|The Return of Starlight (standard:fantasy, 82967 words)|
|Author: Erwin A.Stevens||Added: Jul 29 2016||Views/Reads: 423/210||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The sequel to Healing Starlight, where Rijiin wanders for over four centuries, unable to help and heal, battling for the hope of the elves and time itself.|
-The Dedication(s): To: Gail Baudino, (and the Elves of Malvern): Thanks for the Inspiration to get me writing again, and your book's help and healing, “Alanae ea yolisi, Elthia!” This is also for Mimi “Mouse” Stewart, her beloved memory, as she passed from Cancer. (1956-2009) The classes of 1990 (All 135 of them) and 1991 of Bellbrook HS (all 113 of them): For their long lasting inspiration and friendship. A cold wind whipped as a steady snowfall of winter settled over the region known as Adria. The area is a fertile valley by the Aleser Mountains from the northern sea, to the lands in the south. It is the time of change in this region, what the elves would have called the day of completion, where everything old is discarded making way for new. Walking alone, a cloaked figure makes his way along the paths deep in forest known as Beldon Forest. An elf named Rijiin L'Theil, once a resident of this land has returned to his adopted home after one hundred and forty years away from his home. Rijiin, when he started his adventures one hundred and forty years ago, they started from the twentieth century. He had not been seeking to jump through time and space or out to seek the portal in the mall known as Eastridge out of San Jose, CA. His adventure, when it started, had done so simply. It started with his arrived at the mall, a couple hours early on a cold, frosty Saturday morning for a gathering of people from an online Bulletin Board System (BBS). As he wandered the cavernous interior, he would discover the strange new shop that he had never seen before. It is a familiar store resembling another shop called ‘The Gamekeeper™' commonly found in most any mall. It is located under the escalators leading to the second floor near the Sears and Roebucks ™ of Eastridge Mall and cross where the old F & W Woolworths store was open for business long ago. The only difference between the stores, compared to this one, it is a much larger ‘Gamekeeper™' store taking up a whole corner space, and it offers virtual reality games. (Not unlike the holodeck from the TV show, Star Trek the Next Generation) The store itself is large with an open area with a sea of shelves throughout, even on the walls. A large center counter makes up the check out counter and game sign up area. There are circular sections in the middle of the shelving areas and it is here that tables are setup for gamers to play rounds of the games sold in the shop. A large partitioned area dominates the left side of the room and it is a restricted area for those members can play, meet or take part in the virtual reality games. Outside the store, the entryway is mostly wall with sealed glass displays every few feet. The only entry into the shop, are swinging saloon style doors. Outside the double doors, leading into the shop, is a sign with ‘the Dungeon Gaming Company' written in gothic print on it. It hangs from a rod-iron bracket, screwed into the wall, and hanging from a thick black chain. The sign itself is made of wood and is hand-carved. He immediately signed up, intrigued by the shop and the games. He managed to take part in two games, with great success and then took a brief break to make an appearance at the party he had originally come for this morning. Rijiin was deep in thought, mostly about the games during the party and immediately decided he would leave in the next half hour, to return to the store for the games. No one had come up to speak with him in the entire time he sat in the Red Robin ™ Restaurant of Eastridge Mall. In fact, the group seemed to cluster away from him or if someone would wander his way, the others would always distract the person and moved him back to their group. Noting this, Rijiin grimaced and began wondering why, the hell, he was even at the gathering if no one wanted him here. “Those games are a heck of a lot better than this stupid party. At least I am wanted in the games rather than here.” Rijiin thought to himself, and after thirty minutes, just as he thought of doing, he gathered what he brought with him and walked unhindered out of the doors. He pushed the inner doors aside and stepped into the dim corridor that leads to the interior section of the Mall. The young man did not look back as he turned and moved with hollow steps on the tiled floor. Across the room, four members of the Bulletin Board System saw him leave, and there were Click here to read the rest of this story (8816 more lines)
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