader, and endure the training she would need. As they drove away, there was a sinister growl. One that was enraged at the fact Raina survived last night, and that she was no longer a mortal. His fists clenched, teeth snarling as he looked at their retreating forms. It had been too late in trying to get rid of her. The very mortal whom he spent months honing to sacrifice escaped death, instead entangling in a world she should of never been apart of.
Raina had become fae.
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