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Authors: Rashad Freeman

Rise of the elementals

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By Rashad Freeman








Copyright © 2013 by Rashad Freeman

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This book is a work of fiction. The names,characters, places and incidents are products of the writer’simagination or have been used fictitiously and are not to beconstrued as real. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead,actual events, locales or organizations is entirelycoincidental.

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Seeds of Deception

“The high council hasspoken Daviathan. Who are we to object?” The rangy man asked,stuffing the last few items into a dingy, old rucksack.

He was a tall man, thick boned with long,brown hair that curled and twisted like a vine. His large handswere weathered, but strong, and his serene green eyes betrayed histrue age.

He stood inside of a glowing dome. Theblack, onyx floor reflected the sparkling blue light that made upthe ceiling. To his left was a thinner man, lean and gangly, but noless intimidating. He scanned the other man with his mystic blueeyes and then spoke.

“Who are we not to objectTarian? Whether they accept it or not, war is at our door. We mustreinforce the outpost.”

“But Earth! Certainly ourtalents are better suited elsewhere.” Tarian laughed.

“Come with me or stayTarian, I am going.” Daviathan began to walk off, grabbing a sackfrom the floor and slinging it over his shoulder.

“And what of the prophecydoes that mean nothing to you?”

“What of it? Should theramblings of an old woman determine my fate? If the prophecy istrue then we are saved, but what if it is not?” Daviathan turnedaround and raised his eyebrow. “Milicent has not always beenright.”

Tarian took a deep breath and sighed. Hestepped away from the table and walked towards Daviathan.

“I will go alone.”Daviathan said as he held out his hand, exposing a small sphere ofblue light.


Tarian grabbed the blue light and tossed itinto the air. It hovered at eye level for a moment then grew into ashimmering blur of energy. It was about the size of a basketballand wavered back and forth in the air. Tarian grinned at Daviathanand took a step towards it. The light rippled as he moved.

“Well, let’s go already.”He said as he touched the light and vanished into it.

Grinning, Daviathan followed him into theportal and disappeared. The floor melted away as he whirled throughan empty black space. There was no light, but it was a differentthan just dark. It was like light had never existed in this place.He felt weightless as he spun through the nebulous void. Pressuregrew all around him squeezing the air from his lungs.

Then suddenly with a crash, Daviathan’s feetslammed onto an uneven, rocky terrain. Looking to his side, Tariansmiled at him and headed off. Daviathan scanned the mountain side,and took a shallow breath.

“Earth.” He smirked andthen hurried after Tarian.

“So I assume you have aplan, or do you intend to make it up as we go?”

“Tarian you must learn tohave faith.” Daviathan said dismissively.

Together they clamored down the mountainonto a narrow goat trail. They moved silently, gliding through thenight like ghosts. Ahead of them, the faint lights of a villageflickered like a candle being blown out.

“Is it there?” Tarianwhispered, pointing towards the quivering lights.

“Yes. We must be silent forI fear the worst.”

Daviathan stepped forward and pawed at theair with his hand. It clung to his fingers like water, slowlyrippling as it moved. Pulling his hand back, the air parted andtore.

“Are you coming?” He asked,glancing back at Tarian.

Tarian nodded. Gliding forward, they bothmoved through the ripple of air like it was a bed sheet, hangingfrom a clothes line. The mountains, the rocks and the hazardousterrain vanished, giving way to a small clay hut, dimly lit withcandles.

Daviathan immediately noticed a woman’s bodylying limp on the sandy floor. With Tarian right behind him, herushed to her side.

“Achima!” Hebellowed.

Lifting her head he stared into her emptyeyes and knew they were too late. Blood dripped from her ears,forming a muddy pool on the floor. Her silvery hair, which wasnormally shinning and vibrant, looked dull and lifeless.

“Daviathan.” Tarianwhispered. “If they’ve found her surely they’ve foundAbrax.”

There was a noise in the next room andDaviathan pressed his fingers against his lips. Gently loweringAchima’s head, he stood up and pulled a bronze dagger from his bag.Tarian did the same and they silently crept forward.

The sound of things breaking and beingthrown around rattled on the other side of the wall. As they movedcloser the ruckus suddenly stopped. Daviathan froze and pointed ata dark opening in the wall. Tarian nodded and they began to shufflestealthily across the sandy floor with their backs pressed flatagainst the lumpy clay.

Inching closer, Daviathan leaned forward andpeeked around the corner into the shadowy room. Tables and chairswere sprawled all over the place. The windows had been shatteredand the giant oak table that sat in the center was broken in halfand partially reduced to splinters.

Suddenly, there was a loud bang and a largeshaggy object exploded from the room and slid across the floor. Itlooked like a cross between a wolf and a lion. Its body was coveredin black, spiked fur and a pair of razor sharp horns protruded fromits head. Its tail whipped about like a wild lizard as it gashed atthe air with bird like talons.

“Ravens!” Daviathanscreamed.

He lunged at the animal, his bronze knifeslicing through the air. The raven was quicker and slid to the sideavoiding Daviathan’s blade. Tarian dove after it, but the ravenswatted him to the ground, scraping him across the chest with hissavage claws.

Circling the raven, Daviathan glared intoits dark purple eyes. It snarled and growled, slowly mimickingDaviathan as they stepped in unison around each other.

Tightly squeezing the hilt of his knifeDaviathan clenched his teeth, waiting for an opening. The ravensnapped at him and slashed with his claws. Then with another growlit turned and dove out of a window into the night.

Daviathan gave chase, but the sleek animalwas quickly consumed by the darkness. He stared after it, narrowinghis eyes to focus.

“Daviathan!” Tarian calledfrom inside the hut.

Whipping around, Daviathan darted backinside. Tarian was leaning against the wall, his hand covering agash that ran from his chest to his stomach.

“I’ve found Abrax.” Tariangrumbled.

Daviathan looked at him; blood seepedthrough his fingertips and down his hand.

“Age has made you slow myfriend.”

He placed his hand over Tarian’s hand andclosed his eyes. A soft, yellow glow rose around the wound and thenvanished. When Daviathan moved his hand the wound had healed.

Daviathan stepped away, noticing the limpbody that was laying at the edge of the room. He was a portly manwith thinning red hair. His throat had been torn out and a streakof blood stained the floor where he had been dragged.

“He was in the room…theroom with the raven. We were only minutes too late.” Tarian said ashe dropped his head.

Daviathan sighed. “Old friend, I hope yourjourney was not in vain.”

Kneeling down, he swept the fiery locks fromAbrax’s face and stared into his dim, gray eyes.

“I’ll need your help withthis.” Daviathan said stretching his hand up into theair.

Tarian knelt next to him. He placed one handon Abrax’s body and grabbed Daviathan’s with the other. Daviathandid the same forming a circle.

They both took a deep breath and flashes oflight started to pulse from their fingers. The pulses grew strongerand stronger, lighting up the room like a torch. Abrax’s body beganto convulse, his head snapped backwards, his chest arched upwards.Then with a flash their hands were thrown from his body and theywere flung backwards.

Daviathan stumbled to his feet first.Abrax’s lifeless corpse was still lying on the floor, but apurplish glow surrounded him. Slowly, a mist wafted from his mouthand rose into the air.

It was a thick purple gas, shapeless, butmoving. As Daviathan watched, it morphed into an oblong figure thenstretched until the form of a man started to appear. Withinseconds, the gas resembled the figure of the man that lay dead onthe ground.

Daviathan looked at him with sad eyes andthe misty figure smiled and spoke.

“It has been too long myfriend.” His voice seemed to come from everywhere, echoingthroughout the room.

“Abrax, I am sorry to findyou like this.” Daviathan sighed.

“I am sorry I couldn’t domore.” Abrax sadly responded.

“What do they know?” Tarianasked as he stepped closer.

“Everything.” Abrax saidgrimly.

“Everything?” Daviathanechoed.

“The portals are gone, theprotectors are dead. They sent legions of ravens. We weren’tprepared. I held them off for as long as I could, but their numberswere too great. Achima tried to send word back, but…”

His words fell off like the sound of windtumbling over a cliff. The figure that had been formed by the gaswavered as if it were going to disperse, then came backtogether.

“Where are they now?”Daviathan asked after a long silence.

Abrax’s misty shape started to break apartagain. The purple gas swirled and thinned, wavering in the dimlylit hut.

“Abrax!” Daviathan called.“Where are they?”

“Heading for the masterportal.” Abrax whispered and then he was gone.

An Enemy Among Us

“Daviathan! You dareinterrupt the high council while in session. We have tolerated yourarrogance long enough, you shall be punished.”

Daviathan stood in the center of the greathall. It was an elaborate dome with white, marble floors andspanning ceilings. In front of him was a long table raised ten feetfrom the ground. Behind it sat several men all cloaked inidentical, black robes.

“It is true Theodoros. Weshall all be punished, but not for my arrogance, but for thestupidity of this council!”

Theodoros shot out of his seat, slamming hishand onto the onyx table in front of him. He opened his mouth tospeak, but a taller man stood and placed his hand on Theodoros’shoulder.

“You are out of lineDaviathan. The high council must be respected.” He saidcalmly.

“Lupercus, I wish therewere time for respect or the normal customs due this council.Unfortunately, time is no longer our ally.”

“Speak your peace then.”Lupercus said. His fierce orange eyes blazing into Daviathan likethe sun.

“The spectrals, it is as Ihave feared. They have dealt us a fatal blow. Abrax and his wifeare dead, the portals have been stolen and all the protectorsslaughtered.”

Theodoros gasped as the other men jostled totheir feet. There was an eruption of chatter, council membersturning to one another in outrage.

“Lies!” A younger lookingman screamed as he shook his finger at Daviathan.

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