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The Orb of Unlimited Power – by Hope
July 20, 2010 ~ End of the First Showers 211 C.
On the world of Coran there lived a mage named Fileus Hartkins. Now, this particular mage was in search of a power; a power that had no weakness, no limitation, and it could be controlled no matter what your skill in the art of magic was. Even if one didn’t practice magic, one could still wield it, or so he hoped. The mage raced to create such a power to help stop the never ending civil war between the magical folk and non-magical folk, but all his endeavors ended in failure. Until one day, in the kingdom of Caledonia, he achieved his goal.
Fileus held his creation in his hands. The orb appeared to be small and round and it emitted a warm, golden glow. Fileus believed only one was worthy enough to wield this power and it wasn’t him. He would give it to his only child, his daughter Elaine, who he abandoned when she was not two days old. There were complications with the mother and so Fileus took the child for his own, but he did not want his daughter to grow up in a world that was tearing itself apart. So, he created a portal and he and his daughter went to another world called Earth. He ended up near a hospital. Fileus ran inside and the moment he gave his daughter to a nurse and told the nurse her name, he was gone. He regretted his decision every single day.
Every year though, on the day of her birth, Fileus returned to that world and searched for her. For her first year, he found Elaine in an orphanage full of other young children. He pretended to be interested in adopting so he could get just a small moment with her. On her second birthday, Fileus discovered that Elaine had been adopted into a family of five and there she stayed and lived a happy life. It wasn’t until years later that Fileus decided to give the orb to Elaine.
The house Elaine lived in was a decent size, compared to all the others around. The family, called the Browns, seemed like nice people. They always made Elaine’s day of birth so special. She received gifts, sweets, and a lot of people were always present, but today, no one was home. Fileus started to panic a little and he marched down the street, not knowing exactly where he should start looking. As he came to a crosswalk that led to a park on the other side, he heard voices screaming and shouting. Fileus ran into the park and saw a large party gathered under a white tent. Children were running all over the place and the adults were all clustered together. Fileus ducked under a tree and peered around. And there she was; her brown hair flew behind her as she ran with the other older children. She wore a yellow sundress and no shoes. His heart melted in his chest. She was becoming so much like her mother: the light brown hair, sparkling grey eyes, freckles on her nose and cheeks, although, she did have Fileus’s nose. The children were kicking around a red ball. They appeared to have set up two chairs and were trying to get the ball between the chairs. Elaine ran up to the ball and kicked it with her bare foot. The ball flew past the chairs and bounced its way right to Fileus.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get it!” Elaine shouted as she sprinted right up to Fileus. Fileus picked the ball up and examined it. “Hi,” Elaine panted. Beads of sweat dotted her forehead. Strands of her hair clung to the side of her face, but she didn’t seem to notice or care.
Fileus held back a smile. “Is this yours?” He said holding the ball out to her. Elaine nodded as she took it from him and said thanks. As she turned to leave, Fileus called out, “Uh, wait, what’s your name?”
Elaine stopped and pivoted. “Elaine Brown,” she answered.
He then held out his hand. The adults made this gesture a lot, a sign of greeting he believed. “My name is Fileus Hartkins.”
Elaine cautiously took his hand and they shook. “Nice to meet you.”
“And you as well.” He couldn’t hold back his smile any longer. “Elaine, before you go, what are you all celebrating?”
“It’s my birthday,” Elaine beamed.
“Well, happy birthday! How old are you?” he asked even though he knew her age.
Fileus grinned as he put his hand in his coat pocket. He clutched the orb. It felt warm and soothing in his hand. “Elaine, may I give you a present?”
She raised an eyebrow. “But I don’t even know you and you don’t even know me.”
Fileus smiled to himself. “The thing is, I made this,” he withdrew the orb and held it up between his fingers, “and it’s supposed to be for someone special.” Fileus held the orb out to her. “And I believe you are that someone. Happy birthday.”
Elaine dropped the red ball and took the orb. The orb’s light swirled in the palms of her hands. “It tickles,” she remarked. Then quite suddenly, the orb flew up in the air and hovered in front of Elaine. She gasped, “How’s it doing that?” The orb circled around Elaine’s head and then it did something that nearly gave Fileus a heart attack. It dove right into her open mouth and down her throat. Elaine coughed and gagged. Fileus saw the light shine through her skin and clothes as it flew straight for her heart. The orb’s light settled on her heart and then the light went out. She stopped coughing. “What…what was that?” Elaine wheezed. She touched her throat.
Fileus stood gaping. He quickly tried to think of something to say. “It…it has chosen you.”
She glared at him. “What?”
“The orb is alive and it has chosen you.”
“Are you serious? What’s going on? What happened?”
Fileus pondered. “I believe that orb wants to protect you, and so it has established itself in you, so that it can protect you from all harm.”
“But who would want to harm me?!”
Fileus started to panic and then he noticed that some of the adults were staring at them. He looked back at Elaine. “I know we just met, but can I ask you to trust me? I promise you the orb will not harm you, it wants to help you.”
Tears suddenly streamed down Elaine’s cheeks. “You’re my dad?” she whispered.
Fileus took a step back. “How…?”
Elaine wiped her eyes with the back of her hand. “The ball . . . it’s speaking to me, and it says that you’re my birth dad.”
Elaine’s parents started walking toward them. Fileus ignored them. “Yes, I’m your father.” How could the orb be speaking to her? He reached out to embrace her, but Elaine drew back.
“Excuse me!” Elaine’s father called.
Fileus took Elaine’s face in his hands so that she looked directly at him. “I am so sorry I gave you away, but it was for the best. This gift I have given you is meant only for you. Don’t let anyone take it away from you.” He gently kissed her forehead. “I love you so much, Elaine.” He quickly walked away.
“Hey!” Elaine’s father called. Both parents ran up to their daughter.
“Sweetie, are you alright?” her mom asked as she inspected her daughter. “Did that man hurt you?”
Elaine’s dad ran off after Fileus, but he never found him. He came back to his wife and daughter. “He just disappeared. Honey, who was that?”
“She hasn’t said a word. She hasn’t even moved,” Elaine’s mom said. Elaine stood perfectly still, her eyes glazed over, and then she fainted. Her mom screamed and caught her in her arms. Her father grabbed his phone and dialed for an ambulance. The rest of the party ran to them and created a circle around the trio, asking what had happened. An ambulance arrived minutes later. The paramedics jumped out of the van and one of them began examining Elaine. A police car pulled up and Elaine’s father told the cop about the strange man.
After the examination, the paramedics decided to take Elaine to the hospital and run some tests to see if the man had given her anything. But after the tests, they found nothing. Elaine was perfectly healthy. There wasn’t a single thing wrong with her and yet they didn’t know why she still slept.
The cause of Elaine being unconscious was the orb. It had put her to sleep so as to explore Elaine’s body and establish itself within her. The orb wanted to know its host’s strengths, weaknesses, and to cure anything that seemed out of place. It took three days, though the orb had no concept of time. Once it was done, it let its host wake up.
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