Monday, February 9, 2015

Chapter 51: World Made of Dreams


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     The metal was everywhere now. As the Landgraab's power and influence over the human realm increased, so did the magic-weakening metal he brought with him spread. Every town, every village was shielded with it, and the soldiers that patrolled the roads were armed with it. The only safe places for the fae and for the dragons was deep into the forests, where the humans would not go, or into the depths of the oceans, where Ico had retreated with her dragon mate, Aymeri, to raise their daughter away from the dangers of the war the mortals brought to the land.

     Trapped thus, ringed in and surrounded by the ever growing human population, the fae and even the dragons, turned to Auberon for a solution. Some, like his granddaughter Paerys, demanded he destroy all the mortals, so once again those with magic would hold dominion over a wild, untamed world. Some, like Jennicor, and the dragon Morvyn and his mate Kelyn, wished for a weapon to counter the metal that weakened their magic abilities, to make an even battlefield on which they could fight, and take back some of what they'd lost.

     And beneath their supplications, Auberon heard the pleas of those few humans who still prayed to their Lady, his Uvie, begging for her to return and protect them from the Landgraab and his Watcher, who brought nothing but war and despair.



    "If there were a way to bring you back..." Auberon whispers to the spirit presence that sits ever silent by his side, perhaps no more than a manifestation of a memory, long passed, and maybe better forgotten. "What would you have me do, my long lost love?" he asks, not expecting an answer.

     "I exist only for you." Her voice is not even a whisper, and Auberon is not certain her lips even moved, or if she truly spoke at all. Perhaps her voice was but a faint a memory, a recollection of words whispered in the long ago, when she yet lived, and loved him. But, no, Uvie would never have spoken such words. For, as much as she did love him, she did not exist for only him. She was her own person, and had many ties to the world that had given her birth. Ties that were severed now, in death?

     Mortals and death...a concept Auberon still had difficulty with. They have spirit selves, who are not the same as them, and dreamselves that may be different from the spirit selves...He had seen Uvie in all her different selves, and loved her, but still he could not say he truly knew her he way he knew his fae companions.



     I exist only for you...Words can be interpreted in different ways. Did she mean he was her sole purpose for existing? Or that in fact, she did not exist at all, save in his own mind, a figment of his own imagining? Auberon could never be sure he was not creating her image here to console himself for his loss, which he still felt deeply, despite the years that had passed since her death. Either interpretation brought him to the same conclusion, however, that the world she was born in no longer mattered to her, and thus his attachment to it, to her legacy, was of his own making. And no longer needed, he decides.

     I am a creator, not a destroyer, he thinks, rejecting Paerys' desire to end the human dominion over the world. I create worlds, nothing more, nothing less, he thinks, casting aside Jennicor's wish for a means to defend their place in the world. The world his kind had once ruled had grown into its own, and needed them no longer. It was time now for a new world to be born for them, one without humans, one that, like the Fae, like the dragonkind, would not change or grow. This would answer Ico and Aymeri's desire, Auberon thinks with satisfaction, knowing that he would please at least some of his supplicants.



     "And I'll bring you with me to this new world, as well," he promises spirit Uvie, taking her hand and willing her back into the form she wore in the long gone past, a form with skin and hair, sparkling eyes and a voice that soothed him. It was all his imagination, Auberon knows this, for his mortal Uvie is long dead and can never return, and even her spirit is not his to summon or command. But Auberon has never made much of the distinction between the real and the unreal, an is thus satisfied to live with a dream, in a world made of dreams.

     And so, Auberon grew a new realm for the fae and dragons to dwell in, if they so chose. He'd already begun the work, after all, making this place outside the world where he'd meditate. The foundation was laid, the portals already opened, he had only to grow it, using his memory of the world that was theirs before the arrival of the first humans, with forests and fields and animals for the dragons to hunt, and endless expanse of air, water and land for his kind to do as they did, living eternal lives of uninterrupted joy.



     Many of the fae and dragonkind came to live in the new Fae Lands, happy to be free again kin a world they'd thought forever lost. Some, however, refused to leave the world they loved, even though they no longer ruled it, preferring to fight on for their place in it.



     Riain and Shayeleigh had long kept their silence about the torture he had once endured at Auberon's hands, and even now, long past the time when the truth would spark discord between the fae and the dragons, they still would not speak of it. So when they were asked why they would not go with Aymeri and his nest into the Fae Lands, they said only that their connection to the earth was too strong to bear the separation. And though they were sad to say goodbye to those they loved, their son Ametair would remain with them, feeling he belonged more to his wolven companions than to either the fae or dragonkind.




     Morvyn, Kelyn and Jennicor chose to remain as well, not willing to give up their fight against the Landgraab forces or to give up what they believed was theirs by right. Paerys, as much a dragon as a fairy, also would not retreat until her father's killer had paid in full, and with her nestmates, she retreated to an aerie in the mountains too high for the mortal men to climb, to bide her time, waiting for the day her vengeance became possible.



     Moth, too, was left behind, bidden by Auberon to watch over Uvie's mortal line, over Sterren and her daughter, Auoregan, and any future daughters born to them, to stay and guard them until their line should die out. For eternity if need be.

     Though the Fae Lands Auberon created were separate from the mortal world they'd once inhabited, they remained forever bound to each other, with portals that would allow those with the magic and knowledge to use them to travel between the worlds.


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I'm sorry, again, for another long hiatus. But I'm back, and ready to move this story forward. 

13 comments:

  1. I clicked this in a daze, not really realizing it was a new chapter. Then I realized what I was reading and got so friggin excited! <3 It's so amazing to see everyone again, and I nearly teared up when Auberon admitted to himself that Uvie's ghost may just be a figment he created to comfort himself. So heartbreaking.

    Really glad to see you back in action.

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    1. Hey, Cece! Thanks!
      I'm pretty excited to be doing this story again. I have so much story I want to tell here, I just need to light a fire under my ass to shoot the pictures.
      I'm going to have a bit of set building to get to pretty soon, but hopefully it will be worth it.
      Anyway, this chapter is just about getting the world state set up for the coming chapters, with a a lot less fae and dragon presence in the day to day. They aren't entirely out of reach, but the story is going to be a lot more human focused with a pared down cast of fae and dragons around.

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  2. Oh wow! There was so much here to think on! Lots of potential endings, lots of potential beginnings.

    Uvie and Auberon make me so sad. After the passage of so much time he's still as bound to her as ever. </3

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    1. Thanks, Sunny!
      This is a kind of in between chapter, setting things up for the future. There are going to be a lot of new beginnings. And some endings.
      It's funny and kind of sad that the one thing Auberon found to root him into existence was a mortal woman who was only around for a fraction of his life.

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  3. Ooo... this looks amazing! I'm going to have to go to the beginning and start reading! :)

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  4. I love this story so much. It's a difficult choice the Faes and Dragons have to make, but I am certain Auberon is the one with most on his mind. I am eager to see your next chapter!

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    1. Thanks, Sims Forest!
      Auberon does have a lot on his mind, and a lot of weight on his shoulders to make the big decisions.
      The next chapter will be coming soon. After so long away, I'm eager now to get on with it.

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  5. Aymeri!<3

    I'm so glad to see that you are writing for this story again! I am little sad though, that with Aymeri and Ico choosing to go to the new world, I have a feeling they are some of the characters I won't be seeing much of. *sad face*

    I can see Paerys sitting up on the mountain top, brooding. I'd hate to be the human that crosses paths with her, lol What happened to her mother? Did she stay or did she go?

    And Auberon---how interesting that he still thinks of Uvie, what an un-fae like sentiment, lol She obviously changed him as much as he changed her.

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    1. Yes, Aymeri and Ico won't be around as much. The stories I have planned for the next bit won't really involve them. And, basically anyone that isn't going to be featured made the move.
      Though there will still be some back and forth through the portals. Evenfall, for instance, has gone with her father, but will still make appearances where Paerys is concerned, and also sometimes with Sterren or Aouregan.
      Paerys has caused a lot of damage. And she's not sorry.
      Auberon really was changed by Uvie in a lot of ways.

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  6. Loved it. Missed this story :) and am glad that you are writing more.

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    1. Thanks, Zhip! It's great to see you again. =)

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  7. I loved all the beautiful pictures you put in this chapter. I remember that what I loved second about your story was the clothing and accessories you've put on your fae and dragon characters, the first being your writing of course. ;)
    I loved seeing Uvie's gorgeous face again, she's so pretty. ^_^
    I am happy that Auberon has managed to keep portals open between the mortal world and the magic world, and that he has Moth watching over some of the mortals even though he cannot be there anymore. :D

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