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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 26, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I admire your ability to write fiction as I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction in my own writing, but I would love to find a way to expand! I really enjoyed this- found it easy to envision the characters, the scene in my head. The story left me wanting more!

    • May 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Mel, I appreciate your kind words. I’m happy to know that you like my story… non-fiction is a whole universe that I prefer to just read. Ideas for some of my stories come from reading blogs like yours, thank you.

  • uday
    May 26, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed the piece. I’d be interested in learning more about your understanding of the story and why. I don’t typically read fantasy, but maybe I should do so more often. Thanks for liking my blogpost 🙂 … best

    • May 29, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Uday, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed my story. The truth is that I keep trying to understand what this story means, it seems to have much more depth than meets the eye… it’s better to appreciate the power of fantasy, it’s filled with lies hiding truths.

  • May 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Very well written. The intensity built up and peaked, like a Lou Reed song… I’m going to read a bunch more. Well done.

    • May 29, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Jack, I’m happy to know that you enjoy it. It means a lot from a fellow author… I hope you keep coming for my weekly stories.

  • May 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Very interesting! In this Covid pandemic, when we can’t go out and feel like we are stuck in our problems. Then your fictional stories give a different feel of bliss.

    • May 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Neetuk, you made me smile. Thank you for your nice comment, I hope to continue contributing to help us move forward.

    • May 29, 2021 at 11:30 pm

      It’s my pleasure to make you smile, just as I am happy to help my friends. Can we be friends so that I can always help you as a friend? …Neetu

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:09 am

      It would be an honor, Neetu.

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:52 am

      Thank you for making me a friend. Now helping each other in life’s problems can make our life easier.

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      🐻‍❄️

    • June 3, 2021 at 5:58 am

      Are you on Whatsapp, let me have your number.

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:52 am

      Neetuk, I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about that app. We should find another way.

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Do you use Facebook app? What is your Facebook profile?

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:11 am

      http://m.me/itusebastian

  • May 26, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I just started reading one or two of your blogs. I’m so grateful that you have found my blog, which is nonfiction writing, as you know. However, all writers should support each other, I strongly believe. So keep up the fiction writing.

    • May 26, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Aloha Ron (I guess that’s your name?)

      OMG–I just found a long string of replies from you in my junk email. I have clicked on this latest to respond. I will next go and read your many replies.

      Thank you. Yes, I love writing. I am new to WordPress–new to writing for public(ation.) I also believe we need to support one another. I will follow your work. It interests me.

      More when I catch up. Apologies for “ignoring” your many replies.
      Ric d. Stark

    • May 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Ron, you’re absolutely right. Writers must support each other, and what better way than to read the words of a fellow writer while ours rest.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Nice Story, I love reading this.

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Lady, how nice to have you here. Hope you enjoy the rest of my fiction blog too.

  • June 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Exactly

  • June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Could you check my blog “Truth of life”?

  • June 5, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Can you give me your Whatsapp number? Then texting will be easier for us.

  • June 5, 2021 at 9:14 am

    you are persistent with getting in touch with them=never give up!

  • June 7, 2021 at 2:03 am

    some skills right here! artistic. And thanks for liking my post. salute.

    • June 7, 2021 at 11:31 am

      I’m happy to have you here. I hope you are enjoying my stories.

  • June 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! This was so good. I actually worried for Orlando and Margareth like they were people I knew. The “chosen one” reminded me of Harry Potter lol. Would like to see this plot expand!

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Sam, I’m happy that you arrived. Make sure all my plots are continually expanding in my mind and they will be published soon.

  • June 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Nice

  • June 14, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    You have a super nice blog! Interesting stuff! Thanks.

  • June 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Dude. Cool story! You rock. Now I’m following you 😄👍🏾

  • June 15, 2021 at 5:49 am

    I read this story I really like.it

  • Roberta Dennis
    June 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you so much for your support. GOD BLESS You.

  • June 17, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    You really are a miracle worker I can’t remember of anything while reading you stories do you frame them on you own?

  • June 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for liking my posts I hope you are enjoying them like Inam enjoying yours since how many years have you started. Blogging

  • June 20, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I like the story of Sunshine Boy, thank you for sharing the story.

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