Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Soul Splitter - 1

Corwyn watched me through the cell bars. "You've already mastered astral travel," he said.

I raised an eyebrow. "Is that what we're calling it now?"

"Everyone is on edge. Madeleine has moved into a guest room and won't let √Čtienne touch her. Her eyes burn with hatred every time she sees Kara. And Kara always looks like she's ready to take √Čtienne out if he makes the wrong move. Everyone's rattled and not sleeping well, and it's all your doing isn't it?"

"Let me go and you can all get back to your boring little lives."

Corwyn leapt up high on the bars and grabbed hold, suspended ten feet in the air. "You have no idea what my life is like," he said. He crawled around the perimeter of the cell at an amazingly fast speed, still up in the air. I followed him with my eyes. His movement seemed magical, so smooth and graceful, yet so unlike anything I had ever seen.

"Some of us may be bored," he said. "But not for the reasons you think."

Suddenly he was inside my cell, directly over me on the ceiling. I felt uneasy and tried to call out to Kara. Our link seemed to be broken.

Corwyn rattled the cell door and he was suddenly standing outside, on the floor. "I knew Jesus of Nazareth."

His face was suddenly inches from my own and I jolted back against the stone slab I was chained to.

"I knew Siddhartha Guatama, the Buddha." His eyes glowed a piercing violet light, nothing human about them.

He grabbed me hard, pulling me up. The shackles on my arms and legs tore into my skin and I screamed. Surely Kara would hear me.

The violet glow in his eyes grew brighter and brighter, swirling into a vortex, a force tugging at me deep inside. It felt like my shackles would sever my hands. I struggled to speak, but it was no use.

Hands, two, no four hands grabbing me. The whole room was consumed in the vortex of blinding swirling light. Something was ripping me apart, tearing me in two, not only my body, but my mind, my being. The pain was overwhelming.

Darkness slammed into me and everything went silent. I couldn't see. I couldn't hear. I couldn't feel.

I heard Kara's voice suddenly, echoing from a great distance.

"Oh my God, what have you done!"


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