A/N: This chapter focuses more on Darien and his POV.
I laid there in my bed not wanting to wake up and feel the pains of the morning from my old body. But sadly, I had to. As soon as I started to get up, I noticed a few things were different. The first thing I noticed was my room. The walls were not the same red color I usually see, but instead it was a pale yellow color instead. The second thing I had noticed was my body. Instead of my old wrinkled one; I had a young, firm, tight body. As if I reverted into my 20’s again!
“What the hell?” I said with my voice sounding young again. I looked around the room and found a mirror next to the window. I got out of the bed to check myself out to make sure I was seeing things right. Sure enough I was staring at my 25 year old self in the mirror.
“How is this possible?” I asked my reflection. After checking out my young body again, I went to look outside the window to see if I could figure out where I was. Once again I was shocked to what I had discovered.
“I’m in Moonlight Falls!” I couldn’t understand how this was possible. How could one person travel from Sunset Valley to Moonlight Falls in one night and go from elder to young adulthood without being aware of it?
As I stood there trying to figure things out, the door behind me starting to open. I quickly turned around to see who was entering the room and the person was no other than Amelia. A very younger Amelia.
“I see my glorious Sun has finally risen!” she chuckled with her young voice. “How are you feeling?”
“I…really don’t know.” I said slowly with confusion.
“Is there something wrong?” Amelia asked with a worried face.
“Yeah there is. Amelia, can I ask you something?”
“Sure what is it?” she asked eagerly. I forgot how preppy she was in the morning during our younger years.
“When did we become young again? The last thing I remember was that we were in our elder age and living in a nice house in Sunset Valley. What happened last night?” I asked.
“Darien, what are you talking about? We’re only 25 years old! Ugh, I told you not to have that shot of nectar before going to bed! You always have weird dreams when you do that.” Amelia scolded me.
“I’m sorry my beautiful Moon. I didn’t mean to.” I quietly apologized to her while lightly stroking her cheek. “I promise I won’t do it ever again!” Even if I have to make this promise to her a second time!
“Oh I can’t stay mad at you forever. What would you do without me?” Amelia smiled.
“I’d be drunk all the time.” I joked.
“I’ll be in the kitchen eating some breakfast. Oh and could you please talk to your sister? Her latest antics are driving me nuts!” Amelia said as she started to leave the room.
“You better get use to it! She’ll be with us for a while!” I told her.
“Oh Watcher, I hope not!” Amelia sighed.
I went to open the dresser where I found my old clothes from that time. I chuckled at myself on how I use to dress as a ‘bad boy’ back then. I put on my clothes as a wave of nostalgia over came me. I went downstairs into what looked like a living room and stopped dead in my tracks. ‘Why does this place look so familiar?‘ Then it hit like a ton of bricks.
‘This is my childhood home!‘ I looked around the room as memories started to flood into my mind, that is when I noticed Terra was standing by the bookshelf.
“Terra! Thank the Watcher I found you. I need to ask you something.” I said.
“Sure what’s wrong? I can sense you’re really confused.” said Terra as she put one of the books back on the shelf.
“I am! I clearly remembered all of us were living in Sunset Valley, with Amelia and I both in our elderly years, and then I woke up to find out we’re in Moonlight Falls as young adults! Do you know what happened last night that could of caused this?” I frantically asked her.
“First of all, relax! Second, it was just a bad dream. You probably had too much nectar again last night.” Terra said with a glare.
“But I didn’t have any!” I quickly defended myself.
“Darien, just forget about the dream alright? You have a big day ahead of you with your new job tonight, you Kitchen Scullion!” Terra smirked.
“Fine.” I grumbled to her as I felt frustrated from the lack of answers.
I went into the kitchen to make some breakfast where Amelia was just finishing washing her bowl. As soon as she saw me, Amelia noticed my frustration and started to frown.
“Darien is something wrong?” she asked.
I shook my head while avoiding her eyes as I walked toward the refrigerator, but she grabbed my arm and gently pulled me back so that I was standing in front of her.
“It’s about the dream isn’t it?” she asked.
I nodded. “I’m so confused. I swear everything that happened to me seemed so real, but to find out it was a dream, it doesn’t make any sense!”
“Don’t worry about it!” Amelia assured me. “Maybe it was a vision of us in the future. That the both of us will live a long happy life!”
“You could be right my love.” I said with a small smile. “If it was a vision, I can at least make sure Drake doesn’t pull the same mistakes again!”
“Who’s Drake?” Amelia asked looking puzzled.
*DING-DONG* Went the doorbell. “I’ll get it!” Terra shouted from the living room.
“Drake was our son in my dream. We also had a girl named Opal living with us too.” I explained after being interrupted by the doorbell.
“Opal? Is she our daughter?” Amelia asked with her voice full of excitement.
“No, she was a girl that had drowned. You were able to use magick to resurrect her back to life.” I told her.
“Resur- Darien! Are you saying I used dark magick in your dream?!” Amelia sounded confused and worried.
“No no no! It’s not like that at all! It’s…well… complicated…look you just have to trust me. You brought this girl back to life to give her a second chance by using your Moon magick.”
“Your not making any sense Darien!” Amelia said looking at me like I was crazy. “Why would I-”
“AAAAHHHHHHH!” came a blood-curdling scream from the living room.
Amelia and I quickly ran to the source of the noise and to my horror, I found Terra dead on the ground.
“TERRA!” I scream. “Oh my Watcher, what happened?!”
We both stood in shock of what we found when I heard Amelia give a small gasp and whispered “Darien! It’s HER!”
I quickly looked up from Terra’s lifeless body and found a person standing above her.
“Hello Darien.” Splendora smirked.
“Splendora?! What are you doing here?” I growled at her.
“I just thought I popped by to give you and your family a visit.’ She said. “Terra was being very rude so I decided to give her a lesson. The same one I taught to your mother.”
“You’ll pay for what you did!” I yelled at her as I reached for my wand. ‘Wait! Where is my wand?’ I frantically patted around for my wand in my pockets but it could not be found.
“Looking for this?” Splendora smirked again with my wand in her hand. “You know Firelight, it seems your parents never taught you and your sister how to be kind and courteous to your guests. Looks like you will need to be taught a lesson too!”
With one quick movement, Splendora shot a spell right at me. But before I could move out of the way, Amelia screamed “No!” and moved herself in front of me. In a bright flash, Amelia immediately fell to ground, as a lifeless body.
“A-Amelia?” my voice and body quietly shaking. ‘She can’t be dead! She just can’t be!’
But both her and my sister were laying on the ground, dead as a doorknob.
“Oh how sweet! She died protecting her husband! Such a shame. I really liked her, she had so much potential.” Splendora laughed.
“That’s it Splendora! I am ending you for once and for all!” I screamed at her. I really didn’t care at that point if I had a wand or not. After taking so much from me, I just wanted her dead!
I started to charge right at her and raised my arm to punch her, but I could suddenly feel my body moving very slowly. As if my body weighted a ton. Then with one quick motion, Splendora grabbed my shirt, flipped me over with one arm, and slammed me on the floor next to Terra. I laid there feeling the pain radiating through out my body and trying to process what had happened, but Splendora was standing above me with evil madness in her eyes.
“After I’m finished with you, I’m going after your son! And Opal too!” She said gleefully. “You know, this is how exactly how your father looked before I ripped his heart out!”
Splendora raised her right hand and drove it into my chest. She pulled my heart out and crushed it.
I felt pain at first…then nothing…..
‘Where am I now?’ I thought to myself. After what felt like an eternity, I found myself standing in front of a double-door with statues on both sides of it. Just by looking at it I could feel that this was an important place.
As I stood there examining my surroundings, I could feel that I was suppose to enter through the door. As if I was being called to it. After one deep breath, I turned the knob and opened the door which revealed what looked like some kind of throne room.
In the middle of the room stood two thrones with a wall ornament hanging behind it, which I instantly recognized as the family crest, the Sun. I also took noticed that there was a woman sitting on one of the thrones. But when I realized who this woman was, I started to frown.
‘There is no way this can be her! She’s been dead for years! She looks like Terra but her eyes are orange like mine and there is only one person I know who had that color!’ There was only one way for me to find out if it was her or not.
“M-mom?” I cautiously asked the woman sitting on the throne.
“Hello Darien, it’s been a while my son.” My mother, Rose Firelight, greeted me with a gentle smile and compassion in her voice.
“Do not be afraid, Darien. Come closer, the last time I saw you was when you were a little boy.” My mother said as she stood up from her throne.
I carefully walked up to her until we were face-to-face. “My, you have grown so much!” she smiled.
“Mom?” I asked with caution again. “Do you know what happened to me? I thought I was in my elder-hood but I woke up being young again. I also remembered being attacked by Splendora. Did…did I…am I dead?”
“No you’re not my little Sun. What you had experienced was just a dream.” My mother explained to me.
“So is this a dream I’m having right now?” I asked.
“Yes and no.” said my mother. “You are still asleep in the physical world but I brought your spirit here in this realm of the netherworld to help you.”
“Help me with what?” I asked again.
“Darien honey, I need you to break your vow of vengeance against Splendora. You need to get over my death.” Mother said calmly.
“But mom! I just can’t do that!” I protested. “She took you from us when we were kids! Terra and I grew up with out a mom! Your life was taken, so her life must too!”
“Yes I understand your anger, my son, but I do not want you to fall under the same fate as your father.” My mother calmly said again.
“Dad? What happened to him? Is he okay?” I asked. I haven’t seen my father since Terra and I turned 18. As soon as we did, our father basically left to get revenge on Splendora. We haven’t heard or seen him since.
“I’m sorry to say this but he passed away when both you and Terra were 28 years old. He was able to find Splendora but she killed him.” My mother explained with tears starting form in her orange eyes. She continued on: “Sadly, because a huge part of his life was to seek revenge on my death, he had a large amount of anger in him. He carried it deep within his soul even after he crossed over. Because of that anger, he was not allowed to join me and was sent to the dark side of the netherworld…the abyss.”
“The abyss! How long is he going to be there for?” I asked.
“Until he releases the anger from his soul. It could take 10, 20, 50, or even more than 100 years. It could even take an eternity!” My mother said with more tears forming in her eyes. “Darien, this is why I need you to release your vow against Splendora. Your anger, your need for revenge, will consume you. It will push you away from your wife, your son, and your sister. Just like how the anger your father had pushed him away from you and Terra. You will become like your father and will be sent to the abyss. It is horrible knowing where my husband is at right now but it will be torture if my son joined him.”
After hearing what my mother had learned about my father, I started think back during the times when the anger started to affect me. I remembered pushing Amelia away when she wanted to help me. Neglecting Drake’s attention when he was a child and snapping at him when he wasn’t taking things seriously. Feeling anger towards my sister for feeling no need of vengeance after our mothers’ death. As I thought of this, I started to feel their emotions from the anger I gave out to them. I felt helplessness from Amelia, fear from Drake, and surprisingly, I felt pity from Terra.
My mother then said “This is why I summoned you here. To help you understand what will happen if you hold on to this anger. Not only would you be sent to the abyss, but that anger will eventually start growing in Drake.” As soon as she said that I had a vision of Drake basically doing what I was doing. Pushing people away from his life because one person ruined his. He would have blamed me but then he would have blamed Splendora and make a vow of his own. ‘I need release this vow!’
“Mom” I finally said after what seemed like a few long minutes. “I understand now. I understand what I need to do. How can I do it?”
She smiled and said “What you need to do is quite simple. Replace your old vow with a new one.”
“But what can I replace it with?” I asked.
With her loving orange eyes looking directly at mine she told me.
“By loving your family. Let Amelia help you with the problems you are facing, she has so much love that she can help you. Be there to guide Drake with his powers, he is going to need your help now more than ever! Finally, apologize to Terra. She understands the pain you feel and knows that you don’t mean to take it out on her. Apologize to her and you will know that she has forgiven you. Do you think you can do that my little Sun?”
“Yes.” I said quietly “Yes I can.”
“Thank you.” My mother smiled. “But now I need to ask you to make one more vow, if you don’t mind.”
“What is it?”
“It is about Opal. Her and Splendora are connected, I do not know why or how they are connected, but what I need you to do is to protect her. Splendora will try to do something to Opal and you need to be there to protect her. Not only by physically protecting her but also by training Drake in his magick. He has very strong magick within him that he will need help trying to control it. Amelia won’t be able to do it alone. Can you also do that?” Mother asked me.
“Of course!” I immediately answered. “Mom I vow that I will protect Opal from Splendora and that I will train Drake in his magick!”
My mother gave a huge grin across her face and said “Thank you my little Sun! Sadly it is time for you to go back, but don’t worry, we will see each other again!”
My mother wrapped her arms around me, giving me her famous hug that I fondly remembered receiving as a child, as I hugged her back.
“I know we will. I love you mom.” I whispered in her ear.
“I love you too, my little Sun.” She whispered back.
I slowly opened my eyes to find myself in my bed at Sunset Valley, with my darling Amelia next to me fast asleep. I slowly got up with the usually pains of the morning from my old body, but this time I didn’t care. I was still feeling the love I received from my mother in my dream and the power of the new vow that was now on me.
I quietly got dressed so I wouldn’t disturb my beautiful sleeping Moon and left the room in search for Terra. I had to apologize to her, but not here.
I’d reckoned Terra was in the kitchen doing something when I heard some banging noises. Sure enough there was Terra, hammering down the microwave. ‘Of course she would do something like this!’ I mentally chuckled.
“What are you doing?” I grumbled, trying to make sure she wouldn’t pick up the happy feelings I was holding inside.
“Fixing the microwave with a hammer!” She said as she pounded away.
“Why the hell not?” she laughed. “So what’s up bro? You need something?”
“Yeah I do. Listen, Terra, I need you to meet me at the new park in an hour. I have something to tell you and it’s very important.” I told her.
“Is it that important that we can’t talk about it here?” She looked at me with a curious face.
“Yes! And don’t be late!” I snapped at her as I left the house.
“Kay, I’ll be there in two hours then!” She answered back.
Just as my grumpy-ass brother asked me to, I arrived at the new park an hour later.
‘I wonder why he wanted me to come here for? I hope there isn’t something wrong with him. Then again, his mood and energies were kinda different than usual this morning.’
I found Darien sitting on one of the benches staring at the rose bush. ‘Rose….mom…’ I quickly touched the rose earrings Amelia had made for me that were dangling from my earlobes. I loved them when she gave them to me. It was a beautiful reminder and symbol of love. Something that I use to represent my mother. I quickly made my way to where Darien was sitting so he wouldn’t be more irritated with me. As soon as I came near him he immediately said “Sit.” So I took a seat next to him.
As we sat there in silence, waiting for him to talk, I could start to sense what he was feeling. He was feeling grumpy, irritated, and of course mad. But suddenly out of nowhere, all of that negative feelings went away and was replaced with a mixture of relief, guilt, happiness, and love! ‘What the hell?!’ I thought.
Finally Darien said “I’m so sorry Terra. I’m sorry for all the anger that I had and used against you. I’m sorry that you had to feel that from me all these years. I’m sorry for pushing you away from me like how dad did with us. Can you ever forgive me?”
“Are you on drugs or something?” I asked him.”I swear to the Watcher if you are I am taking you personally straight to rehab!”
“No I’m not!” he chuckled. “I had a dream or vision, whatever the hell it was, about mom. She told me everything how my anger was slowly hurting everyone. She also told me about dad.”
“Dad?! What about him?” I quickly asked. I was hoping he was doing alright, or at least did alright since he probably died from old age already. But from what I started to feel from Darien, it wasn’t good.
“Mom explained to me that dad had found Splendora but was killed by her when we were 28.” he explained.
I knew our dad must have passed away already but I didn’t realized it was that long. Then I felt even more sadness from Darien. There was more to it.
“Was that all mom told you about dad?” I asked.
Darien shook his head and said “Mom told me because he held so much anger in his soul, he could not join mom where she was and was sent to the abyss instead. He’ll stay in there but only until he releases his anger.” he quickly added. Darien then explained about how his anger would have affected him if he didn’t changed his ways and that Drake would picked it up and follow the same path as our father. Which is why Darien had to change.
As I tried to let all this information sink in, Darien once again apologized for the times he was grumpy and hurtful to me. I could tell he was genuinely sorry for all those times his anger took over him. As we stood up I grabbed and pulled him into a tight hug.
“I had forgiven you a long time ago!” I whispered into his ear. I could feel the gratefulness that was radiating from him.
“Thank you.” he said as we released each other from our hug with tears forming in his eyes.
‘WAIT! Tears in his eyes!!! Geez he’s really serious!’ I thought.
He quickly tried to compose himself and looked slightly embarrassed. “Right well since Drake is in school right now, I’m going home to apologize to my wife and tell that I love her.” He said with happiness in his voice.
“Great! While you do that I’m gonna try something that I learned the other day from one of other fairies.” I told him.
“Good luck with that!” He said as he started to walk away.
“Thanks!” I shouted to him as he got on his broom and flew off.
I hung back a little bit before doing what I needed to do. I was feeling grateful that mom was somehow able to get to Darien and help him change. I stood next to the rose bush with the red flowers blooming. I could smell the scent coming from the roses as I thought of my mother from those far, but yet not faint memories I had of her.
“Thanks mom.” I quietly said looking out into the bay “It’s about time someone knocked some damn sense into him!”
‘Right time to get started!’ Then I headed towards the kids’ school, out of all the places!
Terra finally arrived at the school. She was determined to make this work! She went to the side of the building where the mighty weather stone stood proudly.
‘Seriously, out of all the places!’ Terra thought.
Terra stood in front of the weather stone (or rather behind) and started to use the ancient chant the fairies had taught her. Soon after, she started to give some of her fairy magick as an offering for the stone to work.
As the ritual continued, Terra could feel curiosity and fear from some of the students and teachers that were crowded against the windows. Without breaking her concentration, Terra could see from her peripheral vision that Drake and Opal were watching her, wondering what she was doing. Then Terra suddenly felt a strong burst of power from the weather stone. Its’ eyes turned green and sent a beam of light into the air which caused some dark clouds to cover the skies. Those ominous dark clouds started to pour not water, but flowers!
Everyone, including Terra, was surprised to see flowers raining from the skies. Soon all of Sunset Valley was in a downpour of flowers.
The rain of flowers had a wonder effect on everyone and everything. People started to report that the towns’ plants and crops were thriving because the flowers from the sky had good fertilizing properties in it. There was even some reports that a few dead plants were brought back to life! People seemed to benefit from this floral downpour by being happier and friendly which each other. The flowers even had some kind magic to give off a romantic effect as couples gave more romantic gestures to their significant other.
Even the most grumpiest of people could not escape the effects of the flowers.
A/N: Thank you everyone for your patience. I have been through a lot for the past 6-7 months as stated from my previous post but I’m happy that I was able to finish this chapter. I’m so sorry it took so long and I do hope that you all enjoyed it!