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He looked up to say “Thank you,” but the Goddess had gone. The young man he had become looked to be about twenty-one years of age. He felt strong…and tall. He dressed quickly, looking at the tent and hoping not to startle its occupant. As he pushed aside the soft folds of fabric and slowly entered, he could hear Nina breathing softly. Then the breathing suddenly quickened.
“Who’s there?” Nina was startled awake by the faint noises at the tent’s opening. They confirmed her feeling that a powerful presence was approaching. She reached for her bow in the dimly lit room. She had propped it up against the bed, just in case a wild animal should try to enter her room during the night. Hearing no sounds, she slowly crept through the hallway toward the night air.
“Nina, it’s me.” She could not move even if she’d wanted to. Her eyes fought to adjust to the darkness. His voice sounded so familiar, but different, as if what she’d heard before was a mere shadow of his voice. This was fuller, richer and made her heart race with anticipation. As if instinctually, she closed her eyes, wishing with all her heart to see him as he spoke to her. She was devastated when the usual method failed to work.
“I can’t see you,” Nina said, her voice filled with disappointment.
“You can open your eyes.”
Nina breathed in with blissful surprise. She dropped the weapon she carried and ran to his open arms.
She was joyful to see his face, his eyes, feel the strength of his arms, and the touch of his lips. She wanted to be absorbed by him and feel everything he felt.
“It’s Inana’s doing,” he smiled and kissed her, taking her face in his hands and looking into her eyes with a lover’s smile.
“This is where you live? She brought me to you?” Nina held him tightly.
“She is giving us tonight.”
“Just tonight? No. I can’t lose you again.”
He sat on her bed as she leaned toward him undoing the laces on his tunic. His flesh was warm against her hands. She knelt and kissed him, while he pulled her onto the bed beside him. Nina’s nightgown, falling open down the front of the bodice, allowed Endymion’s bare chest to touch hers. The feeling sent them both flying into a world of pure desire. Lips met lips. Fingers slipped together and tightened in a hungry grip. Hands slid softly down legs, between thighs and over breasts. It was wonderful, but it wasn’t enough. She wanted all that he wanted, and when he hesitated to be sure of her comfort, she answered simply by pulling him back onto her, finding in his eyes every reason to say yes. Endymion entered her slowly, gently, after playfully touching and rubbing against her until she wanted him more than she wanted her next breath. She could feel the muscles in his legs and arms trembling. She adored that he was as anxious for her as she was for him. The passing of time went unnoticed.
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Their skin shriveled and became too tight. It began to split and pull away from their skulls, until they resembled walking skeletons. Nina saw a wave of many familiar faces turning toward her only to darken and transform to the same type of death-like visage. She closed her eyes tightly and backed away from the crowd, willing the images to cease. When she opened her eyes again, the people looked normal, except for the anxiety and helplessness she saw on their faces. A dizzying nausea filled her as she fought it and moved more quickly toward the exit doors.
“No!” she shrieked, as she was running and praying for an escape from the madness. Inana’s voice called to Nina at the same moment that the Goddess’ striking image appeared in the doorway. Nina wanted to keep running, in her haste to be rid of the nightmare, but slowed her pace to admire the Goddess’ glowing form. Inana had a comforting and somewhat hypnotic effect on the frightened girl.
“Nina, you must have more proof in order to save them. You must show them what Oscuridad has done in other villages. I can take you to a place where you will find your proof.” Nina ran to her Goddess, trembling and tired, allowing her fears to melt in Inana’s arms.
“Yes, I will go with you,” she sobbed, “Please take me away from here…now.”
No one saw the Goddess, and her embrace made Nina invisible to any who might look in her direction. But the sorcerer had followed Nina after harshly punishing the animal. As he turned a corner, he saw her running toward the Grand Hall’s exit and suddenly disappearing. He knew enough about the world of magic to realize that this was not a trick that Nina could accomplish by herself. Inana must be involved. The black wolf, who was obviously still in pain, had been forced to follow his master as best he could. Oscuridad decided to give him one more opportunity to prove he was worth the food he gulped down daily.
“Wolf!” Oscuridad waited for the moment when Nina would appear again, if she ever did. He strained his eyes in hopes of a clue as to what the Goddess was up to. His patience paid off. He could just make out the Goddess’ shimmering outline as Nina stepped back from Inana’s embrace and reached out her hand to grasp the Goddess’ hand.
“There!” Oscuridad shouted to the wolf and motioned wildly for him to follow the girl. “Bring her back to me!” the sorcerer growled through clenched teeth.
The wolf, recovering his powerful stride as he ran, found himself leaping through a mystical foggy portal and into the place where Nina had been transported by Inana’s miraculous will.
As the blue mist cleared, Nina tried to recover her balance and stand without swaying. She didn’t see the black wolf quietly ducking for cover behind some large trees. His eyes followed her movements as she stretched and tried to shake the effects of the transportation.”
Excerpt from Chapter 8, Finding the Answers, Endymion Oracles, Book 1 Nina’s Story
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“At least…tell me your name. Give me something.” She whispered the first words, and then raised her voice in frustration.
“Endymion.” His voice held a smile she could hear.
“Endymion,” Nina repeated in a whisper, feeling as if she had just been handed a gift. “It is a strong name. I like it.”
“Close your eyes.”
“Close my eyes? No! What are you going to do?” Nina was feeling apprehensive again.
“Close your eyes, please.”
She heard a promise of trustworthiness in his voice. She felt silly doing it, but she closed her eyes just the same, placing her hands over them to somehow feel less vulnerable. The moment they closed she saw him in her mind’s eye. He was a young man, possibly three or four years older than she, with deep brown eyes that melted her fears. In his right hand he was holding a stone of an indescribable color. He reached out to give Nina the stone. The stone held within it, a corner of the night sky filled with tiny glittering stars.
Nina reached for it in her mind, and took a hand away from her eyes to grasp the stone in front of her. She gasped in awe to feel it actually touch her fingers, and quickly reached beyond the stone, feeling Endymion’s hand under hers! Her eyes opened suddenly and searched the empty air before her. Nothing. Instead, she found in her hand, the stone that held the sky.
“You’re beautiful…” Nina tried to catch her breath and correct herself before he heard what she had let slip out, “I mean, the stone…it’s beautiful! Thank you…Endymion.” His name was like music to her now, intoxicating and dangerous if he did not feel the same for her.
“I’m so happy you like my gift, Nina.”
“I love it. I just can’t understand why you don’t appear before me…if you are real.”
“I wish I could explain, but it’s not possible at this time.”
“You said that before. Why…why not at this time Endymion?”
She waited. No answer. Minutes passed that seemed to stretch beyond what Nina could stand. Then she felt his breath on her neck again. She closed her eyes and leaned back into his embrace. She could feel his arms around her. She kept her eyes tightly closed, so as not to break the spell he cast. Slowly turning her face toward her shoulder, she let the magic overtake her. Endymion’s lips pressed against the side of her forehead, and in that instant her heart was captured.”
Excerpt from EONS. Endymion Oracles: Nina’s Story
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