Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Murder of Two ~ The Conclusion


August watched the menacing figure advance. Even though she was surrounded by Running Bear’s braves and the chief stood right by her side, she couldn’t help but feel nervous. She glanced at Jasper and the Elven warriors who stood ready in the shadows.

Her mind flashed to the faces of the young Indian woman and pixie, knowing she much do this for them. Their lives could not be lost in vain. Anger raced through her veins. She would put this Ankou in the darkest, deepest pit she could find.

The dark man dressed in a draped black cape, snapped the whip at the tails of his two black horses, their eyes glowing red. The wagon creaked and cracked, enduring the rough terrain and it barreled to toward the Braves.

“Stand your ground,” ordered Running Bear. Not one Brave moved, all eyes furrowed in bravery and determination.

The wagon skidded to a stop, the horses grunting in the Braves faces. Still none moved.

The Ankou glided off his wagon.

“What do we have here?” The haunting voice of the Ankou drifted through the air, although his thin lips never moved. “Souls for the taking?”

Running Bear stepped forward. “You took the life of one of our women. You will not be allowed to take another.”

The Ankou’s laugh filled the air. “And you think you and your minions can stop me?”

Running Bear shook his head. “Not alone.”

“And who will come to your aid?” asked the Ankou.

“I will.” August stepped out of the crowd.

The Ankou glided toward August. Running Bear stepped in front of him.

“A Daughter of the Earth will make a wonderful soul for my collection.” The Ankou rubbed his hands together. “Shall we do this then?”

Without another word, Running Bear fell to his knees gasping for breath.

“Now!” screamed August.

Jasper and the warriors stepped out of the shadows, each of them chanting while holding a large peridot stone. August raised her own peridot stone and added to the chant.

“You will leave this man alone,” she order. “You will not take another soul.”

The Ankou fell to his knees as Running Bear regained his stance over the demon and raised his spear. “This is for our lost daughter.”

Running Bear speared the Ankou straight through the heart. A bright light shot out of the Ankou’s chest and attached to the peridot stones. The Ankou’s scream pierced the air, as he was pulled into August’s peridot stone. He fought to stay of the stone, but August chanted louder.

At last the Ankou was sucked into the stone and the light disappeared. Jasper ran to August, a black velvet box in his hand. August placed the stone in the box, which Jasper promptly locked.

“We will have our Brownies do a locking spell as well. The dwarfs will burying him deep in the minds. He will not hurt another soul,” said Jasper before disappearing.

Running Bear took August’s hands. “Thank you for helping us with this matter. We will say our appreciations to Father Sky and Mother Earth.”

“We couldn’t have done it without you,” said August. “Your people are so brave. They are always welcome in our realm.”

“And you in ours,” said Running Bear.

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Native American Animal Symbol

Native American Animal Symbol
Bear ~
Aug 22 - Sep 21
Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear's practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Murder of Two ~ Part 3


Running Bear shook his head. “So there is no stopping this?”

“We can’t kill an Ankou,” explained August, “but we can trap it.”

“And how do we do this?” asked Running Bear.

“We tempt him with something he can’t refuse. Then once he’s in our sites, my people can cast a spell to entrap him.”

“How do we get your people here?” Running Bear asked. “Do they come the same way you did?”

August ran her hands through her hair. “No, my people can come to the mortal world any time. I just have to let my people know where I am.”

“I see.” Running Bear folded his arms. “And what will my people do?”

“Your people will draw him in. Once he gets here, he’ll see what he wants.”

“Call your people, we will formulate a plan.”

August closed her eyes and recited the spell. Instantly, Jasper and a dozen Elven guards appeared.

“Are you okay?” asked Jasper, eyeing Running Bear and his braves.

“Yes, we have a plan. I’m glad you all are here to help.” August hugged Jasper.

“We were so frightened when you disappeared,” said Jasper. “You have to be careful you know what would happen if anything happened to you.”

“What would happened?” asked Running Bear.

“If anything happens to August or her sisters,” stated Jasper. “There would be an imbalance in the world. Many souls in both our worlds would be lost.”

“You mentioned the Ankou would be trapped by seeing something he wants more than anything. What would that be?” Running Bear raising an eyebrow at August.

“Why me, of course,” answered August.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

Peridot History & Lore ~

The etymology of the word, peridot, the birthstone of August, can be traced only back to the French word, peritot. We do not know the original source beyond that. Its first recorded as mined from St. John's Island, located off the coast of Egypt. Peridot on St. John's Island was so radiant that it could be found at night. Any trespasser caught steeling from these early mines was killed. Peridot was prized by Egyptian kings and first referenced in papyri text that goes back to 1500BC. (Kuntz.170) Even today, St. John's Island is one of the main sources of Peridot.  
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Murder of Two - Part 2


August held up her hands. “This is not what it looks like,” she said calmly.

“Then what is it?” said the deep voice of a man, pushing himself through the braves. “One of our own is dead and you appear out of nowhere as if by magic.”

“It is magic,” explained August.

The man raised an eyebrow.

“Please, hear me out,” said August. “First, will you please tell me what they call you?”

“My name is Chief Running Bear. This is my tribe. She was my responsibility.” He pointed to the dead woman.

“Chief, they call me August. I come from another world, a world within your world. I’m not sure how I got here except that I was tracing a marking on the cliff side just above where one of my people was murdered. A pixie woman was murdered the exact same way as your ward. I was investigating her death, when I ended up here.”

“Pixie?” Running Bear rubbed his chin. “The elders have spoken of your world. They talk of the caregivers of the Earth. Father Sky and Mother Earth and their twelve daughters, the months. Do you have any insight to who might have done this?”

August shook her head. “Do you?”

Running Bear nodded. “One of our braves saw a man dressed all in black driving a black wagon leaving the area. The wagon moved, though it had no horses. The man carried a scythe. My brave could not see his face …”

“Because he wore a black hood,” finished August.

“Yes,” said Running Bear. “Do you know him?”

“It is one of the Ankous.”

“Ankous?” Running Bear cocked his head.

August nodded. “They are the messengers of death, they harvest the souls of beings. Most Ankous only feed on the old or sick. They take the spirits out of the bodies and then escort the spirit to the other world. Most of our people live for centuries, so they moved to your world, where harvesting was easier.”

“But this girl was neither old nor sick,” said Running Bear.

August sighed. “Every once and a while an Ankou goes mad. It hasn’t happened in a long time. I believe, now more than ever, that this is what has happened.”

“So how do we kill it?” asked Running Bear.

“We don’t,” said August. “It’s already dead.”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Murder of Two ~ Part 1


August stared down at the crumpled mess that used to be a pixie fairy and shook her head. Nothing like this had happened in her realm before. Most of the fairy people were at peace, especially since the treaty had been signed with the Serpents.

Even if it hadn’t, this did not look like a Serpent fatality. Whatever had done this to this poor pixie girl was messier than a Serpent. August looked away from the scene. She couldn’t take in any more, but was sure she had seen enough to help find the murderer.

“What do you think?” asked her sidekick, a fox named Jasper.

“So far I’ve ruled out the Serpents. Looks like it could be the work of a mad dwarf or an Ankou.”

Jasper shook his head. “A dwarf, even a mad one, could never catch a pixie and the Ankou haven’t been around these parts for eons. They have found their calling in the mortal world, no need for them to come back. The mortals are easier pray, I’m afraid to say.”

“You’re very right,” said August.

She looked around the crime scene as a pair of Brownies prepared a spell to send the pixie’s body to the Soulfull Gardens. There the body would be restored to its natural state and her pixie family and friends could pay their respects before her body would be wrapped in the roots of a flower of the family’s choosing.

“I wonder if it has something to do with these markings? Dark magic perhaps?” asked August as she approached the rock face of the cliffs. She stared at the circle within a circle with a crow like figure sitting in the center that was etched into the side of the cliffs.

Jasper joined her. “I don’t know. I’ve never seen them before."

“Neither have I. They look very ancient.” August reached up and traced the circle with her hand. Instantly, she felt her entire body being pulled into the rock as everything went an odd shade of tan. Just as quickly, she was being blinded by the sun, in what had to be a desert.

“Jasper?”

Two men talked, but she couldn’t understand them. As her eyes adjusted to the light, she found herself at the aim of two long spears, being held by men with dark black hair adorned with feathers. And beside her the body of a young woman, killed in the exact same way as the pixie.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mystique Stone Magic ~ The Spirit Within

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