WHERE THE MAGES LIVE
They live deep in the mountains shrouded in mist. Those that claim to have seen them are never believed.
For those that have ventured into the misty mountain side have never been seen again.
However one love story that is told is about a young girl who accidently found herself lost in the misty mountains.
Leila was picking wild flowers and was not watching where she was going and suddenly found herself in a forest shrouded in fog.
Leila kept herself calm and tried to retrace her steps to find her way out but instead ended up going down a path that led her to a stream.
The whole area was strange and unfamiliar. A bit of fear and panic started to swell up in her chest.
So, Leila turned around telling herself that she could do it and find herself a way out.
When she got back to the path she was on, there was someone standing there with his back facing her.
Leila didn’t know what to do. He was much stronger and bigger than her. But she was nibble and could run fast.
First though she decided to slowly walk away and maybe if she was quiet enough…
He turned to face her before she even took one step/
His eyes were the color of bright blue glass.
Leila didn’t dare breathe. He stood still like a wild deer but then his shoulders let go of the tension holding them tight.
He nodded as if saying hello. Leila nodded back and thought maybe she could leave without him bothering her.
She went for it and quickly walked away in the opposite direction.
Leila thought that she was well away from him when she sensed someone close behind her. Panic made her feet move faster and suddenly she sprinted into a full run.
The shrubs whipped at her arms and legs leaving scratches she knew but she had to get away and suddenly she saw the opening that would take her away.
But when she got there, he was blocking the way.
Her chest was heaving up and down. She felt like prey caught by the wolf.
“Please, let me go. I will never come back.”
His blue eyes shimmered in the dappled light. He grinned. “I will not harm you my dear. You are very safe with me. Why don’t you walk with me?”
He gestured to the opening that led out. Leila took it quickly not thinking he would follow.
But he did.
Now they were walking side by side. Leila couldn’t believe that a mage was right beside her. What did he want with her?
Suddenly stories flooded her mind and that made her frightened.
“As I said, you are safe with me. No need to be afraid. I will take you home and make sure you are safe.”
Leila didn’t answer and in deed he did take her home and made sure she made it inside her home.
She didn’t thank him as he left quite soon after.
Leila thought herself lucky and didn’t’ say anything to anybody about her encounter with the mage.
It wasn’t until sometime after that Leila had put it behind her and forgot about the incident.
Once again she was out picking wild flowers for a special occasion. Something tingled at the back of her neck making goosebumps rise on her arm.
Leila looked around but could not see anything. She continued with her flower picking and started to hum. Humming always soothed her when she got a little nervous.
Leila got lost in her humming and picking and didn’t realize that someone was humming with her.
When Leila noticed this, he was already in front of her. She could not run.
In his hand was a floral crown that he had made. Leila stared at it and felt her face flush.
He smiled and said, “Hello Leila. I have been waiting for this day when you and I can finally be together.”
“What are you talking about?” She was ready to drop the flowers and make a run for it even if it was of no use. She had to try.
Without effort he was a breath away from her. Leila could smell him. It almost made her sway. He grabbed her arm to steady her.
“Take it easy my love. My power is almost too much for you.”
He placed the floral crown on her head. “Absolutely beautiful!”
“What do you want of me?”
“From the moment I saw you in the forest, I knew you were the one.”
“The one what?”
He laughed. “To be my mate of course. But first we must do this.”
Before she knew was happening he placed his lip on hers and this magic flowed through her sweeping her into another void it felt like.
From that day forward, Leila was never seen but some claimed that they saw her at the edge of the forest with someone.
They told tales that the mage had stolen her for his bride and that she was under some magic spell.
But it was also said that magic spells would only work if those who had the spell put upon them believed in magic and mages in the mist.