Chapter 1 Shadow of the PastChapter 1: A Shadow of the Past“Finding each other once again,Unwanted memories rise to the surface,Meeting new peopleAnd starting again.”Darkness was the only thing between Zane Dáte and a shimmering longsword, but darkness was his strongest advantage. The self-imposed keeper of “order” who had chased him deep into the forest threw his spent torch to the ground. Zane took a few steps further into the thick shadows of the trees, making sure to hold his metal-tipped staff at a steady angle.His pursuer cursed under his breath, squinting around from his current vantage point. “I’m beginning to think all magic freaks are cowards like you. Come out and face me!”Zane clenched his fists. Why did everyone think magic was so dangerous? Although this man intended to kill him, Zane didn’t have the heart to end his hunter’s life. After all, there had been enough slaughter for one night: a
Hold me HereHold me here. Take my hand. Pull me close. Embrace my heartbeat. Engulf my soul.Be my strong sword. Be my defender. Look me in the eye. Tell me I can do it.Let me know ill never fall. As long as you’re by my side.I can do it all. Or can I.Doubt. Fear.They cloud my sight.How far have I come? Am I too lost to be saved? Who are you to help me. Who are you to care.Watch me as I fall. Deep into myself. But you don’t let me. You stand strong. You guide me.Where did you come from?I’m a no one. I lost soul. Wandering spirit. I’ve given up.You rekindle the fire in me. Somehow. Some way.You’re different. And so am I.