Skyward: The Beginning

Copyright © 2013 Hailee Reynolds.
On a planet called Pandora, six teenagers who control the elements have to find their mark in this world. With the newly created fire element named Hailee joins the group, tension starts and chaos erupts. What will happen to Pandora if the elements are out of balance? Find out in Skyward: The Beginning.

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13. The Books Of The Ancestor

 I walked through the library noting the large table in the middle that looked hand crafted. Weird designs cut through the table and some of the walls. The walls that didn't have weird patterns on them were crammed with bookshelves. This is going to take forever to look through, I thought to myself. I sighed in relief walking over to one of the bookshelves and seeing that not even the old library was untouched by Alex's OCD. Each shelf was labeled on topic and in alphabetical order. I smiled, Thank you Alex for your extreme desire for perfection. Looking through the shelves i came across the one i was looking for. I scanned the titles: Spirit Animals, Bonding, Element Wielding, Guardians of the Elements, Elements and You. I let out a small giggle at the last title and how much it resembled a  (How to) For Dummies. Looking through I found the book I was looking for. The Ancestor: A Biography. Picking another book without a title I walked over to the table and sat down opening the book. Reading through the book it told about the Ancestor's lonely barren life. I felt bad for the Ancestor for having to live his life without anyone at all forever roaming Pandora. The only person he ever saw was a young woman who was all alone trying to survive in the harsh nature of the planet. Falling in love with this mortal he told her he would give his powers away to be with her and to give her a better life. She loved him to and as he become mortal he made the elements. The elements were so tied to the Ancestor that after he gave them up the planet created Immortals Guardians to look over their element. I loved his story, most likely because i like anything that can get to me in an emotional way. Setting down the book i picked up the title less book and opened it. The Way Of The Guardians. It was by the ancestor so I assumed that this book was his guess at what we would be like. It described all of us pretty well except for when he got to the fire element. Me and Gabriel were clearly the wielders and he knew that there would be two which he explained as "odd and intriguing", he talked about how the two wielders were to be best friends. He said they would work together to guard the element unless they were not destined to guard together. He didn't add much more because this was before our time and he did not actually know what we would be like. He continued on to what the tendencies and beliefs of the Guardians were. He talked about spirit animals and what we ate and were we would live and how we would live. I didn't really pay much attention to one of the ripped pages as i got the the chapter of bonding. He said that bonding was a way like marriage of mortals only it was sealed and could not be broken, the only known way to break the bond of two Guardians was if another Guardian challenged the other for his or her bond. I froze reading the words on the screen, remembering last night and the fight Gabriel and Trevor had I realized why Gabriel had left. Getting angry that Gabriel would even think of challenging Trevor filled me with rage. 

"How could he?" I spat my words almost venomous. Looking down at the book i saw it was covered in a black flame along with my hands and arms. I gasped and threw the book at the wall and pushed myself away from the table. Clutching myself I tried to gather my thoughts. What the hell was that? Was it the anger inside of me that caused that color of flame? I thought to myself, scared of what just happened. 

Darkness. 

The girls voice teased in my thoughts. I got angry and scared again. It was just a dream. A stupid made up dream that wasn't real. Pain filled my arms as I saw that I was clutching myself so tight that i had dug into my skin with my nails. Clam down Hailee, I thought. Getting up i left the library not really bothering to pick up the mess I had made. It was almost evening when I stepped out of the den. Had I really been reading that long? I walked in to my house to see that Trevor had already made dinner and was playing video games. He had left the food ou tfor me when for whenever I would get back.

"Hey, how was your day?" Trevor asked.

"Ok. I learned a lot more about the Ancestor." I said not wanting to bring up the thing that had happened in the library.

"That's cool. I'm glad you found what you were  looking for."

I picked up a plate of food and sat down next to him and watched him play. I didn't really feel like talking much tonight and my energy was surprisingly more drained then usual which I blamed on me being stressed out about. Trevor put his arm around me and sensed that I was stressed.

"Whats wrong, Hailee?" He asked pausing his game and looking at me.

"Eh, It's nothing don't worry about it." I tried to cover it up. Him seeing through me gave me a stern glare.

"Tell me. I know it's not nothing."

"It's just.. What if Gabriel finds out about us bonding? Won't he get mad and try to challenge you?"

"He might but you shouldn't worry about it." 

"Trevor I don't want you two fighting. I don't want to see you or him get hurt, or worse die because of me or of the hatred of you two have of each other."

"Don't worry ok? Nothing's going to happen." He gave me a convincing smile.

"Ok." I said sighing. He kissed my cheek.

"Why don't you get some sleep you look exhausted." He said to me. I nodded and got up and put my plate away and headed into my room. I don't really remember changing or if I even did. I crawled into bed and fell asleep not even shutting the lights off. I dreamed about ashes below a mountain and me crying, though the dream made no sense to me at all.

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