Xanthiilus stood, watching Saleena. She wasn’t moving. She was just sitting in front of her tree, a green glow radiating from her skin and small lights dancing around her. Xan knew she was almost ready, and he was getting worried. The battle with the Lord of Fire would be intense, and Xan knew the Lord would not be fighting alone. He was sure the demon had a reserve of demonic minions yet, and would do everything it could to stay alive after just breaking free from its prison.
“I’m ready, Xan.” Sal’s voice was quiet, and strained.
Xan knelt down next to his dryad, and caressed her cheek, tears forming in his eyes.
“Everything will be fine, Xan. Trust me.”
“I wish I had your confidence.”
“You will. I’ll be out there with you, in my forest.”
Tears began to flow freely down Xan’s face. “Just promise me you’ll be back.”
Saleena looked up at Xan, her skin radiating with power. She smiled, gently wiping his tears away. “Of course I will come back. I’m not going anywhere. Now, get Maryanne and Sympheros ready. I can sense a great evil about to enter this world.”
“I love you, Saleena.”
“I love you too, Xan.”
Xan started walking away, but he stopped. “Sal, we’ve been together for thousands of years. When we met, you joked we were getting married.”
Saleena nodded, her eyes closing again.
“When this is all done, I’d like to actually get married to you.”
Sal’s eyes opened and she smiled. “I’d love to marry you, Xan. Now go kick some demon ass.”
Xanthiilus continued walking out of the forest, tears falling down his face. There was a brilliant green flash, and the forest erupted, spreading rapidly through the warehouse, spilling outside, and flowing over the city.
Xan walked out onto the roof, and found Maryanne and Sympheros holding hands and watching Sal’s spell take over the city. The sun was going down, and it looked like a wave of dark green was washing over everything.
“Let’s go,” Xan said.
Maryanne and Sympheros turned and nodded at Xan, their eyes sad.Continue reading “Rise, Rise – Chapter Fifteen”