THE SEVENTH PROTECTOR Part Eight, a short story by actung. Date added: 2010-07-04. Times viewed: 810.
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- Intro: The journey comes to an end
Hours past, Gareth remained unconscious. Ajani spoke ‘the end is near, it will end here’, the crystal began to glow intermittently. Neil looked worried, being extremely uncertain of what to expect, there was only one thing he could expect and that was a fight. He, along with Gareth, Boris and the six previous protectors remained inside the vortex. The vortex engulfed the cavern in which they rested, waiting.
Seekers gathered outside the cavern, unable to enter the vortex. They outnumbered the protectors and Neil by almost fifteen to one and they waited patiently. To them it was now only a matter of time.
Gareth awoke. He was back to his usual self and totally aware of what brought him to this moment in time. He sat before standing, looked at Ajani and said ‘it is time’. The intermittent glow from his crystal which was what would tell him that seekers are nearby now became a permanent glow. The vortex opened and faded away then the fighting began.
There was only one entrance to the cavern which would only allow a certain number of seekers in at a time. Lee, Anna and Ajani stayed with Gareth and Neil inside the Cavern. Bill, Vicente, Pavel and Boris disappeared and reappeared outside the cavern and began to fight the seekers outside.
No longer being as strong or as fast as he had been due to having had the crystal, Neil wasn’t as capable of defending himself as he had been recently, being caught off guard he was thrown against a wall before hitting the ground hard and being left unconscious.
The fighting intensified but came to a halt when all the seekers crystals began to light up. An almost blinding bright light began to surround the whole area and when it faded each and every seeker no longer had a crystal. Confusion was all around. Seekers now no longer had a desire to attain the protector’s crystal thus leaving no desire to continue fighting. None of the six previous protectors knew what to now expect either. Gareth’s crystal now began to light up and a bolt of green light shot from it and the same four figures appeared at intervals between the cavern at the outside area, one of which stepped forward and began to speak.
‘We are the Humari. We came to this planet a very long time ago. Our own world was destroyed. Greed, war, power, and the likes engulfed our race until there was nothing left. We were once many but only few escaped our world and travelled amongst the stars for a very long time until we found this place, this world. We settled here, began anew and travelled the globe. We brought you all here today, all of you whom hail from the many places we travelled to and settled in. All of you exist due to our visit here. You are our descendants, and just like us on our home world, power and greed consume you. War is destroying your world. All of you here can prevent what happened to us from happening to you. Work together and you can save yourselves, or this planet will suffer the same fate my home world did. It begins with you.’
Three dimensional images began to appear all around for all to see, showing the Humari home world, its destruction, the journey they embarked upon, and their beginnings on Earth. When this ended, the holographic images of the Humari were also gone. The six previous protectors to Gareth stood together and one by one they began to vanish and as they did so Gareth could see in his head what became of each of his predecessors at the time their journey as protector ended. Ajani going back to his home in Nigeria. Vicente returning to his life in the outdoors of Argentina. Anna went back to her home in Perth Australia, World War two had ended when Pavel’s time as protector had come to an end and he was to be reunited with his family from whom he had been separated from. Bill and Lee looked at each other ‘Told you he would do ok’ spoke Lee before Bill disappears. After Bill’s time as protector he returned to his family ranch in Texas. Lee looked directly at Gareth nodded and vanished. After his many years as Protector, an aged Lee returned to the monastery that he had left to be Protector.
It was only at this moment that Gareth noticed Neil lying on the ground. Neil was not breathing. Gareth’s crystal began glowing intermittently and he placed it on Neil’s chest. The glow from the crystal became almost blinding and when the light dissipated the crystal too had vanished. Neil began coughing. He would be ok. As for the crystal? Who knows? Maybe one day it will need to be protected once more, and if it calls for you, maybe you will become the next protector. Gareth and Neil remain friends and Boris the dog, well he is still with Neil, the thing is that only Neil can see and hear Boris and when he talks to him it seems as if he is talking to thin air.….
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