Mara heard something rustling near her, and she felt the warm touch of skin on her face.
It covered her tear-filled eyes, and a different voice spoke to her.
"Look up, Child. Open your eyes, look at the King. The light will not hurt you, do not be
afraid." and the touch released her. Mara was more afraid now, in spite of what the new voice
had said. But the light did not hurt her so much now, the coldness of the floor receded. She
could feel her body slowly stop shaking, and her breath began to calm down in spite of the
growing fear in her mind. Mara braced herself for a moment, and whispered.
"What king?" she asked.
The second voice, cooler and softer than the first, spoke again.
"The only one there is. Look!"
With that command Mara's eyes flew open and squinted against the solid light that greeted
them. She saw the ground that she lay on first. It was deep in color, a metallic shade of
something she couldn't name, but it made her think strongly of gold. No, it was like she was
seeing gold for the first time, and it almost shone with a darker radiance than any metal she
had ever seen back home. The gold stretched in a straight line towards the source of the
light. It deepened in shade the closer it came to the light, until it became a clearer, more
solid blue than the hardest sapphire. Mara couldn't tell if the blue was very dark or very
bright, it seemed to be both at once, and it encircled the light source.
Mara found that she couldn't look at the light source, so she quickly looked to the side. The
gold floor kept stretching out, fading into different colors that felt like the real versions of
different jewels. She could see what looked like trees and other buildings far off, and could
just barely make out the sight of a huge wall behind everything else.