Nymphea Vol I: Tale of Two Words
Silvia became bored from spending her nights cooped up in her room so she decided she would go look around Nymphea. Silvia had only seen Nymphea from pictures in books she read in the castle library.
“Everything looks so much more amazing up close.”
Silvia placed her hand on a large willow tree that stood beside a small pond. As Silvia was captivated in the beauty of the forest, the sound of footsteps approaching behind her drew closer.
“Beautiful isn’t it.”
A soft voice spoke from behind Silvia. She turned around to face a small elderly woman searching the sky.
Silvia blushed as she replied. Her fingers moved toward her head and combed through her long hair. The elderly woman walked toward the large willow tree and sighed.
“It won’t be long before this one comes to its end.”
Silvia kneeled at the root of the willow tree. The elderly woman glanced at Silvia and smiled.
“We can’t avoid death but just because we have died doesn’t mean we’re gone. Though this tree’s vessel may wither away, its soul will remain with us forever.”
Silvia looked up and to her amazement, the willow tree released several blue fireflies into the night sky. Their lights flickered like the stars above them. Each firefly danced in a different direction and flew away.
“Isn’t that right, princess?”
Silvia stood up shocked and cried out the elderly woman, who was walking away.
“You know who I am?”
The elderly woman stopped and chuckled.
“If you want to talk some more than meet me here again tomorrow… I would hurry back if I were you…it is dangerous to be caught outside this time of night.”Silvia seeing that the elderly woman was far from reach decided to head back to her room. As she walked for awhile she noticed that she had passed the same tree several times. Even though she had no intention of admitting it, she was lost. A thin fog made its way throughout the forest and it grew thicker by the minute. Silvia knew that if she did not find her way soon she would have to spend the night outside in the dark.