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- Posted: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 17:53:12 +0000
:: The Secret To Laughter ::
It was late but she could not sleep for some reason. The green around the Pantheon was increasing day by day. Much was changing, but she almost longed for the days before. Almost.
With a sigh, she walked out onto the balcony. The stars were still gone but she imagined that she could still see them. A twinkle to the left as the sun dipped lower and lower in the sky. The rosy pinks and reds gave way to deep violets as it vanished entirely. A sparkle to the right and then the center gleamed and glimmered.
Pinpoints tiny yet daring to shine through as everything else was dark around them. Three. Four. Ten more. They appeared as she imagined what she had once seen and held dear. Some brighter than others shimmered, looking larger and almost close enough to reach out and grasp.
The moon rose, barely shining at first, casting a faint cool sheen to everything. Moments passed and then more and more stars flickered into view, sparkling, and putting on the show as they did each night. She sighed, arms wrapped around her as she continued to concentrate on what she saw.
Soon the image was entirely filled as stars dusted the darkness of space and moonlight ravenously revealed all that lay beneath its caress. Like a dark canvas splattered with dots of paint, she could see it all. Secrets lay revealed yet hidden withing the twinkling depths. A part of her always wanted to explore what was so carefully protected there.
Taj had gone to space and she wondered which of those lights twinkling in her mind's eye he had been to. A faint breeze crossed her skin and she could almost feel teh warm sweet breath of the sky as it whispered to her. Her lips twitched.
A laugh slipped free, escaping as it echoed into the darkness as she held the memory close. This instant was all she had. She had not known the god who knew the universe like the back of his own hand. And he was gone, but remembered by many. Some for the lack of his presence and others like Eftemie for his very heart and soul which showed each moment spent beneath the canopy of his domain.
"A perfect moment..." she murmurred as the thought of her host slipped down over her. This instant was one of the things they shared. A secret that few would understand was the twining of both their lives.
Lisana knew that was what she was seeing, revealed to her even as she imagined it. A perfect moment that had been pulled from the memories of both of them. Something she would enjoy and watch in all over and over again. The secrets hidden there still silently waited in the darkness she now stood under. They merely needed pulled forth from where they lay dormant. Sleeping and waiting to waken for all again.
Lisana held it close for another long moment, laughing agains as she saw a sky that was not truly there, except in her memories. Then she let it go, still feeling the wonder of it again for a time. But then she saw reality and the darkness that held no stars or moon. The void that lay oppressively over them all.
But even in the dark, a myriad of secrets still waited. And with that in mind, she knew that clues to what had been, what was, and what was still to come would find their way forwards when they needed them most.
For now though, all she could do was imagine and guard the secrets within her soul closely. One day she would have need of them. She supposed that was what Harmodius had intended when he had brought them back this way and to require a host of some sort. To give them more than they had before. To make sure they did not fail again.
With a slight chuckle she turned away, back to her bed with a yawn. It occurred to her that perhaps Harmodius had his secrets too and knew all theirs as well. That was only as it should be.