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Ariel is a High Witch, one of the most powerful witches in the world. There are only three like her in existence. She finally learns who she is, but immediately has to flee from a malicious warlock, out to claim her for his own. With Brayden, her new love by her side, she attempts to outwit the warlock, and the High Witch who protects him. But what will she do if she has to go through ‘The Test’?
It was early evening, shortly after dinner. The sun was only just setting, so there was still light. Brayden stood in the grassy space behind the inn, way back, next to the stables. He waited for Ariel.
He’d left a note for her under her door, saying to meet him there. He’d been thinking about her all day, during all his chores, during everything he did. Alistair said he was working much faster today, but his head was in the clouds. He couldn’t argue with that.
After a while he saw someone walked around the side of the inn towards him. He stood there quietly, and Ariel finally reached him. Her hair was back up, and she wore a dark blue dress. Brayden smiled.
“I’m glad you joined me,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if you would.”
She smiled back, standing in front of him. “I wasn’t sure if I would, either. But I’m willing to give it a try. What do you suggest first?”
He looked around them, then led her slightly away from the stables. No point scaring the horses. He gestured to a small pile of rocks on the ground near them.
“Try to lift one, and bring it to me.”
Her eyes widened. “Oh, no. Not something that could be a weapon. Bad things…”
“Ariel, just trust me,” Brayden said. He wondered why she was so scared. She frowned at him, as if she was frustrated, or disappointed, or something. He felt his heart fall. She sighed, and turned to face the rocks.
She held out her right arm, and sighed again. Then she narrowed her eyes, concentrating. Brayden watched her, wondering if she had to work hard to summon her strength. She remained very still. Then twitched her index finger.
All of the rocks, all of them, flew high into the air with a thundering explosion. Brayden felt sick as he knew they had to come down, when Ariel threw herself at him, and suddenly everything was spinning. They kept spinning, until his feet were on solid ground again. He looked around him – they were all the way across the yard. He turned, and saw all the rocks crash down, exactly where they had been standing. He stared back at Ariel.
“Are you alright?” he exclaimed, looking at her in shock. She put her hands over her mouth and began to sob. His heart broke, and he walked over and put his arms around her. She took her glasses off and cried against his shoulder.
They stood like that for a long time, and then she stepped back, wiping her eyes. Brayden handed her a handkerchief from his pocket. She took it, sniffing loudly.
“I’m so sorry,” she said, her voice croaky. “I shouldn’t have – I mean, you asked me to, but I shouldn’t have done that. I should have refused. I should have refused.”
He looked at her closely. He couldn’t believe what he’d just seen. Couldn’t believe what she was. He realized this was serious – Ariel was more than a young witch who didn’t know how to control her powers. She was more than someone who just needed to be guided and helped. He felt a sadness overtake him. He didn’t want her to be in trouble.
And she was in huge trouble.
“Ariel, I have to tell you something,” he began slowly. She looked up at him, waiting expectantly. He took a deep breath.
“You’re a High Witch.”
Ariel Williams is a high witch, and she’s about to be put to a test. Can she sacrifice herself to save her love, Brayden.
I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters in this short story. I only would have liked better for it to have been a full-length novel. Brayden and Ariel were both well-developed, but I felt like their love story was a bit rushed. I would have liked to see them develop a strong relationship before rushing to the physical, but that’s personal preference. There were a couple times that the dialogue seemed unnatural, but other than that, I felt like I could easily picture being there. It definitely had the feel of first love, and brought back lots of memories for me. I felt like those feelings were well-captured.
Warnings: sex scenes (not very descriptive), torture scene (a little bloody, but not very detailed)
About the Author
Mona Hanna is the author of the books “The Nature of God” and “God’s Promises of Love.” She has been a devotional writer since 2008, creating the blog Mona Hanna Devotions, focusing on expressing God’s love, acceptance, and compassion. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Australia, with a sub major in professional writing. Mona is now writing fantasy books. “Myriad” is her first novella.
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