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The Return of Starlight (standard:fantasy, 85275 words)
Author: Erwin A.StevensAdded: May 09 2018Views/Reads: 322/172Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Sequel to Healing Starlight of a long trek to the future where redemption, regret and second chances are given to Rijiin who travels through the ages...

-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. 

In Memoriam: Anne Frank, her sister, Margot. 

This is for you, with thanks to a fellow fallen writer for your spirit
and bravery in the face of adversity. 

“Sweets for the Sweet, Farewell.” = Hamlet Act V: Scene 1. 

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 

He immediately signed up, intrigued by the shop and the games. He
managed to take part in two games, with not real 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. 

During that time, an hour and a half as he had designated, 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, 

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