My knees wobbled and I felt like I would faint any second. Me? The Red Dragonfly? What does that even mean? Everything was suddenly spinning around me and I felt nauseas. Tarah jumped in her silver Buick and motioned me to come with her, aware of my weakened and shocked body.
I pointed towards my truck and she nodded, telling me to follow her. I ran to my truck and sped after her. Looking out the review mirror to see if anyone was tailing us, a shiver ran down my spine. The man had already disappeared into the void.
I wasn’t used to these drastic events, but I was easy to adapt. It’s like I was only dreaming of something like this happening- having said power, be a problem for people I don’t know, able to blow out a candle without blowing at it- I could go on. But that guy who followed me from the park to the restaurant, who was he?
Time sped up and we were at Tarah’s small brick house. I followed her inside and she went to the back room and brought back a small chest that she placed on the round brown table. Confused, I asked her what it was. She couldn’t tell me she said, but it was something that will be bestowed to me once I complete the trials- whatever that meant.
Suddenly there was knocking at the door. I gasped and almost jumped out of my skin. My heart began to thump really quick in my chest and I held my breath. Tarah went to the door and peeked out the small hole. She unlocked the door and spoke, “Come in, brother.”
Xavier stepped inside and we made immediate eye contact. He stood there, so noble and proud he was, but he seemed shaken up. Our energies bounced off each other and I felt his aura warm at the sight of me.
“Lolita.” He called.
“Xavier-” I ran to him and wrapped my arms around him, sighing with relief of finally feeling safe.
“My little tiger, are you alright?” He held my face and looked at me with a smile. I nodded and held his hands in mine, “Peachy.” He laughed and hugged me hard. I could smell his odor, a warm chocolate sandalwood scent that I loved as much as I did him.
“There’s not much time left to be spent here, once word hits back to TriForce they’ll start sending a whole army.” Tarah closed the door and locked it, motioning us to come into the den.
“We can go to Moonshade, there she will be safe.”
“Safe? Am I not safe here?!” I asked shakily.
Xavier frowned, looking at me, motioning me to stay quiet as Tarah and him spoke. They talked about a small alliance camp off the east coast of Texas, in Galveston, where a young couple named Aroh and Lily can take me in under their care. They told me I would have to ‘disappear’ for awhile.
“Disappear?” I questioned.
They both nodded, and Xavier went on, “If you feel if this is too much for you-”
“No, this isn’t. It’s just… A lot of information all at once and I don’t even know who I am anymore.” I held my face in my hands, overwhelmed. Who am I? Xavier put his hand on my shoulder and lifted my chin so I was staring into his deep blue ocean eyes.
“You are Lolita Way. Who you are is what you make yourself to be. If you feel this is too much for you, we can reverse it.”
“Reverse it?” I asked. He nodded. I stared at both him and Tarah. I thought for a moment, so all of this can go away, just like that?
I shook my head, “No, no I’m already in this, I’m not backing out now, I’m not afraid.”
“That’s the Lolita Way I know,” Xavier smiled and embraced me one more time, “We cannot waste anymore time here.”
They gave me a pre payed phone and told me to leave my phone with them. People who’d be following me can track down exactly where I am, so they also gave me car keys to a new car.
I walked outside, the sun hanging high in the sky. Tarah opened her garage that held a sleek car underneath a tarp.
My heart dropped as she flung the tarp off. Laying underneath was a shiny exterior cobalt el Camino. It was stunning and I bet the engine roared as loud as Xavier’s 67′ Camaro.
Tarah smiled at my astounded face and giggled, “Her name is Saphira, treat her well while you’re away.”
She handed me the keys as I loaded my backpack into the backseat. She handed me a wallet with five hundred cash and a credit card. “What’s this for?” I asked her.
“You’re going to need a new look and clothes, food to eat and gas. This should keep you for a couple of weeks until me and Xavier can guarantee your safety back here.”
“What about Leonard?” I thought about my cat, and remembered Ashley too. Xavier thought for a moment before saying, “Tell Ashley you have a family emergency and ask her to tend to your cat while you’re away.”
“That’s if she believes it… but okay, I’ll do that.” Ashely is going to want more then just a sudden family emergency… I’ll have to tell her the truth whenever I come back. I sent her a text and handed my phone to Xavier who passed it to Tarah.
“So… Do I leave now?” I asked. They both shook their head, saying that it would be better to go at night.
“Right.” I nodded and we all went back inside. Tarah made tea as I talked with Xavier. He told me more about Fotia, things I cannot disclosed in writing.
But if you must know, the trials of the Red Dragonfly has been moved up because they believe they found someone who could complete them- which was me. They didn’t get into detail about what the ‘trials’ were, but it seemed I’d be tested on my ability of magick.
“What makes you guys think that I’m the one?” I asked, looking at both of them.
“Your essence and old soul, almost a replica of said heritage that flowered back in time to Inamorta, Camille, and Ida, the first of the stars through recorded time,” Xavier spoke, ” How far are you in the book?”
“I’ve only gotten to the point where she was learning about the element water.”
“I see,” Xavier stroked his beard thoughtfully. Tarah sat tea cups in front of us and poured hot tea into them. Earl grey.
“I advise you to continue you’re readings but only when you are alone. You cannot risk the possibility of someone searching for you with the book in hand, your prophecy lies within the words of the Book, and it getting into the wrong hands could be the end of your incarnation.”
“Why would this book be important to someone else other then me?” I asked him, sipping on my tea.
“In there lies Fotia’s hidden secrets. Secrets to initiation… to spells and rituals, and can only be read by the user and giver.”
“So only you and me?” I said, he nodded. Xavier continued on,
“I am your Demi-God.”
“I am your protector- since our last time together, we have imprinted on each other and now our energies are tied together. Think of it like an invisible collar that connects around your neck and mine, held together by an unbreakable chain.” And Ashley warned me about being tied down, good grief.
“But will that affect us when we are apart?”
“Yes, but Tarah had made something to aid that.”
Tarah was secretly hiding a small box which she opened that held two amulets inside. One was white, the other black. Strung by a leather choker, Xavier fastened the necklace around my neck, me taking the white stoned amulet, and he the black.
“Me wearing the negative energy I’ll be able to manifest power that will then reflect upon your amulet, the positive energy. Any strays will not be able to pick up your ‘scent’ so to say, but if one challenges you- they will easily be zapped away by the mirroring power in the amulets.”
“O-okay so super power choker, got it.”
An old grandfather clocked chimed, alerting the household it was five. The sun peeked through one of the windows that was left open and bare to the outside world. I felt a little bit of energy fester through my veins, probably a reaction from the amulet. It was strange how I was bestowed very powerful things, as if they trust me enough to keep care of these things. I felt special. The rest of my time there Tarah had filled me in more about Lily and Aroh.
By sundown I was ready to head out, I said my goodbyes to them and they wished me farewell. They both watched me as I pulled the roaring Camino out onto the side road and Xavier approached my car. I was jittery with tension and I gripped the steering wheel firmly until my knuckles turned white. I exhaled, thinking what the hell am I doing. This all seemed too much to take in all at once, but I felt like I was taking this better than most people.
“The Red Dragonfly, what does that mean?” I asked him, rolling the rest of my window down, trying to get a grip of reality.
“Red signifies fire, and in Fotia’s term of dragonfly, it is a chosen gifted girl with the ability of extra sensory perceptions. You will soon meet a family that has been waiting for you, you will see.” He told me.
“Is there Blue, Yellow and Green dragonflies out there?” I asked.
He nodded. And for the first time, I began to feel butterflies in my belly. A whole set of new people that has been waiting for me… I felt… happy and excited, like I belonged. Xavier made me feel like I belonged.
“Then, what am I waiting for? Let’s meet my sisters and brothers.”