WFOL 2024 Challenge
BATB ~ ANCIENT SOULS
After having walked down the stairs bringing everyone to the Great Hall and having taken part in the Winterfest Opening Ceremony, Catherine was particularly touched.
She had never seen anything similar. She recognized that the World Below was really a different world, with its own hierarchy, ideas, rituals, times, and places…
It seemed unbelievable that one person created such a magic place and involved so many people who, coming from the World Above, would have thought about it as madness. But now, thinking well, they joined together setting up an extraordinary community. And that night the exceptionality of this world was testified by the presence of many helpers proud to hold in their hands the Winterfest celebrating candle.
Catherine explored for the first time the Great Hall accompanied by Vincent, who told her about all its stories. Vincent was touched by the interest shown by his loving Catherine.
Suddenly, our heroes stopped nearby some wonderful tapestries adorning one of the walls of the Great Hall.
Catherine stared at them, hypnotized, and asked Vincent to tell her something about those wonders.
He said that they had been found many years ago and now they were adorning the Hall so as to protect it.
Catherine stared at a particular figure: a brave knight fighting to protect his world from the invaders.
Suddenly, the knight turned his head towards her, returning the gaze.
Catherine opened her mouth wide, shocked, and turned herself towards Vincent to know if he was seeing the same thing. That moment Vincent left her as Father was calling him.
Catherine looked at the tapestries and the knight returned her gaze again. He smiled at her and said, softly, “Good evening, Miss Catherine, my name is Jacob, and I’m a knight belonging to the order of the World Below.”
Catherine, always more shocked, replied, softly, “Good evening, Mr. Jacob. How do you know who I am?”
“You are my Queen’s reincarnation. She reigned over the First World Below with King Vincent I. We are not here by chance, but to protect you as you will always protect us, perpetuating our values, our union, our community.”
“Jacob Wells is my reincarnation. He’s a knight like me. Vincent Wells is my King’s reincarnation. His arrival to the World Below, your meeting, and your future union were already written by destiny. Take care of our World: love each other, respect each other and be strong and brave. We’ll always be there for you, my dear King and Queen…”.
Catherine bade farewell to the brave knight, and when Vincent invited her to dance, she looked at him as she had always known him.
… And she knew why…