Sneak Peak #4
“Would you like to come see what Magics can do?” Azuka offered.
“I thought they could only control the weather?”
He grinned mischievously. “Then you have been misled…” He stood up and walked away with Caverly following behind.
Jaida was sitting cross-legged in an open area away from the trees. The ground was covered in flattened plants and dirt, and she was in a semicircle with Willow in the front. There were two other children there, a toddler biting her dress and a scrawny boy who was probably eleven or twelve.
“Zen, would you like to show Jaida how we start the lessons?” Willow asked the boy.
“Sure!” He sat up straight, closed his eyes, and started to breathe deeply. Caverly had never meditated before, but from the pictures she’d seen online, she assumed that’s what he was doing. Jaida watched him for a moment then followed him. The toddler started playing in the grass distractedly.
“Isn’t that girl a little young to be doing this stuff?” Caverly whispered.
“Well Blossom can’t do any magic yet, but when Magics group together, their power is intensified. It’s healthy for children her age to be surrounded by it so later when they learn how to use it they will have better control.” Caverly nodded. It was so strange to be in a world with magic, but for some reason after being here for some time, nothing was surprising her. Too much reading, her mom’s voice murmured in her thoughts.
“Clear your mind.” Willow spoke softly. She was in the same pose as the children, but she seemed to have a natural power in her posture. “If a thought comes in, acknowledge it then let it float away; you will come back to that thought later. Now take a deep breath in,” everyone breathed in, “and now out.” They breathed out.
At first Jaida’s expression was calm, then it slowly turned to confused concentration. The toddler was poking some ants with a stick and Zen was relaxed and focused. After about twenty minutes had passed, Caverly’s legs were starting to get angry and her throat was begging for water. They’d been walking for so long, and now that she was standing still she realized just how sore she really was. Caverly tried to ignore her body’s pleas and turned her gaze back to Jaida’s face. As if falling asleep, Jaida’s expression suddenly changed and looked serene. Surprised, Caverly examined the other faces and noticed they were all sharing the same expression. Even Blossom had stopped playing with the ants and lay down peacefully on the ground, staring into the trees.
“Good.” Willow unexpectedly whispered. “Feel your magic and let it flow through you. Allow its warmth to consume you; it is your friend, not your enemy.” Jaida was smiling softly and Zen seemed much more confident than Caverly’s first impression of him. As if on some hidden cue, everyone’s eyes opened and Blossom sat up in attention. “Very good my children. You have very powerful magic!” She smiled and reached into her dress pocket to pull out a dried flower bulb.
“What is she going to do?” Caverly wondered out loud.
“Just watch…” Azuka said without looking away from his wife.
Willow dug a small hole in the ground, placed the bulb inside, and then covered it back up with dirt. “Now, children… I want you all to close your eyes and imagine your magic pouring into this small bulb of life. Allow it to leave your fingertips and become apart of this bulb, just like it is apart of you. Share your gift.” She closed her eyes and placed her hands over the bulb’s location. Zen immediately followed and then Jaida did as well. Blossom crawled over and watched in amazement as if she could actually see the magic leaving their hands.
Birds were chirping in the background and Caverly could hear the distant chatter of the other people working back at the commune. After a few moments it seemed like nothing was going to happen, but then a small green stem budded from the ground. Caverly stared in amazement and looked to Azuka for an answer, but he just winked and looked back to the Magics.
Slowly, the green stem grew taller and leaves sprouted on the sides. At the top a bud began to appear, and then it opened up to reveal a young flower. The Magics seemed in deep concentration, and then the flower bloomed into a beautiful lily. Willow smiled and opened her eyes.
“You all did wonderful, my children! Look what you have created today.” Zen grinned in accomplishment and Blossom giggled.
When Jaida opened her eyes, she seemed in utter shock. “I didn’t know I could do that!”
Zen laughed. “Of course you can! I’ve been practicing since I can remember. Didn’t someone teach you this back home?”
Willow shook her head sadly. “Zen, most places discourage practicing magic and even take away Magics forever to the Capital.”
“My dad was a Magic…” Jaida whispered.
“I’m so sorry, dear.” Willow patted Jaida’s leg. “I’m sure he was a great man.”
“I never met him… But since I was little I knew I could control the weather. Whenever I would cry, it would rain outside. One time my sister caught me making it snow a few years ago and swore me to keep it secret so they would never take me away.”
Zen reached over and gave Jaida a hug. “I’m so sorry! I wouldn’t know what to do if I had to keep my magic hidden.”
“So what other things can I do?” Jaida asked, changing the subject.
Willow smiled. “Being a Magic simply means you are a child of the universe. You can control anything in nature including the weather, plants, water, dirt, and even help living creatures. When you are trained and advance more, you will be able to heal wounds and sicknesses.”
Caverly gasped. The way Raya’s mom had described magic seemed so evil, and now hearing it from Willow made her wonder how such rumors had been spread. “Why are people afraid of Magics then?” Caverly blurted.
They all turned to Caverly in surprise as if they had been too busy practicing magic to notice her there. Azuka sighed and put his hand on her shoulder. “People are afraid of what they can’t understand; especially if that thing is powerful. Vicious rumors have forced Magics to hide their gift.”
Everyone was silent for a moment before Blossom started to cry. “I think she’s hungry…” Zen said with a laugh. “Thank your for the lesson, Grandma!” He gave her a kiss on the cheek then picked up Blossom with some struggle and left.
“He’s your grandson?” Jaida inquired.
“Yes.” Willow was smiling wide, obviously proud. “He’s just like his father!”
Azuka chuckled and nodded in agreement. “Both little twigs as kids… I’m sure he’ll grow to be strong!” He turned to Caverly and frowned. “You must be so hungry and thirsty! Let’s get both of you back to the fire and fix you something. It should be lunch soon, and I’m sure everyone would love to hear how you came into our world!” He winked.
Caverly gulped. She had never been good at public speeches in school, let alone to strangers. Willow placed a hand on her shoulder as if reading her mind.
“Don’t be nervous, child. You are with friends.” She smiled then grabbed Azuka’s hand and walked away.
“They’re so nice!” Jaida said as she approached Caverly. “I wish Raya could meet them.”
“Cool magic skills!” Caverly said as they followed the path back to the center of the commune.
“Thank you! I never knew I could do that… I actually haven’t really practiced magic on purpose since I was little and didn’t know any better.”
“You’re still little!” She winked.
Jaida laughed. “Well, littler!” She stared at her hands for a moment. “I just didn’t know it could feel like that… helping something grow.”
“It’s an amazing thing!”
Jaida beamed and grabbed her hand. “Thank you.”