We all sat still as we drove down the road. Bodies lying upon bodies marked the way relatively easily, and we could barely watch the horrifying scene. Guts were spilled, and blood was oozing. Even the vultures and crows had already begun their meals. For an hour more we drove through these terrifying sights that marked our victory until we reached the turn to the radio station.
Driving down the old dirt road, we let out a sigh of relief. The sun was high in the sky as it used to be before. The darkened shroud had finally lifted and unveiled the beauty. What I had known to be normal and for the longest part in my life now seemed to be... a whole new world all over again.
We arrived back to the radio station, after riding down the bumpy roads, only to see the old sage waiting for us leaning tiredly on his cane. Kammy pulled up close and parked the truck. Getting out, she grabbed the cage holding the Rune Stone and asked, "How did you know we were coming?"
"The Elder," The sage went on crackling avoiding the question, "He wishes to speak with you, and do bring the Rune Stone." The Rune Stone suddenly shrieked and shuddered in a corner of the cage trying to claw its way out. The screeching from his clawed rocks made a pitch that made you tense.
I climbed up and out of the truck with Enya rested in between my arms and followed after Kammy and the sage. Though, instead of walking into the radio station, we walked around and headed into the woods. Mushrooms had grown plentiful in this area and continuing our walk we were directed into a hidden cave. The entrance was covered in moss and overgrown by vines.
We all walked in hesitantly, and were awestruck the moment we were in. It was a cave that was lit up entirely by shining jewels and gems. They all gave off light of all sorts and after standing in astonishment for minutes on end, the sage bashed his cane against the wall implying to hurry. We caught up quickly with the sage and walked through the seemingly endless tunnel.
Finally, we reached a dead end. The sage placed his hand on the wall blocking our path and whispered to himself. Instantly after finishing his words, the wall quaked and slid downward. We had arrived at the camp of the rebellion and on the center table sat the Elder. However, around the table were three erected white crystal pillars engraved with symbols that looked over a thousand years old. Upon looking at the pillars, the Rune Stone attempted even harder to escape and run; its attempts began to be more hasty.
"Go and speak." The sage motioned his hand toward the Elder and stood still afterwards.
We walked toward the table and all had a seat. The Elder sat still for a minute and then spoke in his raspy, dry voice, "Brother, you have disgraced the line of rocks and proven guilty of abusing your powers to manipulate the world beyond repair. The past will ever echo of your dastardly plot. What have you to say that has not been said already?"
The Rune Stone cringed, "Was it not for Enya who initially started to control the world with her cupcakes, I would..."
"Indeed you would have waited for another chance," the Elder interrupted, "For your heinous and wicked crimes upon the earth your body will be shattered, and your devilish soul sent to the Core of Oblivion where you will be punished sixty times six times more than what you have brought here on earth."
In a foul tone the Rune Stone sneered, "And what of the evil human?"
"She," the Elder stopped. It appeared as if the Elder looked over to Enya, "She will be given another chance: this time without you in her way." The three pillars then shined brightly to where no one could see and had to close their eyes. The Rune Stone screeched in horror and then once the beams of light grew brightest... it was silent. The pillars rumbled and turned black; in the cage and on the table were tiny, black obsidian shards scattered all around. The Elder looked down at the shards almost sadly and said lowly, "It. It is finished. You have led us to victory Kammy, and although I look at this table and see my brother's remains, I am also gifted with meeting the three most unlikely of heroes and perhaps one day: friends."
Kammy asked curiously, "So, what now?"
"Go and enjoy this day of victory, for the day wears thin." The rock seemed to smile and added, "And many a mystery await. I will see thee all again. But, in a different world."
We made our way outside leaving the rock and sage behind in the radio station. Where they would go afterwards, I had no idea. But I did know that it was just the three of us in this world now. We walked our way through the woods and over to a field where we could see the last gleam of the sun as it set over the hills.
We sat in the field comfortably on top of the low grass. Everything was different now; it was the way it had been before. We talked with each other as if we had known each other for years and were the best of friends. After all we had been through together, nothing seemed too strange to talk about. We just got done with a huge conflict started by a rock for goodness sake!
The sunset was beautiful to watch. The red and orange sky seemed to show us that new days were ahead of us; and at the sun's last gleam, Enya and I met each other in the eyes and placed our foreheads against each other. Kammy howled at the moon while we leaned closer and closer to each other slowly. For as the ancients have writ: "Two will rise as one and the world granted its olden diadem; thus, the worlds of myth and 'reality' will be at peace once again and only to find each other once more by time's revealing day." We closed our eyes.
Our lips met with each other for the first time, and faded into each other in a brisk, refreshing relief. It was like welcoming the warmest of feelings into your heart for the first time. As Enya and I slowly pulled away from each other, the three of us all stared at each other with grins. After a bit we all burst out laughing with tears in our eyes. We felt grief, relief and love all at the same time, but among these: love filled our hearts the most.
The sun grew brighter and brighter and soon we lost sight of each other. I found myself walking along the street completely bemused in a busy street in New York city. I was. No I couldn't believe it. I was outside the same jewelry store where I once bought the locket and necklace I gave my little sister Kammy for her birthday. People walking down the street stared at me awkwardly and yet normally too as I looked around with tears in my eyes at the normal world.
Then a smile emerged on my lips as I heard Kammy behind me, " Hey you should read this." She handed me a small little notebook that was neatly written and well handled. "Go on! Read it." She demanded with a strange, but reassuring countenance.
I opened it up and read from the book:
From the bottom of the steps at nearly four in the morning, Enya Sanders's mum called, "Are you almost packed yet? We have to leave in nearly five minutes if we want to reach the school in time, and I'm sure you don't want to be late and miss your trip to France!"
"Yes, Mum almost!" Enya relied with a big smile on her face remembering what seemed to be a dream. She then thought to herself: This time... I am ready."
"So it was real," I said to Kammy. She just nodded her head and took my hand as we walked along the sidewalk enjoying our time.
Now just one question sat dangling on my mind, what did the Elder mean when it said, 'I will see thee all again?'