“Demigod” writing (excerpt)
by Summer Barbaro
As The Ancient Traveler hiked through the forest, he was overwhelmed by what he saw. Enormous pine trees towering over him like downtown skyscrapers. Among the pine trees, were white trunked aspen trees covered in leaves the color of roses. He was enchanted by the sight but then realized the trek through the forest had made him very thirsty.
Not far away, he heard water rushing. Following the sound, he came upon a river cascading into a waterfall. The water was crystal clear teal blue against the red and green of the trees. As he reached for the water, The Ancient Traveler was caught off-guard by two glowing beings.
The one splashing in the water appeared to be a girl with jet-black hair falling to her waist and dressed in pure white. The other, a boy built like an ox, was high on a boulder keeping watch over the girl. His hair was blonde and he looked ready to pounce like a lion if threatened.
It was known that the Opus were reaching their ascension. Prophesized by the etchings of creation, the sacred comet foretold their purpose. Carved in the Comet’s surface were the hieroglyphics of past and future. Pressing away moss and grime revealed the birth of a species. Born immortal, they grew together. Nothing short of an eternity to find love, then together they’d float across the dimensional plane.
Their eyes were on each other. The goal was to listen, to receive, to offer. No one dwelled on the carving’s end, and the single figure draped in studded lines.