Hess has been put in danger by her Father, so he can gain custody of her, and bring her back to the spirit realm to help him win a war. After Hess falls from the hand of her Father and finding out about a callous nemeses that has escaped her Mother agrees to revive Hess in the spirit realm.
Hess was the only child with fictional friends. Cartoon characters and book descriptions had overtaken her imagination, and she followed a whimsy road. Her Mother, Win, spent most of her time in the spiritual realm defeating the fiery darts sent to the natural world by Hess's father. As Hess grew up and she became more knowledgeable. She began to ask questions, because she needed to know about the dispute she was born into. She needed to know what side to take. Hess found it odd how the protector of the natural world and a ruthless slayer of the natural world were married with a child. She asked her mother time and time again to tell her the story, and it turns out it was a very boring story indeed. Win was clever. She would never tell Hess what she really wanted to know if it stood a slight chance of ruining her plans for Hess's life.
Hess's parents were realm surfers. They were these uniquely designed individuals who traveled in and out of the spiritual realm trying to defeat villains before they manifested in the natural realm, Hess's realm...earth. She always knew that her Mother, Win, was good, and her Father, Riddle, was evil. There was a gap in young Hess's life that no one seem to know the answers to. Riddle never motioned to be in Hess's life until she turned 16 years old.
That heartless man went 16 birthdays without sending a card, without calling, and without participating in the most pivotal moments within a child's life. But suddenly on her 16th birthday Hess opened her eyes to part take in her usual birthday festivities Win had planned for her, but instead she awakened to the wispy stare of her Father.
Riddle settled nicely at the entrance of Hess's room door. She had never seen him before, but she knew from that scar slashed across his left eye that he had to be one of her Mothers enemies back from the spirit world to have their revenge on her.
"I had nothing to do with whatever unspeakable things that were unleashed onto you," she said with false courage.
"You have everything to do with everything," he said, while stuffing her suitcase full of old clothes she did not even know were still in her closet. There was anger in the air when her room door was force shut by a random wind gust that knocked her onto the floor.
"Did you secretly call Win? How did you do that?" said Riddle, as his eyes roamed around the room for Hess. Riddle and Hess were both shaken, she managed to roll under her bed. While regaining his footing Riddle activated the shield over his eyes to prevent Win from trying to slice out his eyes again, seized his weapon, and braced himself. There she was. She flew in from nowhere destroying Hess's room wall and throwing knives. Riddle had gotten caught by more than a few of them, and Hess could tell from his lack of attention to the slashes he had experienced that pain from Win before. There Win floated before Hess brave and strong. She was engulfed with that glow that only seemed to be attached to her when she has just exited the other realm, and she was ultra-mad.
"I am taking her Win," he said, before he flung the bed into the air revealing a shocked and paralyzed Hess. Riddle grabbed her and flew out the hole made by Win. And she quickly followed.
"No! This was not a part of the deal!!" screamed Win, as she took flight behind him. Barely able to keep her eyes open Hess saw the sorrow in Win's eyes as she pulled out her sword to commence fighting.
"There is no fight. I am taking her back to my realm," Riddle said, while flying with Hess towards the hovercraft in the sky. The door had risen and they were only meters away from the inside. Hess did not want to go, but she was so curious. She had never been the center of anyone's attention. But with Win being the most feared realm surfer since the beginning of time. She hoped for the sake of Riddle's loved ones he had his final arrangements in order. She assumed that final arrangements existed in his realm, because it was no way Win was going to let him live long enough to tell this story.
For one last attempt Win threw her sword at the hovercraft piercing its exterior. Riddle immediately halted "I am not going to make this easy for you," said Win. The hovercraft vanished before their eyes. Riddle turned around and faced Win. They stared intensely into each other’s eyes, so much history was going back and forth without them even echoing a word. Win eased her way towards Riddle who had Hess over his shoulder. Win moved forward so slowly Riddle did not even notice she was getting closer. Win with Hess on her mind spoke softly "Let’s take Hess home. Let’s fix the hole in the wall, and then we can fix all of this," Win gestured widely as if she was speaking of the entire universe. Riddle flipped Hess around taking her by the wrist, he stretched out his arm, and then opened his hand. Everything Hess had imagine of what it would be like to fall from thousands of feet in the air was wrong. There was no beautiful horizon. The people did not look like dancing ants, and the better part of her future did not flash before her eyes.
Win yelled out with heartbreaking sorrow as she flew straightway for Hess. Riddle abruptly intercepted grabbing Win and flying her further and further away from Hess. Hess’s eyes were dimming as she had forgotten to breathe since falling. Her heart beat was slowing. Win weakened by the thought of her fading daughter found energy and pushed away from Riddle throwing hundreds of knives his way and hoped they took him out. Win flew at what felt like the speed of light fast to catch Hess. Hess was approaching trees. At one last attempt to save her only child Win release thousands of knives to intertwine with one another to make a solid knife bed to hold Hess. It was too late the knives went passed Hess then vaporized. Hess had fallen into trees before hitting the grassy slab beneath her. The park was nearly empty at that time no one heard the thuds or saw the fight.
Win flew over to Hess and pleaded her survival.
"I can save her, but she has to go back with me," he said, dropping knives as he picks them from his person.
"She does not have to do anything," said Win, as she kicks the knives away from Hess.
"She is 16 Win. She has to learn the spirit realm and choose a side," said Riddle, trying to get a good look at Hess.
"I rather say goodbye to her before I let her face that kind of pressure, it’s vicious!" said Win, trying to find a pulse.
"Oaks is loose and his definite location is unknown," said Riddle, with a crackle in his voice. Win scoops up Hess and follows Riddle in the other realm.
© 2016 Maggalynn Grace