Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 2) by Vanna Smythe Excerpt
Prologue: The Games Commence
She came to meet him as one of them, one of the lesser beings their leader, Amorannyn, known also as the Hand of Fate, placed into the weave of the world to amuse them all. Soft, golden colored locks of hair enveloped her face and streamed across her breasts down to her waist. Her bright blue eyes held resolve and a challenge. ‘You will not cause me to change my mind,’ they seemed to say.
Rhyssa’s essence filled the lush spring meadow they met in, as it could not all be contained in this lesser body. It called his own essence to her, just as it had all that time ago when they first knew each other, first met in this meadow. How she hoped to live without him, Kraytan did not know. He willed his own essence to form into a body of a Lesser too. He stood in front of her, his skin dark brown, his legs long and muscled, just like the first men of the world Amorannyn created to amuse them all.
He walked to stand before her, challenge thick in his voice. “Is this how you want me, Rhyssa? Because there is no need to leave me for that wish to come true. All that you can have in the Lessers’ world, you can have here.”
Rhyssa laughed with the sound of birds singing in springtime, and ran her hand along the muscles in his arm, sending sparks all through him. “You are mimicking a man from the wrong world, Forever Husband. I am bound for the world where the Life Force flows in all, as all were created in our image.”
Kraytan pulled his arm out of her grasp and changed into her copy. “So this is what you want? There is no need to tear your essence apart to have your copy, Forever Wife.”
She laughed again, then her form disintegrated into pure white light, speckled with gold and silver. Her essence enveloped him, called him towards her.
“Come with me. It will be fun. We will have the power to shape the world, it will not be just boring observation as it is now.”
He let go of his own physical form and allowed his essence, red with a hint of yellow and white, to entwine with Rhyssa’s. “This is how it should be, forever.”
“Forever is a long time and all is always the same here. Do you not want to have some fun, a diversion from all this sameness?” Rhyssa’s essence found ways to entwine with his even more tightly.
He broke the connection and took the form of an essence body, a human shaped being of pure Life Force.
She pulled away from him, once again stood before him as a beautiful golden haired girl. “I am going. I want to have fun. Please come with me.”
“No. Too many things can go wrong with this immature game. I’ve seen them begin to use their Life Force down there. How long before they realize just how much more of it you and the rest of you idiots have to use? How long before something goes wrong?” Kraytan’s red essence throbbed and pulsed, burned.
“We are not stupid and there is nothing to worry about. We are the Higher, beings made purely of the Life Force. How could the Lessers ever learn to wield the tiny amount of the Life Force they contain to ever threaten one of us? You worry too much, Kraytan, and you are no fun. When you begin to miss me too much, come after me. If I do not return before then.”
The challenge was back in Rhyssa’s eyes. She meant to leave, there was nothing he could say to stop her. They had not been apart since the day their essences found each other. Now they would be forced to exist in separate dimensions, and her essence would not even be whole. Just so she could play around in the world the Hand of Fate created, and change it in some small insignificant way. Move some trees and mountains, build some buildings, remove some forests, create this hierarchy and remove another. Pointless. She would grow tired of it soon enough and return. Kraytan would wait. He had no choice but to wait.
He too changed back into a male copy of her and ran his hand through her hair. “I prefer to watch and wonder. You will realize you do too, soon. Let’s just hope you can come back as easily as you are now leaving.”
She swatted his hand away and anger shot from her blue eyes. “It is not easy for me to leave you. Why won’t you come too? Only because you think it stupid? You will regret your decision as soon as I am gone.”
“I regret your decision now. But I will not go with you.”
“Yes, you will be well rid of me,” Rhyssa said, morphing back into her essence body and floating away from him.
She’d left him standing on a tall pedestal jutting out of a black void. She knew his fear of the void and never once failed to end an argument with making him look upon it. He willed his essence to cover the void, make it disappear.