“Hello Nacalitus” the creature saluted me in the most kindly voice in all of Rheudinia and I opened my eyes to find the dream god sitting by my side with his usual charming smile. “Now am starting to get jealous of sharing the same face with you” he said humorously as he pulled my ear, I smiled and bowed in obesiance.
“It’s been seven years great One” I complained and he nodded quite carelessly in agreement.
“Seven years and you have grown into a fine man worthy of admiration” he replied and floated up to stand above me, “Get up son, I would like to show you something important” immediately I jumped to my feet and noticed that my weariness had disappeared, I felt invigorated.
“Where are we going this time great one? I’m rather of age now so it would be quite inconvenient to fly me all the way to Astore” I told him as we moved along the walls of Zeclub towards the forest North West of the Kingdom and the Isuz chuckled loudly to my words.
“Quite some humour you got son but we are not travelling that far this time” He replied still leading the way ahead of me. We walked a long distance along the Wall and got to a low grassland before the forest. This particular biome was such a spectacle to behold; extremely large trees stood from the end of the grassland and were thickly dispersed across the hill far ahead. There was a narrow macadam-road running from the beginning of the grassland through the forest as far as I could see.
“Are we going through that?” I asked
“Yes we are. Are you scared?” He replied turning round to take a look at me and I shook my head immediately, frowning vigorously as I did.
“I have not seen a forest before except on paintings and from the shores, not really seen one this close” I replied him honestly and he gave me a weird stare.
“Don’t get too excited son, you would be seeing larger forests than this in the years to come. Now come along” he said tersely and moved into the forest as I followed closely behind.
The terrain within the forest was dark devoid of Haimen’s splendour; the crowns of the trees battled for sunlight and didn’t leave some to fall to lower plants beneath. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t a single plant shorter than the massive trees, it looked like the forest trees were all cultivated at the same time. Our path was filled with heaps of dead leaves as far into the forest as my visibilities could reach. This biome seemed so cold and ghostly, the only sounds I could hear were my heartbeat and the rustling made by the reaction of my feet and the dead leaves, even the Isuz ahead of me made no sound. It was a longer walk than I expected into the forest as we continued moving uphill and after what seem to me as days we came to a large river which ran out of the forest and off a cliff into a waterfall.
“So are we going down the waterfall?” I asked the great one when he approached the cliff.
“No, we are going over there” he said without looking back at me, he was pointing ahead across the river and far beyond him was a dark large mass that stretched high towards the sky. In the sunlight, the mass seems to evolve reddish fumes from above it.
“And what’s that?” I asked. As I came to stand beside the Isuz, I couldn’t help but notice and adore the beauty of his body; Sylverine was truly a god in all aspect.
“Let’s find out” He said and immediately elbowed me; his attack caught me totally unaware so I fell off the cliff. I can’t really remember if I screamed or shouted as I fell but before I hit the water, the Isuz caught me strapping his hand across my chest and took into flight away from the waterfall and the river.
“That was a grim joke, why did you do that” I screamed out of a mixture of both fright and anger as we flew across the river and I could hear the Isuz above chortle at my rampage.
“I just wanted to teach you the most important lessons in life and you are making a big show of my lessons” the Isuz words confused me gravely.
“And what lessons would being pushed off a cliff, teach me” I asked as my anger subsided solemnly within me, there was apparently nothing I could do about it anyway.
“Be alert at all times son, that’s a major key to survival” the great one said and his words left me speechless. He had spoken a lot of wisdom in those diminutive words and I couldn’t help but nod in agreement to them, it was the first advice I heard from the dream god or any god in general and one that I would forever remember.
“Fair enough, lesson well learnt” I replied. Now my anger had turned into smiles and the rest of our journey across the sky was travelled in serenity. Soon we were near the dark fiery mass that seems so far away and I could actually see that it was a very tall mountain and a volcanic one too as mixture of red and black fumes shot out of its opening.
“Where are we?” I asked the Isuz as we got nearer the crater of the mountain and I noticed the terrain we soared into was quite preternatural.
“Haven’t you ever heard of Mount Javr” the Isuz asked as we floated down into the crater but I couldn’t reply because there was so much noise in it. The heat emitted by the volcano was so unbearable and fumes kept rising but even with this I could see the red molten rock boiling down beneath us.
“Mount Javr disappeared off the surface of this planet about ten thousand years ago when Mighty Aisuz punished me for the deaths at the fortress in Astore” he said after dropping me on a rock some distance above the boiling lava and landed beside me, although I couldn’t really understand why he got punished for the killings in the fortress at Astore but I wasn’t in the mood to ask. The rock on which we stood was almost glowing hot, it burnt painfully through my footwear making me very uncomfortable and the only thing I wanted to do was get out of the volcano. As I did some kind of dance to lessen the pain in my feet, I noticed something shinning in the fumes some distance below the rock we stood on; it glowed like golden caligraphs were inscribed all around it and it looked very weird. I stood petrified to the spot gazing at this mystical object; I was certain I had never seen anything like it before.
“Well, well, well… I guess you have found exactly what we came here for” the Isuz spoke awaking me from my reverie. Startled, I turned to where the voice sounded from and found him staring at the mystical object too, precipitately I shifted my gaze back to the object below us and suddenly I felt connected to it, like it called me incessantly by name in voices that sounded more like the whispers of the night.
“Do you hear that, it’s calling you” the Isuz said and at first I was stunned wondering how he knew but then I thought, he is a god isn’t he? He knew exactly what I was thinking and smiled.
“What is that thing?” I asked casting a sideways glance at him
“That is exactly what made Mount Javr disappear” he replied
“So it’s magical” I spoke loudly to myself
“Yes it is son and you are going to get it but not today” he said tersely and immediately my countenance changed, we were standing just some feet away from the mystical object and I couldn’t just stretch down and grab it. Honestly I wished never to come back into this inferno not even for anything more important than this magical object but I knew except the Isuz was kidding with me, I had no option.
“Why can’t…” I could say before the Isuz grabbed me by the shoulder suddenly and dived off the rock towards the red hot fluid in the belly of the mountain. Everything happened so sudden but I remember screaming at the top of my vocals as we were just about coming into contact with the boiling rock, then in a wink of an eye everything became dark and serene. I was expecting to feel burning pains all over my body from the heat of the molten rock but preternaturally; I could only feel some pains in my left forelimb. Slowly, I opened my eyes to notice I was on the ground in my chambers back in the Zeclubian Palace and at that moment I realised I just had another dream after several years.
TO BE CONTINUED…….