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LUCCIA IN DREAMSTIME is a trilogy of the story of an orphaned girl called Luccia. She stays with and is brought up by her grandfather, who is a wise man and a mystic. Most of the time the child is left to her own devices, which she spends with her friends, the animals of the woods, the sky and the water, the trees and plants around her in nature and the books her grandfather allows her to read. From them all she learns of the greatness of God in creation.
She is shown the stronghold of evil and the preparation in the heavens for the final battle between heaven and hell. Earth and Air. and of entering impossible situations with determination and an unskakeable faith.Having heard from her grandfather about the In-Between. Water. Within each sphere and element she learns more about the actual In-Between but most important. the five year old Luccia proceeds on a self-educational tour through the forest to learn more. natural and otherwise. She encounters various characters. she learns more about Creation . who take her into the different time spheres through which she enters the elements of Fire.the battle between good and evil. Finally she is taken back to where her tour started and is rewarded with a glimpse into a true in-between world populated by characters of the imagination 4 .
SECRETS OF THE IN-BETWEEN Text and illustrations Images Front Cover Illustration Scripture references : Caeli Francisco : Internet : Johan Opperman : King James Version : Caeli Francisco : 2008 © Copyright Created .
CONTENTS TRILOGY DESCRIPTION PART 2 : DESCRIPTION Title Page Chapter 1 SECRETS Grandpére PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 2 4 5 8 9 Speedy the Snail Friends of Old Meeting the Forest Queen The Banquet Chapter 2 ELEMENT OF FIRE Time-Travelling Old Man Emu King Su A Story Chapter 3 ELEMENT OF WATER Bozo Baptized Passing Over PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 12 15 19 23 27 28 32 37 41 47 48 50 52 6 .
Chapter 4 ELEMENT OF EARTH Padraig City of Salt Kizito PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 56 57 61 64 68 69 72 76 Chapter 5 ELEMENT OF AIR The White Owl Raphael The Mantis Through the Gateway Chapter 6 BACK WITH THE FOREST QUEEN Understanding The Old Oak Tree Chapter 7 OTHERWORLD Just a Glimpse A Faerie Rune THE END REFERENCES PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE PAGE 78 80 81 85 90 91 95 97 98 7 .
breathe.” white strands of Grandpére’s beard. “The In. “What is the In.“Although we live. now. Upon seeing her tiny smile. as the People of the In.” 10 . “We are the People of the In. In the sky it lies between the light of day and the light of the eye. But the tiny fingers pulled his beard and she whispered. “Tell it easier. work and play in the real ed with her inner ear to the sound of the night outside world.Between…” “We have the second sight. Or in the woods you’ll find it between the drops of dew and the surface of the leaves. active and recording every word she was hearing. which includes not only the power to see distant or future The little girl curled her fingers through the long events. that gift of vision. “The In-Between is a secret place. but also to see viewless forms of air. world of nature – the real world – and into the world of spirit. “On the beach you’ll find it in-between the wet sand and the waves breaking on the shore. She also heard Grandpére’s deep voice saying. her spirit machine was ledge.” he began again.Between?” which told him she was asleep.Between is a place between two worlds.In a state between waking and sleeping. rubbing their silkiness between her fingers. although he realised that she was ready to receive the knowshe seemed to be sleeping. It exists between the world of true spirit and the world of true reality. “We. But as she opened her eyes. “Do you really want to know?” and wondered if he should impart this knowledge to her “Uhm!” he said. Luccia listen. Drowsily she asked. He stopped talking upon hearing her deep breathing. the old man looked down to the child on Grandfather!” his lap and asked. we are by our nature able to move out of the the window.Between. he knew that. dark blue and glittering with that tell-tale inner fire he knew so well. exist in this place spiritually because our nature has made us able to so exist. Surprised.
Questing with his spirit he stopped talking and looked down at her again. And we can communicate with time and times…” Again Grandpére stopped talking. “Now its really time for bed. the People of the In-Between. “With our spirit we are able to move around freely in this world and from this world into the true spirit world or back into our own world of nature. yawned and this time said firmly. rocks of the mountains. the stillness of the deserts and its endless stretches of nothing. “That is why we. depending on their kind.all have our abilities in a greater or lesser degree. ll the plants and with the creatures we cannot see with our natural eyes. the rain. The moving fingers in his beard told him to continue. not the humans . the light and the darkness. can communicate with the beasts of the field. the waters. “That’s not all. the lightning and the thunder. the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea. stones. We can also communicate with the winds. You and me will have to rest now until another day!” 11 . “The creatures with which we share our own world the creatures. the trees of the forest.
” he answered. you sure have a funny name!” At that moment Luccia was walking through the gar. for he knew with what the child was busy.” The voice said again. she said. All he said was.” he said.The next morning Luccia was not her usual self at all. Luccia! I’m at your feet.” the snail answered and had to ke for her. “Here. Grandpére had to calm the old Nanny. “….” ty.” he answered proudly. for a slow ready. which looked ethereal in its early morning beau. I’m sorry for laughing but you know. And because I have this shell on my back. “Leave “Hello Speed… hie-hie… Speedy!” she finally greeted her be. it protects my body from the explosion that happens when someone or something moves from one time zone to another…” 13 .Communicate with time…? With times…? I wonder how? What did “And what could that be?” she wondered. Mieta. Grandpére mean? Oh… I wish I was old enough to understand all this!” “I’m a Time-Conveyor. the little girl saw no one.consider what kind of work I’m doing. she saw a snail peeping out of his shell and waggling his feelers to attract her attention. “Because I’m so slow and slimy. She will come home to us when she is him.“My name is Speedy. you cute little thing!” Luccia crooned as she squatted down at the spot where the snail was. smile when the child suddenly started giggling. Talking to herself. he began. Looking around.. “but its an apt name if you den.“I know. “What’s your name?” At breakfast time she was nowhere to be found in spite of the choclate muffins Mieta had promised to ma. Looking down this time. “Oh. “A Time-Conveyor! What is that?” “Let me explain. you are old enough!” a voice said suddenly. its easy for me to glide between two time zones. “But you have to listen very carefully.” snail. Her laughter sounded like the tinkling of silver bells. Okay?” When she merely nodded. “Luccia.
of course. Permission from the Forest Queen. I absorb them into my body.” “I can understand the carrying but what are fragments of time?” asked Luccia. is so powerful that it heats up and explodes. With the other job I carry fragments of time from one zone to another. not immediately. Now I. The bang occurs when the energy caused by the friction. an explosion has to happen due to the friction of movement when one time moves upon another time. I first have to get permission to take you.” She said and clapped her hands with joy. In the same way that you have memories stored up in your subconscious. I store up memories of the time zones I have left behind. 14 . With the one I carry a passenger on my back from one time zone to another.” .” “And what do you do with these ‘memories’?” “I have to take you from one time zone to another in order for you to understand all this.“An explosion like as in BANG?” Luccia asked “Yes. “Can we do so now?” “Oh no. as a Time Conveyor. which consists mainly of slimy water. No matter how small the creature or the being that moves in or out. “We call it the Fire of time travel. “They are like memories. has actually two jobs. silly. Yes?” “Oh! Yes.” “Permission from whom? My grandfather?” “No. Luccia.
Luccia…” Luccia stood stock still. Mitzi! I’m so happy to see you again. “Do you know. Luccia.” The little girl and the mouse proceeded through the forest. Time is short and we have to go and meet the Forest Queen. experience her in different in the present of time…. Looking around on the ground as if searching for something. ‘Time is short’?” asked Luccia. But come.“Come. its…. which was in reality the denser part of the huge garden where she.” said Luccia after a short silence. “But where is the snail?” 16 . as he pointed forward.” “So am I.” “Why do everyone always say.” “The now?” “Correct!” the mouse said. “Let’s go then” she said but kept standing. were staying. its true. its Mitzi!”  She squeeled with delight as she felt the gold-tipped whiskers of Mitzi the Field Mouse tickling her toes.” “Why did he have to do that?” “Because he is so very slow in this now-time. be they huis always short. Let me hop onto your shoulder. Luccia because each creature. “I know this voice. “I wonder what we will see at the Forest Queen. Mitzi?” “Well. Time as a human knows it. her grandfather and Mieta her nanny. saying to herself. “Oh. “Not really. so I can direct you. “You mean Mister Speedy? Oh he left us to travel through time so that he can meet us at the Forest Queen when we arrive there. Its….” ways. That is where we are at this moment – man. animal or spirit. she asked. you know.
who could read Luccia’s thoughts. Their attention immediately switched to the reeds at the water’s edge. The Mists of Dawn. when the mysterious Simoné stepped out of the water and padded right up to her and Mitzi. Maybe he was also ‘only a figment of our imagination” as the Son of Pegasus said of himself. “Bonjour. A small rustle announced the gentle approach of yet another old friend.” Simoné. It really is me.” “Oh.” she told herself firmly. binding then fast to Simoné’s back. 17 . “Mitzi. she looked intently at the great white swan who was surrounded by the Mists of Dawn clinging to her like children clutching their mother’s skirts. my children. you and Mitzi are in for another ride on my back. “Don’t worry that you’ll fall off.” After the two friends have boarded their transport. I’m sure its because you’ve been dipped in gold by the Great One that time when we were on the Other Side of Midnight.“Have you been with her before?” asked Luccia surprised. “Is it really Simoné?” she wondered. “Yes.” Wide-eyed Luccia and Mitzi looked at one another and gripped hands as the veils of cold. white mist wound themselves around the passengers. there was a slight movement by the water’s edge. it is not always necessary to answer. he knew.” But Mitzi only smiled. do you remember Billy? I wonder what happened to him. With this little chatterbox. I’ve been there many times and have since become a kind of messenger to her. Luccia!” “ Simoné !”  Luccia could not believe her eyes. Squinting. “It must be. which was still partly hidden behind the early Mists of Dawn.” As the two friends arrived at the lake. Simone said. will hold you. Come. ”Simoné is always so mysterious and now even more so among the misty children…. Luccia. “Yes. laughed throatily and said.
Sleepily she asked. Luccia. Simoné. “We are in a zone where the forces of time allow us the speed. Let go of your fear and relax. We will meet the Queen at the appointed hour. child. I want you to enjoy your ride and learn from the experience. “Better now?” The tiny sound of “Mm. The Mists are your friends. “Why are we moving so slowly?” “Because we are in the zone where time doesn’t matter.” “But shouldn’t we hurry up because the Forest Queen is waiting for us?” “We are going as fast as we can. Simone shot away from the water’s edge.” she said bravely. (He had grown to become as big as Luccia or could it be that “But surely. it’s a zone where ‘time stands still’.” answered Luccia as her head fell against Mitzi. “I am. you can swim faster than this?” she became smaller?) “Yes Luccia. lulling her passengers into a kind of waking dream. mistshrouded waters. it alone can dictate. I can… but are you not enjoying the ride?” “Just like a man.” answered the swan again. Then she continued her lesson on TIME.” After a while. Simone asked. 18 . “In human language. But then she slowed down and glided dreamily upon the deep. dark. who was already fast asleep and snoring. who didn’t sleep much the night before. “I’ll try.” She moved forward gently on shadowy patches and on sun-splashed patches of water.” answered Simoné. became drowsy. “but… but the Mists… they are so cold!” “They only feel cold because you are afraid.” said the child. Luccia.With a kick of her two flat feet.” assured her of the child’s acquiescence.” she thought but nonetheless snuggled closer against his warm furry body. “Okay.
“Mitzi?” The page said. Luccia sat upright. With delight she uttered a little squeek as a court page bowed before her. Daughter of the Wise One. These frogs are the foot soldiers of the Forest Queen and they have been sent to protect you. you do Luccia. “Luccia. Nodding again. she shrank to become as small as the frog himself. When the page saw that she had finished reading. “Yes. “Oh!” was all Luccia said. She took the scroll. “Please. She had to bend down in order to receive something from him because he was rather small: a black and white-striped frog. she whispered. will you follow me?” Luccia nodded. looked back once towards the lake where Simoné was paddling quietly. Luccia. unrolled it and read out loud. I’ll come with you. but… I do not know any of you!” stuttered the child. Billy!” cried Luccia and immediately felt better and very glad to meet yet another old friend. Welcome in the Kingdom of Time…” The scroll was signed with a scrawl that resembled a cross topped with a star. Don’t be afraid.” 20 .” “But. “The mouse will not accompany you this time. The frog extended the scroll in his hand towards the little girl and when her fingers touched it. Bzzz!” “Ah. Child of the InBetween.  “Its okay. he said.“Avé Luccia! Welcome to the domain of the Forest Queen!” Rubbing her eyes.
came to a Majesty!” standstill at a large circular clearing in the woods. whom Luccia presumed to be the Forest Queen. The black-and-white frog hopped right up to the throne. the her lap. which of the Earth. The greeted Luccia. And through the forest they went.” said Luccia. the red of fire. “Child of the In-Between to see you. By gently brushing the tiny frog from her lap. she could be a throne. 21 . your girl with the honey bee on her shoulder. onto the Queens’s feet and then into After some short seconds. do I have to hop like a frog as well?” “No. She was clothed in raiment that looked like the feathers of birds. “By the vastness of the Sky. yellow of the wind and blue of the waters. Looking up then. silky butterfly wings and her feet were shod with something like tree bark. the splendor of Fire and the stability clinging vines and enshrouded by more mists. the In the middle of the clearing was a kind of chair that Queen dismissed her page. fern leaves. Luccia. approach. being surrounded by of the Waters. the depth chair was only partly visible.” laughed Billy. come to me!” were called Wraiths of the Forest. “Its not necessary. but the child was not certain. lily petals. dark blue of the midnight sky. which felt like hours. further and further away from the lake lying dreamily amidst patch. His throat muscles pumped like bellows as contingency of hopping soldiers surrounding the little he croaked.The Queen lifted her hand and beckoned her page to es of shadow and patches of light. Shall we go?” She had no hair but her head was covered by something like moss while two rather long antennae extended above her head. “But Billy. Her crown was colored with the brown of the soil. On the throne sat a beautiful woman. I think they can hop faster than you can walk.“Okay.
I’ll explain it all to you. This new. You are now in the Kingdom of Time. Welcome!” “The Kingdom of Time? But I thought….” Let us proceed to the banqueting hall first. “Wow!” exclaimed the child. A small child like you must be hungry by now. “I’ve always seen these walls of light around me but now I’m within them!” “Yes.Immediately Luccia found herself drawn into another world. other mini world was held apart from the real one by a very strong substance that could have been a mirror or sheet of pure white light. After you’ve eaten. 22 . Luccia.” Feeling rather hungry.. the depth of the waters. She actually experienced the vastness of the sky. Luccia was very glad to be offered a repast by the Forest Queen. the heat of flames and the firmness of the soil.
The dishes put before Luccia could only be described as food fit for angels. Now. “Luccia. It tasted like rainwater and Luccia was rather disappointed. do exactly as I did and do it quick. “Ooh !” 24 . upon the queen’s cue. The first dish contained fluffy stuff that looked like cotton balls ranging in pastel hues of blues. so that you will not become too strong. It turned anti-clockwise to bring the next dish in front of the guest. purples and white. The various dishes were covered and arrived on a round flat disk in front of Luccia. Agreed?” said the Queen and laughed as she saw the wide-eyed wonder on Luccia’s face. “No.” said the Queen as she calmly put her hand palm up into the bowl. The child who had her fingers stretch.” said the Queen and smiled. “They cannot burn me because I’ve shown them who is their master…” “Its because you are a queen!” “No. “Let me show you. its because I’ve shown them that I’m not afraid of them. yellow and orange and was as large as the that in the bowl. The flames could not burn her because she mashad had enough. I would advise that you eat the food in the sequence that the dishes are offered you. As she opened her fingers again. ed out.eggs of a dove and as speckled. there lay an egg in the hollow of her hand. pinks. The egg was This dish consisted of “baby” flames going this way and colored red. contained the bowls. Don’t eat too much of each dish. too fast.” Luccia followed the queen’s example and was quite surprised to realize the truth of what she has been The Queen only smiled and when she knew that Luccia told. The flames hopped into her cupped palm and had to stay there because the fingers were closed over them. quickly pulled them back with a sharp intake of breath. ”Don’t they burn?” asked Luccia. she lightly touched the wheel that tered them.
The dish that was uncovered was brownish of color and flecked with different shades of green. the third ve to eat more?” one muddy and the last one. I’m pleased for already you are following the spiritual pathways indicated by the Air-puffs and the Fire-eggs. who nodded and both popped their eggs into their mouths. “Mmm!” Luccia smacked her lips and. In other words. “So you do remember there’s another dish waiting for “You have to drink from all of them in the sequence you. She looked at its contents and said. “Do I hater. the second one was almost blue-white. “From the River’s muddy water. glasses. eh?” by which they have come to you.She looked at the queen.” “Very good. human child that she was. In front of her stood four Having finally slaked her thirst from all four glasses. very good!” said the queen again.” Touching the wheel. Luccia took up the fourth glass and said. to me be gain. it smells like chocoLuccia sipped demurely and when she had swallowed. it turned anti-clockwise again.” “Yes I do. Not even hearing her. “As clear as the rain falling from the sky.” In answer. Luccia said.” “I know. sniffed and said.” When the next dish appeared. Please continue. Luccia sat forward. sea-green. start with the first one on your left. “Mmm. into the sea at first quarter. But the queen warned.” “Very. “Green and blue of waters wide ever-changing on the ocean’s tide.Luccia looked at the queen and said sleepily. The liquid in the first glass was as clear as wa. I promise you its delicious. “One is enough!” With the third glass in her hand she said. But you have to finish off the meal with this last dish. but… I really have had enough. Luccia had already forgotten about the fire-egg. “Blue-blue waters from the keep of the fountains in the deep…” 25 . stretched out her hand for another fireegg. late ice cream and…” took the second glass in her hand.
which I will top up with somthing of my own. Soon your transport will be here to take you to the time zones over which the Elements reign supreme. Swallowing a mouthful. The queen smiled.“Only one spoonful. The sleeping Luccia was covered with a gossamer-sheer shawl.” 26 . Luccia closed her eyes. to all that’s greenly grown and into the earth was sown…. inhaled deeply and said. the queen arose from her settee. add some more and then from a tiny alabaster box. the queen whispered. “Rest for now. A page appeared and. “Words I’ve found for now to say a blessing over the feast of today: To every living creature with every kind of feature.” warned the queen again. poured out an oily liquid over the helping on Luccia’s plate.” Delighted the queen clapped her hands. little one. Luccia took a small spoonful of the substance onto her plate. Looking at her. pointing at the child.
the Present. press your body as tight as possible into mine as I retract into my shell. then?” “What’s happening? I can’t move!” “We are going to another time zone. Luccia. I haven’t forgotten you. In fact. she was already in motion.” “I’m not under you. he continued quickly. “I remember when we first met. “Okay. that I am to be protected?” 29 . Immediately there so soon? I’m Speedy the Snail. “No-o Speedy. Luccia did as he said and upon his “now!” she experienThe voice spoke again.When Luccia woke up. “Its okay. “Please. she tried to turn around but found herself unable to do so.” said a voice beneath her. ing on her stomach. Luccia wondered at the voice. Luccia was mesmerized. you spoke about a BANG. Luccia.” was a loud BANG!.” He answered. Otherwise we will not Fully alert now. Luccia. Ly“Correct. we are just about to pass out of this time zone. we can emerge again. “Where are we going. So don’t you dare say. Don’t be afraid. You are absorbed within me…” They did so together and when fully outside the shell. Because she now knew what it meant. ‘YUK!” Luccia giggled. there was no fear.” I’m lying on is talking!” she told herself. But why are you speaking from underneath me?” After a short while Speedy said. “Luccia. I suppose its from that. “The bed both fit into the shell…. Before she could say anything. have you forgotten me ced a sudden darkness around her. “It has to be for your own protection.
Everytime you travel out of one time zone. “Neither you nor I have been prepared for that yet. In fact it stretches right into the Infinite itself!” Luccia was awed and asked. “Of course it was. While she was wondering about it. as a Child of the In-Between has been summoned to experience the secrets of the In-Between. No.” “Oh! That is what Grandpére told me about last night.The world around her was ethereal and dream-like. You. “We are now in the Zone of the In-Between. you land in the In-Between before entering the next time zone. beneath and above them.” said Luccia. Even Speedy seemed to be moving faster.” “Yes. no!” answered Speedy. and that is why you’ve come today to the realm of the Forest Queen. Luccia we are staying within this semi-present zone of the In-Between “I’m taking you to the Old Man of the Mountain. “I’ve read about him in Grandpére’s books and…. His name is Old Man Emu…” “I know about him. “Are we going into the Infinite as well?” “Goodness. between Times and Half-a-time and again between Half-a-time and the Infinite.” 30 . around and above them. “Really? How?” asked the snail. There was no real substance of anything beneath.” “Are you saying it was pre-ordained?” The In-Between lies between the zones and around.” “But what does the In-Between have to do with time?” “The In-Between is the causeway between Time and Times. Speedy said.
I’ve forgotten.” “Have you read them all?” “No. explains it to me. Because the air around us is drier than in the forest. Those books of his must be the Books of Wisdom. the Book of Healing. the Book of Runes. But the fact that he is a Wise One. Some of them are rather boring and in some I’ve only looked at the pictures…” “Ouch!” she yelled suddenly. “Sorry. I was wondering about the books you have read. I should have warned you. But there are others as well. Luccia. I read with my spirit!” Speedy did not answer immediately. The Book of Magick. you have been loosened from me.” “They are.” “So?” “So you see.“Can you read the language of the In-Between? You are still a little girl and you can read that?” “Tj! No silly. After a few moments her said.” 31 . “What’s happening now!?” “Sorry Luccia. But since you are as small as me we can still travel together. Your grandfather is a Wise One.
“Quickly now. Having picked up the vibrating energy of her thoughts. Speedy said. what could that be? Asked Luccia. “Oh. We’ll have to find a way to reach him quicker. they saw a plume of smoke shooting into the air from the top of the mountain. Luccia. “Speedy. She saw him flying towards them and come to rest right in front of them both. Suddenly there was a loud rumble.” “How will we reach the mountain if we travel at your pace?” Luccia obeyed and closed her eyes. Looking upwards. do as I have said!” 33 . Speedy concentrated on the same eagle. After a few moments he said. Close your eyes and concentrate on a strong and swift bird…” She didn’t do as he said immediately but stared at the snail as if he was demented. She pictured a Fish Eagle in her mind’s eye and concentrated on that eagle.The two friends set off again towards the mountain. “I have a plan. “There we are!” By way of answer. oh! Old Man Emu is impatient today.
With his strong wings propelling himself and his two passengers forward and upwards. Bending his strong neck. “Help me Klaus. Klaus. Old Man Emu. “Wait please. while the child glided down from his my friends.” they said. He was so tall and so thin that Luccia thought he could easily break in two.” he panted after his second try. Swiftly he took off and soon they were high up in the air. “Gegrüsst Luccia. “I’ll be off then.” said the bird. Luccia wasn’t in the least surprised to see Klaus the Fish Eagle landing in front of them. Speedy!” said Klaus. “There.” said a deep rumbling voice above them. Luccia scrambled onto the broad back of the eagle but poor Speedy had a problem. Agile like a monkey. “Come! Quickly onto my back. I too have to go back!” 34 . She looked at her two companions to gauge their reaction but they. “The yet is now and you’ve done your part.” shoulders. Above them towered an old man. Klaus gently put the snail down “Good day to you. only greeted him respectfully. Don’t go without me. Upon coming to a halt. it did not take long before they reached the top of the mountain. onto a flat rock. “Good day. each in his own way. You are safe and sound. All three visitors looked up.Opening her eyes.” said the huge bird but stopped when Speedy spoke quickly.” answered Speedy. “Thank you so very. Ja?” Klaus said with satisfaction. very much Klaus!” cried Luccia. being used to the old man. “I can only go after I’ve seen Luccia safe to Old Man Emu. Klaus picked the snail up with his beak. Old Man Emu is waiting!” “Hop on then.
the old man stopped walking and looked back to Upon these words. Klaus picked Speedy up again with her. But Luccia stood as still as a mouse.” When he had perceived that the child was not following him. Luccia had grown again to her normal size. He clicked his fingers and softly said. Have no fear Speedy. his beak and flew off. protect her and teach her well…. I’ll take good care of her. “You may go with red-rimmed eyes? Klaus.“Thankyou for bringing the In-Between’s Child to me. In due time I myself will see Luccia back to the gateway where you came through. 35 . he said. “To me!” Being within the Aura of the Mountain. Speedy.” “Come!” the old man commanded. He saw the fear and distrust written on her face. Who was this tall and thin old man with his fiery flowing beard and his When they still did not leave.
not be afraid of him. Two parted from the swarm and landed each on one of Luccia’s shoulders. Since you have come he has totally vanished!” Fluttering their wings with merriment. don’t you?” “Yes. I’m sure Luccia would feel more comfortable in Inside. “But. are you?” 36 . one of the birds chirped. He saw your fear of him.” Stuttering a little. “No. Feeling the slight touch of the birds. Birdie. who saw Luccia shivering. “And you must please “Oh yes!” cried the little girl and clapped her hands. “O – okay…” for she was by this time more than a little overcome by the turn of events. called us to calm you and went on ahead of us. he has not vanished. My name is Honey and my partner on your other shoulder is called Birdie. said. dearest Luccia. Luccia. “There’s a surprise waiting for you… You like surprises. You’re not afraid any more. “Let us go.” “Yes.” he answered and to Luccia he said. We live on this mountain and are the messengers and companions of Old Man Emu…” “Of course not and I wasn’t afraid at all!” she answered and laughed with them. they chirped. Just then a puff of cold wind came over the trio and Honey.Within seconds a whole swarm of red bishop finches was flying around the old man and the little girl. Luccia could only say.” interjected Birdie. But then Honey. but what has happened to him. Its becoming rather cool here in the open. “Don’t be afraid. lets do. Luccia tensed her body.
Old Man Emu was waiting for them. you will see me talking to you from a portal of my palace. no longer sounded so sharp and den light. Luccia! Welcome on my Mountain and welcome into Inside”. She took a step nearer to this imposing person but then had to stop in surprise! The old man has vanished. right in front of king Su. soft-spoken old man with a silky. pure. 38 . golden sphere of light. She took a step forward and then! She started falling until. long red beard speckled with white. she was enveloped in light. His eyes were no longer red-rimmed but their dark blue irises sparkled the message of a friendly welcome. “Child of the In-Between! You are now within the Golden Aura of the Sun. And he was totally changed. Demurely Luccia made a little “knicks” in answer to his welcome. brassy.” she said to herself. His voice. from which yet another voice spoke. Again! And the Finches! “Now they are really all gone.” Luccia did as she was told and saw him waving at her. A clean.When Honey and Birdie finally brought the child into Inside. “Splash!” “Allô.. No longer did Luccia see a tall thin red-bearded giant but a gentle.. His hair was neatly combed and glimmered redgold in the light of the fire burning in a corner of the huge hall. But before she could become afraid. My name is Su… If you bend a little forward. although still deep Luccia landed on her backside within a puddle of goland booming. he said. This aura is a realm of which I am the king.
This corridor between the time zones are called the In-Between. “You poor little thing. where Old Man Emu lives. He the page to return with something to drink for them is the Guardian of the Element of Fire. “Do you remember Speedy telling you about time. way.By this time Luccia was so confused with all the sud“How can the sun be inside the Mountain? What hapden vanishing and appearing of people. “You are just like my young King Su bent down and picked the little girl up in his son. Thirsty! Yes?” he asked her. “From the domain of the Forest Queen. that she could not even utter the indignant the birds…. Within the “Thirst of the body we can remedy immediately. 39 . “King Su. Yes. He did not reckon with her sharp little mind and it took him a few When they had both slaked their thirst.” he sphere of the In-Between you were taken to the Moun said and snapped his fingers.” The king was surprised with her question. half-a-time and the Infinite?” had seen the I-need-to-ask-a-question look in her eyes.thirsty. to sit by the open portal with the child on his lap. birds and ani. as the snail called it. ti“Any questions. Luccia?” the king asked. because he mes. While they waited for tain (the fire mountain). Su continued.pened to Old Man Emu of the fire mountain? …. who used to ask all his questions in one breath. what has the Element of Fire to do with a Time Zone?” “You came to the Mountain and into Inside for knowledge and knowledge you will have. you were taken through a time-zone barrier into a corridor causeShe nodded and smiled. that is it. and mals.” both.” he murmured. “I’ll explain… “You look so lost and …. king Su went seconds before he could answer.. “But thirst of the spirit we will remedy shortly.and Klaus and Speedy………? “Ouch!” that was on the tip of her tongue. strong arms. “Woa!” laughed king Su.
King Su. “ the king answered. understanding and purity for you to really enter the Infinite and to stay there for ever. “Its called the Other Side of Midnight!”  Upon hearing that name again. as you Earthlings know it. He remembered the time when his sister. “Is that why Speedy had said that neither one of us have been prepared for it yet?” “Yes. the Heart of Fire. he called another page to him and said. wise men and spirits. Queen Mu of the kingdom of the Moon. a very short bridge…” “If the In-Between is a corridor between the zones. Its like a bridge.” “Really? She said. Right? So why do I have to learn about the elements in order to reach the Infinite?” “You have to understand the powers of the Elements and how they can either strengthen or weaken you…” “But I’ve been there!” Luccia exclaimed. “Would you like to rest a bit?” When she nodded. HALF-ATIME is the zone that we call the Crossover from Time to the Infinite….  To the child he merely said. “You need much more strength. His smile broadened as he also remembered when this little girl and her mouse friend was taken before the Great One in the Throne Room with all the angels. TIMES is the zone of the elements and it breaks up in Timesgone-by. Times-that-is and Times-to-come. He looked down at her and asked. he continued “TIME is the zone of the present. saints. that’s it.When she had nodded. it can eventually lead me to the Infinite. needed a few moments alone to plan on how to convey the knowledge of the Element of Fire. wisdom. laid out a travel-plan for some of humankind who had been chosen to follow the hidden pathway to the The Other Side of Midnight. to Luccia. king Su smiled. “Take our little guest to Lukka the Star-Shiner!”  40 .
heat and energy or movement. An element is matter but it also is the source of that which it represents. Apart from his own sons.After a while. I have to tell you a story first. soldiers. But because of his beauty. in order for you to understand the Element of Fire better. guards.  “There was a great and almighty King whose name was Love. the beginning of life. “Luccia. Luccia was summoned again before King Su. . Lucifer was also very proud and not satisfied with his place in the music room He set out to create for himself a following in the heavens. The King loved music and whenever he had time. “Now. who bade her to sit comfortably for he had a story to tell her. and music makers. He had two sons called Truth and Life. the universe. before I begin. Will you sit quietly and listen? This is the story of the beginning of everything.“His bragging reached the King’s ears and there was ment of Fire represent all that which you and me would great wrath in the heavens. him to whom he had accorded so much glory and honOkay?” our. Just so would the Ele. “King Su. there were others who served him as messengers.” said Luccia. The little girl nodded that she understood and he continued. One of these was called Lucifer. When certain that those whom he recruited would “Yes. His realm consisted of the entire universe. meaning Morning Star. I want to know if you have any questions?” “Lucifer was very handsome and had the most beautiful voice. The King had no mercy for expect from fire – light. singers. he began to brag among those who stayed “God created the elements to serve life on earth and in loyal to the King. what does Element mean?” accord him enough honour and ovation to support his rebellion. who helped him with his work of creation. he would sit quietly in the throne room and listen to the music makers.
especially for you as a Child of the In-between. “Because of Lucifer’s doing. the wrath of King Love came down upon the earth in the from of fire. 43 . Together with his consorts. And so was the Element of Fire changed from something good to serve life. Gently he said. he was banned from the heavens altogether. “There is nothing to be afraid of . to something evil to serve death and destruction…” He stopped talking when he saw Luccia’s fear. Let me finish the story and you will see why you need not be afraid…. There was only one place for them to go and that was Earth.“Lucifer was judged immediately and relieved from his post forthwith.
a creature of Darkness. he had saved his the transgressors was twofold: the man and his wife were earthly brothers and sisters. But he innocent the man and his wife were. King Love truly and finally felt sorry for them. The King of Babel received the name Satan and King Love removed from him any ability he still had to fly. In this act “Once again King Love’s wrath exploded. good and pleasing to himself. he knew what to do. He wanted to avenge himself upon God Almighty and his Sons. When “The King decided to extend his kingdom. Earth Children who were made in our likeness. It had its effect upon man. He made another de“Because he wanted to destroy all which the King of the cree and said. “From now on he had to move about on his belly like the snake he wanted to be. Satan succeeded in bringing a curse upon the earth which lasted for five thousand years. “The King of Babel silently observed all this from afar and then set out to have a closer look. banned from the beautiful garden where they lived. male and female and desired that they should bear Yeshûwa was nailed hands and feet to a wooden cross and his own image. He did not show himself “After a lot of his blood had dripped onto the earth. he found out that Force of Gravity was appointed to prevent his re-entering the heavenly realms. Place of Eternal Darkness and for himself he took the title King of Babel”. he made Life. Prince Truth was murdered by the people out of the zillions of planets and stars. ‘I will send my Son Truth to Earth to save my Universe had made beautiful. called Earth. “When all of Creation and especially Earth’s children were groaning under the heavy burden of this curse. Then he made human his death but also the manner by which it was done. Flying up and down. who directed not only with the dust of Earth. On one planet thirty years old. Enraged he established his headquarters in Sheol. together really responsible for this was Satan. for banning the mighty Angel of Light from their col. upon beast and upon all living things. curse upon himself and became the scapegoat. beings. he first he had come to save from the curse. Yeto the humans for he was too ugly.“Prince Truth came forth upon earth having been born like lective presence! any other human child and was called Yeshuwa. Yeshuwa took the two humans. His verdict upon of obedience to the will of his Father. When he realized how shûwa died and Satan thought that he had won. 44 . was mistaken because all that happened was planned by He changed himself into a snake and had his way with the King Love to save Earth from the curse. eating dust.“Lucifer became black and ugly. “Why did he plan it all so meticulously?” asked Luccia. left to hang there until he was dead. Of course the one created light. then water and from these two.
In this he was aided by the Enlightened Ones. He sent his brother. It clung to him like thick black scales while an awful stench emanated from his entire being. “Prince Life was very powerful and he had the Seven-fold Heavenly Legion at his beck and call. the rocks down there shifted again and the tunnel leading to Sheoul. When he was done with them. to Earth. when Yeshûwa died. was closed. “For three days and three nights he single-handedly fought the forces of evil. He also conquered the Element of Fire and through this fire had the Dragon been exposed by Prince Truth. As Christ. While Prince Truth had bound the dragon down under. Prince Life. In order to do so he was not prepared to sit down and wait for them. “Prince Truth the Conqueror ascended into the realm of his Father there to sit in all his regal splendour and glory at the right hand of King Love. A dragon was he now truly! “Thus did Yeshûwa become Christ the Saviour to all his brothers and sisters dwelling upon Earth. the heavenly warriors had fought the battle in the skies. now called Christ. “All the ugliness of the disobedience of mankind. He used them wisely and distributed them evenly among the children of his Father. Prince Truth was adamant to recover all who were apparently lost and overcome by the wiles of Satan. which Yeshûwa had taken upon himself were now firmly embedded upon the evil one. As the Son of God Prince Truth. Ruler of the Universe.“Satan and his cohorts did not know this and so when Yeshûwa died. A great feast was held in honour of Satan. death and hell. he had made a plan. his entire kingdom down there in Sheoul made merry. the People of the In-Between. He conquered sin. No. its sins and transgressions. the angels rejoiced and heavenly warriors saluted him. king of Babel. emerged and appeared in the heavenly realms. They shouted and cheered as their arch-enemy was brought forth and made an open spectacle of.” 45 . This opened the way for Prince Truth to descend upon his path of victory to the underground home of Satan. What they did not realize was that. a mighty quake occurred in the depths of Earth. among the Children of Earth. the Son of King Love.
“Any questions, Luccia?” asked King Su when he saw her Safely upon Klaus’s broad back, she only had time to washining eyes. “Oh yes, King Su. Are you also going to tell ve her two little friends goodbye before Klaus warned, me the how of that last part?” “Hold on tight; here we go!” “The what? Oh, you mean the aid given by the Enlightened Ones?” She nodded her head vigorously but king Su only shook his head in the negative. “Luccia, that is a story for later when you are a bit older and a more able Person of the Inbetween. But, you will be told, have no fear, only not yet. .. Okay?” Before Luccia could answer by pleading with him to reconsider, she found herself back at the fire burning in the huge hall belonging to Old Man Emu. “Allô, Luccia!” He boomed. “Welcome back in the Land of Waking-Up. Did you enjoy your beauty sleep?” He asked and winked at her. “Yes, thank you.” she said, opened her mouth to ask about king Su but decided to let it pass. Everything that’s been happening to her this day so far had been very strange, to say the least. “Good!” Old Man Emu answered. “Now that you have rested, it is time for you to be taken to your next appoinment. “Birdie, Honey!” he called and when the two little finches appeared, he told them to take Luccia to Outside where her transport would be waiting for her.
And thank you. “Luccia. The message to us. But before she could ask him about it. Nothing will hurt you”. “We are but humble creatures and form only a small part of the Mystery of Creation. the Great One. “Our journey will have two parts. “By saying Creation is good.” Taking the child’s hand. “Bon jour. you’ll come to understand that the Great One has a real purpose in creating things even the things of the In-Between.” It was when he said the word equipped. Creator of the Universe. He had strange markings on his forehead and wrists.“ he said. which intrigued her mightily.” Soft as a feather the touch of her tiny fingers. he continued his narration. Klaus. to learn of the inbetween places. Luccia!” he said. “Come nearer to me so that you can feel the marks on my forehead and wrists. who was wearing a tattered leather hose.” Luccia gazed with awe and wonder at this big black friendly giant of a man talking to her. With her inner mind she read. All things are created first and foremost to give praise to Him and then only. that Bozo showed her his forehead and wrists. to expand our horizons. I give you authority to walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy.” 49 . Bozo made her sit down with him on a huge boulder. let us proceed from the natural world to the spiritual. “Listen. We are a people equipped to be taken into the middle distances of time and movement. All of it is and will always be a mystery to us. So. We are the people of tomorrow. the People of the In-Between.Klaus landed on a beach where he and Luccia were met by a very tall and strong black man. we will be lead to a deeper acceptance of things we barely can understand. These marks are words of promise. Luccia traced the outline of the rune containing the promise written on Bozo’s skin. Welcome at my domain. is to change your way of seeing all that God had made. which I’m sure you will enjoy very much… but it is really with the second part that you will come to understand the meaning of the runes written on my forehead and wrists….” Bozo admonished. With the first part. but especially to you. to enrich our lives…. we will enter the ocean.  “Luccia. for bringing Luccia to me. to see him as God. which our Creator have given us. “The natural world leads us to find the spiritual. Do not fear for she will be perfectly safe with me. “My name is Bozo and I am the Keeper of the Element of Water. is today challenging us as Children of the In-Between. “Here at my domain. As you and I step into the Element of Water.
edge of a broad river. the outlines of the A great white bird saluted them. There they discerned the resonances of a mighty song. “It is time. “Where are we going?” Whistling a tune of the ocean’s melodies.Our lives are but a song and the reason for our singing is ed the depths of the realms of the Inbetween. Joyfully Luccia laughed with Bozo and then asked. We vision slowly receded into liquid gold and then was goare awaiting the Great One. “Alleluia! Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to the Great One.. for it is time…. “To the Crystal Garden on the ocean floor.With one accord. they were at the wiggling their thin stalklike legs called.” Dancing a symphony in the air.” Rosy-hued flamingoes ne. Come all and join in the Dance of Creathey floated down to the space between high tide and tion. “Proceed to the space around the foaming spray. When Luccia came to herself again. It is time.. saying. the humans dived with the dolphins. Quietly to praise him. both Luccia and Bozo treaded gently upon the outer perimeter of the vision.” Sucking in their breaths. two dolphins appeared to take them for a ride upon their gleaming flanks.” Alighting softly. “Come. 51 . the dolphins answered. In the cold depths of salty greenness. “Come! Come. the terns and gulls invited them joyfully. the big man and the small child enter.“ low tide in the solitude of the Bay of Pelicans. which told them. for it is time…” Whispering their love. Dissolving into amorphous shapes. an effervescing bubble warbled in Luccia’s ear.
sweeter than the purest honey. Crocodiles that were basking in the heat of the sun on the vast flat rocks entered the water and huge hippopotamus were seeking the coolness of the watery depths. the birds. It is done. “Can you catch Leviathan? Can you put a rope through his snout or a hook through his jaws? His back is made of shields fastened together. both the child and the man were filled with a deep inner peace and an unshakeable faith.”  I placed you over all creation. standing at the very edge of the mile-wide. my soul has soared. Behold I make all things new. it gives new strength. “The laws of the Lord are good. I am the wave of the ocean and the murmur of the billows. Upon seeing them. sweet voice took over the song while from the throat of the big man a humming chant swelled in the background. which brea-thes upon the waters. All fear forgotten now. Immediately she knew that the monster Behemoth were the hippos and Leviathan. you cannot buy them with money. o Lord. for I am the Alpha and the Omega. “Look at the monster Behemoth. fast flowing river. he eats grass like a cow but what strength there is in his body. as they must. little one?” asked Bozo and when she nodded. freely.” The thunder rolled and she heard. a link for you to receive me. lifted up his hand and was answered in the rumbling thunder of an approaching storm. sheep and cattle and wild animls. Luccia went limp with fear. I am the wind. The big man. so have I been told . Knowledge is the reward: for obedience. A voice in the thunder said. the crocodiles. There is no weak spot in his skin. “The actions of the Lord are just. God’s commands you can trust for true are they and just. as it should and those who do obey are happy on the way. The thunder clapped… “I appointed you rulers over everything I made. 53 . May my words and what I think be to you.“Are you ready. he is calm when the water dashes in his face. He is not afraid of a rushing river.”  With her spirit Luccia heard again. “Behold. hard as unyielding iron. More desirable than gold. His bones are as strong as bronze and his legs are like iron bars. Luccia’s pure. I will give unto him that thirst of the Fountain of the Water of Life. the fish and the creatures of the seas…” In the receding thunder Bozo’s strong voice boomed out over the river. who do believe”. demanding!” As this song of their impending deliverance slowly died away. given are they for understanding to the mind and in faith. they are always fair. he scooped her up in one smooth motion and tugged her under his arm so that she was facing downwards.
It is the same glory we shared when we witnessed the prayer and praise of the Creatures of the Inbetween and the Heavenly Beings. we need to be otherwise – human but more than human. Luccia?” “M-m. Luccia opened her eyes and glanced at the water. let us sit ourselves that I’ve been telling you. As they passed the first pair of hippos. First things first. the hippos had taken over. “Did you understand all that has been happening.At the river’s edge the waters had begun to churn and boil. trusting the Great sea so that we would be pure enough to witness the One that we would not sink beneath the water. Underneath the brownish surface her eyes picked out the straight causeway leading down into the deep. They were standing firmly. This was so to wash us and set us free from our humanness. in order to move within the realms of the Inbetween. I think so… First we deep-dived into the sea and heard the promise of a free drink from the Water of Life? Bozo. Where the downward slope became too steep.. I would like that – to drink from that fountain Can we…. “Our journey began when we entered the ocean and it was a kind of baptism for us. Bozo.?” “What else did you experience?” the big man asked. why did we had to be baptised twice?” Luccia wanted to know. You need to have a Bozo waited a while and when Luccia had no more quesgood understanding of the meaning of our vision befo-re tions he asked her.” Upon reaching the other side safely Bozo asked. “We were baptized only once in the “Oh. passing through the waters we were washed clean by the One to whom we entrusted ourselves at the beginning of our journey. “Are you sure that you understand all I can take you to the Fountain. we actually walked on the water… “You see. which came when we stepped onto the waters of the river. Okay?” “Okay. The path was formed by the broad backs of crocodiles. more spiritual than purely natural beings. Then we walked on the river. she heard Bozo mutter under his breath. whose ears had flicked a greeting. “Aided by the Creatures of the Ocean we went down and rose again in Glory with the Great One.” she answered and sat down obediently. So. Luccia. providing a firm surface made of their mus-cular bodies. O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer!”  “But. So. It was formed by… rocks? No not rocks. The One to whom we sang. Luccia?” down for a while so I can explain to you. It readied us for the next part. And. 54 . “Thanks. although helped by the Creatures of the River. “Can Play of Glory and to be anointed to become Stewards of we go to the Fountain?” the Inbetween. two by two in the deep mud lining the steep sides of the river bank underwater. “May my words and my thoughts be acceptable unto you..” “Who-a.
” “But what. but not yet. “I am a Child of the In-Between am I not? But…. little one?” the big man asked.“Of course!” she said. I’m taking you to the Element of Earth. Now. you will be taken there. “When are we going to the Fountain of Life?” “Oho! Well.” 55 .
Yes.As Bozo and Luccia started walking away from the river. “Ah. without waiting for her greeting. the depth of the sea. the light of sun.” tion. Luc“We are entering the Element of Earth now and I know cia.. I feel the strength from heaven that is giving us grace to recognise through nature. for which I thank him. “Do you also feel it.. Standing on tiptoe. The worm craned his neck and rolled his eyes in order to get a better look at the child. they heard him speak. I see Bozo has brought you safely through the waters. the man looked up. “Ah!” he sighed. to come “Oh yes!” she answered.. winked at them and said. this little worm has been hurt.. “I always feel it. 58 . In the cup of his hand was a caterpillar. He looked just like the pictures of a druid.” with him. to the Great One.. the Bending down his head. the Lord and Creator of this majestic world in all its beauty and splendour. “I arose words I have been speaking were actually a prayer said today through the strength of heaven. they were met by another old man. in one of her grandpére’s books. My name is Patrick. Yes?” world leads us to find the spiritual and that the spiritual world – the world of the Inbetween – fills and transWhen she nodded. As Luccia opened her mouth to ask Bozo about him. asking him to heal his little creatulightning. and the firmness of rock. the child looked at what Patrick was holding. So. there you are! Hello Luccia. he turned to her and held out his forms all of creation. Eh?” other hand. So then. who reveals himself in and through the radiance of moon. Child of the Inbetween?” He stretched out his one hand to the little girl and simply told her. it follows that you must also know that the natural you are wondering why I spoke into my hands. the swiftness of wind. “The raptures of youth!.” “As we are standing together now. the splendour of fire. from a grass stalk at that spot where we’ve met. re so that he can continue fulfilling his function in Crea the stability of earth. I picked him up The man was holding something cupped in his hands. the speed of the world of nature. “You see.
who is now healed. I am a beam of the sun and the fairest of plants. and to him.Both Patrick and Russel the Caterpillar – for that is his cred place where the veil is made of lace.The little girl merely looked at him with wide. Without even thinking. “Good!” said and heaven are both a piece of seven. who is it that throws light to the head of the meeting on the mountain?”  “And now its Luccia’s turn. “A broken world is this.” the worm said. a lake in the plain. “Your turn now to answer me in song. she began. “Look! The Creator has extended his grace to this creature. lamb shall dwell and Inbetween’s Child shall tell.” Patrick did not wait for a second invitation but sang out with a strong voice. “I am the wind which breathes upon the sea. 59 . “Let us arise then and go from the natural to the spiritual. “Come with me into the sa. “Follow me. I am the wave of the ocean and the murmer of the billows. together shall they dine. from Creation to the Creator. from nature to grace. Come with me in. This is a world where all in love is fair: the leopard with the kid The caterpillar wormed his way upwards out of Patrick’s shall lie and none again shall die. The calf and the palm to the tips of his fingers.” Patrick bent down and extended his fingers to the nearest blade of grass.” winked and up at Patrick with a gentle smile. I am a salmon in the water. People of the Inbetween!” to the thin place where is to see the truth of all grace.who announces the ages of the moon? I am the point of the lance of battle. knowing eyes. the goal.an easy thing for Inbetween’s Child. He looked down at Luccia . recreated. where he stood halfyoung lion. Then he opened his mouth and sang.” Looking down to the caterpillar in his hand. the wolf with the length pointed to the sky. I am the vulture upon the rocks. made whole for each of us. transformed from natural to spiritual!” I am a word of science . The caterpillar transfered himself onto it and looked at the two humans expectantly.the worm. old Patrick smiled and then exclaimed. To be with nature reconciled . where earth name – cheered and clapped their hands. “What?” asked Patrick. I am the ox of the seven combats a wild boar in valour. I am the God who created the fire.
she saw a beautiful. Luccia. “Russel. multi-coloured butterfly waving to her with his long antennae. where are you?” she called. something strange happened. all she said was. “Is it you. there was now only a kind of a mist like a small puff of cloud. I’m on Patrick’s shoulder!” Looking to Patrick’s shoulder. she asked. Russel? How did you change? What happened?” “Ah!” He said.” Taking Patrick’s hand.When Luccia looked down to where the worm was perched on the grass. Pointing with her finger. natural world. Okay. “Here. “One moment… nnnj! There!” said the worm. Here in the Inbetween we are not bound to the laws of nature. “This is one of the mysteries of the Inbetween that we creatures can metamorphose far quicker than in the real.” 60 . Where the Russel was. “Oh. Again Luccia looked down but still saw nothing.
The nearer they came. together with her husband and children. a female shape and it was white all over. were fleeing through these parts to escape from the wrath of the Great One’s judgement upon the city where they dwelt. will you? After we have passed the Pillar of Salt and has entered the City of Salt.” After having absorbed his words a while. but I‘m not supposed to tell you all now. The angel that had been leading them away. “Stone?” asked Luccia. This is salt that has solidified. the more desolate it became until the desolation was all they could see – it was all around them. Ah. white ash. Just when Luccia wanted to ask Patrick what the meaning of all this could be. Luccia.  “But the woman would not listen and dared to look over her shoulder. “We have come to the City of Salt. which is guarded by this Pillar of Salt. that’s right. told them not to look back. the child and the butterfly progressed into the depths of the Element of Earth. Follow me.” Russel said. she asked.. a beautiful woman. 62 . there are lots to learn here. Immediately she was turned to stone. Come then. Through the ages. To Luccia the soil on which they tread resembled ash. for it was dangerous to do so. “Why did you bring me to this empty place? What is there for me to learn in this place without water?” “Oh. she saw a menhir that was planted into the powdery soil.. we will have a small repast and then. as if there had been a terrible fire here. This pillar was once many thousands of years ago. “But isn’t this salt?” “Yes.The further the man. the more the menhir took on the shape of a human body.” said Russel.” “Abide with me a while. She.. the salt had crystallised and turned to solid stone. “Luccia.
“Now you have been tempered by salt and transformed into a stronger and more worthy Creature of the Inbetween. sorry Luccia. You have now been transformed into a butterfly like myself.Rus-Russel? What has happened? I can’t see me!” “Oh.Luccia grabbed for Patrick’s hand again but there was nothing. there were no feet. The petals of the flowers were glistening with dewy nec tar and the two butterflies drank their fill of the clear. When they had passed the Upon her nod he then said. but. Russel commanded sharply. let us make ourselvPillar by. I will not come with you..” “That’s okay. look to salt crystals into which she had to step. “Had enough?” Russel asked after a while. “Follow me...?” She asked.. “Right. For now. “Stop!” She stop. for I am the Keeper of the Element of Earth.” powdery all over her body from her head to her toes. He will give you what you need and teach you all that you have to know. 63 . “Soon you will meet someectly behind the Pillar was a circle consisting of white one else who is coming to talk to us. he hovered above her head. DirThey took place and he said. he said.” They flew away and alighted upon fragrant flowers with broad petals that grew within the crumbling walls of the City of Salt. Surprised she looked around and saw the old man standing a little way off. remember? But do not fear to go with Russel. “There.es comfortable upon that ledge over there. While standing the valley far below us and tell me what you see down there.” said Russel as sweet liquid. “Patrick. So she glanced down to her feet. shall we?” ped in her tracks and looked to where he pointed.” Luccia tried to look at herself but of course that would be difficult without a mirror.” said Russel. “Rus.” she said. “Goodbye sweet child. which was Russel’s way to comfort her. on the path upon which they had come. We will have something to eat and drink yonder on those blossoms in front of us.” Nudging her gently with his one wing. she felt a soft and gentle showering of something there. “Ready Luccia? Then please follow me. I should have warned you.
Before she could tell Russel what she had perceived. you have already met. Not wishing to offend this strange apparition. . Child of the Inbetween. another voice said. what do you see down there. Luccia saw a very old man sitting next to her on the ledge. He was wrinkled and thin as a skeleton. “There had Shaxan. shenow in the clearer light saw as just some design embroidered upon the material. the Dragon-lord of the deserts.” “Now tell me. gently holding her captive between his bony fingers. made his last stand. a shaman is the same as a Wise One.Luccia looked out over the desolation and saw a redgold rampart towering up out of a shimmering mirage upon the dry. “Do not be afraid of me. I see desert. when I lived in the natural world. I was a great shaman. I will not harm you. “Now. father of Bozo whom. she edged away from him but he stayed her movement by quickly scooping her up in his hand. What she had thought to be the feathers of an owl on his robes and cloak. My name is Kizito. Cackling.” she answered pensively.. His skin and eyes were so dark that they appeared almost black against the snowy white of his clothes. But we of the African cultures do not have all the books of learning that your grandfather has. stillness. “Well.. Drawing his cloak tight around his bony shoulders. he said. death. we get our knowledge from the world around us. “Good!“ he said.. demon lords of the underworld. the same as your grandfather.” “Uhm. I believe.” What is a shaman?” Luccia wanted to know. No. dead desert sands. The time has come for the story to be told of Shaxan and Rasta. he muttered.” Looking up.” Having immediately lost her fear of him she answered that she had indeed met Bozo. “It is time. “Death is the right word for down there lies !Aob.
“Did you understand it all.. Turning in a tight circle.” she answered. “Whir-r-r-r. she gasped fearfully upon seeing a winged monstrosity. will fall the mantle of wisdom but they must be careful not to invoke within this realm. Perceiving movement down there at !Aob. burning hot. “We. the Keeper of the Element of Fire told you? Of how Lucifer brought down the wrath of King Love. quick blast of hot air grazed Luccia’s cheek and a few more grains of sand begin to roll. I was eternally banned to this place .hê” muttered the old man. Only upon the ones who can invoke the Spirit of the Earth. “Puff!” A short. the Spirit of Death that brings the Fire and the Blood. In the stillness she heard Kizito murmuring “The sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon as blood. Red… blood-red! It was deathly quiet. sharp clicking on the sand – animals small and large were hurrying to safety.” the old shaman explained.” An eerie stillness greeted them. Slight. Because I did not use these my gifts wisely enough but joined forces with the powers of darkness. “We must wait here. 66 . At one point were they put down and he said. the Sky and the Water to serve them. I did. have to use our gifts wisely in order to rule the In-between spheres of the Realm of the Great One. “for the towers of the dragon can now be seen in the red sands… in the world of the In-Between.“Do you remember the story that King Su.”  Again were they taken up and made to hover above the stronghold of the demon prince. “Yes. “Whoosh!” Another blast of hot air swirled around her head while powdery sand eddied around their feet. “The earth and the sky are being cleared for a great battle.” A rustling of wings passed by their heads. back into their burrows deep inside the crevices of rock beneath the sand. “Then let us go!” Luccia felt herself being lifted up with old Kizito and taken high above the desert sands. then” said the old shaman. “Cra-a-ack!” Lightning whiplashed through the sky bringing on darkness.. The desert had become a sea of molten glass mingled with flames of fire. Luccia beheld the horizon.. We are the ones wise to the cultures of the Inbetween but this world has also its dark side. There was no wind and it was hot. by telling pilgrims like you about them and to foretell their future – thus am I here to overcome them. “Here I am posted to control those powers. to something evil to serve death and destruction?” “It is time. holding Shaxan by the scruff of his neck! Hê. There is no time to spare. little child?” he asked. sudden and abrubt. “Its Rasta.right here between the Element of Earth and the Element of Fire. A tiny grain of sand started rolling. in the form of fire to the earth? That the Element of Fire changed from something good to serve life. the Wise Ones.
a wolf howled. was giving out Dark clouds without water. rotten. gaseous odours… On the edge of the desert. We can invoke stormy gales and flashing thunders. I am the Dragon. But you will see sotheir panicked confusion.” hysterically. thought to call yourself the dragon-lord? Who are you to assume the identity of the dragon? Listen well...all this happen?!” sued down there in the domain of !Aob. We can ride on the wind. snickering in don will happen in the Half-a-Time.me of it after you have been transported to the domain pe from the fiery bellows of their liege lord. travelling far and wide. which had opened its mouth to receive its victim. black smoke. The more daring of the lot managed to arm themselves with the puny weapons of the underworld. rattling chains. son of Satan!” Rasta threw the imposter from him and he fell into the abyss. Still others came wriggling forward in an effort to protect themselves from wave upon wave of thick. raging waves of the sea.. Kizito did not answer at first but kept on muttering to himself. foaming sulphur. They tried their best to esca. which a drooling. Giggling of the Element of Air. we can quieten the fearful sights of destructive forces.The voices of the two demons reached the ears of the butterfly and the old shaman.. I. “You. the quartermaster. “When will the great battle happen?” the child asked.” Plucking at his sleeve. “When will Then all pandemonium broke loose and utter chaos en. The great battle of Armagedservants of the Dragon scampered about. leprous orc. you vain thing. some of them crawled to the front. 67 . “We laugh with the desert wolves when they howl and we mourn when they laugh but we must not destroy them. there to be burnt to cinders by the scorching flames that belched from the Dragon. Shaxan. Luccia asked again. Attendants and “Eh? Forgive me my child.. Rasta. great swelling words of blasphemy. if we are prepared to do so.
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“When you see a play of light. I will be responsible for her from now on. the owl said. And. “There! I see it. the only thing to be transmitted is light because it holds all opposites together and transforms them. Please.Now. though. “I thought I’m going to the Element of Air?” “Oh you are. that resem.. the owl said.. “So. Luccia smiled but before she could react verbally. after a while.” And it was so... A brilliant. Its long foot was as if planted in the soil of the desert sands. “When you bless yourself by making the sign of a cross.” said White Owl re?” White Owl laughed and said. “Thank you. Suddenly a loud clap of thunder split the silence in two. The bird turned its beady eyes upon the child and winked at her. all things are reconciled. “Isn’t this Jesus the same one as Prince Truth in the stoAnd away they went. his name is “We are going to where the horizon ends.” said Luccia. 70 . ethereal-white cross was hanging in the sky..” Jesus. Luccia?” tween it can. the world is redeemed. “Where are we going?” “Oh yes!” she said.” When Luccia still looked uncomprehending. glittering. you’ll know we have arrived. but the Bridge is the true gateway between here and there….uhm. between the desert and the sky.” To Luccia the owl said. “But of course!” “Do you know of whom I’m talking. Medicine Man for bringing this Child of the In-Between safely to me.Kizito took Luccia’s hand and immediately they alighted softly at the gateway to the heavens.” “The horizon cannot end. “ This Cross is the bridge I told you about.. its two arms stretched horizontally and its head pointed to the heights above. in this Cross of Jesus. unperturbed by the sound of thunder said. “Never mind. “I’ll give you a clue. “My name is White Owl and I am the Keeper of the Bridge…” “The Bridge?” Luccia exclaimed. we will stop and wait for a while for there are things you have to be told first.” After only a short while Luccia cried. In it. “May I ask something?” said Luccia. all of Creation is blessed.. “In the Inbe“And what. On and on across the vast floor of ry that King Su told me when I was in the Element of Fithe desert. “Yes! You are right. climb onto my back and hold on tight for we are going to fly far and fast. “Grandpére told me.” bles a cross.. where they were met by a silvery white owl. keep your eyes open and your heart alert.. A white sheet of lightning formed a bridge between heaven and earth. you’ll see!” laughed White Owl.. little girl. You’ll understand when we get there.” Once there. you are. Luccia?“ answered White Owl. White Owl. Because Someone died on a cross and gave his life.
Jesus’ waking from death and his final victory over Satan in Sheoul. “Hello there. whom we call Lord of the Created World in all its beauty and power..” “That’s right. recognise this very Jesus. At about the level of their heads. that is also part of the story that king Su told you. has begun a process of transfiguration for everything that exists. On the cloud sat a winged being. Luccia and hello to you. Not so.. Yes. which could only be described as majestic. White Owl!” said another voice. Creation itself will be set free from corruption and be brought into a glorious freedom. His wings shone gold-like in the light emanating from the cross hanging between sky and earth. “However. Until this time. Both the owl and the child looked upwards to where the sound had come from.. Creation has been groaning in labour pains.” she answered.”  . a white wisp of a cloud was hovering. we believe that the redemptive act of Jesus extends to all of creation. Luccia?” “Yes I remember.When you fully enter the Element of Air. you will experience the strength from heaven that will give you grace to one day in the future. White Owl.
May all of Creation be redeemed from time and be blessed by my untimely rhyme!” “What you are about to learn here in the Element of Air is something you’ll not easily forget. “Bye for now. he added. what was that?” “Excellent!” cried the angel as he and White Owl clapped their hands. I’ve presumed so after what old man Kizito told me when I was still in the Element of Earth!” “And pray. Raphael said. exclaimed Luccia. Luccia? I must say. I will rest your case and accept that you are wise enough to continue your journey with me. Luccia. which made me strong and clever enough to be able to follow the spiritual pathways of the Elements”.. “All set to carry on. when I was with the Forest Queen I attended a banquet.” “Yes. “Then let us proceed.” “Bye. you did not finish the last song with the Forest Queen. for him who dare. If you can do so now. “Come. let us go on.!” Taking Luccia’s hand. Until we meet again. Water and Fire. these are big words for a tiny mite like you. White Owl!” called the little girl. Luccia?” he asked and when she nodded. by the way. my name is Raphael. “To every human being with spiritual eyes a-seeing: The Elements of Earth and Air. Oh.” Promptly.. Luccia continued the verse of the song.“Did you understand all of what me and White Owl has been talking about.” “Oh but I did understand! You see. But as far as I can remember. “Right you are. .
the Armageddon. The battle itself. it is a great opportunity to experience the preparation and I want you to become part of it with your mind and heart.” Glancing at her to see whether she has understood him. Forming the arrow point of the avant-garde. Fanning out. honed to perfection. Alert are they. Its name is called.. An involuntary shiver runs down Luccia’s spine. yes. . “Attend the parade!” The scene unfolding before her. Angelic warriors. the Horns of the Bull. This sword is quick and powerful. It will stop up the gap between now and eternity and will enable you to parry the dragon‘s retreat into the future. flashing flames of spectral fire. “You see. “However Luccia.” Raphael answered.. But the battle itself will not take place just yet. the Troops of Blood and Water. the Inbetween is the sphere of TIMES and during these times are the four elements prepared for the battle – in other words it is preparation time.“That I will see the geat Battle of Armageddon while I’m in the Element of Air. Keeper of the Way of Life.. but Kizito was not wholly right. the golden plumes of their champion towered above them all.” “Well. atop white stallions. It will bridge the distance between space and time for it is a weapon of the In-Between. mighty event. Triumphantly. he saw her pouting and hastily added. the outlines of the vision slowly receded into liquid gold and then was gone. Upon their heels. “There!” Luccia’s inner hearing has picked up a resonance as a command was piercing the layers of cloud and air. In his right hand he held the mighty sword. glittering in the light of the seven lamps burning in front of the Throne.  Go for the heart my son Michael and thou shalt have success. the appearance of the heavenly warriors proclaimed the Token of the Flaming Sword. the skies are being prepared for this final. Dissolving into amorphous shapes. “It all has to do with the concept of time. constituted a solid mass of force. As you know. who said. The first company to bulge into her vision was the Warriors of Fire and Cloud. so awed was she by the power embodied in the tableau before her: The young officer was standing in front of the throne of the Great One. Michael!” A sword was placed in his hands sharp. although it will only happen in a vision. they spread into the ancient battle formation of Africa. will happen in the sphere of HALF-ATIME. “Receive the token of my trust... it has life in itself and will pierce the dividing asunder between joints and marrow. eager and ready to go.” Then they were coming. almost took her breath away. “With this thou shalt slay the dragon. okay?” Just then they were at the gateway to the higher heavens. pointed and two-edged was it. descending in perfectly primed units. trained for excellence and victory.
And here we are now.” she said.” 77 . Raphael is a creature of the Infinite and has dissolved with the vision you had of the heavenly warriors.. “In your sphere of the natural world. “Feel the shaking…” “Manty. Luccia finds herself in the desert again. “Speedy the Snail told me about an explosion that happens when one passes through gateways that lead from one sphere to another!” “That’s right. You. “That is a sand adder.” the mantis said. slip-sliding awkwardly on his belly. Luccia saw a green mantis sitting on her shoulder in its habitual posture of worship. White Lady!” In answer.” She exclaimed. “Thank you.Looking about. A soft voice next to her ear gives the child a start. will run to tell of it. Bowing towards the spider in greeting Manty called. which we call TIME. What is that?” asked the child and pointed with her finger to some movement in the sand. “Good morning. Old Man Emu has been waiting for us so that he can accompany you through the gateway to the other side. what did they mean. you will read what the prophet has written..” “Oh.. “But tell me. You are now back in a corridor between the Inbetween and the natural world. “I am called Manty. little one. “Since we are nearing the gateway where you will pass through to your own sphere. the two messengers?” Luccia could finally ask. who are you and what has happened to Raphael?” “Forgive me.” Glancing sideways. Instead of stopping he passed by them and they heard him hiss. He has come to tell us something. I remember now. a white and almost hairless spider came scuttling towards them on her eight legs. who have read it. “S-s-see the shapes-s-s!” Before Luccia could ask what the snake meant.” “Oh. the spider breathed. “The BANG!” “The what?” asked Manty. It is in the time after the Half-a-Time that the outcome of The Great Battle between Light and Darkness will be known by all of Creation. “I wonder what has happened to Raphael?” she asked herself.” The snake came towards them. they are warning us to watch out for the….
” she answered. Old man Emu bent down and scooped her up in his arms. After a short while she heard Old Man Emu saying. she heard. “Give!” 79 . “Yes.. “Remember the BANG!?” Peeking out from among his beard. Before she could fully comprehend what she had seen. Then he said. then an eagle. you have to hide yourself among the tresses of my beard so that you’ll be cushioned from it.. Without a word Luccia took his hand. And there stood Old Man Emu. She looked around. a huge fish and a . Without answering. saw or felt nothing and surmised that it was because she was carried by an adult person. the apparitions vanished again. I do remember.” Luccia wriggled her body in among the strands of the old man’s red beard while he stepped forward through the gateway. After Old Man Emu had put her down. to her astonishment there appeared first a very angry tiger.Gently she felt herself being pushed through the entrance that has opened onto a lighted pathway in front of her. Speedy thanked him for bringing Luccia safely back. And who was there? “Speedy!” she squeeled with pleasure. he vanished into thin air. looked up at him and smiled. saw nothing and then looked to the ground. “Where are you taking me this time?” she asked. “Well then. being a giant at that. This time. “There we are!” Luccia heard the old man saying with satisfaction. holding out his hand. Farewells were said and as the old man turned to go.
. little child?” the Forest Queen asked.” She stammered. Listen. “Yes? But what?” “All that I’ve seen and all the places I’ve been. Luccia sat up and rubbed her eyes.. the Mantle of a Sage will fall upon you – same as your Grandpére. but these places and the creatures you have met. the Forest fer from one another. but. A Sage can enter into the space and time between dusk and dark. really do exist. “The world of a Sage is the paranormal world of existence in the in-between spaces and times within the natural world.” answered the Queen and smiled. Luccia realises that the world of a Wise One is not a fantasy of the mind. for that would mean an existence of a lunatic running in never-ending circles. Now. a howl and then an ominous silence. of seeing and not seeing. You have looked but now you central to the vocation of a Sage. “Ah.. who abused the elements. between dawn and light. she saw the Forest Queen bending over her. water and fire to serve him or her in telling the story of the Dragon. “Oh yes. “All the places you’ve been. “But. Good!” she said as she stretched out her long. Luccia! You are awake. thank you!” answered Luccia. travelling far and wide.. this mantle will only fall upon the one who can invoke the spirits of earth. whom she has to tutor further. are inside the Inbetween…” One day when you are an adult. The Forest Queen now explains this kind of world. have to listen.. “Let me explain. tapered fingers towards the child from the natural world. was it all a dream?” “Not really.” The Queen snaps her fingers and the child hears a screech. “This In-Between world consists of sound as well as silence. They can ride on the wind. 82 . “Did you sleep well.” With an insight far beyond her eight years of age.When Luccia opened her eyes. sky. of speaking. sed. It is a spirituality of wonder and beauty that reflects how “My domain is right on the boundary between the natural everything in nature fits together and how these parts difworld and the In-Between…” Giving a little sigh.but with the spirit. not with sound. “Aren’t you in the Inbetween as well?” Luccia asked surpri.this kind of spirituality should be Queen said.
and between thy seed and her seed. “The message to all of us. In the Book of Creation.” “Manty the Mantis had said.that means all women. even the things of the In-Between.. “I’m sure you do remember the story that king Su told you..to acquire a deeper understanding and acceptance of things that are a mystery to you. this battle between Light and Darkness.. But. sages like you. stand central in the divine plan for all of Creation. “Mm!” Luccia affirmed. very important. it may very well be that the battle described in the book.. In fact. which is a great responsibility for the worlds they have inherited. not so?” asked the Forest Queen. what you said just now.then. is what will happen to the Dragon in the era of the Half-aTime. is to change your way of seeing all that the Great One had made. Without those gifts and without the Great One himself. knowledge and understanding is very. What you have seen when you were with Kizito in the Element of Earth and with Raphael in the Element of Air. honor and praise to Him and then only. A Sage can only be a sage with the gifts he or she has received from the Great One.. to enrich the lives of his creatures.” 83 . “All things are created first and foremost to give glory. Humans and especially the sages.’ Who is the prophet and who is the one who will run to tell of it?”  “What the prophet has written is already in a book that we call the Book of Prophecy. the deceiver of mankind? The Great One had given Satan a certain time to live upon this earth with all its worlds-within-worlds. you’ll come to understand that the Great One has a real purpose in creating things. the time alotted to Satan will last for as long as there are womenkind in the world . It is this responsibilty that is passed on to every following generation. ‘And I will put enmity between thee and the woman. ‘The one who reads what the prophet has written will run to tell of it. but especially to you. who created all and are. it shall bruise thy head. a sage is nothing. “Then you will remember that the Dragon is in actual fact Satan. sacred.. will be over . and thou shalt bruise his heel.” “What about the Dragon then?” Luccia asked after she has pondered this for a while. will tell of the outcome. They have the responsibility to tell of it..“Everything comes from the Great One.’  So. is exactly what Bozo told me when I was with him in the Element of Water! Why is that?” “It is because. nothing more and nothing less.. Luccia?“ “Not really. That is why you are here with us today . By saying Creation is good. which is Satan or the Dragon and said to him. each of us has a certain function to fulfill. the Great One cursed the snake. Any questions. Only those humans who are initiated into the vocation and mission of a Sage may read this book for it is a Book of the Inbetween.. not only humans. By the time that you are an adult. therefore.. none of us other creatures of the In-Between can be anything but what we are because we are only what He made of us.
Air and Water but he has made his stand in the last struction of the Elements and why is he now the r. This uses to close and lock the gates of hell. that of Earth. Why? . but many people do not really believe that and see what normal people cannot. They can hear “Correct. the erstwhile Lucifer said to himself after he was ousted from the heavens ‘I shall destroy all which the King of the Universe had made for his own pleasure. faith and knowledpeople of the Light are far less than the people of Dark. The ved the most prized gifts of wisdom.” “How is it that the Dragon caused so much de. for they had receiand so have given their allegiance to the Dragon.uler Element.“Isn’t it certain that Light will triumph over Darkness?” “Because they have received the gift to move unencumbered in and out of the spiritual realms. the Enlightened Ones. Thus will Lucifer avenge himself upon the Great One and his precious Firstborn Sons!’ “Satan planned everything he did with great detail to bring a curse upon the earth .ge. the Enlightened Ones have succeedserpent and thereby enabling him to get them in his ed in driving the Dragon out of three of the Elements power. in order to cripple witness that the gates of hell cannot prevail against  the victim so that he or she cannot run away from the “Through the ages.Fire. They are seers and prophets whom the great King ness and it is their heels that the serpent will bite. He knew his time was short but was given to understand that he could keep those in his clutches who did not want to be transferred to the Kingdom of Light. “In the story. the People of the In-Between. “However. which king Su told you. It is upon their bite in the heel is a thing of stealth. his greatest prize would be to conquer those humans endowed with psychic powers. in order to destroy what the Great One had made beautiful.a curse which would affect man and beast and all living things.” of the Element of Earth?” Luccia asked.
I see and right in the center of it is a tree. I will not be go-ing with you but you will not miss me. Coquette?” asked Luccia. please!” Before Luccia could take anoth-er but is huge!. Will you please be so kind as to hop onto my back?” Luccia wanted to say that she cannot do that because she is too big. . silvery-blue wings and her antennae were so long that Soon as I fly over the Circle.” answered Coquette. where she was standing to any human eye. come here. “See that circle in front?” The queen turned to the page and said.The Forest Queen clapped her hands to summon one of her pages and said to Luccia. enter into Fairyland. little human girl.. Luccia. “Now. both of us will not be visible they tickled Luccia’s forehead. The portal is a kind of thoroughfare formed by the thick roots of the Old Oak Tree. let me warn you not to be afraid of him – he is very.. “That circle is breath. Without further ado.. a beautiful butterfly alighted upon the queen’s called a Fairy Ring!. Now I know. No creature of the natural world may next to the Queen. very strange… You will see. But since you have been invited to “Hello. “I’m taking you to the portal that leads to Otherworld. “Where are we going. the human child mounted the butterfly and off they went through the forest.” “However. but to her astonishment she has shrinked. little one.” to The Old Oak Tree. you are to be taken on another short journey. You are taking me to Fairyland!” outstretched hand. rest assured. To top it all.. My name is Coquette and I am to take you the Portal. The butterfly had huge white and “You have it right.” she exclaimed. all will be fine. okay?” As they were flitting through the low-hanging branches of the forest trees. Luccia. I’m not permitted to tell you more but you will shortly be informed by the Keeper of the Portal.” “What is this Otherworld?” “Otherworld is the World-within-a-World. “Tell Coquette to “Oh yes. Coquette said. she was standing with the butterfly on the Queen’s hand. Oh. Oh.
Mr Tortoise?” asked Luccia sweetly. if a wanderer can find a plant with four leaves. Among the roots of the tree that are visible above the soil. though. This old thing has had an eye on me for longer than you can imagine. bubbles a spring called Source of Hidden Wisdom. “Goodd dday to you. “No! he’s merely a footman and is here to accompany you to the Keeper. “Shall I climb on your back. “Justt follow me!” And so they went slowly. Some of its roots go down into the world below and beneath those roots. she felt Coquette’s entire body vibrating. will bring protection. She whispered. He is harmless and as you see him standing there. see you later!” and flew off. thick branches hung long trellisses of Nightshade. Itt is goodd. “Ah yes! Childd of the Inbettweenn. “Bye for now. he is quite in awe of you. lett us proceedd. which the fairy doctors use for medicine. Come tthen. I have brought the Child of the Inbetween. 87 . “Good day. I shudder with the thought of him so much as touching me!” “Is he the Keeper of the Portal?” Luccia asked. From the tree’s thick.” the tortoise answered. grew thousands of Shamrock which.” said the tortoise after tearing his rheumy old eyes away from the swiftly departing Coquette. Will you be so kind as to accompany her to the Keeper of the Portal?” And with that she turned to Luccia and said. Mr Tortoise. they entered the circumferance of the Ring and landed near the foot of the old oak tree. Coquette and the child were met by a tortoise.Presently. goodd dday! Wwelcome to the Portal. oh so slowly towards the huge tree.” To the tortoise she said. which is called Yggdrasil. who said. “Don’t you dare laugh. You need not fear him. Coquett tto havve you with me againn!” Luccia wanted to laugh and as she felt the giggles bubbling up in her throat. many blessings and graces to that person! It was rather gloomy in the shadows of the woods and Luccia couldn’t see as clearly as she wanted to. Luccia. “Heavenn forbidd! I am too oldd for such anticcs.
” the tortoise changed swiftly what he wanted to say. The door opened wider and the voice bade Luccia to enter. It had no knob on the outside but there was a huge golden knocker instead. she was pulled forward and the door slammed shut behind her. please Childd? I am ttoo oldd tto strettch so farr. “Welcome to Otherworld!” 89 . Without a word she complied and as she stepped over the threshhold. The roots met high above Luccia’s head. goodd dday. “Silly old fool!” the voice whistled. “Again!” comman ded the tortoise impatiently.”she answered boldly.” Up and over the roots they went until finally they came to a kind of fold between two very long and thick roots. “Who seeks entry?” a whistling voice asked. “Bongg!” it went. “Childd of tthe In-Bettween it is”.! Oh. answered the tortoise. forming a Gothic arch.” he said. stepped up to the door to do as he had asked. She lifted the knocker and let it fall on its anvil. when the door was suddenly opened from the inside. “Be carreful thatt you ddo nott fall. “Now let me look at you and you may look at me!” the voice said. “That is a story for another time. “You are Luccia?” “Yes. It was then that she saw the door. that’s my name. “Ag-…. “Good. “He always tries to enter with a visitor and he knows very well that he is not allowed. “Will you ttouch that knockerr. She complied and “Bong!” sounded the knocker again.” Luccia.When they came to the first roots above the soil. the tortoise warned.” “Why is that?” Luccia couldn’t help to ask. knowing that he was just lazy.
You are very clever and I am impressed!” the Centaur whistled. like me and others. Luccia sat herself down on a spot indicated by Centy and only when she was comfortable did he take place beside her. Luccia presumed that is why he has been made the Keeper of the Portal. she looked upwards to see its owner. have retreated to a world within your world “Now. “And you may call me Centy! “All the Fairies and creatures of Fairyland. Made mysterious by streaks of mist among the forest trees and dappled sunlight. how does Fairyland fit into the pattern of the InBetween and the Elements of Earth?” Luccia wanted to know. that Centaurs are half horse. “I perceive you already have a question… ask then child.” “Centy.to escape the se of Otherworld and therefore am I not allowed to take destructiveness of the human race. You and me will take our leisure right here world the Otherworld. where humans stay .” tain laws set out in the Book of the People. “Good for you. The humans call our you further. which rules not only us but the world around us as well. she could just get a glimpse of a fairy castle. you have been invited to get only a glimp. underneath these trees. the lanscape that spread itself out before them. to your heart’s content.the natural world. 92 . was unearthly in its beauty. A horseman! “You are not afraid of me.Wondering where this disembodied voice was coming from. “You are a Centaur!” She remembered what she had read in one of Grandpére’s books. Centaurs don’t possess any magic but are possibly the wisest and smartest of all the fairy folk. half human with hair covering their bodies. Luccia. are you? Do you know what kind of creature I am?” he asked her. where I am allowed to tell you all that you want to know and maybe things that you do “We are known as the People and live according to cernot know. Right in front of them was a broad river and further into the distance were mountains. They speak almost any language but are not very social. more forest and furthest away. “Of course I know”she said.
holding her in his arms. fire and earth to the world That ‘someone’ had been the Fairy People. same as the Angels?” asked Luccia. Before the time when there were any humans in the world. “Your concluworld it may be necessary to scale a precipitous mountain. At the tree. He took the child from off his back and. And the People will manifest in the world to cross many waters or dive very deep. tempted man to rebel against the Great One and subsequently caused the Great One to curse the world. However. “Makes it easier. created the elements to serve life on earth and in the universe. All went well and according to the plans of the Great One until that fateful day when Satan took on the form of a snake.servants. when the ve or a tunnel or through a hole in a tree or descend into a Dragon will have been slain. 93 . water. it will When he heard nothing from his tiny companion. the elements already existed. as we call him in the InBetween. “The People are more caring for the world of nature and the only place where we could be totally safe. “For people like you and your grandfather. who are People of the In-Between. following after the delutions of the Dragon. To gain access to Other. From then on man became an animal of destruction.” he told himself. “But then the Great One made man in his perfect image and the People began to serve man with these elements and taught them how to appreciate and care for it.” hole in the ground. Someone had to serve these elements of air.” below the sea or any large body of water or it may be “Can I then conclude that the Fairy People are Heaven’s found beyond or below the earth.those chosen by the Great One to be worthy to receive our rest or the other side of a fiery river.” he answered. ion is correct. when you were with king Su in to the Old Oak Tree. Centy be much easier to enter into Otherworld” glanced sideways and saw that the little girl was fast asl“How does Otherworld relate to the different elements” eep. he passed Luccia through the Element of Fire. The People still serve the elements to “The Otherworld may lie deep within an impenetrable fo. it may lie beyond or service. you were told that the Great One the opening into the waiting hands of Grandpére.“ “I do not quite understand this concept of within themselves. was within ourselves and so went to a place within the outer world. Can you please explain it a bit better?” asked Luccia. trotted back “If I remember correctly.again in the time following upon Half-a-Time.“For instance that large Oak Tree behind us is sacred because she grows out of Earth Mother and is thus a symbol of the divine presence of the Great One and is an indication of the steadfastness of the Redeemer. to crawl into a ca.
“Anything more?” Grandpére asked of Centy. “Only these words to be given her when she wakes up,” whistled Centy. “Adieu, then” said Grandpére as he turned back to the house with the sleeping child in his arms.
When Luccia woke up, the first thing she saw was the broad petal of a pink rose, which she immediately knew, grew within Otherworld. On it were written words in a “Okay” she called as Mitzi hopped through the window strange handwriting, which she could not decipher no and was gone. matter how hard she tried. “Luccia! Luccia!” someone called. Luccia turned to the window and saw Mitzi sitting there. “Mitzi! Is it really you again?” “Of course its me, silly” he answered. “I’ve been sent to read you the fairy rune…” “What fairy rune?” wondered Luccia. “Its written on the petal in your hand!”answered Mitzi. “Please!” answered Luccia and gave Mitzi the flower petal.
“I have to go now, Luccia. Remember, whenever you want to know anything about the secrets of the InBetween, you need only to whisper these words”
REFERENCES    The Hidden Pathway The Adventures of Luki The Prophet             Luke 10:19 Job Chapter 41 Job Chapter 40 Psalms 19:14 St.26 Revelations 6:12 Romans 8:21 Genesis 3:15 Habakkuk 2:2-3 Matthew 16:18 98 .Patrick of Ireland Ibid Genesis 9:15-17.
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