THE SEVENTH PROTECTOR Part One, a short story by actung. Date added: 2010-04-09. Times viewed: 957.
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- Intro: Gareth is called by a mysterious green crystal, a crystal that holds a secret, and comes with great power.
Legend has it that sometime way back in the mid eighteenth century an unknown number of gems fell to earth during a meteor shower, all apart from one are identical in size but they do vary in colour. Each gem gives its holder abilities, abilities such as increased speed and or strength and each time these gems pass on to a new holder they give the new holder some of the traits of each of the previous holders such as, if the previous holder of one of these gems was proficient in the martial arts then so too would the new holder. Personality traits would be passed on too.
Darkness was falling quickly and a light rain had begun to fall. Gareth knew he should hurry to get home. The terrain ahead of him was rough enough to cover in broad daylight and dry conditions, never mind the current conditions he found himself in. There was a humming buzz sound that Gareth couldn't help being distracted by. The sound was coming from behind him and he was being drawn to it. Even though he thought it'd be a bad idea to go and investigate the sound, he went after it anyway.
It was getting dark quickly and the rain began to fall a little heavier, Gareth was getting further and further away from home but the humming buzz was calling for him. He was being drawn to it and he had to answer its call. He couldn't turn away now even if he wanted to. Getting deeper into a wooded area, there were more trees now than there were earlier and they were closer together providing a little shelter from the rain.
Ten minutes after first hearing the sound he was drawn to Gareth could see a green glow shining and dimming and shining again coming from a ditch about two hundred meters or so ahead of him. Almost feeling like he should leave whatever it is that is glowing and just go home Gareth went towards it anyway. He had to climb into the ditch to get to the glowing object. He pulled a green crystal from out of the mud and almost as soon as he touched the crystal, the glow became very strong and he felt a whooshing sensation. Everything around Gareth seemed to be spinning round and round and an incredibly fast speed. Gareth thought he was going to pass out right before everything came to a halt.
Just as the spinning sensation did come to a halt, a bolt of green light shot from the crystal and seemed to direct itself right out of the ditch. Gareth was now quite a way down in the ditch and didn't quite know how he was going to get up and out of it. An oriental man dressed like a Buddhist monk peered into the ditch.
‘Hello down there’ spoke the oriental man.
‘Hello yourself’ replied Gareth.
‘Why are you still down there?’
‘Why am I still down here? He asks me’ spoke Gareth under his breath before continuing ‘in case you haven’t noticed I am stuck in quite a muddy ditch and the rain is making it difficult for me to get out. I would really appreciate it friend if you could help me get up out of it’.
‘Sorry friend, but I cannot help you and you do not need my help, you are more than capable of getting out of this ditch all by yourself’.
‘I am, am I?’ becoming frustrated Gareth tried to remain calm.
‘If you try to get out from the ditch on your own accord then you may be in for a pleasant surprise’.
Gareth did try to climb out and he was amazed by how easy it was for him to get out, ‘right what is going on here? And why aren't you wet from the rain?'
‘My name is Li Hai, but you can call me Lee. I am from China and I lived a very long time ago. I am also not getting wet as I am not actually here’.
‘What? I don’t understand’.
‘It is quite simple actually. I am the first protector and as of right now you are the seventh protector’.
‘Quite simple huh? I am the seventh protector of what exactly?’
‘That green crystal you went down into the ditch to retrieve’.
‘This green thing I am holding? Why does this need to be protected? And why am I the one to protect it?’
‘It is a key, a key which holds a secret which in time will be revealed. You heard it call to you, the crystal has chosen you but the task of protecting this crystal is not an easy one, for there will be those whom will come after you looking to take the crystal from you, but you cannot allow that to happen. Do not fear, however as you in turn will receive gifts’.
‘Gifts? What gifts?’
‘Well for one, everything I am or once was is now in you, for instance I have mastered the martial arts, and now since you are the new protector you too are a master of the martial arts’.
‘I am a master of the martial arts and now that you possess the crystal, you too are now a master of the martial arts’.
‘Me? A master of the martial arts? Yeah right, sure I am’.
‘There is a chain attached to the crystal, tie it around your neck, and then defend yourself as I attack you'.
Gareth did tie the crystal around his neck and he was seriously surprised by the fact he could defend himself just as well or maybe even better than how Lee was attacking. Gareth was as equally amused by this as he was surprised.
‘Holy ... wow, what just happened?’ asked Gareth.
‘I told you, because of the crystal my abilities are now a part of you, you not only have my abilities and strengths but those of each of the other five protectors too. Be wise though, with such power, one can be corrupted, the crystal choose you to be its next protector and with it your speed and strength has also been enhanced'.
Before Gareth could ask any more questions he had turned to find that he was no longer in the company of Li Hai. As Gareth began to make his way home he heard the voice of Li Hai echoing out.
‘Many will seek out the crystal, you must protect it with all that you are, and you are the lucky one, you are not alone, for I am always with you'.
When Gareth got home he ate well and he slept well, for the next morning he began his journey, his new quest as the protector of this mysterious green crystal, for Gareth is THE SEVENTH PROTECTOR.......
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