John walked in darkness. Where am I? he thought. He looked around and spotted a pillar of light and within that light was a chair and a crate. Running to the pillar he sighed seeing no one there. With a curiosity he ran his fingers over the chest that was fashioned like an old fashioned pirate’s chest, complete with an old fashioned pad lock. Kneeling before it he tried the lock, finding it fastened tight.
“What are you doing here?” A voice came from the darkness. John peered over his shoulder to see a tall pale figure step from the shadows. John was fascinated by the man at once for he had never seen such a figure like him before. His figure was like that of a thin human but his ears were long and pointed with a gold hoop hanging from each lobe. His brown eyes were bright and well lashed. He wore a long sleeved shirt with balloon pants with a sash tying them together around his chest. He also wore a set of shoulder pads with a long cloth hanging from under them. He frowned and asked once more “I asked what you are doing here?”
John was taken aback, unsure how to answer the man’s question, “I am here because I am here.”
The man was surprised. “You shouldn’t be existing here.”
“And where is here?”
“You should be dead. Not here.” He looked at John a shadow crossing over his eyes. “I did enough damage to your body that you should be dead.” John flinched back, slipping out of the light of the circle.
John snarled the darkness giving him an air of danger. Even so the man stepped forwards to the edge of the pillar of light. “What are you?” John said through bared fangs.
The man stood tall. “I am an elf. Jashi Zarconifi of the old race.”
John tilted his head in confusion. “This has to be a dream. There’s no such thing as an elf. I have to wake up, I have a ship to run.” He turned and began to walk into the darkness.
Jashi ran towards John but once he hit the end of the pillar of light he was hit with lightning. “What? A barrier?” Outside John was fading into the darkness. “Wait!” Jashi cried, “If you’re going to leave remember one thing; if you do wake, make sure the ship never enters the black hole without you!”
With a snort John walked away, into the darkness.