Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness Out of Darkness

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Genre: Fantasy

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Status: Finished

Genre: Fantasy

Summary

When Katherine turned thirteen, she was claimed by one of two warring immortal gods. Her best friend Sebastian was claimed by the other. Now sworn enemies, Katherine must find a way of stopping Sebastian from destroying time and creating chaos. Sebastian is not above using anything to get to her. But are her powers strong enough to stop him, before he hurts anyone and everyone she loves? In the end, is she strong enough to eradicate the danger, even if it means killing her best friend, the best friend she still loves?

Summary

When Katherine turned thirteen, she was claimed by one of two warring immortal gods. Her best friend Sebastian was claimed by the other. Now sworn enemies, Katherine must find a way of stopping Sebastian from destroying time and creating chaos. Sebastian is not above using anything to get to her. But are her powers strong enough to stop him, before he hurts anyone and everyone she loves? In the end, is she strong enough to eradicate the danger, even if it means killing her best friend, the best friend she still loves?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Out of Darkness

Author Chapter Note

When Katherine turned thirteen, she was claimed by one of two warring immortal gods. Her best friend Sebastian was claimed by the other. Now sworn enemies, Katherine must find a way of stopping Sebastian from destroying time and creating chaos. Sebastian is not above using anything to get to her. But are her powers strong enough to stop him, before he hurts anyone and everyone she loves? In the end, is she strong enough to eradicate the danger, even if it means killing her best friend, the best friend she still loves?

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Submitted: April 08, 2014

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Prologue

 

Daniel

 

As a child, I knew many things.  I knew that marbles were round.  I knew not to talk to strangers.  I always knew my sister was special.  Ever since I could remember, I knew that she was destined for greatness; to be a witch of abundant power.  However I knew that her course of life would not be an easy one, I understood that Katherine would walk a path of immense pain, of vast sorrow and heartache.  I knew that I loved her with all my heart.  I knew that although she would be one of the most celebrated witches of our time, I knew I would not be around to see it happen.


 

 

 

Katherine

 

I was a bunch of nerves.  Today was my birthday, my thirteenth birthday, and as everyone knows, your thirteenth birthday was the most important day of every witch’s life.  At midnight on your thirteenth birthday, you are claimed, either by the forces of Dark and their leader, Cronus, or the forces of Light and the Goddess, Hecate.  At tahat point, one of the immortals would bestow upon you the powers that were destined for you.  These powers were distinctive but not unique.  The number of different powers you received would foretell how powerful you were.  For example, the mighty witch Mariketa had the gift of empathy, visions, communication with the spirits and was immune to harm.  The warlock Merlin had had six powers, the only warlock or witch in history to claim that honour.  To have four exclusive powers was very rare; most people have two or three.

 

“Are you nervous yet?”  A voice startled me out of my thoughts.  I spun around quickly, coming face to face with Daniel, my eleven year old brother.  He grinned at me, whilst using one of his hands to push his rich brown, curly hair out of his eyes.  I smiled back, a little guiltily, even at eleven, Dan could read my mind.  “Nah, what could possibly make me nervous?”  I retorted, my voice dripping with sarcasm.  Suddenly, Dan looked uncomfortable, “What?”  My voice was puzzled, I had never known Dan to look uncomfortable; usually he was an outgoing kid, who didn’t care about what others thought.  He blushed, a deep crimson and reached up to kiss me gently on the cheek, “No matter what happens, I’ll always be here for you.”  My dry eyes filled with tears, as usual, Dan knew exactly what was going on in my head.  I smiled.  “Thanks, Daniel, I needed to hear that.”  He grinned.  “I hope you don’t expect me to do that, do you?”  Another voice emerged out of the darkening gloom of the gardens.  “Seb!”  I squealed, running to meet my best friend.  Seb looked uncomfortable in a suit.  His brown eyes held nervousness in them.  “Hey, you ok?”  I looked up into his eyes; saw the concern for me, “I’m fine.”  I sighed, “Just worrying, and being generally pessimistic!”  Sebastian grinned; Daniel sighed and said,

“What changes?”  I laughed, for what seemed the first time in weeks.  It felt good.  “How about you, how are you coping?”  I asked quietly, Sebastian and I were both born on the 14th July, only three minutes apart.  Everyone joked that we were twins, two peas in a pod.  Seb looked at me intensely, before finally replying, “I’m fine, now you’re here.”  I blushed; Dan made a gagging noise,

“If you guys need some privacy…”  He trailed off, I blushed even harder, but before either of us could reply, my parents walked out onto the balcony, followed by Seb’s parents.  “It’s time.”  My mum sighed, giving me a hug.  I tightly squeezed her slight frame, “I’m ready.”  I took a deep breath, stood up straight and walked out to my destiny and the events that I would wish had never happened for the rest of my life.

 

I walked out to the large patio, where a crowd has already gathered, ready to celebrate our claiming.  The sky was dark, but cloudless, which let the stars shine at their full brightness.  The full moon shimmered gently next to their glittering brilliance.  It was indeed a beautiful night.  I stood next to the blazing bonfire that had been erected on the veranda.  I looked to my right, to where Seb remained motionless, his white blond hair standing out among the darkness, his brown eyes staring intently at the floor.  I steeled myself, waiting for the inevitable, however much I tried not to show it, I was shaking.  Suddenly, the night sky was lit up with a searing white light, as the immortals descended.  The Goddess Hecate appeared first, wearing a long, flowing white dress and a small silver tiara placed delicately on top of her platinum blond hair.  Her beauty was striking.  I had never seen her before, as unclaimed children were forbidden from attending the celebrations of others.  On the other side of the platform, Cronus sat with his feet up, looking extremely bored with the proceedings.  He was dressed in a black t-shirt and low cut black jeans, he would have looked sexy, if not for the slight mad tint to his eyes.  His dark hair was straight and short, defining his features.  “We come to claim.  We come to pass judgement on their deepest thoughts.  We come to present gifts.”  Hecate’s sweet lyrical voice rang out across the silent crowd.  “Yes, yes, we get the picture, lets hurry up; I’m already bored.”  Cronus sighed.

“Hush,” Hecate chided wearily.  I was shocked; surely no one interrupted the Supreme Goddess and expected to get away with it.  But Cronus looked as if he couldn’t care about the retributions.  “Step forward Katherine of Camon.”  They intoned together.  The already silent crowd, quietened.  Cronus looked at Hecate and she smiled at me.  My breath caught in my throat, my heart beating furiously, but I managed to force my feet forward one small step.  “Katherine of Camon, I hereby claim you for the Light.  May you always follow the path of Light and the Light in your heart.”  A huge cheer rang out; I could see my parents smiling.  The Goddess looked at me kindly.  “I give you the gifts that have been destined for you.  I gift you with the ability to heal.”  As she spoke the last word, a rush of power filled my body.  “I gift you with the power of manifestation.”  Another rush of power accompanied her words.  “I also gift you with the ability to touch peoples’ mind, both with voice and emotions.”  Again I felt a rush of power.  After that, I expected her to stop, but she carried on talking.  “I gift you with the gift of visions.”  The rush of power this time was more pronounced, it was a great gift.  Again, I expected her to stop, but once again she carried on talking.  “I also gift you with a rare gift, but one that carries a tough burden.  I gift you with the ability to travel through time.”  The crowd gasped, as a monumental rush of power entered my soul.

 

I was astounded, not only had I been gifted with five individual powers, I had been gifted with the rarest gift.  Time travellers only turned up once every couple of centuries or so.  They wielded huge amounts of power, able to change the face of the world as we knew it, so early on in the history of witches; the two great immortals signed a covenant that made sure that each side could only have one time traveller in a lifetime, to keep the balance.  This was huge.  “But you can handle it, daughter, I have faith in you.”  I was filled with Light, as Hecate’s faith burned through the recesses of my soul.  “But I leave you with a blessing and a warning.  Watch out for those closest to you, be vigilant.  However, I bless you.  You will succeed my daughter.”  I shivered.  But before I could question the Goddess’ actions, the ceremony continued.  “Step forward Sebastian of Satam.”  The immortals intoned together.  The Goddess opened her mouth to speak, but closed it again with a sideways glance.  I was confused.  Cronus smile was insipid.  “Sebastian of Satam, I hereby claim you for the Darkness.  May you always create havoc, misery and evil wherever you step.”  Cronus’ voice blasted over the gob smacked crowd.  “I gift you with the ability to shapeshift, make illusions, talk to the dead and travel in time, blah.”  And with that, the immortals vanished.

 

My mouth fell open.  I couldn’t understand what had just happened.  Seb seemed to be in a similar position.  Seb wasn’t evil.  He wasn’t.  Everything seemed to erupt at once.  Sebastian turned around and ran, while everyone reached to congratulate me.  I spotted Seb’s parents in the crowd, looking lost.  I turned and ran after him, I could help, I could…  I didn’t really know what I could do, but I had to go after him.  “Seb!  Seb!  Come back!”  In the distance, I could see Sebastian’s white blond hair.  “Seb!”  I couldn’t think.  Seb plunged into the forest, disappearing.

I followed him, plunging into the thick treeline.  “Seb!  Please come back.  Let’s sort this together!”  As I watched, Seb disappeared, like some cheap magic trick.  But I knew differently, once cloaked, Seb was nearly impossible to find.

 

I fell to the floor, tears rolling down my face.  He was gone.  “Seb.  Where are you?”  I whispered, hoping he would hear me and come back.  “Kathy!”  I could dimly hear my parents shouting for me, could faintly feel arms wrapped around my arms, holding me close.  I let the blackness take me.


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