As the night wore on, Irueku met the rest of
my family, who were not completely shocked at
his sudden appearance. They must have known
about him and the Shiko realm for a long time.
Irueku was allowed to stay in Nick’s room- of
course they couldn’t allow him to stay in my room
even when he demanded that he should stay by
my side in case of a sudden emergency. Finally,
after a large amount of arguing and frustration,
he finally decided that I should be safe in this
realm and he would be able to respond quickly
even when he was next door.
He wouldn’t leave my side, though, until ‘it
was absolutely necessary’. He even was in the
corner of the room while I brushed my teeth. I
managed to push him out, though, for the couple
of minutes necessary to change into my pajamas.
When I opened the door, I finally realized
that he had brought nothing with him. “Don’t you
need some clothes to change into?”
“That is not necessary.”
I smiled. “Come on, Irueku. I’ll grab some
clothes for you while your clothes are being
He grumbled, but said, “Thank you for your
hospitality, Miss Carmen.”
I caught my dad coming up the stairs and
asked if Irueku could borrow some of his clothes
in the meantime. Although Irueku was only a few
years older than me, he was too big to fit in my
brothers’ clothing. My brother were shorter and
lankier than his tall and muscular frame. Only my
father’s clothes could suffice.
“Sure,” he mumbled, then went through his
drawers and found a t-shirt and a pair of pants.
As Irueku changed, I started to pack. When
he came out in his new clothes, he said quietly,
“There will be no need to pack very many things,
Miss Carmen. There won’t be much use for
clothes; you will be required to where Shikoroni
clothing. As for other items, I’d ask that you bring
only required essentials. Technology is different in
our world, it would cause great distress and
disapproval if you bring new knowledge into our
realm. Books and pictures are okay, though.”
I sighed. “Okay.” As I started to unpack, I
heard Irueku come over to me and felt his hand on
“This will be incredibly difficult, Carmen. It
is very hard to leave the life that you had known
for so many years. Believe me,” he looked away,
“I take it from experience. Make the best of your
last day, Carmen. It may be a long time until you
I smiled. “Finally.”
He looked at me confused.
“You finally called me Carmen.
“I missed you a lot when you left. I guess this
means that we’ll be together for quite a while
now. I’m thankful.”
He hugged me. “I missed you, too. I’ll never
let go, now.”
After a brief moment, I heard someone clear
his throat at the door. Embarrassed, I turned
around and saw my father leaning on the frame,
arms crossed and eyes closed.
“I need to talk to you, Irueku. It’s…
Irueku nodded and started to leave, but
stopped and said, “Goodnight, Miss Carmen. I’ll
see you in the morning.”
“Goodnight,” I whispered, but it was already
too late; he was out the door.
I climbed into bed and although it had been
an incredibly long day, it took me a long time to
go to sleep. I watched the stars and moon from the
window next to my bed. As I drifted to sleep I
thought of how I might never see this sky again.
Sunrise came and my dreams disappeared. I
was taking a shower when I heard a noise outside.
It wasn’t unusual to hear noises in the morning,
though. Peter must have been awake.
When I finished my shower, I brushed my
teeth like I usually did. Then, I stepped outside
and started to my room with a towel wrapped
around me when I bumped into a large person.
I jumped back, but when I heard the voice, I
relaxed. “Good morning, Carmen.”
It came back to me in a flash of yesterday’s
events. I must have been tired; how could I forget
something like that?
Irueku was fully clothed in old jeans and a
muscle shirt. He also held objects in each of
“What are those?” I asked bewildered.
“Oh, these?” he held up the objects so I
could see them in the darkness. I inspected
them carefully; trying to make out what they
were, then leapt back with a yelp.
“Weapons?!” I asked incredulously.
In his right hand, he held a long sword in
it’s sheath. It looked very old, maybe even
antique. In the other hand, there was a lengthy
dagger. It looked incredibly menacing and so
sharp, I was afraid one touch would slice me to
“Yes. I usually carry weapons with me, but
I didn’t on this mission; your father provided
them for me,” he said with a smile.
“My father? He’s had weapons all these years
that I didn’t know about?”
“Of course he had to hide them from
everyone. What would you do if you found
weapons in your dad’s possession?” he said and
I thought it over. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.
“Why do you have weapons right now? It’s
not as if I’m about to be attacked!” I laughed.
But he looked serious when he said, “You
never can know for sure.”
I sighed. “Okay. If you really want them, then
I guess they’re fine. I don’t have time for this,
anyways. I’ve got to get ready for school.”
I went to my room and Irueku waited outside
my doorway as I got dressed and ready to go. He
followed me when I went downstairs and joined
Peter at the table for breakfast.
“Would you like something?” I asked Irueku.
He seemed to consider it for a brief moment.
“Yes, I would, if you don’t mind; I haven’t
had cereal since I was 7.”
I laughed. “It isn’t that amazing.”
“Even so, I miss the taste,” he said, smiling.
Peter sighed and left to get dressed.
“So… what are your plans for today?” I
asked, uncomfortable with the silence.
He frowned. “I’m going to walk you to
school, first. Other than that- that’s my little
I stopped eating. “You’re going to walk me to
school? With those out in the open?!” I pointed at
the weapons he had placed on the table next to
He laughed. “Of course not, Carmen. I have a
feeling the locals around here wouldn’t like such
weapons in their area.”
“What will you do with them, then, if you’re
not bringing them with you?” I asked, curious. I
took a swig of orange juice and a bite of cereal.
He frowned. “I never said I wasn’t bringing
them with me. Just not out in the open.”
“-It’s very easy to conceal weapons in this
day and age. All I need is a strap to place the
dagger around my ankle and a map case to slide
the sword into. Just strap it to my back and I look
just like a regular tourist,” he held up a long tube
with a strap and a sheath of sorts for the dagger.
I smiled. “Clever, very clever. I’ve got to give
you props for that idea.”
He stared, wide-eyed. “Give me props? Why
would I need props?”
I sighed. “I guess they don’t have that saying
where you’re from.”
“Not where I’m from; where we’re from. You
were born there and are a true Shikoroni just like
I frowned, but was interrupted by Peter, who
asked, “Are you guys ready to go yet? It’s time to
Irueku smiled kindly and said, “We are
indeed ready to go. Any time you want to leave.”
His eyes shifted from Irueku, then me, and
finally back to Irueku. He sighed and said, “Let’s
go, then,” as he left the doorway into the hall.
I washed the bowls and quickly grabbed my
backpack. “Come on, Irueku! Can’t be late!”
I heard him chuckle behind me as he
followed me out the door. All the snow had been
washed away by the storm last night and left me
feeling gloomy. About halfway there, I realized
something I had forgotten to ask Irueku last night.
“Hm?” He kept his ominous eyes facing
“I forgot to ask you: How come I had so
much good luck yesterday? Was it because of
what happened last night?”
He was silent for a moment, then he stopped
walking. “You had… good luck yesterday?”
I stopped and faced him. He had a strange
and distant expression and although it was minor,
a tingle of fear ran down my spine. “Yes. A lot of
He looked down at me and the fear grew. His
eyes were cold and pierced right through me. I
forced my eyes away, but when I looked back, his
eyes were closed. He started to walk again and
passed me. “That’s… interesting.”
I followed closely. “What’s interesting? What
aren’t you telling me, Irueku?”
He sighed. “Leave it.”
I wasn’t satisfied. “What is it? Is it
He seemed annoyed when he answered,
“You can tell me anything, Irueku. Just tell
He turned and faced me. His powerful glare
penetrated my heart and sent a chill that sank all
the way to my bones. His eyes seemed to paralyze
me. Never in my life had I feared anything more
than those few moments of Irueku’s deathly glare.
I was trembling like a leaf when he said in the
most menacing voice I had ever heard, “Leave it
As I stared into his eyes, I sank to the ground.
Only later did I realize that I had started crying. I
remained there, unable to move until he turned
around and the connection of anger and pure
hatred was torn. I buried my face in my hands and
sobbed. I cried until I felt a firm hand on my
shoulder and I looked up into the same yellow
eyes, only this time, they were gentle and
“I’m so, so sorry, Carmen. I was way out of
like that. I will repay my sin in time. Please
forgive the terrible wrong I did.”
I stared into his eyes in wonder. How could
they be so calm and gentle right now when
minutes ago, they had been burning like the pits of
hell? But his eyes reassured me and I nodded. He
helped me to my feet; I was still a little shaken,
but I managed to pull myself together and catch
up to Peter far ahead of us.
I continued a long stream of conversation
with Peter, not once looking back at Irueku who
was following silently behind us.
About three quarters away from the school, I
heard Peter sigh. Looking up, I saw the person I
least wanted to see. Amanda Riles was once again
just a few meters away from us, but there was I
slight difference today. She was glaring at me.
“Black, you,” then a word I have sworn not to
say, “what’d you do to me yesterday?” She
stepped up to my face.
I backed up. “I-I don’t know what you’re
She grabbed the front of my jacked with both
hands and shook me hard as she spat, “Of course
you know what I mean! What the,” another word I
can’t say, “did you do to me yesterday! Tell me!”
“I didn’t do anything! I swear!”
She sneered and pulled back her fist. “I guess
I’ll have to pound it out of you!”
I cringed in fear, waiting for what seemed
like years for pain to erupt on my face, but it
never came. I heard a loud gasp and opened my
eyes as I felt her hand leave my jacket. My vision
was blocked by a large body and was confused
until I realized it was Irueku.
I peeked around him and saw Amanda
gasping on the other side of the street. She was
sitting upright, holding her throat. As she spat out
blood, I saw Irueku trembling. I almost touched
him to try to comfort him when I realized he
wasn’t trembling from fear. They were tremors of
His voice was as harsh and sharp as before
when he said, “I will never allow you to hurt
Carmen! Whoever wishes for that outcome shall
face my wrath!”
Wide-eyed, Amanda quickly got to her feet
and ran as fast as she could in the other direction
to get away from Irueku’s vicious intent.
I was afraid to touch him until he finally said,
“It’s alright now, Carmen, the enemy has
I sighed. “Thanks, Irueku.”
He turned around and hugged me until Peter
had had enough and forced us along.
When we reached the school, I asked, “So,
Irueku. Are you going back home now?”
I turned around to find no one there. I looked
around for him, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Hm, I guess he already left.
We went inside and went to our classes
before the bell could ring.
Spanish went as usual, with my teacher
yelling at everyone, including me, and give out
Pre-Calculus was the same, as well, and I
missed every question.
In Chemistry, I had the worst partner and had
to do all of the lab by myself so we got in trouble
for not finishing.
As for P.E., I definitely got my fair share of
tripping over myself in basketball and had
plenty of teasing and laughing for it.
I was so happing going into lunch, Peter was
“What happened now? Did you actually save
the planet from a stray comet this time?”
I laughed. “No. Actually, I’ve had rotten luck
so far today.”
His eyebrows rose. “And you’re happy about
He sighed and said, “You are definitely the
weirdest person I know.”
I just laughed.
My day continued in that manor until I got to
I was day dreaming about how yesterday
went and I still couldn’t accept that all that
happened in just one day. One day was all it took
to shift my views of the world. One day and
everything was changed. And in less than one day,
I may never see this world again.
I looked around the room.
I most likely will never see this room again. I
may never see this school again. Or this town.
It was too much for me comprehend.
I had decided to not say farewell to my
friends so that I could see them at their best for
the last time, not sorry and sulky about my
leaving. I knew I would regret it later and my
friends would be angry I didn’t tell them, but I
just couldn’t say goodbye possibly forever when
I, myself, couldn’t accept it in the first place.
But I had to do this. I couldn’t just leave the
world of the Shikoroni in the hands of the
Konmeru Tribe. People were being hurt and I
could help them. I couldn’t live with myself if I
knew that I could do something for them and stay
in my own simple life.
I sighed. What have I gotten myself into?But my thoughts were interrupted by a
familiar, soft voice. “Uh, may I see Carmen for a
I looked up and smiled. In the doorway stood
Derek. I jumped up and followed him out before
Mrs. Floude could say a word.
I shut the door to the classroom and faced
Derek. “What’s this about?”
He smiled. “I had to come over and talk to
There was something in his eyes that made
my smile fade. “What’s wrong?”
He chuckled. “Come here.”
I frowned. His eyes were growing more and
more different as I looked into them. I shook my
He smiled wider. “Come here, Carmen.”
I backed away and shook my head harder as I
realized what the look in his eyes were. Anger.
He stepped forward and said through
clenched teeth, “Carmen, come here right now!”
When I shook my head once more, he sighed
and pulled out a long device. Was that what I
thought it was? Yes. It was a concealed sword!
I turned and ran as fast as I could. I heard him
follow behind and yell, “Be a good girl, Carmen,
and let me kill you!” He laughed maniacally.
I screamed as I passed by classes, but it was
as if they heard and saw nothing.
“It’s no use! I used a Silencing Charm on
them! They can’t hear or see you at all! You’re
I could feel tears streaming down my face as I
ran down the stairs. “No! I’ll never be yours!”
He laughed again. “It didn’t seem that way
I was furious. “You traitor! How could you
use me like that, you vicious monster!”
For once he was silent.
“Why do you want to kill me so suddenly?
You could have killed me long ago!”
He laughed. “You weren’t of age yet! Kaiko
Konmeru wanted to keep you alive until you
became of age and took on your powers. Now I
can kill you like I’ve always wanted!”
I gasped. “Konmeru?! So that’s why you
want to kill me!”
“Of course, stupid girl!”
I was near the end of the hallway when I
realized I had made a fatal mistake. There was
only a dead end this way with a window and
some lockers. Even worse; as I reached the end I
tripped and scrambled to stand up, but was pushed
back down. The breath was knocked out of me
and I started to scream until I felt something cold
and sharp pressed against the back of my neck.
“It’s too late to do anything now, Mersili.
Your time on Earth is over!”
I buried my face into my arms as tears welled
up in my eyes. This was the end of the line. I only
had 16 years of living. Wasn’t I supposed to save
the Shikoroni world from people like Derek?
Wasn’t I supposed to lead them to peace with
humans? Was my life going to go to waste only a
day after I found the truth? No, all of it was a lie.
All of it. This wasn’t how it was supposed to end.
It can’t end like this! Please! Somebody help me!
That’s when I heard a shatter from above and
a loud thump on the floor in front of me.
“Get your filthy hands off Carmen, Suko!”
I looked up and was happier than ever before
to see Irueku standing with his sword clenched
tight in both hands. He was glaring at Derek- or
Suko, I guess- so hard, it would have paralyzed a
I heard Suko’s breath catch and felt the tip of
the sword draw away from my neck.
“Guardian of Shadows? Why are you of all
Irueku’s eyes narrowed. “I was summoned
last night as the guide of Carmen Mersili. I never
expected the tribe of Darkness would come after
her right after her Stage of Reincarnation just
started. I was naïve to allow her to leave my side,”
he looked down at me and his eyes softened. “Are
you alright Carmen?”
I tried to talk but the words wouldn’t come
out so I just nodded.
He nodded and made a gesture for me to
come over and join him. I scrambled forward and
stood behind him, taking deep breathes to calm
myself. Finally, I looked back at Suko.
He was sneering, but the look of anger had
faded from his eyes and was replaced by genuine
fear. Slowly backing away, he said, “You won’t
get away with this!”
Irueku laughed. “You just try and stop me!”
Suko turned and ran as fast as he could down
the hall, tail between his legs, as Irueku laughed
I heard screams erupt from nearby classrooms
as people realized that there was a strange man
running through the halls waving around a
dangerous-looking sword. The spell must have
been broken when Irueku arrived.
“We have to leave,” said Irueku after he
stopped laughing. “We have to leave now!”
When I hesitated, he picked me up in his
arms and jumped out the window. I was about to
scream when I realized that we were on the third
story until I noticed that we weren’t moving
anymore. We had jumped onto a large tree limb.
“Where are we going?”
“To your house. We have to get to Shiko
before the Tribe of Darkness can come after us.
Do you remember the vortex you created last
night? The one I came out of?”
“You’ll have to create another one,” and we
were off, speeding like a bullet up the street. We
were back at my house in less than five minutes.
When we got inside, my father rushed us.
Irueku set me down. “No time to explain. The
Tribe of Darkness will be here in a couple of
We went upstairs and grabbed our small bags
we had packed last night. I was herded to the attic
where Irueku asked for my book of magic.
“I need to find the proper spell for this
situation,” he explained as he flipped through the
pages. I filled my father in on most of the details
until Irueku handed back the book on the right
page. “Top right. Read it out loud.”
I scanned it quickly, then read:
“Rise portal to the other world,
To where we want to go,
Let us leave and go beyond,
To the magic world Shiko.”
In less than a second, a large vortex appeared
at the center of the room, as it had last night.
There was a crash downstairs and my father
moved to go protect my mother, but Irueku held
him back. “I have a Protection Spell set on
everyone in your family. It will be strong enough
to fend until the threat is gone.”
I looked uncertain, but was pushed towards
“You must leave, Carmen. Take the front,
Raven. I’ll take the rear.”
My father nodded and walked through the
portal and into the world of darkness.
The banging drew closer, but I hesitated.
“Go Carmen! There is no more time left to
spare!” And with that, I was pushed into the
- Title: Worlds Apart Chapter 7
- Artist: Sow-long
- Description: Sorry to keep you waiting again...I haven't been on for quite a while. Anyways, here is the seventh chapter of my story. Sorry that it is so long, but i just got carried away in the story haha. Btw, i currently have about 22 chapters, so i should be able to get more of this story out to everyone a bit sooner than last time. ENJOY!!!
- Date: 03/14/2011
- Tags: worlds apart magic romance action