Darkness in the Heights- Prologue

Fiction By Anna // 6/22/2009

A Prologue that Hearkens Back to a Once-Heard Name

A darkened world.
A darkened heart.
They went hand in hand that night, where a figure hid from the light, absorbed in himself and his thoughts.
He had done it before, with the elves’ kingdom, and in Llorleya. He could do it again. He was mighty.
But both of those attempts had ended in failure. And why? Because of that worm of a minion, who could not stand his ground and hold his power against one girl. Even if that girl had elves, fairies, and stars to aid her and was of star royalty, as Torlith had protested when sending for reinforcements.
Torlith, the fool! He had given the worthless mortal what little power he had, and even that he had failed to control! He had wasted hordes of warriors.
The figure stepped into the half-light of the single star. "I will put you out, too," he told that star as it revealed his form to the world. He knew how he must look, and the thought gave him a perverse mixture of repulsion and pleasure: He was lean, tall but bent over- he had long raven hair and glittering red-violet eyes, and bat-like wings…
He hadn’t blackened like the other once-fairies. He had a stronger mind. True, he didn’t possess their brute strength, but they had the minds of beasts, while his mind was greater than perhaps anyone else’s in his world.
And he had learned to control others’ minds. Well, subdue. He could enter, and influence very forcefully, which had always, so far, brought a mind to its knees.
"I will take this world without the fumbling failures of underlings this time. I am Sundark."
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A woman crept out of bed and walked slowly to the window. The floor was cool underneath her bare feet. So high up, it was very nearly always cool; but it bothered her not, because a star is its own warmth.
She pushed the window open. She made a face as it squeaked, and glanced back at the bed where her husband lay. He was still sleeping, to her relief. She didn’t wish to wake him, or anyone.
The night wind blew her dark hair around her, and she stood there, embracing it. The night sky was velvety black around her, but filled with stars. The stars were bigger and brighter and altogether nearer than they had been in Llorleya. Even after three years, she wasn’t quite used to it- the stars were all around them; the woman was neither above or below, but living among them. Of course, now they would all be sleeping, but they were still glowing- provided they had happy dreams.
It was still breathtaking to her that she was a star, and she was here, and she was the queen. And soon she would have her second child.
Suddenly her silver eyes clouded with tears, and one spilled over.
Strong arms encircled her from behind, and someone planted a kiss on the top of her head. "Don’t cry, Aria. Whatever it is, it’s not worth crying over."
Aria wiped her eyes quickly. "I’m sorry I woke you, Gill," she said softly.
"What happened?" asked Gilligan gently, turning her around to face him. "Are you worrying about our baby again?" he asked.
(Their first child, a boy, had simply disappeared after his birth. One moment in his cradle, the next gone without a trace. It still haunted them both.)
The Starqueen shook her head, her hair falling over her shoulders. "No- and yes. It was a vision." She put her hands over her eyes. She could almost still feel the burning in them.
Gilligan’s eyes widened. "Tell me about it.
She shook her head again, distressed. "It was unclear and hard to understand."
Gilligan sighed. "Aren’t all the important ones," he said, mostly to himself.
"Gill- I- … I thought I saw Torlith."
Gilligan straightened. His arm almost mechanically reached for his sword. "If he weren’t already dead I’d do away with him again!" he said.
Aria got to the sword first. Her fingers wrapped around the hilt, and she thrust it aside. "No, Gill, it was nothing like that. Torlith wasn’t the real threat in the vision. He was acting under someone else before he died… There was a greater fear, a darker shadow behind him…" She closed her eyes tightly. "I wish it had been clearer!" she cried.
Gilligan embraced her again (which, at the time, was quite a trick to do from the front). "Whatever the shadow was, it can wait until morning. Maybe things will be clearer then- in more ways than one."
In the stillness, Aria dropped another stone. "Our son was there."
Gilligan stiffened.
Aria said nothing else for a long time. Then, not really to Gilligan or herself or anyone in particular, she said, "A new power has risen for evil… and this time it may not be so easily put down."
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Comments

EEEEEEKK!!!! You finally

EEEEEEKK!!!! You finally posted it! And wasn't Sundark the fairy who disappeared years ago?

"It is man's inherent nature to scare himself silly for no good reason." - Calvin and Hobbes

Bridget | Mon, 06/22/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Yup. :) love the

Yup. :)
love the quote!
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Mon, 06/22/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Thanks! Hey, we're having a

Thanks! Hey, we're having a Ben the Editor Day . It's on July 1, and we're all writing him emails saying thank you and he's the greatest editor since the beginning of time... so do you want to send an email too?

"It is man's inherent nature to scare himself silly for no good reason." - Calvin and Hobbes

Bridget | Mon, 06/22/2009

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Definitely! *****************

Definitely!
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Mon, 06/22/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

AHHHHHHEEEKKKKAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

AHHHHHHEEEKKKKAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joy. Do you realize that I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw this posted? OMG, I'm FREAKING OUT!!!!!!! Please post more soon!!! Oh, I'm so excited!!!!! *Deep breaths. Okay, I'm just saying that it is the most wonderful-awesome-suspenseful-sweet-sad-cool-AMAZINGFUL story ever! Okay, carry on. I'm happy.

~Erin~

"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!" -Professor Dumbledore

Erin | Mon, 06/22/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Ooooooo! and Yaaaaay! and

Ooooooo! and Yaaaaay! and Ahhhhh! and Eeeeeeee! and--okay, you get the point. This is so exciting. And Sundark sounds cool...make sure that he's cool (in an evil way, of course). Yay! post again soon.

And every one who knows spread the Ben the Editor Day announcment around to those who don't know!

"Cool! We get to torture yogurt!" Tori from Mythbusters

The Brit | Mon, 06/22/2009

Oh, and happy birthday! I

Oh, and happy birthday! I just noticed the new age thingy!

~Erin~

"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!" -Professor Dumbledore

Erin | Mon, 06/22/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Sundark the dreaded and yet

Sundark the dreaded and yet long wanted evil fairy....Very nice.
It's strange, in just that little bit, Gill seemed older than in SOL. And Aria still had the same sweetness, as in SOL. Very good.
Now you mustn't keep waiting on the edge of our chairs in this one...
Oh yeah, and happy birthday.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."
General George S. Patton

airlia | Mon, 06/22/2009

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."
General George S. Patton

Happy Birthday!!! And great

Happy Birthday!!!

And great beginning. I love it.
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"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

Clare Marie | Tue, 06/23/2009

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"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

Erin: Thanks! I'm working on

Erin: Thanks! I'm working on Chapter 3 right now, so you can be sure Chapter 1 will pop up soon. :)
Brit: As my cousin Jemiteaser's comment says, "A hero is a hero, but everyone loves a great villain." (Phineas and Ferb, of course.)
Airlia: Well, he is older. Three years older. :D
Clare: Thanks!
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Tue, 06/23/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

EEEE!! Do you realize that

EEEE!! Do you realize that waiting for chapter 1 will be haunting me until it pops up? Lol!

~Erin~

"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!" -Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Erin | Tue, 06/23/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Anna, Anna, Anna, ANNA!!!

Anna, Anna, Anna, ANNA!!! Why must you leave me in such suspense? Now I'll have to go to bed not knowing what will happen :)

Love, love, LOVE it!
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"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it." -- Herman Melville

Ariel | Wed, 06/24/2009

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"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it." -- Herman Melville

Anna, I have to admit that I

Anna, I have to admit that I watch Phineas and Ferb too *hangs head in shame*. I actually remember that one, huuuuh. I am ashamed. Alecia punishes me for it, but I can't help it...I watch a Disney series....I'M SORRY!!!

"Cool! We get to torture yogurt!" Tori from Mythbusters

The Brit | Wed, 06/24/2009

Erin: Everyone keeps making

Erin: Everyone keeps making such weird noises.
"Soon" is likely to be Monday.
OFG: Sorry! Thanks!
The Brit: Is that supposed to be a bad thing? I ADORE P&F. The quote on my last comment is from the episode "Out of Toon." That was an... interesting one, lol.
P&F is just about the only Disney cartoon I watch. It's almost the only Disney show I watch. Even my mom has called it clever.
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Wed, 06/24/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Oooooo!

Oooooo! I am so glad that you put this up! What will happen next? What was their first child's name? Or did they get to name it before it (I should probably be saying he shouldn't I?)dissapeared? **Ahhhh** I need to find out what happens next! Please post the rest SOON!!!:)
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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

Kendra | Wed, 06/24/2009

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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

If I wanted you to know his

If I wanted you to know his name yet I would have told you, silly! :) You'll find out.
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Wed, 06/24/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Oh, goody!

Oh, goody! I am glad that we will get to hear his name, and, one more question! (If you don't mind me asking, of course!) Why don't you want us to know yet???:P
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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

Kendra | Wed, 06/24/2009

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"Are you sure this water is sanitary? It looks questionable to me! But what about bacteria?"--Tantor the elephant from Tarzan.

Because it would spoil the

Because it would spoil the story, of course!
There, I've basically given it away. It's going to be so obvious... I might as well put signs on their foreheads...
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"In retrospect, I question the inclusion of a self-destruct button." ~Ferb (Phineas and Ferb)

Anna | Wed, 06/24/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

AEEKKK!!! It's our way of

AEEKKK!!! It's our way of showing our love for your story :) lol. Good, Monday. I can wait till then....*eye twitches.

~Erin~

"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!" -Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Erin | Wed, 06/24/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Erin, how do you pronounce

Erin, how do you pronounce that?

"Cool! We get to torture yogurt!" Tori from Mythbusters

The Brit | Wed, 06/24/2009

AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!111

Firstly: YOU STARTED IT! AAHHH! WOOOO! *is very excited*

Secondly: AHA! I knew Sundark had something to do with Torlith. I just didn't know exactly what. I bet he stole their son, too.

Questions: Didn't Aria and Gill look for their baby after he disappeared? And....why did Gilligan wear his sword to bed? That can't be comfortable.

Katie:-)

"People! I ain't people! I'm a...'a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament'. Says so. Right there."
-Singin' In The Rain

KatieSara | Wed, 06/24/2009

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

Brit: Pronounce what? The

Brit: Pronounce what? The AEEEKK!!! Thing? If it's that-- Ah-EEEEE!!!-ck. If it's my name, it's air-in. But I figure you prolly know how to pronounce that :)

~Erin~

"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you!" -Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter

Erin | Wed, 06/24/2009

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Sundark?

I remember that name! I'll have to go back and search in SOL for it, get a better idea. Anyway, wow! Killer first chapter...prologue...whatever! Can't wait for more!

Heather | Fri, 06/26/2009

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And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

An evil power hard at

An evil power hard at work.......and poor Aria and Gill! No one should have to lose a child.

Sarah | Fri, 06/26/2009

"Sometimes even to live is courage."
-Seneca

Blogging away!
busyscribbler.wordpress.com

Answers to Katie's questions

1. Yeah, they looked for him. They just didn't find him.

2. I don't think he wore it to bed, but like Aragorn he was manly and left it in reach. :D

Anonymous | Fri, 06/26/2009

Answers to Katie's questions

1. Yeah, they looked for him. They just couldn't find him.

2. No, he didn't wear his sword to bed. But, like Aragorn, Gilligan had to be manly and keep it on hand. :) 'Cause that's just how he rolls.

Anna | Fri, 06/26/2009

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Oh joyful day when you posted

Oh joyful day when you posted this!

They lost their child!? That's terrible. The poor parents.

Yay! Sundark has finally entered! "I will take this world without the fumbling failures of underlings." Oh, that's marvelous.

You post on Mondays right?

Alecia | Fri, 06/26/2009

It awoke with a shrill shreak that can be trnaslated "How dare you leave me in this bed, when I am asleep and helpless?" My sister

Whoohoo!

Anna, I have to let you know: I really love your stories. I've been waiting for Darkness in the Heights for a while, and I'm sooo glad you're finally posting! I really do look up to you, as a writer. And Happy Late Birthday!

Laura Elizabeth | Mon, 06/29/2009

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The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --

http://lauraeandrews.blogspot.com/2014/05/dont-tell-me-hes-smart.html

Connections?

If he weren’t already dead I’d do away with him again!" he said.

That's hatred. Which of your other stories is this connected to?

Julie | Mon, 06/29/2009

Formerly Kestrel

You've got to admit it

I was close when I guessed that Sundark was Torlith.  Admit it.  It was a good guess, all things considered.  I was very, very close.

James | Sat, 07/04/2009

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"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle