Maris Bulok is the average Brooklyn teen dealing with all the challenges high school brings: boys, studies, and friendships. But when a mysterious new boy enters her class, she finds herself whisked off into another dimension where she discovers a country torn in half by war, and she's the only one that can stop it all.
My eyes were closed.
My eyes snapped open as the majestic voice spoke again.
I was standing in complete darkness, an impenetrable darkness as black as coal. There was a soft rose mist that wreathed my feet, curling around my ankles as if beckoning me to sink into its depths. I started walking forward, looking for who had called my name, but I couldn’t see anyone else around. But someone had to be here, right?
"Hello?" I called into the darkness, afraid of what might answer.
"Maris... Maris..." the voice coaxed again. It echoed slightly in the air, adding to its mystery.
As I continued to make my way, the smooth floor cold against my feet, I noticed a beautiful, black-haired woman standing in the mist some feet away.
She was floating about a foot off the ground, her arms extended towards me as if to bring me into an embrace. Her waist-length, jet-black hair hovered around her angelically, making her beautiful indigo eyes shine purple against her pale white skin. I immediately stopped in my tracks.
"Who are you?" I asked her. "What do you want?"
"It's time, Maris. It's time you knew," she murmured, smiling a small, perfect white-toothed smile that girls my age could only dream of. "It's time you knew who you really are."
"What? What do you mean?" I asked, confused by her words.
"Sleep, child, and all will be well. Your journey starts soon, but do not fear for I will always be there beside you. I will be your guide,"her eyes softened as she kindly smiled at me. “I will always be with you.”
“Please, who are you?” I took a few steps toward her. “Tell me your name.”
“You already know me, Maris. Look inside yourself and you will see,” the woman looked down at me, still smiling.“You know who I am.”
“No, I don’t,” I said defiantly.”Please, I don’t understand, what do you mean?”
“In time, my child, you will know my name, but for now, just know my face and trust my words. You are destined for something great. All you have to do is take your first steps.”
With her last words, her voice started to fade away, and so did she- her figure was becoming less and less distinguishable from the tendrils of fog until it was almost impossible to tell where her body ended and the fog began.
"What? What does that mean?! What are you talking about? Wait!" I yelled to the woman as she faded away completely, allowing the mist to finally envelope me in its intoxicating embrace. I tried to disentangle myself from it, but it swept into my clothes, covered my eyes, invaded my mouth and started rushing down my throat. I could hardly breathe as a sweet taste filled my mouth.
Black dots encroached on my vision, but just before I went under, I managed one last scream.