I thought I should set a kind of background for Shera. This story is basically about her dealing with her past.
Here are the facts that we know so far about Shera:
HEIGHT: 5' 4"
APPEARANCE: light skin, petite, straight long blond hair, aquamarine eyes
APPAREL: white jeans, black shirt with the Mausoleum's brand on it, black and white checkered sneakers, white shawl
ACCESSORIES: black and white checkered cross earrings and matching necklace
ABILITIES: can do anything with magic and is a good archer and fencer.
FAMILY: none known
NoTe: IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS SUFFERED OR IS SUFFERING FROM BULIMIA OR ANOREXIA, I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I HAVE A SISTER WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BOTH ANOREXIA AND BULIMIA.
ANY RESEMBLANCE OF REAL PEOPLE, LIVING OR DEAD, IS COINCIDENTIAL.
Enjoy the story!!!
Dinah and Vincent grudgingly trudged up the Mausoleum pathway. They were sick of paying gold to let people try and kill them. Well, ghosts, actually, not people. Shera literally ran to meet the two, her eyes filled with joy.
"Finally, you're here! I was sooooo bored waiting for you, and Edrear and Edaniel got into an argument and completely ignored me! Finally, I have some company!"
Right after Shera finished talking, Edrear motioned the three over to where he was. They obliged, not wanting to upset the warrior and have him cause another earthquake (for that's what he did the last time he was mad).
Dinah looked at all of the ghosts' plaques, which told the ghosts name and date of death, reading each name silently. Finally, she stopped at one plaque that read "Anny 2/17/200". Dinah pressed on the plaque, which revealed the pathway to the grave of "Anny".
The group found Anny's statue, which was of a girl about 19 with a thin face and a sorrowful expression. The statue's figure was very thin, and the marble clothes seemed to hang off of the statue's thin yet tall frame. Dinah, upon further inspection, realized that she could see the statue's collarbone and, for a moment, though she could faintly make out a rib. One of the statue's hands was up, as if it were asking, no, pleading for something.
Edaniel waved at a paw at the inscription and snorted. "Geez, this gal was a real sap. Listen to her poem:
I finally lost all sanity, and was suddenly lost to humanity.
I never felt the touch of love, although it was there, all around and above.
I pushed away the ones who cared, though their love with me they would have shared.
Place in my hand the one thing I need, the one thing to help me move on, indeed.
Dinah, Vincent, and Shera thought hard about the poem. Suddenly, Shera's face lit up in an excited grin.
"I know what the statue wants!"
Vincent stopped thinking when he heard this. He started to let his eyes wander. All of a sudden, his eye caught a sparkly object. He picked it up and showed Shera. She fingered it in her palm and looked closely at the object in her hand.
"Hmm....it looks like a ring. An engagement ring..." Shera added softly. The ring was a very pretty bluish-greenish color, and was framed in silver. A small tear began to form in the corner of Shera's eye as she reached up slowly to her chest and clutched a ring which was hidden behind her shawl. It looked exactly like the ring Vincent had handed her. The tear trickled slowly down her cheek as she clutched the ring in her palm. She quickly brushed the tear away with a flick of her hand, then said in a brave yet wobbly voice:
"Look around and see if there's anything else in the grass, just to make sure. We don't want to make wrong guesses with ghosts, because we never know what might happen." For the next minute, everyone searched around the statue for objects. Edrear uncovered a Chinese coin, Edaniel found a pillowcase with flowers on it, and Dinah found a boot from a Sailor Moon doll.
"Well, Shera? Do you know what the statue wants?" Edrear questioned.
"Yeah, I do. It wants this ring, because an engagement ring symbolizes love and commitment." With that, Shera gently placed the ring in the statue's hand and group heard the grinding of gears as the statue's hand closed around the ring. The statue shook, then moved, revealing a flight of stone steps.
Everyone trooped into the depths of the underground cave, their senses alert. They all wondered what was going to be awaiting them as they stepped into the light at the end of the stairs...