There are links to earlier parts of this story at the end.
Part Six – The Tower
“Good morning Babe!” Meela said smiling.
Both Meela and Caelynn had woken up still wrapped in each other’s arms. Caelynn blinked several times getting the fog out of her eyes. Wordlessly she sat up seeing a new sun slowly rising up out of the sea through the tent fabric. She got up and wandered out of the tent with Meela silently following her. Some of the crew had also woken and a couple of them were getting the fire going again so they could heat up the cauldron of fish stew they had made the night before. Caelynn turned round to Meela who looked at her expectantly.
“It’s very beautiful here, but it’s so quiet.” she said to Meela. There were trees nearby but she couldn’t hear any birds singing.
“I don’t think much wildlife made it through when this island was removed from the rest of the world. There’s plenty of fish though. Maybe Asden liked fish.” Meela responded. Caelynn sat down on a log that had been used for seating the previous night and tried get all the hair out of her face.
“It would be nice if you gave my wand back you know.” she tried to casually say. Meela looked at her in earnest.
“You don’t need it you know. You can do magic without it.”
“I know this, but it’s good for getting the magic to go in direction I want it to. Such as at the moment; it would be nice to get my hair sorted.” Caelynn responded. Meela laughed.
“I think it looks fine a little messy.” Meela told her. Caelynn just shook her head and looked away. Meela went back into the tent and retrieved some of her belongings and brought them back out. She rummaged around in a bag and produced Caelynn’s wand. She walked over to Caelynn and got on her knees and with a flourish presented the wand in both her hands to her.
“Here you are my lady!’ she said in an over the top voice trying to mimic the aristocracy. Caelynn took it from her outstretched hands.
“Thank you.” she replied. Meela got up off her knees and then sat beside her on the log.
“I hope you understand by giving you back your wand shows that I am trusting you.” Meela said to her. Caelynn nodded at her.
“I know.” The truth was Caelynn felt a little weird. She had just woken up in the arms of another female and she needed time to process this. She had never really thought about her sexuality before, mainly because she had never really had feelings for anyone else before, at least not in that way. She hadn’t realised that maybe she was attracted to other females, rather than males, which would explain why she never developed feelings for any of her would-be suitors. And now here she was sitting on a log next to an infamous pirate she had slept in a tent with, with their arms around each other. A female she had rather quickly developed feelings for. It was a little difficult to process. “Is there anywhere I can get clean? she asked.
“There’s water over there.” said Meela pointing over to the ocean.
“You expect me to get clean in that!” she replied in a horrified manner. Meela just chuckled.
“Nobles.” she said under her breath. Caelynn just grunted back at her.
“I guess I’ll have to use my wand. It’s not the same though.” she said disappointingly. After the last day she had she just wanted to soak in a nice long hot bath. Meela sighed.
“We’ll rig something up. We may be here for a few days. I can’t have you going without bathing. Goodness knows what you’ll be like by the end of the week.” she said. “Anything to stop you pouting like that.” Meela then unexpectedly grabbed Caelynn in her arms and gave her a tight hug and then got up and wandered over to the cauldron. Caelynn tidied up her hair using her wand. Meela came back with two bowls of stew, not a breakfast Caelynn was used to, but she was hungry and ate it quickly.
“So what’s this thing you wanted to talk to me about?” she asked Meela once she had finished eating.
“I’m glad you asked me that. I came across a spell a while ago that we could do. I never got a chance to try it with Adalenne. It would enable us to come and go out of the Gate without us having to open it every time with our magic. It’s a ritual.”
“A ritual? That sounds like wizard’s magic.” Caelynn responded.
“Well it’s a good thing I have a wizard with me then isn’t it?” Meela said slapping Caelynn on the back.
“So how does it work?”
“We draw a circle and inside it we chant. It uses blood magic.” Meela told her. Blood magic. Of course. One of the most primitive forms of magic. Using blood to infuse the caster’s essence into an area or an item, thought Caelynn.
“Don’t you think Asden’s magic might prevent it working?”
“It might, but it’s worth a try. I’m counting on that his influence here may have been diffused over time.” Meela replied. “The drawback is that if one of us ever dies then the spell will be broken.” That made sense to Caelynn. That’s how blood magic works after all. It uses your living essence, so once you’re no longer alive your essence will cease to have any effect on the spell, in most cases. Meela grabbed hold of Caelynn’s hand. Caelynn went red and let go. She got up feeling like she needed to go for a walk. Meela followed her.
“Caelynn!” Meela called after her. Caelynn kept on walking. “Caelynn look at me!” Caelynn stopped and turned around. She looked at Meela. “What are scared of?”
“I don’t know!” Caelynn replied to her.
“Are you scared that I’m a pirate? A sorceress? A half-elf? A female? Or maybe all of these?”
“I just never thought I would have feelings for another girl. And I keep thinking what would they think in the Queen’s Court that I’m with you?” Caelynn responded beginning to shake.
“Does it matter what they think?”
“But they will talk about me! My entire social standing will be ruined!” Caelynn replied in earnest.
“They’ll talk about you anyway, no matter what you do. And surely wouldn’t it be better if it was at least something interesting?” Meela replied smiling.
“But we’re from two different worlds! We can’t be together!” Caelynn wailed.
“Why does that mean we can’t be together? Surely we can at least try.” Meela said calmly slowly walking towards Caelynn.
“I’m scared!” Caelynn was starting to cry. Large blobs of tears began streaming down her cheeks.
“I know you are.” Meela calmly said as she walked up to Caelynn and put her arms around her. Meela held on to Caelynn in her arms gently rocking her as she sobbed. “Everything will be okay. You’ll see.” she whispered to her. Caelynn looked up at her, her watery vibrant green eyes studying her. Meela kissed her on the lips and tasting the salt from Caelynn’s tears. They kissed again. They then kissed for some time. After a long while they walked back to the campsite hand in hand.
After they had some lunch Meela set out with bag of materials and Caelynn followed. They found a empty patch of ground. Meela swept the area clean of any bits of twigs or small stones. She then spread rock salt over the area. Finding some stones that fit comfortably in their hands they both marked out a circle that was approximately six foot in diameter with the stones, putting an extra stone in the north, south, east and west position. Meela stood in the centre of the circle and beckoned Caelynn to join her. They then held hands and felt the pulsing again. Meela chanted:
“By the north and south, east and west we command that this land which is hidden by magic to accept us.
By the north and south, east and west we command that the gate which hides this land shall let us pass freely”
At that point she produced a knife out of her bag and holding it in her left hand cut with the blade across her palm on her right hand from one side to another. She let the blood drip into the earth below them. She then gave the knife to Caelynn, who did the same.
“We give our essence to this place so our blood mixes freely with the soil. Making our blood a part of this land.
We give our essence so the land will accept us and let us pass freely through the hidden gate whenever we desire.”
Meela stopped chanting. They stood still for a while. All was quiet. And then they felt it. Underneath them a slight rumbling began and then there was a shimmering of white light around them. The white light passed through them both and then disappeared. The rumbling stopped. All was still.
“Well I hope that worked.” Meela said breaking the stillness. She produced a couple of clean rags out of her bag and tied one around Caelynn’s hand and then did her own. She cleaned the knife and put it away again. “There’s one way to find out.” she added. They both walked back to the campsite.
“Okay we are going to go on a short trip through the Gate and back again, so we need to get our ship ready to sail.” Meela commanded when she got back.
“Aye Captain!” First Mate Bronwyn responded. The rest of the crew quickly got the airship ready. Within a few minutes they were ready to go. Most of the crew boarded the airship while some began to pull the iron stakes out of the ground. When they did so and the airship began to rise they climbed up the ropes, or in the case for a couple of them the crew pulled up the ropes with them hanging onto it. Once they were all aboard all the other ropes were pulled up and the airship began to turn in the direction of the Gate. Slowly they approached it. As the airship got to where the Gate lay it was as if a veil was pulled away and they all could suddenly see the lands they came from again in front of them. Caelynn looked back and saw empty sea behind her.
“Okay turn the ship around!” Meela commanded. The airship swung around in a wide circle and passed through the Gate again. The island came in to view again and lands behind them disappeared. Meela turned to Caelynn. “Well I guess that worked then!” Caelynn nodded.
“Do we both have to be on board for it to work?” she asked.
“No the Gate should open now when either of us in its vicinity.” Meela answered.
“Is it possible for me to go and explore Asden’s tower? I wouldn’t mind having a look around it.” Meela looked at Caelynn thoughtfully.
“If you want. Personally I didn’t like the place and wouldn’t want to go back, but maybe you’ll see something I missed.” Meela told her. “Okay crew we’re going to sail to the north end of the island, where all those crags are!”
“Aye Captain!” the gnome answered as he took the wheel again. The airship moved over the island heading for the mountainous region. As they traveled down the island Caelynn saw one of the fishing villages made of stone houses. She looked out to the sea and saw some boats sailing. On the other side the land rose and thick forests began to appear. Eventually they came to stone outcrops and amongst them stood a black tower. The airship lowered and a rope was thrown over the side. Meela got Caelynn to hang on to her back as she slid down the rope using her hands which were covered in black gloves. She winced a bit when she first took hold of the rope with her right hand. They slowly went down the rope until they were on land again. Before them stood the tower. It was about 500 feet tall and made of obsidian. It was roughly a square shape and on each side at the top the tower it ended in a triangular blade. There were wide steps of basalt that led up to the entrance. There was a heavy door made from what looked like oak to Caelynn. She began walking up the steps. She turned to see Meela standing at the beginning of the steps.
“You go and look through it. I’ll wait here.” Meela said to her. Caelynn nodded at her. She breathed inwards and walked up the remaining steps to the door. At some point the door had been opened and left hanging there. She walked through the threshold. It was dark inside. She brought out her wand and produced a magelight that floated around with her wherever she went. There were shadows and a slight smell of sulfur. The darkness around her seemed smothering. Slowly she walked up the stairwell and looked around. She could feel a magical energy in the place that was slowly fading. She looked around the rooms. There were tables, shelves and drawers, all of which had been rummaged through. The longer she stayed in there the more she began to feel the shadows were closing in on her. She felt like there were cold bony fingers probing her everywhere she went. With the top levels looked at she went down the stairs and found the entrance to the lower levels under the tower. The cold fingers seemed to probe her more often. These levels had been rummaged through as well, but as she was about to leave one room she saw a gleam in a far corner. She walked up to it. There was a small key lying there on the floor. She picked it up and pocketed it. She looked around for items that were locked, but couldn’t find anything. She went back up the stairs and headed outside. It was a relief to be out in the sun again. She went down the steps to join Meela.
“That was unpleasant. It’s like I could feel his presence in there. The place has been well ransacked.” Caelynn told her.
“Yes when we looked through it we left nothing untouched. I think some of the villagers have been in there too, though most of them are afraid of it and think it’s haunted.” Meela replied. With that done they returned to the airship that had been hovering there waiting for them. Meela climbed up a rope while Caelynn was hoisted up by the crew on another one. The airship then traveled back to where their campsite was.
That night after they had eaten, Meela and Caelynn retired to their tent. They began kissing and Meela hastily began removing Caelynn’s clothing. They both ended up on the bedroll with Caelynn peeling off Meela’s clothes. They kissed and had sex bringing each other to orgasm several times. Afterwards they slept naked under a blanket with their arms wrapped around each other again.
“You know I’m thinking about staying for a while.” Caelynn said to Meela after they got up the next morning.
“I hoped you might say that!” Meela replied smiling.
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