The glimmer of green on the horizon was the most wondrous and welcoming sight the young usul had seen in many days - and for the first time, she was sure it wasn't a mirage. After wandering through the Lost Desert seemingly aimlessly, she didn't exactly know where she was. Assuming she hadn't managed to make a huge circle back to the Haunted Woods, she reckoned she was somewhere around Altador.
It was strange how she had ended up here so quickly. Only sundown of her forth day of traveling. Crossing the desert was her last desperate attempt to escape; and expecting to perish amidst the vast and mostly barren expanse, she miraculously managed to find water and shelter every night without fail. She didn't question it.
As the sand turned to dirt and the dirt turned to grass, she collapsed. The cool shade of the tree she had met relieved her of consciousness, her only visible eye fluttered closed. Her right eye, guarded by a makeshift patch, was no longer in commission; it had failed her long ago. The desert nights were cold and unbearably silent, but this forest was buzzing with invitation and concern.
A thick cloud of mist draped over the girl, curiously warm, and lulled her into a deeper sleep. She didn't question it.
The forest was rustling with life. With dusk approaching on the following day, the rays of the red sun bounced off of every surface, and new colors bloomed from nonexistence. The display eventually made its way to Luna, who shot to her feet in distress. She had been moved from the edge of the forest to somewhere deeper; she could no longer see the edge of the desert. Leaves and grass had replaced the endless dunes of sand she had become accustomed to awakening to the past three days. She had slept through the entire night and day since reaching the forest. Feeling so rejuvenated, she was on higher alert than ever. She had not encountered a single being on her journey so far - which is how she preferred it - and had become complacent with her solitude. Awakening in a different location than she had fell asleep agitated her intuition and put her on edge: someone had moved her, but who... or what?
So I don't forget, this bit is when she finds Reni.
A shadow has followed her ever since she can remember. While its presence was not always obvious, never once had felt it leave her side. At first she considered the shadow was merely a figment of her imagination; an inkling that whispered in the back of her mind on occasion. But as she grew older, she became more aware of how anomalous it really was.
There were moments when she considered the origin of this shadow. She considered that over the course of her lifetime, she had given shape to this shadow. It seemed as thought it had grown within her mind, nurtured by her fears and loneliness, until finally it had flourished enough to reach a corporeal form. She had come to realize that though it was foreign to her mind, she had grown almost fond of its presence. In fact, the rare times of its absence was now more unusual and almost unsettling.
Which is all the more unusual, because its absence was often followed by an event most would consider to be joyous or worth smiling over. She had become so dependent of the shadow's strange companionship that happiness only came when the world seemed bleak. And yet, somewhere, in the deepest and darkest pits of her subconscious, there was a part of her that wished to experience pure, unadulterated, happiness.
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