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Fall of the Silvians-Chapter 1Chapter 1
Trickling rays of sunshine crept into the bleak yet serene atmosphere of thirteen-year-old Norabel’s bedroom on the top floor of the Sauna Village Orphanage at high noon. She looked up with bright eyes as she gingerly closed her book of Ordonian fairy tales while running her fingertips along the leather-bound spine.
“Midday greetings, Lumi,” she said, affectionately calling the Sun by the nickname she had bestowed on it. “You just missed storytime.”
To Norabel, her book of fairy tales was the best book she owned out of the hundred strewn all over the wooden floor. Mrs. Chimes had supplied Norabel with as many books as she desired to keep her busy—and quiet—on the top floor of the Sauna Village Orphanage. She lived alone in her large room consisting of a single bed, one dresser, a cramped closet, and two windows on opposite sides of the room that were
five hour energyi suppose
last week was only an aftershock
of the earthquake you were before.
this place used to vibrate
with metal strings and melodic,
testimonies to life,
emitting coffee-scented moods
and the burn of it too.
i had memorized the
sounds of silence,
i couldn't help but relish it.
no longer had i known
the sounds of folk
and scent of mocha-
you became nothing more
than an echo of the laughter
i so desperately needed to hear again.
then the echoes got louder,
bouncing ferociously off the walls
to be made manifest
i walked into your room
expecting exactly what i found-
an unmade bed,
and an empty beer
(the one that you insisted you needed
just days ago).
i pressed my nose
into the pillow
for incense and cologne and starbucks
to penetrate my mind
and thinking fervently
i already know
what a clean sheet smells like."
how strong an aftershock can be,
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