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Xantara by Soleil Dea

Format: Short story
Chapters: 2
Word Count: 3,362
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence

Genres: Romance, Action, Humor
Characters: OC
Pairings:

First Published: 03/16/2006
Last Chapter: 03/16/2006
Last Updated: 03/16/2006

Summary:
Okay, I know this isn't a Harry Potter Fanfiction, it's more of a magical based story that I just wanted to post somewhere. I kinda got the inspiration from Harry Potter, but this has no characters from Harry Potter; even though one of my characters is called "Draco". So I hope you all like it. Reviews would be lovely.


Chapter 1: Kendra's Coming
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They once spoke of the magic that ran in my family’s veins as something sacred. I always thought of it as codswallup; there was no such thing as magic and there never would be.

When I was younger strange things would happen around me and my family; things most people couldn’t rationally explain. As I got older things got even more peculiar. As much as I tried to pass it off as a figment of my imagination, I could only use that excuse for so long.

Now I have come to grips with this reality. Strange things were destined for me. This is my tale.

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January 4

The dogs started barking at nothing again today. Pa things there might be something out in the woods again. It’s codswallup in my opinion. Those dogs are just stupid, that’s all. Kendra’s coming to the farm soon. I can’t wait! I haven’t seen her since last spring, when the weird things started happening again. Well Mamma’s calling so I’ll write more later…


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Prologue:


Ember McSanders was born into a medium sized family on the hills of Kilkenny, Ireland. Her mother Amber and her father Tristan where one of the greatest witches and wizards of their time. As much as the longed for their children to have the adventures that they had along with they’re dear friends; they vowed that they would never speak of it.

Much to their surprise Ember didn’t want to believe in the faeries and goblins that her older relatives often talked about. Even her best friend and cousin, Kendra believed in the tales. But Ember was stead fast in her opinion. It was all codswallup and there wasn’t any way you could make her believe.

Even when the family would get together Ember would not listen to the tales; not without voicing her opinion that it was all rubbish and that they were folly to believe in it all. But the strange things that happened to her family she couldn’t deny forever. Soon even she came to believe in it all. A small part of her wanted it to be true, for she longed to escape from the world she lived in.



Chapter 1:



It was a sunny day, which came as a shock to most on the farm. The wind was cool and soft making Ember’s short auburn hair blow all around her face. She wrapped her shawl around her tighter as goose bumps began to rise on her pale arms. She took in the rich rolling hills of her lands in a fiery gaze from her grey-green eyes. Today was the day that Kendra was coming to stay with her all spring and summer.

It was rarely that Ember was allowed this treat. Her parent’s didn’t always let Kendra come to stay at their farm because the strange things always happened. Ember had stopped believing them to be false; and now listened to the tales with a slight enthusiasm.

Ember was brought out of her thoughts as she heard the hounds began barking again.

“Damn dogs!” Her father roared as he stepped out of the house. The porch door slammed against the door frame and the thud of her father’s foots steps brought him around to where she stood.

Ember watched him with weary amusement in her eyes.

“Ah, so this is where you got off to.” Her father said stopping beside her and giving her a nudge.

“Oh, Pa,” Ember mock whined.

“Are you excited?”

“Ecstatic Pa, that’s more the term I’d use.” Ember said pulling the shawl closer to her again. “Do you think the dogs see things we can’t Pa?”

He gave her a stern look as he contemplated just how to tell her that they indeed did. “The dogs are just stupid like you say.” And with that he walked away.

Ember starred at him for a long time, her eyes full of questioning. Just a few moments ago she over heard him telling Mamma that they were barking at the people in the woods. Could he be hiding things from her?

The sound of her mother’s voice rang like a dull bell in her ears, “Ember Moiré McSanders!”

“Coming Mamma,” Ember shouted back.

As she walked into the house she was almost run over by her twin brothers, Timothy and Thomas.

“Oops, sorry Em,” They yelled back as they both set off into the yard; probably to work with Pa.

Ember shook her head and let out a soft laugh. As she rounded the corner her mother was right in her face.
“Ahh!”

“What took you so long?” Her mother barked.

“I was talking to Pa.” Ember stammered.

“Well you need to clean this house so Kendra doesn’t think we live in a pig sty.”

“Yes, Mamma,” Ember whispered.

Her mother bustled away brandishing a duster in her hand. Ember shook her head again. There went that slow morning she was hoping for.

By one that afternoon Ember had washed all the dishes, scrubbed the floors and windows and about a dozen other things her mother had found for her to do and still Kendra wasn’t there yet.

After finding herself finished with all of her chores and not wanting her mother to find more for her, Ember put on her walking boots and a sweater. Devon, her hound bounded over to her as she made her way towards the woods.

“Hey there,” she laughed as the dog jumped on her. “Want to come with me to the woods?” She asked the dog. She didn’t wait for a reply before she ran towards the woods.

Devon followed behind her barking playfully. Ember looked behind her now and again and laughed at the dog that followed her. She stopped as she reached the forest. There was always something about the woods that made her skin prickle. She waved her hands over the air that stood between her and the woods. The air was if it could be thicker; it buzzed around her yet was still and quiet.

She looked back to the house, biting her lip. To
go in or not to go in that is the question. She thought to herself. She turned her head back towards the woods and took them in again with her piercing eyes. She glanced back towards the house and bit her lip harder than the first time. Devon barked and she looked back into the woods quickly. A pair of stormy blue eyes looked back at her for a second before disappearing again.

She leapt back from the woods tripping over the dog and falling right on her backside.

“Bloody hell,” she breathed.

Devon barked again and the noise, like that of a flute met her ears. She had never heard anything like it in all her life; and she lived in Ireland for Christ’s sake.

“Ember,” Her father yelled, “Ember, Kendra is here!”

Ember gingerly sat up, never taking her eyes off the woods. There had been a pair of eyes, a pair of blue eyes, hadn’t there? She looked up to the house again and then quickly back to the woods. She finally believed what the dogs had been trying to tell her all along; there definitely was something, or someone in the woods.

Running up the hill she found Kendra getting her belongings out of a car. She smiled and bounded over to her.

“Kendra,” She greeted.

“Em,” Kendra squealed turning around in a rush of deep chocolate waves.

The two gave one another a great big hug that lasted for several seconds.

“It’s wonderful to see you again.” Kendra smiled her honey brown eyes beaming at her cousin.

“Yes, it’s been too long, hasn’t it?” Ember said smiling.

“Indeed it has,” Kendra said going back to getting her bags out of the car.

“Here, let me help you.” Ember breathed grabbing up two of her bags.

“So, Aunt Amber tells me that you finally believe.” Kendra said sweetly.

Ember laughed, “Yes, I finally do. After-all when you live here, next to those woods, you have to start
believing sooner or later.”

Kendra gave her a coy look.

The pair had been trying to enter those woods for years, yet Ember’s father or mother had always stopped them from entering.

“What do you mean, Em?”

Ember glanced around her, making sure that no one else was around. “I saw something, just a little while ago. I’ll tell you more when we put all this away.” She whispered.

Kendra nodded and the pair continued on in silence.

After putting down Kendra’s bags in the spare room, Ember led Kendra outside and away from the house.

“What is it already; I can barely control my excitement.” Kendra said giggling.

“Shh…”

“Oh, fine,” Kendra whispered.

“I was at the woods just before you came. I was going to try and enter, but something kept me away from it,” she paused looking around again before continuing, “It was like I knew I needed to wait for you before entering; but while I was there I saw a pair of beautiful blue eyes look back at me, human eyes Kendra.”

“Human? Are you sure?” Kendra asked.

“I’m quite sure,” Ember whispered. “And then they disappeared when I fell back and then this beautiful music filled my ears.”

“Oh!” Kendra exclaimed and then put a hand to her mouth, forgetting that they were supposed to be quiet. “You must have seen one of the faeryland people.”

“Do you really think so? Or do you think that there is just some young kid in my woods?”

“No, don’t be silly. Remember the stories that Grandpa and Grandma used to tell us of the faery people?”

“No, I never paid attention.”

“Well, they say that after you see a faery person you hear this beautiful music that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. No instrument that was made here can ever sound like it.”

Ember looked at her cousin wide eyed. “That’s exactly what it sounded like. Oh my…”

Kendra giggled some more. “We have to go in this year.”

“Are you crazy?” Ember hissed.

“You tried going in yourself today and then didn’t feel right going in with out me. Well here I am! Let’s go in.”

Ember gave Kendra one of those you’ve got to be kidding me looks.

“Oh, come on. You know you want to go in.” Kendra said teasingly. “Besides, we’re both 18 now, so we can’t get into trouble for going in.”

“That’s right!” Ember ex lamed. “How could I have forgotten that?”

Kendra laughed, “We are talking about you aren’t we?”

Ember playfully hit Kendra’s shoulder. “Oh hush.”

“So how exactly do you plan on getting us in?” Kendra asked after the pair had been sitting in silence for some time.

“You mean how do we plan on getting us inside.” Ember retorted. “Honestly, I don’t know if there is a
way. Pa’s always outside late at night…”

“Why’s he out late?” Kendra interrupted.

Ember fixed her with her grey-green eyes. “I don’t know. Mamma and Pa don’t tell me much of anything. And now that I believe they’re telling me less. Usually I would have been in big trouble for going anywhere near the woods. Luckily, Mamma and Pa were to busy to see me sneak
off.”

“Hmm…” Kendra mumbled. “I think the best course of action is to sneak out. We should do it tonight though; remember your mom always lets us stay up after they go to bed on the first night. We can sneak out then!” Kendra whispered.

“Tonight? You want to sneak out of this house tonight? Are you mad?”

“No, of course I’m not mad. It’s just the logical thing to do. We’ll have to sneak out some food of course and some extra clothes and water. Oh, and we should bring some weapons and possibly a walking stick…”

“Are you suggesting we gather all of those things today?”

Kendra sighed, “Well of course.”

“Than we better get started,” Ember smiled.





Chapter 2: Silver and Gold
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Chapter 2:


The pair gathered all the supplies they would need
throughout the day. Taking apples, bread, and cheese when Mamma wasn’t looking; they got the clothes and other necessities stowed away in they’re packs. The weapons were the hardest things to find.

Ember had her own bow and a quiver of arrows; she also had a dagger that her father had given her a few years back. Kendra only had a bow and quiver.

“Are you sure this is enough weapons?” Kendra asked staring at her bow.

“Of course, besides we’ll have our walking sticks and you can use that as weapon too.” Ember smiled back.

Kendra nodded, “So, did you get the water?”

“Yes,” Ember nodded.

“Good.”

“So we’re all set now?”

“Should be,” Ember sighed.

“So when do we leave?”

“Tonight after Pa comes back in from his post. It’ll give us a good five minutes before one of the other farmers goes out.” Ember said drawing a map out from her pants pocket. “This is a map of the land; mostly our land. This is the spot were we have to enter the woods. McDonnell can’t see this area from his farm until he walks down. And he’s a slow walker.”

“How do you know all of these things?” Kendra asked smiling devilishly at her cousin.

“I don’t sleep a lot any more. And usually Pa will let me patrol the woods with him.”

“I never thought he would let you near the woods.” Kendra joked. “He’s never really liked us going out there has he?”

“For good reasons I suppose.” Ember answered.

Kendra shrugged, “I suppose he has good reasons; but still I don’t get why they have to patrol the woods. It’s not like there’s something in there or anything.”

“Shh…” Ember whispered, putting her finger to her lips. “Mamma’s coming.”

A few seconds later Amber burst through the door. “Ember what are you doing?”

Ember froze, her mother was upset, but at what she did not know. “Talking with Kendra about the farm,” She lied quickly.

“Oh, well in that case…” her mother began.

“It’s alright Mamma, what do you need?” Ember asked.

“I was wondering…I wanted to know…”

“Yes, Mamma…”

“Ember if you’re going to go into the woods at least take this.” Her mother blurted out.

Ember’s face, if it could, went five shades paler. “Ma-mama…We-we…”

“It’s all right dear, I was you’re age when I went into the woods, with your father. It’s perfectly normal to want to go. It’s just very dangerous and I know that your Pa won’t want you going in…but I think the both of you are old enough. Take this…” She said handing a medallion over to Ember and then another over to Kendra. “That should help you. I’ve been saving them for some years now. When you discover your abilities…well they’ll change to suit you better. You best be off now, Pa just went to the market and he won’t be back for a few hours. You’re going to need to go before he gets back. Have you gotten everything you’ll need?”

Ember stared at her mother in disbelief. Here was the woman who had foiled her plans of entering the woods so many times that Ember couldn’t count them all, even if she had a hundred fingers. “Mamma, are you telling me that you’re going to let us go into the woods…”

“Well of course dear. Your Pa will be fine with it once I tell him…he might panic at first and then try and find you. But his time in the woods is over, the magic doesn’t call to him,” she paused sighing, “Or me anymore. It’s time for a new generation, time for you to help the balance of good and evil.”

“Good…evil? Mother what are you talking about?”

“We’re going on a quest aren’t we? Just like in the old stories that grandma and grandpa told us!” Kendra squealed.

“Yes, and no,” Amber whispered. “You’re going to have to do this alone, unless one of the faery people chooses to help you. In that case you might find some aid. You must rely on you’re inner voice to help you with this. Follow your heart and soul and never, never take the medallion.”

“Mamma…” Ember began.

“Shh…my child, this has to happen. There must be a few other children that have been taken too.”

“Taken?”

“Yes, taken; it’s when the magic calls to you;
which it must have if you two are all ready to go like you are.”

“So do we just get up and leave?” Ember huffed.

“Well of course not dear. You need to have the proper equipment.” With that her mother moved aside to revile
a box behind her. “I’ve been saving these too.”

She pulled out two cloaks, one deep blue the
other deep red. They were made out of a soft material, not quite velvet, not quite silk. They were soft and durable. Warm and cool at the same time.

“Dibs on the blue one,” Kendra said snatching it out of Amber’s hand.

“Fine by me, I wanted the red one anyways.” Ember said laughing.

Next Amber pulled out two pairs of boots, long with laces all the way up. One was black with silver etchings and symbols the other dark brown with gold etchings and symbols.

Kendra grabbed the black pair while Ember grabbed the brown.

Amber than pulled out a long dress made of the fines fabric possible. Kendra and Ember both “Ohh”ed and “Ahh”ed as they stared at it. It was a deep blue, with different shades of blue all through out it so that it actually looked like water rippling through Amber’s extended hands.

Kendra glanced at Ember.

“Go ahead and have it; besides it matches everything else you have.”

Amber smiled as Kendra took it and began shifting it through her hands.

She next pulled out a slightly shorter dress made of the same fabric as the blue one, save this was made with reds, oranges, and yellows. It looked like fire had engulfed the dress and danced along the edges.

Ember stared at it in disbelief; it was the most beautiful dress she had ever seen.

Amber nodded and gave the dress over to her daughter. Along with some leggings of blue and red; the blue for Kendra, the red for Ember.

“This way they know that you are apart of the Elementi; put them on quickly.” She said sitting up and brushing her dress down. “Oh, I almost forgot,” She said pulling out two corsets one silver, one gold, “You’ll need these too, put them over your dresses, if you will.”

About fifteen minutes later Ember and Kendra were dress and waiting by the door.

“Please be careful; follow the river stream until you reach the place where it stops. There you will find two trees, one made of the purest silver and one made of the purest gold. Each will bear fruit; each one of you must take one of these fruits and put them in your sack. After that you must wait for the other Elementi to come. Hurry, your Pa will be home soon.” She shoved them out onto the porch and shut the door behind her.

Amber leaned against the door frame, she had finally let her daughter go to the one place she never wanted her too. It had to be done though. The world was in perile. The girl was already seeing things. And she knew that in her heart of hearts Ember was being drawn to the woods. She didn’t know how Tristan would take the news. They had sworn that they would never let Ember inside those hallow woods. And here she was letting her leave, pushing her out the door.

Not only was she endangering her own daughter’s life, but also that of her own niece. Never-the-less, it had to be done. She couldn’t go back on it now. She slowly looked out the window of the house at the two silhouettes that were disappearing over the hilltops.

“Be safe my dears…” She whispered; a silent prayer running through her mind.



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