by Angela Kempe
The Keeper struck her spear hard against the rocks three times, lifting her magic compass into the sky as the hot waves crashed against the cliffside. The old wise mystic gazed out at the ocean seething and blustering before her, and gave thanks to the three moons of Roon which stood like giant jewels in the sky and to the great planet of Vela whose gravitational pull kept their moon in place.
The wind blew through her long gray hair as she stood on that high mountaintop. Roon’s highest peak; a sacred memorial to the days long passed which had since dried and cracked and succumbed to the raging sea. It was a world ruined by the greed and hatred of her people.
In the distance, she could see Vela’s hot gases collecting into a white halo around the planet. And she could just make out Roon’s twin cities floating in the water in a hazy fog. Those cities, bustling with life that were the last civilization of Roon, incased in bubbles of Methiesium to protect them from the harsh storms that daily ravaged the city walls.
The Keeper recalled her youth five hundred years before, when the land had once sprawled out in endless waves of lush rippling mountains. It seemed that only yesterday, her people inhabited the green hills in numbers as sundry as the stars. But now, standing on the sacred mountain was a testament to itself; the highest and most holy act of courage which could only be performed by the holy Keeper.
She lift her head up to the sky and muttered her prayer to the universe:
As they feel the wind, may they remember God.
As they take a step, may they remember home.
As they look upon the world, may they dream of their future.
As they listen to life, may they hear their children.
And may they never diminish the power of the universe to restore its balance,
When balance does not bend to our whim.
It is the prayer of this Keeper that they listen,
To the dust,
To the wind,
To the world,
And that they may make peace.
Then, the Keeper closed her eyes and found quiet in her own soul.
And in her silence she heard the soft murmuring of a song.