Ronan’s grandma was quite eccentric to say the least. it wasn’t just the fact that she was missing an eye, or that she had black scar on her left cheek. well, perhaps that played a role, but what truly made her odd, were the thousands swords hanging from her walls, and of course, her dexterity with the dagger and the bow.
ronan, young as he was, didn’t think such things were strange. and so, after burping the lunch away, he asked, “can i go play in the forest?”
“of course you can,” his grandma said, and grabbed a large, ball-shaped flower. “but you must have this close at all times.”
“in case you fall, of course.”
ronan frowned and didn’t any further questions. he got a hold of the flower, and out into the forest he went.
it was a beautiful day, the birds sang, the trees swayed, and a piece of underbrush shone a terribly unnatural green. the latter caught ronan’s attention. he scampered close, touched it, and found that it rippled.
brave as he was, he submerged his entire arm, and was delighted to discover that it was deeper than he had thought. but his delight turned into terror when something grabbed him from the other side, and hauled him down. desperate, ronan pushed the flower into the underbrush with his free arm, and then everything became dark.
the air whirred in his ears. his heart thumped. he couldn’t breathe.
and then he struck the ground.
it was, to his fortune, like falling onto a extremely plushy bed. sweating, he clambered to his feet, and gazed desperately around.
he was in a forest, but it was a different forest. for the sky and the trees were black, and the only thing illumining the place was a thin, green mist. beside him, was a broken sword the size of an oak.
he stepped back, and grabbed his flower tightly. too tightly. glimmering green strings gushed out of it, entwining with one another.
in the space of a breath, their vibrance dimmed into a towering darkness. ronan stared at darkness, at the sword it was holding, and at its belly.
“come on,” the darkness said. “let’s get you back with the queen aluin.”
art by: @nickolasnickon