HOLIDAYS ARE FOR
roses glistened in a ruby glow of dew and early morning sun. Dion was signing
the card that was to accompany them....
Christmas, Adena. A time for friends and family.
all at Yorkshire.
course, Dion snickered to herself, she doesn't have anyone.
nice of you to send those to Adena. She insisted on leaving Yorkshire, I don't
know why; she really shouldn't live alone like she is."
Jonathon. Let her make her own decisions."
guess your right." He tousled his fiancee's hair. "I am going to
seal up the Emerald and Ruby rooms; they will be theirs to use whenever they
dear, I thought that we could use them." Dion knew that those two suites
occupying the entire upper floor of Yorkshire Mansion were extremely rich and
she wanted them for herself.
They shall stand ready to receive the rightful rulers of all these
managed to smile slightly. "Of course."
was lost in his musings. "I think those two were made for each other from
the beginning of time. Remember Adena's first Christmas. No, you wouldn't
remember. You were as old as she was." Dion listened with tolerance to
tree glistened with tinsel and ornaments. A huge fire crackled in the
fireplace. The whole palace was done for Christmas. Coina and Odina stood
proudly watching their offspring. They were talking to Iffley's parents who
had joined them for the festivities. Dion and her parents were there as
had appointed himself babysitter, since he was a very grownup ten years. Adena
wasn't going to have any of that however. She was intently drawing a picture.
Iffley wanted to take her picture on a rocking horse. She got mad and threw
several crayons at him. "Leave alone...please." Her eyebrow rose
I want your picture. Would you please come here?"
decided to try a different tactic. Adena watched him suspiciously as he looked
at her picture. "That's nice, Adena. What are they called?"
See they have wings like Pigasus and horns like unicerns."
and unicorns, Adene," Odina corrected.
Coina," Iffley began. "How powerful is she? Mother told me that I
began to show power very early."
has not been allowed to use hers fully yet. She is very stubborn and could get
out of hand. But you and she, Iffley, will be very powerful. Together you two
can be even stronger."
His mother was correcting his rudeness; she respected the Ludit family
Adena put the Amulet on?" Iffley wanted to see what the baby could
suppose so...for a moment." Coina walked over to her daughter and placed
the necklace on her.
blinked several times in surprise. Expertly she reached for the Amulet and
touched several of the stones. "CONSINBA." She cocked her head and
smiled. Coina took the Key back and put it on.
wonder what that meant." A shrill whinny broke the silence. Odina grabbed
the paper that Adena had been coloring and saw that it was blank of the nine
Adena toddled to the open window and hung out.
get her; she'll fall out!" Coina was already running to Adena.
got to the window and stared in disbelief. Nine colts stood prancing in the
yard. Seven were colored as the spectrum, one was black and one was white.
They had the wings of the famed Pegasus and the horns of unicorns. They
Adena squealed in delight and reached out to them. She fell forward from the
window. Coina screamed and covered her face. Adena was crying but soon stopped
when she landed safely on the soft back of the black Danae. "MINE!!"
she said, patting the animal's neck and horn.
parents were relieved but puzzled. Adena created a hologram. Something,
someone had made them real. "Iffley!"
did say to work together, Lady Coina. Merry Christmas Adena!" With that,
he snapped her picture.....
helped create the Danaes?" Dion was doubtful.
from theat moment on, Adena knew what her powers were and she used them
whenever she wanted. Iffley was impressed with her and later that turned to
love. That's what is so strange about his leaving. He never has let her spend
a Christmas alone..."
On Christmas nonetheless. Adena quietly drummed her fingers on the computer
console of her apartment. She angrily wiped a tear from her eyes. Madison and
Bronson had called to invite her and Iffley to come for a Christmas
celebration. They had been shocked at the news of his absence. She politely
refused the invitation to stay and prepare her fleet. For what? they had
asked. She had said that it's best to be prepared always.
fingered her Ring and then went on to work on every problem in the In basket.
She soon emptied that and then cleaned the apartment. That completed, she
stepped outside. Casablanca, the red danae, ran up and nuzzled her.
girl? I think everyone is. Did you enjoy eating those roses?" Casablanca
whinnied softly. "I did plan a Christmas present for you.
pulled a rumpled, yellowed piece of paper from her jacket pocket. It was
drawing paper and had faint outlines of danaes on it. Adena smiled at
Casablanca and touched her ring to the Amulet--"CONSINBA". The air
was pierced with neighing and whinnies of frightened eight frightened danaes.
"Cush, cush. It's alright." The animals recognized their mistress'
voice and paused slightly before almost trampling her in joy. She smiled for
the first time in many days as her favored pets pranced in reunion.
Christmas, she willed to the sky, whereever you are tonight.
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