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A Conversion and A Commitment ...
It is a quarter to midnight when Katlin creeps into Amanda’s bedroom. She finds her wide away with Cami sitting demurely in her lap.
“Are you ready for this?” Katlin looks directly at Cami.
“I have been ready for this moment for ages. I am sure that Vlatka will provide the two of you with ceremonial robes. You will find that this is a very sacred event in the Celestial Community of Behörde.” The Stimme informs both Amanda and Katlin.
“You mean that this has taken place in die Welt des äußeren Reiches before?” Amanda queries.
“Oh yes, this has been going on for millenniums! However, it has been ages since the last rites were performed. This is why I am doubly excited.” The Stimme exclaims.
“I am going to have to get used to calling you Cami. I knew when I first laid eyes on that Norwegian beauty that she would be something very special in my life.” Amanda recalls the first time she was introduced to the feline.
“It is almost time—the portal will soon be opening.” The Stimme remarks.
As if on cue, there is a whistling sound as a passageway appears in the middle of Amanda’s room. First, Cami walks through the schism, then Amanda (Delma) and lastly Katlin. What is seen on the other side is simply mesmerizing!
“So this is Behörde, the heart of die Welt des äußeren Reiches! It’s so magnificent!” Delma cries and there next to Vlatka is her cherished suitor, Вячеслав Возникают. He is wearing a stately robe. His appearance almost takes Delma’s breath away.
Вячеслав’s transferal is complete. He is both Sheriff Henry Hamilton and the Protector of the Northern Plains—able to summons the ferocious tiger whenever needed. He eyes Delma with such tenderness as it makes her blush. Adimarö and Mélisande are there. Arnaud and Braun the Lehrer are also present in their human form in ceremonial robes. Because they have connections with the Northern Lands—it is necessary that they attend. Madame Zaire takes Amanda and Katlin to a tent where they can change into appropriate garments. When everyone is ready, the ceremony begins. Vlatka speaks …
“You, the Stimme has served die Welt des äußeren Reiches as well as The Order of Behörde adroitly.”
“Das ist wahr—This is true!” The High Counselors chime.
“We have a willing feline along with her willing mistress, is that correct?” Vlatka asks.
“Das ist wahr!” Amanda echoes solemnly and Вячеслав Возникают smiles with pride. He then exchanges glances with Braun.
“Step forward, Cami—feline of Delma.” Vlatka commands. Cami eagerly obeys, trying very hard to stifle her exultation. Now it is time for the Vlatka to invoke the sacred incantation.
“Als Oberbefehlshaber übertrage ich die Essenz der Stimme in Cami!” A flash of lightning and a clap of thunder—the ritual is completed. Then Katlin is called to the center of the circle. Of course she is extremely nervous.
“Do not be afraid, young lady. It is extremely rare that a mortal is allowed entrance into die Welt des äußeren Reiches but you have shown to be an extraordinary human being. It is because of this that I grant you the high honor of being Адвокат Адъюнкт of the 4th Stratum. Madame Zaire will train you in the ways of The Order.” Katlin is so excited that tears begin to swell in her eyes.
Vlatka takes her finger and rubs it against Katlin’s lips—giving her the ability to speak and understand the ancient languages.
“Ich fühle mich so geehrt, deine Hoheit!” Katlin replies (I am so honored your Highness!) Vlatka is very pleased with the young lady’s humble response.
There is a celebration of various delicacies from both Behörde and the world of mortal men. Вячеслав keeps watching Delma until Braun finally whispers to him.
“There will be time soon enough, Вячеслав. For now she must remain focused on the tasks at hand, my friend.”
“I know that you speak the truth, but my loins ache for her something fierce!” Вячеслав proclaims quietly.
“Rejoice in the fact that you will wed her. I am still waiting on Zaire Zenobia!” Braun confesses.
“Ah yes—she is torn between her obligations to the Perpetual Forest and her love for you. But, since Madame Matilda is there, who knows?” Вячеслав smiles.
“Who knows indeed?” Braun winks back and watches as Вячеслав goes over to speak to Delma.
“Darling, it is good to see you again.” Delma replies joyously.
“And you as well, my adored. It seems as if an eternity.” Вячеслав remarks as he drinks deeply into her eyes.
“I now have a very extraordinary friend.” Delma feels the need to change the subject.
“Cami will be just that. Not a servant—a friend.” Вячеслав exclaims.
“It could be no other way with me. I know this is why Vlatka so ordained it. Old Демон is going to be in for a rude awakening. He’s used to Cami fleeing from him in terror. But now that she is a Адвокат Адъюнкт of the 1st Echelon, there will be nothing he can do to her!” Delma declares.
“What are you going to do about him? It is only a few days before the full moon.” Вячеслав queries.
“We are going to lure him with live bait. He doesn’t know about Katlin—she will be perfect!” Delma decides.
“You are right. Here we are Вячеслав and Delma. When we return to our perspective homes, we will be Henry Hamilton and Amanda Gordon, part of both the Enlighteners and the Order of Behörde. After her training, Katlin will make a great Enlightener. Until then, Adimarö and Mélisande will need to guide her on her journey to become thoroughly equipped.” Вячеслав explains.
“I will keep in touch with you until we are together again. But for now, I must remain focused. I have my ring—what will Katlin have?” Delma wonders.
“Katlin will have the Emerald of des äußeren Reiches! It is a sacrosanct jewel from die Welt des äußeren Reiche. It possesses fantastic abilities in mysticism. It has the dual capability of protect and control of supernatural phenomenon.
“Will it become a part of Katlin like this ring is a part of me?” Delma quizzes.
“No, it automatically returns to Vlatka as soon as the threat is over or when the wearer no longer needs it. Mélisande is the last person who had temporary ownership of it. When she took it off, it immediately vanished.” Вячеслав remarks.
“I see.” Is all Delma has to say.
“I think you might be a little overwhelmed by all of this, honey. First, you come to Brampton to get your master’s degree. An opportunity to get away from home and be on your own. Then, you wind up with your brother and his wife. Now, you’re up to your pretty little neck in something most people go to the cinema to see.” Вячеслав takes her hand and kisses it.
“Yeah, it has all been a wild ride. I think I just need to get some sleep.” Delma is tired and there is a lot of work to do. It is nearly 4:00 am back home.
“Let me get Katlin for you and escort you to the corridor.” Вячеслав remarks quietly.
“When this is settled, we’ll have our talk, won’t we.” Delma tries to give the conversation an uplift.
“Yes, we will. Do be careful, my beloved. Демон is not to be underestimated. The Fallen Counselors are shrewd and very conniving. He will attempt to create problems between your brother and you if he can. He won’t be able to but it doesn’t keep him from trying.” Вячеслав cautions.
“All the more for me to get back and stop him. “ Delma responds adamantly.
Vlatka has brought Katlin and Cami to Delma herself. She understands the need for Вячеслав to be able to spend some time alone with his betrothed. They exchange pleasantries and the two young ladies exit through the portal. Vlatka speaks to Вячеслав.
“Do not worry my faithful ally and friend—all will be well.”
“Do you so decree it?” Вячеслав questions.
“Of course.” And with that, the others also return to their respective places secure in the knowledge that another enemy will be defeated.
To Be Continued …
The Darken Vessel: Minerva 14
- The Darken Vessel: Minerva 14
After Amanda’s return from die Welt des äußeren Reiches, she is ready to resume her quest of defeating Демон. First, she must return Julia’s car to her because Henry Hamilton has purchased her another one. Next, Cami is excited regarding the fight!
© 2020 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS
Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on July 22, 2020:
The Stimme is well on her way to becoming Lycanthropic again!