When Sunset Came
by Isabella Estrada Arimany
I open my eyes,
I feel the terror within my people,
I know they are hunting us.
For decades we have been hiding from them,
the Sinfted, humanlike creatures of the night.
Ambitious to have all the power on earth,
they succumbed to darkness in order to steal light.
We, the Gifted, possess all the light in the universe
and is our duty to protect it from evil.
Light bestows each Gifted with a special ability:
Timets control the time,
Midets can reach your mind, reading and manipulating it,
Balets maintain a balance between organisms,
Natets take care of each living creature on earth,
Carrets guide the resting souls to their path,
and Anguardets, the most powerful ones,
have been gifted with the five attributes.
Appearing alike to the humans,
the Gifted go unnoticed by these powerless beings.
We breathe, eat, laugh, cry, smile, and sleep,
yet what differences us is our light power.
We live together and interact with them daily
as we develop our task.
Who am I? Which is my so beloved gift?
It’s supposed to be secret, nobody can know.
I’ll reveal my ability just in case I die so my successor,
whoever the light gold bracelet chooses,
has enough information to understand its power.
I am an Anguardet, by name Merlda.
There’s only one Gifted with such attribute,
when he dies light chooses the new Anguardet.
Possessing the five abilities, they must guard light.
The light gold bracelet chose me since I was born.
No Gifted knows for certainty what it can do
but we are sure that it contains light trapped inside.
I can sense all the pain, horror;
people are screaming, balance is broken,
time stops, death awaits.
I knew the darkening in my eyes is an omen,
a presage of what is coming. Darkness approaches.
Tired of hiding from the Sinfters,
I found myself running to the woods.
I can sense it, millions of them seeking destruction,
arriving at the forest at night.
Their leader Jeftlow guiding them,
instructing them. Then,
all dark creatures, thirsty for light,
hunt us. I won’t allow my people to die
nor will I let light be under control of darkness.
Jeftlow used to be an Anguardet,
the most powerful Gifted that has ever lived.
Ambitious for even more power,
not wanting to protect light but instead control it,
he succumbed to darkness five years ago.
Ever since, I have been the Anguardet,
trying to figure out the way to defeat him.
My biggest enemy yet my doom,
he knows my power and what I can do.
The light bracelet chose me;
it traveled a thousand miles to find me,
to select me as the new protector of light.
I was elected by the mere reason of my bravery;
I’m a courageous woman, strong in mind,
persistent, and caring. I want Gifters to survive,
to feel proud of their task
and honored of their light power.
Wanting to prove to myself that light
was not mistaken when choosing me,
I am fighting this battle alone,
showing my valor.
Light against darkness; once and for all
this war must end. Either I win or die
I’m prepared to face evil.
Night is approaching, the sun is setting,
the air gets tense. I can smell it: catastrophe.
Disaster nearing; deaths everywhere,
screams and groans from Sinfters.
Terror is inflicted on my people
but I will stop it. Suddenly,
when the clock strikes seven o’clock,
I see human silhouettes in all quarters of the woods.
The Sinfters have arrived. I stare,
searching for my opponent.
Jeftlow is at the center of the Giant Forest,
surrounded by enormous sequoia trees.
I turn around, five Sinfters behind me,
ready to attack me. I glare at them,
reaching their mind, they can’t move.
With my light power I lift them to the sky
and throw them against the trees.
They fall to the ground, motionless.
I see Jeftlow and pull him closer to me.
He upholds me and then throws me in the air;
I hit my head with a stone, it hurts.
He gets near and brings his hand close
to the gold bracelet. He never reaches it;
when he tries to touch it,
there is a blast explosion of light.
I see Jeftlow flying in the sky
and then he hits the ground.
Weakened, he remains lying down.
I grab his head with both hands
and break his neck.
At instant his dark eyes stare at me,
light has triumphed over darkness.
Epic Hero: Merlda, an Anguardet.
Quest: Merlda sets as her mission to face the Sinfters and destroy darkness once and for all. She is willing to fight Jeftlow even if she knowns it can be the end of her days.
Valorous deeds: Merlda as a brave and courageous woman decides to face the Sinfters all by herself. She proves her valor while fighting darkness alone, without any Gifted to help her.
Divine Intervention: The Light gold bracelet is protected by God, which is the reason why Jeftlow can’t touch it.