Friday, 16 September 2016

Dusk and Dawn Faerytales and Dark Fantasy Short Story by Louise Lake

Hello everyone,

In the midst of everything else I am currently writing, I have decided to put together some of the old fairytale stories that I have written over the past few years, along with some new short stories, to create a new collection of dark fairytale and fantasy stories titled: Faerytales and Dark Fantasy. As half of the book is already complete, I have decided to publish this one first, putting The Warlock and Heaven's Curse on hold for a couple of months. Here is a taster from the Faerytales and Dark Fantasy collection. I hope you enjoy reading it :-)

Dusk and Dawn

Have you heard the story of the sun and moon?
One stays up late the other sleeps too soon,
When day was night and night was day,
Both their hearts were led astray,
And of their love, twin girls were born,
One by the name of Dusk, the other Dawn,
Now I’ll tell you the tale of the two,
Separate halves of sun and moon.

You may think that the sun and moon have always been separate, but the truth is they were once whole, just as they are when they form an eclipse. A curse was placed on them many years ago. But, this story is not about the Sun or the Moon, this story is about their offspring.
One occasion when day met night, the goddess of the moon and the god of the sun were reunited. In a moment of fleeting passion – trapped by their love for each other, the sun and the moon produced twin girls. The girls were sisters for but a few moments, until the opposing gods and goddesses of the galaxy discovered their cause for joy. They condemned the sisters to a destiny of catching but a single glimpse of each other, just as one rose with the sun, and the other with the moon. The sun and the moon had decided to keep their love a secret, so they lived separate lives, each with one of their daughters. They were named Dusk and Dawn.
Dusk and Dawn never knew they were sisters, until Dusk fell in love with a shooting star. But what Dusk didn’t know was that the star was already in love with Dawn. Although, he knew they could never be together, the star swore an oath of eternal love and devotion to Dawn. When Dusk eventually learned of the star’s love for another, she grew dark with envy, swearing to put an end to Dawn forever, but little did she know that Dawn was already dying.
Dawn had always been cheerfully bright. She basked in the light of her father, with her golden skin. After rising thousands of times, one day Dawn’s light suddenly began to fade. The more she raised the less power she held against the darkness. Dawn had never known her mother, but she found herself curious whether her problem had been inherited. On a mission to seek the truth, Dawn set out to interrogate her father of her mother’s whereabouts.
The sun was relaxing, watching all of the people go about their day on the planets, when Dawn suddenly appeared.
“It is not your time, you must make yourself scarce until it is time to rise again,” the sun lectured his daughter.
“Father, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my light is fading,” Dawn bowed her head in shame.
The sun took one look at his daughter, trying to imagine what would happen if her light went out.
“How long has this being going on?”
“Ever since the shooting star declared his love for me,” Dawn confessed.
The sun thought about the curse that had befallen the moon and him. Could it have spread to their daughters too?
“Do you love this star?” The sun asked.
Dawn smiled at the thought of the most beautiful star in the sky, the shooting star. Dawn loved the star more than she had ever loved anything. But, she also knew that it was forbidden. Her job was to rise with the sun, not fly away with a star that travels the galaxy for fun. The shooting star had a bad reputation within the galaxy. He was relieved of his duties as the North Star - the brightest star in all of the skies, when he decided to rebel against The Almighty.
“I will consult the almighty ruler of the universe; your light must not die out. Can you take over here for a moment?” The sun asked his daughter, hoping that practice would heal her.
“But, what if I’m not strong enough?” Dawn asked, noticing the look of sadness on her father’s face. Dawn nodded her head in response, and the sun made a swift exit.
For a brief moment the world plummeted into complete darkness, until Dawn gained control of the skies. Dawn could never replace her father, as after all there could only ever be one sun. She had been taught that every time she would blink a number of fluffy clouds would consume the sky. This kept the sky lit, but full of clouds, which was a great distraction to the inhabitants of the planets, when the sun was preoccupied.
As day began to fade to night, Dusk knew it was almost time to let the goddess of the moon take over. The sun arrived back just in time, as the sun and Dawn made their exit, before the goddess could appear. Dusk caught a glimpse of Dawn as she faded into the darkness. After retreating back into the black hole where they lived, the sun decided it was time to tell his daughter the truth.
“Some time ago, before you were born, I fell in love with the goddess of the moon. We were entirely happy. But, when our relationship was revealed, the other gods and goddesses of the universe did everything in their power to stop the union between us from commencing. So, after consulting The Almighty, they cast a shadow over us for all of eternity. This shadow lingers over our family like a dark cloud, only dispersing when day is night and night is day. And only when the two become one are we reunited for a few precious moments.”
“What did you mean our family?” Dawn asked her father with suspicion.
“The last time I was with the moon, we conceived two beautiful girls. Dawn, the moon is your mother, and ...”
“And, I have a sister?” Dawn cried.
“You have a sister,” the sun confirmed.
Dawn was overwhelmed by the information she had just received. But, overwhelmed or not, she found herself full of joy with the news that she had a sister. Dawn wondered what she could be like, and what her mother was like. Dawn had seen the goddess of the moon and her sister thousands of times before, but she had never known them as a daughter and sister would.
Meanwhile, Dusk was plotting her revenge on the heart’s desire of the star she longed to love. The star had already tried to let Dusk down gently, but, Dusk wouldn't take no for an answer. She threatened the star that her love had no limits. She would do anything for him, even if that meant getting rid of the one he loved once and for all. With Dawn out of the picture, the star would be free to give his heart to Dusk, and she would accept it in a heartbeat.  Dusk had gone over the plan a number of times, as soon as she could leer Dawn into the trap, the sooner the star would be hers.
The sun met with the almighty ruler again, to discuss Dawn's situation.
“Almighty Lord, her light is fading,” the sun declared anxiously.
“I'm afraid there is nothing I can do, it seems your daughter is dying,” the almighty responded.
“But, there must be a way, there must be something we can do,” the sun said, desperate to find a solution.
“I cannot just let her die, she's my daughter,” the sun cried.
“I suggest you make your peace with it, what cannot be found cannot be undone. I grant you permission to tell the goddess of the moon in person. Your daughter may also see her mother for the first and last time. This is all I can do,” the almighty confessed before disappearing into space.
The sun rushed to Dawn's side. Dawn had gotten much worse. Her light was so dim that she could no longer be seen. Instead, a dark shadow lingered over her waiting to bestow the kiss of death.
The star, hearing of Dawn's demise, rushed to her side. But, on the way to Dawn, he was trapped by the dark-hearted Dusk.
“It's for your own good,” Dusk confessed.
“You wouldn't know love if it hit you in the face,” the star cried.
Dusk had a plan. Initially she was going to trick Dawn with an act so cruel that it would lead to her death, but, fate had intervened bringing her another opportunity instead. She knew the reason Dawn was dying was because she was in love with the star, and when he was banished from the North as a shooting star, her heart was broken. Without his love Dawn would die, and then the star could belong to Dusk.
“This is not how you fall in love; you cannot force me to love you!” The star protested.
“Would you rather I hand you over to the universal authorities? That can be arranged!” Dusk threatened the star.
“Do what you like to me. I only returned for Dawn. So, if my fate is to die by her side I accept that fate.”
Dusk felt overcome by the star’s love for Dawn. She had only ever caught a glimpse of Dawn, but she couldn't understand what Dawn had that she did not. So, Dusk decided to leave the star imprisoned, while she went to visit Dawn on her death-bed, so that she could further understand his love for her.
Dusk arrived hiding in the shadows of the chamber. On a large golden draped bed, Dawn rested. The sun sat by her side with someone else, but she couldn't see who. Just as Dusk stepped out into the light, the sun turned around stepping to the side to reveal her mother, the goddess of the moon.
“Dusk, we have been waiting for you. I know it's a little late, but I'd like you to meet your sister, Dawn.”
Dusk’s eyes widened at the fact that her nemesis was in fact her sister.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you dear sis ...” Dawn trailed off as her face turned a ghastly grey.
The sun and the moon were distraught, as they held each other tight.
Dusk was overcome by regret, realising the error of her ways, as tears flooded from her sad gaping eyes. As she looked into the face of her only sister, the storm passed and everything became clear to Dusk, and for the first time in her life she knew she had to make amends.
“It might not be too late,” Dawn confessed.
The sun and moon both looked at their daughter for an answer to their prayers. Dusk swept by them in haste, and a few minutes later, she returned with the star by her side.
The star kissed Dusk on the cheek, to show his appreciation for her sudden kindness, before eagerly joining the sun and moon by Dawn's side. But, it was too late Dawn's skin had begun to crack, as dust like particles came away from her face. The star leaned in to kiss Dawn, and as his lips touched hers, the cracks in Dawn's face began to heal again. Her corpse-like completion subsided, returning to its natural golden glow. And then, as Dawn was about to take her last breath, the first breath of new life was inhaled instead. Leaping from her death-bed, the first person Dawn clung to was her sister. Dusk cried, as Dawn held her in a tight embrace, causing an eclipse to surface in the sky. From then on the eclipse would be the sister’s way of celebrating their bond.
That was the day that Dusk discovered there was more to life than getting what you want. She had a sister, and that love was worth far more than that of any shooting star.

Thanks for reading,
Louise Lake.

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