As Petals Fall

The Seers are going mad. The Darkness is rising. The one true hope in the world lies in someone lost forever.
The Girl will discover how dangerous she is.
The Boy might destroy everything we know.
The world is falling and a band of Protectors must be gathered.

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3. Something New

Something New

February 14

  It was odd having two complete strangers in my garden. I had just given them the lemonade and I could see them watching me standing before them. The boy rudely devoured the strawberries. He was a very noisy eater. The girl had her eyebrow raised. I tried to copy her when she snapped her head in my direction. I smiled.

 "I didn't get to know your names." I said remembering suddenly. The girl smiled and swallowed.

 "I'm Suzanne G and this is Stephan Grendall." She said with a disgust look on her face. I repeated their names slowly. 

 "So what bring you here?" I asked looking at their awed faces.

 "I thought we already told you. We are here on an urgent mission to get Mr. Jakins." Suzanne said kicking Stephan under the table. Stephan stopped stuffing his mouth for a moment and slowly chewed.

 "To disappoint you then, Mr. Jakins hasn't..." I said carefully choosing my words. "...he has been out"

 "What do you mean he's out!" Suzanne said standing up knocking the chair to the floor. I flinched and Stephan had swallowed the last strawberry roughly. 

 "I hope you'll be staying for dinner! It will be a nice change!" I answered, "I don't have many visitor's. The people from the village below think I'm a bit... crazy"

Suzanne didn't get the hint I was changing the conversation. "Do you know when he'll be back? Do you know where he is? Do you know what happened to him?" With each question she took a step closer to me. 

"Please, you must be exhausted, stay for dinner."

"Suzanne, sit down and calm yourself" Stephan said. He straightened his jacket and leaned back in the chair. My stomach bubbling with curiosity. How was this going to end? Suzanne huffed but sat back down. I smiled and poured them more lemonade.

 "I never learned your name Miss." Stephan said making me giggle.

 "Eliora" I answered setting the pitcher down. Suzanne stared at the garden

 "What a beautiful name! Now Mr. Jakins probably has no time for you or pay..." My laughter made him stop his sentence. 

"Pay? Oh, no. I don't work for him. It's a long a difficult story. There will giant plot holes and," I laughed again, "Parts I don't understand myself. Forgive me" Stephan's face was pure shock. I smiled happily.

"How long?"

"I don't understand"

"How long has Pedro been gone?"

"Did you know him?"

"Not personally, no. More of I heard of him."

"So I ask again, what brings you here?" Stephan paled and looked at Suzanne. 

Suzanne cleared her throat and tossed something shiny on the table, "Official Counsel business." She puffed her chest out and stuck her chin out.

"Who?"

"The Counsel?" Stephan said tossing another shiny object on the table. I picked it up. A tree was embedded into the golden metal and the words lignum vitae and Counsel of Worlds. I gave the piece of metal to Stephan.

"Never heard of them." Then again... "But the words in another language look familiar." My brain couldn't seem to connect the two words. "No, sorry, nothing is coming to me." There was a crash. At Suzanne's feet was my favorite glass. I had learned a neat little trick years ago from a very think book. Waving my hand at the broken piece they jump and spun. My hand glowed white then faded as the pieces gathered together and formed a glass rose.

"Where did you learn something like that?"

"Oh, from Pedro's books. Now if you excuse me, I believe I have dinner to get started." I collected everything and began to walk away. "You will be staying for dinner, right?" Both nodded slowly. "Carrot soup is on the menu and it seems like I need to make a triple batch..." I muttered walking away.

 

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