-Forty meters down the path-
Lucia had walked forty meters down the path towards the light when she looked to her right as if something was pulling her attention in that direction. Lucia looked down a row of tombstones and found a grave that was open. When she saw it the blonde froze in place and her skin began to crawl.
Lucia found herself frozen in place at the sight of an open grave with a lantern perched on top of it. To the right of the open grave was a pile of dirt with a shovel planted blade-first in it. Before she realized what was happening the blonde began to walk towards it as if something was guiding her to it. After a short walk Lucia stood in front of it and looked down into the six-foot chasm. The moment her eyes settled on the grave a feeling of familiarity began to wash over her.She belonged there.That was her home now.
What was she doing in the world of the living?Her time among the living had come and gone.
She should really go back home, back where she belonged. Her home was in the cold embrace of the earth. The earth would comfort her and protect her forever.
The hair on the back of Lucia's neck stood up and she quickly turned away from the open grave to try and get the intrusive thoughts out of her head. She needed to find that light and get out of here while she still could. Lucia walked briskly away from it and got back onto the path to the light.
As she walked the blonde's skin stopped crawling and a strange feeling of peace began to wash over her. It felt like she really did belong in this cemetery. That feeling of peace made Lucia feel even more uneasy than she did looking into the open grave and the emotional dissonance was starting to get to her. She needed to get out of here.
Lucia's walk turned into a brisk walk for about ten meters before it became a full run. She desperately needed to get that light before something happened to her. What that something was she did not know and that scared her. Lucia ran the last one hundred-plus meters and rushed down one of the last rows of tombstones, coming to a pause in front of a tombstone with a golden candleholder resting on top of it. On top of the candleholder was a small, partially melted candle giving off a blue flame. The winded blonde took a few deep breaths and leaned closer to the candle to examine it.
The moment she leaned in to examine it the candle grew short, stubby arms, opened a yellow eye, and smiled at her. Lucia screamed and took a step back while aiming Shining Light at it with her right hand.
"Hey there, lady!
" The candle called out to her and waved a stubby little arm at her. Lucia took a breath and blinked. She calmed down just enough to realize what was happening... and show disbelief. She lowered Shining Light once she realized that the small candle was not a threat.The candle was talking to her.
"Hey there, lady!
" The small candle repeated its greeting in a childlike voice. Lucia blinked again. She looked at it closer and noticed where a clump of wax had fallen over the right side of its face like bangs on a human.
"Um... hi there.
" Lucia returned the greeting and gave a small wave with her left hand. The small candle was kind of cute.
"What's a pretty lady like you doing in a place like this?
" The candle asked her.
"I was sent here to find a strange light.
" Lucia replied calmly. The candle blinked.
"That must be me!
" It said and smiled. Lucia gave a small smile in return.
"You are the only blue light around here, so I think you're the light I'm looking for.
" She answered without sarcasm. The candle waved its little arms in joy.
" It exclaimed. Lucia picked up its candleholder in her left hand and looked at the tombstone using the light put out by the candle. The letters were worn and faded beyond legibility. Lucia looked the little candle in its eye.
"What's your name?
" Lucia asked it. It put an arm to its mouth and looked upward.
"I... I don't have one.
" It answered. Lucia looked at it again and thought of a name. Her first impulse was to call it "Lumen" after the unit of measurement for the brightness of a lightbulb, but since it currently had a childlike voice, maybe a diminutive form would suffice.
"How about... Lumie?
" Lucia asked it. It smiled widely and waved its little arms.
"Lumie? Works for me!
" It exclaimed. Now that its name was settled, Lucia began to walk towards the exit with her new little candle in her left hand. She heard moaning in the distance, so it would be wise to get out of here with Lumie while she still could. She just hoped that the paranormal investigator who had hired her to find it would treat Lumie with respect while studying it.
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