by N.A Miller
A FanFic Inspired story from Strands of Starlight Series - Gail Baudino Part 2
|"It will be a long difficult task ahead." He said, "Perhaps with some manipulation we can make her life a bit better. However, as Varden always has said, there are consequences of each action. We must take care in what we do for her and how much change we manipulate." |
The Harper was startled to hear him say those very words, quoting Varden, and speaking about such matters without anger or hatred. He had spoken of compassion and perhaps giving a little healing back to the human race that he had definitively learned to hate over the year or more in her century. His resolve and point to avenge many of those atrocities committed by the Inquisition and for killing innocent people. The elf would declare war on the Inquisition organization, protecting what the church called heretics (persons who had abilities and gifts from god), known witches, warlocks, midwives and also kept them from persecuting into extinction his brothers and sisters, the elves. No matter that, Rijiin knew that humanity would still be bloodthirsty, greedy, self-centered, self-absorbed, arrogant, twisted, perverted, murderous, and sadistic even after four hundred plus years.
"And it won't change in the time to come. Humanity will just get worse and worse." The elf thought and managed a grimace. "But maybe there is some good from this if you touch the right people who would make a change and do right."
Natil sensed that there was some hope for Rijiin, who also in the last year or more had found a touch of compassion, humanity, and perhaps patience even though he is an elf. He had learned it in the fourteenth century in the forms of Sana, and Charity. Both are witches, and one is a midwife. The both of them would teach Rijiin a few things about humanity while living in Adria during his transformation into an immortal. They always said there was good in everyone and all you had to do is seek it out. Rijiin suddenly was reminded of the twentieth century, and a few good people he overlooked while he was there and who came in the form of Mimi Stewart and Robert, her fiancé, his best friends. He had over the year in the fourteenth century had forgotten that. Compassion and understanding would be the main reason that Rijiin volunteered to traverse the winds of history, and time when he felt Mimi's thoughts on that snow covered winter's day in Adria. He would do anything to help and heal his best friend, thanks to her long lasting friendship. She and her fiance had shown him friendship and fellowship when he was new to the college where he met them. They had started talking to him, introducing themselves and putting out their hands in friendship, without strings or conditions. They had also brought him into an inner circle of their group, introduced him around and helped him get used to life on the campus. Something the elf would never forget.
Now, as an elf, it was Rijiin's turn to give it all back starting with Mimi and the others. He wanted to give the same courtesy, kindness and friendship. Perhaps even able to use his new ability as an immortal elf to help and heal. Here was his chance to do just that and he had traversed the winds of history and time to accomplish his mission.
"Ile tanak- cael- jaraman ikotane n'ataya, a'mael?" Natil asked him and managed an impressed nod, followed by warm smile.
"Aye Natili," He replied, "I have changed a lot in this last year, thanks to you all."
Natil met his expression with a nod.
"Mirya was right, it would take time but I have found what it means to be immortal and accept what this life has to offer. You all have shown me there is more to just being an elf over this last year." He paused, "Sure. The elves' took my humanity, but just as well. Call it a gift perhaps, what I plan to give back to these humans despite the evil of this world. Maybe we can make these humans better, or worse. It depends on how they use what we give them."
"Beloved, you speak wisely and true." The Harper replied, embracing Rijiin before walking with him toward the steps from the doorway. He slid an arm around her narrow waist, and together the couple walked down a small set of steps, then up, approaching the entrance to the Fireside Dining Room. A moment later, Natil and Rijiin entered the Fireside Dining Room, the few who were in the room who had gathered here on this cold, December morning had looked over at the doorway in astonishment. A low murmur echoed the room, and Mimi's friends had turned too. The group watched as the elf walked toward the table, with silent steps and stand silently by Mouse until she turned her head. She curiously looked up at the cloaked figure who stood beside her. Behind him, a few students and staff had gathered at the doorway to peer at the cloaked figures in astonishment. There were murmurs of unrest when they noted the well-used looking blade at his side. The others at the table were silent as they peered at the cloaked couple.
Rijiin, with a flair for drama, reached up slowly to push back the gray hood of his cloak revealing his fair features and here he nodded a silent greeting to Mimi. He then glanced silently at the group around her known to him as the *DeAnza Rat Pack, who are all seated at the table. Their reaction was silent surprise as they stared at his unfamiliar face. Mimi looked upon the elf, noting he was handsome with his fair features, had long brown hair that cascaded to his shoulders that was streaked and sprinkled with silver. She also peered into his solemn gray eyes and she could see the twinkle of what she thought was starlight there. If she had known the elves, she would have been right.
*Authors Note: DeAnza Rat Pack consisted of Mimi, Robert, Dave, Katherine, Chris, Omar, Vi, Steve, Patrick, Cathy, 'Jello' Jen, John, Ray, Christopher, and Katherine as named in story.
Low murmurs echoed the Fireside Dining Room and both of the elves let the many comments pass without response. Everyone present had their eyes locked on Rijiin for several minutes until they finally glanced at Natil who stood beside Rijiin with her cloak’s hood shadowing her fair features. His eyes then fell upon Becky McGough, a youthful woman who sat beside Mimi. The young woman is someone whom he had met not long before his journey into a past and showing recognition, he nodded silently to her. The young woman grimaced but ultimately nodded back to him. She showed an almost surprise, having recognized the strange green and gray leather garb the couple wore, also the pendant that hung around his neck. The young woman had gained a lot of her knowledge to identify the garb and pendant from her boyfriend who practiced the ways of Wicca. Even with some of what he had taught her, she was unsure exactly whom or what she was seeing. The garb, Rebecca knew, had not been around for four plus centuries and neither had pendants, cloaks or swords. She shook her head in misunderstanding.
Sitting at the table, going around it to her right, Robert, Dave, Chris and Omar were beside her at the table. Katherine, Jen and Vi sat on the other side of the table on her left. They are all astonished to see the cloaked figures, and the elf’s face as Becky was.
"Blessings upon you this day Mistress Stewart, the hand of the Lady be upon you." He said quietly, speaking with a calming tone, and with that he touched his forehead to bow wide and low.
Everyone sitting with Mouse at the table, including Mimi herself, had smiled at the old-fashioned motion. Rebecca smiled at the use of the ancient witches greeting, 'Merry Met.', but she also frowned at the pair. An illustration came to mind that she had seen in one of her boyfriend's many magazines from Colorado, from Watterson's New Age Emporium and she managed a gasp.
"No way… It cannot be. This is fucking bizzare." She thought to herself and peered incredulously at the pair.
As for Mouse, she intently looked upon the elf's fair features and his ghostly familiar face. She did not understand why the stranger was so familiar at first, but quickly remembered the hallucination she had yesterday. It had been the one where she found herself spinning in a vortex after disappearing through a circle of energy in the middle of S-Quad. She then found herself flying high above an unfamiliar landscape below, a journey where she had ended up landing in a forest clearing and where she saw two people, like this young man and his strange companion who now stood before her.
Mimi peered at the pendant of a crescent moon, and interlocked, ray star made of gold and silver that hung from a gold chain around Rijiin's neck.
“Holy fucking shit!” Mouse thought, peering at the familiar pendant that seemed to twinkle brightly in the fluorescent light. Quickly she unzipped her belt pouch and withdrew the same piece of jewelry from the main pocket to peer at it in silent astonishment.
“I-its the same!” She thought, “What the hell is this, who is this? What does it mean?”
Mimi's eyes darted from Rijiin's necklace, to the pendant and chain in her hand many times. She realized that it is the same necklace that the strange robed lady had given to her while standing in the middle of the grassy meadow with her. The same one who had re-seated her in the chair after she had taken that spill in the quad that had thrown her from it. She found herself speechless by her revelation and glanced down as the pendant, in her hand, began to glow brightly with an almost incandescence.
“That woman said there would be a messenger sent to me.” Mimi thought, “I wonder if the couple here is that sign...”
None of the others at the table had known about what their friend had experienced a day ago, and she had told absolutely no one about it. It would have been uncomfortable for her to explain something that she could not exactly understand herself. She frowned.
"Rijiini, tir- n'ea…"
Mimi heard the soft voice of the cloaked figure beside him. She had heard the name and her expression had been puzzlement, and undying curiosity about these strangers.
"Thank you for that greeting, I think, uh… Rijiin, is it? What kind of name is that anyway? D-do I know you?" Mimi questioned, "Have we met before? I certainly don't remember you."
The elf said nothing at first, formulating his answer before he smiled.
"Indeed we have Ms. Stewart. We met once a long time ago, but you might not remember me." He replied smoothly, making her smile when she heard the strange accent in his voice. He managed a thin, almost pained smile.
"I am Rijiin L'Theil, the Just and I am at your service. This is my traveling companion, kinswoman and my beloved wife, Natil."
With that he turned his head and nodded to her.
The Harper, with the same flair for drama, reached up and she slowly drew back the gray hood of her cloak.
Mouse, the others at the table and around them had gasped openly when they stared at the beautiful face of Natil in astonishment. A few whistles followed and a low murmur rippled through the Fireside Dining Room. Next to Mimi, Dave, Omar, Chris, Vi, Jen, Katherine and Becky exchanged silent glances at each other.
Mouse found herself staring blatantly at the elf maiden.
"My god she's beautiful. She is just like the red/gold haired maiden I saw in the clearing the other day with the handsome black haired young man." She thought, shaking her head.
Mimi blushed, unable to take her eyes off the strange woman beside Rijiin.
Natil heard her thoughts and turned to nod to Mouse. Both of the elves realized, what Mimi was describing to herself, happened to be Mirya and Terrill before they arrived back at the encampment.
"You have my thanks Mistress Stewart." Natil told her warmly.
Mouse suddenly sensed something amiss and did not realize that the Harper had been initially reading her thoughts. Everyone had turned their heads in surprise when they heard the her speak, her accent and inflection strong in her voice.
"I-I really do not know you Rijiin or you Natil… Who are you?" Mimi asked calmly, "Where did we meet?"
"Be at peace Mimi, we are friends and here to repay an old debt to you. It is one that I owe a lot to you and will repay it with healing, comfort, and aid. Something my people are known for." He declared solemnly, "Be at peace, no harm will fall upon you dear lady, as I sensed your need and traveled a fair distance to come to you. Among my people you are well known for your courage, kindness, compassion, generosity, and understanding."
Around the table there were more murmurs of confusion as Mouse sat quietly in her chair and colored slightly because of his compliments. She looked up at their fair features and managed a smile. Beside her, Becky was shaking her head.
"But Rijiin, what old debt," Mouse questioned, "I just do not remember you."
The elves met her expression with a shrug and Mimi saw his eyes, like the Harper, that twinkled brightly with starlight.
"Aye, we do." Natil murmured softly, "Please be at peace, Ms. Stewart, and trust us that what we say is true."
“To answer you question, beloved Mimi, we met here at DeAnza, a few years ago." He told her, "You were the first person to actually take me by the hand and show me the ropes of this place, and I never forgot that kindness.”
Mimi's mind was a whirl of thought, having helped so many new people on this campus, and realized that he was one of probably thousands she had greeted in her long tenure here at DeAnza College. Perplexed, she grimaced at the elves.
Rijiin scanned the familiar faces at the table as he noted another face had appeared to sit next to Becky. John Stack, her boyfriend had sidled in and as he walked in had only glanced at the strangers who stood beside Mimi and had done the classic double take to look again. He moved to kiss her on the mouth and then turned his head to regard the Elvish couple with an astonished glance. He had not expected to see the couple here, let alone clad as they were while traveling in the fourteenth century. He remembered the illustrations in his magazines from Colorado and he grimaced tightly.
“Jesus.” He murmured, “Fair folk? That cannot be.”
Becky cast a glance at him as he narrowed his eyes at Rijiin and Natil. He could not believe that he was seeing them here. He wasn't sure what he was seeing exactly.
Before him, the elf was collected and calm as he peered at John, noting the pentagram around his neck as someone who practiced the same things as Roxanne or Charity back in his own century. He slowly nodded his head as he regarded his stunned look.
"Alanae ea yolisi, Elthia, Vayna oea…" He stammered, greeting the couple formally, " Mae govannen."
Rebecca gasped, as did the entire table, when he spoke Elvish to the couple. The couple both glanced each other, before nodding formally to him.
"Ve' noldo…." Rijiin replied, making the group, and even the room gasp.
"John? Do you know them?" Becky asked, and he glanced at his girlfriend to shake his head.
"Never met them, until now, but it is the proper custom how to address them." John stated solemnly, "With no disrespect, fair ones."
"Aye, none taken." Rijiin replied, and smiled thinly at him.
Inside John's limited mind, a whirl of emotion overwhelmed his senses as he narrowed his eyes, examining and watching the couple. He was very amazed that he was seeing something that should not belong in this century and was wondering where exactly they were from. He already seem to know they were not human, dressed up in the strange garb, and did not belong in the century. Also, by the look of the weapon at Rijiin's side, battle-worn and well used, made him realize that he had seen much battle and probably death, wherever they were from.
“Who are they John?” His girlfriend asked, “Are they...?”
She paused as she gasped quietly, and peered incredibly at the couple. She glanced at him and showed surprise when he nodded his head in reply.
"Excuse me, Rijiin, are you and Natil…?" She started to ask, and her voice seemed to fail, falling off into a whisper. The elf turned his head, smiling slightly as he nodded.
"It is true mistress." He whispered, only loud enough for the table to hear him, "We are whom you think... we are here to help and heal, from out of time and space, to help Mimi. "
“Bullshit...” Robert exclaimed promptly, making the elf turn his head, and grimace at the comment. "It's probably one of dunderheads loser friends dressed up like this and are pretending to be something else."
“By the Lady...” The elf murmured, rolling his eyes at Natil who shot him a questioning look. Robert had cut him off in mid sentence, but the elf had remained passive and polite to let it pass. He did not let the discourtesy and obvious insult phase him. The others glanced at each other, when they heard the insult, and then back to Rijiin who said nothing.
"Robert, that was not nice, and to your information, if anyone is a dunderhead it is you…" Becky snarled, "I don't think my boyfriend here would do something like that. I have a news flash. I think we are looking at the genuine article."
She, however, did glance at Rijiin for confirmation. She saw him manage a slight smile and a nod to the young woman who was seated at the table.
"I am neither the people you speak of mistress, nor have I been paid to impersonate such a thing. I am as I am." His voice stated evenly.
“If it is proof, you all seek, of my identity...” The elf started, “As all humans do, seeing proof and question everything... Then here it is...”
An aura shimmered around the Elf. Becky's face had showed a smile, but it suddenly faded as this strange aura began to grow around him. It became bright and incandescent as it started in his hands first, then fully surrounding him. The faces of the others, including John, had shown alarm and confusion, making them all back away from the table. Others who had been present backed off also.
"Be at peace, I am here for a reason..." Rijiin said suddenly, and he turned to Mimi who sat in her chair, "As time is short…"
She had her eyes tightly closed when his hands touched her shoulders.
"Just relax beloved Mimi." He told her, letting the energy and starlight flow through him, as he utilized the healing powers of the elves of the fourteenth century. Mouse suddenly was reminded of someone else she knew and she instantly thought of her friend, who willingly massaged her shoulders for her. She realized that Rijiin had the same gentle touch as she remembered her friend to have. The elf suddenly grimaced, hearing her thoughts, and turned his head to focus upon the disabled woman. His companion heard her thoughts too, showing surprise, but also a saddened expression appear on her fair features. Rijiin met the Harper's expression in silence and he managed a shrug.
Mimi had thought of Rijiin when he was human and when he was reported deceased and murdered a year ago. The San Jose Police and the FBI had been called because neighborhood kids found an unrecognizable body, his body, lying in a nearby cement culvert across from Eastridge Mall. They had identified him by his wallet found in his pocket left untouched. He suddenly realized, other than the portal not being there, this was the main reason why he could not return to the future. He had been killed and his humanities were returned to the future after he had been transformed into an elf. Everything suddenly made sense to him and this new fact suited him just fine.
"Ta ilya forya, a'mael." He murmured with a sigh, "Reea forya Natili. Mimitti quenea I'-zuz, taea e' I'- silma. Amin curtamanea ta eller."
Rijiin told her it was all right, Mimi spoke the truth. It is in the starlight. I saw it there. The Harper picked up his meaning, and his reaction to it. The reaction to this piece of information, confirmed by him, was not the one reaction she expected him to take. He had just confirmed Mimi's thought, quickly able to look into the starlight where he could manipulate images of the past, present, and future, his consciousness moving among them effortlessly.
Rijiin managed an affirmative nod to Natil when meeting her questioning expression.
"Seere a'mael, amin cael- utue amin telaien, amin yestaien. Amin utuea amin yamen e' I' palurin. Ta uumea il'- karn bir n'atyaea tanya amin gurthea. Amin valin- ta tele- ar' amin naa ie' seere yassen ta." Rijiin continued and he nodded. The elf had told his beloved mate to be at peace, that he had found his ending, his beginning. That he had found his place in the world. It did not make a difference that he died and he was happy it is finished. He was at peace with it.
Katherine, sitting on the other side of the table next to Natil, had heard her gasp aloud when she heard his answer and she had slowly nodded. The Harper had not expected to hear this answer from him and a look of respect, admiration and deeper love for Rijiin appeared on her face. Beside the elves, Mimi's friends and Mouse herself listened to the strange language they spoke between them. There were murmurs among the gathered people here, who heard the curious language between them, and how it freely flowed. Katherine found the words eloquent, and beautiful.
"What language is that, is that elfish?" Becky asked, and there were murmurs throughout the room.
“It is dear.” John replied, “And a very bold statement Rijiin.”
Everyone suddenly was very curious about the couple and the strange glow that Rijiin wielded like a double-edged sword that he would carry at his side. It surrounded the group at the table and spilled outward, growing and expanding.
"What did you tell her, it was absolutely… amazing…"
Rijiin had not answered Becky's question as he turned his attention to Mimi, and he placed his hands back on her shoulders. Everyone watched as the incandescent glow appeared around them, and it swirled about the elf, Mimi and her friends who sat with her. Rijiin shook his head after a moment and turning his head, he grimaced at the Harper.
"I don't know about this." John said, "If I am up on languages, I think he told her to be at peace that he found his ending something about a beginning and something about his death that he is happy it happened…"
"Lle quena eldalie?" Natil asked, turning to John and he smiled. The elf-maiden asked if he spoke elfish.
"Bir -elle." He replied with a bow, "Quenjen rangwea I' quenjen en' yuuyo palurinea. Firya, nae Eldalie… “
John told her that he spoke a little, that it is best to understand the best of both worlds. Human, and Elven…
` Natil nodded with a smile, and glanced at Rijiin.
"There is a lot to do still Natil, and I am growing fatigued. Perhaps if you play something on your harp, we can help her together. There is a lot more to do than I can do alone." He told her and the youthful maiden grinned slightly as she nodded.
Katherine turned her head as he spoke to the Harper and saw her considered his request for brief moment before she had nodded in agreement. She still sat in an open chair and pulled out her harp from under her cloak. The first reaction of everyone present was a questioning look, when everyone saw the harp, but soon understood that the Harper was going to play something on it. Natil's small hands danced over the strings as she quickly inspected the cherry wood frame and the bronze strings. She quickly tuned the instrument.
"Naa lle desiel Natili?" He asked her, the Harper met his look with a grin and a silent nod. He asked if she was ready.
"Amin' e desiel, Rijiini," Natil replied, still smiling as she put the harp in her lap, and quickly she readied herself to play. She had informed him that she was ready and positioned her hands on the strings of the harp.
Everyone in the room noted that the room's attention focused on Natil when her fingers rippled off a couple of notes. Mimi's friends sitting at the table had smiled when they heard the notes echo around the room and there were quiet murmurs, before silence completely fell over the entire room. It would be only be the second time to happen in this dining hall where there was fully silent. The Harper's hands expertly moved across the strings with a ripple of notes and as she began to play, played one melody written at the beginning of her existence and the world. The notes were a familiar melody that Mimi recognized from the other day in the quad. The old song came to Natil, as easily and fluidly as she played, her hands dancing across the bronze strings.
"Ele asta a mirurore,
Cira a ciraie,
Natil sang the words quietly in elfish as her hands danced across the strings of the small cherry wood, and bronze-strung harp. She had played the healing notes, as Rijiin's starlight energy remained focused into Mimi and it spilled unknowingly into the others around her. Mouse of course, felt the warmth in her limbs and the others watched in silence at the strange aura that seemed to surround her and everyone at the table. No one in the room interfered or moved. Students and staff around them looked on as the mysterious young woman played a strange melody on her harp, shifting with several variations. The people who had gathered did not understand what was happening and did not understand that she, with her companion, was helping and healing Mimi. But they were really seeing it as the aura was bright and foreboding around them. Katherine's head turned slowly, casting a sweeping look about the room, watching the many faces in the Fireside Dining Room and she smiled. The silence in the room was ominous as the only sound was Natil's harping echoing through its interior. The young woman was listening, with her eyes closed, as she felt the power of the elves.
"Such great power," Katherine thought as Natil played her harp for a half-hour, helping and healing Mimi with Rijiin. She watched in amazement as the healing energy flowed over her friend, becoming a bright, incandescent, swirling white energy
"Healing, comfort and aid, that's what it's all about, and I can help them if I so choose." Rijiin murmured, suddenly feeling differently and now fully understanding his purpose as an elf.
He realized that as an immortal he had potentially great abilities and power to change anything he wanted. The elf had that ability and free choice if he wanted to help the world, giving back a little hope to make it a better place. The question that he asked was what time would he help change and make better… Would it be the past or the future? He also found himself one with his new existence as an elf, the scrap of soul he had as a human, finally leaving him and his transformation now complete into becoming fully Elven. He also realized that he no longer belonged here in the twentieth century and only belonged in the fourteenth century. Time seemed to shift around him as the couple sat in the Fireside Lounge and he helped his friend to give her a better chance at life.
Rijiin turned his head to peer at the Harper who sat across from him and he smiled at her. He had also found love too, the purest, truest love. He would be with her forever, living out his days with his promised mate, which suited him just fine too.
When Natil sensed his thoughts, the Harper looked up with a smile, her hands continuing to dance skillfully across the bronze strings as she played the melody on her harp to its climax. The energy, she sensed around them, swirled and having already became a bright incandescent light. The aura shifted and swirled in many patterns and in an array of color, enveloping her beloved and Mimi completely.
Natil let her hands drop from the harp strings, only then did he removed his hands from her shoulders as he slumped to the ground. The only sound within the room now was the murmur of astonishment by everyone who had seen the elves help and heal today. There was scattered applause that followed, at first, echoing through the room as it became louder as more people joined in their appreciation of her music.
The loudest had been Katherine and she managed to whistle as she applauded.
"Beautiful…" Katherine murmured, "Absolutely beautiful."
Sitting across from Natil, Katherine saw her smile when she heard the applause. The youthful stranger nodded to the group and to the other people present who showed their appreciation of her music. It was when she cast a look at Rijiin that she gasped as her friend, lover and kinfolk lay sprawled out on the floor. He had succeeded in his task to help and heal his friend. He had unthinkably changed the patterns making up the woman known as Mimi Stewart and when she saw him sprawled out, she feared the worst. She feared that Rijiin may have given himself too much and possibly sacrificed his life for Mimi's. A statement that he had openly said he would do, if necessary, to protect his best friend. She immediately hoped she was wrong with her assessment of the situation and rose to move to his side, kneeling next to him.
"What's the matter with him?" Robert asked, and the group turned to stare in fear at Rijiin, who was slumped on the floor. They glanced over at Mimi who was slumped forward too across the table, both having been totally enveloped in the swirling mass of energy for several minutes.
"Rijiin," Natil whispered, as she reached over to shake him, with no response.
"Oh dear Lady," She murmured, "RIJIIN!"
Tears formed in the Harper's eyes as she lightly shook him several times, again with no response. It was several minutes before he groaned and stirred.
"Aye Natili… Please be at peace, I am all right." He told her, and pushed himself up as he sat on the floor. She immediately heard the change in his voice, thickly, and strongly accented with the inflection like the others in the fourteenth century. Everyone around them fearfully looked at Rijiin, Natil and Mimi several times in silent disbelief, sensing that something strange had happened between the three of them.
"Jesus, what was that?" Chris asked as a murmur rounded the table.
Natil still peered at Rijiin, surprise still on her face, when she heard the strong inflection in his voice. The energy that bound the elves had changed him fully, the semi-recognizable face from earlier had gone away, and had left someone completely different. It had surprised the group and strangely, his lover too.
"Oh my Lady," Natil murmured, "What has he done? Did he do what I just think he did?"
Her face softened in understanding.
Mimi and Rijiin, in the period of many minutes they were enveloped by the incandescent energy, they both stood on the grassy meadow with the Lady, the Creatrix of the Elves. As Mouse stood here, the moon glared down as if in judgment. She knew what was about to happen and returned the glance by Rijiin, then turned to stare into the Lady's gray, solemn eyes.
"I'm not afraid." She whispered, "Please."
The Lady stepped up to stand beside Mimi, her blue and silver trimmed robe shimmering in the darkness. In her hand, she held a staff of pale wood. She had her eyes closed as Mouse heard her whisper something in her own language and another aura shifted around her. As she stood with Rijiin and the Lady, Mimi caught a brief glimpse of a teenage girl clad in green and gray garb who stood behind her. She was excessively young and had the familiar crescent moon and star pendant that hung around her neck. The Lady finished the prayer and looked down at Mouse who knelt before her. The elves' Creatrix nodded gravely and rested a hand on her forehead. Relaxation flooded into her body, as though every nerve and muscle fiber had been oiled, warmed, and massaged into limpness. Mimi sighed softly and almost drifted into sleep, but the woman's soft voice brought her back.
"Blessings be upon you and within you, now and always Mimitti."
She sighed, bowing her head for a moment then gestured toward the moon. It hung at the zenith, full and round, though she did not recall that it had been in that phase when she appeared on the meadow the first time with the Creatrix.
"This is the Night of Completion. Mimi." The Creatrix of the elves told her. "Watch the moon. Relax and let her light fill you. Let it protect you. Let it empower you."
The Lady smiled at Rijiin who stood nearby, nodding to him in silence. He had his eyes closed, using his abilities, from his transformation, to help with her change.
Mimi shifted her gaze to the shining disk, breathing regularly, and felt as though she were glowing. The Lady stepped out of her vision, but the quality of light changed and the middle-aged woman realized the staff was brightening as she held it over her head. She kept her eyes on the moon as a tight feeling gripped her. She found she could not have moved if she wanted to and could not even blink. Eyes locked on the moon, she felt herself drawn toward it. It grew larger, filling the sky and her vision, the white light blazing through her, harrowing her soul and mind with a seething glory. She wanted to close her eyes, to look away, but she might have been stone for all the movement she was capable of at this moment.
"I trust her. I trust the Lady. But I am scared…"
She heard the sea, the sound growling, as the light, its waves, rose up around her. They invisibly swirled around her until they overlapped the meadow and flooded her, turning the moon into a featureless sky of white mist.
Mimi almost lost consciousness, but the thought of being unaware terrified her into full cognizance. She realized she was looking into the mist-shrouded face of a teenage girl with blue eyes, the color of aquamarines and long dark brown hair. The form of the teenager smiled at Mimi and reached toward her with a strong hand.
"I am not afraid." Mimi said, extending a hand and in her mind, a voice answered her:
"Good." It told her.
Mouse realized it is the voice of the woman robed in blue and silver.
A moment later, when their hands met and gripped, the strange teenage girl smiled again and her lips silently formed the syllables of Mimi's name just before her fingers tightened for an instant. Mouse felt herself swept forward as she merged with her. A jolt racked Mimi's body as though she had been struck, and the white mist fled from her sight. The stars appeared, shining, glorious, their brilliance as razor-keen as a warrior's sword. Transfixed by their light, she saw unfolding like a flower before her, an infinite complex of futures in which all potentials and possibilities bound and connected by a vast web of starlight. It went on and on, each future merging with another and with yet another, a convoluted knot of maybes, and might-bes, and … and …one reality…
Mimi screamed, as her muscles spasm, and she rolled to her side, in a fetal position, fighting for sight, for thought as a river of starlight poured over her. Something widened within her, and the light-flooded in.
"Elthia… Rijiin…! Please help me!"
A hand came down to touch her on the head, and her spasms stopped abruptly.
"Be at peace… Mimi."
Mimi lay for sometime on the ground, waiting for her heart to calm. Behind her closed eyes, the stars shone, and the tenuous arm of a nebula shimmered in the distance. Her thoughts slowed gradually, and she forced herself to feel the grass beneath her, replaying the day's events to re-link her with the world. Opening her eyes she could see the ghostly shape of her former self as she rolled away from her, and disappeared in a flash of bright light. The young girl was nowhere to be found and that puzzled her. Only the Creatrix of the elves and Rijiin stood in the meadow with her at this very moment. She had frowned in confused wonder as her mirrored self had disappeared.
“Have I been hallucinating? Who was that young girl?” She asked herself, her mind raced with questions.
Mouse, had been surrounded in the purest starlight energy and she had found a semblance of peace, despite her many questions that echoed through her mind. The Lady helped her to her feet, and together they stood on the threshold, chatting with each other. The now youthful elf maiden turned her head, to smile at Rijiin. She watched as he stepped up and knelt before the Lady, who put a loving arm on his broad shoulder. The Lady nodded as he looked up into her gray eyes. Standing, Rijiin smiled, before he nodding to Mouse and stepped into the shadows.
A moment later, the meadow faded around her too and Mimi slowly opened her eyes, quickly realizing she was slumped on the table in the Fireside Dining Room of DeAnza College. She had been enveloped in the energy, an almost blinding light, as she was transformed before everyone's eyes. She had opened her eyes, her vision quickly clearing as she focused on a hand, her hand that sat a few inches from her face, as it lay flat on the table. Gingerly, she flexed it, turned it, touched the tabletop, and watched the fingers move according to her own will.
However, she did not recognize the hand at all.
It was still obviously the hand of a woman, but that was all she could find in common with it. Medium and strong, it looked very capable of wielding a sword. The fingers were long and tapered. In the moonlight, they had looked like they were carved out of ivory.
“What is going on?” She thought and managed a frown when finding herself unable to move for some reason. It took her several minutes to attempt to do so. She still peered at the hand on the table, staring at it in confused wonder.
“Mouse, are you alright?”
The voice had been an unfamiliar one, and Mimi groaned as she pushed herself backward with the help of a firm arm of Rijiin. A startled gasp followed, especially by her friends and many others who had gathered around the couple and the group at the table. The loudest gasps had been from Becky and Katherine both who were closest to her, and they just stared in silence at the now shockingly young and beautiful young woman who sat in Mimi's chair.
“Uh... M-Mimi?” Katherine stammered, shaking her head as she peered at Mimi's now dark auburn hair, her young, beautiful, fair face and her aquamarine colored eyes. She noted Mimi was shorter, and her body was trim and muscular. The young woman put a hand to her mouth, totally blown away by the stranger's face Around them, there were a low murmur by the people who had been nearby watching the strange couple who graced their presence on this cold rainy morning.
“T-that's not Mi...” Katherine stammered, “What the hell?”
No one moved in the room as they peered at Rijiin who knelt next to Mimi.
Mouse turned to scan the room at the surprised faces, and had turned her head to Katherine, who had said her name. The now youthful maiden's aquamarine colored eyes darted to the pleased expression of Rijiin and she frowned noting he looked really different than when he and his companion arrived into the Fireside Lounge or when he was standing on the meadow with her.
"What did he do to me? I really feel so strange." She thought, turning to meet the still astonished looks by everyone present around her. Her gaze turned back to Rijiin, who still was smiling and he silently nodded to her.
Mouse had no idea that she had been changed so drastically by his use of elfin magic as she had been surrounded by the swirling energy. Her mind was a whirl of images, the meadow and the young girl that had touched her and a blast of energy rushing into her very soul before disappearing. She had been standing before that very beautiful woman in the robe, and they had manipulated energies around her, to help her. She found she didn't understand and could not account for herself for the last hour and a half. Her watch having stopped again for that long duration of time while inside the swirling energy that was manipulated by Rijiin.
"Huh? What's wrong?" She asked, "Why is everyone looking at me?"
Everyone clustered about her and just peered at her, murmuring confused by the stranger in her clothes, and very different face. Mouse abruptly fell silent when hearing her own voice, it had changed to a smooth contralto instead of a rough soprano and it was accented ever so slightly. She was amazed by it.
“What the hell? M-mimi?” Dave asked, clearly confused.
A low confused murmur echoed through the room and they all peered at Rijiin who stood up slowly and stood beside her chair. They all peered at Rijiin who stood beside her chair.
Mimi grimaced as she looked down at herself and the others watched in amusement as she lifting her shirt to peer at her waist and her curved figure. Pulling at the neck of her shirt, she peered down at her now B cup breasts that slipped out of her bra. Feeling a weight on her head, the now young woman took a handful of her now long, dark, hair in her hands. She noted it was finer and thicker than she had ever had before.
Gasping in realization, Mouse turned her head to meet the nod of the Rijiin and over to Natil who sat across from him. He managed a slight nod in response to her questioning expression. As if almost to say, 'yes it true and it happened.'
"Holy… Shit! What the fuck is going on here?" Mimi demanded, a tone of panic in her voice, “What have you done to me?”
Mouse placed her hands on her face, as-if to examine it and had a questioning look on her face. Rijiin sensed she was about to have a fit and knelt beside her.
"W-what have you done to me?" She stammered, as her head swam with overpowering sensations and she was giddy with disorientation. She tried to pull back, but looked down only to realize that he had taken her hands. He had sensed the panic in her voice and he touched her head silently.
“Peace.” The elf said simply, and the feelings of panic and confusion subsided.
The group and everyone around her showed astonishment by the simple command. Mimi let out a calming breath and she cast a long gaze as he met the confused expressions around her. She suddenly sensed fear as they peered at him.
"W-what you have you done to me?" She demanded again and Rijiin gravely met the clear, bright, and piercing aquamarine colored eyes in silence. "W-why have you done this to me?"
The elf silently met the look of anger on her face, and he casually dismissed it.
A low murmur rounded the table.
"Peace, I healed you Mouse." He told her, his voice thick with the inflection and accent, "Call it a gift if you like, but I settled our long outstanding debt with help and healing. It is today that I give you back a new chance at life. I do it because I care about you Mouse and you are my best friend in this world and I return the favor of your kindness to me unto you."
Mimi raised an eyebrow at Rijiin's explanation, closing her eyes only briefly before gasping loudly when she stared uncomprehending at the twinkle of starlight that filled in the darkness and perhaps her very soul. It is the very same light Mouse saw when she stood with Rijiin and the strange robed lady on a meadow under a star-filled sky. She had thought that had been a hallucination but it was apparent that it was not. The sight of the stars seemed to calm her disorientation and Mouse did not understand their meaning quite yet, so she kept it to herself.
"There is something strange about the starlight, a meaning behind it perhaps." Mimi thought, opening her eyes curiously meeting Rijiin's smile with a tilt of her head.
"Be at peace Mimitti, there will be no harm to you, only truth, as you and I always kept that between us. Remember that I never will candy-coated an answer to your questions." Rijiin replied with a warm thin smile, "I am here to help you and answer any questions you have and I know you have many.”
“You damn well bet I do.” Mimi replied hotly, “I don't understand. What are you and who are you.”
“As I said I am a friend. Be at peace.” Rijiin replied, “And a maker of death for those who are here to challenge and mob against my wife and I. Be wary.”
A number of the students who had been standing around, including security had backed off when they picked up the point he had clearly made, perhaps a warning.
“Behold, friend Mimi.” He exclaimed, as he let his awareness flow out and over her.
Mouse suddenly knew the truth of the matter, as images of his journey began to form in her mind. She gasped loudly, peering dumbfounded at the elf, her mouth dropping open in complete surprise as she watched the images and learned of his journey, his transformation and what had transpired here with the authorities that day when they showed those gruesome pictures of his body. He also explained a few things to her after his jumping through time and space before coming from far away to help her. The images were like a high-speed movie as they flashed images in her brain at double speed. She peered at Rijiin as she tried to make sense of them, but she was unable to put them in order like a giant jigsaw puzzle with matching pieces. Mimi turned her head to meet the smiling face of Rijiin who sat next to her.
Mimi gasped and she peered at him as if she had seen another face, another lifetime and dance. She stood up and found herself tearing up at the revelation as she embraced him warmly.
“Nathaniel!” She whispered and held him as she began to cry.
"But he, you are dead! How can you be him, it is not possible!"
"Mouse, I am who I say I am." The elf whispered, “Be at peace, this is a completion of my journey and I walk a new path with my beloved Harper. You may tell the others if you wish and never hold secrets with them. They might not believe you though.”
“But...” Mimi started to reply and met the elf's neutral expression and a raised eyebrow.
"Your body was dismembered beyond recognition. Please do not make me live through that nightmare again. I finally got over it."
“Steady mistress, you won't ever lose me like that again.” Rijiin whispered, “Amin ilyamenea yassen lle, vee lle nae mellonamin, Mimitti.”
Mimi gasped, when he spoke their language to her, and strangely she understood it. He had told he was with her always and her friend. She saw his expression and his slight nod before she finally warmly embraced him again. Tears were in her eyes as she held him warmly.
“Amin ikotane saesea elea lle.” Mimi whispered, as she held him then gasped as she drew back, astonished she had spoken Elvish.
There was a loud gasp by everyone present around her. Her friends had stared openly at her and stunned when she spoke Elvish to Rijiin and Natil.
“Who the hell are you Rijiin?” A voice asked and he met the fuzzy features of Robert who had stood up beside Mimi.
"I am not doing anything to harm her, Ungai." The elf replied sternly, "Dina…"
Rijiin drew back and turned his attention back to Mimi. Her eyebrows had climbed in absolute astonishment, and she had gasped loudly. A large grin was on her face and it was followed by her laughter. She had heard Rijiin call Robert by the nickname he had given him a long time ago and it confirmed his claim of his identity. Katherine, across the table had briefly yelped with laughter and there was a chuckle among the group. The elf briefly turned his head to meet Becky's puzzled frown as she sat next to Mimi, having heard his use of his nickname. He nodded to her, making her gasp also in pure astonishment. His blatant use of the nickname had shown his identity of who he was and there was a low murmur among the group.
Robert had grimaced when he heard the nickname and frowned uncertainly at the stranger who stood beside him. Becky had gasped as she sheepishly glanced at the astonished faces. He stood up and stepped back as they all peered at him.
"But, how is this possible." Mouse whispered, confused by the images she had seen. She need not ask him where Rijiin had been, already knowing the answer to that question and was just astonished, if not glad to see him. She embraced him warmly, tears filling her eyes.
“Amin nae ikotane valin- elea lle, Eruantiem!” Mimi exclaimed, and gasped falling silent again when she realized she was speaking another language. Everyone had turned to peer at her, in surprise, when she had spoken Elvish to him again. Even she had gasped loudly, putting a hand to her mouth.
“M-Mouse?” Katherine asked, totally stunned by her exclamation.
“Mea Culpa.” Mimi said, “I-I guess I have a new talent to get used to... It appears I can speak another language.”
“Be at peace Mimi, that name has no meaning for me, not now.” Rijiin told her, “That person is long dead, and must remain so.”
Mimi gasped again and put her hand on his.
“T-Then its true.” She whispered, “Oh my god...”
“It is no consequence Mimi.” Rijiin said, “Be at peace, I have found my ending and beginning, just as you have. I cannot return to what I once was and neither have no desire to. I have found my place in the world, just as you have.”
Rijiin met the faces of the others and he motioned to his beloved Harper.
"That is enough!" Robert exclaimed, with an almost shout, "Who the fuck are you? What are fuck are you? What did you do with Mimi and who is that in her chair? You cannot be him! It's not possi..."
“Alas it is Ungai.” Rijiin interrupted him and he fell silent. “And I am here before you as who I am. Nothing more or less, just another path I walk than before.”
The elf could hear the snap of disbelief and confusion in his voice. He remained silent, sensing his anger and hostility there.
"It is Mimi… We healed her and gave her a new chance at life, Ungai…" Rijiin replied coldly to Robert's outburst, "Be at peace, she is unharmed, as you can rightly see. She just has been changed and her existence altered through time itself."
"What I see is a lot of bullshit." Robert growled, eyeing John with a nasty look, "And you better not be behind it with him, you asshole."
"They're elves Robert!" Katherine exclaimed, blurting it out as she attempted to touch Mouse's shoulder but abruptly had pulled back her hand unsure if she could touch her. The young woman, like the others present at the table also around them, turned their heads to meet Rijiin's neutral expression, seeing him slowly nod to her.
Robert shook his head, with a sarcastic expression on his face and a look of anger in his eyes as he lunged toward Rijiin, intending to get in his face and yell. He stopped however when elf stepped back two steps, his hand flashing to the well-used blade at his side, resting a hand on it, ready to draw. The motion in itself was enough to make people back off away from him, seeing and sensing his readiness.
"Don't give me that double talk." Robert shouted, "Who are you people and don't give us that bullshit about being elves, or able to help and heal. Only God himself can do that."
Although Robert, even with his limited mind could not say he was wrong what he saw Rijiin and Natil accomplished this morning. He had seen it done with his own eyes but even he was still skeptical, like many people around them. There was only three present, who could say what they saw was real, and the couple before them was genuine.
"Aye, as you wish for you to feel like that Robert, but truth is truth." Rijiin quietly replied pausing shortly to sigh and his words seem to hang there for a moment. “But as your God was granted this power, so were the Elves of distant past, created as helpers to assist your ancestors in times of need.”
Everyone around them heard Rijiin's reply and so did the others around the table. All of them had a questioning expression on their faces and did not understand his reply to Robert's outburst. The elf and his beloved Harper obviously wielded a power, that not everyone in the dining room understood, and a power that had not been in existence in probably four hundred years. However, the couple had cured Mimi's Cerebral Palsy, the very affliction she had been born with, and had confined her to a wheelchair for over four decades. They had healed her of other health issues, and had done it willingly, effortlessly as-if it was second nature to wield such a power.
"Rijiin please tell me… Please explain to me… I don't understand all of this…" Mouse sputtered, trying to find words for her question and Rijiin met her confused expression with a slight nod. Taking her hands, the elf, with a small tug pulled at Mimi's hands. A low murmur echoed the table and the room.
"Stand and be recognized Mistress Stewart." The elf said with a commanding tone, “Walk with me...”
"Bullshit." Robert snapped, "She can't walk Rijiin, her legs do not work normally, not with Cerebral Palsy."
"No bullshit, Robert." Katherine murmured, "I think he means it."
"I am aware of her afflictions she once had, Ungai, but no longer." Rijiin replied sharply, cutting him off, "Dina… damn it, watch and understand… if that is even possible for you."
“What do you...” Robert started to complain, but stopped speaking when Rijiin put out his hands to help Mouse to her feet. The young woman gasped as she took a dubious step forward, a normal step and gasped as her muscular legs obeyed her. The elf, flashed a grin at the table and his beloved Harper. Together they walked toward the doorway. Everyone was dead silent, totally stunned by the sight before them, seeing Mimi walk for the first time, in a very long time, without assistance.
"Holy fuck!” Mouse gasped, “I'm walking!”
The young woman stumbled sightly, but Rijiin stepped quickly in to catch her. She peered at the elf, her friend, who had nodded slowly to her. The young, now teenager, gasped as she peered at Rijiin in total blown away silence. Around her, a murmur of conversation rippled through the room like wildfire, especially from the table where she had been sitting all morning. The few people who had been around them had watched in startled silence and were unsure what was happening, neither did they riot or lunge toward Rijiin or Natil. They just looked on in silence at Mimi who stood with Rijiin.
Mouse panned a gaze around the Fireside Lounge, unnerved how small and open the room actually was, while standing. Her gaze found a glass picture frame nearby and the gasped when she saw her astonished expression in the glass reflection. She peered at the youthful face, and grimaced as she put her hands on her face trying to understand what and who she saw seeing there.
"I…" Mouse stammered, whirling on Rijiin with her hands still touching her face in wonder. "I want you to undo this…"
He calmly met her frightened expression, and then felt her anger.
"Be at peace, Mouse." Rijiin said simply, "I know you are afraid and I really understand. It will take time to adjust to your new form and you now have several lifetimes to do just that. The magic is still in flux, there will be some abrupt changes you will see immediately, but know this there are also a few gradual ones that will happen over time."
Mouse was shaking her head slightly.
"This cannot be!" She exclaimed, "It is impossible! I told you that I wanted to be as I am. I was happy with myself and my life."
Mouse's voice faltered, falling silent when hearing her new voice again and it made Mimi feel so strange hearing it. It seemed silly, her own statement of her wishes, but she had been happy with herself and had not expected to have this happen to her. Not even the journey briefly to the past and standing on the grassy meadow with a stranger robed in blue and silver had come into mind over the last two days.
"WHY did you do this?" Mimi whispered, "I cannot accept this… It's not…"
Mouse fell silent by the expression on Rijiin's face, an almost sad look.
"It is not human? It is not, it is Elven. I did it because I am your friend, and I care for you." Rijiin interrupted, "I did it because you, Mistress Stewart deserve the same kindness as you showed me when I arrived here at DeAnza. You and Robert offered your friendship without question or expectations. I always remembered and appreciated that. If not can say I love you dearly, as my best friend in this world."
The elf met Mouse's surprised expression, and they stood staring silently into each other's eyes for a moment before she nodded slightly in sudden understanding. The teenager had confirmed her suspicion by the statement he made. Rijiin really was her friend and it was true what she had seen a few moments ago when he let his awareness touch her mind. The events she had seen were real and he was alive and well despite the major changes that he obviously had gone through. Mimi met his solemn gray eyes in silence but she also found herself shaking her head at the thoughts that she was having.
Mimi suddenly glanced down at her hand, turning it over to reveal the crescent moon and interlocked, ray star pendant and gold chain she still held in her hand. It twinkled brightly in the fluorescent light. It was a reminder of what she had seen with her own eyes and where she had stood in person with the very essence of the Elves and their Creatrix. She found peace by the transformation and the strange powers they, and their Lady wielded. Mimi could not deny that it happened on that very morning that she had literally traversed time and space. She gasped again loudly as she peered at Rijiin. Here, the elf had motioned to Mimi.
"Walk with me, my kinswoman." He instructed.
Both the elf and Mimi walked alone, far out of range of the table. Together they talked in low tones to each other and he did so in Elvish. No one at the table ever heard Rijiin and Mimi's conversation or understood, even heard what they had talked about between them. No one needed to know but was one conversation Mimi would never forget.
She hugged the elf after a moment, and grinned as he gently removing the other necklace belonging to Robert. He fastened the necklace bearing the pendant of the crescent moon and interlocked star that hung from the gold chain around her neck a moment later. She looked down at it, as it twinkled brightly in the light.
“May that be a token of a bond between us as friends.” Rijiin murmured, “Now and forever my friend, Mouse.”
She hugged him and held him for another brief moment before he took up her hand and lead her back to the table. Mimi sat down in her wheelchair and still held Robert's necklace in her hand. The young woman sensed his anger directed toward her as she placed the half pendant and chain on the tabletop in silence.
"Here is Mimi, I return her to you." Rijiin told the group, speaking quietly.
Katherine and the others, including Robert had noted the thick accent in his voice, more than it had been than when he had graced their presence earlier this morning.
"Human ways are not our ways and we must be going. We must return to where we belong."
"Speaking of that, where is that Rijiin?" Katherine exclaimed, "What do you mean human ways are not yours?"
“And does Natil have a sister, shes hot!” Chris bantered, and there was brief laughter. Rijiin shot a look at the Harper, who remained composed, despite the raunchy comments that followed by the guys. Katherine, Becky and Mimi, all three were really curious about the couple. All three, many times had glanced repeatedly at John who looked on, unusually quiet, as he watched the couple also.
"Rijiin, do I really look like the reflection I saw in the glass of that picture frame?" Mimi asked suddenly and he turned to regard the beautiful young woman before him. He met her aquamarine colored eyes in silence with a single nod of his head.
“Mistress Stewart, you are not ill-formed by any means, and quite beautiful." He said solemnly, "Yes, you will look exactly as you have seen, perhaps even more so."
"Yeah that's an understatement." Dave murmured meeting the nods of Chris and Omar who had heard him, their banter subsiding temporarily as the elf spoke. Their attention returned to Rijiin who stood nearby and all noted more of a change about the elf. Mimi's hand touched her cheek in curiosity and remembered there was a mirror in the Physical Education (PE) Quad in the locker room, making a mental note to go over there to look.
"...There are going to be a lot of changes in the next few hours, perhaps even days. Our power is unpredictable and can choose many different paths. It is hard to say exactly what path the power of transformation will take or what changes will happen. Only time will tell what you gain." The elf explained, "You have though, reached Arae ea oombra, which means the Day of Completion and for you, that day is today.”
The elf paused as he glanced at the other people in the room, then to the table to nod affirmatively. A low murmur echoed the room.
“Furthermore for you, it is also Arae ea circa, which means Day of Beginnings, which for you, beloved Mimi begins for you today too. Your path starts today.”
"Is it because of my healing Rijiin?" Mimi asked.
“It is so.” He replied, “Very much so.”
Katherine and the others present saw Rijiin nod affirmatively. The elfish words made everyone peer at Rijiin in curiosity then glance at Natil who was smiling. She nodded her head at him in silence. The group present at the table had felt a jump inside themselves, like an electrical charge, passing through their bodies when hearing the elfish words. John had understood the terms and gasped quietly.
"Are those holidays or something?" Chris asked formally, "I have never heard of that before. Those names sound important for something."
"They are events in a lifeline, like the winter and summer solstice." John replied, "The elves use those terms to mark changes in a lifeline by their manipulation of energy. Kind of like what you saw with Mimi.
"It's not a Wicca thing is it?" Omar asked, suddenly aware that John practiced that ancient religion, but the young man shook his head.
“No, but warlocks and witches do celebrate the solstices, and would be guided by the same markers when they manipulate energy like the elves." John replied, "Although for Wicca, we work in circles where elves do not. It is…"
"It's bullshit..." Robert interrupted, "You are so full of shit John, and you too, Rijiin. All that has happened to us, Rijiin has hypnotized us somehow and you used some of your Wicca bullshit. That is not Mimi. It is someone paid to impersonate her. This so-called change cannot have happened, there is no such thing as elves or magic, it is all fantasy. You and your gay lover, John, are trying to pull a fast one on us, so spare us the horseshit and tell us where Mimi is really."
John grimaced at the insult and was about to reply in anger but his gaze fell upon Rijiin who calmly grimaced at the banter between them. The elf had sensed the dislike between the two and only raised his hand silently and shook his head.
"Be at peace, he is not worth it. You spoke the truth." Rijiin murmured quietly, "As it is, truth is truth and for some they just can't handle it."
John tilted his head for a moment, in half understanding before returning a nod.
Rijiin understood what John was talking about and he was respectful of the young man's craft. He had dealt with witches like Roxanne, and Charity back in the fourteenth century. The elf had learned a thing or two from them and learned to respect the craft (witchcraft). He also respected other people's feelings, the laws of nature, and perhaps some humanity that the elf had long forgotten over the course of over a year. The elf, still grimacing, turned his attention to Robert who continued to spew more disruptive comments. He hardly heard them as he turned. He coldly met Robert's bearded features and his hazel-colored eyes in silence. When he finally spoke, it was like a double-edged sword.
"By our Lady, that is enough out of you. Dina, Ungai. Lle vanwa kolien usquentiri huan…" The elf snarled coldly.
The others in the group, seated around the table, gasped when they felt the chill of the cold Elfish words spoken by Rijiin, "You otherwise will have trouble in your future if you do not. Do not think I will not act upon it, as it is a promise, not a threat. I have seen many things and battles in my travels. I have been the life taker of many, slain in their own cold blood, and seen death aplenty... But I have also given second chances to many and lives back to those who potentially have lost them. Be careful the path you now traverse.... Ungai...”
Katherine saw the anger on Robert's face, after realizing the elf had told him to shut up, He frowned as he slowly rose up from his chair.
"…Oh and boo hoo you will call security." The elf added sarcastically, "I honestly do not think you will have the chance Robert. I can take you out in a heartbeat. So remember that before you take the swing."
Robert's eyes had widened in surprise when he interrupted him again and his train of thought. The elf had only responded to what the disabled man was about to say back to him in the form of an angry threat and already knew what he planned in his head. He had been reading his mind, and looked ahead to see him become violent, throwing the first punch in a fight between himself and Rijiin. However, his body language clearly gave away his intentions the most.
"Know this too Ungai, elves are creatures of peace and should not be provoked. We do make formidable opponents, however. I suggest, for your own good, you sit there, be quiet, and listen. You might learn a few things. However, there will be no battle here today."
The elf had turned to Mimi, talking quietly to her and had sensed the incoming fist toward his head. Rijiin, with little effort had dodged, letting the strike expend into open air. The elf quickly blocked two more swings at his head but not a third strike. He lanced out and struck Robert with an open hand, bitch slapping him, to make him back up a couple of steps.
Mouse turned her head to see the expression of anger on Rijiin's face, and the bright twinkle of starlight in his eyes. She had her mouth open, clearly surprised and shocked that her boyfriend had took the swing at him.
Quickly, Rijiin connected to the starlight, and the motions of the dance the elves used for fighting. He saw feints, openings, and many possibilities that lay ahead of him. Robert moved in with another fist. The elf also could see that there was one possibility of swordplay that would take a turn for the worst, when Rijiin would have to slay him. He shuddered at the thought, wishing this could be settled in peace. Again Rijiin dodged, letting the punches expend into the open air, or blocking using Aikido from a long time ago. He tried desperately to not harm Robert, easily able to injure if he so chose but he refrained with strong tolerance, despite Robert had thrown the first punch in front of twenty witnesses. Two students left the room and he sensed they were going to alert security, and the manager of this building. This whole incident would be an ugly mess if that happened
Robert bent backward to wind up intending, after grabbing one of his crutches, to use it as a club. The elf stepped back, letting the crutch whistle past his face a few inches from it. He ducked when the second crutch came in toward him, letting it pass his body. The elf's hand flashed to the blade at his side, unsecuring it and allowing it to be drawn. Rijiin realized that the sword play he saw would start here, and managed a frown what he saw that would follow. He glanced at Natil, who had a look of sadness on her face, when her mate had unsecured his blade and fully knew that he did not want to fight in this manner with the possibility of hurting, if not killing Robert. He saw the look she gave him and the slight head shake. Natil sensed that her mate wanted to solve this a peaceful manner but because Robert took a swing at him, he would have no choice but to use force. He continued to dodge each crutch as they were swung at him and a look of frustration appeared on Robert's face when he realized they were not getting close to him.
The elf, sighed as he felt the futility of it all, drew the blade from its sheath with a metallic rasp, and there was a gasp by all. Sparks appeared as the elf's blade and the metal crutches connected, the elf easily parrying the attack. Rijiin stepped back again and he ducked into a crouch, letting one swing expend its energy over his head. Abruptly the elf brought his blade up and he cut a chunk of Robert's beard down to the skin. Blood trickled from the disabled man's chin after hearing a whistle of the blade pass him by. He felt the pain of the nick of his skin.
"First blood, do not bother to yield." Rijiin exclaimed coldly, turning after following through and stood his ground. Robert stepped back, placing a hand up to his chin, and he looked down in with a grimace when he realized that that the elf had cut him. He silently wiped the blood from his skin. Overwhelming rage had taken Robert, an almost berserk one at that.
"Rijiin, please no more, that is not why we are here." Natil warned, as the elf stepped back, readying himself for another onslaught.
Robert snarled as he thrust his crutch like a sword and Rijiin moved to parry easily. Without warning, the elf stepped forty-five degrees to the right and with his left hand struck him with an open palm in the sternum. The hit made Robert back up two steps and here Rijiin followed through to spin away from the disabled man. He moved the blade rapidly and it found its place on the back of the disabled man's neck, making him freeze. In the blink of an eye, Rijiin placed it on his jugular vein. Robert did not move, feeling the sharpness of the blade, and knew if he did the elf would and could end his life quickly.
“By our lady, what is that you seek Robert?" Rijiin demanded, "Is this what you are after?"
The elf held the blade at his neck, and he grimaced at the sight before him. He realized what he was doing, and relaxed his grip on the blade at Robert's neck just so as he managed a low sigh.
"If I would have chosen, you would have been slain here. However, in my travels I have learned some compassion and understanding for humans, despite what I have seen." He told him solemnly, his tone ice cold, "Thankfully you never will understand, or know of our trials. This battle ends, however, I suggest you go get a drink and cool off. Also clean yourself up. You should maybe even have someone look at that. Leave peacefully or I will follow through next time."
Rijiin, holding his blade ready, had stepped back and Robert stepped back away from him too. The elf thought the battle had ended but a crutch moved toward the elf when Rijiin had turned away.
"Watch out beloved!" Natil exclaimed, and the elf ducked letting the strike expend in open air, a few inches from his head. He felt the second crutch hit his shoulder, feeling a sharp pain.
Rijiin's blade flashed, as the first crutch was already was coming in at him and he skillfully parried it. The elf backed off, raising his blade and waited for the right opening, realizing that he had no choice what he must do now. He had no choice but to slay him, terminating the potential of his lifeline and future. He focused on the starlight, desperately hoping for a glimmer of another opening that would not move toward this abrupt resolve.
Across the table, Natil sensed what he was doing and the opening he sought. She sensed that he was going to slay him where he stood and terminate his life. She let out a silent gasp and a prayer when she peered into the starlight and saw the opening he sought was here.
"Here we go." Rijiin muttered, "Just one step, one parry, he breaks the parry and a quick cross body strike across the neck that is virtually not able to be blocked."
Rijiin saw the opening and his blade flashed once to parry, locking the crutch behind the blade. Robert fought to break the hold as the elf was poised, ready to let loose, and his blade would execute the strongest move he had developed in his sword fighting techniques. A technique that he had sprung on Terrill and even with his skill could not parry or dodge. Robert broke the parry and Rijiin let loose with the strike. (A move he had taken from the movie Highlander) In the back of the elf's mind, he remembered that Robert had not been taught in the way of the sword that he was relying on street brawling using his crutches in an underhanded way. His blade flashed, seconds later.
"Oh by our Lady, Rijiin don't do it!" Natil shouted and had suddenly realized he was about to do. He was about to take life unnecessarily.
Rijiin heard Natil's shout, and pulled back at the last minute, realizing what was happening. The group had glanced in confusion at Natil when she shouted and everything seemed to be in slow motion. He let the blade whistle through the air and it cut Robert's beard flat. He realized what he had almost done. He had almost killed.
The disabled man, having started the fight, staggered backward with a look of fear in his eye having felt the wind of the elf's blade, inches from the skin across his throat. Rijiin spun clear and he held his blade upright, knowing he had pulled back. However, if he had not, Robert's head would slowly be slipping from its shoulders onto the ground right now. He held his ground, holding his blade ready, straight up at his side and Mimi stood out of her chair, to step between the both of them. The elf was not breathing hard but Robert was. The elf glanced at the nearly empty room as people had bolted, scattering as the elf and Robert began to fight. He grimaced in pain, his shoulder aching where Robert had hit him with the crutch. He was glad that no one else was injured in his or her fight, even on accident. He watched and waited for another onslaught of stupidity out of his opponent.
"Enough." Mimi firmly declared, holding up her hands, "This is not going to solve anything if you idiots fight. Bobby, go get us a drink as Rijiin suggested and cool off. Go to the infirmary and get your chin looked at. Rijiin, you sit down and let your wife check your arm."
"Shut up you imposter." Robert snarled, “Don’t tell me what to do.”
He raised his crutch and the elf sensed he was recklessly going to hit her for no reason. Robert swung the crutch and the elf was in front of her in a flash, blocking the strike and gently moving back to push Mouse out of the way.
"If I were you, I wouldn't try that again, or I will take your life." Rijiin growled, continuing to push Mimi backwards, his blade poised ready, gleaming in the light. The disabled man snarled at the both of them.
"Jesus, that was close." Mouse gasped, "He really tried to hit me, thank you Rijiin."
Robert screamed as he charged and the elf bent backwards, back flipping. Rijiin's foot struck his opponent under his chin, knocking him to the floor. He landed on his feet, and the group and a few people watching from outside had gasped openly. Natil had gasped the loudest, not expecting him to use his martial ability from this time in conjunction with the stars of their time. But the defensive move had worked and defused the situation. Robert sat on his butt, dumbly looking at the elf as he landed on his feet like a cat.
"Jesus, that was amazing!" Chris gasped, "Holy shit did you see that? That was almost like Bruce Lee!"
Robert got to his feet as the elf sheathed his blade, and he stood in a fighting stance, connected fully to the stars, focused and ready. Many events flashed in the starlight, as images of the battles to come and might bes flashed in the wisps of ether. Rijiin motioned to him to come, as his eyes flashed brightly. Robert snarled and left the room and the elf straightened.
"Ram en' templa" The elf muttered, and at the doors an energy barrier now blocked all the entries entering this area.
"You might have trouble with security." Mimi warned, "He is probably going to get them if they are not on their way already."
"Are you alright though, Rijiin?"
"Just like him to be so immature." Rijiin growled, turning his attention to the group. "I am not unwell, Mimitti. Be at peace. Fear not they won't be able to enter here."
"What do you mean?"
The group turned and they saw security and even students walk toward the open door, and hit something to throw them backwards. They sat on their butts staring at the wall perplexed.
"It will dissipate when we leave here." Rijiin said, "Do not worry."
"So Rijiin I have a question, when you meant changes, you mean I will be changing into an immortal elf then?" Mimi asked, "So I am clear on this."
He managed a shrug in reply to the question.
"Perhaps, if that is the path you walk and seek, then you will become just that." He replied, motioning to Natil who had joined him at his side. The Harper embraced him, holding him closely and felt him flinch when she touched his shoulder. The elf returned the warm embrace anyway and leaned over toward her, to kiss her on the lips.
Dave, Chris and even Omar were grinning at the couple. Mimi sat with her eyes closed, and she stared at the starlight before her in silent astonishment.
"Rijiin, what am I really seeing?" Mouse asked.
“What do you mean?” The elf asked, already knowing what she was asking about and why. He managed a grimace, despite it.
"I am seeing starlight." She murmured, and he nodded. "What exactly is that about?”
"It is the healing energies that bind the elves, and their power." He said, "They are the lady, who is us, who made the elves."
"Oh you mean the lady in blue and silver?" John had chimed in and Rijiin had shown visible surprise at first, but he did not shake his negatively. He in fact had nodded them surprising them all.
"It is so John." The elf replied nodding quietly, but leaned over toward Natil,
"It is time beloved, our task is complete. We can return home and to the safety among the trees."
The Harper met his smile with a look of surprise but she also nodded thankfully in agreement.
"We must go now." Rijiin announced. Mimi, Omar, Katherine, Dave, Chris, even Becky turned in surprise as he bowed slightly at the waist. "Perhaps we shall meet again, somewhere in time...”
"Whoa, you are leaving?" Katherine asked, "You still have not told us who you are. We have a lot of questions for you two."
Questions echoed around the table, and Rijiin met the grin of knowing on Mimi's youthful face.
"Yeah, that's an understatement Katherine." Omar commented. Chris and Dave nodded in agreement. They were perplexed today by what they saw and wondered if they had imagined the whole thing that happened over this morning.
Rijiin paused to scan the room in silence, shaking his head quietly. The elf felt uncomfortable here, realizing that he and his beloved Harper did not belong here. They did not belong in the modern age among humans as immortal elves from the Renaissance Age. He longed for the safety of the forests of Malvern in a different time, lifetime and different dance. The group was all engaged in banter when the elf nodded to his mate who stood with him.
“Iirma haeannon" He murmured as a doorway opened up behind them. John gasped as he and Becky peered at it. A gateway that shimmered in the ether behind them.
Rijiin cast a quick gaze around the room and his eyes fell upon John and Becky.
"Aa' menle nauva calen ar' ta hwesta e' ale'quenle." He said mouthing the words and John, sitting with his girlfriend, had grinned as they nodding to the pair formally.
“And onto you, fair ones.” He replied and held his girlfriend warmly.
"What is this, a way to what, Rijiin?" Mouse asked, scanning the card, but when she looked up Rijiin and Natil had already gone.
The security officers fell into the room, having put their hands in frustration on the energy that had been over the doors. They stood up and with Robert peered about the room. They asked where they had gone but no one had told them which way they had went, because they did not walk out any door, they had vanished in front of them all. Several of them ran out and checked the area, on the look out for Rijiin and Natil, but only two out of the group actually knew where they had really gone or what happened. The elves had vanished in front of the group. They did not find any trace of the strangers who had graced them from another time.
The group sat around the table, where the now very youthful looking Mimi sat in her wheelchair and they all talked in low tones about what had transpired here. They still cannot believe how much Mimi changed in the last two hours. Robert was with security, and he was helping them find the mysterious couple, only to look like a fool in the process.
Meanwhile, Becky, Omar, Dave, Katherine and even Chris had felt strangely different as Rijiin and Natil’s healing ability that had swirled about them. It had touched them all, the group feeling healthier, charged up and each person at the table having a peculiar feeling inside them after all they had seen today. The group had witnessed the miracle of an ancient religion's magic that had long since passed and all were unsure where he or she would be going from here.
“Hi-ho all…!" A voice said, and it made everyone seated at the table looked up as Steve, Cathy, and Patrick strolled up to the table. Everyone greeted them silently as they approached the table and stood where Mimi and company sat. Cathy had recognized the wheelchair of Mimi, but when she came along side, her eyes widened as her best friend stared at a different face.
Cathy frowned at her strangely, startled by the youthful look of Mimi before her.
"Mimi? Is that you?" She asked, and turning the young maiden nodded affirmatively to her. Mouse was grinning ear to ear, silently amused by the reaction of Cathy and the others. She decided to have a little fun with them.
"Yes, Cathy, it's me, Mouse." Mimi replied casually, motioning with her hand, "Here as always."
"Wow! What happened to you?" Cathy asked, “I go on vacation, and don't see you for a while, you change your hairstyle, lose weight and look like a teenage supermodel."
The table laughed loudly, as Mimi blushed deeply.
"Thanks Cathy." She said with a sporadic burst of laughter, “So what do you think?”
"I love it!" Her friend exclaimed, holding Mimi's hands as she peered into her eyes. She noted the strange aquamarine color and only assumed it was contacts that would change her eye color. Cathy did no know it was very real.
Patrick and Steve both were nodding their agreement.
Meanwhile as Mouse sat there, her clothes thankfully still disguised the massive changes to her trim form, barely fitting her however. She suddenly reminded herself that she had a date in the Physical Education (PE) Quad and the locker room where she knew there was a full-length mirror. She wanted to see the extent of the remarkable healing and changes that Elven magic was doing to her even now.
"Mimi you are a real knock out. Whatever you did, it was a great job." Steve told her. Mouse, on the other hand, smiled slightly. The newly transformed maiden remembered Rijiin's words.
"…Our power is unpredictable. It will choose different paths, and it is hard to say which path it will take. Only time will tell what you gain." The elf’s voice echoed in her head and she found herself shaking her head slightly at the thought.
"Do you really like it?" She had asked, with a thin amused smirk, "Honestly now."
"You look fabulous." Steve replied, "It's amazing what these change did. It'll be a while for me to get used to it."
Mimi’s friends grinned nervously, laughing, as he leaned over to whisper a couple of words to Patrick, who sat beside him.
Becky nodded in agreement to Steve and Patrick of the DSU club.
"For all of us..." She murmured, and the table nodded silently. Cathy, as always did not quite catch the differences she saw in her best friend and of the group here.
"Did I miss something?" She whispered to Omar and he shook his head at her.
"You didn't miss too much." He replied, and with that, he shrugged. Cathy had never been too bright, and the young man really did not know if he could explain to her what went on earlier this morning. Even he found himself unable to comprehend what had happened here today. Chris, Becky, Dave, and Katherine too, they were in the same company and had the same doubts. It certainly had startled everyone present at the table.
A few minutes elapsed and Mimi excused herself, pretending to wheel herself out so not to alarm the trio. When she reached the other room and entered the Main Dining Room, Mouse stood up out of the chair. She gasped when she almost lost her pants and underwear onto the floor from her small frame. Mimi quickly adjusted the drawstring as tight as it would go, and put the backpack easily on her shoulder as she pushed the wheelchair while walking behind it. She walked to the foyer on the east side of the building where the elevator is located. As the youthful elf maiden walked behind her wheelchair near the wall, she passed the entry of the lunch area in the Main Dining Room and she met met the grins, the stares and wolf whistles who sat at the tables nearby. The dining room, to Mouse, seemed smaller more accessible now that she was able to walk and it would be something she would definitely have to get used to over time.
"I don't need my wheelchair now." She muttered, pushing it easily ahead of her, "Perhaps someone else, who really needs it, can use it. Maybe the Student Health Center can use it for around the office."
Five minutes later, Mouse stood in the large open foyer on the bottom floor of the Student Campus Center. Here she stood in front of the doors to the elevator, and quickly her aquamarine colored eyes scanned the room. They fell upon the glass doors of the café they put in downstairs and then to the doors leading out of the Campus center to a set of stairs leading up to the ground level. She noted immediately her sense of smell had become more acute as was her hearing and vision. All three senses were drastically improved as textures and color perception was more defined. She found that she could hear the conversations clearly of those over ten feet away. Areas she once knew to be limited, because of her wheelchair, had also become smaller and accessible to her.
"A lot of changes I will have to endure." She thought with a grimace, and she squirmed uncomfortably. She suddenly became aware of the pain in her left shoulder and scowling, she realized it it the weight of the backpack that hung from her shoulder that was causing the pain. The young woman never really knew the true weight of her pack until she had hefted it onto her shoulder, as it had always hung from the handles of her wheelchair. The now youthful, elf maiden had to pause and she lowered the pack to the floor in frustration.
"Jesus." The elfin woman complained, "What is in this backpack?"
She dropped onto one knee and grabbed the tab to pull open the zipper. When she unzipped it, she examined the contents in silent astonishment. She peered at a bundle of green and gray leather that now was placed inside her pack, along with a hooded gray cloak. Sitting on the bundle is a note written in a strong hand. It had been placed there by Rijiin, who utilized the Elven magic that had changed her. He had also manipulated energy again and placed the bundle unnoticed into her pack.
“A note…?" Mouse asked herself, and she scanned it quickly. "Wow, what a beautiful language."
She realized suddenly that she was reading Elfish and having no trouble translating or understanding the language she now saw before her.
"Melda Mimitti, sinome qua caibre nat tanya aa' na- ner maara ten' llie behare ar' winya quenat. Lann- sen buisenea ar' amin faith- llie raktea. Mela illyamen, Rijiini."
"Dear Mimi, here is something that may be more useful for your needs and new body. Wear them proudly and I wait for your arrival. Love always, Rijiin."
Mouse gasped seeing the signature and she yelped when pulling the bundle from her pack. Quickly she examined the strange leather attire and realized that many things have fallen into place as she stared at the note and the clothing that magically had been placed in her pack. Thanks to Rijiin and Natil.
"My god, it's the same attire that Rijiin and Natil wore!" Mouse exclaimed, pushing the bundle back into her pack and zipped her pack up. She understood why when she looked at herself. The clothes she wore, at this very moment, were becoming looser and looser on her with all the changes happening to her body, now that Elven blood coursed through her veins. She realized that she definitely was not human anymore and in a few more minutes would not be able to wear the extra large clothes on her small body. She needed to move quickly to avoid any embarrassing situation that might arise.
"Oh…" She murmured with some realization, and suddenly was glad for Rijiin quick thinking ahead. Quickly, Mouse pushed her wheelchair to the Health Office located on the lower floor of the Campus Center, across from the Club Affairs Office.
When the youthful elf maiden arrived she entered the office, standing behind her wheelchair, she greeted the startled student. The young student volunteer, sitting behind the desk, had not expected someone so young, fair, and beautiful to enter the office. Mouse's eyes quickly darted around her surroundings quickly and examined the interior of the Heath Center. The waiting room is setup with several chairs for people to sit, and adjacent to them are shelves where health related literature lay in neat piles. A long counter is here with a small opening on the far end. It is the desk where the receptionist on staff usually sits, greeting the students and patients.
"Can I help you?" The student asked politely and Mouse only flashed a smile at her.
"I wanted to make a donation, please." Mimi replied, "My old wheelchair."
The maiden motioned to the chair that lay discarded beside her and turned to leave, but the student volunteer motioned for her to wait.
"Oh? Can you please wait?" The student replied, "I don't know if we can use it. Let me check."
She opened a loose-leaf pad and flipped through several sheets of laminated pages.
Behind Mouse, the nurse and receptionist stepped through the door into the Heath Office of DeAnza College. Both are returning from a meeting in the administration building and the staff members, Mimi's colleagues, did not recognize the semi-unfamiliar face as they stepped through the door. They had only glanced once at Mimi's face and the empty wheelchair before doing the classic double take. Turning their heads, they quickly examined the youthful looking fair features of Mimi, who stood next to the counter, but had both quickly recognized the familiar wheelchair that sat discarded nearby.
"Mimi? Is that you?" The nurse asked.
Mimi nodded affirmatively to the question.
"Jesus, you go on vacation for a little while and come back looking like a genuine super model." The receptionist complimented, "Is it me, or do you really look young?"
The nurse, beside her, narrowed her eyes, as she looked Mimi over and noted her slight blush. They had both the same words as Cathy upstairs and it made Mimi quietly chuckle.
"It's the light, and the makeover, the hairstyle makes me seem younger than I am." Mimi replied, but quickly wondered to herself if that was true or not. Placing her hand on the counter, Mimi turned her head to the student and her colleagues.
"Here I don't want anything for my wheelchair." She told them, "Perhaps you can use it for someone better suited than I."
Mouse spun on her heel, walking with silent steps toward the door. All of a sudden, an uncomfortable silence encompassed the office. Everyone present had sensed something was amiss.
"HEY! Wait a second... How can you? WAIT! What about…?" They walked toward Mimi but the elf maiden at this very second did not wanted to answer their questions. The staff members, her colleagues, would never believe her and even Mimi herself was hardly able to answer the many questions they both probably had. She decided to quickly exit instead.
"Please do me a favor, put the receipt in the Ham Radio Box." Mouse suggested politely as she headed toward the door. "I have an errand I must to run right now and I do appreciate it."
"But Mimi, wait a second… What's going on, what about your chair?" The nurse and receptionist had spoken in unison, but Mimi had already disappeared through the door.
The staff members bolted to follow but when they reached the hallway, she had already turned the corner and walked toward the lower café on the bottom floor.
"Boy there is a lot of things I will have to get used to." Mouse murmured, refraining from wanting to run, jump, spin and dance to test her body fully of its abilities. She glanced down at herself and suddenly felt strangely as she met the smiling faces and admiring glances from the students she passed in the corridor. Mouse each time, smiled politely at the people she encountered and nodded her head silently in greeting.
“First thing," Mouse said, with a glance downward at her clothes, "I'd better change."
The young woman found herself at the elevator, by routine habit pushing the button and waiting for the cab to arrive. It was a second or two when Mimi realized what she was doing, and shook her head to turn away from it. She had to grab the waistband of her pants to keep them from slipping off.
"Oh for Pete sake," She murmured in chiding sarcasm, "You can walk now. Just walk up."
Pushing the door nearby, it opened easily allowing her to walk through it and up the short stairs into the light. The young woman stepped away from the stairs, standing in the Language Quad (L-Quad) located on this side of the Campus Center. She stood across from the outside of the Advance Technology Center and Mimi, from here, could see the Physical Education (PE) Quad in the distance through the sea of buildings. She walked toward it quickly and in five minutes she found herself there. As she approached it through the gate, she peered at the familiar surroundings of the quad and turned to the right to make a beeline to the right side of pools to walk toward the women's locker room that was located on the corner of the far building. She ignored everyone and everything around her as she held up her pants with one hand as she entered the sanctuary of the locker room. Thankfully, the quad was semi-deserted at this hour, and no one seemed to notice her presence here or her plight.
However, as she had entered the interior of the women's locker room, she did so deep in thought. Even though she had embraced Rijiin, after their discussion outside the range of others in the Fireside Dining Hall, she still was reluctant about her transformation into an elf and did not understand why she felt this way. She only knew that she would have a lot of explaining to do when it came to her peers, family and friends. As for what had happened, everything should have been in order at this very moment, when it came down to her healing and her new existence. To Mouse, however, it was not and the now young maiden found herself in a dilemma, if not entrapped, by the whole affair that happened over the last two days. She was still left wondering what her path was that Rijiin had mentioned and where this was all leading to.
"This definitely is going to be difficult to explain." Mimi grumbled to herself, as she quickly navigated the aisle, putting her backpack on the bench in front of her locker. She unlocked her lock, opened the locker and stared at the interior. Her gym clothes lay neatly folded in the locker bottom and her swimsuit hung from a hook above them. Quickly, she glanced down at her trim figure in amused silence, then back to the swimsuit that hung like a limp second skin inside it. She shook her head negatively as she reached out and examined it.
“There is no way in hell that is going to fit me now.” She murmured and chuckled as she gazed thoughtfully at the swimsuit.
Mouse suddenly remembered what she had come here for and shaking her head she opened her pack on the bench beside her.
“I can't wait to see what Rijiin did to me.” She thought, “I'm really curious what I look like and if it is anything like I saw in that reflection.”
Turning her head, her attention fell on the bench nearby and to her backpack that lie discarded nearby. The young maiden let out a startled gasp and saw that her pack seemed to be glowing and pulsing incandescently in the dim light. It was something that she had not been expecting to happen at this very moment and she stared in silent wonder at the pack.
"What is that?" She asked herself. "Why is it glowing like that? What does all of this mean?"
Deliberating what she should do next, the young woman took a half step toward the pack. Gingerly, she placed a hand on the material of the pack only to withdraw it a second later.
"The pack is warm." She thought to herself, "Okay this is a little strange."
She reached for the zipper, with a shaking hand, and she unzipped it to peer inside. Putting her hand in the main pocket of her pack, she grasped the bundle as she pulled it from within and turned the glowing clothing end-over-end in her hands. A moment later, the glow faded away but it still shimmered strangely even in the dim light of the locker room. Mouse felt strangely energized by the material as she held it.
"Perhaps it is a sign I should change into the garb." She thought to herself, "And become what supposedly I am supposed to be, an elf maiden."
The young maiden glanced once at herself, grimacing at the sight of her new body and at the clothes that now barely fit her. She immediately understood what she must do, silently placing the bundle and backpack into the locker.
Hastily, she stripped and put a towel around her thin youthful body before walking through the aisle to a shower area nearby. She had decided to shower before trying on the garb, preparing herself to face what lay in store for her. When the young elf rounded the corner, she encountered the full-length mirror attached to the end of the locker row. Her reaction to the image was a total and utter recognition and it made her gasp loudly. She had finally come face to face with her own confessor, and as someone once said, that 'if confession was good for the soul,' and the mirror was that confessor, it now revealed a lot about the image reflected there. Here, she stared at the reflection in silence for over fifteen minutes, unable to believe what or whom she saw there. She let the towel drop and peered at the remarkably beautiful image before her. It showed a very young woman with a narrow, trim, but muscular hourglass figure, a rounded fair-featured face, slender tapered ears, having pushed back the gracious curly auburn hair that spilled down to her mid back and a noted reduced cup size. Her crotch was sparsely hair covered and she definitely realized that these changes were really going to be difficult to explain to peers, family and friends. She had no idea where to begin when it came to this point and decided to take one thing at a time, starting with her mother and father who would never believe that this teenager was once their forty plus year-old daughter.
Mouse stared into the aquamarine colored blue eyes in the mirror and immediately she noted they seemed to have a strange light about them. She shivered, staring at the youthful face in wonder and reached back to take the long hair in her hands and immediately noted three things about it. First, it was definitely longer than she was used to. Secondly, it was finer quality than she remembered. Lastly, it absolutely had no silver in it. Her small tapered hands instinctively touched her youthful face again and she turned several times to inspect her nude body. She had a smile of acceptance on the strange face in the mirror.
"H-holy hell, I'm young again and very beautiful!" Mouse exclaimed, as she continued to examine her new face and body. "Is this what you meant by our discussion Rijiin? What am I supposed to do now, dance on flowers? How am I going to explain this to people when I look like a teenager... a fugitive from the eleventh grade and High School! Jesus Rijiin!"
She suddenly had a sinking feeling in her gut, and it took her several minutes before she could force herself to walk away from the mirror and the strange images she saw there. The now youthful woman quickly adjourned with silent steps to the nearby shower area, and for the next twenty minutes, she let the blazing hot water cascade over her new form. It seemed to energize her body as she showered, but even as she did that, there was a lot on her mind, more than she was prepared for.
"There is so much Rijiin didn't tell me." Mouse thought to herself, "Perhaps he is waiting until I am fully transformed."
When the youthful elf-maiden was finished, she walked to her locker in the nude. Here, she pulled the green and gray garb and the note from it to examine them both. As she did that, she ran her fingers through her long hair, sitting nude on the bench after drying herself.
"What path am I supposed to take? Would there be signs to tell me what choices to make?" She thought, very confused, suddenly lost and feeling so alone.
Mimi barely understood where to begin when it came to her brand-new existence as a youthful young maiden… elf? Rijiin only told her a little bit of information to help her accept her new form, but not enough to cope with the fallout that would come with the transformation ahead. She found herself overwhelmed with a lot of emotions and many questions. Closing her eyes, the young maiden peered at the starlight that twinkled clearly and coldly in the darkness. A hollow voice echoed through the darkness as they seem to calm her slightly from her ordeal.
"Peace." The voice commanded, as the face of the woman robed in blue and silver appeared in the gray mist, among the bright patterns of starlight that twinkled in the darkness.
Mimi recognized it as the voice of the Lady who stood in the meadow.
The now beautiful, fair, and young looking young maiden realized the voice is of the Lady. She used the same word spoken during her transformation and the flurry of doubt, questions, inner voices, and the overwhelming emotions, seemed to calm down as she stared at the starlight. Opening her eyes, breathing calmly, she returned her attention to her hair and dabbed it dry with her towel. She quickly dried her nude body that seemed to shimmer in the dim light of the skylight above her.
"Jesus, it's going to be hard to get used to having hair like this." Mouse complained quietly to herself, as she bent over to let the long hair flop forward on her head. Here, the young maiden brushed it and wrung it several times with her hands, leaving a pool of water on the floor in front of her. Standing abruptly, she, with a casual flip of her head, threw the now damp hair backward letting it settle evenly into place. She absently brushed her hair from her face with a casual hand. Turning she reached for the brush, that was placed in the locker, and quickly prepared to brush her hair. Here she paused, gasping quietly as she peered at it, and at the bristles in quiet astonishment. Her brownish gray hair was there in the bristles, a day's worth, and the elf-maiden grimaced when seeing it. She fought emotion as she sat there peering at it and put it against her chest, fighting the tears that welled in her aquamarine colored eyes. Mimi found herself already wanting to be as she was, and felt lost and trapped again by this transformation.
"This is just not going to work and be as easy as you said Rijiin." She murmured, and sniffed, wiping her eyes as she set the brush down on the bench beside her.
Mimi turned to the bundle of clothing that now lay next to her and here the young woman peered at the outfit in curiosity. It consisting of simple tunic top, soft trousers, a belt, and high boots made of leather. Holding them up, and then against her, she placed each piece on the bench beside her. First, she slipped them on the trousers, noting there were no undergarments, then the top, before attacking the woven leather straps, buckles and laces to secure them both. The tunic tucked in to the trousers, and here she secured the belt around her waist. Mouse then slipped the boots on her feet and the trouser pants seemed to blouse at the knee, when the boots slid up around them. The youthful maiden paused, as she stared at her small hands in silence, totally amazed by what she had just now accomplished with the strange clothing of the past. It had amazed her that she had never worn this garb before, but seemed to understand and manipulated the fastenings of the garb as if she had worn it all her life. She fitted the hooded cloak over her shoulders, slipping the crescent moon, and interlocked, ray star clasp together. It hung almost to the ground, and she was considerably warmer.
"My god," Mouse gasped, blushing, as she quickly checked herself over, "I… I look like Natil and Rijiin! This can't be!”
The young woman suddenly wondered what she looked like in the mirror and turning, she walked with unnoticed silent steps to the end of the row of lockers where the mirror was attached. When she stepped around the corner, she gasped aloud at the image of a youthful Elven woman staring back at her, wearing the unfamiliar green and gray leather garb. A smile appeared on Mimi's youthful, fair, and strikingly beautiful features that were reflected in the mirror. She was clearly unprepared to see the strange image in the mirror, and blushed crimson how beautiful, so young she had become.
As the youthful elf maiden examined herself, dressed in the strange garb, she turned, noting how much the garb flattered the now many curves of her body and how it appeared to be tailored in the right places. Here, she leaned forward to let her hair drape to the ground before standing up to throw it back over her shoulders. She noted visually that it naturally seemed to fall over the now tips of her pointed ears, and over her face which she absently brushed it aside. Mimi let out a loud gasp. The young maiden could not believe what she was seeing, and had continued looking at the mirror for a few minutes longer. She had been too wound up by the surprising look of her new form, to realize what it all meant. She grimaced when a feeling of reality moved through her senses.
"Oh no, no, what have you gotten yourself into Mimi?" Mimi exclaimed with a gasp and shook her head, letting the long hair fall evenly in place over her slender ears. She merely shook her head in disbelief.
"The garb fits as they say, like a preverbal glove." The young woman exclaimed to herself, "But hey, it's not too bad at that. It's doable and something to get used to."
Mouse, slowly turned in the mirror once more, inspected the garb in the reflection and nodded in silent approval. She liked what she saw there, despite it looked so odd to be wearing such a garb currently in the twentieth century. Turning her head, she heard voices that echoed in the locker room, and she realized she was not alone. Hurrying away from the mirror, she returned to her locker, and with a scoop of her hands pushed the clothes she wore only this morning into it. She closed the door with a reverberating thud and locked it.
The elf maiden then took up the strap of the backpack, slipping her arm through the loop, and hefted the bag onto her shoulder. She turned to walk, with still unnoticed silent steps, toward the main aisle way in which she would exit this building. She certainly considered slipping out the back entrance and make her way around this building, but she just shrugged the feeling off.
"Ah the hell with it, I'll probably regret this, but I guess it's time to rejoin the human race for right now." She thought, "Just until I find out what is going on. Funny, I wonder if anyone will recognize me, now that I have changed."
She continued walking toward the trio of students who had entered the locker room for their first class of the day.
"Well, I'll know in a moment." Mouse muttered to herself, walking toward the students.
All three had looked up in surprise as the young elf maiden approached, and she smiled when she heard a low, but audible, sharp exhale from them. The young maiden, without a word, passed them by and felt their gazes seem to burn into her as she walked through the door. She smiled when she glanced back at them, seeing their confused gazes, and continued walking along the entry hallway toward the double doors. As she stepped out into the crisp, cool air outside, Mouse realized her senses were alive and awake as she blinked her eyes several times, the textures, color and perception much different from what she remembered. She took three steps toward the railing that surrounded the swimming pools and the bleachers, where she quickly scanned the surrounding, semi-deserted quad.
"Well that was interesting…" The young woman thought, and smiled to herself. She had found a certain amount of amusement by the encounter. Standing here, she cast a look at the far end of the pool where her class, that she was missing, in the shallow end of the lap pool. Mouse had managed to grimace at the fact, but shook her head slightly.
"Just as well, I couldn't wear my swimsuit anyway and I don't think they will let me skinny dip either." She murmured, and managed a muffled chuckle.
Standing at the rail, the young elf maiden continued to scan her surroundings, looking down at the few students who stood on the swimming pool deck. They did not notice her, and she was thankful for that. She then turned, and walked toward the main offices near the diving tower. She became acutely aware of the few students who had gathered by the open office of the instructor named Ploke, and realized that she would be walking past them and the instructor. She immediately wondered if she would get the same reaction as the trio in the locker room.
"Let's find out." Mouse thought to herself, grinning briefly.
As the she walked along a cement walkway toward the instructor's offices, she sensed something unfamiliar to her and she frowned as she stealthily approached several students who stood around one of the offices. Mouse noted they did not seem to notice her until she was right up on them, and at first she did not understand why. It quickly dawned on her that her footsteps were silent on the pavement, despite it being wet from the water from the rain that was tracked from the end of the overhang.
"Wow that's a new ability." Mimi thought, and shook her head as she approached them.
When the students finally noticed her, a surprised murmur rippled among them.
"Woaaah, hey baby." A shout said, followed by a wolf whistles as she passed them by.
She turned her head, realizing she had been noticed, and at first she grimaced, embarrassed by the comments. Mimi felt a flush rise over the collar of her tunic and only flashed a silent grin to the speakers. She nodded her head silently, as she greeted them.
"Morning…" She said politely, and walked on.
"Hey! Hubba hubba good looking…!" Another voice said, and Mimi glanced at the speaker, blushing deep red as she managed a quiet smile at him.
Inside the office, the instructor bent out from his desk and watched the young woman walk away from the group. He glanced at the other students, who shrugged at his questioning look. There were many comments by the students, men and women who had been standing there.
Apparently, they were not prepared for her appearance, only to be typical men, catcalling and flirting with a sixteen-seventeen year old woman named Mimi Stewart.
Again, the young woman shook her head, but this time in disgust.
"Oh brother, is this all there is to being an elf maiden?" Mimi asked herself, "A sexy sixteen or seventeen year old fugitive from the 11th grade?"
The young woman quickly walked toward the end of the platform and turned to the left toward the path taking her into the Science Quad (S-Quad). She followed it toward the Minolta Planetarium, and shifting to her right, to another path, led her to the far side of the Administration building. When it started to rain again, the young woman drew the hood of her cloak over her fair features and walked along side of the familiar building until she saw the Main Quad in the distance. She managed a silent nod in amazement and realized also that what used to take her over a half hour or more to get to the Physical Education Quad (PE Quad) and back, now took her very little time. Only fifteen minutes had elapsed and Mimi certainly was not used to the quickness she had walking on her own power.
"I wonder what other abilities I will gain over time." Mouse asked herself, walking along the path heading toward the Main Quad. She entered it a moment later and turned to walk toward the Student Campus Center. Instead of entering it again, she passed it by. The young woman walked toward the Art's Quad (A-Quad) instead and before she was in the center of it, she made a sharp right turn. Mouse stepped down three steps into the Sunken Garden across from Flint Center and it is here that she sat in the drizzling rain, with her eyes closed, and let the sound of the splashing water of the large fountain soothe her senses. She used the starlight to try to decipher the events of the past two days and her hand absently found the pendant on the chain around her neck, to touch it. The pendant seem to flash brightly in the light.
Inside Mimi is quite overly nervous of what she had become, and clearly unsure where her transformation was leading her. She thought of the others at the table, whom had seen the event of her transformation, and wondered if she was alone or not when it came down to becoming an elf. Here she tried to put it in retrospect what had happened over these strange few days and found it was still too overwhelming to think about. Much had happened and she still was uneasy by the fact when it really just came down to it.
"Yep, I am certifiably, one hundred percent crazy." Mimi thought, "A lot has happened that's for sure."
As Mouse nervously fingered the pendant around her neck, hanging from its chain, the Elven woman let her existence flow as she stared at the starlight in the darkness. It is here she found a star that twinkled brightly, and the young Elven woman let it pull her toward it. Flying like a bird, the young elf maiden entered the star, passing through the very center of it, and through the white burning fire that makes up its energy. A few moments later, She ended up standing on a large grassy plain before the Lady. Little did the young woman know that she had vanished from the campus, leaving the empty bench and the splashing fountain.
Mimi, as she stood there on the threshold of a great meadow, need not ask where she found herself and already knew that she stood in the presence of the Elves Creatrix, Elthia Calasiuove. It is the goddess whom shared her love and council with the elves. The plain was green, growing and above was the patterns of stars that twinkled brightly in the heavens. She found her awareness, just as Rijiin had, dancing among the infinity that she saw there. The Creatrix turned and smiled as she opened her arms as the young woman approached the her. Mimi stood before her and dropped to one knee, just as Rijiin had. She looked up at the Lady's kind face and into her warm solemn gray eyes, when she put her hand on her shoulder.
"Beloved, you may rise. You do me great honor." The Lady told her and Mouse did so, looking at the Creatrix of the elves herself. She felt at peace here, standing in front of her.
"Mimitti,” The Lady said, greeting her with an embrace.
"I have come to thank you, my Lady..." Mimi said with a question, pausing to shake her head before continuing, "…For a brand-new chance at life, for sending Rijiin, and Natil for their help and healing."
"You welcome my child." The Lady said, "I am glad you have accepted your change and the starlight. You are more beautiful than Rijiin has described in many words."
Mouse blushed at the compliment but she also exhaled sharply, unaware that she stood in the same place as Rijiin had a few minutes ago, kneeling before the Lady.
"He was here?" She asked, and the woman managed a silent nod.
"He was here, Just as all my children can come to me for my council." The Lady replied, "However, it was not I who sent Rijiin to you. He came to you of his own free will, risking the winds of time to assist you."
Mimi frowned when hearing the Lady's statement and she exhaled sharply.
"Rijiin came to me of his own free will? Why on Earth did he...? He didn't have to do that for me." Mimi stammered, uncomprehending what she was being told by the Lady.
"Is Rijiin, my friend…?" Mimi asked, afraid of the answer, trying to confirm the suspicion and even the hope that he was alive and well, despite the awareness and images he had shown her while they stood away from the others.
"I know you can answer that yourself, but if you are just confirming what you already know… He is." The Creatrix replied, and the young woman gasped loudly.
"Rijiin did indeed. He has showed a lot of compassion about his friends and he traveled to you without regard for the circumstances. He did not consider the great risk to himself or his companion by the use of the powers of Elven Magic." The Lady explained to her, "He risked his very existence, his transformation as an elf, using the magical energy of the fair folk to heal and change you. He focused upon his remembrance of your kindness and friendship to take such a great risk. He loves you more than you will ever know, and wants nothing but the best for you. He wanted to repay the same kindness you showed to him and did so. However, not without peril of the consequences that go along with his act of kindness."
Mimi gasped openly at the explanation and found herself tearing up with emotion.
"However, know this, he also sacrificed much more than you will know and has paid a heavy price to keep his very existence." The Lady continued, and with that, she nodded her head a couple of times.
"Rijiin L'Theil gave up the twentieth century, his very human existence and his home where he had been born into, to be placed in the past. He gave up his own humanity to be changed to what he is now. He has risked that very existence and his new chance, through the winds of history, to almost give it all up for you.”
“Oh my…” Mimi gasped, shaking her head as she thought back to the day they had found Nathaniel in the culvert, dismembered and laying in a pool of his own blood.
“As you already know, a body was found dismembered, crushed and pulverized beyond recognition in gully near where you will soon start your adventures. The body found is all that remains of his human self, the very scrap of soul that once was a part of his very physique. He is no longer human, bound by your world but a traveler in another lifetime and dance. The person you once knew has perished and all that Rijiin is, now remains. What was his own persona is still a part of him, in many ways, but only as a memory in other ways."
“Damn him." Mimi murmured, her eyes becoming misty as she met the Lady's compassionate quiet gaze. She could not believe what Rijiin had done for her.
"Jesus … Rijiin, what have you done?" Mimi murmured, "…and what have got yourself into."
"Know this beloved that long ago elves existed in the world to help and heal." She told her, "They faded as the world no longer needed them and the human race persecuted them into extinction. The only retribution they will have for their return is by the old blood that has awakened in mortals.”
The Lady paused to nod a few times and met Mimi's misty aquamarine eyes.
Mouse gasped at the revelation, as she had not known that, and it made her wonder.
"You are the beginning of that change, by the ancient magic that once flowed. Use and bear it well. Seek a high place in the east, there you shall find your answers what it is to be Elven and your peace to live for not just one life, but for all times. Just like Rijiin and the elves do already, despite the first borne elves are fading." The Lady told her, "You will seek this with a trusted ally who will be your companion to your mutual destination. You have a long road ahead and many choices to make. I am confident you shall make the right ones, just as you gave yourself freely to embrace the light and your new existence to come to me. Know this it is not an easy path you take, but you will not be walking it alone."
"Thank you my Lady, I think I understand." Mouse stammered, as she deciphered the cryptic explanation, and managed a slight nod. "I can see you again right? If I do not find what I am looking for or become lost?"
"You can. You can always find me here." She said, "You have done well beloved. Go to your friends, they await your arrival and some will welcome you in your new existence, others not so much but have faith those who do not believe shall come around..."
Mouse bowed, after embracing the Goddess, and turned, letting herself be pulled away.
The meadow faded around her and senses became aware of the water that flowed in the fountain in the center of the sunken garden. She realized that she once again was on DeAnza's Campus having reappeared out of thin air. The young woman regarded the fountain for a while and did not need to turn her head when she sensed Becky and Katherine approached and sit beside her.
"Becky... Katherine..." She said without turning.
"Mimi? Are you all right?" Her friends asked, "When you did not return to the Fireside Lounge, We came looking to see if you were alright."
Mouse found herself flattered by the concern.
"Everything is okay, really." Mimi replied, turning her head to meet the astonished expression of Becky and Katherine who stared at a stranger's face.
"My god you look so different. Y-you are gorgeous, and are very young looking. If I may say so, you look about sixteen or seventeen years old." Katherine declared, totally blown away by the changes Mouse had undergone in just a few hours. “You look even younger then when Rijiin initially did what he did!”
“You better believe it.” Mouse said, “I just had an interesting morning of catcalls and whistles clear back to the sunken garden.”
Both of her friends laughed loudly, but subsided as Mimi grimaced at them.
“It is just plain crazy.” Katherine said formally, “I dunno if I get used to this.”
“Well we saw it for ourselves, that glow of energy and the end result.” Becky said, as she met the youthful face of Mouse.
“With all Rijiin did, y-you aren't human now are you?” She asked, with a tone of unease and here Mimi nodded.
“I guess not.” Mimi replied, “A fugitive High School age elf maiden from the 11th grade perhaps, but certainly not human.”
Both of them laughed at the sentiment and became solemn.
“Sorry.” They both said together and Mimi casually waved her hand.
“Don't worry about it. It's blood true.” She complained, “You both have my thanks.”
They peered at Mimi whose garb seemed to shimmer in the cold light, under the hooded dark gray cloak that she wore over her shoulders. The maiden managed a shrug.
"I can also say you really look like Natil and Rijiin in that garb too." Katherine observed and shook her head. “Don't let security see you, they'll mistake you for Rijiin and Natil.”
“Don't worry.” Mimi said, “Ben knows me and won't let them bother me. Besides I didn't cut Robert and I don't have a blade at my side. So they can't exactly ding me for that.”
“True dat.” Becky replied, and nodded. Both of the pair peered at Mimi and the strange garb with a long gaze. They immediately noted, beside the clothing, the pendant of a crescent moon and interlocked, ray star made of gold and silver that hung from the gold chain. Mouse glanced down at herself and the garb.
"I know what you are thinking, but I can still say I am still Mimi Stewart." Mouse stated clearly, “But we're going to have one hell of a problem here with this transition I think. There is a lot more happening here than we all three know. Much more at stake than actually meets the eye when it comes my transition and new form. There is much more to come I think and its going to be a pain in the ass to explain to everyone what happened, how, or why I look like this."
"How is it going to be difficult? A lot of people saw what happened in the Fireside, a few staff members saw the changes." Becky soothed, "Be at peace, you don't really need to explain anything to anyone. You are still as you, are and I wouldn't worry."
Beside her, Katherine nodded in agreement.
The young woman paused as she gasped loudly, when realizing that she had said the familiar saying of the Elves, Rijiin's people. Katherine heard it too and shot her an amused look on her face. Mimi heard it too and smiled broadly.
"Well, It's a little more difficult that that Becky." Mimi replied, "There is going to be a lot of doubt by the college, even if a few staff members saw the changes. I have a reputation and responsibility on campus to uphold. The college just will not understand changes like this or accept them just like that. There will be many questions to answer and I do not know, at this moment, how to answer them. Not without making the college think I am defrauding them, or just plain nuts. That even goes for SSI. There going to make life very difficult for me when they find out what happened and probably take everything I have away."
"I know Mouse." She replied gently, "I do not think the college will go that far, kicking you out of school. Maybe take the job away from you on campus, but not classes. I would not worry. SSI will be a pain but I can rightly say with your extraordinary qualifications you'll get hired just like that.”
"I appreciate your confidence in me." Mouse murmured quietly, as she grinned at her friends.
"If not the college, the second problem lies with my parents or my siblings. I do not know how they are going to take this change but I know they are going to freak out, that is for sure. I hope that I remotely still look as I did when I see them again. Just for now, so I can explain this to them.
"They'll believe you Mouse." Chaos told her, "Even if you look like this, young and beautiful, you will make them understand. Just have faith in your abilities. Rijiin said many changes will occur over time, maybe the one where you change fully into an immortal elf is still a long time off."
“Yeah, maybe it is not time for you to change into something like that.” Becky mused and yet she grimaced at Mimi's pensive expression.
"You don't understand. I don't know how my parents and sister are going to react or be able to handle that a sixteen or seventeen year old girl was once their forty-plus year old daughter/sibling!" Mouse exclaimed, but suddenly stopped when she had half shouted, realizing her anger.
“It is not their fault that this happened.” She thought grimacing and shot an apologetically look at her friends. Closing her eyes, the young elfin girl peered at the starlight, letting them temper her confusion, if not her anger, over something that was so minor to many, but major to her. As she said, many people knew her, and she had responsibilities and respect on the campus, if not a reputation to uphold. Mimi found herself lost and confused by the whole ordeal.
"Be at peace Chaos, Becky." Mimi told her, "I apologize. It is not your fault that I am stuck in a very bad spot thanks to Rijiin and Natil."
"We understand, really." Katherine replied, "All things are possible even Rijiin said that. I wouldn't doubt him even though he was being so damn cryptic. Besides, you are in good company Mimi we are starting to see the starlight too. So something is happening to us also that you won't be alone. We totally understand."
“Yeah.” Becky replied, “I close my eyes and see the twinkle of starlight there in the darkness. Chaos and I don't quite understand what Rijiin did to you but something happened when the energy surrounded us all. I would definitely wait and see what goes on.”
Both of them nodded quietly to Mouse who gasped at the statement and remembered the conversation between her and Rijiin. He had told her many things and enough for her to embrace him, but now with these rapid, unexpected changes that she felt lost again.
“Then all three of us are the in for one hell of a ride and something very weird ahead.” Mimi countered, “I hope you are prepared for the fallout that is going to come with it. I don't know if Rijiin and Natil knew or not, but they just turned our world upside down. If he did, I hope he made it easy to fix the problems. I didn't exactly want to become young again, and lose everything I worked for and for you guys lose everything that you worked for also."
"Relax Mouse, you didn't lose anything academically, you still have your degrees and credits from this college. You still are Mimi Stewart. Nothing has changed except your age and looks. Everyone can get a makeover, including you." Katherine declared with a smile. "Just be confident. I am sure there is work for you as a sexy sixteen/seventeen year old elf female. As for us, we'll take it as it comes and work the problem as it comes.”
Mouse glanced at her in silence, a look of contempt on her face at the notion of being a sexy sixteen/seventeen-year-old female, Elf or not.
"Well for all things considered," She replied, "This is going to be one hell of time and trouble to straighten everything out on this day. How about you guys, and the others, what have you told Patrick, Steve and Cathy so far?"
She had remembered the trio that ran with the Disabled Students Union Club, colleagues of Mimi when it came to the Inter Club Council Meetings (ICC) meetings and friends whom she had known for a long time on campus. She wondered if anyone had told them about the strange events this morning and the strange visitors to grace the campus from the winds of time itself.
Mouse saw their wide smiles and guessed that it had been a battle to either tell them what happened or avoid telling them anything at all. She did not know which path they had taken when it came to their friends.
"You mean Cathy the Hun? Uhm… well… so far we have said nothing." Becky replied, meeting Mimi's amused expression and the trio all laughed before becoming solemn.
"Omar, Chris, Jen, Vi and Dave have been tap dancing around the questions. Robert left the room for a while for one of his classes."
"Robert of course is pissed off though and does not understand it, wants me to explain it." She continued, "He accused me of holding back stuff from him. He says you are not the Mimi he knows, and you're an impostor."
Mimi laughed briskly, joined in by Rebecca and Katherine both. They all fell silent, trying to be serious and solemn but their amused grins had broken out on their faces when it came to that notion. They all gave up and laughed loudly for ten minutes. The fact of the very statement of Mimi being an impostor was absolutely absurd and almost comical in one way, but also a serious accusation on the other hand.
"That's not true, but that's Robert." Mimi remarked, making both Chaos and Becky both chuckle quietly.
"I wonder who Rijiin and the Harper really were." Katherine remarked casually, "They both were something."
“Yes they were.” Mimi replied simply, and grimaced at her idle thoughts. She knew who Rijiin was, having seen the images as his awareness touched her mind and knew the reason why of what happened, also the reason that he had come to her in his new form.
“Jesus... I hope you are happy wherever you are Nathaniel, er Rijiin.” Mimi thought, “And thank you.”
The young elf-maiden sat between her friends as she briefly closed her eyes and peered at the same starlight that she had seen while on the meadow. She stared at the same starlight that made up the infinity of the universe before her and suddenly found herself feeling incredibly small in comparison to what she was seeing, as many larger bodies, constellations and planets shone brightly in the star field also. She shivered, as her very awareness danced among them and could see the events from the past, present, and future avenues of her life and the others around her. She was able to also see the many events of ‘what ifs’ and perhaps ‘what could be’ around her. Those very images had stunned her and she opened her eyes.
"So, where do the elves belong in the realm of a whole universe?" Mimi asked herself, unsure how to answer that or what she saw in the starlight. The young elf maiden shook her head as she met the confused, and concerned look of her friends sitting next to her.
“Are you alright Mimi?” Katherine asked, and both of them put a concerned hand on her arm when she had fallen silent. The youthful maiden smiled as she met their strange expressions. She nodded her head quickly.
“I am fine Chaos, Becky, be at peace.” Mimi replied, “Better now, than I have ever been in my entire life.”
Her friends had a dubious look on her faces, not sure what the make of the answer by the young high-school age teenager.
"Well, if I was you, I would not go back to the table dressed like that." Becky suggested, "You know what kind of reception you are going to receive when you walk into the Fireside Lounge by Cathy the Hun. She and the others are probably still there."
"No, a few of my books are there.” Mouse replied, "We should go get them and I want you both to walk with me to class. We have something to discuss in reflection to what happened and is happening to us.”
"Okay, what is on your mind Mimi?" Katherine asked curiously.
“Yeah... What's up?” Becky added as both peered at her.
“I wanted you to know if both of you would go shopping with me, in light of my new change, it seems I need a new wardrobe.” She said. “I didn't want to do it alone and wanted to discuss a possible plan for heading east together. Seek out those like us that Rijiin said were there.”
"OOOH I'd love to… make you so damn sexy you will have to beat men off with a stick." Becky said, with a giggle. Mouse and Katherine laughed, and Mimi shook her head at them.
The pair also had exchanged a glance, and realized that she also wanted privacy to discuss a plan that would be very objected to by her family and friends. One that would take her far away from her home to another place and possibly a wild goose chase on what they considered a hunch, rather than on the facts. Still they bantered and kidded each other on the prospect of making Mouse a looker and their laughter echoed the sunken garden.
Their laughter subsided quickly when Robert appeared from the door of the Student Campus Center and having spied the trio in the sunken garden, lumbered toward them. They all glanced at each other before turning to face him, their guard clearly up and ready for anything. Mimi glanced at Katherine and Becky who both nodded slightly as they peered at Robert in the gloomy light of the late morning. All three had noted a change in him, as they met his gaze and suddenly wondered if he had started changing like they were from earlier this morning.
"Becky, Chaos, I need to talk to you inside." He told them, and here he paused to nod a silent greeting to Mouse. He also had waved his hand to dismiss her.
“Hi…" Robert said, "Can you excuse us please? This happens to be a bit personal, and a tad bit adult."
Mimi found herself offended by the implication of her youthful appearance, being a High School age student and resented being dismissed as she was. She wanted to tell him where to go, in so many words, but suddenly found her anger a bit more volatile. She suddenly wanted to punch his lights out and if she wanted or had chosen to do so, she would and could have accomplished the feat. She refrained, however, briefly closing her eyes and gritting her teeth, to let the starlight sooth her emotions.
“Peace.” A voice echoed in her head, and the feelings rapidly subsided as they had before. She let out a slow, ragged breath.
"We'll be there in a second Robert." Chaos replied tightly, "Just give us one more minute."
“What is happening, I want you to explain this, its not right you are keeping stuff from me.” He told them and the trio exchanged a look between them when hearing the whine in his voice.
“Now is not a good time, Robert.” Becky prompted and beside her, Katherine managed a slight nod.
“Now is a good time, you aren't doing anything are you?”
Both Kat and Becky grimaced that he had totally ignored, if not dissed Mimi in her presence and clearly obvious they were chatting with Mimi.
"Robert, please, not now." Katherine she shot back at him, "We want to finish this conversation with Mouse and it is, as you said, somewhat personal."
He turned his gaze upon the beautiful young woman who stood with her and he saw the bright twinkle of anger in Mimi's eyes as she stood there.
"That's not Mimi, everyone needs to realize that she is a fucking impostor and I am going to expose her.”
"That IS Mouse and you need to just go back inside. We will be there in a minute." Becky challenged hotly, ignoring his whistle and his clucking his thumb toward the Student Campus Center. They both even had the audacity to turn their backs on him as they both focused their attention back on Mimi.
"Bobby, PLEASE!" Mimi grumbled, "It is important, and there is a lot going on that even I don't understand right now. When I know what's happening, you will know."
Quietly, he shook his head, swearing under his breath as he lumbered off. Katherine's eyes narrowed as did Becky's when they both watched him with Mimi as he departed and both saw something about him was slightly different than before. He seemed a bit better in the way he carried himself and both women noted that his stance is not as low as it usually is, caused by the Cerebral Palsy in his knees.
"I wonder." Katherine mused, "If Rijiin and Natil's power did that… you know."
Mimi and Becky glanced in her direction, and after a moment, shrugged in reply.
"I… I don't know, but I do not think so." Becky replied, shaking her head, and turned her head to watch him lumber over to his bicycle in the distance. He then went through the electric door into the Student Campus Center. Both had wondered if Rijiin had attempted to heal him, knowing the elves' power had spilled over the group and changing the others at the table. It had affected them all, even Robert and all three of them wondered kind of changes the elf would have made to him if he proceeded in such an event.
In truth, Rijiin had attempted to heal him, when the magic of the elves spilled out over the group at the table. In the way of Robert, the elf had changed very little and had only improved his condition slightly from before. He had, however, flatly refused the Elven couple’s healing upon him and if they had tried to push to heal him in force, it would have literally ripped away his very soul from him. The elf had been wise and backed off when he sensed his refusal of Natil and his healing powers. Rijiin had even had briefly looked into the starlight at future events and saw the travesty that it would cause by such an event.
"How much more will we change I wonder?" Mouse thought and turned as she motioned to them. She showed them the note
"What's this Mimi?"
"It seems to be a calling card." Mimi replied, "Rijiin gave me the green and gray garb. It seems he was thinking ahead for some reason, a journey perhaps."
"What kind of language is that?" Katherine asked, but strangely, she too could read it and had no trouble understanding it. Becky glanced at it and grimaced, also able to read it quickly.
"Melda Mimitti, sinome qua caibre nat tanya aa' na- ner maara ten' llie behare ar' winya quenat. Lann- sen buisenea ar' amin faith- llie raktea. Mela illyamen, Rijiini."
"Dear Mimi, here is something that may be more useful for your needs and new body. Wear them proudly and I wait for your arrival. Love always, Rijiin."
“Arrival to where?” Becky asked, “What the hell does that mean?”
“Well Mouse, you certainly wearing them proudly. Katherine prompted and there was a chuckle among the trio.
“At this point I have no idea. Although Rijiin did say that we were to seek an high place in the east, in which we would be drawn to those like ourselves.” Mimi said, quoting him, “I am not sure but I think he wants me to head to Colorado.”
The notion made her companions frown in confusion.
“Seek a high place in the east?” She asked and Mimi nodded.
“That sounds like Colorado. What on earth is there in Colorado and who is there?”
“I don't know Kat.” Mimi replied, “But he seemed to indicate that is our destination.”
“Well, he might be there waiting for us.” She replied hopefully, “Otherwise that makes no logical sense.”
“I don't know, but it seems like a shot to know what the hell is going on.”
“That's for sure Mouse.” Katherine replied as they both turned their attention back to the art-deco fountain in the quad across from Flint Center. As they stared at it, they stood there silently and both had many questions with no way to answer them all. They needed to find out what was going on and soon.
"I have class in a few minutes and I still need to get my books in the Fireside Lounge. Please come with me to go get them." Mimi said formally, "Don't worry about Cathy, Steve or Patrick. I can handle them."
Mouse turned her head to grin as Becky and Chaos silently nodded. A few minutes later, they returned to the Fireside Lounge and when they stepped into the dining room, everyone at the table, again seated together in the room, looked up in astonishment by her entry. Cathy, Steve, Patrick, Dave, Omar, 'Jell-O' Jen, Vi, and Chris turned their heads to look at the entrance also. A low murmur echoed the room as Mouse entered, and there was a low murmur by the entire room when seeing the garb that was just like the two strangers who had visited this dining room going on four hours ago.
"Who is that?" Cathy murmured, and everyone shrugged. They had not recognized Mimi at first and all they saw was the garb, and not the face, as Mimi's face was shrouded by the cloak's hood as she approached the table. They had thought it was Rijiin and Natil again and inhaled sharply as they peered at the cloaked face. When Mouse drew back the hood, and they saw the young face, and let out a gasp of astonishment.
"M-Mimi?" Vi stammered, and the young woman smiled, nodding a silent greeting to the table. Cathy snapped her head, to peer at the youthful face, that was even younger than she remembered seeing a few hours ago. Patrick and Steve had astonished expressions on their faces.
"What the hell?" Cathy gasped, "M-Mimi? Why…? How are you walking? Where's your wheelchair? What the hell is going on?"
Everyone peered at the young woman and the strange garb that seemed to shimmer in the low light, almost with an aura around her. Mouse quickly closed her books and arranged her papers before putting them in her pack on the table. The elf maiden sensed discomfort by the group at the table and she glanced at each one of them with a smile and a nod.
"Relax everyone… It's me…" Mimi said, grinning at the stunned faces.
"That can't be Mimi." Cathy gasped, "Holy Christ… is that really you Mouse? You look even younger than when I first saw you."
Mimi heard the questioning tone from her long time friend, and glanced at her as she nodded formally to her.
“What in heaven's name is going on here?" Cathy asked furiously, grimacing at Mimi who stood among them. Steve and Pat, sitting beside her. They were nodding their heads, as they thought the same thing as Cathy. The trio, at the table, sensed something was very wrong with this picture and the person they knew for a long time was not telling them everything.
"Nothing is going on Cathy, I have to get to class that's all." Mimi replied with an ice-cold tone, and had picked up her backpack to place it on her shoulder. She motioned to Katherine and Becky who stood beside her. Still seated in her scooter, Cathy tried to get her attention, tugging on the sleeve of her tunic several times. When Mouse turned finally to face her friend, Cathy reared up and exploded on her.
"Damn it…! You have some explaining to do Mimi you're not telling us everything." Cathy shouted. A flurry of questions assaulted Mouse and here the young woman briefly closed her eyes. She let the starlight comfort her and keep her calm and collected as she let the tirade casually pass without reply or comment. Keeping the image of starlight in a vision, she opened her eyes , and calmly breathed out.
"I don't know, but I like her this way Cathy." Patrick told her gently, casually flirting with Mimi as he always did, and a grin appeared on his face.
“Pat you stay out of this.” Cathy shouted, “I want an answer Mimi!”
"Cathy, the wheelchair is no longer needed." Mouse replied simply, "As you can see, it is hard to explain and I'll have to think about a proper way to tell you sometime what happened. Right now all I can tell you is that I am... uh... walking a different path and some things have changed for the better... Let's leave it at that."
She had echoed the words of Rijiin and she managed a grim expression as she glanced at Becky and Katherine who were staring at her in silent astonishment. They nodded in agreement to the sentiment.
"Be at peace, I'll call you a little later when I get home. Right now, I have to get to class." The young woman told the table With a pause, the young woman on that notion, turned and walked with silent steps toward the doorway. Katherine and Becky followed her. Mimi had more she wanted to tell Cathy, to explain it a bit better, but something told her to refrain and let it ride. She was wise to retreat as the shouting continued from the table.
"B-but…" Cathy said, and realized she was walking away toward the door.
"Cathy, we'll talk about it later, when I can explain what happened to me more accurately." Mouse promised, "I will, just have to trust me. I have to go now. If you want to meet later I'll be back here in the Main quad in a couple of hours and maybe then I can tell you everything."
Her long time friend was shaking her head, and Mimi knew that would not be good enough for her. Mouse and Cathy rarely had secrets from each other, having known each other for a very long time and this would be the first time in Mimi's life she refrained from telling her friend anything.
"That's no answer Mimi." Cathy shouted and Mouse only shrugged, "But... HEY!"
The young elf maiden had walked abruptly from the room, through the doors, into the quad beyond. Turning sharply, the trio walked down the steps cutting through the bookstore into the backside of it that exited into the Arts Quad (A-Quad). Katherine walked beside her, as did Rebecca and both noted her silent steps on the wet pavement.
Cathy had tried to follow them, but was not fast enough to catch up as she literally flew from the electric door only to find open campus before her. Turning her head, she briefly scanned it in a huff before turning her scooter around and reentered the Student Campus Center.
Meanwhile in A-Quad, Mimi Katherine and Becky all quickly finalized the plan in two hours to take a trip down to Valley Fair Mall in which she would shop for a new wardrobe. She would need clothes, in light of her new body and youthful form. The young women beside Mimi managed a nod as they continued walking further into the Arts Quad (A-Quad).
"Good. we will meet you here." Becky told her, as they approached her class. Here, Mouse turned to embrace Becky then Katherine who stood beside her.
"Thanks my beloved sisters." Mimi told her, stepping back, as she turned with silent steps to walk toward the classroom door. Rebecca gasped, as did Katherine, at the statement. Both had smiled at the title given to them, which definitely made sense, because they too were seeing the starlight as Mouse was, and were changing as Mouse was.
"We'll see you here, in two hours." Becky repeated, making Mimi nod and wave before disappearing through the doorway of her class. Becky and Katherine were alone in the quad but was close enough to the door, as Mimi disappeared through it, to hear the reactions of her fellow students in her class. The young woman could hear the gasps of amazement, followed by catcalls and whistles. Rebecca managed a broad grin, and Katherine, a quiet laugh as Mouse tried to answer the questions put to her by the other students and the instructor.
"I think they noticed you Mimitti." Becky thought and managed a quiet giggle.
Turning, the young women walked toward the Main Quad from the Art's Quad (A-Quad) and toward her destination, the familiar area around the Student Campus Center. Before they walked up the steps by the ATM machine, the young women turned sharply to the right walking down five steps into the sunken garden located across from Flint Center. Here, Becky and Katherine both took seat on a bench under a thick tree that protected her from the drizzling rain and both reflected back what she and the others in the Fireside Dining Room had witnessed earlier this morning. Both of them closed their eyes and peered at the dim starlight in the darkness as they settled in. They focused upon a star, and it seemed to draw them toward it. A moment later, the sunken garden was empty as they found themselves hurtling through a star field with many constellations, planets and the universe. As they approached the star, their awareness seem to pass through it and the interstellar fires of its core. After a moment they both stood upon the grassy meadow, just as Mimi had with Rijiin before, and peered at the growing green grass surrounded by the forest that surrounded it. Both of them glanced at each other before they peered at the meadow, letting their eyes adjust to the dim light. Glancing upward the star-filled sky was filled overhead, if not brimming with the stars of space and the many bodies of the universe above. Their eye caught a flash of blue and silver, making them narrow their eyes as the form of the Lady stood upon the meadow under the star-filled sky.
“What the fuck is going on?” Katherine asked, totally unprepared for the entire sequence of their disappearance in the sunken garden to come to the meadow of the Lady.
“I don't know Katherine.” Becky replied as they both peered at the woman who stood on the meadow before them. The Lady opened her arms in earnest as they both casually walked toward her. They had no idea where they were but seem to know who she was who stood before both of them.
“Be welcome here. Beckai and Katherinetti.” A voice told them and they both moved to stand before her. She embraced them both and put her hands on their shoulders.
“It is not time for you to be here and come to me.” The Lady said formally, “Be at peace, you will both have knowledge when it is time. But for now you must return to where you belong, lest you will both be missed.”
“Where are we?” Katherine asked timidly, and Becky nodded.
“You are in my world, my plain of existence.” The Lady said, “You are just now discovering your new abilities and I understand. You must trust me and return to your world.”
The Lady waved her hand and abruptly the meadow faded. Both Katherine and Becky both found themselves sitting once again in the Sunken Garden on DeAnza's campus, the sound of the water of the fountain splashing nearby. Both women both glanced at each other, both stunned what they had both seen with their own eyes and both gasped openly.
Becky's eyes were wet with tears, realizing that was the Lady of the Elves, their deity that the elves, witches and warlocks worshiped. They had unknowingly gone to her, by the strange powers they had inside themselves, that seem to be growing and expanding as they were changed by the energy that had surrounded them.
“What in the hell was that?” Katherine asked, and met Becky as she wept.
“That was the Lady.” She told her, “Elthia Calasiuove, the goddess of the Elves. We went to her. How I don't know, but I never thought she would look like that.”
“You mean the same goddess that is in those magazines from Colorado that John looks at and reads?”
“Aye. From Watterson's New Age Emporium.” Becky replied, “Whatever that energy was, when Rijiin helped and healed Mimi, did something to us. I think...”
“Holy shit.” Katherine said, “But my family is Druid, how can I go to her world unless that power from this morning did something to us. This is becoming really weird. What the hell is happening to us?”
“Rijiin and Natil's power seem to have touched us as he help and healed Mimi and somehow has awakened something that now changes us.” Becky replied, “I don't know what it is, but I know when it is over and done we won't be the same.”
Her next thought was interrupted by a shout from Mimi as she approached the pair, her arms raised as she greeted them. Both glanced at their watches and realized that they were two hours slow, having stopped when they went to the Lady. Both were astonished and only grinned each other as they smiled at the youthful face of Mimi who approached them.
“Alanae ea Yolisi Elthia, Mimitti.” Becky said, greeting her in Elvish.
Katherine gasped as Becky fell silent and Mimi grinned broadly.
“Aye, manea.” Mimi replied as she embraced both of them.
“So you both ready?” She asked.
“Yeah. Just about.” Becky replied, “Katherine and I went to the Lady a bit ago and so we're a little bit irked by the trip. He never said that she would look like that.”
Mimi gasped as she grinned sheepishly and nodded.
“Now you are seeing what I am.” Mimi said, “Let me guess, she said it wasn't time and sent you back.”
“How'd you know?”
“She did the same to me when I first went and she promised me full knowledge and a messenger to come to me.” Mouse replied, “In the form of Rijiin and Natil. I stood with her when they helped me, and she gave me a new form. I see the starlight and have a new path thanks to them. Your time is coming, do not worry. Over time you will learn to conceal your new gifts and harness them as I have.”
“I-I didn't know that.” Becky replied
“Be welcomed and fortunate you saw her. You will see her again, very soon.” Mimi promised, “I'll even go with you and we can do it together.”
Mouse sensed the apprehension of Katherine and waved her hand as she nodded twice to her.
“Chaos. I wouldn't worry about it.” Mimi coached, “It will be alright and better than you have ever been before. That I promise.”
With that she nodded twice as she met the changing faces of Becky and Katherine.
“Let's be off.” Becky said, changing the subject, “We have to stop by my apartment and I'll drop of my books and we'll go.”
“Yeah time to make you so sexy that you'll have to beat men off with a stick.” Becky teased and laughed as Mimi frowned, blushing slightly at the concept. Katherine joined in and even Mimi bantered with them as she laughed too.
“You mean jail bait.” Katherine bantered, and all three laughed as they walked across A-Quad, down the path that would lead them to the L-Quad, the parking lot and Stelling Rd that was directly adjacent to the campus.
"…And what is strange about this is that it did happen, that is for a sure fact." Becky murmured to herself, “Jesus, where the hell is this going to end? Or perhaps, begin.”
Both she, Katherine and and Mouse had no idea they would be drawn into a journey that would take them to the East. She suddenly felt hands on her shoulders and she whirled to face John, her boyfriend who stood before her. He stared astonished at the semi-unfamiliar faces and he backed off in alarm, if not in fear.
"Sorry thought you all were someone else." He stammered, and he paused a moment, blinking his eyes realizing it is who he thought it was.
"Becky? Chaos? Mimi?" He had to ask and all three nodded. John could not say he was wrong when he saw a strange twinkle in his girlfriend's eyes and the strangely semi-unfamiliar face. He noted the many changes of his girlfriend, ones that he had not expected to see in the last four hours, but something was definitely wrong as he stood beside them. He thought of earlier when everyone who sat with Mouse, were graced by two strangers who had helped and healed her. They had changed Mimi drastically from what she was, into something very different, using their abilities and utilizing the Elven magic to do so. The elves had a power that he understood from his studies in Wicca, but had never seen it used until this morning or had even expected to see it in action. It is a power he knew only to be lost over the course of many centuries past.
"Blessed be, I am." Becky replied formally, "Be at peace John."
“And us too.” Katherine and Mimi replied together and also nodded.
Here, his girlfriend bowed slightly and he grinned uncertainly to kiss her on the lips. John stepped back to stare at her in silence, amazed like earlier at the changes enacted by the elves for Mimi.
"Holy Christ, you all look completely different from earlier this morning." He stammered, "What and the hell did they do to you?? They didn't, you know change you guys too did they?"
"By 'they' you mean the elves?" Becky asked and she shook her head quietly, "No they didn't directly change me or Chaos but the energy they used did spill out over the table to the others seated there. I was touched by the energy as was Dave, Omar, Chris, Katherine, Jen and even Robert. You should have it too, as you were standing beside us."
He shook his head.
"If it has, I am not seeing it yet. What kind of changes will I see so I will know?" John asked, very curious by what Rebecca had pointed out and the young woman pondered a moment.
"If you allow it to change you, which I doubt you can prevent it, you will be able to see starlight when you close your eyes. Your body will firm up, be stronger, nimbler, and you will have more abilities that you did not have before."
Here, John managed a chuckle. The young man doubted that he could really take all this seriously, but then again, he had seen Rijiin and Natil's power, what they had done for Mouse. Now he was seeing it with his girlfriend and Chaos who stood with him. The young man could not exactly say that this was made up, what he had seen with his own eyes was enough to convince him that there was something at work there that was far beyond his ability in Wicca.
"Will I look like an elf too?" He asked, with an infectious grin, and matching his grin, Becky, Katherine and Mimi did not shake her head negatively in response. They had all paused to for a moment, to exchange a look before they shrugged their shoulders.
"That's hard to say beloved." Becky replied, "As Rijiin told Mimi, and you were there, that there are going to be a lot of changes in the next few hours, perhaps even days. Their magic is unpredictable and can choose different paths. It is hard to say exactly what path it takes or what changes will happen. Only time will tell what you gain. I think what he said is relevant for the rest of us."
John managed a nod.
"I remember. So where are you off to right now?" He asked, placing a hand on her shoulder, gripping it gently. “I was wondering if we could have lunch together. My treat.”
Becky shook her head slightly, flattered by the offer.
"Mimi, Katherine and I are going to Valley Fair." Becky replied, “We are just going shopping, and get her a new wardrobe. It seems that she needs one after everything that happened.”
John smiled at the thought.
"You are welcome to tag along but only if Mimi says it’s okay." Becky replied sharply, "We should all have lunch and need to seriously talk."
Mimi smiled at him as she pondered the request and almost shook her head negatively, but he was offering to volunteer and pay for a meal. The youthful elf maiden did not like a feeling she had about his motives, to readily volunteer for anything without strings attached. Closing her eyes for a moment, Mimi let the starlight sooth her senses quickly learning to manipulate their powers to heal. The young elf-maiden could see feints and images in the darkness. She managed a grimace.
"You have one chance." Mimi said impatiently, "Mess up and you are banished, as you like to put it."
He nodded a couple of times before he embraced Rebecca and bowed to to Katherine and Mimi both. The pair merely arched her left eyebrow at him. John, Becky and Chaos all managed a quiet laugh at the face Mimi made.
The four of them, Mimi, Katherine, Becky and John walked together through the Arts Quad (A-Quad) toward the far L-Quad Parking lot. As they crossed it, that they chatted, bantered, laughed, and were all very uppity about what was going on for the last four hours.
They reached her apartment and she briefly went in to drop her books, and exited with an empty pack. They walked down the street that accessed her Court and found themselves at the bus stop located on the Steven's Creek Blvd and Stelling Rd. Here they waited at the deserted stop until the bus came and stopped. She glanced at the window and grimaced when seeing someone she did not want to deal with right now. A scooter with her friend Cathy seated in it.
"Oh fucking hell." Mimi said with an exasperated sigh, "Cathy is on the bus. This is not what I fucking need right now, is to answer many foolish questions about my transformation. She's going to have a field day with all this stuff that happened over the last day or so."
Mimi paused to take in a breath.
"Maybe we can skip this bus and go on the next one in fifteen minutes." The young elf maiden suggested, but John, Becky and Katherine shook their heads.
"Don't worry Mimitti, be at peace, we'll handle Cathy." Becky said, and she turned her head to wink at the young elf maiden beside her, making her laugh quietly. Mimi gasped after a moment, realizing that Becky had used one of the elves' sayings again.
"We'll distract her if she looks up, so you can pass behind us in the crowd. It is the least we can do."
Mimi slipped with the crowd to the back of the bus when her friend was not been looking and it was just as Becky had said would happen. They had waited for Cathy's inattentiveness to move and swiftly utilized the opening. As the bus roared off, Mimi hunkered down in her seat to avoid being seen by her friend, and watching Becky and Katherine wave back at Cathy when she had spied them on the back of the bus. The young woman, beside Mouse, leaned over to whisper to her.
"She's looking. Stay low and we'll run interference until she gets off." Becky promised and Mimi nodded slightly, closing her eyes after drawing up the hood of her cloak. The young woman gazed at the starlight in the darkness, letting them sooth her senses.
There were many changes coming and Mouse realized that, staring at the patterns at the images that lay out before her like a book. Many of them were the paths she walked and each opening related to her decisions to come. Some of those involved Becky, John and Katherine with the trip ahead that might end up in Colorado. Where they might run across Rijiin and Natil who might be there to greet them. The young elf maiden found she was excited, hardly able to keep herself calm until that day happened when she would depart on her journey hopefully to the east and find what she was supposed to be looking for. She really wanted to find out about this new life and the path she now walked. A solid half-hour had elapsed and at the stop at Steven's Creek Blvd and Saratoga Ave, Cathy got off the bus. Mimi looked up and smiled when her best friend got off the transit. The platform had quickly dropped her onto the ground at the stop. As Mimi's best friend moved away from the stop, toward the nearby intersection, she glanced back at the bus and at the back window. Cathy had gasped loudly, spying Mimi sitting in the back seat. She had not known Mouse was there, and only had seen Becky, Katherine and John seated in the back of the bus. An annoyed expression appeared on her face when she realized that the trio had been running interference to distract her while Mimi rode the bus in the back.
"Hey Mimi…! We gotta talk!" Cathy shouted, as she waved at the bus window.
Mouse, meeting her gaze, waved back with a smile on her face. Her best friend hurled an insult at the bus in frustration. Cathy knew she would have to talk to her tomorrow, or at least call her when she got in to her apartment. Mimi's best friend, Cathy, also had no idea that tomorrow that her friend would be out most of the day and on her way to Eastridge Mall in east side San Jose where she would be seeking the portal on her own to join Rijiin and Natil where they were in the fourteenth century for a visit. Becky and Katherine did not know that part of the plan and she had not told them anything about it. He had certainly told her about it and hinted that she should come there. On the bus, Mimi sat upright, glancing at her companions, to breathe out an exasperated sigh. The young elf maiden was glad that Cathy had got off the bus, but knew if she was on campus tomorrow at all, she might have to face her and answer her friend's many unpleasant questions to answers she really did not have.
When they reached the stop at Valley Fair Mall on Steven's Creek Blvd, Mouse hit the stop request and they all stepped off onto the platform after the bus rolled up to it. In the distance, she peered at the Macy's Department Store entrance on this side of the Mall and it was here where they would start shopping for her new wardrobe. As Becky promised, she took Mimi to Frederick's of Hollywood to start the process of her promise to make her ‘a looker’ and repel men with a stick. Mimi only shook her head in bemused silence, peering at the slinky undergarments, and cute clothes in this store. Mimi blushed slightly when Becky handed her a thong pair of panties, which she held and peered in silent amusement to shake her head and place them back where they belonged. It was followed by laughter by John, Katherine and Becky who found great amusement by her reaction. As they shopped, they took breaks in between stores, and all four of them sat down to go over a plan that would take them east, this coming spring, if not summer. A trip that all four of them, to their great surprise, would discover a secret that was hidden in the Colorado Rockies, in plain view of everyone. A new people and a new life for the group who had been seated at the table this morning and were touched by the powers of the past, thanks to the Elves of Malvern. A time of uncertainty for the four of them and and beginning to the rest of their lives.
Meanwhile, four hundred years in the past and at the same moment in time as a young woman named Becky McGough, Mimi Stewart, Katherine Savitski and a young man named John Stack had exited the public transit at their destination, entering Valley Fair Mall: Natil and Rijiin stepped from the identical swirling energy that had brought them from the past to the future. They now have returned to their home of Adria in the fourteenth century and arrive in the same clearing where their adventures had begun. As their booted feet stepped from within the portal, at their destination, the couple both grimaced at the disorientation from the use of the elves magic. It is here that they steadied themselves against a tree nearby and both scanned the familiar clearing. The couple smiled as they heard the familiar, quiet rustle of the trees from the wind or the crack of the undergrowth made by the animals that lived here. They both let out a sigh, both glad to be home after their long journey.
Rijiin grimaced, sensing his kinfolk, and the couple turned their heads. The couple was surprised to see Terrill and Mirya who waited for them with Joe and Chelle. He smiled at the four of them and took up Natil's hand as he led her toward them. The couples watched as he raised his arms in greeting and he smiled broadly at them.
“Terrill… Mirya…!” Rijiin exclaimed, “Alanae ea yolisi Elthia!”
Mirya ran toward him, followed by Terrill. The young woman, hugged Natil and Rijiin warmly. Terrill hugged the Harper too and shook Rijiin's had warmly.
"Welcome home you two!" Terrill exclaimed gleefully.
"Ah, it's good to be home." Rijiin murmured to Natil, who managed a quiet laugh and a slight nod.
They turned as Chelle hugged them both and Rijiin shook Joe's hand.
“Joe! Chelle!” Rijiin exclaimed gleefully, “I thought you both would find the portal and come here.”
“Lith and the others were being pains in the ass after this morning.” Joe replied, “They kept bugging us about you two, and accused us of holding back from them, so we slipped away while we were in the shop and came here.”
“Ahhh peace and quiet... I love it.” Chelle mused and the Elven couple laughed.
“We should be on our way.” Terrill suggested and the party all moved to the thick of the woods around them. As they walked through the trees, Rijiin held Natil's hand and both were so glad to be home from the complexity of hopping time, and the twentieth century.
"So, Rijiin, I trust your mission was successful?"
Rijiin faced Terrill, as he considered the question a moment, and he nodded.
"Yes, our mission to help and heal an old friend was successful." He replied, "Aye it was worth it."
Mirya had turned in surprise, as did Terrill when they both heard the inflection and accent strong in his voice. Both of them could see the strong differences in his Elven features and so very different from what he was before his quest to the future with Natil. The couple both had exchanged a look, knowing exactly who and what they were seeing before them. Rijiin was an elf, with Elven blood flowing through his veins and both could hardly say they were wrong. The couple sensed the human part of him had faded away completely and his body, that had been found in the culvert, had been buried, leaving him free to live here with no more images of the past interfering in that peace. Terrill had raised an eyebrow as he stared at their kinsman.
"I trust, also, no more foolish adventures then Rijiin?" Terrill asked, grinning at their new kinfolk.
The new fully transformed elf opened his eyes regarding his family who stood before them. He contemplated his answer quickly.
"Perhaps there might be some in the fourteenth century Terrill, but not any though the winds of time and space." Rijiin replied and here he cast a speculative glance at the Harper beside him who was smiling. His journey was complete and he had a new beginning.
"Come, the others anticipate your return." Terrill said and together the party walked toward the edge of the clearing. He met the questioning expression of Natil who walked beside him and nodded his head as he embraced her with longing in his eyes. He passionately leaned forward and kissed her on the lips. Surprised, Natil had gasped when he kissed her, just as they had on the campus and held it. It was sweet, filled with promise and when they broke, she blushed even more furiously as before. There was great laughter by Terrill, Mirya and even the human couple when they saw her blush. But to the Harper's surprise, he had blushed too.
"Ed' i' arwen, amin mela lle, Natili." Rijiin told her, "Amin vesta na- ie' llea grauwus, sii' ar' ten'oio tenna' i' luume' en' i' edhelie telaea a'mael."
"Vee' amin mela lle ar'ea, arn nessima heru." Natil murmured back, "Sii' ar' ten'oio A'maelamin."
She held up her hand.
"Please, you can speak plainly here Rijiin."
Their kinfolk both exchanged a look before turning their attention back to the Harper and her companion. There absolutely no doubt who and what they were seeing before them and both managed a grin between them.
"Amin ie' seere, amin tyav quateya, ar va on- ta de ten' ai' nat e' i' palurin, na sinome yassen lle." Rijiin told Natil and his statement made her gasp. He smiled when he saw her reaction. He shook his head, frowning when realizing that he had spoken Elfish again.
"Sorry beloved, Just a habit.”
Natil smiled at him and nodded.
"No, that is a good habit beloved…" She replied lustily, as she placed her arms around him, and gazed into his gray eyes.
"Just so, Natil… The only fear I have now is what I have to face in this world, but so long as it is with you, I be blessed. Now to the new beginning we face together." He declared, and Natil understood, still holding him.
"You have a century or more to find healing and understanding of the knowledge provided. You have all of us to help you find just that." She replied, in a soothing voice.
"Aminea foya ar' sai caidis, a'mael," Rijiin replied, as he held her. They heard a clearing of the throat.
“So its true.” Chelle exclaimed, “Y-you aren't human anymore are you?”
“It is so.” Rijiin replied, nodding, “Be at peace, I didn't lose or give up much. What I really did was gain all the time in the world.”
The human couple grimaced and merely glanced at each other, raising their eyebrows in response to his profound words. Both turned their head at Terrill, who had paused with Mirya, on the forest path.
“Are you two coming?" Terrill asked, and he motioned to the couple in silence.
Rijiin’s teacher and kinfolk had had remained silent, hearing the exchange between them, and gestured to the now transformed elf, as if to test him. He wanted Rijiin to lead the six of them back to the encampment.
"Shall we go?" Rijiin asked, turning to offer Natil his arm, and before taking it she laughed quietly. They exited the clearing into the forest, quickly catching up with Mirya and Terrill who walked ahead of them with the human couple.
Less than a half-hour later, they walked into the encampment of the elves with their guests, and all entered the cave together. Varden, Sana, Cara, and Talla were there, as were a few others. Sana, Talla and Cara welcomed them with an affectionate embrace. Varden embraced Natil and shook hands with Rijiin. They greeted Joe and Chelle warmly as they sat with Rijiin and Natil. The couple talked very little about the journey, silently taking a seat next to the fire and settled in for their first night home.
"Rijiin, did you…?" Cara asked suddenly and Rijiin himself had grimaced. Joe and Chelle caught the grimace and a look of concern appeared on their faces. Rijiin, shrugging, managed an affirmative nod.
"We did that, and worse." He replied, sitting next to the fire and watched its flames that licked the wood, the embers that glowed and the sparks that flew up into the large cavern they all inhabited. The elf knew he had something to look forward to now and did not doubt his friends, whom he healed by Elven magic, would come to him soon enough. There were glances at Rijiin, by the others, who saw the major difference in him than before he left for the future with the Harper.
"If they want to come, they can, and are always welcome here." Rijiin murmured, "I wonder whether if they will…?"
The elf, at this very moment did not know that somewhere in the twentieth century, three people would do just as he suspected they would. Together they travel to the East where they would find others like themselves. One, however, would seek out the portal at Eastridge Mall and seek him out in this place he now called home.
"Rijiin, beloved, are you alright?" Natil asked, and he met her questioning look. Rijiin nodded to her in reply as a mixture of low firelight and starlight twinkled brightly in her eyes.
“I am beloved. I am at home here, and at peace." He told her with a smile and a nod.
Natil smiled at him as he put his hand on her knee.
Rijiin knew he had finished his inward transition of changing into an elf and he had come home now. He knew what he was, and where he belonged, among the immortals that graced this century with their presence, for the time being.
“There is nothing for me in the future but memories.” He thought, and nodded quietly, “Hopefully there will be now pleasant memories for the times that the Elves have left in Adria.”
Rijiin smiled as he thought of Natil who sat beside him and as ready as he was to start this new beginning together.
The elf, seated next to Natil, at the fire, glanced down at the pendant around his neck that brightly reflected the light before putting his arm about her waist. He held her warmly as he kissed her tenderly, before turning to accept a cup of wine from Talla. The couple met her amused smile and here the Harper and her mate both managed to laugh. He toasted her, touching her glass as they both drank, peering into each others eyes.
A moment later, Natil pulled out her harp, and her hands danced across the strings. The ripple of notes made Rijiin look up and smile as her hands danced across the strings. She played a healing melody for them all and it, for the elves, was a perfect start for a new adventure that awaited them all of them.
Story is based on Gail Baudino's Series Strands of Starlight, Maze of Moonlight, Shrouds of Shadow, Strands of Sunlight, and Spires of Spirit. This story is a fan fiction that takes place in 40 years between first and second book. The next story is taking place a year or more after the last book. It is dedicated to Miss Baudino and the Elves, because something in the story was able to touch me, and allow me a bit of healing too. It uses and features, three dialects of real elfish tomes, based on Tolken, Gray Company and Quenya Elvish.
This is a FICTIONAL, Fan Based story and it may or may not be accurate to the storyline. Amin hiraetha (I apologize to Ms. Baudino and the Elves, in advance)
Obituary for Mimi:
Mimi (Maribeth) Stewart Born Christmas Day 1954, passed away Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009. A fighter all her life, Mimi came into the world 10 weeks early, spent her life in a wheelchair with quadriplegia cerebral palsy, and defied all odds by fighting colon cancer for almost four years. Always the pioneer, Mimi was one of the first students in the Palo Alto special education program designed for the physically challenged. Upon graduation from Palo Alto HS, was one of the first students in a prototype program for the physically challenged at De Anza Junior College, located in Cupertino.
Over the past 35 years, she was a fixture at De Anza while she earned her Liberal Arts Degree and many certificates. (Including Art History, Recreation, Painting, Photography), created and presided over the Disabled Student Unlimited Club (DSU), helped make the campus wheelchair friendly, and opened the eyes of many as to the incredible abilities of those that "appear" to be challenged.
For many years, she also worked for both the City of Palo Alto and Cupertino Recreation Departments as a Rec. Counselor for their programs for the physically and mentally challenged.
Her motto always was: Never judge a book by its cover.
Gifted with a photographic memory, Mimi never forgot a face, a name or a phone number. She met everyone with a twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face and an outreached hand. Her independent and outgoing personality will be missed by her many friends, teachers and family.
Mimi had moved to Santa Rosa five months ago to be closer to her mother, Heloise Stewart, who moved from Palo Alto to Santa Rosa in September 2008, and her sister Sue (Randy) Coleman. She is also survived by her nieces Shannon Coleman (Los Osos, CA) and Cristin Coleman (San Francisco). Her father, Howard (Hy) Stewart, preceded her in death in May 2005.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jim Ford and Dr. George Fisher and their staff (Stanford Oncology Center) for their unwavering faith that Mimi could survive her cancer. Dr. Helen Collins and her staff (Redwood Regional Medical Oncology Group) for their determination to find her next successful chemo, Dr. Mitchell Bailey, whose surgery kept her alive five days after she moved to Santa Rosa, and the Nursing Staff from the oncology wing of Memorial Hospital that supported her first and last trips to the hospital. We would also like to thank her wonderful family of caregivers, Jesse, Lena and their baby, "LJ", who surrounded her with love, laughter and prayers during her last 4 months.
(The rest was removed for the respect of the family’s privacy)
Rest in peace Dear Lady, You deserve it...
FA N.A. Miller, USN Ret.
Below are some phrases that were not translated in story.
(The Elvish phrase) = (English Translation.)
“Amin gorga mani amin besarcadu sii', i' winya yesta amin anta." = I fear what I embrace now, the new beginning I face
A', ikotane tanyaea mani Miryai ar' Terrilli eleea. = Ah, so that's what Mirya and Terrill saw.
"Amin ta ikotane a'mael, = I? It is so, beloved.
Diola lle, Rijiini = Thank you Rijiin
Amin uuma merna a' entul eller. Eller na il- ai'nat' eller ten' amin sii' = I will not want to return there. There is not anything there for me now.
Eller na il- ai'nat' eller ten' amin sii' = There is not anything there for me now.
A! I'- yeste elen. = Ah! the first star.
Ta I' alaseeien elen. = It/It is a radiant star.
Seasamin, A'mael = My pleasure Beloved.
Ta vanima = It/It is Beautiful.
Aye Natili, ta. = Yes Natili, it/it is.
Sai- saesaminien = Very pleasurable
Sai- saesu. = Very pleasant
Alanae ea yolisi Elthia! By our Lady Elthia!
Aye, Manea = Yes, To you also.
Lle creoso Natili. = You/You are welcome, Natil
Tanya naa amin quel edhel wen = That is my good elf maiden.
Tulien? = Coming
A! Quel, Diola lle, Tallai. = Ah! Good, Thank you Talla.
Ta yassen amin saesamin = It/It is my pleasure.
Ta yassen amin saesa. = "It is with my pleasure."
na- ie' seere, Rijiini, Lle naa a'maelamin = Be at Peace Rijiin, You are my beloved.
"Amin nyarea lle, Natili," = I told you Natil
"Amin sint mani lle cael elea. Lle quenea noldo nar sanda." I know what you have seen. I spoke wisely and true.
Lye raa? = You are.
Manke, Rijiini?? = Where Rijiin?
Tula/Tulaien, A'mael = Come/Coming, Beloved.
Lema ed'templa = Portal (Spell)
Ede lye arwin! = By our Lady!
Rijiini?! Mani, naa lle' umien a'mael? = Rijiin! What are you doing beloved?
A'mael. = Beloved
Manke naa lye sii' Rijiin? = Where are we now, Rijiin?
ta ikotane a'mael, = It is so Beloved.
Amin arwen, sinome na' I' men a' manke lye ant aut-. = My lady, here is the path to where we need to go.
Tul-e Natili, Ta sina men = Come Natil, It/It is this way.
Tulunka, Natili = Steady Natil.
Ta ve' sina, ilya 'i coiasira. = It/It is like the time.
Rijiini, tir- iilea, astael. = Rijiin, watch your stars.
Amin fir neuma sinome = I/My/Mine sense a trap here.
Aye, Amin, fir-ta vithel. = Yes, I/My/Mine sense it also
Eller re naa, a'mael. = There she is, Beloved.
A! = Ah!
"Ta yassen ilya amin sai- bragol thailon ar erya." = It is with all my very strength and soul.
"Amin mela lle Natili ar il auta lle." = I love you Natil and not leave you.
Ikotane tanya naa mani nornhamae na. = So that is what wheelchairs be.
Iye Natilli, ta he nornhama = Yes Natil, It/It is her wheelchair.
Ile naa ikotane, n'ataya, a'mael? we/us/ours are so different, beloved.
Iye = Yes
"Ta il' deanam!" = It (is) not possible!
"Amin uuma rangwa sina!" = I don't understand this."
Ta ilya forya, a'mael. = It/It is all right, beloved.
Seere a'mael. = Peace beloved.
Amin? Amin caela utue seere manke lle tul-a'... = I had to find peace, to come to.
Mani amin cael harya a'mani wanya naa ere'amin erin. = What I/My have left to come from departed and only I remain.
Lle Desiel? = You ready?
Amin' e Desiel. = I am ready.
Amin sandae mela lle, Natili = I truely love you Natil
Ilyamenea? Enyala sina vesta a'mael. = Always. Remember I this promise beloved.
Amin selya va' ranya hae. = I will never stray far.
N'uma Erma manke lye na lye selma tenn'oio na- alye'." = . No matter where we go we will always be together
lle cael- ahya a're. = You have changed today
Sut um- lle tyav = How do you feel
Amin ie' seere, = I feel at peace,
Amin tyav quateya, ar va on-de ten'ai'nat e'i'palurin na sinome yassen lle = I am energized, and will not give it up for anything in the world to be here with you.
Amin gorga mani amin selya vela sii', i' yestien amin anta. = I fear what I will see now, the new beginning I face.
Amin ie' seere, amin tyav quateya, ar va on- ta de ten' ai' nat e' i' palurin, na sinome yassen lle. = Be at peace, I feel filled, and never give it up for anything in the world, to be here with you.
Lle cael mellone a' astya lle fallan- ar ten llea evinyatae lle sint. = You have friends to help you heal and for your renewal you know
Amin sinta a'mael = I know beloved.
"Aye Natili." = Yes Natil
Lle cael-il elea ai'nat' am, Natili. Feith, ner lirille yenya lye. = You have not beheld anything yet, Natili. Wait, more lies before us.
Iye? amin mela lle, Natili, sii, nae ten'oio? Lle ra' ikotane vanima nandaro. = Aye, I love you, Natil, now and always... You are beautiful Harper.
"A'mael, naa lle tanca ta de simomne?" - Beloved are you sure it is up here?
"Sina na aut-ien a' net sarda vee lye kam sina rosta." = This is going to get harder as we make this ascent."
"Ta il- fae Natili." = "It is not far Natil."
"Amin mem- na salphadun a'mael." = "I want this to be a surprise beloved."
"Na ai' seere, eldalie naa sinta ai' auluva." = Be at peace, Elves are known to be inventive."
"Amin sintea mani lle cael elea-. Lle cael- quanta sii'" = I know what you have seen. You have full knowledge now.
Amin valin lle naa' sinome yassen amin, ale' ikotane an luume' ranaien. Sii ar' tenoio, A'mael." I am happy you are here with me after a long time wandering. Now and forever, beloved.
"Amin melea lle il re, sii' naa ten'oio." I love you every day, now and forever.
"Lle karn- bir kyermea- a' I' arwen Elthia." You make a prayer to the Lady Elthia."
"Diol lle a'mael, lye karnea- arn lema seasuea." Thank you beloved, you made my journey pleasurable."
Na ie' seere. = Be at peace.
Lle ar' creoso, Natili = You are welcome, Natil
"Manka lle merna, Carai, Tallai," He said, "Gorga il-? Amin cael- ilya desiel tanya, yamen' ar' luume' n'uma an-in kwarea amin. Amin rinien ere' rinea en' tanya yamen'." = If you want Cara, Talla. Fear not? I have all ready, that place and time no longer holds me. I remember only memories of that place.
"Ay! Lema ed' templa!" Ah! Portal!
"Amin mela lle a', Rijiini." She replied, "Amin valin lle naa' sinome yassen amin, ale' ikotane an ranaien. Sii' ar' Ten'oio" = I love you too Rijiin. I am happy you are here after so long wandering. Now and forever.
"Lle lakwenien Rijiin? Sut alhalman lle quenea tanya yol sint-ien lle naa' ba?" = Are you joking Rijiin? How could he speak like that knowing you are dead?
"Aminea foya ar' sai caidis, a'mael," = You are right and very wise, beloved.
"Na ie' seere, Amael. Utu- lleea elenea, uchman ron val pel- lle ar' utu- i'- silma quant- lle." Be at peace, beloved. Find your stars, let their power encircle you and let the starlight fill you."
"Ed' i' arwen, amin mela lle, Natili." = "By the lady I love you Natil."
"Amin vesta na- ie' llea grauwus, sii' ar' ten'oio tenna' i' luume' en' i' edhelie telaea a'mael." =
"I promise to be at your side, now and forever until the time of the elves finishes beloved."
"Vee' amin mela lle ar'ea, arn nessima heru." = "As I love you too, my youthful Lord."
"Sii' ar' ten'oio, a'maelamin" = "Now and forever, my beloved."
"Uuma ma' ten' rashwe." = Don't look for trouble.
"Ta luume' a' aut-" = It is time to go, Natil
Curtaman lle eller e' bir minya. " = See you there in a second.
"Antolle ulua sulrim" = Much wind pours from your mouth
Lle naa gujen dina, agaryulnaerien edan." = You are best to be silent, bloodsucking human.
"Kwarea on' a' llie aila grauwus, Natili." = Hold on to your back side Natil.
"Ta na bir an lema a'mael. Ta gujen lye asc'e manka lle saes, ri I' templa aa' ishitu." = It is a long journey beloved. It is best we make haste, if we please or the portal may close.
"Lle naa a'maelamin. Amin nagoti um- ai'nat a' = You are my beloved. I would do any thing to give you a hand
Dina, Ungai, Lle vanwa kolien usquentiri huan."." = Be Silent Unga, You over bearing smelly dog
"A', ikotane Tanya na' mani Miryai ar' Terrilli ele-ea." = Ah, so that is what Mirya and Terrill saw."
"Ile tanak- cael- jaraman ikotane n'ataya a'mael?" = You sure have become so different beloved.
"Sii' ar' ten'oio A'maelamin." = Now and forever my beloved.
Sinome, sina men, A'mael. Lle-cael aut' a' i' n'at sambe, imya tanya anon." = Here, this way, beloved. You have to go to the other room, through that door.
"Antolle ulua sulrim" = Much wind pours from your mouth.
"Lle anwaea aut dina, edan." = You really need to be silent, human.
"Ta luume' aut-, a'mael." = It is time to go, beloved.
"Natea' naa sii' n'e en' cam. Lle auta yeste'." = Things are now out of hand. You need to go first
"Tanya na ikotane, a'mael." = That is so beloved,
"Na- ie' seere. Na- eller e' bir minya. " = Be at peace. Be there in a second
"Ta luume' a' aut- Natili." = It is time to go Natil.
Ta na bir an lema a'mael. Ta noldo lye asc'e manka lle saes, ri I' templa aa' quella." =
It I a long journey beloved. It is wise we make haste if you please, or the magic may fade.
“Diola lle ten' cor-ien amin a' sina yamen'. = Thank you for leading me to this place.