CHAPTER-2.2 Someone is now gone far away!
Everyone got alert as they heard the sound of Dedred. He was banging the door fiercely. Their faces got numb, their brains stopped working.
"Open the door, don't be a coward," Dedred shouted and he started to knock more aggressively.
“Opa what do we do now?” Kiliarn quivered.
“ Now listen to me very carefully! You have to understand! Very carefully!” Opa said. “You three will now sneak away very quietly through the back yard door. Run from here as far as you can and hide. Hide in a place that no one knows. I will keep Dedred and his men engaged here as far as I can do.”
“But Opa! What about you?,” Ethan cried “ We can’t leave you here, they will take you prisoner.”
“Opa, we can’t let that happen,” Lyla said.
“Children! I am an old man. I will be nothing but a burden in your journey,” Opa argued. “ Besides, this journey is yours to take. This will prepare you for the more dangerous things yet to come.”
“What dangerous things? No Opa, I am not listening to anything, you are coming with us,” Kiliarn insisted and there came a loud bang on the door. And then came the fierce voice of Dedred.
“ Open it! Or I am gonna break this ridiculous door.”
“There is no time to lose in arguing. Now Lyla, bring that brown leather bag I gave you to keep,” Opa said . He gave that leather bag to Lyla five years ago and from then she has kept it safely in her chest. Opa made her promise him that she will not tell anyone about it, nor will she ever look what is in it. Lyla never broke her promise. In Fact she actually forgot about it.
“ What leather bag…….hmm…. Oh, that bag.” Lyla disappeared into her room and came back with a dusty and with a in spider webs covered brown leather bag. She gave it to Opa after she had wiped off most of the dust.
“Now Ethan, I gave this to Lyla to keep it safe for this day. I knew this day would come but didn’t know this soon and in this way….”
“What are yo…..”
“Don’t interrupt me, there is not much time.” Opa opened the brown bag and in there was a rusty little book. “This book was given to you by your Grandma for this day.” he handed Ethan the book. As Ethan tried to open the book it wasn’t opening.
“Opa, it is not opening.”
“Your Grandma said that when you will be on this dangerous journey, it will be your guide. Whenever you feel like you have lost your way this will show the right path. So use it well.” Opa was now unable to say anything, his voice was now quivering. “ Children, now go away, far from here. I hope God keeps you safe on this journey. My children! Go!”
“Opa, we are not leaving you,” Ethan said.
“ Oh god, I have raised such stubborn kids. Please go now! Please!” Opa pleaded.
“NO,” Lyla screamed.
“Children….please understand!I spent my entire life in Sunwane with your Grandma. Even if I have to die I would like to die here where there are so many memories of my wife,” Opa cried.
There came a loud bang and the door of their house was open wide. And there was Dedred’s harsh face and his men standing beside him with bows and arrows.
“Run children! Run..” Opa screamed.
They all ran out of the house from the back door, Dedred and his men were after them. They were running for their lives, they had nothing in their mind. They didn't know where to go. They were just running and running. And then, there came a scream, a painful scream. A voice so familiar!
Lyla stopped and turned over “Opa………” She screamed. One of Dedred’s men has shot an arrow that Opa got in the chest. He was crying in agony. Everything felt still, like time had stopped.
“Opa… Opa you will be fine! I won’t let anything happen to you!” Lyla sobbed. Opa was in her lap, taking his last breath. Ethan and Kiliarn were ahead of them. They now came to them and pulled Opa to the side where there were enough bushes to hide them.
Dedred and his men passed them, it was night time and there was nothing except the moonlight for them to see the path. Opa’s face was now turning pale, he was dying. Yes, he was really dying! The only guardian of the three children, the one who had taken care of them was dying in front of them. The situation was inexpressible.
“ Opa.. Opa don’t leave us! Please.. I beg you.” Ethan wept.
“Opa we have no one in the world except you, please don’t leave us! Please!” Kiliarn cried.
Opa gathered all his strength to say some last few words to his children.
“My children! Don’t cry, I am going to meet your grandma.” Lyla sobbed bitterly.
“I just want to say some last things, first, get away from here and try to live a peaceful life in the other realms. I know it won’t be easy, but I know I have raised brave children. And second, Ethan, if ever possible go to the Sky of Season and meet The Lady Deviner. There are some things only she has the right to tell you.”
“Opa, don’t lose hope you will make it and come with us on this journey.” Ethan said, but deep inside he too knew that Opa was at death’s door.
“Children, be brave! And Ethan, take care of them,” Opa gave out a breath of relief and his muscles relaxed. He was dead......