As far back as I can remember....it started out as just that; darkness. I wasn't aware of what was going on. That's when I heard the sound of wheels moving and the usual bumping of a car underneath me.
I slowly opened my eyes....I was in some kind of limo...with seats of blue leather, wine and glass cups, but the most notable thing was the two figures sitting on the far end right in front of me...I couldn't even see who they were as their end was dark...but as the small blue light slowly went up...I gotten a clear image of them. A women with blonde hair and a weird dress was sitting on the right but the weirdest person is the man sitting in the middle with a small end table in front of him. He wore a black suit with white gloves and the only hair on his head was on the BACK of it. The most noticeable part of this guy was his nose that's the length of a full sized pencil.
The man then slowly opened his eyes that either looked like he hasn't slept in days or something really got under his skin. Then...the man said...
"Welcome to the Velvet Room..."
The Velvet Room? Is that the name of the room I'm in right now?
The man raised his head up towards me as the women turned to face me. "Ahhh....Is seems we have a guest with a intriguing destiny..." The man chuckled. I don't know if that was his form of humor or if that was his form of a joke because I wasn't laughing.
The man continued,"My name is Igor...I am delighted to make your acquaintance." Igor?! I saw him in different movies and all but this Igor wasn't the kind of Igor I saw in them.
"This place exists between dream and reality, mind and matter...It is a room that only those who are bound to a "contract" may enter...It may be that such a fate awaits you in the near future."
I sat there in my seat with a confused look on my face. This road this limo is on is in between dream and reality? Mind and matter? And you can only get in the dang thing by being bound by a contract? What contract?
"Now then...,"Igor continued,"why don't you introduce yourself...?"
I was reluctant at first but after a moment, I got my head out of the clouds,looking towards Igor and the women and said...
"Roy. Roy Ember Masuko."
Igor nodded. "Hm...I see." Sounds like we're off to a good start.
"Now, let's take a look into your future, shall we?", Igor continued. He put one hand in the middle of the table and out of this flash of light, a deck of seven cards appeared. Normally, I would be freaked out but 10 months ago, a group of friends and I gotten 7 elemental gems from another world and rings that made us turn into 18 year old heroes, fought monsters made from dark energy, and saved the Earth from a team of dark gems. So yeah, it didn't phase me at all. I'm actually surprised I'm the only one who remember all that. The rest of my friends didn't after the whole white flash happened.
Igor snapped me out of my thoughts,"Do you believe in fortune telling?" Do I? Fortune telling was the reason I GOT the Xious Gem in the first place! Igor then seperated the cards on the table with just a swipe of his hand.
Status report:Still not phased. A bit of eye twitching but still not phased.
"Each reading is done with the same cards, yet the result is always different...*chuckle*...Life itself follows the same principles, doesn't it?" ....Yeah, that totally didn't sound disturbing in any way....
With a snap, one of the cards in the front row flipped up. It had a picture of a building getting struck by lightning.
Igor examined the card and said,"Hm...The Tower in the upright position represents the immediate future. It seems a terrible catastrophe is imminent." Sweet Xious....Fate,are you kidding me? I just got out of one Doomsday catastrophe here. I am NOT in the mood for another one.
Igor continued,"The card indicating the future beyond that is..." Another card flipped over. This time, the picture was a moon with a lobster above it...for some reason...
"The Moon..."Igor continued,"...in the upright position. This card represents 'hesitation' and 'mystery'...Very interesting indeed..."
...I suddenly had a BAD feeling....no, I'm talking about that "Oh,crap" kind of bad feeling....I'm talking about that "Oh shit!" kind of bad feeling.
"It seems you will encounter a misfortune at your desination, and a great mystery will be imposed upon you. In the coming days, you will enter into a contract of some sort, after which you will return here." Ohhh,so this "contract" he mentioned before I didn't sign yet but what mystery? That's when Igor said...
"The coming year is a turning point in your destiny...If the mystery goes unsolved, your future may be forever lost."
Ok,now I REALLY got a bad feeling about this. I'm surprised I didn't budge in my seat. In fact, I wasn't even able to make a single EMOTION.
But...I had questions in my mind...Questions like,"Why are you telling me this?" or "Are you a friend or foe?"
Igor wasn't finished, of course,"My duty is to provide assistance to our guests to ensure that does not happen."
Well, that answers my questions.
With another swipe of his hands,the cards disappeared into thin air.
Status report: I think my head is splitting in two right now.
That's when Igor started with a "Ah!" that directed me back to him,"I have neglected to introduce my assistant to you."
Igor turned to the young blonde adult women sitting on his left,"This is Margaret. She is a resident of this place, like myself." I can see that. She looks normal. Wonder how she survived living in this place. Drinking wine every day without getting drunk?
Margaret then spoke,"My name is Margaret. I am here to accompany you through your journey."
Igor and I turned back towards each other,"We shall attend to the details another time. Until then...farewell."
And then, the lights went out, one by one. I awakened after the last light went off.
It was all a dream...but even today,I still wondered...
...which parts...were the dream?
-End of Prologue-