"It's not a lake. It's an ocean."
- May 9, 2007
- The End of Time
There are so many things in this world to experience, how could we possibly experience all of them. The good, the bad. The happy, the sad. It isn’t the experience of something itself to remember, but who we experience that something with, as we all look above at those beautiful cerulean skies.
Night of the Decendents
Night of the Decendents
Part 1: Soaring High
A beautiful day, as usual. Its Autumn right now, so the beautifully colored red and orange leaves are blowing about in that warm, gentle wind.
I turned to see my best friend Krista smiling as she sat down next to me.
“Oh, hey Krista, good to see you today,” I replied, as I smiled right back at her.
We did this everyday. I would sit in the shade by this huge, broad tree that’s apparently been in this town for more than 100 years, and this tree sat next to the river that flowed right through the west side of town. I don’t really know why I sat next to this tree. Maybe it was calming, or relaxing. I don’t know if I just liked to stay and reflect for a while. Or maybe I sat here everyday because I knew if I waited, Krista would show up soon after.
“So, did you do anything fun today?” She asked me as she began picking at a nearby flower.
“Hmm... Well, after I woke up, I came outside and sat down right here. And now you’re here.”
“Hahaha, and when exactly did you get up?”
“About an hour ago.” We both started laughing, and then we laughed some more.
It was fall break, so everyday we did a whole bunch of nothing together to put it bluntly. Krista was a year older than me, so she always liked to act like she was in charge, and I let her be.
We lived in a small village at the edge of the Kingdom of Waltz. Nothing ever really happened here, which was good, it was a very peaceful nation with no enemies.
The day went on, and we walked around town, got some ice cream from our favorite shop, and walked along the river for a bit.
“So, you wanna hit the that town festival tomorrow? You were pretty sick last year, and I ended up going alone,” Krista said.
“Actually, I have to work on that book report some more, I’ve almost finished it. Then I planned on cleaning my attic finally, or else that would never get done.”
As we approached Krista’s house, she turned to me. “Well, can I come help you clean your attic then?”
“Haha, now why would you want to do that? I’m almost positive you would have more fun at the festival.”
“Well, I would rather hang out with you than go to the festival alone again anyway. And besides, maybe if I help you tomorrow, we’ll have some time left over to go to the end of it.”
“Oh come on!” she yelled as she began shaking me back and forth.
“Ok, ok! Hahaha! Just quit that already!”
“Good, then I’ll see you tomorrow,” she said as she smiled and walked inside.
I usually don’t fall asleep until I lay in bed for a while. I just sit there in the dark, and think about my day or something. I put my bed right next to my window, so I can look out at the many layers of this place I live in. First, there’s the town, with many houses and autumn colored trees all over. If I look a little higher, there is the castle, where our king and his daughter the princess reside, as well as their knights. Then, just a little bit higher, there’s the infinite sky, and all of those stars. How could I possibly close my eyes with all of this stuff to look at?
(So tomorrow I’ll finally get that damn attic cleaned out, what a pain... It shouldn’t be so bad with Krista there to help though, then maybe I can go to the festival with her after and see what that’s like.)
“Hey! Open up already!”
“I’m coming, just chill out already!”
I opened the door to see Krista standing there, and she marched in furiously.
“What took you so long Max?! I was waiting for like, twenty minutes!”
“I’m sorry, I was in the attic and I couldn’t hear that well from up there.”
“You started without me?” She asked.
“Not exactly, a cat ran in the house when I checked my mailbox, and I chased it all the way up there,” I explained to her as we began to head upstairs.
“Did you catch it?”
“No, I chased it around up there for about an hour, and then it scurried down the stairs and out my bedroom window. When I went to close the window, I heard you yelling outside, so I came to let you in.”
“Well you’re lucky that cat made it in, or you never would have heard me beating your door down. I was about ready to just leave and chew you out tomorrow.”
“Haha, sorry about that. I should’ve paid attention to the time, I knew you were coming,” I said as I opened the attic door.
“AH! It wasn’t nearly this bad when I first came in!”
“Its probably because you were chasing that freaking cat around the entire time not paying attention to what you stepped on or knocked over. Just like you Max, hehehe.” She proceeded to mess my hair up with both of hands, shaking them back and forth real fast all over my head. “Lets get started then, we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” She said as she smiled, like she always did.
We shuffled through my stuff forever, old cloths, books, letters, the whole shebang. Things I had gathered up over the years.
“Do you plan on getting rid of any of this? Because you have waayyy to much stuff up here,” she asked as she popped up from under a pile of cloths.
“Yeah, I’m gonna try to get rid of most of it, but I want to make sure I don’t get rid of anything important.”
“Like this ugly purple shirt?” She smirked as she held it up, it was pretty ugly.
“Hahaha, I don’t even remember getting that, toss it in the ‘get rid of’ pile.”
“Which is where?” She asked.
I looked around, I really didn’t know. I saw nothing but a big pile of everything.
“Just put it in that corner over there I guess, and that will start the pile...” I pointed over to a corner on the far side of the attic next to a window. I saw us doing this for a while...
“Oh man!” I heard Krista yell as she walked over all of the junk.
“What is it?”
“I stepped on something, and I heard it break. I think it was glass..... Huh?”
“What was it?” I asked as I walked over toward her.
“It’s a picture of some people. The glass in the frame broke, but the picture still looks okay...”
“What? You recognize any of them?”
“Just you, you’re in it. There’s seven of you... Were these your friends from before you moved here?” She asked as she studied the picture.
When I finally made it over to her, I looked over her shoulder at the picture.
“Wow.....” She handed me the picture, and I just looked over it.
“What is it?” she asked with a serious expression.
“I just totally forgot all about this. I mean, its only been two years ago, and already it began to fade from my memory... It seems like ages ago,” I told her as I continued to look at the picture.
“So, this was just before you moved here? You know, you never really told me about the old town you lived in, or about any of your old friends before,” she said in a gentle voice.
“Yeah, its just.... Back when it all first happened, I didn’t really want to talk about it, and then it just began to kind of go away.”
“Did something happen?”
I looked over the picture once more before I looked up at her. “Krista, do you want to hear my story, about before I came here to Waltz?”
“Of course I do,” she said as she began to continue cleaning, “If you don’t mind, I’d like to hear all about it.”
“Well, okay then. I’ll tell you while we clean,” I said as I placed the picture on the only clean shelf in the attic. “You know, I’ve never told anyone about this before...”
“Then I should feel pretty special then, shouldn’t I?” She said as she threw some old study books into our new discard pile.
“Haha, well, where to start then.....”
2 and a half years ago......
“Alright, the new sign is finally up!” Jared said as he came down from the step-ladder and looked above at what he had worked so hard on.
“It looks crooked...” F.K. said as she grinned and looked at the sign.
Jared glaneced at her, then back at the sign. “What, no way, it looks perfect! Max-“
“Haha, it looks fine. I’m just glad its finally up. Did you finish putting the flyers up around town F.K.?” I asked as I looked over to see she was still teasing Jared.
“Yup, every one of them,” she said with that usual excited voice.
“Then we’ve finally done it!” I said as I wrapped my arms around both of their shoulders and pulled them towards me tightly. “Starting today, this is the official headquarters of Ryvieria Kingdom’s newest independent warrior guild, ‘The Decendents of Fianna!’”
“Hehe, Max, not so hard,” F.K. said as she loosened my grip.
“Hey F.K., is it really crooked, because-“
This was our dream. The three of us had been inseparable since we were all young children who went and caught fireflies together. We looked up to the knights of the kingdom. Many thought that the royalty was all that sat in that castle, but we knew that the royals like the king and queen were nothing without their knights. The kingdom took a mighty blow when trade disputes weren’t going so well, and the kingdom over the mountains attacked. Many of our knights were killed in battle, many could never fight again. Those that were left were only the absolute strongest, and they barely managed to fend off the opposing kingdom's troops that were left.
Over the passing years from that incident, more knights were formed, but the tests to get in were brutal as ever. You would think the king would let more join than he did do to the incident, but apparently he was only letting the strongest in. Some of those who couldn’t make it in formed clans, which eventually became guilds. They took jobs from the people, and as their popularity grew, the kingdom itself may ask something of them in times of need, and that was when they could prove themselves. We all started training our skills in fighting and strategy at a young age, because our plans were to protect our kingdom with all of our might. Though each of us were still in school, we trained in our spare time.
We all applied to the knights, but the only one of us they felt was good enough was Jared. When he found out F.K. and I didn’t make the cut, he told them he had changed his mind, and he started ‘The Decendents of Fianna’ with us.
Even at the time we opened our guild, we were all still in school. If we had an important job to do, the job came first. Most people found it a bit strange three students were doing such a thing, but we knew this was what we wanted to do. We had pretty good skill levels, and the building was abandoned, so we took it and fixed it up, making it our own.
“How long until you think we’ll get work?” Jared asked.
“I’m more concerned about getting more members before the work piles up...” F.K. said sitting in her new chair.
“I’m sure it’ll be fine,” I assured them both. “Don’t worry, now that everything is set up, it will all fall into place soon, I know it.”
I felt like I was on top of the world.
Max- Max/souleater: One of the founders of the clan "The Decendents of Fiana" back in the days of the old khi rpg inferno. The protagonist of the story, he retells the story as he recalls the events from his memory.
Krista- Traskix: One of Max's friends on khi, and best friend in the story.
Jared- TheLastKnight(originally Shadowknight47): One of the founders of the clan "The Decendents of Fiana" back in the days of the old khi rpg inferno.
F.K.- Ultima Star (originally foreverkingdom): One of the founders of the clan "The Decendents of Fiana" back in the days of the old khi rpg inferno.
I dedicate this story to all of those formerly in my old clan, "The Decendents of Fiana". I will include some of the former members in this fictional tale based on the time we spent together in the forums, and I hope everyone enjoys it.