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The Golden Staff Saga: The Pillar of Light by Christina Neely
April 3, 2012 |
Posted by Christina Neely
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The four gems have been stolen and the Gatekeeper is using the Pillar of Light to sustain the world of El-Tepora. Elena an ordinary girl from Earth must embark on a quest to find the gems and save El-Tepora. Elena and her friends travel across the world, fight fierce enemies in order to find the Weapon and save El-Tepora.
“Elena, you have arrived. Follow me,” she said, standing up. Malakin turned and walked toward the opposite wall, where she stopped and waited for me. “You are on a dangerous mission that could easily claim your life and that of your friends. As you are now, you will not succeed. You will need a way to defend yourself. El-Stev will not be able to protect you forever. You, and you alone, must face the challenges ahead. At the end of the tunnel you will find an item which will help you during your journey.”
For the first time since she stopped chanting, she turned to face me. Her black eyes were sad, as if she knew that I couldn’t do it. She can see into the future. I can’t do it. I just stared back into her black eyes. Malakin was the first to break eye contact as she turned back to the wall. Placing her hand sideways, she began chanting again. After only a few minutes, a passageway appeared. The wall didn’t open like a door, but it disappeared altogether, and through the doorway was darkness. I didn’t want to take another step toward the door, but I felt as if I was being pulled. Something was calling out to me. Why me? I thought. I just wanted to be at home lying in my nice warm bed wondering what I was going to do today. Being here—on a different planet, getting ready to walk into the dark tunnel to my death—was not what I wanted to be doing.
“No one is going to force you into that tunnel, and you can stand there as long as you want looking at it, but it will not cease to exist. For as long as the item remains, so shall everything else beyond this doorway.” “All I have to do is go in there and get the items and get back out, right?” “Yes, but it will not be that simple. This tunnel shapes itself and its traps to suit the person who enters it. Make no mistake, you are not the first person to enter the tunnel in search of the treasured item.” The lump in my throat wouldn’t go down. Others have tried and failed. They were probably warriors or something, not just a schoolgirl. There it was again—the pull, something telling me that I just needed to enter the cave. I took a few steps forward. Looking back at Malakin, I saw the slight hint of a smile on her beautiful face. I smiled back and turned toward the tunnel with renewed hope. If she is smiling, perhaps that means that I won’t die. She sa id before that the future changes with each decision. At that moment I decided I can do this. Without another thought, I stepped into the darkness of the tunnel.
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