“Please, run away and never come back here! This is no longer a safe place… Hide yourself, save your life! Live!” Her blue azure eyes were shedding tears, yet they had a gracious look. However, there was no hope, merciless flames were already performing their dance of death. “Please hold this necklace and… I want you two to know that I love you. Let’s see eachother later…”, she said with a gentle smile.
These were the words that woke the little girl from her sleep. Slowly she tries to open her teary eyes and puts her hand on her mother’s memento. “Mother…”, she said with a soft voice, “This necklace’s gem is as blue as your eyes… You know, I always wanted to have my eyes like yours. I loved you so much, more than anyone else…”.
Suddenly she heard a familiar voice: “Oh, oh, it seems you woke up, Claire. Good morning. I apologize if I was noisy. Would you like to eat together this morning?”. “Ah, good morning, Master Valentinus! Please don’t worry, you didn’t wake me. I’ll come to eat soon. Please wait for me.”. Claire seemed happy to see him. Her tears disappeared in an instant and her face seemed to shine.
After a few minutes, they both met behind the church, at a little white table, and started to eat. “Master Valentinus, this place didn’t change at all since I came here. Birds sing their lullabies, flowers spread their wonderful fragrance, the sky is always decorated with beautiful butterflies and sunshine. Tenet church always was truly peaceful here, right? It really is a holy paradise.”, she said smiling. “Dear child, just because we are protecting it, this doesn’t mean it always was peaceful. This church was full of evil creatures before, but we managed to purify and set them free eventually. Everyone has duties here too, besides praying. Even your brother has one.You know, he decided to set out on a pilgrimage to Fedimian and pray for all of us to be healthy.”. “Did he? So that’s why I didn’t see him around… When did he leave?”, Claire asked. “One month has passed since that day. Sincerely, I’m kind of worried about him… He should have come back earlier.”.
Suddenly, the girl stopped eating and stood up, holding her plate with the leftovers: “Thank you very much for letting me eat with you this morning. I really appreciate it, Master Valentinus. Also I’m grateful to you for telling me about my brother. I’ll go to wash my plate.”. In a second, he turned his head to look better at her and his voice got deeper: “Wait, I hope you’re not planning to go after him alone or something, Claire. The way is very dangerous and you are just an unexperienced cleric. I know this look of your face, but please don’t do anything! I’m sure that Goddesses will guide him.”. The little girl stopped walking. Her eyes were wider than usual, showing her fear, uncertainty and concern. However, trying to act natural and hiding her trembling voice, she cheerfully said: “Yes, Master Valentinus. I will not do anything that can make me regret later. I will just pray for him to be fine.”, and then she left.
“Leaving all by himself only to pray for all of us to be healthy?! This isn’t it! He wouldn’t do this only for such little reason. There is something he wants, but I wonder what…”. Claire went straight to her bed after washing the plate. She didn’t feel like going outside anymore, because she realised that “outside” was the reality behind a locked door. Touching again the blue gem of her necklace, she murmured: “I can’t lose someone else again, mother. My brother was always by my side. It’s my turn now, I won’t let him down!”. Looking at her room’s door, she noticed it was half-open: “Huh? Did I leave it like that?", but ignored it, "Well, anyway. I have to prepare my bag with all I need in order to survive. I’m aware of my current condition, so I have to be prepared for this night.”
The young cleric made a little leather bag all by herself and stuffed some potions inside, along with an antidote, some food and an old family photo. Near her bag, she prepared an old wooden club she found long time ago. Looking on the window, right to the sky, her face was touched by the moonlight, revealing her real beauty and elegance. Maybe she was trying to relax a bit and organize her thoughts or maybe she was thinking at someone very dear to her. This mystery has never been solved, at least until now.
When she arrived in front of the church, she prayed once more, and then she whispered: “Please forgive me, Master Valentinus. It seems I broke my promise. Take care.”. After this, she ran away scared, but determined.
…“I knew she was going to do it…”, Valentinus Naimon murmured, leaning up against the huge door of the church, “I can’t believe I was afraid to tell her good bye… Well, hope she will return safe along with her brother. I can do nothing but sense something horrible, an unimaginable disaster, a curse…”, he sighed. “However, she has the saphie necklace, she could have a chance to escape unharmed. Farewell, Claire.”
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