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Outside Light
May 19, 2021|Short Story

Outside Light

Outside Light

In an instant, his perspective changed and life returned to reality. To his surprise, Orlando was holding himself from someone’s back. But… who is this person? he wondered noticing that the two of them traveled at high speeds.

“It was about time you regained consciousness,” Margareth said.

“Where are we?” he asked… “who are you?”

He’s still asleep, Margareth thought and sped up her motorcycle. The two of them traveled at high speeds down a thin path next to a cliff—any wrong move and they would both be falling into an abyss that seemed endless.

Orlando held on tight when he looked to his side, vertigo took over him. “Could you slow down?” he asked, but his plea wasn’t heard.

Margareth continued to accelerate as if her life depended on it, traveling really fast on the narrow path on the side of the cliff. “We’ll be there soon,” she finally said.

The motorcycle passed between two huge rocks, leaving the terrifying road behind. Orlando felt a little calmer. Although the speed at which they were traveling still kept him altered. In the distance one could see a bridge over a canyon. They now traveled on a thin dirt road in the middle of an immense green meadow… suddenly a huge chunk of earth rose up in front of them.

Orlando was unable to hold on and was thrown off the motorcycle, flying for an instant before falling into some bushes. Then, regaining consciousness, he got up to examine the situation… impossible.

About twenty feet away, the woman he was riding with was floating. A circle of yellow light completely surrounded her… her hands covered by smaller spheres of light. She turned her face to see if Orlando was okay.

Orlando couldn’t remember the woman—he couldn’t remember anything. His mind tried to make sense of what was happening, when…

A beam of black lighting hit the sphere surrounding Margareth. Immediately, she fell to the ground and Orlando noticed that a man in a black coat began to walk in his direction. No, wait, Orlando thought before turning to flee.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Vincent said, raising his hands.

Orlando chasked with the stone wall that rose in front of him. “Wait… you’ve got the wrong guy,” he said… his voice too low for the man on the black coat to hear.

“So this is the chosen one people praise so much,” Vincent said, walking towards him.

“You’re wrong,” said Orlando, “I shouldn’t be here. There must be a mistake.”

“What kind of hero is this?” Vincent asked as he turned to see the unconscious woman on the floor.

“Take anything you want,” Orlando said.

“All I want is your life…” Vincent said and a black bolt of light came out of his hand.

Orlando closed his eyes, sure it would be the end of him. To his surprise, the same yellow light that he saw around the woman now surrounded him.

“You must trust your instincts,” he heard within the sphere with Margareth’s voice, before it disappeared.

Instincts… instincts… Orlando thought unable to understand.

“…I see you have hidden surprises,” Vincent said. “I like that!”

“It wasn’t my intention,” Orlando said, leaning against the stone wall.

“Let’s do this quickly,” Vincent said, “What do you say?”

“WAIT,” Margareth yelled and released a beam of light from her hand.

Vincent deflected the beam with ease.

Orlando looked at the woman he traveled with on the ground. Why is she trying to defend me, he thought. If I die it’ll be on my own terms.

Vincent watched Orlando run towards him. “Don’t you see it’s useless,” he said and shot out a black bolt.

Orlando was not able to react receiving the blow to his chest and falling backwards

“We better get it over with,” Vincent said.

Orlando got up again, holding his chest with one hand, noticing that the lightning left a black mark on him. Then, he watched the man in the black coat begin to form a black circle between his hands.

Vincent looked forward, focusing all of his power on the circle of balck lighting forming in front of him. His gaze fixed on the person he came to assassinate, concentrating on the mission he had to accomplish. For an instant, he looked towards Margareth’s direction—she didn’t seem ready to intervene. Staring back at his target, Vincent let go of the ball of darkness that seemed to flash.

Orlando was surprised to see the black flame flying towards him. Time seemed to stop, as he closed his eyes and extended his arm to defend himself. Everything is lost. With his other arm he covered his face, preparing to receive the strike of the black lightning again.

Nothing…

Orlando opened his eyes, wondering what had happened… his arm was on fire. He immediately began to shake the blue flame out of his hand to avoid being burned. Before long he noticed that he was unharmed. Then he looked and found the man in black coat on the floor. What happened?

The sound of the motorcycle approaching caught his attention. “Lets go,” said Margareth, “or are you waiting for him to get up? Hurry, we don’t have much time.”

Orlando looked at the great bridge they traveled to. A structure of colored crystals that seemed to decorate the landscape, and beyond… the strange city that Orlando never dreamed of knowing. Houses of different shades of glass rose like thin pyramids from the floor, from the distance it was like seeing a forest of colors that sparkled in the sunlight.

Margareth sped up when Orlando finally jumped on… while Vincent watched them drive away. Someday you’ll have to get out and I’ll be waiting for you.

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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • May 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Interesting.
    So is it part of a larger story or a standalone?

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:36 am

      I hope you liked it Daniel. I’m not sure, but if enough readers vote in favor of a larger plot we could start one. Vote here: https://bit.ly/3bJw7Qp

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Done.
      And nice seeing your Facebook page.
      I’ve liked it as well.
      I’ve been off Twitter for a while.
      Hope to connect there to when I go back there.

    • May 22, 2021 at 4:47 am

      hi sebastian: we never spoke but I see your blog and the images are always stunning – do you also do the artwork and the writing

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Hi, sadly I can’t take credit for the images; they were found on the internet and edited to suit my blog style.

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Very nice. I appreciate that there is some closure. Either that, or I am simply becoming more accustomed to story telling style 🙂

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Thank you, I’m very happy to know that you are enjoying my style.

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    The story kept me interested, first to find out where they were going, and then to find out if Orlando would survive the attack.

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Priscilla, I’m very happy to know that you were able to experience the scenery embodied in my words.

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    This was really well put together, there were parts I didn’t expect and that made me enjoy it even more

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:46 am

      Miles, I’m glad to know that I was able to surprise you. I hope you take the time to enjoy more of my stories.

  • May 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    “Exiting fantasy, entering reality, we are able to now live in reality
    we couldn’t achieve before fantasy.” _-Van Prince

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Van Prince, the simplicity you have to express an idea that most require a complete novel is fascinating.

    • May 21, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      I get luck some times=thank you much!

  • Lorna B.
    May 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Another awesome great read! Wow! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:41 am

      I’m very happy to know that you like my story, Lorna. I’ll try to create more like this, hope to see you back soon.

  • May 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Amazing bro keep follow me too.

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:48 am

      I hope you’re enjoying my stories and thank you for the invitation.

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:51 am

      Yes I am enjoying your stories and I already have been recommending your blogs in my friends circle kindly share my blogs too.

  • Festus
    May 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Suspenseful and fabulous!

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      I’m very happy to know that you liked my story, Festus. I hope you come back soon.

  • May 20, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Nicely done. I like the motorbike opening setting. We’ll need sequels to many of these stories..!

  • May 20, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Love it 🙂

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:54 am

      It’s a pleasure to know you loved it and I hope you can enjoy all my stories.

  • May 20, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Inspiring stuff. I am struggling with a short story of my own. Deadline is next Tuesday, so I have time. I have to remember to have fun. Your stories show that you are having almost as much “fun” as your characters. Continue to enjoy the ride. It’s well worth your time and effort.

    • May 21, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Thank you, the truth is that I’m really enjoying creating stories. May your short story be created with ease and delivered on time. I hope to see you back soon.

    • May 21, 2021 at 11:19 am

      😎

  • May 20, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Good story. I like a good hero story, especially when the character awakens to the power he didn’t know he had.

    • May 21, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, I’m very happy to know you’re enjoying my stories. I’ve started a poll to see if more readers are interested in a sequel: https://bit.ly/3bJw7Qp

    • May 21, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, it’s like your stories start and finish in the middle, it just leaves us interested in the rest of the story. Thank you

  • May 20, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Ok that is good

  • May 20, 2021 at 9:08 am

    cool

  • May 20, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for your support dear

  • May 20, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    “Oh, wow, loved it, incredible storytelling kept me in suspense!”

  • May 21, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Interesting story. Enjoyed reading it.

    • May 21, 2021 at 11:29 am

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it, Kritika. I hope you find my other stories interesting too.

  • May 21, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Thank you for liking my post, glad I found yours, great stories, looking forward to reading more.

    • May 21, 2021 at 11:32 am

      It was a pleasure, Karen. I’m glad that you are enjoying my stories.

  • May 21, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Are you just randomly liking things? What would a fiction writer like you want to have to do with my spiritual ravings?

    • May 22, 2021 at 8:15 am

      Your blog is good. I like it too.

    • May 22, 2021 at 8:29 am

      It’s very important to me to find people with out of the ordinary perspectives. I was lucky enough to find your blog. Thanks for your spiritual ravings!

    • May 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      You’re very welcome sir! Stay tuned. I’m looking forward to becoming an active part of the WordPress community.

  • May 21, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Hmm, Hi. This is beautifully written. I can even live the story in my mind as I read it!😊🤩😍

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Perfect! That is exactly what I wanted to achieve. I hope you enjoy the rest of my stories. See you back soon.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Yeah!❣ of course!!!😊

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