I took a walk in the woods, as I normally do, ignoring the soft keening of pale humans spread out, dressed in white and covering their faces, as I normally do. But this day, laying beneath some rainy leaves, I found a shard. It whispered my name. But... here's the strange part, it sank right into my hand. It didn't hurt much, only a little, like... sliding a really cold splinter into your skin. But I'm feeling at my palm now and... well... I can't feel it, under my skin anymore. It's like it dissolved. Oh well.
There's something off about this place, I'm wondering, as I'm walking through this forest, filled with more pale, white-dressed figures than trees. They never stop covering their faces. I wonder what they saw. I feel like I’ve been walking for way longer than I should have been. That’s strange, str-stra- strange. They’re all standing round in a circle, the trees are even bent awa-awa away from them. What are they circling? Walking towards the middle I stop, seeing something shining in the dying grass. It was another shard. It looked like… a silver piece of a… a mirror. This one whispered too, if not slightly more. Sssslightly louder. Or was it… this bloke here? I am standing awfully close to him. He’s still covering his eyes, they all are. When it touches my skin it feels like electricity shoots through my body sharply, flashing a series of too-fast images into my mind. I can’t decipher any of them and the moment ends faster than I can think.
It’s gone now, and where it sat in my palm, stings slightly and is slightly more pink than the rest of my skin. The air around me is cold and I can see my breath now. Come to think of it, there’s been a slight veil of mist hanging around the ground since I started walking. Has it always been this cold?
DdddDante? DDDddddDante! Dante hey!
The air is frigid as I gasp it in. I’m sorry was, was that you sir? Still covering his face, they all aaaar-re are. But they’rrrre crying now, not making any sound. How long have they been crying now? Huh… I made it to the center, and all around me it looks like… like a sea of grass, gently bending away from me and entwining with the pale white figures, a few of which looked like.. like they were turning to stone. Those were on the circle closest to me. There’s this…. light I didn’t notice, coming from… my feet? No… away from me… I can still see my shadow so… Above me? That’s when I saw it, right there in the sky above me, a few stories up. Why had it never occurred to me to look up before? There above me was this, giant crystal star that looked like the six-pointed one you’d find in a map. It was… fragmented. Some of the shards sat close to it, suspended in space above it though just, slightly, out of place. A good deal more of it was simply lost or glittered just… in the sea grass, out side the range of its own bio-luminescent light. They glimmered dimly in the forest.
I woke up very far from the center. Must be since there were less white-clad figures out here, though I could still see several. And they were all still cov--v-v-er covering their eyes, they all we-rr-- wer- They all were. Still crying too.
Oh hey, look, there’s still shards this far out? I approach it and it openly humms. It was a bigger shard than I had previously seen and I had to bend down to pick it up with both hands.
A strange fiery stinging seared its way down my spine and I felt my muscles start to spasm against it. A painful… viscous liquid spilled out of my eyes and slowly rolled down my cheeks. It looked black.
Then a young boy with, heart-shattering blue eyes and long blonde hair desperately grabbed at my face and earnestly looked at me. I felt like I was hanging just slightly above him, my toes unable to reach the ground.
DddDAnte look at me! Dante! Come one Wwweeee we gotta get you dowwnnwnnn down. DaddaDante come on! Look at me! Please Look dddddann look at me Dante!
Huh… Alamaar? I look around and only see more of the forest and the white figures. They’re all standing round in a big circle. I wonder what’s at the center? As I’m walking my arms, they start to sting and I pull up my sleeves to find… blood, seeping from slight lacerations all up and down my arms. The blood is sticky and warm against the air generating little trails of mist that sseeep down to mix with that of the forest floor. How did I get these? Oh look, I”m at the center.
There’s more stone statues now and the star-shard has grown more complete, though there were still missing pieces, some still floating just above and barely out of place, some still scattered at the edges of the… forrest. The edges of the forest are sparse, I hardly ever see a statue any more, their pale white marble long having been crumbled. But that same persistent fog hangs in the air and the mist on the gggggrraaaooouuuundddd on the ground remains as the middle air seemed to glow green from a far, getting darker the farther you go in or lighter to dark again as you go out. But, I was out here for a reason, I was sssseaarrching for something. For Something for… for somethnig, somethingg…? some..one?
Hey look, a shard. Oh and this one is… wow its massive. Like, a gigantic mirror from some some sky realm fell apart in a field. It’s shiny and glittered faintly of star light. It feels so familiar, Like i’ve seen it before. I reach for it and instead of meeting the cool, smooth surface of a mirror I simply fall in, a white glowing, faintly glittering, void that feels like… water. It feels like I’m floating through a river with lilies growing along the tops of the water, a lush, white washed jungle river. And over the faint murmur of the water I can hear a faint voice… calling…. calling… ccccccaalllling calling my name….?
Dante hey! Look at me! come to shore! Dante hey come over here! Come on look at me! DAnannnannntee dantE Dante hey! Look at me! Dante!
I opened my eyes to see a young boy with… heart-shattering blue eyes and brown hair, he was earnestly pulling me on to sshor-shore onto shore. Aaannd I saw in the sky above me, a great star shaped void, gently emanating light from its black center.
This world is about to get swallowed up, we should go now. Come on… DddddDante come onnnnn… DDDdddDante come on.
I get up and follow the brown haired boy into the edges of the treeline as I feel the void chasing us and sucking up the scenery behind us, and we disappear into a faint brown light and I-I-I I awake.
Awake, I am awake, I have been for some hours now. And here I sit, a world at the tips of my fingers beneath these keys and wires. Have you enjoyed my ride?