Holding my blanket around my shoulders to keep warm, I walk across the wet leaves on the floor of the forest. My long, messy hair is draped in my face. Looking up at the starless night sky, the only light guiding my way is the glow of the moon.
Creating a path of my own, I venture farther away from the castle. At the age of seven, I’m old enough to explore on my own, or so I thaught. There seems to be more, frightening sounds when father or the knights aren’t around. Growls and howls of everything and anything hide within the trees. I can only imagine what kinds of creatures are out here. My steady walk turns to a shuffle. Looking all around to make sure nothing was following me I start to wonder if this was a good idea.
I just wanted to do something on my own, only to say that I can do it. I don’t need father here to protect me. I’m his daughter, the same as he. I can do it. I kept telling myself these things, but honestly, I don't know how well I’m able to fight for myself. Being so deep in thought, the next thing I hear is the snap of a twig. Stopped in my tracks I’m startled of course. Glancing around I have seemed to walk farther than what I intended. The castle or the surrounding villages are nowhere to be seen.There’s a light up ahead, hiding in between the trees, but not created by the moon nor a lamp. What is it?
Having a curious mind, there is no reason why I wouldn’t investigate? Walking closer it gets brighter, bigger. The feeling of warmth grows on my face like the light of a massive fireplace. Now running closer a smile crawls across my face. It’s a new rush I’ve never experienced. Once I find out I can tell father, and the other’s in the kingdom!
As soon as excitement filled my body, just ask quick it ended. A black shadow appeared in front of the light. Stopped frozen in fear. As the figure got closer he grew taller. Now showing Its piercing red eyes and sharp glistening white sharp smile. Moving faster now I start to stumble back, then turn to run.
Waking up in a heavy breath I sit up quickly and look around my room. My vision is foggy and I’m confused. Where am I? Getting out of the bed I run to the door. The guards notice my behavior and start to follow. Still in a haze I keep running. The bright light from before there, I run faster with curiosity.
“Cassila! Cassila!” I can hear the guards. Soon the only sound of footsteps is my own. Why did they stop? Are they that scared of something? Looking back , all I can see is terror on their faces. In shock myself, I can't understand why.
The light! I can feel it’s warmth just like earlier. Before I know it, I was falling. The sky, I’ve never seen so bright. I close my eyes, the beauty was sore. When I open them again I notice shards of glass are falling with me. They’re so shiny and glisten with an array of colors.
“Cassila!” Gazing my focus back to the sky I see men, the guards from before. What’s happening to them? After blinking a few times I finally realize. Ash! Their skin flakes as soon as they stand in the broken window.
I wake up to she sound of open doors. “Is she alright?” The sound of my father’s soft words fill my head. When I open my eyes, he is kneeling at my bedside. I try to sit up, but he lightly presses his hand on my shoulder. “Rest my dear. You gave me quite a scare.” After a kiss to my forehead he tries to leave but my voice stops him, forcing him to turn around.
“Why wasn’t there ash?”
Coming back to my side he answers.”What do you mean?”
“Before I reached the ground, there should have been ash flickering in the air. Like the guards.” I lift up my arms and turn them over a few times. “All I have are cuts from the glass, but no burns.”
He gives me a comforting smile, along with, the same tone of words. “There is nothing to fret my child. You have until the age of ten before any harm can be done. Although, I wouldn’t test it, some children grow faster than others. I don’t want to lose you.”
With that he kisses my forehead and leaves the room.